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Join host Curtis Chang and his friends as they follow Jesus and make sense of the world. With expertise, thoughtfulness, and humor, they discuss how Christian faith intersects with culture, politics, work, entertainment, and other aspects of life. Good Faith is produced by Redeeming Babel. Good Faith is ranked in the top .5 percent of all podcasts.
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Host Curtis Chang and "founding friend" David French sit down for a deep dive into ways people are detecting threats in today's polarized landscape. They explore how both conservatives and progressives (including Christians of both stripes) often distort potential dangers, creating a misleading perception of reality and double standards. They also provide practical strategies for repairing our dysfunctional threat detectors.   Listen to The Kingdom of Jesus and get sheet music, lyrics, and prayers for your church   Donate to Redeeming Babel HERE   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French  
Host Curtis Chang engages in an enlightening discussion with renowned New Testament scholar, pastor, and author N.T. Wright. They delve deeply into the concept of the "principalities and powers" in the writings of the Apostle Paul, examining the invisible - but powerful - spiritual realities behind our institutions, politics, and culture. Listen and discover how God meant for us to relate to these “powers” in the light of the Gospel.   Donate to Redeeming Babel HERE   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French   Get a copy of N.T. Wright's Jesus and the Powers: Christian Political Witness in an Age of Totalitarian Terror and Dysfunctional Democracies   Keep up with the work of N.T. Wright  
Host Curtis Chang invites Dr. Mark Turman, Executive Director of Denison Forum and Vice President of Denison Ministries, to join him in examining the unique challenges faced by pastors in the American evangelical tradition. Both former pastors themselves, Curtis and Mark unpack the actual and perceived struggles that have made so many pastors contemplate leaving their roles. They also champion a missional mindset that can change the way pastors do gospel work and practical advice for congregants who want to support their spiritual leaders.   Donate to Redeeming Babel HERE   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French   Check out Dr. Turman's Denison Forum work   Resources mentioned in this episode:   The Great Dechurching: Who’s Leaving, Why Are They Going, and What Will It Take to Bring Them Back? by Jim Davis & Michael Graham   Barna Group Research: 7-Year Trends - Pastors Feel More Loneliness & Less Support   Barna Group Research: Pastors’ Credibility Is in Question—Even Among Pastors  
Host Curtis Chang sits down with Elizabeth Neumann, a national security expert who served both the George W. Bush and  Donald Trump administrations. Together, they explore the alarming rise of radicalization among everyday citizens, including within evangelical communities, and its implications for both the Christian church and democracy. Neumann shares her insights on the roots of this growing extremism and what we can do to address and mitigate these threats.   Donate to Redeeming Babel HERE   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French   Order Kingdom of Rage: The Rise of Christian Extremism and the Path Back to Peace by Elizabeth Neumann  
Host Curtis Chang and Washington University professor of law & religion John Inazu explore principles that can teach us to cultivate greater empathy and respect for the differences we encounter in our daily lives. If you feel like you always have to be right, their conversation offers practical insights and stories that reveal how legal frameworks and Christian principles can inspire more compassionate interactions in a world brimming with diverse thoughts. Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French Order Learning to Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect by John Inazu  Discover the power of https://pastors.ai/   
Curtis Chang and David French delve into the multifaceted impact of youth sports culture on both parents and children. They explore how it demands our time, influences our social status, can strain our finances, and even affects our spiritual well-being. Listen as they uncover the hidden costs of turning what used to be play into a semi-professional lifestyle and discuss practical steps we can take to reclaim balance and well-being for our families.   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French
Host Curtis Chang engages in a profound and moving conversation with distinguished professor, pastor, and champion of Christian healthcare, John Swinton. Together, they delve into the theology of dementia care, exploring the spiritual dimensions of how God treasures all of His created beings, regardless of their cognitive abilities. Professor Swinton sheds light on the sacred act of caring for those afflicted with dementia and points listeners to the profound truth that God remembers His people, even when their remembrances of this life and His love wane.   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French Buy Profesor Swintons Books   Read Professor Swinton’s Essays   
Host Curtis Chang explores the intersection of faith, music, and biblical harmony with acclaimed singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken in a conversation focusing on the craft of scripture-soaked songwriting. While discussing the influences that have shaped Sandra’s art, they unravel the importance of music in our daily lives and worship routines. The pair also share insights from a recent collaboration between the Porter’s Gate and Redeeming Babel that produced a new batch of songs that fosters unity amidst today's political divisions.   Follow our social media accounts to stay abreast of news about “Songs For The After Party” from The Porter’s Gate and Redeeming Babel.   Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    See Sandra McCracken on tour: dates here!   Buy Sandra’s Book: Send Out Your Light: The Illuminating Power of Scripture and Song   Music mentioned in the episode:   Psalms (album) by Sandra McCracken   We Will Feast In The House of Zion by Sandra McCracken   Steadfast by Sandra McCracken   Trinity Song by Sandra McCracken   Fool's Gold by Sandra McCracken   Song For Rachel by Sandra McCracken  
We can't get enough of our friend Nancy French! Her debut memoir, “Ghosted: An American Story,” is available now. That's why we decided to revisit host Curtis Chang's journey into the realm of storytelling with Nancy as his guide. By embracing the narratives of our lives and recognizing the divine Author behind our individual stories, the duo urges listeners to explore family histories and origin tales to gain deeper insight into their journeys. Trust us, if you haven't listened to this episode yet, you're missing out on a classic!   Order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Order your copy of Ghosted: An American Story by Nancy French   Free online journaling: https://penzu.com/
Host Curtis Chang sits down for a gripping conversation with author and frequent Good Faith guest Nancy French to discuss her compelling new memoir "Ghosted: An American Story." Nancy opens up about wrestling with dark family and church secrets, shedding light on the complexities of transracial adoption and the challenges of losing one's community. She explores the power of being truly known and finding resilience in an unexpected romance that would also show her the enduring hope found in the cross of Jesus.   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   Pre-order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French   Order your copy of Ghosted: An American Story by Nancy French   RESOURCES: Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment   Dr. Diane Langberg's books to better train abuse counselors 
From Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman to Johann Sebastian Bach, host Curtis Chang engages in a captivating conversation with Good Faith contributor Andy Crouch about the profound significance of music in our everyday existence. Through insightful anecdotes and reflections, they explore how to actively listen to music and let it transcend mere entertainment to become a powerful conduit for meaning, expression, and even spiritual meditation. Join them as they harmonize on the transformative role of music and its timeless resonance in the human experience.   Join us at the “Songs For The After Party” concert in Washington DC on 4/19/24. Buy tickets here! Songs For The After Party: An Evening with the Porter's Gate   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   MUSIC REFERENCED: Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time V: Praise to the Eternity of Jesus   Johann Sebastian Bach: The St Matthew Passion   Dianne Reeves & The Berlin Philharmonic (feat. Martin Stegner on Viola): “A Foggy Day”   Luke Combs & Tracy Chapman: "Fast Car" at the 2024 Grammys  
Host Curtis Chang sits down with Kaitlyn Schiess, author of the thought-provoking book, "The Bible and The Ballot." Delving into the intersection of faith and politics, this conversation offers a compelling analysis of how Christians can use or abuse scripture to influence civic engagement and public policy. Drawing from her extensive research and personal experiences, Schiess discusses how Christian traditions can interpret scripture and apply its teachings more faithfully to contemporary political engagement.  Pre-order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French   Join us at the “Songs For The After Party” concert in Washington DC. Buy tickets here! Songs For The After Party: An Evening with the Porter's Gate   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Join David French,  Russell Moore and Curtis on 4/19/24 in Washington DC for a live day-long version of our After Party course. Learn more & buy tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-party-live-tickets-836892757767?aff=GoodFaithPod   Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   Order Kaitlyn Schiess’s book here: The Ballot and the Bible (available on Amazon)  
Host Curtis Chang and “founding friend” David French engage in a thought-provoking discussion about the relationship between Democrats and Republican Evangelicals. With a nuanced exploration into topics like the “God Gap,” they shed light on why Democrats frequently fail to grasp the perspectives and values of Evangelicals. Also in this episode, David and Curtis address the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas and explain whether or not their views on the conflict have changed amidst the widening devastation.   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Join David French,  Russell Moore and Curtis on 4/19/24 in Washington DC for a live day-long version of our After Party course. Learn more & buy tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-party-live-tickets-836892757767?aff=GoodFaithPod   Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   Pre-order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French (available on Amazon)   Check out David’s work at https://www.nytimes.com/by/david-french
In this thought-provoking episode, public theologian and The After Party partner Russell Moore explores the need for pastors to equip themselves and their congregations for the distinctive challenges of a presidential election featuring repeat candidates and all new potential for national drama. Russell and Curtis also offer valuable insights into the role of faith communities in fostering both political discernment and public witness as they answer questions from pastors and church leaders.   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Join David French,  Russell Moore and Curtis on 4/19/24 in Washington DC for a live day-long version of our After Party course. Learn more & buy tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-party-live-tickets-836892757767?aff=GoodFaithPod   Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   Pre-order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French (available on Amazon)   Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (available on Amazon)  
We tend to think of spiritual disciplines as taking us out of the world: privatized quiet times, sequestered retreats, individual Bible reading, and such. We especially disconnect spiritual disciplines from the very public world of politics. Michael Wear joins Curtis to challenge this disconnection. Together they explore how spiritual disciplines can form us for healthier politics, and also how politics can form our spiritual lives.    The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life (by Michael Wear)   Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Join David French,  Russell Moore and Curtis on 4/19/24 in Washington DC for a live day-long version of our After Party course. Learn more & buy tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-party-live-tickets-836892757767?aff=GoodFaithPod   Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   Pre-order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French (available on Amazon)   The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God (by Dallas Willard)  
In this first episode in a series on faith and political engagement, we delve into the intersection of anxiety and politics, as Christians navigate the mounting tension of the 2024 election cycle. In an interview conducted by DT Slouffman, Redeeming Babel’s Director of Content, Curtis shares insightful perspectives on how faith can helpfully form our emotional, relational, and church life. If you’re wondering how to navigate the coming months with both hope and humility, this episode is for you!    Bring The After Party course to your church or small group!    Join David French,  Russell Moore and Curtis on 4/19/24 in Washington DC for a live day-long version of our After Party course. Learn more & buy tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-party-live-tickets-836892757767?aff=GoodFaithPod   Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   Pre-order The After Party Book by Curtis Chang & Nancy French (available on Amazon)   Order The Anxiety Oporrtunity by Curtis Chang (available on Amazon)  
Our outer world – our politics, our society, our organizations, even our local community and families  – can be enormously complex and even chaotic at times. How do we make sense of all that happens around us? Author and therapist Alison Cook joins Curtis to explore a key strategy: exploring our inner world. They discuss why grasping our inner complexity is critical to properly understanding our external world. This rich discussion covers the theological reasons for this process, as well as many practical steps on how to get started in this inner journey.   We're having a party and we'd love for our Good Faith listeners to come! We'll be joined by good friends David French and Russell Moore for a live day-long version of our After Party course as we chart a path towards better Christian politics. Learn more & buy tickets here! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-after-party-live-tickets-836892757767?aff=GoodFaithPod   Join the Redeeming Babel Team! https://redeemingbabel.org/we-are-hiring/   Pre-order The After Party Book (available on Amazaon)   Free guided meditation (+ 2 other IFS themed resources)   Article: 7 Ways to Increase Your Support Network and Why It Matters   Podcast Episode: Episode 71: All About Therapy—Do I Need a Therapist, How Do I Find One, and What Type of Therapy Works Best?   New book: I Shouldn't Feel This Way   Boundaries for Your Soul podcast series   Curtis Chang on The Best of You Podcast  
40% of all Americans will receive a diagnosis of cancer in their lifetime and practically every adult will know someone who already has. How do we talk about this reality? Nancy French, who recently was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer, joins Curtis to talk about how we talk. In a wide ranging, vulnerable, and candid conversation, Nancy shares about topics like why she doesn’t personally find the “fight cancer” language helpful (even if it might be helpful for others); why people are uncomfortable talking about serious illness; how cancer can be both a horrible and beautiful experience at the same time; and more gems.   The After Party Book - Available for Pre-order Now!   The After Party Conference LIVE! on 4/19/24 in Washington DC - Early Bird Registration Here   ******   Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag   Why “war on cancer” metaphors may actually harm health (USC Study)   The Anxiety Opportunity by Curtis Chang  
Repeated studies show that the current media landscape is worsening polarization and weakening our ability to grasp truth. How do we escape getting trapped in our own “bespoke realities?” This Good Faith episode draws on a recent webinar led by Curtis and David French where they address how Christians can adopt better information habits.   Check out The After Party here   “Welcome to our new ‘Bespoke Realities” by David French (in the New York Times)
How are Christians supposed to think, feel, and act as they walk by a homeless person? As they drive through an impoverished neighborhood and pass by its residents? Our reactions will be strongly influenced by how we answer the question, “Why? Why are these people poor?” To wrestle with this question, Curtis is joined by the leading scholar on American poverty today, Matthew Desmond, author of Poverty, by America. Together, they explore why most Americans are missing the full answer – and the special responsibility of Christians to live out the Biblical answer.    Send us your stories about how you’re living out “Good Faith” in your everyday life. We want to hear from you and we may reach out to you to be featured in our Campfire Stories!    Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond   Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond   End Poverty USA   What does the Bible say about poverty? (from World Vision)  
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Julie Cembala

I love the TRUTH being told here!

Aug 22nd
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Robyn Rodman

gun fetishizers are the reason we don't have good information about gun violence and gun control.

Jul 25th
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Tim Dall

I love David's analytical and linear thinking but do have a few questions regarding some of the logic presented here. I agree that comparison by country of gun statistics requires nuanced thinking, however his comparison of US to South and Central American countries seems to disregard at least one key element - these comparisons should be done on a wealth adjusted basis. I also understand that correlation isn't causation, but, in some areas regarding gun violence, it may be a distinction without a difference. I don't know that the argument that no gun control measures have demonstrated positive results holds up when analyzing the 10-year ban on AR-15s. My understanding is that immediately after the ban was implemented, deaths attributable to that type of weapon declined and, furthermore, the sunsetting of the law coincided with a steep increase. I think that is worthy of further examination.

Jun 10th
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Eric Carman

Thank you for the courage and faith to bring this to light, and for putting it, or keeping it in the gospel context. Some of Christ's most damning words were for those who offend little children. On the other hand, his most tender and exalting words for children and for the repentant sinner. How we treat one another is a very personal matter for him. Through his sacrifice for us, he alone can rightfully say, "inasmuch as ye have done it unto one (even one!) of the least of these... ye have done it unto me."

Jun 2nd
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Corey Nathan

Great conversations, pertinent topics, thoughtful hosts. Really appreciating it.

Dec 18th
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