S7: E12 The Rise of the ‘Umms’

Mike published an article in Christian Today detailing an emerging group, the ‘Umms’. Unlike “Nones” and “Dones,” many church-adjacent Christians want to return to a local body—but they feel stuck. Building off the biblical metaphor of home, Fitch and Moore discuss a new social architecture for the church.
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S7: E9 Capitalism and Kingdom Economy

Fitch is reading Luke Bretherton’s book “Christ and the Common Life.” This brings us to questions about how the church relates to capitalism, accumulation, and the common life. How should we steward our finances, practice generosity, understand debt, and own property?
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S7: E3 The Practice of Conversation

Fitch & Moore discuss how social spaces are an integral component of ecclesiology. In these social spaces there are places for conversation, this is where discipleship and mission occurs. Specifically they focus on the gathering in the house and the movements of conversation that occur in that social space.
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S6: E13 What is the Church? Why Does it Exist?

Fitch and Moore sit down to talk about the new book, “What is the Church and Why Does it Exist?” This podcast is brought to you in partnership with Seminary Now, a new streaming video platform with short courses from leading professors and authors like David Fitch, Scot McKnight, Brenda Salter McNeil, Greg Boyd, Tish Harrison Warren, Esau McCaulley, and many more.
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S6 E12:Top 5 Issues for Church Leaders Post-COVID

Fitch & Moore unpack the 5 top issues for church leaders to navigate as we come out of COVID. 1) People’s broken relationship-spaces for relational connection 2) People’s deconstructing their faith–spaces for deconstruction 3) People’s anger/rage at various coercions/abuse–spaces for lament 4) People’s fatigue from drudgery–spaces for celebration of God’s power and hope for a future 5) People’s grief over losses of friends, family, security–spaces for grieving and comfort As opposed to ramping up services…focus on developing social spaces!
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S6:E8 Discerning Through Disagreements

How does a local church discern through disagreements? How do we decided what “issues” are essential? Here are the steps proposed in this episode, following the apostles work in Acts 15 1) The apostles and elders (leaders) met to consider the question (v6) 2) They observed what the Holy Spirit was doing (v8-9, 12) 3) A whole community listened and discerned (v12) They wokred with the leaders (v22).
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S6: E4 Advent for “the Rest of Us”

“To pursue liturgy for our own depths of formation and ignore the cultural engagement of those outside the faith is a luxury of Christendom.” –Dave Fitch In this episode we discuss the “post-evangelical” turn towards liturgy and the great joy of celebrating Advent.
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S6 E3: Third Way Politics

Just in time! On the eve of the election Fitch and Moore describe a ‘Third Way’ approach to theology of church and culture. Some suggest a ‘Third Way’ approach is merely a position of privilege that too easily compromises and disengages.
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S6: E2 Critical Theory & Tim Keller: Part 2

In this episode, Fitch and Moore explore critical theory and what it offers the church for seeing our “frames.” The conversation follows Fitch’s response to Tim Keller’s article on biblical justice and covers an expanse of topics: race, sexuality, ideology, identity politics, and more (links to articles below).
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S6: E1 Foundations: Tim Keller & Justice: Part 1

Dave wrote an article at Christianity Today that responded to Tim Keller’s recent piece on justice. In this podcast, Fitch and Moore explore how “justice” is up for grabs post-Christendom. They agree with Keller’s assessment of the culture, but diverge when it comes to the issue of foundations and posture.
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S5: E20 White Man Speaking

This podcast starts pretty meta: two white men speaking about white men speaking. How should white men position themselves in leading the church? While white supremacy and misogyny poison the church how should white men respond?
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S5: E19 The Parsing of “Racism”

Greg Armstrong joins again to examine the evolution and ideology of the word “racist.” The word “racist” has changed from meaning prejudice to including the unconscious systems of white supremacy. Now, drawing from the work of John McWhorter’s, we see the third wave that equates the word “racist” equated with subjective feelings.
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S5: E18 A Theology of Protest

How do we make sense of the protests and riots that have erupted after the murder of George Floyd? Greg Armstrong, Director of Admissions at Northern and pastor of Renew Church (Lombard, IL) joins Mike and Dave as they discuss the church’s response to and participation in public demonstrations.
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S5: E15 Suffering During the Pandemic

“I’m more apt to catch a bullet than the coronavirus” That is a sentiment Mike has heard repeatedly in his church. What can we learn from populations in America that have lived under constant threats of “coronaviruses” and imminent death?
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S5: E8 Universal Salvation: w/Geoff Hosclaw

This week we welcome back the co-founder of Theology on Mission, Geoff Holsclaw! Geoff recently wrote a response to David Bentley Hart’s book on universal salvation. After bantering for a good five minutes Fitch, Moore, and Holsclaw talk about the challenges and hopes of Christian universalism.
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S5: E7 The Shape of Liturgy

Evangelicals have discovered liturgy and non-denominational kids are becoming sacramental adults! What are we to make of this liturgical turn? Fitch and Mike look at the trends of evangelicals on the “Canterbury Trail,” and offer some considerations for those who have discovered a new love for liturgy.
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S5: E5 The Evangelism Pendulum

Fifty years ago gospel tracts, four spiritual laws, and street witnessing were pillars of evangelism for the evangelical church. Recently, the pendulum has swung the other way to the point where some Christians are reticent to evangelize, or, just don’t know how!
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S5: E3 Understanding Joshua Harris: Doubt & Belief

Two months ago, pastor-writer Joshua Harris publicly announced he was no longer a Christian. Fitch and Moore do an “icy take” on his announcement, seeking to understand Harris’ evangelical culture. Fitch and Moore attempt to grasp the purity culture that Harris helped shape and then explore how legalism, individualization, and cognization produce a church unable to doubt and ask meaningful questions.
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S5: E2 Eschatology for Mission

Who cares about the “end times”? Should we leave behind the “Left Behind” conversations? Does pre-trib, post-trib, etc, even matter? Fitch & Moore talk about “over-realized eschatology” and how it can inhibit the church.
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