Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adam Hamilton, Part Two

I’m joined today for the second of a two-part podcast series with my friend, mentor and pastor, Rev. Adam Hamilton, who serves as the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. Our first podcast is HERE.

0:00 Introduction to Pastor Adam Hamilton
0:56 Why are Christians so threatened by other Christians?
2:38 Controversy about his Christianity and World Religions sermons
4:57 The Liberal/Conservative divide and how we’re wired
6:14 Becoming better, together (sharing beliefs without trying to change each other)
9:36 The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and its lessons for today
(Adam’s upcoming travels to Germany to help people retrace Luther’s steps)
13:22 The beautiful diversity within Christianity
14:32 The exclusive Eucharistic meal: a symbol of our disunity

16:05 What wisdom can we glean from Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, etc.?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Adam Hamilton, Part One

I'm thrilled to be joined in this first of two podcasts with my friend, Rev. Adam Hamilton, who serves as the senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS ( Pastor Adam has been named one of the "Ten People to Watch in America’s Spiritual Landscape" by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, served on President Barack Obama’s advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships, and is the author of several books, including his best-selling Making Sense of the Bible. In this first of two podcasts, Adam and I discuss one of his earlier books and upcoming 2018 sermon series, Christianity and World Religions.

This conversation was especially fun for me, as Pastor Adam and I spent two years recording and producing weekly videos for YouTube, found HERE. This time, instead of being behind the camera, it was a treat to be part of the conversation with my wise friend and pastor.

Link on iTunes:

Link on Stitcher:

0:00 Why are there so many different religions?
2:40 Introduction to Pastor Adam Hamilton
3:32 How is God at work in other religions?
6:00 Thoughts on miracles
8:07 Pluralism: Are all religions the same?
11:29 Exclusivism: Does salvation depend on a one-time prayer?
14:35 Inclusivism: Is God’s mercy and love wider than we imagine?
19:10 Is the point of Christianity where we’ll go in the afterlife?
22:05 Are our answers to these questions a reflection on God, or on us?
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this conversation in a separate podcast.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sarah Bessey on The Lift

I had the honor of interviewing Sarah Bessey, author of Out of Sorts and Jesus Feminist, on The Lift. Sarah's warmth is contagious and shines through in her voice - talking to her, I felt like I was sitting down with an old friend.
Sarah Bessey is an award-winning author of Jesus Feminist: An invitation to revisit the Bible’s view of women; and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith. Sarah lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, with her husband Brian and four children. She writes, blogs and speaks about Christianity in all its complexity, from women’s roles and stained glass ceilings, to social justice, politics, mothering, loss and lament, ecclesiology, stepping on toes, leaving church, circling back, and wrestling – all out, all in – with a God who won’t let go.

Check out our podcast at these links:

In this episode:
0:00  Do questions threaten God?
1:18  About Sarah
2:08  On not having things figured out
4:41  Growing up faith
8:18  The fear of questions (and how they're stifled)
15:26 Tough questions: Is the Bible inerrant?
18:42 Tough questions: Hell?
21:00 Tough questions: Why did Jesus have to die?
25:15 Excerpt from Out of Sorts
26:44 500 year shifts in Christianity
29:20 A "toddling charismatic stumbling along the Canterbury trail"
30:38 The door of grief & lament (and pregnancy loss)
34:41 Jesus Feminist & patriarchy
38:07 Sarah's Word-of-the-Year for 2017