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43 - "Fat and Faithful" with Nicole Morgan

Turn on the TV at any moment in time and you'll see we have an obsession with the image of our bodies, but why? Are we not just the way we should be? What does life look like if we somehow transform ourselves to a different measurement of beauty? Should we even care too? Guest Bio: J. Nicole Morgan is a sought-after speaker on the topic of fat positivity. She is the co-host of the podcast Fat and Faithful and her writing has been featured in Christianity Today, Sojourners, and Christ and...


42 - Genesis, Creation, and the Lost World of Scripture with Dr. John Walton

The story of creation and how this universe that we swirl around in is ordered is something that has always bubbled in my head. Each time I think I have it figured out I learn something new that entirely shifts my perspective. Can a historical study of the Old Testament help? Guest Bio: John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Previously he was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for twenty...


41 - Falling Towards our Soul Child with Barrett Owen

Question: Pain, heartache, fear...where do these leave us? Answer: Falling; continuously away from our core being and what we were created to be. So how do we stop? Well, we fall, the opposite way. Guest Bio: Rev. Barrett Owen Rev. J. Barrett Owen is a pastor, writer, and teacher. His passion is seeing the intersection between divinity, culture, and the church. Through preaching, organizational leadership, and spiritual formation, he desires to help people experience the inclusive love of...


40 - "The Forgotten Books of the Bible" with Robert Williamson Jr.

How do the books of Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Ruth, Lamentations, and Esther impact the daily rhythms of your life? I'll be honest to say they usually don't because I forget they are there and because our churches don't regularly preach them; this must be addressed! Guest Bio: Robert Williamson Jr. is an associate professor of religious studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he teaches courses in biblical studies. He is also the founding pastor of Mercy Community Church...


39 - "Learning to Speak God from Scratch" with Jonathan Merritt

How do we learn to speak about God and the Divine in our world today when all words seem to have precious little meaning? Without using "church-speak" are you able to have an open conversation about the faith you profess? Guest Bio: Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlanticand contributing editor for The Week. Jonathan has published more than 3500 articles in respected outlets such as The...


38 - "Raise Your Voice" with Kathy Khang

You have a voice. And you have God's permission to use it. But how do we do so in a wise way? How do we find our purpose and the message that we are called to preach and then once we do, how do we speak and engage in a way to meet others in a place of understanding. Guest Bio: Kathy Khang is a speaker, journalist, and activist. She has worked in campus ministry for more than twenty years, with expertise in issues of gender, ethnicity, justice, and leadership development. She is a columnist...


37 - "The Eternal Current" with Aaron Niequist

What is it like to actually practice our faith? How often do we sit in contemplation and meet God where He already is in true searching and in a truly Earthshaking moments of worship? Aaron and I discuss what it means to enter into the current of life that is practice-based worship of the Creator of all things. Guest Bio: Aaron is a liturgist, writer, and pastor in the Chicago area. After leading worship at Mars Hill Church (Grand Rapids, MI) and Willow Creek Church, he created A New...


36 - "The Happiness Prayer" with Rabbi Evan Moffic

Raise your hand if you think that you are nailing prayer? keep it raised if you feel like you are praying from a position of happiness, contentment, and joy? This is the goal, or one of the goals, of prayer. How do we do this? Rabbi Evan Moffic and I discuss. Guest Bio: Rabbi Evan Moffic joined Congregation Solel in July 2009 at age 31, after serving three years at Chicago Sinai Congregation. He graduated with high honors from Stanford University in 2000 with a major in history...


35 - I Air My Griefs with Derek Webb

In a world full of "positive and encouraging for the whole family" what do we do with our faith and life when it's anything but? When labels fail to offer a proper container for the emotions that are swirling around us? How do we deal with grief and honesty? Guest Bio: Derek has been involved in so much: Member of Caedmon's Call / Founder of Noisetrade / Artist / Musician / Producer / and Father. Guest Socials: Find all of the links to everything you'd ever want from Derek including...


34 - Faith, Doubt, and Calvinism with Austin Fischer

What is it like to live in a world where you never really know if you can trust and believe what you are being told. What happens when the train derails? How does our local church help and which local church should you be attending? Guest Bio: Austin Fischer is the Lead Pastor at Vista Community Church in Temple, TX. He is a graduate of Truett Seminary at Baylor University. He is the author of "Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed"; with a new work coming out later this year. He writes and...


33 - "The Path Between Us" with Suzanne Stabile

Guest: Suzanne Stabile How does knowing our Enneagram number help us better navigate life? How could it help us all in really understanding each other better? This 8 got to sit down with Suzanne and it’s so good Guest Bio: Suzanne Stabile is a highly sought-after speaker, teacher, and internationally recognized Enneagram master teacher, having conducted over five hundred workshops. She is the coauthor of the bestseller The Road Back to You and cocreator of the very popular Road Back to...


32 - "Jesus Unbound" with Keith Giles

Guest: Keith Giles For many Christians, the Bible is the only way to know anything about God. But according to that same Bible, everyone can know God directly through an actual relationship with Jesus. What happens when we begin to release Jesus from the Bible. Guest Bio: Keith Giles is a former pastor who abandoned the pulpit to follow Jesus, and ended up founding a church where 100% of the offering is given away to help the poor in his surrounding community. He is the author of several...


31 - Heart and Soul of Honest Music with Sean C. Johnson

Guest: Sean C Johnson I had the great joy of sitting down with Sean to discuss a little of his story and how that's impacted his life and music. How do our life experiences impact our music and the true heart of our message? Bio: Sean C Johnson has received national recognition as a ground-breaking artist of his generation. Being named as one of the top 10 best albums by, receiving Album of the Year and Singer of the Year by Kingdom Choice Awards, and Album of the Year by...


30 - "Paul - A Biography" with Professor N.T. Wright

Who was the Apostle Paul? We've all heard talk about him and around him but the man himself, rarely. Much of our New Testament is here today because of him but who was the man? What more can we learn from Paul separate of only his theology? NT Wright and I discuss in brief. Guest Bio: N.T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He now serves as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity...


29 - "Christian Hospitality in An Age of Fear" Rev. Dr., Matthew Kaemingk

Guest: Matthew Kaemingk Millions of Muslims have migrated into the West over the past 50 years. Their arrival has ignited a series of fierce public debates about religious freedom and tolerance, terrorism and security, gender and race, and so much more. As Muslims stream into the West, they confront modern democracies with more than an ancient religion, they bring an ancient question as well. How can diverse faiths live together? Bio: Rev. Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is an assistant professor of...


28 - "White Awake" with Pastor Daniel Hill

Guest: Daniel Hill How pervasive is white supremacy? How offended were you when you just read that last sentence? It's so pervasive that it's considered the baseline and that is part of our problem. How we does the Church and our culture learn to embrace theologies that aren't inherently elevating "whiteness". We as a church and a society have to stop ignoring race but must further educate ourselves and then act in accordance with that. Bio: Daniel Hill is the founding and senior pastor...


27 - "A Flexible Faith" with Bonnie Kristian

Guest: Bonnie Kristian Every denomination has a tentpole issue that matters more than others, and so do most Christians. Do we really know all our options though? I know I didn't and I'm better for looking at the 'whole menu'. Bonnie has written a fantastic book on just this thought. The differences in the beliefs of some of the pillars of our faith. Bio: Bonnie Kristian is a theological and political writer with a national following. She is the weekend editor at The Week and a foreign...


26 - We are not Commodities with David Zach

Guest: David Zach Some topics are supposed to be off limits. Race, gender, sex, slavery. But they are all more connected than we know. Except for a few weeks out of the year we in American tend to forget that today there are more slaves than at any other time in our planets recorded history; and we are happily ignorant. But we can't be any longer. David Zach, from Remedy Drive, and I discuss what it looks like to see humans being treated like simple commodities and how we are able to...


25 - Lament and the Future of the Church with Soong-Chan Rah

Guest: Professor Soong-Chan Rah What would it mean for our church to actually think and embrace a new way to Evangelize others. The future of our church is hinged on this question. How do we talk about Christ and Church when we have no justice, and we show graciously small amounts of love? How can we begin to address this? Professor Rah and I have the opportunity to discuss. Bio: Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North...


24 - Holy Anarchy with Mark Van Steenwyk

Guest: Mark Van Steenwyk What does it look like for a church, and it's people, to truly be subversive. Not just subversive or activist-like for the sake of being so; but instead to try to further the Kingdom of God. Mark and I discuss what that looks like. What a society that is turned on it's head with the church doing the work that we are all to trusting of the government to do? Bio: For nearly 15 years, Mark has sowed seeds of subversive spirituality throughout North America. He...