When you set out to create an online course that deals with one of today’s most difficult topics, it’s good to have experts on your side. Soon, the Lakelands Institute will be launching a course that will help churches learn how to be antiracist, and it begins with understanding the words we use to do this important work. Today, Neal Christie and I talk with Brian McLaren about his book, “Faith After Doubt,” the ways our brains are wired toward bias, and how we can be freed to love more fully.
I interviewed Valerie Ohle a few months ago. She had been given an impossible assignment: start a new church during a pandemic. An online church, based in a rural community. Oh, and did I mention that she’s bivocational? She’s a full-time paralegal as she’s working tirelessly to do, what many people would consider, the impossible….
If you’re thinking about buying a new camera for making social media clips at your desk, think about this instead. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/jn57ue/Thursday_light7yb0a.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Valerie Ohle is in an interesting situation, to say the least! She is the part-time pastor of a rural church that was closed right after she arrived. It’s now been designated as a “new church start” and it’s all online. You won’t want to miss this chat with a remarkable leader and passionate pastor in…
Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Washington, DC, a congregation that is setting aside its beautiful neo-Gothic sanctuary for the intimacy of worship in the home. She reflects on this experience as a new setting for the Holy to emerge in our lives. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/fig6nc/Julie_Pennington-Russell6rykq.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
This week is a treat: three gentlemen who work together to get the services of Kern United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, online, where things have moved past survival mode. Now the church is ready to consider the larger implications of online ministry. https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/nakv99/Kern_Guys6t1uy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Granted, I’m a man of a certain age. My people gravitate toward Facebook for our social media time. But other generations are on different platforms: Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok… and the list goes on. What would it look like if church leaders entered TikTok for the purposes of spreading the Gospel, or at least dispelling…