Episode 115: Talking Sacred Words and "Honk If You Love Jesus" Stickers with Jonathan Merritt!
In this Episode, David and Ben have a very compelling conversation with award-winning religion and culture writer, Jonathan Merritt who has published thousands of articles in outlets such as USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, and the New York Times
They discuss his new book “Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them.”
In the book, he writes:
“In order to speak God from scratch we begin with what we have accepted, then we break it down, challenging our preconceptions, finally we build it up again in a way that is More helpful, richer, and more beautiful.”
The guys discuss the benefits and dangers of re-imaging sacred words. They ask: how can we speak God in a way that’s relevant to secular culture while still staying grounded in biblical truth?
In this episode, the guys discuss the highly controversial Nike Ad that features Colin Kaepernick. The former NFL quarterback and has become a highly polarizing figure for his decision to protest during the American Anthem before a game in 2016. His actions and the resulting movement has sparked widespread debate and controversy.
The guys try to shed light on how Jesus might view this situation and how as his followers we should react.
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We had the privilege of talking to American hip-hop artist Tedashii. He is a member of the 116 Collective (Based on Romans 1:16) which includes Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and Trip Lee. We discuss the importance of sharing the Gospel through music and challenge the commonly held idea that silence will lead to more significant opportunities to share Jesus in the future. Nigel asks a poignant question about Aliens and their potential to influence his musical direction.
In this episode, David raises the valid question: “what happened to humility being a cool thing?”
The guys discuss the vanity of our age, the challenges of using social media positively, and how critical humility is as a follower of Jesus.
Oh, and there are three cringe-worthy random stories you won't want to miss!
This is part one of a four-part series the guys recorded in person back in April 2018. The series is based on Hebrews 10:23-25 and focuses on how as followers of Jesus we can make a difference in secular culture. In part four, the guys talk the importance of understanding where our hope comes from. They share personal examples of how their personal intimacy with Jesus has sustained through the years of reaching the secular world, and warn of the dangers of trying to do anything apart from it.
This is part one of a four-part series the guys recorded in person back in April 2018. The series is based on Hebrews 10:23-25 and focuses on how as followers of Jesus we can make a difference in secular culture. Part three is all about urgency! How often do we believe the lie that we have endless time? The guys talk about making the most of every opportunity we have to share the truth.
In another "road report" podcast, David and Ben talk about the amazing things God is doing during the No Longer Music tour of Ukraine. Ben brings up the Piece family motto: "Good and hard go together" and they discuss how critical it is to push through difficulties if you want to experience the dynamic calling God has for you.
Luke, David, and Ben respond to another set of listener questions in person at Steiger's International Center! Among other things, they discuss how to handle discouragement, the true nature of spiritual warfare, how to preach effectively to people from other religions. Oh, and David is compared to a young goon without a job. Check it out!
This is part two of a four-part series the guys recorded in person back in April 2018. The series is based on Hebrews 10:23-25 and focuses on how as followers of Jesus we can make a difference in secular culture. The guys talk about the "battle" mindset necessary to be fruitful as a follower of Jesus. They look at the difference between soldiers and civilians and how being prepared for a fight changes our entire mindset.
Ben and David record this latest podcast cheek-to-cheek in a small room in Budapest. They respond to listener questions and cover a wide variety of compelling topics that include energizing your local church to become more radical, avoiding words that are too loaded for culture today, and creating compelling content that stands out!