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Stop & Listen (Part 6)

Ethnicity, Experience, and Empathy: Jay’s Story

August 7, 2020 • Jay Thomas

Recently, overt racial tension has spurred conversations about racism in our society and the church. There are a variety of opinions on the subject, so we are working to STOP & LISTEN to others in our church family who have a story to tell. In this episode, Pastor Jay shares his story, explains how it animates his perspective on matters of ethnic unity and reconciliation, and charts a biblical way forward on these issues. Jay explains the connections between his ethnicities and his experience of the various cultural environments in which he’s lived. He also describes how these experiences have softened his heart to the stories of his brothers and sisters and neighbors. He encourages us to lead with love as we imagine “what ought to be” regarding ethnic unity. No matter where you are on this topic, we invite you to STOP & LISTEN. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

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Stop & Listen (Part 10)

An Interview with Young & Sarah Whang • October 9, 2020

Over the past several months, overt racial tension has spurred conversations about racism in our society and the church. There are a variety of opinions on the subject, so we are working to STOP & LISTEN to others in our church family who have a story to tell. In this episode, Young and Sarah Whang join Jay and Ryan to relate their experiences of ethnic insensitivity and prejudice in the church. Young describes the feeling of not belonging at CHBC, despite being an established leader and member of the church. Sarah discusses her father's trauma following a hate crime: he was brutally beaten on account of his race. She also relates her story of discovering the multifaceted experience of minorities - including her own - in a majority white culture. She concludes with helpful exhortations to guide our church as we pursue robust ethnic unity. Sarah mentioned a few books in this episode. They are linked below for those interested in learning more. 1. "What's So Amazing About Grace?", Philip Yancey: https://smile.amazon.com/Whats-So-Amazing-About-Grace/dp/0310245656 2. "Be the Bridge", Latasha Morisson: https://smile.amazon.com/Be-Bridge-Pursuing-Racial-Reconciliation/dp/0525652884 3. "Prophetic Lament", Soong-Chan Rah: https://smile.amazon.com/Prophetic-Lament-Justice-Troubled-Times/dp/0830836942 Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

Stop & Listen (Part 9)

An Interview with Robert Smith • September 25, 2020

Over the past several months, overt racial tension has spurred conversations about racism in our society and the church. There are a variety of opinions on the subject, so we are working to STOP & LISTEN to others in our church family who have a story to tell. On this episode, Ryan and Matt talk with their brother and fellow church member Robert Smith. Robert discusses his experience of racism and its pervasive effects upon him and his family. He also reflects on the healing power of friendship across ethnic lines. They conclude their time, and invite you to join them, in prayer for all who are suffering. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.

Stop & Listen (Part 8)

What Is Biblical Justice? • September 11, 2020

Recently, overt racial tension has spurred conversations about racism in our society and the church. There are a variety of opinions on the subject, so we are working to STOP & LISTEN to others in our church family who have a story to tell. On this episode of Bespoken, Jay, Ryan, and Matt discuss Tim Keller‘s recent article, "A Biblical Critique of Secular Justice and Critical Theory." Through the article, they reflect on questions such as: - What is biblical justice? - What is secular justice? - How do competing ideas of justice affect our action in the world? - How does biblical justice propel us towards love of neighbor and, in particular, towards addressing the suffering of ethnic minorities and its causes? We recommend that you read Keller’s article, if only as an aid for your own reflection. You can find the article here: https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/a-biblical-critique-of-secular-justice-and-critical-theory/ Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to bespoken@biblechurch.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.