matt barber :: 5.7

matt barber

This week we talk with television and film editor and director Matt Barber. Barber has worked on a number of projects including television’s The OC and Chuck and on the films Weathered and Not That Funny.

He’s currently directing the documentary, Jesus Don’t Let me Die Before I have Sex.

During our interview, Barber shares how he became interested in the topic and how you can help see the documentary be completed.

related ::

Barber’s website
Barber on Twitter: [twitter]barbermatt[/twitter]
Jesus, Don’t Let me Die Before I Have Sex
Jesus, Don’t Let me Die Before I Have Sex on Kickstarter

Rowan Williams and the stories of CS Lewis

Rowan Williams
Rowan Williams | Via WikiCommons

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, gave three lectures this year as part of his annual Holy Week series — each dedicated on the work of CS Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia.

This year, Dr Williams, a Narnia fan, has turned his attention to the Christian themes found in the Narnia novels. Dr Williams explained: “The Narnia books of C.S. Lewis continue to intrigue and inspire many, and the recent very successful films have shown that they still have wide appeal. Lewis certainly intended them to be vehicles of Christian teaching. But in an age less familiar with Christian images and ideas than his, how can we best draw out these themes?”

These are a great listen and give a great insight into Lewis’ work and ideas.

Lecture 1: ‘Not a tame lion
Lecture 2: ‘I only tell you your own story
Lecture 3: ‘Bigger inside than outside

(HT Faith and Theology)

What is your dream for the church?

We posed a question to our peeps on Twitter Wednesday and your responses have been wonderful!

We asked…

Dream for the church
What's your dream for the church?

Here’s what you had to say…

@sbpodcast To stop tearing each other down

@sbpodcast That we actually live like we are parts of One Body instead of different islands at war with each other.

@sbpodcast to be Jesus in every community and not just do Jesus.

@sbpodcast that it becomes less about which building you go to and more about how you live your life.

@sbpodcast to realise we are it rather than it is a place we go to.

@sbpodcast to realise God loves everyone… not just the church. And Jesus is everyone’s… not just the church’s. Tx

@sbpodcast that we focus less on religion on more on Christ. #dream4church

@sbpodcast to stop doing church like an organisation and do it as an organism.

@sbpodcast That we are the hands and feet of Jesus, serving the world and showing it the light of God.

@sbpodcast Honesty, to ourselves about who/ what we are and to the world

@sbpodcast A dream 4 the Church. That it will truly live the radical hospitality that it claims 2 have! #transform #outlawpreachers

@sbpodcast A place where trust is never broken and friends really are friends for life.

@sbpodcast My dream is ‘no walls’

And from Facebook…

Paul Partridge: basically to show God’s love

I so hope we’ll all fight to see these dreams come true.

May we be known as a people excited and working towards the church we wish to see (as Tripp Fuller mentions in his interview) rather than a people bent on angst and ignoring the very thing we love so much.

We’ll try and keep posting updates as they come in – or you can post your thoughts in the comments below.

nadia bolz-weber :: 4.6

nadia bolz-weber
nadia bolz-weber

this week we talk with emergent-lutheran nadia bolz-weber. weber is the mission developer for house for all sinners and saints in denver, colorado. the community is “an urban liturgical community with a progressive yet deeply rooted theological imagination.”

she’s also the author of salvation on the small screen? 24 hours of christian television.

nadia talks about missional church gatherings with transFORM:

related ::

nadia’s new website
sarcastic lutheran
nadia on twitter
nadia on facebook
house for all sinners and saints
bluegrass eucharist
kent gustavson
salvation on the small screen

music ::

immortal beats – yourtimeisover
the frozen ocean – drawing circles in the sand

jon birch (asbo jesus) :: 4.5

jon birch
jon birch

this week jon birch (aka asbo jesus) chats with our special guest, will taylor.

jon is a cartoonist, musician and all around media guru. he talks about his life, what led him to the asbo jesus cartoon and how he sees his faith through the eyes of his cartoon.

asbo jesus
asbo jesus

related ::

milk money madness momentum
birch multimedia
asbo jesus
asbo jesus on twitter
asbo jesus on facebook
will taylor on the podcast

music ::

andrew mccracken – opening collect – remix
paula spurr – chocolate ice cream cone

margaret feinberg :: 4.4

margaret feinberg
margaret feinberg

this week we talk with speaker and author margaret feinberg. feinberg was recently named one of the “30 Emerging Voices” who will “help lead the church in the next decade” by charisma magazine and one of the “40 Under 40” who will “shape christian publishing by christian retailing.”

margaret lives in morrison, colorado, with her husband, Leif. when she’s not writing or traveling, she enjoys anything outdoors, lots of laughter, and their superpup, hershey.

video promoting scouting the divine:

An Introduction to Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey from Margaret Feinberg on Vimeo.

related ::

margaret’s website
margaret on twitter
margaret on facebook

music ::

josh woodward – swansong
josh woodward – overthrown

amena brown :: 4.2

amena brown
amena brown

this week we speak with poet, speaker and journalist amena brown about her life, her art and her work with the origins project.

from her website:

As a poet, speaker, journalist, and event host Amena Brown’s words excite, ignite and inspire. Whether in front of audiences as intimate as 50 or as sprawling as 20,000, she has something to say that matters.

The author of a chapbook and two spoken word CDs, Amena has performed and spoken at events all over the country such as The RightNow Conference, Thirsty Conference, National Youth Workers Convention, Catalyst Conference, Atlantis Music Conference, and the 2008 National Poetry Slam Competition. She hosts a regular open mic in Atlanta every fifth Thursday at Urban Grind Coffee as well as hosting other poetry and music events.

Along with her spoken word recordings, Amena has participated in numerous professional and live recordings including the Caring Communities documentary, 97.1 JAMZ spoken word ads and a collection of video poems with Bluefish TV and Big Stuf Productions.

related ::

amena’s website
amena on twitter
amena on youtube
amena on facebook
the origins project

Transforming Theology

Tripp Fuller, Tony Jones and a whole list of of other folks are taking off on a pretty interesting journey.

I’m playing catchup after a week off but as I’ve briefly gathered, there will be a conference in mid-March as well as several others throughout the year and briefly, “The mission of the Transforming Theology network is to tighten the bonds between theology and transformative action in the church and the world.”

Transforming Theology Mission ::

Our goal is an ambitious one: to create the intellectual framework for a progressive religious vision. By forming a broad alliance between the leading scholars and organizations in Christian religion today, we aim at nothing less than to “reclaim the progressive voice.” There are movements on the ground, active in various denominations and schools. Up to this point, however, what has been missing is a uniting intellectual and theoretical vision, comparable to what has emerged from the conservatives…

Beliefs orient communities; they create a sense of common cause; and frequently they motivate persons to sacrificial action. Motivating beliefs of this sort go by many names. They have been called ethical principles, rationales for action, ideologies, and worldviews. In the three Abrahamic traditions they are called “theologies”: beliefs about the world and the religious ultimate that suggest how one should live in the world. In order to guarantee that our project remains pluralistic and non-partisan, we will speak only of “theological models.” We claim that the loss of theological reflection represents a major crisis for the identity of religious communities and for their effectiveness as agents of social change, and we believe that concrete steps can be taken to reintroduce transformative reflection that leads to transformative action. We focus on Christianity, not because it is “truer” than other traditions, but because it is the tradition we know best and on which we can have the greatest influence. Thus our title: “Rekindling Theological Reflection: Transformative Thought for Progressive Action.”

The goal is not to talk about beliefs for belief’s sake. Yet religious beliefs will undeniably play a crucial role if progressive religion is again to impact the world on behalf of social change. The goal is not theory for theory’s sake. But some theoretical framing is required if progressive forces are to have the vision and the sustained commitment to move forward. In the past, progressive religion in America was able to move fluidly from theological models to transformative action, and from praxis in the world to new and richer theological models. We believe it is time to rekindle the organic interplay of religious thought and action. Renewing the justification for action will have general impact on local congregations, denominations, and a variety of progressive networks focusing on social change.

There’s a number of videos and blog posts over on the site and they’re also looking for your input.

In fact, Tripp and Tony are looking for your most pressing ‘God’ question to ask the gathered theologians in March. You can submit them via the comments section on the blog, email, youtube, etc.

And they’re even awarding the most active participants, including a travel stipend to be a special corespondent at a conference in September 09.

So, what is your most pressing ‘God question?’ Share it here and over at

Heather’s story

heather's story

I’d love to share this story at some point as part of our actual podcast but I figure — why wait? It’s already out there for everyone to listen to, download, listen, share it and talk about it. It’s worth it.

Pastor Ryan shares ::

Our God is a God of Justice and I believe once we understand that, we will no longer be okay with the things that aren’t okay…

…Another thing that’s been pressing on me lately is just how relentless God is. He wants us and He will stop at nothing to reach us. So often our arms are jammed so tightly into our sides that we won’t let Him embrace us, but He doesn’t quit. He doesn’t give up on us. Ever.

That was evident with Heather’s story as she shared it with our body last weekend.

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