Weekly Google+ Hangouts

man at tableEnergion Publications hosts a one hour Google+ Hangout every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Central time. The format will be an interesting topic for discussion by at least two Energion authors or an occasional guest, with questions from the audience available through Google+ or YouTube.

How to connect and join in discussions and questions:    Google+: Between 6:30 and 7 p.m., follow this link to Energion’s Google+ page.  Locate the event for that week and click on the announcement. Follow the prompts to the discussion.

YouTube: Follow this link to Energion’s YouTube page. Scroll to the event for that week and click on that screen. There will be a banner which states “Login to participate.” If you just want to watch you do not follow the banner.

Audience Participation: We enable the Q&A App on the Google Hangout. You can find instructions on using this app here. You need to click on the plus sign (+) next to “Q&A App”  and look for the heading “Ask a question.” Also please check the final section, “Things to keep in mind.” There it points out that you can’t ask questions if you’re viewing on YouTube or on a web site with the YouTube viewer embedded. You have to go through Google+ to get this functionality. There will be an annotation with a link on the viewer so you can sign into Google+.

Google+ Hangouts 2016:  

January 12, 2016: New Testament Text with Dr. Thomas Hudgins. And Capitalism and Christianity with Elgin Hushbeck.
Google+: Tonight’s Hangout
YouTube: Tonight’s Hangout

January 5, 2016: Secularization and the Christian today with Elgin Hushbeck and Rev Steve Kindle. And Antioch House Church with Pastors Ryan Bruss and Chris Lister from Charlotte, NC.
Google+: Tonight’s Hangout
YouTube: Tonight’s Hangout

Past Google+ Hangouts:

December 15, 2015: A Process Christmas. Dr. Bruce G. Epperly will join Henry Neufeld in a Christmas discussion. Dr. Epperly is the author of Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with GodTransforming Acts: Acts of the Apostles as a 21st Century Gospel and Galatians: A Participatory Study Guide.

Google+:  A Process Christmas
YouTube: A Process Christmas

November 17, 2015:  Dating and Marriage This will be an in-touch, interesting discussion which will include questions on whether celibacy until marriage is possible and how to make that goal achievable. Joining moderator Henry Neufeld will be Rev. Kevin Brown, author of Rite of Passage for Home and the Church : Raising Christ-Centered Young Adults and To Date or Not to Date: What the Bible Says about Pre-marital Relationships and Katy Isaacs, a young wife and mother and the author of The Unbroken Road. 
Google+: Dating and Marriage
YouTube: Dating and Marriage

November 10, 2015: From Scripture to Dialogue   Energion Discussion Network  (EDN) Have you discovered this blogsite? If not, click here now! Tonight, Henry Neufeld will be the host to EDN editor, Steve Kindle. Steve will share the vision for this site and discuss what has happened so far and what the future may hold for a site which encourages people from various theologies and perspectives to discuss subjects, not debate them, and certainly respect each other.
Google: From Scripture to Dialogue
YouTube: From Scripture to Dialogue

November 3, 2015: Healing Dysfunctional Congregations This may strike a chord that rings with pain, anger, frustration and dispair. Dr. Kenneth Quick spends much of his time visiting congregations which are trying desperately not to close their doors! Henry Neufeld will moderate a discussion which may bring some difficult truths but also hope to fellowships who are willing to make some changes in their thinking and their praying.
Google: Healing Dysfunctional Congregations 
YouTube: Healing Dysfunctional Congreatations

October 27, 2015: Missions at Home and Abroad  Linda and Greg English (Reimagine WorldWide)  believe that by uniting churches, businesses, and organization within a particular community to meet the physical needs of individuals, this in turn, opens the door to establishing relationships, allowing conversations and opportunities to meeting a spiritual need. This will be an exciting discussion between publisher, Henry Neufeld (who grew up on the mission field in Mexico and Guyana) and Linda English, who leads 5-6 local missions and 3-4 abroad missions every year.
Google+: Missions at Home & Abroad
YouTube: Missions at Home & Abroad

October 20, 2015: Is the Old Testament Relevant in the 21st Century? Erin McCllelan, a youth director for eight years and counting, brings questions from her group to the discussion with Dr. Alden Thompson, Professor of Biblical Studies at Walla Wall University and author of Who’s Afraid of the Old Testament God?.
Google+: Is the OT Relevant in the 21st Century?
YouTube: Is the OT Relevant in the 21st Century?

October 13, 2015: Is the Gospel Shrinking? Author Lee Wyatt who wrote the newly released book, The Incredible Shrinking Gospel, will share his insights into the crisis in the church, one he believes is caused by our loss of a full Gospel message. To rebuild our understanding Lee then revisits Jesus, helping us to become acquainted with Him and the meaning of his mission.
Then, and only then, with this rebuilt picture of Jesus, does he revisit evangelism, and tell us how we can turn our efforts to reach around the world. Only when we have “unshrunk” our gospel can we successfully evangelize.
Google:  Is the Gospel Shrinking?
YouTube:  Is the Gospel Shrinking?

October 6, 2015: Does Jesus Contradict Himself? Drs. David Cartwright and C. Drew Smith look at the Gospel stories and consider the varied answers and actions of Jesus throughout His three years of ministry. Why does He say, “Do not tell anyone” in one place and “Go, tell everyone” in another? Bring your Bible and join Henry Neufeld in this discussion. 
Google: Does Jesus Contradict Himself?
YouTube:  Does Jesus Contradict Himself? 

September 29, 2015: What Are Kingdom Exchanges? Assenting to the Eternal: Kingdom Exchanges Revealed by Carolyn Côté is health-food for the believer’s spirit. It’s oil for their long-enduring lamps and a blanket of comfort for the cold nights they lie waiting for their Bridegroom. Join Henry Neufeld as he interviews the author.
Google: What are Kingdom Exchanges? 
YouTube: What are Kingdom Exchanges?

September 22, 2015: Parent-Driven Discipleship Dr. Michael Kennedy joins Henry Neufeld in a discussion of his new book, Parent-Driven Discipleship.    As many Christians bemoan the deterioration of “family values” in our society, have we, as Christian parents, abdicated our responsibility by spiritually abandoning our children?Although the church has a part in our children’s spiritual education are we not accountable before God for the spiritual development of our children?
Google: Parent-Driven Disicipleship
YouTube: Parent-Driven Discipleship

September 15, 2015: Re-scheduled “How Do I Pray?” Dr David Moffett-Moore took on the challenge to write a book of less than 45 pages on prayer. Pathways to Prayer is the newest installment in Energion Publications’s very popular Topical Line Drives series and David Moffett-Moore will join Henry Neufeld on this Google+ Hangout & discuss prayer. If you have questions, bring them to the discussion, which will certainly be thought-provoking  and, maybe, leave you with something else to prayer about!  [Re-scheduled from August 18, 2015 due to technical problems.]
Google: How Do I Pray?
YouTube: How Do I Pray?

September 8, 2015  Grandparents: What will your Legacy be? Grandparents Day is September 13. Popular author and speaker, pastor and grandfather, Dr Bruce Epperly will discuss the great job of being a grandparent and share from his book, Letters to my Grandson: Gaining Wisdom from a Fresh Perspective. Join Dr. Epperly and (Papa) Henry Neufeld in this interesting discussion.
Google: Grandparents: What will your Legacy be?
YouTube: Grandparents: What will your Legacy be?

September 1, 2015  Congregations: Alive? or not so much.  Dr. Ruth Fletcher, author of a new release Thrive: Spiritual Habits of Transforming Congregations,  is a Regional Minister for the Christian Church in Montana and has taken the opportunities to observe churches which are growing and alive, and those which are not. Join Dr. Fletcher and Henry Neufeld for an interesting, even eye-opening, discussion.
Google: How your Church can thrive
YouTube: How your Church can thrive

August 25, 2015  Divorce and Christians Van Parunak brings a strong biblical foundation to his book, Except for fornication: The Teaching of the Lord Jesus on Divorce and Remarriage. He will bring those doctrines to this Hangout with Henry Neufeld as they discussion marriage, divorce and remarriage for Christians.
Google: Except for Fornication
YouTube: Except for Fornication

August 18, 2015  How do I pray to God?  This Hangout will be rescheduled.

Author David Moffett-Moore took on the challenge to write a book of less than 45 pages on prayer. Pathways to Prayer is the newest installment in Energion Publications’s very popular Topical Line Drives series and David Moffett-Moore will join Henry Neufeld on this Google+ Hangout & discuss prayer. If you have questions, bring them to the discussion, which will certainly be thought-provoking  and, maybe, leave you with something else to prayer about!

August 11, 2015 Raising Christ-Centered Young Adults. Elgin Hushbeck will be joined by author and pastor, D. Kevin Brown as they talk about Rite of Passage, the book and the ministry of parents and church fellowships to raise strong, Christ-centered teens.
Google: Raising Christ-Centered Young Adults
YouTube: Raising Christ-Centered Young Adults

August 4, 2015 Why Should I (Woman) Take the Time to Do A Bible Study? It seems like a good thing to do but when it gets down to making the time, it just doesn’t seem worth the effort! Join editor (and grandmother) Jody Neufeld along with author (and working mom) Renee Crosby (The Fringe: A Secret Society, Soup Kitchen for the Soul) and Janet Lister (pastor’s wife, mom and college student) for this frank and encouraging discussion.
Google: Women and Bible Study
YouTube: Women and Bible Study

July 28, 2015 Tithing and Stewardship with authors, Dr. David Croteau (Tithing After the Cross:A Refutation of the Top Arguments for Tithing and New Paradigm for Giving) and Rev. Steve Kindle (Stewardship: God’s Way of Recreating the World). This will be a lively discussion about a subject that Christians often tune out. But instead give this a tune in and learn that tithing and stewardship is about more than money.
Google+: Stewardship After the Cross
YouTube: Stewardship After the Cross

July 21, 2015 Publishing with Energion Publications’ owner, Henry Neufeld along with his wife and Energion editor, Jody Neufeld, share what they have learned in the past 11 years with 60 authors and over 150 books.
Google+: Publishing: Truth and Realities
YouTube: Publishing: Truth and Realities

July 14, 2015 Researching Abroad: Tips and Tools for the Trade is Dr. D. Keith Campbell’s new book. Dr. Campbell, Vice President of International Relations with Global Scholars, brings practical information to those who may travel abroad on research sabbaticals. From how to schedule with local sources to Internet and electronic needs, Dr. Campbell will save the reader time, frustration and unknowing steps into unseen pitfalls. Join Henry Neufeld and Dr Campbell and bring your own questions!
Google+: Researching Abroad.
YouTube: Researching Abroad.

July 7, 2015 Why Christians Should Care About Their Jewish Roots. Nancy Petrey has a passion both for the Jewish people and for calling Christians to understand their Jewish roots. You will hear and see that passion in this interview. Listen to what Nancy has learned and then go to your Bible and read some passages like she did. What does it say to you?
Google+: Why Christians Should Care About Their Jewish Roots
YouTube: Why Christians Should Care About Their Jewish Roots.

June 30, 2015 Preaching from the Old Testament. Dr. Robert Cornwall is currently preaching a series of sermons from the Old Testament! Yes, you read that correctly – the Old Testament! Why do most pastors preach from the New Testament? What can we learn from the Old Testament and practically apply in this 21st century? Bob Cornwall and Henry Neufeld discuss these questions and more!
Google+: Preaching from the Old Testament.
YouTube: Preaching from the Old Testament.

June 23, 2015 A Home United. Dr Robert LaRochelle began his ministry life in the Roman Catholic Church, as a Theology instructor in Catholic high schools, a Diocesan level official in adolescent religious education, a parish youth minister and Director of Religious Education and then ordained as a Permanent Diaconate. He is now an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has a passion to reach across lines of division to bring dialogue, maybe even some agreements.
Google+: A Home United
YouTube: A Home United

June 16, 2015 PERFECTLY SQUARE.   Dolly Haik-Adams Berthelot is a human communication specialist and author who wrote this “A Fantasy Fable for All Ages” as a tool to show the confused, conflicted and enriched a life can be with diversity. Join publisher, Henry Neufeld as he explores the principles of Ms Berthelot’s seminars in human relations, change, and even quality management.
Google+: PERFECTLY SQUARE
YouTube: PERFECTLY SQUARE

June 9, 2015 Social Justice: Good or Bad? with apologist and author Elgin Hushbeck (What is Wrong with Social Justice?),  and author and Director of Clergy United, Rev Steve Kindle (Stewardship: God’s Way of Recreating the World). Publisher Henry Neufeld is the moderator of what promises to be a lively discussion. Links to event: Google+: Social Justice: Good or Bad?
YouTube: Social Justice: Good or Bad?

June 2, 2015 The Violence in the Bible with Dr Alden Thompson (Who’s Afraid of the Old Testament God?) and Dr Allan R. Bevere (The Character of our Discontent) with publisher, Henry Neufeld.

May 26, 2015 Life As Pilgrimage with Dr David Moffett-Moore. Dr Robert LaRochelle interviews Dr Moffett-Moore about his book of the same name and the journey of life that is truly all about the journey.

May 19, 2015 Pentecost and Your Ministry. A lively conversation with Dr. Bruce Epperly and Dr Bob Cornwall about what has been called the “birth day” of the New Testament church.

May 5, 2015 The Caregiver’s Beatitudes. As we move toward the celebration of mothers, Robert Martin recalls carrying for his wife during her battle with breast cancer.

April 28, 2015 Seeing the Psalter. Dr Bob MacDonald unfolds his beautiful translations of the Psalms as well as sharing his study of the recurring patterns of poetry with moderator, Henry Neufeld.

April 14, 2015  The Questioning God: An Inquiry for Christians, Muslims and Jews. Moderator Elgin Hushbeck will conduct an interesting, even provocative discussion on characteristics of these religious groups with author, Dr Ant Greenham.

April 7, 2015 I’m Right and You’re Wrong. Rev. Steve Kindle & Dr Robert Cornwall  join Henry Neufeld in a discussion about disagreements on biblical interpretation.

March 31, 2015 Lent: Season of Hope for Millenials. Henry Neufeld will host a discussion with authors Nick May and Heath Taws.

March 24, 2015 Lent: Season of Testimonies. Author Doris Horton Murdoch will join Henry Neufeld in discussing the Biblical mandate of testimonies and how we identify and give our testimonies.

March 17, 2015 Lent: Season of Forgiveness with authors Nick May and Henry Neufeld.

March 10, 2015 Lent: Season of the Resurrection with Elgin Hushbeck and Steve Kindle.

March 3, 2015 Lent: Season of Sorrow. Henry Neufeld will host author, William P Tuck.

February 24, 2015 Biblical Essentials. Henry Neufeld hosts Dr Alden Thompson and Elgin Hushbeck in what promises to be a lively and interesting Hangout!

February 17, 2015 Marriage and Ministry. Dr Harvey and Marilyn Brown join Henry and Jody Neufeld in a discussion about finding the balance between family and ministry demands.

February 10, 2015  Dating & Authorship of biblical Books. Elgin Hushbeck and Henry Neufeld discuss this topic.

February 3, 2015 Words of Woe. Dr Bob LaRochelle interviews Dr Bob Cornwall on his new book in which he gives some insights into some of the alternative lectionary Scriptures which are rarely preached.

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January 27, 2015 Lenten Devotions. Joel and Leigh Anne Watts will have just released a book with some Lenten devotions for a family to share during the current Lenten season. Among the discussion points: How to involve your children in an active, growing spiritual life?

January 20, 2015 Creation & Christianity. This a big Hangout! Henry Neufeld will host authors who have written books on various facets of the creation question. Dr Herold Weiss, Dr David Moffett-Moore, Dr Bob Cornwall and Dr Tony Mitchell with make for a very learned and lively discussion!

January 13, 2015 The Paradoxical Teachings of Jesus. Elgin Hushbeck will discuss withDr David Cartwright some of the paradoxes found in the Gospels and what they mean. Then Elgin and publisher Henry Neufeld will discuss the reliability of the Gospel story, especially in John.

January 6, 2015 Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job. Dr Bruce Epperly is interviewed by Henry Neufeld on suffering in this world and God’s role in our lives.

December 23 & 30, 2014: No Hangout during Christmas holidays

December 16: A Relevant Faith with Liberal and Conservative Christians with C. Drew Smith and Lee Harmon, Moderator: Henry Neufeld.

December 9: Are the Gospels Realiable? Moderator: Elgin Hushbeck will be joined by Dr Thomas Hudgins (professor) and Rev Michael Bradley (missionary).

December 2: Meaningful Outreach to the Homeless with Rev Shauna Hyde & Renee Crosby, authors of upcoming books: The Vicar of Tent Town and The Fringe, Moderator: Henry Neufeld

November 25: No Hangout during Thanksgiving Week

November 18: A New Look at Hospitality as a Key to Missions with Rev Christopher Freet, Moderator: Henry Neufeld

November 11: After the Elections with Joel Watts and Henry Neufeld, Moderator: Elgin Hushbeck

November 4: Grief and the Holidays with Dr Ronald Higdon & Jody Neufeld, Moderator: Dr Bob LaRochelle