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TMCP 61: How Do I Share Christ's Love with My Muslim Neighbor [Tom Doyle]

The Monday Christian PodcastApr 19, 2021

TMCP 157: Christina Bieber Lake on the Unique Challenges and Blessings of Being a Teacher
Nov 13, 202344:31
TMCP 156: Douglas Groothuis on the Basics of Major World Religions
Oct 16, 202349:46
TMCP 155: Brian Russell on How to Be Astonished By the Bible
Sep 18, 202350:24
TMCP 154: Micah Davis on How to Find God's Purpose for Our Lives
Sep 11, 202349:50
TMCP 153: Eric Peterson on Mending Tough Relationships With a Parent
Sep 04, 202350:02
TMCP 152: Barry Rowan on The Spiritual Art of Business
Aug 28, 202347:53
TMCP 151: Msuega Tese on Becoming a Versatile Leader
Aug 14, 202348:31
TMCP 150: Jared Boyd on Applying Disciplines for Spiritual Formation

TMCP 150: Jared Boyd on Applying Disciplines for Spiritual Formation

Jared Patrick Boyd is a pastor (Vineyard USA), spiritual director, and founding director of the Order of the Common Life, a missional monastic order reimagining religious vocations for the 21st century. In local pastoral ministry he works to bring together the contemplative, charismatic, and sacramental streams of the church. Jared and his wife have four daughters and live in the west-side neighborhood of Franklinton in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Imaginative Prayer and Finding Freedom in Constraint.

Episode Talking Points: 

  • Expecting the Holy Spirit
  • Traditions in the Church 
  • Silence and solitude 
  • Forming rhythms in life 
  • Bringing our attention to God
  • Effects of daily physical disciplines
  • Living a disciplined life 
  • Spiritual formation 



Twitter: @BoydJared

Latest Book:

Aug 07, 202352:44
TMCP 149: Scot McKnight on What to Do When the Bible Becomes too Familiar
Jul 31, 202348:19
TMCP 148: Natasha Smith on How to Handle Intense Times of Grief
Jul 24, 202350:58
TMCP 147: JR Woodward on How to Prevent Scandals in the Church

TMCP 147: JR Woodward on How to Prevent Scandals in the Church

JR Woodward has been passionately planting churches on the East and West Coast that value tight-knit community, life-forming discipleship, locally-rooted presence and boundary-crossing mission for over 30 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester (UK), and a Masters of Art in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP, 2012) and co-author of The Church as Movement (IVP, 2016). His newest book, The Scandal of Leadership: Unmasking the Powers of Domination in the Church, was just released in April 2023. This book is based on his experience and Ph.D. research. He co-founded the ⁠Missio Alliance⁠ and currently serves as the National Director for the ⁠V3 Church Planting Movement⁠. He is the co-founder of ⁠the Praxis Gathering⁠, writes for numerous websites and journals, and serves on numerous boards. He loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard as well as meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and tries to attend the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.

Episode Talking Points:

  • College fraternity and a journey to Christ
  • Impetus behind the new book
  • Business models and Christian leadership
  • Two models of leadership: Christ and Satan
  • Mimetic desire and cycle
  • Imitation, immersion, instruction
  • Remissioning churches
  • Imitating Christ


⁠JR's Website⁠

⁠Missio Alliance⁠

⁠J⁠⁠R's Book The Scandal of Leadership⁠

Jul 17, 202358:32
TMCP 146 Katie Schnack On What To Do When Everything Is Not Fine
Jul 10, 202343:15
TMCP 145: Kayla Craig On Developing Unforced Rhythms For Parenting
Jul 03, 202345:43
TMCP 144: Trevor Seath on How Prayer-Walking Has Shaped the Way He Relates to God
Jun 12, 202301:02:49
TMCP 143: Kyla Gillespie on How She Dealt with Gender Dysphoria

TMCP 143: Kyla Gillespie on How She Dealt with Gender Dysphoria


Kyla Gillespie was born in BC, Canada. Being raised in a Christian home, she came to faith in Jesus Christ at a young age. As early as the age of five, she began to experience gender dysphoria. In her teens, wrestling with both same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria, life became difficult. She spent her late teens and adult years as a Professional Women's Hockey Player. After a lifelong battle with Gender Identity, in 2011 she fully transitioned from female to male. While living as a male for six years, God revealed himself to her in a powerful way. Since then she has fully de-transitioned and is now living out her God-given gender and sexuality as a woman in pursuit of Jesus. 

Kyla has a passion for teaching, speaking and sharing the Gospel. She travels within Canada and the USA and would love to travel the world sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. Kyla has been working on writing blogs, and podcasts. She has been a  contributor to The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender in film and Conferences. 

Her deep desire is to make Jesus known and help other Christians be better equipped to love the LGBTQ+ community. Kyla is an active and involved member of her local Church, Gospel City, in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada.  

Episode Talking Points

  • Kyla's growing up years in a Christian home
  • The separation of Kyla's parents at age 14
  • Kyla's alcoholism and the suppression of pain
  • Kyla's transition
  • God's Rock and detransition 
  • "All in under Christ"
  • The cost of disciplining others
  • Fulfillment in Christ alone
  • Unconditional love for image bearers 


Kyla's Twitter

Kyla's testimony on youtube 

Jun 05, 202301:01:21
TMCP 142: Rob Shive on How to Revive a Marriage
May 30, 202301:01:60
TMCP 141: Janan Byer on Modesty, Adornment, and Intentional Living
May 23, 202301:12:25
TMCP 140: Sandra Richter on Why Christians Should Read the Old Testament

TMCP 140: Sandra Richter on Why Christians Should Read the Old Testament

Internationally known for her work on Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History, Dr. Richter brings the Old Testament to life by exploring the real people and real places from which it comes.

Richter is a graduate of Valley Forge University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and earned her doctorate from the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of Harvard University in Hebrew Bible.  A veteran of many years of leading student groups in archaeological excavation and historical geography classes in Israel, she has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary., Wesley Biblical Seminary and Wheaton College.  She is recognized among the laity for her The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament and is currently working on a second in that series The Fifth Gospel:  A Christian Entry into the Book of Isaiah (IVP Academic).  Her current research involves a forthcoming commentary on Deuteronomy with Eerdmans.  She is also the author of several adult Bible Curriculums with Seedbed and Harper Collins.  Richter is a sought-after speaker in both academic and lay settings.

Episode Talking Points

  • Coming to faith at the tail end of the Jesus Movement
  • Mission drift and revival
  • "Dysfunctional closet syndrome"
  • Making the Old Testament understandable for common people
  • Making Old Testament characters real
  • Getting the bookends of the Scriptures set
  • What about those who haven't heard?


May 11, 202357:46
TMCP 139: Jamie Taylor and McKinsey Swain on Finding Freedom in Christ
May 01, 202349:13
TMCP 138: Jesse Cruickshank on Ordinary Discipleship
Apr 24, 202301:00:13
TMCP 137: Cesar Perez on What to Do If We Struggle to Believe in God

TMCP 137: Cesar Perez on What to Do If We Struggle to Believe in God

Cesar Perez is the Executive Director of Christian Education Release Time (CERT) in Emmett, Idaho. CERT is a ministry that teaches Bible classes to public school students. He is also part of The Monday Christian team doing short apologetic-style videos on TMC's TikTok Channel. Cesar graduated with his BA in Church and Family Ministry and has been married to his wife Elisabeth for eight years and they have a son named Mateo. When he is not teaching or discipling students, Cesar loves exploring and having adventures in the mountains of Idaho.

Episode Talking Points:

  • April Fools Questions
  • A child of immigrants
  • Cesar's journey of faith
  • What to do when we can't hear God's voice
  • Why Cesar loves working with youth
  • Stories of God's redemption


Apr 01, 202301:00:57
TMCP 136: Benno van den Toren on How Christians Can Effectively Share Their Faith
Mar 22, 202301:01:58
TMCP 135: Alan Noble on Getting Out of Bed

TMCP 135: Alan Noble on Getting Out of Bed

Alan Noble (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, cofounder and editor in chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and an advisor for the AND Campaign. He has written for the Atlantic, Vox, BuzzFeed, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and First Things. He is also the author of Disruptive Witness and You Are Not Your Own.

Episode Talking Points

  • Alan's experience during his baptism
  • The "why" behind Alan's book, On Getting Out of Bed
  • Start with worth
  • The hyper-competitiveness of the contemporary world
  • "The weariness of the self"
  • Christian communal rhythms
  • Doing the next right thing
  • Hope from others during dark times
  • "keep crawling forward"


Mar 13, 202358:06
TMCP 134: Jon Pyle on Valuing Care Over Content
Mar 08, 202355:07
TMCP 133: Isaiah Robertson on Why Black Church History Holds Many Answers for White Western Christians
Feb 28, 202355:54
TMCP 132: Matthew Lynch on How We Handle Hard Passages in the Old Testament
Feb 21, 202301:03:56
TMCP 131: David and Elisa Lozano on Leading Celebrate Recovery

TMCP 131: David and Elisa Lozano on Leading Celebrate Recovery

David and Elisa are the leaders of Celebrate Recovery at Grace Bible Church in Nampa, Idaho. They have been married for fourteen years and have a powerful story of redemption. As Elisa likes to say, "I used to be a soldier for the world and now I am a soldier for Christ." David and Elisa see their lives as an example of how God can turn a person's "mess" into a "message." They come from two different worlds, but they believe they found each other because God has a plan for their lives. Together, they run a small business and do all they can to offer hope to others. 

Episode Talking Points:

  • Growing up in a non-Christian background
  • Going to prison
  • Finding God where they least expected 
  • Leading Celebrate Recovery
  • Why no one is beyond hope 

Feb 13, 202358:44
TMCP 130: Alan Fadling on How Christians Can Live Unhurried Lives
Feb 06, 202348:19
TMCP 129: Janice McWilliams on Ways Christians Can Restore Their Souls
Jan 30, 202301:03:50
TMCP 128: Jim Belcher on How Christians in America Can Unify Rather Than Divide
Jan 23, 202353:30
TMCP 127: David Fitch on the Importance of Faithful Presence
Dec 05, 202239:53
TMCP 126: Brent Vernon and Johnathan Arnold on the Importance of Catechizing Kids

TMCP 126: Brent Vernon and Johnathan Arnold on the Importance of Catechizing Kids

Johnathan Arnold is a husband, father, and Senior Pastor in Central Pennsylvania. He came to faith while reading the Scriptures in public high school, began attending a local church, completed a Bible college program, then served as an assistant and associate pastor for seven years before becoming a senior minister. He is pursuing graduate studies and enjoys writing and podcasting. Johnathan founded to explore important theological ideas in community with experienced theologians and practitioners, in service of local churches and pastors.

Brent Vernon is a singer-songwriter, ventriloquist, and children's author-illustrator from South Florida. As a creator, he continues to balance his tour schedule with developing products, writing new stories, and designing children's books for other authors. Despite the constant motion, Brent insists there is a point to it all: "My ultimate goal is to make a meaningful connection with people and point them to a loving God—a God who can change us from the inside out. What we do in this life matters in the next. And because of God's grace revealed to us through Jesus, we have the hope of eternal life. I feel strongly that my talents must be used to share redemptive messages to promote healing and wholeness in our hearts and homes."

Episode Talking Points

  • Brent and Johnathan's journey to faith in Christ
  • The impetus behind their project for children
  • The importance of catechizing children (and adults)
  • "Made to be happy in God"
  • The power of the arts in spiritual formation
  • The Holy Joys Kids Catechism


Nov 22, 202256:52
TMCP 125: Sarah Cowan Johnson on Teaching Our Kids Well

TMCP 125: Sarah Cowan Johnson on Teaching Our Kids Well

Sarah is a ministry trainer, consultant, and coach based in Providence, RI. With nearly 20 years of ministry experience in the church and parachurch, Sarah is passionate about equipping ministry leaders to flourish in their unique callings and contexts.

Before starting her own business, Sarah served as a Campus Staff Member and Area Director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where she developed local, regional, and national training experiences for both staff and students. After more than a decade on staff with InterVarsity, Sarah was assessed and approved by the Covenant Church as a church planter and served as the Executive Pastor for Sanctuary Church, a family of neighborhood congregations in Providence. Her primary responsibilities at Sanctuary included developing the people and the systems necessary to sustain healthy planting and growth.

Episode Talking Points

  • Sarah's journey as a "PK" and coming to faith in Christ
  • The 50% rule
  • Co-opting daily routines for spiritual formation
  • The power of simple habits
  • John Westerhoff and spiritual development
  • Discipleship in four directions
  • "Weirdos forever"


Nov 01, 202253:00
TMCP 124: Hannah Nation on How Chinese Christians are Being "Faithfully Disobedient"

TMCP 124: Hannah Nation on How Chinese Christians are Being "Faithfully Disobedient"

Hannah Nation is a frequent writer and speaker on both contemporary Chinese gospel movements and the history of women in the church, both academically and popularly. Her speaking on both topics ranges from presenting at academic conferences to leading local church retreats. She is a research associate at Gordon-Conwell's Center for the Study of Global Christianity and member of several societies, including the Tyndale Fellowship and the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS). She has written for The Gospel CoalitionChristianity TodayPloughbyFaith, and Mere Orthodoxy, among other various platforms.

Episode Talking Points

  • Hannah's story of coming to faith in Christ
  • Hannah's first trip to China
  • Government church in China
  • Responding to persecution
  • Sustaining during times of persecution
  • Union with Christ and the Christian call to suffering
  • Chinese church and the spiritual disciplines
  • Wang Yi
  • Testifying to the reality of another world


Oct 20, 202258:52
TMCP 124: Trevin Wax on The Thrill of Orthodoxy
Oct 11, 202201:00:45
TMCP 123: Claude Alexander on Deciphering God's Call for Our Lives

TMCP 123: Claude Alexander on Deciphering God's Call for Our Lives

Bishop Claude R. Alexander Jr. is senior pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He serves on the board of Christianity Today, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and He is the chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's board of trustees and a past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference, and previously served on the board of Mission America Coalition.

A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, Bishop Alexander has consistently been listed among the most influential persons in Charlotte, North Carolina, working with government and community officials to address the community's most critical issues. He holds a BA in philosophy from Morehouse College, an MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a DMin from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kimberly, have two daughters.

Episode Talking Points

  • Claude's growing up years and his missionary mother
  • Is God talking or is it bad pizza?
  • Seeking a place vs. the person of God
  • God's calculus
  • Blindspots and the body of Christ
  • "To get Jesus is to get the Church"


Oct 03, 202255:18
TMCP 122: Bonnie Kristian on How to Become a Person Others Trust
Sep 26, 202251:49
TMCP 121: David Lamb on The Emotions of God
Sep 23, 202248:39
TMCP 120: Jay Kim on How We Control Our Media Devices Without Them Controlling Us

TMCP 120: Jay Kim on How We Control Our Media Devices Without Them Controlling Us

Jay Y. Kim serves as the lead pastor at WestGate Church in the Silicon Valley and on the leadership team of the ReGeneration Project. His writing has been featured in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Missio Alliance, and Relevant Magazine. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children.

Episode Talking Points

  • Growing up years, deconstruction, and becoming rooted in Christ
  • The "why" behind Jay's writing of The Analogue Christian
  • Clarity in witness to our culture
  • Jay's coffee shop story
  • Non-neutral setup/design of social media
  • Handling personal attacks online
  • Intentionality with digital devices
  • The fruitful life


Sep 13, 202249:16
TMCP 119: Jim Domen on Parents' Hope for their Gay Son

TMCP 119: Jim Domen on Parents' Hope for their Gay Son

Jim Domen shares the following bio of his life: 

"I never imagined that I would enter the homosexual lifestyle after being raised in a God-fearing home and accepting Christ at age seven. After I graduated from George Fox University, I was so desperate to love and be loved that I didn’t care that my partner was HIV positive. God changed my life forever on June 8, 2002, when I lost all my worldly possessions and distinctly heard God’s voice telling me to come back to Him. I told God, “I’m yours again,” and I began to realize that His strength is made perfect in my weakness – even in someone as broken as me.

God began to restore me and I enrolled in seminary at Azusa Pacific University. I learned how to be obedient to God’s voice and how to interpret the Bible. God continued His work of redemption and gave me opportunities to share my story publicly.

After I graduated from seminary, I became a pastor at Rose Drive Friends Church. I realized that I could no longer ignore the troublesome news stories about public policy and it discouraged me to hear Christians who did not understand how to articulate their worldview. Around this time, Proposition 8 was being fought in the culture and I found myself on the front lines promoting God’s plan for marriage: the union between a man and woman. At press conferences and rallies, I met the founder of Focus on the Family’s California Family Council, who became my boss and mentor after I was asked to join California Family Council. After six years at CFC, God strategically called me to begin Church United in 2016. Church United’s vision is to transform California for Christ by 1) Disrupting Pastors, 2) Uniting the Church, and 3) Transforming our Communities.

Six years after leaving the gay lifestyle and one month before the successful passage of Proposition 8, God continued His work of restoration when I met my wife, Amanda. She is “God’s gift from Heaven.” We were married in 2009 and five years later God blessed us with our daughter, Aliah, whose name in Hebrew means “ascending to God” – just like our praises to Him for giving us the gift of becoming parents. Two years later, Amanda gave birth to our son, Ryker, whose name means 'strong leader,' and in 2018, we had our third child, Asher. Her name means 'Happy and blessed.'”

Episode Talking Points:

  • Growing up in a Christian household
  • The day he realized he was attracted to men
  • Life with his gay partner in California 
  • Meeting his wife Amanda and having three kids
  • Redemption 


Sep 07, 202247:45
TMCP 118: Tommy Newberry on How Philippians 4:8 Changed His Life
Aug 30, 202255:21
TMCP 117: Bekele Shanko on His Journey From Serving an Ethiopian Witch Doctor to Becoming a Global Leader

TMCP 117: Bekele Shanko on His Journey From Serving an Ethiopian Witch Doctor to Becoming a Global Leader

Bekele Shanko joined full-time missionary work with Campus Crusade for Christ International in Ethiopia in 1993. Since then, he has held diverse leadership roles for the organization, including National Director for Ethiopia for five years, Area Director for Southern and Eastern Africa for 11 years, and Global Vice President since 2010.

Bekele also serves as President of the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication (GACX), a global network of church-planting organizations, which he helped to launch in 2011; President of the Global Academy for Transformational Leadership (GATL), which he founded in 2008; and leader of the task force “Body of Christ in Every Place,” as part of the Finishing the Task movement.

Bekele was involved in designing and leading major national and international evangelistic projects, such as Operation Philip in Ethiopia, Operation Sunrise Africa in Southern and Eastern Africa, and Global Church Movements, which seeks to plant a church for every 1,000 people worldwide through training and church multiplication.

Before joining Campus Crusade for Christ, Bekele worked for the Ethiopian government as a head of information management for the National HIV/AIDS Control Program for five years. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Statistics and Mathematics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, a doctorate in Global Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University, and certificates in Executive Leadership and Executive Negotiation from Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively.

Bekele and his wife Shewa have four children — Nathan, Elim, Philip, and Nesiel and over the course of their ministry, the Shankos have lived in Ethiopia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States.

Episode Talking Points

  • Growing up years in Ethiopia
  • Bekele's father and the witch doctor
  • Bekele and Bill Bright
  • Barriers to partnership in the body of Christ
  • Kingdom principles of partnership
  • Power in unity, humility in relationships
  • Discipleship crisis
  • The good news


Aug 16, 202258:33
TMCP 116: Dave and Ezra on Thriving in the Grind

TMCP 116: Dave and Ezra on Thriving in the Grind

Episode Talking Points

  • The good in the grind
  • Perspectives on daily discipline
  • Our perceptions of God and how they color relationship
  • Reading the First Testament in light of the New
  • Reading the Scriptures responsibly
  • Light, tradition, and Tradition
  • Christians and sin

Aug 10, 202201:00:13
TMCP 115: Ben Adams on How to Find God Again When You Feel Like You've Lost Him

TMCP 115: Ben Adams on How to Find God Again When You Feel Like You've Lost Him

Ben Adams is a local representative for the State of Idaho. He was born in Jupiter, Florida and raised on the mission field in Kiev, Ukraine. As a pastor’s son in Emmett, Idaho he was a home school graduate and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at Boise State University. He is a retired Marine Corps sergeant and served two combat tours in Afghanistan and one Marine expeditionary deployment as part of a battalion landing team. He is a Christian and married to his wife Rebecca and they have children, Dylan and Phoebe. 

Episode Talking Points:

  • Growing up in Ukraine
  • Life as a missionary kid
  • Seeing God move in incredible ways
  • Joining the Marines
  • Afghanistan 
  • PTS and alcohol abuse
  • Becoming an Idaho State Representative 


Aug 01, 202201:17:08
TMCP 114: Marjorie Lindner Gunnoe on the Relationship Between Christianity and Psychology
Jul 26, 202251:18
TMCP 113: Sandra Morgan and Kimberly McOwen Yim on Practical Ways Christians Can End Human Trafficking
Jul 17, 202249:50
TMCP 112: Joel Chopp on the Relationship Between Science and Faith
Jul 12, 202243:34
TMCP 111: Bill Ury on Why Holiness is Such a Beautiful Thing
Jul 04, 202201:01:37
TMCP 110: Dave and Ezra on Why Life Is So Important

TMCP 110: Dave and Ezra on Why Life Is So Important

In this episode, Dave and Ezra discuss the recent overturn of Roe Vs. Wade, laws on gun control, and what it should look like for a Christian to enjoy life. 

Jun 27, 202244:22
TMCP 109: Michael Bird on Whether Christians Should Resist Living in a Secular Culture
Jun 23, 202201:00:45