The Threshing Floor

Our hosts continue Joshua's interview with worship leader and poet Jason Upton. Jason shares more about worship leading, the role of prophecy in worship and how eschatology shapes our worship and worship writing. 

Drew and Joshua also answer some questions about what apocalyptic scenario they would rather be in, 

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On The Threshing Floor this week....

Chad is probably duck hunting, more on Advent and ministry and what ministry looks like in formation rather than performance. 

Joshua sits down with worship leader Jason Upton, a highly influential singer-songwriter with the heart of a Pastor. In part 1 of this interview, they talk about his journey into ministry and the influences in that process. If you are a fan of prophetic worship, don't miss this one. 

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It's the Threshing Floor's 50th episode! We celebrate this milestone by sitting down with sower-in-chief Rev. John David Walt. We take a short detour into our usual antics with JD in tow and then have a conversation about Advent. JD talks about the importance of Advent as a season, the eschatological dimensions of Advent and the power and role of poetry has an engine of expectation.

We are giving away 5 copies of JD's new book, Not Yet Christmas, to the first 5 listeners to tweet #boomsauce to us @ttfpodcast.

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In this episode of the Threshing Floor we go back in time to New Room 2015. Chad and Joshua sit down with the infamous Dr. Howard Snyder. We have a fabulous conversation about creation care, incarnational theology and the power of realizing the presence of Christ. We get into eschatology (one of the TTF's favorite topics). 

We also take some time to talk about tambourines in worship and what you can look forward to for our 50th episode. 

Salvation Means Creation Healed
The Community of the Kingdom

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48: Christian Trolls and All Saints

What happens when Christian Artists go see Taylor Swift and share it on Instagram? (We promise this is the last episode we talk about Taylor Swift). ((Seriously)). #wehopeso

Our hosts also talk about their first experience with All Saints and why the All Saints celebration is a necessary part of not only Christian worship, but the larger theological perspective of Christianity. 

We also go through some listener mail, talk about Joshua's Halloween costume and get into a little #cagerage.


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This episode our hosts begin a two-part conversation on Death, Dying and Grief. Today, we specifically share about what it looks like to pastor people in the middle of grief and why the Christian Church needs a better concept of death. We also share about the birth of Drew's son, McDonalds 24 hr breakfast and more about Ryan Adams 1989. In the end, we go through some listener mail.

Resources Mentioned:
Stanley Hauerwas on How the Church deals with Death
Tom Long: Accompany Them With Singing
James K A Smith: Desiring the Kingdom
James K A Smith: Liturgical Lessons From Ryan Adams 1989

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Joshua and Chad sit down with Mike Breen, founder and 3dm. Mike is a discipleship guru and we had the time to grab him at New Room 2015. For 30 minutes, Mike opens up on the rawness of discipleship, the language of "missional", the family space, and why movements must be anti-fragile.

The hosts also talk about the latest Ryan Adams/Taylor Swift collaboration and do a quick run down of New Room.

The Black Swan: The Impact Of The Highly Improbable
Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
The Rise of Christianity
The Triumph of Christianity


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The boys are back in town.


Chad, Drew and Joshua sit down to have a conversation about the recent Ashley Madison scandal and integrity in ministry. 

We also realize it is our 45th episode and contemplate what the Threshing Floor's mid-life crisis will be. We also talk about the worship record that sticks with us the most and Drew's wife giving birth to a man cup in the coming weeks. 

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In this episode of The Threshing Floor, Drew and Joshua interview Dr. Quincy Brown, associate pastor at Peachtree City UMC in Peachtree City Georgia. They discuss growing up in the South, being a minority voice in ministry, and ways young leaders can engage in conversations about race that honor Christ and the other. They also discuss issues of social power and how recognizing where one sits in the social milieu is critical in engaging people who are unlike you.

They also discuss Chad’s absence due to breakfast, Vinyl Record Day, and 5 “Seed Thoughts” as to why everyone should go to New Room. 

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Episode 43: The Darkside of Leadership

Chad and Joshua run wild without Drew on this episode of the Threshing Floor. They share the longest they went between visits to the dentist and high dollar recreational vehicles.

We also have a discussion about the underbelly of leadership, those times you just have to grind down on new skills and growing as a minister. We focus our conversation around two topics. Leading under stress and leading through weaknesses. 

Resources Mentioned:
Tim Keller's Leadership and Church Size Dynamics (free .pdf)
John Maxwell
Henry Nouwen In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
Patrick Lencioni
Will Mancini Church Unique
Volunteer Rocket
Episode 5 with Mike Gammill

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The Threshing Floor continues our conversation with Dr. Matthew Sleeth in this episode. Dr. Sleeth shares about sabbath and what it means and our hosts talk about their Sabbath experiences and struggles. We also talk about being offended on facebook, share our seedthought of the 5 best albums for Sabbath Soundtracking. And finally...Joshua is back. 


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Drew sits down with Dr. Matthew Sleeth and has a conversation about wants, the speed of life and what it means for a Christian to care about creation. Drew and Chad also have a conversation about the recent S.C.O.T.U.S ruling over marriage, we talk about favorite hangouts and why #nicholasvillerocks



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The Threshing Floor hits episode 40. 

In this episode our hosts talk about fashion and ministry, consipiracy theory and why Drew always stops conversation. We have an extended conversation about the role of education, both formal and informal, in ministry. 

We finish the episode dreaming of what movie we wish Hollywood would remake. 

Sasquatch Chronicles: Nephilim Conspiracy
The Genesis 6 Conspiracy: How Secret Societies and the Descendants of Giants Plan to Enslave Humankind

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In our first summer episode our guys talk about their favorite beginnings of summer, snow cones vs. snow balls and early 90's Christian television. When things get a little serious, the boys talk about Aldersgate and the role of salvation in Wesleyan theology. To finish up the episode, we have our 3rd (and final) discussion about Mad Max: Fury Road.

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How do you define discipleship? This is exactly the question our hosts talk about today. We also sidebar off and share the movie we are really excited about coming out, how international Hummus day is a horrible holiday, where to get great catfish and we share the books we have been reading. 

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We're back.

In this episode Chad and Drew sing more than Joshua. We find out more about how Joshua's Dad thought he had a girlfriend because of The Threshing Floor. We also discuss great country songs, what Drew should be naming his child and why Episode 2's "Redneck Hibachi" is still the greatest idea ever.

On a more serious note our hosts talk about what the word Gospel actually means. We work through some of the more popular (and current) ideas of the word and why it is important to have both a wide and narrow view of the Gospel. Plus, Joshua mentions NT Wright 1,983,019 times.

We also go through listener mail and talk about church revitalization, websites and being gospel centric.

Resources Mentioned
Simply Good News: Why The Gospel is News and What Makes It Good by N.T. Wright
The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight
Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Tim Keller


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We continue our Missional month with a great interview with Dr. Brian Russell of Asbury Seminary. Brian shares how and why he teaches from a missional perspective in his classes and what being missional means for every local church. He shares a tremendous amount of wisdom with us this episode. 

Brian is also the author of Invitation, a 10 week Bible study teaching basic fundamentals of scripture. 

The Threshing Floor is giving away a workbook and DVD of Invitation, over a $100 value, over the next two weeks. Just retweet us on twitter @TTFpodcast.

Besides our interview with Brian we talk about major life changes in the near future, Chad joining a bigfoot organization and we share 5 seedthoughts on "What you do when spring comes."


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It's Missional Month at The Threshing Floor. This month our hosts are having a conversation with other leaders about what missional means in different contexts and how ministries see themselves as missional. 

In this episode we have a conversation with Adam Weber, the founding and lead pastor of Embrace in South Falls, SD. Embrace is a leading UMC church and Adam shares some great wisdom and drops gospel bombs on us. Seriously-if you listen to this interview you just might find yourself having church.

We also go through some listener mail, talk about our own definitions of mission and start a brand-new segment on the Threshing Floor; 5 Seed Thoughts. 

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In this episode of The Threshing Floor Joshua interviews the Rev. Carolyn Moore, founding pastor of Mosiac United Methodist Church in Augusta, Georgia. Carolyn shares her story of call, the role her family plays in her ministry, how there needs to be a different conversation about gender roles in leadership and how people can support women in ministry.

Our hosts talk about the interview, great 80's movies and Lindsey Lohan. 

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Chad and Joshua host our annual Lent episode. We talk about Lent as an individual practice vs a community practice. Joshua has found his future wife and what the best Bill Murray costume is also makes the show. Additionaly, we take some time to talk about dumb things we have done as adults and go through twitter conversations.



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This week on the Threshing Floor our triumphant hosts talk about three different issues.

1. Our thoughts about the famous phrase from the Westminster Catchecism "The Chief End of Man is..." 
2. Our hosts least favorite books of the Bible.
3. Duke University and the Muslim call to prayer.

Besides such weighty topics, we talk about 1980's arcades, Waynes World and way Sam's Club has the best combo meals. We end the episode with a discussion about which John Wayne is better, Western Duke or Military Duke. 


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For this 31st episode of the Threshing Floor hosts Joshua Toepper and Chad Brooks try to make it work without Drew. We talk about 2014 and our favorite things. We spend time talking about our new favorite Country singer, what happens when Chad misses an episode of the podcast and reminisce about the early days of The Threshing Floor podcast. Chad shares the top 6 Threshing Floor episodes of 2014. 

We have a conversation about the major conversations of Christianity in 2014 and what it means for the worldwide church. 

Thanks for making 2014 such a successful year in podcasting and at Seedbed. 

We wrap up our episode with some listener suggestions via twitter (hit us up at @ttfpodcast). We talk about theologians in conversation with John Wesley and how the means of grace matter in community. 

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