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UnBurden The Five Burdens | DT Travel Hawaii Cruise 2024 with Kyle & Kristi Spears
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UnBurden The Five Burdens | DT Travel Hawaii Cruise 2024 with Kyle & Kristi Spears

Let's go to Hawaii! We are excited to announce Kristi and I will be spiritual Directors on the next DT Travel Cruise to Hawaii this upcoming September 21st-28th. Registration closes May 14th, 2024. The theme of the cruise this year is “Unburden”. Jesus tells us that those who come to him will be permitted to exchange their burdens for rest. We will focus on Five Burdens. We will first discuss the burden of the inner critic and how to unburden the tendencies of Comparison, Perfectionism, Resentment, and Indecision. To sign up for the cruise please visit: https://disciplestoday.org/kyle-and-kristi-spears-to.../ About Kyle & Kristi: Kyle currently works as a Life Coach & Therapist for those working through spiritual and emotional barriers. His ministry includes a YouTube channel, podcast, and blog and as well as a website featuring resources for issues associated with trauma and theology. Kyle has experience as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and Certified Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Nebraska. He has pursued biblical studies from Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology and Harding School of Theology and was formally recognized as a teacher in the Omaha Church of Christ in December 2021. Kyle was baptized as a teen in 2001 in Kansas City and Kristi was baptized as a teen in 2003 in Omaha. Kristi’s parents and her two siblings are also disciples. After graduating from high school Kristi served in the US Air Force as a medic. Kyle and Kristi met in 2011 during a weekend Kyle visited for a basketball tournament. They dated and were married at the end of 2012. Kristi works as a Physician Assistant specializing in Cardiothoracic Surgery and they are raising their two children Shea and Amya.
Using Your Spiritual Gifts with Tim Sherrill
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Using Your Spiritual Gifts with Tim Sherrill

What are my spiritual gifts and how do I unlock them? What does the Bible say about the various spiritual gifts? How do I partner with the Holy Spirit? How do I bless the church with my gifts? How does trauma interfere with my understanding or use of my gift? In this conversation we bring our series to a close as Tim Sherrill joins to discuss how to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Many people do not know what their gifts are or how to use them. One thing is certain, we are made to function using God's Spirit. Tim has conducted Spiritual Gift classes for our local congregation as well as others. His approach to helping people find their spiritual gifts is based in scripture as well as experience. Tim and Wendy Sherrill were high school sweethearts and were married in 1979. Over the last 39 years, the Sherrills have led in varying capacities in churches in Detroit, MI; Phila, PA; Seattle, WA; Fort Wayne, IN; and Omaha, NE. They and their family have helped churches across the Midwest grow and be healthy. Today, Tim and Wendy lead the Omaha Church and live to seek and save the lost. When they are not doing that you will probably find them watching classic movies. They have three disciple kids, two in Texas and one in Minnesota and four grandkids, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law. Prior to being on staff in churches before 2008, Tim worked for Progressive Insurance for 23 years moving around to various locations and management opportunities, including working with industry associations and political affairs assignments. Wendy has worked professionally in real estate and many volunteer jobs at schools. Tim holds a B.S. degree in Health Administration from Eastern Michigan University (1983) and a Masters in Religious Education in MIssional Leadership from Rochester University in Rochester, Michigan (2019).
The Holy Spirit of the Old Testament with Dr. Rolan Monje
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The Holy Spirit of the Old Testament with Dr. Rolan Monje

In this episode we explore how the Old Testament portrays the Holy Spirit's presence. It seems confusing to reconcile how the OT describes the Spirit's activity as opposed to what we see in the NT. Dr. Monje joins to discuss the fundamental questions Christians have when reading the Holy Spirit of the OT. Q.What was the Jewish understanding of the Spirit? Definition of ruach? Uses of ruach? Q. Is the “Spirit" in the OT also “holy”? Q.How is the Holy Spirit present in creation? Q.What does it mean when the Spirit came upon various characters throughout the OT? Senses of Ruach? Empowerment? Q. What happened with the elders of Israel? Q. What happened with Saul? Q. What about Saul’s evil spirit? Q. Is this the spirit of God or something else? Q. What does this say about Saul? Q. What are some OT prophecies regarding the Spirit that are fulfilled throughout the NT? Q. Do the Dead Sea Scrolls have something to say on the Spirit? Rolan Monje (BD, MMin, DMin) serves as an evangelist and teacher. He is Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Rocky Mountain School of Ministry and Theology in Colorado, and also directs the Asia-Pacific Leadership Academy in Manila. Dr. Monje travels extensively (over 100 cities across 6 continents) and has spoken in countries as varied as Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Greece, UAE (Dubai), Ecuador, Canada, Nigeria, Myanmar, and Australia. He and his wife, Weng, oversee a region of churches in the Philippines and have been on staff over 20 years. They have two daughters, Yana and Stefi. Dr. Monje's Bachelor of Divinity is in Biblical Languages from the University of London; his Master of Ministry is from the American Bible College in Florida, USA; his Doctor of Ministry is in Pastoral Theology. Personal website: rolanmonje.com Published books: www.ipibooks.com “Into the Psalms” (2010), “Exodus: Making Israel’s Journey Your Own” (2013), “After the Storm: Hope and Healing from Ezra-Nehemiah” (2014), “Finish Strong: The Message of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi” (2016) Podcasts: Ten podcasts on Interpreting the Psalms (download at douglasjacoby.com)
Sealed by the Spirit? A Conversation with Dr. Andy Boakye
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Sealed by the Spirit? A Conversation with Dr. Andy Boakye

In this episode we begin a 4-part series on the Holy Spirit. Dr. Andy Boakye joins the discussion to help clarify the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a New Covenant Christian. Andy masterfully explains the original greek context and gives us an understanding of why Paul taught a specific theology regarding the Holy Spirit. This is just the beginning of this conversation! The Holy Spirit as a seal? The Holy Spirit as a deposit, guarantee? How does the Holy Spirit intercede for us? How does the Holy Spirit create special intimacy with God (abba)? How are we temples for the Holy Spirit? How can Paul’s understanding of the Holy Spirit inspire us towards greater confidence? Dr Andrew Boakye Lecturer in Religions and Theology and Member of the Centre for Biblical Studies at the University of Manchester and co-chair of the Paul seminar of the British New Testament Society. He is author of Death and Life: Resurrection, Restoration and Rectification in Paul's Letter to the Galatians (Wipf & Stock, 2017) and co-author of Rethinking Galatians: Paul's Vision of Oneness in the Living Christ (T&T Clark, 2021 with Professor Peter Oakes). He is currently working on the Word Biblical Themes Commentary on Ephesians for Zondervan Press and his research interests include Pauline Christianity, resurrection theology, masculinity studies and intertextuality. He has been consulted on issues of racial harmony and reconciliation across the Protestant communion and is part of a colloquium combating domestic violence in religious spaces. Andy is married to Chi and has two children - Aaron (21) and Storm (19).
3 Keys to Rethinking How We Evangelize with Sam Youngblood
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3 Keys to Rethinking How We Evangelize with Sam Youngblood

If you are interested in becoming a Patreon Member visit www.patreon.com/kylespears Sam Youngblood is one of my Patreon Community members who helps to research various topics on the Biblical Literacy Team. This is also part of a new interview series where I interview various members who are in the Patreon Community. Churches are faced with a constant need to understand the cultural demands around them. Sometimes churches can borrow from the culture in ways that create an unhealthy environment. Of course this is in effort to reach the world for Christ. Sam outlines three keys in conceptualizing church growth. There are 3 primary ways that churches can emphasize church growth: 1) …by an exaltation of “The Great Commission” -“The Great Commission” is used for rhetorical power -That title is a new invention -Matthew 28:18-20 points to a wider mission (“I have been given all authority…teaching them to obey”) 2)…by missing the big picture of God’s mission -Old Testament portraits of God’s aims are wider -Focus on “souls” rather than humans and creation -Eschatology as an influence on the “then” and the “now” -What kind of fruit do disciples bear? 3)…by misunderstanding church history -Paul’s failure to thrust evangelism as the central task of churches -How the early church following the apostles regarded Matt. 28:18-20 and their growth -Supposedly almost 2000 years of no movement of true disciples until now -Impulse of Christ, or Constantine?
Self-Compassion as Christians with Lisa Euthon
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Self-Compassion as Christians with Lisa Euthon

Lisa Euthon was baptized while a college student at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and has spent the last 30 years serving in different ministries in Missouri, Texas, and Kansas. She, and her husband Tyler, are the proud parents of two boys. Lisa has worked within the medical and education settings walking alongside individuals of all ages and backgrounds as they have navigated diagnoses that have included dementia, traumatic brain injury, cancer, and learning disabled. Equipped with a dual certification in life and spiritual coaching and drawing from her own experiences, she is unafraid to dive into the deeper and more uncomfortable layers of the human experience for the purpose of providing hope and healing to others. For more information and to work with Lisa, email her at lisa.v.euthon@gmail.com or check out her website at www.euthoncoaching.com Quote from Diane Landberg’s presentation at the Restore 2022 Conference titled Understanding Abuse of Power in the Church. "When you sit with others you are in essence to be a living breathing model of the character of Jesus Christ." The late Bill O’Brien served as CEO of Hanover Insurance. When asked by Otto Scharmer to sum up his most important learning experience in leading profound change, Bill responded, “The success of an intervention depends on the interior condition of the intervenor”. From Theory U: Leading from the Emerging Future by Otto Scharmer Morgan Harper Nichols, poet and artist at https://morganharpernichols.com and @morganharpernichols. "You are worthy of the time it takes to work through this breath by breath."
The Road to Resilience with Patty Asaad
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The Road to Resilience with Patty Asaad

Life happens! Many of us find ourselves at a point we never thought we'd be. Not only has life thrown us curve balls, we have to somehow keep going. However, if we are not careful we can stuff our feelings along the way and think we are being strong. Resilience is more than gritting our way through life, it is about our willing to be vulnerable about what's challenging. Patty joins the channel to discuss her journey to spiritual resilience. Access Patty's Substack! ⁠https://pattyasaad.substack.com/⁠ Todd and Patty Assad were full-time ministers for over 36 years, but in their 60s, they retired from the ministry and started over with new careers and a baby. Their adorable granddaughter, Charlotte, came to live with them about a year and a half ago when she was six months old. They became Charlotte's primary caregivers because of family mental health issues and addiction. Little Charlotte has already endured two open heart surgeries and other medical problems. Their lives have changed radically. Todd is now a realtor, and Patty writes a spiritual but humorous newsletter called “What Just Happened?” at pattyasaad.substack.com. Interview Outline: 1. Tell us about your background and why you decided to begin writing content? 2. Today I want to focus on the concept of resilience but I’d like to by talking about the expectations that we have about Christian life. People can become resentful rather than becoming resilient, what are some resentments that you have experienced or helped others in dealing with? 3. How do you define resilience? How do you approach building resilience in others? 4. What has ministry taught you about helping people become more resilient? 5. What are some things you have learned about God’s character when facing challenges?
How can music help us heal? A Conversation with Brian Craig
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How can music help us heal? A Conversation with Brian Craig

Brian is best known for some of the songs he's written that are sung by those in International Churches of Christ around the world -- songs like "Be with Me, Lord," "I Need Your Love," "Great Among the Nations," and “Anchor for the Soul.” Having written songs in the alternate rock genre for a long time he set out to write some really simple, easy-to-sing songs that could replace some of the ones he'd gotten tired of singing in church. Over time those songs caught on and are now favorites. Of course now he's tired of those songs so he's always writing new ones. Like spiritual therapy his soul is renewed by the act of writing songs that express themes of devotion, heartache, exuberance, fellowship, and a desire to change the world. Brian has released several albums over the years and is currently working in the studio on recording his next release. Brian has a Masters degree in Ministry from Pepperdine University and is currently serving in the LA Church of Christ as an evangelist, teacher, and minister of worship and media. He has a beautiful wife and three kids he's crazy about. He blogs at jbriancraig.wordpress.com and uploads videos to youtube.com/jbriancraig 1. We wanted to connect last year on your album Wait for the Lord My Soul and its relevance to mental health. Tell us about the journey you’ve been on with your health. 2. How would you describe the connection between art/music, worship and mental health? 3. What can you share about dealing with loss, faith, and surrender? 4. How does this relate to where we are as a church and where we need to mature? 5. What are you working on now?
Healing Toxic Church Cultures with Scot McKnight
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Healing Toxic Church Cultures with Scot McKnight

After the release of their groundbreaking book, A Church Called Tov, which recorded the stories of abuse and toxic church cultures at some of the most prominent churches in the United States, New Testament scholar and blogger for Christianity Today Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer heard from a flood of people who had experienced similar instances of abuse. After all they’ve seen and heard, they still believe it’s possible for church cultures to be transformed from toxic to tov—from oppressive to good. In Pivot, Scot and Laura help churches to implement practices,establish priorities, and cultivate the Kingdom Gospel-centered qualities that form goodness cultures. Readers will find answers to the four most common questions people have about culture transformation: How can I transform the culture in my church or organization to make it tov? I believe my workplace has unhealthy values. How do I initiate change? How do I unleash a culture of goodness in my ministry? I’m not in a position of church leadership. What are some red flags that indicate a toxic culture, and what can I do if I see them? Pivot also includes the following practical features: The “Tov tool,” a survey to help you discern your organization’s culture and to promote spiritual conversations A “getting to work” section at the end of each chapter with questions and next steps for application Transformation is never easy. But for the sake of the next generation, we must do it. Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham) is a world-renowned speaker, writer, professor, and equipper of the Church. He is a recognized authority on the historical Jesus, early Christianity, and the New Testament. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Portuguese. He is the author of The Jesus Creed, The Blue Parakeet, The King Jesus Gospel, Revelation for the Rest of Us, numerous commentaries, and is now writing a sixteen-volume series of reflections called The Everyday Bible Study.
Christians & Conspiracy Theories with Dr. Michael Austin & Dr. Gregory L. Bock
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Christians & Conspiracy Theories with Dr. Michael Austin & Dr. Gregory L. Bock

Although Christians are followers of the Truth, many find themselves tempted by the alternate “truths” offered by conspiracy theories. Christianity and conspiracy theories have had a long, complicated relationship. But today conspiracy theories are bringing our already polarized society to the brink of chaos. QAnon, the Big Lie, and anti-vaccination theories thrive online, disrupting faith communities. This timely essay collection explores the allure of conspiracy theories and their consequences—and ultimately offers gospel-based paths forward. Michael W. Austin is professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University and senior fellow at the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute. He has published twelve books, including Being Good: Christian Virtues for Everyday Life (Eerdmans, 2012), Humility and Human Flourishing (Oxford University Press, 2018), and his latest, God and Guns in America (Eerdmans, 2020). Gregory L. Bock is assistant professor of philosophy and religion and program director for the philosophy, religion studies, and Asian studies at the University of Texas at Tyler. He also serves as director for UT Tyler's Center for Ethics. He is editor of volumes 3 and 4 of The Philosophy of Forgiveness (Vernon, 2018, 2019) and coeditor of Righteous Indignation: Christian Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Anger (Fortress, 2021). Tell us about your background and why you decided to write this book? Let’s start out with the basic definition of a conspiracy theory? In what ways are Christians susceptible to conspiracy? You mention the demographic of the white evangelical several times in the book, let’s start out with a basic definition of evangelical? What are some themes that you observe within evangelical circles? You have a chapter on reasonableness. You mention that the conviction dial is on max strength. Can you describe Teflon hermeneutics? What makes racism so challenging to accept? In chapter 13 you mention that people are more accepting of a 2000 year biblical history than our own American history that spans the last 400 years. You point out a fallacy of logic and reasonableness in this paradox, can you explain further?
Faith & Fake News with Rachel Wightman
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Faith & Fake News with Rachel Wightman

Most Christians have encountered phony posts on our feeds meant to rile us up. But not everything we see on social media is so obviously absurd. As online spaces increase in importance, we urgently need to consider how to love our neighbors on the internet—and this includes sharing the truth. Rachel I. Wightman is a librarian, an educator, and a believer in finding the integration of faith and fact-checking. She is the associate director for instruction and outreach at Concordia University, St. Paul. Prior to moving to Minnesota in 2012, she spent two years as librarian and missionary in Kampala, Uganda. 1. Tell us about your background and why you decided to write this book? 2. The last handful of years have been challenging with the pandemic, politics, and racial tension. What are some observations you have noticed about how people educate themselves on these matters? -You mention that algorithms influence us in Chapter 1. -In Chapter 2 you mention paywalls that myth of free information. 3. In Chapter 4 you cover “noticing our emotions”, why is this important? -In chapter 3 you mentioned that if a comment is removed we can become mistrustful or we label something as fake news out of frustration. Why do we respond this way? 4. In Chapter 5 “learning to evaluate” you talk about lateral reading. Give us an overview of what a healthy information gathering process looks like? -People have become quite cynical towards supposed “experts”, what might you want people to consider? (It seems like people see themselves as the experts!) 5. As Christians, how do we balance God’s word with the realities of the culture around us? -Sometimes people can become aloof or culturally out of touch in the name of being separate from the world. This can lead to being insensitive towards those who are hurting or different. How can we balance being not of the world and being all things to all people?
How do we partner with the Holy Spirit? A conversation with Matt Anjilivelil
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How do we partner with the Holy Spirit? A conversation with Matt Anjilivelil

In this conversation we discuss the various ways that we can partner with the Spirit to help us transform into the image of Christ. 1. You have written a series called Drawing Near to God. What made you create this study series? 2. How long did it take you? What have you learned from writing this series? What is different? 3. You talk about how the way you teach can impact someone’s thinking, perspectives, etc. How do you see that playing out? 4. Do you want to give a quick overview of your series? 5. This is by far the first complete study about the Holy Spirit in a series. What were your thoughts when you included this in your series? Can you share more about the Spiritual Formation group that you mentioned earlier. 6. I am sure you have used the series to study the Bible with someone. How has that been? Matt Anjilivelil (pronounced an-jili-vel) has been a Christian for almost 37 years, baptized in the campus ministry. He has served in secular ministry roles in Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Denver. He was part of the mission team to Amman Jordan in 1990 and then in 1999, he along with his wife Sandy and two kids moved to Kuwait to start the church. He led the church for 7 years, while holding a fulltime job. He has worked in the supply chain space for 30+ years. He has been married to Sandy for almost 29 years and they have three adult children including their son-in-law. They have served as shepherds for the campus ministry and young professionals for many years. For more information on the study series email Matt at matt.anjilivelil@gmail.com
Is the System Broken? House Churches and Making Disciples with Matt Dabbs
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Is the System Broken? House Churches and Making Disciples with Matt Dabbs

Where do house churches fit into the call of the Great Commission? In this conversation we discuss role of house churches in the call to share the good news. Support the channel through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kylespears Tell us about your background and why you started your channel What denomination do you associate with? How do you interpret Mt. 28:18-20? How do house churches fit into the Great Commission? What are some traps churches that are eager to grow fall into in trying to fulfill the Great Commission In what ways has a corporation culture made discipleship transactional? What about the concern regarding teaching and appointing elders? How do you connect with Legacy churches? Why don’t you take a financial collection? What do you mean by the “system is broken”? Resources and Books: To Dream Again - Robert Dale (church lifecycle) Tombstones to Cornerstones - Rick Krug (change language from Church is dying to church is finishing) The Speed of Trust - Stephen M.R. Covey Multipliers (free ebook) by Todd Wilson. I did not name of this book, but I believe this is where the 99% of churches not live past 100 statistic comes from. https://multiplication.org/product/multipliers/ Curtis Sergeant https://Zume.training - 20 hours of free dis joke making training. Amazing material! https://2414now.net Resources for disciple making and house churches Revisiting the Master Plan of Evangelism by Coleman free ebook - https://discipleship.org/shop/revisiting-the-master-plan-of-evangelism/ For more content from Matt Dabbs go to his channel! https://www.youtube.com/@revolutionofordinaries
The House Church Model with John Porter
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The House Church Model with John Porter

House Churches is becoming one of the hot discussions in modern churches. Are they a threat? Are they biblical? Should we see them as a way that God is working? John Porter joins the channel to discuss his experience of leading a house church. Why did you decide to pursue a house church model? What does the New Testament say about house churches? Why do you think house churches seem to create tension with modern church movements? House church vs small group are they the same? Money/failed church plantings What are some ways movements and house churches can partner together? John's Website: fromhousetohouse.org Books: “House Church and Mission” by Roger W. Gehring "Relational Revolution: 5 Shifts for Rediscovering Church as Heart to Heart Connection” by White/Daniels/Smith Academic Papers: "Ecosystems of Grace: An Old Vision for the New Church" by Dr. Kent Smith - https://missiodeijournal.com/issues/md-7/authors/md-7-smith “Economy of Grace: An Early Take on Vulnerable Mission” by Dr. Kent Smith - https://missiodeijournal.com/issues/md-4-1/authors/md-4-1-smith John and Barbara were both baptized as college students in the early 1980’s. John was studying Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University and Barbara was a student at Harvard Law School. After graduating, they entered the ministry in 1985. Barbara was part of the Toronto church planting and John served as the leader of the church in Clemson, South Carolina. While still single, they went as missionaries to Mexico City in 1987 where they were married in 1988. Shortly after their wedding, they moved to Sāo Paulo, Brazil to work with a newly planted church; they lived for a total of 9 years in Sāo Paulo, and both their children, Joseph (32) and Jacqueline (30), were born there. They have served several churches in Florida and also lived in the Miami area for more than 10 years, training ministers and missionaries. After being in the traditional ministry for 30 years they decided to step out on faith and do ministry in a different way. Their new ministry is focused on developing a house church model. They currently live in Clemson, South Carolina where they are working to develop this model, train others and provide resources for those interested in planting churches in this way.
Have Diverse Churches Solved Racism with Kevin Holland
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Have Diverse Churches Solved Racism with Kevin Holland

Have multicultural churches made racism in modern churches a thing of the past? Are movements that pride themselves on being racially diverse effective in addressing racial injustice in the church? Should multicultural churches address racial injustice from the pulpit? In this episode, Kevin Holland who serves as the Lead Evangelist for the Turning Point congregation in LA joins the conversation to discuss his approach to addressing racism in the modern church. Kevin serves as the Senior Pastor of Turning Point Church Los Angeles and an Evangelist and Elder with the Los Angeles International Church of Christ. He has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree from the Harding School of Theology, is a coach in the Racial Justice and Unity Center network, is a member of the Christians Seeking Justice (CSJ) national justice ministry, and mentors church leaders around the United States. He and his wife Tracena have two daughters, Tory and Kennidy, a son-in-law, Tory's husband, Derrick Hinton, and a perfect granddaughter, Mia Love Hinton. Tell us about your conversion and why you went into the ministry? What has it been like to be minister and advocate for social justice and openly talk about racism? It has almost been taboo for ministers to talk about it. Why have you decided to take a stand? There are many folks in the church who feel like racial conversations have created more division than anything else. What would you say to those folks? What are some ways that churches can begin to engage racism in a biblical manner? What impact is the churches’ conflict over racism impacting the next generation?
Are Churches Living in Freedom or Conformity | Will Archer
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Are Churches Living in Freedom or Conformity | Will Archer

We discuss the difference between biblical unity versus organizational conformity. The Holy Spirit is moving, revealing, shifting, empowering, guiding, and gifting churches in new ways. Our traditional understanding of church or unity is being stretched as we make room for unconventional forms of community such as house churches and independent congregations. What does the Bible say about Unity? Why did your congregation leave the ICOC? In what ways has your congregation embraced unity or uniformity? How has conformity affected the next generation? How does culture contribute to an understanding of unity? About Will Archer: William Archer is a visionary Lead Pastor with over twenty-five years of experience leading missional communities in diverse ministry settings. He is an innovative Evangelist with a proven capacity to cultivate and amplify theologically sound and culturally relevant messaging across multiple digital platforms. He is deeply devoted to developing healthy communities of faith that engage the business community and community partners committed to helping the least of these in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has served on several boards nationally and internationally. He is an alumnus of the 2019 Class of Leadership Prince William and of the 2022 Class of Lead Virginia. Pastor Archer has an Undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Arcadia University and a Master's degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. He is currently a Doctorate of Ministry candidate at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. He has been married to the love of his life, Latosha Archer, for 23 years, and they have two adventurous children, 20-year-old Mekhi and 14 year-old Journey. He serves as the Lead Pastor for the Potomac Valley Church. The Potomac Valley Church is an Independent Christian congregation in Northern Virginia with a deep commitment to serving all people.
Healing Spiritual Abuse Livestream Q&A
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Healing Spiritual Abuse Livestream Q&A

Spiritual Abuse is a complex and confusing topic for many people in today's churches. It is a conversation that causes people anxiety and frustration. On one side there is great skepticism on the validity of reported abuse. On the other side, people have legitimate experiences of trauma that have been minimized. How do churches reconcile this tension? Mark DeJesus and Dr. Foluso join the discussion to answer the question of what is spiritual abuse? What practices cause the greatest harm? How can we equip churches to address the harm in a Spirit-led manner? The event will be live-streamed through Facebook live and Youtube from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Central Standard Time. The cost is FREE! Simply go to my Facebook page or Youtube channel on the date and time of the livestream. The first hour of the conversation will provide a basic overview of spiritual abuse. The second hour will specifically answer questions in the comments section during the livestream. Questions will be answered from both Facebook & Youtube. Mark DeJesus has served as an experienced communicator since the 1990s. As a teacher, author, transformational consultant and podcast host. He brings decades of pastoral and ministry experience to his current work in developing materials to help people experience healing, freedom and transformation. Mark is passionate about equipping people to experience mental, emotional and relationship health. He is gifted in provide grounded perspectives that help others address the core issues that influence the limitations and struggles we face. He is the author of numerous books and hundreds of teachings. Mark and his wife run Turning Hearts Ministries International and their broadcasts can be found at markdejesus.com. Mark and his wife Melissa enjoy raising their precious children Maximus and Abigail. Dr. Foluso is a licensed psychologist who specializes in evidence-based and culturally informed treatments of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and anxiety disorders. She is passionate about working with highly motivated individuals who are driven and successful in several areas of life but struggle with anxiety, especially with perfectionism. Coming from a multicultural background myself, I understand that traditional therapy techniques at times can overlook or ignore issues unique to those who come from diverse backgrounds, so my therapy work is culturally inclusive. Regardless of your background, I eagerly work with any individual who is ready to tackle the uncertainty that keeps them from fully engaging in the life as they desire. You can find out more information at skillsetcounseling.com or her youtube channel www.youtube.com/@skillsetcounseling
Healing Spiritual Abuse Livestream Q&A

Healing Spiritual Abuse Livestream Q&A

Spiritual Abuse is a complex and confusing topic for many people in today's churches. It is a conversation that causes people anxiety and frustration. On one side there is great skepticism on the validity of reported abuse. On the other side, people have legitimate experiences of trauma that have been minimized. How do churches reconcile this tension? Mark DeJesus and Dr. Foluso join the discussion to answer the question of what is spiritual abuse? What practices cause the greatest harm? How can we equip churches to address the harm in a Spirit-led manner? The event will be live-streamed through Facebook live and Youtube from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Central Standard Time. The cost is FREE! Simply go to my Facebook page or Youtube channel on the date and time of the livestream. The first hour of the conversation will provide a basic overview of spiritual abuse. The second hour will specifically answer questions in the comments section during the livestream. Questions will be answered from both Facebook & Youtube. Mark DeJesus has served as an experienced communicator since the 1990s. As a teacher, author, transformational consultant and podcast host. He brings decades of pastoral and ministry experience to his current work in developing materials to help people experience healing, freedom and transformation. Mark is passionate about equipping people to experience mental, emotional and relationship health. He is gifted in provide grounded perspectives that help others address the core issues that influence the limitations and struggles we face. He is the author of numerous books and hundreds of teachings. Mark and his wife run Turning Hearts Ministries International and their broadcasts can be found at markdejesus.com. Mark and his wife Melissa enjoy raising their precious children Maximus and Abigail. Dr. Foluso is a licensed psychologist who specializes in evidence-based and culturally informed treatments of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and anxiety disorders. She is passionate about working with highly motivated individuals who are driven and successful in several areas of life but struggle with anxiety, especially with perfectionism. Coming from a multicultural background myself, I understand that traditional therapy techniques at times can overlook or ignore issues unique to those who come from diverse backgrounds, so my therapy work is culturally inclusive. Regardless of your background, I eagerly work with any individual who is ready to tackle the uncertainty that keeps them from fully engaging in the life as they desire. You can find out more information at skillsetcounseling.com or her youtube channel www.youtube.com/@skillsetcounseling
Bridging the Gap Co-hosted with Nick Zola of Common Grounds Unity
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Bridging the Gap Co-hosted with Nick Zola of Common Grounds Unity

God's word is the standard yesterday, today, and forever. Whether you are a Baby Boomer, Generation X, Y, or Z, God's word equally applies to us all. Each generation has both strengths and weaknesses in how they view the world. As each generation faces new challenges in living for the Lord, how do we discuss healthy biblical interpretation in a productive manner? We are excited to announce a special event taking place on January 13th, 2023 at 3:00pm CST entitled Bridging the Gap! Nick Zola of Common Grounds Unity will be co-hosting the discussion as we are looking to bridge connections between the various Restoration Streams. We have invited Douglas Jacoby, Marty Solomon, and John Mark Hicks because of their decades of research and expertise. We have asked several Next Generation creators to submit both observations and questions for the panelists in effort to facilitate healthy conversation: Women in the Church- Corina Espejo and Travis Albritton Eikon Podcast- Michael Burns and Jason Alexander Space Makers- Janai Johnson and Meigan Whitcomb Wound of My People- Jian White Disciples Today- Lai-Yan Faller and Justin Renton Bend ICOC- Joey Hungerford HOPEww- Matt Rollins That Bible Guy- Simon Dinning I can not- Tom McGuirk Revolution of the Ordinaries- Matthew Dabbs For exclusive content become a Patreon subscriber today! www.patreon.com/kylespears Common Grounds Unity Podcast www.commongroundsunity.org Marty Solomon www.bemadiscipleship.com Douglas Jacoby International Bible Teaching Ministry www.douglasjacoby.com John Mark Hicks www.johnmarkhicks.com Women in the Church Corina Espejo and Travis Albritton podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/women-in-the-church/id1579403468 Eikon Podcast Michael Burns and Jason Alexander https://eikonpodcast.buzzsprout.com Space Makers Janai Johnson and Meigan Whitcomb www.spacemakerspodcast.com Wound of My People Jian White www.facebook.com/woundofmypeople/ Disciples Today Lai-Yan Faller and Justin Renton www.disciplestoday.org Bend ICOC Joey Hungerford www.youtube.com/@BendICOC HOPEww Matt Rollins www.hopeww.org That Bible Guy Simon Dinning www.youtube.com/@thatbibleguy I can not Tom McGuirk www.youtube.com/@Icannot Revolution of the Ordinaries Matthew Dabbs https://www.youtube.com/@revolutionofordinaries
Disenfranchised Grief with Marilyn Kriete
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Disenfranchised Grief with Marilyn Kriete

How do we heal from painful experiences while holding onto our relationship with God? What about when the place we came to heal is the same place that has injured our hearts? There are many Christians who find themselves lost in loss. Healing is a path and without direction we will remain stuck. Marilyn Kriete joins the channel to share her experience of disenfranchised grief. She interweaves trauma into her story and describes how it creates a specific type of loneliness. We will be discussing her upcoming book "the box must be empty" as we navigate through her journey towards greater healing. For those who are interested in her experience of the events that preceded and followed the 2003 Henry Kriete Letter, we discuss her experience in a new series called "Off the Record". In the Off the Record, we discuss personal experiences of loss, controversial issues, and Patreon Q&A. Patreon Members will also receive early access and exclusive access to content not released publicly. www. patreon.com/kylespears 0:00 Intro 3:00 Why did you write "The Box Must Be Empty" 24:00 How did you come to the understanding that you were stuck in grief? 32:00 What things that muffle grief? What are things that provide voice for grief? 41:00 How do people find safety for their grief journey? Marilyn's Website https://marilynkriete.com Paradise Road: A Memoir https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Road-Memoir-Marilyn-Kriete-ebook/dp/B0912MW8PV/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=paradise+road&qid=1663074304&rnid=2941120011&s=books&sr=1-1
Searching for the Pattern with John Mark Hicks
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Searching for the Pattern with John Mark Hicks

Is there a New Testament blueprint that marks who the true church is? Is there a pattern of New Testament culture that we are to imitate or is there more to the story? Every congregation wants to align themselves with the New Testament examples seen in scripture, but have we missed the story of God in the process? John Mark Hicks is a notable scholar in the Restoration Movement and joins the discussion as we discuss his book "Searching for the Pattern". Off the Record is a new series that takes the conversation to a deeper level. In the Off the Record interviews we discuss personal experiences of loss, controversial questions, and Patreon Q&A. John Mark is the first of the new series! Patreon Members will also receive early access and exclusive access to content not released publicly. www. patreon.com/kylespears 0:00 Intro 2:50 John Mark's story 13:05 The Traditional Blueprint Method 30:00 The Narrative Reading Strategy 47:52 Where do you see the Restoration Movement right now? 54:20 How do we reconcile the Bible being divine vs being human? 1:00:00 What cultural issues have you noticed the Restoration churches struggling with? John Mark's Website https://johnmarkhicks.com Searching for the Pattern https://www.amazon.com/Searching-Pattern-Journey-Interpreting-Bible/dp/1689634626/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2GN69XS75CFPV&keywords=John+mark+hicks&qid=1661811138&sprefix=john+mark+hicks%2Caps%2C94&sr=8-3 Around the Bible in 80 Days: The Story of God from Creation to New Creation https://www.amazon.com/Around-Bible-80-Days-Creation/dp/1684264618/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2GN69XS75CFPV&keywords=John+mark+hicks&qid=1661811138&sprefix=john+mark+hicks%2Caps%2C94&sr=8-2 Women Serving God https://www.amazon.com/Women-Serving-God-Journey-Understanding/dp/1735343307/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2GN69XS75CFPV&keywords=John+mark+hicks&qid=1661811138&sprefix=john+mark+hicks%2Caps%2C94&sr=8-1
Radical Acceptance with Hope Peabody
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Radical Acceptance with Hope Peabody

How do we hold a both-and? One of the most concerning issues in our culture is the inability to hold two truths together at the same time. People are living in extremes and have become more reactive than ever. Hope joins the discussion to share about the concept of Radical Acceptance or Reality Acceptance through the model of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 0:00 Intro 2:00 Hope's story 6:23 Where does DBT fit with other approaches? 12:30 Who is a good fit for DBT? 21:00 How do you structure your DBT classes? 27:00 What are the core concepts of DBT? 35:00 What is Wisemind? 38:00 What is Radical Acceptance? Hope Peabody, MSW, LIMHP, is a licensed clinicial social worker, independent contractor, and partner with The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska in Omaha. Although Crisis Intervention and treating symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is Hope’s area of expertise, she also has experience in a number of counseling areas. She is a trained Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) counselor who regularly facilitates DBT groups, and has level 2 training in EMDR. Prior to private practice, Hope was with YWCA Omaha as a sexual assault counselor and Clinical Coordinator. She has also provided in-home therapy and helped develop an aftercare program for incarcerated women. Hope has experience training area law enforcement, other mental health professionals, as well as medical personnel in the treatment of psychological trauma, particularly in the area of sexual assault. Hope earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Healthy Evangelism with Daren Overstreet