Podcasts and Videos

Centered-Set Church Video Series & Discussion Guide 

This video series presents the basics of bounded, fuzzy, and centered sets similar to the content of the first three chapters of this book. The videos engage viewers through stories, diagrams, and examples. Discussion questions lead participants to imagine possibilities of how God might use this approach in their lives and community. This resource is designed to inform, excite, and inspire others to turn from bounded or fuzzy approaches and together center on Jesus.

For more information and a trailer https://www.centeredsetchurch.com/video-series

“Church and State/Anabaptism and Politics” A 9-minute video that was part of a pre-election series “Jesus 2020,” Prodigal Church, Fresno, CA. Oct. 21, 2020

“Reading Galatians in a Missional Context” A podcast interview, part of Kurt Willems’s  Paulcast series. I recount the story of how the combination of a woman’s question in squatters’ community in Tegucigalpa and an essay by Richard Hays ignited my interest in Galatians. I discuss various themes including: Paul’s writings and a holistic gospel, affirmation and critique of the New Perspective on Paul, and liberation from enslaving religiosity.

“At What Cost?” Podcast interview on technique and the church, at Dynamic Leaders website, 9/29/15.

“Bounded, Fuzzy and Centered Churches”  Through all the years I have taught the Discipleship and Ethics course at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, foundational elements have been my book Religious No More: Building Communities of Grace and Freedom and Paul Hiebert’s work on bounded and centered groups. I have had many great discussions with students in class which have helped me improve and fine tune my explanation of Hiebert’s work and its connection to ethics. This video lecture and PowerPoint is from the Fall 2015.

“Faith and Technology: Foundational Issues”  A sermon, part of First Mennonite Church of San Francisco’s Lenten series on technology (2/21/16). As we discern how and when to use technology, we must recognize that most efficient and best are not always the same thing; that tools we use are not passive—they shape us; and, that incarnation is central to our faith—presence matters.