In today’s culture, what does it look like for faithful Christ-followers to never settle? That’s a question Greg Holder helps us consider in this episode of the Q Podcast. Greg is the author of a new book called Never Settle: Choices, Chain Reactions and the Way Out of Lukewarminess. In this conversation, Greg helps us see how our everyday decisions, habits and relationships have incredible potential for world-changing, redemptive impact—especially amid a challenging, uncertain season like the one we’re all currently living through.
In a divided, isolated and confusing cultural moment, what can we learn from the history of our country and those who came before us? From its founding to now, Pat Murdock argues that throughout American history, we see a long line of leaders, visionaries and change-makers who were inspired by the values of faith and liberty. As the executive director of the new Faith & Liberty Discovery Center coming to Philadelphia in 2021, Pat shares why this historical perspective is so important for our current moment—and how we can apply those same values to advance good today.
Nick Hall joins Gabe Lyons on this episode of the Q Podcast for a powerful conversation about our opportunity for evangelism and discipleship in this new cultural moment. Nick Hall serves as an evangelistic voice to this generation. He is the visionary of Together, author of the book Reset and the Founder and Chief Communicator for Pulse Movement, which exists to make Jesus known and to equip His followers to be disciples who multiply.
How can Christians reach their cities for the gospel—especially at a time when tensions, distrust and fear are high? This is something Kevin Palau and his team at City Gospel Movements have been working toward for 15+ years. As a branch of the Luis Palau Association, City Gospel Movements provides best practices to leaders who unite the Church in cities around the world. In this conversation with Gabe Lyons, Kevin shares what he and his team are currently learning in their own city of Portland, Oregon, and he challenges us to consider how we might ignite gospel movements in our local context.
How can the Church step up to better serve the most vulnerable children and families during a pandemic? This is a question Chris Palusky helps us consider in this episode of the Q Podcast. Chris serves as president and CEO of Bethany Christian Services, a global nonprofit with a mission to stand up for vulnerable children, refugees and families around the world, because family holds an incredible power to connect us, lift us up and transform lives. In this interview, Chris shares the most pressing needs in this moment, how COVID-19 has affected Bethany's work and how we can all be part of the solution.
What makes a Christian’s perspective unique during a time of crisis, such as our global coronavirus pandemic? In this Q Talk, New York Times bestselling author Priscilla Shirer points to the hope we have in Christ that transforms the way we believe, think and act in this uncertain moment.
In a tense cultural moment, it can be hard for Christians to know how to best engage challenging and complex conversations about race and repair. In this episode, Arrabon founder David M. Bailey joins Gabe Lyons to reflect on our recent Q Session featuring ten talks on this one topic. David shares what stuck out the most to him from this live event, and he offers some hopeful, practical and productive ways we can continue to pursue racial justice this week, this year and over the next decade.
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In a confusing and uncertain moment, leadership is needed now more than ever. But how can you lead well through a type of cultural crisis none of us have ever lived through before? Slingshot Group’s David Miller argues, “there’s no script for effective leadership. But you don’t need one.” In this podcast episode, David shares five core competencies that leaders need to navigate our new moment.
John Kingston joins Gabe Lyons for a candid, passionate and hopeful conversation about our current cultural moment and the future of America. A lawyer by training and a businessman by experience, John is a social entrepreneur at the forefront of a new campaign called American Awakening. Kingston first gained national attention in the 2016 and 2018 political cycles, with innovative and inclusive campaigns positioned at the extremes of American politics. With the core of his team, John later launched American Awakening, a campaign for the soul of America. He shares the heart behind this initiative, what we can learn from our current season, and how we can engage in awakening together.
Even before the pandemic, our culture felt increasingly complex and disruptive, leaving many pastors and church leaders unsure how to see clearly, lead confidently and engage effectively. That’s why, in partnership with gloo, Barna Group embarked on its most comprehensive look at the state of the Church in its 35-year history. Barna president David Kinnaman introduced us to this idea in a talk he gave at the Q 2020 Virtual Summit. In today’s podcast, David Kinnaman revisits the talk he gave at the Q 2020 Virtual Summit and goes deeper, updating us on the latest insights his team is learning.
Following up on her talk at the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, Valerie Bell shares a timely and necessary conversation with Gabe Lyons about discipleship among children and the future of the church. Valerie serves as the CEO of Awana, a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for ages 2-18. Valerie is also the author of the book, Resilient: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church.
Rev. Dr. Tony Cook joins Gabe Lyons for a hopeful conversation about why our neighborhoods matter now more than ever. Tony serves as the executive director of The Hopeful Neighborhood Project, a collaborative network committed to improving neighborhood well-being around the world. In this episode, Tony shares some of their insights, and he encourages us to not miss the opportunity to pursue the common good of our neighborhoods in this cultural moment.
In this episode, Mercy Multiplied founder Nancy Alcorn shares her story with the Q Community. Through a residential counseling program and outreach services, Mercy Multiplied equips people to live free and stay free through Jesus Christ. She shares what she’s learned through this journey and offers practical advice for those leading their families, communities and churches.
JP DeGance joins Gabe Lyons for a thoughtful dialogue on how we advance good and overcome the polarization in our cities. JP is the founder of an organization called Communio, which consults with churches to equip them with data insights and ministry best practices to foster healthier relationships for singles, those preparing for marriage, married couples and those in marital crisis.
As COVID-19 continues to spread and alter the daily lives of many around the world, Gabe Lyons addresses the new reality we find ourselves in, pointing us toward the unique opportunities we have in this moment and the hope we can hold onto for the future. Gabe also gives the latest update on how Q is responding to these quickly changing times through the creation of the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, taking place this April 22-23. Learn how you and your family, church or community can be part of this two-day, unifying experience at qideas.org/2020.
How Can Liturgy Inform Our Faith?
Almost four in 10 practicing Christians (38 percent) say they’ve never heard of or are not too familiar with the concept of Christian liturgy, and that statistic is even higher among evangelicals, according to 2017 research from Barna Group. However, for centuries Christians have grounded their faith with this practice. Douglas McKelvey, author of Every Moment Holy, and Justin Whitmel Earley, creator of the Common Rule, will lead us in a conversation about the impact of daily liturgical rhythms.
In our divided and isolated cultural moment, it can feel easy for us to become skeptical, jaded and distrustful of others. But Malcolm Gladwell argues that perhaps we’re wired for just the opposite; perhaps we’re wired to enter into deep relationship, trusting one another. Sharing research and stories from his newest book, Malcolm helps us understand why this is so essential and how we can improve in how we relate to others.
Special Release from Gabe Lyons: In this episode, Gabe Lyons Gabe Lyons takes a deep dive into some of the most important issues for the year ahead and reminds us why it’s so important for Christians to gather, prepare and engage these critical topics and ideas. In a complicated and confusing cultural moment, Gabe argues that being educated and informed about these top issues equips us to lead more faithfully wherever we’ve been called. Gabe shares how this is the heart behind Q Conference (April 22-24 in Nashville, TN), and he invites listeners to make plans to attend Q 2020 for increased conversation, collaboration, connection and community. Learn more and register here.
Author, pastor and professor of intercultural studies D.A. Horton joins Gabe Lyons for a candid and hopeful conversation about how we can embrace Kingdom ethnicity in a divided world. Through this conversation, D.A. helps us step into the tension that so often surrounds conversations about race and ethnicity to offer us vision and practical guidance for Christians longing to embrace our Kingdom ethnicity, combating the hatred in our culture with the hope of Jesus Christ. D.A.’s latest book, Intensional: Kingdom Ethnicity in a Divided World, goes deeper into each of these topics and is available now.
How do we see and think beyond stereotypes?
Americans on either side of the aisle have long been divided by party lines, but in recent years, this has filtered into our public square of relationships. The labels and the divisions continue to grow, causing more and more voters to feel entrenched or disenfranchised. Does it have to be this way? Justin Giboney, attorney and co-founder of the AND Campaign, will examine the reality — and the limits — of identity politics.
How Do We Move Forward From Tragic Decisions?
Abortion-it's a polarizing issue in American discourse, but what happens when we go beyond the talking points and listen to someone's personal story? At 19, April Hernandez-Castillo found herself in an abusive relationship, she escaped, but shortly after, she discovered she was pregnant. Feeling like she had no other choice, she had to consider all options. She'll share about that experience-and its effects-with us.
Preacher, teacher, scholar and bestselling author Leonard Sweet joins Gabe Lyons for a thought-provoking conversation about our chaotic cultural moment and how Christians ought to prepare for an uncertain future. In his newest book, Rings of Fire, Leonard maps out the future for the church in a sweeping survey of the twenty-first century. In the face of eruptive and disruptive culture changes from economics and communications to bioethics and beyond, Len helps us understand how we fight fire with fire, not only catching up to our culture but leading our friends and neighbors to the feet of Christ.
Writer Seth Haines joins Gabe Lyons for a candid conversation about how we handle the inevitable pain of life and where we can find healing, wholeness and freedom. Seth is the author of the award-winning book, Coming Clean: A Story of Faith, and the newly released title, The Book of Waking Up: Experiencing the Divine Love That Reorders a Life. Seth shares how we can “wake up,” embarking on a journey toward the only Love worth adoring, the only Love that cures a soul.
Amid life’s inevitable pain, author Seth Haines shares how we can find healing, wholeness and freedom.
How Do We Leave Things Better Than We Found Them?
In a tired and cynical world, what if Christians became the best advertisement for Jesus? Over time, their movements would become irresistible to every nation, tribe and tongue. Building on ideas expressed in his recently released book, Irresistible Faith, Scott Sauls will give us a blueprint for pursuing this vision in our current moment, of redeemed individuals and a renewed community working for a restored world.
What Does It Mean To Be The Salt Of The Earth?
Researching her latest book, Taste and See, Margaret Feinberg traveled far and wide - even 410 feet down into a salt mine - to understand how our appreciation of food affects the way we consume Scripture. In her talk, Margaret shares this experience and its spiritual implications.