Journaling After My Mom’s Suicide – Chris Lamberth – Ep 075

This week we talk about the spiritual discipline of journaling and how the Daily Growth Journal can help you grow in Christ in just 10 minutes a day. Chris opens up about his mother’s suicide and describes how this discipline has helped him walk through this dark time in his life. He’s learned that no matter how difficult life gets, we can choose to be grateful and find joy in the presence of God every day. We discuss how God has used the Daily Growth Journal to help him grow through this difficult season of life and develop a greater sense of identity in Christ, rediscover his calling, and become more mindful of God’s presence in his life. Through this conversation we agree that journaling is one of the greatest investments we can make in our spiritual lives. Continue Reading...

Learning to Dance in the Storm – David Lermy – Ep 074

David Lermy has worked in the corporate, education, church, and the nonprofit world. He currently runs a non-profit organization in Taney County, MO that feeds more than 1,200 kids each weekend and has spent more than 18 years in ministry. David and his wife have encountered many obstacles in their lives and have learned to rely on the Lord no matter how difficult life gets. David’s wife was diagnosed with cancer four days before they got married and David is currently living with a degenerative bone disease. The Lord has brought them through each and every trying circumstance. David now shares what he has learned through the process on his blog Leading Happy. He believes that no matter how difficult life becomes, we can find joy in the midst of the storms of life. David has learned what it means to walk in God’s grace and he shares many of his insights and experiences with us today. He’s an avid reader who loves to pass on what he’s learning to help people become better leaders and followers of Christ. David holds a degree in Biblical Studies and Languages from Evangel University and a graduate degree in organizational leadership from Liberty University. He is currently working towards doctoral work in the area of renewal studies dealing with community transformation at Regent University. Continue Reading...

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? – Ep 073

This week, Josh and Chris talk about disunity in the church and how it affects our witness to the world. The reformation that began 500 years ago started a trend of church splitting that has accelerated out of control. Today we have tens of thousands of church denominations in the United States alone. And while this trend is frightening, we recognize that the church has not always handled them this way. Find out what you can do to help bring unity back to the church. Our witness as the reconciled people of God depends on it. Continue Reading...

How to Become a Better Pastor – Matt Van Winkle – Ep 072

You don’t have to be a pastor to want to learn how to become a better pastor. As Christians we are all called to church ministry in some way. So we talked with Matt Van Winkle, host of the Better Pastors Podcast, about his efforts with church planting, theological reflection, and his love of narrative. Find out how Matt struggled to overcome fundamentalism and why doing theology is an important part of following Jesus. Matt Van Winkle is a husband, father, and church planter in Minneapolis, MN. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and is working on his Masters degree. A lover of all things podcasts, Matt has a vision to help pastors be better. Continue Reading...

Is Social Justice Enough? – Johan Mostert – Ep 071

Dr. Johan Mostert started his pastoral care ministry in 1972 with the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in South Africa (the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country) and served churches in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. From 1989 to 2000 he served as national Director of the AFM Welfare Department with its several hundred employees, ten homes for the aged, children’s homes and 310 local church voluntary welfare organizations. He is widely recognized as a leading authority on local-church response to the global AIDS pandemic and travels frequently as a speaker and project consultant for faith-based development agencies both in the US and internationally. He is Professor Emeritus of Community Psychology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) where he taught for the past 12 years. His areas of specialization were discipleship and social justice courses. Currently he is Director of Research and Development for AG Family Services Agency where he is heading CompaCare, a national strategy to help local churches be more effective in addressing the foster care crisis. Dr. Mostert’s unique experiences living through the Apartheid regime has given him a unique perspective when it comes to issues of social justice for marginalized people. He helps us work through issues of racial tension, help for the poor, and what it means for the church to engage culture in the work of social/biblical justice. Continue Reading...