Rethinking Faith
Defiant - With Kelley Nikondeha

Defiant - With Kelley Nikondeha

July 1, 2020

This week Kelley Nikondeha joined us to help us (re)think how we view the women of Exodus. In Kelley's most recent book, "Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom", Kelley brings to light the overwhelming importance of the women of Exodus. 

If it weren't for the women in Exodus, there would be no Moses, no crossing the Red Sea, and no story of breaking the chains of slavery. Women exhibited a subversive strength to defy Pharaoh and lead an entire people to freedom. 

Kelley helps us to reflect on how the story of Exodus speaks to women's resistance against injustice today and highlights the biblical mandate of working toward liberation at all times and places. Enjoy!

 

RESOURCES: 

Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us About Freedom (Book)

Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World (Book)

Bearing God’s Name - With Carmen Imes

Bearing God’s Name - With Carmen Imes

June 24, 2020

Have you ever wondered what the Old Testament or the Old Testament Law has anything to do with your life? Have you ever thought about just ditching the Old Testament all together? You are not alone! 

This week, Carmen Imes (PhD) joins us to help us rethink our views of the Old Testament. Carmen argues that the Old Testament is very important and that we can't understand our calling as Christians without it. Specifically, she argues that we have misunderstood the command about taking the Lord's name in vain. This is an important thing to get right... joins us in rethinking how we view the Old Testament. 

 

RESOURCES: 

Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters (book) 

Bearing Yhwh's Name at Sinai (published dissertation) 

Carmens Blog

 

Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk - With Eugene Cho

Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk - With Eugene Cho

June 17, 2020

We live in an extremely polarized society, especially when it comes to our political climate. This week, Pastor and founder of One Day's Wages (ODW) joins the conversation to help us (re)think how we engage with politics. 

Seek first the Kingdom of God... not the Kingdom of a Political Party. We don't need any more "jerks for Jesus". Eugene helps us think through finding points of agreement to work towards the common good. He helps us listen to each other, especially those amongst us who are most vulnerable. This episode is timely, and Eugene helps us to see how we can be a light into the darkness and divided culture of today. Enjoy!

 

RESOURCES: 

Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics (Book)

One Day's Wages 

Bread for the World

Dear White People…

Dear White People…

June 10, 2020

This week, Josh and Marty spend some time reflecting together on the topic of racism. We both have been doing a lot of listening and learning from people of color during these crazy times. One thing we have been told a lot is that white people need to start having these conversations amongst ourselves. 

This is an attempt to do just that. Josh and Marty reflect and share some of their thoughts on everything that has been going on. Is it perfect? Probably not... do we have it all figure out... NO! We will continue to learn and listen and grow. We will continue to work towards racial reconciliation. We are committed to being anti-racist. Enjoy. 

Living In Tension: Black Pastors in White Spaces

Living In Tension: Black Pastors in White Spaces

June 3, 2020

Story is a powerful thing. This week Josh & Marty were joined by 3 friends of theirs for an important conversation. Christine, Keith, and Ronny have something in common... they are all Black Pastors in predominately White Spaces. With this comes tension. Again, story is powerful and important and the story of these 3 individuals need to be heard.

Please join us in (re)thinking racism. Enjoy.

 

When Narcissism Comes to Church - With Chuck DeGroat

When Narcissism Comes to Church - With Chuck DeGroat

May 27, 2020

We've all seen the news stories and heard the rumors. Maybe you have been hurt by a narcissistic church leader. It's easy to throw the term around and diagnose others from afar. But what is narcissism, really? And how does it infiltrate the church?

This week, Chuck DeGroat joins the conversation. Chuck has been counseling pastors with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as well as those wounded by narcissistic leaders and systems, for over twenty years. He knows firsthand the devastation narcissism leaves in its wake and how insidious and painful it is.

DeGroat helps us to take a close look at narcissism, not only in ministry leaders but also in church systems. He offers compassion and hope for those affected by its destructive power and imparts wise counsel for churches looking to heal from its systemic effects. Enjoy!

 

RESOURCES: 

When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse (Book)

Chuck's Website

Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism - with Drew Hart

Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism - with Drew Hart

May 20, 2020

This week Drew Hart joined the conversation to help us (re)think how the church views racism. In this deep and challenging episode, Drew helps us to see the racial hierarchy of not only our world, but also in the Church. He contends that racism is not just a sociological but also a theological issue as well. Will you join us in (re)thinking how we view racism? Enjoy.   

 

RESOURCES: 

Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism (Book)

Drews Website

 

Atonement Series Part 3 - With Tony Jones

Atonement Series Part 3 - With Tony Jones

May 13, 2020

This is the 3rd and final episode in our mini-series on atonement. This week we were joined by Dr. Tony Jones to discuss the atonement ideas he put forth in his book, "Did God Kill Jesus?" 

A lot of Christians believe that God the Father demanded his only Son die a cruel, gruesome death to appease His wrath, since humanity is so irredeemably sinful and therefore repugnant to God. Tony Jones, argues that this understanding is actually a medieval invention and not what the Bible really teaches.

Christians today must transcend the shame and guilt that have shaped conceptions of the human soul and made us fearful of God, and replace them with love, grace, and joyfulness, which better expresses what the cross is really about.

Jones argues that how we understand the cross reflects directly what kind of God we worship. By letting go of the wrathful God who cannot stand to be in our presence unless he pretends to see Jesus in our place, we discover the biblical God who reaches out to love and embrace us while "we were yet sinners." Enjoy.  

 

RESOURCES: 

Did God Kill Jesus?: Searching for Love in History's Most Famous Execution (Book)

Tony's Website   

Tony's Podcast

The Champion - Carman

Atonement Series Part 2 - With Josh McNall

Atonement Series Part 2 - With Josh McNall

May 6, 2020

This week we are joined by Josh McNall for part 2 of our Atonement series. Josh recently released a new book called "The Mosaic of Atonement".

Modern debates of this doctrine have tended toward either a defensive hierarchy, (one model is singled out as most important), or a disconnected plurality, (multiple images are affirmed but with no order of arrangement). McNall pushes back against both of these approaches and argues for a reintegration of four famous "pieces" of atonement doctrine through the governing image of a Christ-shaped mosaic.

While no one model is set above or against the others, Josh notes particular ways in which the "pieces"--the feet, heart, head, and hands--mutually support one another to form a more holistic vision of Christ's work. "This is my body," Jesus said to his followers, and by reintegrating these oft-dismembered aspects of atonement, we will note fresh ways in which it was given for us. Enjoy!

 

RESOURCES: 

The Mosaic of Atonement: An Integrated Approach to Christ's Work (Book) 

JoshuaMcnall.com

Outpost Theology (Podcast)

Atonement Series Part 1 - With JD Myers

Atonement Series Part 1 - With JD Myers

April 29, 2020

This week we are kicking off our 4 Part mini-series on the Atonement. During this series, we will be approaching the atonement from a variety of angles and perspectives. For part one, we were joined by JD Myers. We discussed some of his ideas from his book, "Nothing but the Blood of Jesus". Enjoy!

 

Resources: 

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus: How the Sacrifice of Jesus Saves the World From Sin (Book) 

The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Compassion, and Interpretation (Book)

RedeemingGod.com 

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