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WHAT IS MIDRASH? Midrash is a method of refining biblical stories that goes beyond the simple interpretation of religious, legal, or moral teachings. It fills in gaps left in the biblical narrative that are only hinted at. The purpose of Midrash is to resolve problems in the interpretation of difficult passages of scripture using the theological traditions of hermeneutics and philology. The beauty

WHAT IS MIDRASH? Midrash is a method of refining biblical stories that goes beyond the simple interpretation of religious, legal, or moral teachings. It fills in gaps left in the biblical narrative that are only hinted at. The purpose of Midrash is to resolve problems in the interpretation of difficult passages of scripture using the theological traditions of hermeneutics and philology. The beauty

It's been a while but we're back with a SPECIAL EPISODE!  #27 is a conversation about women, work, and faith as we hear ...
04/07/2017

It's been a while but we're back with a SPECIAL EPISODE!
#27 is a conversation about women, work, and faith as we hear from #WomenInLeadership at the OPEN Network conference 2016. Featuring Marlee Walters, Jennifer Wills Fisher, Carla Ewert, Mira Saw Joy, Laura Truax, Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock, Jenny Morgan, Rachael Hadley McClair, Laura Buffington, Katie Hays, Cameron Trimble.
https://midrashnyc.podbean.com/e/episode-27-women-in-leadership/

For more information on "She Is Called: OPEN Conversations for Women in Leadership" visit sheiscalledconversations.com
The conference will take place in New York City, at West End Collegiate Church, May 2-4, 2017. Space is limited, so register today!

09/22/2016

Interviewing David Bazan in a backyard in Brooklyn

EPISODE 20: This episode is dedicated to the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Nancy Carbone, founder and Executi...
09/09/2016

EPISODE 20: This episode is dedicated to the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Nancy Carbone, founder and Executive Director of Friends of Firefighters, Inc., joins us to talk about the continuing impact of the terror attacks on the city, the firefighting force, and the healing art of listening.

“Christian faith has defined itself for 1,400-1,500 years as a system of belief, and I think we need to rediscover, in a...
09/03/2016

“Christian faith has defined itself for 1,400-1,500 years as a system of belief, and I think we need to rediscover, in a migration, Christian faith as a way of life.” - Brian D. McLaren

SEASON 2 is here!  Kicking us off is Brian D. McLaren talking about his own spiritual migration from fundamentalism to a...
08/31/2016

SEASON 2 is here! Kicking us off is Brian D. McLaren talking about his own spiritual migration from fundamentalism to a just and generous Christianity, and the four places we should see the transformative kingdom of God breaking in: people, planet, poverty, peace.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/midrash-nyc/id1078999813?mt=2

“Being saved from the threat of hell is not the real gift of Christianity …  Being in union with God is the real gift.” ...
06/03/2016

“Being saved from the threat of hell is not the real gift of Christianity … Being in union with God is the real gift.” - Audrey Assad

“Jesus’ ‘correct’ interpretation of scripture was always the way that was most loving.” - Derek Flood
05/23/2016

“Jesus’ ‘correct’ interpretation of scripture was always the way that was most loving.” - Derek Flood

EPISODE 15: Derek Flood talks about his book "Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservative...
05/20/2016

EPISODE 15: Derek Flood talks about his book "Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did", violence in the Bible & how Jesus and Paul read the Biblical text.
http://www.midrashnyc.com/blog/2016/5/20/episode-15-derek-flood

"Jesus did not start his church going around looking for all the like minded people who had their theology in order." - ...
05/19/2016

"Jesus did not start his church going around looking for all the like minded people who had their theology in order." - Justin Lee (activist)

EPISODE 14: Justin Lee (activist) of the Gay Christian Network tells his story of growing up gay as a Southern Baptist k...
05/13/2016

EPISODE 14: Justin Lee (activist) of the Gay Christian Network tells his story of growing up gay as a Southern Baptist kid and talks about what the Bible has to say about sexuality and the debates and diversity within the Gay Christian Network. #LGBTQ
http://www.midrashnyc.com/blog/2016/5/12/episode-14-justin-lee

"In practice our lives were better than our theology. We loved everyone as they were" - Ryan Meeks of EastLake Community...
05/06/2016

"In practice our lives were better than our theology. We loved everyone as they were" - Ryan Meeks of EastLake Community Church #TogetherInThis

EPISODE 13: Ryan Meeks and David Lunsford of EastLake Community Church tell their story about becoming fully inclusive a...
05/05/2016

EPISODE 13: Ryan Meeks and David Lunsford of EastLake Community Church tell their story about becoming fully inclusive and talk about our relationship to our bodies, unhealthy habits of faith communities and how, for a time, the practice of their lives was better than their theology. This episode features David's song #TogetherInThis
http://www.midrashnyc.com/blog/2016/5/5/episode-12-eastlake-community-church

"The work of justice is in your decision making, not in your hopes and ideals" - Austin Channing Brown
04/26/2016

"The work of justice is in your decision making, not in your hopes and ideals" - Austin Channing Brown

EPISODE 12: Austin Channing Brown discusses racial justice, why the scripture can sometimes be complicit in racism, why ...
04/21/2016

EPISODE 12: Austin Channing Brown discusses racial justice, why the scripture can sometimes be complicit in racism, why the term "White Supremacy" might be more prevalent than we think and why there is hope for reconciliation between the majority and minority groups here in the US.
http://www.midrashnyc.com/blog/2016/4/20/episode-12-austin-channing

Sorry folks. We'll be back later today for our conversation with Doug Pagitt
04/05/2016

Sorry folks. We'll be back later today for our conversation with Doug Pagitt

A few words worth hearing from our friend Pete Rollins on this Good Friday morning...
03/25/2016
Crucified Identities

A few words worth hearing from our friend Pete Rollins on this Good Friday morning...

A video created by Work of the People. These ideas are explored in the book "The Idolatry of God." For more information click http://alturl.com/d27bi

"Our handicaps are our strength, they are the only thing in us that allow us to develop empathy for other people.  If we...
03/24/2016

"Our handicaps are our strength, they are the only thing in us that allow us to develop empathy for other people. If we didn't have handicaps we wouldn't be able to love."
- Ryan Phipps on our special #HolyWeek edition of the podcast

Why observe Holy Week? The Forefront Manhattan and Forefront Brooklyn staff sat down to discuss our faith backgrounds an...
03/22/2016
EPISODE 9: FOREFRONT STAFF ON HOLY WEEK

Why observe Holy Week? The Forefront Manhattan and Forefront Brooklyn staff sat down to discuss our faith backgrounds and experiences of the liturgical calendar in this special Holy Week episode.

EPISODE OVERVIEW In this special Holy Week episode the Forefront staff met to discuss our faith backgrounds and personal journeys in Holy Week. We also reflected on our last year of wrestling and growth, talking about how the liturgical calendar and the conversation around midrash has shaped us. In…

Rabbi Dan dropped back into the Forefront Church Office to teach us how to use midrash to explore the meaning of the boo...
03/17/2016
EPISODE 8: RABBI DAN ON JOB

Rabbi Dan dropped back into the Forefront Church Office to teach us how to use midrash to explore the meaning of the book of Job.

EPISODE OVERVIEW In this episode our friend Rabbi Dan returns to teach us how to use midrash to explore the meaning of Biblical texts. Listen in as members of our community learn to read midrash together and explore the theology of the Old Testament book of Job. ABOUT RABBI DAN Rabbi Daniel M. Bron…

Rob Bell drops a brand new book today & we were excited to talk to him last week on the podcast about failure, risk, the...
03/08/2016
EPISODE 7: ROB BELL

Rob Bell drops a brand new book today & we were excited to talk to him last week on the podcast about failure, risk, the thrill of starting something new and "How to be Here"

EPISODE OVERVIEW In this episode Rob Bell, Senior Pastor Jonathan Williams, Creative Pastor Ben Grace, and Graphics Director Ryan Jones, discuss Rob's new book, How to Be Here, and why our giant risks, failures, and successes are the times when life is best lived. This is for anyone who wants to tr…

What has race got to do with it? Nikki Lerner talks about assumptions, culture, #BlackLivesMatter & how people of faith ...
03/02/2016
EPISODE 6: NIKKI LERNER

What has race got to do with it? Nikki Lerner talks about assumptions, culture, #BlackLivesMatter & how people of faith are needed in this conversation

EPISODE OVERVIEW In this episode, Nikki and her band (David Lerner, David Phillips & Stephen Waddy) talk about cultural assumptions, racial tension, Black Lives Matter and how the church should be leading the conversation on racial reconciliation. Interviewer: Jonathan Williams, Ben Grace ABOUT NIKK…

Who is God? Peter Rollins talks philosophy, the nature of God & about his Lenten practice: Atheism.
02/24/2016
EPISODE 5: PETER ROLLINS

Who is God? Peter Rollins talks philosophy, the nature of God & about his Lenten practice: Atheism.

EPISODE OVERVIEW In this episode, Peter talks to us about the nature of God, philosophy, and "Atheism for Lent." Listen to him talk about this cleansing ritual and how he’s opened it up this year. Interviewers: Ryan Phipps, Marlee Walters, Ryan Jones, and Ben Grace ABOUT PETER ROLLINS Peter Rollins…

Why midrash? Rabbi Daniel Bronstein unpacks this Jewish process & articulates why we chose this word to represent the ki...
02/20/2016
EPISODE 4: RABBI DANIEL M. BRONSTEIN

Why midrash? Rabbi Daniel Bronstein unpacks this Jewish process & articulates why we chose this word to represent the kind of conversations we wanted to have on the podcast.
We just heard that he lost his mother this week. Please send him prayers & peace during this time as he sits shiva.

EPISODE OVERVIEW What is midrash? In this episode, our friend Rabbi Dan helps us understand the Jewish process of "midrash". Together we unpack why this word represents the kind of conversations we're having on this podcast. Interviewer: Jonathan Williams & Jennifer Fisher ABOUT RABBI DAN Rabbi Dan…

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