Episode 29: Jen Wilkin: on Building Women of the Word

Episode 29: Jen Wilkin: on Building Women of the Word

In this episode we talk to author and teacher Jen Wilkin about building a culture of women of the word at different stages of life and of a church.  

Jen Wilkin is a wife, a mom to 4 great kids, and an advocate for women to love God with their minds through the faithful study of His Word. Her family calls The Village Church home where she is also on staff the The Village Church Institute. Jen is knowing for writing, speaking, and teaching women the Bible. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible With Both Our Hearts and Minds and None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us (And Why That’s a Good Thing) and her articles have been featured recently in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and other publications.

Episode 28 with Andy Crouch: On Power & the Tech-Wise Family

On this episode we will be talking to author Andy Crouch about two topics: power and the techwise family.   Andy Crouch is shaping the way our generation sees culture, creativity, and the gospel. His two most recent books—2017's The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place and 2016's Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing—build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling.   Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single "Non-Fiction."   For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

Episode 27 with Alex Early: on Being a New Believer & Having Fun as a Christian

Today we will be talking to pastor Alex Early about being a new Christian and having fun as a Christian.   Alex Early has been married to the lovely Mrs. Jana for 12 years and the father of Tovah and Jude. He’s been a Christian for 20 years and continually seeks to understand and live out of my identity as one of God's children. He is the author of The Reckless Love of God and The New Believer's Guide to the Christian Life. Alex got his M.Div. in Christian Thought Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and M.A. Aspects of Biblical Interpretation, London School of Theology, and is a Doctor of Intercultural Studies (Candidate), Western Seminary.    He serves as Pastor of Preaching & Theology at Redemption Church in Seattle, Washington.

Episode 26 with Mike Cosper: On Worship & Wonder in a Disenchanted World

Today we are talking to author, pastor, and founder Mike Cosper about topics that he addresses in two of his books: worship and culture. We’ll also be asking some questions submitted by listeners.   For 16 years, Mike served as one of the founding pastors at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He started Harbor Media in 2016. Harbor Media exists to help Christians navigate a post-Christian world and so far Mike has started two excellent podcasts, The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea and Cultivated.   He's the author of several books, including The Stories We Tell (Crossway, 2014) and Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Intervarsity Press, coming in 2017). He and his wife Sarah live in Louisville, Kentucky, with their daughters, Dorothy and Maggie.   Mike was also one of the speakers at our Gospel & Culture event, Shaped by What You Love, last year. We had a great time with David Zahl and Jeff Mallinson in at the Eagle & Pig barber shop in Costa Mesa talking about how humans are shaped by what they love. Lastly, Mike is an appreciator of Kook Slams.

Episode 25 with Jeff McLeary: On Adoption

Today we speak with Jeff McLeary, a member of Cross of Christ, about his story and his family's experience with adoption. We hope its a blessing for those of you who are considering adopting children and those who are children by adoption. 

Episode 24 with Dr. James Petitfils: on modern-day lessons

Dr. Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish, and Christian discourse on exemplary leadership. His research interests include storytelling and moral formation in the Roman Mediterranean, early Christian martyrdom, and leadership in the New Testament and early Christianity. He has previously taught at UCLA, Talbot, and Biola University in the areas of world history as well as New Testament history, literature, and leadership. Along with his research and teaching, he has been a pastor in Redondo Beach for over 15 years. Dr. Petitfils is happily married and has two young kids. He enjoys surfing, family beach days, and burritos.   1. One error that we, as humans, can make is to think that our time is exceptional. Whether, like Lewis’ phrase ‘chronological snobbery’ we think we’re so much more sophisticated and reasonable than those who’ve gone before us, or like chicken little we convince ourselves the sky is definitely going to fall in this generation, we can tend to view the present without the benefit of the past. You specialize in the early church, how can studying history benefit Christians? 2. A couple years ago you did a seminar for our church called lessons that the Post-Christian West can learn from Pre-Christian Rome. What are those lessons? 3. From a historical perspective, are there other time periods or settings that are most similar to the current situation in America? What was that like? What can we learn? 4. If no theology is done in a vacuum, then historical circumstances probably produced certain flawed/heretical theological works and other robust and orthodox works. Can you think of any examples of that happening? How do you see our current moment playing itself out in good and bad theology? 

Episode 23 with Dr. Tomas Bogardus: On Truth in a Post-Trust Age

Tomas Bogardus is an Assistant Professor and, soon to be, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pepperdine University where he specializes in Philosophy of Mind and epistemology. He received his bachelor's degree from UCSD, an MA in Philosophy from Biola University, and his Phd in Philosophy from the University of Texas in Austin. 

Life at Cross of Christ | Quarter 1 - 2017

Life at Cross of Christ | Quarter 1 - 2017

The first quarter of 2017 (Jan-Mar) went by quickly. We had opened the year with our Deacon Jay preaching his first sermon. We began our series on the book of Acts, said goodbye to the Gatlins, and had multiple people in the deacon process going through Counseling in Community. We also were able to have several more members on the podcast to hear their stories. Check out the photos below for a quick visual summary of the first 3 months of 2016.