Burn the Haystack

A conversation where we save the best, and burn the rest of our culture and faith practices.

48 - Building Bridges in the Deaf Community feat. Jess Laws

February 13th, 2019

This week, the guys interview one of Josh's best friends, and sign language learner, Jess Laws. She's been learning Auslan (Australia's official sign language) for a while now, and she's also been learning a lot in the deaf community. In this episode, we talk to her about deaf culture, what it's like being hard of hearing, and how churches can minister to this community.

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47 - Have you been Institutionalised?

February 6th, 2019

This week, the guys talk about institutions vs movements. Is one exclusively better than the other? 

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46 - Leading in a Church that Millennials Love feat. Junior Broodryk

January 30th, 2019

This week, the guys talk to Junior Broodryk; a local from Palmerston North, NZ, and together with his wife Leah are the Young Adult Pastors of Vision Church. Junior has an incredible story of faith, coming to Jesus, and helping creating environments where young adults and students have done the same. Josh and Jesse talk vision (excuse the pun), friendship, and leadership. We hope this episode encourages and motivates you, as it did us!

To find out more about Junior, Vision Church and their upcoming Young Adults and Leadership Conference, check out their website.

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45 - What is Prooftexting, and is it Safe?

January 23rd, 2019

In this episode, Josh and Jesse tackle one of the biggest problems in Christianity - prooftexting. The usage of Biblical literature and other sources to prove one's point not only is a bad idea; it's also potentially incredibly damaging. In this episode, the guys talk about why it's a problem, as well as a better way to read the Bible.

If you're wanting to delve deeper into reading the Bible in a healthy and helpful way, here are some great resources to get your started.

Bible Gateway | BibleHub | Enduring Word Commentary | Read Scripture App | The Bible Project

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44 - Nimrod Maua Gave Up Being Lead Pastor

January 16th, 2019

Burn the Haystack is BACK for 2019, and we're super excited to hit the ground running with this INCREDIBLE episode! Nimrod is a pastor and leader hailing from Cooranbong, Australia. In this episode we talk leadership, hard conversations, and how he gave up being the lead pastor to be a hero maker instead.

If you'd like to get in contact with Nimrod or check out College Church, head to their website.

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43 - Absurdistack Christmas Special, Part 1

December 26th, 2018

For our final episode of 2018, we thought we'd bring you a two-part series on everything Christmas, and everything Absurd. We talk to Ryan Becker from Absurdity about the things that matter - gifts, family, Christmas traditions, and more. To check out Part 2 of our conversation, head over to Ryan's podcast. Merry Christmas everyone, and happy New Year!

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42 - Should We Stop Celebrating Christmas?

December 19th, 2018

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about Christmas. Is it really pagan? Should we stop celebrating it? Should we care about the origins of Christmas? Turns out the answer is 'yes,' just not in the way most people think of the question.

To dig deeper into the ideas we talked about in the episode, we recommend you check out Rob Bell's interviews with Alexander Shaia.

Episode 176 | Alexander Shaia on the Mythic Power of Christmas

Episode 222 | Alexander Shaia on Darkness and Hope

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41 - Ben Reynolds has Traded Certainty for Trust

December 12th, 2018

This week we talk to Ben Reynolds - a friend of the podcast, and a returning guest. Today we talk about certainty, doubt, and ambiguity, and why you and I should abandon the word 'faith' and replace it with 'trust.'

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40 - Martin and Alina Want to Grow Young

December 5th, 2018

This week we conclude our 2-part conversation with Martin and Alina van Rensburg. We talk about Alina's ministry as Director of Tertiary and Young Adult Ministries in the Seventh-day Adventist Conference of South Queensland. We highlight in particular a book that has been influencing them in a significant way - Growing Young by Kara Powell. 

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39 - Martin and Alina Accidentally Started a Church

November 28th, 2018

This week we begin a 2-part conversation with Martin and Alina van Rensburg. They hail from sunny South Queensland, Australia, and are involved in a ministry that specially targets young adults. We talk about all sorts of stuff, from their personal struggles with the church, to the amazing story of their life group group; which grew from a bunch of young adults to one of the most diverse and exciting groups they've ever been part of.

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38 - ‘Do Something’ - Live from Palmerston North

November 21st, 2018

This week we get to share an exciting live episode that we recorded in October during a Youth Rally in Palmerston North. Enjoy!

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37 - Tiny Youtuber Stands up to Giant Corporation! 💯👌😂

November 14th, 2018

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about one of the most popular memelords on the internet today: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewdiePie (and yes, that really is his full name). More specifically, the guys discuss the beautiful idea that was Youtube, and how it has now become more 'corporate,' and how it might mean the end of individual creators.

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36 - A New Command I Give You: Comply with One Another feat. Josh Wood

November 7th, 2018

This week the guys talk to Josh Wood (aka 'The Bald Ginger, aka 'The Bald One,' aka 'Something Something Bald  and Ginger). They talk all things Annual Council, compliance committees, and what the future holds for the SDA Church.

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35 - Taking the Spookiness out of Spooktober

October 31st, 2018

Halloween is upon us, but fear not! Josh and Jesse are here not to scare you with stories of murder and mayhem, but rather reclaim the origins of Halloween: Hallow's Eve. The guys take a deep dive into an ancient Christian tradition of remembering and honouring the saints of our tradition, but with their own special spin. Enjoy!

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34 - Kaleb Eisele is an Adventist Human

October 24th, 2018

This week we interviewed Kaleb Eisele, the mastermind behind Humans of Adventism. We talked to him about how HoA started, as well as his vision for the project. We also took an unexpected turn and dug into part of his story, his loss of faith in the church, and how that faith was restored. 

If you want to check out Kaleb and Humans of Adventism, you can check out their Facebook and Instagram

 

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33 - You Need a Break

October 17th, 2018

This week, we tackle one of the most important cornerstones to Adventism, and perhaps one of the most overlooked spiritual practices in Christianity - Sabbath. We talk about our experiences growing up with the Sabbath, but more importantly - why we should care about it today. May you experience true menuha.

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32 - Off the Record with Jarrod Stackelroth

October 10th, 2018

This week we talk to the half-man, half-bear, all legend Jarrod Stackelroth. Jarrod is the editor of the Record in the South Pacific. We talk about the Record, as well as his study in trauma. If you'd like to get in touch with Jarrod or learn more about the Record, you can do so by checking out their website.

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31 - Should Christians be Nice to Everyone?

October 3rd, 2018

Let's be honest; most Christians spend more time trying to be 'nice' than building healthy boundaries. This week we talk about just that: how do we love like Jesus has loved us, but prevent ourselves from becoming a doormat for everyone around us? It's a fine line, which is why it's so important we talk about boundaries.

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30 - Matt Lucio Reveals the True History of the Haystack

September 26th, 2018

This week we talk to Matt Lucio at the Adventist History Podcast. We talk (surprise, surprise) Adventist History, lessons from the past, and how we can learn from where we are before.

If you want to check out Matt Lucio and Adventist history, visit his website.

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29 - The Bill Hybels Situation

September 19th, 2018

This week's episode was heavier than usual. Bill Hybels is a pastor, church planter, leadership guru, and something of a personal hero to pastors and leaders around the world, including Josh and Jesse. Recently, he has been at the target of a host of allegations of sexual misconduct stretching back decades and spanning multiple victims. Unfortunately for the church, this isn't just 'another' pastor falling from grace. This is a big one. We talk today about the implications of this scandal, and what it means for pastoral accountability in the future.

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