February 5, 2019

Ep. 1 Welcome to The Shape of A New Thing to Come



Welcome to The Shape of A New Thing To Come! This is the first episode of a monthly podcast where co-hosts Dan So, Adam Baker, and Jason Evans celebrate the intersections between punk, hardcore and new faith communities. In this first episode, we make introductions, share how we connected to punk and hardcore, and explore why it is that this conversation is so important to us.



We also talk about a few of the "new things" that we're excited about, including:

Presbyterian Urban Ministries (San Diego, CA)

Walking Tall Wilmington (Wilmington, NC)

3 church planters in Texas: Carrissa Baldwin McGinnis (Twitter), Brin Bon (Twitter, Instagram, blog) and David Peters (Twitter, Instagram, blog)

There's also a lot of passionate discussion about the music the three of us are listening to this month, which is always fun. The soundtrack from this episode includes the music of Ecostrike, Toledo Knives, Wrecking Ball, Snake Babies and Skratchline.  If you'd like to hear the entire playlist of bands discussed in this episode, check out the Spotify playlist (see below). Make sure to Like our Facebook page and tell us what you're listening to and what new faith communities might be inspiring you.

Special thanks to Matt Traxler and Steadfast Records for the use of Brandtson's music and Andrew Wells for his live photography in the 'show poster' above.

About the co-hosts:

Dan So is a co-pastor of Anchor City Church and leads Cyclical San Diego. (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)

Adam Baker is an associate pastor at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and also co-hosts another podcast, Instructions for Living a Life. (Twitter, InstagramFacebook)

Jason Evans is a missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
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January 29, 2019

Ep. 24 The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso



This week, I share a conversation with the Rt. Rev. Hector F. Monterroso, assisting bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

More on Bishop Monterroso can be found here. He's also on Twitter and Facebook.

On this episode, I announced a new monthly segment, The Shape of A New Thing to Come, co-hosted by Adam Baker and Dan So (which you can meet if you stick around for the teaser after this episode). Check out the Facebook page for more.

This new podcast title is a nod to Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come, as well as, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch's book The Shaping of Things to Come.

I also mention A New Thing Ep. 2 with Dan So and the StartUp Response mini-series on A New Thing.

Music created by Adam Powell of Best Friends Creative.

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December 30, 2018

2018 Year End Music List

Other Years: 2017201620152014, 2013, 2012201120102009, 2008, 2007.
Every year I do a year-end, top ten music list. Here are my favorite 2018 music releases for you in no particular order ...

1) Turnstile - Time and Space: Dan So kept telling me to listen and I finally did. Best genre-bending hardcore album since Refused's The Shape of Punk to Come.

2) War on Women - Capture the Flag: In your face and unrelenting.

3) Pusha T - Daytona: Favorite hip hop release of the year.

4) F@#%ed Up - Dose Your Dreams: They continue to push the boundaries of what is punk rock and it's wonderful once again.

5) Gouge AwayBurnt Sugar: Brutal production and music with some well-executed melodic pieces mixed in.

6) Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile: I was so into this jazz album in 2018 ... is this a sign that I'm getting old?

7) FiddleheadSpringtime and Blind: I have such a weakness for this kind of punk rock. Sounds like they should come from Florida ... but they're from Boston.

8) Idles - Joy is an Act of Resistance: Truly loved finding this album in 2018. Joy ... no kidding!

9) Mid-Air Thief - Crumbling: Weird and beautiful. Reminds me of earlier Radiohead.

10) Red Hare - Little Acts of Destruction: Fun thing about this album is that you hear a touch of Jason Farrell's Blue Tip days.

Honorable Mentions: Pig Destroyer, Bixiga 70David Byrne, Daughters, Super Unison and Lonely Leary.

It's a shame that there are not any local Houston artists on this list. Brooke and I were talking about making a new year's resolution to make it out to more shows this year.

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You can listen to my Weekend Listening playlist on Spotify and YouTube.

You can see what I'm listening to on Bandcamp and Spotify too.

November 6, 2018

StartUp Response: Church Planting 3 and 4


CatherineRasheen and I respond to episodes 3 and 4 of Gimlet Media's StartUp Church Planting series.

We reference our conversation with AJ Smith, pastor of Restoration Church in Phillie. Check out part 1 and part 2 of that conversation.

I reference Duke University's The National Congregations Study during our conversation.

If you're interested in a different evangelical perspective on LGBTQ inclusion, I recommend Colby Martin's Unclobber and check out my written interview with Colby.

Music created by Adam Powell of Best Friends Creative.

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