The world is different on the other side of a pandemic. The same kinds people who were ignored are now in the center of the conversation.
The question is: when people are ready to listen, what do you have to say?
The Disruptors: Season 2 is hosted by Esau McCaulley and features a series of disruptive conversations with Lecrae, Taylor Schumann, David Swanson, Justin Giboney, Beth Moore, Robert Chao Romero, and more.
Alan Noble Takes Pop Culture Seriously
Co-founder of Christ and Pop Culture Alan Noble believes deeply in the importance of learning how to interact and engage with the culture around us. "We need to talk. We need to have strong communities. We need to have these kind of conversations."
Between imperfect mediums and political conflict, Noble explains how distortion and division often run rampant. In this episode of the Disrupters, Esau McCaulley and Alan noble talk truth and technology, postmodern attitudes, and the theologies of power that dominate the church today.
Learn more with Noble's book Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age.
BONUS: What We've Learned From The Disrupters
We're taking a break this week, but in the meantime, we thought we'd share some of our favorite episodes of The Disrupters and look back on what they meant to us.
Jasmine Holmes Charts Her Own Path
"I've honestly learned that nobody is owed the sound of my voice."
As the daughter of someone with a significant presence in evangelical circles, author and teacher Jasmine Holmes is familiar with assumptions made about who she is—but she doesn't fit into a mold.
In this episode of the Disrupters, Esau McCaulley and Jasmine Holmes dive into stereotypes of race and political ideologies, black womanhood, and the fearless pursuit of God's unique callings on our lives. Get a copy of her book Mother to Son: Letters to a Black Boy on Identity and Hope now.
Chandra Crane Owns Her Superpower
From fighting stereotypes to redefining isolating spaces, Asian American author Chandra Crane is an expert at disruption. But that doesn't mean it's easy—coming from a multiethnic and multicultural background, she's had to work to complicate oversimplified conversations.
"It's actually a blessing to complicate things...It breaks up this conversation which assumes that everybody is either completely privileged or completely oppressed. So I think it pushes back on that and reminds us that we all have pain that needs to be healed and needs to be cared for."
In this episode of the Disrupters, Esau McCaulley and Chandra Crane discuss multiethnic identity formation, overlooked stories, and helping to build bridges—without becoming one.
Crane's book Mixed Blessing: Embracing the Fullness of Your Multiethnic Identity is out December 15, available for preorder now.
David Swanson Refuses to Check Out
"There's no end to my learning and growing."
From missionary kid in Venezuela to pastor in Chicago, David Swanson's eyes were gradually opened to injustice in his communities. As the white pastor of New Community Covenant Church on the South Side of the city and author of Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity, Swanson has humbly plunged into the multiracial spaces God has called him to.
While it would be easy wash his hands of the tension, pain, and criticism that comes with the work of racial reconciliation, he won't: "What do I want to go back to majority white spaces for? What would I want to go be deeply embedded in white evangelicalism for? It's nowhere nearly as good as this is!"
In this episode of the Disrupters, Esau McCaulley and David Swanson discuss the tough work and incredible blessings behind shepherding a church body in a multiracial community.
Taylor Schumann Survived—Now She Speaks Up.
"I was already an extremely empathetic person, but this took it to a new level." Since writer and activist Taylor Schumann, author of forthcoming title ‘When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: A Shooting Survivor’s Journey into the Realities of Gun Violence,’ was shot as a social worker in 2013 during a school shooting, she's had to stand up for herself and others who find themselves victims of gun violence.
Coming from conservative small-town Virginia, it wasn't easy to become an activist for gun reform—but for Schumann, it's all about her faith.
"For me, being more like Jesus is opposing things that are not in line with his vision for us as people on earth—and I cannot picture Jesus walking on the earth carrying an AR-15 down the street."
In this episode of the Disrupters, Taylor Schumann and Esau McCaulley discuss the continuing trauma, difficult church spaces, and racial tensions surrounding gun violence.