Rethinking Faith
Open and Relational Theology - With Thomas Jay Oord

Open and Relational Theology - With Thomas Jay Oord

August 4, 2021

This week, Dr. Thomas Jay Oord returns to the podcast for the fourth time. We had an awesome conversation focused around Tom's latest book "Open and Relational Theology: An Introduction to Life-Changing Ideas".

Open and Relational Theology has been a steady theme on the show, however, we never did a proper episode just on Open and Relational Theology. So this week, Tom and I sat down for an introductory, and sometimes nerdy, conversation that we hope you find helpful. Enjoy!

Resources:

Open and Relational Theology (Book)

ThomasJayOord.com

Center for Open and Relational Theology

Farewell Marty Fredrick

Farewell Marty Fredrick

July 28, 2021

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately, today is Marty's last week on the show. We talk about his experience and celebrate all that Marty has done. Best of luck Marty! Peace and love bro. 

Terraform - With Propaganda

Terraform - With Propaganda

July 21, 2021

Guess who's back, back again... Prop is back! Tell yo' friends. 

In Propaganda's latest book, "Terraform", he looks at the ways in which our world is broken. Using the metaphor of terraforming—creating a livable world out of an inhospitable one—he shows how we can begin to reshape our homes, friendships, communities, and politics.

In this transformative time—when we are redefining what a truly just and equitable world looks like, and reflecting on the work that needs to be done both in our spiritual and secular lives—Propaganda rallies us to create that just world. He sheds light on how nefarious origin stories have skewed our views of ourselves and others and allowed gross injustices, and demonstrates how great storytelling and excellent art can create and shape new perspectives of the world and make all of us better. Enjoy!

RESOURCES:

Terraform: Building a Better World (book)

How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer To Jesus - With Rachel Pieh Jones

How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer To Jesus - With Rachel Pieh Jones

July 14, 2021

When Rachel Pieh Jones moved from Minnesota to rural Somalia with her husband and twin toddlers eighteen years ago, she was secure in a faith that defined who was right and who was wrong, who was saved and who needed saving. She had been taught that Islam was evil, full of lies and darkness, and that the world would be better without it.

Luckily, locals show compassion for Jones who can’t keep her headscarf on or her toddlers from tripping over AK-47s. After the murder of several foreigners forces them to evacuate, the Joneses resettle in nearby Djibouti.

Jones recounts the personal encounters and growing friendships that gradually dismantle her unspoken fears and prejudices and deepen her appreciation for Islam. Unexpectedly, along the way she also gains a far richer understanding of her own Christian faith. Enjoy!

RESOURCES:

Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus (book)

 

When We Stand - With Terence Lester

When We Stand - With Terence Lester

July 7, 2021

This week, Terence Lester joins the show for the second time! It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the injustices that we see in the world. We don't know what to do and might think that we don't have anything to offer. But by using our gifts in collaboration with others, we can do more together than we ever could on our own.

Mobilizing and acting together empowers us to do what we can't do as isolated individuals. Lester looks at the obstacles that prevent us from getting involved, and he offers practical ways that we can accomplish things together as groups, families, churches, and communities. Togetherness and community give visible testimony of the power of the gospel. In this broken world, the body of Christ can transform society―when we stand together. Enjoy!

RESOURCES:

When We Stand: The Power of Seeking Justice Together (Book)

PreachersNSneakers - With Ben Kirby

PreachersNSneakers - With Ben Kirby

June 30, 2021

This week, Ben Kirby joined us to discuss the ideas in his new book "PreachersNSneakers: Authenticity in an Age of For-Profit Faith and (Wannabe) Celebrities".

What started as a joke account on Instagram has turned into a movement. Through this provocative project, the Ben is helping thousands of Jesus followers wrestle with the inevitable dilemmas created by a culture obsessed with image and entertainment: pastors wearing Gucci sneakers and carrying Louis Vuitton bags while their churches grow more and more obsessed with celebrity and fame. Enjoy!

RESOURCES:

PreacnersNSneakers (Book)

PreachersNSneakers.Com

Essential Kenosis and the Inspiration of Scripture - With Gabriel Gordon

Essential Kenosis and the Inspiration of Scripture - With Gabriel Gordon

June 23, 2021

This week, Gabriel Gordon helps us to (re)think our ideas around biblical inspiration.

We explore a number of problematic issues facing popular notions of Inspiration today. Gordon applies the idea of Essential Kenosis to the inspiration of scripture and reveals how it provides a better theological basis for developing a doctrine of Biblical Inspiration. If God cannot control the biblical authors, then what they produce as the biblical text is not revelation in and of itself, but a contextualized human response to that revelation.

With the rising popularity of Essential Kenosis, the dismantling of popular notions of inspiration through historical criticism, and a reclaiming of the interpretative methods of the early church, God Speaks puts forth a doctrine of inspiration and revelation that better accounts for these realities while more faithfully securing our allegiance to Christ. Enjoy!

RESOURCES:

God Speaks: A Participatory Theology of Biblical Inspiration (Book)

 

Being - With Karl Forehand

Being - With Karl Forehand

June 16, 2021

This week, Karl Forehand joins the podcast to discuss concepts from his latest book "Being: A Journey Towards Presence and Authenticity".

Many of us spend our lives searching for worth, value, and security through doing "enough." Karl believes it's time to discover a new way of living and becoming where we remember that we are human beings, not human doings.

Karl invites us on a journey toward presence and authenticity, learning how to be where we are and who we are. Because after all, "being" is not a destination-it is an ongoing and meaningful adventure.

RESOURCES:

Being: A Journey Towards Presence and Authenticity (book)

KarlForehand.com

Encountering Orthodoxy - With Fr. Nebojsa Pantic

Encountering Orthodoxy - With Fr. Nebojsa Pantic

June 9, 2021

This week we were joined by our friend Fr. Nebojsa Pantic. Fr. Nebojsa is a Greek Orthodox priest and he joined us to share about his faith tradition. What is the history of the Orthodox Church? What does it even mean to be Orthodox? What are some of the theological distinctions? 

Our hope is that this episode will help to widen your perspective on the Christian Faith and help you to celebrate the beautiful diversity present within the tradition. Enjoy! 

Resources:

Email Fr. Nebo: frnebojsa@gmail.com

The Recovering Fundamentalist - With JC Groves

The Recovering Fundamentalist - With JC Groves

June 2, 2021

This week we had the opportunity to sit down with JC Groves from the Recovering Fundamentalist Podcast. We had a really fun conversation about JC's time growing up in the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist tradition and what it has looked like for him to (re)think his faith and move away from that denomination. Enjoy!

Resources:

The Recovering Fundamentalist Podcast 

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