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April 13, 2021

What's the next step?

Covid is starting to become a memory...so what should we learn from the experience? And what questions should we be asking now? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/balancingthechristianlife)

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April 9, 2021

It depends on your perspective, an interview with Hal Hammons

Hal is a new friend and someone who hosts his own podcast, The Citizen of Heaven. In this episode, we discuss the importance of perspective. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/balancingthechristianlife)

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April 2, 2021

Christ, Christians and Culture, an interview with Dr. Stephen Okey

This week I'm talking to a colleague and friend, Dr. Stephen Okey. Okey (as I call him) is an excellent educator and has a good understanding of the relationship of Christ, Christians and culture. He discusses the different w...

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March 26, 2021

Body and Soul, an interview with the Devotional Doctors

This week on the program we talk to the hosts of the podcast Devotional Doctors , Bryan Nash (Doctorate in ministry) and JD Souder (Doctorate in physical therapy). They have a simple but powerful message about the importance ...

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March 19, 2021

It could fail, part 1

In this episode, I collaborate with my good friend Darin Gerdes. Darin hosts The Leadersmith podcast. This episode is our conversation about the importance of failure, and part 2 is available on his podcast where we talk abou...

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March 12, 2021

Building community, an interview with Craig Bean

Craig Bean is a close and dear friend and, I think, one of the very best to talk about intentional culture creation. Most people believes the culture to our congregations walk in the doors and leadership should respond to the...

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March 5, 2021

God fixes our brokenness, an interview with Matt Bassford

Matt Bassford is a minister in Columbia, Tennessee. In this episode, he talks about how he and his wife dealt with the tragedy of a stillborn birth of their first daughter, Macy and how their relationships with God and other …

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Feb. 26, 2021

So, whatcha reading? An interview with Jason Hardin

This week, we discuss one of the most basic parts of being a Christian, Bible study. Jason Hardin is a minister and author of Hello, I'm Your Bible , (affiliate link) a practical guide to Bible study.Jason has his own …

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Feb. 19, 2021

Let's give them something to talk about, an interview with Ryan Cummi…

So how good are you at communication? I'm not sure we think about that question a lot...but we definitely hear a lot about its importance. This week I talk to one of my old students, Ryan Cummings, about the importance …

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Feb. 12, 2021

Keeping it in the family, an interview with Craig Embry

This week we talk to my cousin, Craig Embry. Craig is someone who knows how to get things done and he has helped his congregation in the Sarasota area use the tools of digital discipleship to cope with Coronavirus and …

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Feb. 5, 2021

Why journal? An interview with Jeremy Dehut

Do you journal? I don't. Well, not yet. So when I talked to Jeremy Dehut about what made his Christian life better, I was curious why he said journaling was one of the most important things he does to help …

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Jan. 29, 2021

Responding to Coronavirus, Part 2

This episode concludes the conversation we started last week with Edwin Crozier, Kris Emerson, Jason Hardin and Mark McCrary. In this episode, the guys talk about their own podcasts and what roles they play with their congreg...

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Jan. 22, 2021

Responding to Coronavirus, Part 1

Well...this was a conversation with four guys I think are doing excellent work in light of Covid. Edwin Crozier, Kris Emerson, Jason Hardin and Mark McCrary. Three of these guys are past guests. I just wanted to know how they...

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Jan. 15, 2021

Teach your children well, an interview with Phil Robertson

Phil is an old friend who has a knack with teens and someone I greatly admire. I planned this episode to be about the teens he works with, but Phil quickly turned the conversation to parenting, and I think he …

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Jan. 8, 2021

How digital tools are like having your own Bible, Edwin Crozier, Part…

This is my second half of the conversation with Edwin Crozier. This part focuses on his view of digital discipleship and his writing process.I said it before, Edwin is a really good guy. Consider listening to his podcast, Te...

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Jan. 1, 2021

Discipleship in phases, an interview with Edwin Crozier, Part 1

Edwin Crozier is someone I have known for several years but never really talked to. This is the first part of a great conversation I had with Edwin. In this episode, Edwin talks about his own spiritual walk. If you're …

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Dec. 25, 2020

It's a disruption, not an interruption

This week's interview is with preacher Mark Roberts. He works in Texas and says digital discipleship represents a disruption and not an interruption. This was a fun conversation and the first time I've talked with Mark. He's ...

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Dec. 18, 2020

Culture and Christianity with LaGard Smith, Part 2

In this second episode with LaGard Smith, we talk about digital discipleship, how to keep your biases out of your Bible study, and a surprising project he's putting together which you may be able to see on a screen near …

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Dec. 11, 2020

Culture and Christianity with LaGard Smith, Part 1

This is a conversation I had with LaGard Smith. He's a law professor and thought leader in Christianity. LaGard was a "bucket list" interview for me. He's taught at some prestigious universities and was both thought-provoking...

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Dec. 4, 2020

Importance of habits

In this week's episode, we talk about the importance of uncovering the values tied up in your habits. This episode was, likewise, quick to write, but illuminating to me. Thanks so much for joining me on the podasting journey....

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Nov. 27, 2020

Power of responsibility

This week I talk about the power of being responsible. This episode came together quickly. I compare the "rights" argument with the "responsibility" argument. In some ways, these are two sides of the same coin. If you have ri...

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Nov. 20, 2020

Power of Gratitude

This week we discuss the importance and power of gratitude to the Christian life. I start out by talking about my younger son, Kent. He's a case of "still waters run deep." He's very bright, quiet and thoughtful. I mention …

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Nov. 13, 2020

Talking sports with Jason Romano

This was a great interview with Jason Romano. Jason was a 17 year ESPN producer who became an author and podcaster. In his first book, Live to Forgive , Jason talks about his struggles with his alcoholic father and then …

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Nov. 6, 2020

Exploring Bible Lands: An Interview with Barry Britnell

Barry is a friend who has become an expert and scholar on the Bible lands. In the last 15 years, Barry has also become a podcaster and on-camera host of a YouTube series that introduced the places in the Bible …

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