Episode 060: The Old Testament and the Church (Pt 1) (4/17/2019) - In this episode (part 1 of 2) we sit down to talk about the challenge of preaching and teaching Christ in and from the Old Testament. When I first started reading the Bible I was drawn to the Old Testament because the stories seemed more colorful… but admittedly I read it more like Aesop’s fables… For me the starting place is that the Old Testament is Christian Scripture… the Church has always regarded it that way… it is the story of the kingdom, which just doesn’t suddenly appear with Jesus… to understand that, you have to go back to the Read More
Episode 059: Why Pastors Want to Quit (4/9/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about some of the things that make pastors want to quit the ministry, and what we can do about it. One of the things I’ve seen is that pastors are discouraged… social media gives people the ability to give immediate feedback, and hardly ever is it positive…  Another reason I hear more and more is that pastors are under financial pressure… they’re asked to do an enormous task, and many of them are underpaid…  The onus is really on the board or eldership to figure out what is fair compensation for your Read More
UNCUT: An Interview with Jimmy Mellado (Extended Version) (4/3/2019) - In this UNCUT and EXTENDED episode, Pastor Brady sits down with Jimmy Mellado, the president of Compassion International, for a wide-ranging interview on his background, the sources of poverty, and the challenges of leadership.  
Episode 058: An Interview with Jimmy Mellado (4/3/2019) - In this episode Pastor Brady sits down with Jimmy Mellado, the president of Compassion International, for a wide-ranging interview on his background, the sources of poverty, and the challenges of leadership.     My mom said to me, “When someone grows up in poverty, they never think it is going to be a benefit to their children… and yet I can see how my growing up in poverty impacted not only you in a positive way, but is using it to be central to your life’s calling [to serve the poor]…”   We [at Compassion] are a church-equipping ministry… we Read More
Episode 057: The Pastoral Workweek (3/27/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about the central tasks of pastoral ministry and how to delegate and manage your time accordingly.     I have to do three things: lead the team, teach and preach, and be a shepherd to the congregation that’s in front of me… it’s hard to put a percentage to those things… the demands of people cannot be scheduled or predicted…   I tend to spend a lot of my time leading… 5-8 hours I spend studying for content for sermons… the rest of my time is available to pastor the congregation, to Read More
Episode 056: Jon Egan “Unveil” Interview (3/13/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk with our dear friend and worship leader Jon Egan about his new album “Unveil” and all that he’s seeing and learning as a worship leader and songwriter. (You can pre-order Unveil wherever good music is sold online. You’ll get one song each week till the album releases on March 29th.)     For me this project was about singing song together… almost like giving the songs back to the people… we have so much going for us in modern worship, but my burden is “Are people actually singing?”   My story is Read More
Episode 055: Good Manners for Guest Speakers (3/5/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about the what’s and why’s behind choosing guest speakers, as well as some “good manners” for guest speakers to abide by.     Part of the reason to have guest speakers is to bring something to your church that doesn’t exist on your team… like a new voice or a new thought… the body of Christ is much broader and more diverse than most churches can represent out of their own pulpits…   Another reason to have a guest speaker is because I want my church to know who my friends are… Read More
Episode 054: Tithing (2/27/2019) - In this episode we sit down about the spiritual discipline of tithing. Is it still a valid New Testament practice? What does the Scripture teach? How should we talk about it?     Tithing is the beginning point of generosity not the end point… when people argue with me about tithing, they’re never arguing because they want to give more… they’re looking for a reason not to give…   Tithing for me revealed motives that were deep in my heart… it revealed my fear of losing money or not having enough… tithing unsettled and stretched me and made me more Read More
Episode 053: The Why’s and How’s of Global Engagement (2/19/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about how the local church can responsibly and wisely enter into a robust engagement with the work of God’s Spirit around the world.     The mission of God has been a global story from the beginning… the trick that happens with any local church is that it’s easy to be insular…   A little perspective is sometimes what we need… we can often get lulled into a comfort where we’re surprised when bad things happen… we need the global for the gift of perspective…   Oftentimes when we go global, we Read More
Episode 052: Leading From The Middle (2/13/2019) - In this episode we discuss the opportunities and challenges of leading "from the middle" of an organization. How do we become catalysts for health, creativity, and even vision when we don't occupy the so-called "first chair"?     There’s a whole band of leadership that takes place “from the middle” where we are leading “upward” to those we report to, “downward” to those under our charge, and “laterally” among peers on the org. chart… we can be agents of change in that space…   We believe that vision can come from different places in the organization… Pastor Brady has prepared Read More