What is the Benedict Option?

Should Christians withdraw from a hostile culture?

David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” as a Christian response to American culture. While appreciative, Dave and Geoff offer points of concern and criticism.

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Episode 20: The Tension of Trump

Only half of eligible American voters opted-in during the 2016 election. Half of those people elected Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States. That means only 25% of Americans choose, through direct action, for Trump to be President. 

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Not So Black & White 018: Liturgy! Who Needs It?

What’s the deal with Advent? When does Christmas actually begin? What’s Lent for? What’s Ordinary Time? Isn’t the Liturgical Calendar just a leftover vestige of Catholicism and Christendom?

Many folks who grow up in “free church traditions” don’t understand the liturgical calendar or why anyone would bother with it.

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Episode 017: Election Aftermath

So how are you feeling after Donald Trump’s electoral victory? Ready to call him “President-Elect” or does the thought of it make you want to curl into the fetal position? Are you happy or stung by the fact that 81% of “evangelicals” (whatever that means) supported Trump?

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Aliens and Exiles (with Dennis Edwards)

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Do you need a 1st Century Church Planting Manual?
Or, What does 1 Peter teach us about being faithful to Jesus?

David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk with Dennis Edwards, a pastor and scholar, about exiles, the vocation of the church, and submitting to all human institutions (and what that might mean).

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A Lot Has Been Going On

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With so much going on in America, Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch slow down and talk with two area ministers, Juliet Liu Waite and Greg Armstrong, about what they are seeing, feeling, and experiencing, and how the future of the church is multiracial leadership.

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A Thanksgiving Survival Guide

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This Thanksgiving, what are you to do when your only relationship with someone is that they are your relative?

David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw offer three quick tips on how to bring Jesus into every Thanksgiving situation without being all religious.

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Horror, Relief, Hope: Post-Election Debrief

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Breaking from their script, David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw process their reactions to the election of Donald Trump. As two white males, nothing has changed about our lives, because we are privileged enough to be untouched by the recent events.

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Is It Christian To Vote? (A Short Voting Guide)

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Is it Christian To Vote?

In this short episode, David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss not who to voted for, but how to discern voting in general.

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Seminary Dropout 147: Shane Claiborne Talks “Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why it’s Killing Us”

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.

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Locker Room Talk, the Power of Words, and the Hope for Revival

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Locker Room Talk, the Power of Words, Political Strategies, and the Hope for Revival

When Christian leaders claim #Trump’s misogynist and racists words are “no big deal” are they sharing in the sin of another?

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Converts Or Proselytes? The Change Jesus Makes

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Does Jesus seek Proselytes or Converts? And what is the difference?

David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss why the Apostle Paul was so angry with the Galatians, and whether we are called to renounce one cultural identity in favor of a new one (Proselyte Model) and or called to take up the same identity in a new way (Conversion Model).

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Seminary Dropout 143: Ann Voskamp on her new book “The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life”

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.

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Advice to a Mega-Church (or any) Pastor

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Why do pastors burn out? And what can be done about it?
Are you burning out? Is your church leading you to the brink?

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World Evangelicalism: A Future for the West

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Maybe the most important episode to date!

Once evangelicals were on the frontline of social issues. Now the often take a backseat. What happened? 

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Seminary Dropout 141: Brandon Hatmaker, Author of “A Mile Wide”

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.

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3 Ways (Not) to Start Your Theology

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Does systematic theology have a future?

And if so, where should it begin?
And what does it matter?

Geoff Holsclaw and regular guest Scott Jones (because Fitch is big-timing it in Pasadena) discuss the three major critiques of systematic theology and then talk about three possible ways to begin theology and how we need them all.

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3 Evangelical Off-Ramps

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Are we all just reacting to various Fundamentalisms here in America? Is there a doctrinal identity or a practical mission at the center of American Evangelicalism? 

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Gender Differences: 3 Views

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Is there a difference between female and male? And if there is, why? And how do we explain it?

These are the pertinent questions that our culture casts before the church. 

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Seminary Dropout 139: Todd Adkins, Host of “5 Leadership Questions”

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.

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Pastoral Tip: Policing Facts = Failure

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Why does it seem that more information does not lead to better transformation?
Why does correcting false facts always seem to backfire on us?

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3 Kinds of Jesus and Why It Matters

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Does the missional movement have a low Christology?

Does our view of Jesus affect how we understand his mission?
Does Christology matter for everyday living for us?

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Seminary Dropout 136: Gerald McDermott, Author of “The Great Theologians: A Brief Guide”

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.

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Theological Jenga: The Word Blocks of Mission

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“In the beginning God raised Jesus from the dead” ~Michael W. Pahl
(From Resurrection to New Creation: A First Journey in Christian Theology)

Where does theology come from?  

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Evangelicals Discover the Trinity: Recent Debate

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What does the Trinity have to do with anything anyway? Well, a lot!  But sometimes it feels like Evangelicals are just discovering the Trinity.

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Episode 007: What’s An “Evangelical” Anyway?

With Donald Trump naming his “Evangelical Executive Advisory Board,” populated with Charismatics, TV Personas, former radio host, former politicians, and others, Christians – again – are asked to define what exactly we mean by the term “evangelical.”

Sean and John explain the historical roots of evangelicalism and whether or not 21st-Century Christians want to consider themselves “evangelicals” or not.

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