Bryan Loritts, Pastor & Author - On Multi-Ethnic Church, Ministry Leadership & Identity in Christ

November 11, 2016

Pastor Bryan Loritts discusses how to become a multi-ethnic church, as well as the cost and challenges therein.  Noah Filipiak also asks Pastor Bryan for help in navigating the Christian subculture of church planting, pastoring and being an author in a way where we don't end up measuring ourselves by performance-oriented metrics. 

 

Connect with Bryan online:

Bryan's Tumblr blog

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

Bryan's Books:

Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves Us from Try-Harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love

Right Color, Wrong Culture: The Type of Leader Your Organization Needs to Become Multiethnic

A Cross-Shaped Gospel: Reconciling Heaven and Earth

God on Paper: The Bible--the Wildest Story of Passion and Pursuit You'll Ever Read (Dialogue of Faith)

Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 

Resources Mentioned During the Interview:

"Make Us One" Mount Hermon Worship Leader Conference - Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2017 (great for those desiring multi-ethnic churches)

Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win by Dr. John Perkins

Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical's Inside View of White Christianity by Edward Gilbreath

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Noel Castellanos, CEO of the CCDA - Episode 28 - on living incarnationally among the poor, what’s missing from the American Gospel and how to persevere in the thick of ministry despair

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.

www.CCDA.org

From 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 Justo L. González

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

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Matthew Soerens of World Relief - Episode 27 - on a biblical response to illegal immigration and Muslim refugees (with poetry by Jacob Mau)

August 19, 2016

Matthew Soerens is the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief.  Noah Filipiak interview Matthew about a biblical response to undocumented immigrants, the Mexican border, Syrian and other Muslim refugees, and much more.  The episode closes with a poem called "Home" by World Relief's Jacob Mau (www.jacobmaumusic.com)

Books co-authored by Matthew Soerens:

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

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Connect with Matthew:

Follow Matthew Soerens on Twitter

Like Matthew Soerens Author Facebook Page

Resources and ways to enact change:

www.worldrelief.org/seekingrefuge

advocacy@wr.org - Subscribe to World Relief's immigration advocacy updates

www.EvangelicalImmigrationTable.com

Contact your Representatives in Congress:

National House: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

National Senate:­­ http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

Hana & Saeed from World Relief on Vimeo.

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The end of the episode features the poem "Home" read and written by Jacob Mau.  Connect with Jacob on Twitter, Facebook and at his music website.

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Grace Fox, author - Episode 26 - on industry pressure to make ourselves big when the Bible tells us Jesus must increase and we decrease

August 16, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews Grace Fox on the pressure a Christian author faces to have to make themselves well-known, despite the Bible's emphasis that "Jesus must increase, and we must decrease" (John 3:28-30).  Noah and Grace discuss the challenge to do this in the Christian book marketplace where names must be known and books must be sold, and the damage that can be done to our souls when we get our priorities in the wrong place. 

Noah Filipiak interviews Grace Fox on the pressure a Christian author faces to have to make themselves well-known, despite the Bible's emphasis that "Jesus must increase, and we must decrease" (John 3:28-30).  Noah and Grace discuss the challenge to do this in the Christian book marketplace where names must be known and books must be sold, and the damage that can be done to our souls when we get our priorities in the wrong place.

www.GraceFox.com

Like Grace's Facebook author page

Follow Grace on Twitter

International Messengers Canada

Grace's books & resources:

Spiritual Growth

Morning Moments With God: Devotions for the Busy Woman

Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for Busy Women

10-Minute Time Outs for Moms

Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman's Guide to Peace in Every Situation

Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman-to-Woman Conversation Guide (Workbook)

Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman-to-Woman Conversation Guide (DVD)

Moving From Fear to Freedom - Bible Study Group Discount

Parenting Resources

Tuck-Me-In Talks With Your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories

Tuck-Me-In Cards: Turn Bedtime Routines into Memory-Making Moments

10-Minute Time Outs for You and Your Kids

Marriage Resources

One-Minute Romance for Couples

Couple Minutes: Questions to Keep Your Relationship Fresh and Fun

Compilations

A Taste of Hot Apple Cider

Mornings With Jesus 2016

Hot Apple Cider

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Chris McKenna, Covenant Eyes - Episode 25 - On staying pure with new technology, Instagram and how he conquered a porn addiction

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. 

Noah 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, Twitter, etc.)

You can book Chris for speaking engagements through his website www.protectyoungeyes.com.

Get Covenant Eyes on your computers and mobile devices today; use this link and/or promo code CROSSROADS to get your first month free. 

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

Follow Covenant Eyes on Twitter and Facebook

Follow Chris on Twitter

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Zack Eswine, 2016 CT Book of the Year winner - Episode 24 - on Pastoring and how “Large, Famous & Fast” were not Values of Jesus’s

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 preachingZack pastors at Riverside Church in Webster Groves, MO and is the Director of Homiletics at Covenant Seminary.

Like 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 in Jesus.

You can follow Zack on Twitter and Facebook.  His website and blog can be found at www.ZackEswine.com

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Joseph Bataille, Haiti Country Director for World Relief - Episode 23 - on breaking patterns of dependency, helpful and hurtful ways of helping, and how to avoid compassion fatigue

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. 

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Derek Webb, musician - Episode 22 - On people walking out of concerts, agitating people with truth and the necessity of having real friends we can be vulnerable with

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"

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Senator Todd Weiler - Episode 21 - on Utah’s Resolution SCR9 making pornography a public health crisis

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.

Related:
Terry Crews Speaks Out Against Pornography

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