The Fully-Grown Podcast
By Turner Christian Church
This podcast is a ministry of Turner Christian Church, designed to help our congregation take their faith and spiritual growth beyond Sunday and into every day of the week and every part of their lives. Each week the ministers of TCC will talk about their response to the weekly service, and then dig deeper into Scripture passages, conversations and practices that help us to grow further in our faith in God and love for him and his people. Join us!
In this last episode of the season, Matt and Jack talk about summer discipleship opportunities before moving into a discussion of the sermon on Revelation and how Christians are meant to live out the vision of the book in today's world.
May 26, 2022
135. Confession and the Power of the Church
On this penultimate episode of the season, Pastors Matt and Jack talk about the importance of confession in the Christian life before discussing the way God shapes the world through the church.
May 19, 2022
134. Mentorship and Unity
In this episode, the pastors talk about the importance of mentorship in the Christian walk before moving into a conversation about how God uses the church to heal division in the world, and how we can participate in that work ourselves.
May 12, 2022
133. The Mission of the Church
In this episode Matt, Jack and Rachel talk about the books they're currently reading before digging into topics from the sermon on Acts 1-8: how should we follow the pattern of the early church? How can we reveal God's character to the world? Why is it so hard? 2022 Explorer's Conference Rachel's Book: Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey by Catherine Stonehouse & Scottie May Jack's Books: Emotionally Healthy Discipleship by Peter Scazzero Distinctive Discipleship by Travis Agnew Multiply by Francis Chan Matt's Books: After Christendom by Stanley Hauerwas The Politics of Yahweh by John C. Nugent Migrations of the Holy by William T. Cavanaugh
May 05, 2022
132. Journeys and Jesus
Join Pastor Rachel and Pastor Jack as they discuss the journeys we go on as believers and a bit from Jack's sermon on Jesus. Also featured on this episode; Rachel reflects on a family vacation gone bad then gone good and Jack forgets what episode we are on. We hope you'll tune in!
April 28, 2022
Easter and the Future
Join Pastor Rachel and Pastor Jack as they discuss the Easter week and what is coming up in the future. There was a lot going on this last week and they break down what specific things they enjoyed and remember. They also break down some specific things they are looking forward to in the coming months.
April 21, 2022
130. Easter, Satan, and Deconstruction
This week the pastors talk about our plans for Easter Sunday before digging into questions from the sermon: Where does Satan get his power? Why do we tend to focus on flesh and blood enemies instead of spiritual enemies? How can we deconstruct our faith well?
April 07, 2022
129. Radical Love
In this episode the pastors talk about Good Friday--why do we call it Good, and why is it important? Then they dig into questions from the sermon, mainly around the idea of Radical Love--what is radical love, and why is it more powerful that non-radical love?
March 31, 2022
128. All in the Family
This week the pastors talk about the power of beauty in the world around us, then look forward to our Maundy Thursday service during Holy Week. In the second segment they dig into this week's sermon talking about the role of the community of God in salvation and what it looks like to live out church life as a genuine family.
March 24, 2022
127. What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?
This week Jack, Rachel and Matt answer some random question cards about their personal beliefs, before digging deeper into last week's sermon. The questions all circle around a general theme: what does it mean to be a Christian
March 17, 2022
126. On Potlucks and Satan
The pastors talk about the role of meals in Christian growth--and proper potlucking strategies--before digging into questions from the sermon: Did God send Satan to tempt Jesus? How can we tell when a good thing is actually a temptation? How can we stay aware of our sin without falling into self-hate?
March 10, 2022
125. Ash Wednesday, John the Baptist and Alexander the Great
This week the pastors talk about the season of Lent, then answer a question from a Talking Point Card, before digging into Episode 25: The Prophet II. Questions include: What happened between the Old Testament and the New Testament? Where did the information on John the Baptist's ministry come from? How do modern Christians copy some of the mistakes of 1st century Jews?
March 03, 2022
124. The Queen
In this episode the pastors talk about what the Bible really means by Christian unity, before digging into some questions from the Book of Esther. Join in the conversation!
February 24, 2022
123. The Importance of Service
This week the pastors talk about the role of service in the Christian life, before digging into questions from Era-Nehemiah: how did the Jews go so wrong during this period? How can we avoid their mistakes?
February 17, 2022
122. Archaeology, Purpose, and the Patience of God
In this episode the pastors talk about what role archaeological and scholarly evidence should play in our faith in God and his Word. Then they dig into questions about discerning God's will and which episode has been Matt's favorite so far. Click this link for the picture of Baruch's seal.
February 10, 2022
121. Unity, Purpose, and Attack Bears
This week the pastors talk about the opportunities our church has to gather with other believers outside of the church, especially the upcoming Unity Project at the Northwest Christian Network. Then they dig into stories from the Book of Kings, including Ahab's temper tantrum, Elisha's attack bears, and Jehu's bloody purge. Finally they talk about what God promises his people: pleasure or purpose? Links: Upcoming Events at the Northwest Christian Network Conferences at Wi-Ne-Ma Christian Camp
February 03, 2022
120. On Mountaintop Experiences
This week the pastors talk about a ministry in Kenya called Angaza Camp before digging deeper into the story of Elijah: how much can we blame our leaders for leading us astray? Was Obadiah right to serve an evil king? How can we reach people who have completely rejected God?
January 27, 2022
119. Worship, Wisdom and Weird Stories
The whole team is back! This week Jack, Rachel and Matt are talking about how we prepare to participate in a worship service on days when we just don't feel like it. Then they dig into questions from 1 Kings: Why is Solomon's wealth so important? How can we avoid Rehoboam's mistake of listening to the wrong advice? Why did God divide the kingdom? What's going on with the weird story about the prophet from Judah? And how is the division of Israel similar to divisions in the church?
January 20, 2022
118. Stress and Kingdoms
Join Pastor Rachel and Pastor Jack as they discuss the topic of stress; how it affects us and how to combat it. We will also dive into the topic of building up our own kingdoms vs. building up God's kingdom.
January 13, 2022
117. The Ripples of Sin
Rachel and Matt talk about the ways in which our sins affect the people around us, before digging into the story of how David's sins affected the lives of his children. After all that, why was David described as a righteous man? --- "David and Bathsheba" by Sara Barton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pTyrZU8H38
January 06, 2022
This week Matt and Jack talk about the value of New Year's resolutions, then dig into some questions from 1 Samuel about how God chooses his people.
December 30, 2021
115. What is Love?
The pastors talk about the Advent theme of love--how is Christmas love different from the way our culture talks about love? Then they dig into some questions from the story of Saul: Why did God choose Saul? Did God want Saul to succeed? Did God inspire Samuel's tirades?
December 23, 2021
114. What's in a Name?
This week the team talks about the Advent theme of joy, and how we talk about joy in times that are hard. Then they dig into questions from 1 Samuel, including: why did the Israelites give their kids such terrible names?
December 16, 2021
113. Peace, Love and Ruth
This week Jack, Rachel and Matt talk about what it means to find peace in Christ, then they dig into the story of Ruth. What would it look like if we all loved like Ruth? Tune in and join the conversation!
December 09, 2021
112. Texts of Terror
In this episode, Matt, Jack and Rachel talk about the importance of hope during the Christmas season (and experiences with Christmas trees!). Then they deal with some questions about the book of Judges, especially how to read the "texts of terror"--passages of scripture that depict brutality and violence on the part of God's people.
December 02, 2021
111. What's the Deal with Circumcision?
In this episode Jack, Rachel and Matt discuss some questions from the book of Joshua, the biggest one being: why did God choose circumcision as a way to mark out his people? Why choose a symbol that's only for men? Tune in an find out!
November 25, 2021
110. The Book of Reckonings
For this episode, Jack and Rachel are asking Matt questions about the Book of Numbers: Why is the book called Numbers? What is a "nazerite vow?" Why does Aaron's staff sprout almonds? Is Balaam's prophecy about Balaam, or someone else? Remember, you can submit your own questions or comments through the link below!
November 18, 2021
109. Reading the Law
The story of the Bible seems to come to a screeching halt in Exodus when we start getting all these laws. Why are the laws there? How do they support the story? In this episode Matt, Jack and Rachel dig into the significance of the law and how we can get more out of those passages when we read them.
November 11, 2021
108. The God Who Relents
Does God change his mind? Does he change his plans because of our prayers? Today Jack, Rachel and Matt talk about how God relates to his people in the stories of scripture and what that means for how we follow God today. Check it out!
November 04, 2021
107. The Pharaoh's Hard Heart
In this episode, Pastors Matt, Jack and Rachel dig into the Pharaoh's role in the Exodus story. For a long time Christians have let this passage drag them into debates about complex issues of predestination. But is that how we're supposed to read the story? Is that even the point God is trying to make? Listen in to join the conversation!
October 28, 2021
106. Jacob Wrestles w/ God
In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Jack briefly mentioned a story where Jacob wrestles with God all night. Both Pastor Jack and Pastor Rachel had a great interest in discussing it further! So, join us as we discuss an exciting and interesting addition to the Genesis story.
October 21, 2021
105. The Others
In this episode pastor Matt and Pastor Jack discuss some of the "other" characters who were not part of God's covenant, and how God treats them--specifically Hagar and Ishmael. Does God only care about people in the Covenant?
October 14, 2021
104. The Family Trees
In this episode Pastors Matt, Jack and Rachel talk about the genealogies in the Bible and how they add meaning to the stories they interrupt.
October 08, 2021
103. The Curse
In this episode, Jack, Rachel and Matt discuss the puzzling story of the Curse of Canaan, when Noah curses his grandson Canaan for something Canaan's father did to Noah. What exactly is going on? What are we supposed to learn from this story? Before that, they discuss the highlights of the Sunday service on September 26th, including the classes and the communion meditation.
September 30, 2021
102. Cain and Abel
In this episode, Matt, Jack and Rachel talk about Sunday's sermon on Adam and Eve, entitled "The Fall" (September 19, 2021), with a special focus on shame--where does it come from? Is it useful? In part 2, they dig into the story of Cain and Abel, looking at how Cain responds to God's instructions and how God treats Cain with special grace.
September 23, 2021
101. The Beginning
In this first episode of the Fully-Grown Podcast, Matt, Jack and Rachel introduce the vision for the new podcast, dig a bit deeper into Sunday's sermon (September 12, 2021) on Genesis 1, and lastly introduce themselves in more depth by asking each other some personal questions.
September 16, 2021
Welcome to the Fully-Grown Podcast by Turner Christian Church! In this special trailer episode, Pastor Matt explains the vision we have for this podcast, to take our growth as Christians outside the walls of the church and into our daily lives--basically, wherever you can listen to this podcast! Join us for the journey!
September 09, 2021