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...

The God at the End of Your Struggle – Michael Jaffe – Ep 068

This week we talk with our former Bible College professor, Dr. Michael Jaffe. Dr. Jaffe has been an ordained minister since 1981 and is currently Professor of Preaching and Church Leadership and Department Chair of Church Ministries at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and spent 22 years in pastoral ministry before taking his teaching position. He and his wife Barbara have three sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren, all loves of his life. Dr. Jaffe is the real deal when it comes to facing and overcoming struggles, and his story will speak to you of God’s grace and faithfulness. His experiences through deep tragedy and searching for truth comes out in this episode through a clear and simple message about what it means to follow Christ and obey Scripture. In a world where we make Christianity so complicated, Dr. Jaffe brings some much needed clarity and simplicity to us as we strive to faithfully glorify and serve God with our lives. Continue Reading...

What C. S. Lewis Knew About Today’s Culture – Ep 067

As Christians today we tend to think everything should be black and white or that our current understanding of the world around us is complete. Are things really as black and white as we make them out to be? Do we really know everything there is to know about the world from the Bible? Or could it be that our current Christian worldview is a reaction to the culture of the world around us? On this week’s episode, Chris and Josh talk through what it means to respond to the culture around us, how our modern-day culture may not be as unique as we think, and how Jesus’ approach is the best for us today. Continue Reading...