October 26, 2020
How should the church relate to the LGBT community? For some, the answer may be obvious. But Shawn has a conversation with his friend Elijah, who identifies as a gay Christian, and they talk about how he has faced this question, and what it's like to grow up always feeling different. They talk about how the church has done when it comes to the LGBT community, and what it can do better. This is a conversation that has been long overdue, but obviously requires great sensitivity and care.
Note: the views expressed in this episode are solely the views of the Shawn and Elijah and do not necessarily speak for the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a whole.
October 19, 2020
Shawn has a conversation with his friend David Hamstra, who is a pastor in Edmonton, Alberta, and a ThD student at Andrews University. They talk about living in and ministering to a secular age, how to reach people in such a context, what it means to focus on immanent versus transcendent goods, and what this means for various aspects of life, including sexuality.
October 7, 2020
You've heard his name mentioned at the end of every episode, sweetly voiced by little Acadia. Now Shawn sits down with his lifelong friend Chris Irrgang to discuss a wide range of topics - from growing up in the church, to the gospel, to surviving life in a small rural church, to the Christian's relation to politics.
October 1, 2020
Reflecting on a recent experience he had, Shawn describes a sort of epiphany he had about the gospel, life, and mission.
September 22, 2020
Not to make anyone feel bad, but this is quite possibly Shawn's favorite interview he's ever recorded. He sits down with his childhood friend, Liz, whom he'd lost touch with for two decades, to talk about her crazy journey since they last connected. It has taken many crazy twists in turns - from major trauma, to heroin addiction, to Utah, to Portland, Maine, where she is now experiencing recovery and a new sense of God's love. You won't want to miss this exciting story!
September 15, 2020
What happens when everyone claims that their beliefs are based solely on the Bible and the Bible alone, and yet everyone comes up with different interpretations? Do we assume the Bible can never be understood? That the world is blessed that we've finally come along to straighten everyone out? Shawn shares some reflections on how we walk the very narrow path in pursuit of Scriptural fidelity.
September 8, 2020
Shawn shares some very melancholic thoughts on recent challenges with their missional efforts. But he ends with hope.
August 11, 2020
Shawn reflects on a few experiences he recently had, noting how "altar calls" and gospel invitations happen implicitly as we enter into life with people and they organically encounter our values and priorities. He notes that we probably have to do a lot less planning and plotting, figuring out how to awkwardly verbalize an invitation to make a decision, because people are inevitably already making decisions about what drives us without us having to even ask.
July 23, 2020
Shawn welcomes his friend Michael Nixon, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Andrews University, to talk about the work of anti-racism both inside and outside the church, Black Lives Matter, and whether disciples of Jesus can participate in such a movement.
July 17, 2020
After a long coronavirus hiatus, Shawn is back and sharing some reflections on what church does and will and should look like after coronavirus. Instead of viewing the restrictions as a government conspiracy against Christianity, or a lamentable situation that prevents mission, he proposes that it is actually a huge gift to the church to get back to what it means to truly be the church.