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Alan Brisco – Uncommon Words, Unintended Consequences

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

This episode features Dr. Alan Brisco.

In this episode Alan will discuss the importance of understanding words, and will unpack the context and meaning surrounding the word “Namaste”. This episode provides helpful context for a subsequent interview with Mark Hayes.

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If you’d like to contact Alan, learn more about the Provoked to Newness ministry, or sign up for regular updates, go to http://www.alanbrisco.com/podcasts-2/.

Salim Munayer – Heroes of History and Victimization

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

Our interview guest is Dr. Salim Munayer.

In this episode you’ll hear Salim talk about the inevitable dynamic of “us vs. them” in situations of conflict, and the roles that dehumanization, suspicion, victimization, and demonization play in creating and perpetuating tension.

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If you’d like to contact Salim, learn more about his work, or support his ministry, go to http://www.musalaha.org.

If you’d like to learn more about the TIM Centre, go to http://www.tyndale.ca/tim.

Constance Cherry – The Focus of Worship

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

Our interview guest is Dr. Constance Cherry.

In this episode you’ll hear Constance talk about what she believes are the greatest strengths and the most pressing needs of the church today.

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If you’d like to contact Constance, or learn more about her work, go to http://theworshiparchitect.com/.

Rupen Das – The Kingdom of God and Iraq

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

Our interview guest is Rupen Das.

In this episode you’ll hear Rupen talk about an assessment that he worked on in Iraq, estimating the humanitarian impact of the war in Iraq, and the response to the assessment when it was presented.

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Brian Stiller – Justice and Mercy Adjustment

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

Our interview guest is Dr. Brian Stiller.

In this episode you’ll hear Brian talk about lessons he learned at Youth for Christ, the challenges he faced stepping into new leadership roles, and the self-fulfilling mindset of younger generations.

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If you’d like to contact Brian, buy his books, or learn more about his work, go to http://www.brianstiller.com/.

Play Me – I’m Yours

Janice and I recently attended the launch of Play Me – I’m Yours, the pre-games initiative to kick-off the Pan-Am Games, which Toronto will host in 2015.

Can you spot Janice and me in this photo?

Janice is standing just to the right of the woman with the orange purse. And yes, the grey-haired dude next to her is me.

The Play Me – I’m Yours initiative placed 41 working pianos all over Toronto in public places for people to play free-of-charge, whenever passing by.

Why 41 pianos? There’s one piano for each participating country in the Pan-Am games.

Before being placed across Toronto, each sourced piano was decorated by a person from the associated country – to reflect the country’s culture, flavors, and colors. Then, all of the pianos were moved to Metro Hall for an evening of color, celebration, and music. The evening opened with 41 children playing the 41 pianos simultaneously. Then, 10 professional jazz pianists played a complex piece together. Other acts followed. What an awesome opening; a great outdoor evening of music and meeting a diverse group of music-lovers.

Where did the Pan-Am Games organizers get 41 pianos to decorate (remember the paints were permanent)? The pianos, the work space for the artists, and the resources to move and organize the event came from the only place in Canada (and one of very few in North America) able to support the initiative – Robert Lowrey’s Piano Experts http://www.pianoexperts.com/.

BTW – Janice is one of their three outstanding salespeople. So, am I biased? Maybe just a bit. But, 41 pianos? C’mon. Who else could have done that?

Kudos to Rob Lowrey and Don Sevier. Artists, I came in to see you work. Each of you should feel proud. What you produced is spectacular. Just check out the photos in the Lowrey site. Then, see photos of all the pianos at http://streetpianos.com/toronto2012/pianos/christie-pitts/. The first piano you’ll see at this link is the piano Janice practiced on while growing up, which became the U.S. Virgin Islands piano, placed at a well-known Toronto ball park. Then, refer to the Choose Piano Location menu and go from there to see all of the remarkable, crazy ways these pianos were transformed.

Transformed pianos? Of course, I had to work the ‘change’ motif in here somewhere.

Interview: Will Bakke – Part II of II

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

Our interview guest is Will Bakke.

In this second of two episodes you’ll hear Will talk about:

  • The changes he hopes Beware of Christians will bring about
  • What sets Beware of Christians apart from other films
  • Different responses to the film
  • Experiences from the film tour
  • How he stays focused on Jesus despite his busy schedule
  • Riot Studios’ unique business model
  • His plans for the future

Did you know these things about Will?

  • Will, age 23, currently lives in Austin, Texas.
  • In college Will developed a short comedy sketch series “Bearly There Productions” for which he was voted one of MTV’s “Top 25 Filmmakers on Campus”.
  • Will completed a degree in film at Baylor University in 2010, and subsequently started the film production company Riot Studios working alongside Michael Allen, Alex Carroll, and Kelsey Malmquist Carroll.
  • Will directed Riot Studios’ first two films, Beware of Christians and One Nation Under God.
  • Will is currently planning on directing Riot Studios’ third film, tentatively titled, Believe Me.

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If you’d like to contact Will or learn more about his films, go to www.riotstudios.com/.

Interview: Will Bakke – Part I of II

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

Our interview guest is Will Bakke.

In this first of two episodes you’ll hear Will talk about:

  • Some major influences that shaped his life
  • The perceptions he had of Christianity when he was growing up
  • A road trip full of questions
  • What he wants audiences to learn from watching Beware of Christians
  • The consequences and costs of following Jesus
  • Some memorable moments from filming

Make sure your speakers are turned on and your volume is turned up.

Did you know these things about Will?

  • Will, age 23, currently lives in Austin, Texas.
  • In college Will developed a short comedy sketch series “Bearly There Productions” for which he was voted one of MTV’s “Top 25 Filmmakers on Campus”.
  • Will completed a degree in film at Baylor University in 2010, and subsequently started the film production company Riot Studios working alongside Michael Allen, Alex Carroll, and Kelsey Malmquist Carroll.
  • Will directed Riot Studios’ first two films, Beware of Christians and One Nation Under God.
  • Will is currently planning on directing Riot Studios’ third film, tentatively titled, Believe Me.

If you’d like to contact Will or learn more about his films, go to www.riotstudios.com/.

Need a Change of Perspective?

Dr. René Padilla is a founding member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship and the Kairos Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is presently the President of the Micah Network and Executive Director of Ediciones Kairos. Along with Samuel Escobar, René Padilla is widely credited for coining the term, integral mission.

Recently, I had the privilege of being part of a round-table session at which Dr. Padilla spoke. At the conclusion of the morning-long session, René asked for the following comments to be read to those present. His reason seems self-evident.

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confessions brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No program accomplishes the Church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

Who spoke these words?

They were spoken by Óscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador. Some time later, on March 24, 1980, he was assassinated while celebrating Mass in a small chapel in La Divina Providencia, a cancer hospital where he lived.

Interview: Vishal Mangalwadi – Part I of IV

Provoked to Newness Podcast Episode

Our interview guest is Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi.

In this first of four episodes you’ll hear Vishal talking about:

  • His background and cultural context
  • His personal struggle with sin
  • His intellectual quest concerning the legitimacy of his faith
  • The various philosophical views he has encountered
  • The degeneration of society as a result of artificially constructed ideas of right and wrong
  • The supernatural dimension of good and evil

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Episode Length: 32:07

Did you know these things about Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi?

  • Vishal was born in India in 1949 and studied in the universities of Allahabad and Indore, before studying under Francis Schaeffer in L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland.
  • Vishal and his wife Ruth have been working with the poor in rural India since 1976.
  • His first book, The World of Gurus – a study of Hindu gurus and Jesus Christ – is still a textbook in many universities.
  • Vishal was recently appointed the John Harvard Lecturer in Christian Heritage in Cambridge, UK.
  • Vishal has spoken in 34 countries and authored 17 books including: The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization and Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations.
  • Vishal will begin delivering Harvard Lectures in October 2012.
  • Vishal and Ruth live in Cambridge, UK and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.

If you’d like to contact Vishal or learn more about his work, go to http://www.revelationmovement.com/.

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