The Threshing Floor (general)

In the final regular episode of The Threshing Floor, Joshua, Drew and Chad share about their favorite episodes over the past 4 years. We also share our ideal apocalyptic scenario. We end with a special presentation from Joshua. 

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It's Ascension day! For our second-to-last episode, we sit down with our former boss, current friend, and always Jedi High Master, JD. Walt. We've been looking forward to this conversation. Buckle your belts and hold on. This is some next-level stuff. 

Sabbath with JD Walt | PP 5
Solid Country Gold | TTF 50

* The day Jesus took off.
* Waylon Jennings “If you see me getting smaller…”
* zip lining Jesus
* heaven is sideways. It’s right here.
* Jesus is 6 feet way
* The holy spirit brings Jesus from with us to within us
* What does it mean for us to have a king
* multidimensional state of reality
* Where is he and where are we?
* Chad preached ascension without knowing it.
* What if we are all asleep?
* #somelivesmatter
* what is the meaning of divine love?
* Enlightenment doesn’t mean upward, it faces downward.
* Love is counterintuitive
* T-shirts

The Unseen Real by Steve Seamands
Surprised by hope by NT Wright
How the world Lost its Story - Robert Jenson

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Welcome to the Threshing Floor. We talk with Pete Greig, founder of the 24/7 prayer movement and author. This conversation comes live from New Room 2016.

We also share

  • Bill Nye meme's
  • Rocky 4
  • Over The Top
  • Stallone Movies
  • Longing for more of God
  • Tired of past and present forms of prayer
  • Tired of out-sourcing prayer to the old ladies
  • The Lord will try to bless us in and through prayer
  • We have to learn to talk to God and act out Holy things
  • Prayer is not static, it's where everything begins
  • The Glory of God manifests itself in the dirt of the world
  • Big Threshing Floor news


New Room 2017
Red Moon Rising
Dirty Glory

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In this episode, Joshua and Drew settle down for a nice long conversation directed by twitter feedback. We handle a multitude of topics offered up by you. 

  • Chad is out.
  • Meredith is doing the ironman.
  • Thunderdome and Meredith can take #masterblaster.
  • Joshua's new position.
  • Allan Bibles
  • Ministry with Muslims and Bible carrying. 
  • Having a presentation Bible. 
  • #snookie or Star Wars?
  • Dennis Kinlaw.
  • leaving a legacy of making disciples.
  • Pickup trucks and the Highwaymen.
  • Which Highwayman are the hosts?
  • Facebook and augmented reality.
  • Is internet interaction a place/location or an action?
  • Inerrancy and infallibility.
  • Bible worship or Jesus worship. 


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In this episode of The Threshing Floor, we wanted to provide a different type of experience. The Easter Vigil is a tradition dating back to the early church and is still in practice in different expressions of Christianity today. It is a full worship service, complete with multiple expression of devotion to Jesus and includes baptisms and communion. 

This episode is an immersive experience into the rhythm of the Easter vigil and is complete with a conversation about the host's own experience and love for the vigil. We also have a special guest, Dr. Lester Ruth, research professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity. He speaks specifically about the role of baptism and the early expression of baptism in the Easter Vigil. Dr. Marilyn Elliot also serves as part of our experience together. Drew Causey wrote a few special pieces of music and performed some other songs perfect for the Easter Vigil. You will also here a few select clips from Leonard Ravenhill, Joshua's favorite revival preacher. Chad has edited all of the together in a special auditory presentation.

So sit back, put on your headphones and spend the next hour with The Threshing Floor's special Easter Vigil Episode. 


Resources Mentioned:

Walking Where Jesus Walked by Dr. Lester Ruth

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Our hosts are back with an action-packed episode full of excitement, suspense, and romance...well, not really. We have a conversation about prayer and what it means to us currently.

  • Death Zombie Flu.
  • Call of Duty Zombies.
  • Get Out.
  • Event Horizon.
  • Ernest Goes to Camp.
  • Jurassic Park.
  • What does ministry look like to you right now?
  • church adolescence. 
  • Senior Pastors get dessert. 
  • Watching the Shack.
  • #ShackRant
  • Jesus in the midst of chaos. 
  • The era of the plastic. 
  • Disciplines as a trellis. 
  • create space and structure. 
  • Scripture/Prayer process. 
  • Recent prayer life. 
  • What does it mean to have short prayers?
  • Pissed off Eugene Peterson.
  • How do we bridge the suburban and urban church?
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Chad sits down with Adam Weber, lead pastor of Embrace Church, and has a conversation about prayer and his new book Talking with God. Chad and Joshua talk about prayer and how big of fans we are of Adam. 

Our conversations include: 

  • RIP Bill Paxton.
  • The Summer will have her fury. 
  • Hatfield and McCoy's
  • Sturgill Simpson and his grammy. 
  • The roots of Bro Country. 
  • Roadies. 
  • The Allman Brothers.
  • Conversation with Adam.
  • How we all love Matt LeRoy. 
  • Shift in prayer life.
  • It's isn't a last resort.
  • It shifts into the first thing. 
  • Prayer is the only option. 
  • your to-do list is secondary to staying with the Lord. 
  • Spend time on your knees. Literally.
  • Make prayer the foundation of your life. 
  • We don't need to #hustle so much. 
  • Sabbath. We aren't robots or machines. 
  • Corporate Prayer.
  • A staff value. 1st place is on our knees. 
  • Partnership Class. 1st ask is prayer. 
  • Prayer after services. 
  • Write/type while praying. 
  • Marca Dawn on Prayer. 
  • Our prayer life is like a phone call with loving parents. 
  • Shame and prayer. And why we need to drop it. 
  • Parent shaming. 
  • How you view God will determine how you pray. 
  • Chore or a relationship. 
  • Leadership and corporate prayer. 
  • Prayer is a deliberate and public activity.

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It's Lent. And we just finished Mardi Gras. On this episode, Chad and Drew have a conversation about getting ready for Lent and traditions before Ash Wednesday. We also have a conversation with Dr. David Fitch from Northern Seminary in Chicago. 

Our conversations include:

  • Joshua is skiing.
  • Youth group ski trips.
  • Movie censorship.
  • Mardi Gras.
  • Shrove Tuesday.
  • King Cake.
  • Fat Tuesday and the Filthy Fifty.
  • Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday is the liturgical version of the classic Beatles or Stones question.
  • David Fitch.
  • Theology of Sacramental Presence.
  • How the presence of Christ manifests in places.
  • How are sacraments turned outward.
  • A little fasting goes a long way.
  • The whole church needs more Lent.
  • You will not have a you that is a me without the us.
  • How have you become reconciled back to Christ for the purpose of this world?
  • Living as reconcilers.
  • We pray to "our" Father, not "my" Father. 
  • Different versions of the "presence" of Christ as subjective, experimental or a social reality.
  • Sin in the camp effects the camp (exodus). 
  • Peacemaking and reconciling.
  • Do we believe in reconciliation or do we do reconciliation?
  • What does Lent look like for the sake of other people?
  • Lent and communal sins.
  • Church Calendar (as Christendom).
  • Communal Penitence. 
  • Lent as a prophetic presence.
  • It can't just be purple stuff.
  • Post-modern reality is a reality of community.
  • Lent as the presence of Christ.
  • Christ is a social constructor NOT a social construct. 
  • David Fitch and his Facebook skills. 

Find and interact with David Fitch @fitchest and MissioAlliance 

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In this episode of the Threshing Floor, we sit down with John Heinz from Centerform, an innovation hub for Christian Ministry. Centerform serves as a co-working and event space in downtown Atlanta, Ga. 

Our conversation includes:

  • Red Dawn.
  • Gas station snacks.
  • What movie have you seen the most?
  • Casey Neistat.
  • John Heinz, the chief innovation strategist at Centerform.
  • Reurbanization and the church.
  • Engaging urban ministry.
  • Coexisting voices.
  • Centerform is about questions and getting the right people at the table and discovering the answers together.
  • Defining urbanization.
  • What is an innovation hub?
  • What it means to create a fishpond.
  • Discovering common language together. 
  • Rediscovering the idea of vocation. 
  • Space for pioneers and apostles. 
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We are back from our January break and ready to roll! 

In this episode, we hear from Joshua about his trip to Turkey and talk about what it means to leave our dreams and call on the shelf. It's a little different episode than normal, but it is full of great conversation. 

We talk about:

  • Yogurt
  • Catching Up
  • Taking January Off
  • Turkey or Turkey Dinner
  • Istanbul (or Constantinople)
  • The story of Joseph
  • Active and passive faithfulness
  • What does it mean when your call isn't happening?
  • Twitter feedback
  • The origins of "Alright, Alright, Alright"
  • #chadwins
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Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life!

In this episode, the tireless three have a conversation with Matt Leroy, pastor of Love Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC. We talk about his church plant, what it means to love your community and how that creates different churches. 

We also talk about:

  • Coffee consumption
  • Drinking tea
  • Young guns
  • Joshua's hippy tea
  • Turbo granola
  • The Rock
  • The Governator
  • Muscle making as a business
  • Twitter famous
  • Waffle House
  • name dropping missiologists
  • The Lovelab
  • The Flippity Flor
  • The productive pastor shames Matt and makes him want to take a nap.
  • The story of Love Chapel Hill
  • Gethsemane
  • Being in bivocational ministry intentionally. 
  • We think Matt was in Dazed and Confused
  • Being given to a place
  • navigating the distance between good and right
  • 3 lessons about giving yourself to a place
  • love it more than anywhere else
  • Admitting you don't have the answers
  • Becoming a student of your neighborhood
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In this episode, our hosts talk with the Rev. Dr. Winfield Bevins about church planting, Anglicanism, and home discipleship. 

Our entire conversation topics include:

  • The 12 Days of Christmas
  • Apostles Creed
  • The Christian music comparison poster
  • the 12 Days need new lyrics
  • the 12 Days should be your actual wishlist
  • The 12 Calvinist Days of Christmas
  • Joshua is a bad Anglican and doesn't know his Church Calendar
  • Epiphany
  • Martin Sheen and the 4th Maji
  • The ghost of Christmas past
  • Leading Church planting in a large institution
  • Surfing
  • The Jaws movies
  • the global church and church planting
  • becoming Anglican as an entire church
  • Remissioning our existing churches
  • Family discipleship
  • Losing an entire generation
  • The home as a domestic church
  • Making transitions and change
  • Resolutions and goal-setting
  • Structured growth for the future
  • Not Joel Osteen
  • Having goals focused on bigger vision
  • Marking before and after in our lives
  • The power of causative change

Mentioned Resources
Grow at Home by Winfield Bevins
History of the 12 Days of Christmas 
Winfield Bevin's on FOUNDRYcast with Chad

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Advent episode 2!  Our hosts sit down to talk about the missional side of advent and how folks can take a few steps deeper into the tradition. We also talk about favorite traditions around Christmas both at home and in the church. 

Episode Content includes:

  • When ministry gets intense.
  • Advent Calendars.
  • Lego Advent calendars.
  • Christmas mouse.
  • Calling out Matt Stout.
  • Anticipation and Advent.
  • Entry point into Advent.
  • Drew's Mom voice.
  • Johnny Matthis Christmas album.
  • Stories of hope. 
  • Eschatology.
  • Why we need to anticipate.
  • Jesus coming back. 
  • This isn't how it's going to be. 
  • If it can't bring light...then it isn't as good as we say it is. 
  • O little town of Alleppo.
  • Rescue and redemption.
  • He can save us. Even us. 
  • Being present and not losing hope. 
  • The presence and the future. 

The Threshing Floor Gift Guide for Procrastinators. 

  • Amazon gift cards
  • Tools of Titans -Tim Ferris
  • American Buffalo - Steve Rinella
  • The John Wesley Collection
  • Mono remaster of Pet Sounds
  • Sturgill Simpson a Sailor's Guide to Earth.
  • Joshua wants the entire collection of Florida-Georgia Line albums. 
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It's Advent! #mostwonderfultimeoftheyear.

Each year in December, the Threshing Floor plans out special Advent conversations. These are typically our most popular episodes each year. We are excited about this year!

In this episode you hear about:

  • We laugh at the beginning.
  • radagascar.
  • Lord of the Rings.
  • Tetherball.
  • sports designed for bullies.
  • Advent.
  • decorating and hope.
  • What are your advent essentials?
  • God's silence that we need to recognize.
  • What does it mean to die waiting?
  • Advent as reclaiming.
  • Advent as completeness.
  • What it means to wait

Advent Episode History

Advent 2013 | Prepare the Way
Advent 2014 | Christmas Traditions
Advent 2015 | Solid Country Gold, Advent, and JD Walt

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Happy Thanksgiving!

In this episode, the Threshing Floor talks all about Thanksgiving. We share traditions, memories and do a deep dive into the Biblical idea of the concept of Thanksgiving. Plus, plenty more great conversations from the thunderous three. 

We talk about:

  • Kids Snacks.
  • Why coffee is better overseas.
  • Son-In-Law.
  • Bio-dome.
  • Pauly Shore.
  • Pauly Shore as a sociological concept.
  • Squirrel Brains.
  • Board Games.
  • Fried Moon Pies.
  • What we love about thanksgiving.
  • TTF gets thanksgiving.
  • The Old Testament idea of thanksgiving.
  • The power of acknowledgment.
  • Thanksgiving as offering.
  • The New Testament shift towards gratitude.
  • Thankfulness in different cultures.
  • Sentimentality as tradition.
  • Someone doing something for you that you can't do yourself.
  • Acknowledging powerlessness. 
  • Thankfulness NOT entitlement. 
  • Sentimentality without deep revelation
  • Learning to be a thankful people.
  • Twitter feedback.
  • Tract as a verb. (tracted?)
  • Do you use a rosary or prayer beads?
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Today's episode of The Threshing Floor takes you back to the golden era of door-to-door evangelism and talks about handing out gospel tracts. We also talk about Joshua's odd eating habits and jump into some listener feedback. 

Our conversations include:

  • Bed Times.
  • The Hashbrown Bowl at Waffle House.
  • Why we need to record an episode at Waffle House.
  • Joshua is a ghostbuster.
  • #makewafflesgreatagain.
  • Food Hacks.
  • Milk and Cereal or Cereal and Milk?
  • G-Love's early 2000's hit about breakfast food.
  • Jack Chick's death.
  • Soul-winning.
  • Revelation 21:8
  • Chad bails on evangelism and goes to a tattoo parlor.
  • Facebook as the modern tract.
  • There are things about this mode of evangelism with good intention.
  • does it require people to be convinced?
  • The message of the gospel is meant to be translated by transformed people. 
  • If we don't have active transformation-evangelism is hollow. 
  • Discipleship and evangelism. 
  • Thanksgiving
  • The sanctification suitcase episode
  • The best Mario game ever. 

Mentioned links

R.I.P Jack Chick, comics scaremonger (AV Club)

Jack Chick is Dead (New Republic) 

From Four Laws to Four Circles (Christianity Today) 

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Get ready. We will only say it once.

Get ready.

In today's episode, our hosts sit down with the infamous theologian Tom Fuerst to talk about theology and his latest book Underdogs and Outsiders. And many other fantastic topics.

These conversations include:

  • Chicago Hot Dogs
  • The Threshing Floor's best episode ever
  • Chad went to Chicago
  • Chicago pizza culture
  • Leonard Ravenhill (of course)
  • Why Tom eats chicken fingers (almost exclusively)
  • God creating our emotions
  • Why theology matters and needs to be creative
  • The job of the preacher
  • Why we need to develop an ethos with preaching
  • Jesus is not sitting at the right hand of God to coddle us
  • Why preaching should be rough
  • The word of God should destroy us
  • twitter feedback
  • What we are reading right now
  • AW Tozer's overalls
  • Criss cross applesauce
  • Joshua's new podcast


Tom on Twitter @Thom1st

Underdogs and Outsiders (Cokesbury)


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Welcome to the Thunderdome!

Not really. But we are trying out a new segment called "The Suitcase." This week, Drew pits Joshua and Chad against each other as they explain sanctification. 

We also talk about:

  • Meeting listeners at New Room.
  • How the New Room Conference has changed.
  • what it means to practice a revival approach to Wesleyanism instead of justifying a revival approach to Wesleyanism.
  • The Squire.
  • How Joshua eats on the show.
  • Kevin from the office.
  • The path of discipleship vs. the path of grace.
  • The best mario game ever made.
  • Joe Dongell on love (Sola Sancta Caritas link).
  • The Suitcase.
  • Free of willful sin. (Baptist)
  • Encountering a Risen Lord (EO and Pentecostal)
  • A street definition of sanctification.
  • 3 Graces
  • Kalistos Ware

Thanks for listening! 

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What happens when the fabulous three meet up with the tremendous two? 

Episode 71 of The Threshing Floor. 

At the 2016 New Room Conference, our hosts gather around the microphones of two of our favorite people. We fired up the mics and let the Holy Spirit roll. What happened was a fascinating conversation about ministry. 

We talked about many different things, including;

  • The role of power and Christlikeness.
  • The role of power and women in ministry.
  • How we are called to sociological imagination.
  • What it means to not use power for the self, but for others.
  • The role of race and privilege.
  • Being a good neighbor.
  • The role of power in healing ministry and relationships
  • Listening first to what Jesus says.
  • Fear.
  • How do we act around fear.
  • When we become a poor servant rather than something awesome.
  • Performance.
  • When we have a crisis in the gap.
  • Learning that ourself is enough.
  • Healing and the true self.
  • Listening loosely.
  • Why "God using us" is janky.
  • How we distort the image of God in our language of call.
  • The temptation of performance.
  • Not taking yourself too seriously.
  • What's more powerful than giving your own power away.

We also want to congratulate the winner of our Isaiah Epic of Eden giveaway!

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We recorded a fantastic conversation about Fundamentalism and Orthodoxy. We had some audio problems, mainly outside noise from a recording feed. However, the content was great. 

We let a few listeners in on the audio, they loved we are releasing this as an unadvertised, non-counted episode. 


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In the 70th episode of The Threshing Floor, Chad and Drew talk about Joshua's dangerous and deadly podcasting setup. We also reflect on over 3 years of The Threshing Floor and talk about some shifts and changes we want to take. Our big conversation is about game changer gatherings and what it means to come together with other people.

Our conversation includes:

  • Segments on segments
  • Adventures in contextualization
  • How faith podcasting has changed
  • Passion One Day
  • summer camps
  • mission trips
  • How we are excited about New Room
  • What are we expecting?


Direct download: ttf70_mixdown.mp3
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In this Threshing Floor, Drew and Chad talk about our typical shade thrown to missing hosts. So we have decided that Joshua is at a desert monastic retreat center in the suburbs of Atlanta. Besides that, we focus our main conversation on the transition in ministry roles we each have gone through in the last 10 years.

Our conversation includes:

  • Gravel Pits
  • Joshua is a monk
  • cesspools
  • Salute Your Shorts
  • Rights of passage
  • Hog Hunting
  • Arm breaks
  • Cast warfare
  • BBQ sauce
  • 10 years ago we thought we would be doing...
  • 2nd chair leadership
  • Clarity of call
  • Being pigeon-holed in ministry
  • Clear distinct steps
  • God can call out of a deep revival movement
  • We have Master's degrees. We can make up words
  • Who we are in worship is rooted in our active call.
  • twitter questions
  • Our current favorite worship records
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In this episode, Drew sits down with his D.Min cohort leader, Michael Frost, and has a conversation about missional leadership. They dig deep into the power of stories and the realm of mission. 


Other conversations include; 


No Chad due to Foundry's VBS
Productivity and Sermon Prep
The Weirdest Sermons that We've Ever Experienced
Bible Math and the Omega Code
Josh's Summer in Atlanta
New Room and the TTF House Party (?)
New Room Give Away Details
Drew and Josh on Gardening
Drew in School and our intro of Michael Frost
Michael Frost Interview
Frost: How He got into the missional conversation
Frost: What does Missional even mean?
Frost: What he's writing about these days
Drew and his love of Australians
Mission leads to good stories
Do we know our neighbors? The Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge
Being on mission where you live
What is the relationship between worship and mission?
Josh and Drew share albums they have been listening to lately.
Peace Out
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So what were you expecting to happen?

In this episode, our main conversation centers around Holy Spirit expectation. More specifically, what does it mean to develop a culture in your life and church. 


We also talk about plenty of other great things. 

Nicknames for Chest Hair
Taco Bell Crunchwrap sponsorship
Bigfoot costume
Chuck Knows Church
Christian Mingle (again)
Babylon Bee
The Nutty Professor
John Mark McMillian or Tupac

Main Conversation
What does it mean for us to load the deck for the Holy Spirit to come?
Language creates culture
We have to talk about what it means to be the church
What does it mean to go to church expecting to meet with God
I didn't expect the Holy Spirit...I expected trouble
We expect God to come, sadly it's because we want him to do what WE want him to do
Liturgy of Faithfulness
So how do we foster this?
What if our expectation and preparation is the beginning?
Priest and prophet as opposed to preachers and pastors
We must welcome people into this reality

Direct download: TTF67_mixdown.mp3
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In yet another rousing episode of the Threshing Floor your hosts have a conversation about what it means to practice good self-care in ministry. We also have an extended conversation about what it means to grow old and homemade hair remedies. 

Our conversation includes (but is not limited to):

  • Willie Nelson's birthday cake
  • Getting old
  • Make Joshua's hair great again
  • Redneck mustard gas
  • Going grey
  • Oversize coveralls
  • Kingdom Week at Asbury
  • If you don't order your time...someone else will
  • Vocational ministry expectations
  • Learning to say no
  • The things that burn you out are usually not central to your own call and Passion
  • Everyone has chores
  • Chores vs. Passions
  • Learning to Develop Leaders
  • Huddle House vs. Waffle House
Direct download: TTF66_mixdown.mp3
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What happens when you mix Netflix and Christian dating? Well, you get a great movie to talk about and Joshua puts his dating life in the hands of Drew and Chad. This and more in the latest Threshing Floor!

Our primary conversation surrounds Christendom and the theology of infant baptism. We started our conversation with this article written by Jason Micheli called "Infant Baptisms Malignant Assumption."

Our topics include:

  • snoop dog greeting
  • preacher techno/sermon jams
  • Richter Giveaway 
  • Waffle House
  • Gas Station Breakfast
  • Joshua is a karaoke legend
  • Lionel Richie
  • Christian Mingle
  • Can Drew and Chad run start and run Joshua a Christian Mingle account?
  • Baptism
  • Christendom and the Water
  • baptism as a commitment to kingdom living
  • our bar for what it means to be a follower of Jesus is low
  • Baptism and to become more...
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In this episode of The Threshing Floor, Joshua and Chad sit down and have an amazing conversation with Dr. Sandra Richter. Dr. Richter is the author of the Epic of Eden and several other studies on Currently, Dr. Richter is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. 

This episode you can hear us talk about:

  • Is Chad dead?
  • Holding fish.
  • Joshua goes on a spiritual retreat.
  • Do we always need our phone?
  • What we rely on shows our coping mechanisms.
  • Unplugging and getting away. 
  • John 15. 
  • How are we giving room for the Holy Spirit to work?
  • Joshua bought a bonsai.
  • The karate kid
  • How Joshua bootlegged seminary
  • Does the Old Testament make God look like a monster?
  • Star Wars.
  • God's original blueprint. 
  • The fact that God loves us. 
  • The law. 
  • The Old Testament is a survey of a missionary God who loves his people. 
  • Other choices than striking us dead. 
  • The Threshing Floor is like iCarly.
  • Taylor Swift and Song of Songs
  • Who would win in a fight? Esther or Rahab?
  • Epic of Eden study.
  • information to transformation
  • Looking through scripture to where we see Jesus. 
  • Reading scripture without the Old Testament (and the impossibility).

We are stoked to give away a free set of Dr. Richter's latest Isaiah OneBook study. It will be released at New Room this year. To win you need to do these two things. 


1. Sign up for the New Room Conference. You can do that at

2. At checkout, use the code TTF in the box. That will enter you for the drawing. 


If you are already registered for new room, just shoot us an email at and let us know. We will make sure your name gets in the drawing. 

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The Threshing Floor is rounding the corner with the last few of our New Room Conference conversations. In this episode. Joshua and Chad sit down with the Rev. Dr. Timothy Tennent, president of Asbury Theological Seminary. We have a conversation about church planting, post-Christendom and the broader scope of worldwide Christianity.

Our larger conversation consists of:

  • Joshua's Jazz Intro
  • How we plan TTF
  • Rebecca Black
  • Editing the last episode
  • Why we make Andrew Dragos work more
  • The Warriors
  • The Church and global context
  • The center of global Christianity
  • Where does the church stand in relation to the world?
  • Living in post-Christendom
  • Post-Christendom doesn't assume having a voice.
  • Build it and they don't care



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The Threshing Floor is back! In this episode, our hosts sit down to talk about TONS of different things. Our larger conversation focuses on itinerancy and church leadership tenure. We also break down into conversations about Swedish Christian death metal, bowel health and Drew's guest appearance on the Parent Pastor Podcast.

We talk about

  • Flannel Lined Blue Jeans
  • Selling Bibles
  • Chad worked in Christian Retail
  • Sweden is metal only
  • LORDI 
  • Joshua's bathroom
  • squatty potty
  • Parent Pastor Episode with Drew (link)
  • Kids Television
  • Wildkratts
  • Giving Yourself to the City
  • Tenure length in different traditions
  • Giving yourself to your city
  • Joshua's use of Peace Out. 
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The Threshing Floor can almost get discount coffee at McDonald's! We are excited about our 61st episode. We have tons of great content geared up and ready for you. Our main discussion centers around some twitter conversations we have been having about missional priorities and how they can drive the decisions we make in church, leadership and worship. 

We also talk about;

  • our eligibility for sr. citizen discounts
  • Grey Beards
  • The Hair Club for Anglicans
  • Allan leather Bible's
  • Merle Haggard's death
  • Sturgill Simpson's new record
  • Joshua sings
  • Convoy
  • Having a clear sense of calling
  • What faithfulness means
  • Highway of Holiness
  • Are short term mission trips good?
  • who is God calling you to be?
  • The decisions that we make speak to the priorities that we have. 
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We have a guest this week. The Threshing Floor sits down with Padre Dean Simmer. Dean is an Anglican priest, IT specialist and soccer enthusiast in Detroit, Michigan. We talk about the power of embedding yourself in a localized culture and serving as a witness to the presence of Jesus. You can get more from dean at @mojodean and 


In this episode, you can hear about;

  • Joe Dongell's briefcase
  • Bigfoot calls
  • The Legend of Boggy Creek
  • Paris Hilton
  • Motley Crue vs. The Newsboys
  • God's Not Dead II
  • NES Duck Hunt
  • Professional Soccer
  • Detroit football
  • Ordination to a community
  • pastoring places and people
  • The Northern Guard
  • Church vs. Relationships
  • Plato's cave
  • Depression and openness
  • Vulnerability

We also share more about our friends at the Parent Pastor Podcast, Mark Swayze and the dead grandma game and The Art of the Sermon's recent interview with Rob Bell


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Happy Easter(tide). The Threshing Floor is super excited to talk about Easter today. We gathered together all of our crazy easter stories, favorite candy and plenty of other things to create a jaw-dropping, life-changing Easter episode for 2016.

Here is what we talk about:

  • Mini-Horses
  • Joshua's new ringtone
  • Periscope (the app, not viewing device)
  • Favorite breakfast cereal
  • favorite Easter candy
  • Easter puns
  • Easter traditions
  • Joshua sings (surprise)
  • Jesus getting into a light-saber fight
  • Willow the Movie
  • Crazy Easter Stories
  • Why Easter matters
  • Is Easter all about atonement? (Link to our episode on why atonement matters)
  • Preaching resurrection

Joshua's new ringtown link (Thanks to listener Matt Stout).

Remember to review and rate on iTunes! 

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Back at New Room of 2015, Joshua and Chad sat down with Mark Swayze. Mark is the Charles Wesley of the New Room movement. We talk about contemporary worship and worship songwriting. Here's our full rundown of conversation topics.

  • Periscope and Twitter
  • BBQ Deathbed Confessions
  • Canceling Church
  • Is it worship if the sacrament isn't there?
  • Parent Pastor Podcast
  • Metallica plays with an orchestra
  • What does it mean to lead worship with JD Walt?
  • Leading horrible worship songs
  • Working with Ed Cash
  • Theologically complex worship
  • The rest of the gospel is the best of the gospel
  • Worship songs written for the local church
  • Worship that ISN'T Pre-Salvific
  • What Wesleyan songwriting looks like. 
  • Why worship leaders need to write music
  • Local expression of worship songwriting
  • CCLI Top 100 Songs for United Methodists
  • Chad rants. a lot. Seriously. A LOT.


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The Three Horsemen of the cheap steak buffet are back with another award-winning episode of the Threshing Floor. In this episode we have a conversation about the role of adult conversion in the Christian Church. Specifically, we talk about the conversation about conversion inside of an infant baptism tradition. Joshua also spits out some serious knowledge he is learning in his ThM program at Candler School of Theology. 

Our conversation includes

  • Joshua's legendary "High-Ho Cherry-O" intro
  • Everyone's Dad like McDonalds coffee
  • Crocs
  • The Tedeschi-Trucks Band
  • Homestar Runner Lil'Brudder
  • Songs we won't get out of the car for
  • Chad learned the term "throwing shade"
  • What we mean by conversion
  • we've got to get used to the idea that people aren't Christian
  • the role baptism plays
  • The role "following up" plays in articulating the sacraments
  • head knowledge vs. heart knowledge
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The Threshing Floor is back with another hot episode. Our hosts talk about;

  • Snakes
  • G.I. Joe
  • The Serial Podcast
  • Donuts and donut burgers
  • Donuts and BBQ
  • Lent
  • What it means to die to yourself
  • more G.I. Joe 
  • What it means to cancel church


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 It's Ash Wednesday...wednesday, Wednesday, WEDNESDAY. 

In this episode we talk about...

  • Louisiana culture and Mardi Gras
  • Fat Tuesday vs. Shrove Tuesday
  • Fried fish dinners
  • Monster Truck rallies as great first dates
  • Joshua's families records against the Dralle brothers in Chicago area demolition derbies. 
  • The #selfie fascination with Ash Wednesday
  • Ash Wednesday as a cultural entry point into the church calendar
  • What Big Event strategies look like in ministry
  • Why we have a bad view of death (and how Ash Wednesday helps)

We are giving away 5 copies of's new Lent Soundtrack resource. Tweet #ttfsoundtrack to enter. 

The Threshing Floor would LOVE to get Dr. James K. A. Smith on the show (he is our favorite Calvinist). Would you help us with this? Tweet to @james_ka_smith to help us out...and tell him how much he NEEDS to be on The Threshing Floor?

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Threshing Floor. Live from New Room 2015. 

Chad and Joshua sit down with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Thompson, senior pastor of First United Methodist in Springdale, Arkansas. Andrew also holds a doctorate of Theology from Duke University. He has spent time in college ministry, local church ministry, teaching in seminary and is now the pastor of a large, vital congregation in Arkansas. 

Chad and Joshua have a conversation with Andrew about what it means to be a pastoral theologian and why it matters to carry your education into the pulpit. We also have a raucous good time with another Southern boy at the expense of Joshua. 

Andrew is also part of the podcast Behind the Sermon. It is an experiment in public theology in reference to the weekly preaching event. Make sure to check it out here. 

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In this episode of The Threshing Floor, our hosts sit down and talk about 2015. They share their favorite music and movies and then get into some more serious questions. They speak about what they are looking forward to, how they feel God leading them in 2016 and what ministry and leadership will be. 

We also share our excitement for the regional New Room gatherings. You can find more information out here

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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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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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It's Advent, one of our favorite seasons of the liturgical year! In episode 30, Josh and Drew discuss some of their family Christmas traditions, including boxing matches and brass band caroling. We open up the conversation with some of our TTF Twitter follower's questions about the Lord of the Rings movies and our thoughts on the Exodus movie (we haven't seen it...), and then move into our Advent conversation.. With some of our nation's current events in view, we discuss what it means to anticipate the coming of Jesus and the justice of the Kingdom as a people in process. We also talk about the call to readiness during the Advent season and what it means in our day and time to be prepared for the return of Christ. Josh and Drew also close the episode by sharing some of their gift ideas for you last-minute Christmas shoppers.

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Episode 29: Live from New Room 2014

In the final Threshing Floor episode featuring content from the New Room Conference, The Threshing Floor offers closing thoughts about the conference with a live audience.

If you have ever been curious what a random conversation with Drew, Joshua and Chad is like...then this is your episode. We get feedback from multiple other folks at the conference about the best learning moments at the conference. 

Plus, plenty of great banter and we finally let Joshua sing the majority of Usher's hit "Yeah" and Chad tells a story about eating horse. 

Productive Pastor Interview with Justin Wise on Call, Hustle and Why Goals Matter


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At the recent New Room Conference, the Threshing Floor had a chance to spend time with Alan and Deb Hirsch. It was a great time. Drew and Joshua managed to sit down and interview the Hirsch family. 

In addition to our interview, this episode features discussion about Patrick Swayze, Drew going to see Garth Brooks and Chad's most recent embarrassing musical declaration. 


We finish out our interview with a conversation about the future of the missional church. 

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Have you ever served in Youth Ministry?  In this episode Drew interviews Jeremy Steele, author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry and serves as the head of Youth Ministry Collective.

We also talk about crazy youth ministry stories, talent shows, Christian rap battles,  should Chad shave his beard and Joshua no longer is known as the singing host…and the infamous Asbury Ale 8 One Whassup.

We are giving away 2 copies of Jeremy’s latest book. You can win one by sharing a youth ministry story and use the #hashtag #TTFshebear.

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For the final installment in our series on Left  Behind our hosts talk about the best and worst parts of the Movie, rap about hanging out in hardware stores, Christian movies and do we go to heaven in our underwear?

We go through some user mail and talk with Joshua about his singing.

In the final part of the episode, Chad interviews Omar Rikabi about his upcoming seedbed resource on Left Behind theology and how it affects all of us.

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For the very first time, The Threshing Floor has a topic so wild it deserves a two part episode! In this first part, our hosts break down their own latent fears of being Left Behind, some Eschatological Terminology and their own memories of crazy church end of the world culture in the 1980's.

Chad also decides how much it is worth him hugging a fish, we do some reader mail and debate the best/worst (because seriously...they are the same thing) Nicholas Cage movies.


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On this episode of the Threshing Floor our hosts are live at the New Room conference. We share about the first day with Ed Stetzer and Alan and Deb Hirsch. We also go through a TON of listener tweets. We finish up with a listener question (via video) about social media and ministry.

We look forward to sharing day 2 with you in two weeks.

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In this episode of The Threshing Floor, our three hosts talk about something important to each of them. Throughout the history of the Church, healing and healing ministry has played an important role. In the 21st century, healing can get a bad rap or just disappear  in a general state of confusion.

Joshua, Drew and Chad share about the ontological necessity of healing and what role healing plays in our sanctification. They also talk about the different roles of healing in the life of believers as well as the difference between healing and coping.

As always, we get things off with a totally out there conversation. Joshua talks about Michael Jordan, Chad shares how his greatest fear came into reality and Drew talks about a recent trip to Guatemala. We also bat around the idea of Threshing Floor Bingo and what would make it on the card.

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In this episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts turn to a conversation on the hearts of many people today, The Middle East. We focus our conversation on having a heart for people outside of our world and what it means to cultivate a reality of living with a global mindset.

We also go through some twitter mail, share more about apocalyptic sidekicks, give reasons why we love vinyl records and go on an tangent about the matrix.

Resources Mentioned:
Standing in the shadow of the priest.
Omar Hamid Al-Rikabi

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In the 21st episode of the Threshing Floor our hosts talk about some old favorites and discuss the effects of season of life and seasons of ministry.

We also talk about the new Mad Max Fury Road Trailer, why post-apocalyptic stories are popular right now and what sidekick they would each pick to live in a post-apocalyptic world.

Resources Mentioned:
Pagan Christianity? Frank Viola and George BarnaChrist in Culture H. Richard Niebuhr

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Atonement. What's atonement?

In this episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts answer that question and talk about why atonement matters in our world. We also talk about contextualization and communion and middle eastern food in central Kentucky.

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After much fanfare and great effort, The Threshing Floor has finally managed to get this episode on Evangelism recorded. Evangelism is our Sasquatch, we can never manage to get a record of it. We share stories about our hangups with evangelism, but also why it is absolutely necessary for the Christian life.

We also talk about awkward patriotic moments, crowd participation during Lee Greenwood songs and a trained bald eagle.



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In this episode, one of our hosts is missing. Is Chad hunting bigfoot or does he just hate the show?

Joshua and Drew focus their conversation on The Sacramental Life and share about nostalgia. Plus, Joshua sings his favorite Dolly Parton song.


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In the 17th episode of The Threshing Floor Drew, Joshua and Chad talk about call. What does it mean to live out a called life, and what exactly is the called life? Does it belong to everyone or just those in ministry?

We also share about Joshua's visit with Chad, finding Phil Robertson's house and share the music we are listening too. We also give Joshua grief for his enjoyment of early 80's synth based Willie Nelson.

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In this episode, host Joshua Toepper shares about his trip to Rome and the hosts talk about the role of pilgrimage. They also talk about the role of subcultures and how groups of people learn to anchor themselves in the larger story of what God is doing.

Resources Mentioned.
Multiplying Missional Leaders. Review by Joshua Toepper
Reimagining Evangelism by Rick Richardson

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In this episode of The Threshing Floor, our hosts share their experiences with family dynamics in ministry. We talk about what it is like to be in ministry as single people, married with no children and married with kids. Part of this conversation is how we need to understand the mystery to all different dynamics of family and how we show what a life of faithfulness is like no matter where we are in life. All stages of life matter and our identity is found in our relationship with Christ.

We also talk about king cakes, Corrie Ten Boom and why Russell Crowe should never cover Johnny Cash songs.

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In the midst of the glorious (and Lent breaking) reality of the AM Crunchwrap our hosts find the time to talk about the recent movie Noah. They share a conversation about Biblical narrative, the nature of God and the interior human struggle of the Biblical Story. We also lament the loss of a childhood hero for two of the hosts and talk about the spring of super Jesus movies.

The Master List of Noah Links:
The Noah Movie and It's Sources

Noah: A Jewish Retelling
Sympathy For The Devil
The Storymen Podcast: Noah Episode

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Have you ever wondered if the world self destructs with only two people on The Threshing Floor? Well, you can relax, nothing bad happens. Joshua and Chad lead this episode talking about leadership, connection and influence. Joshua interviews Rev. Steve Wood, Senior Pastor of Mt. Pisgah UMC in the greater Atlanta area. Steve talks about self leadership, leading congregations and the upcoming Large Church Initiative conference. 

We also talk about the deeper side of Joshua and Chad's relationship and what leadership looks like online for people in ministry. 

Direct download: TTF13.mp3
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In this episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts get back to the basics of our relationship with a conversation on worship design. Drew interviews the Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry. In their conversation, Dr. Cherry shares about several topics: the centrality of Christ in worship, the rhythm of Eucharist and understanding worship as an appointment with God. If you are interested in worship, you will want to give this a listen.

Our hosts also talk about worship design and then share their oddest worship experience.

Resources Mentioned:
Your Best Move: The Transition Package The Worship (Dr. Cherry's website)
The Worship Architect (Book link)
Book of Common Prayer
Mr. Bean goes to church (youtube link)

Direct download: constance_cherry_mixdown.mp3
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On this episode of the Threshing Floor our three hosts share about the Church Calendar and what they love about Lent. We ask questions to each other about what it means to Lead lent as a pastor but also share some of our own decision of the changes we are making during Lent in our own lives. 

They also spend some significant time talking about Drew's journey into adulthood through fostering and the power of the incarnation in the daily life. 

The Threshing Floor encourages our listeners to use the hashtag #lenting and journey through the season of Lent with each other. 

Resources Mentioned:
Your Best Move: The Transition Package
Athanasius: The Life of Antony of the Desert
Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Direct download: 011Lent.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm CST

Episode 010: Creation and Orthodoxy

The Threshing Floor has hit double digits!

In our tenth episode we cover a plethora of topics. In our focus conversation, our hosts talk about the Ken Ham and Bill Nye debate. We ask ourselves questions about how we read Genesis, how to talk about creation with church members and why Orthodoxy matters. Part of this conversation is the importance of Christian dialogue and we talk about John Wesley's Catholic Spirit.

Resources Mentioned:
Drew Causey: Wading Through the Creation Debate Aftermath.
JR Forasteros: Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye the Science Guy
John Wesley Sermon 39

Direct download: TTF10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40pm CST

The hosts of the Threshing Floor are all big book nerds. There, it is out in public. While we all have different books we absolutely love, we want to share a few certain books with you.

In this episode, each of our three hosts share their own opinion of the best books for Wesleyans. They run the gamut from modern books to foundational documents for the Wesleyan movement.

We another conversation about what excites us in modern contemporary worship. Worship music is taking a turn in artistic and contextual direction. There are Catholic writers (Matt Maher, Audrey Assad) as well as local churches developing their own cultural sound (Hillsong Young & Free, Elevation, Mars Hill).

On the completely unrelated side  some thoughts about movies in 2014 come up, Chad shares the Maximus theory about Russell Crowe movies and Joshua sounds like Optimus Prime. We talk about a funny little mix up with the Seedbed App podcast feed in the last episode.

What is your recommendation for the best book(s) for Wesleyans?

Direct download: TTF9_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am CST

The Threshing Floor podcast is terribly excited to jump into 2014. Our first full episode with Seedbed centers around a conversation about why the hosts are Wesleyan. All three of us grew up outside of, but influenced by, a Wesleyan theological framework. We found out almost all of our reasons center around worship, experience, holiness and grace.

We also had conversations about our predictions for 2014 and Joshua's fascination with preacher techno. You can hear more of that here.

Our hosts are also writing blog posts on the topic. You can find them at Joshua Toepper, Drew Causey and Chad Brooks. We would absolutely love to hear your reasons why you are wesleyan. Share your thoughts and links in the comments below.

Direct download: TTF008.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am CST

In this episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts talked about why they love Advent and what it was like journeying towards celebrating Advent. All three of our hosts grew up in a non-liturgical traditions, so Advent is a recent holiday for them.

Chad interviews JD Walt, sower in chief of about the new relationship between The Threshing Floor and Seedbed.

As always, there is some great off topic banter. Our closing song is from The Opiate Mass's record "From the Belly of a Woman". It is their rendition of the classic advent song "For Unto Us a Child is Born". You can get their music from the usual places and The Threshing Floor is a big fan of The Opiate Mass.

Direct download: Advent_2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am CST

Episode 006: The Walking Dead and our Desert Island Books

In the 6th episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts close out the season with two conversations. The first focuses on the development of the 4th season of "The Walking Dead" and how the zombie apocalypse really defines what it means to be human. The second conversation focuses on why Joshua is a cheater. Actually, it is a discussion on the "desert island" book each host would take with him.

At the end of the episode we make a very special announcement regarding the 2nd and any future season of The Threshing Floor!

Direct download: 006ThreshingFloor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm CST

Episode 005: Guest Conversation with Mike Gammill

Episode 5 is our first guest interview. Mike Gammill is a Lead Navigator at Auxano, an organization specializing in vision clarity. Mike is a friend and gave us TONS of podcast gold. 

Also on the docket is our conversation about Louisiana birthday traditions and Billy Corgan's interview with CNN on contemporary Christian music.

Direct download: TTF005.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am CST

As the three hosts journey off into somewhat charted waters, they discuss a plethora of topics. These include World War Z, childhood television shows and weight loss. This is also the first episode failing to mention Willie Nelson, quite the feat!

The serious side of things focuses on spiritual practices, the things we do to stay close to God. The spiritual life is the intentional life.

Direct download: 003-Spiritual_Practices.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am CST

Episode 002: Primary Spiritual Experiences

The Thunderous Three tackle television, a great restaurant idea and Joshua’s blind date with a Calvinist. We find out more about who our hosts are and what they do. They also get serious and share their primary spiritual experiences.

Join in with the guys as they think about why certain moments make us who we are.

Direct download: The_Threshing_Floor_002v2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:37am CST

The Magnificent Three take on several somewhat related topics, and unlike another ill fated episode 1 ours doesn’t involve Jar Jar!

The focus of the conversation is the tornado is Moore, OK earlier this week and John Piper’s subsequent comment. You can read the exact information and Piper’s response here. We talk about theological determinism, a particular persuasion some Christians hold. The larger conversation centers on a discussion of God choosing (or not choosing) to cause pain.
You can also expect several alternate topics like Online Dating and the benefits of a personal theme song.
All in just 45 minutes!
Direct download: episode_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am CST


As we fly towards our first full episode, we wanted to give you a quick teaser (and also throw up some audio content for iTunes to catch). Here is just a brief look into what life inside The Threshing Floor studio is like.

Direct download: Threshing_Floor_Teaser.mp3
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