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082 | The Power of Food: Danielle Walker
Nov 23 • 16 min
The majority eat only one meal together as a family during regular work week due to conflicting schedules, and many are waking up to the harm our bodies experience from fast, manufactured food. Danielle Walker, New York Times bestselling author of the…
081 | My Journey with Gay Parents: Caleb Kaltenbach
Nov 16 • 15 min
Growing up with parents who were gay, Caleb Kaltenbach was part of the gay rights movement from an early age. But when he became a Christian, his parents were furious, having seen so much hatred aimed at them from the Christian community. Caleb - who…
080 | The Power of a Volunteer Movement: Rob Peabody
Nov 9 • 24 min
VOMO is powering today’s movement of volunteers to change the world. Listen in as Rob Peabody, CEO of VOMO, and Gabe Lyons discuss the importance of volunteering in community and ways you, and your networks can better engage your city for good. VOMO…
079 | Divided States: Colin Woodard
Oct 26 • 29 min
America was a divided nation since her founding. How can we understand the differences and appreciate their origins? Bestselling author, Colin Woodard suggests that America is an amalgamation of 11 different regions. While many still wonder what led…
078 | The State of Women: Noel Yeatts
Oct 19 • 22 min
What are the rights all women should possess and live out? Noel Yeatts of World Help shares the state of women across the world today and the opportunity that can come from focusing on the true global issues facing women. What are you doing with your…
077 | What Technology Wants: Kevin Kelly
Oct 12 • 24 min
We live in an age of innovation, and a debate is raging about whether technology is improving our lives or making them worse. But Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine, says we’re not asking the right questions. He believes we need to find out…
076 | Audience of One: Rebekah Lyons
Oct 5 • 13 min
When have you felt moments of freedom in your life? Most of us glimpse this freedom less and less as we pursue other endeavors: achievement, career, family, or success. Author Rebekah Lyons reminds us that God has created us — at the core of who we…
075 | How Can The Gospel Inform Our Everyday Lives?: Paul Williams & Terry Timm
Sep 28 • 33 min
Our lives are increasingly complex and so is our modern world. As a result, Christians often struggle to connect what they believe with what they do day by day. Paul Williams and Terry Timm share their vision for how ReFrame provides a Biblical…
074 | Does Religion Contribute to Society?: Dr. Brian Grim & Byron Johnson
Sep 21 • 19 min
Forty-six percent of Americans believe religion is part of the problem in our society. Yet faith is the motivation for many of the critical social services and programs that benefit the most vulnerable populations. Congregations, faith-based…
073 | The Heart of Man: Jason Pamer
Sep 12 • 23 min
Listen in as Gabe Lyons shares a conversation with Jason Pamer, filmmaker, producer and writer of the upcoming film, The Heart of Man, releasing in theaters for a one-night only special event on September 14. The Heart of Man is a story inviting…
072 | Why Design Matters: Danae Dougherty
Sep 7 • 15 min
A study by The Design Council found that companies who emphasize design in their business dealings perform 200 percent better on the Stock Exchange than those who don’t. Design isn’t just about graphics and colors; it’s in the aesthetics of a space….
071 | Restoring the Justice System: Bryan Stevenson
Aug 31 • 28 min
Much of what’s happening in the American justice system remains overlooked. America boasts the highest rate of incarceration in the world, but even more alarming are the system’s endemic injustices. Minority communities are far more afflicted by the…
070 | Prophetic Witness: Jackie Hill-Perry
Aug 17 • 13 min
Jackie Hill-Perry knows that a life well lived speaks volumes in a world of contradiction. As individualism becomes common and pursuing your deepest feelings and desires is perceived as heroic, denying one’s self is revolutionary. Her story of denying…
069 | Managing Technology: Andy Crouch
Aug 10 • 24 min
Over half of children think their parents check their phone too often, with a quarter of parents agreeing they want to look at their devices less. Yet it’s difficult to pry ourselves away from technology, so social media is in large part making us…
068 | East Africa Hunger Crisis: Rich Stearns
Aug 7 • 26 min
Drought. Food shortages. Conflict. These are deadly forces that children throughout East Africa are facing. Areas in South Sudan and Somalia are on the brink of catastrophe. Kenya and Ethiopia face severe drought. Tens of thousands of children could…
067 | The Future of Discipleship: Ed Stetzer
Aug 3 • 25 min
The very last words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew are summed up in The Great Commission, a call for the Church to make disciples. Yet the Church has approached this process in different ways throughout history. How are today’s Christians…
066 |Love Anyway: Jeremy Courtney
Jul 27 • 32 min
Gabe Lyons had a conversation with Jeremy Courtney about how the idea of loving anyway is changing lives in Iraq and Syria. Jeremy is the founder and president of Preemptive Love, an organization serving the refugee, the oppressed and the most…
065 | Our Shadow Side: Ian Cron
Jul 20 • 15 min
For thousands of years, mystics and Church fathers have understood the havoc the seven deadly sins reap in the human heart. But in a culture disinterested in a vocabulary of sin, these shadow sides can fester. Author and Enneagram expert, Ian Cron,…
064 | Becoming Human Again: Mark Sayers
Jul 13 • 22 min
We are increasingly losing touch with what it means to be human: how we treat one another, where meaning is derived from, and what purpose we are here to serve. Mark Sayers sees this not as a reason to despair, but as an opportunity for the church to…
063 | Intersectional: Propaganda
Jul 6 • 14 min
Forty percent of Americans believe that those with opposing political views pose a threat to the nation. In many ways, we are more divided than ever before: from race, to women’s rights, to conservative and liberal policies. But when we focus on…
062 | Unsettled Questions: Dave Bazan + David Dark
Jun 29 • 23 min
In a wide-ranging conversation interspersed with song, author of The Sacredness of Questioning Everything David Dark and musician Dave Bazan (formerly, of Pedro the Lion) will discuss the struggles of a questioning faith. They’ll wrestle with the…
061 | Refugee Children: Rich Stearns & Khalil Sleiman
Jun 22 • 29 min
There are 1.9 billion children in the world, 400 million of which live in extreme poverty. With so many suffering the consequences of war, displacement, and circumstances outside of their control, how can we inject life, hope and promise for a future…
060 | Exploring The Galaxy: Louie Giglio + Jennifer Wiseman
Jun 15 • 26 min
From the Psalmist to the astronomers, people for centuries have suggested that the natural world is a portal to the transcendent (Ps. 19:1). But it has always been difficult for the average earth dweller to grasp the breadth of such assertions - that…
059 | Unscripted: Ernie Johnson Jr.
Jun 8 • 26 min
How do you live out your faith in the public eye? Gabe Lyons has a conversation with Ernie Johnson, Jr. as they discuss what Ernie has learned from over 28 years of sports commentating with some of the most well-known figures in the NBA.
058 | The Lucky Few: Heather Avis
Jun 1 • 29 min
In this week’s episode, Gabe had a conversation with Heather Avis, author of ‘The Lucky Few.’ She shares her story of adoption and finding out that our plans are not like God’s plans. Listen in as she talks about advocating for the vulnerable,…
057 | A Selfish Plan To Change The World: Justin Dillon
May 25 • 34 min
While we enjoy products from around the world, someone else is paying the price. How can we make a difference in the world when we aren’t always sure what is helping the issues of the world. Justin Dillon talks to Gabe Lyons about his new project, “A…
056 | God Has A Name: John Mark Comer
May 18 • 32 min
In this episode, Gabe Lyons interviews John Mark Comer, the author of ‘God Has A Name’ as they discuss the importance of thinking well about who God is. What does it mean to know God and to know Him in truth and with understanding?
055 | Disruption: Mark DeYmaz
May 11 • 29 min
Today, the typical local church is not disruptive; rather, it has been disrupted. In what should otherwise be the church’s finest hour, our collective witness has been undermined by a lack of thoughtful, proactive, and holistic engagement on matters…
054 | The Church: Greg Thompson
May 4 • 46 min
In an earlier series, we talked about the Six Practices over a number of weeks. Now, we’ve got the entire talk by Greg Thompson available in one podcast. How can the Church respond to this cultural moment? What does it mean to live out our faith in…
053 | Marijuana: Heather Jackson & Christian Thurstone
Apr 20 • 35 min
What are the implications for the community when we consider the legalization of marijuana? What are the ways it could potentially contribute in positive ways and other ways that it might fall short? Gabe Lyons introduces some compelling conversations…
052 | Success: Brian Fikkert
Apr 13 • 25 min
What is success? And is our definition of success making us poor? In his talk at Q Nashville in 2014, economist Brian Fikkert says that it’s our flawed understanding of success that’s making us sick, tired, and mentally ill. The solution, he says, is…
051 | Humility: David Brooks
Apr 6 • 24 min
Over the past half century, America has moved from a culture of self-effacement to a culture of self-expression: think Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc. A TIME magazine cover once called out the “Me, Me, Me Generation” and the ways today’s culture and…
050 | Singleness: Annie F. Downs
Mar 30 • 25 min
What does it mean to think well about singleness? It’s easy for the church to make marriage into an idol, but our single friends have much to offer and are a vital part of the conversation. Listen in as Annie F. Downs shares about her experience…
049 | Ideas For The Common Good: Praxis Entrepreneurship
Mar 23 • 26 min
Each year at Q, we partner with Praxis Labs to hear from some of the best up-and-comping visionaries. These people want to present their big idea to the room and our hope is that they will change the world with their incredible ideas. Listen in as…
048 | You Are What You Love: James K.A. Smith
Mar 16 • 26 min
Q Founder and President Gabe Lyons sits down for a conversation with James K.A. Smith about his upcoming book, “You Are What You Love.” What does it mean to view our world holistically and how can Christians reclaim some lost practices?
047 | What My Mother Taught Me: Shauna Niequist
Mar 9 • 26 min
What if you found your life’s work when you were middle-aged? In this episode, we get the chance to listen to a compelling talk by Shauna Niequest as she explores her mother’s journey into calling.
046 | Cities: Wayne Gordon & Chris Horst
Mar 2 • 25 min
What does it mean to really invest in a city? How can we be better influences in our communities? This week, we’re listening to a talk by Wayne Gordon in Chicago and another by Chris Horst in Denver as they explain how they see God moving in their…
045 | Free To Be Called: Rebekah Lyons
Feb 23 • 27 min
Join us as we sit down with Rebekah Lyons, Q Co-Founder and author of “You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are.” She talk about calling and how her life has been shaped by paying attention to where her “burden and talents collide.”
044 | Pluralism: Miroslav Volf
Feb 17 • 27 min
What does it mean to live in a pluralistic society? How can we engage with those who do not believe the same things we do? The religious climate of the world we live in diverse, so we sat down with Miroslav Volf to hear about what it means to…
043 | Activism: Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
Feb 9 • 29 min
A generation passionate about authentic faith has given rise to a new golden age of Christian optimism and social activism. But as a dizzying number of organizations call for our attention and engagement, Christians are beginning to see the pitfalls…
042 | Technology + Relationships: Kara Powell
Feb 2 • 24 min
We are in danger of losing a new generation to the numbing agents of electronics. Dr. Kara Powell, executive director of Fuller Youth Institute, wonders what it means to raise children in a digital age. She argues that stewardship of technology…
041 | The Prophetic Minority: Russell Moore
Jan 26 • 29 min
In a nation in which the church was once a dominant and unifying mainstay in America life, what does it look like to be the minority?
040 | Faith + Politics: Michael Wear
Jan 19 • 27 min
How Christians think of politics, how we relate the machinations of politics to the promises of God and reality of the gospel, will determine how we respond to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Listen in as Michael Wear discusses his…
039 | The Transgender Conversation
Jan 12 • 46 min
How can Christians approach conversations about transgender identity? Q President Gabe Lyons sits down with Melinda Selmys, who lives with gender dysphoria, and Dr. Mark Yarhouse, a professor of psychology at Regent University to answer questions…
038 | Responding to Aleppo: Richard Stearns + Jeremy Courtney
Jan 6 • 26 min
We’re in the middle of the largest refugee crisis since World War II, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by what is happening all over the world. As we consider how we can respond both in action and in awareness, we hope you’re encouraged by these two…
037 | Life Without Pediatrics: Dr. Una Mulale
Dec 29, 2016 • 15 min
How do childhood experiences shape our calling? Dr. Una Mulale is the first Pediatric Critical Care Specialist from Botswana. Her goal is to implement tertiary healthcare structures in low-resource countries in Africa and around the world. This is her…
036 |Why Culture Matters: Tim Keller
Dec 22, 2016 • 22 min
People of faith differ on how much concern we should pay to the culture at hand, questioning what good can we really do engaging in a broken world. Can we really make a significant difference? Does God share these concerns? Every generation must…
035 | A Conversation on Race and America: Greg Thompson, Michelle Higgins & David Bailey
Dec 14, 2016 • 33 min
How can we work toward racial reconciliation in America? We live in a nation that at times feels more divided than ever. In this conversation, we’ll explore the history of racism in America, how to better engage with our community and what blindspots…
034 | Six Practices of the Church: Vocation
Dec 5, 2016 • 36 min
We are all involved in some sort of vocation. No matter where or what it is, we know that God calls us to be faithful in those places. From home to office and beyond, we have the opportunity to practice vocation well in a way that makes the world a…
033 | Six Practices of the Church: Hospitality
Nov 27, 2016 • 29 min
What does it mean to be part of a community? Is it different to invest in the Church or in the places you live and work? In this Episode, we talk about the importance of community, what it is and what it means to be a people of hospitality.
032 | Six Practices of the Church: Formation
Nov 21, 2016 • 26 min
The way that we build character depends on how we approach even the littlest habits and moments of our days. When we form habits that are good, they build up in our lives in positive ways, and when we foster habits that are not good, they can slowly…
031 | Six Practices of the Church: Identity
Nov 14, 2016 • 24 min
The core of who we are is our identity. In the 4th episode of “Six Practices of the Church,” Greg Thompson speaks to the importance of knowing who we are. When we lose sight of identity, we stray away from our God-given purpose. What does that…
030 | Six Practices of the Church: Confession
Nov 9, 2016 • 23 min
The origins of the Church are thousands of years old. Through generations that span cultures and millennia, we see that though history has changed the face of the broader world, the Church has always clung to core beliefs. In this time of turmoil, how…
029 | Six Practices of the Church: Context
Oct 31, 2016 • 26 min
This week, we discuss the importance of Context in the Six Practices of the Church. How do we love our neighbors well in this cultural moment?
028 | Six Practices of the Church: The Way Forward
Oct 24, 2016 • 35 min
The Christian church in the West is struggling to embody faithfulness in a culture that is rapidly changing. Many church leaders labor under a nagging sense that they need help—both in the work of understanding their culture and in the work of…
027 | Deborah Lipstadt: Denial
Oct 20, 2016 • 31 min
One of the nation’s foremost experts on Holocaust denial and modern anti-Semitism, Lipstadt’s 2005 book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving,” is the story of her libel trial in London against Irving, who sued her for calling him a…
026 | Pete Richardson: On Calling, Ambition & Surrender
Oct 6, 2016 • 22 min
Many of us struggle to discern our role in God’s bigger plan for the world; some of us even struggle to see God’s plan at all. We’re unsure of our purpose, or uncertain of how we can use that purpose to bring renewal to our communities. Pete…
025 | Spiritual Guidance for Artificial Intelligences: Kevin Kelly
Sep 29, 2016 • 23 min
Culture, creatives, and the marketplace are becoming more interested in the development of Artificial Intelligence. In 2014, AI startups saw a 302 percent increase in funding. The potential to better our lives, solve global problems, and innovate…
024 | Six Months to Live: Kimberly Kuo
Sep 22, 2016 • 24 min
One-hundred-five people leveraged Oregon’s “Death with Dignity” law last year. Some argue that compassion requires support of assisted suicide, that avoiding pain is a worthy pursuit. How should people of faith consider death and dying? Kimberly Kuo,…
023 | Legitimacy: Malcolm Gladwell
Sep 15, 2016 • 22 min
Who or what deems an idea legitimate? Many people of faith think because their ideas are true, everyone should listen, pay attention, and do as they suggest. Malcolm Gladwell helps us understand how the process by which ideas are debated, opinions are…
022 | Red States, Blue Cities: Governor Haslam & Mayor Dean
Sep 11, 2016 • 26 min
As the electorate in America evolves and red states and blue states compete for control, one critical observation remains: cities overwhelmingly vote Democratic while rural, less populous counties vote Republican. The gap between urban and rural…
021 | Cease Fire: Gangs & Redemption: Dr. Paul David Smith
Sep 1, 2016 • 13 min
Public safety coordinator for the city of Chattanooga, Paul David Smith, discusses Chattanooga’s response to gang-related issues, community safety and mentoring. Smith is the former principal of Howard High School in downtown Chattanooga and the proud…
020 | A Story of Faith and Persecution: Nik + Ruth Ripken
Aug 22, 2016 • 36 min
This week we talked with Nik and Ruth Ripken, an ordinary couple with an extraordinary story. After the death of their son, they journeyed into the depths of the persecuted church around the world asking the question - Is Jesus Worth It? The film…
019 | Cosmopolitan Evangelism: Jon Tyson
Aug 18, 2016 • 13 min
In a culture where religious pluralism has become widely accepted, there is a tendency to back away from evangelism—after all, it’s kind of aggressive and could be seen as intolerant. How do we communicate our faith in a way that resonates and…
018 | The Religion Of The Academy: Paul Lim
Aug 11, 2016 • 12 min
Since the Enlightenment, Europe has observed the slow divorce of the church from the university. The same phenomenon has taken place in the United States, which we witness today in the religious ambivalence of schools like Harvard, Princeton, and…
017 | A Day In The Life Of A Nun: Sister Joan of Arc
Aug 4, 2016 • 14 min
From plays like the Sound of Music and movies like Sister Act, we have seen a wide array of interpretations of a nun’s typical lifestyle. Sister Joan of Arc from the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, will explain how their convent located in Nashville…
016 | Educating The Media: Michael Cromartie
Jul 28, 2016 • 13 min
Often Christians complain about being misrepresented by mainstream media, but could that change with intentional efforts? Michael Cromartie, Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has created opportunities for members of the national…
015 | The Irrelevance of Faith: David Kinnaman
Jul 21, 2016 • 13 min
Christians face an unprecedented landscape at the intersection of faith and public life. Over 46% of our neighbors believe religion and people of faith are part of the problem in our communities, not the solution. As a growing list of contentious…
014 | The Evolution of the Swimsuit: Jessica Rey
Jul 7, 2016 • 12 min
Fashion matters. It influences the imagination and drives the way people uniquely represent themselves. The evolution of the women’s swimsuit is one place where there has been a visible shift away from modesty. In the current world of swimwear,…
013 | Artists & Poets: Lecrae
Jun 30, 2016 • 21 min
With a Cinderella story of drug-dealer-turned-Jesus-lover, Lecrae is the only artist to ever debut an album that simultaneously topped the Billboard 200 and Gospel charts. For any musician, such an accomplishment is simply an Anomaly, the very title…
012 | Our Refugee Crisis: Noel Yeatts & Jeremy Courtney
Jun 23, 2016 • 17 min
The world is facing the worst refugee crisis since WWII. Over 11 million Syrians have been displaced, and while some try to seek safe harbor in Europe, the vast majority will never leave the region. In the face of human depravity and under an enormous…
011 | Foster Care & Adoption: Brian & Julie Mavis
Jun 16, 2016 • 13 min
As adopted children of God, how can we reflect that relationship to the world we serve? Action must be taken to provide care for children in the foster system who’ve never experienced the love of a family to call their own. Adopt Colorado Kids…
010 | Snowboards and Calling: Kelly Clark
Jun 2, 2016 • 20 min
What if following your passion leads to worldly success, to weatlh, fame, and power? What does service look like from here? Can you balance the pressures of success while seeking to make disciples? Snowboarder/Olympic Gold medalist Kelly Clark has…
009 | Our Secular Age: James K.A. Smith
May 26, 2016 • 21 min
The term “secular” is perhaps overused when referring to government, schools, business and western culture in general. But is the secular something “out there?” Or are we all “secular” now? What’s changed? And is secularism the last…
008 | Unlikely Allies: Ted Trimpa & Jim Daly
May 18, 2016 • 25 min
We’ve been drawing religious lines in the sand for hundreds of years, using varying standards to determine who’s “in” and who’s “out.” How can Christians work for peace within culture if we can’t get it right amongst ourselves? Ted…
007 Q Denver | What’s Happening April 21-23?
Mar 8, 2016 • 26 min
This week, Preston Sprinkle is back interviewing Gabe Lyons on the vision and mission behind the upcoming Q Conference, April 21-23 in Denver. Did you know that 42% of Americans believe people of faith are part of the problem in our world? Q Denver…
006 The Gay Conversation | Q+A With Our Listeners
Feb 17, 2016 • 32 min
In this episode we respond to several questions from you, our listeners.
005 The Gay Conversation | Public Square: Politics and Baking Cakes
Feb 10, 2016 • 49 min
How should Christians faithfully engage our political system when the government is at odds with historic Christian belief?
004 The Gay Conversation | Ministry: How Should The Church Move Forward?
Feb 3, 2016 • 39 min
Many people who identify as gay have had a poor experience in their local church.
003 The Gay Conversation | Relationships: How Do I Love and Support My Gay Friends?
Jan 27, 2016 • 31 min
Most people today have a personal friend who identifies as gay. For some Christians, this can create unique tensions and dilemmas about how to best support and love friends, family members and co-workers well, even while holding to the historic Christian
002 The Gay Conversation | Theology: Not What the Bible Says, But What it Means
Jan 21, 2016 • 36 min
One’s theology will determine everything about how they engage the gay conversation.
001 The Gay Conversation | Context: Owning Our History
Jan 13, 2016 • 30 min
As our culture’s affirmation of gay sexuality grows, what does this mean for Christians and the Church?
000 The Race Conversation | Race, Reconciliation and The Gospel
Jan 12, 2016 • 45 min
“Implicit Racial Bias” refers to subconscious preferences for members of our own group. This silent and subtle tendency to “otherize” has loud and lasting effects, from perpetuating racial prejudices inside society to reinforcing personal hidden biases.