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...

It Takes 40 Years to Make a Man – Stephen Kuert – Ep 078

Today we welcome back missionary, author, and friend Stephen Kuert. Stephen has written two new books since the last time we talked with him and they may be some of his best work yet. We talk about his missionary journey, the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering us for mission, his practice of spiritual disciplines and why God demands fruitfulness from us, not just faithfulness. This episode will inspire and challenge you to seek to become the person God has called you to be. But that process doesn’t happen overnight. Growth is a process and we have to learn to listen for and obey the voice of the Lord each and every day. Continue Reading...

Ministry is a Journey, Not a Destination – Jonathan Barthalow – Ep 077

Jonathan Barthalow is lead pastor of Crosspoint Church in Waverly, Iowa. He holds a BA from Central Bible College and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Evangel University. He and his wife, Erica Barthalow, have been childrens/youth/worship pastors, missionaries to India, Chi Alpha directors, and have now moved in to lead pastoring. Jonathan and Erica have journeyed through many different seasons of life and have grown closer to God through each new challenge. This entire process has taught Jonathan that his identity isn’t primarily wrapped up in his ministry title, but instead in who he is a child of God. Listen as Jonathan shares life lessons, his heart for the lost, and discovers that ministry is a journey, not a destination. Continue Reading...

Do You See the Bible as Black and White? – Ep 076

This week Chris and Josh talk about how we should read Scripture and the results of reading the Bible with a narrow lense. We are all biased because we each have unique experiences, expectations, and cultural perspectives that shape our worldviews and how we interpret Scripture. If you prefer the world to be “black and white, yes or no” then you are likely to struggle when someone challenges your beliefs or you read something in Scripture that seems to contradict what you thought to be true. But this doesn’t have to be the case if we embrace doubt as a pathway to faith. You can experience a deeper relationship with God when you embrace that there are other ways to view the world from the way you currently do. This will allow you to make stronger connections with others with whom you disagree and give you the opportunity to authentically serve them as the hands and feet of Christ. Continue Reading...