Burn the Haystack

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

57 - Real Life and Real Ministry in London with Paul King Brown

April 17th, 2019

This week, we interview Pastor Paul King Brown. He’s the pastor of London Live in Notting Hill, UK. We talk leadership, the start-up of London Live, and doing real ministry with real people in one of the most cosmopolitan, diverse, and dynamic cities in the world. For more on Pr Paul and London Live, visit the London Live website.

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56 - Do we Worship the Bible?

April 10th, 2019

In January of 2019, Bible teacher and influencer Beth Moore fired a string of tweets critiquing the way we have a tendency to study the Bible without allowing it to point us to the one it's all about. In this episode we examine what she meant, how we view the Bible, and answer that age-old question: the Bible. Do we worship it?

The 3 Bottom Line Reasons Why Local Adventist Churches Are Dead

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55 - Benjamin Lundquist and Young Adult Ministry in the Hipster Capital of the World

April 3rd, 2019

Our guest this week is Benjamin Lundquist. He's a pastor, Young Adult leader, and currently hails from Portland, Oregon. We talk to him about life, leadership, and reaching young adults in the hipster capital of the world. For more on Benjamin and Growing Young, check out Oregon Young Adults or Growing Young Adventists.

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54 - What’s a Zeitgeist?

March 27th, 2019

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about Christchurch, moral relativism, and the cultural zeitgeist. This episode really has it all!

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53 - Why Christian Movies are so Bad

March 20th, 2019

This week, we talk to Jordan and Scotty from WeMovies Podcast about film, TV, which of the Star Wars Prequels they'd prefer to watch under duress, and why Christian movies are usually so terrible.

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52 - This Episode is Frivolous and Wrong on so Many Levels

March 13th, 2019

This week, the guys talk about the Avondale Barn Dance controversy. Apparently the Barn Dance, which has been running for the last 30 years, is problematic in the eyes off some people. So, let's talk about it.

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51 - Why we Burn Haystacks, Revisited

March 6th, 2019

This week, the guys revisit the place where all this started. Why should we burn haystacks? Is it still relevant? What have we learned a year on? Strap yourselves in for some reflections and nostalgia people!

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50 - Stanley vs the World

February 27th, 2019

This week, the guys interview the one and only Stanley Pomianowski: director, writer, and filmmaker. He's worked on many fantastic projects, and his latest project is Ellen versus the World; a webseries that focuses on a conventional Adventist family who have been suddenly thrust into every Adventist's worst nightmare: living in the 'real world!'

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49 - Should You do the Daniel Fast?

February 20th, 2019

This week, the guys check out one of the hottest trends so far this year: the Daniel Fast! Also known as the Daniel Diet, it's been popularized in the last few weeks by actor Chris Pratt, and it turns out to be really prolific in the evangelical world, especially at the beginning of the new year. They talk about the Daniel Fast, the Health Message, CHIP, and how we can help people talk about health as it relates to following Jesus.

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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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