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Season 3 Recap  |  POD 030

Season 3 Recap | POD 030

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Bill Gorman – Co-Host

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Recap of Season 3 on theFormed.life Podcast

Join hosts Bill Gorman, and Paul Brandes in the Season 3 finale of theFormed.life podcast! In this episode, we reflect on key moments and guests from this season, including Dr. Katie McCoy on women in the Old Testament, Dr. Darryll Bock on cultural engagement, Dr. Harold Netland on the exclusivity of Jesus, and Dr. John Dyer on faith and technology. Our hosts highlight their personal takeaways and discuss the most impactful insights. We also preview exciting topics for Season 4, such as living faithfully in a secular age, understanding gender biblically, and navigating politics as Christians. Don’t miss details about our live event with Dr. John Dyer on October 28th in Kansas City, focusing on AI and Christian ethics. Thanks for joining us, and stay tuned for more enriching discussions!

#SeasonRecap #ThoughtfulTechnology #CulturalEngagement #BiblicalPrinciples #ChristianWorldview #FaithfulConversations #SpiritualPractices #PodcastHighlights #DrJohnDyer #theFormedLifePodcast

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Finding common ground in cultural and political differences.

05:06 Balancing competing values in biblical immigration discussions.

09:37 Preparing to discuss biblical principles and politics.

10:46 Preview of upcoming season and special event.

Crafting Tomorrow: John Dyer on the Intersection of Faith and Technology | POD 029

Crafting Tomorrow: John Dyer on the Intersection of Faith and Technology | POD 029

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What does technology have to do with faith, and how does it shape our human story?

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Crafting Tomorrow: John Dyer on the Intersection of Faith and Technology

What does technology have to do with faith, and how does it shape our human story? Prepare to be challenged and inspired as John Dyer, PHD explores the profound impact of technology on our human story, from ancient biblical narratives to the digital age, and its implications for humanity and community. Together, we’ll examine the theological dimensions of modern tools, wrestle with questions of AI and human uniqueness, and understand why technology can never be neutral. Join us for this enlightening episode of theFormed.life.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Defining Technology: John Dyer redefines technology not just as digital gadgets but as any tool, device, or process that humans use to shape the world. From baking to the symbolism of the cross, technology encompasses all transformative practices.
  2. Media Ecology & Theology: Technology molds us as much as we mold it. John dexterously traces its impact from biblical times to today’s social media-centric landscape. He shares how media ecology and the philosophy of technology are crucial in understanding the societal shifts influenced by tech advancements.
  3. Human Aspect & AI: In an age where AI questions often mirror deep, personal inquiries about worth and divine existence, John emphasizes the critical importance of community and personal connections. He advocates for balance and discernment in our increasingly automated world.

#TechnologyAndFaith #JohnDyerInsights #TheologicalPerspectives #HumanCreativity #DigitalDiscipleship #MediaEcology #TechImpactOnSociety #AIandTheology #CommunityAndConnection #theFormedLifePodcas

 

RESOURCES:

From the Garden to the City: The Place of Technology in the Story of God – John Dyer

People of the Screen: How Evangelicals Created the Digital Bible and How It Shapes Their Reading of Scripture – John Dyer

From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology – John Dyer

 

GUEST BIOS:

John Dyer is the Vice President for Enrollment and Educational Technology and assistant professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Having pursued theology at DTS, he obtained his Master of Theology (ThM) degree in 2008, followed by a PhD in sociology of religion from Durham University in 2019. Notably, he initially studied biochemistry and genetics at Texas A&M, even securing a patent on a molecule at one point. Since around 2000, John has been immersed in coding, gradually expanding his roles to include thoughtful reflection on technology’s impact. His endeavors extend to teaching seminary students, delivering speeches at conferences, and crafting various tools such as bestcommentaries.com, biblewebapp.com, yallversion.com, and worship.ai. Many of these tools are open source and are utilized by prominent entities like Apple, WordPress, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense. Residing in the Dallas region, John shares his life with his remarkable wife, who serves as a literature and philosophy professor, and their two delightful children, a son and a daughter.

 

QUOTES:

“I do wanna make this distinction between older tools and then modern devices. So we talk a little bit about that, and I think the newer edition of my book spends some more time on that just so that we think about how a shovel might form us in a different way than a device or a screen might form us.”
John Dyer

 

“I think the AI movement that we’re in right now is the generative AI stuff that really came out sort of the the fall of 22 in some way. And so all the stuff from text generation, image generation, and then now, you know, lots of the deep fake type videos are much much easier to produce.”
John Dyer

 

“Technology in that day meant something more like learning how to make stuff. So technology was the knowledge of making stuff. And so, eventually, the word technology becomes the stuff itself, and that was, you know, physical machines, and now it’s, like, digital machines.”
John Dyer

 

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Influential technology shaping our world, theological perspective.
03:53 Realizing impact of technology on ethics and accessibility.
08:38 Technology shapes lives, churches, and communities.
09:39 Contrasting old and modern tools and devices.
14:00 Summarize: From garden to city, Biblical framework explained.
17:10 Genesis poses questions and explores human innovation.
19:53 Technological process reflects theological good and potential harm.
26:05 Questioning the influence of technology on us.
27:28 Beware of fake world and social media.
30:07 AI models need to connect with people.
36:12 Technology and limits impact decision-making and community.
38:09 Wrapping up
40:25 Podcast by Christ Community Church in Kansas City.

Engaging Culture with Humility: Dr. Bock on Christian Love and Politics | POD 028

Engaging Culture with Humility: Dr. Bock on Christian Love and Politics | POD 028

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Dr. Darrell Bock – Guest

Paul Brandes – Co-Host

Bill Gorman – Co-Host

 

Show Notes

Engaging Culture with Humility: Dr. Bock on Christian Love and Politics

How do Christians navigate the complex arena of cultural engagement with grace and truth in today’s polarized society? In this episode of theFormed.life, Dr. Darrell Bock shares his insights on reconciling the tenets of faith with the demands of compassionate societal governance. We’ll explore the virtues of humility and respect in our interactions, and the importance of distinguishing between those who pose a threat and those who contribute positively to our communities. Join us for a discussion that aims to equip believers with the tools for thoughtful, effective, and loving cultural engagement.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. A compassionate, respectful approach to cultural engagement in a world of hostility and dogma, simply listening well without interjecting can win trust for a more fruitful conversation.
  2. Living out an authentic Christian faith that is positively engaging, inviting dialogue with humility and love rather than operating from a position of fear.
  3. The importance of listening to and understanding diverse cultural dynamics to foster meaningful, gospel-centered conversations within society.

#CulturalEngagement #CompassionateImmigration #ChristianLove #SpiritualDisciplines #EvangelicalismToday #RespectfulDialogue #LivingFaith #GospelHope #DrDarrellBock #theFormedLifePodcast

 

RESOURCES:

Cultural Intelligence: Living for God in a Diverse, Pluralistic World – Dr. Darrell L. Bock

Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels – Dr. Darrell L. Bock

Recovering the Real Lost Gospel: Reclaiming the Gospel as Good News – Dr. Darrell L. Bock

 

GUEST BIOS:

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) from 2000 to 2001, served as a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction; serves as a staff consultant for Bent Tree Fellowship Church in Carrollton, TX; and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

 

QUOTES:

“…cultural intelligence is how to walk into that mix and how to interact well with that mix. The real key in the book is talking about becoming a good listener and engaging with people in a way in which your concerns and, in some cases, your agenda might need to be set aside for a while just to establish the relational connection you need in order to have the challenging conversations that inevitably come up because the the plate tectonics are rubbing against each other and pressure could be building.” — Dr. Darrell Bock

 

“I’m talking about films that are made that really ask live questions and what people are struggling with and wrestling with. And if you keep your ear close to the ground, you can see that they’re wrestling with the value of family or the importance of legacy or the importance of test, there are values that pop up, because even though, you know, theology says we’re totally deprived, it doesn’t mean that we’re we’re as bad as we could be. It just means that we’re that we’re messed up, that it’s not aligned, that it’s dysfunctional. But there are some things about who we are in our instincts that actually reflect having been made in the image of God and being responsive to people. And you’re looking for those kinds of things.” — Dr. Darrell Bock

 

“But in the end, if you don’t have something positive or something aspirational to move the person towards that takes them towards the gospel and the good news, all you’ve done is critique them.”— Dr. Darrell Bock

 

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Christians and cultural engagement in today’s world.

05:01 Understanding and engaging with diverse cultures.

09:54 Living out gospel, sharing hope with respect.

14:04 Christians should engage with cultural intelligence intentionally.

15:24 Understanding others requires a spiritual GPS reading.

19:49 Entertainment can ask live, important questions.

21:55 Promoting hope and goodness in Christianity’s message.

25:16 Reflect on election impact, advice to pastors and individuals.

28:18 Political polarization undermines meaningful value-based conversations.

31:24 Bible references to compassion, society’s right to decide.

Women In Biblical Law: Encountering God’s Value System With Dr. Katie McCoy | POD 027

Women In Biblical Law: Encountering God’s Value System With Dr. Katie McCoy | POD 027

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HOSTS & GUESTS

Katie McCoy – Guest

Bill Gorman – Host

 

Show Notes

Women In Biblical Law: Encountering
God’s Value System With Dr. Katie McCoy

Are you curious about the ancient laws that guided women’s lives in the Old Testament? Join us on theFormed.life podcast, where Dr. Katie McCoy helps us explore some difficult passages, shedding light on the true intent behind the Sotah law and childbirth customs in Leviticus and Numbers. In our conversation, we get insights into how these confusing laws from ancient Israel actually reveal the loving kindness of our Maker. Get ready for a riveting episode that connects these cryptic passages with our present understanding of God’s character.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Ancient Laws and Women’s Health: Dr. Katie McCoy discusses the Old Testament laws concerning women, especially those related to childbirth and menstruation. She suggests that these laws, rather than being punitive, were designed with the health and well-being of women in mind. Highlighting the importance of rest and recovery post-childbirth, McCoy also notes the potential biological insights that align with medical understanding today.
  • Cultural Context and Interpretation: The conversation underscores the importance of understanding the cultural and historical context when interpreting biblical laws. Dr. McCoy and host Bill Gorman dig into the nature of the honor-shame culture of the Old Testament era. They emphasize that laws, such as those regarding suspected infidelity and menstrual purity, should be understood in light of the values and practices of the time, which often stood in stark contrast to those of surrounding pagan cultures.
  • God’s Character Reflected in Laws: Dr. McCoy asserts that biblical laws reflect God’s value system. She encourages listeners to consider the ‘why’ behind ancient regulations, proposing that they reveal aspects of God’s character. The laws aimed to set the Israelites apart and demonstrated God’s care for the community’s health and moral fabric.

#SotahLaw #BiblicalWomen #TheologyInsights #DrKatieMcCoy #OldTestamentLaws #GenderStudies #HebrewCulture #HealthAndScripture #CulturalContext #HonorShameCulture

 

RESOURCES:

To Be a Woman: The Confusion Over Female Identity and How Christians Can Respond | Dr. Katie McCoy

A Scientific Appreciation of Leviticus 12:1-5 | David I. Macht

The World & Everything In It | Podcast

 

GUEST BIOS:

Katie McCoy, the Director of Women’s Ministry at Texas Baptists, holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Seminary (TX), where she also served on the faculty for five years. With a focus on the patterns of justice for women in Old Testament laws and the intersection of theology, gender, and women’s studies, Katie is a prolific speaker and writer on these issues. She authored “To Be a Woman: The Confusion Over Female Identity and How Christians Can Respond” and finds joy in baking and organizing at the Container Store. As an academic, she passionately delves into the underlying values shaping human interactions and societal judgments, offering insightful analyses that illuminate the intricate connections between ethics, culture, and theology.

 

QUOTES:

“Well, right there, not only is that teaching, to not be casual or cavalier with the presence of blood, but it’s also hygienic. Keep in mind, we don’t have antibiotics. We don’t have, feminine products. All of this is also for the good of God’s community in mitigating the spread of bacteria and disease.”— Dr. Katie McCoy

 

“It seems so unusual to our ears, but any shedding of blood whether that is in a biological process or coming across, a dead animal, a dead human body, you don’t treat that like you do any other event or any other, human contact. And, of course, that is to teach us to value is teaching the people of Israel to value blood, the blood sacrifice, which, of course, is preparing them for the blood of the lamb who would take away the sin of the world.”— Dr. Katie McCoy

 

“When we encounter these categories, like the childbirth laws and we go, what are we to understand from this? Well, we are trying to understand the mind of God, what is the why behind it? Because whatever that why is, he’s telling us something about himself.”— Dr. Katie McCoy

 

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Teaching series addressing Christianity’s treatment of women.

04:45 Cultural understanding is crucial for interpretive success.

09:53 God’s law reveals his character and values.

12:54 Childbirth laws raise questions about women’s value.

15:16 Blood shedding is significant in Israel’s culture.

19:50 God’s law considers new moms’ vulnerability compassionately.

22:30 Theories around women giving birth to a daughter.

26:38 Carrying a baby girl vs a boy.

28:39 Research on laws and scriptural revelations.

31:27 Old Testament law and regulation.

37:29 God’s provisions for adultery.

39:18 The Bible reveals the consistent beauty of God’s character.

42:57 Gratitude for time, expertise, and sharing resources.

Encountering God through Contemplation: Listening for the Spirit | POD 026

Encountering God through Contemplation: Listening for the Spirit | POD 026

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Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos – Guest

Gabe Coyle – Guest

Bill Gorman – Host

 

Show Notes

Encountering God through Contemplation: Listening for the Spirit

Have you ever wondered how to find a moment of divine peace in the chaos of daily life? Together with our guest, Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos, we explore the transformative journey through the discipline of contemplation—distinct from prayer and meditation—and how it can lead us to a more profound awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our daily lives. Drawing from Psalm 63, the wisdom of Christian mystics, and stories from our own lives, we uncover the power of contemplation to connect us more closely to God. We confront the modern challenge of silence in a noisy world and consider how the practice of contemplation is both the road we travel and the destination we seek. Join us for a conversation that promises to enrich and realign our approach to spiritual disciplines and our understanding of what it means to truly be with Jesus.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  1. Understanding Contemplation: Begin by setting aside regular time for stillness to engage with God. Embrace the art of contemplation, distinct from prayer and meditation in its focus on simply being with Jesus. Pay loving attention to His presence and let the Holy Spirit’s influence become a perceptible force in your life. Minimize distractions and commit to this discipline with intentionality, allowing the peace and presence of God to suffuse your being.
  2. Real-Life Experiences: Open your heart to the possibility of encountering God in all aspects of life — from family interactions to personal reflections inspired by art. Take inspiration from our guest’s stories and be prepared for unexpected moments of spiritual revelation. Encourage yourself to stay alert and responsive to the divine presence in seemingly mundane experiences.
  3. The Value and Practice of Contemplation: Acknowledge contemplation not just as a practice but as a lens through which you view the world. It is a holistic approach that calls for extending grace, compassion, and empathy towards others, drawing on examples like Psalm 63 to seek God earnestly in all circumstances. Let the practice of contemplation guide you to a deeper level of communion with God, and let that connection inform your interactions and perspective on the world.

#RomansContemplation #SpiritualDisciplines #HolySpiritPresence #PrayerMuscle #TransformativeJourney #ChristianMystics #ContemplativePractices #ScriptureMeditation #theFormedLifePodcast #BeingWithGod

 

RESOURCES:

The Practice of the Presence of God | Brother Lawrence

Interior Castle | St. Teresa of Ávila

Dark Night of the Soul | St. John of the Cross

Desert Fathers and Mothers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings – Annotated & Explained by Christine Valters Paintner

The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence  | Henri Nouwen

Psalm 63:1-5 | Scripture Reference for Meditation

 

GUEST BIOS:

Nydiaris Hernández-Santos grew up in a small coastal town in Puerto Rico, surrounded by mountains and a beautiful community of people that deeply shaped her faith. A fascination with science led her to pursue a B.S. in Biology/Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, which resulted in a two-year internship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda M.D. Her passion for germs and the immune system led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pittsburgh and subsequent postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nydiaris loves to learn and study! Her life turned one hundred and eighty degrees when the Lord asked her to pursue ministry and her passion for preaching in a more traditional way which included pursuit of an M. Div. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Nydiaris loves meeting new people and deep conversations. She also loves music, particularly her beloved Latin American tunes. If you are a passenger in her car, you will likely hear some salsa or Latin jazz playing. A long walk, good food, a nurturing book, and passionate prayer are her version of spa treatment.

 

QUOTES:

“So that there is something that contemplating God does that grounds you so that when hardship comes, when difficult times come, you’re not tossing around like a wave. You have something, a foundation to be grounded in and so you can do life with God.” — Nydiaris Hernández-Santos

 

“There is a reason Jesus said that we had to pray for our enemies, and that that is hard. Yes. But I’m thinking when I think about contemplating God through people, and I’m like, oh, that’s why. Because you will end up loving them after you contemplate God through them.” — Nydiaris Hernández-Santos

 

 “What it really is is to sit in prayer with no other objective than to be with Jesus. Yeah. You have no agendas for intercession, no list. Yeah. You simply have a phrase and the other day I did this… with the sole purpose of sitting there being with Jesus, and that’s that’s all there is.” — Nydiaris Hernández-Santos

 

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Exploring transformative journeys through Romans 6-8.

05:57 Attend to God, notice, and contemplate him.

10:02 Contemplation grounds, provides strength, approaching spiritual disciplines.

12:11 Love nature, art, and contemplation of God.

16:29 Finding direction and quiet in a noisy world.

18:45 Symone Wey leaned in and found God’s presence.

21:02 Finding hope and purpose in everyday life.

25:13 Revelations about God’s love for people.

29:42 Contemplative prayer teaches being with God, impacting relationships.

32:17 Contemplation: image, love, engagement, discipline, transformation, road.

Is Jesus the only way to heaven? | POD 025

Is Jesus the only way to heaven? | POD 025

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Dr. Harold Netland – Guest

Bill Gorman – Host

 

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Is Jesus the only way to heaven?
The exclusivity of Jesus

If Jesus is unequivocally the sole means to salvation and communion with God, how do we grapple with the predicament of individuals who have never encountered the message of Jesus, or those who consciously reject him despite being presented with his teachings? Is Jesus the only way to heaven? In this episode host Bill Gorman and our guest, Dr. Harold Netland, explore the complexities of the mission of the church, the exclusivity of Jesus, and concerns surrounding the fate of those who have not heard the gospel. The conversation covers key New Testament passages, personal experiences, and foundational principles in scripture, diving into the heart of theological and practical challenges faced by believers today. Tune in as they discuss the transformative power of the gospel, the nature of personal salvation, and the profound mission of making disciples.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • The Exclusive Nature of Jesus: Dr. Netland and the host discuss the exclusivity of Jesus as the only way to salvation and the challenges this presents in different cultural contexts. The conversation highlights biblical passages and principles that support this belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
  • Mission and Discipleship: The importance of making disciples and participating in the work of the Spirit, regardless of cultural or geographical barriers, is emphasized. The episode calls attention to the diverse paths individuals may take in encountering faith and stresses the significance of disciple-making mission.
  • Scriptural Principles and Foundational Truths: The discussion navigates complex questions about heaven, salvation, justice, and fairness through the lens of scriptural principles. Dr. Netland emphasizes the need to focus on what is clearly and consistently taught through scripture, grounding the conversation in foundational biblical truths.

#ExclusiveJesus #DiscipleMakingMission #SalvationDebate #GlobalGospel #GodsLoveAndJudgment #EvangelicalTheology #TheologicalClarity #NewBirthTransformation #PersonalFaithJourneys #ClarityInScripture #theonlyway #Jesus #heavenisreal

 

RESOURCES:

Crucial Questions About Hell   |   JI Packer

Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World  |   Various

Are All Religions True?   |   Dr. Harold A Netland

Faiths in Conflict? Christian Integrity in a Multicultural World  |   Vinoth Ramachandra

 

GUEST BIOS:

Dr. Harold A. Netland completed his undergraduate studies at Biola University and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Following nine years with the Evangelical Free Church of America in Japan, he returned to the United States in 1993 to become a Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he currently serves as the Director of the PhD/Intercultural Studies program. Netland’s expertise in religious pluralism has earned him recognition, with scholars frequently citing his views, such as his definition of propositional truth. Notably, in his 2001 book Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission, Netland offers a critical evaluation of John Hick’s pluralism hypothesis from an evangelical perspective.

 

QUOTES:

“Salvation is always based upon the person of Christ, Christ’s work on the cross from start to finish, it’s an act of God’s grace and God’s mercy. Nobody is ever saved by being good or sincere enough, and an act of faith and repentance is necessary for saving faith whenever or wherever it were to occur.”— Dr. Netland

 

 “And the parables that Jesus tells, the parable of the father, the prodigal son, the forgiving father, God eagerly welcomes a repentant sinner.”— Dr. Netland

 

“So when many people hear, Jesus is the only Lord and savior for all people in all cultures, that just sounds like 19th century colonialist ideology all over again. Yeah. Who gives you the right to say that?”— Dr. Netland

 

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Focus on exclusivity of Jesus as rescuer.
05:07 Concerns about cultural harm in religious evangelism.
08:56 New Testament emphasizes Jesus’s unique identity.
11:25 Questioning the relevance of the New Testament.
14:47 God is morally pure, beyond human understanding.
18:42 Salvation through God’s grace and faith.
20:53 Jesus says we need a new life.
23:25 Two views on salvation through hearing the gospel.
29:01 The church’s work is making disciples worldwide.
30:01 Questioning the exclusivity of Jesus and love.
34:43 Trust in God’s character to do good.
37:12 Becoming the right kind of person for Jesus.
41:41 Grateful for wisdom and service in ministry.

But What About The Christian Sexual Ethic? | POD 024

But What About The Christian Sexual Ethic? | POD 024

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But What About Christian Sexual Ethics?

Have you ever felt that the Christian sexual standard is overwhelmingly narrow? In this episode, we delve into the topic of Christian sexual ethics with our host, Bill Gorman, and guests Ben Beasley and Nikki Dieker. Together, they navigate the complex landscape of human sexuality, revising Christ Community’s paper to make it more relevant to today’s cultural moment. Throughout the conversation, they discuss the theological and practical implications of the Christian sexual ethic, addressing questions about church life, gender dysphoria, and more. They also highlight the importance of community, spiritual discipline, and the pursuit of Jesus in navigating these challenging conversations. Get ready for a thought-provoking and insightful discussion that offers guidance and resources for those seeking to follow Jesus in today’s world.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Identity and Vulnerability: They discuss the importance of questioning one’s identity in relation to core beliefs of the Christian faith, and the need for a supportive and safe community within the church, especially in dealing with the vulnerability and brokenness associated with discussing Christian sexual ethics.
  • Community and Accountability: The significance of being involved in a faith community surrendered to scripture, rich spiritual friendships, and the importance of accountability in living out a Christian life and sexual ethic. The emphasis on the communal nature of faith and the need for support from others in following Jesus.
  • Spiritual Discipline and Faith: The impact of rigorous spiritual discipline, self-mastery, and faith, including spiritual disciplines like prayer, study, and fasting, in guiding one’s life and recognizing and redirecting bodily desires.

#ChristianSexualEthics #FormedLifePodcast #BiblicalSexuality #TheologyOfSexuality #SpiritualCommunity #FaithfulLiving #ScriptureAndSexuality #CulturalContex #JesusAndSexuality #ChristianEthicalLiving

 

RESOURCES:

CCKC Position Paper | Exploring God’s Design for Human Sexuality

POD 003 | Gender Dysphoria Issues | Dr. Julia Sadusky

POD 007 | Addressing Sexual Brokenness: Clues to Healing Through Story and Curiosity

POD 016 | Exploring Same-Sex Sexual Expression in Romans 1 with Greg Coles

Gentle and Lowly | Dane Ortland

Does The Bible Support Same-Sex Marriage? | Preston Sprinkle

Embodied | Preston Sprinkle

Finding Your Best Identity | Andrew Bunt

 

GUEST BIOS:

Ben Beasley enjoys communicating God’s Word in speech and writing, and he is interested in the church as a place of transformation for people individually and collectively. He is fond of exploring the many questions of faith and spiritual formation by engaging with the works of authors, poets, and artists. Ben received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Nikki Dieker has been on staff at Christ Community since 2017, but has attended the Olathe Campus with her family since 2007. She is married to her best friend Ryan, and has three incredible children, Noah, Calvin, and Hadley. She loves hiking, getting lost in books, coffee, and spending time with friends. Nikki is passionate about connecting people to one another and the church.

 

QUOTES:

“We need each other. And so I think, yeah, we need those mothers and fathers who’ve gone before us. We need those brothers and sisters who are running beside us. And we need those kids that we’re encouraging that are coming behind us.” — Nikki Dieker

 

“We are all sexually broken. So yeah, it highlights that this is something that rubs up against each one of us in deeply personal places, because we’re all broken.” — Nikki Dieker

 

“The traditional Christian sexual ethic just feels like, to our moral taste buds, it almost feels, like, absurd. It doesn’t, you know, like, it doesn’t taste well.” — Ben Beasley

 

“Being involved in a faith community, is key. A community that is surrendered to scripture. That’s where life is. And when we follow Jesus, we follow him through his word.” — Ben Beasley

 

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Church revises paper on Christian sexual ethics.

06:24 Positive feedback on updated Christian sexuality content.

07:06 Paper revisions respond to evolving cultural context.

12:55 CS Lewis’ challenge on following Jesus honestly.

15:14 Modern age of identity questioning and harm.

18:40 Embracing vulnerability, shame, and mental health.

22:58 Growing in faith, friendship, and intimacy experiences.

Navigating Uncertainty: Exploring Tough Questions on Faith and Christianity  |  POD 023

Navigating Uncertainty: Exploring Tough Questions on Faith and Christianity | POD 023

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Navigating Uncertainty: Exploring Tough Questions on Faith and Christianity

Have you ever looked at the Christian faith and wondered, “But what about”? In this episode, Bill Gorman is joined by special guest Ben Beasley, interim campus pastor at our Leawood Campus, while they explore the “But What About…?” series, which addresses tough questions head-on. Whether you are a firm believer or wrestling with uncertainties, we will all have moments of doubt and wrestling. Bill and Ben discuss their own “but what about…” questions, emphasizing the importance of patience, charity, and epistemological humility in working through doubts and questions. They also share their hopes for the series, which includes modeling a healthy approach to addressing tensions and guiding listeners towards humble confidence in their faith. Join us as we dive into this thought-provoking sermon series with an aim to know Jesus more and be his hands and feet in our community and world.

 

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • Patience and charity are essential when grappling with tough questions or doubts in our faith journey. Be patient with ourselves and others, recognizing that these questions are not only intellectual but also have emotional and personal aspects. It’s important to extend grace and charity to those who are wrestling with difficult questions.
  • Wrestling with doubts and questions is an important part of Christian formation. There is a deep significance in engaging with doubts, questions, and tensions as part of the journey of faith. This engagement, done in a healthy way, can lead individuals towards Jesus instead of away from Him.
  • Addressing tough questions head-on, including topics such as the church, the Bible, the treatment of women, Christian sexual ethics, politics, suffering, and hell. The goal is not only to provide the truth, but also to present a vision of human flourishing and beauty, fostering a sense of humble confidence and trust in the Christian faith. The series also encourages the community to engage with the Bible as a means of resolving tensions and providing insights into these challenging topics.

#theFormedlife #ButWhatAbout #ToughQuestions #ChristianFaith #SpiritualJourney #DoubtsAndQuestions #BiblicalTruth #ChurchCommunity #HealthyDoubt #HumanFlourishing

 

RESOURCES:

Spirituality of the Psalms – Walter Brueggemann
After Doubt: How to Question Faith Without Losing It – AJ Swoboda
The Reason For God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism – Timothy Keller
Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion – Rebecca McLaughlin
theFormed.life – Sermon Series Resources

 

GUEST BIO:

Ben Beasley enjoys communicating God’s Word in speech and writing, and he is interested in the church as a place of transformation for people individually and collectively. He is fond of exploring the many questions of faith and spiritual formation by engaging with the works of authors, poets, and artists. Ben received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

 

QUOTES:

“I think just about doubt being an important part of our Christian formation, even or wrestling with these questions being an important part of our Christian formation. Even the word Israel in Hebrew is ‘to wrestle with God’.” — Ben Beasley

 

“We can trust that there have been Christians going before who have really wrestled thoughtfully with a lot of these questions. Seek out those thoughtful Christians who have done that work, and look for those resources.” — Ben Beasley

 

“We want to be patient with ourselves because there’s a lot of reasons we can be asking these questions at different points in our lives. These questions will bubble up, and Some of those reasons aren’t only intellectual reasons, and we just have to be patient with ourselves and grace filled with our own selves as we seek to find responses, thoughtful responses, and answers to these questions.” — Ben Beasley

 

CHAPTERS:

00:00 Introducing a new sermon series, exploring “what about” questions.

03:47 Wrestling with the concept of hell and suffering.

07:57 Questions about Bible trust and suffering.

11:24 Patience and charity in seeking answers.

14:17 Community support is essential for our faith journey.

20:06 Upcoming topics in the sermon series.

24:33 Recommend reading.

Living Generously: Our Open-Handedness and God’s Faithfulness  |  POD 022

Living Generously: Our Open-Handedness and God’s Faithfulness | POD 022

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HOSTS & GUESTS

Kevin Harlan – Guest

Tom Nelson – Guest

Paul Brandes – Host

 

RESOURCES

Show Notes

Living Generously: Our Open-Handedness and God’s Faithfulness

Join us as we delve into stories of divine provision and the transformative power of generosity within the church community. Get ready to be inspired by the impact of open-handedness and stewardship as we journey through the remarkable experiences of Christ Community Church. In this episode of theFormed.life podcast we explore the “Financial Generosity” theme with special guests Kevin Harlan and Tom Nelson.

THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:
  • The impact of financial generosity and open-handedness within Christ Community has been instrumental in shaping the church’s growth, sustainability, and impact, demonstrating the power of generosity in the local church.
  • The importance of faith, trust in God’s provision, and acknowledging divine providence in overcoming financial challenges and achieving a flourishing life with others through generosity.
  • Encouragement for listeners to embrace a generous posture, commitment to the mission, and stewardship for God’s glory and kingdom, highlighting the transformative power of collective engagement and generosity within the congregation.

#FinancialGenerosity #ChurchImpact #DivineProvidence #GenerousGiving #StewardshipJourney #GodsProvision #CultivatingGenerosity #GenerosityStories #TrustInGod #ImpactOfGenerosity

 

GUEST BIOs:

Kevin Harlan serves as the vice president of philanthropy at Made to Flourish. He works to build a broad base of philanthropic support and guide philanthropic endeavors to invest financially in pastors and churches.Kevin played a role in the formation of Made to Flourish and served on the senior pastoral team at Christ Community Church in Kansas City for 15 years. He and his wife, Sharon, have been involved at Christ Community in many leadership capacities since 1994. Prior to his work with Christ Community, Kevin served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for 19 years.

Tom Nelson is the founder and Lead Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church. Tom also serves as president of Made to Flourish, a network that seeks to empower pastors to lead churches that produce human flourishing for the common good. Tom is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity, and The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership. Tom speaks regularly on faith, work, and economics around the country. Tom has served on the board of regents of Trinity International University and is also a council member of The Gospel Coalition. Tom graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

 

QUOTES:

“Our loaves and fishes in our life may not be that cool or exciting or the best, but God can take Even little crusty loaves and fishes and multiply to multitude, and we’re seeing that.” — Tom Nelson

 

“It’s the generosity of our congregation, everyone. They are deeply committed to forming the new pastors in generation.” — Tom Nelson

 

“It’s the generosity of our congregation, everyone. They are deeply committed to forming the new pastors in generation.” — Kevin Harlan

 

RESOURCES:

madetoflourish.com

cckc.church

The Economics Of Neighborly Love – Tom Nelson

The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership – Tom Nelson

 

CHAPTERS:

05:57 Discussion on human experience, generosity and acknowledgment.
08:33 Sensitivity to institutional practices, emphasizing generosity, gratitude.
10:20 Elder team considering loan, then church in Romania.
14:46 Left Dallas in 24 foot truck.
16:59 God spurs generosity, stories inspire others.
20:21 Teamwork, stewardship, financial difficulty
26:02 Church building refurbished.
29:35 Importance of funded residency program.
32:10 Excited about church leaders forming work programs.
36:03 Generosity and church planting.
39:09 Encouraging generosity and investments for shaping the future church.
42:59 Organizing life, trusting God for provision, memories.
46:05 Memories from pastor, staff, congregants.
46:51 Kevin’s other dream job.