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Conversations to help us orient our lives and our leadership in the love of Christ.

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Conversations to help us orient our lives and our leadership in the love of Christ.

    Bradley Jersak: Navigating the Perils and Possibilities of Deconstruction

    Bradley Jersak: Navigating the Perils and Possibilities of Deconstruction

    Deconstruction: is it just a trendy brand name for falling away from belief in God? Or a process essential to authentic faith? Is it liberation or trauma? Prison break or exile? Well, Bradley Jersak joins us again to say... it's complicated (just like you!). We talk with Bradley about the themes of his latest book Out of the Embers: Faith After the Great Deconstruction, which explores the necessity, perils, and possibilities of "The Great Deconstruction."
    Bradley Jersak is the Dean of Theology & Culture, a graduate studies program at St. Stephen's University in New Brunswick, Canada. He also serves as an editor at CWRmagazine and Clarion-Journal.com. Bradley and his wife, Eden, have lived in the Abbotsford area of British Columbia since 1988, where they served as pastors and church planters for twenty years. Bradley is the author of a number of nonfiction and fiction books, including A More Christlike Word,  A More Christlike God, A More Christlike Way, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut, Can You Hear Me?: Tuning in to the God Who Speaks, and The Pastor: A Crisis.
    You can connect with Bradley and see what he's up to on his website: bradjersak.com.
    Show Notes:
    We mentioned Bradley's article "The Meeting Place: Facilitating Encounters with God".
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    • 57 min
    Jason Porterfield: How to Fight Like Jesus For Justice and Peace

    Jason Porterfield: How to Fight Like Jesus For Justice and Peace

    Throughout Holy Week, two competing approaches to peacemaking collide: the way of Jesus and the way of the religious and political elite. What if we're investing our lives in the wrong approach? What if—despite clinging to the cross of Christ for our salvation—we’ve actually embraced a different approach to peacemaking? One that justifies killing enemies. One whose methods include nailing criminals to crosses.
    Jason Porterfield joins us to talk about these questions, which are central to his book Fight Like Jesus: How Jesus Waged Peace throughout Holy Week, a day-by-day walk through Jesus’ final week that helps readers discover anew why he is called the Prince of Peace.
    Jason Porterfield holds a masters in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and has worked in Indonesia and Vancouver, CA with Servants, an international network of Christian communities living and ministering among the urban poor. His previous work includes the ebook 100 Early Christian Quotes on Not Killing which you can get a free copy of directly from his website JasonPorterfield.com.
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    • 54 min
    Kevin Sweeney: The Art and Struggle (and Joy) of Letting Go

    Kevin Sweeney: The Art and Struggle (and Joy) of Letting Go

    Father Richard Rohr has said that "all great spirituality is somehow about letting go." But what does that mean, and how does it actually work? How is this "letting go" different from not caring? Kevin Sweeney joins us to talk about this dynamic, which is the theme of his new book The Joy of Letting Go: How One Thing Has the Power to Change Everything.
    Kevin Sweeney was co-founder and lead pastor of Imagine Church—an urban church in Honolulu—for the past decade. He recently closed down this community. He is the host of podcast The Church Needs Therapy and is the author of the books, The Making of a Mystic: My Journey with Mushrooms, My Life as a Pastor, and Why It’s Okay For Everyone to Relax, and The Joy of Letting Go. He lives In Honolulu with his wife and co-founder of Imagine, Christine, and their two kids, True and Mikayla.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Eric Seibert: Learning to Enjoy the Old Testament

    Eric Seibert: Learning to Enjoy the Old Testament

    Lots of Christians have a complicated relationship with the Old Testament. It can seem arcane and boring, and even offensive in its depictions of God. Eric Seibert joins us to talk about an approach to reading the Old Testament that helps us actually enjoy it.
    His most recent book is Enjoying the Old Testament: A Creative Guide to Encountering Scripture.
    Dr. Eric Seibert is a professor of OT at Messiah Univ and has served as the president of the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society. His most recent books are The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the OT's Troubling Legacy and Disarming the Church: Why Christians Must Forsake Violence to Follow Jesus and Change the World.
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    • 33 min
    Lisa Weaver Swartz: How Evangelicals Do Gender and Practice Power

    Lisa Weaver Swartz: How Evangelicals Do Gender and Practice Power

    Sociologist Lisa Weaver Swartz joins us to talk how gender and power work in American evangelicalism, beyond the level of policies, theological positions, and aspirations. Her book Stained Glass Ceilings: How Evangelicals Do Gender and Practice Power explores this dynamic by examining the formation of evangelical leaders in two seminary communities, one complementarian (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) and one egalitarian (Asbury Theological Seminary).
    Lisa Weaver Swartz holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in the bluegrass region of Kentucky where she teaches sociology and writes about gender and religion. You can connect with her via her website.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Bonnie Kristian: How a Knowledge Crisis is Corrupting Christian Community

    Bonnie Kristian: How a Knowledge Crisis is Corrupting Christian Community

    What can we do to combat the misinformation that's impacting the people we care about and dividing our communities? Life and politics in the US are suffering from a raging knowledge crisis, and the church is no exception. Experienced journalist and author Bonnie Kristian helps us unpack this crisis and explore ways to combat it in our own lives, families, and church communities.
    These are the themes of Bonnie's new book Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community. Drawing from her extensive experience in journalism and her training as a theologian, Kristian explores social media, political and digital culture, online paranoia, and the press itself. She explains factors that contribute to our confusion and helps Christians pay attention to how we consume content and think about truth. Finally, she provides specific ways to take action, empowering readers to avoid succumbing to or fueling the knowledge crisis.
    Bonnie Kristian is an experienced journalist and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). She writes and edits opinion pieces on foreign policy, religion, criminal justice, urbanism, civil liberties, electoral politics, and more. Her column, "The Lesser Kingdom," appears in print and online at Christianity Today. A graduate of Bethel Seminary, Bonnie lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and twin sons.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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198 Ratings

198 Ratings

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Like a candy store

I stumbled on this podcast via someone's recommendation on Instagram. All of the topics and people on here are fascinating. I am so curious about them all I want to just be able to listen to all of them right away.
Thank you for making this podcast! It’s awesome!

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Inspiring and thought-provoking

This gentle yet powerful podcast is intentionally hosted. Matt and Ben bring a certain level of thoughtfulness that is not often found as they dig deep into the issues that stir our hearts, awaken our souls, and activate our minds… all the things that help to strengthen our faith and demonstrate Christ’s love, truthfully, powerfully, and lightly.

MarieEOB ,

Truth about CRT

Nathan Cartagena explaining Critical Race Theory is such a gift. Matt and Ben were so cued into their guest, they don’t say much but ask clarifying questions that the audience may be asking themselves. Am so looking forward to parts 3 and 4. Matt, Ben, Christy- great hosts for your listeners and guests.w

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