206 – Christena Cleveland on whitemalegod and More!

This Week on Seminary Dropout… Christena Cleveland Ph.D. is a social psychologist, public theologian, author, and activist. She is the founder and director of the recently-launched Center for Justice + Renewal, a non-profit dedicated to helping justice advocates sharpen their understanding of the social realities that maintain injustice while also stimulating the soul’s enormous capacity to resist and transform those realities.
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S4: E12 Resurrection. Time. Worship

Does it matter when we worship corporately? Midweek service? Saturday night? What about corporate worship over Facebook Live and YouTube? Drawing from the work of Alexander Schmemann, Fitch and Moore discuss the cultural view of “flat” time that commodifies worship.
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S4: E10 Us vs Them: Salvation

This is part two of our three-part series on Fitch’s upcoming book: The Church of Us vs. Them. We talk about our first concerts, “making a decision for Christ,” and how to reimagine salvation in terms of witness and presence.
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Tish Harrison Warren on Miscarriage and Liturgies of Lament

In this episode,Tish Harrison Warren shares her painful story of miscarriage. Because miscarriage was a wordless experience, she recognized her need for words from her community. She grasped on to liturgies of lament, wrapping time-tested words around her grief in the presence of community.
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S4: E9 Us vs. Them: The Inerrant Bible

Is a hotdog a sandwich? This is the first of our three-part series on Fitch’s upcoming book: The Church of Us vs. Them. We talk about “clobber verses,” the narrative arc of Scripture, and how the Bible gets turned into an “enemy making machine.
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Seminary Dropout 199 – Carolyn Custis James, Author of ‘Finding God in the Margins: The Book of Ruth’

This Week on Seminary Dropout… Carolyn Custis James is an award-winning author and international speaker. She blogs at www.carolyncustisjames.com, as a Leading Voice at MissioAlliance, and at Huffington Post, is an adjunct faculty member at Biblical Theological Seminary, and a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament.
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ReAdvent

Just in time for Christmas, we talk about Advent! 😉 Fitch and Moore repurpose the four Sundays in Advent around the themes of God’s disruptive and generous presence in this world.
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Conservative–>Progressive–>Atheist???

A recent article from The Gospel Coalition observes the “slippery slope” of belief from Progressive to Atheist. Dave and Mike back it up one step to include Conservatives and contend that Progressives and Conservatives are essentially the same–just different teams unaware of the Christendom field they are fighting on.
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Seminary Dropout 196 – Lee Strobel, The Case For Miracles

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Should Christians Vote?

Is this even a question Christians should be asking? Does it reek of privilege and entitlement? Fitch and Moore discuss if/how Christians should vote in the upcoming election. Fitch does an average Hauerwas impression and examines how our culture means we now “vote for commercials, not people.”  
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Interview with Pastah J

Fitch is in Canada so Mike takes over the podcast!!!! He sits down with Jonathan “Pastah J” Brooks to talk about his new book “Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighborhoods.” Pastah J leads Canaan Community Church in West Englewood, Chicago.
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Elitism in the Church

How should the church engage “elite culture”? Should our books be on the New York Times bestseller list? Our influence wielded in the halls of power? James Davidson Hunter’s book “To Change the World” has a unique proposal for engaging “elite culture.” Dave and Mike discuss Hunter’s proposal and Mike teaches Dave about the 90s evangelical movement “See You At The Pole.”
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Bible Battle

  New season! New co-host! Mike Moore joins Dave Fitch to talk about the B-I-B-L-E. How do we appeal to the Bible in midst of conflict? How does a pastor steward their leadership position?
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Men Who Buy Sex: How a Former Porn Addict is Pastoring Johns

How Do You Treat Men Who Buy Sex? John School with Chris Stollar (Part 2 in the Sex Trafficking Series) Confession: This episode was difficult to produce. It has exposed how my desire for justice far outweighing my willingness to extend compassion toward men who solicit prostitutes and contribute to the horrific world of human trafficking.
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Jared Boyd on How Imaginative Prayer Helps Children Connect with God (& Parents)

Jared Boyd discovered that children’s spiritual formation is rooted in the imagination. “When we lead our children through guided times of imaginative prayer, they can experience a connection with God that transcends mere Bible knowledge or doctrinal content.” Jared noticed that while most parents desire for their kids to learn to love God, it’s hard to have meaningful conversation with their kids about spiritual things and to facilitate real spiritual experiences. 
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Seminary Dropout 193 – Austin Channing Brown, on Her New Book “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness”, Why White People Have So Many Cats, and What Makes “Insecure” Such an Amazing Show

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Seminary Dropout 192 – Bonnie Kristian, Author of A Flexible Faith

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Does Pentecost Obliterate Differences?

Does Pentecost overcome Babel? Does baptism in Jesus obliterate all distinctions? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” They ask if there is a better way of understanding this text in light of Babel and Pentecost.
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