Servecast Dr. William Lamb invites students, educators, and community advocates to Studio 22 to explore ways individuals and communities can be agents of change for good.

The inaugural guests of Servecast, Carolyn Dirksen and Jimmy Harper, return to Studio 22 to discuss their respective journies while at Lee University. Both Dirksen and Harper are entering new chapters of their lives and have left a tremendous legacy on the Lee University campus and its students. They join William to discuss their defining moments at Lee through the lens of faith, leadership, and service.

Links:

Leadership Challenge (book) by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Relaunch (book) by Mark Rutland

When Helping Hurts (book) by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Half the Sky (book) by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The Female Vision (book) by Sally Helgesen and Julie Johnson

Rich Christians in the Age of Hunger (book) by Ronald Sider

Toxic Charity (book) by Robert Lupton

 

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This episode was recorded on May 22, 2018.

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Following his debut in Lee University chapel, Noel Castellanos returns to Servecast and challenges Christians to move beyond the practice of faith as privatized piety. In this episode, Noel and William discuss the language used in the immigration debate, and Noel calls followers of Jesus to wrestle with the social implications of the Gospel.

This episode was recorded on November 28, 2017.

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Modern day human trafficking statistics are staggering. The World Health Organization believes this 150 billion dollar industry enslaves 45 million people worldwide. Despite the magnitude of this pandemic, Jerry Redman and his team at Second Life believe that, together, we can eradicate this assault on human dignity. In conversation with William, Jerry calls for leaders to engage this issue, speaks to how his faith connects to this fight, and shares stories of hope in which ordinary people mobilize to rescue victims of human trafficking. 

If you believe you have witnessed an instance of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. For local Servecast listeners living in Tennessee, you can also call 855-558-6484 to reach the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

To join in on this conversation or others, email questions and comments to servecast22@gmail.com.

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Faithful Christian mission includes more than preaching. In his book Where the Cross Meets the Street, Noel Castellanos describes his dissatisfaction with the proclamation-only approach and looks at the life of Jesus for a more holistic way to engage our neighborhoods. He believes in the cross God enters our suffering and cares for the vulnerable, and the Christian's duty is to do the same. This entails moving into the neighborhood, engaging both proclamation and formation, demonstrating compassion, seeking restoration and development, and confronting injustice where it may be found. In this episode, Noel joins William to discuss how the radical story of the cross should shape the Church's presence in our communities.

Noel serves as the President of the Christian Community Development Association.

Pick up a copy of Noel's book, Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center.

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We all want to know our purpose in life. Christians often speak of this as “our call.” Author and social entrepreneur Jonathan David Golden says we should stop obsessing over missing that purpose and start doing what we can where we are. In conversation with William, Jonathan encourages listeners to consider their strengths, understand their story, and make a difference wherever they may be in life.

Check out Jonathan’s book, Be You. Do Good.: Having the Guts to Pursue What Makes You Come Alive.

Learn more about Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. and the Bwenda Water Project.

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Christians accept a false dichotomy when they believe they must choose between truth and love. This causes compromise in their approach to politics.  Justin Giboney, politician and co-founder of the AND Campaign, joins William to discuss faithful Christian engagment. Christians must have a public presence, and this presence should be marked by the compassion and conviction of Jesus Christ.

Check out Justin's 2016 Christianity Today article.

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Christian denominationalism leaves many believers discouraged about disunity among churches. A local non-profit in Cleveland, TN bridges denominational and organizational divides to bring holistic care to members of their community. The Caring Place’s Director of Organization Advancement, Toni Miles, joins William to discuss their work among the vulnerable of their community. Toni encourages churches, non-profit practitioners, business leaders, and government officials to contribute their expertise in a communal effort to alleviate poverty.

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Nikole Lim joins William and Christian to discuss the ways God is present in the midst of suffering and the hope we have in the coming Kingdom of God. Nikole is the Co-founder and International Director at Freely in Hope, an organization working to end the cycle of sexual violence through education, leadership development, and storytelling. There, she advocates for a survivor-led approach to community transformation.

 Click here to listen to Nikole Lim's Lee University chapel address.

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In this episode, Leroy Barber asks, “If God had to come close in the incarnation… what makes us think we can do [Christianity] from afar?” Leroy authored the book Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom for a Divided World and serves as the Executive Director for The Voices Project. Drawing from experience in community development, Leroy explains the way God takes our ordinary and accomplishes the extraordinary. He believes this is most evident when we walk in relationship with others and is best cultivated by establishing rhythms of service in our personal lives.

Click here to view Leroy Barber’s full Lee University chapel address.

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