The church needs to lead the way in being to have grace-filled conversations about difficult & controversial topics. Whether it's about race, politics, gender, or why non-Christians don't like being around Christians, we need to be able to step into these conversations.
This video podcast is our effort to make that happen.
DISCLAIMER: You will likely disagree with something in these interviews. That's the point. Please don't assume that this is "where True Life stands," or even "where Pastor Chris stands" on any particular issue.
These are meant to be nuanced discussions in a time of broad-stoke headlines....grace-filled conversations in a time of angry social media rants.
Our hope is that these interviews help you understand differing viewpoints, give the benefit of the doubt to those who disagree with you, and inspire you to start some of these conversations yourself.
July 30, 2020
Jack Miskin and Andrew Aylett -- two long-time friends who are both part of True Life Church - discuss how they are processing the recent racial tensions and what it means for them to fight for racial diversity, equality, and justice.
July 16, 2020
A few of the Latino folks in our church discuss their experiences with prejudice (or the lack thereof), what it's like to be minorities at True Life Church, how we can be more inclusive of the larger Spanish community, and their views on immigration.
Thanks to Delanne Serrano, Chantell Mendez, Mariela Osorio, Daniel Nemcek, and Frank & Lisa Martinez for participating.
July 9, 2020
In this discussion we talk about:
* his journey to see politics through his faith;
* why he cares about racial reconciliation;
* a time when he felt he was the victim of racial prejudice;
* and how he believes the church needs to frame the conversation better.
July 2, 2020
In this discussion, we talk about what he believes needs to be reformed in law enforcement, the danger of putting all tragic shootings in the same category, why he went to a recent protest, and how prejudice can form in the heart of a police officer.
June 18th, 2020
Kelvin is the Superintendent of the Metro District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, our network of churches. Pastor Chris interviews him about the church's role in fighting racial injustice and the importance of lament.
June 11th, 2020
Anthony Powell is the Pastor of Redeemed Life Church in Azusa, CA and is also one of Pastor Chris' closest friends. They "grew up together spiritually" at a church in Los Angeles through their 20's. In this discussion Anthony talks candidly about what it's like to be a black man in our culture, the effects of George Floyd's death on his own soul, why he made a social post in support of his local police enforcement, and how the church needs to lead the way in building bridges.