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How’s your church going to lead through crisis? The ChurchPulse Weekly podcast gives you unprecedented insights into how church leaders are navigating crisis, and a new set of digital tools to stay connected in real-time to the people in your church. Weekly results from the ChurchPulse Leader Check-in are delivered live in the podcast hosted by leadership author and podcaster, Carey Nieuwhof, and Barna President, David Kinnaman. Each episode, Carey and David bring fresh updates, insights and ...
 
Join VeggieTales and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.
 
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060: Kayla Stoecklein & Juli Wilson (May 10, 2021) Carey Nieuwhof and Barna’s Vice President, Alyce Youngblood, are joined by Juli Wilson (widow of Jarrid Wilson) and Kayla Stoecklein (widow of Andrew Stoecklein). Together, Juli and Kayla talk about the suicides of their husbands–both of whom had served as church pastors–and how they want to see th…
 
It’s increasingly difficult to have conversations with other Christians. Our families and congregations can’t seem to agree even about basic facts, let alone the news or how we ought to respond to what’s happening. So, we avoid talking about anything that might be controversial—which is pretty much everything today. What happened? How did we become…
 
We bring on guest Nick Martinez, a recent OCC grad and current Denver Seminary student pursuing an Master's of Divinity in New Testament studies. Together with our special guest, we tackle the trending topic of Christian Deconstructionism. You may have seen people on social media talking about this, but what is it, is it new, is it just hype? We br…
 
Dr. Anita Phillips (trauma therapist, speaker and host of the In The Light podcast) sits down with Carey and Brooke to discuss the collective trauma caused by the pandemic, the influence one's worldview has on discipleship models and practical ways leaders can walk with people through trauma, grief and mental health issues.…
 
Rene Padilla died last week at 88, and you’re probably thinking “Who’s Rene Padilla?” Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the huge influence he had on the global church and its mission, and why so many American Christians still feel a divide between saving souls and reforming society. Then, Skye talks to Scot McKnight about his new book, “A Church Ca…
 
Sharon Hodde Miller (author, speaker and co-lead pastor at Bright City Church) joins Carey and Savannah to discuss where pastors find their identity, the dynamics of preaching to digital audiences, leading as a female pastor and opportunities for smaller churches coming out of the pandemic.
 
In a recent editorial, David French asked whether the primary threat to the church comes from within or without? Phil, Skye, and Kaitlyn discuss the question and whether the church is primarily for or against the world. Plus, why are so many Christian ministries focused on protecting kids? Is it related to our fixation on the danger of hell? Then, …
 
Raymond Chang, president and co-founder of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, joins Carey Nieuwhof and Brooke Hempell to discuss the history of Asian American racism, protest as a spiritually formative practice and advice for church leaders looking to bring healing and justice within the Church.…
 
There’s a popular cliche among evangelicals—“The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.” But is it really that simple? Not according to New Testament scholar, Dr. Timothy Gombis. Because we’re not ancient Near Eastern people living in a desert, he says it’s not possible to literally apply the Bible. Instead, any faithful Christian needs to l…
 
Carey and David are joined by Glenn Packiam (Lead Pastor, New Life Church Downtown, Colorado Springs, CO) and Andrew Hébert (Lead Pastor, Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo, TX) to talk about the challenges of pastoral health, a reframed perspective on attendance numbers and the future opportunities of hybrid church ministry.…
 
Francis Chan says it’s time for Christians to take Jesus’ command about unity seriously. His new book, “Until Unity,” outlines the biblical call to be one, and why we struggle to achieve it. Skye talks with Chan about what Christian unity looks like practically, the role of racism in keeping us apart, how a focus on church growth distracted Chan fr…
 
Derwin Gray, Lead Pastor of Transformation Church in Charlotte, SC and author of the new book Building a Multiethnic Church, joins Carey Nieuwhof and Brooke Hempell to talk about ongoing challenges of leading a multiethnic church, why a Gospel-centered view of racism requires a systemic and individual approach and common mistakes leaders make in pu…
 
Our favorite Old Testament scholar is back to talk about the Book of Daniel. Dr. John Walton says the apocalyptic passages of Daniel—which deeply influenced those End Times charts popular among evangelicals—aren’t really predictive of the future in the way we think. And the story of Daniel isn’t necessarily a manual for how Christians ought to live…
 
Today we have a special episode for you featuring Thrive Worship! They have a new single out, "There is a Hope" and we got to sit down with members of the band and writers of the song to hear about their new single, just in time for Easter! ▶ Listen: https://slinky.to/Thrive-ThereIsAHope 🎼 Learn To Play: https://www.weareworship.com/​ ‎ Connect wit…
 
Tim Keller, author and founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, sits down with Carey and David to discuss the practices that have helped him focus in this past year, his experiences with digital versus in-person ministry and a new perspective on the hope of the resurrection in a year of crisis.…
 
Have you wondered why so many megachurch leaders have been embroiled in scandals, or why there are so many Christian celebrities today? It’s not accidental. It’s the predictable outcome of the systems behind much of popular consumer Christianity. In this special episode co-produced with the Love Thy Neighborhood podcast, Jesse Eubanks joins Skye to…
 
Rick Warren, bestselling author and pastor of Saddleback Church, once again joins Carey and David for a candid conversation about the emotional impact of the pandemic on pastors, what he’s learned about creating space for his own emotions along the grief process and the most important advice leaders should know as they show up for others who are gr…
 
Is evangelical purity culture to blame for the murder of eight people at spas in Atlanta? Or is anti-Asian racism the cause? What about America’s gun culture or mental illness? Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the many facets of the tragedy and get vulnerable about their own history with evangelicalism’s obsession with sex. Then, Skye talks with R…
 
In this episode, Carey and David are joined by author and pastor, Rick Warren, to discuss how he's led Saddleback Church through the pandemic and the political and racial divisions in our nation. Together, they also explore the opportunity for the Church to grow stronger in response to COVID. Part 1 of 2.…
 
Recently author/professor Karen Swallow Prior was asked what she considered the biggest problem facing the church today, and answered, "an impoverished imagination." So Phil sat down with Karen to talk through what she means by that, and her belief that a lack of imagination-forming reading results in, among other things, our propensity to believe …
 
In this week's episode we sit down with Elizabeth Maring. She is an experienced Lawyer and Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the legal and nonprofit sectors. Currently, she is passionate about applying all aspects of her hands on experience to help nonprofits achieve sustainable success. You can find out more about Elizabeth at her …
 
What is the greatest threat facing Christianity in the U.S. today? Socialism? Cancel culture? Wokeness? Not according to Dr. Russell Moore. He says it’s “means-to-an-end-Christianity” which seeks to use Christ to achieve some other goal. This, he argues, is what’s fueling everything from Christian nationalism to the cover up of sexual abuse in chur…
 
This week we got to sit down with Miles McPherson and chat about staff health. Miles is the pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, former defensive back for the San Diego Chargers, author, actor, motivational speaker, and founder of DoSomethingChurch.org. Miles is a unifier who makes the hope of the gospel real, relevant, and accessible, to empowe…
 
Dave Adamson, former North Point Social Media and Online Pastor, Instagrammer and church consultant, joins Carey and Savannah to talk about the future of hybrid ministry (in-person + digital) and shares practical advice on how church leaders can increase their engagement and impact online.
 
Filling his songs with faith and the theology of respected white leaders like John Piper and Tim Keller, Lecrae became a darling of white evangelicalism. When he spoke out against racial injustice in 2017, all that began to change. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, record producer and Christian activist Lecrae sits down with Phil to talk about bein…
 
How do you know if you’re a Christian nationalist? Kaitlyn Schiess is back with Phil and Skye to unpack Samuel Perry’s top 10 indicators of Christian nationalism and they add a few of their own. They also discuss why there’s so much overlap between Christian nationalism and Christian fundamentalism. Plus, Phil explains how the evolution of contempo…
 
At the end of January Thrive hosted a virtual Business Leader Summit for anyone who has been impacted by the pandemic this year (hint: it's all of us). It was an incredible time of hearing from some of the biggest names in the business world, along with local entrepreneurs and business owners who are making an incredible impact in the community. Tu…
 
David Kinnaman sits down with Jennie Allen, president and founder of IF:Gathering and author of Get Out of Your Head, to discuss digital discipleship, the relationship between suffering and spiritual formation and the challenges facing ministry to women, Gen Z and parents. Introduction by Carey Nieuwhof and Savannah Kimberlin.…
 
Here we go again. The evangelical world is shocked by another leadership scandal. This time it’s the report that famed apologist Ravi Zacharias sexually abused women for years before his death in 2020. Kaitlyn Schiess joins Phil and Skye to discuss the story, and why so many ministries fail to investigate their famous leaders or take abuse allegati…
 
Carey sits down with Barna President David Kinnaman for the first time in 2021. After losing his wife to brain cancer, David shares his personal journey and talks about the importance of making space to grieve, how to lead through loss and how to support hurting people as they heal.
 
Before the 2020 election, many self-identified “prophets” within the charismatic movement decalred God had revealed to them that Donald Trump would win. Millions of followers believed them. How are they now reconciling their divine revelations with reality? The Holy Post crew looks at another failed prophecy in the 1840s that changed American Chris…
 
Jeanne Stevens, co-lead pastor of Soul City Church in Chicago, joins Carey and Savannah to talk about the importance of casting vision and identifying opportunities during times of crisis, why they don't use the word reopen, establishing healthy relational boundaries in ministry and taking the time to address personal hardships while leading.…
 
Evangelicals used to believe the way to transform America was through revivalism. Increasingly, they now believe it’s through revolution. Why are so many buying into Christian nationalism? What is it? And what can we do about those caught in this heretical gospel of political domination? Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the issue. Also this week, …
 
Hillsong's Sam Collier is back for part 2 of his conversation with Carey and Savannah. The three discuss giving and planting a church with his spouse. They also talk about the importance of healthy boundaries and the ongoing process of racial reconciliation and healing.
 
Was Donald Trump good or bad for the Republican Party? The GOP lost the presidency and the Senate, but in 2020 the party gain seats in the House and Trump also got more votes than any Republican candidate ever! Conservative columnist and veteran of three Republican administrations, Peter Wehner, joins Skye to talk about the future of the party afte…
 
Hillsong Atlanta Lead Pastor, Sam Collier, talks about church planting during a global pandemic. Together with Carey and Savannah, they discuss the unique challenges and opportunities. Plus, Barna shares current data from church planters—do they have an advantage over existing churches? Part 1 of 2.
 
Join us for a great conversation with the founder of Agape International Missions, Don Brewster! We’ll be talking about the mission of AIM and what incredible impact they’ve been able to have all over the globe. AIM is hosting a day of prayer on January 31 called Amplify and they are inviting you to join in. They have some amazing leaders, speakers…
 
Jemar Tisby (The Color of Compromise) rejoins Phil to discuss his new book, How to Fight Racism. Actual, real steps to be part of the solution, not part of the problem! Plus David French posits that the American church has been infected with something called “Southern shame culture,” which sends Phil on a journey into the “Lost Cause” narrative, co…
 
Everyone is trying to make sense of the attack on the Capitol last week by a violent pro-Trump mob displaying Christian symbols—including us! Kaitlyn Schiess joins Phil, Skye, and Christian to talk through the madness. Skye explains why this attack is fundamentally different from political violence in America’s past. Phil worries about the loss of …
 
Rich Villodas, author and lead pastor of New Life Fellowship in Queens, joins Carey Nieuwhof and Savannah Kimberlin to discuss how pastors can provide better pastoral care for their people while investing in their own spiritual health as leaders. Part 1 of 2. Plus, Barna data on the lack of digital spiritual formation offerings in churches and wher…
 
We’re starting the new year with a look back. John Fea, history professor from Messiah College, author of “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump,” and the official historian of the Holy Post podcast, says 2020 was a year that “unveiled” the truth about American evangelicalism. He also explores how different court evangelicals have respon…
 
51% of your congregation is female. Carey and Savannah are joined by Vivian Mabuni (author, speaker and podcaster) to discuss how the COVID crisis is impacting women, women leaders and women’s ministries. Vivian offers great advice on how the church can engage and disciple the next generation of women more effectively.…
 
Recently, Young Earth Creation (YEC) champion Ken Ham took exception to Phil's statement that Ham "rejects mainstream science." In the flurry of social media activity that followed, a number of YEC experts took Phil to task, claiming he was wrong on several facts. Phil dug deeper and realized he WAS in fact wrong on a couple of things, but right on…
 
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