11 episodes

The gospel led them into disruption. They told the truth, and the truth set the world on edge.
Each episode of The Disrupters focuses on a specific disruption—a break, interruption, or disturbance—in the church, and how each guest is taking part in that disruption.
The Disruptors is hosted by Esau McCaulley and features a series of disruptive conversations with Sho Baraka, Tish Harrison Warren, Jemar Tisby, N.T. Wright, Sheila Wise Rowe, Dominique DuBois Gilliard, and more.
The Disrupters: Change What Is is produced by CT Creative Studio in partnership with InterVarsity Press. 

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The gospel led them into disruption. They told the truth, and the truth set the world on edge.
Each episode of The Disrupters focuses on a specific disruption—a break, interruption, or disturbance—in the church, and how each guest is taking part in that disruption.
The Disruptors is hosted by Esau McCaulley and features a series of disruptive conversations with Sho Baraka, Tish Harrison Warren, Jemar Tisby, N.T. Wright, Sheila Wise Rowe, Dominique DuBois Gilliard, and more.
The Disrupters: Change What Is is produced by CT Creative Studio in partnership with InterVarsity Press. 

    Jemar Tisby Confronts His Collaborators

    Jemar Tisby Confronts His Collaborators

    For African American Christians in the evangelical church, cognitive dissonance is a way of life. As African Americans approach cultural change, there’s a long-standing tension between working within mainstream institutions, seeking to provide insight and challenge whenever possible, and then finding their work most effective outside of those institutions.
    That’s where Jemar Tisby finds himself: “I want to be very careful about where I place my voice.”
    In this final episode of The Disruptors, a conversation between Esau McCaulley, an African-American professor at a majority white institution, and Jemar Tisby, founder and president of The Witness and author of The Color of Compromise, illuminates the dissonance. More importantly, this conversation clearly demonstrates how this tension serves as an ever-present reminder that the racial struggles we face in the American church flow from historical struggles.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ruth Everhart Reexamines Our Faulty Systems

    Ruth Everhart Reexamines Our Faulty Systems

    Despite the fact that the protection of those who are sexually exploited and abused in the church is of utmost importance, the issue continues to exist because of its very nature. Uncomfortable and unwilling to engage a topic that demands so much introspection of the church, many turn their gaze elsewhere.
    Ruth Everhart, author of The #MeToo Reckoning: Facing the Church’s Complicity in Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, wants us to grapple with the reality on the ground and our role in confronting it. We all have a part to play to make the church a safer space for people.

    • 50 min
    Jenny Yang Stands Strong in the Midst of a Moral Sea Change

    Jenny Yang Stands Strong in the Midst of a Moral Sea Change

    Immigration hasn’t always been as controversial as it is now. In the past, churches seemed to agree that any opportunity to bring the gospel to the foreigner would be welcomed. But in the last several years, Jenny Yang has found herself in the midst of a great transition.
    So, how has Yang, the Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Policy at World Relief and author of Welcoming the Stranger, coped with the church’s moral whiplash? By focusing on reassessing assumptions. “I'm hopeful despite all of this,” says Yang, “because my sense is that this is perhaps a season that's giving us, as a church, time to reflect on what we really believe about the role of the church, not just in ministry but [also in] political engagement.”

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sheila Wise Rowe Dignifies the Burdens of the Past

    Sheila Wise Rowe Dignifies the Burdens of the Past

    For 25 years, Sheila Wise Rowe has counseled trauma and abuse survivors. Many of Rowe’s counselees struggle under the weight of history. For those who suffer from racial trauma, history is not an abstract concept; it’s re-lived with every racial slight or microaggression.
    We often choose to remember the good things in our past. We celebrate moments that make us happy, give us purpose, or lift our country up. It can be too easy for those in power to forget the darker moments, like when human beings were exploited for the sake of our country’s best interest. But not everyone has the ability to forget. For Sheila Wise Rowe and those she counsels that memory is in their bones.

    • 52 min
    Jasmine Holmes and the Power of Black Motherhood

    Jasmine Holmes and the Power of Black Motherhood

    Within certain Christian communities, there’s tremendous pressure to fit within a box, to stay within your lane. Jasmine Holmes, a black Christian mother and author of Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope, has faced that pressure since she was young. 
    But through it all, Jasmine fought to make her faith her own. She learned to embrace her identity without falling into pre-written narratives. And she discovered the deep, genuine joy and pain of motherhood in the face of personal upheaval.

    • 49 min
    N.T. Wright Forces an Overdue Conversation

    N.T. Wright Forces an Overdue Conversation

    At one point, N.T. Wright found himself standing before a sea change. He was guesting on TV talk shows and publishing bestsellers. All in an effort to address what he saw as a disparity between beliefs about Scripture and what Scripture actually says. 
    Wright has never thought of himself as disruptive, but he admits that others have. He's also happy to disturb the overly comfortable mindset that has come with “shallow readings, which haven’t always been accurate.” 
    “If my work disturbs them,” Wright says, “then Hallelujah.” 
    His willingness to disturb, however, is secondary to his determination to get Scripture right at all costs and to renew an interest in a book that has become stale to many. His scholarship on Paul, in particular, has both ruffled feathers and awakened a new spiritual passion in many. 

    • 45 min

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