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.

In the second part of Servecast Live 2017, Chris Absher, Chelsa Flanary, and D'Metri Mattocks join Dr. Cross and William to address questions about the nature of the Church's presence in the world. Together, they discuss their hope for the Church in the world answering questions about the relationship between relevance and faithfulness. Dr. Cross urges listeners to remain faithful to the Church, which is the global Body of Christ, and the panelists reiterate this by encouraging individuals to locate themselves within Christian community. 

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At the second annual Servecast Live, Dr. Terry Cross, Dean of the School of Religion at Lee University, joins William in front of a live audience to discuss the topic of the church in the world.  Drawing on his study of theology and his experience working in the church, Dr. Cross describes the church's "paracletic ministry" of bringing the presence of God to the world. Acknowledging the state of Christianity in western society, Dr. Cross and William discuss how the church today can fulfill that mandate. 

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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

Contact Servecast by emailing 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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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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Our levels of passion tend to wax and wane, and this is no less the case in our relationships with God. With William and student guest host, Caleb Montgomery, Dr. Crawford Loritts addresses the need to cultivate intimacy with God even as emotions come and go. Dr. Loritts concludes that a healthy relationship with God will provide a foundation to impact people and transform communities. In this conversation, he pulls from his experience as a pastor to address topics ranging from marriage to creating social change. 

Click here to view Dr. Loritts’s full chapel address.

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Author and Christian thought leader, Gabe Lyons joins William to discuss Christian cultural engagement. Offering insights from his book, Good Faith, and his work at Q, Gabe reminds listeners that we live in an “upside down world,” which at times deviates from Christian faith commitments. In this tension, Gabe believes Christians should engage all spheres of society from a place of conviction and compassion.

Click here to view Gabe Lyons’s full Lee University chapel address.

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Dr. Duffy Robbins, Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University, and Lee’s Campus Pastor, Dr. Jimmy Harper, join William to discuss Christianity’s grand story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. Drawing from his experiences, Dr. Robbins describes the wounded state of society and postmodernism’s complete disdain for canned answers. In light of these, he calls listeners to rehearse Christianity’s story in community.

Click here to view Duffy Robinson’s full chapel address.

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Fresh off the road, William interviews fellow leadership guru and President of Leader Labs, Dr. Fred Garmon. Together, they commentate on March Madness and leadership trends in the Information Age. Dr. Garmon perceives a crisis of leadership, but he believes “life/role” leaders can change the world. Whether in the ministry or the marketplace, leadership begins with self-development and tending to your sphere of influence.

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This episode addresses the feelings of powerlessness that many individuals face and the way our actions or neutrality contribute to their continued marginalization. Kelsey Baker and Ben Jones, Lee University staff members, share about a recent on-campus event that compelled participants to empathize with the experience of tohers. Student leaders, Alexys Jones and Oscar Palin, offer their perspectives and challenge listeners to next steps. 

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