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Practicing Gospel is a podcast that enables you to hear the voices from the Christian Left and about issues, topics, and concerns that interest the Christian Left

Practicing Gospel Podcast David Rayburn

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

Practicing Gospel is a podcast that enables you to hear the voices from the Christian Left and about issues, topics, and concerns that interest the Christian Left

    Nice Churchy Patriarchy with Liz Cooledge Jenkins PGE 97

    Nice Churchy Patriarchy with Liz Cooledge Jenkins PGE 97

    My guest for this episode is Liz Cooledge Jenkins. In this episode we discuss her book Nice Churchy Patriarchy: Reclaiming Women's Humanity from Evangelicalism.



    Liz is a writer, preacher, and former college campus minister who lives in the Seattle area with her husband Ken and their black cat Athena. After spending thirteen years as a young adult in evangelical communities, Liz is passionate about sorting through inadequate and harmful theologies and learning how to build faith communities that are inclusive, just, and life-giving—for women and for all people.



    Liz has a BS in Symbolic Systems (Stanford University) and a Master of Divinity degree. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners, The Christian Century, Christians for Social Action, and Red Letter Christians, among other places, and she is a regular contributor at Feminism and Religion. She blogs at lizcooledgejenkins.com, Patheos (Always Re-forming), and Substack (Growing Into Kinship), and can also be found on Instagram @lizcoolj and @postevangelicalprayers. When not writing, Liz enjoys swimming, hiking, attempting to grow vegetables, and drinking a lot of tea.









     

    The intro and outro music for this episode is from a clip of a song called 'Father Let Your Kingdom Come' which is found on The Porter's Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.

    • 58 min
    When Propehts Preach with Dr. Jay Augustine PGE 96

    When Propehts Preach with Dr. Jay Augustine PGE 96

    In this episode I welcome back Dr. Jonathan "Jay" Augustine to discuss the sequel to his book Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion. You can listen to my interview with Dr. Augustine on that book in episode 89. The sequel is When Prophets Preach: Leadership and the Politics of the Pulpit.



    If Called to Reconciliation is about the Church's responsibility to fulfill its ministry of reconciliation given to it by our God, When Prophets Preach is about the leadership necessary to enable the Church to engage in and seek to achieve its ministry.



    Dr. Augustine serves as senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church in Durham, NC. You can learn more about Dr. Augustine on his website:



    https://www.jayaugustine.com/

    The intro and outro music for this episode is from a clip of a song called 'Father Let Your Kingdom Come' which is found on The Porter's Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.

    • 49 min
    Hymn Writer David Bjorlin Interview PGE 95

    Hymn Writer David Bjorlin Interview PGE 95

    My guest for this episode is Dr. David Bjorlin. Dr. Bjorlin is a hymn text writer. As an Assistant Professor of Worship at North Park University, David prepares his students for lives of significance and service by guiding and equipping them with practical skills centered around worship. “I believe what and how we worship forms the people we are and the way we interact with the world,” he says. As the assistant chapel coordinator at North Park and the pastor of worship and creative arts at the Resurrection Covenant Church, Bjorlin incorporates his experiences into the classroom by combining theory, practice, and reflection. Framing his classes through a city-centered lens, Bjorlin emphasizes that to understand worship, one must first understand location. He aims to teach students the importance of learning what it means to be a Christian living in a particular city surrounded by different cultures.



    David's YouTube channel can be found here:



    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUXJEzza9ABOLCPKfdXHl_w

    The intro and outro music for this episode is from a clip of a song called 'Father Let Your Kingdom Come' which is found on The Porter's Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Penguin Project with Lisa Jinkins PGE 94

    The Penguin Project with Lisa Jinkins PGE 94

    One of the things we have gotten wrong for too long has been our understanding of and, consequently, treatment of people with disabilities. Although it is not happening broadly enough or quickly enough, efforts to correct our understanding and our behavior are taking place. One of those efforts is The Penguin Project which is a nation-wide organization and effort to involve people with disabilities in musical theater. My guest for this episode is here to discuss her work with the project.

    Lisa Heath Jinkins (Choreographer for Golden Isles Penguin Project in Brunswick, GA) began her career as a professional modern dancer in New York City in 1985. She had the opportunity to perform with many top choreographers and companies, including The Martha Graham Dance Company, and at some of the larger theatres in Manhattan: New York City Center and The Joyce Theater, to name two.

    Lisa met and married Jim Jinkins in NY, and they have two children, Rose and Heath. During this time, Lisa had the opportunity to write 5 children’s books for The Disney Company, based on the animated series “PB&J Otter” created by Jim Jinkins. That led to co-creating “JoJo’s Circus” for The Disney Channel, and writing scripts for “Pinky Dinky Doo”, an animated television series created by Jim.

    In 2010, the family moved to Brunswick, GA, where they continued to be involved in the arts, performing in various local productions on stage, and working behind the scenes, as well. In 2016 Lisa was asked to be the Choreographer for a new venture: Golden Isles Penguin Project.  The Penguin Project® is a musical theater production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles. All sing, dance and act in the show. Those individuals (Artists) will get assistance from on-stage peers (Mentors). And after a one year break in 2023, Lisa has been asked to return to help with Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man, Jr.!" She can’t wait!

    To learn more about The Penguin Project and efforts like these go to the following links:

    Golden Isles Penguin Project: https://goldenislesarts.org/programs/penguin-project/

    The Penguin Project:  https://penguinproject.org/

    The intro and outro music for this episode is from a clip of a song called 'Father Let Your Kingdom Come' which is found on The Porter's Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Center for Conscious Living and Dying with Dr. Aditi Sethi PGE 93

    Center for Conscious Living and Dying with Dr. Aditi Sethi PGE 93

    This episode is a continuation of my series on palliative care and end of life issues. My guest is Dr. Aditi Sethi. Dr. Sethi is a hospice and palliative care physician, end-of-life doula, and musician. Featured in the forthcoming film The Last Ecstatic Days, Aditi is an emerging and important voice for shifting our culture’s understanding and approach to dying, death, and bereavement care. Dr. Sethi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Conscious Living and Dying which will formally launch in the near future. The mission of Center for Conscious Living and Dying is to create a community that embodies living a meaningful life through inner exploration and growth, service, and community-supported end-of-life care.



    Aditi is here to share with us her journey into establishing and developing the Center and to help us understand more fully its vision and work.



    To learn more, go to the website for the Center at ccld.community.

    The intro and outro music for this episode is from a clip of a song called 'Father Let Your Kingdom Come' which is found on The Porter's Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.

    • 28 min
    Storyteller Gloria Elder PGE 92

    Storyteller Gloria Elder PGE 92

    The reason I feature storytelling as often as I do in this show is because of its capacity as an art form to build bridges between people and connect them, existentially and emotionally to experience the 'world' within the story, and thereby existentially and emotionally to experience the lives of others and The Other. Storytelling is a therapy and, as you know from my interviews with Meta Commerce and Mark Yaconelli, a medicine. And it can also be a joyful means of entertainment, fellowship, and communion. It is a way we make sense and meaning of our lives and realities.



    This episode focuses again on the importance of storytelling in African American culture. My guest is Gloria Elder.

    Gloria “Glo Glow” Elder has been telling stories for as long as she can remember. She enjoys writing and telling stories of her many adventures of growing up around her loving grandparents, who told her many family stories. If fact, Gloria credits her grandparents as the reason she developed a love for storytelling. 

    When she became an Early Childhood Educator and Director, she told stories to children and adults in the day care center every Friday morning. Upon changing careers and missing the children at the day care center, she became a clown and created her act called, “The Magic of Clowning Around”. Her performances included, mime, singing, face painting and magic tricks.  

    The themes of Gloria’s stories are family history, saving our planet and transforming our life.  She performs at birthday parties, in schools, hospitals, churches, cemeteries, and at festivals. She also loves telling African Folktales.

    Her first book titled, I Walked a Mile in Her Shoes: A Story of Unconditional Love, is a story about an adventure she had with her maternal grandmother. Gloria is a member of Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia and the National Association of Black Storytellers.

    To buy a copy of Gloria's book, contact her at gloriaelder@comcast.net.



    To learn more about Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia go here:



    kuumbastorytellers.org



    To learn more about The National Association of Black Storytellers to here:



    https://www.nabsinc.org/

    The intro and outro music for this episode is from a clip of a song called 'Father Let Your Kingdom Come' which is found on The Porter's Gate Worship Project Work Songs album and is used by permission by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.

     

    • 53 min

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Leslie H W ,

Practicing Gospel Podcast

I think I probably don’t identify as being on the Christian Left. Doesn’t matter! This podcast is teaching me things I wouldn’t hear from the traditional right or a Bible study. Did you know that the Gospel of John in Mandarin identifies the Logos of God as the Tao? C.S. Lewis did. And Dr. Rayburn’s guest discusses that. The Baptist work on democracy issues, trends in church music, justice and peace work, racial healing initiatives, widowhood, Biblical Storytelling - some of the great topics covered in these episodes. Thanks for bringing these to our attention. We need balance in perspectives in our Christian faith.

ekatherine25 ,

Our voices

Much of talk radio claims to represent Christianity but it’s never seemed to represent my voice or been consistent with my views. With Practicing Gospel, host David Rayburn interviews guests who discuss topics and raise questions that make me think without making me mad. Dr. Rayburn and his guests use a Christian framework, one that is open minded and open to new ideas. It’s a welcome addition to the world of podcasts and I look forward to each new episode.

Indo Rob ,

The “Practicing Gospel” Podcast Series

The conversations that Dr. David Rayburn shares with his audience are windows into the insights of practitioners and mentors on the Christian Left. There are many places where Christians are offered inspiration or instruction from the perspective of the Center or Right. But it is more unusual to locate stories and lessons from more liberal people of faith, whether they are followers of the Christ Way or of other spiritual paths. As the initiator of and guide for these discussions, Rayburn draws from his PhD in Christian theology and his many years as a professor and pastor to present important ways of practicing the gospel of peace, justice and love. His introductions to each podcast guest and topic, as well as his probing questions, help to make this podcast series a splendid tool for enriching the understanding and personal ministries of progressive Christians. This fascinating series is highly recommended.

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