The CollegeLife606 Podcast is a space for courageous conversations at the crossroads of trying to follow Jesus while navigating culture. My name is Amber Jipp. I am a Jesus follower, and I currently serve as the Spiritual Formation Coordinator at North Park University, our sponsor.Each week, I’ll sit down with a friend and try to have the kind of conversation around tension points that you would want to have with them if you had the chance to pick their brain, hear their heart, and see the world through their eyes.My hope is that our conversations will help us become more like Jesus, live more robustly into his kingdom, and follow him together at the intersections of faith and culture.We invite you to listen, subscribe, review, and share with a friend. Thanks for joining us at the intersections of faith and culture.
Season Finale Part Two - Theology as Serious as Life and Death & Hope as Protest with Jenny McBride
In this episode, Dr. Jenny McBride beautifully and brilliantly shares Good News of God’s Reign and illuminates theology as serious as life and death. Jenny gives a bold invitation to have the courage to re-examine the theological frameworks we’ve grown up with and to live in the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit.
Jenny also clarifies that when we are talking about communal healing, we are automatically talking about systems and structures, and her theological imagination gives shape to new and hopeful ways of communal restoration, healing, and justice. Jenny wraps up this podcast season so profoundly as she echoes theologian Jürgen Moltmann in declaring “hope is protest.” Amen! May we be people who “boast in the hope of the glory of God!” (Romans 5:2)
Season Finale Part One - Building Up Ruins & Resisting Death-Dealing Powers: Living in the Easter Reality with Jenny McBride
Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed! Allelujah!
What does it look like to live into Resurrection Reality, actively resisting death-dealing powers and announcing and living into the Reality of God’s Kingdom?
In this episode, I sit down with my friend, Jenny McBride, theologian, educator, and activist, to focus on the story of her friendship and advocacy work for Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row at the time of her execution in 2015.
Through our conversation, Jenny describes how she understands the death penalty as a power and principality of death which is opposite of God's desires and of God’s Kingdom. She also explains ways in which she and others work theologically, pastorally, and actively as death penalty abolitionists.
From her intimate vantage point, Jenny also shares Kelly’s transformation story and the “building up ruins” as part of Kelly’s – and our - necessary journey toward resurrection life. Jenny proclaims that “the only way to new life is through restoration and healing; there’s no other way.”
Jenny’s experience, theology, thoughtfulness, and integrity are such a gift to us, and this conversation is about so much more than the story of one woman executed on Georgia’s death row. For all who have ears to hear, let them hear. (And be sure to check out Part Two of this conversation next week.)
Jenny McBride’s forthcoming book, You Shall Not Condemn (Cascade Books) will be released Fall 2021 and available wherever books are sold.
Compassion Incarnated or Incarcerated with Marcos Gamez
Would the community notice if a church packed up and left the neighborhood? Is the compassion of God’s people locked up, incarcerated?
Or is the community of God’s people incarnational - living in solidarity with the community, suffering with the community, and serving the needs of the community?
Guest host, Terence Gadsden, enjoys an insightful and convicting conversation with his long-time friend, Marcos Gamez comparing the incarnation of compassion compared with the incarceration of compassion by local church communities.
Not Growing Weary in Doing Good: Navigating Exhausting Times with Marcos Gamez
How are you?
Many people these days answer “tired,” “exhausted,” or “unwell.”
It has certainly been a long year – to say the least, and we are living in an incredibly demanding time emotionally, spiritually, physically, and relationally.
In this episode, my friend and ministry colleague, Terence Gadsden, sits down with his long-time friend, Marcos Gamez, as they reflect honestly on how they have navigated their interracial marriages, interracial friendships, and multi-racial communities both historically and in the last year in particular. Marcos passionately pastors us to “not grow weary in well-doing” even in the face of admittedly exhausting and difficult, often painful and patience-requiring relationships.
Marcos Gamez currently serves as on the Church Engagement Leadership Team for Compassion International.
The Pressures, the Feels, and Searching for Jesus on Social Media with Sharon Irving
“Jesus valued spaces where people of all backgrounds gathered,” proclaims Sharon Irving, and suggests that because of that, Jesus would be on social media. So how do we navigate social media as followers of Jesus?
Do we have to promote ourselves? Must we vilify others? What about “the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16)?
The content matters. Does it also matter how we deliver the content? Sharon considers Proverbs 15:1 for social media: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger,” and we explore what it might look like as we let God’s Spirit lead our social media engagement.
Time for a New Song: Worship and Worship Culture with Sharon Irving
Many long to encounter God through worship, but are we being thoughtful about how worship culture shapes us? Does it maintain status quo? Perpetuate injustice? Or does it lead to Jesus' liberating Kingdom?
And how do worship songs, in particular, and worship culture, in general, form or de-form us as followers of Jesus?
In this episode, worship leader and Kingdom Creative, Sharon Irving, discusses the role of worship leaders as “shifters and changers of atmospheres.” She describes how music in general and worship in particular can be a form of protest and resistance and has the power to build bridges and bring about reconciliation. Sharon also laments the harm she and others have experienced at the hand of toxic worship culture and the worship industrial complex, as well as the ways in which worship music and culture can be (and has been) complicit in racism and injustice. Sharon’s vision, humility, honesty, and the light of God in her is all on beautiful display throughout this courageous conversation at the intersection of faith and culture.
Thought provoking and faith building
This podcast doesn’t shy away from the hard questions. What does it mean to truly follow Jesus in a broken culture? How do we understand our brothers and sisters of different races? What does it mean to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God? The host, Amber Jipp, works with college students, so this is not your grandma’s podcast. These are the real questions our culture and our faith are asking now.
Looking forward to hearing more
The conversations are engaging and relevant. Amber has such strong sensitivity to what God is doing and I’m so happy that she gets to share that with us through this podcast. I’ve listened to first two episodes so far and I’m definitely looking forward to the other episodes.
Not just for college! Important & insightful
As a pastor at a multicultural, multigenerational, multi class West Side church, the wisdom in this podcast is so needed and so helpful! Amber draws out such compelling insight with thoughtful questions that are just as rich as the answers. I recommend listening and can’t wait for more!