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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.

If you have questions you’d like us to answer, submit them to [email protected].

June 29, 2023 //

Live This Book – Q&R with Charles Yu

On this surprise episode, Tiffany and Chris sit down with Charles Yu as he answers some of the questions you all sent in from our Live This Book series.

April 13, 2023 //

Walking with Jesus: Finishing Well

We wrap up our Walking with Jesus series by talking to Pastor Emeritus Chris Dolson about his transition from senior pastor to pastor emeritus, what faith has looked like for him in the second half of life, and what it might mean for him to “finish well.”

April 6, 2023 //

Walking with Jesus: Through Suffering

This week is Holy Week, and Chris is joined by Pastor Anne Kierce and Sarah Stevens to hear more of Sarah’s story and what it’s looked like on her faith journey to walk through seasons of suffering.

March 30, 2023 //

Walking with Jesus: Speed Bumps on the Journey

This week we’re joined by Heather Watts, our Responsive Care Coordinator and a spiritual director in training. We’ll talk about common speed bumps on the journey of faith, how to help someone else who’s struggling, and ways we can navigate the speed bumps in our lives.

March 23, 2023 //

Walking with Jesus: Seasons of Faith

Tiffany and Chris talk through some of the different seasons of faith we might walk through on the journey of faith. Listen in as they tell stories about initially following Jesus, hitting walls along the way, and what it’s looked like to continue on the path.

March 16, 2023 //

Walking with Jesus: Spiritual Practices

Pastor Daniel Owen joins Tiffany and Chris to talk about the practices God uses in our lives to form and shape us. Some of them will be really familiar, and others might come as a surprise! Listen in…

March 9, 2023 //

Walking with Jesus: The Things that Form Us

How do we change and grow? Who brings that transformation? Us? God? And how do we even know if we’re growing to become more like Jesus? What would that look like? Join us as we take a deep dive into the topic of spiritual formation this week!

March 2, 2023 //

Walking with Jesus

This week, Tiffany and Chris kick off the Walking with Jesus mini-series by talking about what’s ahead over the next five weeks, including what “spiritual formation” is all about, why this mini-series, and why now.

February 16, 2023 //

Living as Exiles

Pastor Adam Penning joins Tiffany and Chris this week to talk about the similarities we share with the Israelite exiles who were living in a foreign land and what we can learn from them as we engage with a culture around us that doesn’t always share our worldview and values.

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February 2, 2023 //

A Different Perspective on Justice

Often when we have conversations about justice, that conversation centers white majority culture and what WE think about justice, how we can help those around us, etc. And that’s really helpful. We should be talking about how we can love and serve those around us and address the injustice we see. But the conversation around justice is much different when you’re talking with those who’ve been marginalized and disadvantaged in some way. Justice is good news. It brings hope. In this week’s episode, Chris and Christian sit down with Pastor Colier McNair to discuss how predominantly black churches might engage with the topic of justice.

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January 26, 2023 //

An Introduction to Lent

Lent is the season leading up to Easter that Christians have used for centuries to fast, pray, and prepare ourselves for Easter Sunday. This week, Chris and Veronica are joined by Amy Hauptman to talk about the season of Lent, how we’ve all engaged in that season, and some ideas for how to dive in yourself.

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January 13, 2023 //

Should We Still Follow the Law Today?

Chris and Tiffany are joined by Pastor Charles Yu to dig further into the topic of the Ten Commandments, the Law, how God uses the Law to create a new culture for His people, and which laws we should still follow today.

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January 5, 2023 //

New Year’s Resolutions & Connecting with God

Chris and Tiffany are joined by Veronica Hummel, our Associate Director of Spiritual Formation, to talk about New Year’s Resolutions and some of the rhythms and practices that help them connect with God and be formed by Him.

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November 24, 2022 //

Partnership Prayer

Pastor Charles Yu join us this week to dig deeper into his message on partnership prayer. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 17, 2022 //

Singleness & Life in the Church

This week, Christian Eggers, our Associate Director of Young Adults Ministry, and Michael Knapstad, our Pastor of College-Age Ministry and Internships join the podcast to talk about what it’s like to be single in the Church, and ways we can better love and include single people in our own community.

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November 10, 2022 //

What is Advent?

Rachel Chancellor, our Director of Blackhawk Kids, joins us this week to talk about all things Advent. What is the season of Advent? And what are some ways we can press into this season to prepare our hearts for Jesus’ arrival?

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November 8, 2022 //

Bonus Episode – Climate Change Discussion

In this bonus episode, we’re releasing part of the conversation Pastor Chris Dolson had with longtime Blackhawk Church member, Dr. Rick Lindroth, as part of our Science and Faith course. Dr. Lindroth has a PhD in Ecology and has spent most of his career as a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In this conversation, they discuss what science says about climate change, ways we can make a difference, and whether there’s hope for a better future.

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November 3, 2022 //

Caring for Creation

Hannah (our Director of Worship Arts) and Will Busse join the podcast to talk about how they’ve learned about different environmental issues and what their family of five is doing to care for creation.

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October 27, 2022 //

Adam & Eve & Coughing Attacks

This week Tiffany and Chris answer questions from this past Sunday, reflect on what’s stood out up to this point in our Live This Book series, and give an update on what’s ahead on the podcast.

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October 13, 2022 //

Marriage, Divorce, & Singleness

This week, Matt Metzger and Charles Yu join the podcast to answer your questions about marriage, divorce, and singleness.

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October 6, 2022 //

Recovering the Image of God

This week, Pastor Charles Yu joins the podcast to dig deeper into the idea that we’re made in “the image of God.” If that’s true, how can we lean into that reality and be renewed and transformed to more fully reflect the image of God to those around us?

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September 29, 2022 //

Is Science Compatible with Faith?

This week, Pastor Chris Dolson and Jeff Hardin, a professor in integrative biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, join us for a conversation about science and faith.

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September 22, 2022 //

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

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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September 15, 2022 //

Behind the Curtain of Live This Book

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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