My Strength Is My Story with Bonnie Kristian, A Flexible Faith – Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today.
Bonnie Kristian rethinks what it means to follow Jesus today in her new book, A Flexible Faith.
Bonnie Kristian: A wife of 6 years with two dogs and 2 guinea pigs.
She received her Master’s degree in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary and won the 2016 Zondervan Excellence in Theology Award.
As a theological and political writer, you can read her columns and bylines at The Week, Rare, Time, CNN, Relevant, Politico, The Hill, Reknew, The Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative.
“Jesus is the nonnegotiable anchor of Christianity.” ~ Bonnie Kristian
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including guinea pigs, revival, the pool, nones, and atonement. Be inspired. Jesus is the anchor!
- The book
- Mulching the garden
- Guinea pigs
- Personal faith
- Moving & church
- What does this mean?
- Format of book
- The Pool
- War & Violence
- Tolerance & Respect
- The Gap
- Discussion questions
- New ideas
- Christian Education
- Title reaction
- Room for me
- Confidence in faith
- Political influence
- Intersection of faith & politics
- Love & Unity
- The Gospel of John
- 1 Corinthians
- Church of Corinth
- What happens to people who never hear about Jesus?
- Be available
- Spiritual journey
“God chose to make a people, not just isolated individuals.” ~ Bonnie Kristian
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“That we are more exposed to new ideas and new religious ideas and political ideas at a faster rate than we use to be.”
“Our friend bartered for it (the guinea pig).”
“They’re great animals for a writer.”
“Did I really do it right the first time?”
“It pushed as well to think seriously about like what do I mean when I say I’m a Christian, and how is that going to direct my life going forward.”
“I did not know much and I think that’s unfortunate.”
“We disagreed too much with these other churches on theology stuff.”
“It’s really remarkable, I think, and such a challenge to look at what people have sacrificed for their faith.”
“We need to know more about our history to get a better idea of how different the church has always been so that we are not troubled when we see how different it is today.”
“The church has had room for these disagreements while still following Jesus together.”
“For some people, and generally it tends to be younger people, when they hear flexible, they think like oh that’s a good thing; that means there’s going to be room for me.”
“…bringing a journalistic ether to it of trying to report things thoroughly and even with the viewpoints I very much disagree with.”
“Obviously, we don’t want to devalue truth just so we can cooperate, right?”
“We need to not let our own like disagreements and ego get in the way.”
“Don’t freak out!”
“As churches, it’s super important for us to cultivate an atmosphere in which those kind of questions and research and exploration can happen without setting an artificial timeline of it.”
What has your story gifted you?
- Faith development
- Learn from other Christian traditions that are not our own
“Having lived in different places and experienced different churches that has really been a major factor in pushing me to write this book and helping me to see the need for it.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- BOOK: A Flexible Faith
- Connect with Bonnie Kristian
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/bonniekristian
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonnie.kristian/
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