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Conversations to inspire habits of whole-life discipleship that equip you to more thoughtfully and consistently be formed by God’s word and God’s ways with God’s people. The Formed Life is a resource brought to you by Christ Community Church in Kansas City. This podcast also contains audio readings of our written blogs that can be found on our website at cckc.church/blog. read less
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POD 029 | Crafting Tomorrow: John Dyer on the Intersection of Faith and Technology
Apr 18 2024
POD 029 | Crafting Tomorrow: John Dyer on the Intersection of Faith and Technology
What does technology have to do with faith, and how does it shape our human story? Prepare to be challenged and inspired as John Dyer, PHD explores the profound impact of technology on our human story, from ancient biblical narratives to the digital age, and its implications for humanity and community. Together, we'll examine the theological dimensions of modern tools, wrestle with questions of AI and human uniqueness, and understand why technology can never be neutral. Join us for this enlightening episode of theFormed.life.THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:Defining Technology: John Dyer redefines technology not just as digital gadgets but as any tool, device, or process that humans use to shape the world. From baking to the symbolism of the cross, technology encompasses all transformative practices.Media Ecology & Theology: Technology molds us as much as we mold it. John dexterously traces its impact from biblical times to today's social media-centric landscape. He shares how media ecology and the philosophy of technology are crucial in understanding the societal shifts influenced by tech advancements.Human Aspect & AI: In an age where AI questions often mirror deep, personal inquiries about worth and divine existence, John emphasizes the critical importance of community and personal connections. He advocates for balance and discernment in our increasingly automated world.#TechnologyAndFaith #JohnDyerInsights #TheologicalPerspectives #HumanCreativity #DigitalDiscipleship #MediaEcology #TechImpactOnSociety #AIandTheology #CommunityAndConnection #theFormedLifePodcastGUEST BIO: John Dyer is the Vice President for Enrollment and Educational Technology and assistant professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Having pursued theology at DTS, he obtained his Master of Theology (ThM) degree in 2008, followed by a PhD in sociology of religion from Durham University in 2019. Notably, he initially studied biochemistry and genetics at Texas A&M, even securing a patent on a molecule at one point. Since around 2000, John has been immersed in coding, gradually expanding his roles to include thoughtful reflection on technology's impact. His endeavors extend to teaching seminary students, delivering speeches at conferences, and crafting various tools such as bestcommentaries.com, biblewebapp.com, yallversion.com, and worship.ai. Many of these tools are open source and are utilized by prominent entities like Apple, WordPress, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense. Residing in the Dallas region, John shares his life with his remarkable wife, who serves as a literature and philosophy professor, and their two delightful children, a son and a daughter. QUOTES:"I do wanna make this distinction between older tools and then modern devices. So we talk a little bit about that, and I think the newer edition of my book spends some more time on that just so that we think about how a shovel might form us in a different way than a device or a screen might form us."— John Dyer“I think the AI movement that we're in right now is the generative AI stuff that really came out sort of the the fall of 22 in some way. And so all the stuff from text generation, image generation, and then now, you know, lots of the deep fake type videos are much much easier to produce."— John Dyer"Technology in that day meant something more like learning how to make stuff. So technology was the knowledge of making stuff. And so, eventually, the word technology becomes the stuff itself, and that was, you know, physical machines, and now it's, like, digital machines."— John DyerRESOURCES:From the Garden to the City: The Place of Technology in the Story of God - John DyerPeople of the Screen: How Evangelicals Created the Digital Bible and How It Shapes Their Reading of Scripture - John DyerFrom the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology - John DyerKEYWORDS:theology and technology, John Dyer, Dallas Theological Seminary, technology definition, community impact, church models, missionary work, technology as transformation, technology and society, coding, creation and tools in the Bible, technology in the gospel, cross as redemption technology, theological implications, idol-making, smartphones as orientation, media ecology, philosophy of technology, sociology, "From the Garden to the City", media polarization, local communities, Christian dialogue, generative AI, deep fake videos, algorithm-driven social media, AI for theological questions, TechWise series, formative practices, quantum computingCHAPTERS:00:00 Influential technology shaping our world, theological perspective.03:53 Realizing impact of technology on ethics and accessibility.08:38 Technology shapes lives, churches, and communities.09:39 Contrasting old and modern tools and devices.14:00 Summarize: From garden to city, Biblical framework explained.17:10 Genesis poses questions and explores human innovation.19:53 Technological process reflects theological good and potential harm.26:05 Questioning the influence of technology on us.27:28 Beware of fake world and social media.30:07 AI models need to connect with people.36:12 Technology and limits impact decision-making and community.38:09 Wrapping up40:25 Podcast by Christ Community Church in Kansas City.
POD 028 | Engaging Culture with Humility: Dr. Darrell Bock on Christian Love and Politics
Apr 4 2024
POD 028 | Engaging Culture with Humility: Dr. Darrell Bock on Christian Love and Politics
How do Christians navigate the complex arena of cultural engagement with grace and truth in today's polarized society? In this episode of theFormed.life, Dr. Darrell Bock shares his insights on reconciling the tenets of faith with the demands of compassionate societal governance. We’ll explore the virtues of humility and respect in our interactions, and the importance of distinguishing between those who pose a threat and those who contribute positively to our communities. Join us for a discussion that aims to equip believers with the tools for thoughtful, effective, and loving cultural engagement.THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:Compassionate, respectful approach to cultural engagement in a world of hostility and dogma, simply listening well without interjecting can win trust for a more fruitful conversation.Living out an authentic Christian faith that is positively engaging, inviting dialogue with humility and love rather than operating from a position of fear.The importance of listening to and understanding diverse cultural dynamics to foster meaningful, gospel-centered conversations within society.#CulturalEngagement #CompassionateImmigration #ChristianLove #SpiritualDisciplines #EvangelicalismToday #RespectfulDialogue #LivingFaith #GospelHope #DrDarrellBock #theFormedLifePodcastGUEST BIO: Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary's Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) from 2000 to 2001, served as a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction; serves as a staff consultant for Bent Tree Fellowship Church in Carrollton, TX; and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather. QUOTES:"So cultural intelligence is how to walk into that mix and how to interact well with that mix. The real key in the book is talking about becoming a good listener and engaging with people in a way in which your concerns and, in some cases, your agenda might need to be set aside for a while just to establish the relational connection you need in order to have the challenging conversations that inevitably come up because the the plate tectonics are rubbing against each other and pressure could be building."— Dr. Darrell Bock"I'm talking about films that are made that really ask live questions and what people are struggling with and wrestling with. And if you keep your ear close to the ground, you can see that they're wrestling with the value of family or the importance of legacy or the importance of test, there are values that pop up, because even though, you know, theology says we're totally deprived, it doesn't mean that we're we're as bad as we could be. It just means that we're that we're messed up, that it's not aligned, that it's dysfunctional. But there are some things about who we are in our instincts that actually reflect having been made in the image of God and being responsive to people. And you're looking for those kinds of things."— Dr. Darrell Bock"But in the end, if you don't have something positive or something aspirational to move the person towards that takes them towards the gospel and the good news, all you've done is critique them."— Dr. Darrell Bock RESOURCES:Cultural Intelligence: Living for God in a Diverse, Pluralistic World - Dr. Darrell L. BockJesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels - Dr. Darrell L. BockRecovering the Real Lost Gospel: Reclaiming the Gospel as Good News - Dr. Darrell L. BockKEYWORDS:Darrell Bock, cultural engagement, compassion to foreigners, immigration policy, Christian love, global sports, spiritual warfare, evangelicalism, courtesy and respect, conservative engagement, understanding culture, doctrinal disagreements, distinctively Christian life, political discussions church, immigration, border security, respectful dialogue, cultural intelligence, diverse cultures, theology of cultural engagement, identity and purpose, Christian worldview, gospel hope, listening to art, common ground conversations, spiritual disciplines, living out faith, values of Christianity, plate tectonics metaphor, culture war model.CHAPTERS:00:00 Christians and cultural engagement in today's world.05:01 Understanding and engaging with diverse cultures.09:54 Living out gospel, sharing hope with respect.14:04 Christians should engage with cultural intelligence intentionally.15:24 Understanding others requires a spiritual GPS reading.19:49 Entertainment can ask live, important questions.21:55 Promoting hope and goodness in Christianity's message.25:16 Reflect on election impact, advice to pastors and individuals.28:18 Political polarization undermines meaningful value-based conversations.31:24 Bible references to compassion, society's right to decide.
POD 027 | Women In Biblical Law: Encountering God’s Value System With Dr. Katie McCoy
Mar 14 2024
POD 027 | Women In Biblical Law: Encountering God’s Value System With Dr. Katie McCoy
Women In Biblical Law: Encountering God’s Value System With Dr. Katie McCoySHOW NOTES:Curious about the ancient laws that guided the lives of women in the Old Testament? Join us on theFormed.life podcast where Dr. Katie McCoy helps us explore some difficult passages, shedding light on the true intent behind the Sotah law and childbirth customs in Leviticus and Numbers. In our conversation, we get insights into how these confusing laws from ancient Israel actually reveal the loving kindness of our Maker. Get ready for a riveting episode that connects these cryptic passages with our present understanding of God’s character. THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS:Ancient Laws and Women's Health: Dr. Katie McCoy discusses the Old Testament laws concerning women, especially those related to childbirth and menstruation. She suggests that these laws, rather than being punitive, were designed with the health and well-being of women in mind. Highlighting the importance of rest and recovery post-childbirth, McCoy also notes the potential biological insights that align with medical understanding today.Cultural Context and Interpretation: The conversation underscores the importance of understanding the cultural and historical context when interpreting biblical laws. Dr. McCoy and host Bill Gorman dig into the nature of the honor-shame culture of the Old Testament era. They emphasize that laws, such as those regarding suspected infidelity and menstrual purity, should be understood in light of the values and practices of the time, which often stood in stark contrast to those of surrounding pagan cultures.God's Character Reflected in Laws: Dr. McCoy asserts that biblical laws reflect God's value system. She encourages listeners to consider the 'why' behind ancient regulations, proposing that they reveal aspects of God's character. The laws aimed to set the Israelites apart and demonstrated God's care for the community's health and moral fabric.#SotahLaw #BiblicalWomen #TheologyInsights #DrKatieMcCoy #OldTestamentLaws #GenderStudies #HebrewCulture #HealthAndScripture #CulturalContext #HonorShameCultureGUEST BIO: Katie McCoy, the Director of Women's Ministry at Texas Baptists, holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Seminary (TX), where she also served on the faculty for five years. With a focus on the patterns of justice for women in Old Testament laws and the intersection of theology, gender, and women's studies, Katie is a prolific speaker and writer on these issues. She authored "To Be a Woman: The Confusion Over Female Identity and How Christians Can Respond" and finds joy in baking and organizing at the Container Store. As an academic, she passionately delves into the underlying values shaping human interactions and societal judgments, offering insightful analyses that illuminate the intricate connections between ethics, culture, and theology. QUOTES:"Well, right there, not only is that teaching, to not be casual or cavalier with the presence of blood, but it's also hygienic. Keep in mind, we don't have antibiotics. We don't have, feminine products. All of this is also for the good of God's community in mitigating the spread of bacteria and disease."— Dr. Katie McCoy “It seems so unusual to our ears, but any shedding of blood whether that is in a biological process or coming across, a dead animal, a dead human body, you don't treat that like you do any other event or any other, human contact. And, of course, that is to teach us to value is teaching the people of Israel to value blood, the blood sacrifice, which, of course, is preparing them for the blood of the lamb who would take away the sin of the world."— Dr. Katie McCoy"When we encounter these categories, like the childbirth laws and we go, what are we to understand from this? Well, we are trying to understand the mind of God, what is the why behind it? Because whatever that why is, he's telling us something about himself."— Dr. Katie McCoyRESOURCES:To Be a Woman: The Confusion Over Female Identity and How Christians Can Respond - Dr. Katie McCoyA Scientific Appreciation of Leviticus 12:1-5 - David I. MachtThe World & Everything In It - PodcastKEYWORDS:Sotah law, adultery, Hebrew law, marital disputes, God's value system, biblical laws, ceremonial uncleanness, childbirth laws, Leviticus 12, community health, postpartum discharge, David Macht study, biblical law interpretation, pagan cultures, honor shame culture, guilt and innocence culture, theology, gender studies, cultural context, western individualism, Barbra Streisand, musical theater, Broadway, Fox Theater, Les Mis, Christ Community Church, Kansas City, menstruation, childbirth, ritual uncleanness.CHAPTERS:00:00 Teaching series addressing Christianity's treatment of women.04:45 Cultural understanding is crucial for interpretive success.09:53 God's law reveals his character and values.12:54 Childbirth laws raise questions about women's value.15:16 Blood shedding is significant in Israel's culture.19:50 God's law considers new moms' vulnerability compassionately.22:30 Theories around women giving birth to a daughter.26:38 Carrying a baby girl vs a boy.28:39 Research on laws and scriptural revelations.31:27 Old Testament law and regulation.37:29 God’s provisions for adultery.39:18 The Bible reveals the consistent beauty of God's character.42:57 Gratitude for time, expertise, and sharing resources.