Show 30: British Accents (Bishop Mike Royal) “Jesus Was Politically Black” (Part 1)

7 Jul

Much of current theology and biblical studies, despite the multi-global and multi-ethnic makeup of our society and churches today, still tends to be predominantly white, Euro-centric, male and Protestant. In this landmark show–number 30 on The Preacher’s Forum podcast–I’m excited … Read More »

Show 29: British Accents (Mike Nimz) “Live Simply, That Others May Simply Live” (Part 2)

30 Jun

In the second half of my conversation with Mike Nimz of the Anabaptist Network UK, recorded recently in Birmingham, England. Mike shares his difficult experience as the pastor of a Mennonite church in Canada. If you’re a pastor or church … Read More »

Preaching in Britain Today: Believing or Belonging? (Part 4)

27 Jun

Introduction In this final article in this series, “Preaching in Britain: Believing or Belonging?” I take up the model of indirect communication proposed by preacher Fred B. Craddock in his thought-provoking and challenging book, Overhearing the Gospel. Instead of relying … Read More »

Preaching in Britain Today: Believing or Belonging? (Part 3)

23 Jun

Introduction To become truly missional and incarnational, church leaders and pastors should perhaps begin to think about moving away from what is termed an “attractional model” of church growth. This model embraces this fundamental idea: “if you build it, they … Read More »

Show 14: Rock n’ Roll Soul: Reflections on Christianity, Ministry, and Theology (Part 9)

21 Mar

If you’ve been listening to my series of podcasts I’m calling “Rock n’ Roll Soul,” then you’ll be up to speed with what I’m doing. Essentially, it’s my opportunity to share my story with you, and tell about a lot … Read More »

Show 13: Rock n’ Roll Soul: Reflections on Christianity, Ministry, and Theology (Part 8)

17 Mar

Part 8 of my “Rock n’ Roll Soul” podcast series is my story of when I hit rock bottom in church ministry. In my discouragement and frustration, I begin to see a way out, but would I be able to … Read More »

Show 10: Rock n’ Roll Soul: Reflections on Christianity, Ministry, and Theology (Part 6)

9 Mar

In this episode, part 6 of my “Rock n’ Roll Soul” podcast series, I continue the story of my experiences of nearly 12 years in ministry. This episode picks up the story of my life-changing encounter at the Willow Creek … Read More »

Show 9: Why are so many Christians Leaving the Church?

22 Feb

In this podcast, I take a look at a potentially disturbing trend (at least to mainstream, organized churches, that is): Christians are leaving the church in droves, according to new statistics. Interestingly, however, they claim that they are not necessarily giving … Read More »

Communication that Builds Community

20 Feb

Why do people return to Church, week after week on Sunday mornings, only to endure what the preacher continually serves up? Why do people sit in hard chairs in front of dull pulpits? Why does preaching many times have to … Read More »