Reformation Begins with a Question – Part 1 – Ep 084

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ask all those questions that are really going through your head? Maybe you want to ask them about the church. Why do we go to church? Why do we do church the way that we do? It’s all those questions you think you would probably be ostracized for. You would probably be looked at weird. People would probably question your allegiance to Christ and the gospel itself if you asked those questions. But the funny thing is we’re all walking around with those questions in our minds. We’re just too afraid to ask them. So what would the world look? What would the church look like if, instead of walking around afraid of asking those questions, we felt free to do so. What if we took those bold steps to ask the questions that nobody wants to ask, but we desperately need to? Part 1 of our special reformation episode begins the story of Martin Luther who struggled with his own doubts, fears, and insecurities. And it drove him to ask a question that would begin a reformation that continues to affect us today. There’s power in asking a question! Continue Reading...

Make a Habit of Reformation! – Ep 083

Almost 500 years ago, the Protestant Reformation began when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg chapel. What role does reformation play today in the Church and in our own Christian journeys? This week Josh and Chris discuss the need to make a habit of personal reformation. Human beings are wired to develop habits in response to a changing and chaotic world. Habits help us organize our lives and simplify routine tasks. Habits can greatly benefit our spiritual lives when applied thoughtfully to our spiritual disciplines and church services. However, habits can become toxic when they keep us from growing, and our sinful natures can keep us from seeing it. Our lives and churches can become entrenched in outdated customs due to past experiences and traditions. Reformation reminds us to challenge our status quo in order to bring fresh perspective to our walk with Christ. Continue Reading...

We Need More Worship-Leader Theologians – Ep 082

This week Josh and Chris talk about worship. What it means. How we do it. Why we do it. Worship is the ultimate expression of theology. The songs we sing influence the way we see God and live out our Christian lives. As such, we need more worship leaders who intentionally write worship songs that accurately represent the gospel and give words to the congregation to respond to what God has done in the world. All Christians must take care to consider the words we sing and the meaning they portray so that our worship is authentic and meaningful for the occasion. If we are in a public worship service, our songs should reflect the corporate nature of the body of Christ. If we are privately seeking the face of God, our worship will take on other characteristics. Continue Reading...

Can I Be a Gay Christian? – Ryan Harris – Ep 081

How would you respond to someone asking you this question? It’s not usually something we give much thought to in the Church. We typically either instinctively respond with a resounding, “NO!” or we refuse to engage the question altogether. This week Ryan Harris helps us walk through this question. Ryan grew up in conservative church as a pastor’s kid, attended Bible college and later seminary. At the age of 13, when most boys began to feel attracted to girls, he began to feel an attraction to other boys. Growing up in the church, he knew the negative attitude the church held towards gay people, some of which were downright ignorant. So for the next decade of his life he struggled with shame and fear. It wasn’t until recently when God intervened in his story that led Ryan down a path of coming out about his same-sex attraction. Through this process God is using Ryan to build relationships with others in the LGBTQ community so that the gospel may be preached to a group of people the church has, by in large, abandoned. Ryan’s story will help you learn how to approach others who are different from you with the gospel. His call to see people instead of issues is one all in the Church need to take to heart as we learn to love one another and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Continue Reading...