The Willow Chicago Podcast
Episode 21: Proverbs 27 & Abuse of Power in the Church

Episode 21: Proverbs 27 & Abuse of Power in the Church

May 27, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly welcome guest Abbie Engel, a key volunteer in our Young Adults and Faith and Work ministries. 

Abbie is our guest on today's 31 Days of Wisdom video and she does deeper into the verses that stuck out to her in Proverbs 20. Abbie shares about living with the reality in mind that tomorrow is not promised, as well as the privilege we have of watching over what God has given us.

Stephen, Rob, and Creative Pastor Melissa Mullins also discuss the challenging talk from Diane Langberg titled "Power, Deception, and the Church," watched by the Willow Creek staff. Diane is a practicing psychologist whose clinical expertise includes 35 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy. Stephen and Rob unpack their learnings from this talk and take a closer look at abuse of power in the church.

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Episode 20: Deep Waters

Episode 20: Deep Waters

May 20, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly welcome guests Melissa Mullins, our Creative Pastor, and Caitlin Stone, a key volunteer in our Young Adults Ministry. 

Caitlin is our guest on today's 31 Days of Wisdom video and she does a deeper dive on her learnings from Proverbs 20. Caitlin shares about how she "replenishes her well" in this challenging season and how she leans into community.

If you would like to join a Community Group, reach out to Pastor Rick Wood at rick@willowchicago.org

Join us in this daily walk through Proverbs by reading a chapter a day and watching the daily videos with guest from the Willow Chicago community on YouTube or the Willow Creek app.

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Episode 19: Humility & Justice

Episode 19: Humility & Justice

May 13, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly welcome Andy McGregor who is today’s guest on our 31 Days of Wisdom video. Andy discusses the wise teachings of Solomon on pride and humility in Proverbs 13. 

Join us in this daily walk through Proverbs by reading a chapter a day and watching the daily videos with guests from the Willow Chicago community on YouTube or the Willow Creek app.

How should the church use its God-given influence to address the distortions that are all around us regarding race and equality? We shift gears as Stephen and Rob are joined by our Compassion & Justice Director Michael Goggins to discuss the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and how the church should respond. Read Pastor Stephen's reflection, "The Narrow Road," on our Facebook page or on the Willow Creek app. 

For further exploration, check out these other resources:

For further exploration, check out these other resources:

Film:

  • 13th Documentary 
  • The Color of Fear 1 and 2 
  • Just Mercy
  • Race - The Power of an Illusion
  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1976

YouTube Clips:

Books:

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community by MLK
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Podcasts:

  • 1619
  • 16 Shots

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Episode 18: Wisdom & Change

Episode 18: Wisdom & Change

May 6, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly welcome guests Keara and Connor Booth from Student Ministries who are today’s guests for 31 Days of Wisdom. Keara and Connor do a deeper dive into what verses stood out to them in Proverbs 6.

Creative Arts Pastor Melissa Mullins also joins us to explain the heart around our new reEXAMEN experiences. Check out our first one, titled “Look Again” on our YouTube channel.

Join us in this daily walk through Proverbs by reading a chapter a day and watching the daily videos with guest from the Willow Chicago community on YouTube or the Willow Creek app.

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Episode 17: Pieces of Wisdom

Episode 17: Pieces of Wisdom

April 29, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly welcome guests Rick Wood and Aadam to share key pieces of wisdom they have received and also explain the heart around our upcoming series on Proverbs called "31 Days of Wisdom," which is kicking off this Friday, May 1st!

Join us in this daily walk through Proverbs by reading a chapter a day and watching the daily video on YouTube or the Willow Creek app.

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Episode 16: Common Ground & COVID Help

Episode 16: Common Ground & COVID Help

April 22, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly welcome guests Rick Wood and Michael Goggins.

Pastor Rick discusses how our gift card initiative has been able to bless those outside of our church and also gives an update on community groups. Rick at rick@willowchicago.org to get more information!

Compassion & Justice Director Michael Goggins gives an update on our 5Loaves community and how this ministry has changed since the quarantine. To get involved with Compassion & Justice, email Michael at michael@willowchicago.org!

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Episode 15: Good Friday Audio Experience

Episode 15: Good Friday Audio Experience

April 15, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly encourage us to walk through the Good Friday experience either for the first time, or again, as a continued reflection on the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf and the significance of that for our lives.

Check out our Good Friday and Easter video experiences on our Willow Chicago YouTube Channel!

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Episode 14: Holy Week

Episode 14: Holy Week

April 8, 2020

Co-Hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly discuss the radical nature of the Kingdom of God and how to love and walk with those who are different than us as we walk through this Holy Week toward Good Friday and Easter.

Get resources to invite someone to Easter with our Easter Invite Tool Kit!

Email Pastor Rick at rick@willowchicago.org to get a gift card to give to someone in need.

Sign up for the St. James Food Pantry serving opportunity happening this Saturday HERE.

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Episode 13: Lessons from God

Episode 13: Lessons from God

April 1, 2020

Co-hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly discuss what they are learning from God during this strange season. 

Be honest with yourself and with God through this season. What is he calling you to? How is he inviting you to grow? What is he asking you to surrender? 

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Episode 12: New Rhythms and New Opportunities

Episode 12: New Rhythms and New Opportunities

March 25, 2020

Co-hosts Rob Campbell and Stephen Kelly discuss what life looks like through the COVID-19 shelter-in-place ordinance, and, through the disruption, what opportunities might be at hand for us. 

How are you connecting with God through these seasons? Here are a few tools that could help you out:

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