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Not So Black And White With Sean Palmer and John Alan Turner

Minister, author, and speaker Sean Palmer and church consultant, author, and speaker John Alan Turner share thought-provoking discussions, interviews, and reflections on contemporary issues that aren't always black and white.
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Dec 14, 2016

What's the deal with Advent? When does Christmas actually start? What's Lent for? What's Ordinary Time? Aren't they just leftover vestiges of Catholicism and Christendom?

Many folks who grow up in "free church traditions" don't understand the liturgical calendar or why anyone would bother with it. For some, it seems stilted and unhip, plus the big mega-churches don't seem to bother with it.

Sean and John talk about the role the liturgical calendar plays in the spiritual formation of Christians and the church. You will be blessed by this.


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Dec 12, 2016

So how are you feeling after Donald Trump's electoral victory? Ready to call him "President-Elect" or does the thought of it make you want to curl into the fetal position? Are you happy or stung by the fact that 81% of "evangelicals" (whatever that means) supported Trump?

Most importantly, what might Trump's election mean for the Christian church and Christian witness in the 21st-Century - especially those who didn't, don't and won't ever support his vision of America? Sean and John talk about the problems and potential facing Christians in America.

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Nov 16, 2016

Live at CenterPeace's e3 Conference, Sean and John welcome their friend and author Caleb Kaltenbach to discuss Caleb's book, Messy Grace: How A Pastor With Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction.

Here we dive into a loving church response, where Christians have gone astray, and how to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

**It's live. Thanks for your understanding about the sound.**

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Nov 1, 2016

Sean and John share their listener's responses to "Episode 14" with Best-Selling Author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and the recently released If You Can Keep It, and radio host, Eric Metaxas about Election 2016 and his outspoken advocacy for Donald Trump. 

They talk the good, the bad, and the ugly as they see it about religious enmeshment with politics, the state of Church and State relations and why Christians should just say what they mean.

Just when you think either Sean or John is a Liberal or Conservative, they surprise you...or at least try to. 

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Oct 14, 2016

In our first one-on-one episode, John Alan Turner sits down with Best-Selling Author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, and the recently released If You Can Keep It, and radio host, Eric Metaxas about Election 2016 and his outspoken advocacy for Donald Trump.

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Oct 4, 2016

Are you a pastor, professor, Christian school teacher, church youth worker, children's pastor, Executive Director of a Christian organization, or otherwise work for a Christian institution or organization? If so, your livelihood is connected to behaviors and thoughts that oftentimes has little to do with your job competency. In some cases, your competency and growth can become a problem as well.

Sean and John outlines what the perils of a professional Christian are and what you may be able to do to deal with them.

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Sep 16, 2016

Sean and John sit down and talk the 5 GREATEST temptations of Christian leaders and what we can do about the. Do you find yourself trying to keep up with the Joneses, to not say anything, to whine, to be important, or to merely be a "professional" Christian? Is your teaching fueled by anxiety or a desire to be loved and popular. This episode is for you. 

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Aug 17, 2016

Sean and John sit down with Director of Relationship IQ at Pepperdine University, Hannah Parmelee, to talk about helping kids and young adults make meaningful connections in a disconnected world. Hanna talks dating, making friends, sex, and basic friendship formation.

If you know, love, or lead teens and young adults, you'll gain much from this episode. 

 

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Aug 4, 2016

As a Christian communicator, (preacher, Bible class teacher, speaker, worship leader, etc...) what are you doing? What's your plan? As a church member, what might you listen for and how are you being shaped by the public proclamation of scripture in your local context?

In this episode, John and Sean talk preaching - what they've learned, what they are learning, how to plan a year, and what might help us all get a little better.

 

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Jul 26, 2016

What's a Christian to do when they feel that culture is declining, wayward, and corrupt? How should we think when major political parties -- not only fail to represent historical Christian virtues -- but, perhaps, celebrate standard-bearers antithetical to those values?

Sean and John discuss a course of action which is gaining immense traction in Christian circles: the Benedict Option. Might it be right for you, your family, or your church?

 

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Jul 21, 2016

Have you noticed how easily and frequently people are offended? Some are outraged if your language isn't PC, others irritated if it is. It seems that no one can say anything without getting upsetting someone. Are people really that weak?

Add to that concerns about "safe spaces" and the desire to be protected from attitudes and words discordant with our religious and political views. 

Sean and John discuss where our sensitivity to harm comes from, raising kids and nurturing people and churches with "grit."

 

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Jul 12, 2016

With Donald Trump naming his "Evangelical Executive Advisory Board," populated with Charismatics, TV Personas, former radio host, former politicians, and others, Christians - again - are asked to define what exactly we mean by the term "evangelical."  

Sean and John explain the historical roots of evangelicalism and whether or not 21st-Century Christians want to consider themselves "evangelicals" or not. Well, at least, John tries to convince Sean that "evangelicalism" is a good thing.

 

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Jul 1, 2016

Sean and John discuss the recent mass-shooting in Orlando, the suicide-bobming at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey, terrorism's effect on the 2016 Presidential Election, and how Christians might balance the reality of terrorism against the truth of the threat and calls for to fight fire with fire.

Drawing on the work of Ohio State University professor, John Mueller, and others this episode dives inside the numbers behind our fear, asking whether our fears are justified. We also talk about a better and distinctly Christian response to terror and our age of fear.

 

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Jun 23, 2016

Dr. Richard Beck, professor, psychologist, author, mega-blogger, and one of our favorite people joins the show to talk about his recently released book, "Reviving Old Scratch:Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted.

Richard shares with Sean and John what drove him to study the Satan and the nature of evil and why Progressive Christians, like him, are reluctant to take the devil seriously. It's a provocative, faithful book and you should get your own copy.

 

 

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Jun 22, 2016

Sean and John follow up their conversation about the 5 Views of Christianity and Politics by moving the conversation forward and offering the story of Daniel as a potential model for political and cultural engagement. 

Should Christians fight back or give in when culture and politics slam against deeply held beliefs, or is there a 3rd way? A 4th way? A 5th way?

 

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Jun 10, 2016

Sean and John discuss the 5 dominant ways Christians have, and do, approach political engagement in America - Anabaptist, Lutheran, Historically Black Church, Reformed, and Catholic. We all talk about the rise of a 6th approach, Dominionism.

This is a great place to begin to understand your own political views as well as the political approaches of your brothers and sisters in Christ. At the end of this episode, not only will you have greater clarity about the history and formation of your own views, you'll have a lot more grace too.

Resources:

Book: Five Views on the Church and Politics

Article: Keeping Your Birthright in An Election Year

Article: Transcending the Party Lines

 

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Jun 7, 2016

LISTEN TO THIS FIRST!!!

Sean and John talk about their new venture in partnership with Missio Alliance and how it can help your church. Here you'll find out what Missio Alliance, Sean, and John are up to and what you can expect in the future as one of our wonderful, loyal subscribers and friends.

Email the show: notsoblackandwhitepod@gmail.com

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John Alan Turner: Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Jun 7, 2016

Sean and John talk about what politics are, where they come from and frame the current political discussion. 

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