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April 5, 2019
200 – Emily P Freeman
This Week on Seminary Dropout… Emily P. Freeman is a writer, creative director, and spiritual mentor who helps create space for the soul to breathe so people can walk in step with their calling. She is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and Grace for the Good Girl as well as Graceful […]
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46 min
January 12, 2019
Seminary Dropout 199 – Carolyn Custis James, Author of ‘Finding God in the Margins: The Book of Ruth’
This Week on Seminary Dropout… Carolyn Custis James is an award-winning author and international speaker. She blogs at www.carolyncustisjames.com, as a Leading Voice at MissioAlliance, and at Huffington Post, is an adjunct faculty member at Biblical Theological Seminary, and a consulting editor for Zondervan’s Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament. Her books include Malestrom―Manhood […]
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58 min
December 15, 2018
Seminary Dropout 198 – Matthew Bates, Author of ‘Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King’
This Week on Seminary Dropout… Matthew W. Bates (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Assistant Professor of Theology at Quincy University. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature, especially the New Testament. He also teaches courses in Western Religion, Church History, and Christian Spirituality. Dr. Bates writes with a posture of […]
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54 min
December 7, 2018
197 – Aaron Niequist, Author of The Eternal Current, Talks about a Practice Based Faith
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43 min
November 16, 2018
196 – Lee Strobel, The Case For Miracles
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55 min
July 3, 2018
195: Dominique Gilliard on How the Church Can Rethink Incarceration & Advocate for Justice That Restores
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52 min
June 8, 2018
194 – Rebekah Lyons, on Hardship, Feminism, and More!
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33 min
May 25, 2018
193 – Austin Channing Brown, on Her New Book “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness”, Why White People Have So Many Cats, and What Makes “Insecure” Such an Amazing Show
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48 min
May 18, 2018
192 – Bonnie Kristian, Author of A Flexible Faith
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35 min
April 27, 2018
191 – Derek Vreeland, on NT Wright, Atonement Theories, and The Day The Revolution Began
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35 min
April 24, 2018
190 – Jo Saxton, on Being Who We Are Meant to Be, Not Who People Want Us to Be
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47 min
April 13, 2018
189 – Jean Johnson, Author of “We Are Not The Hero”, on Missions, and Colonialism
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48 min
April 6, 2018
188 – Daniel Hill, on What it Means to be White
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49 min
March 26, 2018
187 – Chris A. Hall on Living Wisely with the Church Fathers
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63 min
March 12, 2018
186 – AJ Swoboda on ‘Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World’, Plus the Best NT Wright Introduction You’ve Ever Heard
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59 min
March 2, 2018
185 – Shannon Kiser & Verlon Fosner Talk About Revitalizing a 90 Year Old Church, A Bilingual Church, and Fresh Expressions
Our Sponsor: Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of new communities in […]
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49 min
February 23, 2018
184 – Michael Beck, Talking about Church in a Tattoo Parlor, Yoga Studio, and Dog Park
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of […]
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36 min
February 16, 2018
183 – Iosmar Alvarez, Planting, Disciplining, and Fresh Expressions of the Hispanic Church
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of […]
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35 min
February 13, 2018
182 – Travis Collins, What is a Fresh Expression of Church Anyway?
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Fresh Expressions is an international movement of missionary disciples cultivating new kinds of church alongside existing congregations to more effectively engage our growing post-Christian society. Beginning in 2004 as an initiative of the Church of England and the British Methodist Church, the movement has resulted in the birth of thousands of […]
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39 min
February 2, 2018
181 – Curt Thompson, Author of “Anatomy of the Soul” on Christianity & Science, Why We Keep Sinning, and More
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70 min
December 29, 2017
The State of the Podcast
Here are the main points of this episode… My original intention was to pick SD back up in January, which is now just a few days away. Some of you may remember I did the same thing last year but then wound up not publishing until April. So in the last few weeks I’ve come […]
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8 min
December 15, 2017
A Seminary Dropout Preview of OnRamp Season 2
Hey Seminary Dropout listeners this is a very special episode in which I’m previewing the first episode of season 2 of OnRamp, my other podcast. If you’re not familiar, OnRamp is hosted by myself and my friend Kerri Fisher. It’s a podcast about issues surrounding race through the lens of Christian spirituality. It’s by no […]
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18 min
November 25, 2017
180 – John Mark McMillan, Talks Creativity, Minivans, and His New Album “Mercury & Lightning”
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18 min
November 17, 2017
179 – Amena Brown, Author of “How to Fix a Broken Record” on Poetry, Marriage, and Princesses
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50 min
November 11, 2017
178 – Bruxy Cavey, Author of “Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. […]
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47 min
November 3, 2017
177 – Tara Beth Leach, Author of Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in Ministry
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42 min
October 30, 2017
176 – Kelley Nikondeha, Talks about Being Adopted, Adopting, & the Biblical Narrative of Adoption
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. […]
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43 min
October 21, 2017
175 – Monique & Vito Aiuto of The Welcome Wagon, on Their New Album: Light Up The Stairs
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. […]
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39 min
October 6, 2017
174 – Dennis R. Edwards, Part 2: on his 1 Peter Commentary, and the Underrepresentation of People of Color in Christian Academia
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33 min
September 29, 2017
173 – Dennis R. Edwards, Part 1: on the Struggles of Being a Black Person in a Predominantly White Seminary as a Student & Professor, and the Difficulties of Truly Multicultural Churches
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. […]
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19 min
September 15, 2017
172 – Michelle Ferrigno Warren, Author of ‘The Power of Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness to Action’
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsor: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. […]
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58 min
September 8, 2017
171 – Mandy Smith, Author of ‘The Vulnerable Pastor’ and Director of SheLeads 2017
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Sponsor a Child — At Compassion we take a committed, long-term approach to fighting child poverty. Our Holistic Child Development Model is made up of four comprehensive programs investing in children from the beginning of their lives until they’ve reached adulthood, and covering everything from prenatal care to university-level education. […]
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43 min
September 6, 2017
170 – Russell Jeung, Author of “At Home in Exile” on Living in Solidarity with the Poor and Taking his Children Along for the Ride
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Arizona indie rock band WILD EARTH have just released their brand new full-length album HOLY FOOLS on August 11th. This sophomore album aims to unite pop, experimental alt-rock sounds with spiritual formation in Christ. Listen to the wild, vulnerable and contemplative journey of HOLY FOOLS, online now on your favorite digital streaming like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or […]
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52 min
August 25, 2017
169 – Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Author of “When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel according to Paul”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Arizona indie rock band WILD EARTH have just released their brand new full-length album HOLY FOOLS on August 11th. This sophomore album aims to unite pop, experimental alt-rock sounds with spiritual formation in Christ. Listen to the wild, vulnerable and contemplative journey of HOLY FOOLS, online now on your favorite digital streaming like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or […]
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28 min
August 18, 2017
168 – Jared Patrick Boyd, Author of “Imaginative Prayer: A Yearlong Guide For Your Child’s Spiritual Formation”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Arizona indie rock band WILD EARTH have just released their brand new full-length album HOLY FOOLS on August 11th. This sophomore album aims to unite pop, experimental alt-rock sounds with spiritual formation in Christ. Listen to the wild, vulnerable and contemplative journey of HOLY FOOLS, online now on your favorite digital streaming like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or […]
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34 min
August 12, 2017
167 – Ken Wytsma, Author of ‘The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege’
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our Sponsors: Arizona indie rock band WILD EARTH have just released their brand new full-length album HOLY FOOLS on August 11th. This sophomore album aims to unite pop, experimental alt-rock sounds with spiritual formation in Christ. Listen to the wild, vulnerable and contemplative journey of HOLY FOOLS, online now on your favorite digital streaming like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or […]
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53 min
July 24, 2017
166 – Leroy Barber on the NFL, and Colin Kaepernick
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International If you like Seminary Dropout, be sure to check out OnRamp. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Leroy Barber has dedicated more than twenty-five years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” He is the author of New Neighbor and Everyday […]
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33 min
July 14, 2017
165 – Seminary Dropout LIVE! Andrea Lucado, Author of ‘English Lessons’ Talks about Doubt and Being Her Own Person
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International If you like Seminary Dropout, be sure to check out OnRamp. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Andrea Lucado is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of the best selling author and pastor, Max Lucado. She inherited an obsession with words and their arrangement. She has a masters […]
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54 min
July 7, 2017
164 – Mary Demuth Talks Celebrity Christianity and Finding Her Voice
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International If you like Seminary Dropout, be sure to check out OnRamp. This Week on Seminary Dropout… Mary DeMuth is a writer and speaker who loves to help people live re-storied lives. Author of more than 30 books, including parenting books, Southern fiction, and a memoir entitled Thin Places, […]
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37 min
June 16, 2017
163 – Charles Moore, Author of ‘Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People’
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp This Week on Seminary Dropout… Charles E. Moore is a member of the Bruderhof community and teaches at the Mount Academy in New York. He writes for Plough Quarterly and has compiled and edited several acclaimed books, including Provocations: Spiritual Writings […]
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36 min
June 14, 2017
162 – Alan Hirsch, Author of ‘5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ’
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp This Week on Seminary Dropout… Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network, 100Movements, The 5Q Collective, and Future Travelers. All these are focussed on developing missional leadership and movemental organization. Known for his innovative approach to mission, […]
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49 min
June 2, 2017
161 – Tsh Oxenreider, Author of At Home in the World: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp This Week on Seminary Dropout… Tsh Oxenreider is the founder and main voice of The Art of Simple, a community site that celebrates living slow with passion, and is the host of the top-ranked podcast The Simple Show. She’s the author […]
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45 min
May 27, 2017
160 – Karen Swallow Prior: Abortion in the USA
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp This Week on Seminary Dropout… Karen Swallow Prior is professor of English at Liberty University, Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States, and a […]
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60 min
May 22, 2017
159 – Efrem Smith, Author of “Killing Us Softly: Reborn in the Upside-Down Image of God”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp This Week on Seminary Dropout… Efrem Smith’s personal and professional story paints a compelling picture of an urban church leader of deep faith who has managed leaders and budgets, transforming people and ministry wherever he has served. His track record in […]
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36 min
May 15, 2017
158 – David P. Leong, Author of “Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp David P. Leong (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate professor of missiology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary, where he also serves as the director of the Global and Urban Ministry minor. He previously served in churches in urban Seattle through […]
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54 min
May 9, 2017
157- Tish Harrison Warren & Jonathan Warren: A Biblical, Historical, and Pastoral Defense of Women in Ministry
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp Tish Harrison Warren & Jonathan Warren talking about women in ministry and ordination. William Witt’s articles on women and holy orders: http://willgwitt.org/category/theology/womens-ordination William Webb, Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals John Stackhouse, Finally Feminist Ben Witherington, Women in the Earliest Christian Churches NT […]
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101 min
April 22, 2017
156 – Traveling to Sri Lanka with Compassion International
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp In this very special episode, Sam Hoover from Compassion International sits down with me to discuss our recent trip to Sri Lanka.                                       […]
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48 min
April 17, 2017
155 – Esther Emery: What Happens When You Give Up the Internet For a Year
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Our sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp Esther Emery used to direct stage plays in Southern California. But that was a long time ago. Now she lives with her husband and three children off the grid in a yurt, tending to three acres in the foothills of Idaho’s […]
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45 min
April 8, 2017
154 – Jamin Goggin & Kyle Strobel on the Church’s Problems with Power
Welcome to our new sponsor: Compassion International Check out the new(ish) podcast OnRamp Jamin Goggin serves as a pastor at Mission Hills Church. He has been in pastoral ministry for eleven years, including several years as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Saddleback Church. Jamin speaks and writes in the areas of spiritual formation, ministry […]
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60 min
December 14, 2016
A Very Special Episode of Seminary Dropout: Announcing a Brand New Podcast – OnRamp
Hey Seminary Dropout listeners this is a very special episode in which I’m previewing to you the very first episode of a brand new podcast called OnRamp. OnRamp is hosted by myself and my friend Kerri Fisher. It’s an episode about issues surrounding race through the lens of Christian spirituality. This is has been in […]
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31 min
December 1, 2016
153: David Fitch Author of ‘Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission’
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org David E. Fitch (PhD, Northwestern University) is the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is the author of The Great Giveaway and The End […]
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54 min
November 29, 2016
152: Paul Pavao on Cancer, The Early Church, and Living in Intentional Community
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Paul Pavao is a teacher at Rose Creek village, a Christian community. He is married and has six children. Paul is a Mensa member and has studied early CHristian history for over 20 years. Our Sponsor:   Intervarsity Press has an exclusive for Seminary Dropout listeners. Go to ivpress.com/dropout to get 30% off The […]
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37 min
November 19, 2016
151: Greg Boyd on How to Live in a Trump Presidency
Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and numerous other television and radio venues. Greg received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude 1988), his […]
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65 min
November 11, 2016
150: #SheLeads: Reclaiming the Blessed Alliance for Faithful Mission – Austin Panel
*Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org On Saturday October 29th Missio Alliance hosted She Leads: Reclaiming the Blessed Alliance for Faithful Mission. The main event was simulcast to regional venues all of the country. I had the privilege of moderating the local panel in my hometown of Austin, TX. Our panelists were: Latasha Morrison is a bridge-builder, […]
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74 min
November 4, 2016
149: Leonard Sweet talks about The Bad Habits of Jesus
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Leonard I. Sweet is an American theologian, semiotician, church historian, pastor, and author. Sweet currently serves as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School at Drew University, in Madison, New Jersey; and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon. Sweet is ordained in […]
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33 min
October 27, 2016
148: Shane Claiborne Talks “Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why it’s Killing Us”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org   Shane Claiborne graduated from Eastern University and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Eastern. His adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential […]
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42 min
October 20, 2016
147: N.T. Wright Talks about The Day the Revolution Began
*Originally published at missioalliance.org N.T. WRIGHT is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New […]
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45 min
October 14, 2016
146: Voting, Part 2 with Nekeisha Alayna Alexis
Nekeisha Alayna Alexis is an independent scholar with wide-ranging interests related to human and other animal liberation. She orients her life toward undoing oppression through her vegan practice, teaching and writing, and various types of organizing in her community. She is co-founder and co-organizer of Jesus Radicals, an online space for exploring faith, politics and […]
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59 min
October 8, 2016
145: Voting, Part 1 with Greg Boyd
Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author. He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and numerous other television and radio venues. Greg received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude 1988), his […]
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61 min
September 30, 2016
144: Ann Voskamp on her new book “The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life”
Ann Voskamp’s the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Gift and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and the sixty-week New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more […]
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37 min
September 22, 2016
143: Mike McHargue aka “Science Mike”, Author of “Finding God In The Waves”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is the best-selling author of Finding God in the Waves, host of Ask Science Mike and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast. He’s a leading voice on matters of science and religion with a monthly reach in the hundreds of thousands. Among other outlets, Mike has […]
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47 min
September 15, 2016
142: Brandon Hatmaker, Author of “A Mile Wide”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Brandon is an author, biker, humanitarian, and a huge fan of the underdog. After more than 20 years of working in the local church, He co-founded and is now the Managing Partner of The Legacy Collective (www.legacycollective.org) and The Legacy Investor Group LLC which focuses on partnering, pioneering, and funding sustainable solutions […]
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51 min
September 9, 2016
141: Cathleen Falsani & Jennifer Grant, Editors of “Disquiet Time”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org A Connecticut native and granddaughter of Italian and Irish immigrants, Cathleen is a graduate of Wheaton College, the alma mater of the Rev. Billy Graham, former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and horror film director Wes Craven. (Admittedly, she often finds more common ground with Craven and Graham than Hastert.) She holds a […]
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40 min
September 1, 2016
140: Frank James, Logos Video Course: “Introducing Church History”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Dr. James has two doctorates, a D.Phil. in History from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. James has taught at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florda (where he also served as president) and at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA (where he also served as […]
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59 min
August 25, 2016
139: Todd Adkins, Host of “5 Leadership Questions”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Todd Adkins is the Director of Leadership at Lifeway Christian Resources. He is passionate about the development of leaders, especially within the church. Todd served in student ministry and as an executive pastor for several years before joining the leadership at Lifeway to head up Ministry Grid, Lifeway’s dynamic new leadership […]
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49 min
August 19, 2016
138: Morgan Guyton, Author of “How Jesus Saves the World From Us”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we’ve received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus. How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to […]
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60 min
August 11, 2016
137: Chris Marlow, Author of ” Doing Good is Simple: Make a Difference Right Where You Are”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Chris Marlow, founder of the global advocacy organization Help One Now, once felt paralyzed in the face of global problems. They seemed too numerous, too complicated, too big—and after all, how much can one person really do? But a wake-up call in Zimbabwe and a closer study of Scripture soon showed […]
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38 min
August 4, 2016
136: Gerald McDermott, Author of “The Great Theologians, A Brief Guide”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Gerald R. McDermott (PhD, University of Iowa) is Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also associate pastor at Christ the King Anglican Church. His books include The Other Jonathan Edwards: Readings in Love, Society, and Justice (with Ronald Story), The Theology of Jonathan Edwards […]
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54 min
July 28, 2016
135: Suzanne Burden, Author of “Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Suzanne is a graduate of Cornerstone University and Grace Theological Seminary and serves part-time as discipleship pastor at Three Rivers Wesleyan Church. She writes and speaks on living in the Kingdom of God as a joyful, right-now reality. Suzanne co-authored “Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom […]
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37 min
July 21, 2016
134: Jessica Kelley, Author of “Lord Willing?: Wrestling with God’s Role in My Child’s Death”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.com Jessica Kelley is a writer, speaker, and survivor of child loss. She has a B.S. in Psychology, a M.S. in Counseling & Human Development, and experience as a School Counselor. Born and raised in the South, Jessica now lives with her husband and five-year-old daughter in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She survives […]
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47 min
July 14, 2016
133: Lisa Sharon Harper on The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Lisa Sharon Harper is the chief church engagement officer at Sojourners, a nonprofit organization committed to putting Christian faith into action in the pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship. She is the author of several books, including Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican…or Democrat and coauthor of Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith. Harper […]
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43 min
July 7, 2016
132: Jonathan Martin, Author of “How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Jonathan diabetes Martin is a writer, speaker, and dreamer currently living in Tulsa, OK, where he serves as Teaching Pastor at Sanctuary Church. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like […]
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41 min
July 2, 2016
Seminary Dropout 131: Brian Zahnd Author of “Water to Wine: Some of My Story”
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org   Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor, of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is a passionate reader of theology and philosophy, an avid hiker and mountain climber, and authority on all things Bob Dylan. He and his wife, Peri, have three adult sons and five […]
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53 min
June 23, 2016
Seminary Dropout 130: Makoto Fujimura, Author of Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering
*Published Originally at MissioAlliance.org Makoto Fujimura is an internationally renowned artist, writer and speaker who serves as the director of Fuller Theological Seminary’s Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He is also the founder of the International Arts Movement and served as a presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from […]
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35 min
June 16, 2016
Seminary Dropout 129: Christine Caine on Shame, Immigration, and Freedom
*Originally Posted at MissioAlliance.org Christine Caine is a recognized teacher, preacher, author, and activist. As a founder of The A21 Campaign, Christine leads one of the largest non-profit organizations in the world dedicated to rescuing victims of human trafficking in  twelve countries. Additionally, through her personal ministry, Christine shares messages of hope, encouragement, and freedom […]
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43 min
June 9, 2016
Seminary Dropout 128: Soong-Chan Rah, on Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times
*Published originally at MissioAlliance.org Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity and Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church, as well as coauthor of […]
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55 min
June 2, 2016
Seminary Dropout 127: Rethinking Hell with Chris Date & Graham Ware
*Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org Graham Ware is currently Pastor of Centre Street Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. He holds a BA in History, minoring in Biblical Studies from Atlantic Baptist University (now Crandall University) and an M.Div. from McMaster Divinity College. His blog and sermon podcast can be found on the church’s website and […]
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67 min
May 26, 2016
Seminary Dropout 126: Nijay Gupta on Bridging the Gap Between Seminary and the Church Pew
Nijay K. Gupta (Ph.D, University of Durham) serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of several articles and books including a commentary on Colossians (Smyth & Helwys, 2013). You can learn more about Dr. Gupta at his personal blog www.cruxsolablog.com. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians, […]
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40 min
May 19, 2016
Seminary Dropout 125: Michelle Higgins on That Sermon at Urbana
*Originally Published at MissioAlliance.org Michelle is the director of Faith for Justice in St. Louis. Late last year Michelle spoke at Urbana 2015, one of the largest student missions conferences in the world, her sermon was talked about online for months after the conference ended. Some found her words controversial and others found their hearts […]
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49 min
May 13, 2016
Seminary Dropout 124: Amy & Ryan Green, Creators of ‘That Dragon, Cancer’ on the Death of Their Son, Grief, and Hope
Ryan and Amy Green’s son Joel was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer just after his first birthday. During Joel’s fight with cancer Ryan had an idea, to make a video game about the experience. Ryan made one scene of the video game and began taking it to video game expos to […]
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58 min
May 6, 2016
Seminary Dropout 123: AJ Swoboda, on Wandering, Doubt, and Hope
*Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org Subscribe/Rate/Review Seminary Dropout in iTunes Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical and Fuller Seminaries. He is the founder and director of Blessed Earth Northwest, a center that helps think […]
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35 min
April 29, 2016
Seminary Dropout 122: Osheta Moore on Being a MennoNerd from New Orleans to Boston to L.A.
Osheta Moore is an Anabaptist-y, wife, mom, writer and podcaster in Los Angeles. She’s passionate about racial reconciliation, peacemaking, and community development in the urban core.  At the top of her bucket list is dance in a flash mob—all the better if it’s to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” How to find […]
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65 min
April 22, 2016
Seminary Dropout 121: Shawn Duncan, on Truly Helping those in Poverty, Gentrification, and the Role of the Church
Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of Training and Education for Focused Community Strategies (FCS), a Christian community development organization that has been partnering with distressed urban neighborhoods in Atlanta for the last 40 years. He is also the Co-Founder of EIRO (pronounced “i row”), which serves as a catalyst for local churches eager to […]
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50 min
April 15, 2016
Seminary Dropout 120: Elizabeth Esther, Author of Spiritual Sobriety: The Promise of Healthy Faith When Good Religion Goes Bad
Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org Elizabeth Esther is the author of “Girl at The End of the World: my escape from fundamentalism in search of faith with a future.” She is a popular, award-winning blogger and advocate for children’s rights. Her writing has appeared in Mothering Magazine, OC Family and The Orange County Register. She is […]
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40 min
April 8, 2016
Seminary Dropout 119: Brad Lomenick, Author of H3 Leadership
Originally posted at MissioAlliance.org Brad Lomenick is a strategic advisor and leadership consultant. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences, churches and colleges as well as author of The Catalyst Leader (Thomas Nelson, 2013). For over a decade, he served as lead visionary and president of Catalyst, one of America’s largest movements of Christian leaders. […]
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48 min
March 31, 2016
Seminary Dropout 118: Derwin Gray on Playing in the NFL, Money, & the Challenges of a Multiethnic Church
Originaly Published at MissioAlliance.org Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church (www.TransformationChurch.tc), a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church (TC) also has two campuses in South Carolina Correctional Institutions (Kershaw and Lee). […]
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58 min
March 25, 2016
Seminary Dropout 117: Drew Hart, Author of “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism”
Drew G.I. Hart is a blogger, theologian, and activist. His blog is hosted by Christian Century, and he speaks regularly at churches, universities, and seminaries. Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism What if racial reconciliation doesn’t look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by […]
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50 min
March 17, 2016
Seminary Dropout 116: Yuckin It Up with Tripp Fuller, Talking about Homebrewed Christianity, “Jesus: Lord, Liar, Lunatic… Or Awesome” & Hatchery
Tripp is the founder of Homebrewed Christianity, a popular progressive theology podcast and website that garners over 50,000 listens per month. He is the Director of Theology and Humanities at Hatchery, a church planting center that incubates innovative, sustainable models of church. He is currently finishing a dissertation in Philosophy, Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate […]
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58 min
March 11, 2016
Seminary Dropout 115: Natasha Sistrunk Robinson “When We Measure the Church by American Standards… …We Strangle the Beauty of the Cross.”
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson is a leader, speaker, writer, and anti-human trafficking advocate. Natasha has studied education in racial reconciliation, prayer and fasting, and biblical justice. She love’s passionately serving God and his people, bringing Him glory, and pursuing His kingdom work by sharing and living as she puts it ‘in the redemptive power of the cross’. In […]
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45 min
March 4, 2016
Seminary Dropout 114: Paul J. Pastor, Author of The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit
Paul J. Pastor is a writer, editor, and grassroots pastor living with his family in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. His work finds beauty and timeless wisdom in issues of faith, culture, and modern Christian ministry. His latest book is The Face of the Deep: Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit. Many Christians don’t […]
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34 min
February 27, 2016
Seminary Dropout 113: Sean Palmer On Being the Black Pastor of a Predominantly White Church, Politics, and Blogging
Sean is a minister, sought-after preacher, writer, and blogger. He is the Lead Minister at The Vine Church in Temple, TX, and a blogger at The Palmer Perspective. His writings have appeared in numerous magazines and publications. In 2012, Sean was profiled in Christian Standard Magazine’s “40 Leaders Under 40” issue. He and his wife […]
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46 min
February 20, 2016
Seminary Dropout 112: Sara Groves on Depression, and Her New Album FLOODPLAIN
Sara Groves is a mom, wife, singer/ songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice and a heart of mercy. She has joined forces with International Justice Mission to advocate for victims of human trafficking for the past 8 years. Sara has been nominated for 7 Dove Awards and has produced a string of […]
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57 min
February 11, 2016
Seminary Dropout 111: Gary Black Jr. “Heaven is not a cosmic car wash!”
Gary Black Jr. is a professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is the author of The Theology of Dallas Willard, and coauthor of The Divine Conspiracy Continued. In his acclaimed books, renowned writer, speaker, and philosophy professor Dallas Willard explored the nature of Christian life in God’s Kingdom. Yet one topic remained undisclosed: […]
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59 min
February 6, 2016
Seminary Dropout 110: Lauren Chandler, talking Cancer, Life’s Anchor, and Steadfast Love
Lauren Chandler is a wife and mother of three. Her husband, Matt Chandler, serves as the lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Lauren is passionate about writing, music and leading worship, not only at The Village Church, but also for groups across the country. The Lord has taken Matt and Lauren […]
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41 min
January 28, 2016
Seminary Dropout 109: Alli Worthington Gives Practical Steps to Break Busy
Alli Worthington is an author, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Her goal is to help women live the life they were created to live. Alli co-founded BlissDom Events and has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. Alli’s no-nonsense, guilt-free take on motherhood, parenting and balance […]
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36 min
January 21, 2016
Seminary Dropout 108: Jeremy Courtney from Preemptive Love Coalition, Gives the Real Story on Isis and Refugees
Jeremy Courtney is cofounder and executive director of the Preemptive Love Coalition (PLC), an international development organization based in Iraq that provides lifesaving heart surgeries to Iraqi children and training for local doctors and nurses, creating peace between communities at odds. In the middle of the Iraq War, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney found themselves with […]
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63 min
January 15, 2016
Seminary Dropout 107: Deidra Riggs on Women of Color Writers, The Church, and More!
Deidra Riggs is an influential blogger at her own blog, JumpingTandem, as well as DaySpring’s (in)courage and TheHighCalling.org, for which she is managing editor. She has been a speaker for TEDx and has organized her own women’s retreat, hosting speakers like Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, and many more. She and her husband have two adult […]
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48 min
January 12, 2016
Seminary Dropout 106: Patricia Raybon & Alana Raybon
This is the second episode guest hosted by Grace Sandra.    Patricia Raybon is the award-winning author of I Told the Mountain to Move, a 2006 Book of the Year finalist in Christianity Today magazine’s annual book awards competition; and My First White Friend, her racial forgiveness memoir that won the Christopher Award. She is also […]
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42 min
December 5, 2015
Seminary Dropout 105: Marcelle Ward
As I say in the intro, I’ll be handing over hosting duties for the month of December to Grace Sandra. She did a great job with this episode and I can’t wait to share the others with you. Marcelle Dionne Ward was born in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from Millikin University with a B.F.A. […]
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42 min
November 19, 2015
Best of Seminary Dropout: Grace Sandra
Back in 2013 I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing writer, blogger, and speaker Grace Sandra. In the interview we talk about the concept of privilege and racial reconciliation in light of the Gospel. Look to hear more from Grace on Seminary Dropout soon! Mentioned on the podcast: Grace’s Blog: gracesandra.com Books: More Than […]
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51 min
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