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...

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...