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52 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep.043 - Patrick Schreiner | The Ascension of Christ
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Patrick Schreiner. Patrick is currently an associate professor at Western Seminary; and in the fall of 2020, he will transition to a new role at Midwestern Seminary, as associate professor of New Testament & Biblical theology. He's also the author of several books. On this episode, we chat about his latest book, The Ascension of Christ. Most Christians are quite familiar with the Resurrection, as details of the story are prevalent in so many of the songs we sing and the well-known Bible stories we hear. But what happens after that? Why didn't Jesus stay? Where did he go? Why did he say it was actually a good thing for him to leave us? Neglecting the Ascension robs us of an immense richness and depth of Christian hope. But when we consider the Ascension with greater thought, we find a renewed hope for the entire world, that in the midst of chaos and despair, the Ascension reminds us of who rules and reigns as the one true King of the world.
47 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep.042 - Skye Jethani | What If Jesus Was Serious?
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Skye Jethani. Skye is a speaker, consultant, minister, and the author of several books, including Immeasurable and What's Wrong With Religion?. He also serves as the co-host of the popular Holy Post Podcast. In Skye's most recent book, What If Jesus Was Serious?, Skye guides us through The Sermon on the Mount, to reveal how this collection of well-known teachings from Jesus is also one of the most ignored when it comes to the way so many Christians actually live their lives. What if the reason Christianity has lost its influence in culture at large isn't because we take Jesus too seriously but rather, because we don't take him seriously enough? What if, as Skye suggest, "society is hungry for precisely the kind of integrity, gentleness, kindness, and love Jesus reveals in His Sermon on the Mount?"
55 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep.041 - Tod Bolsinger | Leading Through a Pandemic
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Tod Bolsinger. Tod serves as vice president and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Seminary. Previous to his role at Fuller, he served as senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2014. He is the author of several books and on this episode, we discuss his two most recent books, Canoeing the Mountains and Leadership for a Time of Pandemic. Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout has been a totally unexpected challenge for church leaders; one so many of us were ill-prepared for. How do we lead in times of such great unknown and uncertainty? How do we take a next-step when the path before is us uncharted and unpaved? How can we continue to lead courageously into the future when the past is what's most familiar and comfortable? This conversation provides us some insight and pragmatic changes we can make in our approach and posture, as we continue to serve and guide our church communities in these difficult times.
70 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep.040 - Brett McCracken | The Wisdom Pyramid
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Brett McCracken. Brett is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition and the author of Hipster Christianity, Gray Matters, and Uncomfortable. His next book, The Wisdom Pyramid, will be released in Feb 2021 and explores an all-important question for our day: How can Christians find wisdom in our over-saturated information age? At a time when we are bombarded with an overwhelming swath of data, how do we know who and what to believe? In this conversation, we go through Brett's wisdom pyramid, level by level. This is an incredibly helpful tool for creating a Christ-centered worldview through which followers of Jesus can thoughtfully engage any and all the information coming our way at increasing speed.
47 minutes | a year ago
Ep.039 - Jared C. Wilson | The Gospel According to Satan
On this episode, Jay chats with Jared C. Wilson, author of the new book The Gospel According to Satan. Some lies are repeated so often they seem like common sense. This is why lies about God are so dangerous. In this conversation, we discuss common lies like, "God just wants me to be happy," "You need to live your truth," and "Just let go and let God." Isaac and Jay also catch up on the strange time we're in, how they're doing in the midst of sheltering-in-place, and ways they're serving and leading their church communities.
49 minutes | a year ago
Ep.038 - Jay Kim | Analog Church in a Digital World
On this episode, Isaac chats with Jay about his new book Analog Church, which explores the challenges and opportunities churches face in the digital age. In recent decades, as the digital world has taken over society at nearly every level, the church has increasingly followed suit—but what sort of effect is this having on discipleship, worship, community, and the way we understand the Bible? And in the specific moment we're in now, in the midst of COVID-19 and the fact that churches have been forced into digital spaces, how are we to navigate what it means to be an analog church? Does it still matter that we strive to gather as the people of God, in real time, real space, and real ways?
39 minutes | a year ago
Ep.037 - Jarrett Stevens | Praying Through Obstacles
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Jarrett Stevens. Jarrett is a pastor, speaker, and author of several books, including The Deity Formerly Known As God and 4 Small Words. He and his wife Jeanne live in downtown Chicago, where they lead Soul City Church. On this episode, we chat with Jarrett about his latest book, Praying Through: Overcoming The Obstacles That Keep Us From God. Praying often seems like a futile endeavor. Most of the time, God seems silent and distant. But Jarrett suggests that, whether you know it or not, you're already better at prayer than you think. And even more importantly, God is closer, more attentive, and involved than you can imagine. We discuss these ideas, along with pragmatic steps we can take to praying through the obstacles that stand in our way.
41 minutes | a year ago
Ep.036 - John Mark Comer | The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
On this episode, Jay and Dan chat with John Mark Comer. John Mark is the Pastor for Teaching and Vision at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of several books including Loveology, Garden City, and God Has A Name. In this conversation, we discuss his latest book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. So much of the root cause beneath the anger and anxiety of our cultural moment is in the hurried lives we live. But in order to pursue a life compatible with the way of Jesus, we must learn to eliminate the needless busyness of much of our everyday lives and replace it with a deep abiding in Christ, in each and every moment.
43 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.035 - Mark Sayers | Reappearing Church
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Mark Sayers. Mark is the senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia and co-host of the podcast This Cultural Moment. He is also the author of several books, including Disappearing Church and Strange Days. On this episode, we discuss Mark’s latest book Reappearing Church. The current cultural climate poses never-before-seen challenges for followers of Jesus. The church-at-large, at least in the West, seems to be losing influence and effectiveness. And yet, Mark has a surprisingly hopeful view of what lies ahead. In this conversation, we delve into the specifics of why Mark believes we’re on the brink of a major renewal and what each and every one of us can do to take part in what God might be up to today.
42 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.034 - Mike Winger | What Is The Apostolic Network & Why Does It Matter?
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Mike Winger. Mike is a pastor and also the featured teacher of BibleThinker online ministry. He is best known for his popular Youtube channel, which has more than 80,000 subscribers. His videos, which delve into various theological topics, have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. On this episode, we discuss The Apostolic Network (what some call the New Apostolic Reformation), a movement of churches around the world that emphasizes prophecy and physical healings as primary means of experiencing God. We dive into a specific conversation about Bethel Church, one of the leading churches in this movement, and how their extremely popular music is impacting theology in so many of our churches today.
22 minutes | 2 years ago
Twitterology #6: Christianity - Religion or Relationship?
On this episode, Jay, Isaac, Liz, and Chris chat about the ever so popular idea that, “Christianity is a relationship, not a religion.” But why is it that we so often pit “relationship” and “religion” against each other? Are they always and forever diametrically opposed? Or is it possible that there is goodness, beauty, and even a necessity within both ideas, that our faith is a relationship with God but also a religion, in the best sense of the word?
58 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.032 - Andy Crouch | The Techwise Church
On this special episode of the podcast, we’re sharing with you a part of an event we hosted in March 2019, featuring Andy Crouch. Andy is an author, speaker, and musician, who currently serves as the partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. In this teaching, Andy applies some of the principles of his most recent book, The Techwise Family, to the local church. He addresses questions like, “How do we make and build disciples without accepting the promise of ease and instant gratification that technology offers? What should the church consider as we fast have adopted technology, online streaming and video venues?”
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Twitterology #5: When Churches Fight For Market Share
On this episode, Jay, Isaac, Liz, and Chris chat about how the marketplace mentality of business in America might be influencing the local church. We explore some of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways so many of us begin to create differentiations and distinctives between our individual local churches in order to gain “market share.” What are some potentially healthier, more effective ways to continue inviting new people into our church communities, while not being driven by a toxic level of competitive spirit against other churches who are on the same kingdom mission?
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.030 - Kara Powell | How To Grow With New Generations
On this episode, Jay and Dan chat with Kara Powell. Kara is the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute and associate professor of youth and family ministry at Fuller Seminary. She is the author of several books on faith, church, and younger generations. Her latest book, Growing With, is packed with insights and practical helps for helping young people grow in their faith, staying rooted in Christ while also spreading their wings. On this episode of the podcast, we discuss three specific ways that parents, pastors, mentors, and youth leaders can effectively come alongside young people and journey with them along the path of faith.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.029 - David Bennett | The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with David Bennett. David is the author of the book “A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus.” He is a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and holds a postgraduate degree in theology from Oxford, as well as a master’s degree in theology from the University of St.Andrews. On this episode we chat with David about his remarkable story of discovering Jesus and his experiences as an atheist gay activist. His surprising journey led him to a life committed to following Jesus as a celibate Christian. We delve in a biblical theology of human sexuality as well as the present and future hope available to all of us.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.028 - Margaret Feinberg | A Theology of Food
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Margaret Feinberg. Margaret is a speaker, Bible teacher, and the best-selling author of several books, including Scouting the Divine, Wonderstruck, and The Organic God. Her latest book, Taste and See, explores the intersection between food and our spiritual lives. In this conversation, we discuss what food and the way we eat together can teach us about God and how it can reveal the story of God to us in unique and memorable ways.
29 minutes | 2 years ago
Twitterology #4: Should We Unhitch the Old Testament from the New?
On this episode of Twitterology, Jay and Isaac chat with Liz Ditty and Chris Nye about the controversy surrounding Andy Stanley's "Unhitch the Old Testament from the New Testament" comments that had Twitter abuzz. What are we to do with the difficult, confusing, and (at least, on the surface) often ugly imagery of the Old Testament? Is it enough to say that in Jesus Christ, the Hebrew Scriptures have been nullified and made void? Does the Old Testament no longer matter in light of the Gospels? And if they do matter, why? And how should we go about reading such ancient texts?
48 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.026 - Drew Dyck | The Theology & Science of Self-Control
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with Drew Dyck. Drew is an author and speaker, as well as an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing editor to CT Pastors. His written work has been featured in USA Today, CNN, and Christianity Today. He’s also the author of several books, the most recent being “Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science.” On this episode, we discuss what Drew discovered as he researched his own lack of self-control and the fascinating intersections between science and the Bible when it comes to self-control and willpower, as well as practical encouragement for practicing more self-control in the coming year.
30 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.025 - JP Moreland | Loving God With Your Mind
On this episode, Jay and Isaac chat with J.P. Moreland. Dr.Moreland is the Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He’s written or co-written more 30 books and is considered one of the world’s leading Christian apologists and philosophers. On this episode we discuss the crucial importance of cultivating a love for God with our minds and how imbalanced emphases on both unchecked emotionalism and reckless scientism (not, science) have led so many to walk away from Christian faith, as well as how we might respond.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep.024 - Michael Shermer | Why I Don't Believe
On this episode, Jay chats with Dr. Michael Shermer, one of the world’s leading skeptic/atheist voices. He is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the best-selling author of books like Why People Believe Weird Things, The Believing Brain, and many others. On this episode we discuss Michael’s season of life as a passionate evangelical Christian, what led him out of that season and into atheism, as well as some challenges he has for Christians to engage their faith thoughtfully and critically.
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