Words can convey powerful ideas. But what happens when those words are interpreted poorly? What happens when two groups within a Christian denomination interepret a word or message very differently? How do we grow together? Can we grow togther? On this week’s episode of the Theologist Podcast, David explores what happens when things get lost in tribal translation. Continue reading →
Does God cause suffering and tragedy in our lives? Is he behind random accidents, illnesses, and deaths of our loved ones? Many Christians (and non-Christians) continue to hold God responsible for the suffering and evil we find in our world. But what if the answer to our problems lies someone closer to our own soul? What does Jesus say? In this weeks episode, David explores his own narrative to find the answer to one of the toughest questions in life. Continue reading →
Rock monsters, magical seeds, Russell Crowe; this isn’t your grandma’s Biblical epic of Noah’s Ark. On this episode of the Theologist Podcast, David sits down with a crew to discuss the ups and downs, the misunderstandings and misfires, and the good and bad of Darren Aronofsky’s multi-million dollar epic: “Noah”. There will be laughs, there will be tears, and there will be a little too much poking fun at the films horrible CGI Watchers. Come join the fun as we disect a five year old movie. Continue reading →
It’s one thing to live in a post-Christian culture, it’s quite another to grow a church in it. In the second part of our interview with Dr. Bradley Truman Noel, he discusses some of the challenges to growth and adaptation for the 21st Century Church, particularly as it relates to Pentecostals. Have Pentecostals lost the Spirit-enfused creativity of their forbearers? Do pastors fear men more than God? Why do we hide from having challenging theological conversations between generations? This and a whole more on this week’s episode. Continue reading →
We now live in a post-Christian culture. The Church, once the bedrock of Western society has been kicked to the curb. How have Christians responded? Some are angry. Some are confused. Others have fled. Dr. Bradley Truman Noel sits down with the Theologist Podcast to examine how our culture has become post-Christian, and whether the Church can survive this change. This is the first part of this interview, the second part will be released next week. Continue reading →
The truth is out there! What does Pope Francis say about baptizing aliens, and how does C.S. Lewis grapple with extraterrestrial salvation? Welcome to the world of exotheology! If you have wondered how alien life might affect our concepts of God, Jesus, and the world around us, this is your episode. Are the conspiracy theorists right, or is there something to be said about the existence of intelligent alien life? Don’t call me crazy but we’re going to have some fun looking at this issue.
Jason Normore is considered by many in his home province to be an unconventional pastor. Even local media outlets have referred to him as “Not Your Nan’s Pastor.” He doesn’t wear suits, his church (Local Church St. John’s) doesn’t meet in a traditional worship space, and he is utterly indifferent towards religiosity. Jason cares about one thing: revealing Jesus to others by being Jesus to others. Continue reading →
Andy Stanley has a knack for being misunderstood. I like it. Largely because he exemplifies the ordinary struggle of good teaching pastors (despite being a popular Christian teacher). Andy appears to have big heart for Jesus, and as such, often pushes Christians to not get sidetracked into the religious enclave of Christian fundamentalism. Continue reading →
What does Star Trek’s transporter technology have to do with Christian eschatology? Is Hell really cut off from God? And why lies in the future for this podcast? Find out on this week’s episode of the Theologist Podcast. David will also add a new member to the Cardnial’s Club while nerding out on Trek and putting Hell to rest (Thank God, Am I Right?). Beam me up Scotty, we’re going to place in Scripture no one has gone before. Continue reading →
This past week the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada released a Statement of Affirmation Regarding Gender Equality in Leadership.
This is significant. Not because it highlights the need for gender equality within pastoral leadership (which is always important), but because it highlights the unwillingness of PAOC church culture to practice gender equality when considering senior pastoral candidates: Continue reading →