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Lent: Punishment or Preparation?

Lent: Punishment or Preparation?

  Is Lent a time of punishment or preparation? Is Lent at time for binding the flesh or building up faith? And in a culture that refuses to remember death, when we are marked by ashes (“from ashes you came and to ashes you will…

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Seeing Another Story = Discipleship

Seeing Another Story = Discipleship

  What is the core of discipleship? Does information + action = discipleship? Is there something missing from this equation? Fitch and Holsclaw discuss the important aspect of “seeing yourself in another story” in the process of discipleship. Only in the conversion of our imagination,…

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The De-Radicalization of MLK

The De-Radicalization of MLK

  Have we lost the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr? Have we assimilated him into the American Dream, losing the Dream he had for America in the process? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw sit down with local pastor Pierre Keys and student-activist Josiah Daniels…

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What Do You Gather Around? Practices Or Ideas.

What Do You Gather Around? Practices Or Ideas.

  What makes your community tick? What is the glue holding you together? Is it what you THINK of God or what you DO with God? Kicking off the New Year David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about how church’s can no longer merely gather…

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The Mission of Preaching: Audio from 2015 Missional Learning Commons

The Mission of Preaching: Audio from 2015 Missional Learning Commons

  Here are all five *special episodes* recorded at this year’s Missional Commons which focused on “The Mission of Preaching” (hosted by NORTHERN SEMINARY and ECCLESIA NETWORK). All of the Episodes: BOASTING IN WEAKNESS: The Source of our Ministry ~ Mandy Smith PREACHING OR TEACHING? ~…

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#17 Should the Church Protest?

#17 Should the Church Protest?

Are you a soldier of reconciliation, or a crusader of some other cause? What is the role of the church in a culture of injustice? What is the church’s witness within a world of fear? When the fear of African-Americans at the hands of police…

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Preaching or Teaching? with David Fitch

Preaching or Teaching? with David Fitch

  “What’s the difference anyway?” you might ask when it comes to preaching and teaching. In this special episode, pastor and professor David Fitch talks about this difference between preaching and teaching, and how we need to proclaim the gospel in the pulpit, around the…

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Mission or Institution: Our Denominations?

Mission or Institution: Our Denominations?

Initially revival and mission movements, why do most denominations lose their founding Spirit and settle into an established Letter? “You make void the word of God by our traditions” says Jesus (Mark 7:13). Is this slow shift from the Spirit to the Letter inevitable? “Have our…

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Boasting in Weakness: The Source of our Ministries

Boasting in Weakness: The Source of our Ministries

  Can you “boast in your (ministry) weakness”? Author, speakers and pastor Mandy Smith discusses how vulnerability and limitation is the true source of ministry effectiveness. Let us all learn to embrace our own humanity. Please check out her new book “The Vulnerable Pastor“. This…

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What You’re *NOT* Thinking About: Ideology

What You’re *NOT* Thinking About: Ideology

What you’re NOT thinking about is often the most important thing about you. This is the impact of “ideology”, the hidden assumptions that effect our thoughts and provoke our emotions. In this new episode David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about the “making of misunderstanding”…

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