September 23, 2016
Noel Castellanos is the CEO of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the author of Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center.
Noah Filipiak interviews Noel about the downside of American
Evangelicals being obsessed with going to heaven, but neglecting much of
Jesus's example and teaching. Noel talks "behind the curtain" about
the challenge of doing urban ministry, but also the call behind it and
the purpose it brings.
The CCDA National Conference is coming to Detroit, MI on October 4-7th, 2017 so be sure to save the date to join us.
August 20 - 30, 2016 CCDA practitioners walked a 150 mile pilgrimage
from the border of Mexico and California––El Camino del Inmigrante––to
share in solidarity with immigrants who are migrating across the world.
You can follow walkers' blogs, stories and reflections along the way.
Recommended reading from Noel:
Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God Is at the Center by Noel Castellanos
Let Justice Roll Down by John Perkins
Mañana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective by
The Future is Mestizo: Life Where Cultures Meet by Virgilio Elizondo
Galilean Journey: The Mexican-American Promise by Virgilio Elizondo
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (on mass incarceration)
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (on mass incarceration)
Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible by M. Daniel Carrol R.
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate by Jenny Yang and Matthew Soerens
July 19, 2016
Chris McKenna is the new Educational Resource Manager for Covenant Eyes and also runs the website Protect Young Eyes (www.protectyoungeyes.com). Protect Young Eyes
is loaded with free tools for parents, as Chris specializes in speaking
weekly around the Midwest to parents and students on using the
Internet better as the latest apps and devices hit the market.
and Chris each share how they overcame addictions to pornography, as
they discuss what both kids and adults are up against today in the age
of mobile devices. This is a must-listen for anyone who struggles with
lust, as well as anyone parenting kids in this new day and age. Most
people would never imagine their kids are looking at porn on their
tablets or phones, but there's a good chance they are, or soon will be.
Some will be surprised to hear all the ways their child might be
accessing porn outside of the standard internet browser (e.g. Instagram,
You can book Chris for speaking engagements through his website www.protectyoungeyes.com.
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Check out the Covenant Eyes blog.
Free e-books from Covenant Eyes (including Parenting the Digital Generation. The same link will guide you to the 3-week sermon series.).
Covenant Eyes' 40-Day Challenge App
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June 28, 2016
Noah Filipiak interviews 2016 Christianity Today
Book of the Year (in the Category of The Church/Pastoral Leadership)
award winner Dr. Zack Eswine. In addition to the award-winning The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack is also the author of Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression, Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with our Culture, Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes and Kindled Fire: How the methods of CH Spurgeon can help your preaching. Zack pastors at Riverside Church in Webster Groves, MO and is the Director of Homiletics at Covenant Seminary.
the themes in Zack's writing, this interview is essential listening for
pastors who struggle with burnout, significance and self-striving. So
much of what has become normative in church culture for pastors is the
opposite of what Jesus taught and modeled for his followers. Zack
exposes these things with such grace, experience, and wisdom, offering
the rest of us the hope from the hamster wheel of ministry he has found
You can follow Zack on Twitter and Facebook. His website and blog can be found at www.ZackEswine.com
June 14, 2016
Noah Filipiak interviews World Relief's Haiti Country Director, Joseph Bataille. Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere before the 2010 earthquake and even more so after. All this despite millions and millions of dollars of international aid over the course of decades. Noah and Joseph have a "behind the curtain" conversation about how Haiti got in the spot its in, what World Relief is doing about it, and what we all can do about alleviating poverty in ways that work. Noah and Joseph also discuss the perils of compassion fatigue and how to avoid it.
May 6, 2016
Noah Filipiak interviews Derek Webb about his career change from hit CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) band Caedman's Call to his solo career. The focus of the interview centers around how to be real as a ministry leader who's in the spotlight with a public persona. Derek's lyrics are known for being transparent, agitating and vulnerable, yet he shares how he didn't have close friends he was vulnerable until very recently when he was left with no choice. Derek and Noah discuss this common problem among ministry leaders and what can be done about it.
Connect with Derek on Twitter and Facebook
www.derekwebb.com - Check out tons of free music from Derek, videos, and more
Derek is also the co-founder of Noisetrade, a revolutionary tribe-building platform where artists and authors post free music and books for download. www.noisetrade.com
From the interview, here is the RelevantMagazine.com article (copied from Derek's Facebook page) entitled "Derek Webb: On Failure, Liturgy and New Years"
April 27, 2016
The State of Utah recently declared pornography to be a public health crisis via a resolution drafted by 23rd district Senator Todd Weiler. Noah Filipiak interviews Senator Weiler about the perils of pornography, the flak Senator Weiler has received (including from Seth Myers and Whoopi Goldberg), what can be done to find freedom from pornography on a personal level, and what we can all do about it on a legislative level.
Read Utah’s SCR9 resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.
Connect with Senator Weiler on Twitter and Facebook.
Visit the “Find My Legislator” website
to contact your state representatives about adopting Utah’s SCR9,
declaring pornography a public health crisis in your state as well.
Get Covenant Eyes filter and/or accountability software on all of your online and mobile devices to protect yourself and your family from pornography.
Covenant Eyes’ blog for women whose husbands look at porn.
Terry Crews Speaks Out Against Pornography
April 27, 2016
Noah Filipiak interviews 18-year-old Dennis Hammond on being raised in
inner city Lansing, how he found Christ, his June 19-26th trip to
Honduras and how the odds are stacked against inner city black youth.
The catalyst of this interview came from Noah helping Dennis fund-raise
for his $1600 missions trip and realizing how different it is for an
inner city black teen to try paying for a missions trip in comparison to
a white suburban teen. The unfolding conversation between Noah and
Dennis highlights fatherlessness, crime and gang activity that riddles
inner city youth and the need for the Church to redistribute its
network, mentoring and resources to help these teens chart a new path.
Dennis shares about how God saved him from a life of drugs, gangs, crime
and despair to a new life as a young leader in his church and an
evangelist for God's Kingdom wherever he goes. If you can give money to
help Dennis go to Honduras this June, please visit Dennis's GoFundMe
March 31, 2016
In Episode 19, the one-year anniversary episode for Behind the Curtain, Noah Filipiak interviews 11-time author Sarah Arthur. Sarah's book Walking with Frodo was the #1 bestselling youth resource in Christian publishing for the holiday season 2003, and #13 in all categories and Walking with Bilbo won the Logos Book Award at the Christian Booksellers Convention for Best Youth Book 2005. Her most recent books include a 3-part devotional series that follow the Church liturgical calendar: Between Midnight & Dawn, Light Upon Light & At the Still Point. Noah and Sarah discuss the roller-coaster ride of succeeding and failing in the publishing world and how to discover spiritually healthy ways of measuring success in anything we do in life. In a fast-forward world where everything is pressing and urgent, this interview examines how to rest in our identity as God's kids and not let other voices determine our ultimate value.