Prompted by a suggestion from listener Joshua, Steve and Ray fire up a discussion about Panentheism and whether or not it could be a helpful idea in our journey with God. Panentheism is to not to be confused with Pantheism (the belief that creation itself is God), but rather is the idea that the entirety of the universe is a part of God. Rather than the classic view of God’s separateness from creation, Panentheism posits that the creation itself is infused by the Divine, and therefore cannot be separated from God. Join Steve and Ray as they explore this idea, and journey with them down the usual rabbit trails! Have an idea for the podcast that you would like to hear discussed? Let us hear it by submitting it here: http://www.beyondtheboxpodcast.com/idea-submission
It’s our first ever Groupcast! Groupcast is a new Beyond the Box feature that’s all about listening to and interacting with you, in order to explore life in Christ within the context of community. Speaking of community, in this first installment of Groupcast, that’s exactly what we talk about. Community – What does it mean? What does it look like? How do we foster it? Join Ray and Beyond the Box community participants Heather Sterling, Jerrine Regan, Ulf Jetter, and Chip Watts as we explore this thing called “community”!
In this episode, Ray is excited to be joined by Dr. Lee C. Camp for a discussion about his book Who Is My Enemy?, and the power of nonviolence to act as an apologetic for Jesus as the Messiah. Join us as we talk about double vision, the politics of Jesus, and the idolatrous nature of the nation-state. Lee shares with us some great historical insights into the teachings of the early Church regarding nonviolence, and how the nation-state has lulled us into an idolatrous relationship in which we give our allegiance to Caesar. Make sure to check out both of Lee’s books Mere Discipleship, and Who Is My Enemy?, and visit leeccamp.com. Also, if you are going to be in the Nashville or middle Tennessee area make sure to check out Lee’s theological variety show, Tokens. Thanks Lee for joining us for this very helpful conversation!
In this episode Shane Hipps joins Ray for a conversation about his book Selling Water by the River: A Book About the Life Jesus Promised and the Religion That Gets in the Way. Why is it that Christians feel we have the corner on God? Why do we protect the Kingdom like a guard instead of tending to it like a gardener? Join us as Shane shares his thoughts about church, life, the Spirit of Christ, and more. Make sure to check out Shane’s book Selling Water by the River: A Book About the Life Jesus Promised and the Religion That Gets in the Way, and visit his website at www.shanehipps.com. Thanks for taking the time to join the dialog Shane!
July 6, 2013 marked five years since Ray and Steve uploaded their first episode of Beyond the Box! And shortly before the anniversary of their first episode, Ray and Steve spent about 2-1/2 hours recapping some of the journey to this point. Filled with classic Beyond the Box style and humor, including the revival of the long-missing “Disclaimer Dude”, a conversation which mostly focuses on the journey of BtB with regard to scripture is sure to fascinate both long-time listeners and those who have joined the conversation more recently.
Thank you so much to all of the listeners who have made this first five years so exciting and fun. Here’s to five more years (at least!) of rabbit trails, disclaimers, corny jokes, and thinking out loud as we continue to explore life outside the box of institutional religion!
In early May, Steve traveled to Pennsylvania and decided to moderate a roundtable discussion with several friends of the podcast, including some former guests of the podcast and some new ones as well. The discussion, while a typical Beyond the Box exercise in rabbit trails, launches from the starting point of discussing the potential impact of current discussions within evangelicalism.
Sitting around a table with plenty of beverages kept flowing by Michael, and with no specific agenda in mind, the discussion unfolds to cover some great points about the current issues within evangelicalism, including the topic of inspiration/inerrancy of Scripture, and even touching at one point on Steve’s apparent need for therapy to fix his errors in theology and ecclesiology!
Many thanks to Michael and Lorri Hardin for hosting this discussion at their house in Lancaster, PA! It was a delightful time with the Hardins, Pete Enns and John Oliff (who traveled to Lancaster from the Philadelphia area to join the discussion), and Jonathan Souder (friend of the Hardins).
Standing L-R: Peter Enns, John Oliff, Jonathan Souder, Lorri Harden; Seated L-R: Steve Sensenig, Michael Hardin (photo by Dylan Sensenig)
Here is a great discussion with the insightful, charming, and witty Phyllis Tickle! Join Ray and Phyllis as they discuss Phyllis’ most recent book, Emergence Christianity. Strap yourself in as Phyllis takes us on a whirlwind tour of 2000 years of Church history, demonstrating how seemingly unrelated events have worked together to generate the spiritual climate of the twenty-first century. You might just find that Phyllis is helping you to understand your own spiritual journey – I did! Make sure to visit PhyllisTickle.com and check out two truly helpful books, Emergence Christianity and The Great Emergence. Thank you Phyllis for taking the time to share your knowledge and passion with us!
Join Ray as he talks with Anthony Bartlett about his book Virtually Christian. The good news is even better than we thought! Tony helps us understand that Jesus is about the business of actually changing what it means to be human in the here and now. More than preparing us for a transfer to a heavenly existence somewhere in the realm of the metaphysical, Tony believes that God has committed Himself to the earth in the person of Jesus. Exciting stuff! Join the conversation and check out Tony’s book Virtually Christian. Thanks Tony for inspiring us with the love of Jesus!
Have you noticed that much of Christianity is recognized by the safe-guarding of borders and boudaries? In this discussion Ray is joined by Dr. Richard Beck as they explore together how we might move beyond a faith defined by purity and embrace a life of mercy as modeled by Jesus. Join us as we venture through Richard’s riveting book “Unclean”. Thanks Richard for stirring us to a more beautiful and faithful discipleship!
In this episode Steve and Ray hit the road to join the people of “A Place To Talk” for a discussion about freedom, rights, and the Kingdom of God. Should followers of Jesus be concerned to protect their rights? Are our rights God-given, government-given, or some combination of both? Do we need freedom to proclaim the message of Jesus? These questions and more are batted around between Steve, Ray, Josh McDowell, and the people of “A Place To Talk”. Thanks to Josh and “A Place To Talk” for inviting us to come and think through these issues with them.