A podcast for "orthodoxical" (orthodox evangelical) Christians seeking balanced wisdom and integrated faith for the renewal of God's kingdom. Join host Kyle Bumgarner as he chops it up with guests about how to faithfully follow Jesus while pursuing righteousness for the sake of our neighbors and enjoying the goodness of God's creation. If you're pro "both/and", your love for Jesus leads you to justice, and you appreciate the nuance and beauty of life with God, subscribe and listen in!
The Silencing of Women and How We Need to Change with Tiffany Bluhm | E22
Over the last several years, there has been a reckoning in our society as women have spoken up about the abuse and mistreatment they've experienced and how their pain has often been swept under a rug. Sadly, the church has not only not been exempt from this type of injustice, it is often a primary source of pain. There have been numerous stories in recent years of churches and ministries that not only harmed women, but then used their institutional power and status to obscure the truth and prevent those women from telling their stories. Tiffany Bluhm talks with Kyle about what is at stake within these power dynamics, and what we can do to create institutional cultures built on truth and justice. Listen in now!
Loving and Creating Space in Church for our LGBTQ+ Siblings with Josh Proctor Guzman | E21
LGBTQ+ issues are one of the most important topics facing churches today. Yet most churches are unaware of how they can respond to those who find themself in this community as well as a church community. Many churches face a huge dilemma in caring and creating spaces for their LGBTQ+ members while upholding a traditional Christian theology of marriage and sexual ethics. Josh Proctor Guzman has spent his life navigating this tension and has been involved with some great work on both the podcast Life on Side B and the ministry of Posture Shift. He and Kyle have a great talk about how Christians and churches can minister and love their LGBTQ+ members well, and what the path looks like for these communities going forward. Grab your airpods and listen in!
Navigating Mental Health and Theology with Val and Chris Lilley | E20
Mental health continues to be a hot topic in Christian circles, particularly as churches and clergy deal with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. One phenomenon in this conversation that needs more discussion is the way in which mental health ailments and disorders are often masked by Christian language and theological premises. Kyle unpacks this concept with Chris and Val Lilley of The Job Project, a podcast that deals with the intersection of mental health and church culture. It's a crucial convo, listen in!
The Meaning of Biblical Womanhood with Jayna Duckenfield | E19
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase "biblical womanhood"? What does the Bible actually have to say about being a woman? In what ways has the church used "biblical womanhood" as bomb instead of as a balm? Kyle talks with Jayna Duckenfield about the ways this conversation has taken form in the American church, and what Christians can do to promote a more robust version of biblical womanhood. Jayna also wrote a book, which you should get!
Exploring Our God-given Cultural Identities with Heidi Lepe | E18
All humans have a culture. Yet the scope of human culture is vast and multi-faceted. Even Jesus entered history within a particular culture. So what does that mean as for as we follow Jesus in a culture much different than his own. Furthermore, what do you do when the culture you have grown up in, raised in, and learned to follow Jesus in is not openly received by the dominant culture of the spaces you operate in? Heidi Lepe, an LA blogger and theologian specializing in faith, culture, and Latinx identity, chats with Kyle on these issues, as well as about her own faith that has been shaped by Latinx theology and praxis. This is a good one y'all, tune in and tell your friends! Also, you can check out Heidi's blog here and her Instagram here.
From Social Justice Extremist to Humble, Gospel-Centered Jesus-Follower with Eric Huffman | E17
Pursuing social justice is an important part of the Christian walk. But what happens when that becomes your idol, and your thirst for justice far outweighs your need for Jesus? Furthermore, what happens when your worldview is confronted by the truth of the risen Christ? Pastor Eric Huffman (you can read his story here) talks with Kyle about his journey from pastoring while denying the central truths of Christianity in order to pursue justice to becoming a born-again follower of Jesus and a humble servant of the gospel. This is a good one fam, check it out!
Pastor Eric Huffman is the lead pastor of The Story Church Houston, host of the Maybe God Podcast, and author of “40 Days of Doubt: Devotions for the Skeptic”. He has also recently released a book called Scripture and The Skeptic, aimed at helping the cynical and the skeptical navigate the Bible as Christian scripture. Eric's passion is to lead new generations to ask their questions, to doubt their doubts, and to know the truth of God through Jesus Christ. He has been a guest contributor for the KSBJ and NGen Evening Shows, a guest speaker for Exploration 2013 in Denver, the 2015 Louisiana Annual Conference, the 2016 North Carolina Preaching Festival, the 2016 New Room Conference in Houston, and the 2016 Disciple NOW at The Woodlands United Methodist Church.
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I like the concept of this podcast. It’s bold and challenging. Thoughtful conversations and gospel centered.