It Takes 40 Years to Make a Man – Stephen Kuert – Ep 078

Today we welcome back missionary, author, and friend Stephen Kuert. Stephen has written two new books since the last time we talked with him and they may be some of his best work yet. We talk about his missionary journey, the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering us for mission, his practice of spiritual disciplines and why God demands fruitfulness from us, not just faithfulness. This episode will inspire and challenge you to seek to become the person God has called you to be. But that process doesn’t happen overnight. Growth is a process and we have to learn to listen for and obey the voice of the Lord each and every day. Continue Reading...

Ministry is a Journey, Not a Destination – Jonathan Barthalow – Ep 077

Jonathan Barthalow is lead pastor of Crosspoint Church in Waverly, Iowa. He holds a BA from Central Bible College and a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Evangel University. He and his wife, Erica Barthalow, have been childrens/youth/worship pastors, missionaries to India, Chi Alpha directors, and have now moved in to lead pastoring. Jonathan and Erica have journeyed through many different seasons of life and have grown closer to God through each new challenge. This entire process has taught Jonathan that his identity isn’t primarily wrapped up in his ministry title, but instead in who he is a child of God. Listen as Jonathan shares life lessons, his heart for the lost, and discovers that ministry is a journey, not a destination. 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...

Persecution… How Should We Respond? – Mark Barclift – Ep 058

This week we talk with Dr. Mark Barclift who is a missionary with two doctoral degrees working with churches and people groups in areas that are hostile to the gospel message. As a result, Dr. Mark is constantly asking the question, “What should be our response to persecution.” So in this episode we took some time to ask him this question so we could work through this issue as well. His answers do not disappoint, and his insights about the Church will help you view your place in the Body of Christ differently as we all deal with persecution as brothers and sisters in Christ. Continue Reading...

How to Build Relationships Like Jesus Did – Stephen Kuert – Ep 056

This week we talk with Stephen Kuert. Stephen is a third generation missionary who grew up as a missionary’s kid in Africa. His experience with other cultures and religions will show you how to build relationships with others, even if you don’t see things from their perspective. This conversation will help you feel more comfortable building relationships for the purpose of evangelism and authentically living the Christian life in whatever situation you find yourself. Continue Reading...