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...

Is It Good That You’re Bad? – Ep 069

We’ve got another idea! Have you ever wondered about the messages in the movies and TV shows we watch? The culture around us constantly talks about theology. So we want to start a new segment where we look at their message so we can learn about it and also learn how we can answer their questions. So to start things off, we decided to take a look at Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph. We love the movie and enjoy watching it. But does the message and worldview in the movie communicate good theology? What can we learn from it about the people in our culture today so we can communicate the gospel clearly in return? Continue Reading...