http://www.shaneblackshear.com Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:37:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 44685807 167 – Ken Wytsma, Author of ‘The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/kenwytsma/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/kenwytsma/#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:36:22 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3089 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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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


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166 – Leroy Barber on the NFL, and Colin Kaepernick http://www.shaneblackshear.com/leroybarber2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/leroybarber2/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:31:28 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3084 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Leroy Barber has dedicated more than twenty-five years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” He is the author of New Neighbor and Everyday Missions, and the coauthor of Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White with Velma Maia Thomas. He was also a contributing author to Tending to Eden by Scott Sabin and the groundbreaking book UnChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. The co-founder and director of the Voices Project and college pastor at Kilns College, Barber starts projects that shape society. In 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries to serve homeless families and children living on the streets, and in 1994 he became the director of internship programs at Cornerstone Christian Academy. He was licensed and ordained at Mt Zion Baptist Church where he served as youth director with Donna, and also served as associate minister of evangelism. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries, working with Atlanta Youth Project to serve as the founding executive director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city. He also helped found DOOR Atlanta, Community Life Church, South Atlanta Marketplace and Community Grounds Coffee shop in Atlanta, as well as Green My Hood and the Voices Project. He is on the boards of The Simple Way, Missio Alliance, The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) and the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Barber and his wife Donna have been married thirty years and together they have five children.


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165 – Seminary Dropout LIVE! Andrea Lucado, Author of ‘English Lessons’ Talks about Doubt and Being Her Own Person http://www.shaneblackshear.com/andrealucado/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/andrealucado/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 21:31:59 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3076 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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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


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164 – Mary Demuth Talks Celebrity Christianity and Finding Her Voice http://www.shaneblackshear.com/marydemuth3/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/marydemuth3/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:30:21 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3072 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Mary DeMuth is a writer and speaker who loves to help people live re-storied lives. Author of more than 30 books, including parenting books, Southern fiction, and a memoir entitled Thin Places, Mary speaks around the country and the world. She is the wife of Patrick and the mom of three adult children.

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163 – Charles Moore, Author of ‘Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/charlesmoore/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/charlesmoore/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:41:39 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3051 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Charles E. Moore is a member of the Bruderhof community and teaches at the Mount Academy in New York. He writes for Plough Quarterly and has compiled and edited several acclaimed books, including Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard, Everyone Belongs to God: Discovering the Hidden Christ, and Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship.

• Gold Medal Winner, 2017 Illumination Book Awards, Christian Living

• Silver Medal Winner, 2017 Benjamin Franklin Award in Religion from Independent Book Publishers Association

Why, in an age of connectivity, are our lives more isolated and fragmented than ever? And what can be done about it? The answer lies in the hands of God’s people. Increasingly, today’s Christians want to be the church, to follow Christ together in daily life. From every corner of society, they are daring to step away from the status quo and respond to Christ’s call to share their lives more fully with one another and with others. As they take the plunge, they are discovering the rich, meaningful life that Jesus has in mind for all people, and pointing the church back to its original calling: to be a gathered, united community that demonstrates the transforming love of God.

Of course, such a life together with others isn’t easy. The selections in this volume are, by and large, written by practitioners – people who have pioneered life in intentional community and have discovered in the nitty-gritty of daily life what it takes to establish, nurture, and sustain a Christian community over the long haul.

Whether you have just begun thinking about communal living, are already embarking on a shared life with others, or have been part of a community for many years, the pieces in this collection will encourage, challenge, and strengthen you. The book’s fifty-two chapters can be read one a week to ignite meaningful group discussion. -From the Publisher


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162 – Alan Hirsch, Author of ‘5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/alanhirsch/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/alanhirsch/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:18:45 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3048 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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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.


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161 – Tsh Oxenreider, Author of At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe http://www.shaneblackshear.com/tshoxenreider/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/tshoxenreider/#comments Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:26:33 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3045 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Tsh Oxenreider is the founder and main voice of The Art of Simple, a community site that celebrates living slow with passion, and is the host of the top-ranked podcast The Simple Show. She’s the author of At Home in the World, Notes from a Blue Bike, One Bite at a Time, and Organized Simplicity, and she thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe.

Tsh and her vagabonding family once traveled around the world for a school year, and they love exploring new cultures together. They currently live in Central Texas, near Austin, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (and she dreams of one day living in Stars Hollow). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for family movie night.

Her passion—besides writing, of course—is to create space in life for the stuff that matters, to make globally-minded choices, and to live unconventionally—and then help others do the same. She also loves coffee and hates wearing socks.

Tsh’s writing has been featured in Real Simple magazine, CNN, Washington Post, CNBC, and more, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, NPR, Parents magazine, and more.

The wide world is calling.

Americans Tsh and Kyle met and married in Kosovo. They lived as expats for most of a decade. They’ve been back in the States—now with three kids under ten—for four years, and while home is nice, they are filled with wanderlust and long to answer the call.

Why not? The kids are all old enough to carry their own backpacks but still young enough to be uprooted, so a trip—a nine-months-long trip—is planned.

At Home in the World follows their journey from China to New Zealand, Ethiopia to England, and more. They traverse bumpy roads, stand in awe before a waterfall that feels like the edge of the earth, and chase each other through three-foot-wide passageways in Venice. And all the while Tsh grapples with the concept of home, as she learns what it means to be lost—yet at home—in the world. -From the Publisher

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160 – Karen Swallow Prior: Abortion in the USA http://www.shaneblackshear.com/karenswallowprior2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/karenswallowprior2/#comments Sat, 27 May 2017 00:08:14 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3036 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Karen Swallow Prior is professor of English at Liberty University, Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States, and a regular contributor to Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics. Her most recent book is Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist.

Some questions discussed in this episode…

When does life begin?

How many abortions happen every year in the United States?

When is abortion legal and illegal?

What does Planned Parenthood do?

Do tax dollars fund abortions?

What are productive ways for Christians to respond to abortion?

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159 – Efrem Smith, Author of “Killing Us Softly: Reborn in the Upside-Down Image of God” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/efremsmith2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/efremsmith2/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:22:21 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3025 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Efrem Smith’s personal and professional story paints a compelling picture of an urban church leader of deep faith who has managed leaders and budgets, transforming people and ministry wherever he has served. His track record in leading Christian Community Development efforts, serving as a Pastor, Church Planter and leader of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, have prepared him for this moment. Throughout his career, Efrem has had a passion for the urban poor, theological education, and training indigenous leaders for service in the Kingdom.

As a preacher, motivational speaker, and author, Efrem Smith is internationally recognized for his passion to see lasting life transformations, communities revitalized to reach the marginalized, and further Kingdom advancement within our churches.

Serving as founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, a multi-ethnic church in Minneapolis, MN, Efrem also co-founded and was President for The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation.  In his previous role, Efrem was the Superintendent of the Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, providing leadership to 160 churches within California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and Utah.

As an itinerant speaker and preacher with Kingdom Building Ministries and the Evangelical Covenant Church, he has been a keynote speaker for such events as Athletes in Action, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Compassion International, Thrive and CHIC. He is the author of Raising Up Young Heroes, The Hip Hop Church, and Jump. Efrem’s latest book, The Post-Black and Post-White Church, was released in August of 2012.

Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary.  He is currently seeking his doctorate in Church Leadership from Bethel Seminary in Minneapolis, MN.  He and his wife Donecia, along with their two children, Jeada and Mireya, live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Efrem has received many awards such as the Role Model Award from the Hennepin County Community Coalition and the Community Service Award from Saint John’s University.

The Christian life is actually a kind of death. We die to ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. Dying in Christ, however, is an opportunity—to experience the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit as we spread the Good News of a God who loves us enough to save us and remake us in his image.

Efrem Smith helps us see that Christian discipleship is a counterintuitive life. In a world turned upside down by sin, God carefully and lovingly strips us of worldly values and turns us right-side up as good citizens and ambassadors of his Kingdom. -From the Publisher


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158 – David P. Leong, Author of “Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/davidpleong/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/davidpleong/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 18:55:57 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3022 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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David P. Leong (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he also serves as the director of the Global and Urban Ministry minor. He previously served in churches in urban Seattle through ministries focused on community groups and neighborhood involvement. As a scholar and practitioner, Leong examines the theological meaning of the city in an increasingly globalized and urbanized world. At the intersection of intercultural and missiological discourse, he sees the city as a rich context for theological reflection about topics ranging from hip hop and the built environment to multiculturalism and missional ecclesiology. He is the author of Street Signs: Toward a Missional Theology of Urban Cultural Engagement, and he lives in Seattle’s Rainier Valley with his wife and two sons.

We long for diverse, thriving neighborhoods and churches, yet racial injustices persist. Why? Because geographic structures and systems create barriers to reconciliation and prevent the flourishing of our communities.

Race and Place reveals the profound ways in which these geographic forces and structures sustain the divisions among us. Urban missiologist David Leong, who resides in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, unpacks the systemic challenges that are rarely addressed in the conversation about racial justice.

The evening news may deliver story after story that causes us to despair. But Leong envisions a future of belonging and hope in our streets, towns, cities, and churches. A discussion about race needs to go hand in hand with a discussion about place. This book is a welcome addition to a conversation that needs to include both. -From the Publisher


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157- Tish Harrison Warren & Jonathan Warren: A Biblical, Historical, and Pastoral Defense of Women in Ministry http://www.shaneblackshear.com/157-tish-harrison-warren-jonathan-warren-a-biblical-historical-and-pastoral-defense-of-women-in-ministry/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/157-tish-harrison-warren-jonathan-warren-a-biblical-historical-and-pastoral-defense-of-women-in-ministry/#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 00:08:32 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3018 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Tish Harrison Warren & Jonathan Warren talking about women in ministry and ordination.

William Witt’s articles on women and holy orders: http://willgwitt.org/category/theology/womens-ordination

William Webb, Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals
John Stackhouse, Finally Feminist
Ben Witherington, Women in the Earliest Christian Churches
Kevin Madigan, Ordained Women in the Early Church
Gary Macy’s Hidden History of Women’s Ordination
Gordon Hugenberger’s ‘Women in Church Office’ essay.

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156 – Traveling to Sri Lanka with Compassion International http://www.shaneblackshear.com/compassion/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/compassion/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:28:22 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=3009 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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In this very special episode, Sam Hoover from Compassion International sits down with me to discuss our recent trip to Sri Lanka.

                                                                             

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155 – Esther Emery: What Happens When You Give Up the Internet For a Year http://www.shaneblackshear.com/estheremery/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/estheremery/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:32:08 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2999

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Esther Emery used to direct stage plays in Southern California. But that was a long time ago. Now she lives with her husband and three children off the grid in a yurt, tending to three acres in the foothills of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains. She writes about faith and trying to live a fearless, free life at www.estheremery.com. Website: http://www.estheremery.com

Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all – until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Something had to be done.

What Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet – 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives – in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long.

Ultimately, Esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace – and the God who created it – she has been searching for all along.

What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. For all the ways the Internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God. -From the Publisher


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154 – Jamin Goggin & Kyle Strobel on the Church’s Problems with Power http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jamingogginkylestrobel/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jamingogginkylestrobel/#comments Sat, 08 Apr 2017 19:49:17 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2992

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Jamin Goggin serves as a pastor at Mission Hills Church. He has been in pastoral ministry for eleven years, including several years as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Saddleback Church. Jamin speaks and writes in the areas of spiritual formation, ministry and theology. He holds two Masters degrees and is currently earning a PhD in systematic theology. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Kristin, and their three children.

Kyle Strobel is a professor of spiritual theology and formation at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and is an emerging voice among evangelicals on spiritual formation, discipleship, and theology. Kyle speaks regularly and has written for Pastors.com, Relevant magazine (and Relevant Magazine.com), ChurchLeader.com, and DeeperStory.com. Kyle lives in Southern California with his wife, Kelli, and their two children.

 

The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb: Searching for Jesus’ Path of Power in a Church that Has Abandoned It

Why do so many rock-star pastors implode under the spotlight? Why do modern-day churches become so entangled in growing their brand that they lose sight of their true purpose? Because, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus’ seemingly contradictory path to power—first giving it up.

In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness. They invite readers to join them on an adventure around the world, seeking out great sages of the faith with uncommon wisdom to offer those traveling the path of Christian life. As readers eavesdrop on the authors’ conversations with people such as J. I. Packer, Dallas Willard, Marva Dawn, John Perkins, Jean Vanier, James Houston, and Eugene Peterson, they begin to piece together the new-old reality of following Jesus today. In the end, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole. -From the Publisher


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OnRamp S1E12: Season 1 Review, Answering Questions & “Why Are You Being So Divisive?” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp-012-season-1-review-answering-questions-why-are-you-being-so-divisive/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp-012-season-1-review-answering-questions-why-are-you-being-so-divisive/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:40:47 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2980 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

13th (Link to trailer. Watch the film on Netflix)

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew Hart


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OnRamp 011: Race & Representation in Media http://www.shaneblackshear.com/racerepresentationinmedia/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/racerepresentationinmedia/#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:30:29 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2975 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Master of None (IMDB page) (Available on Netflix)

 

Only one more episode left in season 1!

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OnRamp 010: Crime & Race http://www.shaneblackshear.com/crimerace/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/crimerace/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:44:19 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2972 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

13th (Link to trailer. Watch the film on Netflix)

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson’s Ted Talk

4 Black Lives Matter Myths Debunked | Decoded | MTV News

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OnRamp 009: Microaggressions http://www.shaneblackshear.com/microaggressions/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/microaggressions/#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:37:18 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2970 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

 

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OnRamp 008: What is White Supremacy Really? http://www.shaneblackshear.com/whatiswhitesupremacyreally/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/whatiswhitesupremacyreally/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:31:53 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2966 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

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OnRamp 007: Lasting Impacts of Jim Crow & Slavery http://www.shaneblackshear.com/impactsofjimcrowandslavery/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/impactsofjimcrowandslavery/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:17:50 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2964 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (known as the Moynihan Report, 1965)

Can trauma be passed to next generation through DNA?

Outliers by Gladwell

The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry 

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OnRamp 006: Levels of Racism http://www.shaneblackshear.com/levelsofracism/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/levelsofracism/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:32:01 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2961 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

3 Levels of Racism

-Individual

-Institutional

-Internalized

*Some groups use other terms such as interpersonal, structural, ideological, etc.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study on How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement


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OnRamp 005: Privilege http://www.shaneblackshear.com/privilege/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/privilege/#comments Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:28:23 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2958 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
by Peggy McIntosh

Freakonomics: White Names vs. Black Names

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OnRamp 004: Implicit Bias http://www.shaneblackshear.com/implicitbias/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/implicitbias/#respond Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:06:19 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2956 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Implicit Bias Test

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

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A Very Special Episode of Seminary Dropout: Announcing a Brand New Podcast – OnRamp http://www.shaneblackshear.com/a-very-special-episode-of-seminary-dropout-announcing-a-brand-new-podcast-onramp/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/a-very-special-episode-of-seminary-dropout-announcing-a-brand-new-podcast-onramp/#respond Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:00:56 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2952 Hey Seminary Dropout listeners this is a very special episode in which I’m previewing to you the very first episode of a brand new podcast called OnRamp. OnRamp is hosted by myself and my friend Kerri Fisher. It’s an episode about issues surrounding race through the lens of Christian spirituality. This is has been in the works for awhile and I’m very proud of it. It’s by no mean comprehensive in it’s scope and it’s not perfect in it’s execution. I by no means have these issues figured out. It’s just a conversation, and a conversation meant for those who want to understand these issues better, but don’t have a good place to start. This is meant to be a jumping on point or, and “on-ramp”.

If you like Seminary Dropout then I think you’ll love OnRamp. You can help the show launch by 1. Subscribing in iTunes, and 2. Sharing this on social media. Thanks for listening and I hope that Christ meets you as you listen.

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OnRamp 003: Diversity http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp-003-diversity/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp-003-diversity/#respond Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:00:37 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2943 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland

Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins


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OnRamp 002: Stereotyping http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp-002-stereotyping/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp-002-stereotyping/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:00:54 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2939 Hosted by Kerri Fisher & Shane Blackshear


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OnRamp 001: Two Christians Talking About Race http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp001/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/onramp001/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:00:08 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2930 Hi Friend, welcome to On-Ramp.

 

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew Hart

https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/process-improvement/center-elimination-disproportionality-and-disparities


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Top 5 Books of 2016 http://www.shaneblackshear.com/top5booksof2016/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/top5booksof2016/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:46:35 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2925 I think this may be the first year that my “top list” only includes books actually published this year. Also, it’s important to note that, yes, all of these books were written by Seminary Dropout guests, which may seem self serving, but honestly just reading the books of SD guests (which I must do to conduct the best interviews possible), leaves me little additional time for reading anything else.

5. Silence and Beauty by Makoto Fujimura

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of twentieth-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in seventeenth-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility. Endo’s Silence took internationally renowned visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo’s as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived in contemporary contexts of trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. Fujimura’s reflections show that light is yet present in darkness, and that silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth. -From the Publisher

4. Lord Willing by Jessica Kelley

 

Does God’s perfect plan really include this?

When her young son was diagnosed with brain cancer, Jessica Kelley couldn’t stomach Christian clichés. God’s will? Divine design? The Lord’s perfect plan? In Lord Willing?, Kelley boldly tackles one of the most difficult questions of the Christian life: if God is all-powerful and all-loving, why do we suffer? For Kelley, this question takes an even more painful and personal turn: did God lack the power or the desire to spare her four-year-old son?

For those dissatisfied with easy answers to why evil and tragedy occur, Lord Willing? offers a refreshing, hopeful journey straight to the heart of God. Be prepared for something more beautiful, more pure, and more healing than you can dare to imagine. -From the Publisher

3. Water to Wine by Brian Zahnd

 

Why would the pastor of a large and successful church risk everything in a quest to find a richer, deeper, fuller Christianity? In Water To Wine Brian Zahnd tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith.

“I was halfway to ninety—midway through life—and I had reached a full-blown crisis. Call it garden variety mid-life crisis if you want, but it was something more. You might say it was a theological crisis, though that makes it sound too cerebral. The unease I felt came from a deeper place than a mental file labeled “theology.” I was wrestling with the uneasy feeling that the faith I had built my life around was somehow deficient. Not wrong, but lacking. It seemed watery, weak. In my most honest moments I couldn’t help but notice that the faith I knew seemed to lack the kind of robust authenticity that made Jesus so fascinating. And I had always been utterly fascinated by Jesus. What I knew was that the Jesus I believed in warranted a better Christianity than what I was familiar with. I was in Cana and the wine had run out. I needed Jesus to perform a miracle.” –Water To Wine

 

2. Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue

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

1. Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart

What if racial reconciliation doesn’t look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many white Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.

In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, antiblack stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.

What if all Christians listened to the stories of those on the racialized margins? How might the church be changed by the trouble we ve seen?

Key Features:
-Written by well-known theologian and blogger Drew Hart with foreword by Christena Cleveland
-Hard-hitting analysis of racial injustice in the twenty-first century
-Provides a call to action for Christians committed to racial justice and creative proposals for antiracist practices for churches
                                                           -From the Publisher

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153: David Fitch Author of ‘Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/davidfitch/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/davidfitch/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:30:47 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2919 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.orgdf

David E. Fitch (PhD, Northwestern University) is the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is the author of The Great Giveaway and The End of Evangelicalism? and is the coauthor of Prodigal Christianity. Fitch coaches a network of church plants in the Christian and Missionary Alliance and he writes, speaks, and lectures on issues the local church must face in mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology. He has also written numerous articles in periodicals such as Christianity Today, The Other Journal, Missiology as well as various academic journals.

To enter to win a copy of Faithful Presense sign up for my email list at ShaneBlackshear.com (right hand side).

 


 

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152: Paul Pavao on Cancer, The Early Church, and Living in Intentional Community http://www.shaneblackshear.com/paulpavao/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/paulpavao/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:05:14 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2917 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

Paul Pavao is a teacher at Rose Creek village, a Christian community. He is married and has six children. Paul is a Mensa member and has studied early CHristian history for over 20 years.


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151: Greg Boyd on How to Live in a Trump Presidency http://www.shaneblackshear.com/gregboyd3/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/gregboyd3/#respond Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:30:08 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2914 Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author.

He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and numerous other television and radio venues.

Greg received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude 1988), his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (cum laude 1982), and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota (1979). He was a professor of theology for 16 years at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) where he received the Teaching Excellence Award and Campus Leadership Award.

Greg is the co-founder of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota where he serves as Senior Pastor, speaking to thousands each week.

Greg has authored or co-authored 20 books and numerous academic articles, including his best-selling and award-winning Letters From a Skeptic and his recent books Repenting of Religion and The Myth of a Christian Nation. His apologetic writings and public debates on the historical Jesus and the problem of evil have helped many skeptics embrace faith, and his writings and seminars on spiritual transformation have had a revolutionary, freeing impact on thousands of believers.

Check out Greg’s website here.

For several blog post recommendations check out the links below:

Greg on Politics

Doing the Kingdom, Not Voting It In

Greg Boyd and Jim Wallis Discuss Politics & Faith

Defending the Poor

Living With a Kingdom Consciousness

When we return to the simplicity and difficulty of the kingdom of God, the question that defines us is no longer, What are the Christian policies and candidates? No, when love is placed above all kingdom-of-the-world concerns (Col. 3:14; 1 Peter 4:8), the kingdom-of-the-world options placed before us dwindle in significance.

-Greg Boyd


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150: #SheLeads: Reclaiming the Blessed Alliance for Faithful Mission – Austin Panel http://www.shaneblackshear.com/sheleads/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/sheleads/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:03:38 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2904 *Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org

sheleads-austin

On Saturday October 29th Missio Alliance hosted She Leads: Reclaiming the Blessed Alliance for Faithful Mission. The main event was simulcast to regional venues all of the country. I had the privilege of moderating the local panel in my hometown of Austin, TX.

Our panelists were:

08a5a7ac-42e3-47cf-b534-3ee236b410dcLatasha Morrison is a bridge-builder, reconciler, fellow abolitionist, and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. Having worked with youth and served as a Children’s & the Next Gen Director, she has developed an untamed passion for social justice issues across the globe. A native of North Carolina she attended East Carolina University and earned a Masters in Business from Liberty University in Virginia. She is embarking on a new role as the Director of Operations at Gateway Church Central in Austin. She is currently building a ministry to help equip those interested in racial bridge-building called “Be the Bridge”.

af829bb0-8edb-4a83-b5d0-c8a54dd2fc57Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, serving at Resurrection South Austin. She writes regularly for The Well, InterVarsity’s online magazine for women in the academy and professions, Her.meneutics, and Christianity Today. Her work has also appeared in Christ and Pop CultureArt House America,  Anglicanpastor.com, and elsewhere. Her first book is forthcoming with IVP.

 

7d707c98-4054-4313-8fe0-9a68cd16233cKeith Atkinson is native Austinite who was ambushed by Jesus Christ in 1973 and has never been the same since. He has been involved in Christian ministry in some capacity since he was seventeen years of age. He serves as Pastor of Red River Church in Austin.

 

 

d9589cdd-ca0c-4c7c-93d0-9bbb10b65801Kenny Green is a pastor at Gateway Church in Austin. He was a meth addict for 10 years, yet has now been clean 10 years. He leads Serve and Recovery for Gateway.

 

 

 

 


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149: Leonard Sweet talks about The Bad Habits of Jesus http://www.shaneblackshear.com/leonardsweet/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/leonardsweet/#respond Fri, 04 Nov 2016 12:30:21 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2889 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.orgls

Leonard I. Sweet is an American theologian, semiotician, church historian, pastor, and author. Sweet currently serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School at Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey; and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. Sweet is ordained in the United Methodist denomination.

Check out Leonards website here.

 
The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong

Did Jesus have bad habits?
In our culture, we have a tendency to describe Jesus in ways that soften his revolutionary edge. Len Sweet uncovers and presents to us the offensive and scandalous Jesus described in the Bible.

  • Did he disappear when people needed him most? Yes.
  • Did he refuse to answer questions directly? Yes.
  • Did Jesus offend the people of his day? Absolutely, yes.

Popular author and speaker Len Sweet examines the words and actions of Jesus and places them in context. We need to understand who Jesus really is if we are to follow him wholeheartedly. That is why it is so crucial to see the “rebellious rabbi” for who he is and not for who we may imagine him to be.

The Bad Habits of Jesus will help you see the untamed Jesus, who isn’t sanitized for our culture. That Jesus just might transform how you live out your life. -From the Publisher


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148: Shane Claiborne Talks “Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why it’s Killing Us” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/shaneclaiborne2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/shaneclaiborne2/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:15:19 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2885 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

shane-claiborne

 

Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek. As a peacemaker, his journeys have taken him to some of the most troubled regions of the world – from Rwanda to the West Bank – and he’s been on peace delegations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. He is married to Katie Jo, a North Carolina girl who also fell in love with the city (and with Shane). They were wed in St. Edwards church, the formerly abandoned cathedral into which homeless families relocated in 1995, launching the beginning of the Simple Way community and a new phase of faith-based justice making.

Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers – and his classic The Irresistible Revolution. He has been featured in a number of films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His books are translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over 100 times a year, nationally and internationally.

His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. Shane speaks regularly at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe.

 

Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us

In this reasoned exploration of justice, retribution, and redemption, the champion of the new monastic movement, popular speaker, and author of the bestselling The Irresistible Revolution offers a powerful and persuasive appeal for the abolition of the death penalty.

The Bible says an eye for an eye. But is the state’s taking of a life true—or even practical—punishment for convicted prisoners? In this thought-provoking work, Shane Claiborne explores the issue of the death penalty and the contrast between punitive justice and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution.

Using an historical lens to frame his argument, Claiborne draws on testimonials and examples from Scripture to show how the death penalty is not the ideal of justice that many believe. Not only is a life lost, so too, is the possibility of mercy and grace. In Executing Grace, he reminds us of the divine power of forgiveness, and evokes the fundamental truth of the Gospel—that no one, even a criminal, is beyond redemption.


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147: N.T. Wright Talks about The Day the Revolution Began http://www.shaneblackshear.com/ntwright2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/ntwright2/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:22:08 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2880 *Originally published at missioalliance.org

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N.T. WRIGHT is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving 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. His award-winning books include The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, The Meaning of Jesus (co-authored with Marcus Borg), as well as being the translator for The Kingdom New Testament. He also wrote the impressive Christian Origins and the Question of God series, including The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God and most recently, Paul and the Faithfulness of God.

The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion

The renowned scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author widely considered to be the heir to C. S. Lewis contemplates the central event at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus’ crucifixion—arguing that the Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in transforming our understanding of its meaning.

In The Day the Revolution Began, N. T. Wright once again challenges commonly held Christian beliefs as he did in his acclaimed Surprised by Hope. Demonstrating the rigorous intellect and breathtaking knowledge that have long defined his work, Wright argues that Jesus’ death on the cross was not only to absolve us of our sins; it was actually the beginning of a revolution commissioning the Christian faithful to a new vocation—a royal priesthood responsible for restoring and reconciling all of God’s creation.

Wright argues that Jesus’ crucifixion must be understood within the much larger story of God’s purposes to bring heaven and earth together. The Day the Revolution Began offers a grand picture of Jesus’ sacrifice and its full significance for the Christian faith, inspiring believers with a renewed sense of mission, purpose, and hope, and reminding them of the crucial role the Christian faith must play in protecting and shaping the future of the world. -From The Publisher

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The courses contain video lecture material, written material to augment the videos, textbook recommendations, assessment tools (i.e., quizzes), and discussion sections so you can dialogue on-line with fellow students from around the world. This will help us to ‘be transformed by the renewing of the mind’.

Courses offered at ntwrightonline.org are made possible through the collaboration between N.T. Wright, Professor at St. Andrews University, Scotland, and David Seemuth, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Wisconsin Center for Christian Study. The courses are not affiliated with St. Andrews University and carry no formal credit, but are meant to be sources of enrichment for those who choose to participate in the classes.

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146: Voting, Part 2 with Nekeisha Alayna Alexis http://www.shaneblackshear.com/nekeishaalaynaalexis/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/nekeishaalaynaalexis/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:16:40 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2875

nekeisha-alayna-alexis-finalNekeisha Alayna Alexis is an independent scholar with wide-ranging interests related to human and other animal liberation. She orients her life toward undoing oppression through her vegan practice, teaching and writing, and various types of organizing in her community. She is co-founder and co-organizer of Jesus Radicals, an online space for exploring faith, politics and the particular connections between anarchism and Christianity, and host of its Iconocast Canvas podcast. She works at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on the communication team and as the intercultural competence and undoing racism coordinator.

Click to view her website and twitter.
For personal musings check out her two blogs: Critical Animal and Every Day Oppression

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145: Voting, Part 1 with Greg Boyd http://www.shaneblackshear.com/gregboyd2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/gregboyd2/#comments Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:33:49 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2872 greg-boydfinal-1-750x490

Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author.

He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and numerous other television and radio venues.

Greg received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude 1988), his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (cum laude 1982), and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota (1979). He was a professor of theology for 16 years at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) where he received the Teaching Excellence Award and Campus Leadership Award.

Greg is the co-founder of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota where he serves as Senior Pastor, speaking to thousands each week.

Greg has authored or co-authored 20 books and numerous academic articles, including his best-selling and award-winning Letters From a Skeptic and his recent books Repenting of Religion and The Myth of a Christian Nation. His apologetic writings and public debates on the historical Jesus and the problem of evil have helped many skeptics embrace faith, and his writings and seminars on spiritual transformation have had a revolutionary, freeing impact on thousands of believers.

Check out Greg’s website here.

For several blog post recommendations check out the links below:

Greg on Politics

Doing the Kingdom, Not Voting It In

Greg Boyd and Jim Wallis Discuss Politics & Faith

Defending the Poor

Living With a Kingdom Consciousness

When we return to the simplicity and difficulty of the kingdom of God, the question that defines us is no longer, What are the Christian policies and candidates? No, when love is placed above all kingdom-of-the-world concerns (Col. 3:14; 1 Peter 4:8), the kingdom-of-the-world options placed before us dwindle in significance.

-Greg Boyd


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144: Ann Voskamp on her new book “The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/annvoskamp/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/annvoskamp/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:30:44 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2862 ann-voskamp

Ann Voskamp’s the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Gift and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and the sixty-week New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into more than eighteen languages.

Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the Top 10 most widely read Christian websites:  www.annvoskamp.com

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New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it’s too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? This is the one begging question that’s behind every single aspect of our lives — and one that The Broken Way rises up to explore in the most unexpected ways.

This one’s for the lovers and the sufferers. For those whose hopes and dreams and love grew so large it broke their willing hearts. This one’s for the busted ones who are ready to bust free, the ones ready to break molds, break chains, break measuring sticks, and break all this bad brokenness with an unlikely good brokenness.  You could be one of the Beloved who is broken — and still lets yourself be loved.

You could be one of them, one who believes freedom can be found not only beyond the fear and pain, but actually  within it.

You could discover and trust this broken way — the way to not be afraid of broken things. -From the Publisher


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143: Mike McHargue aka “Science Mike”, Author of “Finding God In The Waves” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/mikemchargue/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/mikemchargue/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:18:49 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2853 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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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


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142: Brandon Hatmaker, Author of “A Mile Wide” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/brandonhatmaker/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/brandonhatmaker/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:37:03 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2846 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Brandon is an author, biker, humanitarian, and a huge fan of the underdog.

After more than 20 years of working in the local church, He co-founded and is now the Managing Partner of The Legacy Collective (www.legacycollective.org) and The Legacy Investor Group LLC which focuses on partnering, pioneering, and funding sustainable solutions to systemic social issues.

He co-stars in the HGTV and DIY Network series “My Big Family Renovation” and has had various guest appearances on other HGTV shows (Brother v.s. Brother, Tiny House Arrest…)

Brandon currently lives in Austin, Texas and is married to author and speaker, Jen Hatmaker.

A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith

In A Mile Wide, he helps readers see more clearly how the gospel works in us and eventually through us to transform an anemic spiritual life into a deeper, fuller, and more effective faith. Offering fresh perspective on eight essentials of Christianity—the gospel, identity, scripture, discipleship, kingdom, mission, community, and justice—Hatmaker provides biblical insight and practical applications that tap into the richer life Christ promised his people, individually and as a community. God wants more than simply to save us; he’s also determined to transform us, restore us, and use us to reveal the coming of his kingdom right here, right now.

                                                                                                     -From The Publisher


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141: Cathleen Falsani & Jennifer Grant, Editors of “Disquiet Time” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/cathleenfalsanijennifergrant/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/cathleenfalsanijennifergrant/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:00:55 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2834 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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A Connecticut native and granddaughter of Italian and Irish immigrants, Cathleen is a graduate of Wheaton College, the alma mater of the Rev. Billy Graham, former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and horror film director Wes Craven. (Admittedly, she often finds more common ground with Craven and Graham than Hastert.) She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University as well as a master’s degree in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She also was a 2009 Divinity School Media Fellow at Duke University, a Gralla Fellow in Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, and was the 1996 Stoody-West Fellow in Religious Journalism.

Jennifer is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and received her Masters degree in English literature with concentrations in fiction writing and critical theory (Go Derrida!) from Southern Methodist University. She lives with her husband, four children, and a wise and affectionate mutt named Shiloh outside of Chicago, Illinois.

DISQUIET TIME takes its cue from those venerable, traditional devotionals in format and appearance, but with a twist. Each chapter will feature a scripture passage or verse chosen by the contributor, who will write a 1,000-3,000-word reflection about why this part of the Bible most excites, comforts, disturbs, frustrates, or soothes him or her.

The idea is not necessarily to be irreverent, but rather to acknowledge the parts of the Bible that confound and fascinate us. Our aim is to create a book with all of the humor of a satire or parody but none of the snark or vitriol. -From the Publisher

Find more info visit Disquiet Time


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140: Frank James, Logos Video Course: “Introducing Church History” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/frankjames/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/frankjames/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:15:10 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2815 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

Frank James FDr. 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.

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“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!


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139: Todd Adkins, Host of “5 Leadership Questions” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/toddadkins/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/toddadkins/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:15:59 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2805 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Todd Adkins is the Director of Leadership at Lifeway Christian Resources. He is passionate about the development of leaders, especially within the church. Todd served in student ministry and as an executive pastor for several years before joining the leadership at Lifeway to head up Ministry Grid, Lifeway’s dynamic new leadership development platform featuring over 3,700 videos and a fully customizable learning management system for churches.

The 5 Leadership Questions podcast is brought to you by LifeWay Leadership. Each episode co-hosts Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper will ask five questions of different guests or about different leadership topics. The aim of the podcast is to inform and encourage Christian leaders whether they serve in the pastorate, the business world, non-profits, or on a volunteer basis.

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Their aim is to encourage leaders, share insights, and learn from other great leaders. They want to help leader grow in character, knowledge, and skills and do so in an enjoyable way. Some conversations are more serious while others are light-hearted. Their hope is that these conversations will build up leaders no matter their position.

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138: Morgan Guyton, Author of “How Jesus Saves the World From Us” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/morganguyton/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/morganguyton/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:45:55 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2795 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we’ve received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus.

How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity

This is a book for Christians who are troubled by what we’ve become and who want Jesus to save us from the toxic behaviors and attitudes we’ve embraced. Each of the 12 chapters proposes an antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as “Worship not Performance, “Temple not Program,” and “Solidarity not Sanctimony.” Each chapter includes thought-provoking discussion questions, perfect for individual or group study.

There are many reasons to lose hope about the state of our world and our church, but Guyton offers one piece of good news: Jesus is saving the world from us, one Christian at a time.  -From the Publisher

Find Morgan at: Mercy Not Sacrifice


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137: Chris Marlow, Author of ” Doing Good is Simple: Make a Difference Right Where You Are” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/chrismarlow/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/chrismarlow/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:00:58 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2776 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

ChrisMarlow FinalChris Marlow, founder of the global advocacy organization Help One Now, once felt paralyzed in the face of global problems. They seemed too numerous, too complicated, too big—and after all, how much can one person really do? But a wake-up call in Zimbabwe and a closer study of Scripture soon showed Chris that maybe Christians are overcomplicating how to do act justly in a broken world. Maybe all God is calling us to do is set up a lemonade stand for a good cause.

Doing Good Is Simple: Making a Difference Right Where You Are

We all want to do good, but often, we can be overwhelmed by our busy schedules, family commitments, and the feeling that we might not be making much of an impact anyway.

In Doing Good Is Simple, Chris Marlow gently challenges us with grace and humor to realize that we are both called and equipped to make a difference in the world and reminds us that doing good can be simple! -From the Publisher

Find Chris at: doinggoodissimplebook.com


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136: Gerald McDermott, Author of “The Great Theologians, A Brief Guide” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/geraldmcdermott/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/geraldmcdermott/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 06:45:24 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2771 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also associate pastor at Christ the King Anglican Church. His books include The Other Jonathan Edwards: Readings in Love, Society, and Justice (with Ronald Story), The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (with Michael McClymond), A Trinitarian Theology of Religions (with Harold Netland), Cancer: A Medical and Spiritual Guide (with William Fintel, MD), Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods and World Religions: An Indispensable Guide.

 

The Great Theologians: A Brief Guide

Who are the church’s great theologians? What was special about their teaching? What can we learn from them today? Gerald McDermott has written this book for those who want a solid introduction that is challenging, but not overwhelming. Provocative but satisfying. And not too long. McDermott not only informs us about eleven pivotal theologians from Origen to von Balthasar, but helps us sort out what is of continuing value today. With study questions at the end of each chapter, this book is perfect for small groups to go through together. As you do, you’ll explore your shared theological history and uncover more about what and why you believe. Here’s your chance to think with “the greats” about God. -From the Publisher

Find Gerald at: beesondivinity.com/gerald-r-mcdermott


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135: Suzanne Burden, Author of “Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/suzanneburden/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/suzanneburden/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:00:44 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2763 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

sbSuzanne is a graduate of Cornerstone University and Grace Theological Seminary and serves part-time as discipleship pastor at Three Rivers Wesleyan Church. She writes and speaks on living in the Kingdom of God as a joyful, right-now reality. Suzanne co-authored “Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God”.

Inferior. Second-best. Marginalized. Every daughter of Eve faces an identity crisis at some time in her life. And many wonder where they fit in on a regular basis. Authors Suzanne Burden, Carla Sunberg and Jamie Wright set out to discover what the Bible says about every woman’s identity. What they uncovered is a scriptural blueprint for both women and men that sets them free to serve Christ together as full partners in building God’s kingdom. -From the Publisher

Find Suzanne at: suzanneburden.com


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134: Jessica Kelley, Author of “Lord Willing?: Wrestling with God’s Role in My Child’s Death” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jessicakelley/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jessicakelley/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:00:01 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2756 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.com

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Jessica Kelley is a writer, speaker, and survivor of child loss. She has a B.S. in Psychology, a M.S. in Counseling & Human Development, and experience as a School Counselor. Born and raised in the South, Jessica now lives with her husband and five-year-old daughter in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She survives the absurdly long winters by going to the gym, dreaming about the beach, and eating copious amounts of chocolate. You can find her processing her faith journey at JessicaKelley.com.

Lord Willing?: Wrestling with God’s Role in My Child’s Death

Does God’s perfect plan really include this?

When her young son was diagnosed with brain cancer, Jessica Kelley couldn’t stomach Christian clichés. God’s will? Divine design? The Lord’s perfect plan? In Lord Willing?, Kelley boldly tackles one of the most difficult questions of the Christian life: if God is all-powerful and all-loving, why do we suffer? For Kelley, this question takes an even more painful and personal turn: did God lack the power or the desire to spare her four-year-old son?

For those dissatisfied with easy answers to why evil and tragedy occur, Lord Willing? offers a refreshing, hopeful journey straight to the heart of God. Be prepared for something more beautiful, more pure, and more healing than you can dare to imagine. -From the Publisher


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133: Lisa Sharon Harper on The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right http://www.shaneblackshear.com/lisasharonharper/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/lisasharonharper/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:00:10 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2750 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org
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Lisa Sharon Harper is the chief church engagement officer at Sojourners, a nonprofit organization committed to putting Christian faith into action in the pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship. She is the author of several books, including Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat and coauthor of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith. Harper has been recognized by The Huffington Post as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders” and is considered one of the nation’s most influential voices on a faith-rooted approach to advocacy. Harper speaks extensively, nationally and internationally, and lives in Washington, D.C.

 

The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right

God once declared everything in the world “very good.”
Can you imagine it?
 
A Vision of Hope for a Broken World
 
Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like.
Shalom is when all people have enough.
It’s when families are healed.
It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity.
Shalom is when the image of God is recognized in every single human.
Shalom is our calling as followers of Jesus’s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every relationship.

What can we do to bring shalom to our nations, our communities, and our souls? Through a careful exploration of biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what “very good” can look like today, even after the Fall.

Because despite our anxious minds, despite division and threats of violence, God’s vision remains: Wholeness for a hurting world. Peace for a fearful soul. Shalom.


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132: Jonathan Martin, Author of “How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jonathanmartin2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jonathanmartin2/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:00:13 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2744 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Jonathan Martin is a writer, speaker, and dreamer currently living in Tulsa, OK, where he serves as Teaching Pastor at Sanctuary Church. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think? He is a product of the “Christ-haunted landscape” of the American South, sweaty revivals, and hip-hop. . He loves to talk about the beauty of God, what an extraordinary thing it is to be called God’s beloved, and finding new ways to be human. His new book is called “How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here”

How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here

Life is turbulent. On that, we can all agree. Disappointed dreams, broken relationships, identity crises, vocational hang-ups, wounds from the past—there are so many ways life can send us crashing up against the rocks.

In this deeply personal book, Jonathan Martin draws from his own stories of failure and loss to find the love that can only be discovered on the bottom. How to Survive a Shipwreck is an invitation to trust the goodness of God and the resilience of your soul. Jonathan’s clarion call is this: No matter how hard you’ve fallen, no matter how much you’ve been hurt, help is on the way—just when you need it most.

With visionary artistry and pastoral wisdom, Jonathan Martin reveals what we’ll need to make it through those uncharted waters, how we can use these defining experiences to live out of our depths, and why it will then become impossible to go back to the half-life we once lived. -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 131: Brian Zahnd Author of “Water to Wine: Some of My Story” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/brianzahnd2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/brianzahnd2/#comments Sat, 02 Jul 2016 05:21:39 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2740 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor, of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is a passionate reader of theology and philosophy, an avid hiker and mountain climber, and authority on all things Bob Dylan. He and his wife, Peri, have three adult sons and five grandchildren. He is the author of several other books, including Unconditional?, Beauty Will Save the World, and A Farewell To Mars. Follow his blog at www.brianzahnd.com.


Water to Wine: Some of My Story

Why would the pastor of a large and successful church risk everything in a quest to find a richer, deeper, fuller Christianity? In Water To Wine Brian Zahnd tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith.

“I was halfway to ninety—midway through life—and I had reached a full-blown crisis. Call it garden variety mid-life crisis if you want, but it was something more. You might say it was a theological crisis, though that makes it sound too cerebral. The unease I felt came from a deeper place than a mental file labeled “theology.” I was wrestling with the uneasy feeling that the faith I had built my life around was somehow deficient. Not wrong, but lacking. It seemed watery, weak. In my most honest moments I couldn’t help but notice that the faith I knew seemed to lack the kind of robust authenticity that made Jesus so fascinating. And I had always been utterly fascinated by Jesus. What I knew was that the Jesus I believed in warranted a better Christianity than what I was familiar with. I was in Cana and the wine had run out. I needed Jesus to perform a miracle.” –Water To Wine


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Seminary Dropout 130: Makoto Fujimura, Author of Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering http://www.shaneblackshear.com/makotofujimura/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/makotofujimura/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:00:13 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2735 Discussing Shusaku Endo's novel Silence and it's impact on his Christianity

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mfMakoto Fujimura is an internationally renowned artist, writer and speaker who serves as the director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is also the founder of the International Arts Movement and served as a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003 to 2009. His books include Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture and Culture Care. Recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper, Fujimura’s work has been exhibited at galleries including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Taikoo Place in Hong Kong and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum. In 2011 the Fujimura Institute was established and launched the Qu4rtets, a collaboration between Fujimura, painter Bruce Herman, Duke theologian/pianist Jeremy Begbie and Yale composer Christopher Theofanidis, based on T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. A popular speaker, Fujimura has lectured at numerous conferences, universities and museums, including the Aspen Institute, Yale and Princeton Universities, Sato Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. Among many awards and recognitions, Bucknell University honored him with the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012, and the American Academy of Religion named him as its 2014 Religion and the Arts award recipient. He has received honorary doctorates from Belhaven University, Biola University, Cairn University and Roanoke College.
Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering

Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of twentieth-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in seventeenth-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility. Endo’s Silence took internationally renowned visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo’s as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived in contemporary contexts of trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. Fujimura’s reflections show that light is yet present in darkness, and that silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth. -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 129: Christine Caine on Shame, Immigration, and Freedom http://www.shaneblackshear.com/christinecaine/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/christinecaine/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:00:42 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2730 *Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Christine Caine is a recognized teacher, preacher, author, and activist. As a founder of The A21 Campaign, Christine leads one of the largest non-profit organizations in the world dedicated to rescuing victims of human trafficking in  twelve countries. Additionally, through her personal ministry, Christine shares messages of hope, encouragement, and freedom in churches across the globe and frequently addresses leaders of some of the world’s largest organizations. Christine and her husband, Nick, spend their time in both Sydney, Australia, and the United States, and they adore their daughters Catie and Sophie.

 Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children, as well as in the heart of the broken, abused and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants readers to know something: we can all be free.

“I know. I’ve been there,” writes Christine. “I was schooled in shame. It has been my constant companion from my very earliest memories. I see shame everywhere I look in the world, including in the church. It creeps from heart to heart, growing in shadowy places, feeding on itself so that those struggling with it are too shamed to seek help from shame itself.”

In Unashamed, Christine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shame—in her own life and the lives of so many Christian women—and invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life.

In her passionate and candid style, Christine leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself how to believe that God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, your past, and your limitations. He is not only more powerful than anything you’ve done but also stronger than anything ever done to you. You can deal with your yesterday today, so that you can move on to what God has in store for you tomorrow—a powerful purpose and destiny he wants you to fulfill.

Join the journey. Lay ahold of the power of Jesus Christ today and step into the future—his future for you—a beautiful, full, life-giving future, where you can even become a shame-lifter to others. Live unashamed! –From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 128: Soong-Chan Rah, on Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times http://www.shaneblackshear.com/soongchanrah/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/soongchanrah/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:00:25 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2727 *Published originally at MissioAlliance.orgscr

Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, as well as coauthor of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith and contributing author for Growing Healthy Asian American Churches. In addition to serving as founding senior pastor of the multiethnic, urban ministry-focused Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He is a founding member of the Boston Fellowship of Asian-American Ministers. An experienced cross cultural preacher and conference speaker, Rah has addressed thousands around the country at gathering like the 2003 Urbana Student Missions Conference, 2006 Congress on Urban Ministry, 2007 Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, 2008 CCDA National Conference, 2010 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) National Preaching Conference and the 2011 Disciples of Christ General Assembly. He and his wife Sue have two children and live in Chicago.

When Soong-Chan Rah planted an urban church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his first full sermon series was a six-week exposition of the book of Lamentations. Preaching on an obscure, depressing Old Testament book was probably not the most seeker-sensitive way to launch a church. But it shaped their community with a radically countercultural perspective. The American church avoids lament. But lament is a missing, essential component of Christian faith. Lament recognizes struggles and suffering, that the world is not as it ought to be. Lament challenges the status quo and cries out for justice against existing injustices. Soong-Chan Rah’s prophetic exposition of the book of Lamentations provides a biblical and theological lens for examining the church’s relationship with a suffering world. It critiques our success-centered triumphalism and calls us to repent of our hubris. And it opens up new ways to encounter the other. Hear the prophet’s lament as the necessary corrective for Christianity’s future. A Resonate exposition of the book of Lamentations. –From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 127: Rethinking Hell with Chris Date & Graham Ware http://www.shaneblackshear.com/grahamwarechrisdate/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/grahamwarechrisdate/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 17:00:33 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2722 *Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Graham Ware is currently Pastor of Centre Street Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. He holds a BA in History, minoring in Biblical Studies from Atlantic Baptist University (now Crandall University) and an M.Div. from McMaster Divinity College. His blog and sermon podcast can be found on the church’s website and he can be found on Twitter (@deo_favente1). His other passions include football (actual football, not the American version) supporting Chelsea FC, as well as reading, coffee, craft beer, and being a husband and dad to three daughters.

Chris Date is the host of the Theopologetics podcast and co-editor ofRethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism (Cascade, 2014) and A Consuming Passion (Pickwick, 2015). A software engineer by trade, he believes theology and apologetics are for every average Joe in the pews, and not just for pastors, philosophers, PhD’s and the erudite in ivory towers. Formerly a traditionalist, he became convinced of the biblical view of final punishment over the course of a process which began when he interviewed Edward Fudge, and he has since defended the view in several debates and on Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable? radio program on Premier Christian Radio UK. Chris is also a steward of the Rethinking Hell project.

 

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Rethinking Hell explores a perspective on Hell called ‘Evangelical Conditionalism,’ which refers to Conditional Immortality/Annihilationism in forms compatible with Evangelicalism.

 


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Seminary Dropout 126: Nijay Gupta on Bridging the Gap Between Seminary and the Church Pew http://www.shaneblackshear.com/nijaygupta/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/nijaygupta/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 17:00:19 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2719 ng

Nijay K. Gupta (Ph.D, University of Durham) serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of several articles and books including a commentary on Colossians (Smyth & Helwys, 2013). You can learn more about Dr. Gupta at his personal blog www.cruxsolablog.com.

In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, the reader is introduced to a supreme Christ who created earth and vanquished the power of death. However, this same Christ chose to bear the shame of death on a Roman cross in order to bring restoration and reconciliation to humans and all of creation affected by the chaos caused by sin. The enduring message of Colossians is uniquely challenging and instructive precisely because it testifies to the church’s cruciform life in obedience to this crucified cosmic Lord, Jesus Christ. -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 125: Michelle Higgins on That Sermon at Urbana http://www.shaneblackshear.com/michellehiggins/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/michellehiggins/#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 17:00:27 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2715 *Originally Published at MissioAlliance.org

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Michelle is the director of Faith for Justice in St. Louis. Late last year Michelle spoke at Urbana 2015, one of the largest student missions conferences in the world, her sermon was talked about online for months after the conference ended. Some found her words controversial and others found their hearts stirred.

How to find Michelle:
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Twitter


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Seminary Dropout 124: Amy & Ryan Green, Creators of ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ on the Death of Their Son, Grief, and Hope http://www.shaneblackshear.com/amyryangreen/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/amyryangreen/#respond Fri, 13 May 2016 12:00:18 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2702 ryanamygreen

Ryan and Amy Green’s son Joel was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer just after his first birthday. During Joel’s fight with cancer Ryan had an idea, to make a video game about the experience. Ryan made one scene of the video game and began taking it to video game expos to gain interest in a complete version. At this point Joel was still alive so it wasn’t very clear what the end of the game would be. During this time it became apparent that there was significant interest in the game and Ryan and Amy decided to use their savings to fund the creation of an entire game. In the time the game was being made Joel beat the odds for a time but eventually another tumor resurfaced and Joel’s cancer was declared terminal and he eventually did die from the disease. Joel and Amy finished the game which turned out to be a one of a kind memorial and celebration of their beloved son.bread_water

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To read more about the Greens, and ‘That Dragon, Cancer’, to go ThatDragonCancer.com.


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Seminary Dropout 123: AJ Swoboda, on Wandering, Doubt, and Hope http://www.shaneblackshear.com/ajswoboda/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/ajswoboda/#comments Fri, 06 May 2016 17:00:18 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2698 *Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical and Fuller Seminaries. He is the founder and director of Blessed Earth Northwest, a center that helps think creatively and strategically around creation care issues in the Pacific Northwest.

 The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

Through every turn of the biblical story, God’s people are a wandering people. When they are rescued from slavery in Egypt, God sends them into the desert, where they wander for a generation. Jesus and his disciples wander from town to town. In fact, some of God’s most important truths are imparted to people with dusty feet as they travel on the road.

With his trademark thoughtful introspection, A. J. Swoboda boldly suggests that wandering is not an absence of faith but a central component of faith. In The Dusty Ones, he leads the restless, the frustrated, and the curious on a spiritual journey to uncover the answers to questions like

– Do I wander because I’m failing or because God has left me?
– Is the desert something I can overcome?
– Why is God sometimes “hidden” in the Bible?
– What do I do when the end seems nowhere in sight?

This compassionate and contemplative book offers hope and peace to Christians and seekers alike as they make their way down the winding road of faith. -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 122: Osheta Moore on Being a MennoNerd from New Orleans to Boston to L.A. http://www.shaneblackshear.com/oshetamoore/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/oshetamoore/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:51 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2692 osheta

Osheta Moore is an Anabaptist-y, wife, mom, writer and podcaster in Los Angeles. She’s passionate about racial reconciliation, peacemaking, and community development in the urban core.  At the top of her bucket list is dance in a flash mob—all the better if it’s to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

How to find Osheta:
Facebook
Twitter
ShalomInTheCity.com


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Seminary Dropout 121: Shawn Duncan, on Truly Helping those in Poverty, Gentrification, and the Role of the Church http://www.shaneblackshear.com/shawnduncan/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/shawnduncan/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:00:33 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2685 sd

Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of Training and Education for Focused Community Strategies (FCS), a Christian community development organization that has been partnering with distressed urban neighborhoods in Atlanta for the last 40 years. He is also the Co-Founder of EIRO (pronounced “i row”), which serves as a catalyst for local churches eager to participate more fully in the mission of God in their local context.

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Contact Shawn at shawn@fcsministries.org

 


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Seminary Dropout 120: Elizabeth Esther, Author of Spiritual Sobriety: The Promise of Healthy Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad http://www.shaneblackshear.com/elizabethesther2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/elizabethesther2/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2681 Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Elizabeth Esther is the author of “Girl at The End of the World: my escape from fundamentalism in search of faith with a future.” She is a popular, award-winning blogger and advocate for children’s rights. Her writing has appeared in Mothering Magazine, OC Family and The Orange County Register. She is a contributing writer for Deeper Story. Elizabeth is a mother of five and lives with her husband and family in Tustin, California.

 

Spiritual Sobriety: Stumbling Back to Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad

In a compelling follow-up to her memoir, Girl at the End of the World, Elizabeth Esther explores how religious fervor can become religious addiction.

The evidence is everywhere. In families who inexplicably choose to harm their children in order to abide by cultic church doctrine. But in ordinary believers too who use God the same way addicts use drugs or alcohol—to numb pain, alter their mood, or simply to escape the realities of this messy, unpredictable thing called life.

If you’ve ever wondered how a religion that preaches freedom and love can produce judgmental and unkind followers; if you’ve ever felt captive to the demanding God of your own childhood; if you’ve struggled to find contentment without needing another emotional hit from a “life-changing” conference or “mountain-top” experience, then Spiritual Sobriety is for you. The author, who grew up in a hyper-controlling church cult, will help you find hope and rebirth in the ruins of disillusioned faith.

Filled with stories and warm, practical advice, Spiritual Sobriety offers a gentle path out of the desperate cycles of craving-euphoria-hangover and into a freer, clean-and-sober faith practice. -From the Publisher

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Seminary Dropout 119: Brad Lomenick, Author of H3 Leadership http://www.shaneblackshear.com/bradlomenick/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/bradlomenick/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 12:00:23 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2675 Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org

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Brad Lomenick is a strategic advisor and leadership consultant. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences, churches and colleges as well as author of The Catalyst Leader (Thomas Nelson, 2013). For over a decade, he served as lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America’s largest movements of Christian leaders. Under his watch, Catalyst convened hundreds of thousands of influencers through high-energy and experiential leadership conferences across the United States. Before running Catalyst, he spent five years involved in the growth of the nationally acclaimed Life@Work magazine and was a management consultant with Cornerstone Group. Before that, he served as foreman for Lost Valley Ranch, a four-diamond working guest ranch in the mountains of Colorado. Brad serves on the advisory board for Suffered Enough, the A21 Campaign, Red Eye Inc. and Praxis.

H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle.

In his new book H3 LEADERSHIP: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle., Brad Lomenick shares his hard-earned insights from more than two decades of work alongside thought-leaders such as Jim Collins and Malcom Gladwell, Fortune 500 CEOs and start-up entrepreneurs. He categorizes 20 essential leadership habits organized into three distinct filters he calls “the 3 Hs”: Humble (Who am I?), Hungry (Where do I want to go?) and Hustle (How will I get there?). These powerful words describe the leader who is willing to work hard, get it done, and make sure it’s not about him or her; the leader who knows that influence is about developing the right habits for success. Lomenick provides a simple but effective guide on how to lead well in whatever capacity the reader may be in. -From the Publisher

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Seminary Dropout 118: Derwin Gray on Playing in the NFL, Money, & the Challenges of a Multiethnic Church http://www.shaneblackshear.com/derwingray/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/derwingray/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:04:33 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2667 Originaly Published at MissioAlliance.org

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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


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Seminary Dropout 117: Drew Hart, Author of “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/drewhart2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/drewhart2/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:49:20 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2659 dh

Drew G.I. Hart is a blogger, theologian, and activist. His blog is hosted by Christian Century, and he speaks regularly at churches, universities, and seminaries.

Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

What if racial reconciliation doesn’t look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many white Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.

In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, antiblack stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.

What if all Christians listened to the stories of those on the racialized margins? How might the church be changed by the trouble we ve seen?

Key Features:
-Written by well-known theologian and blogger Drew Hart with foreword by Christena Cleveland
-Hard-hitting analysis of racial injustice in the twenty-first century
-Provides a call to action for Christians committed to racial justice and creative proposals for antiracist practices for churches
                                                           -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 116: Yuckin It Up with Tripp Fuller, Talking about Homebrewed Christianity, “Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic… Or Awesome” & Hatchery http://www.shaneblackshear.com/trippfuller/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/trippfuller/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:44:43 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2652 tf

Tripp is the founder of Homebrewed Christianity, a popular progressive theology podcast and website that garners over 50,000 listens per month. He is the Director of Theology and Humanities at Hatchery, a church planting center that incubates innovative, sustainable models of church. He is currently finishing a dissertation in Philosophy, Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University, and he is working on the first book for a ten volume series with Fortress Press, Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus: Liar Lunatic, Lord or Just Freaking Awesome. More info: www.homebrewedchristianity.com

 
The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic Or Awesome?

Christology is crazy. It’s rather absurd to identify a first-century homeless Jew as God revealed, but a bunch of us do anyway. In this book, Tripp Fuller examines the historical Jesus, the development of the doctrine of Christ, the questions that drove christological innovations through church history, contemporary constructive proposals, and the predicament of belief for the church today. Recognizing that the battle over Jesus is no longer a public debate between the skeptic and believer but an internal struggle in the heart of many disciples, he argues that we continue to make christological claims about more than an “event” or simply the “Jesus of history.” On the other hand, C. S. Lewis’s infamous “liar, lunatic, and Lord” scheme is no longer intellectually tenable. This may be a guide to Jesus, but for Christians, Fuller is guiding us toward a deeper understanding of God. He thinks it’s good news—good news about a God who is so invested in the world that God refuses to be God without us. -From the Publisher

hatchery

Based in Redondo Beach, California, Hatchery LA is a church planting center that incubates innovative, sustainable models of church – with a goal of launching nine new churches each year and ultimately building the Silicon Valley of Church Innovation.

The traditional church, as we’ve known it, is fading from the landscape of our culture. That’s why we’re looking for Innovators who are passionate about planting a new kind of service-centric church…what we call a “Common Cause Community”…

  • A “Common” journey in the way of Jesus.
  • A “Cause” to rally around on a regular basis.
  • A “Community” of people where relationships are nurtured.

These churches – or Common Cause Communities – will look more like a coffee shop, urban garden, or after school tutoring center, than a teaching-centric, weekend gathering. Our three-year training program empowers Innovators to earn a Masters in Theological Studies while launching a ministry the world is waiting for.


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Seminary Dropout 115: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson “When We Measure the Church by American Standards… …We Strangle the Beauty of the Cross.” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/natashasistrunkrobinson2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/natashasistrunkrobinson2/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:10:09 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2643 nsr

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is a leader, speaker, writer, and anti-human trafficking advocate. Natasha has studied education in racial reconciliation, prayer and fasting, and biblical justice. She love’s passionately serving God and his people, bringing Him glory, and pursuing His kingdom work by sharing and living as she puts it ‘in the redemptive power of the cross’. In addition to being a wife and the mother, she’s dedicated her adult life to equipping, nurturing, and empowering a generation of leaders, mentoring and teaching women; and promoting education while serving and uplifting her community.

Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship

Today’s Christians do not simply want nice fellowships and cookie-cutter answers about how to deal with life. Though churches are filled with good ministry programming—activities, outreach events, and an endless selection of options—many churches neglect their fundamental mission to make disciples.

Christians want to mentor and to be mentored, though they may not fully understand what that means, the significance of this desire, or how to get there. The church must rise to answer these questions, meet life’s challenges, and develop creative ways of equipping modern women to mentor well. In Mentor for Life, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson lays a solid foundation for mentoring that is based on God’s kingdom vision, challenges women to consider the cost of discipleship, and the high calling they have received in Christ. It shows how to develop mentoring relationships that function communally in existing small groups that are diverse and inclusive. It also presents a mentoring framework of knowing and loving God, understanding our identity in Christ, and loving our neighbor, which encourages theological reflection and cultivates a basic Christian worldview.

Filled with examples from Robinson’s experience in the military and business world, this resource gives readers the wisdom they need to disciple others and as a foundation for kingdom service. –From the Publisher

Connect with Natasha for writing and resources:

Official Website: www.natashaSrobinson.com
Blog: http://asistasjourney.com
Twitter: @asistasjourney
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NatashaSistrunkRobinson
You can also find her on Instragram and Pinterest.

 

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Seminary Dropout 114: Paul J. Pastor, Author of The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit http://www.shaneblackshear.com/pauljpastor/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/pauljpastor/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2016 23:48:44 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2641 Paul J. Pastor is a writer, editor, and grassroots pastor living with his family in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge.

His work finds beauty and timeless wisdom in issues of faith, culture, and modern Christian ministry. His latest book is The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit.

Many Christians don’t have a clear idea of the Holy Spirit’s role in their life. Yet Scripture is full of stories that show the Spirit as a vibrant, personal being.

The Face of the Deep invites you on a quest for the Holy Spirit that journeys through our world and Bible. The adventure is infused with wonder and symbolic imagination—from the black void of Genesis 1 all the way through the explosive re-creation at the close of Revelation. You’ll encounter the love and power of the Holy Spirit revealed through the beauty of creation, art, history, and theology. -From the Publisher

Check out the icons, created by Martin French, we spoke of in the interview here.

 


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Seminary Dropout 113: Sean Palmer On Being the Black Pastor of a Predominantly White Church, Politics, and Blogging http://www.shaneblackshear.com/seanpalmer/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/seanpalmer/#comments Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:56:16 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2636 sp

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”.

 


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Seminary Dropout 112: Sara Groves on Depression, and Her New Album FLOODPLAIN http://www.shaneblackshear.com/saragroves/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/saragroves/#comments Sat, 20 Feb 2016 01:09:14 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2632 sg

Sara Groves is a mom, wife, singer/ songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice and a heart of mercy. She has joined forces with International Justice Mission to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past 8 years. Sara has been nominated for 7 Dove Awards and has produced a string of successful albums including her latest, Floodplain, which was inspired by the Mississippi River in her hometown, and speaks of God’s provision.  Sara, her husband Troy, and their 3 children (Kirby, Toby & Ruby) reside in St. Paul where they cultivate an artist support community out of a 100 year old church called Art House North.

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Some things discussed on the show…

…the first time Sara sang in front of a crowd.

…writing music for the radio.

…Sara’s journey with depression and anxiety.

 


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Seminary Dropout 111: Gary Black Jr. “Heaven is not a cosmic car wash!” http://www.shaneblackshear.com/garyblackjr2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/garyblackjr2/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:30:27 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2628 Gary Black Jr. Author of "Preparing for Heaven: What Dallas Willard Taught Me About Living, Dying, and Eternal Life"

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Gary Black Jr. is a professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of The Theology of Dallas Willard, and coauthor of The Divine Conspiracy Continued.

In his acclaimed books, renowned writer, speaker, and philosophy professor Dallas Willard explored the nature of Christian life in God’s Kingdom. Yet one topic remained undisclosed: Willard’s understanding of heaven and eternal life. In the months before his death, Willard engaged in moving and insightful conversations about the meaning of life and the life to come with close friend and theologian Gary Black Jr. These inspiring dialogues were steeped in biblical theology as well as practical wisdom grounded in the here-and-now.

In Preparing for Heaven Black reveals not only Willard’s profound and liberating vision of life after death, he also deftly unpacks the implications these realities hold for our lives today. Black shows how Willard understood our mortal lives as preparation for what comes next—that death is not the end of one life and the beginning of another, but rather a transition through which we continue the transformational work begun on Earth. Informative, challenging, and poignant, Willard and Black’s conversations and insights challenge us to reconsider our beliefs—that perhaps the line separating the afterlife from this life is not as absolute as we think, and that there is work to be done both now and in the glorious life to come. As a result we will find that our faith is more vibrant—and eternal—than we have dared to imagine. -From the Publisher


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Interviews from Speakers of IF:Gathering 2016 http://www.shaneblackshear.com/interviews-from-speakers-of-ifgathering-2016/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/interviews-from-speakers-of-ifgathering-2016/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:29:02 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2624 IF:Gathering 2016 just ended and I thought I’d compile a list of those who spoke at the gather and have also been interviewed on Seminary Dropout. Click a name to be directed to the interview.

Jennie Allen

Lauren Chandler

Jeremy Courtney

Jen Hatmaker

Jo Saxton

 

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Seminary Dropout 110: Lauren Chandler, talking Cancer, Life’s Anchor, and Steadfast Love http://www.shaneblackshear.com/laurenchandler/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/laurenchandler/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:45:25 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2621 LC

Lauren Chandler is a wife and mother of three. Her husband, Matt Chandler, serves as the lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Lauren is passionate about writing, music and leading worship, not only at The Village Church, but also for groups across the country. The Lord has taken Matt and Lauren on a challenging journey, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant brain tumor in Matt. The Lord has been infinitely merciful to provide peace and comfort in uncertainty, and joy in times of victory and healing. Lauren and her family have been given a deeper trust in clinging to the Lord and his cross during this appointed season of valleys and storms.

 There are times when worship overflows easily and effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. Yet, there are other times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing left to offer. We are tired, or thirsty, or imprisoned in our own chains through our own devices, or caught in the waves of a tumultuous sea. This is when God shows us His steadfast love.

He wraps His eternally powerful, ultimately creative, nail-scarred hands around our hearts and squeezes with appropriate might—yielding an honest plea for Him to save us and deliver us from our circumstances, fears, and self control. And He does. He initiates with His steadfast love, and responds with the same.

Walk with Lauren as she shares what she has learned of the steadfast love of the Lord. -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 109: Alli Worthington Gives Practical Steps to Break Busy http://www.shaneblackshear.com/alliworthington/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/alliworthington/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:41:23 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2615  

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Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli co-founded BlissDom Events and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting and balance has led to appearances on The Today Show and Good Morning America. She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, rescued dog and cat who moved onto their doorstep. You can connect with Alli at AlliWorthington.com

Have you ever felt like a fraud or failure as you struggle to find balance in life? Do you find yourself juggling everything in mediocrity and feeling like you’re succeeding at very little? In her no-nonsense way, Alli Worthington tackles the big questions about finding happiness and one’s God-given purpose.

Breaking Busy marries popular secular research with solid biblical principles, instilling confidence that you, too, can move from crazy busy to confident calm. With refreshing candor, uproarious true stories, and a Christian worldview, Alli delivers truths that dismantle common happiness myths. Then she empowers you to get unstuck, to let go of the good to make way for the great, to know yourself and your Creator, and ultimately to find peace and purpose in this world of crazy.

You will:

  • Learn how to stop chasing what leaves you empty and start doing what you were created to do.
  • Identify the common lies you believe and how to strip their power from your life.
  • Recognize how what you say no to determines what you can say yes to.

With relatable anecdotes, Alli models real-life guidance on boundaries, relationships, and self-care, humbly examining her own mistakes and walking through how she learned from her missteps and found peace in a world of busyness.

If you long to find real connection with both your loved ones and your Creator, Alli Worthington deftly balances intelligent humility and heartwarming humor to help you rediscover your path. -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 108: Jeremy Courtney from Preemptive Love Coalition, Gives the Real Story on Isis and Refugees http://www.shaneblackshear.com/seminary-dropout-108-jeremy-courtney-from-preemptive-love-coalition-gives-the-real-story-on-isis-and-refugees/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/seminary-dropout-108-jeremy-courtney-from-preemptive-love-coalition-gives-the-real-story-on-isis-and-refugees/#comments Thu, 21 Jan 2016 23:32:00 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2612 Jc

Jeremy Courtney is cofounder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an international development organization based in Iraq that provides lifesaving heart surgeries to Iraqi children and training for local doctors and nurses, creating peace between communities at odds.

In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with their two children caught up in the turmoil, just hoping to make a difference. After an encounter with a father whose little girl was dying from a heart defect, they began to investigate options for helping and learned that untold thousands of children across Iraq were in similar need, waiting in line for heart surgery in a country without a qualified heart surgeon.

With the help of their closest friends, they dived in to save the lives of as many as they could, but sending children abroad proved to be expensive and cumbersome, and it failed to make an impact on the systemic needs of Iraqi hospitals—the place where these children really should be saved. Despite fatwas, death threats, bombings, imprisonments, and intense living conditions, Jeremy and his team persevered to overcome years of hostilities and distrust in an effort to eradicate the backlog of thousands of Iraqi children waiting in line for much-needed heart surgery.

Anyone who spends even a brief amount of time with Jeremy & his wife, Jessica, knows that their lives are driven by a love for God. They strive in each moment to submit to Jesus’ example and to fulfill Jesus’ mission of healing and reconciliation in the world. The Courtneys see their work through PLC as a way of living out their own identity as followers of Jesus, seeking to love the most down and out of the world’s people as an expression of their love for God.


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Seminary Dropout 107: Deidra Riggs on Women of Color Writers, The Church, and More! http://www.shaneblackshear.com/deidrariggs/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/deidrariggs/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 16:16:57 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2603 ...Guest Hosted by Grace Sandra

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Deidra Riggs is an influential blogger at her own blog, JumpingTandem, as well as DaySpring’s (in)courage and TheHighCalling.org, for which she is managing editor. She has been a speaker for TEDx and has organized her own women’s retreat, hosting speakers like Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, and many more. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Learn more at deidrariggs.com

Everyone has had that moment–we see a need in our church, our school, our neighborhood, our family, or our world and we think, Someone really should get to work on that, never imagining that we might be the answer to that need. We don’t have the time, the expertise, the money. We’ve got careers to manage, bills to pay, meals to prepare, and families to attend to. Besides, who are we to think we can change the world?

In this encouraging and empowering book, Deidra Riggs calls readers to accept God’s invitation to join him in making a difference right where they are, regardless of their current life stage. She shows readers that they were created with a purpose and with the capacities to fulfill that purpose. And she reminds them that it’s not up to us to fix the world, but it is up to us to join God–and the rest of his people–in his redemptive work. For when God calls and we look over our shoulder and answer, “Who, me?” God always emphatically answers, “Yes, you.” – From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 106: Patricia Raybon & Alana Raybon http://www.shaneblackshear.com/patriciaraybonalanaraybon/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/patriciaraybonalanaraybon/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 04:17:26 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2600 ...Guest Hosted by Grace Sandra

This is the second episode guest hosted by Grace Sandraraybon

 

Patricia Raybon is the award-winning author of I Told the Mountain to Move, a 2006 Book of the Year finalist in Christianity Today magazine’s annual book awards competition; and My First White Friend, her racial forgiveness memoir that won the Christopher Award. She is also author of the One Year® devotional, God’s Great Blessings. A journalist by training, Patricia has written essays on family and faith, which have been published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine,Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, USA Weekend, and In Touch of In Touch Ministries; and aired on National Public Radio. She is also a regular contributor to Today’s Christian Woman online magazine.

With degrees in journalism from Ohio State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, Patricia worked a dozen years as a newspaper journalist for the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. She later joined the journalism faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where for fifteen years she taught print journalism. Patricia now writes full-time on “mountain-moving faith.”

Patricia and her husband, Dan, are longtime residents of Colorado and have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. Founder of the Writing Ministry at her Denver church, Patricia coaches and encourages aspiring authors around the country and is a member of the Colorado Authors League and the Authors Guild.

Alana Raybon is a seasoned elementary- and middle-school educator. During the past ten years, she has served as a third-to-seventh-grade lead teacher to a diverse population in Texas and more recently in Tennessee. She has been a mentor to new and student teachers, an advisor to a school’s accreditation process, a tutor, and a member of various school-related committees. Alana and her husband parent their three young children and a teenage stepson. She was featured with her mother in a May 2011 Mother’s Day reflection in Glamour magazine.

 

“Mom, I have something I need to tell you…”

They didn’t talk.  Not for ten years.  Not about faith anyway.  Instead, a mother and daughter tiptoed with pain around the deepest gulf in their lives – the daughter’s choice to leave the church, convert to Islam and become a practicing Muslim.  Undivided is a real-time story of healing and understanding with alternating narratives from each as they struggle to learn how to love each other in a whole new way.

Written with rare honesty and striking transparency, Undivided opens a door on the lives of an American Islamic convert, Alana Raybon, a dedicated educator, and her devout Christian mother, Patricia Raybon, an award-winning author, as they struggle to reconcile and heal their family divided by faith.

An important work for parents whose adult children have left the family’s belief system, it will help those same children as they wrestle to better understand their parents.

For anyone troubled by the broader tensions between Islam and the West, this personal story distills this friction into the context of a family relationship–a journey all the more fascinating.  While a conversation is desperately needed in America between Christians and Muslims, Undivided offers a real-time conversation to follow.

Undivided is a tremendously important book for our time.  Will Patricia be able to fully trust in the Christ who “holds all things together?”

Will Alana’s love for God cause her to become an outcast to her family–or provide a path that leads her back home?  And can they answer the question that both want desperately to experience: “Can we make our torn family whole again?” -From the Publisher

 


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Seminary Dropout 105: Marcelle Ward http://www.shaneblackshear.com/marcelleward/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/marcelleward/#comments Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00:01:42 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2593 ...Guest Hosted by Grace Sandra

As I say in the intro, I’ll be handing over hosting duties for the month of December to Grace Sandra. She did a great job with this episode and I can’t wait to share the others with you.

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Marcelle Dionne Ward was born in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from Millikin University with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design in 1999. He also has an M.B.A. from Webster University. Though exceptionally gifted in the visual arts, Marcelle’s passion for writing was sparked when his English professor acknowledged his talent. Since then he has been writing short stories, poems and even performing spoken word.

     

Marcelle has released two books of poetry that span from his musings on self-discover to being a catalyst for change.

Check out Marcelle’s website at thesoulexpands.com.

 


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Best of Seminary Dropout: Grace Sandra http://www.shaneblackshear.com/best-of-seminary-dropout-grace-sandra/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/best-of-seminary-dropout-grace-sandra/#comments Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:56:31 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2577  

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Back in 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing writer, blogger, and speaker Grace Sandra.

In the interview we talk about the concept of privilege and racial reconciliation in light of the Gospel. Look to hear more from Grace on Seminary Dropout soon!

Mentioned on the podcast:

Grace’s Blog:
gracesandra.com

Books:
More Than Equals: Racial Healing for the Sake of the Gospel

Being White: Finding Our Place in a Multiethnic World

Outliers

 


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Seminary Dropout 104: Sarah Bessey On Her New Book ‘Out of Sorts’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/sarahbessey2/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/sarahbessey2/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 22:31:17 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2573 sarahbessey

Sarah Bessey is the author of Jesus Feminist, an award-winning blogger at SarahBessey.com, and a passionate advocate for global women’s issues. She partners with the Help One Now ministry in Haiti and lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, Brian, and their three four children.

In Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessey—award-winning blogger and author of Jesus Feminist, which was hailed as “lucid, compelling, and beautifully written” (Frank Viola, author of God’s Favorite Place on Earth)—helps us grapple with core Christian issues using a mixture of beautiful storytelling and biblical teaching, a style well described as “narrative theology.”

As she candidly shares her wrestlings with core issues—such as who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community, and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—she teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.

In the process of gently helping us sort things out, Bessey teaches us how to be as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life. -From the Publisher

Discussed in the interview…

… Sarah’s early faith.

…what Sarah learned about community from being out of sorts.

…how being out of sorts affects the way she’ll teach her kids about Jesus and Christianity.

…first naivete, the desert, and the second naivete.

 


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Best of Seminary Dropout: Shane Claiborne http://www.shaneblackshear.com/bestofseminarydropoutshaneclaiborne/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/bestofseminarydropoutshaneclaiborne/#respond Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:13:44 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2570 sc

I was honored to talk to Shane Claiborne in 2013. We talked about the book he had just co-written with previous SD guest Tony Campolo, Red Letter Revolution.

Discussed in the interview:

  • What if Jesus meant the stuff he said?
  • Christians aren’t known for the fruits of the spirit.
  • Bad theology gets people killed.
  • Beginning with a posture of humility.
  • Our obsession with safety.
  • Selling what we have and giving it to the poor.
  • War & violence.

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Be sure to pick up Red Letter Revolution wherever books are sold. You can also find out more about Shane at thesimpleway.org.

 


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It’s Not Politics, It’s Jesus http://www.shaneblackshear.com/its-not-politics-its-jesus/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/its-not-politics-its-jesus/#respond Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:02:55 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2565 I posted this on my personal facebook profile this morning and was surprised how many people connected with it so I thought I’d share it here.

I think some people believe that when I talk about racism, injustice, and the poor, that I’ve drank some liberal kool-aid. I assure you I’m not interested in progressive politics nor do I think hope is found there. Following the popcorn trail of Jesus is the only reason I’ve arrived at any convictions about those issues. It’s not a wandering from Jesus, it’s trying to take him seriously and believing that he meant the things he said. So if someone disagrees then they should argue as a conservative or an American but if your arguing as a Christian, make sure you have a leg to stand on first. I’m certainly fallible and not above correction but in the past when I’m rebuked for speaking up it’s often with vague Republican talking points and long held American assumptions that don’t have much to do with Jesus, but are presented as somehow “Christian”.

Also, I assure you that when I speak on other subjects many believe I’ve drank the conservative kool-aid and the same thing happens from the other side. Jesus doesn’t fit inside our party lines.

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Seminary Dropout 103: Jefferson Bethke of Youtube Fame & Author of ‘It’s Not What You Think’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jeffersonbethke/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jeffersonbethke/#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2015 20:09:44 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2559 jb

You probably know Jefferson Bethke from his internet-exploding Youtube video ‘Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus’.

You probably don’t know that Jefferson was born in Tacoma, WA, played baseball in college, and co-owns a company called Claro Candles that gives profits to different areas of injustice around the world. He’s also an author. 

It’s Not What You Think: Why Christianity Is About So Much More Than Going to Heaven When You Die is Jefferson’s latest book.

Jesus was most upset at people for seeing but not seeing. For missing it. For succumbing to the danger and idolatry of forcing God into preconceived ideals. What if there were a better way? What if Jesus came not to help people escape the world but rather to restore it? Best-selling author and spoken word artist Jefferson Bethke says that “Christians have the greatest story ever told but we aren’t telling it.” So in this new book, Bethke tells that story anew, presenting God’s truths from the Old and the New Testaments as the challenging and compelling story that it is—a grand narrative with God at the center. And in doing so, Bethke reminds readers of the life-changing message of Jesus that turned the world upside-down, a world that God is putting back together. – From the Publisher

Some things discussed in the show…

…growing up with a single mother.

…getting into spoken word.

… Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus getting 1.6 million views in the first 24 hours and 16 million in 2 weeks.

…how the video was widely received as a positive thing, but anything something grabs the people’s attention on that level there will be a rush of very conservative and very progressive bloggers and personalities telling us all how they’re smart enough to see that there’s actually something wrong with that thing.

…the common thread in Jefferson’s work.

…one of the great quotes in the book:
“…at what point is a religion only wrong in a few areas but still the same belief system, and at what point is a religion so unrecognizable to it’s founders they’d call it a different religion entirely? Have we reached that point in western Christianity?”


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Seminary Dropout 102: Jeremy Jernigan, Author of Redeeming Pleasure http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jeremyjernigan/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jeremyjernigan/#comments Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:05:23 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2555 jj
Jeremy Jernigan serves as the Executive Pastor of Creative Arts and Student Ministry at Central Christian Church in Arizona. He’s a second-generation preacher with a passion for discovering and communicating truth. Jeremy has been married to Michelle for about a decade now and they have four kids named Gavin, Madsen, Adelyn, and a little foster child he can only refer to as “A” (for legal purposes).

You can connect with Jeremy on his Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram accounts.

Redeeming Pleasure: How the Pursuit of Pleasure Mirrors Our Hunger for God

Pleasure. We hear about it, we think about it, and we look for it. Constantly. But why do so few of us ever seem to really experience it? Is it possible to satisfy our deepest cravings for lasting satisfaction? The answer is yes! But it might surprise you as to why. Author Jeremy Jernigan takes readers back to the very beginning and to the root of God’s intention for pleasure. Through personal stories, practical insights, and a depth of wisdom culled from thinkers both ancient and modern, Jernigan reimagines pleasure and unmasks its deceptive allure. -From the Publisher


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Seminary Dropout 101: Max Lucado talking Glory Days http://www.shaneblackshear.com/maxlucado/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/maxlucado/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:05:40 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2550 ml

My guest today is Max Lucado. More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max.  He lives with his wife, Denalyn, in San Antonio, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.

Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now

The wilderness. Maybe you know it well.

The Israelites sure did. After all, they spent forty years wandering the desert. Victories were scarce. Progress was slow. They were free from Pharaoh but not free from fear. Saved but stuck.

Sounds a lot like midlife misery. Caught in a rut. Stalled out. Running on empty. Are you mired in the same?

You can name the day you became a Christian and escaped Egypt. But you can’t remember the last time you defeated a temptation or experienced an answered prayer. You’re fighting the same battles you fought the day you came to Christ. You’re out of Egypt, but Egypt’s not out of you.

Isn’t the Christian life supposed to be better than this?

Jesus offers abundant joy. Yet you live with oppressive grief. The epistles speak of grace. You shoulder guilt. You are more than a conqueror yet are commonly conquered by temptation or weaknesses.

But there’s good news. With God’s help you can close the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. Like Joshua and the Israelites, you can move from a wilderness existence into a promised inheritance.

This is God’s vision for your life. You, at full throttle. You, as you were intended. You, as victor over the Jerichos and giants. You, minus the stumbles, hurts, and hate.

You and your Promised Land life.

New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado invites readers to leave the wilderness and discover a life defined by grace, refined by challenge, and aligned with a heavenly call. By studying the life of Joshua and the biblical book that bears his name, Lucado reveals God’s promises for every step and reminds readers that God still fights for them. -From the Publisher

 

Some things discussed on the show…

…why is Joshua so fascinating to Max.

…an overview of what happens in the book of Joshua.

…times in Max’s life when he doubted and was in the wilderness.

…the comfort found in scripture.

..the difference between Glory Days, and what is found in self help books.

…the responsibility of those living in the glory days.

 


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Seminary Dropout 100: Jo Saxton on Post-Christendom, Discipleship, and Being a Woman of Color in Church Leadership http://www.shaneblackshear.com/josaxton/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/josaxton/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:25:01 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2546 js

Jo Saxton is a director of 3DM , a movement/organization  helping church leaders make discipleship and mission the heartbeat of the local church. Jo was also  leader within The Order of Mission (TOM) , a global community of missional leaders. Jo also writes, her books include More Than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, and Real God, Real Life: Finding a Spirituality That Works.

Jo along with her husband Chris are a pastors at Mission Point Church in Minneapolis.

Some things discussed on the show…

growing up in foster care.

…coming to know God in a church that ministered in practical ways in the inner city.

…being the chair of the Board for 3DMovements.

…Jo’s role at Mission Point Church.

…Jo’s gift of preaching. 


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Seminary Dropout 99: Jackie Roese on Reshaping Our View of Women in the Church http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jackieroese/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jackieroese/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:18:26 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2538 jr

Dr. Jackie Roese grew up in upstate New York in a non-christian family. She received her Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Seminary in 2010. She has written fifteen Bible studies and is willing to push us to MORE. Jackie translates the Bible with direct application to our everyday lives.

Jackie’s newest book is Lime Green: Reshaping Our View of Women in the Church.

Each of us, in our own shade of color, says something unique about who God is to the world around us. God didn’t give specific colors to specific genders. It’s one big color wheel, and gender isn’t in the equation. How does our embracing our authentic color – unapologetically who we are – controlled by the Spirit, impact our view of women in conservative faith communities? Lime Green helps answer that questions. This a story about Jackie Roese, a clueless farm girl who stumbled into vocational Christian work. Jackie bumped into walls, crossed invisible lines, and ultimately reshaped her view of women-and her church’s view, too. This book doesn’t make the case for women to preach or lead in the church. Rather, it shares this is one woman’s story of stumbling and bumping to reveal a way, a path with all its rocks, hills, and smooth road, to help others find their footing in reshaping the way we view women in the Church. Every follower of Christ is given gifts by the Holy Spirit for the building up of the church. And the same gifts are given to both men and women. Jackie Roese is a gifted leader and teacher who has an important story to tell about finding her gifts and using them for the building up of the body of Christ. In this book Jackie tells her story with characteristic courage and candor. It’s an important story that will challenge and inspire anyone who reads it. -From the Publisher

 


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Seminary Dropout 98: Efrem Smith of World Impact Talks About A Diverse Church and #BLACKLIVESMATTER http://www.shaneblackshear.com/efremsmith/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/efremsmith/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2015 18:29:05 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2533 es

Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations.

Efrem has held positions with church and Para church organizations as well as community foundations. He has also served as Founding Pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church and President of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of World Impact, a urban missions organization committed to the empowerment of the urban poor through the facilitation of church planting movements and leadership development. He is the author of the books, “Raising-up Young Heroes”, “The Hip Hop Church”, “Jump”, and “The Post-Black and Post-White Church.”

Efrem is married to Donecia and has two daughters; Jaeda and Mireya.

Some things discussed in the show…

…in The Post-Black and Post-White Church, Efrem uses the example of Jesus to develop a theology of multi-ethnic and missional leadership. What does the example of Jesus teach us about multi-ethnic and missional leadership?

…ways that homogenous churches can become multi-ethnic.

….what it means to “recognizing the race matrix of Black and White that has held the Church captive and break free”.

…Efrem wrote a piece recently on your blog about a situation in which you wrote the #BlackChurchesMatter, and some responded saying #AllChurchesMatter, which is a parallel to the #blacklivesmatter vs #alllivesmatter false dichotomy. Efrem went on to make a Biblical case for saying black lives and black churches matter and talks that through on the show.

…the work of World Impact and Efrem’s role there.


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Seminary Dropout 97: Jon Foreman on His Solo work, Switchfoot, and Fatherhood http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jonforeman/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jonforeman/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:25:29 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2528 jon foreman

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.


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Seminary Dropout 96: Jen Hatmaker, America’s BFF Talks about Aging, Raising Kids, & Jesus in Her New Book ‘For the Love’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jenhatmaker/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jenhatmaker/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:53:43 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2521 jh

Jen Hatmaker is a mom to five children, a pastor’s wife, sought-after speaker, best-selling author and star of the popular series My Big Family Renovation on HGTV.  She is best known for her books 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess and Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. Her new book is “For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards”

Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to: Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life. Learn to engage our culture’s controversial issues with a grace-first approach. Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right. Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know-my-junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships. Escape our impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of mostly good. -From the Publisher

Some things discussed on the show…

…Jen’s writing style earlier in her career.

…getting older.

…women and men experiencing shame differently.

…the pressure to be a good parent.

…the metrics of success that we use for our kids.

Be sure to subscribe to Seminary Dropout in iTunes and leave a comment below for a chance to win For the Love!


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Seminary Dropout 95: Lisa Harper, Author of Believing Jesus http://www.shaneblackshear.com/lisaharper/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/lisaharper/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:49:27 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2511 LH

Lisa Harper is a storyteller and theological scholar―a gifted communicator whose writing and speaking connect the dots between the Bible era and modern life. The author of nine books, and a Masters of Theological Studies with honors from Covenant Seminary, she is now a sought-after Bible teacher.


In Believing Jesus, Bible teacher and author Lisa Harper retraces the steps of the apostles in the book of Acts, while throwing in a few of her own crazy adventures along the way. The disciples didn’t have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, but God’s grace and spirit filled in the gaps as they moved forward. It required their willingness to risk everything to establish a new community that would change the future world.

As a regular speaker on the Women of Faith® tour, Lisa has earned a reputation as a true theological scholar and hilarious storyteller—not necessarily in that order! Best-selling author and pastor Max Lucado calls Lisa one of the “best Bible tour guides around.”

Believing Jesus will highlight both of Lisa’s strengths as she tackles every chapter of the Book of Acts with biblical wisdom and modern wit. Lisa keeps it real, telling stories on herself and pointing readers back to Jesus, the only one who can truly lead. -From the Publisher

Some things discussed on the show…

…what Lisa imagined herself doing with her seminary degree when she graduated.

…the shortage of women in seminary.

…when Lisa first realized that she had a talent for teaching the Bible.

…what made Lisa decide to tackle the book of Acts in her latest book.

…Lisa’s daughter Missy.


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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”.


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Seminary Dropout 94: John Mark McMillan on Making Money as a Christian Artist & More http://www.shaneblackshear.com/johnmarkmcmillan/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/johnmarkmcmillan/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:36:17 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2503  

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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.


 

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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”.


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Seminary Dropout 93: Jennie Allen of the IF:Gathering http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jennieallen/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/jennieallen/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:01:06 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2496 jennie allen

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 http://www.shaneblackshear.com/boztchividjian/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/boztchividjian/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:37:32 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2492 boz

“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 http://www.shaneblackshear.com/robbell/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/robbell/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 17:12:39 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2484 rob bell

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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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.


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Learn to Podcast and Transform Your Platform! http://www.shaneblackshear.com/podcastingforeveryone/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/podcastingforeveryone/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:55:24 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2442 podcastingforeveryone

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You’re going to take this knowledge and use it to teach people a new skill, or how to be more productive, or to be a better parent, and you’re going to impact other peoples lives, and in the process you’re going to impact your own. This is why I’m excited about an e-course on podcasting.

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Seminary Dropout 90: Michele Cushatt, Author of ‘Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life’ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/michelecushatt/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/michelecushatt/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:54:27 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2458 Michele Cushatt

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 http://www.shaneblackshear.com/carolyncustisjames/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/carolyncustisjames/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:58:39 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2446 ccj

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 http://www.shaneblackshear.com/michaelhidalgo/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/michaelhidalgo/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:21:42 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2432 mh

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 http://www.shaneblackshear.com/mattjones/ http://www.shaneblackshear.com/mattjones/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 01:48:36 +0000 admin http://www.shaneblackshear.com/?p=2423 Matt Jones

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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