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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.

Stop & Listen (Part 5)

Being White and Vulnerable • July 31, 2020

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 Daniel Davis - a young and married CHBC member - as he opens up about his emotional and spiritual journey on racial inequality after the death of George Floyd. Dan's come alive in the last year to the racial tensions and disunity in our country, but also has found himself wrestling with being vulnerable as a white man as he enters into dialogue around this topic. 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.

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.

Stop & Listen (Part 3)

A Call Against Complacency & Racism • July 17, 2020

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 continue a dialogue (over Zoom) with four graduate students to listen to their perspective on Black Lives Matter and racial inequality. 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.

Stop & Listen (Part 2)

A Dialogue on Black Lives Matter • July 10, 2020 • Jay Thomas

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 sit down (over Zoom) with four graduate students to listen to their perspective on Black Lives Matter and racial inequality. 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.

Stop & Listen (Part 1)

A Road Map for Healthy Dialogue Around Racism • July 3, 2020

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 kick off the series and lay the groundwork for the episodes ahead with a foundation laid in the gospel of Jesus. While the temptation is to quickly offer up solutions to the systemic problems of racism, we don't want the story and emotion of this moment in history to be dismissed. So, 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.

Addressing Common Questions about Spiritual Warfare

A Continuation of the Sermon Q&A • April 26, 2020 • Jay Thomas

Spiritual warfare is real. Scripture tells us that there are real, actual spiritual forces arrayed against the triune God and His every goal, among which are your continued faithfulness and allegiance to Jesus. In this episode, Pastors Jay and Ryan continue a Q&A discussion that began in a sermon on Sunday, April 26, 2020. 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.

A Christian Response to COVID-19

Being the Hands & Feet of Jesus in Crisis • March 18, 2020

We're watching the Coronavirus wreak havoc on all of us - emotionally, financially, socially, and even our faith. And yet, as Christians, we're anchored in God's identity - particularly His sovereignty and providence. It's out of God's rest that we as followers of Jesus can be a life raft to those around us while we watch the ships of the world go down. Corrie ten Boom wrote, "If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God, you'll be at rest." In this episode, Pastors Jay, Ryan and Roddy discuss how we as the hands and feet of Jesus can minister to our neighbors and community during this epidemic and point them to the beacon of hope who is Jesus. 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.

A Response to the Spiritual Deconstruction of Rhett & Link

From Born Again to "Hopeful" Agnostics • March 12, 2020

If you're at all in-tune with internet culture, you're probably familiar with Rhett and Link and their YouTube show, "Good Mythical Morning" - a comedy daily show with over 16 million subscribers and over 6 billion total video views. From food challenges to music antics, Rhett and Link have achieved tremendous YouTube success and a huge following. A little unknown fact about their rise to success is that it had its beginnings in North Carolina evangelical culture where they served as Cru missionaries on the UNC campus before launching their entertainment career writing skits and music for "What's In the Bible?" (The Fabulous Bentley Brothers). Rhett was even a part of the Bible Church family in the mid-2000s! This past February on their Ear Biscuits podcast, Rhett and Link each decided to tell their spiritual deconstruction stories from born again, faithful followers of Jesus to "hopeful agnostics." With their stories hitting close to home, Pastors Jay and Ryan - along with fellow colleague, Colin Rowley - address their spiritual deconstruction and offer some feedback and counsel to those who might be mourning this news or are in a similar place in their faith journey. 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.

Racial Unity & Equality (Part 5)

Misinterpreting Racism & Slavery in the Bible • March 6, 2020

Racial unity and equality is a controversial and hot topic right now in the U.S. and, unfortunately, the historical Gospel-centered church has not led the way on this issue inside AND outside its walls. And yet, God has called the church to be the physical representation of heaven on earth. So, what's the way forward and what should it look like? In part 5 of this series, Pastors Jay and Ryan address misinterpretations of various biblical texts that seem to condone racism or slavery. 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.

Racial Unity & Equality (Part 4)

Overcoming Ignorance • February 27, 2020

Racial unity and equality is a controversial and hot topic right now in the U.S. and, unfortunately, the historical Gospel-centered church has not led the way on this issue inside AND outside its walls. And yet, God has called the church to be the physical representation of heaven on earth. So, what's the way forward and what should it look like? In part 4 of this series, Pastors Jay and Ryan interview Dr. Robert Smith, an African-American member at CHBC, to prescribe some foundational principles for building a racially diverse and unified church. 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.

Racial Unity & Equality (Part 3)

Getting Past the External • February 20, 2020

Racial unity and equality is a controversial and hot topic right now in the U.S. and, unfortunately, the historical Gospel-centered church has not led the way on this issue inside AND outside its walls. And yet, God has called the church to be the physical representation of heaven on earth. So, what's the way forward and what should it look like? In part 3 of this series, Pastors Jay and Ryan interview Eddie Kim, a Korean-American member at CHBC, to borrow perception from someone with an Asian descent on the topic of racial unity and equality within the church context. 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.

Racial Unity & Equality (Part 2)

A Vision for Hispanic Integration • February 13, 2020 • Gaby Correa

Racial unity and equality is a controversial and hot topic right now in the U.S. and, unfortunately, the historical Gospel-centered church has not led the way on this issue inside AND outside its walls. And yet, God has called the church to be the physical representation of heaven on earth. So, what's the way forward and what should it look like? In part 2 of this series, Pastors Jay and Ryan interview Gaby Correa, Latino Director at Chapel Hill Bible Church, to discuss the dangers of a religious-segregated Hispanic church and the steps to integration. 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.

Racial Unity & Equality (Part 1)

We Have a Dream! • February 6, 2020

Racial unity and equality is a controversial and hot topic right now in the U.S. and, unfortunately, the historical Gospel-centered church has not led the way on this issue inside AND outside its walls. And yet, God has called the church to be the physical representation of heaven on earth. So, what's the way forward and what should it look like? In part 1 of this series, Pastors Jay and Ryan set the groundwork for this topic at CHBC and discuss what it means to be internally consistent with what the Bible teaches on racial unity and equality. 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.

Why Church Membership? (Part 3)

Why Not?!?! • January 30, 2020

It's difficult to read Scripture and dismiss the motif of community. It's everywhere from the Godhead to the family unit. We're designed to be together. And yet, attempt to define "the church," and you have to make a clarification, are you referring to the Church universal, or are you referring to a local gathering of Christians in a specific location? Take it a step further and you'll soon enough get to the topic of "formal membership." What is church membership? Is it biblical? Is it important? In part 3 of this 3-part series, Pastors Jay and Ryan and our special guest, Matt Gilleskie, address some of the common questions and objections to church membership. 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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