Make a Habit of Reformation! – Ep 083

Almost 500 years ago, the Protestant Reformation began when Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg chapel. What role does reformation play today in the Church and in our own Christian journeys? This week Josh and Chris discuss the need to make a habit of personal reformation. Human beings are wired to develop habits in response to a changing and chaotic world. Habits help us organize our lives and simplify routine tasks. Habits can greatly benefit our spiritual lives when applied thoughtfully to our spiritual disciplines and church services. However, habits can become toxic when they keep us from growing, and our sinful natures can keep us from seeing it. Our lives and churches can become entrenched in outdated customs due to past experiences and traditions. Reformation reminds us to challenge our status quo in order to bring fresh perspective to our walk with Christ. Continue Reading...

We Need More Worship-Leader Theologians – Ep 082

This week Josh and Chris talk about worship. What it means. How we do it. Why we do it. Worship is the ultimate expression of theology. The songs we sing influence the way we see God and live out our Christian lives. As such, we need more worship leaders who intentionally write worship songs that accurately represent the gospel and give words to the congregation to respond to what God has done in the world. All Christians must take care to consider the words we sing and the meaning they portray so that our worship is authentic and meaningful for the occasion. If we are in a public worship service, our songs should reflect the corporate nature of the body of Christ. If we are privately seeking the face of God, our worship will take on other characteristics. Continue Reading...

Can I Be a Gay Christian? – Ryan Harris – Ep 081

How would you respond to someone asking you this question? It’s not usually something we give much thought to in the Church. We typically either instinctively respond with a resounding, “NO!” or we refuse to engage the question altogether. This week Ryan Harris helps us walk through this question. Ryan grew up in conservative church as a pastor’s kid, attended Bible college and later seminary. At the age of 13, when most boys began to feel attracted to girls, he began to feel an attraction to other boys. Growing up in the church, he knew the negative attitude the church held towards gay people, some of which were downright ignorant. So for the next decade of his life he struggled with shame and fear. It wasn’t until recently when God intervened in his story that led Ryan down a path of coming out about his same-sex attraction. Through this process God is using Ryan to build relationships with others in the LGBTQ community so that the gospel may be preached to a group of people the church has, by in large, abandoned. Ryan’s story will help you learn how to approach others who are different from you with the gospel. His call to see people instead of issues is one all in the Church need to take to heart as we learn to love one another and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Continue Reading...

Building Relationships with Muslims – Mark Hausfeld – Ep 080

Dr. Mark Hausfeld has over 20 years of experience building relationships with and ministering to Muslim peoples. He has lived in Pakistan, been president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and now heads the Center for Islamic Studies, a ministry dedicated to training Christians workers to minister to Muslims all over the world. Dr. Hausfeld shares with us the lessons he’s learned on his own journey from being called to a Muslim country to now working with Muslim refugees and immigrants in the United States. This episode will give you insight into the Muslim context and you walk away with some very practical tips on how to begin engaging with your Muslim friends and neighbors. Continue Reading...

Phenomenally Conservative College Ministry – Jeremy White – Ep 079

Sometimes it’s tough to follow God’s call on your life. We spend a lot of time trying to figure it out and find the “right” path to take. Could this be something we make more complicated than it should be? This week Jeremy White talks with us about his journey from growing up in church to leading a ministry at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. We also had a chance to talk about the difficulties of preaching the gospel in a secular university, including how conservative doctrine ministers to a liberal worldview in a college setting. Jeremy and his wife Tiffani have been in ministry for six years, the last four of which have been spent pioneering the Chi Alpha ministry at Drake. Continue Reading...