As You Go

Taking your faith down every one of life's roads.

Ep 66 - The #MeToo Movement: Why It Should Move Christians, Too

As You Go - Season 3, Episode 11 (w/ Bo Bowen, Heather Morris, Elaina Thompson) • March 12, 2018 • Bo Bowen, Heather Morris, Elaina Thompson

As You Go is back, after far too long of a hiatus, with a wonderful conversation on an issue that continues to gain notability and notoriety in our society. The #MeToo Movement is sweeping across the country, affecting major cultural industries from Hollywood to politics to journalism. And yet, what is truly powerful about this movement is not that it is content to be an indictment of the realms of power, but even more a calling out of individuals in every corner of society who assert undue power over another person, be that in a sexual context, or based on race, gender, or beliefs. The movement is far from perfect, but the good it has done in society should not be overlooked. However, while stories from the #MeToo Movement are all over the news today, we don't often hear as many of them in the Church. Is that because Christians are somehow exempt from the movement? Does our faith preclude us from involvement of what often seems a secularly-charged issue? Today's episode of the podcast is a special one, as Bo sits down with two good friends, fellow believers, and previous guests, Heather Morris and Elaina Thompson, to discuss the impact of the #MeToo Movement within the Church. Heather and Elaina share their own stories of harassment and struggle as women, and help us all understand the great value inherent in a movement seeking to abolish any and all cultural acceptance of sexual discrimination, harassment, and/or violence. If you would like to get in touch with us to let us know your thoughts on this episode, to share your own story, or to ask follow-up questions, please go to our default web address, www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast, and leave us a comment or send a direct message. You can also find us on Twitter at @asyougopodcast, or simply e-mail us at podcast@dbc.org.

Ep 65 - Immigration: Where's the Love?

Season 3, Episode 10 - Bo Bowen, Jeff Reams, Brian Burt • January 29, 2018 • Bo Bowen, Jeff Reams, Brian Burt

Immigration. It's become an incessantly debated issue in our country, but how should committed Christians frame their own ideas about the plight of the immigrant and the foriegner? Should one's allegiance to the gospel of Jesus supersede national policy, or is it better if the two never meet? Regardless of what a person thinks about current immigration policy and what the future holds on a national stage, how does the gospel transform the way we as individuals engage people of other cultures, no matter what their current citizenship status may be? What personal "border policies" have become knee-jerk habits in our daily thoughts and actions, and do they prevent us from effectively engaging with, and genuinely caring for, the variety of folks invading our space day after day? On the first As You Go episode of 2018, Bo sits down with two committed followers of Jesus who also happen to serve on the "front lines" of cross-cultural engagement. Occasional co-host and pastor Jeff Reams, along with international worker Brian Burt, join Bo in the studio to discuss what must be the guiding perspective for Christians regarding the issue of immigration. From there, they dive into several other concerns that orbit this hot-button subject, including response to refugees, multiculturalism in our communities, and the influence of foreign cultures and practices in our society. If you've been struggling to "choose a side" in the ongoing immigration impasse, or have felt uneasy at time with the side you consider yourself on, we hope this episode of the podcast might help you refocus on what really matters in light of God's grand mission to "draw all people" to himself. We would also like to hear how this conversation impacted you. If you would like to write to us or let us know what you think (or what you think we should have included in our discussion), please do so in one of the following ways: find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast and leave us a comment or send a direct message; tweet to us at @asyougopodcast on Twitter; send us a good ol' e-mail at podcast@dbc.org.

Ep 64 - 2017: A Year in Review

Season 3, Episode 9 - Bo Bowen, Mark Paul, Katie Phillips, Jeremy Noa, Ross Stevens • December 31, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Mark Paul, Katie Phillips, Jeremy Noa, Ross Stevens

Just in time for the end of 2017, it's a year-in-review episode looking back over all the exciting, encouraging, and troubling moments of 2017. On this episode, Bo is joined by an array of co-host all-stars who share their favorite (and a couple of their non-favorites) movies, albums, books, and television shows, while also discussing the news stories they have found most intriguing, and the personal experiences of 2017 that meant the most to them. In addition to Producer Ross, we also welcome recent guests Mark Paul and Katie Phillips, as well as Jeremy Noa, a long-time technical supporter of the show who has finally begun to step behind the mic, too. With so much to cover, this is a longer-than-usual episode of the podcast, so see the list of categories below if you'd like to skip ahead to one in particular: Best/Worst Movies of 2017 - 10:25 Best Albums/Music Artists of 2017 - 32:40 Most Intriguing News Stories - 42:58 Best Book of 2017 - 59:00 Best Television Shows of 2017 - 1:08:09 Best Experiences of 2017 - 1:14:46 If you would like to get in touch with us to let us know what your year-in-review picks are for 2017, or just to say a kind hello, you can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast, where you can Like the page and offer comments on each episode. You can also follow us on Twitter at @asyougopodcast, or e-mail us directly at podcast@dbc.org.

Ep 63 - Christmas Music: What Happens When the Old Familiar Carols Play

Season 3, Episode 8 - Bo Bowen, Robert Comeaux, Judi Jackson • December 11, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Robert Comeaux, Judi Jackson

'Tis the season, podcast fans. In between whatever shows you're listening to, you're no doubt also lending your ears to the familiar refrains of Christmas songs. From traditional carols to new favorites to creative remixes, the music of Christmas is an ever-growing genre of music, and the extraordinary impact it has on this time of year has not changed in a long, long time. On this episode of As You Go, Bo sits down with occasional co-hosts Robert Comeaux (Worship & Arts Pastor at Dunwoody Baptist Church) and Judi Jackson (Director of Student Services, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary), along with ever faithful Producer Ross, for a lighthearted, fun-filled examination of what makes Christmas music such an important aspect of our holiday observance. They debate the best songs and carols, disagree about the worst, and share with each other the unique ways music enhances their own personal worship and reverence for the birth of Jesus Christ. We'd love to hear from you about this same subject. What's your favorite carol? What's your least favorite? Do you agree that The First Noel is overrated? You can let us know all that and more by writing to us. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast, on Twitter and Instagram at @asyougopodcast, or e-mail us directly at podcast@dbc.org. We truly would enjoy hearing from you! Don't forget to subscribe to As You Go, and, while you're at it, how's about giving us the gift of a glowing review wherever it is you get your podcasts (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play)? Reviewing the show raises its profile, helps more people find it, and just makes Bo and Ross super duper happy.

Mini-Episode 5 - The Great Land Rover Adventure (w/ Alec & Jan Foreman)

Season 3, Mini-Ep 2 - Bo Bowen, Alec and Jan Foreman • December 1, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Alec Foreman, Jan Foreman

w/ Bo Bowen, Alec and Jan Foreman A very special As You Go mini-episode featuring an interview with two of the most fascinating people ever to grace the podcast: Alec and Jan Foreman. Alec and Jan are former missionaries to Mali, where they worked with a variety of organizations and initiatives, most notably well-digging efforts in rural villages. They have also served on staff at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, an international boarding school for the children of missionary families. However, these are just two examples of a life that has been bursting at the seams with adventure. Originally from England, even before Alec and Jan were married, Jan was working as a nurse in Alberta while Alec was stationed in Antartica with the British Royal Air Force. No strangers to extraordinary locales and experiences, as newlyweds they decided to embark on their greatest adventure ever; traveling across the entirety of the African continent in a specially converted Land Rover. As dear friends of podcast host, Bo, Alec and Jan were gracious enough to sit down for a brief interview during their last trip to the States, where they shared just a few of the many, many stories from that cross-continent adventure, not to mention the other amazing exploits, from their life together. They also gave a short, dramatic reading from their new book, Strangers Like Angels, which engagingly chronicles their experiences from their infamous 1977 Land Rover excursion. For a limited time from As You Go, we are making Alec and Jan's book, Strangers Like Angels, available for only $5. This is a book you NEED on your shelf, and one that makes a perfect Christmas gift to anyone who enjoys travel books, memoirs, or adventure novels. Contact us on Twitter at @asyougopodcast, or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast, to let us know you want to reserve a $5 copy (or two or three). We'll do our best to ship them to you before Dec. 25! You can also find out a lot more about Alec and Jan Foreman on their website, www.explmore.com, where you can learn more about their book, see amazing photographs of their journey through Africa, and get inspired to some "more exploring" yourself! This is one of the coolest organizations out there, and all the proceeds from the book and other items on the website goes directly to funding Alec and Jan's work internationally. Finally, you can also contact us here at As You Go by e-mailing us directly at podcast@dbc.org. In addition to their website, www.explmore.com, you can follow Alec and Jan on Instagram at @strangerslikeangels, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/strangerslikeangels.

Ep 62 - Storytelling: The Truth Never Sounded So Good

Season 3, Episode 7 - Bo Bowen, Jenny Cote, Mark Paul • November 13, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Mark Paul, Jenny Cote

What is it about a good story? That, in essence, is THE question we are asking ourselves on this episode of As You Go. But, more specifically, why are human beings drawn to stories? Why do we evaluate our lives as if they are stories? Why do stories inspire us in ways other methods of communication just can't? And what kind of trust did Jesus have in the art of storytelling that he chose to communicate 33% of his teachings via the practice? On this episode of As You Go, Bo is joined by occasional co-host Mark Paul, who, among other accomplishments regular listeners are already familiar with, is also the author of Remember Jane, a novel of suspense and redemption. Bo and Mark sit down with special guest Jenny Cote, acclaimed author of The Epic Order of the Seven, a series of historical fantasy novels that chronicles the adventures a rag-tag group of animals who help to ensure particular watershed moments in history actually happen. In addition to geeking out about their favorite stories, authors, and movies, Bo, Mark, and Jenny spend some time discussing the abiding power of stories and the incredible influence storytellers can have on people's lives, including a certain first-century storyteller from a little village called Nazareth. We hope you enjoy this episode of the podcast. And if that is indeed the case, would you take a few minutes to share your appreciation via a review on iTunes or Stitcher? These two hosting sites have places for you to leave reviews, and each review helps raise the profile of the show so that more people can find it when their looking for a good podcast to put in their ears. We'd also like to hear directly from you through our website, www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast. You can also tweet to us at @asyougopodcast, or find us on Instagram at the same handle. Or, just e-mail us directly at podcast@dbc.org. SHOW NOTES: Jenny Cote's website and books - http://www.epicorderoftheseven.net Mark Paul's novel: https://www.amazon.com/Remember-Jane-Mark-D-Paul/dp/150892712X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510598777&sr=8-1&keywords=Remember+Jane Mark Paul's blog: http://www.markdpaul.com Bo Bowen's blog: https://bobowenblog.com

Mini-Episode 4 - The Theology of Scary Movies (w/ Dr. Myles Werntz)

Season 3, Mini-Ep 1 • October 30, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Dr. Myles Werntz, Ross Stevens

w/ Bo Bowen, Dr. Myles Werntz, and Producer Ross Just in time for Halloween, it's a special Mini-Episode! In the spirit of this spooky (though often misunderstood) holiday, Bo has a brief chat with previous guest, Dr. Myles Werntz, about how Christians can glean spiritual and theological insights from horror films. While Bo and Myles both acknowledge there is a lot of worthless junk out there when it comes to horror movies, they make a case for why Christians should not shy away from stories that dramatically force considerations of real spiritual issues, such as the nature and persistence of evil, the dangers of prejudice and social outcasting, and the transcendent power of personal sacrifice. Dr. Werntz also shares some of his picks for worthwhile horror movies to check out this Halloween, and Ross and Bo add some of their own at the end of the episode. So, whether or not you indulge the fun of Halloween, this mini-episode provokes deeper thought about how we consume stories and the questions we should ask when we do. If you would like to share your own favorite horror movie picks, or argue with us about the ones we selected, you can do so all kinds of ways. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast where you can send us a message or add a comment. You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @asyougopodcast. And you can send us an e-mail directly at podcast@dbc.org. We'd love to hear from you!

Ep 61 - Christian Ethics: It Ain't Easy Asking Hard Questions

Season 3, Episode 6 - Bo Bowen, Dr. Myles Werntz • October 25, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Dr. Myles Werntz

The term "Christian Ethics" may not mean much to you, but if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, or even someone who just strives to live according Judeo-Christian principles, then it is a term that applies to you. This is because the life of faith is not defined solely by what we believe, but also how our beliefs shape our actions. This episode's conversation concerns the specific ways we conduct our lives - our thoughts, words, and actions - based on the specific things we believe about God and what he has, through the holy Scriptures, commanded of his followers. Christian ethics is how we interpret and respond to the commands of God. But as most modern-day disciples of Jesus will admit, it is not always perfectly clear how to think about a particular issue, or how to act in accordance with a particular law or godly principle. The whole "just do what the Bible says" approach to obedience can be much easier said than done. On this episode of As You Go, Bo Bowen sits down with someone who makes his living teaching both the theories and implementation of Christian Ethics. Dr. Myles Werntz is a professor at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene Texas, where he holds the T.B. Maston Chair of Christian Ethics at Logsdon Seminary. So, you know, he's kind of a modern-day expert in all this stuff. Myles helps Bo understand just how wide and far-reaching is the field of Christians Ethics, as well as some specific considerations that go into developing a more focused ethic for holy living. If you like what you hear on this episode, why not let us know. We would love to hear from you! You can interact with us on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast - and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @asyougopodcast. You can also e-mail us directly at podcast@dbc.org. Here are some of the links related to this episode's conversation: Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics by Samuel Wells https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1587430711/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 Dr. Werntz considers this a wonderful primer on the field of Christian Ethics, which will help newcomers better understand what goes into the uniting theological beliefs with effective action. "The Revelatory Election for U.S. Churches" by Dr. Myles Werntz https://www.baptiststandard.com/opinion/voices/voices-the-revelatory-election-for-u-s-churches/#.V_7mN6SxqeQ.facebook Dr. Werntz's article from 2016, post-election, and what churches can learn from a dramatic and divisive election season. "Capital Punishment in Christological Perspective" by Myles Werntz https://inallthings.org/capital-punishment-in-christological-perspective/ Dr. Werntz examines the hot-button issue of capital punishment by considering how the cross of Jesus Christ transforms our thinking on punishment and death. Myles also has some great books out there: https://www.amazon.com/Bodies-Peace-Ecclesiology-Nonviolence-Witness/dp/1451480423/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508963347&sr=1-1&keywords=Myles+Werntz Bodies of Peace: Ecclesiology, Non-Violence, and Witness examines the integral role of non-violence in the life of faith and the mission of the Church. https://www.amazon.com/Corners-City-God-Theology-Philosophy/dp/1608998517/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508963347&sr=1-3&keywords=Myles+Werntz "You come at the king, you best not miss." Myles and his colleague Jonathan Tran also wrote a wonderful book examining the theological and philosophical narratives woven into the critically-acclaimed HBO drama series, The Wire. Yes, The Wire.

Ep 60 - Church History 3: No One Likes Change

Season 3, Episode 5 - Bo Bowen, Allen Taliaferro • October 16, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Allen Taliaferro

It's time once again for another round of Church history on As You Go! Like episodes 44 and 53 before it (which were recently re-released for those who need to catch up or refresh their memories), this episode continues to trace the long and winding history of the Christian Church, from it's inception at Pentecost in the early 1st century C.E. all the way to today. This episode picks up where we left on in episode 53 - with Rome on fire... again. Specifically, we spend some time considering how, in the 5th Century C.E., the magnificence of Rome fell to foreign, warring hordes. But we also consider some of the defining figures and theological concepts that were nonetheless prominent throughout this period of upheaval, and we consider how, even as Rome fell and Europe was divided up amongst the barbarians, the blueprint for Western civilization and intellectual advancement was preserved by particular movements within the dispersed Christian Church, some of them wholly unexpected. Bo is joined in the studio by Allen Taliaferro, a fellow pastor and this podcast's go-to history buff. Allen knows his dates, he knows his theological flashpoints, and he even knows the difference between a Visigoth and an Ostrogoth. So, sit back and listen as Allen leads our eager-to-contribute host (and our contemplatively silent producer) through another three centuries of Church history. If you would like to get in touch with our show, please Like and comment on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast - and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @asyougopodcast. You can also e-mail us directly at podcast@dbc.org. And, if you dig this show, please take a few brief minutes to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or Stitcher, to help more people find the show.

From the Archives: Ep 44 - Church History 1: We Didn't Start the Fire

Season 2, Episode 3 - Bo Bowen, Allen Taliaferro • October 11, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Allen Taliaferro

A special "From the Archives" episode made available to listeners old and new for a limited time. If you've ever wondered what happened after the events chronicled in the New Testament, this is an episode worth checking out! This is the first installment in our occasional and ongoing suite of episodes on Church History. And this is the conversation that started us off, examining the Christian Church from its inaugural moments at Pentecost in the early 1st Century and following its growth and development up to the rise of a guy named Constantine in the early 4th Century, who would go on to change the way the known world viewed Christianity. If you are new to the podcast, then you'll want to listen to this episode (as well as Church History 2, which is being released in tandem with this one) so you're prepared for future installments, because, yes, from time to time we're going to keep tacking on new episodes in this mini-series as schedules and brain capacity allow. This episodes features Bo sitting down with our resident Church History expert, Allen Taliaferro, who provides a clear and insightful recap of the important periods and defining moments of the Christian Church. But Allen is more than a flesh computer who can spit out the exact date of any historical event. He is also a pastor who has a wonderful way of communicating the spiritual and social lessons underscoring all that has unfolded in the Church throughout the centuries. If you have questions or comments to share, you can interact with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast. You can also tweet to us and follow our Instagram at @asyougopodcast. And, finally, you can e-mail us directly at podcasts@dbc.org. We'd love to hear from you.

Ep 59 - Transformation: Be the Change You Want to See

Season 3, Episode 4 - Bo Bowen, Jeff Reams, Katie Phillips • September 25, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Jeff Reams, Katie Phillips

How do we change? Is it is even possible to truly alter some aspects of our personalities, our perspectives, not to mention our behaviors and habits? And, if so, what exactly does this process look like... and how long does it take? On this episode of As You Go, Bo sits down with regular guest co-hosts Katie Phillips (freelance writer and director of the OneFamily Foster Care Ministry at Dunwoody Baptist Church) and Jeff Reams (Missions Pastor at Dunwoody Baptist Church) to listen to what they have to share about personal transformation. Drawing from their own experiences growing up as well as in married and parenting life, Katie and Jeff speak honestly and matter-of-factly about the beautiful difficulties of submitting to true, lasting transformation. If you enjoy this episode, please consider leaving us a review on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher. You can also write to us at podcast@dbc.org, or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast), or follow/tweet to us at @asyougopodcast.

Ep 58 - The Baptists: More than Potlucks and Picket Signs

Season 3, Episode 3 - Bo Bowen, Allen Jackson, Allen Taliaferro • September 11, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Allen Jackson, Allen Taliaferro

On this episode of As You Go, we offer our first of hopefully many episodes digging into the history, beliefs, and practices of specific Christian denominations, in this case, the Baptists. Whether or not you consider yourself a Baptist, or affiliate in any way with a Baptist church, understanding the unique aspects of this roughly 400-year-old denominational tradition can help shed some light on our modern expressions of the Christian faith, from the way we organize church leaders, our views on the separation of church and state, and our perspectives regarding global mission efforts. Bo sits down with senior pastor and long-time Baptist seminary professor Dr. Allen Jackson as well as lifelong Baptist and associate pastor Allen Taliaferro (the two Allens!) to review the basic history of the Baptist expression of faith, and examine the specific theological views that make up the core beliefs of Baptists today. They touch on a lot of things, from the purpose of baptism, to the Southern Baptist Convention's roots in American slavery, to why those Westboro Baptist Church jerks get to call themselves "Baptist." If you have questions about this episode, or would like to share an experience of your own regarding the Baptist denomination (good or bad), you can contact us at podcast@dbc.org, through Twitter at @asyougopodcast, or via Facebook at facebook.com/asyougopodcast. We would love to hear from you and respond.

Ep 57 - Worship Wars: They Make Monsters of Us All

Season 3, Episode 2 - Bo Bowen, Robert Comeaux, Ross Stevens • August 31, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Robert Comeaux, Ross Steves

On the second episode of the new, old podcast "As You Go," Bo and his trusty engineer sidekick, Ross, sit down with Robert Comeaux, Worship & Arts Pastor at Dunwoody Baptist Church. For over ten years, Robert has led congregations everywhere from West Palm Beach to New Orleans to Phoenix, seeking to unite churchgoers despite the ever-present tension of music styles that many churches can find a deeply divisive issue. Robert recounts the winding road that led him to full-time worship ministry, and how his role as an associate pastor allows him the freedom to not simply lead the music on Sundays, but to lead every congregation he has served to expand their view of the true purpose and value of corporate worship. Thanks for listening to this episode. Consider leaving us a review on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher. You can write to us at podcast@dbc.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast, or Tweet to us at @asyougopodcast.

Ep 56 - Kingdom Theology: What "Thy Kingdom Come" Really Means

Season 3, Episode 1 - Bo Bowen, Mark Paul, Steve Johns • August 17, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Mark Paul, Steve Johns

On the inaugural episode of our newly-named podcast, Bo sits down with the two guys who co-hosted the original episode two years earlier: Mark Paul and Steve Johns. As usual, they spend several minutes cracking jokes when they should be focusing on the topic at hand; finally, though, they get down to discussing the concept of Kingdom Theology, a system of thought that places "the kingdom of God," (a.k.a. "the kingdom of heaven") at the forefront of the Christian life, and how this system completely contradicts the "fire insurance" salvation they all grew up with. Jesus talked a lot about the kingdom of God, and throughout the New Testament so did its writers. In almost every context, the tone was one of anticipation, as if there was something in the offing, and something even greater just over the horizon. But what exactly IS the kingdom of God, and what role do followers of Jesus play in it in the here and now? Thanks for listening to this episode of As You Go. If you enjoyed it, please do us the tremendous favor of writing a review on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher, so more people will be able to find us and listen. You can also share your own thoughts with us. E-mail us at podcast@dbc.org, send us a message on Facebook at www.facebook.com/asyougopodcast, or tweet to us at @asyougopodcast. We'd love to hear from you!