Seth has been in ministry for over 20 years, recently serving as Communications Director at a thriving church in North Dallas. He is also the host of The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast, blogs at sethmuse.com, and has his Masters of Arts in Media and Communications from Dallas Theological Seminary. Seth specializes in helping church communicators use social media and content marketing to find common ground with their audience to empower them for spiritual growth.
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Has your church been closed since the lockdown started? Have you struggled with staying connected while everything is online?
We were all told this would be a few weeks, and it morphed into a few months … and counting. Our churches didn’t think we’d still be away from one another, and neither did we. So we were all caught off guard. But I’d like to posit a theory:
The pandemic didn’t really keep us from church. Our view of church did.
In today’s episode, I want to give you a few ways to create a connected church experience from your couch if your church building is still closed. So stick with me.
Is it really the Gospel vs. Justice?
Is this the question you’ve found rattling around in your head the last couple of months -- maybe years? If so, I hope this eases your mind and helps you see how they work hand-in-hand beautifully for the glory of God and the growth of His Kingdom.
God's primary way of communicating with his people is through the Bible. It's our primary source of authority ... but what if you look at the pages and don't know where to start or even what you're looking at when you finally do start?
I've got you!
Join me today as I walk through 7 ways to get more from your time in God's Word including ...
1. Believe that you can
2. Know your goal and adjust accordingly
3. Use easy (and free) tools
4. Pray + listen
5. Make it a habit
6. Read in community
7. Join Gospels in a Month
Which are you going to start with? Let me know on Instagram @kateboyd.co
Want to journey through the life of Jesus together? Join us in Gospels in a Month to take 30 days to read the first 4 books of the New Testament (with helpful references, tools, and community). Learn more and sign up for just $17 at kateboyd.co/gospels.
Being a disciple is a lifelong journey with many phases. Through them all, these three elements recur the most and can help you determine where you are in your maturity at the moment.
The discipleship pyramid includes:
Where are you? Come let me know on Instagram @kateboyd.co
When COVID-19 first entered the U.S., a wave of racist rhetoric and action came against Asian Americans. No corner of society was free from its touch, nor have they been from the beginning -- including the church. Guest Teresa Kwon talks about her experiences in corporate America, ministry, nonprofits, and local churches as an Asian American and how we as believers can begin to combat the racism within ourselves beneath the surface.
Teresa is a high-impact leadership speaker, strategist, coach, and Founder of Daringly Great Leadership. Her mission is to raise up the next generation of wholehearted daring leaders and disrupters who will radically transform culture and reset broken systems. She teaches and advises how to lead using integrated leadership practices that are ethical, values-centered, and powerful.
She combines deep intuitive sense with her 26 years of experience working with and alongside powerhouse leaders of tech startups, small and large businesses, faith-based organizations, as well as reputable CEOs and nonprofit executives at places such as The Smithsonian, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the UN.
Teresa holds a Master in Public Administration with a specialization in Strategic Nonprofit Leadership & Management from the Henry W. Bloch School of Business Management and is Certified Scrum Professional, Certified in Fundraising, and a PMP.
Teresa, is a native Texan, proud Longhorn and Austinite, and true to her enneagram 7, is an avid dreamer, globetrotter, foodie, philanthropist, bookworm, and nature lover. She is married to her rock and Sushi Chef hubby and is fur-mom to an adorable toy poodle named Blackjack. They were last spotted paragliding through the Alps just before enjoying a lavish Afternoon Tea in London.
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Racism in America doesn't only affect Black people. The centering of the white experience means that it has also affected Indigenous, Latinx, and Hispanic populations among others. In this episode, I talk with Marlena Graves as she walks us through some of America's history of racism and the easiest step locally to begin fighting against white supremacy and supporting people of color.
Marlena Graves (M.Div), Marlena is a bi-racial Puerto-Rican. She is the author of The Way Up Is Down: Finding Yourself by Forgetting Yourself (IVP, July 2020), Enneagram 9 Daily Readings (IVP, Winter 2021), A Beautiful Disaster: Finding Hope in the Midst of Brokenness (Brazos Press, 2014), Who's My Neighbor: Loving Our Neighbors as God Loves Us (Discovery House Publishers), and over 200 articles in a variety of venues. She is pursuing her PhD in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University with a focus on Evangelicals and race, immigration, poverty and possibly gender. She lives in the Toledo, OH area with her husband and three daughters.
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In 2020, we're seeing a new civil rights revolution happen before our eyes. And it's an issue that we, as believers especially, need to face head on. Because of that, I wanted to bring a series of conversations on racism to the beginning of this podcast. We can't be a people that shy away from challenging topics. Instead, I want to help you face them and lead through them with empathy and action.
Today's guest, Embo Tshimanga, brings us her experience of being Black in America -- one that is not unlike millions of others. She shared honestly and vulnerably about the trauma and how it's shaped her, the things she's processing in this moment, and what she hopes for the church and the nation as we walk through this revolution together.
Embo is a people person and a storyteller who is fiercely loyal and passionate about making others feel seen, heard, and understood. She loves her people from a deep well. Embo values connection with others, most often using words and stories to make and grow those connections. Embo grew up in and out of foster care, making home in group homes, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and cars. Upon graduating from high school, Embo interned at NorthWood Church in Keller, where she served as a student associate pastor for two years. Embo is currently pursuing a degree in Integrative Studies with focuses on public relations, business management, and communications at University of North Texas, with plans to pursue a Master’s of Social Work.
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Welcome to Happy & Holy! In our inaugural episode, learn more about your host -- writer, speaker, and Bible teacher, Kate Boyd -- as well as the Happy & Holy life and discipleship framework.Personal: Being rooted in spiritual disciplines and healthy habits as a foundation for life.Relational: Connecting to a community to serve, be served, and experience God togetherIntellectual: Learning about your faith, the world, and culture to see God everywhere you look and point others to him.Mental: Finding your confidence in your identity in Christ and the courage to act because of it.Missional: Serving others outside your community and having spiritual conversations with joy and compassion.
The 5 dimensions or rhythms of a disciple or in discipleship:
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