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.

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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William is joined by Chris Hadsell, Jennifer Hadsell, Sarah Roberts, and Dusty Strickland of Retouch, a non-profit focused on the education and discipleship of children in Kenya. In this episode, Chris, Jennifer, Sarah, and Dusty share stories of personal service experiences, leadership principles employed in their organization, and the way Retouch seeks to impact the local community in Kenya by equipping teachers. They describe how obedience to God's leading may look different for each person and how sometimes old methods need to be cast off to create a brighter future for everyone. In the end, the love of Jesus inspires believers to follow God's call to serve others with perseverance and passion. 

Click here to view the Lee University Chapel service feature the team from Retouch. 

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Focused Community Strategies (FCS) has decades of expereince serving in Atlanta, and they recently founded the Lupton Center to share what they have learned. Dr. Shawn Duncan, Director of the Lupton Center, joins William to discuss the work of community development and the philosophy FCS employs. In this episode, Dr. Duncan offers a distinction between traditional charity models and the work of community development.  

Click here to learn more about the Lupton Center and their training offerings, including their e-course Seeking Shalom

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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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Sometimes a "good" thing is not always the best thing, and this can even be the case when serving others. William invites Wesley Furlong to Servecast to discuss Wesley's new book, Smart Compassion: How to Stop “Doing” Outreach and Start Making Change. In this episode, Wesley shares  his journey to smart compassion and advocates for being present to others in ways that encourage reciprocity and affirm dignity. In his book, he calls Christians to embody the love of God through healing presence, radical hospitality, and collective empowerment.

Click here to learn more about Wesley Furlong.

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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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Dustin Tommey, local practitioner and Director of Impact Cleveland, joins the Studio 22 crew to continue the conversation on Benevolence with a discussion on Christian hospitality. Dustin recounts how God changed him into a more hospitable person and offers some insight from his life and work. Nursing student, Bayleigh Dean, shares her experience from when she developed and taught nutrition education in a local neighborhood and how this work connects to Christian hospitality. All this and more on Servecast!

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Follow this link to see Dustin’s full lecture on Hospitality.

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Continuing the Benevolence series, Dr. Matt Ryerson, President of the United Way of the Ocoee Region, joins us in Studio 22 to offer insight on appropriate responses to individuals in crisis situations and chronic need. Lee students, Kate Schofield and Perry Williams, share their perspectives, and our host, William, recounts a time he really needed a neighbor. All of this and more on Servecast!

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Follow this link to see Matt’s full lecture on development.

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William and Tyler take Studio 22 on the road and head west to the Christian Community Development Association National Conference in Los Angeles. While there, William interviewed author, speaker, civil rights activist, and community development practitioner Dr. John Perkins. We hope you will be encouraged by his gentle heart and challenging words as Dr. Perkins shares his grace filled life.

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