A Theology of Work - Part 1

If you have spent any amount of time listening to our podcast you have probably heard us say "The gospel changes everything." But how does this apply to our work? What does it mean to work to the glory of God? This week on the podcast we are joined by Pastor Justin Curtis to talk about the integration of faith and work.

Revoice & Revision

The upcoming Revoice Conference has sparked a lot of debate within the Christian community about the use of terms such as "gay Christian." In this week's episode, we discuss why it matters, and how language reveals our underlying theological assumptions.

Articles: 
http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2018/07/22066/

http://www.bobthune.com/2011/06/review-washed-and-waiting/

https://www.challies.com/articles/the-controversy-behind-the-revoice-conference/

http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2018/06/21927/

https://calvinistinternational.com/2018/06/25/more-thoughts-on-spiritual-friendship-gay-christianity-unpacking-basic-confusion/

The Culture of Victimhood - Part 1

In the book "The Rise of Victimhood Culture" authors and sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning suggest that there has been a shift in the moral culture of America. In this episode, we discuss their ideas and the implications of this cultural change.

Discipleship & the Medical Model

The concept "See One, Do One, Teach One" is most often used within the medical community. But how can it be helpful when it comes to discipleship? In this week's episode, we conclude our conversations on discipleship with special guest and Deacon of Women's Discipleship at Coram Deo, Lindsey Kaiser.

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