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God‘s Story Podcast

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God‘s story is the story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. But it‘s also humanity‘s story, the story of a world fallen and blown apart and of a world reshaped and restored. It‘s the beginning of all beginnings and the end of all ends. Join Brent Siddall and the Rev Ian ‘Reido‘ Reid as they explore God, time, salvation and the cosmos. Explore the stories of Western culture as they pivot and interact with the main narrative of salvation history.

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Yolanda Solomon – Discipleship as Holy Collaboration

July 16, 2024 22:00 - 31 minutes - 42.8 MB

How do we ‘do’ discipleship? ‘Many Christians don’t disciple others because they think it’s the church leaders’ responsibility.  But Jesus commanded all his disciples to go and make disciples’.  (1:00) The Great Commission; (4:00) Yolanda’s discipleship journey; (8:50) Jesus and discipleship; (15:10) The discipleship problem in the States; (22:35) Small group discipleship and one-on-one discipleship. Links mentioned in this episode: yolandasolomon.site www.amazon.com/Discipleship-Ho...

Jim Singleton – Attentive Church Leadership

July 12, 2024 22:00 - 26 minutes - 36.1 MB

‘The world has changed.  In a world screaming in a thousand directions for our focus, its essential for us to become attentive to God, our congregation, and our community’. Brent talks with Jim Singleton, the author with Kevin Ford of a new IVP book called ‘Attentive Church Leadership: Listening and Leading in a World We’ve Never Known’. Jim is a coach and discipler at Leighton Ford Ministries in the States.  He’s been both a long time Presbyterian pastor and professor of pastoral leadersh...

Douglas Groothuis – Blaise Pascal

July 09, 2024 22:00 - 24 minutes - 34 MB

Blaise Pascal, the seventeenth century French philosopher and scientist is perhaps best known for his ‘wager’, an argument about the existence of God.  But there’s much more to Pascal and his brilliance.   (0:55) Who was Blaise Pascal? (2:25) Pascal’s Defense of the Christian religion; (4:10) Pascal’s experience of God; (7:40) Asceticism; (8:40) Science and faith; (11:00) Pascal’s use of science and its limits; (13:00) Pascal and the miraculous; (14:45) Pascal and biblical prophecy; ...

Jodi Grubbs – Live Slowly

July 05, 2024 22:00 - 22 minutes - 30.8 MB

Give yourself permission to slow down! Brent talks with Jodi Grubbs about her new book from IVP called ‘Live Slowly: A Gentle Invitation to Exhale’. Jodi is the podcast host of ‘Our Island in the City’ and a slow living advocate.  She’s the author of a children’s book ‘The Island Adventures of Lili and Oliver’ and co-author of a Bible study called ‘Friendship Cafe’.   (1:00) Bonaire; (5:20) Leaving the island and going to the States; (6:15) A ‘hostile’ culture; (7:15) Slowing down; (1...

Joshua Farris - Transhumanism

July 02, 2024 22:00 - 26 minutes - 36.7 MB

What is transhumanism and is it the world’s most dangerous idea? Brent talks with Joshua Farris, Vice President of Ethical Engagement, Density 6 and the Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellow at the University of Bochum about his article for ‘Voice’s called ‘What is at stake with trans-human projects’?  (1:00) The world’s most dangerous idea? (4:15) Transhumanism and Western individualism; (8:40) AI, the metaverse and crypto; (11:15) Klaus Schwab; (14:00) A scriptural response; (20:00...

Stephen McAlpine Futureproof

June 28, 2024 22:00 - 27 minutes - 37.8 MB

Can the church be future proofed? Is the church future proofed already? Brent talks with Stephen McAlpine about his new book from The Good Book Company called ‘Futureproof: How to Live for Jesus in a Culture that Keeps on Changing’. Stephen has been reading, writing and reflecting ever since he can remember.  He’s pastored at several churches in his home state of Western Australia and in his writing dabbles in a number of fields, notably theology and culture, and the rapidly changing face ...

Robert J. Morgan – Whatever Happens

June 25, 2024 22:00 - 31 minutes - 42.6 MB

Life is unpredictable and the world is unstable. Brent talks with Robert J. Morgan a pastor, podcaster and author who wants to remind us all about the book of Philippians which he calls ‘the Bible’s handbook for tackling each day with an undaunted attitude’. Robert’s new book from Thomas Nelson in the States is called ‘Whatever Happens: How to Stand Firm in Your Faith When the World is Falling Apart’. Robert recently transitioned to serve full time as leader of Robert J. Morgan Ministries...

Malcolm Yarnell - God

June 21, 2024 22:00 - 24 minutes - 34 MB

‘Knowing, loving and worshipping God is the call and privilege of every disciple of Jesus. Because all Christians are part of his royal priesthood, theology is not just for those teaching in the academy or serving in ministry vocations’. Brent talks with Malcolm Yarnell about his new B and H Publishing book ‘God’, the first volume in a 3 part series called ‘Theology for Every Person’. Malcolm serves the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention as Research Professor of Theology at the So...

James Sells and Amy Trout – Beyond the Clinical Hour

June 18, 2024 22:00 - 33 minutes - 45.4 MB

How can the church help with the global mental health crisis? How can churches partner with mental health professionals? Brent talks with James Sells and Amy Trout about their new IVP book ‘Beyond the Clinical Hour: How Counselors Can Partner with the Church to Address the Mental Health Crisis’. James is professor of counseling, shares the Rosemary S. Hughes Professor of Christian Thought and Mental Health and co-directs the Charis Institute at Regent University.  He’s a licensed psycholog...

Stephen Dempster – The Return of the Kingdom

June 14, 2024 22:00 - 30 minutes - 41.2 MB

The biblical story begins and ends with God as king.  Humans rebel however and the world becomes ensnared to the rule of a dark, serpentine lord.  But the story doesn’t end there…. Brent talks with Stephen Dempster, the author of a new IVP book called ‘The Return of the Kingdom: A Biblical Theology of God’s Reign’. Stephen is emeritus professor of religious studies at Crandall University in Canada and author of numerous publications including ‘Dominion and Dynasty’.     (1:10) The Return ...

Ian Vaillancourt – The Multifaceted Saviour of Psalms 110 and 118

June 11, 2024 18:54 - 26 minutes - 36.7 MB

How do Psalms 110 and 118 point to Jesus? Brent talks with Ian Vaillancourt about his Sheffield Press book ‘The Multifacted Saviour of Psalms 110 and 118’. Ian is associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Heritage Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario.  He’s the author of a number of books.   (0:50) The shape of the book of Psalms; (3:55) A Psalm in the context of the whole book; (5:15) Jesus in the Psalms; (9:30) Psalm 110; (11:10) Psalms 1 and 2 as an introduction to t...

Hannah Long – Movie review - Bad Day at Black Rock

June 07, 2024 22:00 - 27 minutes - 38.4 MB

A man gets off a train in a small town and finds himself confronted by some very hostile ‘heavies’…. What is happening in this town? Brent talks with Hannah Long about the 1954 movie ‘Bad Day at Black Rock’ starring Spencer Tracey and Robert Ryan. Hannah is a passionate cinephile.  She writes cultural commentary and film criticism for a number of publications including ‘The Dispatch’, ‘Angelus News’, ‘American Consequences’ and ‘American Cinema Production’.  (1:15) What is ‘Bad Day at Bl...

Alastair Roberts on Zechariah 2: "Revelation – The Prequel"

June 04, 2024 22:01 - 17 minutes - 24.5 MB

Brent talks with Dr. Alastair Roberts of the Theopolis Institute about Zechariah chapter 2.   (1:40) Chapter 2 – more weird stuff; (2:05) The man with the measuring line; (3:00) The Temple in Ezekiel and Zechariah; (7:10) Zechariah 2 and Revelation 7. The 4 winds; (8:55) Esther; (10:30) Another Exodus; (14:30) The Gentile nations. Links mentioned in this episode: theopolisinstitute.com alastairadversaria.com Leave some feedback: What should we talk about? Please let us know in th...

Alastair Roberts on Zechariah 1: "Revelation – The Prequel"

May 31, 2024 22:00 - 30 minutes - 41.4 MB

Brent is joined by Dr. Alastair Roberts of the Theopolis Institute in the United States to discuss the often puzzling book of Zechariah. In this episode, Brent and Alastair look at chapter 1. (0:40) Who was Zechariah and what’s the book about? (4:00) The book of the 12; (6:15) The time in chapter 1; (7:15) The Lord of Hosts; (9:40) Israel’s repentance; (10:15) The Night Visions; (14:00) The 1st Night Vision; (15:00) 24; (15:50) The 4 horses and their colors; (16:50) The man; (17:3...

Rick Beckwith – What If It’s All True?

May 28, 2024 22:00 - 25 minutes - 35.3 MB

Who is Jesus? What is truth and where is it found? What’s the purpose of life? Brent talks with Rick Beckwith about his new B and H Publishing Group book ‘What If It’s All True?’ Rick investigates the person and promises of Jesus.  What if Jesus was more than just a good teacher but actually the Son of God – what would this mean for you and me personally? Rick has served on the staff of Young Life for 40 years in a variety of roles including Senior Regional Director for Metropolitan Washin...

Joshua Farris – Dementia and the Soul

May 24, 2024 22:00 - 28 minutes - 39.3 MB

Brent talks with Joshua Farris about dementia and the soul and raising adoptive children. Joshua is a teacher, pastor, editor, author, blogger and podcaster.  He’s currently Vice President of Ethical Engagement at Density6 and Visiting Research Professor at the University of Bochum. Two of Joshua’s recent articles published in ‘The Christian Post’ are ‘What dementia teaches us about the soul’ and ‘How psychology can help adoptive parents’.  (1:20) Current thinking about consciousness and ...

Patricia Weerakoon – Birds and Bees by the Book

May 21, 2024 22:00 - 29 minutes - 40.4 MB

Brent talks with Patricia Weerakoon from Sydney, Australia about 2 sets of books she’s published with YouthWorks Media in Sydney called ‘You and Me by the Book’ and ‘Birds and Bees by the Book’. Patricia is a counsellor, sexologist and academic.  She trained in medicine at the University of Sri Lanka and did her postgraduate study in sexology at the University of Hawaii.  She taught at Sydney University where she was the director of an internationally recognized postgraduate programme in se...

Brian Zahnd – The Wood Between the Worlds

May 17, 2024 22:00 - 24 minutes - 33.7 MB

Brent talks with Brian Zahnd about his new IVP America book ‘The Wood Between the Worlds: A Poetic Theology of the Cross’. Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St Joseph, Missouri.  Brian is known for his theologically informed preaching and his embrace of the deep and long history of the church and he provides a forum for pastors to engage with leading theologians and is a frequent conference speaker.   (1:10) The kaleidoscopic meaning of the Cross; (2:40) What ...

Irwin Incke Jnr. – Hope Ain’t a Hustle

May 14, 2024 22:00 - 25 minutes - 35.3 MB

Sometimes hope can feel like a scam – a swindle, a hustle.  Not only do we have hope, but that hope cannot disappoint us because it’s been validated by God Himself. Brent talks with Irwin Incke Jnr. about his new book on Hebrews published by IVP America called ‘Hope Ain’t a Hustle: Persevering by Faith in a Wearying World’. Irwin is the coordinator of Mission to North America, part of the Presbyterian Church in America.  Formerly he was pastor at Grace DC Church Presbyterian Church.  In 20...

Alan Fadling – The Non-Anxious Life

May 10, 2024 22:00 - 26 minutes - 37 MB

Are you feeling anxious? How can Jesus lead us out of feelings of anxiety? Brent talks with Alan Fadling about his new IVP America book ‘The Non-Anxious Life: Experiencing the Peace of God’s Presence’. Alan is president and founder of Unhurried Living in Mission Viejo, California, inspiring people to rest deeper, live fuller, and lead better.  He speaks and consults internationally.    (1:30) Alan’s experience with anxiety; (3:55) Living in an anxious age; (5:15) Reducing anxiety; (6:2...

Robert Marbut – No Address

May 07, 2024 22:00 - 31 minutes - 42.8 MB

Brent is joined by Dr. Robert Marbut Jnr., the founding President and CEO of Haven for Hope and the White House’s ‘Federal Homelessness Tzar’. Dr. Marbut has consulted on issues of homelessness with more communities and organizations than anyone else in the States and has also worked in 3 Presidential Administrations.  How he is the Executive Producer of both the ‘No Address’ movie starring Ashanti, Billy Baldwin, Kander Berkeley and Beverly D’Angelo as well as the ‘Americans with no address...

Robert Cochran – The Servant Lawyer

May 03, 2024 22:00 - 26 minutes - 36.9 MB

How does an everyday law practice relate to Jesus’ call to follow him to servanthood? Brent talks with Robert Cochran Jnr. about his new IVP America book ‘The Servant Lawyer: Facing the Challenges of Christian Faith In Everyday Law Practice’. Robert is the Brandeis Professor of Law Emeritus at Pepperdine University and a graduate of  the University of Virginia School of Law.  Following law school he clerked for Judge John A. Field on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and practised with t...

Bonus Episode – Danielle Treweek – On Sitting in Church...Alone

May 02, 2024 21:32 - 27 minutes - 37.6 MB

Do you sit in church alone? Well if you do or you have done, this episode is for you! Brent talks with Danielle Treweek, founding director of the Single Minded Ministry and an Adjunct teacher at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia.  Danielle also serves as both Diocesan Research Officer and a member of the Archbishop’s Doctrine Commission within the Anglican Doctrine Commission within the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.  She’s the author of the IVP book ‘The Meaning of Singleness’.  ...

Maria Marianayagam

April 30, 2024 22:00 - 18 minutes - 33.2 MB

Brent talks with children’s author Maria Marianayagam who’s just published the first 2 books in a new series launching with Hachette called ‘Baby Virtues’.  The series aims to introduce small children to foundational Christian virtues. Maria is a Tamil Sri Lankan Canadian children’s author who enjoys writing picture books centered on STEM, faith, and South Asian culture.  When Maria is not writing, she can be found traveling the world devouring books and spending time with her family.   (1...

Charles Martin – It is Finished

April 26, 2024 22:00 - 24 minutes - 44.8 MB

What exactly did the dying Jesus mean when he said ‘It is Finished’ at the Cross? How is the shed blood of a man two thousand years ago relevant here and now? Brent talks with Charles Martin, New York Times and USA Today best selling author.  Charles’s new book from Thomas Nelson is ‘It is Finished: A 40 Day Pilgrimage Back to the Cross’. (0:55) Why a 40 day journey? (3:40) ‘It is Finished’; (8:10) Why did Jesus have to die? (13:00) Crucifixion in the Roman world; (16:00) Jerusalem. L...

Felicia Murrell - And

April 23, 2024 22:00 - 23 minutes - 42.6 MB

How can we offer a response to the cares and concerns of our day with love? Brent talks with author Felicia Murrell who’s just published a new book with Whitaker House called ‘And: The Restorative Power of Love in an Either/Or World’. Felicia is a certified master life coach and former ordained pastor with over twenty years of church leadership experience.  Sne also serves the publishing industry as a freelance copy editor.             (1:00) Why do we all exist to love? (2:20) Felicia’...

Frankie Mazzapica – Ignite Your Life

April 19, 2024 22:00 - 26 minutes - 49.3 MB

 ‘In a time when the world seems to be fighting more and more battles, communing with God is more vital than ever.  Now is the time for believers to transform their prayer time with God and renew their lives’. Brent talks with pastor and author Frankie Mazzapica about his new Whitaker House book ‘Ignite Your Life: 14 Powerful Things That Happen When You Pray’. Frankie is the founding and lead pastor of Celebration Church of the Woodlands, Texas.  Three people from the community were in att...

Ross Chapman and Ryan Tafilowski – Faithful Work

April 16, 2024 22:00 - 20 minutes - 37.7 MB

How is our work a way to love God, serve our neighbours, and demonstrate the gospel? How do we engage our daily work as part of how God made all things new? Brent talks with Ross Chapman and Ryan Tafilowski about their new IVP book ‘Faithful Work: In the Daily Grind with God and for Others’. Ross is the CEO of Denver Institute for Faith and Work.  He previously founded and served as president and executive director of For Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.  He holds a doctor of ministry in...

Joshua Farris – What is consciousness?

April 12, 2024 22:00 - 27 minutes - 50 MB

What is consciousness? Can we explain human consciousness without God? Brent talks with Joshua Farris, a teacher, pastor, editor, author, blogger and podcaster.  His speciality is the soul as well as divine justice, the atonement and a lot of other things.  He’s currently the Humboldt Experienced Researcher Fellow at the University of Bocum.  He was  a previous fellow at the Creation Project, Carl F.H Henry Center and the University of London among others places. Joshua talks with Brent ab...

Jeff Haanen – Working from the Inside Out

April 09, 2024 22:00 - 27 minutes - 50.9 MB

How can our work become a way to love God, serve our neighbours and demonstrate the gospel to the world? Brent talks with Jeff Haanen about his new IVP America book called ‘Working from the Inside Out: A Brief Guide to Inner Work That Transforms Our Outer World’. Jeff is a writer and entrepreneur.  He founded Denver Institute for Faith and Work, a community of conveners, teachers, and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, business and culture.  Jeff w...

Susan Lim – Light of the Word

April 05, 2024 21:01 - 28 minutes - 52.3 MB

Where did our Bible come from? The more we understand how Scripture came to be, the more we discover its power and truth. Brent talks with Susan Lim about her new IVP America book ‘Light of the Word: How Knowing the History of the Bible Illuminates Our Faith’. Susan has been professor of history at Biola University in La Mirada, California and is a speaker at conferences, churches and retreats.  (1;10) Susan’s faith journey; (6:15) The ‘messy’ Bible history; (7:50) How our Old Testament...

Ingrid Faro – Demystifying Evil

April 02, 2024 19:20 - 29 minutes - 40.1 MB

How should we respond to evil and its power to assault us? Brent talks with Ingrid Faro about her new IVP book ‘Demystifying Evil: A Biblical and Personal Exploration’. Ingrid is coordinator of the MA in Old Testament program and visiting professor at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois.  She previously served as dean of academic affairs at Northern Seminary, dean of theology at the Scandinavian School of Theology and director of masters programs at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Sh...

Bonus Episode – Susannah Black Roberts – St. Monica of Thagaste

April 01, 2024 21:00 - 22 minutes - 42 MB

Brent is joined by Susannah Black Roberts, senior editor of ‘Plough’ to talk about St. Monica of Thagaste, the mother of St. Augustine. We learn about Monica’s unusual marriage, her vision about her son and Augustine’s student years – ‘a sort of late Classical Carthaginian Brideshead Revisited Scene’.  We also learn about Roman toilets!  Susannah has written for publications including ‘First Things’, ‘Fare Forward’, ‘Front Porch Republic’ and ‘Mere Orthodoxy’.   (1:10) The Dead Ladies Sho...

Alastair Roberts on Revelation 22

March 29, 2024 21:00 - 33 minutes - 45.8 MB

How does John end the Apocalypse? Brent talks with Dr. Alastair Roberts of the Theopolis Institute about the final chapter of the book of Revelation.    (0:30) Revelation 22; (2:10) The imagery; (5:00) The river and the sea in God’s throne room; (6:30) The Tree of Life; (13:30) God’s mark on the forehead and the High Priest; (15:00) The Lord Jesus – the Alpha and Omega; (17:30) The wicked excluded; (19:15) Jesus as the bright morning star; (21:15) The Spirit and the Bride; (24:35)...

Alastair Roberts on Revelation 21

March 26, 2024 21:00 - 31 minutes - 43.6 MB

What are the new heavens and the new earth? Brent talks with Dr. Alastair Roberts of the Theopolis Institute in the States about Revelation 21. (2:10) Isaiah and Ezekiel; (6:30) God tabernacles among us; (8:50) The description of the New Jerusalem. The number 12; (11:30) The gemstones; (14:15) The 12 gemstones and the signs of the Zodiac; (15:00) The city and Israel’s camp in the wilderness; (16:15) Jerusalem as the bride from the ‘Song of Songs’; (22:45) A vision of theosis; (27:...

Alastair Roberts on Revelation 20

March 22, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes - 39.8 MB

What is the millennium? Brent talks with Dr. Alastair Roberts of the Theopolis Institute in the States about Revelation 20. (0:30) The structure of Revelation 20; (1:15) The binding of Satan; (2:15) The millennium. Different interpretations; (10:30) The number one thousand; (12:35) Saints and martyrs reigning now; (16:00) Gog and Magog; (19:10) Death and Hades; (19:50) The Second Death; (20:50) The bodies of verse 12; (22:55) The church and the power of the keys. Links mentioned ...

Jennifer Holberg – Christina Rossetti

March 19, 2024 21:00 - 32 minutes - 44.7 MB

Brent is joined once again by Jennifer Holberg to talk about another great Christian poet – Christina Rossetti. Jennifer is professor and chair of the English Department at Calvin University in the States and co-director of the Calvin Center for Faith and Writing.  She’s also the author of the book ‘Nourishing Narratives’.     (1:00) Who is Christina Rossetti? (2:30) Rossetti and Hopkins; (5:00) Major influences; (7:50) Romanticism; (8:40) The poetry; (10:15) How Rossetti challenges V...

Mark 15:40-16:8

March 15, 2024 21:00 - 18 minutes - 26 MB

Where does the gospel of Mark actually end? Brent and Ian take a deep dive into Mark’s resurrection account. (1:20) The women; (2:50) Joseph of Arimathea; (4:50) Passover and a dead body; (7:20) The ending of Mark (which one?) (9:20) The Resurrection; (11:10) The women as witnesses; (12:15) The young man; (13:50) Mark’s resurrection account and the other gospels; (16:00) The importance of the Resurrection. Links mentioned in this episode: //www.kingsgrace.nz Leave some feedback:...

Hannah Long – The Night of the Hunter

March 12, 2024 18:52 - 30 minutes - 41.5 MB

Is ‘The Night of the Hunter’ a Christmas movie about spiritual warfare? Brent talks to Hannah Long about the classic 1955 movie starring Robert Mitchum and Lillian Gish and directed by Charles Laughton. Hannah is a passionate cinephile.  She writes cultural commentary and film criticism for a number of publications including ‘The Dispatch’, ‘Angelus News’, ‘American Consequences’ and ‘American Cinema Production’. Hannah’s article ‘Why the Night of the Hunter is a Christmas Movie’ is publi...

Mark 15:16-39

March 08, 2024 21:00 - 22 minutes - 31.2 MB

In what sense is the crucifixion the crowning moment of history? Brent and Ian discuss Mark 15:16-39. (1:08) A key moment of salvation history; (2:50) The soldiers and Jesus; (4:00) The crown of thorns; (7:50) Golgotha; (7:43) The wine with myrrh; (8:55) The third hour; (9:35) The two robbers; (12:00) The sixth hour and the ninth hour. An undoing of creation? 14:20) The symbolism of darkness; (15:10) Psalm 22; (18:00) The temple curtain. Links mentioned in this episode: //www.k...

Jennifer Holberg on Gerard Manley Hopkins

March 05, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes - 38.7 MB

Brent is joined by Jennifer Holberg to talk about the poetry and life of the great Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins was no staid conventional Victorian but a poet-priest who used innovative language and form to communicate the spiritual essence of nature and things. Jennifer is professor and chair of the English Department at Calvin University in the States and co-director of the Calvin Center for Faith and Writing.  She’s also the author of the book ‘Nourishing Narratives’ an...

Robert Suggs – The Book that Conquered Time

March 01, 2024 21:00 - 30 minutes - 42 MB

How did the Bible come into being? Brent talks with Robert Suggs about his new Whitaker House book ‘The Book that Conquered Time: How the Bible Came to Be’. Rob has written or collaborated on more than 60 books. His clients have included New York Times best-selling authors such as Lee Strobel, Mark Batterson, David Jeremiah, and Bruce Wilkinson.  He worked with Jeremy and Jennifer Williams on ‘Tenacious’ which is being turned into a movie.  Rob served for three years as a senior editor at ...

Julie Seals – All My Hope

February 27, 2024 21:00 - 28 minutes - 39.5 MB

Brent talks with Julie Seals the author of a new Bridge-Logos book called ‘All My Hope: A Prisoner No More’.  Julie unveils her extraordinary journey of overcoming a 17 year addiction to crystal meth and being transformed by the power of God. Julie is now an ordained minister and prison evangelist, is a popular keynote speaker for women’s conferences and also ministers in church services and youth ministry events.  She co-founded her Hope Recovery Ministry in 2022. (1:15) Crossing the bord...

Dennis Edwards – Humility Illuminated

February 23, 2024 21:00 - 27 minutes - 37.2 MB

‘The modern church is immersed in a competitive, polarized, and status driven society.  It’s hard to have conversations about important issues when so many are defensive and unwilling to learn.  Too often, Christians fall into these same traps. The health and witness of the church urgently depend on recovering an essential biblical virtue, humility’. Brent talks with Dennis Edwards about his new IVP book ‘Humility Illuminated: The Biblical Path Back to Christian Character’. Dennis is assoc...

Daniel Reinhardt – Rethinking the Police

February 20, 2024 21:00 - 31 minutes - 43.9 MB

‘A former officer grapples with the reality of our broken police culture’. Daniel Reinhardt spent 24 years as a police officer near Cleveland, Ohio in the States.  He was long unaware of the ways the culture of the police department was shaping him, but gradually, through his own experiences as a police officer and through the mentorship of Black Christians in his life, his eyes were opened to a difficult truth: police brutality against racial minorities was endemic to the culture of the sy...

Jody Michele and Andrea Mae – Disabling Leadership

February 16, 2024 21:00 - 25 minutes - 34.7 MB

‘People with disabilities are often excluded from full participation in church communities’.  Churches must both consider the theological implications of disability and also become places where people with disabilities lead. Brent talks with Jody Michele and Andrea Mae, two of the authors (with Andrew Draper) of a new IVP book called ‘Disabling Leadership: A Practical Theology for the Broken Body of Christ’. Jody is a locally licensed minister at Urban Light Community Church in Muncie, Ind...

Katy Bowser Hutson – Now I Lay Me Down to Fight

February 13, 2024 21:00 - 27 minutes - 37.1 MB

‘Cancer is an overgrowth, a kudzu:/Tangling and strangling legitimate life.  Chemo is a killing, a burning out: Burning down to ashy carbon, indiscriminately But cancer, did you know that I am a poet’? Brent talks with poet Katy Bowser Hutson about her new IVP America book called ‘Now I Lay Me Down to Fight: A Poet Writes Her Way Through Cancer’ (second edition). Katy is a forming member of the children’s band ‘Rain for Roots’.  She is the co-author with Tish Harrison Warren and Fio Paris ...

Emily Smith – The Science of the Good Samaritan

February 09, 2024 21:00 - 33 minutes - 46.4 MB

‘Loving our neighbor isn’t just a nice idea – its one of Jesus’ most important commands’.  But who is our neighbor? Brent is joined by Dr. Emily Smith to talk about her Zondervan book ‘The Science of the Good Samaritan: Thinking Bigger about Loving Our Neighbors’. Emily is an epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine/surgery at Duke University and at the Duke Global Health Institute.  During the Covid pandemic she also became known as the Friendly Neigh...

Michael Bird – A Bird’s-Eye View of Luke and Acts

February 06, 2024 21:00 - 27 minutes - 37.4 MB

What do the books of Luke and Acts teach us about God, Jesus, and the early church? How do these two books relate to each other? And what do they mean for us today? Brent talks with Michael Bird about his new IVP book ‘A Bird’s-Eye View of Luke and Acts’. Michael is academic dean and lecturer in New Testament at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia.  Michael is an ordained Anglican priest and author of over thirty books on the Bible, theology, and history. (1:30) Who was Luke? (2:10) L...

Mark Noll – C.S. Lewis in America

February 02, 2024 21:00 - 31 minutes - 43.2 MB

‘Perhaps no other literary figure has transformed the American religious landscape in recent history as much as C.S. Lewis.  Even before the international publication and success of his ‘Narnia Chronicles’ or ‘Mere Christianity’ Lewis was already being read ‘across the pond’ in America.  But who exactly was reading his work? And how was he received?’ Brent talks with Mark Noll about his new IVP book in the Hanson Lectureship Series (with contributions by Karen J. Johnson, Kirk Farney and Am...

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