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Pastor and writer Doug Bursch talks about life, God and Christian community from a fairly spiritual perspective.

Pastor and writer Doug Bursch talks about life, God and Christian community from a fairly spiritual perspective.
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United States

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Pastor and writer Doug Bursch talks about life, God and Christian community from a fairly spiritual perspective.

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English


Episodes

Receiving Correction

5/23/2018
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Doug talks about receiving correction. After last week's show he had a conversation with a listener concerning how he could better communicate. Doug looks at our need to avoid defensiveness when being confronted about our weaknesses, growth areas or just plain old sin.

Duration:00:25:24

The Church Hate Industry

5/16/2018
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Doug talks about how church hate has become big business in the Christian ministry industry. He talks about the problem of assessing unhealthy community without faciliating better examples. He looks at the difference between a spectator and a reformer mindset. Lots of provocative ideas to contemplate on this week's show.

Duration:00:31:55

Reconciliation: The Motivation of My Life

5/8/2018
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Doug talks about a fundamental motivating passion of his life: the ministry of reconciliation. A powerful show for anyone wanting to facilitate a better conversation in life and online.

Duration:00:36:40

Mark Driscoll and Reconciliation

4/4/2018
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Doug talks about the need for pastor Mark Driscoll to embrace the ministry of reconciliation before he publishes another book, preaches another sermon or starts another church. This is a thoughtful but focused discussion on why every minister must take reconciliation seriously and why Mark Driscoll's new book is ultimately problematic.

Duration:00:31:32

Selfish Ambition: Zero Fame and Zero Gain

3/21/2018
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Doug talks about ministering for zero fame and zero gain. He looks at the story of the widow's mite and his own struggle with selfish ambition.

Duration:00:35:08

Help for strange ministers

3/13/2018
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On today's show Doug provides advice for strange or "different" pastors. This show is for introverts, the overly-sensitive or any minister who just doesn't fit in.

Duration:00:44:01

Why Don't People Apologize

11/29/2017
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Doug talks about why people don't apologize, how a partisan culture works against repentance and how a better understanding of grace leads to saying your sorry.

Duration:00:41:10

Church Growth the Musical

11/1/2017
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Doug talks about fundamental problems with the church growth movement and gives suggestions on better ways to encourage pastors and churches to pursue God's calling. Lots of provocative thoughts about why the experts are increasing but the church at large is still declining.

Duration:00:48:00

The Problem With Trending Topics

10/26/2017
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Doug talks about the problem with focusing our lives on trending topics. He addresses how Jesus avoided addressing interactions that would have derailed his purpose for ministry. He looks at how we let social media or even Satan set the agenda for our days and spiritual lives.

Duration:00:38:10

Pursuing Vision Without Power or Platform

10/19/2017
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Doug talks about implementing and pursuing God’s vision for your ministry in the face of failure and lack of encouragement. He talks about his own calling to minister through weakness, instead of through power and platform.

Duration:00:40:19

Faith that Moves Mountains

10/11/2017
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Doug talks about radical faith in the face of profound disillusionment. Why we sometimes have to curse a tree that isn't producing fruit, so that we can live for a mountain moving revolution.

Duration:00:30:23

Why does a good God allow great evil?

10/3/2017
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In response to the trajedy in Las Vegas, Doug talks about why would a good God allow for evil in the world. He looks at issues related to God's sovereignty and human free will. He also examines why Hell is included in the story of God's great love for His powerful creation.

Duration:00:39:12

I Am One in Community

9/27/2017
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Doug talks about being fully human in community. He gives a passionate plea for the centrality of abiding in community to fully embrace the work of the cross.

Duration:00:33:05

The Social Media Church

9/21/2017
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Doug talks about whether or not social media can replace the role of gathering with a local church. He looks at both the strengths and weaknesses of social media community.

Duration:00:34:29

Perfect Community in a Broken World

9/6/2017
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Doug talks about elements that must be present in every healthy church. He also shares a sacred story about watching a church die before his very eyes.

Duration:00:35:32

Christian Podcasts, Blogs, Celebrities and Accountability

8/30/2017
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Doug talks about the accountablity of our modern day Christian communication and the formation of Scripture.

Duration:00:32:27

Pursuing the Tree of Ruin

6/19/2017
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Doug looks at trying to control God and people. We all do it, how come? Also, we examine the why behind the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the power of human choice. Doug also delves into his struggles with being an introvert.

Duration:00:30:49

What is Wrong with the Church

6/5/2017
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What is wrong with the church? There is a whole industry of books, conferences and experts talking about why the church is declining. Doug talks about an answer many are overlooking.

Duration:00:31:02

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