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Episode 089: When Is It Time To Plant A Church?

In this, the final episode of Season 6, we sit down to talk about how to know when the time and circumstances are right to plant a church. (Note: this episode was recorded before COVID-19.) Every church that’s in existence today exists because someone felt a tug… it begins in the heart of someone… someone […]

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Episode 088: The Church in an Election Year

In this episode we talk about the challenge of pastoring in an election year. (Note—this episode was recorded before Covid-19 hit, which is why there is no reference to it.) I’ve been accused of believing that politics aren’t important; I believe they are EXTREMELY important, because the laws that are passed by our officials will […]

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Episode 087: An Interview with Tom Holland Pt. 2

In this episode we sit down for the second of a two part interview with best-selling writer and historian Tom Holland talking about his breathtaking book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World. This is part 2 of 2. No one rejects the concept of human rights… but when you ask, “Where did you […]

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Episode 086: An Interview with Tom Holland Pt. 1

In this episode we sit down with best-selling writer and historian Tom Holland to talk about his breathtaking book Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World. This is part 1 of 2. This book was very personal for me… I was raised Anglican, and enjoyed the Bible, but generally found it less interesting than […]

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Episode 085: Chasing Wisdom

In this episode we sit down with Pastor Daniel Grothe to talk with him about his book, Chasing Wisdom (released on April 21st). Grab your copy over at Amazon! This is the first book I chose to write because this is how I was raised… my parents would take us to nursing homes, and tell […]

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Episode 084: Pastoral Wisdom for Coping with Covid

In this episode we sit down to talk about how Covid-19 has impacted us as well as some best practices we’re learning as we navigate this. (Also, in a related conversation, Andrew and Glenn sat down this same week with Dr. Mark Mayfield to talk about Covid-19 from a mental health and family perspective. Listen […]

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Episode 083: An Interview with Matthew Bates

In this podcast we sit down with New Testament scholar Matthew Bates to talk about what he means by “gospel allegiance”. We’ve missed what the gospel means and what faith means, and in light of that the whole package has been skewed… What I am trying to say is that the gospel focuses on Jesus’ […]

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Episode 082: The Art of Songwriting

In this episode we sit down with Jon Egan and Micah Massey to talk about the agony, ecstasy, and discipline of songwriting. Songs begin in the amateur’s heart and are finished in the craftsman’s hands… I have to start with childlike wonder and playfulness, and eventually something will take form… The longer I’ve been writing, […]

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Episode 081: 10 Hopes and Prayers Pt. 2

In this episode we sit down to conclude our conversation on Andrew’s article “10 Hopes and Prayers for the next 10 years.” (The original article can be found here.) Church is at once the most mysterious thing on planet earth and also the most ordinary thing on planet earth… the way that we live together […]

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Episode 080: 10 Hopes and Prayers Pt. 1

In this episode we sit down to talk about an article written by Andrew on 10 hopes and prayers for the next 10 years. (The original article can be found here.) I would love to see the church become more spiritual… there is a vacancy of mystery in the church… we reduce everything to five […]

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What is essential to your ministry? Follow along as we rediscover the things that every local church ministry needs to thrive.

Brady Boyd Senior Pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs

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Brady Boyd

Senior Pastor: New Life Church

Daniel Grothe

Associate Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor: New Life Friday Night

Glenn Packiam

Associate Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor: New Life Downtown

Andrew Arndt

Lead Pastor: New Life East

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