Wednesday Conversation

What If My Spouse Isn't a Christian?

Recently, we received an email from a listener wondering how they ought to navigate an "unequally yoked marriage" in which they are a Christian, but their spouse is not. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many Christians and we spend this episode discussing what it might look like for them to honor both God and their spouse in this complicated circumstance.

Reappearing Church - Part 2

Pastor & author Mark Sayers has a discerning eye for the church's relationship to culture. In his thought-provoking new book "Reappearing Church," he makes the case that the decline of Western culture could be the spark that ignites spiritual renewal in the church. In this episode, we spend time discussing Sayers' ideas about how we approach discipleship in a culture where basic human functionality is lacking.

Reappearing Church - Part 1

Pastor & author Mark Sayers has a discerning eye for the church's relationship to culture. In his thought-provoking new book "Reappearing Church," he makes the case that the decline of Western culture could be the spark that ignites spiritual renewal in the church. In this episode, we spend time discussing Sayers' ideas... and also enjoying some delicious roasted pork sent in by a listener.

Pastoral Sabbaticals

Are sabbaticals really necessary for those in ministry? What are some best practices when it comes to taking a sabbatical? In this episode, with Dusty fresh off his sabbatical and Bob getting ready to take one, we thought it would be worth talking about why pastors, in particular, should prioritize seasons of rest away from ministry and what it might look like.

In Search of the Common Good

In this episode, author and fellow Nebraskan Jake Meador sits down with Bob to talk about his new book "In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World." Purchase Jake’s book here and leave a review: https://www.amazon.com/Search-Common-Good-Christian-Fractured/dp/0830845542

Church Planter Interview: Femi Osunnuyi - Part 1

In this episode, Bob sits down with Femi Osunnuyi, a church planter in Lagos, Nigeria. Femi shares his story of coming to faith and what it looks like to plant a church in one of the world's largest cities.

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Purity Culture - Helpful or Harmful?

In a recent article for the New York Times, author Kaitlyn Beaty reflects upon her experience of "purity culture" in late-1990s and early-2000s evangelical Christianity. In this episode, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Beaty's article, drawing on our own formative experiences in evangelical youth ministry.

Secularism & the Search for Meaning

Data tells us that now more than ever, religious affiliation is declining. But deep questions about meaning and purpose still exist within every human being. In this episode, we discuss Clay Routledge's analysis of this data in his recent article for National Review - and what it means for Christians.

James Carroll's Call to Abolish the Priesthood

Recently, author and former Catholic priest James Carroll wrote an article for The Atlantic making the argument for doing away with the Catholic priesthood. In this episode, we discuss his ideas and reasoning and how his argument echoes one made by Martin Luther around 500 years ago.