russell ramirez :: 4.17

russell ramirez

russell ramirez (aka the rocking chef) is a “culinarian” who works as a chef in austin, texas. he shares with us his journey on how God led him from a “calling to ministry” to being a chef and to a new understanding of what ministry looks like in a missional 24/7 context.

UPDATE: Help Elora and Russell raise funds to bring home their forever child:

Help our friends adopt a child from Ethiopia by purchasing Fair Trade coffee

related ::

russell’s blog
russell on twitter
russell’s catering
austin stone
the church that never sleeps

music ::

lovelite – apathy
so elated – open my heart with knives

shay kearns :: 4.14

shay kearns
shay kearns

this week we talk with shay kearns. shay is a seminary graduate on the ordination path who also happens to be a transsexual man. he joins us to talk about gender identity, faith, and conversation and how they all intersect in his life.

related ::

shay’s blog
camp osiris
shay shares his journey (video)
trans-gendered: theology, ministry, and communities of faith

additional downloadable resources from shay (zip file)

music ::

jonathan blundell – weapons of love
derek webb – what matters more (remix)

emily timbol :: 4.7

emily timbol
emily timbol

emily timbol is a blogger and a regularly contributor to burnside writers collective. this week she stops by something beautiful to talk about her faith journey, her favorite writers, and her work with the lgbt community.

related ::

emily’s blog
emily on twitter
love god, fight hate

music ::

bellarive – sing
bellarive – love has found us

Kari McHam and Jana Vanderburg keep at it

Porcelain Dolls
Porcelain Dolls

Just in time for Valentines day…

Our friends Kari McHam and Jana Vanderburg have just put together a short video detailing some of the work their doing — caring for and loving on the women in Waco’s adult entertainment industry.

As Kari shared on our show last year, through Porcelain Dolls, they’ve built a number of real relationships with the “un-loved” in their community and have witnessed some serious life changes in some of the women as well.

Over the weekend the girls took part in a Valentine’s Day outreach and also recently gave away 3 computers to several girls who are trying to further their education.

Watch the video and consider how you might get involved to help…

Find out more on Facebook, Myspace or donate online.

You can also listen to Kari’s story and Jana’s story on the podcast.

Who in your community needs this kind of love and caring?

shane claiborne :: 4.1

shane claiborne
shane claiborne

this week we chat with activist/author and speaker shane claiborne. shane sits down with travis and talks about his life, his ministry, and where jesus fits into all of this.

related ::

the simple way
irresistible revolution
jesus for president
follow me to freedom: leading as an ordinary radical
common prayer: a liturgy for ordinary radicals
jamie moffett talks about the simple way and his recent trip to Iraq with Shane

music ::

skekinah – mirage
psalters – dumpster diving

2.8.3 :: mark horvath (remix)

mark horvath

due to the continual overwhelming popularity of our interview with Mark Horvath (which was originally published in two episodes) we’re re-releasing the interview with Mark in it’s entirety in one complete episode.

Mark Horvath is a homeless advocate whose using twitter and other social media to increase awareness about the growing issue of homelessness here in America. not only does Mark see these issues daily on the streets, he’s also lived them himself.

Mark admits that some of the stories he shares are offensive — but he hopes they make the viewers mad enough they’ll get up and do something.

From invisiblepeople.tv ::

On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God; “Why did you permit this? Why don’t you do something about it?” For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly:

“I certainly did something about it. I made you.”

I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “what! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!”

It isn’t hard to comprehend this man’s slow spiral into invisibility. Once on the street, people started to walk past him, ignoring him as if he didn’t exist — much like they do a piece of trash on the sidewalk. It’s not that people are bad, but if we make eye contact, or engage in conversation, then we have to admit they exist and that we might have a basic human need to care. But it’s so much easier to simply close our eyes and shield our hearts to their existence.

I not only feel their pain, I truly know their pain. I lived their pain. You’d never know it now but I was a homeless person. Fourteen years ago, I lived on Hollywood Blvd. But today, I find myself looking away, ignoring the faces, avoiding their eyes — and I’m ashamed when I realize I’m doing it. But I really can feel their pain, and it is almost unbearable, but it’s just under the surface of my professional exterior.

if you’d like to listen to this podcast in it’s original presentation check out part 1 and part 2.

related ::
mark’s blog
mark on twitter
invisiblepeople.tv
invisible people on twitter
mark’s first night homeless
watch mark’s story
we are visible – mark’s latest project

music ::
fast distance – heaven’s melody
derek webb – a king and a kingdom
brian lee and his orchestra – wake up
dave andrews – let justice roll

mark horvath pt 2 :: 2.8.2 ::

mark horvath

in this episode we continue our talk with Mark Horvath, a homeless advocate whose using twitter and other social media to increase awareness about the growing issue of homelessness here in America. not only does Mark see these issues daily on the streets, he’s also lived them himself.

Mark admits that some of the stories he shares are offensive — but he hopes they make the viewers mad enough they’ll get up and do something.

From invisiblepeople.tv ::

On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God; “Why did you permit this? Why don’t you do something about it?” For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly:

“I certainly did something about it. I made you.”

I once heard a story about a homeless man on Hollywood Blvd who really thought he was invisible. But one day a kid handed the man a Christian pamphlet. The homeless guy was shocked and amazed, “What! You can see me? How can you see me? I’m invisible!”

It isn’t hard to comprehend this man’s slow spiral into invisibility. Once on the street, people started to walk past him, ignoring him as if he didn’t exist — much like they do a piece of trash on the sidewalk. It’s not that people are bad, but if we make eye contact, or engage in conversation, then we have to admit they exist and that we might have a basic human need to care. But it’s so much easier to simply close our eyes and shield our hearts to their existence.

I not only feel their pain, I truly know their pain. I lived their pain. You’d never know it now but I was a homeless person. Fourteen years ago, I lived on Hollywood Blvd. But today, I find myself looking away, ignoring the faces, avoiding their eyes — and I’m ashamed when I realize I’m doing it. But I really can feel their pain, and it is almost unbearable, but it’s just under the surface of my professional exterior.

note ::
some of our listeners have requested we break our weekly shows into shorter segments. so this week we’re experimenting with a two-parter. so be sure and listen to both 2.8.1 and 2.8.2 and then let us know what you think. drop us an email, call our listener line, or send us a tweet and let us know what you think. thanks again for your input thus far!

if you’d prefer to listen to this interview in one full mp3 download, you can do so via 2.8.3 :: mark horvath (remixed)

related ::
mark’s blog
mark on twitter
invisiblepeople.tv
invisible people on twitter
mark’s first night homeless
watch mark’s story

music ::
brian lee and his orchestra – wake up
dave andrews – let justice roll

duncan mcfadzean :: 1.10

this week thomas chats with duncan mcfadzean who’s wrapping up his career in the secular finance world to head a start-up ministry – seven men. the ministry is based around the concept of micro-financing and supporting the marginalized.

from the seven men site:

Seven Men Limited is a new vehicle created to launch, invest in, and nurture small businesses for the purpose of bringing freedom, justice and restoration to the city of Edinburgh and around the world.

By launching a series of businesses across a range of sectors, Seven Men Limited will seek to create a sustainable flow of profits that can be used for good.

july 31st actually marks duncan’s last day at the Bank of Scottland – so have a listen to the podcast and then drop by his site and wish him luck on his new ministry and outreach.

music ::
son lux – break 1
spiritualized – shine a light
solomon’s porch – kingdom come

related ::
something beautiful podcast
duncan mcfadzean’s blog
seven men
wikipedia :: microfinance