Speaking

Thanks for considering having me speak!

I love to help people encounter Christ in a fresh way. Please feel free to check out some recent sample messages and let me know if I can help explore crafting a message that’s the right fit for your event, by contacting me at: josh@imagodeicommunity.com.

Sample Speaking Messages

“4 Paradigm Shifts on Hell,” Neighborhood Church (Visalia, CA)

“Jesus & the World Religions,” A Jesus Church (Portland, OR)

Cru National Staff Conference: “Giving Up the Hero Spot” (Local & Global Mission)

“The Surprise of Judgment,” Northway Church (Pittsburgh, PA)

Upcoming Engagements

January 19, 2017
Faith & Culture Writer’s Workshop
Portland, OR
 
January 22, 2017
Colossae Church
Hillsboro, OR
 
January 28-29, 2017
Neighborhood Church
Visalia, CA
  
February 8 – March 15, 2017 (Wednesdays)
The Skeletons in God’s Closet (class) 
Portland, OR
 
March 5, 2017
Village Baptist Church
Portland, OR 
 
March 11, 2017
Sunrise Baptist Church
Custer, WA
 
March 12, 2017
Reach Church
Seattle, WA
 
April 3-4, 2017
Upper House – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
 
April 17-21, 2017
Ecola Bible School
Cannon Beach, OR
  
May 6-7, 2017
Westgate Church
San Jose, CA
 
May 14, 2017
Evergreen Community
Portland, OR
 
July 9, 2017
Antioch Church
Bend, OR
 
July 24-28, 2017
CMF Int’l Conference
Denver, CO

Recent Engagements

 
January 24, 2016
Imprint Church
Woodinville, WA
 
January 29, 2016
Thinkers and Makers
Pittsburgh, PA
 
January 31, 2016
Northway Church
Pittsburgh, PA
  
February 21, 2016
Neighborhood Church
Visalia, CA
  
March 13, 2016
Bridgetown – A Jesus Church
Portland, OR
 
April 10, 2016
Reality San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
 
April 17, 2016
Shoreline Church
Monterey, CA
 
May 29, 2016
Willamette Christian Church
West Linn, OR
 
June 19, 2016
Colossae
Portland, OR
 
 September 13-14, 2016
Central Peninusla Bible Church
Bay Area, CA
 
September 25, 2016
Missio Dei Community
Salt Lake City, UT
  
October 5, 2016
Redemption Church
Phoenix, AZ
  
October 22, 2016
Re:Generation Forum
Bay Area, CA
   
October 23, 2016
Vintage Faith Church
Santa Cruz, CA
   
October 28-29, 2016
North Portland Bible College – Men’s Retreat
Cascade Locks, OR
 
November 10-12, 2016
Organic Outreach Conference
Monterey, CA

Popular Speaking Topics

  • “4 Paradigm Shifts on Hell”: Many of us fear hell is a skeleton in God’s closet, an “underground torture chamber” that makes God look like a cruel, vindictive tyrant. We’ll confront the popular caricature with four paradigm shifts that reveal the beauty and power of God’s story, with a healthier biblical understanding arising from the goodness of God rather than in spite of or contradiction to it. You’ll walk away with a greater confidence in God’s goodness.
  • “Does God Endorse Violence and Genocide in the Old Testament?”: Many people struggle with the violence of the Old Testament, and particularly the apparent genocide of Canaan. We’ll take a closer look at these passages to confront some popular caricatures, revealing not only that these passages do not depict genocide, but even moreso that they are surprisingly a great source of hope for our world today.
  • “Is the Cross Divine Child Abuse?”: It has become popular today to mock traditional understandings of the cross as “divine child abuse,” in which the Father beats up his Son to get over his anger issues. While this is a caricature, we’ll explore a more robust picture of what it means to say Jesus bears our punishment on the cross, and how to communicate this in our culture today, in a way that points us to the relentless love of God.
  • “Is God a Bloodthirsty Carnivore?”: Many struggle to make sense of Israel’s sacrificial system in the Old Testament. It can seem anachronistic and even barbaric today, leaving some wondering whether this is a malevolent God who needs his pound of flesh in order to be satisfied. In this session, we’ll take a closer look at sacrifice, to see how it points us to the goodness of God, the gift of life, and a gratitude that can set us free. We’ll explore how to talk about it with others in a way that ultimately points to Jesus.
  • “Does God’s Wrath Contradict His Love?”: Some wonder whether God has an anger management problem, with critics calling the God of the Old Testament a “monster God.” In this session, we’ll take a closer look at “why God gets angry,” seeing how God’s wrath arises in the biblical story from his love for the world, not in spite of or contradiction to it. We’ll see how this is good news amidst the injustice of our world and how it ultimately points our eyes to Jesus as the Hope of our world.
  • “Jesus and the World Religions”: How does Christianity relate to the world religions of our day? We’ll explore Jesus in relation to things like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, consumerism, the Prodigal Son, how religion can destroy your soul, the surprise of judgment, and more. We’ll walk out with a greater confidence that Jesus is a good judge and his judgment is what our world needs.
  • “The Pursuing God”: Is God lost? We often act as if the Almighty’s gone missing, out in the universe somewhere–and we must pick up the hunt, following any trail of breadcrumbs to go find him. We speak of “searching for God,” “exploring spirituality,” and “finding faith.” But what if we have it backward and God is the one pursuing us? Jesus reveals a God who comes after us, who is on the prowl, hunting down his world for reconciliation. And the question we’re left with is not whether we’ve been good enough, jumped high enough, or sought hard enough… The question is: Do we want to be found.
  • “Is Jesus the Only Way to God?”: Exploring how Jesus is not the one and only way we go out into the universe to find God, but rather the unique and decisive way God has come to us, and what this means for our lives today.
  • “Does God Run Away When We Mess Up?” Exploring major movements within the biblical story to discover it’s not that God can’t stand to be in the presence of sin, so much as sin that can’t stand the presence of God–God comes for us in our distance.
  • “What Is The Church?”: Discovering through the sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist, and the Old Testament backdrops their imagery draws upon, how the Church is not a group of individuals pursuing God together, so much as the body of people through whom God pursues the world.

I enjoy relational interaction and dialogue with a group and am very comfortable inviting questions and responses to the message if this is an appropriate fit for your context. (Here’s an example of a Q&A Session). Let me know if I can help explore crafting a message that’s the right fit for your event, by contacting me at: josh@imagodeicommunity.com.