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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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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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?

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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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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!

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Nancy’s Books

Hannah Anderson

Our guest is Hannah Anderson. She’s the author of Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image, and her most recent book, Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul.

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1:05 – Who Hannah Anderson is / what she does

2:45 – How to avoid skunks / what to do if you get sprayed

6:40 – What her book Made for More is all about

9:45 – What one of her (not so) secret hopes for the book is…

11:30 – What you should do about educating your kids (Public? Private? Homeschool?)

13:40 – Why there isn’t a “right choice” when it comes to educating your kids

19:15 – What people are missing in the debate about the “Benedict Option”

24:04 – Why retreating from culture cannot work with evangelical theology

27:10 – Why you can’t call for limited government when your personal life is free of boundaries

31:10 – What she thinks the future holds for the political landscape

34:05 – Her take on Russell Moore and the SBC

37:55 – Why she wrote her new book — Humble Roots

43:30 – Which character she identifies with on Parks and Rec

44:15 – The nerdiest thing she’s into right now

46:10 – The best meal she’s had recently

47:40 – If she could put a billboard anywhere in the world, she would put it __________ and it would say ______________

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Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God’s Image

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul

Parks and Rec

Iditarod

Chris Horst

Our guest is Chris Horst. Chris is the author of Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches, and VP of Development at Hope International.

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2:30 – The ninety second Chris Horst story

3:40 – How and why Hope International got started

4:35 – What “Microfinance” is all about and how it helps people

6:20 – Two or three inspiring stories of the work Hope has done

9:40 – What the Colorado Microfinance Alliance does

12:15 – What he means when he talks about “the dignity of work”

13:45 – What the Denver Institute for Faith and Work is doing

17:10 – What his book “Mission Drift” is all about

20:02 – Practical ideas for navigating the tension between work and family

26:05 – “Sabbatical is a circuit breaker for idolatry.”

27:15 – The book he’s working on next… (“Rooting for Rivals”)

29:19 – Favorite book he’s read recently

30:00 – Favorite TV show and movie he’s watched recently

31:00 – Nerdiest thing he’s into right now

31:55 – Best meal he’s had recently

33:00 – If he could put anything on a billboard, what would it be and where would he put it?

Links

Colorado Microfinance Alliance

Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute

Denver Institute for Faith & Work

Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches

EntreLeadership Podcast

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set

The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the

30 Rock

Arrival

Fantasy Baseball

Denver Biscuit Company

Park Renew – Andy Crouch

Park Renew – Jamie Smith

Amy Peterson

Our guest is Amy (Lepine) Peterson. Amy is my sister. She’s also the author of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World.

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1:45 – The similarities between birthing a baby and birthing a book

3:40 – Who Amy Peterson is and what she does

7:00 – What the “Missionary Myth” is, and what’s unhelpful about it

9:33 – What you probably don’t know about David Brainerd’s story…

13:33 – How things often don’t mean what they seem in other countries

16:20 – Where the word “missionary” came from

17:45 – How “short-term missions trips” become a thing

19:50 – What’s problematic about short-term missions trips (flying in like little gods)

23:05 – What advice she’d give to someone considering going on a short-term missions trip

28:25 – Why she got kicked out of a country she isn’t allowed to name in southeast Asia

32:25 – How to fight for justice without casting ourselves as the heroes of the story

36:08 – How to be faithful in the mundane (when it feels like nothing you’re doing matters)

40:15 – Best movie she’s seen lately

42:15 – Best TV show she’s seen lately

44:20 – Best book she’s read lately (and how it’s helped her marriage)

47:10 – Nerdiest thing she’s into right now

48:55 – Best meal she’s had recently

52:45 – If she could put a billboard anywhere, where would she put it, and what would it say?

Links

Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World

Short-Term Mission: An Ethnography of Christian Travel Narrative and Experience

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work

Manchester By The Sea – an Amazon Original Movie

Search Party

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

Enneagram

Braised Short Ribs

Goat Cheese Polenta

Blue Apron

Cultivated

Fox News Article on the book / movie Silence