Thoroughly Equipped

Melissa Lex

Have you ever thought about the Popular Evangelical Women’s Ministry in America today? Do you read books by female ministers, attend their "bible" studies, and sold-out conferences? Do you ever wonder if these produce the maturity they claim to encourage? Perhaps you have spent hours reading books and attending conferences and feel no more mature in your Christian walk than you did 5, 10, or even 20 years ago? Or maybe you're a discerning woman who understands that there is something wrong but can’t put your finger on it or articulate why there seems to be a problem. Thoroughly Equipped is a podcast for women-centered on Sola Scriptura. This is the doctrine that the Scriptures are all we need for salvation and spiritual living. They are God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so the man or woman of God may be... not a little, not even a lot, but THOROUGHLY/COMPLETELY equipped for EVERY good work. This podcast takes the popular Evangelical Women’s ministry teachings, books, podcasts, conferences, "bible" studies, etc., and compares them to Scripture. The purpose of which is to show just how sufficient Scripture is to equip us to be Godly women. read less
Religion & SpiritualityReligion & Spirituality

Episodes

Using D.E.I. to Fundamentally Change the Church
Nov 28 2023
Using D.E.I. to Fundamentally Change the Church
Thoroughly Equipped Season 2 Episode 38 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has been a hot topic in the economic sphere, but it’s actually not limited there. This anti-racist infiltration has made a huge mark in the education realm and now has for the last couple of years gained access to Christian institutions and organizations. Under the last step given to white bridge builders in the Be the Bridge 101 guide, Be the Bridge exposes their desire to fundamentally change the church by defeating the white supremacy within it. How do they believe this work is done? Through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training But not merely diversifying the leadership, but working toward equity and inclusion of, not only race, but theological views. How might diversity, equity, and inclusion come into your church? Let’s dive in…   Topics include: How Be the Bridge uses a false historical narrative to urge it’s readers to become “Accomplices” within the American Church.How Anti-Racist  presuppositions can influence how one sees the  Church’s role in the Abolitionist MovementThe difference between diversity, equity, and inclusion and how they are being used to challenge Headship and Authority in the ChurchHow D.E.I. is ultimately a rebellion against God and Christ’s institution of Authority in the Church. Resources used in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPikzHl0JxM&t=181shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7MSV2AgZIg&t=3972shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QVhtBBBxychttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07ANReyVc4Q&t=361shttps://christenacleveland.com/god-is-a-black-womanhttps://www.youtube.com/shorts/dABiP1hZbvQ   Other Resources: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Striving for Eternity⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠Christian Podcast Community⁠ https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/thoroughly-equipped/be-the-bridge-training-christians-to-become-anti-racists/ https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/news/be-the-bridge-critical-race-theory-white-supremacy/
Be The Bridge 101- Training Christians to Decenter Whiteness
Oct 24 2023
Be The Bridge 101- Training Christians to Decenter Whiteness
Thoroughly Equipped Season 2 Episode 36 Latasha Morrison made the New York Times Best Seller list for her book Be The Bridge. While the book informs Christians of the importance of racial reconciliation, it’s also the gateway into her training program/ministry of the same name. To become a Bridge Builder, we are told to follow the Be the Bridge Face Book group. In signing up for the group ALL members are required to silently observe the conversation in the group and do the REQUIRED reading of the guides before commenting and entering into the conversation. Today I will present to you their first required reading for white people titled Be the Bridge 101: Foundational Principals Every White Bridge Builder Needs to Know and the first 2 tenants of Whiteness, white people must learn about so they can start leveraging their whiteness; identify their white heritage, divest themselves of their pride, privilege, & fragility, and fight against white supremacy as ani-racists. Topics include: What is the Be the Bridge Ministry?Should white Christians identify with their white heritage to reconcile and unify with POC?Is privilege a sin?What is oppression and how do we fight it according to Scripture?We look at some of the privileges Be the Bridge says white people have. Are they actual privileges based on race? May this episode bless you and bring glory to God! Other related links: https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/news/be-the-bridge-critical-race-theory-white-supremacy/...
Be The Bridge: Training Christians to Become Anti-Racists
Oct 3 2023
Be The Bridge: Training Christians to Become Anti-Racists
Exposing how Be The Bridge’s trains Christians to become Ant-Racists. Be The Bridge teaches its Bridge Builders to believe that God reflects certain aspects of His image in ethnicities; perpetuating a belief that its members need to adopt collective practices to sanctify them and teach them to be color brave and not color blind. Topics Include: What is Racism as taught by Ibram X. Kendi and how can one be an Anti-Racist? Be The Bridge's claim of training it's Bridge Builders to be Anti-Racists What Be The Bridge teaches about the image of God and ethnicities and collective structures/practices Why women should NOT become Anti-Racists May this episode bless you and bring glory to God! Resources for episode: https://global.cornell.edu/about/global-antiracism/silence-racism https://www.ellecanada.com/culture/society/why-white-silence-on-racism-is-deadly https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Missions/18707/Equality-versus-Equity-What-s-the-difference-as-we-EmbraceEquity-for-IWD-2023-and-beyond https://shenviapologetics.com/the-gospel-of-antiracism-a-short-review-of-kendis-how-to-be-an-antiracist/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw5YJNxFe-w&t=598s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE2wU0veIz8&t=4327s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPkO3Dbb4ac https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYtWzU7ivkg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUA7aDYfpPo&t=2685s Related Resources: https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/news/be-the-bridge-critical-race-theory-white-supremacy/
Critical Race Theory as an Analytical Tool?
Jul 18 2023
Critical Race Theory as an Analytical Tool?
Thoroughly Equipped S.2 Ep.32 What is Critical Race Theory? What does it teach? Should Critical Race Theory be used as an analytical tool? And is this theory something you should worry about? In this episode I interview Andrew Rappaport from the Rapp Report to tackle these questions. Before we dive into the Be the Bridge ministry and other racial reconciliation ministries promoted at the IF:Gathering, we need to lay the ground work and look at the presuppositions that come with Critical Race Theory. This way when we look at these ministries and what they claim and teach, we will see how they incorporate CRT as an analytical tool and assume certain things in regards to racism and white superiority. If we get the problem wrong, the solution will be wrong. If we misdiagnose the problem there will be no reconciliation. So will incorporating Critical Race Theory as an analytical tool help the church with racial reconciliation? Does it accurately diagnose the problem? May this episode bless you and bring glory to God! If you wish to know more about Thoroughly Equipped feel free to check out my website at ttew.org Resources from Andrew Rappaport: https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/show/apologetics-live/ https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/show/the-rapp-report/ Striving For Eternity website: https://strivingforeternity.org/   Other Resources on this topic: https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/rapp-report/what-are-the-dangers-critical-race-theory-poses-to-the-church/ https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/prescribed-truth/what-is-critical-race-theory/ https://podcasts.strivingforeternity.org/programs/echo-zoe/justin-peters-discernment/
Discussion w/Jon Harris on the Social Gospel & Social Justice
Jul 4 2023
Discussion w/Jon Harris on the Social Gospel & Social Justice
On this episode, I present to you my discussion with Jon Harris from The Conversations That Matter YT Channel, where we discuss the Social Gospel and the  infiltration of Social Justice ideology in the church today. Jon Harris is the author of Christianity and Social Justice and Social Justice Goes to Church, both which were incredibly informative on the Social Gospel and Social Justice. I’ve been a subscriber to his channel for awhile and it’s been a great resource in helping me identify how both are entering the evangelical church today. So I wanted to bring him into TE to look more at what the Social Gospel is, where it stems from, and how it connects Social Justice. If you want to dive into this issue as well, I suggest you pick up his book and check out his channel.  It was such an honor to meet Jon Harris and discuss this topic. May it bless you and glorify God! Conversations That Matter YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@ConversationsThatMatterpodcast Social Justice Goes to Church: https://www.amazon.com/Social-Justice-Goes-Church-Evangelicalism-ebook/dp/B08J7NFRBF/ref=sr_1_1?crid=EFMF9HMMK1RW&keywords=social+justice+goes+to+church&qid=1687037380&sprefix=social+justice+goes+to+church%2Caps%2C90&sr=8-1 Christianity and Social Justice Christianity and Social Justice: Religions in Conflict - Kindle edition by Harris, Jon. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.   Other Resources: ⁠⁠⁠⁠Striving for Eternity⁠⁠⁠⁠ ⁠⁠⁠⁠Christian Podcast Community⁠ For the transcript go to ⁠ttew.org⁠