The Green Room
College at The Austin Stone
Welcome to The Green Room: a space where leaders from The Austin Stone invite college students into vulnerable conversations around relevant topics.
What is The Green Room?
Oct 8 2020
How Could A Loving God Send People To Hell?
How Could A Loving God Send People To Hell?In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler sat down with Equipping Pastor at The Austin Stone, Dr. Greg Breazeale. Join us as we talk about one of the most sensitive topics in the Bible, theology, and Christian thought.
Jun 16 2021
1 hr 31 mins
If God Is Good, Why Do Bad Things Happen?
If God is good, why do bad things happen?In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler welcome our friend and Central Groups Director at The Austin Stone, Marshall Perry. Join us as we talk about death, suffering, the problem of evil and so much more.
May 19 2021
1 hr 18 mins
How Does God Feel About Abortion?
The topic of abortion comes with a lot of baggage, history, and politics. Most importantly, it comes with stories from real people.In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler welcome our friend and partner at The Austin Stone, Margaret Gibson, who served as former director of development for The Source, a full-service women’s health clinic that empowers women with better choices. Join us as we talk about all of it and unpack the heart of God on this polarizing topic.
Apr 13 2021
1 hr 14 mins
Is Porn Really That Bad?
In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler welcome back our friend and partner of The Austin Stone, Jamie Ivey! You may want to strap in for this conversation.The pandemic has affected almost all aspects of daily life. Travel is down; unemployment is up; and small businesses are struggling. But not all businesses are experiencing a downturn. The porn industry has reported large increases in traffic – for instance, some seeing an 18% jump over normal numbers after making premium content free for 30 days. In many regions, these spikes in use occurred immediately after social distancing measures were implemented.In relation to all the sadness and evil in the world, we discuss this question: is porn really that bad?For more honest conversations with Jamie, check out her new show on Youtube, The Jamie Ivey Show, and check out her podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey wherever you listen to podcasts.Additional Resources:Fight The New Drug WebsiteThe Link Between Porn & Human TraffickingLife Support For The Porn Addict
Feb 16 2021
1 hr 11 mins
Is The Church Late To The Race Conversation?
In this episode, we sit down with our good friend and Pastor of Preaching and West Congregation Pastor at The Austin Stone, Ross Lester. We talked about racial justice, civil unrest, and the Church's responsibility in the midst of it all.You're going to hear about Ross’ experience engaging racial justice both in America and South Africa, and several stories from MJ and Tyler on their own journeys when it comes to this topic. We only hit the tip of the iceberg on this extremely important issue, but we hope that this gets you started on your own journey to desire heaven on earth. Look out for more episodes coming in the future on this topic!"The American church, that has been my experience is more racially divided than any other church group that I've seen and I'm from South Africa. I'm from a place that had apartheid in my generation. And the attitudes of polarization that I've seen in the states have been mind blowing to me, along racial lines. And it breaks my heart but puts a fire in my belly to go, "Man, there's so much to be done." There's so much to be done." –Ross LesterFor more resources on racial justice, visit the following links:The Austin Stone's statement on Racial Injustice & Book RecommendationsBeauty of Racial and Ethnic Harmony
Jan 18 2021
1 hr 9 mins
What's The Point Of Gender Roles In The Church?
In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler sat down with our amazing friend and Downtown Director of Equipping & Women's Ministry at The Austin Stone, Kate Terry.We talk about our own stories surrounding gender roles in the church, our experiences wrestling with those topics, and much more. We hope that this episode leads to conversations of your own and even healing from ways you’ve experienced gender roles in the past. If you share on Instagram, make sure to tag us at @college_austinstone!"Again, it's not what the Scripture is saying. For me, the messiness of it and something I've had to wrestle through when I had those questions of, "Is this really good, God? Do you really love me? Do you really value me?" I had to ask that question of, "Okay, what is God's Word saying?" –Kate Terry
Dec 28 2020
1 hr 3 mins
Can Doubt & Faith Practically Coexist?
Let's talk about doubt. In this episode Mitchell and Tyler sit down with our good friend and Pastor of Worship at The Austin Stone, Aaron Ivey. We share plenty of stories about our own doubts that we’ve experienced as church leaders. We pray that you would walk away from this episode encouraged by the grace of Jesus amidst your doubts. Remember to share if it's helpful!"I think I just want you to know that you have a church that is willing and ready and really excited to walk through this season with you. You're not immature for asking questions, you're not wrong for asking questions. It actually shows a depth about you to wrestle through really hard things. And so, I feel really privileged in this moment in history, of all the moments in human history that God could put me and you guys in, that he would put us here in the city of Austin, Texas with absolute love for students at University of Texas and every campus represented here in the city of Austin. We feel really privileged to walk alongside you in this season of life. And so I think, I just want to say lean in, we're not afraid of your questions, and we don't want you to be afraid to ask even the hardest things." –Aaron Ivey
Dec 17 2020
1 hr 4 mins
What Do I Do If I'm Hurt By The Church?
In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler sit down with our friend and Pastor of Teaching and Theology at The Austin Stone, Halim Suh. Listen in as we talk about the subject of Christian conflict, dealing with real wounds caused by others, and practical steps to heal. While we may not cover every aspect of this topic, we offer categories to help you process this topic and ways to help friends who have experienced pain from church involvement. Our prayer is that this episode would remind you of Jesus' relentless pursuit of you. Enjoy.
Dec 3 2020
1 hr 9 mins
Do We Idolize Marriage? Part 2
In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler sat down with our friend and partner of The Austin Stone, Jamie Ivey. In Part 2, we talk about how the culture influences how we think about relationships, dating boundaries, men and women friendships, and more.Keep up with the awesome things Jamie is up to at jamieivey.com, and for more honest conversations, check out her podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey wherever you listen to podcasts.
Nov 19 2020
Do We Idolize Marriage? Part 1
In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler sat down with our friend and partner of The Austin Stone, Jamie Ivey. This conversation was so incredible that we had to split it into two parts! In Part 1, we talk about singleness and marriage, our temptation to place relationships on unhealthy pedestals in the church, and even how Jamie has seen idolization play out in her own marriage.Keep up with the awesome things Jamie is up to at jamieivey.com, and for more honest conversations, check out her podcast The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey wherever you listen to podcasts.
Nov 12 2020
Who Should I Vote For?
In this episode, Mitchell and Tyler sat down with Andre Grey. Listen in as we talk about politics, loving your neighbor and who Christians should vote for. Of course, this episode won't cover all aspects of politics and the Christian worldview, but we hope that it helps you begin conversations even with people you disagree with. We hope that you leave with a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian in America, especially in our current cultural climate.
Oct 21 2020
Is My Anxiety My Fault?
In our first episode, Mitchell and Tyler sat down with the Director of Clinical Care at The Austin Stone Counseling Center, Shanda Anderson. Shanda has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. As a professional, someone who loves Jesus, and adores college students, she gives down-to-earth insight on the all-too-common struggle with anxiety and mental health. Listen in as we wrestle with Scriptures like Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything,” and the physical effects of mental illness. Be advised: the following conversation contains content about the topic of suicide.For more information about The Austin Stone Counseling Center, please email email@example.com or check out the website at austinstonecounseling.org.
Oct 12 2020
1 hr 4 mins
What is The Green Room?
What exactly is The Green Room? Sit with us as Mitchell, Tyler, and Scott talk about some vulnerable moments, embarrassing stories, and why this podcast exists.Note: This was originally a test episode, but we decided to make it episode 000 to get you ready!
Oct 8 2020