HUMP EP.032 Rev. Dr. Todd Outcalt “The Seven Deadly Virtues” In Episode 32 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast, Dr. Brad Miller talks with the author of “The Seven Deadly Virtues: Temptations in The Pursuit of Goodness,” Rev. Dr. Todd Outcalt Senior Pastor of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, Indiana. Brad and Todd talk at length about the nature of goodness and virtue. Todd’s book explores the teachings of Jesus regarding living a virtuous life in parables such as the “rich young ruler” as well as the teachings of the early Saints of the church including ST. John Chrysostom whose quote “where virtue is, there are many snares.” which was a spark which led him to write the book. Brad and Todd explore such topics as: The temptation to do things our way instead of God’s way. The lure of success or the allure of grace. Prideful generosity as opposed to overflowing with gratitude. In their conversation read and Todd discussed the implications of the “deadly virtues” to living as a Christian temptations of pride among clergy and effectiveness of local churches in reaching unchurched folks when the church is perceived as “holier than thou.” He also talks about the the powerful and inspirational impact walking the Camino De Santiago, in Spain, had in inspiring his writing. Brad and Todd also talk about issues facing the United Methodist Church and gives his thoughts on a way forward to deal with the real challenges in the church. Todd also shares some of writing disciplines that he applies as the author of over thirty books while serving a growing congregation. There is a lot to dig into in Episode 32 of the “Hoosier United Methodist Podcast” which will be helpful to pastors and leaders as a tool to strengthen the connection in The United Methodist Church in Indiana.
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