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In this episode of the WesleyCast we talk about the busy Advent Season and ways for us to work with people across both sides of the aisle. 

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In this episode of the WesleyCast we lament our own stuckness in The United Methodist Church and offer some helpful advice about seeing ourselves not as being stuck but in mission and ministry to a hurting world. Evan sits down with Tammie Grimm to talk about her ministry as an ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church.
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In this Episode of the WesleyCast we talk about the question from that famous TV show, Lost.

"Where are we?"

How did we get here? Where is here? What are we doing here? and What is our best posture for being here?

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WesleyCast is celebrating year 3 of being the best source for Methodist and Wesleyan thought and conversations from across the theological spectrum. As we begin season three, Drew, Evan, and Stephen look back at how far we have come. We celebrate some of our moments and reflect on some of our laments. Also on this episode of the WesleyCast we feature an interview with Rev. Matt Rawle on relating Christ in new ways. We would love to hear your feedback. What was your favorite episode? What is one thing you would love to change? What is something you might want to share with our readers and listeners?
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In this episode of the WesleyCast

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In this last episode of Season Two of the WesleyCast we explore Baptism in the United Methodist Church. What does it mean that we are all part of the body of Christ? How do we affirm this? What does it mean to remember our baptism?

We also sit down for an interview with Dr. Scott Kisker, author and professor at United Theological Seminary. 

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On this episode of the WesleyCast we explore our favorite time of the year and share pastor's secrets of the season. Rev. Talbot Davis, pastor of Good Shepherd UMC in Charlotte, NC, joins us to talk about ministry and his upcoming books.

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In this episode of the WesleyCast, we explore:

  1. Our favorite Kevin Smith movies/moments.
  2. Our favorite things about seminary.
  3. Tips and tricks of the seminary life.
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On this episode of the WesleyCast, we catch up on the good and bad things about prayer. What are some of the best prayers that you have heard? What are some of the worst prayers? Drew sits down for an interview with Dr. F. Belton Joyner. 

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In this episode of the WesleyCast,

  • Drew and Evan try to do the podcast without Stephen. The outcome is not that good.
  • We wrap up our conversations about Annual Conferences in 2015. 
  • There is a special interview with Dr. Beth Felker Jones, professor at Wheaton College. She shares about her new book, Faithful: A Theology of Sex.
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The Via Media Methodists discuss:

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In this Annual Conference edition of the WesleyCast we discuss our favorite things about Annual Conference, the Apostle Paul, and have an interview with Dr. Douglas Campbell from Duke Divinity School. 

Let us know your thoughts on Paul at facebook.com/viamediamethodists

Thank you for listening to the WesleyCast

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In this episode of the WesleyCast 12

  • Conversations about Tom Cruise
  • Looking into itinernacy
  • An interview with J. Warren Smith

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The second season of the WesleyCast begins with a bang!

On this episode we discuss the affect of SNL on our culture and our churches and confront some of the hot topics in Methodism today.

  • What does it mean to be the church in the public square?
  • How can we engage the culture around us without diluting the gospel?

Help us wrestle with these questions and more. Tweet us your questions about being the church and being the witness of Christ. Lets continue these conversations through social media. How can the church be better?



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This is the 10th anniversary edition of the WesleyCast and to celebrate we have a special guest interview with Rev. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor of the Church of the Ressurection in Leawood, KS. Rev. Hamilton talks with Via Media Methodists about a wide range of subjects in the Methodist Church today from online communion to the future of the United Methodist Church.

You can connect with Rev. Adam Hamilton on twitter: @RevAdamHamilton or on facebook: Rev. Adam Hamilton

Thank you for all your support of the WesleyCast. Without you the listener none of this would be possible.

Here is to the next 10 episodes!

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The WesleyCast welcomes you to the new year with a special episode on Slow Church.

Why are we so fascinated by megachurches and megachurch pastors? With Pastor Mark Driscoll stepping down and Mars Hill Church being disbanded and sold off, the WesleyCast brings you a lively discussion about what church could be. Who is your favorite megachurch pastor? Who would you rather never hear from again?

We offer some lessons from the megachurch and from the slow church movement. 

Also in this episode is an interview with Chris Smith. @ERBks

  • He tells us about his new book Slow Church and talks about the Slow movement. 
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  • In this Advent and Christmas themed episode we discuss our favorite Christmas movies.
  • We talk about the season of Advent and waiting versus instant gratification.
  • We interview Steven Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership at the General Board of Discipleship on what it means to be a leader in the church.


Have a blessed Advent and a merry Christmas from the WesleyCast crew.

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In this episode of the WesleyCast we celebrate THANKSgiving as we talk about our favorite Tom Hanks movies. We discuss what it means to be a leader in the church today and interview Bishop Grant Hagiya.

Bishop Grant Hagiya is the bishop of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. He offers some deep insights into Wesleyan Leadership and talks about his book, Spiritual Kaizen. 

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In this Episode of the WesleyCast we talk about Youth Ministry. 

  • What is your worst Youth Ministry experience?
  • How can ministry be effective in reaching new people and creating disciples?
  • A special interview with Jeremy Steele on the nature of youth ministry.


You can check out Jeremy Steele on twitter: @unpretending

You can get Jeremy Steele's new book on Youth Ministry, Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry, at seedbed.com


As always give us a review on iTunes and a shoutout on social media for a chance to receive a free copy of Jeremy Steele's new book courtesy of Seedbed.

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In this edition of the WesleyCast:

  • We discuss and reflect on the recent death of Robin Williams and remember the gift that he was to us.
  • We talk about evangelism and why it sometimes leaves us with a bad taste in our mouths.
  • We offer some simple evangelism tips that work for us.
  • We have an interview with Dr. Elaine Heath, a professor at Perkins School for Theology, SMU. She talks about evangelism and the missional church.

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Give us a shout out on social media for a chance for a free autographed copy of The Mystic Way of Evangelism from Dr. Elain Heath, courtesy of Wipf and Stock Publishers.

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In this episode of the WesleyCast we have important conversations!

  1. Conversations over our favorite meal of the day, Breakfast!
  2. Conversations about a book of conversations in the United Methodist Church called Finding Our Way.
  3. Conversations with Allan R. Bevere over the nature of the church today.

Allan blogs at www.allanbevere.com and you can follow him on twitter @arbevere

In this episode we are giving away free copies of the book, Finding Our Way. You can get a free copy of the book by reviewing us on iTunes and giving us a shout out on social media: @viamediaumc on twitter or viamediamethodists on facebook. Use the #WesleyCast and let us know that you heard the podcast and would like a free copy of the book. We will pick 3 lucky listeners to receive the book, Finding Our Way.

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In this special edition of the WesleyCast we interview J.D. Walt of Seedbed to find out more about the what, why, and how of Seedbed.

You can find J.D. Walt on twitter: @jdwalt

You can find Seedbed online at: seedbed.com

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We have got some Seedbed giveaways to give away this month. Let us know what you think of the podcast and we will get you some free stuff!

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In this edition of the WesleyCast we explore:


And we have a live dialogue with Rev. Matt O'Reilly about the United Methodist Church.

Rev. Matt O'Reilly blogs at http://www.mattoreilly.net

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WesleyCast Episode 1 - Dialogue

In this episode of the WesleyCast

  • We talk about some great Charles Wesley hymns(that you should be singing in worship).
  • We dicuss why we are United Methodist(sometimes it is about a girl).
  • We breakdown the recent forum on human sexuality in the NYAC(here is a link to it: http://www.nyac.com/newsdetail/114545).
  • Finally we wrap up the conversation by discussing the nature of dialogue vs. debate.

iTunes ratings are appreciated! Feedback is always welcome. If you like the show or would like to hear about a specific topic let us know. 

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Be on the look out for our next episode on Annual Conferences. Where we talk about what the Annual Conference looks like and what it could look like. 

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WesleyCast Preview Episode

This is the preview episode of the WesleyCast. We are talking about all things happening in the world of Methodism and Wesleyan thought today. 

In this episode we introduce ourselves and have a brief dialogue over Bishop Coyner's proposals for restructing the polity of the UMC.

Those proposals can be found here.

Join us next week as we realease our first full length episode entited Dialogue and Covenant.

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