Native Exiles

Native Exiles

Native Exiles, a podcast from Alderwood Community Church, where we talk about following Jesus in the tension of being in the world but not of it. We want to help you think through how to walk with Jesus in a world that is seemingly walking the opposite direction. We want to equip you to engage the world without disengaging from Jesus.New episodes every other week! For more questions and inquiries, reach us at reachus@amcc.org or visit us on our website at nativeexiles.com.

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September 13, 2022 39 min

Forming good habits is hard, and apparently there's more to it than just willpower. Dr. Jeffrey Iliff joins us for this episode to explain the brain science behind building habits. He gives tips on ways to improve your chances of building a good habit. 

Dr. Iliff is the Associate Director for Research at the VISN 20 Northwest Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Puget Sound. He is a Professo...

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We are wrapping up this prayer series with a conversation on what to do when prayers feel unanswered. What do you do when the rug feels like it is pulled out from under you? How do you talk to God then?

This series is a partnership with Crista Media and their new podcast, Purposely Equipped. 

Purposely Equipped is a podcast that is part of Purposely, a podcast network focused on helping you find and live in God’s purpose for your lif...

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August 3, 2022 23 min

This is the third episode of our five-part series on prayer. Pastors Wyatt Martin and Steve Brooks answer the question, "How should I pray?". 

This series is a partnership with Crista Media and their new podcast, Purposely Equipped. 

Purposely Equipped is a podcast that is part of Purposely, a podcast network focused on helping you find and live in God’s purpose for your life. 

You can find more from Purposely at OnPurposely.c...

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August 3, 2022 22 min

This is the fourth episode of our five-part series on prayer. In this episode, Pastors Wyatt Martin and Steve Brooks talk about praying when it's hard. 

This series is a partnership with Crista Media and their new podcast, Purposely Equipped. 

Purposely Equipped is a podcast that is part of Purposely, a podcast network focused on helping you find and live in God’s purpose for your life. 

You can find more from Purposely at OnPurpo...

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July 19, 2022 21 min

Welcome back to our five-part series on prayer. In this episode, Pastors Wyatt Martin and Steve Brooks answer the question "Why Do We Pray?". 

Passages referenced in this episosde: 
Psalm 37:4

This series is a partnership with Crista Media and their new podcast, Purposely Equipped. 

Purposely Equipped is a podcast that is part of Purposely, a podcast network focused on helping you find and live in God’s purpose for your life. 

Y...

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July 12, 2022 22 min

Welcome to the first episode of a five-part series we're doing on prayer. In this episode, Pastors Wyatt Martin and Steve Brooks answer the question "What is prayer?". They walk through the Lord's Prayer from Matthew, and look at it as a model of prayer. 

Passages referenced in this episode: 
Matthew 6:9-13

This series is a partnership with Crista Media and their new podcast, Purposely Equipped. 

Purposely Equipped is a...

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June 28, 2022 30 min

We know we said we were taking a break for the summer, but we had to come back just for this one special bonus episode! 
In this bonus episode, Pastors Wyatt and Steve talk about divorce. What does the Bible actually say about divorce? How do we reconcile two seemingly contradicting passages? There is an underlying principle to the Bible's instruction on divorce. 

The following passages are referenced: 
Matthew 5:31-32
1 Corinthian...

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June 1, 2022 32 min

In this season finale, Pastors Wyatt Martin and Steve Brooks answer more questions from the event with Preston Sprinkle a few weeks ago.

Biblical references from this week's episode:
Romans 9
Galatians 5:19-21

As a church, we are just getting started with engaging in this very controversial and sensitive conversation. We encourage each person to continue seeking what God has to say about this topic. One of the ways you can contin...

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May 17, 2022 51 min

Listen in on our first ever live podcast episode, with our first special guest of the season! Preston Sprinkle came to Alderwood Community Church this past weekend, and gave a seminar on the transgender conversation. Pastors Wyatt Martin and Steve Brooks were able to sit down with him and host a Q&A with questions from the audience. The three talk about how to engage in this type of conversation with young children, how to love...

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May 3, 2022 41 min

As Alderwood Community Church is about to launch a new series called "Jesus, Sex, and Gender", Pastors Wyatt Martin and Steve Brooks sit down to talk about why it's important for the church to talk about this controversial topic. They address any fears and concerns that the congregation may have leading into this series, and they also explain the theological difference between sin and temptation.

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April 19, 2022 38 min

In preparation for Preston Sprinkle to come to Alderwood Community Church in May 2022, Pastors Wyatt and Steve discuss how the church has historically talked about sex and purity. Disclaimer, this episode does contain more sensitive and mature content than our regular episodes.

Passages referenced in this episode:
1 Corinthians 6:13

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April 5, 2022 39 min

As the church wraps up our series in Daniel, Pastors Wyatt and Steve take some time to reflect on the big idea about Daniel—living as exiles. How does seeing ourselves as exiles change the way we live?

Passages referenced in this episode:
Philippians 1:27-28
Daniel 1

Article referenced in this episode:
https://www.firstthings.com/article/2022/02/the-three-worlds-of-evangelicalism

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The hot topic of today's episode is corporate responsibility. In the modern western world, it may be assumed that each person is only responsible for their own actions and their own sins. But is that what the Bible says? Take a listen as Pastors Wyatt and Steve talk about this nuanced topic.

Passages referenced in this episode:
Daniel 9:4-6
Deuteronomy 24:16
Exodus 34:6-7
2 Samuel 21
Joshua 7:1-26
Colossians 4
Ephesians 6:19

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March 19, 2022 35 min

The Bible is full of prophecies, many about the future. What do we do with these prophecies? Pastors Wyatt and Steve talk about what God tells us about the future, but more importantly WHY God tell us anything about the future. 

Some key passages referenced in this episode are: 

Daniel 8:27

Matthew 24:36

Acts 1:6-7

Revelation 22:20

1 Thessalonians 4 and 5

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February 23, 2022 39 min

What does biblical boldness look like today? As a church, Alderwood CC is going through the book of Daniel and talking about the boldness of the exiles living in Babylon. But what would that type of boldness look like for Christians today? Pastors Wyatt and Steve talk about the meaning of boldness and the positives and negatives of being "bold" as a Christian.

Verses referenced in this episode:
Luke 9:26
Colossians 4:2-6
2 Pe...

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We're continuing the conversation from our previous episode on the church's response to abortion. In the last episode, Pastors Wyatt and Steve refuted the phrase "You can't legislate morality" to explain their position against abortion. But how does this concept impact the rest of the way the church should view government and legislation? What is the posture that Christians should take with government? How invol...

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January 25, 2022 44 min

Is abortion really wrong? What does the answer to that question mean for the church?
There may have been a time where the answer to those questions was assumed within the church, but Pastors Wyatt and Steve recognize that this cannot be the case any longer. In this episode, the pastors walk through the Biblical argument for why the church holds a pro-life stance on abortion, and also how the church should respond.

One of the tangib...

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December 15, 2021 35 min

Merry Christmas! This is our last episode of the year 2021, so we decided to change things up a bit. Pastors Wyatt and Steve are joined by Tovi, the show's producer, to answer some of your questions! We had lots of fun with this episode, and we hope you enjoy it.

Native Exiles, a podcast from Alderwood Community Church, where we talk about following Jesus in the tension of being in the world but not of it. We want to help you th...

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November 30, 2021 41 min

In this week’s episode, Pastors Wyatt and Steve talk about a heavy topic—the problem of evil. A common question that arises with this topic is, “How can God be both all-powerful and all good if evil things still happen?”. How can we continue to trust in God’s goodness in a world of evil? Wyatt and Steve walk us through the problem of evil, the mistakes the church has made when talking about evil, and then finally propose some solut...

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November 16, 2021 43 min

In the previous episode, we talked about what to do with our questions and doubts. In this episode, we continue the conversation about deconstruction, or the process of taking apart our faith. Maybe you're going through this, or someone you know is going through this. Whatever it may be, how do we live as followers of Jesus in this world of deconstruction? Pastor Wyatt and Steve walk through 1 Thessalonians 5:14 and discuss how...

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