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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
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