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On Worship: Surprised By Light
58 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Work and Worship with Matthew Kaemingk and guest co-host Bob Bixby
Every Sunday workers from many different places and vocations gather together to worship, and yet are the leaders of our churches really recognizing that through them the work of the commission of Christ taking place right in front of them? In the book Work and Worship, Matthew Kaemingk and Cory Wilson make a compelling case that church leaders, pastors and worship leaders, often create a unhelpful disconnect between what church members do each day and what they do when they gather to worship. It could be said that the goal of many if not most of our church liturgies is focused on the building up of the institution of the gathered church yet ignoring the sending or scattering of the body of Christ as missionaries into their respective work places. The conversation in this episode of the Surprised By Light podcast barely scratches the surface of this topic. But the good news is that there is a book, specifically this book Work and Worship, completely dedicated to informing and equipping church leaders to think through how they can prepare and use our liturgies in gathered worship to send our members back into their own parishes as priests of the Royal Priesthood to minister the Gospel of Christ. The book featured in this episode is Work and Worship. By going to BakerBookHouse.com, you can purchase this book and any book that is not already on sale or part of a promotion at a 30% discount by using the promo code SURPRISEDBYLIGHT. If you are going to buy books, why not get them at a discount? In this episode, we are also joined by Bob Bixby pastor and church planter in Silicon Valley with Redeemer Church and Bayseed. You can find out more information about the church at RedeemerSV.com. As always, the song Sometimes a Light Surprises was written by Mike and Allie Murphy. You can find out more about them at MikeandAllieMurphy.com. Photo used in the artwork of this episode is the official cover for the book published by Baker Academic publishing.
71 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Baptists and Liturgy, Lent and the Lectionary with Matthew Wireman
If you are a baptist or have grown up in a baptist(ic) church the terms "liturgy", "lent", and "lectionary" might be a bit foreign to you. If you have heard of them at all, it might have actually been in a negative or cautionary context. In this episode, we hear from Matthew Wireman who is a pastor of a Christ the Redeemer, a baptist church in Greenville SC, that utilizes the lectionary as a guide throughout the year and even observes Lent. Intrigued? I hope so. This conversation will be helpful for anyone who has been curious about how and why a church may use the church calendar or a lectionary. You can find out more about Matthew Wireman at matthewwireman.com, and you can find out more about his church at redeemergreenville.com.The articles that Matthew wrote that served as a starting point can be found here as well. Why Baptists can Follow the Lectionary and Why Baptists can use the Church Calendar.The books that were mentioned written by James K A Smith can be found here. Use the promo code SURPRISEDBYLIGHT to receive a 30% discount when you purchase. Desiring the KingdomImagining the KingdomYou Are What You LoveAs always, the song Sometimes a Light Surprises was written by Mike and Allie Murphy. You can find out more about them at MikeandAllieMurphy.com.
86 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Every Moment Holy with Douglas McKelvey
Douglas McKelvey, composer, storyteller and author of the book Every Moment Holy (volume 1 & 2) joins me in this episode for a conversation about his story and the story behind writing these incredible volumes. Doug and I talk about story and liturgy is a surprisingly helpful mechanism that helps us know how to worship in the ordinary moments of life, whether they are silly, joy filled, or sorrowful. Every Moment, when understood as being given and ordained by God, is holy. This is an episode that you will not want to miss. There is a lot here and it will probably require a cup of coffee or two, but you will be glad that you took the time to join us in this conversation. You can find your copy of the book, Every Moment Holy at EveryMomentHoly.com or at rabbitroom.com. Use the code SURPRISEDBYLIGHT to get 15% off any edition or volume of the book Every Moment Holy. As always, the song Sometimes a Light Surprises was written by Mike and Allie Murphy. You can find out more about them at MikeandAllieMurphy.com. Episode photo used from rabbitroom.com store site.
55 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
What Happens When We Worship with Jonathan Landry Cruse
In a very foundational and accessible book, Jonathan Cruse lays out a very helpful understanding of worship especially as it relates to congregational worship . In the book What Happens When We Worship, Jonathan walks us through the theology of worship, the anatomy of worship in the church and practical applications as we try and implement these principles into our lives. Jonathan in the pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo, MI. He enjoys writing as well as composing new hymns for the church. His book was published by Reformation Heritage Books. And you can find it at their website or at bakerbookhouse.com. Baker Book House is a podcast partner with us, so use the promo code SURPRISEDBYLIGHT for an extra 30% off of your purchase. Every Moment Holy is a wonderful book of liturgies for everyday moments written by Douglas McKelvey. You can order Volume 1 or Volume 2 with a discount of 15% off at RabbitRoom.com if you use the promo code SURPRISEDBYLIGHT.Sometimes a Light Surprises was written by Mike and Allie Murphy. Find out more about them at MikeandAllieMurphy.com.
45 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
The Church: A Place to be Human
Right in the center of Silicon Valley, the fountain of technology and digital life a few pastors come together to discuss what it is for the church to be a "place to be human." If that resonates with you or maybe it seems a little strange. This conversation dives into the discussion of what it is to be human, and why the church is the place that God intended for humans to not be more digital, but rather it is the place where we realize both what we were made to be as well as what God is remaking us to be - Human. This discussion was between Bob Bixby, Scott Dunford and Jay Kim. Each of these men are church planters and pastors in the Silicon Valley. A lot of great thoughts and ideas are shared here for the church and church leaders to consider in a time when we have had to resort to technology for community and people engagement. But is technology the future for us as humans as we are thrust into a world of digital and virtual reality? Redeemer Church of Silicon Valley is the church where Bob and Scott co-teach. Westage Church is the church where Jay Kim is the Teaching Pastor. He is also the author of the book Analog Church (use SURPRISEDBYLIGHT for a 30% off discount). Sometimes a Light Surprises was written by Mike and Allie Murphy. Find out more about them at MikeandAllieMurphy.com.
49 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Analog Church: Questions and Answers with Jay Kim (part 2)
In Episode 3, Jay Kim talks about his new book Analog Church. He shared about writing the book as well as his experience as he has been able to apply the concepts and ideas in his own life and ministry. In this episode, I am joined with several other pastors as they ask Jay questions about how to apply the principles and ideas in his book to preaching, evangelism and community. Jay and this small group of local pastors explore what Analog Church looks like in what we would consider to be "normal life" settings as well as what it has been like and what it will be like now that COVID has changed our world. This Q&A addresses different larger models of ministry, preaching, and many other areas of church ministry and is profitable for anyone who is involved in church leadership. If you have not yet purchased Jay's book, Analog Church, you can pick it up at bakerbookhouse.com with a 30% discount if you use the code "SURPRISEDBYLIGHT". The music for this podcast was written and produced by Mike Murphy. You can find more of his music on Bandcamp.
44 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Analog Church: Interview with Jay Kim (part 1)
Who would have thought just a year and a half ago a book called Analog Church would end up being almost immediately obsolete upon publication... or maybe instead critically vital to understanding healthy church life today in the midst of a year long pandemic. My guest in Episode 3 is Jay Kim, pastor, teacher and author of the new book Analog Church. Jay shares of wealth of helpful insights in his book, and I was more than honored that he took the time to sit down with me and talk with me about this idea of analog church. If you do not have a copy of this book, you really should get one. If you are in church ministry and are involved in training others who are doing church ministry, this should become a staple go to for your discipleship. The music for this podcast is written and produced by Mike Murphy. Pick up your copy of Analog Church today at BakerBookHouse.com. (use the promo code "surprisedbylight" when you check out.)
62 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Biblical Theology and Worship with Chris Bruno and Gabe Zepeda
In this conversation, I sit down with Chris Bruno and Gabe Zepeda and discuss Biblical Theology and worship. Chris is a professor of theology at Bethlehem Seminary and Gabe is a recent graduate of Bethlehem and is currently working on his ThM. Chris has written several books about Biblical Theology: Biblical Theology According to the ApostlesThe Whole Message of the Bible in 16 WordsThe Whole Story of the Bible in 16 VersesMore information about the work that Chris Bruno and his family are doing in Hawaii is available here. Use the code "surprisedbylight" for a 30% discount at bakerbookhouse.com.The music used in this podcast is written and produced by Mike Murphy. The song is Mike's setting of William Cowper's hymn "Sometimes a Light Surprises" recorded for the album O For a Faith. This song is licensed and used with permission from Mike and Allie Murphy.
30 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Surprised By Light: The Introduction
The idea behind this podcast has been rolling around in my brain for sometime now, but it is because of the time that I was given to study the topic of WORSHIP more in depth during the pandemic that I was able to really have a focus and a vision for Surprised By Light. Taken from the the hymn written by William Cowper, surprised by light references the effect that the power of God has on a broken and desperate soul as the glory of God and the gospel pierce through the fog and gloom of a sin-cursed soul. We are all sin-cursed souls, but it is the one who acknowledge it and cling to the One who can release them from their bondage that truly experience the surprise of Light that comes from Jesus Christ. Sometimes a light surprises The Christian while he sings; It is the Lord Who rises With healing in His wings: When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again A season of clear shining, To cheer it after the rainIn holy contemplation We sweetly then pursue The theme of Gods salvation, And find it ever new; Set free from present sorrow, We cheerfully can say, Let the unknown tomorrow Bring with it what it may.Tomorrow can bring us nothing, But He will bear us through: Who gives the lilies clothing Will clothe His people, too: Beneath the spreading heavens No creature but is fed; And He Who feeds the ravens Will give His children bread.Though vine nor fig tree neither Their wonted fruit should bear, Though all the fields should wither, Nor flocks or herds be there Yet, God the same abiding, His praise shall tune my voice; For, while in Him confiding, I cannot but rejoice.~William CowperArticle from TGC that references Cowper and this hymn here. Please listen and consider subscribing for more episodes to come. The music used in this podcast is written and produced by Mike Murphy. The song is Mike's setting of William Cowper's hymn "Sometimes a Light Surprises" recorded for the album O For a Faith. This song is licensed and used with permission from Mike Murphy.
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