What's With all the Deconstruction Stories? With Sean McDowell — The Alisa Childers Podcast #80
It seems like every time we turn around there is another high-profile Christian who announces they've lost their faith. Why does this seem to be happening now? Sean McDowell joins me to talk about his conversations with deconstructed Christians, the nature and pressure of being a public Christian, and what role that might play in all the deconstruction stories we are seeing.
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*** Since Sean and I recorded this podcast, I was invited to have a conversation with Jon Steingard as well, which we did on the Southern Evangelical Seminary Facebook livestream. You can watch that conversation here:
9/22/2020 05:09:50 am
Hi Alisa! Looking forward to receiving your new book in the mail. I was trying to listen to the video with Jon at the end and it would not play. I am not on FB so is that why? And I appreciate Sean's heart for people and not just writing them off. All lives matter and are salvageable until they have no breath.
9/22/2020 10:03:04 am
Thanks for this! I recently had an encounter on social media with a girl who had previously been a member of our church, however I had no idea she had left our congregation. She had posted something that was contradictory to Biblical Justice and in line with false idolatry of race. It filled me with righteous indignation and in my lack of discernment, I responded in a way that really hurt her as well as strengthened her deconstruction process. She messaged me and began to attack me, my church and it was then that I realized she was in this deconstruction zone. We ended up blocking each other and in reflection, I realized I have missed an opportunity to love on her and build her up in her faith. Ever since, God has been working on this part of me and building me up to respond differently. Your conversation has been instrumental in my growth. Please pray that I can continue to be equipped with knowledge and love so I can build others up in their faith and hope. I do not want to be a resounding gong or a clanging symbol, but to bring God glory with my life and response.
9/24/2020 12:13:25 pm
Thank you so much for this thoughtful approach to those that leave. I have a prodigal daughter who left the faith during grad school and has been very hateful toward Christians and life ever since. You gave me some great ideas about how to relate to her, how reach her, how to listen to her, how to approach the whole nasty mess. She was never raised in a legalistic household, but she was exposed to legalistic Christian families that "infiltrated" our church. We eventually left that church for that reason. I thought she was dealing with this well until grad school when she was exposed to an antichrisitan crowd and caved? to them. She won't talk about what happened so I am left to guess. The caricature of Christians she has in her head is not recognizable to the Christians I know. They are so legalistic and rules based.... I wouldn't like that kind of person either. Grace found me.
10/1/2020 07:36:39 am
Excellent interview. My wife and I have started a ministry called Truth Pursuit with a focus primarily on those who are involved in the NAR. We feel a call to help rescue people out of that movement, especially those who are involved with Bethel in Redding since we live near that city and have some long time connections with the church. The things you and Sean talked about regarding experience verses the awareness of our sin and the need for God's grace is something that caught our attention, as we have seen the lack of sin awareness in many churches today. Thank you for what you do.
10/4/2020 01:44:50 am
I couldn't find a contact page in your website to write an email, since I came up recently with a video of your interview about "Progressive Christianity is dangerous"
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