When it comes to shows like Game of Thrones, many Christians are conflicted about how to handle them because of all the gratuitous violence and nudity. Should they watch them? Should they boycott them? There's a host of opinions, but not a lot of nuance to the conversation, which is what we try to accomplish. Join us for a thought provoking discussion about violence, sex, nudity, and the Jesus follower.
If a pet of a Christian dies... will we see that pet again in heaven? A question that... most Christian kids have asked at some point. Today on ask a youth pastor, I sit down with Youth Pastor Brian Higgins and youth leader Pete Silverman, as we answer a question from a young guy named Justin, who is a little concerned about his pet guinea pig. The three of us do our best to answer his question!
In part 4, Brian and Aaron discuss how Jesus was a friend of sinners, we hear a testimony from Nathaniel Bedson, and a discussion on self righteousness and our personal struggles with this sin by a group of Calvary Pastors (Zak Shellabarger, Wavey Cowper, Char Brodersen, and Bryan Stupar.)
What does it mean to be Self-Righteous? What is Legalism?
In This episode of the Righteousness Series we take a look at the "Selective Sanctification" that comes with self righteousness, explore what Jesus meant when he said our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, and look at how our standing with God has less to do with us and more to do with Christ.
Hosts Brian and Aaron discuss Legalism, while guests Nick Cady, Brian Stupar, and Wavey Cowpar discuss the pitfalls of self righteousness that Christians can easily fall into!
Brian and Aaron answer rapid-fire questions from guys who are just getting started as youth workers.
How do you balance life and ministry when you work part time? How do you lead when your volunteers are older than you? How can you empower your leaders to have a bigger role? How do you measure success in youth ministry? How do you build community coming into a new place What are some practical steps in developing a strong leadership team When planning a youth camp/retreat what have you found to be the best structure. Should they be more Bible study focused or free time/fellowship focused or maybe even something completely different?
Brian Higgins and Aaron Salvato share from their combined 20+ years of Youth Ministry experience by answering the question... "What would you tell your younger self about youth ministry if you could travel back in time to your first year as a youth pastor?"
In episode 2 we explore the relationship between righteousness and sin. We look at how Jesus deals with sinners in the story of the woman caught in Adultery. Brian Higgins and Aaron Salvato discuss what Sin actually is and how it relates to righteousness, and pastor Brian Stupar shares with us strategies to overcome the endless cycles of guilt and shame. Finally we hear a true story from Aaron about how righteousness was found in the middle of a friend's lies and drug addiction.
The GoodLion Podcast is launching it's first mini series! We will be doing a deep dive into the topic of Righteousness. For episode one, we ask the question, what exactly is Righteousness? Aaron Salvato presents the topic, and we hear a helpful explanation from Dr. Tim Mackie (the Bible Project.) Join us as we go deep into this Biblical topic!
Pastor Dan Braga shares his testimony: the story of a young man who felt like an outcast. Dan struggled with addiction and substance abuse, but through His darkness, Jesus kept gently drawing him to the light!
In episode two of the GoodLion Podcast, Aaron Salvato interviews his co-host Brian Higgins about preaching, youth ministry, and why he started a podcast called “First Time Bible Teacher.”
Why start a preaching podcast?
How can youth pastors rise to the occasion (despite people treating them like they aren’t real pastors.)
How has preaching changed you?
What is your hope for the next generation of preachers?
Worst sermon bomb.
How to serve Jesus in a new season (when God calls you to step out of full time paid ministry and into the Wild West of missionary living.)
It was a great interview! We hope it blesses your socks off.
In the first episode of the GoodLion Podcast, I sit down with Ben Courson to interview him about the recent loss of his brother Peter-John. We discuss loss, grief, coping with tragedy, and share experiences and insight from our lives.
Today on testimony, we are going to hear from pastor Christian Trainia. In our last episode, Christian shared his story of darkness, depression, and suicide, and the miraculous story of how Jesus’s love broke through all of that pain. If you haven’t heard his testimony, seriously, stop what you’re doing and go listen to the previous episode. It’s amazing. Christin shares about how Jesus spoke to him in the middle of a suicide attempt, and how he eventually came to Christ not through a Christian evangelist but by reading an anti Christian book by an an atheist. It’s fantastic stuff.
In this episode, I sit down with Christian and ask him a bunch of questions that I had while he was giving his testimony. I really enjoyed this interview with Christian, and I hope you will to. With that, let’s go to the interview.
A while back I did an interview with my friend Christian Traina, and you guys have got to listen to his story! This is a guy who as a young man battled depression, violent thoughts, suicide, and the loss of his own faith as he drifted to atheism. The way Jesus shows up in his life is unlike anything I've heard. Truly a story of how God's love broke through the darkness. Check out the interview, and if it blesses you, share it with others!
Every single person at some point deals with loneliness, the feeling of being left out, unwanted, and alone. When these feelings come, how can we deal with them? Today on ask a youth pastor, I sit down with my friend Ben Courson to hear his thoughts on loneliness, and how Christians can face it with courage.
If you've ever gone through a breakup, had your heart broken, or experienced rejection (which is a lot of us!) I think this episode will really speak to you. I say some things in here that are a little hard to hear, but they are important and I would not say them if it didn't come from a place of love. Which they do!
If God is Good, then why does He Allow Evil to happen? Why does sin still exist? Why doesn’t he just did rid of all the bad things in the world?Today on ask a youth pastor, we hear from a middle school student named Lily who has a deep question!
Does Jesus only answer the prayers of people who are really spiritual? If He doesn't answer your prayers does it mean you "just didn't have enough faith?" In this episode, we look at a teaching by Dr. Tim Mackie from the Bible project and see how it helps us understand the way that Jesus responds to our prayers and what it looks like to truly trust Christ.
As we finish Peter's message to the Jews, we focus in on how Peter, once a coward, has now been filled with a great boldness that comes from the Holy Spirit! We too can have great boldness to share our faith.
In Peter's message to the jews, he starts talking about an ancient prophecy about signs in the skies and... blood moons? What is going on here? Lets look into the meanings of these ancient prophecies about the day of the Lord.
We live in an age where it's extremely hard to wait. We are impatient as a society, and yet God calls us to wait for His Spirit, His Will, and His return. In this message we see how all of these things are worth the wait.
Have you ever felt trapped by your failures? In our final message in John, we see Jesus preparing an amazing act of forgiveness and redemption for the Disciples who forsook him, especially for Peter, who had sunk into a defeated failure and lost hope.
Growing up in the Church, doubt is something that is hardly ever viewed positively. Many see doubting as something a Christian should never do. However, the story of Thomas and the rest of the 12 Disciples reveals that followers of Jesus do in fact doubt. So the question is, how does Jesus respond to doubters?
As the resurrected Jesus appears to Mary, He Says something curious: "do not hold onto me." Why would He say such a thing? In this message we learn about the New Hope of the Resurrection, and what it means to hold onto it alone.
In John 18 we see an epic showdown, as Jesus is arrested, tried, and hated by the people he died to save! We see that Jesus's Kingdom is not of this world, and His heart for people like Barrabus... and us!
Do you ever feel life is spinning out of control? Jesus and His followers experienced this the night Jesus was arrested. However, in this study we see that no matter what the circumstances, Jesus is always in control!
When dealing with fear, anxiety and our emotions... should we bottle these feeling up our let them all out? In the scripture we see there is a better option: taking it to God and praying through it! Many thanks to Dr. Tim Mackie for much of the content in this message.
What does it mean to be Sanctified? How can we be set apart for God's Mission? Today we learn about eternal security, unity of heart and mind, being in the world but not of it, and how God's Truth is what truly sanctifies.
(Adapted from a message by John Mark Comer) In this message we examine the life of Daniel and how he lived out his faith publicly in a culture that demanded he do it silently. See how we are called to be a witness in our culture!
Social Media has become the norm, and it's not going away. As Christians should we fight it or embrace it? In this message we look at the nature of social media and how it can be used for good and evil.
A message in our "New Normals" series taught by Sean Mcdowwel. Sean shows us how to pair truth and compassion, and how as Christians we can disagree with people and still love them fiercely for God's glory.
How do we define justice? Law and order? Punishing crime. In this message we look at how God's view of justice is much higher than our own, and how it is always tied together with God's amazing covenant Mercy!
As Christians we are often caught in a paradox: we believe in Jesus, yet also struggle with unbelief. In this study we examine the words of hope that Jesus gives his struggling followers that will last them a lifetime.
In this message we see how the Holy Spirit works in our life through conviction. Jesus tells his disciples that we are Better Together with the spirit, and instructs us on how the Spirit convicts us of sin, of judgement and of righteousness.
As we wrap up a two part message on the Holy Spirit, we look at what it actually means to be "Holy", and how embracing the Holy Spirit in our lives allows us to follow Jesus more closely than ever before!
In our first questions series we look at the problem of the violence in the Old Testament. Many Christians and skeptics alike struggle with the question, if God is the same today and yesterday, why was he so violent in the Old Testament and so loving and peaceful after Jesus shows up? How is that not inconsistent? Listen as we examine the question using the WHOLE story of the Bible.
In this final message on influence we answer the question: "Am I my brothers keeper?" As well as look at how Daniel and his friends were able to make a huge impact in their secular culture while being in captivity in Babylon. Impact Makers don't run from the culture, they impact it from the inside!
In this message we talk about the work of the Holy Spirit, and how he causes us to see Jesus in the true way! Sadly many Christians misrepresent Christ to the world, but with the power of the Spirit we can truly image Jesus.
Brance and Aaron talk about how God is an artist and explain the issues of God's Holy nature, our human design, and the sin nature we are born we, as well as answering the question: can non-christians do good things if all goodness comes from God?
It is extremely common for teenagers to lie, but does that make it right? In this study we examine how Satan is the source of all lies in our life, and how we can take off the mask and be true in a world full of lies.
What does it mean for wives to submit to their husbands? What does it mean for husbands to honor their wives? Why is the wife called the weaker vessel? In this study we pick apart some false stereotypes of men and women and try to see the scripture in their correct context as we learn some of God's awesome guidelines for a great marriage.
In this study Aaron discusses some difficult verses about Salvation. What did Jesus mean when He Said, "Enter By the Narrow Gate, Be a Fruit Tree, Some branches will be thrown in the fire, and some people who did things for God will be told 'Depart from Me, I never knew you."