#28: The Generous God

#28: The Generous God

My church doesn’t really teach tithing but we definitely teach generosity. Why? Because God is generous. The early church understood this and gave to everyone in a way that turned both heads and hearts. This episode includes a sermon I preached on the subject of generosity and how God’s model of giving everything, at all times, to everyone, sets a standard that goes way beyond 10%.

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#27: The Church in American Exile (with Brian Zahnd)

#27: The Church in American Exile (with Brian Zahnd)

Brian Zahnd joined me to discuss his new book Postcards from Babylon, as well as the multi-faceted nature of the church, the richness of spiritual diversity, and how to be faithful witnesses to Christ while living inside a dominant empire. What empire claims for itself (to have the divine right to rule others and the manifest destiny to shape history), is the very thing God has promised us through his son.

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#26: It's Not Supposed to be This Way (with Lysa TerKeust)

#26: It's Not Supposed to be This Way (with Lysa TerKeust)

Two years ago Lysa Terkeurst announced that her husband had had an affair. Her latest book chronicles her agonizing journey of disappointment, and the wrestling with God that we all experience in times of deep pain and overwhelming confusion. Lysa and I talked about pain, forgiveness, and how God uses our very dust to create new life.

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#25: Authenticity in brokenness (with Sheila Walsh)

#25: Authenticity in brokenness (with Sheila Walsh)

Well-known teacher and, singer/songwriter Sheila Walsh I talked about brokenness, mental health, suicide, gender roles in church, and the God who loves us through it all. We also talked about her new book: It’s OK Not To Be OK. Sheila dropped some of the most quotable truth-bombs of any guest so far.

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#20: Forgiving the Church (with Carol Howard Merritt)

#20: Forgiving the Church (with Carol Howard Merritt)

Pastor & author Carol Howard Merritt and I had a broad ranging discussion on how the church holds up patriarchy and shames victims of abuse, forgiveness as a process, love in the face of economic injustice, and a God who offers rivers of healing and restoration to all.

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

#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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