Theology on Mission

Theology on Mission

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For those longing to connect theology and mission…
S2:E20 What is the Benedict Option?
Mar 9 • 29 min
Should Christians withdraw from a hostile culture? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss Rod Dreher’s “Benedict Option” as a Christian response to American culture. While appreciative, Dave and Geoff offer points of concern and criticism.
S2:E19 Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus
Feb 24 • 31 min
Have we returned the favor and created God in our image? In Harlem, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was confronted with the reality that German Christians had fashioned Jesus in their own image, leading to the tragic rise of Hitler. What can we learn from this today?…
S2:E18 Against Antagonisms?
Feb 22 • 28 min
Can we find peace in a polarizing world? Can we cultivate true dialogue in a defensive world? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about living on the thin line between stoking and reenforcing the cultural and political antagonisms of our day, and the need…
S2:E17 Returning to Joy in a Troubled World
Feb 13 • 41 min
How is joy a source of strength? Why was it joy for Jesus to endure the cross? Is joy just happy-clappy sentimentality? Mandy Smith and Scott Jones join Geoff Holsclaw to talk about the need to return to joy. Joy is not merely happiness connected to…
S2:E16 Reclaiming Hope, with Michael Wear
Feb 8 • 38 min
Is our world hopeless? Is engaging in politics hopeless? Author Michael Wear joins David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw to talk about Christian engagement in the world. Michael, working in the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Obama…
S2:E15 Subject to Government? Protesting Romans 13
Feb 3 • 28 min
What does it mean to be subject to the government? What did Paul have in mind by that? And how does it fit with being submitted to Christ? After a long break, David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw finally get together for another episode of Theology on Mission.…
S2:E14 Aliens and Exiles (with Dennis Edwards)
Dec 5, 2016 • 31 min
Do you need a 1st Century Church Planting Manual? Or, What does 1 Peter teach us about being faithful to Jesus? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk with Dennis Edwards, a pastor and scholar, about exiles, the vocation of the church, and submitting to all…
A Lot Has Been Going On
Dec 1, 2016 • 33 min
Sometimes the best thing to do is listen. With so much going on in America, Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch slow down and talk with two area ministers, Juliet Liu Waite and Greg Armstrong, about what they are seeing, feeling, and experiencing.
S2:E12 A Thanksgiving Survival Guide
Nov 22, 2016 • 19 min
This Thanksgiving, what are you to do when your only relationship with someone is that they are your relative? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw offer three quick tips on how to bring Jesus into every Thanksgiving situation without being all religious. They…
S2:E11 Horror, Relief, Hope: Post-Election Debrief
Nov 15, 2016 • 26 min
Breaking from their script, David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw process their reactions to the election of Donald Trump. As two white males, nothing has changed about our lives, because we are privileged enough to be untouched by the recent events. But that is…
S2:E10 Is it Christian to Vote? (A Short Voter Guider)
Nov 2, 2016 • 13 min
Were you looking for a “Theology on Mission Voter Guide”? Well, David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw are giving you one. They don’t tell you who to vote for, but how to take a step back and really discern whether you should vote at all.
S2:E9 The Church as Movement
Oct 28, 2016 • 31 min
Is taking a walk part of God’s mission? Could your commute be part of God’s mission? Dan White Jr., author of “Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness” and co-author of “The Church as Movement”, join Geoff and Dave to talk about what…
S2:E8 Faithful Presence and Kingdom Roots
Oct 26, 2016 • 32 min
This week David Fitch sits down with Scot McKnight to talk about some of the new projects they are working on. This is a crossover episode between Theology on Mission and Kingdom Roots.
S2:E7 The End is Here! Or is it? Does Eschatology Matter?
Oct 19, 2016 • 27 min
What does the Kingdom have to do with Eschatology? Is the Kingdom coming only in the future? Is the Kingdom here in the present? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss how eschatology connects with mission, and how sometimes a proper balance is lost. They…
S2:E6 Locker Room Talk, the Power of Words, Hope for Revival
Oct 14, 2016 • 30 min
When leaders of the Religious Right claim #Trump’s misogynist and racists words are “no big deal”, are they sharing in the sin of another? (1 Tim. 5:22) In this wide ranging episode, David Fitch, Geoff Holsclaw, and special guest Mandy Smith talk about…
S2:E5 Converts Or Proselytes? The Change Jesus Makes
Sep 29, 2016 • 28 min
Does Jesus seek Proselytes or Converts? And what is the difference? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss why the Apostle Paul was so angry with the Galatians, and whether we are called to renounce one cultural identity in favor of a new one (Proselyte…
S2:E4 Advice to a Mega-Church (or Any) Pastor
Sep 23, 2016 • 28 min
Why do pastors burn out? And what can be done about it? Are you burning out? Is your church leading you to the brink? Like Pete Wilson or Perry Noble, pastors of churches of any size are constantly facing burning out. David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw offer…
S2:E3 World Evangelicalism - A Future for the West?
Sep 20, 2016 • 45 min
Maybe the most important episode to date! Once evangelicals were on the frontline of social issues. Now the often take a backseat. What happened? And more importantly, from where might a renew of evangelicalism come? This episode offers an exclusive…
S2:E2 3 Ways (Not) to Start Your Theology
Sep 13, 2016 • 31 min
Does systematic theology have a future? And if so, where should it start? And what does it matter? Geoff Holsclaw and regular guest Scott Jones (because Fitch is big-timing it in Pasadena) discuss the three major critiques of systematic theology and then…
S2:E1 3 Evangelical Off-Ramps; or, We’ve Never Been Evangelical
Sep 6, 2016 • 31 min
Are we all just reacting to various Fundamentalisms here in America? Is there a doctrinal identity or a practical mission at the center of American Evangelicalism? Is there a hidden affinity between conservative and progressive Evangelicals? In this…
Summer Episode 06: Gender Differences: 3 Views
Aug 29, 2016 • 30 min
Is there a difference between female and male? And if there is, why? And how do we explain it? These are the pertinent questions that our culture casts before the church. Dave and Geoff talk about different ways people ground gender differences, and some…
Summer Episode 05: Policing the Facts = Failure
Aug 23, 2016 • 19 min
Why does it seem that more information does not lead to better transformation? Why does correcting false facts always seem to backfire on us? From political conflicts to pastoral care, we must dig deeper in every conversation. In this new episode of…
Summer Episode 04: Science and Scripture, a Search for Purity
Aug 16, 2016 • 27 min
What has authority for you? Where do you find answers to your deepest questions? Too often Science and Scripture are pitted against each other. David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss the role of Science and Scripture in forming balanced disciples of…
Summer Episode 03: 3 Kinds of Jesus, and Why it Matters
Aug 11, 2016 • 29 min
Does the missional movement have a low Christology? Does our view of Jesus affect how we understand his mission? Does Christology matter for everyday living for us? Is Christology a practical in any way? Geoff Holsclaw and special summer guest Scott Jones…
Summer Episode 02: Theological Jenga: The Word Blocks of Mission
Aug 2, 2016 • 24 min
“In the beginning God raised Jesus from the dead” ~Michael W. Pahl Where does theology come from? Where is it going? How does it all fit together? Theology is the handmaiden of mission, but too often mission becomes the prisoner of an overly propositional…
Summer Episode 01: Evangelicals Discover the Trinity, On Recent Debates
Jul 18, 2016 • 46 min
What does the Trinity have to do with anything anyway? Well, a lot! But sometimes it feels like Evangelicals are just discovering the Trinity. In this special crossover episode Geoff Holsclaw, with the hosts of “New Persuasive Words”, Scott Jones and Bill…
S1:E33 The Pursuing God (with Joshua Ryan Butler)
Jun 7, 2016 • 31 min
Are we pursuing God, or is God pursuing us? And what does it matter if we reverse the emphasis? With special guest Joshua Ryan Butler, Geoff and Dave discuss talk about God’s pursuit of us. Evangelicals of the contemplative lean or activist bent have…
S1:E32 The Aftermath Of Revival (with Mandy Smith & Cyd Holsclaw)
May 27, 2016 • 37 min
Is it always great to experience revival? Or is there pain and waiting in the coming of new life? Mandy Smith and Cyd Holsclaw join Geoff to talk about the hopes and disappointments of the Spirit at work among us as things are torn down and built up.
S1:E31 A Future For Reformed Theology? (Roundtable)
May 24, 2016 • 36 min
Is there a future for Reformed theology? Yes, there is! But it might look different. This internationally diverse panel discusses how the Reformation can still impact the West. In this round table is Ruth Padilla Deborst, Carl Ellis, Jin Kim, Cherith Fee…
S1:E30 Joining God & Changing The World (with Alan Roxburgh)
May 16, 2016 • 29 min
Is the Spirit at work in the world? Or in the Church? Yes, the Spirit is. The Spirit of Mission is at work in the neighborhoods in and through the local churches. With special guest Alan Roxburgh, Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch discuss the church in…
S1:E29 The Spirit of Leadership: Beyond Mere Decisions or Discussions
May 10, 2016 • 33 min
What does Pentecost have to do with leadership? And how does it look in a local church? Beyond Hierarchy (one on top) and Democracy (all on bottom) is a Spirit-guided leadership through gifts and calling. In this rebroadcast of “The Spirit of Leadership”,…
S1:E28 Does God Really Love You? And Have A Plan For You?
Apr 26, 2016 • 25 min
What does it mean that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life?” Is this messages distorted amid a culture of affluence and ease? Are we prepared for bad things to happen? Fitch and Holsclaw discuss what it means that God loves us and how…
S1:E27 Reformation, We Have A Problem!
Apr 22, 2016 • 31 min
Does the Reformation help us engage in mission? Does typical protestant theology have a power problem and a context problem which work against mission? And what does it matter anyway? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss two different problems facing…
S1:E26 The Art Of Bi - Vocational
Apr 12, 2016 • 33 min
(Rebroadcast) Is being a bi-vocational pastor a necessary evil or a positive opportunity? In this episode of “Theology on Mission”, David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss bi-vocational ministry; how it is an opportunity to rethink pastoral vocation and…
S1:E25 Jesus and the Other Bridge Illustration
Apr 5, 2016 • 28 min
Does your understanding of salvation makes sense of the entirety of Jesus’ life? Does your theory of the atonement integrate every part of Jesus’ life, his life, his death, his resurrection? Or do we tilt toward just Jesus’ death? Fitch and Holsclaw talk…
S1:E24 Planting A Church Without Women = Disaster
Mar 29, 2016 • 27 min
What does complimentarianism and equalitarianism have to do with church planting? Is there a third way concerning women in ministry? And what is the role of the Holy Spirit in all this. Fitch and Holsclaw tackle the tangled issues of openness to the Holy…
S1:E23 What Should The Church Do About T̶r̶u̶m̶p̶ Politics?
Mar 18, 2016 • 32 min
Dread? Fear? Hope? Optimism? All words people are feeling about the current presidential primaries. But the truth is, whoever is in the White House is not the savior, nor the destroyer, of the world. Fitch and Holsclaw talk about different options for…
S1:E22 “Enjoy The Show”: Worship And Church Planting
Feb 18, 2016 • 29 min
“Enjoy the Show!” and other things that shouldn’t be said about a worship service. David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about whether 1) a worship service is a central, peripheral, or complimentary part of a church (plant), and 2) if it matters whether…
S1:E21 Lent: Punishment or Preparation?
Feb 11, 2016 • 21 min
Is Lent a time of punishment or preparation? Is Lent at time for binding the flesh or building up faith? Remember that you will die. After Fitch confesses that he’s been wearing the same clothes for three days, Holsclaw and Fitch talk about Lent as a time…
S1:E20 Seeing Another Story = Discipleship
Jan 27, 2016 • 25 min
What is the core of discipleship? Is it information about Jesus? Is it following the actions of Jesus? Is there something missing from this equation? Fitch and Holsclaw discuss the important aspect of “seeing yourself in another story” in the process of…
S1:E19 The De - Radicalization Of MLK
Jan 20, 2016 • 35 min
Have we lost the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr? Have we assimilated him into the American Dream, losing the Dream he had for America? David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw sit down with local pastor Pierre Keys and student-activist Josiah Daniels to talk…
S1:E18 What Do You Gather Around? Practices Or Ideas.
Jan 12, 2016 • 27 min
What makes your community tick? What is the glue holding you together? Is it what you THINK of God or what you DO with God? Kicking off the New Year David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about how church’s can not longer merely gather around common beliefs…
Special Episode #8: “Preaching To And Through Vulnerability” with Mandy Smith
Dec 28, 2015 • 28 min
FROM THE *MISSIONAL COMMONS* hosted by Northern Seminary and Ecclesia Network. In this special episode, Mandy Smith talks about the process of preaching to and through vulnerability.
Special Episode #7: “Resurrection Imagination” with Matt Tebbe
Dec 18, 2015 • 34 min
FROM THE *MISSIONAL COMMONS* hosted by Northern Seminary and Ecclesia Network. In this special episode, Matt Tebbe leads us in considering that proclamation is much bigger than merely preaching, but that we need to get the gospel back into every…
Special Episode #6: “Pour Over Sermons, Brewing In The Spirit” with Tara Beth Leach
Dec 15, 2015 • 31 min
FROM THE *MISSIONAL COMMONS* hosted by Northern Seminary and Ecclesia Network. In this special episode, Tara Beth Leach leads us through the slow process of letting the Holy Spirit brew in us the words we will preach (and she is quite funny too).
S1:E17 Should the Church Protest?
Dec 4, 2015 • 29 min
Should the church protest in the streets? Should the church engage in direct, non-violent action? And if so, how? These are some of the questions David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss as they wonder about the violent world we live in. They end asking,…
Special Episode #5 - “Proclamation Or Teaching” with David Fitch
Dec 2, 2015 • 17 min
FROM THE *MISSIONAL COMMONS* hosted by Northern Seminary and Ecclesia Network. In this special episode, pastor and professor David Fitch talks about this difference between preaching and teaching, and how we need to proclaim the gospel in the pulpit,…
S1:E16 Mission or Institution: Our Denominations?
Nov 24, 2015 • 26 min
“You make void the word of God by our traditions” says Jesus (Mark 7:13). Is this slow shift from the Spirit to the Letter inevitable? “Have our denominations shifted from their spirit of mission to the letter of institution?” wonder Fitch and Holsclaw as…
Special Episode #4: “Weakness In Ministry” with Mandy Smith
Nov 17, 2015 • 45 min
FROM THE *MISSIONAL COMMONS* hosted by Northern Seminary and Ecclesia Network. In this special episode, author, speakers and pastor Mandy Smith discusses how vulnerability and limitation is the true source of ministry effectiveness. Let us all learn to…
S1:E15 What You’re NOT Thinking About: Ideology
Nov 10, 2015 • 31 min
What you’re NOT thinking about is often the most important thing about you. This is the impact of “ideology”, the hidden assumptions that effect our thoughts and provoke our emotions. In this new episode David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about the…
Special Episode #3, Man Enough?
Nov 9, 2015 • 29 min
Has “manhood” been hijacked by a false sense of invulnerability? Has “masculinity” been defined by what it ISN’T, rather than what it really IS? These are the questions that Geoff Holsclaw and special guest Nate Pyle talk about as they wonder about what…
Special Episode #2: Local Church Going…Local (Live Audience)
Oct 21, 2015 • 41 min
What is the focus of the Local Church? Should it focus on being…LOCAL? Dave and Geoff talk about the importance of practicing the presence of Christ in the neighborhoods we find ourselves. This special episode is the first time in front of a live audience.
S1:E14 Ashley Madison and Sanctification
Oct 14, 2015 • 31 min
In the aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack, churches begin picking up the pieces after their pastors fall. But David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw ask, “What should have been happening BEFORE these pastoral scandals happen?” They talk about the need for…
S1:E13 Why Gather for Worship?
Oct 2, 2015 • 32 min
A worship “experience”? A time for “teaching”? Is the time on Sundays for our heads or our hearts, or something else? Fitch and Holsclaw talk cast a different vision for the worship gathering as a time of corporate spiritual formation.
S1:E12 The Spirit of Leadership: Beyond Hierarchy and Democracy in the Church
Sep 23, 2015 • 33 min
What is leadership? And how does it look in the church? Beyond Hierarchy (one on top) and Democracy (all on bottom) is a Spirit-guided leadership through gifts and calling. Fitch and Holsclaw discuss the theological and personal reasons we tend toward…
S1:E11 What is Preaching and Why Bother?
Sep 17, 2015 • 34 min
Check out “The Mission of Preaching”, Missional Learning Commons on Nov. 6-7 (http://guestli.st/344433). In an image driven culture, why do we still have sermons? What good can a Sunday sermon have when everyone is bombarded by other messages all week…
Special Episode #1: Carolyn Custis James
Sep 10, 2015 • 38 min
Worldwide, the victims of oppressive patriarchy are not just women, but men too. Carolyn Custis James, author of “Malestrom: Manhood swept into the Currents of a Changing World”, sits down with Geoff Holsclaw to discuss the challenges of being a man in…
S1:E10 Our Place in Cultures Of Power?
Sep 1, 2015 • 38 min
How should the church relate to culture? What is ‘culture’ for that matter? And is power a bad thing? Dave and Geoff talk about different ways of thinking about church and culture(s), from H. Richard Niebuhr to James Davison Hunter, and why this matters…
S1:E9 The Word Became Fallible?
Aug 26, 2015 • 32 min
Even if the Bible is inerrant, who is going to interpret it? And how? These and other questions are tackled by Fitch and Holsclaw in this new episode. Beyond a book of facts or a library of experiences, beyond the conservative/progressive divide, God…
S1:E8 On NOT just adding JUSTICE
Aug 10, 2015 • 25 min
Is being “missional” merely adding something to “church”, something like justice? Geoff and Dave discuss how adding a “justice” ministry, but keeping everything about your church the same, is not missional and doesn’t help much with justice as Jesus knows…
S1:E7 Not Sharing That Gospel
Aug 5, 2015 • 26 min
Deepening the previous episode on moving beyond the conservative/progressive divide, Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch talk about the “Gospel” beyond personal vs. social salvation, beyond getting to heaven vs saving the earth. The Gospel is not a plan of…
S1:E6 Get Off The Train, Fundy, Progressive And Beyond
Jul 20, 2015 • 24 min
“A justification for our own sorry existence as evangelicals.” Or, why they don’t fit in anywhere. Dave Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw make a first attempt at articulating another way, a third way, for theology and mission for evangelicals, beyond the…
S1:E5 Slackivism And Mission
Jul 13, 2015 • 27 min
In our hyper-connected world are we more likely to merely talk than walk? To “like” than live? In this new episode David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about the place of social media and long-distance funding within a life of mission. Does our social…
S1:E4 Mutual Submission
Jul 6, 2015 • 23 min
At it again, David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about the difficult issue of “mutual submission” (from Eph. 5:21). They discuss why people don’t want to talk about it (from rightful fear of abuse to not wanting to submit to anyone…ever), the theology of…
S1:E3 The Art of Bi-Vocational
Jun 17, 2015 • 31 min
In this new episode of “Theology on Mission” David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw talk about bi-vocational ministry, how it is an opportunity to rethink pastoral vocation and church ministry, all wrapped in personal stories.
S1:E2 From “In Here” to “Out There”: Church on Mission
Jun 8, 2015 • 21 min
David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss how to integrate what happens “in here” on a Sunday with “out there” throughout the week, winding through how to structure a church service to motivations for evangelism. They end off with recent books they’ve been…
S1:E1 Pastor-Theologians
May 28, 2015 • 28 min
David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw discuss the gap between theologians and pastors, where it came from, and what we might be able to do about it. Basically, talking about why theology needs to be *on* mission.