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Dr. Alfonse Javed

Deep conversations with diverse voices about urban ministry and Christian narratives. In "Our Urban Voices with Dr. Alfonse Javed," we will cover everything from churches and church planting efforts, missions and missions organization, evangelism and unreached people groups, emerging movements and initiatives, justice, current events related to faith and the persecuted church, to author interviews and reviews.

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#38. Making Orphanages Obsolete: Recovering Family-Based Care for Vulnerable Children
6d ago
#38. Making Orphanages Obsolete: Recovering Family-Based Care for Vulnerable Children
Elli Oswald reconsiders the ways American churches serve vulnerable children and honor them as image bearers of God. Through the Faith to Action Initiative, she advocates for systemic changes that would make orphanages obsolete around the world. What You’ll Learn :The Research about Orphanages, Family-Based Care and Child Development The Risks Involved with Mission Trips to Orphanages How Conflicts — Like the War in Ukraine —Affect Children and Orphans About the Guest: Elli Oswald is the Executive Director of the Faith to Action Initiative. The organization advocates for family-based care for children and functions to “mobilize and educate churches, faith-based organizations and individuals to engage in care that upholds the vital importance of family in a child’s life.” Prior to this role, she served as Director of Mission and Outreach at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington. There she guided Bethany Community Church in various ministries to the poor and vulnerable in Seattle and around the world. Elli has also served as the Children in Crisis Research and Communications Coordinator for World Vision International’s Child Development and Rights Technical Team which specializes in community-based care for children deprived of parental care. Elli has a B.A. from Pepperdine University and a M.A. in Cross Cultural Studies and International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including Union Station Homeless Services in Los Angeles. Scripture Related to Episode: (Genesis 1: 27, All Humanity Created in God’s Image) Links Related to Episode: (Faith to Action Initiative) (Faith to Action Initiative - FB) (Faith to Action Initiative - Twitter) (Resources to Learn about Child Advocacy) Timestamped Show Notes:01:07 - Topic: The Importance of Family-Based Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children 01:56 - The Blessing of Extended Family 03:31 - The Faith to Action Initiative 04:22 - What the Research Says about Orphanages vs. Family-Based Living 05:00 - Where Is the Orphan's Family? 05:34 - When a Child Might be Better-Off in an Orphanage 06:48 - Mission Trips to Orphanages — the Risks, the Money and the Children 08:24 - Child Advocacy and Supporting Vulnerable Families 09:09 - Discrimination and Children with Disabilities 09:44 - Follow the Money 10:29 - The Impact of War on Children and Orphans 11:49 - Adopting Children and Orphans 12:53 - COVID's Global Impact on Children 13:37 - When a Child Loses a Care Giver 13:54 - Holistic Care for Children 14:47 - It Can Happen! 15:09 - History of the Church Protecting the Vulnerable 16:20 - Find Resources and Connect with the Faith to Action Initiative 17:29 - Knock, Knock. Who's There?
#38. Making Orphanages Obsolete: Recovering Family-Based Care for Vulnerable Children
6d ago
#38. Making Orphanages Obsolete: Recovering Family-Based Care for Vulnerable Children
Elli Oswald reconsiders the ways American churches serve vulnerable children and honor them as image bearers of God. Through the Faith to Action Initiative, she advocates for systemic changes that would make orphanages obsolete around the world. What You’ll Learn :The Research about Orphanages, Family-Based Care and Child Development The Risks Involved with Mission Trips to Orphanages How Conflicts — Like the War in Ukraine —Affect Children and Orphans About the Guest: Elli Oswald is the Executive Director of the Faith to Action Initiative. The organization advocates for family-based care for children and functions to “mobilize and educate churches, faith-based organizations and individuals to engage in care that upholds the vital importance of family in a child’s life.” Prior to this role, she served as Director of Mission and Outreach at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington. There she guided Bethany Community Church in various ministries to the poor and vulnerable in Seattle and around the world. Elli has also served as the Children in Crisis Research and Communications Coordinator for World Vision International’s Child Development and Rights Technical Team which specializes in community-based care for children deprived of parental care. Elli has a B.A. from Pepperdine University and a M.A. in Cross Cultural Studies and International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including Union Station Homeless Services in Los Angeles. Scripture Related to Episode: (Genesis 1: 27, All Humanity Created in God’s Image) Links Related to Episode: (Faith to Action Initiative) (Faith to Action Initiative - FB) (Faith to Action Initiative - Twitter) (Resources to Learn about Child Advocacy) Timestamped Show Notes:01:07 - Topic: The Importance of Family-Based Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children 01:56 - The Blessing of Extended Family 03:31 - The Faith to Action Initiative 04:22 - What the Research Says about Orphanages vs. Family-Based Living 05:00 - Where Is the Orphan's Family? 05:34 - When a Child Might be Better-Off in an Orphanage 06:48 - Mission Trips to Orphanages — the Risks, the Money and the Children 08:24 - Child Advocacy and Supporting Vulnerable Families 09:09 - Discrimination and Children with Disabilities 09:44 - Follow the Money 10:29 - The Impact of War on Children and Orphans 11:49 - Adopting Children and Orphans 12:53 - COVID's Global Impact on Children 13:37 - When a Child Loses a Care Giver 13:54 - Holistic Care for Children 14:47 - It Can Happen! 15:09 - History of the Church Protecting the Vulnerable 16:20 - Find Resources and Connect with the Faith to Action Initiative 17:29 - Knock, Knock. Who's There?
#37. Why Ministry Contextualization Matters: The Robert Katende Story
Jul 26 2022
#37. Why Ministry Contextualization Matters: The Robert Katende Story
Through sports and chess, Robert Katende takes Christ to communities of young people from all religions living in IDP camps and local slums in Uganda. He shares his wisdom on mentoring young people, pastoral calling, effective sports ministry, and the absolute importance of ministry contextualization. Since the true story of one of his students was portrayed in the 2016 feature film, Queen of Katwe, Robert Katende continues to serve in sports ministry, coaching young people in Kampala, Uganda. What You’ll Learn:How sports ministry differs from sports activity programs The ingredients for an effective sports ministry Why understanding the community is so important when starting a sports outreach ministry About the Guest: Robert Katende is best known as mentor and coach to Phiona Mutesi, their true story was portrayed in the 2016, family-friendly film, Queen of Katwe. As a young person Mutesi became a chess phenom and Robert Katende was her coach. Robert became a Christian when he was a teenager. He began working with Sports Outreach Ministry full time a few years after volunteering as a university student in Kampala, Uganda. The ministry included young people from the slums of Kampala and living in IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps. Before going to university, he overcame many struggles in his childhood like being separated from his young mother, growing up during a time of war and civil unrest, being raised in different households and growing up in the slums of Nakulabye in Kampala. With hard work, he was able to go to Kyambogo University. That’s where he began to volunteer with Sports Outreach Ministry participating in soccer. He completed a degree in Computer Engineering at Kampala University. Today, Robert and his wife, Sarah, have three girls. He has attained a master’s degree in International Community Development from Northwest University Seattle, USA. He continues to serve in Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) where he is the Director for Southern Uganda and founder of the SOM Chess Academy. He is also the founder of the Robert Katende Initiative, in Uganda. Scripture Related to Episode : (Matthew 19: 23-26; With God All Things Are Possible) (Ephesians 4: 1-3; What’s Your Calling?) (John 13: 34-35; Unconditional Love) (Romans 7: 21-25; Speaking to the Inner Man) Links Related to Episode: (Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM), Southern Uganda) (Robert Katende Initiative) Contact Robert Katende, Robert Katende Initiative Contact SOM Chess Academy Contact SOM Kampala Timestamped Show Notes:01:12 - Topic: The Importance of Understanding the Unique Needs of Communities in Ministry 03:12 - The Blessing of Being a Family Man 04:16 - Growing Up in Several Homes 05:53 - Sports, Mentorship, Character Development, Evangelism and Discipleship 07:12 - Why Chess for a Sports Program? 08:08 - Relational Evangelism and Connecting with Kids One on One 08:50 - Understanding the Local Community 09:01 - Diving in When Young People Have Given up on Life 09:12 - Addressing Generational Bondage 10:11 - Restoring Hope and Transforming Lives 10:39 - Sports Outreach for the American Congregation 11:13 - Role of a Sports Minister 12:18 - Losing, Winning and Christ 13:32 - Advice for Starting a Sports Outreach Ministry 14:02 - Taking the Church to the Community 14:55 - Sports Ministry vs Sports Activity Program 15:11 - Ministry On Field and Off the Field 16:15 - Unconditional Love in Action 17:04 - Contacting Robert Katende 17:53 - Joke Time for Breakfast
#36. Echo of Hope: Holistic Education in Uganda and around the World
Jul 19 2022
#36. Echo of Hope: Holistic Education in Uganda and around the World
Will Lenzen Jr. is the founder of Echo. Beginning in Western Uganda, holistic education is making a difference one child and one family at a time through Echo. Echo’s model is sustainable and community building. It is a simple, replicable system, based on research, local children’s needs and measured growth. What You’ll Learn:Some of the practicalities of starting an international not-for-profit About the impact of holistic education and removing barriers to schooling The importance of understanding children’s needs in different communities About the Guest: Will Lenzen Jr. is the Founder of ECHO, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to helping children in developing communities get access to holistic education. After years of research and exploration informing the development of Echo, Will and his team started in Western Uganda. They are passionate about helping children around the world be echoes of hope in their communities. Will graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a degree in Advertising and a minor in Japanese. He has been a product designer and writer for the last 15 years and resides in NYC. Links Related to Episode: (About Echo ) Contact Will (Connect with Echo on Twitter) (Connect with Echo on Instagram) Timestamped Show Notes:01:09 - Topic: The Importance of Education and Equipping Students with Resources to Help Them Succeed 01:49 - How Does Echo Work? 02:58 - Replicable Empowerment through Holistic Education 03:50 - Echo's Vision 04:03 - Starting in Uganda 04:18 - Poverty! 04:44 - Meeting Ugandan Leaders and a Beta Run 05:47 - Starvation Poverty and Perspective 07:25 - Building Life Experiences that Perspective 08:15 - Holistic Educational Empowerment and Differentiating Needs of Children 09:02 - The Significance of a Toothbrush 10:28 - Barriers to Kids Finishing School 10:46 - Echo, Impacting Multiple Levels 12:39 - Intentionality 13:37 - Helping Girls Finish School in Uganda 15:30 - One Big Barrier to Education 16:04 - How Crucial Is Education 16:54 - Storytelling, Curiosity, Learning and Raising the Bar 18:20 - Makings of a Village Scribe 19:29 - Holistic Education vs State Madated Teachings 22:15 - Boxes for Kids in Different Communities 24:59 - Connect with Echo Especially if You Know a Community that Echo Can Help 26:13 - Anyone Can Be the Echo of Hope in Their Life and Community 27:07 - Google and a Dad Joke
#35. Does Culture Limit Some People from Fully Understanding the Bible?
Jul 12 2022
#35. Does Culture Limit Some People from Fully Understanding the Bible?
Jackson Wu exposes how the plain text of scripture may be misunderstood, dismissed or amplified depending on one’s cultural lens. He looks at the pitfalls of presumption and filtering ancient text with modern eyes. Providing specific examples, he considers ways that Christians can revisit scripture bring it into better focus and not overlook how radical Christ’s cross really is. What You’ll Learn:About the characteristics of honor-shame cultures How culture filters someone’s understanding of scripture How missions and outreach may be adapted for an honor-shame cultural context About the Guest: Jackson Wu (a pseudonym), at the time of this recording was the theologian-in-residence at Mission ONE. He lived in East Asia for 15 years where he served as a professor to Chinese pastors. He has penned several books: Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes, One Gospel for All Nations, Saving God’s Face, and his new book about the atonement The Cross in Context. Jackson Wu received his PhD in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He maintains a blog and he regularly publishes at jacksonwu.org where there are numerous tools and resources available in English and Chinese. Scripture Related to Episode: (Romans 12: 9-11; Honor One Another) (1 Corinthians 10: 31; Do It to the Glory of God) (Romans 2: 7-2: 10; Seek Honor from God) (John 17: 22; Jesus Give Glory) Links Related to Episode:Jackson Wu’s Blog (Jackson Wu, Books) (Contact Jackson Wu) Timestamped Show Notes : 01:11 - Topic: Whether It Is Important for Christians to Understand the Concepts of Honor-Share and Saving Face 02:05 - How Culture Impacts How We Read the Bible? 02:21 - Examples of How Culture Influences Interpretation of Scripture 04:36 - Honor-Shame Dynamics in All Cultures 05:45 - Defining Shame and Defining Honor 06:29 - The Moral Part of Honor-Shame Culture 07:32 - What is Praiseworthy? 09:39 - NT Greco-Roman Culture as an Honor-Shame Culture 09:58 - Similarities and Differences in Honor-Shame Cultures 10:57 - Personal Identity in East vs. West 11:25 - Condemning Honor Killings as an Outsider 12:09 - Social Revolution and Shifting Honor Standards 12:55 - The Subversive Message of Cross 14:34 - Honoring Your Parents 14:34 - The Bible verses Culture 15:25 - Social Aspect of Honor and Shame Dynamics 15:36 - Living Inside of a New Story with a New Identity 16:37 - Can Scripture Be Accurately Understood without Understanding These Cultural Implications 17:18 - When Culture Overlooks Scripture -- Baptizing One's Own Cultural Theology 19:31 - Does Seeking Honor Conflict with Humility? 20:52 - Honor-Shame, Missions and Outreach 21:08 - Recognizing the Dynamics of Honor-Shame in Western Culture 21:31 - Status Symbols, Social Media, Sports and Western Versions of Group Identity 23:28 - Advice for Pastors 25:24 - Available Resources 25:30 - Seeking God's Face - Practical Reflections 26:02 - The Cross in Context - Context Matters for Interpretation 26:30 - Divisions over the Doctrine of Atonement -- Divisiveness over the doctrine of atonement 27:17 - More Resources: 'One Gospel for All Nations' and 'Saving God's Face' by Jackson Wu 27:32 - Contact Jackson Wu 28:13 - Family and Readjusting to Culture 'Back Home' 29:13 - Two Dad Jokes and Two Dads
#34. The Power of Social Media: Young Believers Growing Online
Jul 5 2022
#34. The Power of Social Media: Young Believers Growing Online
Naga Palepu thought he was the only Christian that had been born Hindu. Amid persecution from his family, he expressed his pain by recording a TikTok video and it went viral. The response to the video was the catalyst for an international, virtual community known as Hidden Christians. Here, young believers can still grow in faith and build friendships despite the threat of persecution. What You’ll Learn:Why some believers from a Hindu or Muslim background may not have access to brick-and-mortar churches How social media is introducing young people to Christ all over the world How churches can better support new believers who have not grown up in church About the Guest: Naga Palepu was born Hindu but then he found Jesus. When his family learned that he had become a Christian, they persecuted him. But through that painful experience, he was able to minister to other young believers like himself and Hidden Christians was formed. Online, young believers are able to come together though they may live in families of a different faith – like Hindu, Muslim or atheist. Naga’s goal is that Hidden Christians would become Courageous Christians who spread the gospel to untouched parts of the world. Scripture Related to Episode: (Psalm 30: 11; God Turns Mourning into Joy) (Ephesians 6: 1-3; Honor Your Parents) (1 Samuel 17: 37; The Lord Delivered David from a Lion ) (Genesis 50: 20; God Turned It for Good) Links Related to Episode: (Connect with Naga on Instagram) (Hidden Christians on Instagram) (Hidden Christians on YouTube) (Hidden Christians on Discord) Timestamped Show Notes:01:12 - Topic: The Unique Needs of Muslim and Hindu Background Believers 01:49 - Naga's Personal Testimony 02:46 - Praying to the Light 07:07 - How Hidden Christians Began 08:35 - Parents' Reaction to Naga Becoming a Christian 10:14 - God's Promises in the Pain 13:58 - From Viral Video to International Fellowship 15:08 - Forming the Online Community, Hidden Christians 16:10 - God Turned It for Good 16:51 - Meeting the Needs of Young Believers Online 18:22 - What About Trolls? 18:44 - What Happens After You Get Baptized? 21:33 - Why Should Christians Care about Social Media? 22:18 - Needs of New Believers 23:51 - Contact Info and Hidden Christians 24:46 - Joke: Does God Love Everyone?
#33. Journey with Jesus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Psalms of Ascent
Jun 28 2022
#33. Journey with Jesus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Psalms of Ascent
Dr. Fred Farrokh breaks down the when, what, and why of Hajj, the pilgrimage of Muslims traveling to Mecca. He looks at the significance of pilgrimages in the Hebrew scriptures and in light of the New Testament. Dr. Fred Farrokh has served as a missionary for decades and currently trains other missionaries internationally. He is a Christian from a Muslim background. Bonus Content:  (Journey with Jesus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Psalms of Ascent - Free Download) What You’ll Learn:The significance of Hajj in Muslim religion How pilgrimage differs for Christians compared to the commands in the Hebrew scriptures Unique congregational needs of Christians brothers and sisters who come from a Muslim background About the Guest: Dr. Fred Farrokh is an ordained missionary with Elim Fellowship. He is an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. Before he became a believer in college, he was raised in a Muslim family. He has served as the Executive Director of Jesus for Muslims in the metro NYC area, its mission is to network individuals, churches and ministries that are engaged in outreach to Muslims for prayer, outreach and strengthening believers from a Muslim background. Additionally, he has served as the Special Projects Officer with SAT-7 in Cyprus. It is a ministry that broadcasts throughout the Middle East and North Africa to “encourage and strengthen often-isolated Christians in their faith and provide a fresh perspective of faith for those asking questions about Jesus.” In 2014, Fred received his PhD in Intercultural Studies through Assemblies of God Theological Seminary with his dissertation on Muslim Identity. He is the author of Journey with Jesus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Psalms of Ascent and Prepare for Persecution: Lessons from Acts. Scripture Related to Episode: (Psalm 120-134; Psalms of Ascent) Links Related to Episode: (Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples) (Journey with Jesus: A Spiritual Pilgrimage through the Psalms of Ascent – Physical Copies) (Resources in French) (Resources in Spanish) (Resources in Arabic) Timestamped Show Notes:01:07 - Topic: the Spiritual Pilgrimage from Islam to Christ 03:08 - Family Background and Kids in Ministry 05:18 - Fred's Spiritual Journey to Christ and Becoming Missionary 06:11 - God Talks Personally to People 06:25 - Jesus Is Not Like the Other Prophets 08:10 - What is Hajj? 09:03 - Salvation by Works 09:51 - Explaining the Arabic Calendar 11:57 - Pilgrimage to Jerusalem 12:48 - What's so Special about the Psalms of Ascent? 13:36 - Today's Spiritual Pilgrimage 15:47 - Living in the Tents of War as a Person of Peace 16:56 - Inspiration from the Psalms 17:20 - Unique Needs of Muslim Background Believers 19:53 - Encouraging MBBs 21:29 - Global Trends and Encouragement from International Missions 21:50 - Church Growth in Muslim Majority Countries 22:12 - Iran and Church Growth 22:35 - Theocracy, Disillusionment, Former Terrorist and Faith in Christ 23:20 - Outreach, Preaching, Friendship Evangelism and Hospitality 24:20 - Prayer for the Muslim World and for Believers from a Muslim Background 26:11 - Free PDF Download of Book in English, Arabic, Spanish and French 26:42 - Fred's Contact Info 26:58 - Cross Cultural Ministry and a Joke That Makes You Go Hmmm
#32. Rethinking God’s Plan – Across the Street and Around the World
Jun 21 2022
#32. Rethinking God’s Plan – Across the Street and Around the World
Lori Rogers pushes back on the idea that ‘missions’ is something that is only done overseas. With the Momentum Yes free, online, video series — Christians take a fresh look at God’s plan for the nations — discovering their place in God's story. Lori considers the dynamic and practical implications for the church when the nations are regarded in the light of God's love. Bonus Content:  (Momentum Yes - Session 1 - Sneak Peek ) What You’ll Learn:About God’s love for the world revealed throughout scripture About the benefits of group study How Momentum Yes impacts missions in America and abroad About the Guest: Lori Rogers is the interim Executive Director of Momentum Yes. For thirty years, she served in missions leadership at Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh, IN. She volunteered for several years and then joined the staff as Global Outreach Director for 21 years. In 2021, she transitioned to serve as the Interim Executive Director of Momentum Yes — a free online video series to inspire and unleash everyday people to engage with the nations, especially the least-reached. She and her high school sweetheart have been married for 30 years. They have two strong and courageous kids, the eldest is married. She loves to travel and take pictures of beautiful flowers and sunsets. Lori also loves to network and learn from leaders around the world. Prayer, mobilization and missionary care are Lori's favorite areas of ministry. Lori believes that every follower of Jesus has global DNA waiting to be activated. She also believes that God puts His love for the nations into each of us, but sometimes we haven’t discovered it yet. Scripture Related to Episode: (God’s Heart for the Nations) (John 3: 16; Jesus Came to Save the World) Links Related to Episode: (Momentum Yes) Email: Lori Rogers (Twitter - Momentum Yes) Timestamped Show Notes:01:07 - Topic: Why and How to Inspire Christians to Engage with Global Missions 01:57 - What is Momentum Yes? 04:04 - Momentum Yes Content in Six Session 04:23 - The Nations, Before the Great Commition 04:40 - The Importance of Prayer 06:09 - Perspectives are Changed 06:42 - From Global Perspective to Personal Responsibility 07:12 - ReThinking Assumptions 08:10 - Did Jesus Die for the World? 09:11 - Applying a Global Perspective Everyday 09:22 - Is the Church Dying? 09:55 - Working Together 11:21 - The Benefit of Group Study 11:58 - Lives are transformed 14:09 - Getting World Changers out of the Pews 15:11 - Free Resource -- MomentumYes.com 16:49 - Resource Translation Project 18:14 - 25 Countries and Counting 18:58 - God's Call Heard thru Momentum Yes 20:17 - Crossing the Street with Good News 21:05 - Tool for Everyday People in the Church 21:59 - Resources and Contact Info 23:16 - Family: Getting Personal 23:41 - Jokes: Fruit and Fruit Pies
#31. The Men We Need—Adulting, Gardening, and Defending Against Intruders
Jun 14 2022
#31. The Men We Need—Adulting, Gardening, and Defending Against Intruders
Brant Hansen compares toxic masculinity to what it actually means to follow Jesus. Moving from generational trauma to generational hope, he shares his discoveries about mentoring, fatherhood, and adulting as a man in today’s culture. How can a man defend his family against harmful intruders and cultivate a life where the people around him can thrive? What You’ll Learn:The value of a man having a vision for his life What it means to tend God’s Garden in today’s world About the impact of one-month-mentorships About the Guest: Brant Hansen is a nationally syndicated radio host, bestselling author and podcaster. With his co-host, he’s regularly heard on the podcast: The Brant and Sherri Oddcast. It has been downloaded over 10 million times. The Men We Need is his most recent book. His other books include: Unoffendable, Blessed Are the Misfits and The Truth About Us. Since 2014, he’s served as CURE International’s Advocate/Radio Presenter. Long before joining the organization in an official capacity, he was a supporter for the its work. "CURE International operates a global network of eight children’s hospitals that provide life-changing surgical care and intentional spiritual care for children living with disabilities.” Brant lives in South Florida with his wife, Carolyn. They have been married for over 30 years, have two adult children and have just welcomed their first grandchild. Scripture Related to Episode: (Genesis 2: 15; Tending the Garden) (Genesis 1: 26-27; God Made Them Male and Female) Links Related to Episode: (The Men We Need: God's Purpose for the Manly Man, the Avid Indoorsman, or Any Man Willing to Show Up by Brant Hansen) (Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle, Recommended Book) (Brant Hansen, Author) (Brant & Sherri Oddcast) (BrantHansen.com) Email: Brant Hansen Timestamped Show Notes:01:08 - Topic: Reimagining Biblical Manhood 01:54 - The Joys of Fatherhood and Family 03:35 - The Season with Small Children 04:47 - The Conversation about Manhood in the Culture and in the Church 05:33 - What's a Man's Job? 06:36 - Men Getting Unstuck 07:28 - God Made Them Male and Female 07:53 - Taking Responsibility for One's Spiritual Life 08:35 - For Any Man Willing to Show Up 10:10 - Hope for Ending Dysfunctional Generational Cycles 12:10 - For Men Struggling with Pornography 12:30 - Recommended Reading: Surfing for God 13:04 - Pornography and the Appeal of Fake Relationships 13:53 - Encouragement for Men Who Give Up Pornography 15:12 - Making a Difference Where You Are 17:10 - Getting Started with the One-Month-Mentorship 19:54 - Being a Keeper of the Garden 21:40 - Protecting Your Family from a Harmful Intruder 23:07 - Brant Hansen, Contact Info 24:39 - Brant's Joke Telling Masterclass
#30. Urban Ministry, Gentrification, Justice, and a Faithful Witness
Jun 7 2022
#30. Urban Ministry, Gentrification, Justice, and a Faithful Witness
Pastor Justin Adour looks at opportunities and potential blind spots when church planting in a neighborhood that is being gentrified. He also considers the church’s hesitancy to confront issues relating to justice and how that reluctance could overshadow a church’s testimony of Jesus. Almost three years ago—he and his wife, Angela, co-founded Redeemer East Harlem which is part of the family of Redeemer Presbyterian Churches in New York City. Located in the heart of what is traditionally known as Spanish Harlem, the community around the church is experiencing rapid gentrification. What You’ll Learn:Three of the Church's Biggest Challenges to Engage in Issues that Relate to Justice About Gentrification as a Context for Church Planting How Justice Relates to Evangelism About the Guest : Pastor Justin Adour together with his wife Angela co-founded Redeemer East Harlem. For almost three years he has served as the Lead Pastor of the church located in the heart of what has been traditionally known as Spanish Harlem in New York City. Prior to that, he has been pastoring in NYC since 2008—serving as a youth pastor and staff pastor in the Bronx, a chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a campus minister at NYU and a pastor at Redeemer East Side. He is an editor and contributor for a blog, Until Zion. He earned both a bachelor's and master's degrees in Intercultural Studies with his master's focus in urban missiology, as well as a master's from Reformed Theological Seminary NYC. He has also completed his doctorate (D.Min) from North Park Theological Seminary. Scripture Related to Episode: (Revelation 21; New Heaven and New Earth) Links Related to Episode: (Redeemer East Harlem) (East Harlem Youth Center) (Justin Adour, Contributor - Until Zion Blog) Timestamped Show Notes:01:08 - Topic: Church Planting and Social Justice from a Biblical Perspective 02:07 - Biblical Justice versus Social Justice 04:24 - Youth Ministry in the Bronx 06:36 - Competing Definitions of Racism 07:41 - The Social Construct of Race 08:16 - What Is Anti-Racism? 09:45 - The Church as a Just People (On Purpose) 10:54 - Learning from the Church's History about Justice 13:08 - The Importance of History in Understanding a Community —Missiology in America 14:25 - Context for the Church Plant's Core Team 15:01 - Looking at the Gospel Holistically 15:42 - Great Commission Christianity and the Restoration of All Things 16:48 - Making the Invisible Kingdom Visible Now 17:30 - Reconciliation and Restoration in Communities 18:16 - Three Obstacles to a Justice Orientation in Churches 22:01 - NYC in 2020 during the #BLM Movement 22:39 - Solidarity, Prayer and Unity 27:08 - Privileged Mobility and Loving Your Neighbor 33:45 - Justice Matters 36:03 - Biblical Witness, Justice, Advocacy and Evangelism 37:27 - Contact Info and Until Zion Blog 38:10 - Dads Joking
#29. The Second Coming, Israelology, Discipleship, and the Life of Jesus
May 31 2022
#29. The Second Coming, Israelology, Discipleship, and the Life of Jesus
Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum discusses Israelology — a key to understanding prophecy and Jesus' earthly ministry. The systematic study of Israel also provides context for understanding the rapture, end times and Jesus' second coming. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum unpacks Jesus' example of leadership and what that means for modern day discipleship. Bonus Content:  (Come and See, Ariel Library Resources) What You’ll Learn:What Israelology is and why it matters in the study of the Bible How to apply Jesus' example of discipleship What scripture says has to happen before the rapture or Jesus’ return About the Guest: In 1943, Arnold was born in Russia into a Jewish family that had fled Poland. After being allowed to go back to Poland in 1945, the family escaped the Iron Curtain with the assistance of the Israeli underground. They spent several years in a British Displaced Persons camp in Germany. While there, Arnold received Orthodox Jewish training from his father. And, the family was befriended by a Lutheran minister. While Arnold was still a boy, the family migrated to New York City. The contact with the Lutheran minister, led Arnold and his mother to the American Board of Missions to the Jews (which would eventually become Chosen People Ministries). Through this ministry, several years later, Arnold came to a saving knowledge of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. He was 13 years old. Despite his father’s disapproval and harsh treatment, Arnold’s faith endured. After high school, he enrolled in a Christian college. He would go on to transfer and graduate from Cedarville College and later from Dallas Theological Seminary. He received his PhD from New York University. He is the Founder and Director of Ariel Ministries. The ministry offers intensive Bible teaching from a Messianic Jewish perspective with both in-person and online instruction. Tyndale Seminary students may be able to apply some Ariel coursework toward their degree. The ministry’s online library has resources available in English, Afrikaans, French, Hebrew, Hungarian and Russian. Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum wrote the groundbreaking book, Israelology: the Missing Link in Systematic Theology. He is a prolific author. He has written several Bible commentaries including a recently published commentary on the book of Isaiah. He has authored or co-authored many books including The Feasts and Fasts of Israel: Their Historical and Prophetic Significance and Footsteps of the Messiah. Scripture Related to Episode: (Matthew 12-13; Jesus Shifts Ministry Focus to His Disciples) (Zechariah 13-14; Persecution of the Jewish People, the Abomination of Desolation and the National Salvation of Jewish People) (Ezekiel 38-39; Prophecy about Gog and Magog) Links Related to Episode: (Ariel Ministries) - Phone: 210-344-7707 (Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Author) (Israelology: The Missing Link In Systematic Theology) Timestamped Show Notes:01:19-Topic: Israelology in Understanding Jesus' Earthly Ministry and His Return 02:20-About Arnold's Family 02:54-What is the Systematic Theological Study of Israel? 04:45-The Context of Jesus' Earthly Ministry 05:12-The Greek and Roman Culture in the New Testament 05:31-1st Century Israel and the Life of Jesus 05:50-Christian Schools that Have a Jewish Studies Major 06:18-Messianic Jewish Studies at Ariel Ministries 07:30-Two Fold Purpose of Ariel Ministries 07:49-Jesus' Example of Discipleship 08:55-How Does Jesus' Example for Discipleship Apply to Churches Today 09:37-2 Things for a...
#28. Skiing in a Saree: How South Asian Dance Builds Community and Connects Cultures
May 24 2022
#28. Skiing in a Saree: How South Asian Dance Builds Community and Connects Cultures
Divya Maiya gives us a peek into the world of South Asian dance. She is the co-founder of the South Asian Arts and Theater House — SAATH — based in Minneapolis, MN. More than Bollywood and Bhangra, she looks at the communities touched by South Asian dance. And, she talks about breaking stereotypes, appreciating cultural traditions and the motivation for her own #SareeAdventures. Divya Maiya looks at how dance can be a fun way to build community across and beyond the South Asian diaspora. What You’ll Learn:About the Roots of Various of South Asian Dances How Dance Can Tell the History and Culture of a People How Dance Can Build a Diverse Community among the South Asian Diaspora About the Guest: Divya Maiya is a saree adventurer and co-founder of SAATH, the South Asian Arts and Theater House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. New to town, she originally sought dance as a way to meet people. Today, SAATH is home to a diverse arts community. It includes, Asian and non-Asian dancers who come together for performances and informal classes. Most of all, it offers a fun way to connect to the cultural roots of South Asian arts and the people who share a passion for it. SAATH is a 501c3 non-profit organization that celebrates “cultural diversity and social harmony in our communities through the joyful medium of dance, performing arts, and related South Asian cultural traditions.” Divya Maiya also serves as the President, Executive Director and Artistic Director of SAATH (formerly named Bollywood Dance Scene). She is a techie and social media influencer who has a passion for travel and photography. Links Related to Episode: (South Asian Arts and Theatre House) (YouTube - South Asian Arts and Theatre House) (Instagram - South Asian Arts and Theatre House) (Twitter - South Asian Arts and Theatre House) (Instagram - @divyamaiya) Timestamped Show Notes:02:15 - Defining South Asian Dance 04:43 - Building Bridges with the Arts 05:26 - Influence of African Culture on South Asian Dance 06:24 - Dance and Cultural Exchange among South Asian Diaspora 08:07 - Listening to the Stories People Groups Tell 09:03 - What is South Asian Dance in American? 10:26 - Community, Culture and History 14:31 - Challenging Stereotypes 15:49 - #SareeAdventures 18:41 - What about the Second Generation? 19:34 - Art and Social Issues 20:29 - Despite the Haters 20:44 - Forming Community from a Small Group 22:27 - Not Just a Bollywood Dance Scene 23:21 - What about Cultural Appropriation? 25:04 - Creating Community Where You Are 29:39 - Getting in Touch with SAATH 30:34 - Family and Joke Ahead
#27. So You Want to Start a Ministry to Muslims?
May 17 2022
#27. So You Want to Start a Ministry to Muslims?
Dr. Fadia Farag unearths some of the reasons Christians are hesitant to reach out to Muslims and Muslims are hesitant to follow Christ. Reflecting on more than ten years of experience with the Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center in NYC, she considers why it’s important for the church not to ignore Muslims in our communities or to be fearful of ministering to them. Dr. Fadia looks at some of the practicalities of ministry and provides tips on how to start an outreach where you are. What You’ll Learn :About overcoming obstacles that Christians have to engage Muslims Some of the obstacles for Muslims to follow Christ 7 Tips on how to start a teaching ministry to Muslims About the Guest: Dr. Fadia Farag presently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center (BAAFC), an outreach ministry to Muslims in New York City. She is also a co-founder of the ministry. Prior to this role, she served as the organization’s executive director for more than a decade. Raised in a Coptic family in Egypt, she became a medical doctor before migrating to the United States. She worked successfully as a pediatrician, got married and had two children. In 1990, she moved to the United States. In 2003, Dr. Fadia was led to co-found a teaching center for Muslim immigrants. The BAAFC opened a year later in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Free ESL, citizenship and computer classes are offered at the center. It is also a source of physical, emotional and spiritual support for the Muslim community--especially Muslim women. During her tenure as executive director at BAAFC, Dr. Fadia has witnessed the power of prayer, healings, revelations and lives redeemed. Her theme is “love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:8). Dr. Fadia is a sought after speaker. She primarily focuses on teaching Christians how to reach out to Muslims. Dr. Fadia has spoken at area churches and many times at the annual Heart for Muslims Conference. Scripture Related to Episode: (1 Corinthians 13: 8; Love Never Fails) (John 3: 16; Christ’s Love for the World) (1 Corinthians 3: 5-7; Only God Converts People) (The Book of Jonah; Not to Be Like Jonah) (1 John 4: 15-19; Perfect Love Casts Out Fear) (John 15: 12-17; Jesus Chooses) (Jeremiah 1: 17; Faithfulness Despite Fear) (Exodus 17: 11-13; Aaron and Hur Hold up Moses’ Arms) Links Related to Episode: (Brooklyn Arab-American Friendship Center) Send a Message to Dr. Fadia Show Notes:01:03 - The Importance of Friendship in Sharing Christ with Muslims 02:04 - Welcoming Muslim Immigrants after September 11, 2001 02:40 - What about Street Evangelism? 04:06 - Where Is the Need? 06:29 - Why Should Christians Care? 07:53 - Community Impact after September 11, 2001 in NYC 08:34 - The Importance of Patience in Witnessing to Muslims 10:44 - 4 Major Obstacles for Muslims as they Learn about Jesus 13:14 - Combating a Worldview about Conversions 14:18 - Common Fears of American Christians 15:56 - Fear and Absence of Love 18:00 - 7 Keys to Consider When You Start a Teaching Center in Your Area 20:25 - Pray, Pray, Pray! 21:40 - Loving Jesus through the Generations
#26. Getting Unstuck — Is Your Church Healthy, Growing, or Declining?
May 10 2022
#26. Getting Unstuck — Is Your Church Healthy, Growing, or Declining?
Tony Morgan, Founder of the Unstuck Group breaks down some fundamentals of a thriving church for this season of ministry. Evangelism, making disciples, growing deeper in faith — the mission of the church remains the same. But, do more activities really mean more disciples? And, what about virtual services after the pandemic? Tony Morgan challenges listeners to consider whether their congregation is declining and what to do about it. What You’ll Learn:What thriving churches look like during this season About the lingering impacts of the covid pandemic on local congregations What an effective discipleship strategy looks like About the Guest: Tony Morgan is Founder of the Unstuck Group which has served more than 500 churches since 2009. As the Lead Strategist, Tony works with church leaders, helping them to refocus on discipleship and impact their community in their unique context. It is a role that grew from his time as a pastor. After sharing his experiences, he was eventually asked to come along side leaders of other congregations. There are numerous resources available on the Unstuck Group website: articles, whitepapers and The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month. Tony has authored several books, including The Unstuck Church. Scripture Related to Episode: (Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 24:44-48; Mission of the Church) Links Related to Episode: (The Unstuck Group) (Book, The Unstuck Church) (Tony Morgan, Author) (The Unstuck Church Podcast) Show Notes:01:22 - Tony Morgan, Family and Ministry 03:11 - Free Resources for Churches 06:05 - Need for Translators 07:22 - How the Unstuck Group Started 08:22 - Is There a Right Way to Do a Healthy Church? 09:45 - 4 Steps to Help a Church's Mission 11:25 - Right Sized Strategies 13:57 - What Churches Need to Change Post Covid 14:55 - 4 Differences between Growing and Declining Churches 17:44 - Giving Ministry Away 20:37 - Post Covid Pastor Burn Out 23:08 - Same Mission, Different Methodologies 24:11 - Virtual, Hybrid or Corporate Worship 25:41 - Managing Digital Ministry 28:32 - Are More Church Programs Really Better? 29:33 - Recipe for Discipleship 30:52 - How Many are Too Many Church Programs 31:51 - What Really Works for Discipleship and Spiritual Formation 33:20 - Multisite Churches – a Double Edged Sword
#25. Leadership Development, Mentoring, and Service – Pioneering in Areas of Need
May 3 2022
#25. Leadership Development, Mentoring, and Service – Pioneering in Areas of Need
Chris Coppernoll shares about leadership development and leaning into the needs of others. He gleans from personal experience, life on campus, in church, the marketplace and ministry abroad. He breaks down the role of mentorship in effective leadership development. Chris talks about ministry in Pakistan, working in the Christian music industry and a scriptural response to America’s racial conflicts. Bonus Content:  (HOW TO FORGIVE RACIAL VIOLENCE | Going Forward When You Can't Go Back) What You’ll Learn:Ways to support leadership growth within a church About modern-day peonage, debt bondage in Pakistan One Christian Response to America’s Lingering of Racial Strife About the Guest: Dr. Chris Coppernoll has explored leadership development in varied contexts. At the time of this recording, he serves as the Associate Director of Community Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has planted a multi-ethnic church near Albany, New York. And, he has encouraged students in India and on campuses in America. Chris has preached or taught in several countries in Asia and across Africa. Prior to planting a church, he cofounded a company, working in Nashville’s Christian music industry—the Soul2Soul Radio Network. For twenty-five years, the interviews with Gospel and Christian music luminaries aired weekly. The company recently closed; during its tenure it included 600 radio markets, 40 countries and 1500 interviews. Chris has authored or co-authored six books and his seventh book is pending, Belonging: God's Call to Unity in a Diverse Church. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Truett Seminary at Baylor University and is married to celebrated novelist, Christa Parrish. Together, they have four children. Scripture Related to Episode: (1 Corinthians 12 :26; If One Part of the Body Suffers, We All Suffer) Links Related to Episode: (Dr. Chris Coppernoll) (The Belonging Project) (Learning to Lead) (Chris Coppernoll, Books) (Chris Coppernoll Author, Facebook) (Chris Coppernoll, Facebook) Show Notes:01:14 - Adventures in Ministry, Mentorship, Church Planting and the Music Industry 05:20 - Belonging, Healing and a Book about Racial Reconciliation 07:17 - Who Do We Let into Our Lives? 07:49 - A Path for Racial Reconciliation in the Church 08:55 - What about Oneness in Christ? 09:18 - Pastors and Conversations about Racial Reconciliation 10:21 - Abolitionist Movement and the Western Church 12:01 - A Forgotten National Ideal in America 13:16 - Exegesis and Civil Rights 14:02 - When One Part of the Body Suffers 15:53 - Grace Unites 17:02 - Starting the Learn to Lead Project 20:40 - Research on Leadership and Mentoring 25: 04 - Proof for Effective Leadership Development 27:27 - Immediate Impact of Leadership Class 28:19 - Jesus' Mentorship of His Disciples 28:48 - Paul's Mentorship of Timothy 29:27 - Working in the Music Industry 32:12 - Brick Kiln, Debted Workers in Pakistan 33:24 - Subpar Wages and Increasing Debt 34:50 - Freedom from Kiln Debt 36:39 - Kid Friendly Joke
#24. How Can Christians Reach Out to Muslims During Ramadan?
Apr 26 2022
#24. How Can Christians Reach Out to Muslims During Ramadan?
James Rayment reveals how Ramadan is one of the best times for Christians to reach out to Muslims in their community. But, where can you or your church begin? As an unapologetically Christian organization, the Al-Ma'idah Initiative starts with lots of prayer and a table of food. And, it’s not too soon to plan for 2023 when Easter, Passover, and Ramadan will overlap for the second year in a row. James Rayment discusses the significance and the connections between prayer, hospitality, Ramadan, and revelations of Jesus. This is a special Ramadan episode, from a webinar that was made available earlier this month. What You’ll Learn:One of the Most Important Questions to Ask During Ramadan Some Ways to Get To Know Muslims in Your Community 4 Specific Prayer Points About the Guest: James Rayment has been building relationships with Muslims in Seattle and around the world since 2012. As a result of this ministry he founded the Al-Ma’idah Initiative, a Christian nonprofit. The organization educates and equips local Christians to engage with individuals in the city’s Muslim community. Members of the local church are better able to understand and communicate with Muslims on a range of issues. His goal is to facilitate genuine friendships without shying away from the exclusivity of Jesus’ message. The Al-Ma’idah Initiative is an unapologetically Christian organization. God is the one who changes hearts and minds. Through the Al-Ma’idah Initiative, there's no coercion or reason to cancel someone despite sharp disagreement — genuine friendships can and do start at the table. Christians simply represent what they believe to be true and show hospitality. Scripture Related to Episode: (Romans 1: 18-21; Knowing the Truth) (Proverbs 25: 2; Searching Knowledge) Links Related to Episode: (The Al-Ma'idah Initiative) (Podcast, The Al-Ma'idah Initiative) (RSVP to NYC Prayer Gathering) Show Notes:03:29 - What Is the Al-Ma’idah Initiative? 03:47 - Food, Friendly Conversations and Iftar Dinners 05:02 - Making Sense of Ramadan for Christians 05:28 - Original Sin vs Original Innocence 07:22 - One of the Most Important Things to Talk About 09:15 - Christians Connecting with Muslims During Ramadan 11:46 - Good Timing to Host an Iftar Dinner 12:24 - Listening and Praying 14:45 - Churches in Seattle, WA 15:34 - One Woman's Vision of Jesus 18:47 - Removing Obstacles and Opening Doors to the Gospel 22:02 - How Can Christians Pray for Muslims During Ramadan 23:51 - Prayer About the Hard Questions 25:56 - More Prayer Points 28:18 - Contact the Al-Ma’idah Initiative 28:50 - What's the First Step? 30:49 - Invitation to Gather and Pray
#23. At the Table with Muslims and Christians—Conversation without Compromise, the Al-Ma’idah Initiative
Apr 26 2022
#23. At the Table with Muslims and Christians—Conversation without Compromise, the Al-Ma’idah Initiative
James Rayment unpacks what it means to have conversation without compromise and build relationships despite fundamental disagreements. Through the Al-Ma’idah Initiative, Muslims and Christians are able to engage, cultivate mutual respect, and build genuine friendships. The organization is unapologetically Christian. These opportunities to dialogue stand in stark contrast to perennial accusations of cancel culture in America. James Rayment pushes back on some common misconceptions that Protestants have about Muslims and outlines how churches can take the first steps in getting to know Muslim people in their neighborhoods. Bonus Content:  (How Can Christians Reach Out to Muslims During Ramadan?) What You’ll Learn:About the Differences and Importance of How the Bible and the Quran Describe Jesus’ Death 4+ Practical Tips for Churches Exercising Hospitality toward Muslims About a Common Error that Protestant Christians Make When Talking to Muslims About the Guest: James Rayment has been building relationships with Muslims in Seattle and around the world since 2012. As a result of this ministry he founded the Al-Ma’idah Initiative, a Christian nonprofit. The organization educates and equips local Christians to engage with individuals in the city’s Muslim community. Members of the local church are better able to understand and communicate with Muslims on a range of issues. His goal is to facilitate genuine friendships without shying away from the exclusivity of Jesus’ message. The Al-Ma’idah Initiative is an unapologetically Christian organization. God is the one who changes hearts and minds. Through the Al-Ma’idah Initiative, there's no coercion or reason to cancel someone despite sharp disagreement — genuine friendships can and do start at the table. Christians simply represent what they believe to be true and show hospitality. Scripture Related to Episode: (Matthew 26-28; Jesus’ Death and Resurrection) (Psalm 72; God’s Vision for the Muslim World) Links Related to Episode: (The Al-Ma'idah Initiative) (Podcast, The Al-Ma'idah Initiative) Show Notes:01:38 - From England to Having a Family in Seattle 03:35 - Catalyst for Al-Ma'idah Initiative 07:09 - Who Wants to Visit Church with Us? 07:57 - Muslims’ Openness to Spiritual Conversations 09:13 - Taking People and Ideas Seriously 11:05 - So as a Christian, What Do You Believe? 11:14 - How did Jesus Escape from the Cross? 12:13 - Literally Putting the Cards on the Table 13:01 - 4 Practical Tips for Churches to Get Started 15:12 - Leading By Example 15:51 - How Hearts and Minds Change 16:17 - Before Hosting a Meal 16:34 - God Has Work to Do in the Muslims World 18:50 - A Free and Fair Arena for Ideas 19:44 - Main Error that Protestant Christians Make in Interacting with Muslim People 24:48 - A Joke for Ramadan
#22. Mitch Glaser Reflects on Prophecy, the Messiah, and Covid’s Lasting Impact on Ministry at Chosen People Ministries
Apr 19 2022
#22. Mitch Glaser Reflects on Prophecy, the Messiah, and Covid’s Lasting Impact on Ministry at Chosen People Ministries
Dr. Mitch Glaser looks at the challenges, opportunities, and surprising areas of fruitfulness for present-day outreach to Jewish people around the world. He reflects on decades in ministry, experiencing antisemitism, unity, prophecy, politics, virtual evangelism, and virtual discipleship. Dr. Mitch Glaser serves as the President of Chosen People Ministries. Before the most recent wave of Covid-19 subsided in New York City, the pandemic’s lasting impact on the ministry had already become apparent. What You’ll Learn:About present-day areas of fruitfulness for Jewish outreach About innovative outreach programs How Isaiah 53 is a significant Messianic prophecy in the Hebrew Scriptures About the Guest: Dr. Mitch Glaser has served as the President of Chosen People Ministry since 1997. He is a native New Yorker and grew up in a nominally Orthodox Jewish home. At 19, he came to faith in the promised Jewish Messiah and got involved in ministry shortly thereafter. Dr. Glaser is an alumnus of Northeastern Bible College and holds a Master of Divinity degree in Old Testament from Talbot School of Theology as well as a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies. He has taught at leading evangelical schools and written articles for a number of Christian publications. He is the author of several books including: The Fall Feasts of Israel which he co-authored with his wife, Zheva; and Isaiah 53 Explained which is available in eleven languages and has over 100,000 copies in print. Formerly known as the American Board of Missions to the Jews, Chosen People Ministry is one of the largest and oldest Messianic missions in the United States. It was founded in 1894 and today the organization has missionaries in 16 countries around the world. Bonus Content: (Dr. Mitch Glaser's Personal Testimony ) Scripture Related to Episode: (Isaiah 53; Prophecy 700 Years Before the Birth of the Messiah) Links Related to Episode: (Chosen People Ministries) (Dr. Mitch Glaser, Author) (Dr. Mitch Glaser’s Blog) Show Notes:01:32 - Dr. Glaser's Testimony and Family 04:26 - Answering the Number One Objections Jews Have to Jesus 06:14 - The American Board of Missions to the Jews 08:18 - The Personal Part in Personal Evangelism 12:35 - Abram and God's Promises to the Jewish People 13:55 - The Mission of the Jewish People 14:40 - What Happens When the Jewish People Turn to Jesus? 17:29 - Disciples Training Initiative 21:54 - Being a Role Model in the Faith 23:06 - Can You Love Others at a Distance? 25:00 - Messianic Congregations around the World 26:12 - How Did Covid Impact Ministry 29:40 - Lasting Impact of Pandemic 30:13 - Online Outreach and Local Follow-up 31:02 - Evangelism Differences between Secular Israelis vs Orthodox Jews 33:47 - Outreach through Youth Hostels 37:17 - What about Politics? 38:20 - Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem 40:49 - Palestinians and Israelis Coming to Faith 42:40 - Isaiah 53 Explained 46:19 - Messianic Prophecy 700 Years before the Birth of the Christ 46:49 - A Joke Please
#21. Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church: Overcoming Language Barriers and Fighting Persecution Back Home in Myanmar
Apr 12 2022
#21. Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church: Overcoming Language Barriers and Fighting Persecution Back Home in Myanmar
Pastor Peter Lwin grew up in Myanmar and migrated to America after grade school. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been plagued by civil wars and religious persecution for decades. Then, in 2020 there was a military coup that upended the country’s democratic elections. Many of the young people at Calvary Burmese Church had a loose connection to their family’s culture and homeland. Both literally and figuratively, the generations didn't speak the same language. Pastor Peter is a Youth Pastor. He shares about the challenges in bridging that gap, the grace needed to do so and how the young people have stepped up to advocate for Myanmar. Bonus Content:  (World Watch List: Myanmar Ranked #12 among the Most Difficult Countries to Follow Jesus ) What You’ll Learn:About some of Myanmar’s culture and history How one ethnic church is able to reach 3rd generation youth How some young people are advocating for Myanmar About the Guest: Pastor Peter Lwin came to America with his mother and brother when he was eleven years old. But, he grew up in Myanmar going to church with his grandparents and cousins. Most of his teenage years, he was in and out of church. But in his 20’s, he fully committed his life to Christ and answered God’s call to the ministry. He is joined in ministry by his wife and two sons. For the past 10 years, he has served as the Youth Pastor at Calvary Burmese Church in Washington D.C. Recently, he has also been tapped to serve as an Associate Pastor. Scripture Related to Episode: (John 3: 3-6; Must Be Born Again ) (Isaiah 58: 5-7; Helping Those In Need ) (First Will Be Last, the Last Will Be First; Matthew 20: 13-16) Links Related to Episode: (Calvary Burmese Church) (Check Status the Burma Bill, 2021) (GM4MD-Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy) (U.S. Advocacy Coalition for Myanmar) Pastor Peter Lwin – Facebook Show Notes:2:13 - About Myanmar 3:55 - What's Happening in Myanmar? 8:13 - The Coup's Impact on the Congregation 10:23 - What Can We Do during a Global Pandemic? 11:28 - Why Are We Safe, While Others Are in Danger? 12:26 - Partnering with the Myanmar Community in America 16:00 - Challenges of a Youth Pastor in an Ethnic Congregation 17:03 - Literally and Figuratively, Not Speaking the Same Language 19:21 - What Does the Immigrant Church Offer Young People? 19:48 - Role of Sunday School Teachers in an Ethnic Congregation 21:32 - Bridging the Generational Gap 27:01 - Three Myths about Youth Pastors 29:31 - Misconceptions about Ethnic Churches 30:50 - Ministering to Refugees in the Local Church 34:49 - What Christians Need to Know about Myanmar 37:45 - Ministry Challenges in Myanmar 39:54- Learning More About Helping Myanmar 40:56- The Burma Bill, 2021 and the US Legislature
#20. Pastoral Leadership — Is It Character, Calling, Qualifications, or Aspiration?
Apr 5 2022
#20. Pastoral Leadership — Is It Character, Calling, Qualifications, or Aspiration?
Pastor Bobby Jamieson sketches a map for the pastorate: character, competencies, qualifications, heart, and hiring process. For a church’s search committee, he pushes back on some common ideas about ministerial qualifications that are not found in the Bible. For someone hoping to be a pastor or an elder, he discusses ways to nurture a desire to serve. In practice, Pastor Bobby offers insight into the ministry of a large, urban congregation in the nation’s capitol where there are lots of opportunities to ‘love across lines of difference'. What You’ll Learn:What a church's search committee needs to look for when hiring a new pastor Character and qualifications of a pastor or an elder Where to begin if you desire to be a pastor or elder About the Guest: Bobby Jamieson serves as an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in the nation’s capital, an economically and ethnically diverse congregation that is a short distance from the U.S. Capitol Building. His pastoral responsibilities include overseeing the church's pastoral internship program, as well as preaching and teaching. Bobby is a husband and father. He has an M.Div. and Th.M. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge, where he also taught Greek. He is the author of several books including his latest, The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring, where he draws upon his experiences working with numerous pastoral interns. He encourages men to ask the question ‘am I qualified for ministry?’ Scripture Related to Episode: (Ephesians 4: 1-6; Walk Worthy of Calling ) (1 Timothy 3: 1; Aspiring to be an Overseer) (Galatians 6: 6; Sharing with Teacher) (1 Timothy 5: 17; Honor Those Preaching and Teaching) (John 13; New Command Love One Another) (Galatians 3: 27-29; Neither Jew or Greek, Slave or Free) (1 Timothy 3: 1-7, Titus 1: 5-9; Pray through Scriptures) (1 Timothy 4: 8; Value of Godliness) Links Related to Episode: (The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring) (Biblical Reasoning: Christological and Trinitarian Rules for Exegesis) (Bobby Jamieson, Author) (Capitol Hill Baptist Church - Pastoral Intern Program) Timestamped Show Notes 01:25 - Family, Music and Classical Greek Geeking 03:18 - Path to Being a Pastor: Aspiration vs Calling 04:44 - What’s the Difference between a Pastor, Elder and Overseer? 06:23 - What Does It Mean to Be Called to Ministry? 08:51 - The Qualifications of Character 12:46 - Being a Pastor and an Immigrant 13:46 - To Seminary or Not to Seminary, Is It Really a Biblical Question? 14:22 - Looking for a New Pastor 17:07 - Catalyst for Writing Book 19:44 - Challenges and Benefits of an Urban Church 22:10 - The Cost of Diversity 23:17 - Growing Spiritually Despite Relocating Often 24:37 - Practical Tips for Aspiring Ministers, Pastors and Elder 27:17 - Scripture, Interpretation, Systematic Theology and Biblical Exegesis 29:43 - Ambition and Character
#19. A Palestinian Sniper Turned Peacemaker; Tass Saada Discovers Christ’s Love for Muslims, Jews and Christians
Mar 29 2022
#19. A Palestinian Sniper Turned Peacemaker; Tass Saada Discovers Christ’s Love for Muslims, Jews and Christians
Taas Saada was born in Gaza to a Muslim family. While working in America, a simple ‘thank you’ from a customer touched the heart of this man who was trained as a Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) sniper. The customer would become a friend and eventually share the gospel with Tass, years later. Pressed on all sides, he had been an enemy of Christians and Jews. Then as a follower of Jesus Christ, he was no longer welcomed in Mosques and his family tried to kill him. But, the Prince of Peace had other plans for Tass Saada. What You’ll Learn:How a common courtesy opened the door for a long-lasting friendship What is the hope for Ishmael? Where the Church should look, as Islam grows in America and throughout the world? About the Guest: Tass Saada was born in Gaza after his family had fled Joppa during the 1948 war. Shortly after his birth, his family moved; he was reared in Saudi Arabia and Quatar. In the late 1960’s, at 17, he left home, joined Fatah and became a PLO sniper under Yasser Arafat. While still a young man he moved to America to become a student. In Missouri, he met and married his wife Karen, an American girl. In 1993, Tass had a powerful conversion experience and became a Christian. Soon after, his wife also began to follow Christ. With his wife Karen, he founded Seeds of Hope and Hope for Ishmael. Seeds of Hope is a humanitarian organization in Jericho and Jerusalem. Hope for Ishmael disciples believers from a Muslim background and trains the Western church to reach out to Muslims. Tass Saada is the author of two books, he is a sought after speaker and his story has been featured in numerous media outlets around the world. Scripture Related to Episode: (John 1: 1; Jesus is the Word of God) (Matthew 5: 9; Blessed Are the Peacemakers) (Matthew 5: 43; Love Your Enemy) (John 14: 6; I Am the Way the Truth and the Light) (Genesis 16, 17, 21; Root of Conflict between Muslims and Jews) (Isaiah 9: 6-7; Promise of the Messiah, Prince of Peace) (Philippians 4: 7; The Peace that Surpasses Understanding) (Romans 12: 20; Love Your Enemy) Links Related to Episode: (Lead with Love) (Seeds of Hope) (Hope for Ishmael) (FB - Hope for Ishmael) (Tass Saada, Author) Show Notes:00:54 - Family Life 03:55 - A 'Thank You' Touched His Heart 05:39 - Becoming a Peacemaker 06:25 - Loving Jesus and Hating Christians and Jews 08:45 – Who Does Jesus Love? 09:38 - What Is the Hope for Ishmael? 14:06 - Wake Up Call for the Church 18:21 - Lead with Love in the USA and Europe 21:14 - What Should the Church Do Today? 24:40 - Political Islam v. Religious Islam v. Muslim People 29:11 - Visions of Jesus Preparing the Way 30:08 - Waiting on the Lord and Training Leaders 32:02 - Loving an Enemy with Unexpected Results