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Episode 19: The church plants are coming (National Church Planting Sunday), abortion pill and religious freedom in federal courts, and this one's for the birds (in Montana)


For National Church Planting Sunday (May 21), church planters Caleb Borchers, Ron Clark, and Brendin Williamson talk about why church planting is what America (and the world) needs now and why existing congregations should be glad to see church plants come to their neighborhoods. Barry McDonald of the Caruso School of Law at Pepperdine University talks about the abortion pill and "sabbatarian" cases due for big decisions in the federal courts in May or June. South Hills Church of Christ in Helena, Montana, is building homes for its neighbors: Mountain bluebirds. Project leader Mark Wilson explains why (along with seventh grader Leilani Lute).  

Segment One: National Church Planting Sunday (Caleb Borchers, Ron Clark, Brendin Williamson)

Link to Calvin Cockrell’s Christian Chronicle story about National Church Planting Sunday

Link to Kairos Church Planting

Link to The Feast Church of Christ in Providence, Rhode Island

Link to The Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch

Segment Two: Supreme Court cases of special interest to Christians (Barry McDonald)

Link to Christianity Today report on Groff v. DeJoy case before the U.S. Supreme Court

Link to Barry McDonald bio at Caruso School of Law, Pepperdine University

Segment Three: Montana church saves bluebirds (Leilani Lute and Mark Wilson)

Link to The Christian Chronicle’s story about the South Hills Church of Christ birdhouse project

Link to Embracing Creation: God’s Forgotten Mission by John Mark Hicks, Bobby Valentine, and Mark Wilson

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