Bonus Episode: The Embassy

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/The_Embassy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis week we host a live recording of The Embassy as they discuss their recent series through the Gospel of John. Join us in the conversation as we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of going through a book of the Bible expositorily . The Embassy is the Young Adults Ministry at BICF City Church.  You can join them every Thursday at 7:15pm at the

1 Corinthians: Leadership in the Church 001

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/1-4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWe begin our series on 1 Corinthians.  Today we look at the first four chapters.  How should congregants view leaders in the church? How should leaders view their role? How does a misunderstanding of church leadership lead to dysfunction in the church? Additional Resources: Emotionally Healthy Church, Peter Scazzero with Warren Bird Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird The Cross

Faith in the Workplace: A Theology of Work 001

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhat is work? Does God care about it? Should we? Join us as we launch a new series on faith in the workplace and start the discussion with a theology of work. If you’re looking to go deeper into the topic of faith and work we recommend the following resources: God at Work: Ken Costa Every Good Endeavor: Tim Keller Business for the Glory

Faith in the Workplace: Work-Life Balance 006

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_006.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Today we continue our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss how to balance work and leisure.  In an age when technology not only makes it possible to bring work home, but also brings an expectation to be “on call” every hour of the day how do we learn how to say no to work and yes to rest?  Wendell Berry once

Faith in the Workplace: Integrity 005

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_005.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we continue our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss how to work with integrity. So many individuals and companies fall to the lure of compromising their integrity. As Christians we are called to work wholeheartedly, knowing that Christ Himself sees through our actions and into the motivations that brought about those actions. The way of integrity begins when we seek to

Faith in the Workplace: Transformation 002

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_002.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Today we continue our series on Jesus in the Workplace with a conversation on transformation in the workplace. What does it mean to make change at work? How do we go about doing that? Join us in the conversation and find out more on our website.      

Faith in the Workplace: Good News 007

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_007.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we finish our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss how to be intentional with our faith. The phrase, “Preach the gospel, if necessary use word,” has been falsely attributed to St. Francis. Here’s the problem, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” In our respective workplaces our gospel action must be accompanied with gospel words for true

Bonus: The Singing Teacher

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/The_Singing_Teacher.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we chat with Dr. Zeb Balentine about his book, “The Singing Teacher.”  In this episode we discuss the power of song and how congregational worship not only helps shape our understanding of who God is but also prepares us for death.  If you like what you hear be sure to pick up Dr. Balentine’s book, “The Singing Teacher: How the Worship Leader Shapes

Faith in the Workplace: Failing Well 004

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_004.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we continue our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss the difficult topic of failure.  Everyone fails, but as Christians there is hope in our failure for Christ’s grace toward us is greater than our greatest failure.  If you are going through a season of failure we pray this episode brings healing for today and hope for tomorrow.  Join us in the

Faith in the Workplace: A Mirror into Your Soul 003

http://traffic.libsyn.com/themiddlekingdom/Workplace_003.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download  Today we continue our discussion on Faith and Work as we discuss how work itself can be a litmus test on what we truly value.  What are the idols that lurk in your heart seeking opportunity to turn the good gift of work into an ultimate gift?  Join us in the conversation and find out more on our website.