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February 6, 2019

Episode 30: Celebrityism and the Multisite Church

If you've listened to our episodes on the biblical definition of a "church", you've probably figured out that we don't believe the multisite church model is healthy, or biblical. In this episode, we unpack our concern that multisite churches are particularly at risk for developing a culture of celebrityism. What is celebrityism? How does it negatively impact God's people? Listen and find out. I'm not just going to give it all away in the description. 

This episode's "book you should read" is an article: Twenty-Two Problems with Multisite Churches 

January 26, 2019

Episode 29: Developing a Theology of Worship

What is the role of music in a church? Should music leaders and pastors focus primarily on entertainment and musical excellence, or on congregational singing? In this episode, Sean talks with Grant Miller about the way scripture changed his theology of worship, and ultimately the way he leads music on Sunday mornings. 

This episode's "book you should read": Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church

January 12, 2019

Episode 28: Is “Social Justice” a Marxist Concept?, Part 2

Following our analysis of the history and evolution of the term "social justice", Sean and Russell ask an important question: How should we use this term? We look at the three major conceptions of the term that are popular today, and make the argument that christians (and especially pastors) should consider avoiding it when possible. 

January 10, 2019

Episode 27: Is “Social Justice” a Marxist Concept?, Part 1

The term “Social Justice” can be found in almost any discussion about society, politics, and religion, and many evangelicals have fully embraced the word. But what is the history of the term, and how might the ideological origins of “social justice” color its meaning? In this episode, we survey the origins of the conception of social justice, and look at the the ways that Catholic, Utilitarian, and Marxist ideologies have harnessed the power of this phrase.

This episode's "book you should" read is an article: Defining Social Justice, by Michael Novak

January 5, 2019

Episode 26: Defining “Justice” Biblically

In this episode, we discuss the way the Bible speaks of “justice.” We look at the two Hebrew words translated as “justice” in our English bibles, and use them to build a framework for understanding the use of the word in modern discussion about “social justice”.

 

January 2, 2019

Episode 25: Concerns About J.D. Greear’s Pragmatism

In this episode, we discuss recent tweets from the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear. We believe these tweets are indicative of serious problems within evangelical culture, namely, a pragmatic view of worship that turns Sunday gatherings in to performances. Because Pastor Greear is both a highly influential leader and a brother in the faith, we felt compelled to address these problems directly.  

 

This episodes "books you should read": Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heartby J.D. Greear

 
December 18, 2018

Episode 24: Good and Bad Ways to Think About the Mission of the Church

Much of the current buzz about social justice centers on what the church should be doing in the world. But what is the mission of the church? As we discuss in this episode, the mission of the church is far more specific than many evangelicals believe it to be. When we we add to that mission, even with good works, we risk drifting from what God has called the church to do. Even worse, we might eventually lose the gospel itself. 

This episode's "books you should read": What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission

December 15, 2018

Episode 23: Defining “Church”

Continuing our discussion of social justice, we begin to hammer out some fundamental terms. In this episode, we define the word "church." If you want to think rightly about social justice, you have to understand the mission of the church. If you want to understand the mission of the church, you have to correctly define what and who the church is. 

December 11, 2018

Episode 22: The Language of Social Justice

In this episode, we continue to build the foundation for discussing social justice. We talk about the way the English language changes over time, how people intuit the meanings of important terms like “justice", and discuss the importance of looking for the Aristotelian mean during these types of controversies.

This episode's "books you should read": What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission

November 29, 2018

Episode 21: Talking About Social Justice

In this episode, we wade carefully into the waters of "social justice." We begin by outlining some of the difficulties that arise when talking about this issue, including the importance of defining our terms carefully.

This episode's "books you should read": https://www.amazon.com/What-Mission-Church-Justice-Commission/dp/1433526905