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This podcast is meant to provide you excellent content that will equip you to follow Jesus well. These will be raw and authentic conversations, covering relevant and important topics pertaining to Kamloops Alliance and our mission, vision and values. We will cover relevant theological topics, cultural trends and commentary as well as provide you great resources and tools to apprentice Jesus. Pastor Chris host conversations with guests both from the larger church community, as well as our local community, to give their views and perspective.
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We are so excited to introduce Bonnie Lepine Antoine to you. Bonnie attends Kamloops Alliance Church. She is proud of her Metis heritage and shares so much wisdom and knowledge about her story, her upbringing, and her faith.Originally form Victoria, BC and Québec City, Bonnie has been living on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc people for the past 14 years. She is a member of the Métis Nation and her ancestral people are from Batoche, SK. She is married to Kukpi7 (Chief) Frank Antoine of the Bonaparte Indian Band of Cache Creek. They have three beautiful children: Séquoia, Maya, and Riel. Their youngest, Riel, recently underwent cancer treatment over the past two years at BC Children's hospital, and in this podcast, she talks about her fears and how her son's journey deepened her faith is Christ. Bonnie's sports-minded family spends a lot of time in the rinks and on the field. She believes that sports are a therapeutic way to heal, and sports have allowed her to remain focused most of her life. Bonnie is a passionate teacher with the Francophone School District of BC, teaching grade six through eight. She is passionate about Aboriginal Education and has previously been the District Resource Teacher for many years. In this episode, Bonnie and Chris talk about what it looks like to love our community well. She shares her journey with God and her hard work to educate her children about their Indigenous culture. She shares the importance of partnering with our Indigenous communities so we as a community can learn from their perspective, and at end of the podcast, she sheds light on the recent discoveries at the Kamloops Residential School where 215 unmarked graves were found.  We are so appreciative of Bonnie for her authenticity and bravery as she shares her heart, her past, her current struggles, and her hope for Indigenous people in Kamloops, and in Canada.
We are thrilled to introduce Dave Wright to you! Dave and Judy Wright are missionaries of Osler Mission Chapel who serve under Ethnos Canada, formerly New Tribes Mission. Their primary ministry for the first 20 years was as church planters in Papua New Guinea, and the last five years in Canada, in church engagement. Dave and Judy both came to faith at early ages while Dave became enthralled with tribal missions as a teenager through the stories of furlough-ing missionaries. It was while at Millar College of the Bible that God matured Dave’s passion for missions and led Judy as well. While in Papua New Guinea, they had the privilege to be a part of the team that planted a church amongst an unreached people. They reduced the spoken only language and culture to writing to teach and translate God’s Word so there was true biblical transformation that shone through that distinct culture. Today there are three churches with 100+ believers who are well on their way to maturity. Having worked themselves out of a job in 2015, the Lord transitioned them to a new ministry with Ethnos Canada to engage the Canadian Church. They are adapting Ethnos’ sharpened approach to church planting/discipleship materials from overseas in order to provide the church with a relational structure to disciple-making so that all peoples are established in Christ and equipped to make disciples. Already, God has opened up many doors of opportunity to bless the church in Saskatchewan, working with Indigenous people.In this episode, Dave and Chris talk about what it looks like to bridge a cultural gap.  This conversation is both extremely helpful and extremely challenging, and will give you lots of food for thought!
This week we are thrilled to have Mark Buchanan joining us.Mark and his wife Cheryl live in Cochrane, Alberta. He is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Ambrose Seminary. They have three adult children. Mark is a pastor, teacher, and speaker. He enjoys scuba diving, fishing, and motorcycles. He is the author of ten books, including most recently the novel, David: Rise (Book One of the trilogy on the life of King David), and God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul.In this episode, Mark and Chris talk about what it looks like to love across cultures. This is a very candid, honest, and reflective conversation of Mark's personal journey to befriend and love Indigenous people as well as the journey he led his church on for over 20 years.
We are so excited to launch Season 4! This season will be a 5-week series packed with great conversations surrounding Indigenous Ministry, including "loving across cultures" and "bridging cultural gaps".  This week we are thrilled to introduce Elder, Norm McCallum to you. Norm is an Elder with the Woodland Cree Nation. Norm met Jesus dramatically in the 1980's, when Jesus healed him from addiction. Norm has been following Jesus ever since, making Him known and serving His people, Indigenous people. Norm has been hired in this season as KAC's Indigenous Consultant, and has been helping us through education, and understanding his people. This is a great conversation where you get the inside scoop about our Indigenous Consultant, and what he and Chris are thinking, praying, and hoping for as we move forward.In this episode, Norm and Chris talk about the difference Jesus makes. They journey through Norm's story, his calling, and his hope for what God can do in and through KAC to serve, befriend, and minister to and with Indigenous people.
This week we are so excited to introduce Dr. Gary Habermas to you. Dr. Habermas is the author or co-author of over 40 books and 100 articles and reviews in journals and magazines. In the last 16 years he has given over 1500 lectures in about 100 universities, seminaries, and colleges. He holds a PhD in History and Philosophy of Religion from Michigan State University as well as an MA in Philosophical Theology from the University of Detroit. He currently acts as 'Distinguished Research Professor and Chair' in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University, where he has taught for the past 30 years. His main areas of research include the philosophical study of miracles, near-death experiences, the historical Jesus, and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. In this episode, Dr. Habermas and Chris discuss the question: “Did Jesus really rise from the dead?”Click HERE to order, "The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus" by Dr. Gary Habermas and Michael Licona.To learn more from Dr. Gary Habermas, visit www.garyhabermas.com
This week we are so excited to introduce Dr. Tim Sansbury to you. Dr. Sansbury is Provost and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Knox Theological Seminary, as well as the Interim Pastor for Truth Point Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is interested in promoting coherence in faith and doctrine, especially in the area of science and theology. His research specialties include the philosophy of science, the nature of time and eternity, and the relationship between divine ordination and human and natural causation. His vocational career has been spent teaching and working in Christian education broadly, at all levels, seeking to bring a reasoned approach to preparing thoughtful believers who seek God in all endeavours. A Miami native, Dr. Sansbury's undergraduate degree is in Physics from Georgia Tech, and was followed by an MA at Reform Theological Seminary in Orlando and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. His work on the eternity of God is published under the title, "Beyond Time: Defending God’s Transcendence".Dr. Sansbury is married to Tesa and they have three daughters, Anna, Emily, and Paige. A native Floridian, he enjoys fishing, boating, and the Miami Dolphins. In this episode, Dr. Sansbury and Chris discuss the question, "Are Science and Faith at Odds?" Dr. Sansbury is articulate, and pastoral. He has a background in science, a very skeptical mind, and he will help us work our way through the question: how does Christianity and science work together, or do they?
This week we are so excited to introduce Mary Jo Sharp to you. Mary Jo is a former atheist who came to faith. She has experienced two worlds of American culture: the post-Christian culture of the Pacific Northwest, and the evangelical culture of the Bible Belt. She first encountered apologetics in her own spiritual search while seeking answers. Mary Jo is now an Assistant Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, and the Founder and Director of Confident Christianity Apologetics Ministry. She has been featured in Christianity Today's cover story, "The Unexpected Defenders", and is an international speaker on apologetics, focusing on love and logic to uncover truth. She also serves on faculty with Summit Ministries Student Conferences. Mary Jo is a published author with Kregel Publications, B&H Publications, and Zondervan. She is the author of the top selling Bible study: "Why Do You Believe That?" as well as "Living in Truth" with Lifeway Christian Resources. She recently released her book, "Why I Still Believe". Mary Jo is the founder of Confident Christianity, a Christian apologetics ministry that addresses the hard questions of Christianity through research, writing, training, and debate. She lives with her husband and family in Portland, Oregon. In this episode, Mary Jo and Chris discuss the question: How do I Reconcile the Bad Reputation of Christians? Mary Jo is a clear communicator with a heart for people, and finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Saviour, and she will help you along with this question.
This week we are so excited to introduce Barton Priebe to you. Barton worked for four years at Trinity Western University, 13 years as Lead Pastor at Dunbar Heights Baptist Church in Vancouver, and in 2015 he became the Lead Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Victoria. You will enjoy his preaching as he knows how to ask the right questions, engage attention, and thoughtfully guide you to biblical answers that impact all areas of faith and life. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Northwest Baptist Seminary. He enjoys cycling, skiing, sushi, reading, date nights with his wife, and having fun with his four children. He is the author of  The Problem with Christianity: 6 Unsettling Questions You Have Asked, and co-author of Everyday Apologetics: Answering Common Objections to the Christian Faith.In this episode, Barton and Chris discuss the question, why is God so violent in the Old Testament? He brings pastoral sensitivity, and grounds it in biblical answers.Parental Warning: Some of the topics are a little heavy as they talk about the Canaanite event in Joshua. Some details may be disturbing or jarring.
This week we are so excited to introduce Andy Steiger to you. Andy is the Founder and President of Apologetics Canada, an organization dedicated to helping churches across Canada better understand and engage todays culture. He wrote the book, Reclaimed: How Jesus Restores our Humanity in a Dehumanized World. This book was preceded by The Human Project video series, which debuted at Film Festivals around the world and won Best Short Film and Peoples Choice awards. He also created and hosts The Thinking Series, and is the author of Thinking: Answering Life's Five Biggest Questions. Andy speaks on these topics internationally at universities, conferences, churches, prisons, and coffee shops. He is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He's originally from Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Abbotsford, BC with his wife Nancy and their boys.In this episode, Andy and Chris discuss the question, what is Christianity's view of humanity? They also talk about: ReconciliationIndigenous peoplePornography and how it dehumanizes the other.Evil and where does it come from?The church and this pandemic, and the need for connection. Andy is a wealth of resource and information and you will not want to miss this podcast!
This week, we are thrilled to introduce you to Wesley Huff. Wesley is a speaker, writer, and researcher with Power to Change - Students (P2C – Students), and an Associate Itinerant with Apologetics Canada. He holds a BA in Sociology from York University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Tyndale University, and is currently doing his PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Toronto's Wycliffe College.In this episode, Wesley and Chris will tackle the question, can I trust the Gospels? The Gospels are the eyewitness accounts of Jesus' life: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These documents speak about Jesus' birth, His life, His ministry, His death, and His resurrection. Wesley is keenly passionate, intellectual, and vigorous when it comes to this subject, and takes you behind the curtain in an area of New Testament studies that you may not be familiar with. He wraps it up with, why does this even matter? If the Gospel's are trustworthy, what changes? What matters?
We are excited to introduce you to Jon Morrison. Jon was a pastor for 10 years in the lower mainland and led dynamic young adult and youth ministries. He then sought out further theological foundations at Oxford University where he studied under the most brilliant minds of the Christian faith. That led him to pursue a Masters Degree from Biola University (Talbot seminary), in La Mirada, California, thinking with some of the best minds of Christianity. In this episode, Jon and Chris talk about something that isn’t really talked about enough in the church; they're exploring the topic of doubt. What do we do with doubt? Is it constructive at all? Is it deconstructive? Maybe you’ve had questions about your faith and you haven’t really known how to ask them, or even deal with your doubt.
This week we’re excited to introduce you to Leon Throness. Leon is married to Carol whom he has served with in the Christian and Missionary Alliance for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Ambrose University and Trinity Western University. Leon and Carol have three children and six grandchildren - with one more on the way! In addition to being an avid sports fan and a Hot Wheel Car Collector, Leon is most passionate about the local church, leadership and ministry.In this episode, Leon and Chris talk about the Holy Spirit and the Church. They dream together about what the Spirit could do at Kamloops Alliance Church, how the Spirit is currently at work in our church and staff, and the role you and I play in it all. 
As President of the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada, Rev. Dr. David Hearn's passion is to see the C&MA in Canada as a Christ-centred, Spirit-empowered, and Mission-focused movement. His calling into vocational ministry was confirmed at Canadian Bible College where he met his wife, Agnes, whom he has been married to for over 30 years. They have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. In this episode, Dave and Chris discuss renewal. You will hear Dave’s heart and passion to see God light a fire in our churches, including Kamloops Alliance Church. His prayer is that we would continue growing into the Spirit-empowered, mission-focused church we were called to be. 
Dr. Wanda Walborn is an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College, an Alliance Theological Seminary in New York City. She recently wrote the book, Spiritual Journey: Can I really get close to God?, which is available now on Kindle and Audible. Wanda is passionate about training and mentoring emerging leaders. She enjoys sports, reading, spending time with her family, and good coffee. In this conversation, Chris and Wanda discuss listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. They talk about the fear that some have with the person, voice and work of the Holy Spirit; the keys to discerning His voice in your life; and what a church looks like that is operating the fullness of the Spirit. 
Bernie Van De Walle serves as the District Superintendent of the Midwest District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He is also Chair of the Alliance World Fellowship’s International Commission for Theological Education.  Before taking this role at the Midwest District, he served as a Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta. He is the author of The Heart of the Gospel (2009) and  Rethinking Holiness (2017).In this episode, Bernie and Chris discuss the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, A.B. Simpson. They also discuss the history of this movement. You will end this podcast feeling more informed, as well as passionate about being Jesus-Centred, Spirit-Empowered, and Mission-Focused. 
Diane currently serves as the Missions Pastor at Coquitlam Alliance (CA) Church where she has been on staff since 2002. She is passionate about global missions and pioneering into remote places of our world with the gospel. This episode expands on our “More Than Me” sermon series from September. Coquitlam Alliance is fiercely committed to living “More Than Me” by giving of their time, talent, and treasure to global mission. As the leader and pastor of missions at CA Church, Diane has a long history of leading trips and serving in different areas of the world. She has an amazing passion to see the Western Church rise up to meet the spiritual and physical needs not just in our own context, but also around the world. 
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