Building Relationships with Muslims – Mark Hausfeld – Ep 080

Dr. Mark Hausfeld has over 20 years of experience building relationships with and ministering to Muslim peoples. He has lived in Pakistan, been president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and now heads the Center for Islamic Studies, a ministry dedicated to training Christians workers to minister to Muslims all over the world. Dr. Hausfeld shares with us the lessons he’s learned on his own journey from being called to a Muslim country to now working with Muslim refugees and immigrants in the United States. This episode will give you insight into the Muslim context and you walk away with some very practical tips on how to begin engaging with your Muslim friends and neighbors. Continue Reading...

Chris and Josh Talk Church Planting and The Shack – Ep 057

This week on the Theology in Progress podcast, we talk about what’s been happening in our lives. We begin by telling you about the network of house churches we are planting and the good ideas we have and the many difficult situations that are involved. We also jump into some of the theological issues we are currently working through. We focus in on The Shack. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s what everybody is talking about right now. Hear our take and find out why seeing the movie is good for you regardless of where you stand. Continue Reading...

How Holy Should I Be Today?

I catch myself thinking a lot about how much stuff I do wrong in life. I focus on the little details, times I lied, cheated, lusted, and a host of other things. It’s a deep, dark hole that only gets deeper and darker the more I explore it. I’ve learned a lot in this hole. It’s rarely been fun. Yet sometimes it feels like picking at a scab. It hurts really bad, but there’s a satisfaction in seeing it come off. Or maybe it’s like a peeling sunburn… whichever analogy works better for you. After spending a lot of time in this hole (and I mean a LOT). I’ve learned three really important lessons, all compliments of the Holy Spirit School of Hard Knocks. Continue Reading...

Why Does My Christian Life Feel Like I Can’t Win?

The struggle of the Christian life is real. We fight against sin in our lives. We wrestle with doubts and confusion. We wait for the resurrection that never seems near enough when we lose a loved one. And we work tirelessly to live up to the calling God has placed on our lives as we follow Jesus. This hardly sounds like the victorious life I hear people talk about. When I can’t feel God around me in the middle of my situation, I feel as though I’ve been sent out into a room of a thousand people and told to teach them how to do a successful brain transplant. I have no idea what I’m doing, and the one who does is apparently silent. Where’s the victory in that? When a pregnant, Christian mother is at home alone with her child and an intruder rapes and then murders her in front of her child, injustice is an understatement. Where’s the victory in that? When a pastor of a large congregation battles depression and anxiety from his past, repented sin, crippling him behind the scenes and ruining his family life, defeat may be a better description. Where’s the victory in that? The Christian life in my experience isn’t filled with the daisies, roses, and rainbows I hear about from some pulpits. Where’s the victory they talk about? I can find an answer when I look at Scripture. Continue Reading...

When Righteousness Doesn’t Matter

My experience of salvation is this: I thought I was good and deserved Heaven. Then I found out I wasn’t and deserved Hell. My good works and good heritage didn’t matter. I spent a good deal of time living my life under the expectation that I had been given something great because of who I was. I was born into a Christian family. I said the sinner’s prayer at an early age. And I always went to church and participated in all the good activities. I thought my goal in life was to “not screw it up.” I thought my righteousness mattered. Continue Reading...