Pastor Writer: Conversations on Reading, Writing, and the Christian Life

Chase Replogle

The Pastor Writer podcast is a series of conversations and reflections on the Christian life through reading and writing. From interviews with authors to thoughts on scripture and culture, Chase Replogle offers a wide range of topics and explorations. Chase is a church pastor and writer. You can follow more of his work at pastorwriter.com

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Preston Ulmer is the founder and director of the Doubters’ Club, an organization that teaches Christians and atheists to model friendship and pursue truth together.****Additionally, he serves as the director of network development for the Church Multiplication Network (CMN), the church planting arm of the Assemblies of God.Before joining CMN, he served in ministry for years as a youth pastor, young adult pastor and church planter. Preston has two master’s degrees, one in religion and one in divinity. His experience and education led him and his family to plant a church in Denver, CO, where he also founded the Doubters’ Club.Preston’s book, The Doubters’ Club: Good-Faith Conversations with Skeptics, Atheists, and the Spiritually Wounded, released from NavPress in September 2021.

Nov 18

39 min 39 sec

Tom Nelson is president of Made to Flourish (MTF), a network that seeks to empower pastors to lead churches that produce human flourishing for the common good. He has also served as senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, for almost thirty years.A council member for The Gospel Coalition, Tom is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, Five Smooth Stones: Discovering the Path to Wholeness of Soul, and Ekklesia: Rediscovering God’s Design for the Church. He speaks regularly on faith, work, and economics.He joins me today to talk about his book, soon to release, The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership. It's out from IVP December 14.

Nov 5

41 min 2 sec

Lee Strobel is a former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty books that have sold fourteen million copies in total.He currently serves as Founding Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University.Lee has been described in the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists.”You probably know him best for the Case for Christ. Lee has won national awards for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. His latest books are The Case for Miracles and the one he joins me to talk about today, The Case for Heaven.

Oct 20

42 min 45 sec

ERIC METAXAS is a #1 bestselling author whose books have been translated into twenty-five languages. The host of a nationally syndicated radio show and the acclaimed conversation series Socrates in the City, he is a prominent cultural commentator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives with his family in New York City.He joined me to talk about his new book, Is Atheism Dead?

Oct 8

44 min 43 sec

Gary Schnittjer teaches biblical Hebrew and Old Testament for the School of Divinity at (CArn) Cairn University. He is the author of the new book, Old Testament Use of Old Testament. It is a reference book for students and ministers of the word with chapters on every book of the Old Testament as well as a chapter on looking “Toward the New Testament.”He is currently doing research for writing projects under contract with Baker Academic, B&H Academic, and Zondervan Academic. He is also finishing work on the second edition of Torah Story.

Sep 28

42 min 22 sec

Todd Miles is Professor of Theology at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches theology, church history, hermeneutics, and ethics. Prior to becoming a seminary professor, he was a nuclear engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.He joined me to talk about his new book, Cannabis and the Christian: What the Bible Says about marijuana. 

Sep 20

37 min 24 sec

Pastor Ray Ortlund was ordained into the Christian ministry in 1975.  He taught Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 1989 to 1998.  His primary ministry, for 28 years, has been as a pastor in California, Oregon, Georgia and Tennessee.In addition to numerous essays and articles, Pastor Ortlund has published eight books. Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel, was named “2017 Christian Book of the Year” in the category Bible Study.He also served as an Old Testament translator for The New Living Translation and The English Standard Version of the Bible.  He contributed the introduction and study notes to the book of Isaiah in The ESV Study Bible.He is also the President of Renewal Ministries and serves on the Council of The Gospel Coalition.He joins me today to talk about his new book out this month, The Death of Porn: Men of Integrity Building a World of Nobility.

Sep 14

44 min 58 sec

Alan Bandy a Professor of New Testament and Greek at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.Previously, he was the Assistant Director of the Ph.D. program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Louisiana College.Alan's area of expertise is the New Testament with a specialization in The Apocalypse of John.He has published The Prophetic Lawsuit in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament Monograph Series. He co-authored a book entitled Understanding Prophecy: A Biblical-Theological Approach.He has edited and compiled the notes for the Greek Reader's Apostolic Fathers.And he has also published several chapters and articles in various books (including Devotions on the Greek New Testament, Holy War in the Old Testament, and The Baker Dictionary of Biblical Backgrounds.He has recently released the Baker Illustrated Life and Ministry of the Apostle Paul a book he joins me today to talk about.

Sep 6

45 min 1 sec

Kevin Weaver is the President and Co-Founder of The Warrior’s Journey.The Warrior's Journey recognizes that the military creates a set of unique challenges that most people don’t understand. They have worked to build a team of veterans to triage and help our warriors create a personal plan to navigate those challenges so they can experience strength and resilience.Kevin is a former pastor and also a US Air Force veteran. He served in the USAF Security Forces at the 24th SPS and in the Office of Special Investigations at U.S. Southern Command in the Republic of Panama from 1983-1987.He joined me to talk about current events in Afghanistan and the unique challenges our veterans face. We discuss how pastors and churches can care for those who have served and sacrificed for us.

Aug 30

43 min 25 sec

Joel Kilpatrick is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has been featured in Time magazine, the Washington Post, USA Today, CBS Radio, the Dallas Morning News. He has authored and ghostwritten more than 40 books, including a New York Times bestseller. He has reported from disaster zones and civil wars in seventeen countries and received numerous prizes for writing and reporting.Joel has worked with many leading ministries including Rick Warren, Michael Hyatt, TBN, Nancy Alcorn, Convoy of Hope, the Dream Center, and more.He was the founder of LarkNews.com, a religious satire website that won the Dove award for humor from the Gospel Music Association in 2005.Joel has been profiled in Time magazine, Christianity Today, and on NPR, and has been featured twice in USA Today. He earned a Master's degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and now lives in California with his family.

Jul 28

57 min 1 sec

Jon Tyson is a pastor and church planter in New York City. He is originally from Australia and moved to the United States over two decades ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church.He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, The Burden is Light, and Beautiful Resistance. But he joins me to talk about his soon-to-be-released book, The Intentional Father: A Practical Guide to Raise Sons of Courage and Character.Jon lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.

Jul 15

45 min 52 sec

Robert Wolgemuth has been in the media business for more than forty years. A former president of Thomas Nelson Publishers, he is the founder of Wolgemuth & Associates a literary agency exclusively representing the writing work of more than one hundred authors.Among his professional accomplishments, he has served two terms as the Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.He is a speaker and best-selling author of over twenty books. His books include, She Calls Me Daddy, the notes to the Dad’s Devotional Bible, and Gun Lap, a book we'll be talking about in this episode.He has also collaborated on works include Men of the Bible and The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life.

Jul 1

45 min 30 sec

Brad Lomenick is passionate about raising up great leaders around the globe. He is a business entrepreneur, speaker, sought-after leadership advisor, author and longtime president of Catalyst, largely credited with growing the organization into one of the largest and most recognized leadership brands and gatherings of young leaders in the US.Prior to running Catalyst, Brad spent several years working for legendary leadership author John Maxwell, as well as executive producing large simulcast and stadium events. He continues to inspire leaders by speaking at conferences and events around the world.What you may not know - for several years he rode horses and was a ranch foreman in the mountains of Colorado, has played American football in Australia and New Zealand, was once in a rap group, and hopes to one day play golf on the Senior PGA tour and have his own hunting TV show.

Jun 17

54 min 29 sec

Jared C. Wilson is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Author in Residence at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, General Editor of For The Church (and host of the FTC Podcast), and Director of The Pastoral Training Centerat Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. He also co-hosts The Art of Pastoring Podcast published by Christianity Today.Jared is not a catalytic "agent of change" or a visionary anything. He is a failed church planter and once made a mess of his marriage. But he knows Jesus loves him.Jared was a guest on the Pastor Writer podcast way back in episode 76. There we mostly talked about his prolific writing as a non-fiction author, but Jared is also a novelist. Which I'm excited to dig into today.

Jun 10

54 min 11 sec

Matt Morton is a teaching pastor at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. Prior to his current role, he has served as a worship leader, a college pastor, and a communications pastor.He has a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry.He is the co-author of the Ordinary Greatness Bible study series (NavPress, 2012). He has written for Relevant, Bible Study Magazine, and bible.org.He also writes a monthly religion column for The Bryan-College Station Eagle.

May 27

49 min 45 sec

Paul Batura is vice president of communications for Focus on the Family. In his role, Paul is responsible for media and guest relations.He has more than two decades of experience in the news media, broadcast journalism, publishing, and non-profit administration. Paul has been with Focus on the Family since 1998. Prior to serving in his current capacity, he served as a top writer and adviser to both Focus’ founder, Dr. James C. Dobson, and its current president, Jim Daly.He’s authored books including Chosen for Greatness: How Adoption Changes the World, Good Day! The Paul Harvey Story, and written Mentored by the King: Arnold Palmer’s Success Lessons for Golf, Business, and Life. He and his wife, have had the privilege of adopting three young boys and they join countless other families in celebrating the courageous decision of birthmothers and birthfathers who choose life.Paul is also an active member of his church, where he serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher.

May 20

36 min 8 sec

With 30 years of experience in book and Bible publishing, Tom Dean is a publishing insider who helps authors smoothly navigate the often confusing process of publishing a book and marketing it.Tom spent almost two decades with Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins in marketing, product development, and acquisitions roles - including six years as Vice President of Marketing for Zondervan Books. He has worked with a number of New York Times bestselling authors and multiple music, entertainment, and sports celebrities.Tom is now offering his expertise directly to authors and publishers and working as a literary agent.I've had the privilege of working with Tom and consider him one of the best. I'm excited to discuss the place of marketing, how book marketing is changing, and does writing a good book even matter anymore?

May 13

49 min 35 sec

According to ancient historians, most of the Jewish families sitting on that Galilean hillside listening to Jesus teach would spend every day of their lives on the edge of hunger and starvation. Some days were better than others, but they never escaped hunger for long. By some estimations, as much as 85% of a Galilean’s wages/time went toward acquiring food. By comparison, the average US family spends 9.5% of their annual budget on food.The gospel writer, John, records that there were 5,000 men seated there. With wives and children, the crowd would have been well over 10,000. As the day drew on, the disciples recognized they were facing a logistical dilemma. Where would these people find food? They didn’t have the money to feed them. They suggested to Jesus that he call it quits and let the crowd disperse to nearby towns to find food for themselves.But Jesus instead found a boy with just five loaves and two fish. He blessed it and began breaking it and passing it out to the people. John records that every person there ate until they were filled.  They all sat reclined on the hill with full bellies, satisfied. Nowhere else in the New Testament is that language used for another meal. Jesus had fed them to their fill. Many had probably never experienced enough food to have to stop eating.It’s no surprise that the crowd responded by attempting to seize Jesus and make him king....

Apr 30

17 min 35 sec

Kurt Willems is a pastor, writer, and spiritual director. After several years in student and adult church ministry in Central California, he partnered with the Brethren in Christ to plant a Christian community in Seattle called Pangea Church. Kurt maintains a resource website, which hosts articles and podcasts, called Theology Curator (formerly called, The Paulcast). He is passionate about taking dense ideas and communicating them in ways that are empowering for people in all walks of life. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and a master's degree in comparative religion from the University of Washington (where he focused on the historical Paul within Judaism and the Roman Empire). Kurt also completed a two-year training program to become a spiritual director called, Stewards of the Mystery. His first book, Echoing Hope: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems our Pain, released this last month.

Apr 21

52 min 16 sec

Cory Verner began in the audiobook industry in 2003 when the market was 90% cassettes. In 2004, he founded christianaudio, a niche audiobook publisher focused on thoughtful Christian audio content. christianaudio's first sale was a download on christianaudio.com, one of the initial few audiobook download sites.He and his wife Crissy began an audiobook production company in 2005 – Ver-ity Audio Productions – which works with all of the major publishing houses as well as niche Christian companies and ministries and produces hundreds of titles a year though that name and ONE Audiobooks.ONE Audoibooks specializes in nonfiction, inspirational content. They are disrupting the audio space with innovative solutions for publishers, authors, and ministries.

Apr 7

48 min 38 sec

Dr. HB Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida, where he has served since 2008.Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding his late father, he began pastoring at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen – a senior in high school.He is a regular speaker at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country.He is also the author of several books including…It Happens After PrayerOn PreachingOn PastoringAnd he is the host of The On Preaching Podcast – the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.

Mar 31

46 min 30 sec

Win Collier was a  Pastor for twenty-five years, founding All Souls Charlottesville. He now serves at Western Theological Seminary as Director of The Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination & Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Imagination. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where his work centered on the intersection of literary fiction and religion, particularly the sacramental landscape of Wendell Berry’s fictional town of Port William.This month Winn releases his official authorized biography of Eugene Peterson. He joined me to discuss how the project came about, tackling the overwhelming amount of material, and deciding what to include. 

Mar 24

48 min 7 sec

Thomas Umstattd, Jr. is an author, speaker, and consultant helping authors better market their writing. He provides online tools and advice through his company Author Media.He has worked with numerous publishers on marketing strategies and also worked as a literary agent. Thomas is the host of the Novel Marketing Podcast and the Christian Publishing Show podcast. It’s one of the writing podcasts I listen to weekly.He is a friend of the podcast making his second appearance to talk with me about an author's personal branding.

Mar 17

50 min 55 sec

K.J. Ramsey is a licensed professional counselor and writer.Her writing has been published in Christianity Today, RELEVANT, The Huffington Post, Fathom Magazine, Health Central, and more on the integration of theology, psychology, and spiritual formation.Last year she released the book This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers. She joined me to talk about her own suffering, how suffering can be a witness to God's grace, and also about writing. How can you use your own story to help others?

Mar 10

48 min 17 sec

Dr. Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) is Professor of English at Wheaton College. He has authored or edited several books, including The Word of God in English, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, and The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society and served as literary stylist for The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.He joined me to talk about teaching literature, the Bible as literature, and his new book, Recovering the Lost Art of Reading.

Mar 3

29 min 59 sec

Pastor Rob Ketterling founded River Valley Church in an elementary school in 1995. It has since grown into a thriving church in and around Minneapolis.He is the author of the books such as Change Before You Have To,  Front Row Leadership, Fix It, and his latest release, The Speed of Unity.In addition to leading River Valley, he also serves on several organizational boards including the Lead Team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC) and speaks at events and conferences around the world.In our discussion, we explore the speed of unity but also how books can be used for increased generosity.

Feb 24

41 min 56 sec

Dr. James Emory White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; President of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture and he hosts the website and, ChurchAndCulture.org.He is a ranked adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. He is the author of more than twenty books that have been translated into ten languages.Recently, he published an article on the crisis of character facing church leaders. He wrote, "Oh, for a generation of leaders who would pick up the basin and towel in exchange for platform and notoriety." He joins me to talk about the crisis and a better way forward.

Feb 17

37 min 2 sec

Nate Pickowicz is pastor of Harvest Bible Church in New Hampshire. He is the author and editor of several books including Reviving New England, Why We're Protestant, and The American Puritans.He has also written for Tabletalk and Credo, and is one of the founding members of Reformada, a ministry to promote sound doctrine.He recently released a new book entitled How to Eat Your Bible: A Simple Approach to Learning and Loving the Word of God. He joins me to talk about studying the Bible and offers a simple approach for a deeper and teacher engagement with scripture.

Feb 10

36 min 20 sec

Dr. Chapman is the senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.He holds several academic degrees including a Ph.D. in adult education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.He’s also an international public speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books including The Five Love Languages which has sold more than 12 million copies and has been translated into 50 languages.He joins me to discuss the five love languages and a newly released book, Screen Kids: 5 Relational Skills Every Child Needs in a Tech-Driven World.

Feb 3

33 min 34 sec

Mark Buchanan is a professor, a former pastor, and an award-winning author of several books including Your God is Too Safe, The Rest of God, and Spiritual Rhythm.He has a new book out, this past summer, entitled, God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul. In it, Mark asks a simple question, what if the Bible's command to walk in the Spirit is also literal. Mark explores one of the Bible's most recurring things: walking. 

Jan 20

42 min 15 sec

John Starke is lead pastor at Apostles Church Uptown in New York City. He is the coeditor (with Bruce Ware) of One God in Three Persons. In 2020, he published The Possibility of Prayer: Finding Stillness With God in a Restless World. John lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.In our conversation, we discuss why prayer feels difficult, how we should go about developing a deeper prayer life, and why recognizing that the possibility of prayer is good news frees us to pray in new ways.

Jan 13

48 min 31 sec

John opens his gospel account with a prologue. In a brilliant literary move, he opens his tale of Christ's life and ministry with an epic image. He was the word of God. With God. He was God. John makes sure that we read the story of Jesus in the fullness of the story.As we anticipate the start of a new year, what are the stakes of our own story? What are we in on that 2020, has kept us from fully realizing. In this week's episode, I want to encourage you to recognize and experience more of Christ this year and I want to offer you some updates and plans for the year ahead. 

Jan 6

19 min 1 sec

The end of the year is almost upon us. Come January, the Pastor Writer podcast will be three years old. That’s hard for me to believe. I want to say a big thank you to so many listeners who have made it an incredible experience. It’s become such a part of my weekly routine I can’t imagine life without out.I’m really excited about the upcoming year. I’ve got some big announcements coming up, some new opportunities for you as listeners, and already some amazing guests scheduled for the new year. I want to keep having conversations with great authors to learn about the topics their passionate about and how they go about writing their books.But for today, as we wrap up 2020 and as I’ve done for the last few years, I want to share with you my list of favorite reads from the past year. Looking back over what you have read is a really interesting way of thinking about what has snapped you how God has been at work growing you.For me, this list is slightly different from previous years. I’ve spent most of 2020 working on a manuscript that is currently titled, Five Masculine Instincts. I’ve been reading a ton of books as research for that manuscript. So a lot of my reading was biased by this topic I’ve been digging so deep into. I just finished the first-fish draft of that manuscript this week, so stay tuned for more updates.So, without further ado, my favorite reads of 2020.

Dec 2020

20 min 55 sec

Ethan is a writer and storyteller and is convinced baseball helps tell some of the best stories. His baseball stories have landed him an invitation to the White House for the Kansas City Royals World Series celebration, a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to read his baseball poetry, as a background ballplayer in an Emmy-award winning documentary First Boys of Spring, and a brief appearance in an ESPN 30-for-30.Ethan played catch every single day of 2018, traveling more than 12,000 miles in an effort that came to be known as Catch 365. The stories from that adventure are featured in a recently released book, A Year of Playing Catch: What a simple daily experiment Taught me about Life.Ethan joins me to talk about baseball, his experience playing catch, and how we went about writing it all down.

Nov 2020

43 min 21 sec

Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author. Since 2005, she has been speaking to audiences in the US and abroad, including national platforms such as the Aspire Women’s Events, She Speaks Conference, and the UMC Leadership Institute.She is also the author of multiple books including a Surrendered: 40 Days to Help You Let Go and Live Like Jesus Devotional,  Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua and Enough Already: Winning Your Ugly Struggle with Beauty.Recently began work as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She joins me to talk about her ranging career, the challenges of publishing, and the role of a great literary agent.  

Nov 2020

40 min 11 sec

Visit logos.com/pastorwriter for a special listener discount.I use Logos Bible Software just about every day. I can't imagine pastoring without it. I can't imagine writing without it. And more than ever before, it's a tool I believe every believer would benefit from owning. Logos recently released version nine with some amazing new features. In this week's episode, I'm joined by Scott Lindsey to talk all things Logos.Scott Lindsey is the Executive Director of Faithlife, the parent company of Logos Bible Software. Scott is a nationally renowned expert on the future of digital Bible study and has been a conference presenter and trainer for 20+ years.“Scott, as the ambassador of Logos, greatly helped me learn how to customize Logos and master its best features. I heartily recommend him and his training to anyone who wants to get the most out of their studies using Logos Bible Software.” — Tim Keller – New York Times Best Selling Author and Founding Pastor of Redeemer in New York City

Nov 2020

50 min 14 sec

Angela Perritt is the founder and director of Love God Greatly, a nonprofit online Bible study ministry reaching thousands of women in over two hundred countries around the world.Started in 2014, Love God Greatly has published more than 37 studies in over 30 languages. Angela is passionate about God’s Word and believes one woman in God’s Word can change a family, community and ultimately a nation. She has degrees from Baldwin Wallace University and Bowling Green State University.She's also a General Editor for the newly released Love God Greatly Bible, which includes personal testimonies from women around the world and over 150 devotionals.She and her husband live in Dallas, Texas with their three daughters.

Nov 2020

34 min 18 sec

Eric is the founding pastor of Colbert Presbyterian Church in Eastern Washington where he has served since 1997. His first book, Wade in the Water, represents a pastoral perspective on the power of baptism. He joins me to talk about two books he recently released: Letters to a Young Congregation and Letters to a Young Pastor a collection of letters written by Eric's father, Eugene Peterson.

Oct 2020

48 min 25 sec

Together, Jeff and Terra have co-founded the counseling and organizational development firm Living Wholehearted and also a grass-roots movement, Courageous Girls that helps moms walk with their daughters in every stage of their growing years. Jeff is an executive coach and organizational development specialist. Terra a licensed marriage & family therapist. The two host the Living Wholehearted Podcast and are coauthors of the recently released book, Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between What Leaders Preach and Live.In our discussion, we explore the topic of integrity and the gaps between what we preach and what we live.

Oct 2020

44 min 39 sec

Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC.The church also owns and operates Ebenezers Coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, as well as the DC Dream Center.Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times best-selling author of 18 books including, The Circle Maker, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase and he has recently released Double Blessing, Whisper, and Play the Man.

Sep 2020

51 min 33 sec

Harold Senkbeil was a parish pastor for 31 years prior to accepting a position as Associate Professor of Ministry and Mission at Concordia Theological Seminary.Since 2008 he has served as Executive Director and Emeritus Director for Spiritual Care for DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel and spends his time teaching and encouraging pastors to hone their skills in the ancient art of the cure of souls.Last summer, he released the book, The Care of Souls: Cultivating A Pastor's Heart. The book has since won:The 2020 Christianity Today Book Award for Church/Pastoral Leadership2019 Gospel Coalition Ministry Book of the Year2020 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner for Ministry Resources.Herold has also recently released another new book entitled Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley. He joins me to talk about the success of his book and about pastoring during these challenging times.

Sep 2020

41 min 1 sec

Dane Ortlund is the former chief publishing officer and Bible publisher at Crossway. Recently, he has left Crossway, receiving a call to full-time pastoral ministry. He has served as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series and is the author of several books, including Edwards on the Christian Life and a book I recently finished reading: Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers.

Sep 2020

39 min 44 sec

Brandon O'Brien is Director of Content Development and Distribution for Redeemer City to City, an organization that supports church planting in global cities.Brandon is the author of several books, including a recently released book entitled Writing for LIfe & Ministry: A Practical Guide to the Writing Process for Teachers & preachers. He lives with his wife, Amy, and two children in Uptown Manhattan.

Sep 2020

52 min 54 sec

Adam Griffin is the lead pastor of Eastside Community Church in East Dallas, Texas. He previously served as an elder and spiritual formation pastor at the Village Church.This month he released a book he co-authored with Matt Chandler entitled, "Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home through Time, Moments, and Milestones." He joined me to talk about how the book came about and how parents can better take responsibility for disciplining their families.

Sep 2020

32 min 55 sec

Eugene Cho is the director of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad. He is also the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington.Eugene has been featured in multiple news outlets including The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Christianity Today, The Guardian and numerous other media outlets. For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, He was honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes and a recipient ofthe Frederick Douglass 200—a list of 200 people around the world who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass,His first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?, released in 2014 and his second book, Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging in Politics, released in March of this year.

Aug 2020

44 min 24 sec

As a pastor and a parent, I know personally how hard it is to keep up with the culture my kids are consuming. I also know the impulse to ignore it and pretend it’s all ok. But the world isn’t that simple. Culture is a complicated mix of opportunities and risks. We have little chance of guiding our kids through that landscape without learning to discern a way first for ourselves. The Pop Culture Parent is the perfect companion for that endeavor. Full of theological and practical help, it belongs on every parent’s nightstand. 

Aug 2020

45 min 35 sec

A few weeks ago I announced I had signed a publishing contract with Zondervan. I'm about 3/4 of the way through the manuscript and due to have it completed by the end of the year. Unfortunately, this past week we received some bad news about the project. 

Aug 2020

10 min 7 sec

Karen Stiller is a freelance editor and writer. You can read her writing in Reader's Digest Canada, The Walrus, and Christianity Today. She is a senior editor of Faith Today (Canada's Christian magazine) and host of the Evangelical Fellowship fo Canada podcast. She lives in Ottawa with her husband Brent who serves as an Anglican priest.She joins me to talk about her new book, The Minister's Wife which was released this past May. In it, she shares her personal experience of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness, forgiveness, and more

Jul 2020

54 min 13 sec

We so easily occupy ourselves with things too great for us. Psalm 131 is a maintenance psalm, a kind of soul pruning for our hearts and eyes. The psalm teaches us to have hope in God, a kind of hope that leads us to a deeper rest and contentment in him.It is a lesson many of us need to be reminded of. As the world seems to unravel, we focus our hearts and eyes on what matters most. Psalm 131 brings us back to our proper place and offers us hope.  Hope in the Lord, now and forevermore.

Jul 2020

36 min 37 sec

For several decades the church has given a lot of attention to the topic of leadership. There are conferences, podcasts, books, and academic programs all helping pastors become better leaders. In this episode, we discuss the pastoral interest in leadership and what might be missing from those conversations.In 2015, Jim published the book, Lead So Others Can Follow. It was a call for a different kind of leadership, what he calls “Spiritual Leadership.”

Jul 2020

38 min 57 sec