Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Justin Giboney and Chris Butler – Co Founders and Executive Leaders of the AND Campaign.

Reflection Questions
1. Name 6 ways your preferred political ideology falls short of the Gospel standard?
2. What is the purpose of Christian political engagement?
3. Historically, how has Christian political engagement been faithful and how has it been unfaithful?

Monday, October 26, 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020

Dr. Phil Jackson

Phil and his bride Kim have been married since the summer of 1985. They have three fantastic grown kids, 7 grand kids and have lived in Chicago since 1993. For more than three decades, Phil has served God full-time on the front lines of urban youth ministry interrupting violence in the life of youth and young adults one relationship at a time.

Phil has served in North Lawndale since 1993 as youth Pastor and Associate Pastor of Lawndale Community Christian Church until 2016.

In 2003 Pastor Phil planted at church called The House Covenant Church or more known as The House—a Christ-centered, hip-hop worship service. The House has been featured on BET, Fox News Chicago, MSNBC Nightly News, PBS, WGN, Jet (2006), Ebony (2010), Campus Life (2005), The New York Times, and The Chicago Sun-Times.

 Phil is the Founder and CEO of The Firehouse Community Arts Center (FCAC) a converted 100-year-old Chicago Firehouse. We work to prevent and interrupt the cycle of violence in the life of youth and young adults through the power of the arts and faith. We are committed to journey with street influenced young men toward workforce development, education, wholistic transformation and empowerment toward healing and wholistic ministry. We engage in Poetry, dance, culinary arts, audio engineering, fashion and visual The Firehouse Community Art Center seeks to “Spark New Flames One Life at a Time”!

He co-authors of the book The Hip-Hop Church (Intervarsity Press, 2006) which is in its twelfth publishing. His writing is published in theological journals and he has also contributed chapters and articles in several books relating to youth ministry.

Phil has his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity International University (Deerfield) in communication

Phil received his Master of Divinity degree Northern Theological Seminary with a with an emphasis in Christian community development as a John Perkins scholar.

Shout Out from;

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Professor, TV host, Author and Black Intellectual

“Phil is one of the most superbly gifted youth ministers I have ever met. He combines a keen appreciation for Christian ministry with an incredible knowledge of youth culture. Phil is able to reach youth because he understands where they live and how they think, but most important, how they navigate the perilous terrain of urban life. I know of no one who is more qualified to reach, teach and preach to youth and the often-bewildered parents who don’t have a clue about their children’s worlds. Phil is the bomb: he’s as explosive as a hand-grenade and he packs a powerful punch for the cause of Christ.”


Reflection Questions
What is at risk for you to engage where it is most uncomfortable?  
How safe do you keep your faith? 
Are you only as faithful as your capacity? 
Big God = little problems but Little God = big problems, what is your choice. 
How does faith affect the choices you make?
Worship from Chapel
You are Good / King of My Heart / Prayer for Cambodia / Revelation Song
Scripture from Chapel 
2 Kings 6:8-23 NLT

Geoff King

Friday, October 23, 2020
Geoff King
Geoff King serves as Executive Director of Equipping (Equipping Pastor) at Fellowship Missionary
Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In this role, Geoff assists with the overall direction of Fellowship’s vision
while overseeing the prayer, diversity & reconciliation, and “glocal” mission outreach ministries. Geoff is
an accomplished teacher, speaker, and author with a high shepherds gifting; and a heart for community
and seeing Kingdom flourish. As a lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, Geoff is committed to seeing the Fort
Wayne community: partnered, reconciled and thriving in both Kingdom and cultural ways.

Geoff King Picture

Reflection Questions 
1. Where are you recognizing Gods power and presence in your life?
2. In what moments do you call out to God?
3. What old/worldly securities do you need to leave behind?
4. Where is God inviting you to ask in faith?
5. Where are you being prompted to follow Gods lead in this season?
Worship from Chapel
Stand in your Love / Forever Reign / Lean Back

Jesse Eubanks

Friday, October 6, 2020
Jesse Eubanks
Jesse spent 7 years serving as the Director for Hope for Louisville – the precursor to Love Thy Neighborhood. Having raised over $2M in the last two years to help the homeless, Jesse launched LTN in January 2014, returning to his roots leading young adults to build relationships with people who are marginalized, serve with nonprofits and experience spiritual formation in Christ. He geeks out over Ira Glass and Tim Keller, loves listening to his wife Lindsay rap Salt-N-Pepa lyrics and wrestling with his son and daughter. Jesse and his family reside in the Audubon Park neighborhood.

Reflection Questions
1. How do you believe Jesus responds to your doubt?
2. What do you believe your deepest identity is?
3. What practical steps can you take this week to help people who are marginalized and hurting?
Worship from Chapel
Give us Your Heart / Available / Goodness of God / Great is Thy Faithfulness


Angie Ryg

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Angie Ryg
Angie Ryg, M. Ed., is a blogger, Bible teacher, writer, and international speaker whose passion is encouraging women to find contentment and purpose right where God has placed them. She reaches out to her community with a sense of humor and a willingness to be open with her struggles. She believes the rescue story of Jesus is the greatest story of all time and shares the blessing of a life transformed by the gospel.
Angie graduated from Wheaton College and then got her Masters in Education at National Louis University. She was awarded the Sallie Mae First Year Teaching Award and was nominated for Disney Teacher of the Year. She is the author of Clutter Free Simplicity. She is also a contributor for the (in)courage Women’s Devotional Bible and Everbloom: Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives. She has been published in Christianity Today, (in)courage, Family Matters, Educational Leadership, and Chicago Tribune, among others. She is also a contributing writer for Unlocking the Bible. 
Angie lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with her husband, Michael, their four amazing kids, Leah, Joshua, Jonathan, and Jared,  and a sweet answered prayer: a little Shihpoo named Maddie. As a family, they love to go up North, play games, watch movies, and hang out with their extended family. She would love to connect at her blog at or over on Twitter or Instagram.

Worship from Chapel:
He’s Able / Alpha and Omega
Reflection Questions:
1. What afflictions have you been struggling with in the past few months?
2. How has God shown you compassion?
3. Who do you need to show more compassion to in your life? Did you remember to include yourself?

Beth Guckenberger

Monday, October 12, 2020
Beth Guckenberger
Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenberger’s moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster and adopted children, they have raised eleven children.
Beth is the author of nine book including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services about reckless faith. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.

Worship from Chapel:
Only King Forever / Man of Sorrows / Revelation Song
Reflection Questions:
1. What is one area you need to trust God in?
2. What is something you believe for sure is true?
3. You have been adopted into the family of God, what parts of that identity mean the most to you?

Dr. J.R. Briggs

Friday, October 9, 2020
Homecoming Chapel 

J.R. Briggs

Dr. J.R. Briggs possesses four passions: Following Jesus, equipping and investing in hungry kingdom leaders, growing fruit on other people’s trees, and creating good kingdom mischief. In short, his calling is to partner with people who are called to follow Jesus while they lead others. 

In 2011 he started Kairos Partnerships, an organization committed to serving hungry kingdom leaders through leadership coaching, consulting, speaking, teaching, equipping and writing.

For more than 15 years, J.R. served in pastoral roles in mega-churches, church plants and house church networks. Since starting Kairos Partnerships, he has served and invested in pastors and kingdom leaders in over 40 denominations throughout North America. 

In addition to pastors and church planters, he has also invested in a wide variety of leaders, including business owners, U.S. Olympic athletes, university administrators, athletic directors, coaches, and attorneys.

He is affiliate faculty member in practical theology at Missio Seminary and guest instructor at Friends University in the Masters of Arts in Spiritual Formation program. He has guest lectured, taught and spoken at over a dozen colleges, universities, and seminaries around the U.S.

He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and as a National Trainer and Strategist for Fresh Expressions U.S

He has written, co-written or contributed to ten books on a wide variety of topics. His most recent book is The Sacred Overlap: Learning to Live Faithfully in the Space Between (Zondervan) He has also published articles in Christianity Today, Huffington Post, Preaching Today, American Bible Society, N.T. Wright Online, Missio Alliance, and Relevant Magazine, among others (see full list here).

He co-hosts the Monday Morning Pastor, a weekly podcast created to provide space for kingdom leaders to talk about ministry and leadership in raw and hope-filled ways, and hosts the Resilient Leaders podcast, a twice-weekly podcast equipping leaders to grow in their resilience in the new reality. 

He serves on the board of Jerusalem University College, an academic institution offering short-term study programs, semester study abroad opportunities, and a Masters degree program right on Mt. Zion.

J.R. and his wife, Megan, are 2001 graduates of Taylor University. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award at last years’ Homecoming.  A fun fact about J.R. is that he is the original owner of infamous striped Friday shirt..

He and his wife Megan have been married for over 19 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in Lansdale, PA in the greater Philadelphia area.

Worship from Chapel:
Christ be Magnified / Tremble / Holy Holy Holy
Reflection Questions:
1. From what J.R. shared, what made your soul sing? What makes your soul sting?
2. What would “double majoring” in conviction and civility look like on the Taylor campus, especially in such divisive times?
3. Think of the prayer: “Lord, grant me wisdom, courage, and compassion.” How might your life be different if you lived as a wise, courageous, and compassionate Taylor student?