Perspectives Podcast with Bruce Crowe

Bruce Crowe

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Theosis: Patristic Remedy for Evangelical Yearning at the Close of the Modern Age.
Nov 18 2022
Theosis: Patristic Remedy for Evangelical Yearning at the Close of the Modern Age.
In this episode Bruce reviews the book by Michael Paul Gama. Evangelicalism is reaching an inflection point. The exodus of millennials from Evangelical churches and the growth of those self-identifying as "Nones," as in "None of the Above," for their church affiliation, is concerning for the movement's future. Evangelical leaders offer mixed responses to this challenge--from circling the wagons to an enthusiastic "Everything must change!" posture. Theosis takes a different approach. Seeking to understand Evangelicalism and its origins, this book suggests that Evangelicalism is best understood as the sibling of western, Enlightenment Modernity, which served it well . . . until the modern cultural ethos began to shift dramatically toward post-modernity. In this shift, young Evangelicals--principally postmoderns themselves--are abandoning "their father's Evangelicalism" and its perceived linearity, hyper-rationalism, either/or exclusivity, and faith expression, too often perceived as stripped of mystery and wonder. Theosis proposes that to move forward, Evangelicalism must go back to the future, to re-engage with the patristic understanding of salvation as theosis; deification, or union with God. This radical return--and broadening of the doctrine of salvation--has begun to gain traction in Western Christendom, slowly being considered as it has always in the Christian East, as mere Christianity.  Order the Book on Amazon   Bruce & Deb have been married 27 years, have 8 children and one grandson. They are currently living in Romania serving among Ukrainian refugees. For the past 15 years they've been living in Ukraine. They are life long learners and enjoy holding cross-cultural space for meaning making. For more, find us on our blog www.liftupyoureyes.org Subscribe to our Podcast: https://perspectives-podcast.podbean.com/ Spotify Apple Amazon Google Facebook YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/brucecrowe Intro Music from Uppbeat: https://uppbeat.io/t/movediz/slow-motion License code: 6VKFZFM9YZXKJ7H6
Ukraine Update
Oct 23 2022
Ukraine Update
Our family just returned yesterday from a mountain retreat in Western Ukraine with our friends from central Ukraine. For those tracking the news, there's so much ongoing information concerning Ukraine it can be overwhelming to try and try and make sense of what's actually going on. In this podcast, I discuss the past two months inside Ukraine since the Kharkiv offensive, the domino effect that brought on the ground now with conscription, drones, and now nuclear threat.  For Ukrainians, all eyes on are on winter and survival and rolling blackouts are upon the nation. I also some news inside Russia for western listeners, the deconstructing narratives and why the next few weeks in Ukraine could prove critical for those clinging to power inside Russia and Belarus. We will resume the Parenting Perspectives (Teenage years) next week. Thank you for sharing to anyone that would enjoy. ABOUT: Bruce & Deb have been married 27 years, have 8 children and one grandson. They are currently living in Romania serving among Ukrainian refugees. For the past 15 years they've been living in Ukraine. They are life long learners and enjoy holding cross-cultural space for meaning making. For more, find us on our blog www.liftupyoureyes.org Subscribe to our Podcast: https://perspectives-podcast.podbean.com/ Spotify Apple Amazon Google Facebook YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/brucecrowe Intro Music from Uppbeat: https://uppbeat.io/t/movediz/slow-motion License code: 6VKFZFM9YZXKJ7H6
Life inside Russia during war
Aug 10 2022
Life inside Russia during war
This podcast is recorded from an undisclosed location in Far East Russia. For more in-depth conversation and updates on Ukraine, Russia subscribe to Perspective Podcast with Bruce Crowe - Click https://perspectives-podcast.podbean.com/  Episode Description: David is a friend from Switzerland who is living with his Russian wife and children (2 are adopted). He's lived in Russia for over a decade, and has remained in the country while most foreigners have left fearing persecution. We'll begin our conversation learning about David's early years in Switzerland, his fascination with the former Soviet Union, and eventually raising his family in the the Far East. In the second half, listen as David and Bruce discuss the competing narratives inside Russia, the power of propaganda on both sides, and state of ordinary life inside Russia. Are the sanctions having any effect? Is the average citizen even aware what is taking place in Ukraine? What was David's reaction when Russia launched it's offensive back in February, and has anything chanced since? We thank David for sharing an important perspective from many inside Russia who risk 15 years in prison for even using the word 'war' let alone publicly opposing the bloodshed taking place in Ukraine. Our Host: I'm Bruce, my wife and our eight children have lived in Ukraine for the past 15 years. I'm an avid missional thinker with a master's degree in global leadership from Fuller Seminary. I've started several businesses in the US and Ukraine, and been busy the past decade pioneering platforms for emerging Slavic leaders towards personal development and start-ups. The war in Ukraine uprooted our family to Romania, where we are now serving alongside refugees and some local outreach projects. You can visit our blog at www.liftupyoureyes.org  Links: Perspectives YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/brucecrowe Cultural Comparison Website (mentioned in podcast) https://www.hofstede-insights.com/fi/product/compare-countries/ Spotify Apple Amazon Google Facebook