“The (Im)partial Church”: A New Podcast

I’m so pleased to have discovered a podcast that addresses issues of color, ethnicity, and diversity with a Christ-centered perspective. Prof. Janine Bolling and Rev. Dr. Gerard Bolling host The (Im)partial Church podcast for Lutheran Hour Ministries, a podcast exploring “how Christians embrace different cultures, celebrate diversity, and live out their faith.”

Entertaining as this brother-sister duo is, when addressing the issues of BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color), cancel culture, and cultural diversity, they follow the apostle Paul’s admonition to “let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Col. 4:6). As they point out in “What Not to Say” (episode 3), salt preserves, and we must use our speech to preserve relationships between people, not destroy.

The Bollings are winsome and practical, providing with their podcast a place for Christians to look for ways in which to live out their faith midst cultural diversity. Bringing their personal and professional experiences into the conversation makes it that much more relatable, while grounding their discussion in frequent references to Scripture and what God calls us to be as His family bought and reconciled through the Cross of His Son provides the solid ground of love and hope and fresh motivation to build bridges between communities.

Repentance. Forgiveness. Reconciliation. Love. For Christians these qualities are part of the very identity we have in Christ Jesus.

The (Im)partial Church engages and informs, inspires and connects, all in service to the God who calls us above the noise and fray of hostility to live to His glory in obedience and love and humility and sacrifice.

Listen to this podcast and be refreshed and energized to meet the challenges of a culture that would divide rather than unite us. As Christians we are called to this ministry of reconciliation by living missionally, reflecting the new life we have in Jesus.

13 thoughts on ““The (Im)partial Church”: A New Podcast

    1. If we can keep this straight in our hearts and minds — that our primary identity is in Christ — what a difference it would make in how we relate to one another across all dividing lines. “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” (Eph. 2:14).
      Thanks for reading, Frank. 🙂
      pax,
      dora

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    1. Mandy,
      You’re welcome! I’m truly delighted that they make a conscious effort to anchor their discussion in the word of God. Only Christ can effect true reconciliation having “broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility” (Eph. 2:14). Hope you and your family have a great week ahead, Madylorian (sorry, Kent got me started with that one and I couldn’t resist!) 😀
      pax,
      dora

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  1. Dora, I’ll saved the link and add this in my list. Based on your review, this is a great alternative to knowing these issues in light with the Bible and not an ultra right or left perspective. Blessings to you and your family!

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    1. This podcast is off to a great start and I pray it will be a blessing to many during these divisive times. God bless and keep you, Kent, and make His face shine upon you and yours this week!

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