The Disciple Dilemma Podcast

The Disciple Dilemma Podcast

We've been hacked! Western Christian discipleship has been infiltrated by an 1,800 year-old virus - a hacking that's eroding our ability to do what Christians are destined to do. Conversational podcasts with thought leaders of all types and stripes in business, the arts, the media, the academies, the churches - about the dilemma.

Episodes

February 29, 2024 44 mins

The Founder of XP Gathering Network, Kevin Bugingo joins Raymond and Dennis to talk about the personal, strategic and discipling challenges facing Executive Pastors specifically, and Pastors in general. Kevin is also an Executive Pastor at Discovery Church in Moreno Valley, CA - and a business executive and husband, parent and podcaster!

00:00 - 02:29 Chapter 1: Introduction
02:30 - 13:30 Chapter 2: Life as an "XP...

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Pastor Thomas Ryden, with Apostles Anglican Church joins Dennis and Raymond to talk about discipleship, millennials and the lives of pastors today: 
00:00-02:28 Chapter 1: Introduction (And Star Wars)
02:29-04:16 Chapter 2: Discipled in high school and college
04:17-05:25 Chapter 3: College friends now ex-vangelicals
05:26-09:09 Chapter 4: Seminary graduates leaving their pastoral roles
09:10-13:51 Chapter 5: Di...

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The Founder of XP Gathering, Kevin Bugingo joins Raymond and Dennis to talk about the personal, strategic and discipling challenges facing Executive Pastors specifically, and Pastors in general. Kevin is also an Executive Pastor at Discovery Church in Moreno Valley, CA - and a business executive and husband, parent and podcaster!

00:00 - 02:29 Chapter 1: Introduction
02:30 - 13:30 Chapter 2: Life as an "XP" (...

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Dr. Dave Benson, of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity returns for Part 2 of "Whole Life Discipleship". Dave, along with co-host Carmen LaBerge join Dennis to talk about discipling leadership's roles, the state of discipleship in the West, and how to change the "game" of disciple-making. 
00:00 - 01:18 Chapter 1: Introduction
01:19 - 06:46 Chapter 2: Leadership's role in discipl...

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If you're looking for a couch potato session - RUN from this episode! David Bahnsen, a regular on  CNBC and Fox Financial, as well as the Founder and Managing Director of The Bahnsen Group brings his new book "Full Time: Work and the Meaning of Life" to The Disciple Dilemma. Do we really understand how God intended disciples to work?

00:00 - 01.35 Chapter 1 Introduction
01:36 - 02:49 Chapter 2 The Book: ...

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Jim Putman on The Disciple Dilemma:
Much of western discipleship has migrated into learning facts, doing activities, and checking off membership in a church. 

Is that all there is to discipleship?  

Is it possible we have our priorities backward from the way we do church, to the way we train our pastors and seminaries? 

Who might be qualified to talk to those kinds of questions? 

If you wanted the ideal resume to talk about what it...

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Is the Academy first and foremost fact infusion? Or is it the development of the whole-life of a person? Join the Provost of Samford University, Dr. Mike Hardin as he, Dennis & Carmen LaBerge probe the most foundational of questions in Christian Higher Education:

INTRODUCTION: Dennis introduces Dr. Mike Hardin 
CHAPTER 1: See Dennis forget to tape the show! (Thanks for the assist Carmen)
CHAPTER 2: "By All...

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XP Gatherings - the Executive Pastor Gathering Network, in Los Angeles hosts Dennis on a virtual coffee break to talk about the challenges of Western Christianity, and how Pastors are the key....but NOT the sole "doer" for reforming discipleship:
- What the symptoms are
- Is NOT the cause
- What now?

#discipleship #executivepastor #leadership

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For a lot of Western Christians, discipleship equals church. Is that Jesus's discipleship? Not exactly. Dr. Dave Benson, of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity wants to talk about what's missing in modern discipling, and offer real-world examples of what IS a disciple's life and community.

Dave Benson is a pastor, professor and church planting discipler. He joins Dennis along with faith radio&...

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Dr. Warren Bird, a Pastor, a Church Planter, [prolific!] Author and recognized megachurch researcher joins Dennis and Faith Radio's Carmen LaBerge to talk about the key challenges facing large churches in the years ahead. Spoiler alert: the challenges are in discipleship.
- Why do we need an ECFA? (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability)
- How could Warren Bird possibly have written 34 books? And what about t...

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How will America rebuild its domestic manufacturing power if work is derided and the tradecrafts are deemed "less worthy" pursuits? And what does all that have to do with discipleship?

Dr. Dave Hataj, President of Edgerton Gear joins Raymond and Dennis to talk brilliantly about the disciple's calling in our duty of work. And Dave has a story to tell: His young adult life and struggles became the road to disc...

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Radio Host, Author, Pastor & Theologian Carmen Laberge is back! Part 2 of her episode with us "Is Something Off in Western Discipleship?" Here's what we talked about:
- What are the implications around "identity" in the life of a disciple? 
- How should we think about our purpose - our days and moments as disciples?
- What does Carmen mean by the term "WITH-ing"?
- How do Lords...

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Into a room comes: a Political Science Major, a Molecular Biology Major, a Theologian, an Apologist, a Disciple and a Husband. They're all Lou Phillips! Lou is the Director for Church Relations at the Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. And why that matters in discipleship is interesting!
- What is Lou's work about?
- How does Gen Z view faith, sexuality in their identity and meaning? (It may surprise you!) ...

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Journalist, Author and Washington Times podcaster for "Higher Ground", Billy Hallowell talks about:
- Where you can find truth in the news
- Geopolitics: What disciples should have in their conversational toolkits
- Why Boomers wrecked everything Christian
- Advice for disciples who happen to be Congressmen & Congresswomen

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Waffle House friends? Jettys? An Oregon beach resort? What does that have to do with discipleship? Well, let's find out:
Justin Gravitt, with Navigator Church Ministries returns to The Disciple Dilemma in Part 1 of the two-part episode. 

Navigatos Church ministries is in the business of helping churches restore a biblical disciple making culture. That kind of culture's a rarity they say. (And we agree.)
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Psychologist, Author and Professor Todd Hall joins us to talk about his new book "The Connected Life", and how we are hard-wired to connect with other people. And without connections, things don't typically go well for people!

#discipleship #relationships #apologetics

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Billy Hallowell, the Washington Times' voice of the Higher Ground podcast invites Dennis in to talk about what's going on in our culture - our Christian culture. 

What do the statistics (continue to) tell us about the exits from faith, about the timidity and fragility and fears of Christ followers?

A lively interview between Billy & Dennis

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Princeton theologian, author, radio host (and even a farm-bride), Carmen LaBerge joins us to explore the trends and challenges driving Western Christianity.
What's missing for followers of Jesus, compared with Christ's way of "doing" discipleship? Tune in and have a listen!

- Why Carmen wrote "Speak the Truth - How to Bring God Back Into Every Conversation"
- The life of an introvert, ...

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Professor, podcaster, author and apologist Randy Newman joins Dennis & Raymond to discuss his upcoming new book "Questioning Faith". 

Randy's resume includes time on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) as well as his role as being the Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at the C.S. Lewis Institute.

- Why question faith? Who did you write this book for, really?
- You described...

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Professor, Author and the Dean of The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies joins us to talk about global discipleship, and especially discipleship in China. 
How does the church function there? 
What is the Chinese Communist Party doing to the Church there?
Is it surviving? 

And what does this mean for me, as a disciple in the West?

#discipleship #evangelism  #apologetics

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