The Bible is a collection of stories. It is the Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God. As we study the Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit, we begin appreciating the thorns and thistles, the triumphs and enjoyments of those who have gone before. But we also have a lot to learn from one another, for in the end, Christians are victorious "by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony" (Revelation 12:11).
Hosted by Rev. James Ellis III, Trinity Western University's University Chaplain and Director of Student Ministries, this podcast is an opportunity to get to know students, faculty, staff, and others a bit more up-close, to hear wisdom about relationships, spiritual formation, vocational discernment – you name it.
We think that these stories are important insomuch as they point to the "good news" Jesus represents. We are who we are only because he bought us at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20), living and dying, and being resurrected by God the Father for our sake!
So, do yourself a favor and listen and then tell a friend to listen. After all, who doesn't like a good story?
Susie Gamez | Embracing Discomfort
Susie Gamez is a speaker, writer, and as she puts it, "reconciler." Canadian by birth, Korean by heritage and Mexican/American by marriage, it's no wonder she is so passionate about issues surrounding culture, diversity, and justice. In this episode, we chat about the imperative for Christians to be salt and light in the world and take action on the ills that plague our communities. In order to do that, though, we need to embrace the sometimes unpleasant, but oh so joyful reward of discomfort.
Michelle Tracy Stephen | The Art of Slayin' in Your Lane
Michelle Tracy Stephen is a Trinity Western alum (13') with an exuberant personality and an even more vibrant heart for Jesus. As a former student and staff member at TWU, she fell in love with the community, and soon found it a launch pad for her ministry, personal development, and relationship with her husband Ricky. In this episode, we're catching up with Michelle about something we each can find challenging, but something oh so important in our walk with God and general sanity: the art of slayin' (and staying) in your lane. Listen, share, repeat!
Olivia Francis-Akolo | Creative Hustle, Pentecostal Fire, and Country Idol
Olivia Francis-Akolo ('20) is a TWU grad with a big dream, but more importantly, a journey marked by the Creator's fingerprints. If you've been a student at Trinity in recent years or are from Alberta, you may recognize Olivia from her many times sangin'(yes, that's right, sangin') at Open Mic Nights, sharing her creativity through graphic design, or winning the 2014 Peace Country Idol. Either way, it's clear that Olivia bleeds artistic energy. Listen, share, repeat!
Dr. Todd Still | On His Career, Technology and BBQ Sauce
Dr. Todd D. Still serves as The Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean and The William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures in the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. In addition to serving as Truett’s fifth dean, a position that he has held since 2015, Dr. Still, who joined Truett's faculty in the fall of 2003, teaches courses in New Testament Studies and Greek. In this episode, we chat about Dr. Still's career, using technology wisely, and what may arguably be the best way to BBQ (up for debate).
Philip Yancey | Faith, Writing, and Ice Cream Addictions
Philip Yancey is an American author whose work pertains primarily to the spiritual issues of our generation. His books have sold more than 15 million copies in English and have been translated over fifty languages making him one of the best-selling contemporary Christian authors. In this episode we chat about Philip's faith journey, his venture into writing, and a few other golden nuggets! Take a listen!
Quonekuia Day | Know God Through His Word
Professor Quonekuia Day is an accomplished instructor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. You might remember her when she visited Trinity Western as a guest speaker in Chapel (episodes in show notes). Today, as a full-time instructor of Old Testament & Biblical Hebrew at Gordon-Conwell (Boston campus and the Hispanic Ministries Program at South Hamilton, MA). Professor Day inspires young and old to love God with all of their soul, heart, and mind.
In this episode we chat about Biblical literacy, finding a church home, and the exodus. Take a listen!
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