Brenna Blain is a wife, mom, christian speaker and podcast producer from the PNW. She has a BA in Theology and Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and uses her degree to help christians pursue a deeper and more authentic relationship with the living God. While she speaks on many topics, Brenna is most passionate about God’s involvement in our pain and personal struggles including mental illness, same sex attraction and abuse. You can connect with Brenna on social media and hear more of her speaking @bunonmyhead Janell, Lucrezia, and Brenna have a chat about same-sex attraction, mental health, and sexual abuse. Brenna shares her faith journey and some of the questions that arose from being raised in a theologically conservative environment. She also talks about how she continues to trust God during tragedy. Brenna explains why she holds to a traditional view of faith and a non-affirming view of homosexual relationships. They discuss whether morality has or hasn’t changed over the past 2,000 years. This podcast discusses suicide. Mentioned in this EpisodeLucrezia’s Story & Faith Questions Finding Something REAL PatreonBrenna’s Instagram and WebsiteCan I Say That? Podcast Another Gospel by Alisa ChildersJesus & John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du MezThe Bible Project-LeviticusMatthew 9:9-13-Jesus Calls Matthew The Chosen - Jesus calls MatthewFSR s3e2 with Josh WhitePhilippians 4:6&7”…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”John 6:68”…Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life…”
EAT WHAT IS GOOD WITH BRENNA BLAIN // S04E09 (EPISODE 52) There are a LOT of things you can choose for your next spiritual meal, but it’s not all good on an eternal scale. If you are what you (spiritually) eat, it’s literally vital for you to choose wisely. Sometimes, the choice is easy. Other times, the choice is incredibly hard. This week, we welcome fellow podcaster, host of Can I Say That?, Brenna Blain to share why she chose God’s peace over worldly happiness and where God has led her since. CONNECT WITH BRENNA! Can I Say That? Podcast | Brenna’s Instagram | Can I Say That Instagram QUESTIONS WE TOUCH ON IN THIS EPISODE: What path are you on?Are you with what the world says will make you happy? What questions to ask? VERSES FROM EAT WHAT IS GOOD Luke 14, Psalm 25:9, 1 John 2:6 QUOTES FROM EAT WHAT IS GOOD “Jesus is way as catching because he has that piece that you were talking about earlier in that light, he didn’t start doing what Matthew was doing. He didn’t start trying to act like the people he was inviting so that they would feel more at home just by being himself. He reinforced the power of walking the way he was walking.”Michelle Watson, The Pantry Podcast, Eat What is Good, S04E09 “I mean, we’ve, we’ve been hearing this, this saying a lot that sometimes as believers, we’re the closest thing that anyone would ever see to the Bible.”Shea Watson, The Pantry Podcast, Eat What is Good, S04E09 “All I know is that I rather live on this path, right. We it’s, it’s referred to as the narrow path with what I believe is walking me towards holiness, then just go with the world.”Brenna Blaine, The Pantry Podcast, Eat What is Good, S04E09 ANNOTATED TRANSCRIPT Shea: Hey, I’m Shea. Michelle: And I’m Michelle. And this is The Pantry Podcast and you’re listening to an episode from Season Four, Unnaturally Nourished, where we’re talking about how God nourishes us in ways that the world just can’t understand. Shea: Shout-out to Warcry Network, Michelle: The Christian Podcasters Association, Shea: Eternity Ready Radio, Michelle: And the Spark Collective. Check out ThePantryPodcast.com to support us by buying our awesome Merch, sending in prayer requests, and figuring out how you can connect with us and some of our awesome guests. Michelle: We want to meet you guys. So go to the pantry podcast.com/zoom to sign up for our very first zoom chat happening Wednesday, April 7th in the evening. Eastern standard time. See you there. Shea: All right, man. Hey, what’s up? Hi. This is a awesome opportunity that we have tonight Michelle: Been excited about this episode for a while. It’s been on the books for a few weeks. So it’s been simmering Shea: Hey, the pantry podcast guys, right? Yeah. But you know, tonight, we’re, we’re, we’re talking about eat what is good? Um, the parable of the great supper came to me in Luke 14. Here’s this guy, you know, he’s putting on this feast, he’s invited all of these people. He sends a servant out, you know, it’s all prepared. It’s ready. He’s like, Hey, go out and get them. I mean, obviously there was a response because why would he send the servant out to go get these people and say, Hey, it’s time to come and eat. Right. And then all of a sudden the excuse to start the fly, it’s like, Oh, you know, I just got married or, you know, I got to check on my oxen or this land. Right. It’s all these weird things. You know, I was like, come on man. But you know what? Shea: These are the excuses that we, we even at some point. Right, right. And even I, I use this sometimes. I mean, I’m at the service table, but let me just tell you something. I use excuses, but these are these excuses. We’re talking about that first step coming to the table, coming to eat. And here he is getting rejected. He’s like the surgeon comes back. He goes, they’re not coming. Right. They’re not coming well, the master gets angry. Of course. And he’s like, okay, fine. You know what? Go out on the streets. Yeah, man. Find the blind. Find the people who are lost. Find, find the people who are in need and he comes back and it’s still, it’s not full. These people are coming in though. It’s still not full. So you can get back out there and go, go on the roadways and just, just find people. Well, these people come and they eat from the table. See, that was our life. You know, we were sitting out there in the road, we were lost. We were blind. We were out there, out there in the void. Yeah. And then we came to this calling, right. And we said, you know what, Lord, I want to feast with you. I want to be with you. And so tonight’s guest is one of those people who finally decided, you know, in her life to be at that table Michelle: Tonight, we have Brenna Blaine. And I say tonight, cause we’re recording tonight, but you could be listening at any time, but we have Brenna Blaine who hosts. Can I say that? Which is a Christian podcast that asks questions that many don’t normally ask in church. We might cause you know, we’re the pantry. But, uh, and she definitely does. And these are awesome. The topics, her show makes some cringe, right. And some lean in eagerly. But most importantly, it gets everybody turning back towards the word to figure out what the answer is because these are some really good solid questions. So welcome to the pantry. Brenna. You’re welcome. Hey Brenna Blaine: Guys, thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited to talk tonight. Shea: Oh yeah. We all are. So hold on. Where, where, where, what part of the world are you in? Brenna Blaine: I am in Vancouver, Washington, Pacific Northwest. Shea: Awesome. Awesome. I spent a lot of time out there. So yeah. I actually watched his stay. I learned how to wash my car in the rain and play basketball in the rain. Do everything in the rain. You just learn how to do it in the rain. You’re like, okay. You know, uh, and I never had that problems. A lot of people had cause I was like, I’ll just do it in the rain, but that’s cool. It’s cool to know you’re from there. It’s cool to have you on the show. Um, and we’re talking about feasts, you know, we’re talking about eat, what is good? I know that you probably have a story about coming to that table. So Brenna Blaine: I grew up in a Christian household. My parents were actually pastors for the first couple of years of my life and my dad was a really gifted speaker. And so he would get hired to kind of come into these churches that were maybe dying and help them kind of bring it back to life. Uh, bring more people in. And so because of that, we moved around a lot. I think that also was probably, uh, something that played into my parents getting burnt out on ministry because I think by the time I was four or five, my dad said to not be a pastor anymore. And so, um, I, I knew the Bible. I knew who Jesus was. I knew who God was. I knew everything just going down the list of Christianity, but I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. Right. And as I got older, um, I was, you know, I was in church every weekend. Brenna Blaine: Let’s see right before I turned 10, my grandma had passed away from cancer. And in my life she was someone who was really, really just always talked about God. Like I was always like, she always talking about God, why does she always bring it up? But because she walked with God, that was her life. And so that was really, really hard. And then a few months later, my dad moved out of the house. He didn’t really know. And then about a month after that, I ended up being molested by a practically a stranger in my life. And so I went through a lot of trauma in a really short amount of time. Um, male figure in my life who abused me. And then my father figure was out of the house. He wasn’t around. I’m probably the classic example of someone who went, okay, what do you, what do you mean by God is my Father because, um, this, this doesn’t make sense to me. Brenna Blaine: And so my parents, um, actually ended up staying married and they have a really beautiful redemption story within that. But for me, I didn’t find peace for a long time with my, with my father and my parents didn’t know that I was molested. And so I went through, by the time I was in middle school, I was, um, self-harming and I was really, really depressed. And I had this huge discomfort and this distrust of men and that was, I knew I was attracted to women. So this really young age, I was like, wow, I, this probably means that I’m gay. Like this is the conclusion that I’m coming to in my, in my head. And so that was really scary. My parents never talked disrespectfully or rude or offensive to say about the LGBTQ community, but there wasn’t a lot of conversation there. And then in my faith community and my church is the only conversation I was ever hearing was, um, this is wrong and that’s it. Brenna Blaine: And so as soon as I realized that I was like, Oh, I’m, I’m damned like that’s, that’s it. I’m Dan to hell that’s what’s going to happen. And so I started having conversations with some really close friends who I could trust and they said, you know, whatever you do, like we support you, we’re here for you. And so as I went through high school, I started, um, I was like, Oh, I’ll just try dating guys and see how that goes. And I didn’t really want to come out. So I did that and it just didn’t really work out. And I’m just wrestling, wrestling, wrestling with this idea of, um, do I do what the world says, which is like, do what makes you happy? As long as it doesn’t hurt other people, which I knew pursuing relationships with women would make me happy or do I do what I think the Bible says, which is to deny my flesh. Brenna Blaine: And for me there wasn’t a lot of field logical like searching at that point. It was kind of just, this is the conservative view. And so I’m going to take that and go with that. But I also, what I didn’t realize at the time is I was wrestling with, do I go with what the world says will make me happy or do I go with peace? And I think contrasting the world around me and living this lifestyle that even contrast with my flesh will give me peace. I want to say when I was 17, that’s when I made that decision, just a very small amount of people knew. Like at that point, my parents still didn’t know. And, um, and so I was like, okay, maybe I’ll never get married. Maybe I’ll, I’ll never fall in love, but peace so much more important to me in this relationship with God. Brenna Blaine: And all I know is that I rather live on this path, right. We it’s, it’s referred to as the narrow path with what I believe is walking me towards holiness, then just go with the world. And so through a lot of different things that happened, um, partly some of it was coming to reconciliation with my dad and having hard conversations, but really good conversations about, you know, why did he leave and, um, how that affected me, uh, and then conversations with my therapist, just wrestling with God. And then I also had a, uh, change on marriage. I don’t think marriage is about me being happy either. Um, cause I don’t really see that, but I do think marriage is about becoming more Holy as well. And I met someone who really was my best friend and I thought, you know, why not live the rest of my life with my best friend and doing ministry with my best friend. Brenna Blaine: So I did ended up, ended up marrying a man. And that’s not a lot of people’s stories who are same sex attracted, but that that’s part of mine. And, and then it was probably when I got engaged was when I started saying, okay, I need to figure this out theologically for myself and did all of that work. But throughout everything that happened, I ended up in ministry. I’m a Christian speaker and I work with primarily youth. I love high schoolers. That’s like my main age, high schoolers and college students. And so now this is, this is where I am. Shea: I liked that. I liked that she came to the banquet table. Right. I mean, we don’t always understand that. We don’t always understand where that is. I mean, we come into this, I think God bless you for coming in at 17 years old, it took me to 41, but you know, you know, but same backgrounds. You know, it was kinda like a perspective of God, a perspective of father, not quite understanding who that father is. And instead of just saying, okay, you know, like I didn’t come to Christ either man like that, like, I mean, I came to Christ early, but then I always felt condemned. I always felt like I had to hide in the garden. I always felt like, you know, I wasn’t worthy enough for holding enough. You know, I thought it had, it was based on my merit. Um, and that’s cool to hear this. It’s kinda cool to hear the story of someone who went through this idea and had to dig in deep and, and, and come to God, even in that, like, I don’t know everything, but I’m going to trust you. Michelle: Yeah. No, thank you for sharing your story. I think the parallels between you and Shay stories are amazing in so many ways, um, down to the ages, but one thing that when I was listening it, it made me think of it’s in Psalms. I think I wrote it down yet in Psalm 25:9. It says he leads the humble in what is right. And teaches the humble his way. I was like, she chose to eat what is good. She humbled herself enough to say, maybe I’ll never have this, this thing that everyone kind of folds into their future fantasy. Right? Like we all grow up. Like that just seems like it’s the norm to, to take any of those things and kind of put them at the mercy of God is so humble and so powerful. And to see where you are now. Not saying that. Michelle: Yeah. And see if you, if you do all that, you will get married. Cause I mean, I’m one of the big people who will tell you, he don’t promise everybody a marriage to anyone but himself. Right. But, but to see the work in you, the ability that you have to reach youth, your passion for that, I know you have, um, an awesome toddler, a little older than our little girl, but, but all of these things though, the one thing that in that story that I was still wondering is you went from your grandmother passing away and you kind of being like, who is this? God, and then fast forward to high school. And you were saying, I wanted to lay my life down for Christ pretty much it and take this piece. There’s something that happened in between. Where was that click, where you’re like, I’m not going to eat of the world’s table. I’m going to eat of gods. Brenna Blaine: I got dragged to a youth group. I was going to a church for a really long time. And I had a really hard time making friends. It just didn’t happen. And one of my best friends is super social. I found out later is because of a boy that she likes, but she was like, Hey, we should go check out this youth group. I was, it was the end of eighth grade. And we went and I thought it was really, really good, but it was also the end of eighth grade. And so they transitioned over summer and she went into the high school youth group and I didn’t go. And at the end of summer she was like, Hey, I really think you should come. I really think you’d like it. And I went and I got the car. It was like at someone’s farm, that youth pastor was there. Brenna Blaine: And he asked me what my name was. And he asked me where I went to school. And then that night after group was over, I got invited to be in like a small group, which has never happened to me before. And I was like, this is so weird. Like people want to hang out with me. And like, there’s a little bit of like, well, maybe they it’s like an obligation, but then the next week I went back and the youth pastor remembered my name. And that was huge for me. And um, his name is John Cebre and he ended up, he actually ended up marrying my husband and I, and he’s one of the greatest influences I have in my life. And every single week I had John and then my small group leader, Emily and I brought a lot of drama and a lot of like, I got in trouble a few times and I was like, scared. Brenna Blaine: I remember John actually had to call my parents one week because I was like, I really struggled with suicide during high school. And I was talking to my youth group leader and they ended up calling John and John ended up calling my parents and I was like, so embarrassed and so ashamed. And I remember going to youth group that weekend and like avoiding him and like not trying to not make eye contact. And I just remember he came up to me and he said, Brenna, I’m so glad you’re here. And like that, like when I think about that, I have to like keep myself from weeping because the first three years of high school that I was there, I maybe missed like only four nights of youth group. But I was there actively like opposed to God and this idea of God and was just like, I don’t even know, but I’m here because my parents want me to be here. Brenna Blaine: But I’m also here because I feel loved and accepted here that when I look back, I just see this picture of who God is actively in my life. And so wait a second. This is the community that God called me to, like, this is an act of picture of who God is and my questions. They were, they were embraced. They’re like people really wanted to wrestle with the questions that I asked and I was invited to be on the worship team and I was invited to help lead. And it wasn’t like, well, you need to have your act together and you need to have these things figured out. It was like, no, we’re here for you. The way that I was interacted with her and the way that I was pastored while I was there was just like, Oh, this is who God is. This is who Jesus is. Shea: Wow. That’s, that’s no, that’s that’s power. I mean, we’ve, we’ve been hearing this, this saying a lot that sometimes as believers, we’re the closest thing that anyone would ever see to the Bible. And you know, when I think of that, I think the 1 John 2:6, where it says, whoever says he abides in him, ought to walk in the same way in which he walked these people that interacted with you. Like, you know, your youth pastor, it’s amazing. Here you come in, ready to be shamed, ready to be condemned, ready to just be rejected. And he puts on Christ because Christ doesn’t reject us. He’s looking at us and say, no child, just come, just come. If you don’t have that, you could walk for a really long time. Or if the wrong people come into your life, you could, you could walk wrong for a long time. Shea: We’re so similar girl, like, like we’ve got to sit down on the side. I want it. This is your show. This is your show, not my show, but we’ll have to sit out after this and talk about this because we roll the same from nine years old. Let’s just put it that way. We roll the same. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that in my life. So I went to the army. The army became that life. And so that’s why the, the long stairway till 41 until, you know, you get to that point in life where you just like fine, God fine. I’m done. Okay, here I am. What are you going to do? I was cocky. And I was like, I was like, come on now show me. And you know what he showed me and you know what? It’s same thing. It happened through others. You know, it was the love, the grace that finished work. You know, you tell them your story and they go, it’s cool, man. We love you. Yeah. Michelle: When you were talking about how you ended up at that barn, it makes me think of, I used to be a really picky eater. It was a combination of the types of food I was exposed to and not having enough social opportunities to try different foods. It’s like, you’re around, what’s comfortable to you. And if you’re not putting yourself out there and how many people are just randomly putting themselves out there in church, unless they have a background. But then I got this group of friends, um, in high school, very different foods than what I was used to. And so I had never tried pretty much any Korean food, Vietnamese food, Chinese, like I hadn’t tried any of the authentic stuff. Right. Because I got close to them. And because I was always going to their homes and because I was just like, they loved me and they weren’t going to try and feed me something gross and then tell me it was something else. Michelle: They told me, Hey, try this. And I would try it. And my palette expanded. Now, some of those foods are my favorite foods on earth. And a lot of the foods I grew up on, I don’t even have an interest in because I’ve been awakened to a whole different meal because people who loved me brought it to me as far as believers are concerned. That’s why it’s so important for us to love on people and invite them saying no, no, no, no, no. Like the host is cool. No, no, no, no, no. This is good food. Like you might not know it, but like, it’s really good. Like you need to show. Shea: And I ain’t talking about Sunday banquet time, you know? Like, like the time. No, no, no. Cause all they do in real life is bring carbs. I’m talking about Jesus’s food though. It’s like, Oh point nutritious and builds you up, hold on. So, you know, cause we’re having conversation. Does your church that to you show up as all carbs. I know, right? I’m like, we’re supposed to be healthy here. We’re supposed to be like the nourishing, our bodies here. And you’re wrecking me right now. But it’s like, you know, but we think that, and I like the analogy. I like, what you’re saying is you could draw that in. I remember this girl wouldn’t eat chicken, like white chicken. It was like different ways of preparation. It made me think of like how he’s an angel of light. Right. He can be an angel of light. Right? The, the, the one that she was eating was like, I don’t know what she was eating, but she was like, Oh no steak. And um, white chicken. I was like, hold on, let me cook it for you. And I’m the, you know, I am the chef of the house I had to do all it quick and I put it in front of her and she ate it and it was good and right there and it was good. The I am is good. Brenna Blaine: Yeah. I’ve been speaking a lot on Mark after too a lot when Jesus is walking down, like within the community and he sees the tax collector, Levi, all the, all the Jewish community is like, man, I hope he calls them out. I hope he tells him to stop taking advantage of us to stop abusing us. And he goes, and he says, follow me, Jesus, didn’t go to him and say, you need to fix this. You need to do this. You need to change this. He just said like, Hey, come on, come hang out with me. And when you watched his life, that’s when he was like, wait a second. I think I need to know what this guy is about. I think I need to know more of who Jesus is. And then like later in that chapter, Jesus is eating with multiple tax collectors and sinners. The testimony of Levi’s life of even just that small interaction, drew more people in who were like, if drew more centers. And we were like, wait a second. I think we got this guy wrong. Cause he’s hanging out with this guy causes a lot of trouble and he’s not yelling at him and he’s not calling him out. So what’s about to happen then that, that just reminds me of this, this picture of fellowship and eating of being like, Hey, let’s just spend time together. So you can get to know me. That’s how Jesus is with us. Michelle: Yeah, because Jesus is way as catching because he has that piece that you were talking about earlier in that light, he didn’t start doing what Matthew was doing. He didn’t start trying to act like the people he was inviting so that they would feel more at home just by being himself. He reinforced the power of walking the way he was walking. Sometimes people are like, well, you know, I don’t want to be too extreme. Will make them feel uncomfortable. Actually. It’s funny, you, you cross this chasm and you end up acting so much like Christ that like, they don’t want anything else. Like there’s this level where it’s like, you’re in the legalism. So yeah. It’s awkward. It’s weird. It makes people feel uncomfortable. And then there’s the way Jesus walked, where it is such abundant love that people feel like I don’t want anything else. Like I want to be more like you forget how I was, forget what I was doing. I’m not expecting you Jesus, to be like me, please. Can I be more like you let, what is good that we’re eating become a, you know, you are what you eat, like be calm. What we’re consuming. Shea: I like how you even brought up Levi, Matthew Levi being the Hebrew name, Matthew being the Greek name, old Testament, looking to new Testament. It’s kind of like, it’s kind of like, it’s kind of like Jesus stepped in and he’s like, all right, Matthew and Jesus called him Matthew. Because when he fell under him, he fell under the new covenant. You know, it’s kind of like, it’s really cool. It’s I don’t know. It’s like, but I love that stuff. God just refreshes everything and tax collectors. I’m telling you they were a bit hated. Okay. I’m going to pop up chosen for a second. I don’t know if you’ve seen the, the, the thing that chosen the new, Oh, I’ll tell you. It gives you a perspective because I think sometimes we walk past things in the Bible, you know, like the time, you know, what was going on, how a tax collector was actually treated. They hated him. He had to have guards to protect them. The Roman guy. Cause he was collecting the taxes for the Romans, right? From his own people. People were like, you’re killing us man. But then here comes Jesus, come on, man. If I have almost everybody, I like that. I’m going to sit with everybody. Let’s just sit down because if you come to my table and you choose me, it doesn’t matter because you will be hated for my name, but you’ll have my you’ll be at my table. Michelle: There was a question you were going to ask, but I’m going to ask you, Cause I remember another thing you said was that they welcomed your question. My grandma’s church questions. Weren’t like a thing like questions. It was bad to question. Because that meant you doubted is there a link there between how you felt loved when asking those crazy questions and then the type of podcast that you decided to draw? Brenna Blaine: Yeah, definitely. I, as I got older, I ended up going to Bible college. It’s not called a Bible college anymore, but it was, I ended up getting a degree in theology and biblical studies. And I just remember working through so many things that I was like, Oh my gosh, it’s like more questions developed as time go by. And then thinking about all the youth that I worked with. And so being at this school where my professors who loved Jesus and have studied the Bible for years and years, and years would say, like, ask these questions, figure out these questions. And then working with youth who go, I really like secretly struggle with blank, but I can’t bring it up in church because I’ll be turned away or because it won’t be welcomed or because I’ll be seen a certain way. And in Isaiah, it says, God dwells in eternity. Brenna Blaine: Like he’s so big that he dwells in eternity. He takes up infinite space. Like if that’s true, doesn’t that mean? Like he, he’s also in those places that we feel like we’re trying to hide from him. Whereas thinking about that, I’m looking at the students that we have to be able to walk into these questions and say, Hey, this is actually where I’ve seen God at work in these areas of life. And so I just got tired of being like, man, I wish this church would like engage their youth in this way. Or man, I wish this church would talk about this on a Sunday. And I felt convicted like God was saying like, you have a voice. Like why don’t you just do it? And so I started calling up friends and saying, Hey, I know you have the super specific experience in this area. And I know you talking about it will be vulnerable, but I also know a lot of other people who struggle with it. And so would you share for whatever reason my friends said yes. And so this has turned into this beautiful ministry of just wrestling with God together and wrestling with these questions with a community that we love. Michelle: he questions. I’m like, Ooh, that’s a good one. But I’m like, man, she’s gutsy to be there. She’s bold to be in this space because there’s different camps. Right. And, and every camp has its loyalists. And that episode with Alan was all about like, like when is it a heretic? And when is it just like, okay, this is still open for conversation, right? Like we land in different places, right. Or it’s wrong. But this person is not sending everyone to hell for saying, for thinking it this way. Right. And so I think your podcast sits kind of in that area where there’s always going to be tension because everyone’s coming to the table, almost expecting the meal to be the way they, they like the chicken need to be made this way. If it’s not made this way, then is this Jesus. And uh, and I’ve learned to expect perfection, but not expect I can. The perfection. Shea: It will be when I go to Christ. Um, I think that there are a lot of hungry, young people, um, a lot of people. Okay. So there’s, there’s, here’s where our ages, you know, in my age group would sit there and say this world, I am so sick and tired of hearing people say, millennials, I dude, I’m, I’m in the age group of the people saying this and I’m like, y’all make me vomit, but oh, sorry. I mean, maybe that’s a little hard for y’all out there, but this is real. We’re talking real talk here. I’ll just say it. But it’s like, they’re hungry. And if this season hasn’t showed us that people are seeking, see, they just don’t understand that they’re seeking after the one and only thing they can fill that void. Michelle: Sometimes you have to look at the question underneath the question, right? Sometimes that’s more interesting to answer. I like that. You’re chasing after the youth. Um, because they’re going to be the ones that are going to college and, and we definitely see change when our young people leave, leave the church and or leave the body of Christ. Man, the church thing is starting to really like, it’s not four walls y’all but like, but they, they start to drift away from, from the creator. They start to drift away from the healing. They, they, they start to drift away from the piece, like you said earlier, you know, what would you tell someone that’s struggling? What would you tell someone who is in, in this struggle and, and looking at two camps and saying, you know, which one should I choose? Brenna Blaine: I don’t think you’re going to find God in either camp. Think he’s gonna meet you somewhere where you least expect him to. I also think he’s waiting for you already. And I’m going to borrow words from a guy named Joshua Ryan Butler. He says that Jesus meets us with radical embrace. And then he leads us to radical obedience. So it’s not going to be easy, but the peace of God is not something that we can manufacture. And so if you’re looking for real true lasting, deep peace, you’re only going to find it in God. It’s so worth laying down your rights. It’s so worth dying to yourself to walk that path with God who you will spend eternity with, it will be lonely. It will be lonely. There will be a really, really hard nights and really hard days and hard weeks and hard months and hard years. But the peace of your heavenly father lasts through those. And looking back on my life, I can see that and I can feel it. And I can remember those instances where I just was met with immense peace. When nothing else in the world would satisfy me. Shea: Amen. Eat what is good, man? It’s been an awesome episode. Yeah. Thank you so Brenna Blaine: Thank you so much for having me. It was like, this is probably like one of the funniest things I’ve ever done. Woo. Michelle: We’re going to like keep a tally of how many people tell us that because yeah, it’s God, it’s just it’s look, we’re in a barn or like come eat the pantry. Y’all I hope you’ve enjoyed this episode. As much as we have more, even more, you can connect with firstname.lastname@example.org with Brenna in. Can I say that the podcast as well as all the links we’re going to put in the show notes. So until next time, bye. Bye.KEYWORDS: ETERNAL PEACE, EVERLASTING LIFE, SALVATION, GOD IS GOOD, SCRIPTURES ABOUT PEACE.
Following Jesus In The Midst of Same Sex Attraction - Brenna Blain
The GoodLion Podcast
Brenna Blain (host of the Can I Say That? Podcast) shares her story about the unique challenges of being a same sex attracted woman of faith. She tells us about her testimony of following Jesus, what led her to embrace an orthodox view of sexuality and faith, the important role that sensitive/empathetic youth ministry can play in a SSA child's life, and answers questions like "are all Christians called to be straight?" It's a nuanced conversation and we hope it helps you in your walk with Jesus and your pursuit of growing in understanding about this extremely important topic. Hosts: Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins For more GoodLion Podcast find us on apple podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...) or anywhere you listen! Or check out our website https://goodlion.io/glp/
Authentic Christianity and Mental Health with Brenna Blain
Resilient Life Hacks
Brenna Blain is a Christian speaker, teacher and podcast host of the award winning “Can I Say That?” podcast. She graduated in 2020 with a degree in Theological and Biblical studies. Brenna loves spending time with her son and husband, collecting skull stuff and spending time with high schoolers and young adults in ministry. She ended up hospitalized for suicide prevention in 2017 in the middle of working as a youth pastor. Brenna was 22, newly married, and had just started going back to school. She thought there was nothing left for her but God met her where she was and now she has a message to share with you. Brenna's Podcast Brenna's Instagram Brenna's Facebook page
We were so thankful to get to talk to Brenna. Check out all the links below and the ways you can contact or follow her. Brenna Jo Blain Social Media - @bunonmyhead Podcast on Social Media - @canisaythatshow Here is her podcast link https://canisaythatshow.podbean.com/ For speaking inquiries or questions people can reach her at email@example.com
Podcast 021 – “You’re Already a Theologian: Be a Good One” with Brenna Blain
Arise Ministries Collective
https://ariseministriescollective.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/021-Theology-w-Brenna-Blain.mp3 Do you consider yourself a theologian? Why or why not? What is theology and do we as women really need it? Does what we believe matter, and why do we believe what we do about God? How do our beliefs shape who we are and, more importantly, who God is? All of these are questions Lisa DaSilva and Brenna Blain discuss and wrestle through in today’s episode of the Arise Ministries Collective Podcast. We hope you’ll join in the conversation, search the Word yourself, look through our recommended resources, and begin the journey toward scripture-informed theology. If we have thoughts and opinions about God, we’re already theologians. Our desire is that each one of us does the hard work to become good ones. Scripture We Referenced Acts 17 – Read all of it to better understand the context, but pay particular attention to 17:11 – “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Psalm 111:2 – “Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them.” 1 Peter 3:15 – “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Our Recommended Resources Find more great resources about theology and doctrine by linking to our Recommended Resources page here. Quotes “In one sense, all it takes to be a theologian is to have an opinion about God. That’s it. The moment you think or say anything about him or her or it or whatever GOD is to you, you’re doing theology. The real question, therefore, is not whether you are a theologian. It’s whether you are a good one.” Matt Smethurst (managing director of “The Gospel Coalition”). About Our Guest: Hey, I’m Brenna Blain. I am a 24 year old wife, mother and theology student at Multnomah University. For work I speak at different churches, ministries and youth events with a focus on re-engaging lukewarm Christians to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ. Aside from speaking, I also host a podcast that focuses on asking hard questions that are not normally asked within the church. For the past 10 years I’ve struggled with mental illness and what it means to be a follower of Christ while having a broken mind. Within my walk, I’ve found theology to be an overwhelmingly beautiful practice that not only strengthens my relationship with God but also welcomes difficult questions and topics. My hope within doing ministry with Jesus is that no individual feels outside of His reach, no matter what they struggle with.
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