Podcasts

Episode 099: Extravagant: Discovering a Life of Dangerous Generosity (12/1/2020) - In this episode we sit down with Pastor Brady to talk with him about his newest book Extravagant: Discovering a Life of Dangerous Generosity. Grab your copy over at Amazon today! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with us throughout the week! One of the things that my mom and dad did on four or five different occasions is that they took struggling young men into our home… they fed them and clothed them and helped them get through school… I was marked by my parents’ extravagant Read More
Episode 098: An Interview with Dr. Derwin Gray // The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness (10/28/2020) - In this episode we sit down with our good friend Dr. Derwin Gray to talk with him about his new book, The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness. Grab a copy for yourself here. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with us throughout the week! In 2014, we were a four-year-old church plant, and I started discovering that regardless of race or social class, people were not happy… so I started wondering, “What did Jesus say about happiness?” Hiding in plain sight, in the Read More
Episode 097: Leadership During Turbulent Times: An Interview with Dr. Ben Witherington (10/21/2020) - In this episode we sit down with New Testament scholar Dr. Ben Witherington to talk about church leadership during turbulent times. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with us throughout the week! My parents were devout Christians and raised me in church… I was there every week and those people really shaped me… and I had some wonderful pastors along the way who were a big encouragement to me… As I got older, there were a couple years where I didn’t really attend church… the churches seemed Read More
Episode 096: 10,000 Fathers (10/14/2020) - In this episode we sit down with a new addition to our staff, Aaron Keyes, to talk about the mission of his organization 10,000 Fathers and how to raise up worship leaders as genuine pastors in our churches. You can find out more about 10,000 Fathers at worship.school. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with us throughout the week! I was never a great musical performer or singer… what I was able to do as a worship leader was to open the Scriptures and invite people to Read More
Episode 095: A Conversation on Church Discipline (10/7/2020) - In this conversation, we sit down to talk about the issue of church discipline, what it is, and why it is so important. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with us throughout the week! I have children who are now 19 and 21… I can’t imagine what kind of human beings they would now be without rules and safeguards, without discipline… When I was a young pastor, we had to subject a man to church discipline… when we came back to church the next Sunday, there was Read More
Episode 094: All Flame (9/9/2020) - In this episode we sit down to talk about Andrew Arndt’s new book All Flame: Entering into the Life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Available on Amazon HERE!) Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected with us throughout the week! God’s intent with the human life is not to displace our humanity but to sit within in and radiate through it so that we become all flame… it’s not something for the spiritual elite, and no one’s life is better calibrated for holiness than anyone else’s… Read More
Episode 093: Covid-19: Where Are We Now? (9/2/2020) - Welcome to the start of Season 7 of the Essential Church Podcast. In this episode we sit down to discuss the state of the church seven months into Covid-19. We’re seeing that fear is a powerful motivator… fear is front and center in our culture right now… pastors are wrestling with it in a way they haven’t before… Pastors weren’t trained for this in seminary… they weren’t trained in social media or on the nuances of the culture right now… I am concerned that if we’re not careful we are going to see a mass exodus of pastors from pastoral Read More
Episode 092: A Conversation on Race (6/24/2020) - In this episode, we share a conversation we recently had at New Life Church on race, racism, and our hope for unity. Subscribe and Watch our conversation on our YouTube channel here.
Episode 091: An Interview with N.T. Wright Pt. 2 (6/17/2020) - In this episode, Andrew, Glenn, Jason, and Daniel chat about what they’ve learned over the years from NT Wright. Be sure to catch part 1 of Glenn’s conversation with Wright HERE. Subscribe and Watch our conversation on our YouTube channel here. ------------------------ One of the things we do with crisis is we ask, “How did we get here?” and try to assign blame… and of course we want to get out of it as soon as possible… telling the story of Jesus won’t let us escape the sojourn… Jesus is the one who is the companion in the sojourn… Jesus Read More
Episode 090: An Interview with N.T. Wright (6/8/2020) - In this episode we sit down with world-renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright to talk about his new book “God and the Pandemic” as well as the way Gospel addresses racism. Subscribe and Watch our interview with N.T. Wright on our YouTube channel here. ------------------------ Obviously there are plenty of things in the Old Testament which are about people misbehaving and God producing specific judgments—a plague or being defeated in battle or whatever it may be. But there are many other passages in the Old Testament—with the book of Job in the middle—which say “Yeah, bad things happen, but this Read More