Season 1

Sept. 24, 2022

Dealing with difficult people, a conversation with Brian Haines

How do you deal with people who are hard to love? This week we talk with Brian Haines, an evangelist in the Portland, Oregon area…

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Sept. 10, 2022

Learning God's word, a conversation with Emerson Brown and Jeff O'Rear

So how good are you at Bible study? In this episode, we talk with evangelists and podcast hosts Emerson Brown and Jeff O'Rear fro…

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Aug. 28, 2022

The problem with shame

This week, we talk about the problems with shame and why guilt might be good news. Support the show

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Aug. 21, 2022

Devotion versus perfection, a conversation with Josh Creel

Are you going to heaven? In this episode we talk about having certainty in your salvation. And we find out why the reason most ar…

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Aug. 15, 2022

Love as a fruit of the spirit with Bollman, Shanks, Sipe and Stonehart

So do you know what love is? We understand as Christians that God loves us, but how do we know that? This was a fun conversation …

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Aug. 7, 2022

What is Christian leadership with Don Truex

What exactly is Christian leadership? I spoke with Don Truex about how to prepare yourself to lead other Christians and what I wa…

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July 31, 2022

Starting something

This week I talk about two things which got started, my son's high school career and the new Balancing the Christian Life Confere…

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July 16, 2022

Making a Christian change...an interview with Bob Darnell

Bob Darnell is a surgeon and lifelong friend in the Louisville area. He converted from Judaism and talks about what that change m…

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July 9, 2022

Being a birth mother...a conversation with Amber Jimerson

What does adoption look like if you are the one putting your child up for adoption. Amber Jimerson talks candidly about her exper…

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July 3, 2022

Learning from Legos

Something very simple but profound to me happened this week, and I wanted to share it. It involves an old man, a young boy and an…

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June 27, 2022

Lecture Series women's track...a short conversation with Jennifer Ack…

In this bonus episode, we talk about the women's track in the lecture series. Jennifer Ackett talks about the thinking she had be…

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June 11, 2022

Faith, hope and love through adoption...a conversation with Scott Bey…

In some ways, this was an opportunity to connect with two guys I love. It was also an excuse to really meet Jared's son Will and …

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June 4, 2022

Being a single dad...a conversation with Ray Warfel

Being a single dad isn't something I know a lot about, but Ray Warfel is someone who understands what that means. Ray is an evang…

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May 29, 2022

Growing as a Christian

This week I learned a lot about growing as a podcaster, so I wanted to take a spiritual angle on growth. Support the show

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May 22, 2022

Negative self-talk, and how to fix it...a conversation with Kylie Sip…

So do you ever doubt yourself or struggle with self-esteem? This is about what it means to have a Godly perspective on the intern…

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May 15, 2022

Pursuing love...a conversation with David Osteen

What does it mean to pursue love and why is it a big deal for Christians to do exactly that? This week we talk to David Osteen ab…

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May 8, 2022

So this is what happened Friday...

Chaos at the Embry house this week. Let me tell you why this week's episode is a day late. Support the show

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May 1, 2022

The textual track of the lecture series with Steve Wolfgang

This week we talk to Steve Wolfgang about the textual track of the lecture series. I also answer some questions about the lecture…

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April 24, 2022

Using the internet to connect others...a conversation with Brady Cook

This week we talk to Brady Cook from Diakonos Marketing. Brady is hosting a Bible Summit in June and participating in the Balanci…

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April 10, 2022

The Lectureship: Leadership and Digital Discipleship

We talk about the lecture in July 28-30. If you'd like to get a ticket, you can go to www.balancingthechristianlife.com/lecture I…

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April 2, 2022

"Beyers look for other Beyers"...a conversation about Christian Adopt…

Have you ever thought about adopting? Scott and his wife Jenna have adopted six children, along with their biological daughter, H…

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March 27, 2022

Details about the lectureship

This week we give details about the lectureship we've been planning for late July. You can sign up for tickets at www.balancingth…

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March 20, 2022

Learning from a new Christian...a conversation with Daniel Lookadoo

Have you ever learned a lot from someone new in the faith? Today I talk with Daniel Lookadoo, a truly inspiring young man who und…

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March 13, 2022

Joy...one flavor of good spiritual fruit

This week I wanted to talk to some friends and fellow podcasters about joy. So I got my friends Keith Stonehart, BJ Sipe and Jare…

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March 6, 2022

Digital Discipleship: First the bad news

I wanted to start a series on digital discipleship and how Christians can use digital tools well. However, I wanted to start with…

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Feb. 26, 2022

Christian friends

This week I go to an audio essay about being a Christian friend. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/balancingthechristianl…

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Feb. 19, 2022

Christians and money...a conversation with Adam Shanks

As a Christian, how do you think about money? Many of us are motivated by fear, envy, contempt or other negative feelings all cen…

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Feb. 13, 2022

Working with a Christian counselor...a conversation with Jeanie Campb…

So, could you use a therapist? Jeanie Campbell is a retired Christian counselor who gives you some good reasons why you might wan…

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Feb. 5, 2022

Being a Christian man in a digital world...a conversation with Jared …

So what does it mean to be a Christian in a digital age? Jared Bollman is the host of the podcast Man Up! and an evangelist in Or…

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Jan. 22, 2022

Think on these things...a conversation with Ann Hoover

How does God guard your mind? I think many of us overlook this passage in Romans, but Ann Hoover understands this passage and Pau…

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Jan. 14, 2022

Making Christianity your own...a conversation with Jake Embry

Do you remember when you knew you believed in Christianity and didn't simply inherit your parent's religion? My son Jake is going…

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Jan. 7, 2022

The danger of pornography...a conversation with BJ Sipe

This week, BJ Sipe tells his powerful story of overcoming and dealing with pornography and how he helps others do the same. Suppo…

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Dec. 24, 2021

Conversations and critical thinking..talking with Kenny Moorer

Moving from being a parent of young children to older children can be tricky. This week I talk to Kenny Moorer, an evangelist in …

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Dec. 17, 2021

Christians in Crisis...thinking about the tornadoes

Did you hear about the tornadoes? This hit the area where I grew up, and it affected me a lot. If you'd like to help out, you can…

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Dec. 10, 2021

Thinking fast and slow

Are you sure you know what you think you know? This week I examine what it means to think fast and slow. Support the show (https:…

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Nov. 26, 2021

I believe, help my unbelief...a conversation with Nathan Ward

I believe, help my unbelief. Do you ever doubt? All of us do if we're thinking about Christianity in any depth. This week I talk …

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Nov. 19, 2021

Thank you...how to "do" gratitude

I'm returning for a few episodes to audio essays so I can end the semester. However, I love this time of year when we can think a…

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Nov. 12, 2021

Being a Godly woman

What does it mean to be a Godly woman? It's easy to point to Proverbs 31, but what does it look like in your life? This week, I t…

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Oct. 22, 2021

A few questions from Jake

Why did God create us? Does God want us to fail? Can you evangelize if you're an introvert? All of these are simple to ask, but d…

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Oct. 15, 2021

Geeking out with Bryan and Ryan from the Bible Geeks

So, what do you "geek out" about? For some it might be scrapbooking or the latest comic book movie. For Bryan Schiele and Ryan Jo…

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Oct. 8, 2021

Raising Christian teens

If you talk to parents of teens, you have probably have heard about both the blessing and struggle of raising them. In this episo…

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Oct. 1, 2021

Trial and triumph...a conversation with Stuart Peck and Craig Dehut

In this episode we talk to Craig Dehut and Stuart Peck about their newest documentary for Appian Media, Trial and Triumph. These …

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Sept. 24, 2021

Becoming a Godly Man

Becoming a Christian man is a challenge at all times. This week I talk to Mark Roberts, Warren Berkley and BJ Sipe, all three eva…

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Sept. 17, 2021

Cross Country Christianity...a conversation with Mark and Cindy Dunag…

So how well do you think the church is doing across the country? It's easy to assume it's either going well or going poorly based…

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Sept. 10, 2021

Digital Literacy: Summing it up

So what is digital literacy and why is it important for Christians to understand? This week I asked my buddy Mark McCrary to inte…

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Sept. 3, 2021

Reading the Bible...on Facebook

This week I wanted to talk to three people from an online group of Bible students. The argument I hear a lot is social media is l…

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Aug. 27, 2021

The power of one, a conversation about a year of podcasting

You'll have to indulge me this week. I'm talking to four podcasters I know ONLY as voices on earbuds and faces on a screen, but t…

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Aug. 20, 2021

Digital Literacy: Collaborating with those you love

Collaboration means doing something together to achieve something you couldn't do individually. In this episode I talk about how …

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Aug. 13, 2021

Being a modern Christian woman...a conversation with Nikki Lee and Ju…

Being a Christian woman isn't easy, but Nikki and Julie give you an example of how to do it with a good sense of humor and an eye…

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Aug. 6, 2021

Christian mentoring...a conversation with Keith Stonehart

Some people forever change your life by showing you better choices and giving you an example worth following. Having mentors and…

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