Bruce says goodbye to the GCR crew

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Ya ever have one of those adventures that simultaneously seemed like it lasted forever as well as sped by in the blink of an eye? My life with God Complex Radio has been like this for me.  From that initial Twitter DM conversation about “a crazy idea” to live broadcasts on BlogTalkRadio to hitting the jumping into the podcast world, this has been a wonderful ride.

But alas, the time has come for me to shift my energies in different directions – most importantly to my local congregation and my family – and step back and see what new and exciting things are in store for Carol, Landon and the rest of the God Complex Radio Crew.  There has been no scandal, no internal fighting and no, contrary to popular belief, I have not been called up to play shortstop next year for the Oakland A’s . . . but I’m waiting ;-)  What has happened is that Landon and Carol are putting in gobs of time and mental energy about the future of the show and I simply cannot keep up.  So rather than have them slow down for me, I am stepping back so the show can zoom forward!  You all are in for some great stuff for sure!

So as of now, I am done being a part of the front line team of God Complex Radio.  I will continue to interact with the GCR community and will use all my social media juice to spread the word.  I will also return on occasion as a ranting and opinionated correspondent and pundit.

As I bid farewell to this stage of my life, I want to offer my deepest thanks to Brian MerrittMark Smith and Heather Scott who were part of this craziness at the beginning. And of course to my co-horts in crime, Carol and Landon, I will miss our early morning banter, our bouts of uncontrollable laughter and, yes, I’ll even miss all the technical difficulties that gave us a common enemy ;-)  Above all, I will miss being part of this particular venue where we have offered our collective voice of faith to the church and world.  I will forever be grateful for our time together.

So that’ all for now. Thanks for the memories and I’ll see you all around the interwebs. As always you can catch me on Twitter, Facebook and my blog.

Peace to you all,

Bruce, God Complex Radio Alum

GCR 2.3 – Not Your Mama’s Church: Women, Creativity, & Emergence

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints. Also joining the GCR team is Meredith White-Zeager, pastor of The Phoenix Project.

To listen, use the player at the bottom of the post, or right click here and “Save as…”

Some highlights from this episode:

0:10: Meredith White-Zeager shares her experience of “church” and why she started The Phoenix Project.
6:15: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Nadia Bolz-Weber, pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints
7:35: Bruce’s conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber
34:27: Carol and Bruce reflect
1:13:18: Promo of next episode

Items mentioned in this episode:
Covenant Community Church
Greenbelt Festival
Emerging Women

6/1 update from Carol Howard Merritt: So… I had a major lack of sleep when recording this show, and when it came out, I felt frustrated that my critiques were geared toward Nadia personally. I have great respect for Nadia and I felt awkward because it seemed like I was critiquing her when she was out of the room and could not defend herself. I meant my comments to be geared toward all of us who are trying to leave Evangelicalism, and create something else, but my wording sucked. I apologized to Nadia, and she graciously accepted my apology. We will have a follow-up on this show… where Nadia can get the last word!

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Season 1, Episode 8 – Eboo Patel

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome Eboo Patel, Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Also Join Carol and Bruce is Daniel Tutt, Project Manager for 20,000 Dialogues.

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Some highlights from this episode:

1:09: Daniel Tutt, Project Manager for 20,000 Dialogues, shares a story of interfaith dialogue from the Middle Ages.
7:20: Carol introduces the theme of the episode andEboo Patel, Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation
8:54: Part 1 of Carol’s interview with Eboo Patel: Growing up Muslim in USAmerica; Finding religious identity; Influence of parents and grandmother; moving beyond Islam as a “series of rules”; the “youth bulge”
21:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1
33:00: Part 2 of Carol’s interview with Eboo Patel: The work of Interfaith Youth Core; milestones in the history of IFYC; pluralism vs. diversity – “Diversity is simply a fact”; why IFYC work on campuses; hopes of the interfaith youth movement
49:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2
1:06:08 Promo of next weeks episode with Callid Keefe-Perry to talk about theopoetics

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Episode 3 Behind the Scenes

Season 1, Episode 2 – John Shelby Spong

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome writer and speaker Bishop John Shelby Spong (Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell) for a discussion of death–and eternal life. Also, Carol and Bruce speak with pastor Melissa DeRosia about the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign spending, the trial over California’s Proposition 8, and the forthcoming Presbyterian Church report on Civil Unions/Christian Marriage.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:00: Carol speaks with pastor Beth Sentell about a vision she had while giving birth to her son
5:45: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Bishop John Shelby Spong
7:51: John Shelby Spong shares how he responds to criticism of his thoughts and writings; “for most people religion is the search for security and not the search for truth”
12:45: Spong: “Death is a universal experience”; “The presuppositions of the tradition way a viewing life after death have been destroyed”
20:20: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1 of Spong interview
31:21: Spong: “I don’t think Christianity…will ever give me peace of mind or certainty or security…it will give me the courage to live in a world that is always insecure.”
35:00: “I seek to reach those who want to live in a 21st century world with a 21st century mind”; “We’ve created God after our own image”; Sin and guilt are not healthy
50:39: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2 of Spong interview
1:05:20: Bruce and Carol speak with Melissa DeRosia about the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign spending, the trial over California’s Proposition 8, and the forthcoming Presbyterian Church report on Civil Unions/Christian Marriage
1:30:19: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol talks with author and religious leader Samir Selmanovic (It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian about embracing “The Other.”

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Episode 2 Behind The Scenes

Season 1, Episode 1 – Brian McLaren

Join Bruce Reyes-Chow and Carol Howard Merritt as they welcome writer, speaker, and Emergent Church thinker, Brian McLaren (A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith)
for a discussion of following God’s call even amongst criticism.  Also, Carol and Bruce speak with Fritz Gutwein of The Quixote Center about the earthquake in Haiti and how you can continue to support the rebuilding of the island nation.

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In this episode:

0:00: Bruce speaks with pastor Abby King-Kaiser about how her art intersect with her ministry
4:56: Bruce introduces the theme of the episode and Brian McLaren
6:31: Brian McLaren shares how he began writing – “a sense of pain and unpreparedness”; church members asking questions about postmodernism and deconstructionism
8:32: McLaren shares the various reactions to several of his books
10:00: McLaren: “I thought Generous Orthodoxy was a safe book that no one will disagree with”
11:28: “Almost anything can be forgiven except the failure to maintain the same list of enemies”
12:00: McLaren shares how he deals with his critics; forgoing the right to fair treatment
19:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1 of McLaren interview
25:30: McLaren’s thoughts on pastors dealing with difficulty in their present position
30:00: McLaren emphasizes spiritual practice as a prerequisite to following God’s call; silence and solitude
34:42: McLaren reflects on “the Death of the Emergent Church”
43:00: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2 of McLaren interview
52:45: Bruce and Carol speak with Fritz Gutwein about the earthquake in Haiti
1:10:08: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol interviews Bishop John Shelby Spong about his book Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell

Items mentioned in this episode:

The Underlying Tragedy” by David Brooks, The New York Times, 01/14/10
From Haiti’s ruins, a chance to rebuild a nation” by Alec MacGillis, The Washington Post, 01/17/10
Jubilee USA

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Episode 1 Behind The Scenes

(OLD GCR) Episode 30 – Advent 4

This week, Bruce and Carol complete the Advent series.  The God Complex has been helping you prepare for the
Advent season by reading and reflecting on the lectionary passages for
each of the remaining Sundays of Advent.  YOU are be part of the show,
please share your reflections in the chat room or as a caller.

Up this week is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  Nadia Bolz-Weber will be our guest.  The lectionary passages are:  Micah 5:2-5a, Luke 1:46b-55, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10 and Luke 1:39-45 (46-55).

We’ll still be enjoying our musical breaks.

Join us live at noon EDT, 9am PDT today at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/godcomplexradio or listen to the archives after the show at that link or the BlogTalkRadio widget to the right on this blog.

After this week’s show, God Complex Radio will go on hiatus until the new year.  Watch this blog for more information on our new format and features!

(OLD GCR) Episode 29 – Advent 3 and Margaret Aymer

This week, Bruce and Carol continue the Advent series.  For this week and next week, the God Complex will be helping you prepare for the
Advent season by reading and reflecting on the lectionary passages for
each of the remaining Sundays of Advent.  YOU will be part of the show,
please share your reflections in the chat room or as a caller.

Up this week is the Third Sunday of Advent.  Margaret Aymer will be our guest.  The lectionary passages are:  Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 3:7-18.

We’ll still be enjoying our musical breaks.  Today’s music comes from Monkeybacon.

Join us live at noon EDT, 9am PDT today at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/godcomplexradio or listen to the archives after the show at that link or the BlogTalkRadio widget to the right on this blog.

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