100 episodes

Seminary Dropout- It’s not full on academia like in seminary, but that’s not to say that theology nerds won’t like it as well, because it’s not Youth Camp either. There’s no Greek or Hebrew translation home work, but there are also no trust falls. There will be fun, insightful, personal, thoughtful and engaging interviews with Christian leaders, thinkers, bloggers, authors and theologians.

Seminary Dropout Shane Blackshear: Interviews with N.T. Wright, Christena Cleveland, Greg Boyd & More!

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 345 Ratings

Seminary Dropout- It’s not full on academia like in seminary, but that’s not to say that theology nerds won’t like it as well, because it’s not Youth Camp either. There’s no Greek or Hebrew translation home work, but there are also no trust falls. There will be fun, insightful, personal, thoughtful and engaging interviews with Christian leaders, thinkers, bloggers, authors and theologians.

    224 – The Best Leadership Book I’ve Ever Read, And It’s Author, Steve Cuss

    224 – The Best Leadership Book I’ve Ever Read, And It’s Author, Steve Cuss

    Steve Cuss am a published Author of the book Managing Leadership Anxiety- Yours & Theirs and your host on the Managing Anxiety Podcast. I love leaders, and I see how much pressure they carry. My particular concern is to bring relief by equipping them with tools for individual and team health. I especially enjoy helping leaders break long stuck patterns in themselves and their organizations.















    You Can Learn to Handle the Onslaught of Internal and External PressuresDoes anxiety get in the way of your ability to be an effective leader? Is your inability to notice when you and those around you are anxious keeping you “stuck” in chronic unhealthy patterns? In Managing Leadership Anxiety, pastor and spiritual growth expert Steve Cuss offers powerful tools to help you move from being managed by anxiety to managing anxiety.You’ll develop the capacity to notice your anxiety and your group’s anxiety. You will increase your sensitivity to the way groups develop systemic anxiety that keeps them trapped. Your personal self-awareness will increase as you learn how self gets in the way of identifying and addressing issues.Managing Leadership Anxiety offers valuable principles to those who are hungry to understand the source of the anxiety in themselves and in the people with whom they relate. Readers will be empowered to take back control of their lives and lead in mature and vibrant ways. -From the Publisher

    • 53 min
    223 – Emotionally Healthy Discipleship with Pete Scazzero

    223 – Emotionally Healthy Discipleship with Pete Scazzero

    Pete Scazzero, after leading New Life Fellowship Church for 26 years, co-founded Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, a groundbreaking ministry that moves the church forward by slowing the church down in order to multiply deeply changed leaders and disciples.







    Pete hosts the top-ranked Emotionally Healthy Leader podcast and is the author of a number of bestselling books, including The Emotionally Healthy Leader and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Pete and his wife Geri also developed The Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Course (Part 1 and 2), a powerful resource that moves people from a shallow to a deep relationship with Jesus.







    For more information, visit emotionallyhealthy.org or connect with Pete on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram @petescazzero. Check out The Emotionally Healthy Leaders podcast here.







    Pete and Geri remain vital members of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, NY.















    Many churches invest endless time and resources into discipleship, yet these efforts often do not produce deeply transformed disciples. Why? By exploring the systemic gaps that undermine effective growth and change, Peter Scazzero unpacks seven biblical themes to offer a clear vision of an emotionally healthy discipleship culture that will reshape the world. -From the Publisher







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    • 51 min
    222 – Michelle Reyes, On Building Lasting Connections Across Cultures

    222 – Michelle Reyes, On Building Lasting Connections Across Cultures

    Michelle Ami Reyes, PhD, is an Indian American writer, speaker, and activist whose work on faith and culture has been featured in Christianity Today, Faithfully Magazine, Patheos, and more. She is also the Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative and Editorial Director at Pax. Michelle lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Aaron, and two kids.







    Connect with Michelle at michelleamireyes.com















    Cultural identities and cross-cultural engagement are not things that anyone can choose to ignore anymore, least of all Christians. Many of us want to have diverse friends and are passionate about justice. But if we are serious about cross-cultural relationships–real relationships that lead to understanding, healing and solidarity across cultural lines–we need to be willing to change. And that’s not something that comes easy for any of us.In Becoming All Things, Michelle Reyes offers a poignant discussion on the challenges surrounding cross-cultural relationships in America today, including the reasons for cultural difference, stereotyping, appropriation, gentrification, racism, and more. Seeking to deconstruct these things in our own lives, Reyes focuses on the concept of cultural accommodation in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, and looks at the ways in which we need to adapt who we are in order to become all things to all people. The problems inherent in cross-cultural relationships have to do with us. We have to do better.With language that’s witty, funny, and accessible, Reyes offers hope for majority and minority alike by showing what’s possible when all of us are willing to try something new. -From the Publisher







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    • 48 min
    221 – Chris Rice, on Reconciling All Things, Living with Spencer Perkins, and Working at the UN

    221 – Chris Rice, on Reconciling All Things, Living with Spencer Perkins, and Working at the UN

    This week on Seminary Dropout…







    Chris Rice has helped give birth to pioneering initiatives to renew Christian life and mission and to address social division in the U.S., East Africa, and Northeast Asia. His three award-winning books are Reconciling All Things (co-authored with Emmanuel Katongole), the memoir Grace Matters, and More Than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel (co-authored with Spencer Perkins). His writing has appeared in Sojourners, Christianity Today, and the Christian Century.







    Chris currently serves as Director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office in New York City.







    Follow Chris on his blog at reconcilers.wordpress.com.







    Chris’ books mentioned in this episode:























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    • 1 hr 13 min
    220 – After Doubt: How to Question Your Faith Without Losing it, with A.J. Swoboda

    220 – After Doubt: How to Question Your Faith Without Losing it, with A.J. Swoboda

    This week on Seminary Dropout…







    A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) is assistant professor of Bible, theology, and world Christianity at Bushnell University in Eugene, Oregon, and leads a Doctor of Ministry cohort on the Holy Spirit and leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Subversive Sabbath, winner of a Christianity Today Book Award (Spiritual Formation) and an Award of Merit for CT’s Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year. He speaks regularly at conferences, churches, camps, and retreats. Swoboda served for ten years as the lead pastor at Theophilus Church in urban Portland, is the founder and former director of Blessed Earth Northwest, and served as executive director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance.







    Check out his new podcast with previous Seminary Dropout guest Nijay Gupta, called In Faith and Doubt.







    Follow A.J. on his website and on twitter. 















    Is there a way to walk faithfully through doubt and come out the other side with a deeper love for Jesus, the church, and its tradition? Can we question our faith without losing it?







    Award-winning author, pastor, and professor A. J. Swoboda has witnessed many young people wrestle with their core Christian beliefs. Too often, what begins as a set of critical and important questions turns to resentment and faith abandonment. Unfortunately, the church has largely ignored its task of serving people along their journey of questioning. The local church must walk alongside those who are deconstructing their faith and show them how to reconstruct it.







    Drawing on his own experience of deconstruction, Swoboda offers tools to help emerging adults navigate their faith in a hostile landscape. Doubt is a part of our natural spiritual journey, says Swoboda, and deconstruction is a legitimate space to encounter the living God.







    After Doubt offers a hopeful, practical vision of spiritual formation for those in the process of faith deconstruction and those who serve them. Foreword by pastor and author John Mark Comer. -From the Publisher







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    • 40 min
    218: NT Wright on American Politics, and His Newest Book “Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World”

    218: NT Wright on American Politics, and His Newest Book “Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World”

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
345 Ratings

345 Ratings

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Listening for 4 years, still going

I discovered Shane’s podcast during a critical period in my spiritual life. Much has changed since then, but his gentle, reflective style and gift for establishing rapport with both guest and listener remains as strong as ever. So many of these interviews have broadened my perspective and helped me form a vocabulary for past church experiences along with the church I envision and long for. Most of all, it’s helped me hold on to hope that there’s room for faith, doubt, and community in my journey toward a healthier spiritual life. To Shane, his guests, and the family and friends that support them, thank you for doing what you’re doing, I wish you all the best.

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Women in ministry sermon

Thank you for sharing your women in ministry sermon with the world. Thank you for hiring your new female pastor. As a woman in ministry myself we need the voices of men who support women, not because we are women but because we are human beings-beloved children of God.

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