New Waters S1 | Bonus Episode 2

In this bonus episode, we’re taking a deeper dive into some of the topics explored in Season 1. We're sharing some outtakes, side conversations, and even additional ideas and observations that for many different reasons didn't make the final cut of Episodes 2-6. So if you haven't listened to those episodes yet or missed a couple along the way, we highly recommend going to check them out first. We hope you can take some time to listen in and continue these conversations in your own circle—and pray that the Spirit uses this learning time to shape your involvement in Jesus’ mission in Canada!

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New Waters S1 | Bonus Episode

The themes of this bonus episode revolve around how the church engages with culture. What are some best practices when it comes to the church’s role in culture? Where has the church been most effective throughout our history? What did Jesus seem to recommend? Whether it’s hope-filled optimism or fear-driven hiding out until Jesus comes again, every church has to choose how to engage with the culture we find ourselves in. Listen in and continue the conversation in your own circle.

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New Waters S1 E6 | This Spiritual Moment: Are We Sinking or Swimming?

We live in a spiritually-charged culture. From TV shows to mindfulness apps, the idea of spirituality is no longer a foreign topic, but deeply embedded in everyday life. This presents a unique and challenging environment for the Christian faith. How do Christians make sense of speaking about being Spirit-led in a post-religious world? How does Christian spirituality set us apart in this pluralistic landscape? How can we effectively respond to the haunting that we encounter in the lives of our friends and neighbours? In the sixth and final episode of the New Waters podcast, our participants dive into  themes of spirituality, pluralism and secularism as the church advances into a religious landscape we’ve never seen before. Listen in and continue this important conversation in your own context.

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Bethany Nickel
New Waters S1 E5 | Sails of Discipleship: How Do You Steer This Thing?

Discipleship isn’t just a Christian thing, but a human thing. We all surround ourselves with the things and people we want to be like. In other words, we are “discipled” by what we are closest to. So, for a Christian, what does keeping close to Jesus look like in this cultural moment? What is the role of spiritual disciplines? Are we in a discipleship crisis and what exactly is the problem? And, where exactly are we heading? In the fifth episode of the New Waters podcast, our participants present and discuss their experiences with discipleship. Listen in and continue the conversation in your own context.

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Bethany Nickel
New Waters S1 E4 | An Individual's World: What Does the Church Have to Offer?

It is safe to say that the value and rights of the individual have never mattered more within our culture than they do today. So, how does the message of Jesus and affirm and challenge individualism? How do we bring the Biblical value of interdependence to bear on the lives of those who join our churches? How do we talk about the value of being part of a church when someone might argue that they could just as easily stay home and listen to a podcast and worship music? In the fourth episode of the New Waters podcast, our participants reflect on the place of the individual in the life of faith and the church. Listen in and see where you fall in the conversation.

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Bethany Nickel
New Waters S1 E3 | A Fuller Gospel: Is Ours Too Small?

In the third episode of the New Waters podcast, our participants tackle the subject of the gospel. Many evangelical Christians grew up understanding the gospel as the good news of going to heaven when you die, neglecting to see how it is meant to share the reality that God has done a new thing and that we are meant to now live in a new way. Touching on topics of mission, eschatology, and working for social justice, our conversation will invite you to look at the areas in your life where you may be embracing a gospel that is simply too small.

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Bethany Nickel
New Waters S1 E2 | Unity in Diversity: Taking a Stand or Having a Stance?

In the second episode of the New Waters podcast, our participants work through seven principles of discernment as they engage with the idea of church unity. In an age where a church member can cut themselves off from a church body at the first sign of disagreement, what are some best practices for moving towards the larger purpose of unity? How can a mature person discern which hills to die on and which issues to pursue? How do we cultivate an appreciation of complexity in the church? This episode will help you learn how to best posture yourself as you consider unity in the church today.

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Bethany Nickel
New Waters S1 E1 | This Cultural Moment: Missing the Mark or Missing Out?

In the first episode of the New Waters podcast, our participants discuss this cultural moment: the complicated relationship of the church and culture, the kinds of questions people are asking today, and the extent to which the church’s voice is valued in society – if at all. Pulling in issues of identity, gender, and technology, this episode will help you pursue better conversations about how to be the church in this cultural moment.

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Bethany Nickel