The Flip Side with Noah Filipiak
(11/1/18) Episode 9: Why Most Accountability Doesn’t Work + The Importance of Both Wings of God’s Airplane (Judgment & Mercy)

(11/1/18) Episode 9: Why Most Accountability Doesn’t Work + The Importance of Both Wings of God’s Airplane (Judgment & Mercy)

February 18, 2019

A great question from the mailbag brings up why a lot of accountability is ineffective.  Noah gives his thoughts on what you must have for accountability to work.  There's a new segment on breaking down a piece of Scripture as a guide for how to spend your daily time with the Lord.  This episode's scripture passage is Psalm 131:1-2.  The topic of the day is on the importance of emphasizing both God's wrath/judgment and his grace/mercy in order to be freed from sexual temptation.  These are two wings on an airplane and one without the other won't cut it.

Episode 8: What does the Bible mean by “One Flesh” as God’s design for sex?

Episode 8: What does the Bible mean by “One Flesh” as God’s design for sex?

February 18, 2019

In episode 8, Noah unpacks what the Bible means by "One Flesh" as it relates to sex.  Many thing "One Flesh" is talking about what happens when two people get married, but it's what happens when two people have sex.  This understanding is a big piece of the puzzle in understanding why we should not objectify people or think that sex is only about body parts. 

(9/18/18) Episode 7: Singleness & How to Spend Daily Rhythm Time with Jesus

(9/18/18) Episode 7: Singleness & How to Spend Daily Rhythm Time with Jesus

February 18, 2019

The mailbag brings a great question about singleness, particularly regarding singles where it doesn't seem like marriage is around the corner.  Noah then draws out how to spend daily rhythm time with Jesus, making sure we understand how essential this type of time is in order to quench the desire for sexual sin.

(8/22/18) Episode 6: Tools + fresh off the presses: BEYONDTHEBATTLE.NET !

(8/22/18) Episode 6: Tools + fresh off the presses: BEYONDTHEBATTLE.NET !

February 18, 2019

In episode 6, Noah wraps up the 6 episode series that goes through each of the small group videos for the book Beyond the Battle.  The "Tools" episode focuses on the need for next steps to take after a group is over.  In the mailbag, Noah discusses with men ages 45 to 54 have high rates of suicide.

The fresh-off-the-presses beyondthebattle.net is also unveiled in this episode.  Head over to sign up for the online video conference groups that Noah hosts, with the next round starting soon!  You can also read testimonials from previous group members and pick up the Beyond the Battle Leader's Guide if you are planning to lead your own group.

(7/22/18) Episode 5: Embracing Reality

(7/22/18) Episode 5: Embracing Reality

February 18, 2019

In this episode, Noah breaks down the 5th video in the 6th video small group curriculum.  The topic is "Embracing Reality" as we look at the perils of living in fantasy.  It doesn't matter how good fantasy food looks, you will die of starvation if you try eating it.  The mailbag also brings up the question of domestic violence and how porn is used as an escape when marital trouble strikes.

(6/27/18) Episode 4: God’s Recipe, Premarital Sex, New Audiobook!

(6/27/18) Episode 4: God’s Recipe, Premarital Sex, New Audiobook!

February 18, 2019

Beyond the Battle author Noah Filipiak breaks down the fourth video in the BTB free small group curriculum, "God's Recipe."  This episode discusses how we use Satan's recipe for sex as motivation for Christians to stay sexually pure, and how that just doesn't work.  Also, the Beyond the Battle is now available at southfrancispress.com !

(5/31/18) Episode 3: Objectification - The Dehumanization of Women

(5/31/18) Episode 3: Objectification - The Dehumanization of Women

February 18, 2019

Beyond the Battle author Noah Filipiak breaks down the third video in the BTB free small group curriculum, "Objectification: The Dehumanization of Women."  This gets us beyond the surface of simply telling ourselves, "Don't lust, it's bad," to retraining our brains to the point we don't even want to lust.  We look at Psalm 139 and discover who women really are, rather than the lie our oversexualized culture has taught both men and women to believe.

(5/8/18) Episode 2: Golden Gods with Golden Hair

(5/8/18) Episode 2: Golden Gods with Golden Hair

February 18, 2019

Beyond the Battle author Noah Filipiak breaks down the second video in the BTB free small group curriculum, "Golden Gods with Golden Hair."  The idea of this episode is that men look to women to give them what only God can, which is always (whether that's in porn, fantasy, or even marriage) going to end in disappointment.  The same holds true for women looking to this from men.  The episode looks at what it is we are truly looking for in relationships and sex, and the only guaranteed way to have that need met.  This episode also looks at several Christian purity or marriage books which set marriage up as an idol and cater to our self-seeking sin nature in order to produce short-term results that have long term repercussions.

(4/26/18) Episode 1: Entitlement is Your Worst Enemy

(4/26/18) Episode 1: Entitlement is Your Worst Enemy

February 18, 2019

In the inaugural episode, Noah breaks down the first video of the Beyond the Battle free small group curriculum, "Entitlement is Your Worst Enemy," giving an expanded explanation of the video.  He looks at Exodus 19, Romans 2:5, and Matthew 18:21-35 to look at how holy God is and how when we grasp this in balance with his grace, it brings tangible freedom to our struggles with sexual and relational sin. 

(10/16/18) THE FINAL EPISODE: Noah’s new job, pornography, Does God hate people?

(10/16/18) THE FINAL EPISODE: Noah’s new job, pornography, Does God hate people?

February 18, 2019

In this bittersweet episode, the Black & White Theology comes to a close.  Noah has taken a new job as a Church Consultant with Covenant Eyes.  We close out the podcast by answering the remaining questions in the mailbag.  We discuss, "Does God hate people?" like Romans 9 says he hates Esau.  We also discuss pornography and sexual sin and if there are differences between the reasons white people and black people struggle with sexual sin based on entitlement. 

If you'd like to keep up with Noah and Tyler, you can read Tyler's blog tylerpspeaks.com and subscribe to Noah's sexual purity podcast that he'll be continuing The Beyond the Battle Podcast, or read his blog at noahfilipiak.com

(8/25/18) Episode 8: Perseverance of the Saints & Partnerships Over Planting in African American Communities

(8/25/18) Episode 8: Perseverance of the Saints & Partnerships Over Planting in African American Communities

February 18, 2019

Noah and Tyler finish the "TULIP" with Perseverance of the Saints, in which Noah takes some issue with the traditional Reformed view.  From the mailbag, we discuss if planting or partnering with existing African American churches is best in African American communities. 

(7/31/18) EPISODE 7: IRRESISTIBLE GRACE & SHOULD BLACK PEOPLE GO TO WHITE CHURCHES?

(7/31/18) EPISODE 7: IRRESISTIBLE GRACE & SHOULD BLACK PEOPLE GO TO WHITE CHURCHES?

February 18, 2019

Pastors Noah Filipiak and Tyler St. Clair continue their breakdown of Reformed Theology's TULIP, discussing Irresistible Grace.  They also listen to an interview with Pastor Michael R. Jordan, a black pastor in Birmingham, AL who does not want a white megachurch putting a campus in his neighborhood and who is telling black people not to go to white churches.

(7/10/18) Episode 6: Limited Atonement & Cultural Appropriation

(7/10/18) Episode 6: Limited Atonement & Cultural Appropriation

February 18, 2019

Episode 6 hits on the "L" in TULIP, Limited Atonement.  Noah argues the word should be TUDIP instead.  In the mailbag section, we talk about cultural appropriation and if it is stealing from a culture or respect for a culture. 

(6/22/18) Episode 5: Worship Style & Racism! Spray painted N-Words! Ferguson! Abortion! Jeff Sessions! Romans 13! Immigration! Limited Atonement???

(6/22/18) Episode 5: Worship Style & Racism! Spray painted N-Words! Ferguson! Abortion! Jeff Sessions! Romans 13! Immigration! Limited Atonement???

February 18, 2019

Episode 5: Worship Style & Racism! Spray painted N-Words! Ferguson! Abortion! Jeff Sessions! Romans 13! Immigration! Limited Atonement???

(6/7/18) Episode 4: Unconditional Election, God’s skin color, Steve Kerr, and megachurches

(6/7/18) Episode 4: Unconditional Election, God’s skin color, Steve Kerr, and megachurches

February 18, 2019

Noah and Tyler take on the "U" in TULIP for the theological topic of this episode, Unconditional Election.  Via the mailbag, they discuss God's skin color and why megachurches should not be seen as the definition of a successful church in America.  And Tyler can't help but bring up President Trump's cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles' White House visit, in which we look to our special correspondent Steve Kerr for insight on. 

(Unconditional Election Bible verses referenced in the episode can be found here)

(5/23/18) Episode 3: Dr. James Cone’s Black Liberation Theology

(5/23/18) Episode 3: Dr. James Cone’s Black Liberation Theology

February 18, 2019

Pastors Tyler and Noah dive into the mailbag to answer questions about marijuana, binding and loosing, and goals to set for someone who wants to fight racism.  Our topic for the day is a combination of a race issue and a theology issue as we discuss Dr. James Cone's black liberation theology in light of Dr. Cone's recent death. 

(5/2/19) Episode 2: Total Depravity & The Starbucks Arrests

(5/2/19) Episode 2: Total Depravity & The Starbucks Arrests

February 18, 2019

Pastors Tyler and Noah dive into the mailbag to discuss Joyce Meyer and why we are analyzing well-known people's theologies at all.  The theological topic for this episode is the "T" in Reformed Theology's "TULIP", Total Depravity.  The race relations topic for this episode is the two black men who were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks.  

(4/19/18) EPISODE 1 (or 42): THEOLOGY PREVIEW & ROCHESTER HILLS SHOOTING

(4/19/18) EPISODE 1 (or 42): THEOLOGY PREVIEW & ROCHESTER HILLS SHOOTING

February 18, 2019

Pastors Tyler St. Clair and Noah Filipiak introduce the Black and White Theology podcast by going over some of the theological topics they will be hitting on in upcoming episodes and discussing the recent Rochester Hills shooting.  We'd love to hear what topics you'd like to hear about and we'd love to hear your reaction to our take on the Rochester Hills / Brennan Walker shooting.

Episode 41: the final episode + 2 new podcasts from Noah

Episode 41: the final episode + 2 new podcasts from Noah

June 1, 2018

41 episodes has been a great ride!  This is the final episode of the Behind the Curtain Ministry Podcast.  Tune in to hear Noah's reflections on the past episodes, plus find out about two brand new podcasts he has started:

The Beyond the Battle Podcast

The Black & White Theology Podcast

Episode 40 - Hip hop artist James Gardin on insecurity, overcoming rejection, and using parables

Episode 40 - Hip hop artist James Gardin on insecurity, overcoming rejection, and using parables

March 8, 2018

Noah Filipiak interviews James Gardin's about overcoming rejection and persevering in the music industry.  About what it's like to get a song on ESPN and how to handle the insecurities.  James explains what his message is as a Christian artist, and last but not least freestyles about Noah's hometown of Oconomowoc!

Connect with James on social media:

On Facebook

On Twitter

On Instagram

Shop James's music.

Illect Recording artist James Gardin has used his multifaceted skill set of empowering rhymes, fun melodies, energetic stage presence, and deft fashion sense to become the most successful emcee in his hometown of Lansing, Michigan. He has performed hundreds of shows around the world, amassed thousands of plays and downloads with coverage on top web sites and publications (2DopeBoyz, HipHopDX, Rapzilla , DJ Booth etc). He has also had songs featured on ESPN, GaryVee TV, and Black&SexyTV. He has also shared the booth and the stage with artists such as Grieves, Macklemore, Dessa, Murs, Talib Kweli, Astronautalis, KING, and many more. James aims to use his art and message to inspire all those around him to live their life fully, and encounter their purpose daily.

Episode 39 - Tyler St. Clair (the sequel) on real life church planting in Detroit + the Contend Conference

Episode 39 - Tyler St. Clair (the sequel) on real life church planting in Detroit + the Contend Conference

February 15, 2018

Two years ago, Pastor Tyler St. Clair was interviewed in Episode 17 of the Behind the Curtain Ministry Podcast, discussing what it was like to gear up for his urban church plant in Detroit and what it was like to do fundraising as a black pastor.  Today, Noah Filipiak catches back up with Pastor Tyler to see what actually planting and pastoring has been like after all the hype has died down.  The two church planters talk about life in the trenches of pastoral / church planting ministry and about how important it is to keep realistic and biblical expectations as a pastor.  Tyler also discusses the Contend Conference, coming up in Detroit on February 28th.

Tyler on Twitter

Tyler on Facebook

Tyler on Instagram

Tyler’s Blog

Episode 38 - Kent Carlson discusses shifting the church he founded from a seeker-driven megachurch to a church of spiritual formation

Episode 38 - Kent Carlson discusses shifting the church he founded from a seeker-driven megachurch to a church of spiritual formation

January 25, 2018

Noah Filipiak interviews Kent Carlson on what led him and his team to shift the seeker-driven megachurch he founded into a church of spiritual formation. A shift that led to around 1500 people leaving the church. Kent is the co-author of Renovation of the Church, a book that chronicles the journey of Oak Hills Church and its leadership. He was mentored by Dallas Willard and currently serves as Vice President of Leadership Formation for the North American Baptist denomination. 

Connect with Kent on Twitter

 

BONUS Episode - Noah Filipiak breaks down his new book “Beyond the Battle”

BONUS Episode - Noah Filipiak breaks down his new book “Beyond the Battle”

January 25, 2018

In this bonus episode of the "Behind the Curtain" Ministry Podcast, host Noah Filipiak takes time to break down the content of his new book Beyond the Battle.  In the first half of the episode, Noah talks about his personal testimony of overcoming a pornography addiction, how he was tempted to get a divorce, and how going beyond symptom-based solutions to sexual sin transformed him as a man.  In the second half of the episode, Noah talks about the toll his book publishing journey did on his soul, and why he chose to publish independently.

Purchase copies of Beyond the Battle here, including discounts on group orders.

Check out the free 6-week men's small group video curriculum here. 

Episode 37: Dr. Mike Wittmer on the effects Christian celebrityism is having on the Church at large

Episode 37: Dr. Mike Wittmer on the effects Christian celebrityism is having on the Church at large

October 23, 2017

Noah Filipiak interviews Dr. Mike Wittmer on the effects Christian celebrityism is having on the Church at large.  Prior to the internet explosion, good content would get a book published. Nowadays, the only thing that will get someone published is popularity (called "platform" in the publishing industry). Noah and Mike explore the effects this trend has on the souls of authors (namely, themselves!) and on the type of theology being put into the hands of Christians.  

Dr. Michael Wittmer is the Professor of Systematic & Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

Connect with Mike on Twitter and Facebook

Mike's blog: MikeWittmer.blog 

Mike's books:

Episode 36: Dr. John Perkins on the need for multi-ethnic churches as a key solution to race relations

Episode 36: Dr. John Perkins on the need for multi-ethnic churches as a key solution to race relations

September 23, 2017

Noah Filipiak interviews his faith hero Dr. John Perkins, focusing in on Dr. Perkins' emphasis on the need for multi-ethnic churches in America as one of the top solutions to our race problems. 

Dr. Perkins is 87 years old and has been a leader in the racial reconciliation movement as a Christian for many years.  His autobiography Let Justice Roll Down is a must-read.  Among many other incredible stories, Perkins describes how he was tortured and beaten within an inch of his life in the Brandon, Mississippi jail by white police officers.  He was put in jail for a peaceful demonstration he was leading along with some youth.  He describes how if he hated the white officers back that were beating him, he would become just like them: full of hate. Instead his life became based on the redemption and reconciliation that Jesus shows us as his lead example in bringing justice and love to the racial injustices of our country. 

Dr. Perkins co-founded the Christian Community Development Association and is the President of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation. 

There are several opportunities to spend time with Dr. Perkins in Michigan coming up:

August 29-30, Pastor and Ministry Leader Retreat in East Lansing, MI www.coglretreat.org

August 30th, 7pm at Michigan State University's Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI - public event

October 2nd, 7pm, book signing for Dr. Perkins' newest book Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, MI.

October 4th-7th, National Christian Community Development Association Conference in Detroit, MI www.ccda.org

 

 

 

 

Ep. 35: Rory Noland on leading worship, experiencing God, and spiritual transformation

Ep. 35: Rory Noland on leading worship, experiencing God, and spiritual transformation

July 29, 2017

Noah Filipiak interviews longtime worship leader Rory Noland about key ways worship music leaders need to care for their souls in order to keep their motives and priorities straight.  They talk about the importance of lyrics, the problem of celebrityism, and the impact the Transforming Center has had on them.

Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries.  He leads retreats for artists, speaks at workshops and conferences, mentors worship leaders, and consults with churches in the areas of worship and the arts.  Rory currently leads worship for the Transforming Center and is Head of the Worship Department at Nebraska Christian College where he teaches courses in worship and spiritual formation for artists.

Rory previously served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, for twenty years and most recently as Pastor of Worship for Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.

www.HeartOfTheArtist.org

Connect with Rory on Twitter @rorynoland 

Rory's books (Zondervan) :

Ep. 34: David Staal on Personal Presence, Transforming Community, & Bringing Hope

Ep. 34: David Staal on Personal Presence, Transforming Community, & Bringing Hope

March 9, 2017

Noah Filipiak interviews author and Kids Hope USA President & CEO David Staal on what it means to show up.  Showing up with personal presence is a rarity in our noise-filled world of busyness, social media, and getting the next thing on our to-do list accomplished.  David's recent book Show Up: Step Out Of Your Story And Into Someone Else's is an approachable collection of examples of what it means to be present in someone's life with genuine love in a way that transforms them, you, and society as a whole.

David currently serves as President & CEO of Kids Hope USA, a fast-growing national non-profit organization that partners local churches with local elementary schools. Kids Hope USA trains churches to provide mentors for at-risk students, and is America’s largest faith-based mentoring program, serving over 20,000 kids through a network of 40,000 volunteers across 34 states.

Noah and David also discuss how the Transforming Community they are in together has shaped them as Christian leaders, helped them avoid burnout, and allowed them to be present before God so they can be present before others.

www.KidsHopeUSA.org

Show Up: Step Out Of Your Story And Into Someone Else's by David Staal

Connect with David on social media:

Twitter

Instagram

Episode 33: Ravi Zacharias on Truth, Disagreement, Islam and Feb. 7th & 8th free events at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University

Episode 33: Ravi Zacharias on Truth, Disagreement, Islam and Feb. 7th & 8th free events at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University

February 3, 2017

Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray are coming to Michigan this week for "Ask Anything" events, sponsored by Cru.  These events are free; you will want to attend and bring as many friends as you can.

Episode 33 of the "Behind the Curtain" Ministry Podcast features an interview by Noah Filipiak with Ravi Zacharias.  Ravi discusses the types of questions about faith and truth that people are asking in today's society, from pluralism to atheism to relativism to Islam and so much more.  Hearing Ravi's perspective will make you realize how much is at stake, not just for you and your friends as individuals, but for Western and global society altogether.  Following the interview with Dr. Zacharias, Noah sits down with Brian Langford, Cru's Campus Director at Michigan State University.  Noah and Brian discuss the faith climate on today's college campuses and why the "Ask Anything" event with Ravi and Abdu is something people will not want to miss.

The Feb. 7th UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (Ann Arbor) Event:

7:00pm

  Hill Auditorium
825 N University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

RZIM.org event page for Feb. 7th U of M event

Facebook event page for WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN? (University of Michigan, Feb. 7th event)

The Feb. 8th MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (East Lansing) Event:

 

7:30pm

  Michigan State University - Breslin Center (basketball arena)
534 Birch Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

RZIM.org event page for Feb. 8th MSU event

www.askanythingmsu.com

RSVP and share the Facebook event page for ASK ANYTHING (Michigan State, Feb. 8th event)

Click here if you'd like to DONATE to MSU Cru to help make this event possible

 

Dr. Ravi Zacharias's Bio:

Ravi Zacharias is Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM.org), Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 44 years in scores of universities, notably Harvard, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, and Cambridge.

Dr. Zacharias has authored or edited well over twenty books including the Gold Medallion winner Can Man Live Without GodHas Christianity Failed You?, Why Jesus?, Jesus Among Other Gods, and Beyond Opinion. His latest books are Jesus Among Secular Gods  and Why Suffering?, both coauthored with Vince Vitale

Ravi has appeared on CNN, Fox, and other international broadcasts. His weekly radio program, “Let My People Think,” airs on 2337 outlets worldwide.  RZIM is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Romania, Turkey, Austria, Spain, and South Africa. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. They reside in Atlanta.

 

 

Social Media:

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Ep. 32: Authors Sarah Arthur & Erin Wasinger on their year of living out radical faith in ordinary contexts, Pinterest Fails & the American Dream

Ep. 32: Authors Sarah Arthur & Erin Wasinger on their year of living out radical faith in ordinary contexts, Pinterest Fails & the American Dream

February 2, 2017

Radical Christianity and New Monasticism are exciting movements of the faith.  But can they be applied to "ordinary" contexts like the suburbs, child-rearing and hectic schedules?  Sarah Arthur and Erin Wasinger seek to find out as they spend a year doing one intentional practice each month.  What they find out is refreshing and freeing for those who seek to serve Christ's Kingdom in deeper ways but wonder if they have room to do it.

Buy the book: The Year of Small Things: Radical Faith for the Rest of Us (Forward by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Brazos Press)

www.YearOfSmallThings.com

The Small Things Podcast with Sarah Arthur & Erin Wasinger

Follow Erin on Twitter

Follow Sarah on Twitter

www.SarahArthur.com

www.ErinWasinger.com

Listen to Noah's March 31st, 2016 interview with Sarah on spiritually healthy ways of measuring success here (Episode 19)

 

Doug Logan, Pastor & Author - Episode 31 - On Missions, Urban Ministry & following ALL of the Great Commission

Doug Logan, Pastor & Author - Episode 31 - On Missions, Urban Ministry & following ALL of the Great Commission

December 13, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews Pastor Doug Logan about planting an urban church in Camden, NJ; Camden was rated the most violent city in America in 2015.  Pastor Doug is an expert on missiology, urban ministry and what it looks like for the whole Church to live out the whole Great Commission.  He is the pastor of Epiphany Fellowship Church (Camden) and the author of On the Block: Developing a Biblical Picture for Missional Engagement (Moody Publishers).  He serves on the board for Thriving and for Acts 29 and is the proud father of 3 sons and grandfather of 3 grandkids.

Check out www.ontheblock.life for Pastor Doug's blog, along with free music downloads, more info on the book and upcoming On the Block Conference.

 

Connect with Pastor Doug on Social Media:

Twitter: @pastordeelowg

Facebook: Doug Logan

Instagram: @pastordeelowg

Bryan Loritts, Pastor & Author - Episode 30 - On Multi-Ethnic Church, Ministry Leadership & Identity in Christ

Bryan Loritts, Pastor & Author - Episode 30 - 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

Shane Claiborne, Author & Activist - Episode 29 - on the death penalty, celebrityism as idolatry, speaking the truth in love, and how to engage in being an ordinary radical in marriage
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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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"

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

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

Dennis Hammond - Episode 20 - on being raised in inner city Lansing, finding Christ and going to Honduras

Dennis Hammond - Episode 20 - on being raised in inner city Lansing, finding Christ and going to Honduras

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 account:  https://www.gofundme.com/75v7g5v8

Sarah Arthur, Author - Episode 19 - on spiritually healthy ways of measuring success

Sarah Arthur, Author - Episode 19 - on spiritually healthy ways of measuring success

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 PointNoah 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. 

Shawn Lovejoy, Author - Episode 18 - On workaholism, focusing on God’s success measurements in spite of the pressures of Christian culture, and on leaving the megachurch he planted

Shawn Lovejoy, Author - Episode 18 - On workaholism, focusing on God’s success measurements in spite of the pressures of Christian culture, and on leaving the megachurch he planted

February 24, 2016

Shawn Lovejoy is the author of The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors and Be Mean About the Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters.  He is a church planting veteran, having planted Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, GA, which he recently stepped away from after 16 years to focus on coaching leaders and pastoring pastors at www.CourageToLead.com.  Noah Filipiak interviews Shawn about his transition away from his church plant, about the epidemic of church planters with non-Christlike goals, the denominations that push these goals, and the walls pastors hit when their disillusionment catches up with them.  Noah and Shawn both share their own struggles in these areas, with Shawn giving great wisdom from the hundreds of church planters and pastors he has coached over the years in these areas.  

Tyler St. Clair, Detroit church planter - Episode 17 - on being real about ministry in the hood, fundraising as a black man and why the Church shouldn’t hoard its resources in the suburbs

Tyler St. Clair, Detroit church planter - Episode 17 - on being real about ministry in the hood, fundraising as a black man and why the Church shouldn’t hoard its resources in the suburbs

February 3, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews Pastor Tyler St. Clair about his upcoming church plant on the NW side of Detroit, the neighborhood Tyler and his wife both grew up in.  Tyler's target location is one of the "bad parts" of Detroit, with all of the symptoms of urban poverty ever-present.  After being guided to plant in other more financially viable areas, Tyler discusses why he is staying committed to this needy area.  Noah and Tyler discuss white privilege and the challenge of ministry fundraising as a black man.  They also discuss the lost emphasis Scripture puts on loving and ministering to the poor and the need for the Church to be the body and not hoard all of the resources in suburban areas.  They also discuss how a lot of church planting movements want to make it look like they are ministering in the poor parts of Detroit, when they really aren't.  Tyler also shares about a season of his life where he rejected black preaching and theologians, and how God brought him back to his roots and ethnic identity by introducing him to many spiritual giants of the Christian faith who come from the African-American Church.

Andrew Maxwell, 2012 Michigan State University starting QB - Episode 16 - on being benched, hate-filled tweets, NFL tryouts and identity in Christ

Andrew Maxwell, 2012 Michigan State University starting QB - Episode 16 - on being benched, hate-filled tweets, NFL tryouts and identity in Christ

December 30, 2015

Andrew Maxwell compiled an impressive career as Michigan State University's quarterback, his biggest season coming as the starter in 2012.  Maxwell finished his MSU career with 3014 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and a 105.5 quarterback rating in 26 total games played.  After going undrafted, he had tryouts with the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots in 2014. 

In this interview, Andrew and Noah Filipiak discuss what it was like emotionally for Andrew to be benched in Michigan State's bowl game in favor of Connor Cook, what that off-season was like, and what it was like to be benched again his senior season.  Noah and Andrew discuss all the ways we find our identity in things other than who we are in Christ, football a primary culprit of this in Andrew's life, the hard lessons God has taught him about trusting God, as well as why fans say such awful things toward players. 

Jeremy Dowsett, “Failed” Church Planter - Episode 15 - on the flaws in Evangelical Protestantism and the freedom in gospel discovered apart from church planting

Jeremy Dowsett, “Failed” Church Planter - Episode 15 - on the flaws in Evangelical Protestantism and the freedom in gospel discovered apart from church planting

December 10, 2015

The church Jeremy Dowsett started 10 years ago closed its doors in 2015.  In this interview with Noah Filipiak, Jeremy takes us behind the curtain of how he's handled this emotionally and spiritually.  Every church planter who has gone through this experience is going to be unique and Jeremy is no exception.  The interview walks through the flaws in Evangelical Protestantism that Jeremy experienced and how that eventually led him to convert to Catholicism.  We also discuss the emotional weight of pastoring a church plant and what it's been like to be away from that weight, as well as if it's possible for a church planter to truly experience the freedom of the gospel of grace while in the midst of shouldering the load of church planting, or if the two are mutually exclusive. Jeremy also wrote a blog post in 2014 that got so many hits it broke the Internet, making Noah jealous, which we also discuss.

Visit www.atacrossroads.net/podcast for more links and commentary about this interview.

Tom and Sandi Blaylock, authors of “Marriage on Mission” - Episode 14 - on how ministry can become a mistress to a marriage

Tom and Sandi Blaylock, authors of “Marriage on Mission” - Episode 14 - on how ministry can become a mistress to a marriage

November 18, 2015

Authors, veteran church planters, retreat leaders, and marriage and ministry leadership coaches Tom and Sandi Blaylock (Pawleys Island, SC) share with honesty, grace and transparency the many struggles they've endured as a married couple in ministry.  These experiences have given Tom and Sandi a wealth of wisdom on how married couples can heal their marriages.  This interview truly goes "behind the curtain" of the Blaylock's lives as ministry as host Noah Filipiak walks with Tom and Sandi through topics of working long hours, insecurity, woundedness, using ministry as a mistress, and what to do when a minister's spouse is not interested in doing ministry.  

Many people assume ministry leaders shouldn't have marital problems when in fact the position of ministry leadership innately brings with it unique marital opposition.  
Find Tom and Sandi at LifeWorthImitating.Blogspot.com and get a free copy of Chapter 1 of their book Marriage on Mission at MarriageOnMission.com
Susie Finkbeiner, Novelist - Episode 13 - on Exhaustion, Superficiality, Politics and Staying Grounded

Susie Finkbeiner, Novelist - Episode 13 - on Exhaustion, Superficiality, Politics and Staying Grounded

October 27, 2015

Susie Finkbeiner has written three novels, with her recent A Cup of Dust being released today, October 27th, with Kregel Publishers.  In this episode, Noah Filipiak interviews Susie about exhaustion, how to handle exhaustion, the superficiality of "puppy hug and rainbow kiss" Christianity (and Christian fiction), politics and how to stay grounded.

Ruth Haley Barton, spiritual formation author - Episode 12 - on Performance-Oriented Drivenness, Ego, Pace, Soul & Spiritual Transformation

Ruth Haley Barton, spiritual formation author - Episode 12 - on Performance-Oriented Drivenness, Ego, Pace, Soul & Spiritual Transformation

October 1, 2015

Ruth Haley Barton is the award winning author of 7 books and the founder of The Transforming Center.  Her book Sacred Rhythms won the Logos Book Award for Best Book Award on Spirituality and her book Invitation to Solitude and Silence won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award for Spirituality.  In this interview, Noah Filipiak interviews Ruth about how to deal with success and failure, burnout, ego, ambition, technology, pace, false self and true self, finding who we truly are in Christ versus the facade strategies we have learned to protect ourselves, and much more.  Ruth and her Transforming Community team have extensive experience helping Christians and ministry leaders find their true self in Christ and are uniquely gifted and called to this essential work in today's hectic, cluttered, performance-driven culture we live in.  If you've ever struggled with having a dry devotional time with the Lord and wondered if there was more to experience from God than you currently know, God has led you to the right person by now connecting you with Ruth Haley Barton and the Transforming Center.

Josiah Price, Record breaking TE for the #4 Michigan State Spartans - Episode 11 -  on the temptations college football players face, the pressure put on by fans and how he stays grounded

Josiah Price, Record breaking TE for the #4 Michigan State Spartans - Episode 11 - on the temptations college football players face, the pressure put on by fans and how he stays grounded

September 17, 2015

In this episode, Noah Filipiak interviews the starting tight end for the #4 ranked Michigan State Spartans football team, redshirt junior Josiah Price.  Price has 13 career touchdowns at Michigan State, a record for a tight end, including 3 in the first 3 games of 2015.  He caught the go ahead touchdown against #2 ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game in 2013, as well as a fourth quarter touchdown in the 2014 Cotton Bowl against #5 ranked Baylor that began a 21 point 4th quarter comeback for Michigan State.  Michigan State was the 2013-14 Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion, finishing 3rd overall and the 2014-15 Cotton Bowl Champion, finishing 5th overall.

Noah and Josiah discuss the temptations facing college football players, how Josiah stays grounded, as well as the ‘superfan’ mindset of many fans who take college football way too seriously.  Noah and Josiah unpack death threats sent via social media to Josiah’s teammates after bad plays, as well as how a player is worshiped and adored if they make a good play.

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