Reformation Begins with a Question – Part 1 – Ep 084

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ask all those questions that are really going through your head? Maybe you want to ask them about the church. Why do we go to church? Why do we do church the way that we do? It’s all those questions you think you would probably be ostracized for. You would probably be looked at weird. People would probably question your allegiance to Christ and the gospel itself if you asked those questions. But the funny thing is we’re all walking around with those questions in our minds. We’re just too afraid to ask them. So what would the world look? What would the church look like if, instead of walking around afraid of asking those questions, we felt free to do so. What if we took those bold steps to ask the questions that nobody wants to ask, but we desperately need to? Part 1 of our special reformation episode begins the story of Martin Luther who struggled with his own doubts, fears, and insecurities. And it drove him to ask a question that would begin a reformation that continues to affect us today. There’s power in asking a question! 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...

Faith Starts at Home – Amy Reasoner – Ep 066

This week we talk with Amy Reasoner. Amy is freelance writer and avid reader. She and her husband have been in pastoral ministry together for more than a decade. They have two boys, whom they homeschool. On her blog, www.faithstartsathome.com, she shares resources for building a strong culture of faith in your home. She and her family currently live just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. In this episode we talk with Amy about her experience as a church planter with her husband and her journey to develop her blog faithstartsathome.com. Her incredible story shows just how faithful God is even when we go through times of doubt, fear, and confusion. You will be encouraged because even though Amy and her husband have gone through some incredibly trying events, her faith has deepened throughout the process. As a result God is now using Amy to reach out to parents and show them how to foster an atmosphere in their homes of real spiritual growth for both themselves and their children. 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...