Dan Marotta

Our guest is Dan Marotta. He planted Redeemer Anglican Church in Richmond, Virginia.


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Show Notes

3:15 – Who Dan Marotta Is, And What He Does

6:35 – How He Discerned God’s Call To Move To Richmond And Plant A Church

12:20 – Challenges And Successes He’s Faced Since Planting

18:00 – How They’ve Navigated Racial Tensions In Virginia

21:30 – How You Can Pray For Them

24:20 – Favorite Book / TV Show / Move As Of Late

25:50 – Best Meal He’s Had Recently

26:35 – The Nerdiest Thing He’s Into Right Now

28:03 – Where He Would Put A Billboard And What It Would Say


Barnabas Piper

Our guest is Barnabas Piper. He’s the author of The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity, Help My Unbelief: Why Doubt Is Not the Enemy of Faith, and The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life.


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Show Notes

2:30 – Who Barnabas Piper is, and what he does

9:15 – Assumptions that people make about pastor’s kids

14:15 – How pastor’s kids would be treated in an ideal world

16:25 – What led him to write a book titled “Help My Unbelief”

20:40 – What Jacob wrestling with God teaches us about life

24:55 – Why Christian curiosity is vital

30:00 – Why humility and curiosity are inextricably linked

32:00 – Favorite TV show as of late

33:00 – Favorite book as as of late

38:00 – Best hot chicken in Nashville (and where it came from)

39:40 – Where he would put a billboard, and what it would say


Kelley Nikondeha

Our guest is Kelley Nikondeha. She’s the author of Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World.


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Show Notes

1:30 – Who Kelley Nikondeha is

5:00 – What compelled her to write her book

7:30 – How to think about theology and adoption

11:10 – How to help adopted kids understand that they belong in their family

14:00 – What grasshopper pie is

16:30 – How to have the “you are adopted” conversation with your kids

19:30 – How to work through potential bitterness with the birth mom

30:00 – Challenges associated with raising children of a different ethnicity

35:30 – How to think about the financial costs associated with adoption

39:30 – Favorite TV Shows

40:20 – Favorite Recent Meal

41:30 – Nerdiest Thing She’s Into

44:30 – Where She’d Put A Billboard, And What It Would Say


Jemar Tisby

Our guest is Jemar Tisby. He’s the cofounder of the Reformed African American Network and the cohost of Pass the Mic.


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Show Notes

2:25 – Who Jemar Tisby is

5:00 – What he learned while doing Teach For America in the Mississippi Delta

7:35 – Why he decided to go from being a teacher to a seminary student

9:45 – Why he decided to get his PhD in History

12:35 – Why the confederate statues went up (and why they must come down)

14:20 – The history of white supremacy in American churches

17:30 – Recommended resources on the history of segregation in the American church

21:50 – Lessons he learned from being in a multi-ethnic church

26:10 – The best way for a church to respond after an event like Charlottesville

30:15 – Longer term steps to becoming multi-ethnic

35:40 – His issue with Malcom Gladwell’s podcast about Brown vs. Board

37:45 – Why it’s so important for teachers to invest in their students (and why we need more minority teachers)

40:50 – Three books by African American authors that everyone should read

43:15 – If he could put a billboard anywhere, where it would go and what it would say


Karen Swallow Prior

Our guest is Karen Swallow Prior. She’s an English professor at Liberty University. She’s also the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More ?Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist.


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Show Notes

1:23 – Why Dr. Prior goes by all three names (Karen Swallow Prior)

3:45 – Who she is and where she comes from

6:15 – How and why she made the move to Liberty University

9:38 – What it’s been like working at Liberty for almost 20 years now

14:03 – How she thinks about church (“It’s not about me”)

15:45 – What are legitimate criteria for leaving a church of which you are a member?

17:45 – What she does with her summers (“I sit around and eat bon bons…”)

19:00 – What her new book is about…

21:40 – What her first book – Fierce Convictions – is all about

23:25 – A great question from a listener…

30:05 – If she had to pick three classics for everybody to read, they would be…

32:15 – Best thing she’s watched recently

33:25 – Nerdiest thing she’s into right now

34:30 – Best thing / worst thing she’s seeing in this generation of students

37:30 – Best meal she’s had recently

38:15 – If she could put a billboard anywhere in the world, where would she put it, and what would it say


Derek Rishmawy

Our guest is Derek Rishmawy. He’s a PhD student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He’s also a blogger and a podcaster.


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Show Notes

1:55 – Who Derek Rishmawy is…

7:25 – Why he ended up studying theology at “TEDS”

10:15 – How and why he decided to pull out of ministry work to pursue further studies

16:30 – Why you might decide to NOT pursue a graduate degree

19:00 – How to minister to millennials

22:45 – Me, boiling his TGC talk down to a few sentences (and him agreeing with it)

24:45 – The four books he would put in front of every millennial

29:00 – How to balance things you feel like you “should” do vs. the things you “want” to do

35:00 – How he thinks about daily and weekly rhythms

41:15 – The worst pronunciation of his last name he’s ever heard (and the worst one he’s done to someone else’s last name)

44:45 – The best burger in Chicago…

47:45 – If he could put a billboard anywhere in the world, where would he put it, and what would it say?


Andy Crouch & N.D. Wilson

Andy Crouch is the author of The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place, as well as Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, and Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing.

N.D. Wilson is the author of Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God’s Spoken World, Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent, and a number of children’s books.


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Nancy Guthrie

Our guest today is Nancy Guthrie. She’s the author of, like, a million books. I won’t try to name them all, but you can find them here!


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Show Notes

2:10 – Why did God create Satan if He knew he would fall?

8:45 – Helpful ways to walk with people through pain and suffering (hint: show up and say something)

18:10 – How to avoid the extremes of “silent sufferer” and “over-sharer”

23:00 – Nancy’s Books!


Nancy’s Books