'After the Mic' with Dennis Pethers
I’ve hosted many, many podcasts in the more than three years since “Inside LifeWay” debuted. As with any recurring event, each session is valuable, but some just go better than others. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author and evangelist Dennis Pethers of Viz-A-Viz Ministries for an upcoming “Inside LifeWay” podcast. I use the term “interview” lightly, because in reality I had the pleasure of conversing with Dennis ... there just happened to be hot mics in the room.
It’s fitting that he is such an engaging conversationalist since his new study, “More to Life,” focuses on the need for solid relationships – built upon honest, open conversation – in order to best share the message of Christ in today’s culture. The podcast covers the gamut from his personal testimony (involving a London train station) to how the U.S. religious landscape reminds him of England’s landscape 20 years ago (American Christians must wake up) to the question he frequently poses to servers at restaurants (it isn’t “Can I get some more water?”).
We had to end the podcast at about 30 minutes, but that doesn’t mean the conversation stopped right there. I asked one question in particular after the recording stopped that I wish had made it into the podcast. Instead, I’ll share it here. It isn’t directly quoted, but the gist is contained below.
“After the Mic”
Brooklyn: Do you think the rise of Internet communication has made conversation more difficult? Do people actually “talk” less now?
Dennis (insert British accent): I actually think it’s a great thing. People are more connected now than they’ve ever been, and they are willing to ask questions and “speak” through a computer more freely than they might face-to-face. The Internet makes it possible for us to quickly and easily communicate with people on the other side of the world, and I think it opens the door for meaningful conversations.
Posted by Brooklyn Lowery