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Connecting the reality of the gospel to the grit of life. Author and Pastor Noah Filipiak addresses real topics with authenticity, humor, and the reality of the gospel.

The Flip Side with Noah Filipiak Noah Filipiak

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Connecting the reality of the gospel to the grit of life. Author and Pastor Noah Filipiak addresses real topics with authenticity, humor, and the reality of the gospel.

    Ep. 69: Pastor Jack and Becky Sytsema on being in a mixed orientation marriage and how the Church should treat LGBTQ+ people

    Ep. 69: Pastor Jack and Becky Sytsema on being in a mixed orientation marriage and how the Church should treat LGBTQ+ people

    In addition to our audio podcast, you can now watch The Flip Side on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mC2u6m13T5M



    This is Part 2 of a two-part series with Pastor Jack and Becky's story that began in Episode 67 of the Flip Side. Please go back and listen to Episode 67 before listening to Episode 69. 
     
    In this episode, Noah interviews Pastor Jack and Becky Sytsema on being in a mixed orientation marriage where Becky is straight and Jack is not. Jack and Becky are church planters who planted Lake Effect Church in Grand Rapids, MI, where Jack serves as the senior pastor. Jack and Becky have been married 26 years. For the first 23 years of marriage, Jack desperately wanted to believe he was "ex-gay". Similar marriages often end in divorce. Listen to how Jack and Becky's marriage actually thrived, as well as the personal health Jack found by no longer hiding from his wife or his church. This is a rich conversation about Jack and Becky's story, about the covenant of marriage, and about how the Church needs to treat LGBTQ+ people. 
     

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    ADDICTION - 5 Min. Flip August 6th, 2022

    ADDICTION - 5 Min. Flip August 6th, 2022

    • 12 min
    True intimacy is found in God’s love for us, not sex or lust - Psalm 131 - 5 MIN FLIP

    True intimacy is found in God’s love for us, not sex or lust - Psalm 131 - 5 MIN FLIP

    Psalm 131


    My heart is not proud, Lord,
        my eyes are not haughty;
    I do not concern myself with great matters
        or things too wonderful for me.
    2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,
        I am like a weaned child with its mother;
        like a weaned child I am content.



    3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
        both now and forevermore.

    • 10 min
    Ep. 68: Thoughts on Hillsong Exposed, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, & Willow Creek

    Ep. 68: Thoughts on Hillsong Exposed, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, & Willow Creek

    In addition to our audio podcast, you can now watch The Flip Side on YouTube: https://youtu.be/xpViSHl1gTc



    Noah reflects on the macro problems facing the Church in light of the Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed docuseries, The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill Podcast, and the Willow Creek scandal. 

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 67: Jack Sytsema shares about being a gay / same sex attracted pastor in a mixed orientation marriage

    Ep. 67: Jack Sytsema shares about being a gay / same sex attracted pastor in a mixed orientation marriage

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    Noah intros the topic of LGBTQ+ people and theology as a lead up to Pastor Jack Systema's testimony sermon. This sermon is Noah's top resource for helping understand a biblical view of sexuality and compassion for LGBTQ+ people. It's nuanced and doesn't fit into the prescribed categories of the current theological debates (Jesus wasn't good at fitting into prescribed categories either...). 
     
    In our next Flip Side episode, Noah will be interviewing Jack and his wife Becky. You can email your questions to podcast@beyondthebattle.net. 
     
    Jack Sytsema is lead pastor at Lake Effect Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  As a native of Grand Rapids it would be easy to think he didn’t venture far from home.  But he’s lived in California, where he graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary; Colorado Springs, where he interned and eventually became Dean of Wagner Leadership Institute; Melbourne, FL where he was CFO of a large medical practice and non-profit for individuals with developmental disabilities. God eventually brought him back to West Michigan where he and his wife, Becky, planted Lake Effect Church in 2016. Jack and Becky have been married for 25 years and live with their three sons in Zeeland, Michigan.
     

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Ep. 66: Abortion and Gun Control

    Ep. 66: Abortion and Gun Control

    In light of the Uvalde school shooting of 19 children and 2 staff, Noah talks about how we talk about politics, including gun control and abortion.

     

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

pigslauterer ,

Great story!

Thanks for the introduction by Matt Dobschuetz! Good to hear your story Noah.

Cmeinec1 ,

Just What I Need to Hear at the Right Times

Noah I really appreciate this podcast in many ways. The messages, raw honesty, and humor are just what I need. It seems to be the exact thing I need to listen to at times when I need to hear something uplifting. Thanks for sharing your life experiences, faith, and wisdom. Many blessings.

Chas

Janie.MM.P. ,

A staple for me!

This podcast has greatly enriched my walk with God. I appreciate how Noah addresses topics that I often wonder about as a Christian but don’t hear about consistently in church (for example: mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, addiction, racial justice). Thank you for addressing these real issues in such a thoughtful and Biblical way. I hope everyone listens to The Flip Side Podcast!!

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