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Whole & Holy: The Bethel Seminary Podcast
31 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Making Sense of Bible Translation
This episode features Drs. Jeannine Brown and Mark Strauss, who serve on the Committee on Bible Translation as well as professors of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. They discuss translation philosophy and share insights into the decisions of the Bible translation team. Resources mentioned in this episode: Gordon Fee and Mark Strauss, How to Choose a Translation for All Its Worth Glen Scorgie, Mark Strauss, and Steven Voth, eds., The Challenge of Bible Translation: Communicating God's Word to the World Please send feedback -- including suggestions for future episodes -- to: email@example.com
30 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
This episode features a conversation with Rachel Wightman, who serves as Associate Director for Instruction and Outreach at Concordia University Library in St. Paul, MN. She has researched and teaches on dealing with misinformation and how to address it. Resources mentioned in this episode: TED Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles?language=en AllSides - www.allsides.com Rachel's website - www.racheliwightman.com Rachel's Instagram where ideas are shared - @faithful.factchecking
32 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Marketing is NOT a Dirty Word
This episode features a conversation with Michael Vedders, Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing at Bethel University. He and Bethel Seminary Dean Peter Vogt discuss the importance of marketing for churches, what it is -- and is not, and some things to consider in effective marketing. Please provide feedback --including suggestions for future episodes -- at firstname.lastname@example.org
32 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
Leading in Times of Division with Leith Anderson
This episode features a conversation with Leith Anderson, pastor emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN, and president emeritus of the National Association of Evangelicals. We discuss strategies for effective leadership in times of division. Resources mentioned in this episode: Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie MN National Association of Evangelicals World Vision Hosanna Church, Lakeville MN, series on religion and politics Richard Mouw, Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World Leith Anderson and Galen Cary, Faith in the Voting Booth: Practical Wisdom for Voting Well Thank you for listening! Please send feedback and suggestions for future episodes to email@example.com.
37 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Eliminating Hurry with John Mark Comer
This episode features a conversation with Pastor John Mark Comer, who serves as Pastor of Vision and Teaching at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon. He is married to Tammy and they have three kids. He is author of several books, including the focus of today's conversation, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Check out his website here. Works mentioned in this episode: John Mark Comer, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry John Mark Comer, How to Unhurry Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Peter Scazzero, The Emotionally Healthy Church Thank you for listening to Whole & Holy! Please provide feedback and suggestions for future episodes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
This episode features a conversation with David A. French about racism in the US and how Christians might think about responding. David is a columnist and senior editor of The Dispatch, who also writes for Time magazine and formerly was a staff writer for National Review. He graduated from Harvard Law School and is an attorney who has worked extensively on religious liberty issues. He served as an Army officer in the Iraq war. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Tennessee with their three children. Works mentioned in this episode: "American Racism: We've Got So Very Far to Go" Follow David on Twitter @DavidAFrench
33 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
Making Sense of COVID-19
This episode features a conversation with pastor/theologian Dr. Joel Lawrence who shares thoughts on how we can make sense of COVID-19 from a theological perspective. Resources mentioned in this episode: Henri Blocher, Evil and the Cross: An Analytical Look at the Problem of Pain N.T. Wright, Evil and the Justice of God Center for Pastor Theologians
31 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Mission Over Method: Connection in the Time of COVID-19
This episode features a conversation with Brooke Palmer, Online Campus Pastor at Journey's Crossing church in the greater metro Washington DC area. We discuss how to foster digital/online connections in a time of social distancing. Jay Kranda at Saddleback Church has lots of resources supporting online church. Church Online Platform provides free platform for online church. Carey Nieuwhof podcasts -- episodes focusing on digital connections Journey's Crossing Church Journey's Crossing YouTube channel with examples of kids/youth/adult content. Contact Brooke: Brooke.Palmer@journeyscrossing.org Thank you for listening! Please provide feedback and suggestions for future episodes at email@example.com.
28 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Ministry Leadership in the Coronavirus Era
This special episode features a conversation with Drs. David Clark, Professor of Theology, and Mark McCloskey, Professor of Ministry Leadership. They discuss some important principles for leading in these challenging times. Helpful resources: Andy Crouch, "Love in the Time of Coronavirus," The Praxis Journal, March 12, 2020. Mark McCloskey and Jim Louwsma, The Art of Virtue-Based Transformational Leadership Mark McCloskey, Learning Leadership in a Changing World: Virtue and Effective Leadership in the 21st Century Information on the practice of Examen, mentioned by Dr. McCloskey, is available here. Thanks for listening! Please provide feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
28 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
Serving Special Families
Check out this exciting episode with Jodi Wolkerstorfer, focusing on how churches can support families with members with special needs. Resources mentioned in this episode: BOOKS Mental Health and the Church: A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions by Stephen Grcevich MD Disability and the Way of Jesus: Holistic Healing in the Gospels and the Church by Bethany McKinney Fox ARTICLES The Mixed Messages of Welcoming and Belonging - Feb 10, 2020 Ten disability ministry trends to watch in the 2020s - Jan 6, 2020 Being Included Without the Needed Supports is Simply Physical Proximity - Dec 16, 2019 AJB Recommends: Resources on Inclusion and Belonging - Oct 17, 2019 The Spectrum of Welcome: Moving from Exclusion to Tolerance to Inclusion to Belonging - Oct 2, 2019 WEBSITES Collaborative on Faith and Disabilities - Part of this is the Institute of Theology and Disabilities which is held in Holland, MI each spring. Key Ministry - Based in Ohio. Founded to help churches minister to families of children with "hidden” disabilities. Serves churches seeking to become more intentional and effective in ministry with children, teens and adults (and their families) impacted by mental illness, trauma and developmental disabilities. Website provides great resources for both churches and families. Special Needs and Disabilities Ministry Leaders Forum - private Facebook group with close to 2,000 members nationwide. Provided by Key Ministry. Joni and Friends - advancing disability ministry world wide - resources, conferences, retreats for families MN One Body Conference - I’ll be speaking at this on April 4, 2020 on how churches can be “Set up for Success” for families of kids with disabilities. Autism Faith Network - started in 2016 by a mom who has two boys on the autism spectrum. Equipping faith-based communities to become more autism friendly. Based in GA. email@example.com - my email address that I use for all things faith and disability related, launching a website as well soon. Focused on connecting churches with resources, providing training to staff and volunteers, and continuing to walk with families to find ways to experience ministry within the local church. Thanks for listening!
33 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
Hello, Goodbye: Hiring and Terminations in Church Ministry
This episode features a conversation with Cara Wald, Bethel University's Chief Human Resources and Strategy Officer. We discuss important considerations in hiring and making terminations in church ministry, and how to approach these endeavors in a Christ-honoring way. NOTE: In the episode, we refer to some documents that would be posted in the show notes. We can post links but not documents here. If you would like the documents mentioned, please email Cara Wald directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
29 minutes | Nov 4, 2019
Christians and Politics: Faithfulness in the Public Square
Special guest Justin Giboney is featured on this episode. Justin is one of the co-founders of the AND Campaign. The AND Campaign believes that politics is a limited, but essential forum for pursuing the well-being of our neighbors. It is limited in both its scope and its effectiveness. Politics can and should only reach so much and so far, and political solutions will never approach the perfect justice that Jesus will bring and is bringing. Our hope in all things is in Him. There is rarely one Christian position on a public policy issue, but every Christian should be thinking Christianly about politics. In the policies The AND Campaign promotes and in the positions we take, we believe social justice (&) moral order are not at odds, but are two sides of the same coin. We seek to act as faithful Christians, applying the timeless values of our faith and Christianity’s true account to the reality we all face, in this political moment. We invite all who affirm our approach to join us in our work to assert a compassionate and convictional witness into the public square. Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Giboney has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in the state and referendums relating to the city’s transportation and water infrastructure. In 2012 and 2016, Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention and he served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative. A former Vanderbilt University football player and law student, Justin served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors. Additionally, Justin has participated in LEAD Atlanta, Outstanding Atlanta and the Georgia Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. He’s written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today. Resources mentioned in this episode: The AND Campaign Church Politics Podcast The "Church Politics" Podcast is where you can get in-depth political analysis from a Christian worldview with Michael Wear & Justin Giboney Please take a moment to rate the podcast. The higher our rating, the more easily people can find us. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for future episodes! Email us at email@example.com.
31 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Feeling the Pinch: Personal Finance and Pastoral Ministry
This episode features a special guest, Leif Erickson, from Thrivent Financial Services. Send comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please rate us! The higher our rating, the more easily people can find us. Resources mentioned on this episode: Online Resources Thrivent Financial - https://www.thrivent.com/ Kingdom Advisors - https://kingdomadvisors.com/ Crown Financial Ministries - https://www.crown.org/ Books Howard Dayton - Your Money Counts - https://www.amazon.com/Your-Money-Counts-Biblical-Investing/dp/1414359497 Randy Alcorn - Managing God's Money - https://www.amazon.com/Managing-Gods-Money-Biblical-Guide/dp/1414345534 Randy Alcorn - Giving is the Good Life - https://www.amazon.com/Giving-Good-Life-Unexpected-Purpose/dp/1496425936 Randy Alcorn - Money, Possessions, and Eternity - https://www.amazon.com/Money-Possessions-Eternity-Randy-Alcorn/dp/0842353607
31 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
Leadership in Christian Perspective
A conversation with Dr. Justin Irving, Professor of Ministry Leadership and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Bethel Seminary, and Dr. Mark Strauss, University Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary, discussing their new book, Leadership in Christian Perspective: Biblical Foundations and Contemporary Practices for Servant Leaders. Please provide feedback for the podcast or suggest ideas for future episodes at email@example.com.
32 minutes | Sep 4, 2019
This episode features a conversation with Rev. Laurel Bunker about the recent announcement by evangelical leaders that they are leaving (or at least seriously reconsidering) their faith. Provide feedback -- including suggestions for future episodes -- at firstname.lastname@example.org Resources mentioned in this episode: Stephanie Williams O'Brien, Stay Curious: How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith. Pre-order at Amazon by clicking here.
34 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
What's New In New Testament (Studies)?
A conversation with Dr. John Dunne, Assistant Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary. Works mentioned in this show: Paul and the Gift, by John M.G. Barclay "A Perplexing Gift: Toward Clarity In The Evangelical-Mormon Interfaith Dialogue On Grace." John Anthony Dunne. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60:2 (Jun 2017)
31 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
The Most Important Ministry of the Church
This episode features a conversation with Dr. Denise Muir Kjesbo, Professor of Children and Family Ministry at Bethel Seminary, and Pastor of Discipleship at The Point Is to Serve Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Links to references in the show: Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should Be Your Church's #1 Priority - George Barna, 2016 Households of Faith: The Rituals and Relationships That Turn a Home Into a Sacred Space by The Barna Group, 2019 International Network for Children's Ministry: incm.org Hosts of the Children's Pastor's Conference Engage Certificate: https://www.childrensministrycertification.com/engage-certification/ 9 month Children's Ministry Certificate in Children's Ministry offered in collaboration with The Cory Center for Children's Ministry of Bethel Seminary D6: D6family.com Hosts of the D6. Family Ministry Conference https://d6family.com/d6conference/academic-partners/ D6 Family Ministry Certificate: 8 month Certificate in Family Ministry offered in collaboration with The Cory Center for Children's Ministry of Bethel Seminary 4/14 Window: https://4to14window.net The 4/14 Window Movement is a Global Mission Movement focusing on Reaching, Rescuing, Rooting, and Releasing children and youth (0-18 years old) to reach their full transformational impact in their family, community, and nation.
30 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
Social Media and Relationship Health
This episode features a conversation with Tina Watson Wiens, Assistant Professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Bethel Seminary.
30 minutes | Aug 3, 2019
Becoming Whole & Holy
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