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This Week on Seminary Dropout… Christena Cleveland Ph.D. is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. She is the founder and director of the recently-launched Center for Justice + Renewal, a non-profit dedicated to helping justice advocates sharpen their understanding of the social realities that maintain injustice while also stimulating the soul’s enormous capacity to resist and transform those realities. Committed to leading both in scholarly settings and in the public square, Christena writes regularly, speaks widely, and consults with organizations. Dr. Cleveland holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara as well as an honorary doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary. She integrates psychology, theology, and art to stimulate our spiritual imaginations. An award-winning researcher and author, Christena has held faculty positions at several institutions of higher education — most recently at Duke University’s Divinity School, where she led a research team investigating self-compassion as a buffer to racial stress. She is currently working on her third book which examines the relationship among race, gender, and cultural perceptions of the Divine. Dr. Cleveland is based in North Carolina where she lives with her spouse, Jim. To follow what Christena is doing, check out her Patreon page at Patreon.com/cscleve Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Arizona indie rock band WILD EARTH have just released their brand new full-length album HOLY FOOLS on August 11th. This sophomore album aims to unite pop, experimental alt-rock sounds with spiritual formation in Christ. Listen to the wild, vulnerable and contemplative journey of HOLY FOOLS, online now on your favorite digital streaming like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or visit http://wildearthmusic.com Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. If you like Seminary Dropout, be sure to check out OnRamp. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur. He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is the founder of The Justice Conference–a yearly international conference that exposes men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to justice and the biblical call to give our lives away. Ken is also a church planter and the lead pastor at Antioch Church. He and his wife, Tamara, have four daughters and live in Bend, Oregon. It’s clear that issues of race and equality have come to the forefront in our nation’s consciousness. Every week yet another incident involving racial tension splashes across headlines and dominates our news feeds. But it’s not easy to unpack the origins of these tensions, and perhaps we wonder whether any of these issues really has anything to do with us. Ken Wytsma, founder of the Justice Conference, understands these questions. He has gone through his own journey of understanding the underpinnings of inequality and privilege. In this timely, insightful book Wytsma unpacks what we need to know to be grounded in conversations about today’s race-related issues. And he helps us come to a deeper understanding of both the origins of these issues and the reconciling role we are called to play as ministers of the gospel. Inequality and privilege are real. The Myth of Equality opens our eyes to realities we may have never realized were present in our society and world. And we will be changed for the better as a result. -From the Publisher Be sure to check out the justice conference at TheJusticeConference.com   If you liked this episode then you might also like… 159 – Efrem Smith, Author of “Killing Us Softly: Reborn in the Upside-Down Image of God” OnRamp 005: Privilege Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Dr. James has two doctorates, a D.Phil. in History from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. James has taught at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florda (where he also served as president) and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA (where he also served as provost). Additionally, he has served on the teaching faculties of Villanova University and Westmont College, and was Visiting Professor at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University. Dr. James is currently the president of Biblical Theological Seminary. He recently released a video course titled, “Introducing Church History” for Logos  Bible Software. “How did the earliest Christians think about their faith, and how has that same faith produced the contemporary church? The history of Christianity is a story of ordinary people whose lives have been radically impacted by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This is a dramatic story filled with heroic achievements as well as human frailty. By studying Christianity’s development from its earliest beginnings, we can live more faithfully into the unique needs of the 21st century.”  – from the publisher   For more information on these video courses visit: Church History Bundle. Use the code: FRANKJAMES100 to get $100 off the course! Our Sponsor: Intervarsity Press has an exclusive for Seminary Dropout listeners. Go to ivpress.com/dropout to get 30% off The Church As Movement! If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 116: Trip Fuller, “Home-brewed Christianity”  Seminary Dropout 1 36: Gerald McDermott: “The Great Theologians” Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes *links to guest books or other products are affiliate links  
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International If you like Seminary Dropout, be sure to check out OnRamp. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of the best selling author and pastor, Max Lucado. She inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a masters in English Literature from Oxford Brooks University and contributes regularly to online and print publications such as Relevant Magazine, and SheReadsTruth.com. When she’s not conducting interviews and writing stories, you’ll find her laughing with friends at a coffee shop or running in the Texas hill country. It wasn’t long after arriving in Oxford for graduate school that twenty-two-year-old Andrea Lucado – preacher’s daughter from Texas – faced not only culture shock, a severe lack of coffee, but also some unexpected hard questions: Who am I? Who is God? Why do I believe what I believe?   “So many nights in Oxford, I felt like the details of my faiths were getting fuzzier. Nights turned restless with the questions and the thoughts. I questioned God’s existence and the doubt, it was getting into my bones….”   In this engaging memoir, Andrea speaks to all of us who wrestle with faith, doubt, and spiritual identity. Join Andrea as she navigates the Thames River, the Oxford Atheist Society, romance in ancient pubs—and a new perspective on who God is. As Andrea learned, sometimes it takes letting go of old ideas to discover lasting truth. – From the Publisher If you liked this episode then you might also like… MATTHEW 7:21-29 (SERMON 2017.06.25) Seminary Dropout 027: Greg Boyd on Doubt, Anti-Intellectualism & Open Theism Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the UK alone and brought renewal to scores of established churches. The movement has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US through the vision and generosity of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a growing number of partners committed to a new era of missional ecumenism, a unity around the mission of God the Father through the resurrected Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. Be sure register to attend the Rethinking Hell Conference, March 9-10. I’d love to see you there. RethinkingHellConference.com This Week on Seminary Dropout… Travis’s service as Director of Mission Advancement and Southeast Regional Coordinator brings together his calling and experience as missionary and pastor. He serves as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama and was previously pastor of Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. His twenty-five plus years of ministry have included missionary service in Venezuela and Nigeria. He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.He is the author of Directionally Challenged (2007), Tough Calls (2008), and From the Steeple to the Street (Seedbed 2016).Travis and his wife, Keri, have three adult children. In the last decade, a giant cultural wave has swept the North American church into a brand new world—a pluralistic, complicated, high-tech/low-touch world. Faced with the challenge of engaging a jaded culture, a fresh expression of church has emerged alongside the traditional church. This short book gives an overview of the Fresh Expressions movement and its innovative approach to reaching those who would perhaps never come to our church buildings. -From the Publisher If you liked this episode then you might also like… Fresh Expressions 101 (And What To Do Next)” Loud Pipes Save Lives: A Biker Church Story Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Christopher A. Hall (PhD, Drew University) is the president of Renovaré Institute of Christian Spiritual Formation. He is associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, and his books include Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, and Worshiping with the Church Fathers. Hall previously served at Eastern University for over twenty years in several roles, including chancellor, provost, dean of Palmer Seminary, dean of the Templeton Honors College, distinguished professor of theology, and director of academic spiritual formation. He and his wife, Debbie, live in Pennsylvania and have three grown children. The first centuries of Christianity are like a far country. But despite their foreignness, they hold a treasury of wisdom for living. Early Christians struggled and flourished in a culture that was in love with empire and military power, infatuated with sex and entertainment, tolerant of all gods but hostile to the One. And from this crucible of discipleship they extracted lessons of virtue, faithfulness, and joy in Christ. Christopher Hall takes us to this distant time, where he interviews Christian leaders around the ancient Mediterranean world, inquiring how to live a good life as a Christ follower. The menu of topics wends its way through wealth and poverty, war and violence, marriage and sexuality, theater and the arena, as well as the harsh realities of persecution and martyrdom. Gathering around Basil or Chrysostom or Augustine, we are instructed anew in the way of discipleship. And as they grapple with issues surprisingly resonant with our own, this cloud of ancient witnesses both surprises and challenges us in the life of faith. -From the Publisher If you liked this episode then you might also like… 136: Gerald McDermott, Author of “The Great Theologians, A Brief Guide” 140: Frank James, Logos Video Course: “Introducing Church History” Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
Scott Sauls serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Scott’s planted churches, lived in the big city (NYC), and speaks at church conferences and retreats. In his first book Jesus Outside the Lines, Scott dissects the issues that keep us apart and points out that Jesus almost never fits within the lines of either side the culture wars. He cuts through the caricatures we often use to dehumanize each other and shows how each side of many issues has some valid concerns but ultimately each tend to neglect some part of the Gospel message. Some things we talk about on the show… …the concept of “outrage porn”. …the role of social media in our divisions. …loving people and extending kindness to those with whom you disagree. …Scotts story of a fellow pastor he worked alongside and agreed on almost nothing. …Jesus’s strong words for the Pharisees. Sponsorship If you’re interested in advertising your non-profit, conference, or other endeavor send me an email at shane[at]shaneblackshear.com   If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 44: Preston Sprinkle, Author of Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence Seminary Dropout 61: Carl Medearis on Israel, Isis and Tea with Hezbollah   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach us to Want: Longing, Ambition and the Life of Faith, Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year. Jen also writes regularly for Today in the Word, a devotional, and is a regular contributor for Christianity Today’s popular Her.meneutics blog. You can follow Jen on Twitter @jenpmichel or you can find her at jenpollockmichel.com. As Christians, we’re squeamish about desire. Isn’t wanting sinful and selfish? Aren’t we supposed to find and follow God’s will rather than insisting upon our own? The story of each person is a story of want―desires unmet, hopes dashed, passions pursued and ambitions fulfilled. Our wants cannot be ignored. But when desire is informed by Scripture and re-formed by our spiritual practices, it can root us more deeply in the fundamental belief that God is good and generous and can invite us into active kingdom participation. Jen Pollock Michel guides us on a journey of understanding who we are when we want, and reintroduces us to a God who gives us the desires of our hearts. That same good God calls us into a new reality in which we seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and we discover our disordered desires burned away while our truest longings are happily fulfilled and purified. The disciples asked Jesus to “Teach us to pray.” This book asks, “Teach us to want.” -From the Publisher Some things discussed on the show… …Origen’s castration and our propensity to castrate our God given desires. …Jen’s story about her upbringing, rebellion and then her encounter with God. …what desire teaches us about the kingdom of heaven. …how we discern between our selfish wants and our God given desires. Sponsorship If you’re interested in advertising your non-profit, conference, or other endeavor send me an email at shane[at]shaneblackshear.com If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 31: Halee Gray Scott on Women in Christian Leadership Seminary Dropout 70: Donald Miller   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes  
My guest today is Mike Bird. Dr. Bird is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia, and author of ‘The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus’, and more recently was a contributing author of the book we’ll be discussing, ‘How God Became Jesus’. In his recent book How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher From Galilee historian Bart Ehrman explores a claim that resides at the heart of the Christian faith— that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. According to Ehrman, though, this is not what the earliest disciples believed, nor what Jesus claimed about himself. The first response book to this latest challenge to Christianity from Ehrman, How God Became Jesus features the work of five internationally recognized biblical scholars. While subjecting his claims to critical scrutiny, they offer a better, historically informed account of why the Galilean preacher from Nazareth came to be hailed as “the Lord Jesus Christ.” Namely, they contend, the exalted place of Jesus in belief and worship is clearly evident in the earliest Christian sources, shortly following his death, and was not simply the invention of the church centuries later. -From the Publisher. If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 59: John Stackhouse, Author of ‘Need to Know’ Seminary Dropout 53: Jason Boyett on The Apocolypse, & Salvation   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
  John Mark McMillan is something of an anomaly. From the very beginning of his career, nearly a decade ago, his music has defied easy categorization. A singer-songwriter as interested in musical exploration as lyrical exploration, McMillan carved his own path from the outset—with an ear for melody with a poet’s eye for metaphor—no topic was off-limits: death and love; isolation and exultation; restlessness and silence. And always consistent—an ongoing dialogue with God, ever-wrestling for some kind of blessing and usually at volumes most suited for rock clubs.  – From johnmarkmcmillan.com John Mark’s latest album You Are The Avalanche, was a collaboration between him and his wife Sarah. It released in June. Some things discussed on the show… …how JM grew up the charismatic movement in the 80’s and 90’s. …JM’s crisis of faith, and the role of The Divine Conspiracy. ….JM’s relationship to his song “How He Loves” after 11 years and being asked to play it at almost every show. …the difficulty of making money while being a Christian artist. …how JM writes music differently than he did before having children. …the impact Bruce Springsteen has had on JM.   Our Beloved Sponsor I’m very excited to announce to you our newest sponsor: Greatest Stories Ever Told. GSET is an independent publisher. One book from GSET that you’ll be interested in is Forgotten Gospel: The Original Message of a Conquering King. Forgotten Gospel is similar in some ways to the works of N.T. Wright and Scot McKnight in which they explore the real meaning of the word “Gospel”. My podcasting e-course is LIVE. To get a free lesson and register click here. Use promo code SEMINARYDROPOUT to get 25% off. If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 32: Talking Baseball, Music & the Gospel with Brady Toops Seminary Dropout 51: Michael Gungor Talks Creation, Music, & Art   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
Yesterday I got to sit down with Jon Foreman before his show outside of Austin, TX. You might know Jon from his solo work but you definitely know him as the lead singer of Switchfoot.   Some things discussed on the show… …Jon’s current project – 24 songs, 24 producers, 24 shows in 24 hours. …the role of those 24 producers. …writing the songs for The Wonderlands over a 10 year period. …what John Perkins has meant to Jon. …how having a child changed things for Jon. Jon is currently on tour. Check out the dates and buy tickets here. Our Beloved Sponsor I’m very excited to announce to you our newest womans health sponsor: Greatest Stories Ever Told. GSET is an independent publisher. One book from GSET that you’ll be interested in is Decoding Nicea. Want to start a podcast but don’t know how?! My e-course will teach you everything you need to know. To get a free lesson and register click here. Use promo code SEMINARYDROPOUT to get 25% off.   If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 82: Jen Pollock Michel, Author of ‘Teach Us to Want’ Seminary Dropout 70: Donald Miller   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes *links to products are affiliate links
Matt Jones blogs on a general range of topics including theology, literature, sexuality, cultural observation, and social justice at matthewfranklinjones.com. He is also a contributor at SpiritualFriendship.org. In the interview Matt talks about his own journey of being a gay celibate Christian, and how the church can love people in the LBGTQ community better. Some books that Matt mentions are: affiliate link affiliate link                 Matt also mentioned Preston Sprinkle’s blog as a great resource.   Sponsorship If you’re interested in advertising your non-profit, conference, or other endeavor send me an email at shane[at]shaneblackshear.com If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 86: Jim Brownson By Fighting Against Legal Gay Marriage Are We Just Worshiping The State?   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
My guest today is Austin Channing Brown. Austin collaborates with various Christian ministries who are moving forward a vision of racial reconciliation and socioeconomic understanding. She also works as a Resident Director and Multicultural Liaison for Calvin College. Whether speaking, training, facilitating dialogue or planning strategies, Austin loves the messy work of reconciliation. You can find Austin’s blog at austinchanning.com.     The folks over at Logos Bible Software asked me to review their new Logos 6 software, so here it goes: Some of you may be aware of Logos Bible software. Logos has recently come out with Logos 6. The folks at Logos gave me a copy of Logos 6 and asked me to review it, and here is that review. The word that comes to mind when I play around in Logos 6 is ‘exhaustive’. You can use this software for the rest of your life with no updates and still never get through all of the content. This is essentially a biblical studies doctorate in a box. If you’re a pastor or someone who gives sermons fairly regularly then this is a no brainer, you absolutely have to get this program. If you’re a seminary student or even someone who just wants to study the bible more in depth then I can’t think of a single better tool to invest in. Just to run through a few features of Logos 6; it’s got interactive maps -there’s this amazing tool where you can see a picture of a present day sight of a biblical landmark, then you can swipe over that picture to reveal a rendering of what that landmark looked like in biblical times, there are tons and tons of language tools in Logos 6, even if you’ve studied ancient Greek & Hebrew you probably don’t speak it fluently, you probably can’t look at a any random work in the text and translate it with all of the subtleties and nuances, but Logos 6 can! Logos 6 also contains other texts besides the bible such as extra biblical texts, commentaries, and words from important historical figures within Christianity. There are even graphics for sermon notes, and they look good! Logos 6 has several different versions. There’s a standard version and versions specific to different faith traditions including Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Pentacostal & Charismatic, Reformed, and Seventh Day Adventist. Beyond that there are packages of all different prices to meet anyones needs and budget. Some might be intimidated at the price of some of the advanced versions, but when you calculate the virtual library of information you’re getting, the cost is well worth it, and if those versions are just too much for you (information or cost), then the basic version is affordable and you can upgrade at any time. If you purchase and use the code: BLACKSHEAR6 at checkout you’ll get 15% off and a portion of your purchase will go to support Seminary Dropout.  Go to logos.com/blackshear for more info or to purchase. If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 62: Kyle Canty Seminary Dropout 37: Christena Cleveland   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
  If you’ve read Relevant Magazine you’ve probably read something written by Jesse Carey and if you’ve listened to the Relevant Podcast you’ve laughed out loud at something he’s said. Jesse joins me to talk about said magazine and podcast, also journalism, and being star struck when he met Lebowski himself, Jeff Bridges.   If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 017: Jamie Wright Seminary Dropout 49: Michael Leary talking Mad Men & the Psalms   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
  Kyle Canty is a married father of three. He works for Lifeway as the P2 Missions and World Changers City Representative for Philadelphia. He is also an assistant pastor at Great Commission Church located in Philadelphia. He holds a B.S. (Bible) and M.S. (Christian Counseling) Degrees from Cairn University and an MDiv (Urban Studies) from Biblical Theological Seminary (Hatfield, PA) and is currently working on an DMin degree in Urban Missiology at Biblical Theological Seminary (Hatfield, PA). As an aspiring blogger he looks forward to writing more around the intersection of Christian theology, African American History and the marginalized. His blog The Rooftop can be found at thecityrooftop.com or follow him on twitter at @kcanman. Kyle’s post on Christianity Today: Christ is the Answer to Our Race Problem If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 007: Grace Sandra Seminary Dropout 37: Christena Cleveland   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
Sean is a minister, sought-after preacher, writer, and blogger. He is the Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX, and a blogger at The Palmer Perspective. His writings have appeared in numerous magazines and publications. In 2012, Sean was profiled in Christian Standard Magazine’s “40 Leaders Under 40” issue. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters live in Temple. From the interview: They talk about Republican In Name Only, being RHINO’s, we might have CHINO’s (Christians In Name Only) because what they really are, are Republicans who have baptized some parts of the Jesus narrative with their politics, and that happens on the other end too. There are liberals that have just taken parts of the Jesus narrative and said “this fits my liberal politics and so I’m going to do that,” and both of them sell out the gospel in some really distressing ways. -growing up in the Church of Christ. -Sean’s home life growing up. -having others shrug off spiritual convictions as being a liberal or conservative. -the book Sean’s working on “Unarmed Empire”.   Interested in advertising on Seminary Dropout? For rates and information contact me at shane@shaneblackshear.com Want to start a podcast but don’t know how?! My e-course will teach you everything you need to know. To get a free lesson and register click here. Use promo code SEMINARYDROPOUT to get 25% off. If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 100: Jo Saxton on Post-Christendom, Discipleship, and Being a Woman of Color in Church Leadership Seminary Dropout 72: Scot McKnight, Author of Kingdom Conspiracy Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes *links to guest books or other products are affiliate links
You know who Rob Bell is. I mean come on. He’s the former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. He’s an author, podcaster, and surfer. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Rob last week when he was in town for his Everything is Spiritual tour. The audio is a little different in this episode since I’m talking to Rob on location as opposed to my home studio, but it still turned out great. Rob just started this tour so he may be coming to your town. Check out his tour page. New Sponsor! I’m very excited to announce to you our newest sponsor: Greatest Stories Ever Told. GSET is an independent publisher. One book from GSET that you’ll be interested in is Decoding Nicea: Constantine Changed Christianity and Christianity Changed the World. It’s a fascinating look at the Council of Nicea and political climate in which it took place. My podcasting e-course is LIVE. To get a free lesson and register click here. Use promo code SEMINARYDROPOUT to get 25% off. If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 78: Peter Rollins, Author of The Divine Magician Seminary Dropout 76: Lauren Winner, Author of ‘Wearing God’   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
For the last ten years, first at Mars Hill Church and now at Willow Creek Church, Aaron has been trying to invite people into a worship journey that moves beyond singing songs. As Aaron tried to create something “new”, he discovered that many have had this figured out for generations and generations. They call it “The Liturgy”. And so Aaron has been wrestling with the question: How do we bring the depth and wisdom of the Liturgical tradition into the questions and struggles of today? What can we learn? How can our past shape and launch us into the future? Since the word liturgy means “the work of the people”, how do we best invite our spiritual communities into this work? On the show we discuss… Aaron’s faith background and how he discovered beauty in liturgical traditions. a New Liturgy, a worship experience project that Aaron has put together along with some friends.  The Practice, a liturgical gathering associated with Willow Creek. Media We Mention: A New Litrugy Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality Remember our beloved sponsor for this episode is Deidox Films. If you like the podcast and want to support it then please check out Deidox and tell your pastor, worship leader or whoever organizes your worship gatherings about it. This week I recommend the short film James. Deidox produces beautiful, high quality, short documentaries about the real lives of Christians. Deidox Films is a 501(c)3 film production and distribution company. They are media missionaries. Their mission is to produce and promote documentary films that help the Church reflect Christ and redeem culture. Their purpose is to partner with Pastors and Church leaders to help make disciples and fulfill the Great Commission. They do this by creating visual models of faith that provide practical examples of modern-day disciples.   If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 51: Michael Gungor Seminary Dropout 60: Shauna Niequist   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes  
If you’ve been apart of Christian culture for long enough you’ve probably suffered the indignity of a ‘christian comic strip’; heavy-handed, ham-fisted, and most of all not funny. Dave Wilkie the creator of Coffee With Jesus is here to help. The comic manages to juggle cultural critique, poignancy, and oh yeah, it’s super funny. You can find new strips weekly on Radio Babylon’s Facebook Page. A Second Shot of Coffee with Jesus, a paperback collection of the strips, was also just released in paperback form. Enter here to win a copy!  Things discussed on the show… …how CwJ started as just a one-off cartoon and what made Dave want to make antibiotics that first strip …what made Dave decide to do more after that one-off strip …Dave’s background in illustration …the thought process in deciding to give the characters a backstory …why the characters got backstories …the responsibility in having Jesus say things in the strip   Sponsorship Seminary Dropout has ended it’s run with it’s previous sponsor and is now available for new sponsors. If you’re interested in advertising your non-profit, conference, or other endeavor send me an email at shane[at]shaneblackshear.com   If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 43: David Leo Schultz, Director & Producer of ‘Ragamuffin’ Seminary Dropout 51: Michael Gungor Talks Creation, Music, & Art   Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
Originaly Published at MissioAlliance.org Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (www.TransformationChurch.tc), a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church (TC) also has two campuses in South Carolina Correctional Institutions (Kershaw and Lee). For three out of the last five years, TC has been recognized as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach magazine. Gray met his wife, Vicki, at Brigham Young University. They have been married for over 20 years and have two children. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998).  He then graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary magna cum laude, with a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Apologetics, where he was mentored by renowned theologian and philosopher Dr. Norman Geisler. Gray is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context at Northern Seminary and has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He’s recognized by many as The Evangelism Linebacker and is a highly sought-after communicator.  Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2009), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015) and The High-Definition Leader (2015). The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World The High-Definition Leader is an invitation of grace for churches and their leaders to grasp the ancient call of the early New Testament Church that crossed ethnic and socioeconomic barriers to create heavenly colonies of love, reconciliation, and unity on earth. In it, you will learn the theology and practices that will help you build a mission-shaped, multi-ethnic church. –From the Publisher Interested in advertising on Seminary Dropout? For rates and information contact me at shane@shaneblackshear.com If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 113: Sean Palmer On Being the Black Pastor of a Predominantly White Church, & Politics Seminary Dropout 115: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson “When We Measure the Church by American Standards… …We Strangle the Beauty of the Cross.” Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes *links to guest books or other products are affiliate links
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. If you like Seminary Dropout, be sure to check out OnRamp. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today publications, and the Missio Alliance blog, and the author of Making a Mess and Meeting God. Her latest book is The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry (IVP). Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm. Often as pastors we feel like we need to project strength and competency in order to minister effectively. That’s why we go to conferences and emulate the latest superstars. But we know we can never live up to those images. Deep down, we know our own limitations, our weaknesses, our faults. We fear that if people knew who we really are, we’d be disqualified from ministry. Not so. Mandy Smith unpacks the biblical paradox that God’s strength is revealed through our human weakness. Transparently describing her pastoral journey, Smith shows how vulnerability shapes ministry, through our spiritual practices and relationships, influencing our preaching, teaching and even the nuts and bolts of the daily schedule. Understanding our human constraints makes our ministry more sustainable and guards us against disillusionment and burnout. We don’t have to have it all together. Recognizing our weakness makes us rely on God, so our weakness can become a ministry resource. God has called you to lead not as a demigod, but as a human, so the world can see that the church is a place for humans like them. -From the Publisher Mandy is also the director of SheLeads. Lead Together It’s time for women and men together to rediscover God’s vision for shared leadership in the Church and Christian ministry. When we lead together, we see the family of God restored. When we lead together, we learn a new vocabulary for mission. When we lead together, we better reflect the person of Christ. When we lead together, we more fully embody Jesus’ gospel. Out of these convictions, Missio Alliance has created the SheLeads Summit. The Summit exists to encourage and equip our sisters and to welcome our brothers as we imagine together where God is leading His Church, for the blessing of the nations. Will you join us for this honest, grace-filled and hopeful conversation? Register Today! If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 157- Tish Harrison Warren & Jonathan Warren: A Biblical, Historical, and Pastoral Defense of Women in Ministry Seminary Dropout 150: #SheLeads: Reclaiming the Blessed Alliance for Faithful Mission – Austin Panel Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Arizona indie rock band WILD EARTH have just released their brand new full-length album HOLY FOOLS on August 11th. This sophomore album aims to unite pop, experimental alt-rock sounds with spiritual formation in Christ. Listen to the wild, vulnerable and contemplative journey of HOLY FOOLS, online now on your favorite digital streaming like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or visit http://wildearthmusic.com Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. If you like Seminary Dropout, be sure to check out OnRamp. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Jared Patrick Boyd is a pastor (Vineyard USA), spiritual director, and founder of The Order of Sustainable Faith, a missional monastic order for the 21st century. He is the author of the new book Imaginative Prayer and also Invitations & Commitments: A Rule of Life. He and his wife have four daughters, and are planting Franklinton Abbey, a new faith community on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. Follow him on Twitter: @BoydJared. Visit imaginativeprayer.com to connect with Jared and view resources from the book.   How do we help our kids connect with God? Most parents want their kids to learn to love God. But most of us struggle to facilitate real spiritual experiences. It’s hard enough to have a meaningful conversation with our kids about spiritual things, let alone help them experience true transformation in the presence of God. Jared Patrick Boyd discovered that children’s spiritual formation is rooted in the imagination. When we lead our children through guided times of imaginative prayer, they can experience a connection with God that transcends mere Bible knowledge or doctrinal content. This unique resource provides six units of weekly guided imaginative prayer, themed around core topics: God’s love, loving others, forgiveness, God as king, the good news of God, and the mission of God. Each unit has six sessions, providing a yearlong experience of spiritual formation for children ages five to thirteen. Through imaginative prayer, you can help your child connect with God. As you do so, you may find yourself connecting more closely with your child, and your own formation as a parent will deepen into greater awareness of God’s work in your lives. -From the Publisher   If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 011: Richard Foster Seminary Dropout 013: Lacy Finn Borgo Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is the best-selling author of Finding God in the Waves, host of Ask Science Mike and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast. He’s a leading voice on matters of science and religion with a monthly reach in the hundreds of thousands. Among other outlets, Mike has written for RELEVANT, Don Miller’s Storyline, BioLogos, and The Washington Post. Mike loves sharing ideas in person, and is an in-demand speaker at conferences, churches, and colleges. He’s recently spoken to sold-out crowds in New York about the science of addiction, explained the science of storytelling at Storyline in Chicago, and shown people how Christianity can embrace the modern world at Belong in London. Mike lives in Tallahassee, FL with is wife Jenny and two daughters. What do you do when God dies? It’s a question facing millions today, as science reveals a Universe that’s self-creating, as American culture departs from Christian social norms, and the idea of God begins to seem implausible at best and barbaric at worst. Mike McHargue understands the pain of unraveling belief. In Finding God in the Waves, Mike tells the story of how his Evangelical faith dissolved into atheism as he studied the Bible, a crisis that threatened his identity, his friendships, and even his marriage. Years later, Mike was standing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean when a bewildering, seemingly mystical moment motivated him to take another look. But this time, it wasn’t theology or scripture that led him back to God—it was science. In Finding God in the Waves, “Science Mike” draws on his personal experience to tell the unlikely story of how science led him back to faith. Among other revelations, we learn what brain scans reveal about what happens when we pray; how fundamentalism affects the psyche; and how God is revealed not only in scripture, but in the night sky, in subatomic particles, and in us. For the faithful and skeptic alike, Finding God in the Waves is a winsome, lucid, page-turning read about belonging, life’s biggest questions, and the hope of knowing God in an age of science.                                                                                                      -From The Publisher Our Sponsor: Intervarsity Press has an exclusive for Seminary Dropout listeners. Go to ivpress.com/dropout to get 30% off The Church As Movement! If you liked this episode then you might also like… Seminary Dropout 83: Rachel Held Evans, Author of “Searching For Sunday” Seminary Dropout 123: AJ Swoboda, on Wandering, Doubt, and Hope Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes *links to guest books or other products are affiliate links  
Our Sponsor: Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in the UK alone and brought renewal to scores of established churches. The movement has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. In 2010, the movement began taking shape in the US through the vision and generosity of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and a growing number of partners committed to a new era of missional ecumenism, a unity around the mission of God the Father through the resurrected Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Shannon Kiser serves as Director of Training for Fresh Expressions US. She also is the director of the coaching network for the New Worshiping Community movement in the Presbyterian Church USA, and one of the pastors of  Riverside Presbyterian Church, a northern Virginia church with multiple Fresh Expressions. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Shannon has served churches in Texas and Virginia, as well as the Church Growth Office of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Shannon and her husband Patrick live in Springfield, VA and have two high school daughters. Verlon Fosner has led an innovative congregation in Seattle Washington since 1999. In 2008 the congregation transitioned from a traditional proclamation church into a multi-site Dinner Church called Community Dinners. In 2016, Verlon joined the Fresh Expression US leadership team and began coaching declining churches, leading “Dinner Church Encounters” across the country, and hosting “Seattle Immersions” at their home, which enables a few leaders at a time to observe Dinner Churches in action followed by training conversations around a fireplace. Verlon holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and has written several books. He and his wife Melodee have three adult children, five grandchildren, a collection of grand-foster-kids, and two grand-dogs.   If you liked this episode then you might also like… 183 – Iosmar Alvarez, Planting, Disciplining, and Fresh Expressions of the Hispanic Church 182 – Travis Collins, What is a Fresh Expression of Church Anyway? Fresh Expressions 101 (And What To Do Next)” Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp This Week on Seminary Dropout… Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, 100Movements, The 5Q Collective, and Future Travelers. All these are focussed on developing missional leadership and movemental organization. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered to be a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches across the Western world. Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways; 5Q; The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus, and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford), and On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson). Alan is co-founder and adjunct faculty for the M.A. in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College (Illinois). He is also adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, George Fox Seminary, among others, and he lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. He is series editor for Baker Books’ Shapevine series , IVP’s Forge line, and an associate editor of Leadership Journal. His experience in leadership includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized as well as heading up the Mission and Revitalization work of his denomination. He has been on leadership team with Christian Associates, a mission agency planting churches throughout Europe. Alan is adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the U.S. In the pages of this book, Alan Hirsch takes us on a really deep dive into the fivefold (APEST) typology of ministry as articulated in Ephesians 4:1-16, but he takes us to a depth and scope that few (if any) have ventured before. By laying out the most comprehensive model of APEST to date–one that incorporates deep theology as well as innovative practice–Hirsch once again demonstrates an almost uncanny capacity to change not only the nature and content of conversation itself, but also the scorecard on how we understand calling, church, leadership, and organization. If you liked this episode then you might also like… 153: David Fitch Author of ‘Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission’ 115: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson “When We Measure the Church by American Standards… …We Strangle the Beauty of the Cross.” Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes
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Oct 31st, 2014
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