Next Steps Podcast
Each week, we’ll dig further into the message from Sunday, explore how to apply it to our lives, and offer a practice that will help us grow in relationship with God. Listen on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Music.
Dealing with Anxiety and Raising Healthy Kids // With Michelle Owen
This week we talk with Michelle Owen, a licensed counselor and member of Blackhawk Fitchburg, about dealing with anxiety and how to help our kids stay mentally and emotionally healthy.
Blackhawk Church Care Page
What to do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner
Try Softer by Aundi Kolber
Get Out of Your Head by Jennie Allen
Self-Care in a Pandemic // With Sandra Malone
This week we talk with Sandra Malone from our Care team about how to be attentive to our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health, and the importance of engaging in self-care.
*Theme music by Travis Agnew
A Conversation on Lament // With Chris Dolson & Colier McNair
This week we talk with Pastors Chris Dolson and Colier McNair about the practice of lament, its important throughout the history of the Black Church, and what it can look like in our own lives.
*Theme music by Travis Agnew
Advent Experience – Love // With Dustin & Andrea Pence
Dustin and Andrea Pence, two of our worship and prayer volunteers at Blackhawk Church, take us through an Advent prayer experience that will help us center our hearts on Jesus and the love that he has for us.
Advent Experience – Joy // With Dustin & Andrea Pence
Dustin and Andrea Pence, two of our worship and prayer volunteers at Blackhawk Church, take us through an Advent prayer experience that will help us center our hearts on Jesus and the joy that he brings.
Advent Experience – Peace // With Sarah Bianchi
Worship leader Sarah Bianchi takes us through an Advent prayer experience that will help us center our hearts on Jesus and the peace that he brings.
*All music written by Sarah Bianchi
Advent Experience – Hope // With Sarah Bianchi
Worship leader Sarah Bianchi takes us through an Advent prayer experience that will help us center our hearts on Jesus and the hope that he brings.
*All music written by Sarah Bianchi, except “Oh Light” (Gungor and All Sons & Daughters). Closing prayer from “Guerrillas of Grace” by Ted Loder.
Q&A on Race // With Charles Yu
In this special bonus episode, we do a Q & A with Pastor Charles Yu on the topic of race. In this wide-ranging conversation, Charles answers questions about how to define race, systemic racism, Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Matter, Blackhawk’s multi-cultural vision, and the next steps we can take as individuals.
4:40 – Charles’ background, 6:39 – defining race, 12:58 – race as a social construct, 14:43 – systemic racism, 32:25 – the Christian faith’s solution for racial injustice, 37:41 – differences between the social justice movement and the Kingdom of God, 42:35 – critical race theory, 47:18 – Black Lives Matter and BH’s involvement with the rally over the summer, 51:29 – Blackhawk’s multi-cultural vision, 55:49 – How should I proceed as an individual?
*Music by Travis Agnew
Racism without Racists, Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Red-lining Map Website
The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein
Phil Vischer Videos: Part One, Part Two
Biased, Jennifer Eberhardt
13th on Netflix
Race resources on our website
Email Tiffany at email@example.com if you’re interested in joining a Race and Faith discussion group!
Jesus Changed Everything // With Tom & Becca Whitney
This week we talk with Tom and Becca Whitney who have spent the last four years doing ministry in Angola. They talk about how the person of Jesus has transformed their lives, for Tom, going from an atheist to a Christ-follower, what it’s like to tell people about Jesus for the first time, and why He’s worthy of selling everything and going overseas. Then Chris wraps up the I Am series with an opportunity to reflect on what God has been up to in your life throughout the course of this series.
Creating Space to Hear from God // With Hannah Busse & Sarah Bianchi
This week we talk with Hannah Busse, our Director of Worship Arts, and Sarah Bianchi, one of our volunteer worship leaders, about how they’ve learned to slow down in order to create space to hear from God over the last several years. At the end, Adam and Alicia Penning take us through an extended Prayer of Examen.
*Music by Travis Agnew & Chris Kopp Drone in D by Kevin MacLeod
Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton
Election Reactions & Encouragement // With Matt Metzger & Colier McNair
Today, Chris and Tiffany are joined by Pastors Colier McNair and Matt Metzger to react to the latest election results and to offer a word of hope and encouragement this week. At the end, Chris takes us through a prayer practice that will help us do a little self-care and to pray for our country and church.
*Music by Travis Agnew; Reflection music Drone in D by Kevin MacLeod
Digging Deeper into Politics & Faith // With the Blackhawk Church Teaching Team
This week we talk with Pastors Chris Dolson, Matt Metzger, and Charles Yu from our teaching team about how to approach voting as a Christ-follower, what to do if neither candidate perfectly aligns with our Christian faith, what they hope will be true of Blackhawk Church in this election season, and more. At the end, Ben Knox leads us through a prayer practice centered on politics that will help us see the candidates as created in the image of God, to pray for them, and to be people of peace.
*Music by Travis Agnew, Chris Kopp, and Hansoo Kim
What About Those Who Never Hear the Gospel // With Chris Dolson
This week we talk with Pastor Chris Dolson about the exclusive nature of Jesus as “the way, truth, and life,” we discuss what the Bible has to say about those who never had a chance to hear the gospel, and he gives an encouragement to those who might be struggling with doubt or questions about God.
Raised to New Life // With Becky Allen
This week we talk with Becky Allen about life after loss and how her view of death and resurrection has been transformed after the loss of her husband. In the second half of the episode, Chris leads us through a re-telling of the story of Lazarus and some of the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Worship in the Time of COVID // With Blackhawk Worship Pastors
This week, we talk with Colier, Travis, and Trevor, a few of our Blackhawk worship pastors, about what it’s looked like for them to remain connected to God and to worship in this COVID season. In the second half of the episode, Hannah Busse (Director of Worship Arts) leads us through a meditation and worship experience centered on John 15.
Spiritual Practices that Help Grow our Desire for God // With Daniel Owen
This week, we talk with Daniel Owen about spiritual practices and rhythms that can help foster an increased appetite for God and grow our relationship with Him, and Daniel, Tiffany, and Chris talk about seasons in their lives where it felt like they’d “hit a wall” and God seemed distant. In the second half of the episode, Tiffany leads us through the story of the Feeding of the 5000 and helps us place ourselves in the crowd with Jesus.
Growing in Awareness of God and Self // With Adam & Alicia Penning
This week, we talk with Adam and Alicia Penning about the need to slow down and become more aware of God’s presence and what He might be trying to do in our lives. In the second half of the episode, Adam and Alicia lead us in the Prayer of Examen, a guided prayer time that will help us examine our lives and pay attention to how God’s at work.
Why Jesus’ Words Matter in 2020 // With Charles Yu
In this episode, we talk with Pastor Charles Yu about why the words of Jesus are so relevant in 2020, Charles shares some personal anecdotes about his own faith journey, and we end with a brief reflection that will help center us on Christ.