Join Carol for an engaging conversation about unjust suffering and oppression with Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim. Her book “Colonialism, Han, and the Transformative Spirit” guides our podcast discussion using the Korean concept of han (unjust suffering) to shed light on our theological understanding of power and its abuse. Grace Ji-Sun Kim is a Korean-American theologian, professor, blogger, and author.
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Tony Kriz, who infamously appeared in Donald Miller’s books under the name “Tony the Beat Poet”has discovered the abiding presence of Jesus in the lives and words of people from diverse (and often radically unchristian) sources.
Through the pages of Neighbors and Wise Men, Tony guides the reader through Muslim lands, radically anti-religious academia and post-Christian cultures to discover a God who speaks with generosity and creativity. Our conversation with Tony is filled with stories and inspiring thoughts on what we can learn from “deChristians” and others outside of the Christian faith.
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UNCO is an unconference for church leaders, pastors, families, and seminarians. It is three days of worship and open space discussion on the church and its future. It’s also a network that supports and incubates creative ministries. Today we chat about the past, present, and future of this incredible conference opportunity with Shannon Meacham. You can also follow Shannon’s musings at her Pulpit Shenanigans blog.
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Our summer season kicks off with Brian McLaren as we talk about the Cana Initiative (www.canainitiative.org) and his new book We Make the Road by Walking. Brian always offers such wonderful insights for constructive and fresh approaches to the Christian life. We are delighted to have him join us for this conversation. Find out more about Brian and his projects at www.brianmclaren.net.
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We are talking about taboo topics in this special episode. American Christian women get frank about faith and life as Erin Lane and Enuma Okoro, editors of Talking Taboo, join Derrick and Carol for a conversation. This latest book in the I Speak For Myself series addresses the experiences of faith, gender, and identity that remain taboo for American Christian women under 40. For women and their partners, faith leaders and their members, historians and their students, this book documents the voices of young Christian women and their refusal to be silent any longer.
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Ever feel like ministry makes your spiritual life tougher? Keeping busy can so easily become our most common spiritual practice. Join Derrick and Carol as they talk with Lauren Winner, author of Still. Still offers reflections on how murky and gray the spiritual life can be while, at the same time, shows us how to see the light we do encounter more clearly. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina. Lauren travels extensively to lecture and teach. Her other books include Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath.
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The new season opens with zombies! How awesome is that?!?! We have a lot to learn about our society from zombies as we chat with Dr. Kelly J Baker. Kelly is the author of Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930, The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture, and a forthcoming cultural history of zombies from the University of Washington Press.
She received a PhD from Florida State University in Religion in 2008, particularly American religious history. She edits the Religion in American History blog and blogs at www.kellyjbaker.com.
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I’ve been working with God Complex Radio for over four years, and the readings and conversations never cease to nurture me in my preaching and writing. The guests are amazing. Although I’m regularly told that our conversations make long commutes and housework drudgery bearable, Derrick, Rob and I have wanted to see these interviews used in other contexts as well. We imagined that people could use the conversations in a Sunday school classroom (I’ve used them there). Or, people could gather on Facebook or Google Hangout to discuss them.
So we were excited that Isabella Blanchard, at Virginia Theological Seminary’s Center for the Ministry of Teaching, worked to develop a series of Study Guides for several God Complex Radio episodes. She highlighted many of our favorite conversations and made the guides available as downloadable PDFs here. Isabella includes information on the guest, a description of suggested learners, an outline of the interview, and additional reflection questions. She developed guides for our interviews with
- Edward J. Blum on Race, History and Christ
- Ruth Everhart on the Holy Land
- Amy Blumenshine on Veterans and Healing
- Lia Scholl on Sex Workers
- D. Mark Davis on Left-Behind Theology
- David H. Jensen on Christianity and Sexuality
- Rick Ufford-Chase on Faith and Human Rights
- Cameron Trimble on Church Renewal
This week we talk with Meredith Gould who has written nine books since 1998 including her latest The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. She is a sociologist and digital strategist with decades of strategic communications experience. In July 2011, she founded the weekly Twitter-based ecumenical Church Social Media Chat (#ChSocM) and serves as its lead moderator.
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Why are we still so terrible at having conversations about race in our culture? Join Derrick as he speaks with Bruce Reyes-Chow, former God Complex Radio host, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA, and author of the new book “But I Don’t See You As Asian: Curating Conversations About Race.” In this extended interview, Derrick and Bruce explore issues around race in our culture and the church.
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