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...

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...