Bethany Gilbert

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.

The Marks of a Mature Disciple - Part 2

In this episode, we continue exploring the question: "How do you actually know if your church is making healthy disciples?" We discuss some of the characteristics of mature discipleship and how these have helped us more clearly define success when it comes to disciple making.

The Marks of a Mature Disciple - Part 1

You've heard us talk a lot about discipleship on this podcast, but in this episode we ask the question: "How do you actually know if your church is making healthy disciples?" We discuss some of the characteristics that mark mature disciples and how these have helped us more clearly define what success looks like when it comes to disciple making.

Why Political Twitter is Scary

Gather 'round for a spooky tale about a recent kerfuffle that Bob got himself into on political Twitter. This caused us to wonder - is there any hope of ever having a thoughtful debate on the social media platform? What causes people to lose any and all civility when using Twitter? In this special Halloween episode, we explore whether or not it's worth it to engage on political Twitter.

Rethinking Social Justice

Recent controversy in the Evangelical community got us thinking about how the gospel speaks to issues of social justice. In this episode, we explore how some of the ideas from James K.A. Smith's "Awaiting the King" might challenge the way Christians respond to and engage with social justice.

The Enneagram: Helpful or Harmful?

The Christian community seems to be having a moment with the Enneagram. But what exactly is it? In this week's episode, we dive into the Enneagram and discuss some of its positive and negative qualities and why we choose to use it as a tool here at Coram Deo.

TGC links:

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/the-faqs-what-christians-should-know-about-the-enneagram/

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevin-deyoung/enneagram-road-back-somewhere-else/

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.