Discipleship in Real Life

Discipleship plays a significant role in every Christian's life. So when a listener wrote in asking what a long-term vision for discipleship looks like, we thought it would be a good topic to tackle. In this episode, we share personal stories of discipleship, as well as some practical advice for discipling others. 

What Does a Gospel Community Do?

So you have joined or started leading a Gospel Community...now what? What does a Gospel Community actually look like week to week? In this episode, we spend time talking about three specific Gospel Community rhythms and why they are important.

Gospel Community Basics book: http://www.gospelresourcenetwork.com/store/gcbasics

What is a Healthy Gospel Community?

Gospel Communities play a significant role when it comes to discipleship and mission. But how can you tell if your gospel community is healthy and thriving? In this week's episode we discuss four marks of a healthy gospel community.

Gospel Community Basics book: 

http://www.gospelresourcenetwork.com/store/gcbasics

Prayer in Real Life

What do you actually do when you pray? What are the best and worst experiences you've had when it comes to prayer? What are your regular prayer rhythms? These are some of the questions we tackle in this week's episode. Thanks to a listener's email, we spend time discussing the importance of prayer and what it looks like in our day to day lives.

The End of Liberalism?

In recent writings, both R.R. Reno and Patrick Deneen argue that liberalism - the political philosophy that's undergirded Western culture for the past 500 years - is coming to an end.

In this episode, we discuss how the church can become a gospel counter-culture in the midst of political and cultural disorientation.

Goodbye Heraclitus by R.R. Reno: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2018/03/goodbye-heraclitus

Why Liberalism Failed: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300223446/why-liberalism-failed

Sexual Assault, Healing, and Forgiveness

The #MeToo movement has brought renewed attention to the complex, difficult process of finding healing, forgiveness, and freedom following sexual assault.

In this episode, a friend and church member joins the podcast to discuss her personal story of healing and forgiveness and how the church can offer love and support to victims of sexual assault.

The Mortification of Sin

In his famous work "On the Mortification of Sin," John Owen wrote: "Be killing sin or it will be killing you."

On this month's podcast, we provide listeners a basic summary of Owen's treatise. We discuss his insights about what the mortification of sin is and isn't, and offer some principles and directives that help to weaken sin's power in our lives.

Bob's Blog: http://www.bobthune.com/2010/01/john-owen-on-the-mortification-of-sin/

Should We Keep the Term "Evangelical"?

Originally, "evangelical" was used to describe a distinct set of theological beliefs. However, the framing and connotation of the term has became increasingly political rather than theological.  

On this week's podcast, we discuss whether the term evangelical is still helpful for clarifying theological beliefs or if the now politicized term should be done away with. We also provide a quick update on the future of the Wednesday Conversation.

Articles: 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2016/november/what-does-evangelical-mean.html

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/evangelical-history/is-the-term-evangelical-redeemable/

https://www.npr.org/2015/12/19/458058251/are-you-an-evangelical-are-you-sure

http://www.nae.net/what-is-an-evangelical/

https://blog.ayjay.org/reconsidering-evangelical/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/25/opinion/sunday/trump-evangelical-crisis.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2015/may/pew-evangelicals-stay-strong-us-religious-landscape-study.html

2017’s Greatest Hits

On this week’s podcast, we take a look back at some highlights from our past year of Wednesday Conversations.

Did Jesus Descend into Hell?: http://cdomaha.com/wed-convo/2017/3/1/did-jesus-descend-to-hell

Seasonal Affective Disorder: http://cdomaha.com/wed-convo/2017/2/1/seasonal-affective-disorder

LuLaRoe and the Church: http://cdomaha.com/wed-convo/2017/8/23/lularoe-and-the-church

The Tech-Wise Family: http://cdomaha.com/wed-convo/2017/8/9/the-tech-wise-family

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?: http://cdomaha.com/wed-convo/2017/8/16/have-smartphones-destroyed-a-generation

A Conversation with James K.A. Smith: http://cdomaha.com/wed-convo/2017/6/7/a-conversation-with-james-k-a-smith

Chasing Contentment - Part Two

Throughout the life of a Christian, the virtue of contentment must be perpetually learned and cultivated. 

On this week's podcast, Erik Raymond, author of Chasing Contentment, joins us as we discuss how to practically learn and apply contentment in our everyday lives.

Book: http://amzn.to/2yxOj9T

Chasing Contentment - Part One

Many Christians experience a level of disconnect regarding contentment - they know they should be content, yet they aren't.

On this week's podcast, Erik Raymond, author of Chasing Contentment, joins us to clearly outline what contentment looks like in the Christian life.

Key Differences Between Protestants and Catholics

The Reformation set Protestants apart as distinctly different from the Catholic Church, and many of these differences remain today.

On this week's podcast, we explain simply and clearly the key differences between Protestants and Catholics to aid in the understanding and dialogue.

Chris Castaldo Event

For more info, check out these resources mentioned on the podcast:

Papa Don't Pope (by Douglas Wilson)

The Unfinished Reformation (a book review by Bob Thune)

Other resources on this topic:
Church History Lectures (from BobThune.com)

 

The History of the Reformation

In 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses, seeking to reform some questionable practices within the church. 

On this week's podcast, we tell the story of the Reformation - including some of the parts you may not know - as we mark its 500th anniversary.

For more info, check out these resources mentioned on the podcast:

Papa Don't Pope (by Douglas Wilson)

The Unfinished Reformation (a book review by Bob Thune)

Other resources on this topic:
Church History Lectures (from BobThune.com)