A Messianic Jew works to tear down boundaries between Christian denominations

Tonight’s guest, Eric Teitelman, grew up in a Jewish family in the 1960s and 70s.  His parents were hippies who lived in places like Berkeley, California and Bat Yam, Israel, and were no strangers to communes, nudist colonies, and kibbutzes.  He also watched his parents struggle through issues like mental illness, unfaithfulness, and abandonment.  Through all of the craziness, though, Eric had a vision of God as a loving father, and that knowledge made him determined to live a different kind of life than his parents.  Thirty-plus years later, Eric is a happily married family man who works as an Engineering Chief in the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.  He also volunteers his time with various local ministries including OneHeartDC, a group working to tear down the barriers that separate DC Metro area churches.  He joins us to talk about his experiences growing up, how he was able to avoid the mistakes his parents made, and OneHeartDC’s upcoming Washington Prayer Gathering on the National Mall on Saturday, September 22nd. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

The mission and focus of OneHeartDC.

September 22nd Washington Prayer Gathering 2018.

A ministry focused on the importance of Israel and the Jewish people to the Christian faith.

FULL ERIC TEITELMAN INTERVIEW

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For more information:  National Prayer Gathering 2018; OneHeartDC Website; House of David Ministries website                

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

An eco-warrior works at the intersection of law enforcement and conservationism

Between 2009 and 2016, nearly 600 park rangers were killed in the line of duty in Africa by men poaching elephant tusks and rhino horns.  In Namibia, where poaching was seen as the only way some families could stay fed, the government instituted a program in the 1980s where they began to convert poachers into “game guards.”  It was a novel idea, and as the program matured the government began forming community conservancies where communities were given the rights to the animals on their land in exchange for agreeing to look after them.  Today the program is seen as a huge success with the populations of cheetahs, black rhinos, and elephants all increasing dramatically.   

This is the sort of project that today’s guest, crime-fighting conservationist Jessica Graham, works on.  Jessica spent the past ten years working first at the US State Department where she created an environmental crime program; and most recently at INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization.  Jessica recently returned to the U.S. from France to start a consulting business focused on environmental and international security issues.  She joins us to talk about the intersection of conservation and law enforcement work, and to share insights she has gained traveling to over 40 countries. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Instead of holding people accountable, inspire them.

The impact of a single person.

Never underestimate the impact of a simple act on a young person.

FULL JESSICA GRAHAM INTERVIEW

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For more information:  JG Global Advisory Website                 

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Back to school advice from a passionate educator

Another school year is upon us.  This is a time of excitement, hope, and new beginnings for some; and a time of stress, uncertainty, and even depression for others.  How can parents help their children navigate this time of year; and what’s the best approach for students?  Today, we’re joined by Vincent Spadoni, the principal at St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Rockville, Maryland where they educate preschool to eighth-grade students.  The Archdiocese of Washington's 2012 Principal of the Year joins us to share his advice for parents, students and educators as the school year kicks off; his passion for the academic, emotional, and spiritual well-being of his students; and how applying the teachings of the Gospel propelled St. Elizabeth towards recognition as a Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Enjoy the first days of school...

The ongoing theme at St. Elizabeth.

The importance of providing a safe place for children.

FULL VINCENT SPADONI INTERVIEW

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For more information: St. Elizabeth Catholic School Website               

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Hope and candor at the Museum of the Bible

Back in the early 1800s, there were slaveholders in America who gave edited versions of the Bible to their slaves.  These Bibles omitted versus, stories, and books from the Bible that are focused on freedom; and kept stories and books with themes of obedience and submission.  A version of the “slave Bible,” as it’s come to be known, is on display at the Museum of the Bible in downtown Washington, DC., and visitor reaction to it inspired the museum to plan a larger exhibit which opens in about six weeks. 

Today we’re joined by Ryan Smith, the Assistant to the President at the museum, and William Guice, a member of the museum’s development team.  They join us to talk about the importance of this and other exhibits at the museum, and the typical reactions of visitors. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

The surprising reactions to the museum and its namesake.

Both a beautiful and ugly example of the use of the Bible. 

Presenting both sides of controversial issues.

A call to action to support the museum.

FULL RYAN SMITH AND WILLIAM GUICE INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Museum of the Bible Website             

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Creating a culture of grace

All of us have our fair share of challenges at work, including working with people we don’t get along with and perhaps don’t like.  What would you do if you found out that one of your coworkers was actively trying to get you fired?  Would you mount a counter campaign and maybe even try to get them fired?  Or would you take the high road and ignore them, letting your work speak for itself?  Is there another option?  What would you say to the idea of actively trying to make that person’s day better every day without regard to how they react – perhaps even working to get them promoted?  Does this sound ridiculous?

Today we’re joined by John McGowan, the Lead Pastor at Restoration City Church in Arlington – a four-year-old church that meets in Gunston Middle School.  John joins us to talk about the prevalence of un-grace, the importance of countering it, and what grace looks like in its most powerful form. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Treating people well precisely when they don't deserve it.

Grace makes it safe to slow down.

Get yourself in an environment characterized by grace.

FULL JOHN MCGOWAN INTERVIEW

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For more information:   Restoration City Church Website            

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

 

 

 

Helping ex-offenders stay out of prison and succeed

The U.S. prison system is broken and badly in need of reform.  One case in point is the recidivism rate – the percentage of prisoners who return to the prison population after their release.  Despite the fact that one of the primary goals of the system is rehabilitation, one study showed that over half of the people released from prison returned within one year; two-thirds returned after three years; and three-quarters returned within five years. 

Today we’re talking to Rickey Brown, the Founder and CEO of Transitional Associates, a non-profit he established in 2014 to provide services to men, women and juveniles entering and exiting the prison system.  Rickey joins us to talk about his passion for prison reform, what he has learned working both inside and outside of the system, and his perspective on why things are broken – and how he’s working to improve them. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

The U.S. prison system is more complex than most people realize and should be dealt with accordingly.

A group of men chooses Bibles over weapons in violent Lorton prison.

How you can help Transitional Associates give ex-offenders a second chance.

FULL RICKEY BROWN INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Transitional Associates Website          

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Serving victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse

One in three women worldwide (and one in four men) will be the victim of intimate partner violence in their lifetime.  In America, someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds.  Arlington County residents are not immune to these issues.  Today we’re hosting Samantha Clarke and Christina Cole from Doorways for Women and Families, an Arlington-based non-profit that has provided a pathway out of violence and homelessness to thousands of our neighbors over the past 40 years.  Sam and Christy join us to talk about the services Doorways provide on behalf of Arlington County, and the impact the program has had on both its clients and volunteers. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are our neighbors. 

Success working with victims takes time and a respect for each person's journey and choices.

The rewards of serving with Doorways.

FULL DOORWAYS INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Doorways Website     

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

The importance of honesty in the workplace and beyond

Everybody lies.  Dishonesty is major problem that effects every area of our lives including our families, workplaces, communities, and world.  Today’s guest is an authority on honesty who has helped numerous businesses dramatically improve performance through open, honest communications.  Steven Gaffney joins us to talk about the most significant form of dishonesty, the path to improving communications, and how to sustain a change for the better.    

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

The number one problem is not what people say but rather what they don't say.

The majority of workplace problems are due to dishonesty.

Employee engagement is not enough.  Companies need to proactively build open and honest relationships with their people. 

FULL STEVEN GAFFNEY INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Just Be Honest Website     

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Chef Johnny and the Mission Kitchen

Chef Johnny Scott loves to teach young people the importance of developing workforce skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, and overcoming the shame of their past.  Johnny honed his cooking skills working by his mother’s side in the kitchen; preparing food for fellow inmates in jail; and while touring the globe with his Air Force wife.  In addition to running his Mission Kitchen catering business, Johnny can be found helping at-risk youth at the DC Juvenile Detention Center, The DC Dream Center, and The Boys Probation House in Fairfax County, as well as teaching healthy cooking classes at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir.  Join us as Johnny shares highlights and lessons learned from a life serving delicious food to others. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

The importance of remembering the context of often-quoted scriptures, and of releasing the shame of our past.

Some advice for entrepreneurs. 

A plug for the Mission Kitchen and Norma Deli. 

FULL CHEF JOHNNY INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Mission Kitchen Website                  

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Intentionally developing genuine community among neighbors

About two years ago, I [Ed] experienced a major flood in my condo after a contractor triggered a sprinkler head.  As I feverishly worked to stem the flow of water and save my belongings, I was struck by the fact that only two people dove in uninvited to help – a couple from Costa Rica.  I was initially upset by this.  Then I realized I hardly knew my neighbors and, even worse, I hadn’t made the effort to get to know them.  I asked myself, would I have immediately dived in and helped one of them if they were going through the same thing?  The unfortunate answer is, probably not. 

Tonight’s guests are working to address this issue.  Mike and Michele Husfelt are part of a ministry called Apartment Life that works to develop deep relationships and a sense of community and service among neighbors in apartment complexes.  Mike is doing this in addition to his work as an Air Force Chaplain, including assignments in Afghanistan and at Arlington Cemetery.  Michele is doing it after raising five children and volunteering on military bases around the world, and while currently working at Northstar Church Network.  They join us to talk about the importance and joy of knowing and helping our neighbors. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

A simple thing that can make a big difference.

Be willing to adjust your plans so God can use you.

Building community, improving the bottom line, and providing a way to express the love of Christ.

FULL APARTMENT LIFE INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Apartment Life WebsiteThe Art of Neighboring book        

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

A program that helps promising Dreamers pay for college

We’ve been hearing a lot about the Dreamers lately.  These are people who were brought into the United States illegally as children and are eligible for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – a program that temporarily shields some young immigrants from deportation, and allows them to work legally.  President Trump ordered an end to DACA back in September, putting 800,000 Dreamers in limbo.  In the midst of all the political posturing concerning Dreamers, it’s tough to remember that the vast majority of them are simply people who have spent most of their lives in our country and love it dearly.  Today we’re joined by two of them.  Lizzette Arias is the Executive Director of the Dream Project, an Arlington-based non-profit that provides scholarships, mentoring, and advocacy for Dreamers; and Selena Caceres, a Yorktown High School student and Dream Project mentee.  They join us to share their personal Dreamer stories, and their reactions to events on Capitol Hill. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

An Arlington Dreamer who arrived in the U.S. at four months of age goes on to be a high school class valedictorian, college graduate, and Director of the Dream Project.

An eye-opening moment when a young girl realizes she may never see dear relatives again.

Giving hope and support to promising Dreamers.

The impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

FULL LIZETTE ARIAS AND SELENA CACERES INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Dream Project WebsiteVoices for Solidarity Concert (May 4)         

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

A discussion about self-forgiveness

Tonight we’re talking about forgiveness – more specifically, self-forgiveness.  We’re joined by Reverend Dr. Michael Barry, the former Director of Pastoral Care at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia, and the author of four books including The Forgiveness Project.  Michael joins us to talk about what he learned at CTCA, and in other work and research he’s done; the relationship between self-forgiveness and narcissism; and the book he’s currently co-authoring entitled Forgiveness of Self

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Making forgiveness the most important part of our Christian walk.

The confusing nature and challenge of self-forgiveness.

The decision to forgive was made two thousand years ago.

FULL MICHAEL BARRY INTERVIEW

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For more information:  The Forgiveness Project book     

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Everybody Matters - The CEO of a $2.8B company integrates people, purpose, and performance

Everybody Matters.  That’s the belief of today’s guest.  Bob Chapman is the Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller, a $2.8 billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting company, and the author of Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.   Following a string of revelations, Bob began implementing a “people in harmony with profit” approach to managing his business in 1987.  The company has since grown 18% per year, and its stock price has increased 14% per year.  Far more importantly, Barry-Wehmiller has become known as a company that truly cares for its employees and their fulfillment (earning Bob the number 3 slot on Inc.'s list of The World's Top 10 CEOs).  Bob joins us to talk about some of the profound changes in attitude, performance, and flourishing that his 12,000 employees have experienced along the way.    

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Leadership is a privilege and profound responsibility that offers the chance to care for people and to make a huge impact on their lives. 

Measuring success by the way the company touches the lives of its people and stakeholders. 

Three things that shape the foundation of Barry-Wehmiller's leadership principles.

FULL BOB CHAPMAN INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Truly Human Leadership Website (Transforming lives through people-centric leadership);  Barry-Wehmiller Website (Building a better world through business);  Documentary on Everybody Matters book

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

Enduring love in the face of alcoholism, jail, and terminal cancer

Tonight we feature a love story.  But it’s not your typical Valentine’s Day tale.  It’s a story of marriage, alcoholism, separation, jail, restoration, and terminal cancer – across the span of 30 years.  We’re joined by Lee Self, a former high tech executive who now facilitates CEO peer learning groups.  Lee joins us to talk about the effect of her husband’s alcoholism on her family, and the fundamental lessons she and her loved ones learned from it.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

I can't, God can, so I think I'll let Him.

We were created for community.

The practical relevance of Jesus' sacrifice in our lives.

FULL LEE SELF INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Al-Anon (support for people worried about someone with a drinking problem)          

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

A Navy Yard shooting survivor shares lessons learned from a shocking tragedy

On the morning of September 16, 2013, tonight’s guest encountered the Washington Navy Yard shooter in a stairwell and was shot at close range.  Just before Aaron Alexis pulled the trigger, Jennifer Bennett felt a sense of peace and love as she stared into Aaron’s eyes.  Twelve people were killed by the shooter that day, and he himself died in an exchange of gunfire with police.  Somehow Jennifer survived.  She joins us to talk about her experiences that day, how they transformed her life, and the profound insights she has gained into the importance of really “seeing” others and of boldly honoring our God-given purpose. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Get to know the people around you, care about them, build relationships with them, and have a heart for them.

We all need to be seen and valued.

The words silent and listen have the same letters.  We need to be silent to listen.

FULL JENNIFER BENNETT INTERVIEW

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One man’s heart for music and the gospel

Today’s guest, Will Herron, grew up in Northern Ireland and was an early member of the experimental Irish folk rock band known as the Rend Collective, which toured with folks like Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe, and last year performed at Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks.  He left the group five years ago to become the worship leader at Holy Trinity Church in McLean VA.  Will’s story isn’t sensational like some of the “prodigal sons” we have featured on our program.  It’s more a story of the prodigal son’s brother who, while he stayed home, had a heart that was just as far from his Father as his brother’s.  Will joins us to talk about his life journey and the centrality of music and community to his faith and higher purpose. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

The cross of Jesus Christ reveals God's heart for humanity.

The gospel is an inclusive message for everyone.

In studio live performance.

FULL INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Holy Trinity ChurchHTC MusicRend Collective Website (Scroll down for an excellent video called The Good News Story)

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Opening music:  Higher, Holy Trinity Church Music, I Will Follow album

Closing music:  Always, Holy Trinity Church Music, Everything We Have Is Yours album

Cancer and the biology of hope and forgiveness

Tonight we’re talking about hope in the face of cancer.  According to the latest statistics from the American Cancer Society, the risk of developing cancer in women is over 37%, and in men it’s over 42%.  Cancer has been called one of the most significant challenges in human history and will affect every one of us at one time or another.  The good news is that we’re on a path towards more rational treatments, including a better understanding of the importance of a more holistic approach that acknowledges the role of spirituality, hope, and forgiveness in healing.  Today, we’re joined by Reverend Dr. Michael Barry, the former Director of Pastoral Care at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia; and the author of four books, including A Reason for Hope and The Forgiveness Project, all of which attempt to address the spiritual needs of cancer patients at a time when their faith is both challenged and critically important.  Michael joins us to talk about his experiences and what’s truly important at such a difficult time in someone’s life. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Advice for all cancer patients.

Advice for Christians facing cancer.

The biology of unforgiveness.

True hope has proven to be more important than medication or surgery (See The Anatomy of Hope by Harvard Medical School Professor Jerome Groopman). 

FULL INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL BARRY

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For more information:  A Reason for Hope;  The Forgiveness Project;  A Season for HopeThe Art of Caregiving   

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Opening and closing music:  Leah Mari, Bethel Music, Healer

Vanishing grace - Whatever happened to the Good News?

About 20 years ago, I (Ed) was adrift in my Christian faith.  I had stopped attending the legalistic church I had been part of for many years, I was chasing the big payday in the high-tech startup world, and I had recently become a father.  All the while, though, something kept gnawing at me, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  As I wandered through Barnes and Noble, as I often did in those days, I kept passing a book entitled What’s So Amazing About Grace?  At first I thought, that’s a catchy title.  Then I started to think more and more deeply about the question until I finally said to myself, “What is so amazing about grace?!” So I purchased the book and read it, and it changed my life.  Today, we’re joined by Philip Yancey, the author of that book and 20 others (four written with Dr. Paul Brand), many of them award winning.  Philip’s most recent book is entitled Vanishing Grace, Whatever Happened to the Good News?  In it, he revisits the topic of grace noting that his original question has only grown more urgent in recent years.

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Christians should be characterized by their joy, love, unity, generosity, and how well they get along with people no one else can get along with. 

A near-death experience leads to a greater awareness of grace.

We need to replace anger, divisiveness, judgement, and condemnation with the Spirit of grace demonstrated by Jesus.

FULL INTERVIEW

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For more information:  Philip Yancey's Website  

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Closing music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough

A black man befriends KKK members in his quest to tear down racial barriers

Tonight we return to the topic of racial reconciliation.  Our guest is Daryl Davis, a local musician, author, and black man who is on a mission to tear down some of the most extreme barriers between whites and blacks in our country.  For the past 30 years, Daryl has been seeking out and befriending members of the KKK, and watching them radically transform when they came to know him.  Some of these transformations have been so remarkable that a number of Klan members have rescinded their beliefs and given their hoods and robes to Daryl for a museum he plans to create.  Daryl joins us to talk about the power of crossing the divide, truly listening to people who are radically different from us, and building relationships.  He’ll also talk about what he learned performing with people like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bo Diddley.   

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

How can you hate me if you don't even know me? 

The power of giving your adversary a platform, genuinely listening to him or her, and talking with them and not at them.

The power of rock and roll.

FULL INTERVIEW WITH DARYL DAVIS

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For more information:  Daryl Davis WebsiteDaryl's Steve Harvey Show AppearanceAccidental Courtesy - Daryl Davis, Race & America documentaryKlan-Destine Relationships: A Black Man's Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan

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Opening music:  Daryl Davis, Y2K Boogie

Closing music:  Daryl Davis, Double "D" Blues

#GOSPEL – Sharing the Good News with Generation Z

According to tonight’s guest, in today’s information-saturated world we have five-to-ten seconds to persuade someone that what we have to say is worthy of their time and attention.  After that, a filter kicks in and people tune us out.  So how does this affect how we share the gospel; and what exactly is the gospel?  Daniel Rice is the author of #GOSPEL, and the founder of the Hashtag Gospel organization that works to present the gospel in a way that syncs with today’s culture and uniqueness.  Daniel joins us to talk about what led him to start this movement, how it’s affected others, and to share some “updated” takes on the gospel. 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Books, videos, and study guides are only tools.  The most important ingredient to discipleship is personal relationship. 

All to often, young people walk away from the church because they don't feel heard or listened to. 

You can't buy your way into God's good graces.

FULL DANIEL RICE INTERVIEW

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For more information:  #GOSPEL Website#GOSPEL Book#GOSPEL Videos    

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Opening music by Chris Tomlin, Your Grace Is Enough