Episode 049 - Elaine, the Seventh-day Atheist?

May 1, 2018

While visiting family in Florida recently, Shawn sat down for a conversation with Elaine Gregory, who's the mother of his brother-in-law and an atheist. She talks about growing up in England, where her mother exposed her to many different religions and how she arrived at her atheism. She unpacks her views on life without God, what religion offers, what type of church experience she would enjoy, what her vision of heaven is, and a few barbs about the Catholic church (but kudos to the Pope).

Episode 048 - It’s Bryant

April 24, 2018

While visiting Andrews University to attend and present at a conference on reaching Millennials, Shawn ran into his friend Bryant and they sat down to talk about life in Tennessee. After graduating with a degree in theology in 2017, Bryant found himself without a job, with no one hiring him to pastor. So after finding a job with McKee Foods, he started his own community, serving those on the fringes. 

Episode 047 - Coming Out of the Church Closet

April 16, 2018

Shawn sits down with one of his very best friends, who is just two days older than him, as they talk about what church looks like to a pastor who now sits in the pew. For the last couple years, Jarod Thomas has been working for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and has come to some surprirsing and interesting insights as he has been an observer in the crowd. How does Jarod feel about church? And what might it look like in the future? Check out this thought-provoking episode!

To read the article Shawn references about why church is so "blah," even for many pastors, click here

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Episode 046 - Questions, Questions - Part 2

April 9, 2018

We answer a few more of your questions, discussing what we would have done differently in the past, knowing what we know now; how we can approach Scripture with the proper hermeneutical lens; and how tithe would work if pastors served more as planters and equippers.

Episode 045 - Questions, Questions - Part 1

April 3, 2018

We tackle four questions in this episode, discussing what we do when we are being missional but our values clash with those we're trying to disciple, whether and from whom we can learn about discipleship, how we can be supportive of those in leadership at our church who want to just do traditional evangelism, and what we would change about our church. We also announce the winner of our book drawing. Don't miss out!

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Episode 044 - This Man Eats With Sinners

March 26, 2018

We've touched on it in the past, but we circle back around and spend more time on the importance of eating with people as a missional and communal posture. We look at the precedent of Jesus on this and how it was one of His favorite missional activities. We also suggest some good questions one can ask during a missional community meal, and talk about how food should unite us and not divide us.

Check out this really good article for further thoughts on this: https://saturatetheworld.com/2018/03/22/eating-together/

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Episode 043 - The Secret Missional Weapon

March 19, 2018

It may sound like a cliche, but we talk about the importance of prayer when it comes to mission and discipleship, sharing a few stories about how it has impacted our own lives and mission. Since we cannot control other human beings, we discuss how only the Holy Spirit can bring conviction, speaking to people's hearts. At the same time, we share a huge caveat about how prayer cannot be used as an excuse for inaction.

Don't forget to get questions in for our special episode on April 2. Get them in by March 29 by emailing shawnbrace@gmail.com

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Episode 042 - Stay In Your Lane

March 12, 2018

Is the pastor supposed to be the only one in the church who utilizes his or her gifts? Quite often that seems to be the case. First looking at some sobering stats from our local Seventh-day Adventist conference, we reflect on how every member has been gifted for ministry, discussing the fivefold gifts in Ephesians 4:11-16, and how the success of the church depends on every member of the body utilizing his or her gifts. 

To take a quick Fivefold Gifts survey, go here: http://fivefoldmissions.org/fivefoldsurvey/

To order Alan Hirsch's book, 5Q, click here.

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Episode 041 - Are We Trying to Make Everyone Seventh-day Adventists?

March 6, 2018

There seems to be a growing sentiment among Christians in general, and even Seventh-day Adventists in particular, which says that we shouldn't "steal sheep" from other denominations. Is this a correct attitude? We grapple with this important question, asking whether there is any room for introducing others to our "truth" and whether the goal of discipleship is to get everyone - whether they're Christians already or completely unchurched - to become Adventist.

Episode 040 - The Story of God

February 27, 2018

Shawn goes solo and offers a telling of "The Story of God," showing the big picture of the Bible's overarching narrative. He shares a few thoughts on how one can organize gatherings for an ongoing telling of the story, how it can be shared with those who don't know anything about God, and a few resources in learning the story better.