The Ralph Moore Podcast


Interview: Antoine Lassiter on Race & Protest Movement

Season 2, Ep. 50259

In this inteview you will hear the pain of a man who hurts because of friends who refuse to believe that systematic racism is a problem for the church.

Listen as he tells how he coaches his sons to prevent them from becoming objects of racial violence. Hear his heart when he says that making disciples of Jesus is the answer, but that disciplemaking must include rejecting sin, including the sin of racism.

Gather two or three books to help you understand these things from a paradigm unlike what you've previously understood:

A Story of Rythm & Grace by Jimi Calhoun, a Hope Chapel pastor who played alongside some of the biggest names in rock music.

Before becoming a pastor, he worked with,

Jimi Hendrix

Etta James

Hank Williams Jr.

John Lennon

Elton John

Mick Jagger

The Four Tops

Martha and the Vandellas

Rare Earth

In "A Story of Rhythm and Grace," Calhoun weaves together engrossing stories about racial differences and reconciliation from his life in the music world and his life in the church. Reflecting on how he has often found more racial harmony on the stage and in the recording studio than in the pews, Jimi shows what religion might learn from rock and roll.

"As an African-American growing up in the 1950s and '60s, Calhoun knows firsthand about the effects of racism. His personal anecdotes about this period are eye-opening, heart-wrenching and exciting. . . . His historical and sociological insights about racism and the civil rights movement are fascinating. . . . Those looking for an unusual perspective on one of the most turbulent times in recent U.S. history will be intrigued."--"Publishers Weekly "

"I love Jimi's heart. He's written "the right book at the right time." This book is a great read!"--Dr. John, musician

"Jimi Calhoun is a rare combination of storyteller, sage, artist, and pastor. Reading this warm-hearted, encouraging, and challenging book is like sitting down with Jimi for a dozen leisurely lunches and talking about what it means to be human beings with different skin tones and different histories. I hope and pray that this book will infuse hundreds of thousands of pastors, small group leaders, neighbors, and coworkers with new rhythm and grace."--Brian McLaren, author of "A New Kind of Christian"

How to be White in a Black Man's World, by Myron Pierce.

Myron is lead pastor of Mission Church in Omaha, the hub of a church multiplication network stretching across the United States, Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Hope Chapel in Hawaii: Interview with Mike Kai (part 3 of 3)

Season 2, Ep. 50274
Mike has led Inspire Church to an incredible global reach because he and his team saw opportunity when the pandemic hit.From a multisite congregation numbering between five and seven thousand, they popped to more than 60,000 views, settling back to more than 25,000. You'll both be challenged and inspired to try something new by this podcast.Mike and Lisa Kai have been my friends since the 1980s.Lisa was a valued staff member when Mike found Jesus. He was a broken 20-year-old, already divorced and a single parent.When they began dating, I reached out to Mike, mostly wanting to understand his relationship with Lisa at first. We became fast friend. I discipled him as did other members of our team. He and Lisa even took vacations with Ruby and I.Mike eventually joined our staff as Youth Pastor. His success there translated into the ministry which he leads today. He assumed the pastorate of one of the earliest Hope Chapels in Hawaii. From humble beginnings in 2001 to a thriving multi-site congregation, Pastors Mike and Lisa Kai are passionate about building the Church. They are visionary leaders with hearts to advance the Kingdom of God by attracting non-believers to Christ, connecting them to their church family, training them for life and ministry and sending each person to fulfill their God-given potential.You can catch up with Mikeinspirechurch.liveMike and Lisa reside in Honolulu and are the proud parents of three daughters and two grandchildren. Mike has traveled to speak at conferences and to congregations all over the world and conducts pastor’s and leader’s round tables nationally and internationally. Mike is the author ofThe Pound for Pound PrincipleandPlateaus.