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Oct 21, 2021

How can we faithfully engage the specific lane of culture we have been called into? This is a question Christian battle rapper Street Hymns challenges us to consider in this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. As one of the founding members of the Christian battle rap group IV Horseman, Street Hymns encourages us as he shares his own story. 

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Oct 14, 2021

Is it possible to have it all? Jeff & André Shinabarger talk with Gabe Lyons to provide practical insight and address the complexities of juggling careers, family and marriage in our modern era. Jeff & André founded Plywood People in Atlanta, GA and co-authors of the book Love or Work: Is it Possible to Change the World, Stay in Love, and Raise a Healthy Family?

To learn more about Jeff & André's work, find their book wherever books are sold.

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Oct 7, 2021

We live in a culture that worships celebrity and idolizes platform. But what happens when this ideology infiltrates the Church? In this powerful talk, pastor Rich Villodas confronts our tendency to gravitate towards celebrity Christianity.

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Sep 30, 2021

What is freedom of conscience—and why is it such an important concept for us to understand? On this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Montse Alvarado educates us on this key topic. Montse serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. 

If you want to learn more about this topic, check out Becket Fund’s podcast, Stream of Conscience, which just launched its second season. You can find it now on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts. 

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Sep 23, 2021

How can we raise sons of courage and character? That’s the focus of Jon Tyson’s new book, The Intentional Father. In a culture wrestling with deep father wounds and toxic masculinity, Jon shares an intentional vision for raising the next generation. His book is our latest selection in the Q Ideas Book Tour series. To read along with us, participate in a Live Q&A and get access to additional resources, visit qideas.org/booktour. 

Sep 16, 2021

Our modern culture is obsessed with identity. However, theologian Carl Trueman argues that no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self. In his timely book, The Rise of the Modern Self, Carl analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom rather than the cause of the human search for identity. In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, he explains what that means for the Church’s witness today, and he gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate our culture amidst humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity.

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Sep 9, 2021

In 2018, social scientist Lisa Littman published a study on “rapid-onset gender dysphoria.” The study pointed to an increasing trend of adolescent girls suddenly identifying themselves as transgender and seeking treatment, perhaps due to social pressure and media influence. The study was met with controversy and left many debating this new idea. Together, Preston Sprinkle (President of the Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender) and Helena Kerschner (a former transgender man who is now de-transitioned) discuss this topic and provide practical guidance for parents and teens.

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Sep 2, 2021

What does our modern, secular culture get wrong about the Bible? That’s a question Dan Kimball helps us wrestle with on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. Dan is a pastor at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California and the author of the recent book, How (Not) to Read the Bible. In this conversation, Dan brings clarity to some of the more confusing parts of Scripture. He also shares why it’s so important that Christians understand the Bible and teach others—especially the next generation—to do the same. 

If you’re a leader who cares about these conversations, don’t miss the chance to participate in The Collaborative, our brand-new cohort experience. Learn more and register at qideas.org/cohort. 

Aug 26, 2021

How are Christians called to contribute to flourishing? This is a question Sho Baraka helps us engage on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. In addition to being a globally recognized artist and activist, Sho is also the author of the new book, He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World. In this conversation, Sho challenges us to take seriously the call to cultivate our creativity, understand our history and contribute to the common good—regardless of our vocation.

Want to engage in more conversations like these alongside a select group of Christian leaders? Register now for The Collaborative, our brand-new cohort experience kicking off in September. Visit qideas.org/cohort to learn more and register. 

Aug 19, 2021

How has the past year affected the most vulnerable communities around the world—and how can Christians step in and advance good? On today’s episode, Jordan Gustafson joins Gabe Lyons to share his perspective. Jordan leads church mobilization and partnership efforts at Food for the Hungry, a global Christ-centered NGO working in over 20 countries with the vision of seeing all forms of poverty ended through sustainable holistic community development and disaster relief. 

To learn more about Food for the Hungry’s efforts and how your church can get involved, visit fh.org/qideas. 

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Aug 12, 2021

In our unique cultural moment, how is the local church being equipped to advance the common good? In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Luke Bobo joins Gabe Lyons to engage this question. Luke serves as director of strategic partnerships for Made to Flourish, an organization that empowers pastors and their churches to integrate faith, work and economic wisdom for the flourishing of their communities. Together, Luke and Gabe share an honest conversation about how our churches can champion these ideas as a way to advance good.

To learn more from Made to Flourish, make plans to participate in the Common Good Conference on October 1. Learn more and register at commongoodconference.com. 

Don't miss the opportunity to join The Collaborative, our new eight-month cohort experience convening 100 like-minded leaders this September. Limited space remains, so reserve your spot now at qideas.org/cohort. 

Aug 5, 2021

How is the digital revolution shaping the way churches reach their communities? Slingshot Group’s Keith Robinson believes the digital disruption has given us the greatest opportunity for evangelism in 2,000 years. In this episode, he shares more about this idea and challenges church leaders to take online evangelism seriously while also making space for life-on-life discipleship.

Want to learn more about Slingshot Group? Check out their work—and some free resources they’re creating for church leaders—at slingshotgroup.com.

If you’re a leader who cares about these conversations, don’t miss the chance to participate in The Collaborative, our brand-new cohort experience. Learn more and register at qideas.org/cohort.

Jul 29, 2021

In a post-Christian culture, how can we equip our children to become resilient disciples of Christ? That’s a question Matt Markins helps us wrestle with on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. As the Chief Strategy Officer at Awana, Matt is a leading expert in the world of children’s ministry. In this episode, Matt shares his own story, highlights key research on what our kids really need and points us toward a hopeful future of the Church. 

To learn more and register for the Child Discipleship Forum, visit resilientdisciples.com

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Jul 22, 2021

As Christians, we're confident in the gospel’s power to redeem us as individuals. But perhaps what we don’t talk about enough is the gospel’s power to transform larger systems, structures and cultures. This is a truth Heather Rice-Minus challenges us to see. As a senior vice president at Prison Fellowship, Heather articulates the case for restorative criminal justice solutions and explains how churches play a critical role in meeting the needs of those impacted by crime and incarceration.


Want to go deeper in this conversation? Get your free copy of Outrageous Justice and sign up for Prison Fellowship's virtual small group study at www.prisonfellowship.org/outrageousjustice.

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Jul 15, 2021

When we read the news, we are not merely informed—we’re also formed. In his new book, Reading the Times, author Jeffery Bilbro helps us gain a theological and historical perspective on the nature and very purpose of news. Offering an alternative vision of the rhythms of life, he suggests thoughtful practices for media consumption in order to cultivate healthier ways of reading and being.

To learn more from Jeffery Bilbro, find his new book available now wherever books are sold.

Jul 8, 2021

How can we move from shallow Christianity to deep transformation? Pete Scazzero argues it starts in our discipleship. Author of the new book Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, Pete shares his own journey toward emotional health and casts a hopeful vision for how the global Church can overcome its current discipleship crisis.

Pete’s new book is available now wherever books are sold. You can also learn more about his organization at emotionallyhealthy.org.

Want to engage more conversations about how Christians can live faithfully in our current cultural moment? Start a 30-day free trial to Q Media, our online learning platform for Christian leaders, at qideas.org/trial.

Jul 1, 2021

We were made for intimacy—spiritual intimacy with God that brings oneness and bears powerful fruit. We were made to know Him and be known by Him, fully. So why do we often feel burnt-out, distant and disheartened in our journey of faith? Sharing her own story, Mo Aiken helps us wrestle with this question in today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. Author of the new book Fully Known: An Invitation to True Intimacy with God, Mo helps us see why this message is so important—especially for our current cultural moment.

This conversation is part of our Q Ideas Book Tour, where each month we feature authors who share ideas important for this cultural moment. Want to join us for additional resources and conversations as part of the Q Ideas Book Tour? Get connected at qideas.org/booktour.

Jun 24, 2021

In the U.S. Senate now, the Equality Act is a proposed piece of legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under federal civil rights law. However, this bill has been met with significant controversy as many believe it would go too far to inhibit individual religious freedom. In light of this, how should Christians respond? Kristen K. Waggoner, who serves as general counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, shares her perspective in this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast.

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Jun 17, 2021

When you think about orphans, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of kids living in orphanages who have no parents or family. Maybe you think of this as a global problem, not affecting the United States. And maybe you think this is a problem that is simply too big to be solved. In today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Lindsay Hadley and Elli Oswald dispel each of these myths with the truth about the global orphan crisis—and they share how we can help be part of the solution. Together, they are part of Orphan Myth, a campaign that unites NGOs, child advocacy specialists, influencers, faith leaders and businesses dedicated to help every child belong in a safe loving family.

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Jun 10, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, research has revealed a troublesome uptick in mental health concerns. In light of these trends, how can we best respond to those who may be struggling with their mental health and contemplating suicide? Brooke Keels, executive director of counseling services for Mercy Multiplied, shares her perspective with us on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast.

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Jun 3, 2021

Do you know where your food comes from? Jason Streubel, also known as “Dr. Dirt,” asks us to consider this question in today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. As the senior director for agriculture and food security at Convoy of Hope, he helps us see the ways in which our food is complex, political and spiritual, and he challenges the Church to lead the way in pursuing food security in our local communities.

Want to get instant access to the entire Culture Summit? Get your on-demand digital pass now at qideas.org/culturesummit.For $49, this gives you access to every single talk and conversation from the Culture Summit + 30 Expert Q&As.

May 27, 2021

How should Christians be thinking well about the state of the pandemic? In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, we bring you four conversations from the Culture Summit, the fifteenth annual conference hosted by Q Ideas, where no topic is off-limits and we’re not afraid to ask difficult questions. In this segment, Gabe Lyons interviews Dr. Francis Collins (director of the NIH), Dr. Martin Kulldorff (Harvard epidemiologist and vaccine safety evaluator), Alex Berenson (journalist & author), and Naomi Schaefer Riley (child welfare expert) about their perspectives on everything from vaccines and covid passports to lockdowns, masks and more.

Want to get instant access to the entire Culture Summit? Get your on-demand digital pass now at qideas.org/culturesummit. For $49, this gives you access to every single talk and conversation from the Culture Summit + 30 Expert Q&As.

May 25, 2021

What’s happened to critical thinking in our society? In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Gabe Lyons shares his talk from this year’s Culture Summit. In this talk, he challenges Christian leaders to be more intentional about asking good questions and thinking critically—a skill that is perhaps more needed than ever in our current cultural moment. Stay tuned as we share more talks and conversations from the Culture Summit over the next few weeks.

Want to get instant access to the entire Culture Summit? Get your on-demand digital pass now at qideas.org/culturesummit. For $49, this gives you access to every single talk and conversation from the Culture Summit + 30 Expert Q&As.

Apr 20, 2021

For thousands of years, prayer has been understood as both a powerful and essential Christian discipline—but in today’s culture, do we still understand, appreciate and revere this practice as we should? Since 2013, Dimas Salaberrios has served as the president of Concerts of Prayer Greater NY, which is a Christ-centered network of pastors and churches promoting a culture of prayer across ethnic, economic and denominational lines. In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Dimas shares what he’s learned with us, and he will encourage and challenge us to embrace the labor of prayer in our daily lives.

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Apr 15, 2021

Jo Saxton understands the power of hospitality—an ancient practice, rooted in Scripture, that can transform our lives, our relationships and our communities in even the most challenging moments. Drawing from the depths of her own personal story, Jo shares what it means for Christians to embrace the true gift of hospitality, reaching out to those beyond the walls of our churches and inviting them in.

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