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.


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November 25, 2020

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 tmalloy@blackhawkchurch.org if you’re interested in joining a Race and Faith discussion group!

November 18, 2020

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.

November 11, 2020

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

November 4, 2020

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
October 28, 2020

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


The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby
To Change the World, James Davison Hunter
Blackhawk Church Race & Faith Resources

October 21, 2020

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.


The Reason for God, Timothy Keller
A Secular Age, Charles Taylor

October 14, 2020

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.

Audio Practices:


Win the Day Productions

October 7, 2020

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.

Audio Practices:


Lectio 365 App

September 30, 2020

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.

Audio Practices:


The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer
Blackhawk Fitchburg “Spiritual Rhythms” Resource

September 23, 2020

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.

Audio Practices:


Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age, Alan Noble
Prayer of Examen Worksheet

September 16, 2020

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.


Sign up for a group
“I AM” Resources & Tools
The King Jesus Gospel, Scot McKnight
Simply Good News, N. T. Wright
The Bible Project – Check out this video on “The Gospel of the Kingdom

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