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Next Steps Podcast

Each week, we’ll take the next steps to grow in our relationship with Christ, be formed into the kind of people He’s created us to be, and learn to better love and serve those around us.

“I Don’t Know What to Do with My Hands”

September 22, 2022

Pastor Matt Metzger joins the podcast this week to talk more about some of the different ways we can connect with God. Then listen in to the Q & A section at the end as we talk more about the reading plans that are available and how to use them.

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Behind the Curtain of Live This Book

September 15, 2022

Pastor Charles Yu joins the podcast this week to peek behind the curtain of the Live This Book series – why this series, why now, what we hope God does over the next nine months, and what to do when you disagree with the Bible.

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PREVIEW: Next Steps Relaunch

September 11, 2022

We’re back! And this fall we’ll be doing weekly podcasts as we follow along with the Live This Book series. Listen to this preview episode to hear what we’ll be up to starting later this week, and be sure to subscribe to the new podcast channel.

If you have questions you’d like us to answer about the new series or Charles’ message on Sept 11, submit them to [email protected] and we’ll answer some of them on the next episode.

How Are You Being Formed?

April 20, 2022

This week, Tiffany and Chris are joined by Daniel Owen and Lynne Benik to talk about the ways they’re being formed and what books, podcasts, practices, and people God is using in their lives to shape and mold them.

Questions or comments? Email us at [email protected]

FreedUp – Group Preview

March 23, 2022

Stressed or anxious about finances? Tiffany and Chris talk with guest Tim Schiefelbein about an upcoming group opportunity called “FreedUp” that can help guide and equip us to manage money in healthier ways through Biblical wisdom.

To sign up for FreedUp, click here or head to our Groups page.

Evangelism – The Missional Context in Madison with Dr. Christopher James

December 22, 2021

Listen in as Tiffany and Chris talk with Dr. Christopher James, the Associate Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. We’ll talk about the missional context here in Madison and Dane County, and some of innovative things churches are doing to love their neighbors well.

    • 9:38 – An “ecology of churches” working together in Madison
    • 16:27 – Madison’s “post-Christian” context
    • 20:46 – What Madison’s changing context means for mission
    • 24:28 – “Come and See” vs. “Go and Be”
    • 28:29 – The city of Madison compared to surrounding rural areas
    • 35:13 – Some of the innovative things churches are doing to love their neighbors
    • 46:42 – What do you hope is true of the churches in Madison 10-20 years from now?
    • 51:22 – What Tiffany hopes is increasingly true of Blackhawk Church in the future

Visit Dr. James’ website at chrisbjames.com.

Evangelism – A Conversation with Matt Metzger – Part Two

December 15, 2021

This week we continue with part two of our conversation with Pastor Matt Metzger and get really practical as we talk about approaches to sharing our faith and what motives us to share the Good News with others.

    • 1:04 – Turning the conversation toward spiritual topics
    • 7:56 – Practical ways to communicate the gospel and the power of sharing our stories
    • 12:55 – What motivates you to share your faith?

Evangelism – A Conversation with Matt Metzger – Part One

December 08, 2021

Listen in as Tiffany and Chris talk with Pastor Matt Metzger about what it’s looked like for him to share his faith and how we can invest in relationships with those around us. Then join us next week for the second half of this conversation.

    • 5:20 – Matt talks about what evangelism has looked like in his own life
    • 12:08 – Investing in relationships with people in our lives
    • 18:38 – How we might pursue relationships with people outside the church

Evangelism – What is It? Part Two

December 01, 2021

In part two of this conversation, Pastors Chris Kopp, Daniel Owen, and Adam Penning talk about some of the reasons they tend to shy away from evangelism, what motivates them to share their faith, and the perception in our culture that it’s inappropriate to tell people about Jesus.

    • 1:04 – Reasons we shy away from sharing our faith
    • 4:52 – Is evangelism inappropriate?
    • 12:35 – What motivates you to tell people about Jesus?
    • 20:05 – What is Alpha?

If you would like to be notified when registration opens for Alpha, fill out this form.

Evangelism – What is It? Part One

November 24, 2021

The Next Steps podcast is BACK! In part one of this conversation, Pastors Chris Kopp, Daniel Owen, and Adam Penning talk about the idea of evangelism, misconceptions surrounding it, and what it can look like. Join us next week for the rest of the conversation.

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2021 Episodes

Rooted Q&R – Jesus’ Return – September 9, 2021

This week, we answer questions about Jesus’ return, whether we all need to agree on a specific end times theory, and we wrap up the Rooted series.

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Rooted Q&R – Heaven & Hell – September 1, 2021

This week, we answer questions about Heaven and Hell and the shape of eternity. Thanks for sending in your questions! Due to the amount of questions we received, we weren’t able to cover all of them, but we’ll try to respond to as many of your emails as possible.

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Resources:
If it would be helpful for you to talk with someone from our Care team about the recent loss of a loved one or anything else that these topics have brought up for you, please reach out to us or visit our Care page.

 
Rooted Q&R – Living Like Jesus – August 25, 2021

This week, we answer questions about what it could look like not just to know ABOUT God but to know Him relationally, how God molds us and shapes us to more fully love others and care for the poor and oppressed, and what it might look like in 2021 to make disciples in each of our lives.

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Resources:
Blackhawk Impact Ministry

 
Rooted Q&R – The Church – August 18, 2021

This week, we answer questions about what it could look like to be “rooted in the Church,” whether gathering with a few friends is the same thing as attending a local church, and what to do to find community in a large church.

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Rooted Q&R – The Holy Spirit – August 11, 2021

This week, we answer questions about who the Spirit is in relation to God the Father and Jesus, we talk about how to discern if you’re hearing from the Spirit, and what to do in seasons where it’s hard to feel the Spirit’s presence in our lives.

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Rooted Q&R – The Cross – August 4, 2021

This week, we answer questions about why sin leads to death, why Jesus had to die on the Cross, and how the Cross might impact our lives on a daily basis.

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Rooted Q&R – Jesus – July 28, 2021

This week, we answer questions about what it might look like to live submitted to Jesus’ lordship in a sinful world, how to continue to grow in our surrender to Christ, and what helpful accountability can look like.

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Rooted Q&R – Humanity – July 21, 2021

This week, we answer questions about what it means to be created in the image of God, the extent to which that image has been tarnished in us, and would it could look like to reflect God’s image in 2021.

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Rooted Q&R – The Bible – July 14, 2021

This week, we answer questions about the Bible, including what we mean when we say that it’s “verbally inspired,” and “without error in the original writings,” and we discuss what to do when we disagree with something in Scripture.

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Rooted Q&R – God – July 7, 2021

This week, we answer questions about the nature of God, including why he chose to create humanity, how nature and science can reveal God to us, and what to do with Old Testament passages linking God to violence and genocide.

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Interview with Chris & Becky Dolson – June 16, 2021

This week, we sit down with Pastor Chris and his wife Becky to reflect on their 27 years at Blackhawk Church. They tell stories about doing backflips in the middle of the street, how they work on sermons together, and what they’re looking forward to in this next season. Don’t miss it!

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Families Leaving COVID-Land – June 9, 2021

This week, we talk with several other parents about how they’ve navigated COVID as a family, mental health, and some of the things from this past season that they’ll seek to hold onto.

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Rule of Life & Spiritual Rhythms – May 19, 2021

This week, Pastors Tiffany Malloy and Chris Kopp talk with C.J. Klaas and John Reis about how they’ve used a tool called a Rule of Life to “rebuild differently.”

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Resources:
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry | John Mark Comer
You Are What You Love | James K.A. Smith
The Road Back to You | Ian Morgan Cron
Practicing the Way
Rule of Life Workbook

 
Deconstruction & Doubt – Part Two – April 28, 2021

This week, Pastors Tiffany Malloy, Michael Knapstad, and Chris Kopp continue in their conversation about doubt and deconstruction, share their own stories of deconstruction, and give some encouragement to those that might be in a similar season right now.

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Deconstruction & Doubt – Part One
– April 21, 2021

This week, Pastors Tiffany Malloy, Michael Knapstad, and Chris Kopp talk about doubt and deconstruction, what can cause those seasons, and the fact that it’s entirely normal and healthy for Christ-followers to go through these stages of faith. Then join us next week for the second part of this conversation.

Theme music by Travis Agnew & Chris Kopp

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Galatians Devotional – Prayer of Examen – May 19, 2021

To help us grow more self-aware and more aware of how God has been present in our lives, Chris Kopp leads us through a short Prayer of Examen.

Theme music by Travis Agnew & Hansoo Kim

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Resources:
Galatians Series Resource Page