Episode 059 - Something’s Gotta Give in New England, with Ted Huskins

July 19, 2018

Shawn sits down with Ted Huskins, the Executive Secretary from the Northern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (the governing body that oversees churches in his region), to discuss the challenges of spreading the gospel in New England. Ted reflects on his experience moving from the "Bible Belt" to secular New England, and how his understanding of church planting and evangelism has changed as a result. He explains the church planting initiative that he is leading, and invites listeners to come join the movement at ground zero of secularism in the United States.

To email Ted Huskins, email thuskins@nnec.org.

Episode 058 - Greg Jamrog, Proving Our Point

July 9, 2018

Shawn sits down with Greg Jamrog, who recently embraced Christianity and Adventism, to talk about what his journey into faith looked like. They discuss how Greg is an example of what Camille and Shawn talked about in Episode 57 - where leaning into faith will often come primarily through attractive relationships and not necessarily because a person has an unsatiable appetite for "truth." 

Episode 057 - The One About Baptism, Membership, and Discipleship

July 2, 2018

We knew this day would come: we've been having conversations lately with people who are interested in officially joining our church. But their interest doesn't necessarily follow traditional Adventist evangelistic lines. So we discuss questions about baptism, membership, and discipleship - noting how historically Adventists have opted for membership over discipleship. 

Episode 056 - Has God Left the Building?

June 26, 2018

Shawn goes solo and preaches a "sermon," examining scripture to determine if church buildings contain "sacred space." He then applies the implications to mission, discipleship, and ecclessiology, and addresses common objections to his conclusions. 

Episode 055 - Teens on Mission

June 12, 2018

What would it look like for teens - middle and high schoolers - to be on mission. We tackle this question, as posed to us by a friend, sharing some practical tips for teens as they think about being on mission and making disciples. This is an episode you can share with your teens as we disciple them to join up with God in His mission.

Episode 054 - Community a la Carte?

June 4, 2018

Shawn goes solo in this episode to talk about something that - in his opinion - a church should never, ever do. 

Episode 053 - Anthony Bosman - on When Mission and Science Collide

May 28, 2018

We have noticed that one of the more common discipleship issues, from a philosophical perspective, is the question of faith and science. Whether it's with already-believers, or with those who are exploring faith, the question of evolutionary theory is one that comes up frequently. Shawn interviews Dr. Anthony Bosman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Andrews University, to talk about the interaction of faith and science broadly speaking, and creation and evolution specifically - and what to do when these issues surface in mission. 

Episode 052 - What Have We Learned?

May 21, 2018

We celebrate our fifty-second podcast in a row, marking one year since we started, by reflecting on what we've learned about mission, discipleship, church, and the gospel over the last year. We also share a few stats about the podcast - and Shawn shares his surprising marathon story from his second marathon the week before.

Episode 051 - What to Do When Your Church Doesn’t Get It

May 14, 2018

Back in episode 25, we discussed whether we should "go rogue" when it comes to mission and community in our churches if others don't get it. In this episode, we circle back around to this idea after receiving a question from our friends who seem to be facing this very issue in their own church experience. Is there a place to cut the chord and launch out on our own? We share some surprising insights from older Adventist sources and how they might apply today.

Episode 050 - Third Spaces in Germany

May 8, 2018

While in Michigan, attending and presenting at a conference, Shawn made a new friend - Simret Mahary - and talked with him about his missional efforts in Frankfurt, Germany. Born in Ethiopa but raised in Germany, Simret is a pastor who started PRESENCE Kulturlounge, which is a cultural center that brings people together to talk about art, movies, and spirituality (what missional theorists would call a "Third Space"). Glean some ideas from what it's like to be missional in Europe - the most secular part of the world.