February 13, 2019
Welcome to Part I of our new series, Open & Relational Theology. In the multi-part series, we'll be featuring a number of unique guests over the next month or so, so stay tuned!
In this episode, Stephen and Andrew have an organic dialog around frameworks of God, ways of thinking about omnipotence, omniscience, and impassibility, how this journey has impacted us personally, and much more. We committed to 30 minutes...which of course turned into an hour or so...but we suspect you'll come along for the discussion.
Hope you enjoy, and be sure to stick around for a number of fantastic interviews to be released over the next few weeks!
February 1, 2019
In this episode, we welcome Justin Lee - evangelical Christian, activist, author, and speaker - to discuss his latest book, Talking Across the Divide. We're super grateful to have Justin on to give us some of his personal story, discuss effective communication in Christian community, disagreement, strategic listening, and more. Hoping to have Justin on future episodes, so stay tuned!
This episode also includes a short reflection from Stephen and Andrew following the conversation with Justin.
Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree with and Maybe Even Change the World
January 15, 2019
We're excited to share this recent conversation with Kate Wallace Nunneley, continuing the discussion on gender roles, the Bible, and women in the Church. Kate gives us some great insight into The Junia Project, her perspective and experience as a female pastor, and terms like "Christian feminism" and "egalitarianism."
We dive into some of Paul's New Testament language around "headship," "women remaining silent," "not permitting women to teach," how this sits in an egalitarian vs. complementation framework, and much more.
Hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!
Follow Kate on Twitter @KateWallace1313 and check out The Junia Project here!
January 4, 2019
With the coming of a new year, we wanted to take a dedicated episode to discuss the last year doing this podcast. In this reflective episode, we welcome Tom Lombardi (interviewing us!) to discuss highlights, breakthroughs, feedback, learning experiences, and how we're looking at Laity going into 2019. We hope you enjoy.
Thank you to every listener and guest who has tuned in over the last handful of months - we couldn't do it without you!
To learn more about Tom's work, see his website, Transition Perfect, which includes the Every Day A Life Podcast.
December 25, 2018
In this episode we welcome author, professor, and practical theologian, Sharon Galgay Ketchum, to discuss her new book, Reciprocal Church: Becoming a Community Where Faith Flourishes Beyond High School.
As two adults who grew up in church, Stephen and I enjoyed discussing everything from the "nones" and the "dones" to the Church as vital, the relationship between the individual and the church, and raising kids in a Christian context today.
Parents, church leaders, pastors, and anyone interested in inter-generational dialog/growth/transformation will enjoy greatly!
Sharon Galgay Ketcham is professor of theology and Christian ministries at Gordon College in Massachusetts. She earned her Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Sharon’s two decades of experience in ministry include serving the local church, researching, writing, teaching, and mentoring. As a practical theologian, she is a scholar for the Church and invites people to reflect theologically on lived Christian faith. She is the author of Reciprocal Church: Becoming a community where faith flourishes beyond high school in which she proposes a new vision for a person’s relationship with the church and the accompanying values and practices that allow faith to flourish for persons and communities. Sharon lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two children.
December 15, 2018
Continuing the conversation on racism, whiteness, and the Church, we're excited to share a recent dialog with Dr. Drew Hart and Sarah Fe Harris, joining us from Harrisburg, PA.
Drew is the author of Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. In this four-way conversation, Drew and Sarah Fe lead us towards a rethinking our racialized culture, "white Jesus," how whiteness affects worship, and how to engage these real issues in a local church context.
Drew Hart website
Drew on Twitter - @DruHart
Sarah Fe Harris on Twitter - @sarahfeharris
December 7, 2018
About a month ago we had the pleasure of speaking with author, speaker, activist, and pastor, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, on his way home from a rally in Greensboro, NC.
In this episode we're diving into his latest book, Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion, to discuss racism, the dark legacy of the Church, and the Gospel rediscovered.
We hope you're as convicted, inspired, and uncomfortable as we were at times - ultimately leading to a deeper understanding of Jesus and the manifestation of the Gospel in our day.
Jonathan on Twitter - @wilsonhartgrove
Poor People's Campaign
School For Conversion
November 21, 2018
In this episode we welcome pastor, author, and podcaster extraordinaire, Luke Norsworthy, to discuss his new book, God Over Good: Saving Your Faith by Losing your Expectations of God.
Luke is the host of Newsworthy With Norsworthy, a Christian/spirituality-centered podcast Stephen and Andrew have been following closely for over four years. Thank you, Luke, for introducing us to so many impactful thinkers, authors, speakers, and theologians from around the world. Even more so, thank you for writing this honest book about doubt, growth, and the spiritual journey.
November 11, 2018
BZ is back! Rounding out our series on the Kingdom of God, in this episode we dive into the meaning of salvation in light of the Kingdom, "end times," heaven/hell, and much more.
As always, check out Brian's blog, his books, and Word of Life Church.
Also, check out this chapter from Sinner's in the Hands of a Loving God, Hell and How We Get There...