As You Go

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

Ep 60 - Church History 3: No One Likes Change

As You Go Season 3, Episode 5 • 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 53 - Church History 2: This Time It's Imperial!

As You Go, Season 2, Episode 12 • October 11, 2017 • Bo Bowen, Allen Taliaferro

Another special "From the Archives" episode made available to listeners old and new for a limited time. After a Roman general with a penchant for conquering vanquishes his rivals and becomes emperor of the known world, he decides that a heretofore illegal religion is just the right thing to give his reign the kind of influence it really needs to flourish. Thus was born the Imperial Christian Church, and our practice of the Way of Jesus was never the same again. This second installment in our occasional and ongoing suite of episodes on Church History focuses on the rise of the Emperor Constantine in the early 4th century and how the Christian Church rolled with (and also rolled away from) the changes that came with the sudden legitimizing and official sanctioning of the faith. If you are new to the podcast, then you'll want to listen to this episode (as well as Church History 1, 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 episode once again features Bo sitting down with our resident Church History expert, Allen Taliaferro, who, as always, provides a clear and insightful recap of the important periods and defining moments of the Christian Church. Yes, Allen's capacity for exact historical dates and key figures is impressive, but so is his ability to articulate the meaning that lies behind each event we cover, and how it should influence our thinking and our actions today. 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.

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

As You Go - Season 2, Episode 3 • 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

As You Go - Season 3, Episode 4 • 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

As You Go - Episode 58 • 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

As You Go - Season 3, Episode 2 • 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

As You Go, Season 3, Episode 1 • 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!