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Stop & Listen (Part 4)

Never Gave It a Thought

July 24, 2020 • Rick Hove

The last several weeks of racial tension in our country have opened up new conversations and dialogue around racism in our society and the church. There's a wide array of opinions on the subject, so we will be taking the next several weeks to STOP AND LISTEN to others in our church family who have a story to tell. In this episode, Pastors Jay and Ryan interview Rick Hove - Executive Director of Faculty Commons at Cru and an elder at CHBC - as he opens up about his emotional and spiritual journey on racial inequality. Rick's position has evolved from someone who never gave racism a thought to a person who is now empathetic to and passionately against racial inequality around him and his African American friends and colleagues. No matter what side you find yourself on around this debate, we are inviting 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 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.

Stop & Listen (Part 7)

On Terminology • September 4, 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. On this episode of Bespoken, Jay, Ryan, and Matt (a CHBC member) discuss the complex terminology that often attends conversations on race. They address the origins of the concept of “race,” the act of a “micro-aggression,” what we mean we say “critical race theory,” and more. But this episode isn’t merely a dictionary – Jay, Ryan, and Matt highlight the necessity of compassion, particularly in dialogue about the personal ramifications of racial injustice. How can we embody compassion – fellowship with those who are suffering – in our pursuit of ethnic unity? 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 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.