The Neighborly Faith Podcast

Neighborly Faith

The Neighborly Faith Podcast, hosted by Kevin Singer and Chris Stackaruk, features evangelical Christian leaders who are actively engaging people of other faiths. Our hope is that listeners will be inspired by our guests to have neighborly faith in the contexts they find themselves in.

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In this conclusion of our Winter 17-18 series, our guests make their pitch for why other evangelicals should follow their lead and adopt a neighborly faith toward people of other religions.

Jan 2018

34 min 2 sec

Our guests talk about their aims when they engage people of other faiths.

Jan 2018

27 min 44 sec

In this episode, we ask our guests to share what inspires them to engage with people of other faiths.

Jan 2018

26 min 7 sec

In the first chapter of our series, we ask our guests how they got started with engaging people of other faiths.

Jan 2018

31 min 24 sec

We consider important questions about evangelical Christians and other religions in this special preview to the Winter 17-18 series.

Jan 2018

14 min 11 sec

Dr. Larycia Hawkins reflects on the controversy that resulted in her suspension and eventual departure from Wheaton College, a conservative evangelical college, in February 2016. She posted a picture to Facebook wearing a hijab in an effort to show "embodied solidarity" with Muslim women. The picture was accompanied by her rationale that Christians and Muslims "worship the same God."

Mar 2018

39 min 27 sec

PART 2 in a three-part series: Dr. Larycia Hawkins reflects on the controversy that resulted in her suspension and eventual departure from Wheaton College, a conservative evangelical college, in February 2016. She posted a picture to Facebook wearing a hijab in an effort to show "embodied solidarity" with Muslim women. The picture was accompanied by her rationale that Christians and Muslims "worship the same God."

Mar 2018

25 min 35 sec

PART 3 in a special three-part series. In parts 1 & 2, Dr. Larycia Hawkins reflected on the controversy that resulted in her suspension and eventual departure from Wheaton College in February 2016. She posted a picture to Facebook wearing a hijab in an effort to show "embodied solidarity" with Muslim women, accompanied by her rationale that Christians and Muslims "worship the same God." In part 3, evangelical pastor Kevin Brown of The Perfecting Church (Sewell, New Jersey) discusses his ministry and offers a response to Dr. Hawkins. He also makes recommendations to the evangelical church about engaging people of other faiths.

Mar 2018

28 min 52 sec

Aaron discusses building friendships with other faith groups while serving as a Worship Leader at Willow Creek Community Church. He talks about his trips to Israel, his first time calling a local mosque, and his friendship with Muhammad, who helped start a local Islamic Center. You don't want to miss this exciting testimony from a seasoned evangelical leader and author of the forthcoming The Eternal Current, due out August 7, 2018.

Mar 2018

35 min 19 sec

Amber Hacker helped to build the Interfaith Youth Core, America's largest interfaith movement. She is also an evangelical Christian. Find out why and hear her story on our most recent episode. Interfaith Youth Core focuses their work on college campuses. Are evangelical college students actually engaging in interfaith? Are they playing by the rules? Find out in this exciting new episode from Neighborly Faith.

Mar 2018

25 min 25 sec

In this episode, we’ll be talking to Tony Burrell, who is Executive Director of The Welcome Network, an immigrant and refugee resettlement agency near Chicago. We’ll be talking to Tony about how The Welcome Network cares for immigrants and refugees of other faiths.

Apr 2018

29 min 49 sec

In this episode, we’ll be talking to Scott Venable, one of the Pastors at Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Northwood Church is Southern Baptist affiliated, and welcomes 1,500 people to its services every Sunday. Northwood Church is one of the more unique Southern Baptist churches in America, as Scott and Senior Pastor Bob Roberts Jr. have made multifaith ministry a central part of church’s mission. In this episode, you’ll find out why.

Apr 2018

46 min 38 sec

In this episode, we chat with Matthew Soerens, US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, and Matthew Kaemingk, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Seminary and author of Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear. We discuss why Evangelicals are hesitant to show support for immigration and the welcoming of refugees, and especially those that are Muslim. Yet, Evangelicals are uniquely positioned to demonstrate the love and hospitality of Christ by being good neighbors to Muslim immigrants and refugees.

May 2018

42 min

In this episode, we chat with Rev. Carrie Graham, founder of The Church Lab in Austin, TX. The Church Lab is not your average everyday evangelical church; it was intentionally built around dialogue with people of vastly different beliefs. We discuss how The Church Lab uses dialogue to help established Christians and people of other faiths encounter the love of Christ. Can interfaith dialogue actually be a tool to bring about Kingdom growth? We explore this question and hear some of Carrie's stories in this refreshing new episode of the Neighborly Faith Podcast.  

May 2018

20 min 15 sec

In this episode, we chat with Dr. David Capes, the new Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College. He co-hosts a radio show called A Show of Faith with a Catholic Priest and a Jewish Rabbi on political and religious topics. We talk to Dr. Capes about his friendships with Father Arroyo and Rabbi Federow, the status of evangelical-Catholic relationships, and how he intends to incorporate dialogue with people of other faiths in his new position.

May 2018

35 min 55 sec

We travel to Hoffman Estates, Illinois to Pita Pita Mediterranean Grill, where once a month, a group of women from Willow Creek Community Church (willowcreek.org) and group of Muslim women from the local area meet to have conversation and build friendships with one another. If you’re interested in starting a similar group at your church or organization, don't miss this episode.

May 2018

29 min 41 sec

In this first episode of our summer 2018 series, we sit down with Andrew Hanauer, director of the One America Movement. One America is a rapidly growing organization whose slogan is “rebuild our country, repair our world, together.” They organize dialogues, service projects, and dinners in communities across America, where religious and political groups across the spectrum can build something together, something they can be proud of, something that can strengthen the social fabric between groups that have traditionally opposed one another. In this episode, you’ll hear Andrew’s unique story, and why he thinks One America is especially poised to bring healing to our polarized society. You’ll also hear how evangelical Christians have played a role in the story so far.

Jul 2018

26 min 22 sec

In this episode, we interview Dr. Catherine Orsborn, Director of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign based in Washington D.C. Their organization works with faith communities across the country, including evangelical Christians, to improve the social climate for Muslims in America. She has successfully recruited evangelical Christians to attend Iftar (fast-breaking) dinners hosted by Muslim communities, with exciting results. In this episode, Catherine shares great stories and practical ideas for evangelicals who want to befriend their Muslim neighbors, but who are afraid of messing up or aren't sure how.

Jul 2018

32 min 7 sec

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Kevin Den Dulk, the Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics at Calvin College and Executive Director of the Henry Institute. We ask Dr. Den Dulk why religious freedom is all over the headlines these days, and why it should matter to everyday evangelicals -- including the religious freedom of Muslims and others that we disagree with in significant ways. As it turns out, our feelings about religious freedom for ourselves and others says a lot about us -- and Christ -- in today's cultural landscape.

Jul 2018

18 min 26 sec

In this episode, we’ll speak with the director and founder of The Immigration Project (TiP), Rondell Trevino. TiP aims to encourage other evangelicals to love our immigrant neighbors as we love Christ, who himself had immigrant experiences. Through Rondell’s powerful Tweets, inspirational stories and love for Scripture, we find out how important it is to care for immigrants of all faiths. You’ll hear that through Scripture, Christ and his followers encourage us to give generously to foreigners and strangers because we were once foreigners and strangers too (1 Chronicles 29:14-15).

Jul 2018

21 min 50 sec

The Apostle Peter told Christians to "always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you...with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15). Some Christians have an idea of what this looks like among atheists and "nones," but what does this look like in a society with increasing religious diversity? Is apologetics still relevant and useful among people of other faiths? What about the critique that this approach is arrogant? In this episode, we pose these questions and others to Mikel Del Rosario, a PhD student at Dallas Theological Seminary who calls himself "Your Apologetics Guy."

Aug 2018

31 min 12 sec

What happens when two students from one of America's most conservative Bible colleges attend the nation's largest collegiate interfaith conference? Find out in this episode as we interview Amar Peterman and Timothy Heyward, who attended the Interfaith Youth Core's Interfaith Leadership Institute in August 2018.

Aug 2018

19 min 35 sec

In this exciting two-part episode we welcome Sari Heidenreich to the podcast. Sari is Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative of North America, an organization that mobilizes interfaith groups around the world to engage in peace-building efforts. Having grown up in a conservative evangelical home environment, Sari is well acquainted with the tenuous relationship between conservative-leaning evangelicals and mainstream interfaith initiatives, which seek to build bridges between diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds, but are not always successful in doing so with conservative religious communities. The central question in this two-part episode is whether there is any hope for change, and if so, what needs to happen to bring interfaith groups and conservative-leaning evangelicals closer together?

Aug 2018

32 min 33 sec

In this exciting two-part episode we welcome Sari Heidenreich to the podcast. Sari is Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative of North America, an organization that mobilizes interfaith groups around the world to engage in peace-building efforts. Having grown up in a conservative evangelical home environment, Sari is well acquainted with the tenuous relationship between conservative-leaning evangelicals and mainstream interfaith initiatives, which seek to build bridges between diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds, but are not always successful in doing so with conservative religious communities. The central question in this two-part episode is whether there is any hope for change, and if so, what needs to happen to bring interfaith groups and conservative-leaning evangelicals closer together?

Aug 2018

23 min 18 sec

In this episode, Kevin chats with Larissa Lee, an atheist-turned-evangelical who penned a Twitter post about her experiences that went viral (3,500+ likes). Larissa offers a ton of wisdom and practical advice about how evangelicals can be better neighbors to the atheists in their lives, including how to avoid the most common misconceptions that evangelicals believe about atheists.

Aug 2018

31 min 17 sec

On August 6th, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit against the U. of Iowa for kicking their group and almost 40 others they deemed discriminatory off campus. This included Sikh, Muslim, and LDS groups. A week later, the University temporarily reinstated all these groups until the end of the pending litigation. In this episode, Kevin interviews Greg Jao (InterVarsity) and Daniel Blomberg (Becket Fund for Religious Liberty) about the events, and why InterVarsity's action is a win for all religious groups on campus.

Aug 2018

30 min 10 sec

What does the dignity revolution look like in a religiously plural society? In this episode, we chat with Daniel Darling, Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and author of a brand new book the Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God’s Rich Vision for Humanity which came out on August 14th, 2018. Daniel discusses the Christian vision for dignifying people of other faiths, why he thinks Christianity has the most robust vision for human dignity, how Christians can live a consistently pro-life ethic, and how the dignity revolution can outlast our desire to be liked.

Aug 2018

13 min 28 sec

In this episode, we chat with Wes Granberg-Michaelson, author of the 2018 book Future Faith: Ten Challenges for Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century (Fortress Press). Wes is convinced that the future of the Western Church will depend on our willingness to learn from and embrace Christianity as it has formed in other parts of the globe. The testimony of Christians outside of the West is the antidote for our crippling tendency to wrap the Gospel in nationalism. Wes also tells some great stories about how Christians in the Middle East are leading the way in loving their neighbors of other faiths.

Aug 2018

30 min 33 sec

This episode features a panel that Neighborly Faith moderated at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Houston, Texas in September 2018. The panel featured Bob Roberts Jr., Anwar Khan, and Dalia Mogahed. The purpose of the panel was to explore the current state of Evangelical-Muslim relationships and how they might improve in the future. We give special thanks to Usra Ghazi from America Indivisible for organizing this brilliant panel.

Sep 2018

38 min 26 sec

This episode features the Q&A portion of a panel that Neighborly Faith moderated at the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Houston, Texas in September 2018. The panel featured Bob Roberts Jr., Anwar Khan, and Dalia Mogahed. The purpose of the panel was to explore the current state of Evangelical-Muslim relationships and how they might improve in the future. We give special thanks to Usra Ghazi from America Indivisible for organizing this brilliant panel.

Sep 2018

54 min 10 sec

Religious diversity is growing in the United States. What does this mean for Christian colleges and universities? In this episode, we are joined by Shirley Hoogstra, President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). How are Christian colleges factoring other faiths into their vision for the common good? How are they grappling with new terms like "pluralism"? What about colleges that only admit Christian students? These questions and more are discussed in this exciting new episode.

Sep 2018

22 min 51 sec

In this episode, Chris talks with James Chen, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). James tells personal stories as well as the vision IGE holds for the freedom of faith across the world. Listen in as James and Chris work through three pillars of the IGE mission: The Teachings of Jesus, Religous Freedom, and Relational Diplomacy. 

Nov 2018

37 min 50 sec

In this week’s episode, Chris talks with Susan Hayward, a senior advisor for religion and inclusive societies at the United States Institute of Peace (UCIP). Susan works at the intersection of women, religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. In this episode, Susan tells us impactful stories of amazing peacebuilding across the world, and specifically gives voice the wonderful and unique role that women have in this ministry. For more about Susan, visit www.usip.org For more on Chris and the rest of the Neighborly Faith team, visit www.neighborlyfaith.org

Nov 2018

35 min 16 sec

In Spring 2018, two of the largest religious groups at NC State, CRU (evangelical Christian) and the Muslim Student Association held a joint event to dialogue, build new friendships, and discuss commonalities/differences. In this episode, Kevin Singer (Co-Director of NF, PhD student) and Cigdem Meral (PhD student) interview leaders of CRU and MSA about their experiences with the event. The event showed that the future holds exciting possibilities for evangelicals and Muslims.

Nov 2018

15 min

Dr. Shadi Hamid (Brookings Institution) and Dr. Matthew Kaemingk (Fuller Seminary) may come from different faith traditions, but they have similar questions and concerns about Western liberalism. In this episode we discuss this issue along with how their friendship started, their admiration of one another's work, and why they think Evangelical-Muslim friendship is so important.

Nov 2018

48 min 33 sec

In this week’s episode, Chris talks to Antti Pentikäinen, Executive Director of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers as well as the Executive Director of Finn Church Aid. Antti and Chris talk about how Christian's can engage in International Peacebuilding even through secular organizations and structures like the United Nations. Antti tells stories from the many years of experience he has had working both in the States, as well as around the world in promoting these efforts through various venues. 

Dec 2018

32 min 37 sec

Families from Vintage Church North Raleigh visited the North Raleigh Masjid for dinner in November 2018. In this episode, I interview Pastors Tanner Griffith and Jared Trumbo about their impressions of the event. What did they think of the idea? Did it go as they expected? Would they encourage other pastors to do the same with their churches?

Dec 2018

23 min 50 sec

This week, Chris talks with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Bennett, the Program Director for Cardus Law. He is also an ordained deacon in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the Diocese of Toronto and Eastern Canada. Andrew and Chris talk about the state of religious freedom in Canada, how Dr. Bennett's organization (Cardus) has addressed some current events, and how these events impact believers in the United States as well.    For more information on Dr. Bennett and Cardus, visit cardus.ca and convivium.ca  For all things Neighborly Faith, visit us at neighborlyfaith.org

Dec 2018

35 min 37 sec

In this episode we interview Bob Roberts Jr., Pastor of Northwood Church in Keller, TX and Glocal.net. Bob has been a major trailblazer among evangelicals through his engagement with people of other faiths. In this episode, we’ll ask Bob about his recent visit to Abu Dhabi for the widely publicized Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Majority Nations, as well as his work leading retreats for evangelical pastors, Imams, and Rabbis, how he navigates the criticism that he receives from fellow evangelicals about his work, and his advice for young evangelicals who are interested in following in his footsteps.

Dec 2018

21 min 6 sec

In this episode, Kevin interviews Keith Whitfield and Micah Fries, authors of the new book Islam in North America: Loving Our Religious Neighbors (November 2018, B&H Academic). They were told not to read books by Christians about Islam, but they chose to write one anyway. Why? What are they hoping evangelicals will take from the book? All of this and more will be discussed in this inspiring new episode.

Jan 2019

31 min 34 sec

Welcome to our final episode of this special series. In this episode, we will hear four more stories of Catholics and Evangelicals working together in action and dialogue. In this episode we will hear from Matt Crane, who is involved with working alongside Catholics to build refugee houses on the east coast; Alex Wilgus, and Anglican Deacon who describes how Catholics and Anglicans are working together; and Dr. Jeffery Barbeau from Wheaton College who talks about finding unity in diversity within the classroom.

Feb 2019

14 min 20 sec

We conclude our series with a two-part episode looking at how Evangelicals and Catholics are working together right now for the betterment of the church, their communities, and the world. In the first part, we will look specifically at three outlets of the work of UniteBoston. I’m sure you will find a number of these voices to be familiar, as we have from most of these people throughout this entire series. In this episode, you will hear from those same people as they discuss their specific Ecumenical work with UniteBoston.

Feb 2019

17 min 17 sec

In this installment of the series, we ask the hard question of what unity realistically looks like in our world today. Is it the breaking down of denominations to become one Church, or is unity found in embracing the diversity within the Church? Furthermore, we will talk about if we, as Christians, should be hopeful for the future of Evangelical-Catholic relations.

Feb 2019

21 min 15 sec

In this installment of the series, we answer some questions surrounding the larger question of why unity is difficult among Evangelicals and Catholics. Our guests talk about some of the hindrances and obstacles Evangelicals must overcome in order to engage better, as well as some strong supports for why Evangelicals should be more intentional about engaging with ecumenical dialogue.

Feb 2019

20 min 24 sec

In this episode, we will be laying the foundation for the remainder of the series by hearing from a number of prominent Evangelical and Catholic voices. These leaders will talk about their first impressions of the other, and how those impressions have changed over time. We also will hear some of our guests’ perspectives on the differences that exist between these two groups. Lastly, we will hear some questions that our Evangelical guests have for Catholics.

Feb 2019

18 min 53 sec

In this episode, we will hear answers to the question “How should the Church follow the teaching and instruction of Jesus in John 17:20-23?" How does this teaching apply to building relationships and loving our brothers and sisters in the Faith who are a part of a different tradition or communion?   20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (Jesus, John 17:20-23).

Feb 2019

16 min 10 sec

Kevin Singer sits down with Ben Williams, who is a lay-pastor at Church of the Redeemer, located on the campus of Northwestern University. Ben’s ministry is a unique hybrid of Anglican liturgy and college-campus ministry. In this episode, Ben about how the Church of the Redeemer is different from college campus ministries such as Intervarsity or CRU, and how his congregation has interacted with the non-Christian students on campus. Lastly, Ben talks about loving our neighbors through the willingness to hear and respect people of other faiths.

Feb 2019

32 min 42 sec

Interview with Kevin Singer. Wheaton College (IL) welcomed Eboo Patel to campus to speak about the importance of bringing people of different faiths together to solve some of our country’s biggest challenges, and to overcome today’s polarizing social and political climate. Eboo is an Ismaili Muslim who is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core.

Feb 2019

12 min 51 sec

Presentation at Coray Gymnasium and dialogue with President Philip Ryken. Wheaton College (IL) welcomed Eboo Patel to campus to speak about the importance of bringing people of different faiths together to solve some of our country’s biggest challenges, and to overcome today’s polarizing social and political climate. Eboo is an Ismaili Muslim who is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core.

Feb 2019

1 hr 29 min

This Spring, we'll introduce you to 14 of the most significant Muslim leaders in America. They'll share stories about their upbringing, American Muslim life, and their experiences with evangelicals. They'll also talk about their work, their traditions, and their beliefs. This project is the first major effort to introduce America’s Muslim leaders to a conservative evangelical audience using a popular medium.

Feb 2019

10 min 41 sec