Mission Lab
Episode 094 - The LGBT Community and the Church

Episode 094 - The LGBT Community and the Church

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.

Episode 093 - David Hamstra on a Secular Age and How to Reach It

Episode 093 - David Hamstra on a Secular Age and How to Reach It

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.

Episode 092 - The Man Behind the Editing: Chris Irrgang on the Gospel and Navigating Rural Church Life

Episode 092 - The Man Behind the Editing: Chris Irrgang on the Gospel and Navigating Rural Church Life

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. 

Episode 091 - Playing With House Money

Episode 091 - Playing With House Money

October 1, 2020

Reflecting on a recent experience he had, Shawn describes a sort of epiphany he had about the gospel, life, and mission.

Episode 090 - Liz Gagnon: From Heroin to Hope

Episode 090 - Liz Gagnon: From Heroin to Hope

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!

Episode 089 - Beauty is Truth

Episode 089 - Beauty is Truth

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. 

Episode 088 - Ode to Rejection

Episode 088 - Ode to Rejection

September 8, 2020

Shawn shares some very melancholic thoughts on recent challenges with their missional efforts. But he ends with hope. 

Episode 087 - Life Is the Altar Call

Episode 087 - Life Is the Altar Call

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. 

Episode 086 - Do Black Lives Matter? with Michael Nixon

Episode 086 - Do Black Lives Matter? with Michael Nixon

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.

Episode 085 - Church at the End of the World

Episode 085 - Church at the End of the World

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.

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