In All Things Podcast
DYING - Feature Conversation: J.Todd Billings

DYING - Feature Conversation: J.Todd Billings

May 25, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with J. Todd Billings, a theologian and author, about his book The End of the Christian Life (Brazos, 2020). Our theme question: what does it mean to embrace our mortality? Among the topics we discuss:

  • On being immersed in the cancer community after a terminal cancer diagnosis
  • How Western culture works to obscure the reality of our mortality 
  • How we can live in the tension between our smallness and the grand calling to make/change culture
  • On what a "good funeral" looks like and what the Christian hope actually is 
  • How the Covid pandemic has brought our mortality (and denial) into sharper relief.

If you'd like to read more you can our review of the book (written by my guest co-host, Todd Zuidema) here: https://inallthings.org/memento-mori-a-review-of-the-end-of-the-christian-life/ 

JOINING – Feature Conversation: Chandra Crane

JOINING – Feature Conversation: Chandra Crane

May 11, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Chandra Crane, a writer and leader in multiethnic ministry initiatives, about her new book Mixed Blessing (InterVarsity Press, 2020). Our theme question: what does it mean to see, steward, and celebrate multi-ethnicity? Among the topics we discuss:

  • How multiethnic (mixed) people process questions like "where are you from?" and "what are you?" 
  • The blessing that mixed people are to the church and the world
  • Ways to think about distinctions between ethnicity & race, "cultural appropriation" vs. "cultural appreciation", and cultural stereotypes vs. "cultural prototypes".
  • Why it is important to talk about ethnicity as part of talking about our identity in Christ (and the identity of Christ!)

If you'd like to read more you can find an excerpt of Chandra's book here: https://inallthings.org/whole-people-wholly-reliant-on-jesus/ 

WORKING - Feature Conversation: Cory Willson

WORKING - Feature Conversation: Cory Willson

April 27, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by a guest host, Jeremy Perigo, and together we talk with Cory Willson about his new book (coauthored with Matthew Kaemingk) Work and Worship (Baker Academic). Our theme question: what does it mean to reconnect our worship to our work? Among the topics we discuss:

  • If work and worship are meant to be connected, how did they get disconnected? What sort of theologies have fueled this divide, and how do we heal it? 
  • Why is a focus on practices and rituals critical, rather than just having a good "theology of work"?
  • How do we bring out work into the place of worship, and how do we bring worship into our place of work?
  • Is there a hidden assumption that our work will always be meaningful and fulfilling? How do we include those whose experience of work is full of pain?
  • How has the Covid-19 pandemic shifted our understanding of gathered worship and gathered work?

If you'd like to read our review of the biography, written by Dr. Jeremy Perigo, you can find that here: https://inallthings.org/whole-life-worship-a-review-of-work-and-worship/ 

REFORMING - Feature Conversation: James Eglinton

REFORMING - Feature Conversation: James Eglinton

April 13, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by a guest host, Gayle Doornbos, and together we talk with James Eglinton about his new biography of Dutch theologian and polymath Herman Bavinck. Our theme question: what does it mean to live with a faith that is rooted in the past, yet responsive to the challenges and questions of the present? Among the topics we discuss:

  • How we remember the past: the difference between "critical" and "commemorative" biography
  • The relationship of the two monumental figures from the Dutch Calvinist tradition: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck
  • How Bavinck might respond to the idea of "always reforming"
  • How Bavinck managed to maintain friendship and to integrate so many voices across ideological virtues
  • Why Bavinck was pessimistic about the future of Calvinism in America, and what he meant when he said, "Calvinism is not the only the truth."

If you'd like to read our review of the biography, written by Dr. David Westfall, you can find that here: https://inallthings.org/twin-poles-a-review-of-bavinck/

If you haven't yet gotten ahold of a copy of the biography, we are giving away three copies. You can enter the drawing by sharing or re-tweeting this episode; leaving a review of the podcast will get you three bonus entries! (tag us or let us know to make sure your name is included). Or you can follow this link: https://kingsumo.com/g/w0xegx/in-all-things-podcast-bavinck-giveaway

Thanks again for tuning in!

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DOUBTING - Feature Conversation: A.J. Swoboda

DOUBTING - Feature Conversation: A.J. Swoboda

March 30, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we are talking to A.J. Swoboda, a pastor, professor, and writer, about his new book After Doubt. Our theme question for the episode: what does it mean to question our faith without losing it?

  • Discerning between honest and dishonest questioning
  • How to honor the communities that nurtured us while also acknowledging their limitations 
  • Counsel for those who are doubting, as well as for those who are trying to walk with doubters (parents & teachers)
  • The importance of the local congregation when it comes to holding onto faith

As we’ve done with previous episodes, we are giving away five copies of A.J.'s book. You can enter the drawing by following In All Things on Social Media, sharing or re-tweeting this episode; leaving a review of the podcast will get you three bonus entries! (tag us or let us know to make sure your name is included). Thanks again for tuning in!

Twitter: @in_all_things

MAKING - Feature Conversation: Makoto Fujimura

MAKING - Feature Conversation: Makoto Fujimura

March 17, 2021

On this episode of the podcast, we have a feature conversation with acclaimed artist Makoto Fujimura about his new book, Art + Faith, and what he calls the "theology of making." Topics we discuss:

  • The connections between creating art and the beauty of the gospel
  • Why children seem to know how important creativity is, and what has gone wrong for the rest of us
  • Why a liberal arts education matters more, not less, in an increasingly technological world
  • Ordinary creativity for those who are not artists
  • How we can cleanse our cultural imagination and move forward in a polarized world. 

During the two weeks after this episode is released, we are giving away five copies of Mako's new book, Art + Faith. To enter that giveaway, follow this link: https://kingsumo.com/g/z5wjkr/in-all-things-podcast-art-faith-giveaway

For more information about In All Things, you can find us at inallthings.org or follow us on Twitter: @in_all_things

WAITING - Feature Conversation: Tish Harrison Warren

WAITING - Feature Conversation: Tish Harrison Warren

March 1, 2021

On this inaugural episode of the podcast, we have a feature conversation with author Tish Harrison Warren about prayer and about waiting for God. We talk about "praying other people's prayers" and how being connected to the larger church offers us resources beyond ourselves. We also discuss quiet grief, and how being a believer changes the experience of waiting for God. 

We also have a short chat with Channon Visscher, the director of the Andreas Center about the vision of In All Things and the plan for this podcast.

During the first two weeks of the podcast, we are giving away five copies of Tish's new book, Prayer in the Night. To enter that giveaway, follow this link: https://kingsumo.com/g/dgkoxe/in-all-things-podcast-prayer-in-the-night-giveaway

For more information about In All Things, you can find us at inallthings.org or follow us on Twitter: @in_all_things

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