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Christmas Carols are some of the favorite aspects of the Christmas season for many.  In this podcast, Sally House, the director of the United Choir, shares about the upcoming United Choir Concert, a Christmas and Advent Carol Concert. This concert will take place on December 4 at 2:30 pm at the Central Schwenkfelder Church on Valley Forge Road in Lansdale. The choir is in its 95th year of existence. (website: https://www.unitedchoir.org/)#unitedchoirconcert2022  #schwenkfelderchoir #adventcarol #christmascarol
"While I breathe, I hope" is a famous expression from the time of the Greeks and Romans. In modern societies that are weary, hope is especially valuable.  Our guest for this podcast is someone who has studied hope for years as part of a multi-disciplinary project called The Hope Project (https://www.thehopeproject.nl/en/the-hope-project/ ). Dr. Steven van den Heuvel is the Director of the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics (https://www.etf-ilse.org/) and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium (www.etf.edu/en). He has been leading the investigation on hope which is funded by the Goldschmeding Foundation for People, Work, and and the Economy based in the Netherlands. Dr. van den Heuvel is also the editor of two books that concern hope, one of which is Historical and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Hope (2020)#hope  #thehopeproject #ILSE #hopeweary  #secularhope #Christianhope
Why do people not understand the Bible as well anymore? Recent surveys show a decline of biblical literacy in the west. How can this happen when there are so many copies of the Bible available in English? Also, how can the trend be reversed? In this podcast, we ask Dr. Scott Hafemann about these trends and the ramifications for church and society. Dr. Hafemann is Honorary Reader in New Testament at St. Andrews University (Scotland) and former professor at Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. #biblicalliteracy  #decreasingbiblicalliteracy  #increasingunderstandingbible  #bibleandsociety  #bibleandchurch
The Schwenkfelders have the longest standing continuous thanksgiving service in the United States. It started first in September of 1734 and still continues to this day. How did this come about? Why is it special? What happens at this service? We asked two Schwenkfelder pastors Rev. Leslie Mamas from Olivet Schwenkfelder United Church of Christ and Rev. Nick Pence from Palm Schwenkfelder Church to answer this question and give their impressions about thanksgiving, remembrance, and this important service.#Thanksgivingservices #DayofRemembrance #Schwenkfelderservices
The world’s attention has been drawn to refugees this year. The withdrawal from Afghanistan in August of 2021 and the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 have put refugees in the focus of world news. As of this recording the number is well over 84 million.In this podcast, Rev. Dr. David McKinley, Senior Minister at Central Schwenkfelder Church speaks about the world's refugee crisis, his own experience working with refugees, how Jesus was a refugee, and how the Easter story shows how Jesus understands refugees and those who are lost. #refugees  #Jesusrefugee #Schwenkfelderrefugee  #MyGodwhyhaveyouforsakenme  #eloieloilamasabachthani
The invasion of Ukraine has now taken place for over a month. In just over a month,  over 3.3 million people are refugees and 6.5 million are internally displaced people, making this one of the worst refugee crises in recent history. What does this mean for the country of Ukraine? How are the humanitarian needs being addressed? What does this mean for the church? In this interview, we speak with Ken Sears, an American who has lived in the Eastern Ukraine city of Zaporizhzhia for 27 years. This interview was taped on Monday March 21, 2022. Ken is part of European Christian Mission NA, Inc.; P.O. Box 1006, Pt Roberts, WA 98281;  Website: https://www.ecmna.org/ #zaporozhyeukraine  #zaporizhzhiaukraine   #ukraineconflict  #humanitariancrisisUkraine #helpingUkraine
How did the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia come about? In this interview, we speak with Ken Sears, an American who has lived io the Eastern Ukraine city of Zaporozhye for 27 years. Ken provides an overview regarding the origin of the war and reasons for the resolve of the Ukrainian people. This interview was taped on Friday March 4, 2022. Ken is part of European Christian Mission NA, Inc. Website: https://www.ecmna.org/ #zaporozhyeukraine  #zaporizhzhiaukraine  #ukrainewar  #ukraineconflict  #originUkrainewar  #originUkraineconflict
Church attendance has been decreasing in the west. Particularly concerning is the fewer number of young people in church. Our guest, Prof. Dr. Jos de Kock, is well aware of this trend and is providing suggestions to churches as they tell the Christian story to youth. Prof. de Kock is Professor and Department Chair of Practical Ministry at Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium. He is also the Rector at the university.#Christianyouth  #youthChristianity  #teachingChristianyouth
Was Jesus a Real Person?  Can We Take the Gospels Seriously? How can you believe in a Virgin Birth? Why does Christmas Matter? In this podcast, Dr. David McKinley and Dr. Drake Williams from Central Schwenkfelder Church discuss the recent book by Rebecca McLaughlin entitled : Is Christmas Unbelievable? Four questions every person should ask about the World's Most Famous Story (2021).#christmasunbelievable #wasjesusreal #aregospelsbeliveable  #beliefvirginbirth  #RebeccaMcLaughlin
Afghanistan has caught the attention of the world this year. Prior to the withdrawal of American forces, it was already one of the areas of the world where Christians were most persecuted. After the withdrawal, news reports tell us of potential widespread famine and other human tragedies. What will the future of the church be like? Craig Simonian who lives in Armenia, a country nearby Afghanistan, provides perspective. He has been working in the Persian and Turkic world for over 30 years. He also lectures on Islam in places in the United States.  #churchAfghanistan #refugeeAfghanistan  #futureAfghanistan #Afghanrefugee
Some criticize Christian missions because it appears to be imposing values on others and subjugating their culture. After the recent withdraw of American forces in Afghanistan, many believe that nobody should impose their own values on another culture. Frequently, however, this discussion is held from critical perspectives without the point of view of missionaries. In this podcast, we interview. Clay and Becky Walter who serve with Mission Aviation Fellowship. They have lived in various places including one of the most remote civilizations of our modern world, Papua New Guinea. In this podcast they address cultural imposition from the experience that they have had as missionaries.#christianmissions #PapuaNewGuinea #imposingChristianvalues #imposingChristianity
It has been a year since the passing of George Floyd. His death generated outrage, protests, and further violence all around the United States. Now, a year later, three experienced pastors discuss what has taken place, what we have learned, and whether the gap between black and white has narrowed. In this podcast we are joined by Rev. Keith Williams who is the Senior Pastor at Nazarene Baptist Church in the Nicetown area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ; Rev. Alfred Duncan who is the Minister at the Schwenkfelder Missionary Church in the Germantown area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Rev. Dr. David McKinley who is the Senior Minister at the Central Schwenkfelder Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.  #GeorgeFloyd  #racerelations  #churchrace
Pentecost is a Christian holiday but few understand what it is and what its significance is for today. Fewer still understand the Jewish roots about Pentecost. Roger Wambold, the Director of Hebrew Christian Fellowship Director for 30 years, joins us to explain Pentecost and the important Jewish background behind it.
Communism continues to affect many around the world. Many religious groups are experiencing persecution from Communist regimes in places like China, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, and North Korea. During the time of the cold war, most countries in Eastern Europe were communist, too. Dr. Octavian Baban, who grew up in Romanian during communist rule will be our guest. He is Associate Professor of New Testament from the Baptist Institute at Bucharest State University and a pastor at Biserica Baptistă Sfânta Trieme in Bucharest, Romania.#persecutionRomania  #Romanian Christianity  #persecution  #communistRomania  #communismRomania  
How does one make decisions for end of life issues? Less is known about this period of life and aspects of conscience, yet the decisions made can be so crucial. How do we talk about end of life issues and find guidance spiritually? In this session, we interview Dr. Brad Mellon about end of life issues. Brad was the former chaplain at Frederick Living in Zieglerville, PA. He has presented on topics of biomedical ethics at universities and is near completion of a book on various states of consciousness. He is a graduate of Houghton College and Missio Seminary. He also has a Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
Is belief in a God still reasonable? With all of the scientific information that is available, is belief in a God still rational? In this podcast, we are joined by Dr. Patrick Casey to discuss this topic. Dr. Casey received his doctorate in Philosophy from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. He has had several peer reviewed articles published. He is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and has taught at several universities in the Philadelphia area.#rationalbeliefingod  #reasonstobelieveingod  #atheismbelief  #irrationalreligion  #doubtingod  #doubtbelief
When a church exists in a neighborhood for many years, it is only natural that it would interact with the surrounding society.  The Schwenkfelders have been in what is now known as the Lansdale/Worcester area since the 1730's. The Worcester Historical Society (website: http://www.worcesterhistorical.org/) is interested in the preservation of the history of this area from that time and earlier. Naturally, this involves the preservation of artifacts and documents that remember the life of important events and people in Worcester. It also means preserving the history of those who formed the framework of Worcester life. In this podcast, we interviewed Jim Thompson, who is the treasurer of the Worcester Historical Society about Worcester history and the Schwenkfelder Church.#worcesterpennsylvania  #centralschwenkfelderchurch #centralschwenkfelderchurchworcester #schwenkfelders  #worcesterhistory
How can people from different races get along better with each other? In this podcast, Rev. Dr. David McKinley and Rev. Dr. Drake Williams continue the discussion with Rev. Keith Williams from Nazarene Baptist Church on Germantown Avenue in Nicetown Philadelphia and Rev. Alfred Duncan from the Schwenkfelder Missionary Church that meets on Tulpehocken Street in Germantown Philadelphia. In this dialogue across racial lines, they discuss what type of person and atmosphere leads to reconciliation between races.  #racism #reconciliation #racismreconciliation #Christianityracism #Christianreconciliation #reconciler #schwenkfelder  #centralschwenkfelder
The death of George Floyd has reignited the subject of racism in the United States and globally. How can those from different races get along better? In this second of two parts, Rev. Keith Williams from Nazarene Baptist Church on Germantown Avenue in Nicetown Philadelphia and Rev. Alfred Duncan from the Schwenkfelder Missionary Church that meets on Tulpehocken Street in Germantown Philadelphia speak with Rev. Dr. David McKinley and Rev. Dr. Drake Williams. In this dialogue across racial lines, together they discuss racism and systemic racism. As ministers of the gospel, they also explore the roots of racism that is based in the sinful nature of humanity.  #racism #systemicracism  #Christianityracism #schwenkfelder  #centralschwenkfelder
The death of George Floyd has reignited the subject of racism in the United States and globally. How can those from different races get along better? In this first of two parts, Rev. Keith Williams from Nazarene Baptist Church on Germantown Avenue in Nicetown Philadelphia and Rev. Alfred Duncan from the Schwenkfelder Missionary Church that meets on Tulpehocken Street in Germantown Philadelphia speak with Rev. Dr. David McKinley and Rev. Dr. Drake Williams. In this dialogue across racial lines, together they discuss racism and systemic racism. As ministers of the gospel, they also explore the roots of racism that is based in the sinful nature of humanity.  #racism #systemicracism  #Christianityracism #schwenkfelder  #centralschwenkfelder
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