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Eric Costanzo - Inalienable

Eric Costanzo - Inalienable

October 1, 2022

How does the American (and the global) church decenter itself from its idols? Can people in the margins of life help us achieve this?

Brent and Ian talk with Eric Costanzo, a pastor and teacher from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Eric is executive director for Rising Village. Org, an organization with initiatives to help marginalized people.

Eric is the author (with Daniel Yang and Matthew Soerens) of a new IVP book called ‘Inalienable – How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save The American Church’. 

  • (1:00) Why Eric thinks the American church needs saving;
  • (2:25) Power and control in the church;
  • (4:10) Has evangelicalism in the States become synonymous with American nationalism?
  • (6:40) The NZ context.  The quest for relevance;
  • (7:45) Listening to marginalized voices;
  • (10:00) Neglecting marginalized voices;
  • (11:40) How we can learn from the global church;
  • (13:12) Ephesians and the unity of the church;
  • (14:30) Theology and the global church;
  • (17:50) How we’ve neglected the poor and the vulnerable;
  • (20:50) Digging into the backstory of the church.  The importance of church history.

Links mentioned in this episode:

IV press

Eric Costanzo - Inalienable

Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church

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Alastair Roberts on Daniel 12

Alastair Roberts on Daniel 12

September 28, 2022

Brent is joined once again by Dr. Alastair Roberts of the Theopolis Institute in the States for a discussion on Daniel 12.  What’s the significance of the 1290 days and 1335 days?

  • (0:25) How chapter 12 completes the book of Daniel?
  • (1:50) Who is Michael?
  • (3:05) The resurrection of v 2;
  • (7:06) The time of distress in v 1;
  • (8:00) The sleepers who will awaken;
  • (8:34) The skilled;
  • (9:19) The book that is sealed and Revelation 5 and 6;
  • (11:21) The ‘terminal’ time;
  • (14:00) The 3 figures;
  • (17:50) The 1290 days and 1335 days;
  • (20:54) A spiritual Egypt. 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Alastairs Adversaria

The Theopolis Institute

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Daniel 11 with Alastair Roberts

Daniel 11 with Alastair Roberts

September 24, 2022

Brent talks with Dr. Alastair Roberts of the Theopolis Institute in the States about Daniel 11.

What do the events of Daniel 11 allude to and how do the Herods fulfill the Amalek pattern in the Bible? 

  • (0:34) Alastair’s very brief overview! The Ptolemies in the South and the Seleucids in the North;
  • (1:45) The end of Persia and the coming of Greece and the Greek kingdoms;
  • (2:30) Alexander the Great and his successors;
  • (3:45) Zechariah 9 and Daniel 11;
  • (5:54) The Northern and Southern kingdoms.  Lots of Ptolemies and Seleucids! The 6 Syrian wars;
  • (12:54) Antiochus the Great;
  • (14:05) Meanwhile in Jerusalem --- The Tobiads and Oniads;
  • (16:50) The destruction of the original line of High Priests.  The Temple system corrupted;
  • (19: 15) The 6th Syrian war;
  • (21:52) Rome and Rome’s ultimatum;
  • (23:10) Antiochus and his corruption of the Temple;
  • (24:10) The Maccabean revolt;
  • (27:22) v 36 – Herod the Great;
  • (29:15) Mark Antony and Octavian.  Rome takes over Egypt;
  • (31:18) The massacre of the innocents;
  • (32:05) How the Herods fill out the Amalek pattern in the Bible. 

Links mentioned in this episode:

Alastair's Adversaria

The Theopolis Institute

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Mark 6:32-56

Mark 6:32-56

September 21, 2022

Brent and Ian continue their exploration of Mark's gospel.

Who is Jesus and what's the significance of the number of loaves and fish?

  • (3:33) Jesus’ banquet and Herod’s banquet;
  • (4:10) The wilderness background in the Old Testament;
  • (5:00) Who is Jesus? Jesus feeds Israel in the wilderness;
  • (5:35) The connection with Israel’s wilderness journey;
  • (6:30) Jesus’ compassion;
  • (7:41) The significance of the numbers;
  • (9:30) A military camp and a new Exodus;
  • (10:37) Who is Jesus then?
  • (12:33) The significance of 12;
  • (17:46) The Old Testament background to Jesus’ walking on water;
  • (19:00) The significance of ‘It is I’;
  • (20:20) Jesus is God;
  • (27:49) Jesus’ garment;
  • (24:20) How Jesus has compassion on us.   

Links mentioned in this episode:

Grace Presbyterian Church of New Zealand 

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Mark 6:1-31 The Power Comes Home

Mark 6:1-31 The Power Comes Home

September 17, 2022

Brent and Ian explore Mark 6:1-31.  What happens when the power comes home?

  • (1:41) The spiritual state of Israel in Mark 5;
  • (2:35) Jesus’ hometown.  What happens when the power comes home:
  • (5:11) Why the people take offence at Jesus;
  • (6:05) Lack of miracles in Nazareth;
  • (7:56) The power goes out;
  • (11:26) A very strange drinking party;
  • (14:14) The power of authority and violence;
  • (16:35) The Herod’s as Edomites;
  • (20:48) What is Jesus’ rest?
  • (22:00) The church as a place of rest.

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Grace Presbyterian Church of New Zealand 

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Mark 5:21-43 The Quest Begins

Mark 5:21-43 The Quest Begins

September 14, 2022

Brent is joined once again by the Rev. Ian Reid of King’s Grace Presbyterian Church, Palmerston North, NZ to take a deep dive into Mark 5:21-43.

  • (0:35) Jesus’ power in Mark;
  • (1:00)  A Mark ‘sandwich’;
  • (1:48) The Quest;
  • (4:30) Jairus and his daughter;
  • (6:12) 2 daughters of Israel and the number 12;
  • (9:15) Impurity;
  • (12:00) Jesus the ultimate priest and Temple;
  • (13:10) Fear and faith in the story;
  • (19:50) Holiness;
  • (20:15) Who is Jesus?
  • (21:30) God uses hardship;
  • (22:20) What are we afraid of?
  • (24:00) Healing today. 

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Grace Presbyterian Church of New Zealand 

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Ethan Brue on God and Technology

Ethan Brue on God and Technology

September 10, 2022

Calling all engineers, computer scientists, web designers, architects and all those involved with technology!

Are you a Christian who is passionate about developing technology? How do faith and technology intersect?

Brent talks with Ethan Brue, one of the authors (with Derek Schuurman and Steven VanderLeest) of a new book from IVP America called ‘A Christian Field Guide to Technology for Engineers and Designers’.

Ethan is a professor of engineering at Dordt University, Iowa in the States.  He’s worked as an engineering consultant in the energy generation sector and as a research and development engineer in the agricultural science and technology industry.  

  • (1:30) Why do so many Christians working in technology struggle to relate their faith to their work?
  • (2:40) Particular challenges of working in technology;
  • (4:00) Does technology have built in biases or preferences?
  • (5:00) Is technology neutral?
  • (6:15) How technology is shaping us and changing us;
  • (7:35) Artificial intelligence and transhumanism;
  • (10:18) The world view of transhumanism;
  • (12:10) What drives our dreams and longing to invent?
  • (13:52) How faith underlies our technology dreams?
  • (15:48) How can we reflect the new creation in our engineering and design?
  • (17:07) How the Bible informs our understanding of technology;
  • (19:10) Are engineers responsible for what they design?
  • (20:20) How we can encourage Christian engineers.  How we develop great technology;
  • (22:00) What motivates Ethan.  Thermochemical reactor design and biomass gasification.    

Links mentioned in this episode:

IV Press

A Christian Field Guide to Technology for Engineers and Designers

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Darrell Hall – Speaking Across Generations

Darrell Hall – Speaking Across Generations

September 7, 2022

How do different generations communicate differently? We need to understand how different generations hear.

Brent talks with Darrell Hall, campus pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Conyers, Georgia in the States where he preaches and teaches across five generations.

Darrell’s book ‘Speaking Across Generations: Messages That Satisfy Boomers, Xers, Millennials, Gen Z, and Beyond’ is published by IVP America.

  • (0:50) Darrell’s NBA speaking experience;
  • (2:00) Speaking across the generations as a young pastor;
  • (3:15) How different generations hear;
  • (4:50) Why its important for preachers to speak into the culture;
  • (6:40) How preachers can use generational intelligence;
  • (8:17) Characteristics of the different generations;
  • (10:40) The post war generation and preaching;
  • (12:50) Generation X and what they look for in a sermon;
  • (18:30) Millennials;
  • (23:40) Is Gen Z a more anxious generation?
  • (26:50) What an intergenerational ministry looks like.

Links mentioned in this episode:

IV Press

Darrell E. Hall 'Speaking Across Generations: Messages That Satisfy Boomers, Xers, Millennials, Gen Z, and Beyond'

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Shayne Moore – Ending Human Trafficking

Shayne Moore – Ending Human Trafficking

September 3, 2022

Brent talks with Shayne Moore about human trafficking and how we can become human trafficking literate.

Shayne is one of the authors (with Sandra Morgan and Kimberly Mac Owen Yim) of a new IVP book called ‘Ending Human Trafficking: A Handbook of Strategies for the Church Today’.

Shayne is an author, editor and activist.  She’s the co-founder of Redbud Writers Guild, former director of operations at the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College Graduate School and is a national guest lecturer on issues of global justice. 

  • (1:07) How the book came about.  The need for the church to collaborate;
  • (3:20) The church sometimes viewed as a ‘problem’ in the secular sphere.  We need to be human trafficking literate;
  • (6:00) Some resources churches can use to ensure best practice in this area;
  • (8:40) The church’s unique position in local communities;
  • (12:25) The numbers;
  • (15:00) Human trafficking and organized crime;
  • (16:05) How people end up being trafficked for labor;
  • (21:00) Problems with social media;
  • (23:00) Parents and social media;
  • (25:30) Identifying human trafficking victims. 

Links mentioned in this episode:

IV Press

Ending Human Trafficking: A Handbook of Strategies for the Church Today

Shayne Moore website

Ending Human Trafficking Podcast Episodes

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Desmond Alexander – Face to Face with God

Desmond Alexander – Face to Face with God

August 31, 2022

Brent is joined by T. Desmond Alexander to discuss his new IVP book ‘Face to Face with God – A Biblical Theology of Christ as Priest and Mediator’.

How does the letter to the Hebrews present Jesus as our priest and mediator?

Desmond Alexander is senior lecturer in biblical studies and director of postgraduate studies at Union Theological College in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

  • (1:03) How Jesus is our priest and mediator;
  • (2:50) Christ’s high priesthood at the center of the book of Hebrews;
  • (5:45) The Day of Atonement;
  • (7:10) The Tabernacle and Temple as pictures of God’s holiness;
  • (9:30) The Tabernacle as a picture of the cosmos and the earth;
  • (10:50) How do the Tabernacle and Temple point forward to the new creation?
  • (12:50) How Jesus is presented in Hebrews as our great High Priest;
  • (16:15) How Jesus is connected with Melchizadek in Hebrews;
  • (19:10) The Lord Jesus as mediator;
  • (21:00) How Jesus’ death relates to his role as High Priest;
  • (23:16) What the death of Jesus accomplishes for us.

Links mentioned in this episode:

www.ivpress.com

www.amazon.com/Face-God-Biblical-Theology-Essential/dp/0830842950

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