Is It Moral to Pay Taxes? – May Q&A – Ep 065

On this month’s Q&A episode, we answer your questions about the morality of paying taxes. We explore what Scripture says about the role government plays in our lives and why Jesus commanded us to pay taxes. We then dig a little deeper into an audience member’s question about the morality of voting to raise or lower taxes. We end the episode by inviting our audience members, YOU, to answer the question, “Is forcibly compelling others to do good works morally good?” Continue Reading...

Doing Kids Ministry Better – Brandon Horst – Ep 064

Join us this week as we talk with Brandon Horst about how to do kids ministry better both in the church and in our homes. Brandon is a children’s pastor and blogger from Fairfax, Virginia who’s passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. Brandon and his his wife are always looking for new ways to evangelize families and disciple kids. He is a great thinker but quick to admit that he doesn’t have everything figured out, and that’s why we love him. This episode is sure to help you gain clarity on your own ministry, whether it’s to kids, adults or somewhere in-between. Listen to our conversation as we work through the tough issues we face when trying to reach the next generation with the love of Christ. Continue Reading...

Exploring Holy Doubt – Erica Barthalow – Ep 063

This week we talk with Erica Barthalow about her new book, Holy Doubt: Finding Hope When Faith is a Struggle. Erica is a writer, pastor’s wife, and mom to two of the best people on the planet, Jacob and Juliana. She is married to Jonathan Barthalow, and together they currently serve the people of Crosspoint Church in Waverly, Iowa. Since entering full-time ministry in 2003, Erica has been involved in a variety of roles in youth, children, missions, and college/university ministry. The only one missing is senior adults! After struggling with God as a missionary in India, Erica realized the importance of honesty and authenticity in her relationships and with God. You can read her blog at: www.droppingtheact.com In this episode Erica tells the story of her struggle with doubt, depression, and suicidal thoughts that developed while she and her husband and two children were serving as missionaries in India. Living in a house on the edge of a jungle outside of a remote mountain village, Erica began to question everything she thought she knew about being a Christian as her experience with missions was not what she expected. We talk with her about this process as she explains how God used her situation, and the people around her, to grow her faith from simply believing in the Jesus she had heard about to finding the real Jesus in the midst of deep suffering. Her story will challenge you to ask questions and open up about your own doubts about the Christian life and inspire you to never give up on God because even in our darkest moments, we find God has not abandoned us. Continue Reading...

Exploring Devotable, the New Devotional App – Landen Melton – Ep 062

This week we talk with Landen Melton, creator of the new devotional app, Devotable. Landen is a professional software developer with a passion for the church and helping others grow in their relationship with Christ. Even though he’s not a professional minister, he has stumbled into ministry through his work with Devotable. Landen and his story represents what’s possible when ordinary Christians allow God to use their gifts to work for his kingdom. Landen shares some great insights into his own journey that will inspire you to follow God’s call and live a fully devoted life to Christ. Continue Reading...

LIVE! – French Politics, Eternal Security, and Child Baptism – Ep 061

We decided to go live on Facebook a few days ago, and enjoyed our conversation with you all so much we decided to make it a full podcast episode. In this episode we give an update on The Gain Clarity Project as well as take a few questions from you, our fellow Theology in Progress members. Thanks so much for all the great questions! Continue Reading...