Hunter and Dave discuss the impact of pastor Timothy Keller (1950-2023) on their own development as pastors. Keller’s ideas influenced a generation of church planters at the time they were starting Fellowship Denver. Hunter and Dave discuss his most influential ideas and where American Church ministry is moving in the generation that follows him.
Episode 138 | Remembering Tim Keller
Season 3, Episode 2
September 13, 2023 • Hunter Beaumont, Dave Morlan
Episode 150 | The Music Of Advent
December 6, 2023 • Autumn Gardner, Adam Anglin
Adam and Autumn discuss the music that characterizes the season of Advent and examine its purpose and central themes. The songs of Advent give us language to live out of the past reality of God’s promises fulfilled in Christ’s first coming and look toward the future hope of Christ’s second coming. The songs of Advent encourage us to prepare our hearts for the coming King and invite us into the waiting and longing experienced by the people of God throughout history.
Episode 148 | VFL Reads: The Misunderstood Reason Millions Of Americans Stopped Going To Church
November 22, 2023 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont
“Forty million Americans have stopped attending church in the past 25 years. That’s something like 12 percent of the population, and it represents the largest concentrated change in church attendance in American history.” Religious abuse, moral failure of church leaders, and the pressures of culture that lead to deconstruction of faith all contribute to “dechurching.” Surprisingly, research reveals a less apparent reason driving the statistic cited above: a slow drift away from church participation. In this episode, Autumn and Hunter discuss an Atlantic article by Jake Meador that examines this slow drift. Meador suggests a response to waning participation in American churches. He states that churches in our cultural climate must call their people to a more committed, robust, interdependent way of being the body of Christ. Resources mentioned in this episode: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/07/christian-church-communitiy-participation-drop/674843/ by Jake Meador https://a.co/d/ek6d5ud by Jim Davis, Michael Graham, et al