The ChurchNext Podcast is the audio ministry of ChurchNext: we produce online learning experiences that shape disciples
Founded in Detroit, ChurchNext launched in August 2013 with 28 online classes on various aspects of faith.
Since then, more than 25,000 people from 30+ countries have taken one of ChurchNext’s 300+ courses, which have feature instructors like Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Parker Palmer, Phyllis Tickle, Stanley Hauerwas, and Nadia Bolz Weber; just to name a few.
What is Resurrection? with Lucas Mix
The physical side of the resurrection is not often spoken of in mainline Protestant churches. That is, we get it in theory but choose not to think about that side of the resurrection too much. Influenced by Platonism and by the overall notion that our sinful bodies tend to get us into trouble, many Christians think of the body as something problematic that we leave behind in death. And, we wonder, how would a physical resurrection even work, anyway? Our bodies stay here. We are dust and to dust we do return. It is perhaps not surprising that as a culture, many of us approach the resurrection as a purely spiritual event, even knowing that this approach doesn’t wholly encompass Christian theology on resurrection.
If we pattern our hope for resurrection on Jesus', then we can assume that (1) we will rise to new life after death; that (2) our risen life will differ from our life on earth today; and that (3) our resurrection will be physical in nature as well as spiritual. In today’s podcast, the Rev. Lucas Mix discusses the nature of resurrected life, emphasizing its physicality and what that physicality means for us both in the afterlife and in our lives today. He discusses what scripture tells us about the afterlife and how Greek and Jewish ideas about the afterlife have affected the way we understand it.
Surviving Moral Injury with David Peters
Learn what moral injury is, how it differs from PTSD, and how to heal from it with priest, author, and former Marine David Peters.
The Dynamics of Helping the Poor with Lee Anne Reat
Today we talk about the dynamics of helping the poor. We’ve all heard it said that if you give a person a fish, they eat for a day, but if you teach them to fish, they eat for a lifetime. If someone is starving, giving that person a fish is a good idea, but a system based on the wealthy getting access to fish and doling it out as they choose to people who constantly have to ask for it sets up unhealthy systems for everyone involved. It's a good thing to keep people from starving. It's not a good thing to keep people on the brink of starvation because we tolerate the kind of injustice that keeps some people on top at the expense of others.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40). In the gospels Jesus identifies very strongly with people who lack power, and in particular with people who are poor. He talks more about what people who follow him should do with money than he does about any other subject. Let’s hear from Lee Anne on the Bible's consistent messages about money and poverty.
Christians cannot live and work with their neighbors, see example after example of a flawed system causing pain and destruction in their lives, and not work to change that system. And the way we change our systems is through political activism -- contacting our legislators, writing and advocating with powerful people for the less fortunate, and generally using any secular power we have in the political world to create more just systems, systems that then line up with the gospel values of our faith.
Learning from London with Jason Fout
Learn how the Diocese of London has managed to grow despite the city of London’s general disengagement with church – and how your church may benefit from the Diocese of London’s approach.
Introduction to Spiritual Direction with Michelle Dayton
On today’s podcast, Episcopal priest and spiritual director Michelle Dayton discusses contemporary spiritual direction: what it is (and is not), what it can do, and what methods people use in practicing it. We’ll also discuss different methods of spiritual direction, what a one-on-one spiritual direction session is like, as well as the client /director relationship.
Christian spiritual direction dates as far back as the fourth- and fifth-century desert fathers and mothers, whom early Christians petitioned for spiritual guidance. St. Benedict codified the spiritual mentoring of novices by older, more experienced monks into his Rule. For centuries, Christians have offered each other directed spiritual guidance. In the mid-twentieth century, developments in psychology and counseling combined with growing parishioner needs for individualized spiritual guidance led to a resurgence of interest in spiritual direction and a change in the ways in which Christians practiced this discipline.
The Ministry of Stained Glass with Jackie King
Learn about the origins, history, and ministry of one of the Church's most profound vehicles for telling the Christian story: stained glass.
Content is very interesting. However the recording quality is distracting. Episode on Benedict had speaker being too low in volume Music was a bit too loud and not used to a positive production
Moderator too loud and speaker too low so it was harsh when moderator spoke and out of balance with speaker.