Episode 17: Building faith through Worship (with Melissa Joy Boerger)

Episode 17: Building faith through Worship (with Melissa Joy Boerger)

Melissa Joy Boerger is the worship pastor at Catch The Fire Kitchener. With over 20 years experience, she is one of the most honest, genuine lovers of God that I know. We discussed how to be OK with simple worship in a world dominated by Bethel Music, how to involve kids in your worship band and loads more.

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Episode 15: Scripture is a telescope aimed at God's heart (with Brian Simmons)

Episode 15: Scripture is a telescope aimed at God's heart (with Brian Simmons)

Brian Simmons is the translator of The Passion Translation, a new Bible translation that focuses on the life and passion inside of scripture. We discussed the beauty of an evolving understanding of the Bible, the science of linguistics, and how new translations lead us deeper into the heart of God.

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Episode 12: Survival Guide for the Soul (with Ken Shigematsu)

Episode 12: Survival Guide for the Soul (with Ken Shigematsu)

We’re all too busy, too stressed, too fat, and too tired… and peace and rest is the one thing we can’t seem to find. Ken Shigematsu, pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, has leveraged the teachings of Catholic mystics and zen masters alike and found a rich contemplative spiritual rhythm which has connected him to God and brought profound peace into his life. Join us as we practice silence together.

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Episode 11: Finding clarity in an age of confusion (with Abdu Murray)

Episode 11: Finding clarity in an age of confusion (with Abdu Murray)

In a world with a plurality of religions and worldviews, how do we engage the culture around us without being drawn into a post-truth maelstrom of confusion? Abdu Murray and I discuss postmodernism's legacy, the rise of Jordan Peterson, and the apologetics of self-sacrificial love.

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Episode 7: Rethinking children's church (with Chad Bird)

Episode 7: Rethinking children's church (with Chad Bird)

Chad and I discussed whether children's ministry is really for the kids or just for adults who don't want to be distracted, and what that might mean about the overall health of our churches. Chad offers some wise advice for crafting a worship experience that appeals to all ages and learning styles.

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Episode 6: Rethinking Women in Ministry

Episode 6: Rethinking Women in Ministry

A friend of mine grew up in a strict Christian tradition where women weren't allowed to minister to men. Years have passed since then but she still finds herself feeling guilty or confused about what exactly it was that Paul said to Timothy. She asked me for my thoughts on women in ministry, and so you get a whole podcast out of it. Strap yourselves in, this one is full of fire!

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Episode 5: I Can Only Imagine & Black Panther (with Priscilla Shirer)

Episode 5: I Can Only Imagine & Black Panther (with Priscilla Shirer)

Priscilla Shirer is a phenomenal teacher, author, actress, wife, and mother (though she wouldn't list them in that order herself). Having previously starred in War Room, she plays a small role in I Can Only Imagine, the film which tells the story all about MercyMe's hit song. Priscilla and I discussed minority representation in film and ministry, balancing your career and family goals, and the importance of both excellence and spiritual passion.

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4: Tattoos, makeup and breast implants

4: Tattoos, makeup and breast implants

Leviticus says not to put tattoo marks on yourself... right after it says not to shave your beard. It puts a lot of us in a serious cosmetic bind. Unless God doesn't care about our outer adornment at all, and we've been reading the Bible wrong. This episode digs into the expression of beauty through tattoos, hairstyles, clothes, makeup and boob jobs.

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3: God is Community

3: God is Community

I was raised in a Christian community living environment and it planted seeds inside me that I just can't seem to shake. God eventually had to take me out of the institutional church for those seeds to grow, and out there in the wilderness I learned that God himself was a community of love. Now I get to practice community inside the traditional church again.

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