Trillia Newbell joins Travis to discuss diversity, BBQ, Tennessee, parenting, name meanings, Bed & Breakfast, places we live, music, Motown, the sin of partiality, cultures, crime TV shows, frog legs, pigs' feet, Andrew Zimmerman, French beaches, and the need for unity in the church today to increase our view of God. Along the way, they discuss her newest book, "The Big Wide Welcome Storybook" for kids!
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S2:E97: Deep Conversation w/Trillia Newbell: Growing Our Vision for God and His People
[00:27:14] Travis Fleming: So like I, when I go to India, Indians are wearing white when they, when they preach on Sundays and they take your shoes off before you on the platform. So there's this idea of reverence and holiness and cleanliness and purity that my cultural background doesn't have. So when I'm with Portuguese, they're shouting and celebrating. Again, my cultural background isn't that, or, or that when I go into African-American uh, more of a black church, there's a storytelling, there's the rhythm and call back and forth. And I'm more like that when I preach anyway. So I love the storytelling. I love, I love the rhythmic melody of it and the celebration. And, you know, I go into Russian contexts where you stand to pray because that's how you address the Almighty and there's reverence.
[00:29:45] Travis Fleming: It makes it a positive right? So I would do this thing because we had so many cultures at our church that I would tell them, "give me your cultural garb and allow me, I'd like to wear it because I want to celebrate you. And I want you to wear that when you come." So we would have, you know, African women coming in with, with head, head dresses on and the colors, and we'd have people coming in wearing all different things. We had Karen (a people group from Burma/Myanmar) wearing their vests when they would, would come in and to me, I don't want you to have to conform to my culture. I find my culture a little bit boring a lot of the times, and I want my vision of God to grow. I want to see God through your eyes because it's not that you're. You're just highlighting something in the diamond of who God is.