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Q educates and equips Christians to engage our cultural moment. Our method of learning is simple: exposure, conversation and collaboration. Listen to the Q Podcast to learn, explore and consider how you can be faithful in our cultural context.
||CleanEpisode 045 | Free To Be Called||Join us as we sit down with Rebekah Lyons, Q Co-Founder and author of "You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are." She talk about calling and how her life has been shaped by paying attention to where her "burden and talents collide."||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 044 | Pluralism||What does it mean to live in a pluralistic society? How can we engage with those who do not believe the same things we do? The religious climate of the world we live in diverse, so we sat down with Miroslav Volf to hear about what it means to...||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 043 | Activism||A generation passionate about authentic faith has given rise to a new golden age of Christian optimism and social activism. But as a dizzying number of organizations call for our attention and engagement, Christians are beginning to see the pitfalls...||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 042 | Technology + Relationships||We are in danger of losing a new generation to the numbing agents of electronics. Dr. Kara Powell, executive director of Fuller Youth Institute, wonders what it means to raise children in a digital age. She argues that stewardship of technology...||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 041 | The Prophetic Minority||In a nation in which the church was once a dominant and unifying mainstay in America life, what does it look like to be the minority?||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 040 | Faith + Politics||How Christians think of politics, how we relate the machinations of politics to the promises of God and reality of the gospel, will determine how we respond to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Listen in as Michael Wear discusses his...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 039 | The Transgender Conversation||How can Christians approach conversations about transgender identity? Q President Gabe Lyons sits down with Melinda Selmys, who lives with gender dysphoria, and Dr. Mark Yarhouse, a professor of psychology at Regent University to answer questions...||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 038 | Responding to Aleppo: Richard Stearns + Jeremy Courtney||We're in the middle of the largest refugee crisis since World War II, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by what is happening all over the world. As we consider how we can respond both in action and in awareness, we hope you're encouraged by these two...||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 037 | Life Without Pediatrics: Dr. Una Mulale||How do childhood experiences shape our calling? Dr. Una Mulale is the first Pediatric Critical Care Specialist from Botswana. Her goal is to implement tertiary healthcare structures in low-resource countries in Africa and around the world. This is her...||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 036 |Why Culture Matters: Tim Keller||People of faith differ on how much concern we should pay to the culture at hand, questioning what good can we really do engaging in a broken world. Can we really make a significant difference? Does God share these concerns? Every generation must...||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 035 | A Conversation on Race and America: Greg Thompson, Michelle Higgins & David Bailey||How can we work toward racial reconciliation in America? We live in a nation that at times feels more divided than ever. In this conversation, we'll explore the history of racism in America, how to better engage with our community and what blindspots...||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 034 | Six Practices of the Church: Vocation||We are all involved in some sort of vocation. No matter where or what it is, we know that God calls us to be faithful in those places. From home to office and beyond, we have the opportunity to practice vocation well in a way that makes the world a...||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 033 | Six Practices of the Church: Hospitality||What does it mean to be part of a community? Is it different to invest in the Church or in the places you live and work? In this Episode, we talk about the importance of community, what it is and what it means to be a people of hospitality.||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 032 | Six Practices of the Church: Formation||The way that we build character depends on how we approach even the littlest habits and moments of our days. When we form habits that are good, they build up in our lives in positive ways, and when we foster habits that are not good, they can slowly...||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 031 | Six Practices of the Church: Identity||The core of who we are is our identity. In the 4th episode of "Six Practices of the Church," Greg Thompson speaks to the importance of knowing who we are. When we lose sight of identity, we stray away from our God-given purpose. What does that...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 030 | Six Practices of the Church: Confession||The origins of the Church are thousands of years old. Through generations that span cultures and millennia, we see that though history has changed the face of the broader world, the Church has always clung to core beliefs. In this time of turmoil, how...||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 029 | Six Practices of the Church: Context||This week, we discuss the importance of Context in the Six Practices of the Church. How do we love our neighbors well in this cultural moment?||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 028 | Six Practices of the Church: The Way Forward||The Christian church in the West is struggling to embody faithfulness in a culture that is rapidly changing. Many church leaders labor under a nagging sense that they need help—both in the work of understanding their culture and in the work of...||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 027 | Deborah Lipstadt: Denial||One of the nation's foremost experts on Holocaust denial and modern anti-Semitism, Lipstadt's 2005 book, "History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving," is the story of her libel trial in London against Irving, who sued her for calling him a...||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 026 | Pete Richardson: On Calling, Ambition & Surrender||Many of us struggle to discern our role in God’s bigger plan for the world; some of us even struggle to see God’s plan at all. We’re unsure of our purpose, or uncertain of how we can use that purpose to bring renewal to our communities. Pete...||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 025 | Spiritual Guidance for Artificial Intelligences: Kevin Kelly||Culture, creatives, and the marketplace are becoming more interested in the development of Artificial Intelligence. In 2014, AI startups saw a 302 percent increase in funding. The potential to better our lives, solve global problems, and innovate...||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 024 | Six Months to Live: Kimberly Kuo||One-hundred-five people leveraged Oregon's "Death with Dignity" law last year. Some argue that compassion requires support of assisted suicide, that avoiding pain is a worthy pursuit. How should people of faith consider death and dying? Kimberly Kuo,...||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 023 | Legitimacy: Malcolm Gladwell||Who or what deems an idea legitimate? Many people of faith think because their ideas are true, everyone should listen, pay attention, and do as they suggest. Malcolm Gladwell helps us understand how the process by which ideas are debated, opinions are...||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 022 | Red States, Blue Cities: Governor Haslam & Mayor Dean||As the electorate in America evolves and red states and blue states compete for control, one critical observation remains: cities overwhelmingly vote Democratic while rural, less populous counties vote Republican. The gap between urban and rural...||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 021 | Cease Fire: Gangs & Redemption: Dr. Paul David Smith||Public safety coordinator for the city of Chattanooga, Paul David Smith, discusses Chattanooga's response to gang-related issues, community safety and mentoring. Smith is the former principal of Howard High School in downtown Chattanooga and the proud...||9/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 020 | A Story of Faith and Persecution: Nik + Ruth Ripken||This week we talked with Nik and Ruth Ripken, an ordinary couple with an extraordinary story. After the death of their son, they journeyed into the depths of the persecuted church around the world asking the question - Is Jesus Worth It? The film...||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 019 | Cosmopolitan Evangelism: Jon Tyson||In a culture where religious pluralism has become widely accepted, there is a tendency to back away from evangelism—after all, it’s kind of aggressive and could be seen as intolerant. How do we communicate our faith in a way that resonates and...||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 018 | The Religion Of The Academy: Paul Lim||Since the Enlightenment, Europe has observed the slow divorce of the church from the university. The same phenomenon has taken place in the United States, which we witness today in the religious ambivalence of schools like Harvard, Princeton, and...||8/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 017 | A Day In The Life Of A Nun: Sister Joan of Arc||From plays like the Sound of Music and movies like Sister Act, we have seen a wide array of interpretations of a nun's typical lifestyle. Sister Joan of Arc from the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, will explain how their convent located in Nashville...||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 016 | Educating The Media: Michael Cromartie||Often Christians complain about being misrepresented by mainstream media, but could that change with intentional efforts? Michael Cromartie, Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has created opportunities for members of the national...||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 015 | The Irrelevance of Faith: David Kinnaman||Christians face an unprecedented landscape at the intersection of faith and public life. Over 46% of our neighbors believe religion and people of faith are part of the problem in our communities, not the solution. As a growing list of contentious...||7/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 014 | The Evolution of the Swimsuit: Jessica Rey||Fashion matters. It influences the imagination and drives the way people uniquely represent themselves. The evolution of the women’s swimsuit is one place where there has been a visible shift away from modesty. In the current world of swimwear,...||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 013 | Artists & Poets: Lecrae||With a Cinderella story of drug-dealer-turned-Jesus-lover, Lecrae is the only artist to ever debut an album that simultaneously topped the Billboard 200 and Gospel charts. For any musician, such an accomplishment is simply an Anomaly, the very title...||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 012 | Our Refugee Crisis: Noel Yeatts & Jeremy Courtney||The world is facing the worst refugee crisis since WWII. Over 11 million Syrians have been displaced, and while some try to seek safe harbor in Europe, the vast majority will never leave the region. In the face of human depravity and under an enormous...||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 011 | Foster Care & Adoption: Brian & Julie Mavis||As adopted children of God, how can we reflect that relationship to the world we serve? Action must be taken to provide care for children in the foster system who’ve never experienced the love of a family to call their own. Adopt Colorado Kids...||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 010 | Snowboards and Calling: Kelly Clark||What if following your passion leads to worldly success, to weatlh, fame, and power? What does service look like from here? Can you balance the pressures of success while seeking to make disciples? Snowboarder/Olympic Gold medalist Kelly Clark has...||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 009 | Our Secular Age: James K.A. Smith||The term “secular” is perhaps overused when referring to government, schools, business and western culture in general. But is the secular something “out there?” Or are we all “secular” now? What’s changed? And is secularism the last...||5/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 008 | Unlikely Allies: Ted Trimpa & Jim Daly||We’ve been drawing religious lines in the sand for hundreds of years, using varying standards to determine who’s “in” and who’s “out.” How can Christians work for peace within culture if we can’t get it right amongst ourselves? Ted...||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 007 Q Denver | What's Happening April 21-23?||This week, Preston Sprinkle is back interviewing Gabe Lyons on the vision and mission behind the upcoming Q Conference, April 21-23 in Denver. Did you know that 42% of Americans believe people of faith are part of the problem in our world? Q Denver...||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 006 The Gay Conversation | Q+A With Our Listeners||In this episode we respond to several questions from you, our listeners.||2/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 005 The Gay Conversation | Public Square: Politics and Baking Cakes||How should Christians faithfully engage our political system when the government is at odds with historic Christian belief?||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 004 The Gay Conversation | Ministry: How Should The Church Move Forward?||Many people who identify as gay have had a poor experience in their local church.||2/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 003 The Gay Conversation | Relationships: How Do I Love and Support My Gay Friends?||Most people today have a personal friend who identifies as gay. For some Christians, this can create unique tensions and dilemmas about how to best support and love friends, family members and co-workers well, even while holding to the historic Christian||1/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 002 The Gay Conversation | Theology: Not What the Bible Says, But What it Means||One’s theology will determine everything about how they engage the gay conversation.||1/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 001 The Gay Conversation | Context: Owning Our History||As our culture’s affirmation of gay sexuality grows, what does this mean for Christians and the Church?||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 000 The Race Conversation | Race, Reconciliation and The Gospel||"Implicit Racial Bias" refers to subconscious preferences for members of our own group. This silent and subtle tendency to "otherize" has loud and lasting effects, from perpetuating racial prejudices inside society to reinforcing personal hidden biases.||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Best podcast around
I listen to podcasts all day long as I work. This podcast series is by far my favorite. I have learned so much from Q about how to properly interact with culture. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
When I listened to Episode 000, I was so excited that an intentionally diverse group of Christians gathered to have a conversation about how to engage culture regarding issues of race. I'm disappointed that a similar approach wasn't used for the following episodes about how to engage culture regarding issues of sexuality.
Imagine if Episode 000 had been designed like the other episodes. We would have listened to Christians with one perspective discuss their own ideas and comment on sound bites from Christians with other perspectives, without actually engaging in a conversation.
Q is about staying curious, thinking well, and advancing good. The best way to engage "The Gay Conversation" would be to gather an intentionally diverse group of Christians in terms of gender identity and sexual orientation. These believers would be able to listen to one another (stay curious), learn from one another (think well), and see one another as brothers and sisters with a shared identity in Christ and a shared mission to build the kingdom of God (advance good).
I wish it were more of a conversation.
Q is trying to engage with important topics of our day and have a meaningful conversation about them, which I applaud. However, the first couple of episodes about “The Gay Conversation” have been fairly one sided in terms of people holding the traditional view of sexuality vs. and affirming view. I appreciate the hosts using several clips of voices from theologians, non-theologians, pastors, etc, but I find that these clips often too short and I feel they may run the risk of being taken out of context. In episode 3, about theology regarding “The Gay Conversation” I think that it would have been helpful to have had someone in studio or on a call who could explain the affirming view. I don’t think that it was explained as thoroughly and robustly as it should have been. It was very disappointing to me. I came to this hoping to hear a conversation on both sides and left hearing a pretty one sided affair. I hope this improves down the line.