Seminary Dropout 93: Jennie Allen of the IF:Gathering

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My guest today is Jennie Allen, Jennie’s passion is to inspire a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. She loves words and believes God uses them to heal souls and to reveal Himself to people. Jennie has published several studies and trade books, engaging women’s minds and hearts toward Christ.

She has a masters in Biblical Studies and lives with her husband Zac, and 4 children in the best city in the nation, Austin, Texas.

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Jennie is also the found of IF:Gathering. IF exists to gather, equip and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.

Some things discussed on the show…

…when the first kernel of what would become IF:Gathering popped into Jennie’s mind.

…what all of the IF: Gathering includes.

…issues around gender that can be hard for Christians to agree on.

…addressing racial unity at the IF:Gathering.

…Jennie’s book Anything, that was just rereleased with new material.


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Seminary Dropout 92: Boz Tchividjian on Sexual Abuse in the Church

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“Boz” Tchividjian is a former child abuse chief prosecutor and is the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). Boz is also an Associate Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law, and is a published author who speaks and writes extensively on issues related to abuse within the faith community. Boz is the 3rd-eldest grandchild of the Rev. Billy Graham. He is a graduate of Stetson University and Cumberland School of Law (Samford University).

 


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Seminary Dropout 91: Rob Bell, from the Everything is Spiritual Tour

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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.


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Seminary Dropout 90: Michele Cushatt, Author of ‘Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life’

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A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt inspires audiences with the warmth of her transparency and presence. Her unique style makes you feel like you just spent an afternoon with a good friend, sparking tears one moment and laughter the next. Having experienced both the best and worst of life, she’s unafraid to disclose her imperfect spaces, so that you know you’re not alone in yours.

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Undone is author Michele Cushatt’s quest to make peace with a complicated life. It is an honest confession of a diagnosis of cancer and the joys and disappointments of motherhood and marriage, ripe with regret over what is and, yet, still hopeful for what could be.

With enough humor to ease the rawness of the story, Undone takes the reader on a roller coaster two-year journey through the unexpectedness of life. A look back makes Michele long for a do-over, the chance to make fewer mistakes and leave less of a mess to clean up. A look forward makes Michele wonder if all her attempts to control life have robbed her of the vibrancy of it. And, in the middle of this internal chaos, she finds her once-pristine house filled with the sights and sounds of three small, uncontainable children who just want to be loved.

In the end, Undone turns complication into a beautiful canvas, angst into joy, and the unknown into an adventure, revealing that sometimes life’s most colorful and courageous stories are written right in the middle of the mess. -From the Publisher

Some things discussed on the show…

…Michele’s life changed by orders of magnitude over the span of about 8 months. She got a cancer diagnosis and 3 new (to her) children under her care during that time.

…this quote from the book
“Cancer, as heinous and evil as it was, had delivered an unexpected gift. It taught us how to live. Not in regret over all the ways we wished we could go back and do it over. Not in mourning the countless unfinished, undone places that yet remained. And not in fear of the unknown future we couldn’t predict or control. Cancer–in both its presence and absence–had taught me the immeasurable value of today.”

…how the presence of God felt different to than Michele thought it would.

…how divorce is a part of Michele’s story and how that has made her more able to identify with those that have had a messy life.

…what it was like raising her own children and then essentially starting over with 3 other children.

…Michele has lived a pretty clean life and taken care of herself and her body before her diagnosis, and that moment of feel like “meaningless meaningless everything is meaningless”.

…how coming so close to the realness of death makes you treat yourself better, not physically, but internally and understanding just how valuable you are as a human being.

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Seminary Dropout 89: Carolyn Custis James, Author of Malestrom: Manhood Swept Into the Currents of a Changing World

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Carolyn Custis James. Carolyn is a national and international conference speaker for churches, colleges, seminaries and other Christian organizations. Her writings bring a fresh perspective to the study of God’s Word and communicate a powerfully relevant message for women and men today.

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Malestrom builds on and expands previous books by Carolyn Custis James to explore the idea of manhood, a growing issue both in the wider culture and in the church. Until now, the entire discussion has been largely reduced to Western conceptions. Instead, James here shows how our culture’s narrow definitions of manhood are upended when we consider the examples of men in the Bible and Jesus’ gospel. Together, they show a whole new Kingdom way of being male and forging men and women into the Blessed Alliance. -From the Publisher

Some things discussed on the show…

…what the Creation narrative shows us about patriarchy.

…the link between males and violence that largely seems to be caused by our image of manhood and pride.

…the traditional marks of manhood: reproducing, providing, and protecting.

…how God’s call on the life of Abraham challenged patriarchy.

…the impact of the father son relationship having a lot to do with the state of patriarchy.

…the story of Deborah the military leader as an example of a powerful woman in the bible, and what significance does she has.

…how patriarchy marginalizes men too.

…some things that women and men can do to subvert patriarchy or push back against it.

What was your favorite quote from the interview? Leave it in the comments.


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Seminary Dropout 88: Michael Hidalgo on Doubt, Hell, & Legalism

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Michael Hidalgo is the pastor of Denver Community Church. With the ONE Campaign and Malaria No More, Michael has addressed thousands nationally. He is the author of Unlost: Being Found by the One We Are Looking For and writes regularly for Relevant Magazine. His new book is “Changing Faith: Questions, Doubts and Choices About an Unchanging God”.0

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Some things discussed on the show…

…has the dichotomy between orthodoxy and a poetic reading of Gen 1 is also a modern phenomenon.?

…why Michael calls for adopting more than one lense as apposed to exchanging one lense for another.

…Michael’s journey with doubt.

…how we stay humble and yet confident in our changing faith.

…will there will be a lot of good people in hell, and does that mean there will be a lot of good people in heaven?

…what should the churches response and posture be towards culture?

…Obeying Rules/ Legalism – conservatives say what we can’t do and progressives say what we have to do. What does the alternative look like, how do we look inside?

“The church is at it’s worse when it acts as the moral police of culture” -Michael

 


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Seminary Dropout 87: Matt Jones

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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:

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Matt also mentioned Preston Sprinkle’s blog as a great resource.

 


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Seminary Dropout 86: Jim Brownson

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Jim Brownson is the James and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary. He’s the author of a number of books, including most recently Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships.

 

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In Bible, Gender, Sexuality James Brownson argues that Christians should reconsider whether or not the biblical strictures against same-sex relations as defined in the ancient world should apply to contemporary, committed same-sex relationships. Presenting two sides in the debate — “traditionalist” and “revisionist” — Brownson carefully analyzes each of the seven main texts that appear to address intimate same-sex relations. In the process, he explores key concepts that inform our understanding of the biblical texts, including patriarchy, complementarity, purity and impurity, honor and shame. Central to his argument is the need to uncover the moral logic behind the biblical text. Written in order to serve and inform the ongoing debate in many denominations over the questions of homosexuality, Brownson’s in-depth study will prove a useful resource for Christians who want to form a considered opinion on this important issue. -From the Publisher.

 


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Seminary Dropout 85: Glenn Packiam on Becoming an Anglican Priest & Staying at His Non-Denominational Church

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Glenn Packiam is your average pastor, band member, song writer, author.

He’s the lead pastor of new life DOWNTOWN, a congregation of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he also serves on the Executive Team and the Eldership.

He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith, LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely PeopleSecondhand Jesus, and Butterfly in Brazil.

Glenn was also one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band and has been featured on several Desperation Band and NewLifeWorship recordings. He’s written and co-writing several well-loved worship songs, like “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.” Glenn recently released an iTunes LP called,”The Mystery of Faith,” in addition to the EP, The Kingdom Comes (2011), and a full-length album, Rumors and Revelations (2009), all with Integrity Music.
Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.
Glen joins on the show today to talk about his journey of being a non-denominational pastor, being ordained as a Anglican priest, and falling in love with liturgy. 

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Seminary Dropout 84: NT Wright

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NT WrightHave you heard of N.T. Wright? You know, one of the leading New Testament scholars in the world. Yeah, that N.T. Wright. The former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. He now serves as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. As being both one of the world’s leading Bible scholars and a popular author, he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air.

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Out of his own commitment to both historical scholarship and Christian ministry, Wright challenges us to roll up our sleeves and take seriously the study of the historical Jesus. He writes, “Many Christians have been, frankly, sloppy in their thinking and talking about Jesus, and hence, sadly, in their praying and in their practice of discipleship. We cannot assume that by saying the word Jesus, still less the word Christ, we are automatically in touch with the real Jesus who walked and talked in first-century Palestine. . . . Only by hard, historical work can we move toward a fuller comprehension of what the Gospels themselves were trying to say.” The Challenge of Jesus poses a double-edged challenge: to grow in our understanding of the historical Jesus within the Palestinian world of the first century, and to follow Jesus more faithfully into the postmodern world of the twenty-first century. – From the Publisher

Some things discussed on the show…

…associating Reformed theology with people like John Piper, Tim Keller, and others with similar theology, and that sometimes causes confusion to know that Wright sees much of his own views in line with reformed tradition, when it seems like his tone is much different that those people just mentioned.

…how do we know that God intended for his authority to be given through scripture. In other words how do we know that some day we’re not going to stand before God with him saying
‘Hey the Bible was just words that were written several thousands years ago by people who were just describing their experiences with me the best they can but it wasn’t suppose to be anything more to you than inspirational and a lose guide’ ?

….in the new introduction The Challenge of Jesus, Wright spent some time talking about the idea that he originally wrote TCoJ on the other side Sept 11, 2001. In what ways Wright thinks that changes our perspective on the words he wrote in TCoJ?

…what view the reformation brought of Jesus that was a change from the old view.

…what view the enlightenment brought.

…the historocity of Jesus and how the oral tradition worked.

…the parable of the sower in Mark 4:1-20. What we usually miss by not paying attention to Jesus’ Jewish roots.

…how all of this relates to the Christian task and vision today.


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