Episode 101 | Break Open the Sky with Stephan Bauman
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Stephan Bauman is a new friend who has written a courageous new book called Break Open The Sky: Saving Our Faith From a Culture of Fear. Stephan is the former President of World Relief, and he has seen firsthand in some of the most difficult places in the world how it is possible to embrace love in the face of fear. He describes his book this way: "An expedition into living a life of authentic faith, free from the fear that so often plagues our faith communities. We can either turn away or choose to be brave. The journey is not for the faint of heart. As I have gotten to know Stephan, what I appreciate most is that his fierce message is wrapped in his own humility. He's gentle and winsome, and therefore I am finding his message irresistible. Enjoy the podcast. Music on today's episode is by Andy Gullahorn (Song: If You Want to Love Someone).
Stephan Bauman is an award-winning author who has written for various publications including FoxNews.com and previously served for 20 years in humanitarian work with World Relief. In his new book â??Break Open the Sky, â??he provides a unique perspective on how the rampant fear in our culture affects our faith. He challenges readers to a vibrant, authentic, risky faith: â??When our faith is passive, safe, void of risk, it loses its witness to a world that is increasingly jaded and skeptical. It forfeits its potential to awaken, or reawaken, a dying culture. Safe religion becomes self-absorbed, sentimental, esoteric, or, worse, superstitious,â?? Bauman says. More details follow. Heâ??s available for interviews starting June 5. Brett Benson, WaterBrook & Multnomah
The twentieth century has been called the Age of the Refugee. And today, we continue to hear of the flight of the peoples of the world. At the time of this recording, the refugee crisis continues to grow in Europe. The United States is planning to increase her cap on the number of refugees allowed into her borders. Stephan Bauman is my guest on this episode. Stephan is the president and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization that serves 5 million people each year through 100,000 church-based volunteers. Check out our conversation on the refugee crisis today and World Relief’s global efforts to partner with churches and church planters. You may find out more information about Stephan on the World Relief site, Twitter, or his personal site. Here are a couple of the web sites referenced in the conversation: worldrelief.org and wewelcomerefugees.com