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.

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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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Seminary Dropout 82: Jen Pollock Michel, Author of ‘Teach Us to Want’

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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.

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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.


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Seminary Dropout 81: Scott Sauls, Author of ‘Jesus Outside the Lines’

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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.

affiliate linkIn 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.



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Seminary Dropout 80: Romal Tune & Tony Kriz, LIVE from The Faith & Culture Writers Conference

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Since growing up in the trauma of poverty, violence, and the inner-city landscapes void of opportunity, Romal Tune has triumphed to the heights of a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Howard University and Duke University School of Divinity, an ordained minister, and the author of an Award-Winning Book entitled, “God’s Graffiti”. Romal not only asks the question of WHY for many of the broken systems and structures in our world- education, poverty, community engagement, and more– he is also answering the HOW question, empowering others to create solutions and responses, currently in four continents around the world.

In “God’s Graffiti” Romal uses people in the Bible to tell his own story and reveal how he overcame adversity and setback along the way.


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If you’ve followed Seminary Dropout for a long time then you probably already know who Tony Kriz is. Tony teaches in colleges and universities around the country on topics of authentic faith, spiritual formation, cultural integration, cross-spiritual communication, and sacred friendship.


Tony’s new book “Aloof” deals with an issue that all Christians face but few talk about, the fact that God often seems distant and silent. Tony uses his own stories to explore what it means to follow a God who at times feels aloof.



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Seminary Dropout 79: Dave Wilkie of Coffee with Jesus

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daveIf 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! 

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Things discussed on the show…

  • …how CwJ started as just a one-off cartoon and what made Dave want to make 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

 

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