Jonathan is a writer, podcast host, children's pastor and business consultant. The Puddcast is an engaging Christian podcast which looks at the deeper life of spiritual maturity.
Jonathan speaks regularly at churches and events in Canada and consults small businesses and churches on technology, business management, marketing, and more.
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Jefferson Bethke (along with his wife Alyssa) is a popular YouTuber, as well as an author and speaker. You know him from the spoken word video Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus. Jeff has a new book out on hustle culture and the importance of slow, quiet, spiritual rhythms. We discussed a whole bunch of things, from social media to Sabbath. Listen here or anywhere you find podcasts.
Jaye Thomas is a world-renowned worship leader and songwriter from Kansas City and a good friend of mine. Jaye and his wife Nayomi recently left the staff of IHOP to focus on their ministry, Song of Hope. With three primary pillars: Bible study, community discipleship and worship for people in prison, Jaye and Nayomi are actively ministering the love of God to people in church and out of church. Jaye and I discussed freedom, hope, self-righteousness and seeing Jesus in people we don’t expect to find him in.
Gary Thomas, bestselling author of Sacred Marriage, joined me this week to turn my whole world upside down. His latest book, When To Walk Away: Finding Freedom from Toxic People hit me square between the eyes and so we talked about difficult relationships, protecting our identity and mission, and knowing when to call it a day. Gary covers toxicity in the context of church, workplace relationships, parents, marriages and more. Please listen to this important discussion.
A reader recently asked, “How do I draw closer to God, if I have a fear of him?” I was touched by the bravery and vulnerability it took to pose the question. Whatever the reasons for your fear of God, you deal with the issues and start drawing nearer to him, right now, today. Here’s my quick and painful guide for overcoming fear of God caused by traumas in your life.
Every other month, our church celebrates a Family Sunday where we keep the kids, youth and adults together all morning. If you’re from a liturgical/sacramental church, then this may sound very normal to you, but the rest of us are more accustomed to running separate programs for different age groups. There are some benefits to this approach but there are also a few significant drawbacks. Family Sundays help us address those issues and keep the entire church together as one. Here’s how we do it.
The journey of life is convoluted and often confusing. Sometimes we can see our desired destination right in front of us but the road we’re on takes us through deserts and the valleys before we get there. It’s that journey which forms us into people of greater stature, but our hearts can be hurt during the process. We might find ourselves asking, “God, do you even care?” But he does care, and in our hour of distress, he promises rescue.
Some men are pigs. Some women are manipulators. It’s all too common to see ugly power being used by men over women, but it also happens from women to men, and from men to men and women to women, especially as relates to race. Whatever the direction and angle, toxic power is no power at all. It manifests the inner reality that we have no control over ourselves. True power looks very different: it looks like a person on their knees.
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