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Pastor Writer: Conversations on Reading, Writing, and the Christian Life
46 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Jon Tyson — The Intentional Father & Questions of Masculinity
Jon Tyson is a pastor and church planter in New York City. He is originally from Australia and moved to the United States over two decades ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church.He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, The Burden is Light, and Beautiful Resistance. But he joins me to talk about his soon-to-be-released book, The Intentional Father: A Practical Guide to Raise Sons of Courage and Character.Jon lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.
46 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Robert Wolgemuth — Writing for Men and Facing the Final Lap of Life
Robert Wolgemuth has been in the media business for more than forty years. A former president of Thomas Nelson Publishers, he is the founder of Wolgemuth & Associates a literary agency exclusively representing the writing work of more than one hundred authors.Among his professional accomplishments, he has served two terms as the Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.He is a speaker and best-selling author of over twenty books. His books include, She Calls Me Daddy, the notes to the Dad’s Devotional Bible, and Gun Lap, a book we'll be talking about in this episode.He has also collaborated on works include Men of the Bible and The Most Important Year in a Man’s Life.
54 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Brad Lomenick — Catalyst, Leadership, & Why the Future is Curation
Brad Lomenick is passionate about raising up great leaders around the globe. He is a business entrepreneur, speaker, sought-after leadership advisor, author and longtime president of Catalyst, largely credited with growing the organization into one of the largest and most recognized leadership brands and gatherings of young leaders in the US.Prior to running Catalyst, Brad spent several years working for legendary leadership author John Maxwell, as well as executive producing large simulcast and stadium events. He continues to inspire leaders by speaking at conferences and events around the world.What you may not know - for several years he rode horses and was a ranch foreman in the mountains of Colorado, has played American football in Australia and New Zealand, was once in a rap group, and hopes to one day play golf on the Senior PGA tour and have his own hunting TV show.
54 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Jared C. Wilson — What A Novel Can Do That Non-Fiction Can't
Jared C. Wilson is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Author in Residence at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, General Editor of For The Church (and host of the FTC Podcast), and Director of The Pastoral Training Centerat Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. He also co-hosts The Art of Pastoring Podcast published by Christianity Today.Jared is not a catalytic "agent of change" or a visionary anything. He is a failed church planter and once made a mess of his marriage. But he knows Jesus loves him.Jared was a guest on the Pastor Writer podcast way back in episode 76. There we mostly talked about his prolific writing as a non-fiction author, but Jared is also a novelist. Which I'm excited to dig into today.
50 minutes | May 27, 2021
Matt Morton — Discerning when to Persevere and When to Pivot
Matt Morton is a teaching pastor at Grace Bible Church in College Station, Texas. Prior to his current role, he has served as a worship leader, a college pastor, and a communications pastor.He has a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry.He is the co-author of the Ordinary Greatness Bible study series (NavPress, 2012). He has written for Relevant, Bible Study Magazine, and bible.org.He also writes a monthly religion column for The Bryan-College Station Eagle.
36 minutes | May 20, 2021
Paul Batura — Writing, Adopting, and Focus on the Family
Paul Batura is vice president of communications for Focus on the Family. In his role, Paul is responsible for media and guest relations.He has more than two decades of experience in the news media, broadcast journalism, publishing, and non-profit administration. Paul has been with Focus on the Family since 1998. Prior to serving in his current capacity, he served as a top writer and adviser to both Focus’ founder, Dr. James C. Dobson, and its current president, Jim Daly.He’s authored books including <em>Chosen for Greatness: How Adoption Changes the World, Good Day! The Paul Harvey Story, and written Mentored by the King: Arnold Palmer’s Success Lessons for Golf, Business, and Life. </em>He and his wife, have had the privilege of adopting three young boys and they join countless other families in celebrating the courageous decision of birthmothers and birthfathers who choose life.Paul is also an active member of his church, where he serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher.
50 minutes | May 13, 2021
Tom Dean — The Writer and Marketer
With 30 years of experience in book and Bible publishing, Tom Dean is a publishing insider who helps authors smoothly navigate the often confusing process of publishing a book and marketing it.Tom spent almost two decades with Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins in marketing, product development, and acquisitions roles - including six years as Vice President of Marketing for Zondervan Books. He has worked with a number of New York Times bestselling authors and multiple music, entertainment, and sports celebrities.Tom is now offering his expertise directly to authors and publishers and working as a literary agent.I've had the privilege of working with Tom and consider him one of the best. I'm excited to discuss the place of marketing, how book marketing is changing, and does writing a good book even matter anymore?
18 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Chase Replogle — Bread and Games: Why the Next 12 Months are the Greater Risk
According to ancient historians, most of the Jewish families sitting on that Galilean hillside listening to Jesus teach would spend every day of their lives on the edge of hunger and starvation. Some days were better than others, but they never escaped hunger for long. By some estimations, as much as 85% of a Galilean’s wages/time went toward acquiring food. By comparison, the average US family spends 9.5% of their annual budget on food.The gospel writer, John, records that there were 5,000 men seated there. With wives and children, the crowd would have been well over 10,000. As the day drew on, the disciples recognized they were facing a logistical dilemma. Where would these people find food? They didn’t have the money to feed them. They suggested to Jesus that he call it quits and let the crowd disperse to nearby towns to find food for themselves.But Jesus instead found a boy with just five loaves and two fish. He blessed it and began breaking it and passing it out to the people. John records that every person there ate until they were filled. They all sat reclined on the hill with full bellies, satisfied. Nowhere else in the New Testament is that language used for another meal. Jesus had fed them to their fill. Many had probably never experienced enough food to have to stop eating.It’s no surprise that the crowd responded by attempting to seize Jesus and make him king....
52 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Kurt Willems — Podcasting, Writing, and Pastoral Side Projects
Kurt Willems is a pastor, writer, and spiritual director. After several years in student and adult church ministry in Central California, he partnered with the Brethren in Christ to plant a Christian community in Seattle called Pangea Church. Kurt maintains a resource website, which hosts articles and podcasts, called Theology Curator (formerly called, The Paulcast). He is passionate about taking dense ideas and communicating them in ways that are empowering for people in all walks of life. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and a master's degree in comparative religion from the University of Washington (where he focused on the historical Paul within Judaism and the Roman Empire). Kurt also completed a two-year training program to become a spiritual director called, Stewards of the Mystery. His first book, Echoing Hope: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems our Pain, released this last month.
49 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Cory Verner — The Rise of Audio Books
Cory Verner began in the audiobook industry in 2003 when the market was 90% cassettes. In 2004, he founded christianaudio, a niche audiobook publisher focused on thoughtful Christian audio content. christianaudio's first sale was a download on christianaudio.com, one of the initial few audiobook download sites.He and his wife Crissy began an audiobook production company in 2005 – Ver-ity Audio Productions – which works with all of the major publishing houses as well as niche Christian companies and ministries and produces hundreds of titles a year though that name and ONE Audiobooks.ONE Audoibooks specializes in nonfiction, inspirational content. They are disrupting the audio space with innovative solutions for publishers, authors, and ministries.
47 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
HB Charles — Preaching and Writing
Dr. HB Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida, where he has served since 2008.Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding his late father, he began pastoring at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen – a senior in high school.He is a regular speaker at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country.He is also the author of several books including…It Happens After PrayerOn PreachingOn PastoringAnd he is the host of The On Preaching Podcast – the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.
48 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Winn Collier — Writing the Biography of Eugene Peterson
Win Collier was a Pastor for twenty-five years, founding All Souls Charlottesville. He now serves at Western Theological Seminary as Director of The Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination & Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Imagination. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where his work centered on the intersection of literary fiction and religion, particularly the sacramental landscape of Wendell Berry’s fictional town of Port William.This month Winn releases his official authorized biography of Eugene Peterson. He joined me to discuss how the project came about, tackling the overwhelming amount of material, and deciding what to include.
51 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Thomas Umstattd — Author Branding and Cancel Culture
Thomas Umstattd, Jr. is an author, speaker, and consultant helping authors better market their writing. He provides online tools and advice through his company Author Media.He has worked with numerous publishers on marketing strategies and also worked as a literary agent. Thomas is the host of the Novel Marketing Podcast and the Christian Publishing Show podcast. It’s one of the writing podcasts I listen to weekly.He is a friend of the podcast making his second appearance to talk with me about an author's personal branding.
48 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
K.J. Ramsey — The Witness of Suffering and Writing About It
K.J. Ramsey is a licensed professional counselor and writer.Her writing has been published in Christianity Today, RELEVANT, The Huffington Post, Fathom Magazine, Health Central, and more on the integration of theology, psychology, and spiritual formation.Last year she released the book This Too Shall Last: Finding Grace When Suffering Lingers. She joined me to talk about her own suffering, how suffering can be a witness to God's grace, and also about writing. How can you use your own story to help others?
30 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Leland Ryken — Teaching Literature and the Bible as Literature
Dr. Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) is Professor of English at Wheaton College. He has authored or edited several books, including The Word of God in English, The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, and The Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He is a frequent speaker at the Evangelical Theological Society and served as literary stylist for The Holy Bible, English Standard Version.He joined me to talk about teaching literature, the Bible as literature, and his new book, Recovering the Lost Art of Reading.
42 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Rob Ketterling — Unity and Generosity of Writing
Pastor Rob Ketterling founded River Valley Church in an elementary school in 1995. It has since grown into a thriving church in and around Minneapolis.He is the author of the books such as Change Before You Have To, Front Row Leadership, Fix It, and his latest release, The Speed of Unity.In addition to leading River Valley, he also serves on several organizational boards including the Lead Team of the Association of Related Churches (ARC) and speaks at events and conferences around the world.In our discussion, we explore the speed of unity but also how books can be used for increased generosity.
37 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
James Emory White — The Crisis of Character in Church Leadership
Dr. James Emory White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; President of Serious Times, a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture and he hosts the website and, ChurchAndCulture.org.He is a ranked adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president. He is the author of more than twenty books that have been translated into ten languages.Recently, he published an article on the crisis of character facing church leaders. He wrote, "Oh, for a generation of leaders who would pick up the basin and towel in exchange for platform and notoriety." He joins me to talk about the crisis and a better way forward.
36 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Nate Pickowicz — A Seven Year Reading Plan and Studying the Bible
Nate Pickowicz is pastor of Harvest Bible Church in New Hampshire. He is the author and editor of several books including Reviving New England, Why We're Protestant, and The American Puritans.He has also written for Tabletalk and Credo, and is one of the founding members of Reformada, a ministry to promote sound doctrine.He recently released a new book entitled How to Eat Your Bible: A Simple Approach to Learning and Loving the Word of God. He joins me to talk about studying the Bible and offers a simple approach for a deeper and teacher engagement with scripture.
34 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Dr. Gary Chapman — Love Languages and Screen Time with Kids
Dr. Chapman is the senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.He holds several academic degrees including a Ph.D. in adult education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.He’s also an international public speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books including The Five Love Languages which has sold more than 12 million copies and has been translated into 50 languages.He joins me to discuss the five love languages and a newly released book, Screen Kids: 5 Relational Skills Every Child Needs in a Tech-Driven World.
42 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Mark Buchanan — Christianity and the Centrality of Walking
Mark Buchanan is a professor, a former pastor, and an award-winning author of several books including Your God is Too Safe, The Rest of God, and Spiritual Rhythm.He has a new book out, this past summer, entitled, God Walk: Moving at the Speed of Your Soul. In it, Mark asks a simple question, what if the Bible's command to walk in the Spirit is also literal. Mark explores one of the Bible's most recurring things: walking.
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