A relevant apostolic resource that covers biblical topics of interest, ministry, Christian living, and practical insights hosted by Ryan French. An extension of the popular blog Apostolic Voice (www.ryanafrench.com).
From the original article at www.ryanafrench.com called 9 Types of Church Services, Ryan discusses the different ways the Spirit moves in our gatherings. This episode explores the nuances of the Holy Ghost and why we should be sensitive and available to those different operations within the Church (more specifically in our local church). Also, Ryan concludes the program with two poems by Kevin Smith Max (formerly of DC Talk) called At the Foot of Heaven and Of Dogs & Whistles.
In this episode, Talmadge joins the program for the first time to talk about the realities of being a PK. Ryan examines real-life problems preacher's kids face from the original article Four Problems Preacher's Kids Face at ryanafrench.com. Also, Ryan and Talmadge give a spoken word version of Fear No More by Building 429. If you are a preacher, PK, or someone who loves the ministry, this episode is for you.
Flashback clip to a poem called Recitation by American poet Scott Cairns. Ryan typically features a short clip like this in each episode and we are releasing them as bonuses from time to time. This poem was originally featured in Episode 1 | The Burden of Truth (Wait, Is Truth Even A Thing?) and in the article called The Poetry Collection at www.ryanafrench.com.
In celebration of Pentecost, Ryan answers common questions about the Holy Ghost: Have tongues ceased? Is the Holy Ghost For Everyone? Do I need the Holy Ghost to Be Saved? What's Tongues and Interpretation? Should People Speak In Tongues During Church? Also, Ryan addresses three common stumbling blocks that keep people from speaking in tongues for the first time. Finally, Ryan examines some things Elijah can teach us about evangelism and revival today from the original www.ryanafrench.com article Fiery Evangelism.
From the article Been Hurt By A Pastor? (8 Reasons You Should Stop Talking About It) at www.ryanafrench.com, Ryan discusses real issues of church hurt and how to handle it. Ryan gives eight selfish and helpful reasons you should stop talking about hurt with just anyone who will listen. Stick around to the end for a brief encouraging sermon clip.
Dad (Dr. Talmadge French) joins the program to talk about the oneness of God, the burning of Michael Servetus by John Calvin, the irony of trinitarianism, and early church history. We also toss around the often asked question of whether or not a remnant of full Gospel believers has always existed in history since Acts chapter two until right now. BONUS: A Mother's Day-inspired sermon clip ends the program so don't leave too soon. As always, you can keep up with this program and the popular Apostolic Voice blog at www.ryanafrench.com.
Ryan explains how baptism without repentance is like being buried alive from the www.ryanafrench.com article Buried Alive - The Gospel According to the Bible. Ryan explains why definitions matter and how differing definitions cause people to miscommunicate the Gospel. Most importantly, Ryan explains the Gospel plan of salvation according to the Bible without the lenses of opinion, tradition, or dishonesty. Don't miss the powerful poetic rendition of PFR's classic song FIGHT.
WARNING PARENTS: Some subject matter might be too mature for children. Ryan talks about the recent spike of mass killings and focuses on shooting and spa killings in the Atlanta area (Ryan's hometown). This brings up questions of gun control, legislating morality, the origin of evil, how to handle evil, and the depravity of the human heart. Finally, Ryan responds to an article by David French (no relation to the host) about the Atlanta Spa Shooting and the Evangelical Purity Culture. All this can be found in the new article at www.ryanafrench.com called Mass Killings and the Question of Evil.
From the www.ryanafrench.com article Support Your Local Pastor's Wife, Ryan talks about the unique pains and challenges pastor's wives face. Ryan answers the question: What Is the Role of a Pastor's Wife? He looks at the biblical understanding of a helpmeet from Genesis 2:18 and gives nine practical ways you can support your pastor's wife right now. Happy Pastor's Wife appreciation month!
From the original article at www.ryanafrench.com entitled Church Hurt Doesn't Excuse Backsliding, Ryan discusses the realities of church hurt and explains why it should never be an excuse for falling away from God. On a related note, Ryan lists ten things that forgiveness is not and how to forgive properly when we've been genuinely wronged.
Ryan discusses how cancel culture may impact our future freedoms and calls Christians to be courageous. From the article, Politically Incorrect Prophets (Speaking Truth In an Age of Timidity) at www.ryanafrench.com, Ryan reveals six prophetic tensions facing preachers and saints in the Last Days: Truth vs. Timidity, Clarity vs. Confusion, Conviction vs. Compromise, Faith vs. Fear, Reverence vs. Irreverence & Power vs. Prosperity. Also, Ryan defines and explains the role of Old Testament and New Testament prophets. The spiritual revolution has already begun. Which side of it will you be on?
Ryan talks to his mother (Rebecca French) about parenting children with major health issues, keeping the faith through the fire, parenting tips for raising godly kids, ministry, what saints need to know about their pastor's wife, and growing up with a disabled brother. Be sure to check out Rebecca French's article at www.ryanafrench.com called Praising the Lord in All Things.
Carman, a Christian music legend, is dead. Ryan lists his Top 10 All-Time-Favorite Carman songs. In this episode, from the www.ryanafrench.com article, Ryan gives nine vitally important things for people to remember when they are hurting. Today's topic will absolutely help you if you're hurting, and it will help you help someone who is hurting.
Ryan speaks with his longtime best-friend and highly decorated army veteran Josh Michael. They reminisce about younger days in the band Four In The Fire, discuss ways churches and individuals can minister to veterans in their communities, how to overcome hot tempers, simple practical insights into life and success that everyone can use right now, and they put success in its proper perspective and discuss how every failure and pain prepares us for better things in the future.
Ryan takes an honest look at honesty with special guest Jeremy Gove author of the book Let’s Be Honest: Living a Life of Radical Biblical Integrity. You can get the book on Amazon or if you prefer you can visit www.jeremygove.com and purchase the book there.
Topics: Fatherhood and debt free lifestyle. Jeremy gives some great advice to student pastors and ministers in general. Ryan and Jeremy talk about marriage and the PRINCIPLE OF BEST INTENTIONS. From the book, they discuss the biblical perspective of truth, holiness, and sanctification and how that ties into honesty. They talk about the statue of liberty and things only seagulls can see and much more. This was a fantastic conversation filled with nuggets that will keep you thinking all day long.
Ryan exposes the ten most common symptoms of insecure and toxically insecure leadership from the www.ryanafrench.com article 10 Symptoms of Insecure Leadership. With each symptom, a helpful and practical prescription is given for improvement. No matter your leadership role or relationship with a leader, this episode will provide insight and opportunity for growth.
Ryan talks about having COVID. Everything just feels like survival mode right now for everyone close to Ryan and his church. From the www.ryanafrench.com article Surviving Your Way Into Revival, Ryan encourages us to rip the stigma of surviving apart and understand that survival is really a vital part of revival. Ryan discusses the biblical and practical cycles of surviving, reviving, thriving, and repeating the process again.
Special Guest appearance by Nathan French (Ryan's brother), host of the popular Noteworthy Podcast, member of the husband and wife duo Nathan + Rachel, and Youth Pastor. They talk about Nathan + Rachel's newest song release and video, Won't Let Me Go. You can keep up with Nathan + Rachel at www.nathanandrachel.org. Stick around to the end and listen to the entire new song.
Ryan interviews MS District Youth President & Evangelist Darrell Bates about the difference between godly connections and carnal connections in student ministry. You can find Darrell's original article from the Apostolic Voice blog (www.ryanafrench.com) called Connection vs. Carnality - In Student Ministry here. Darrell draws from his long and successful tenure as a Youth Leader, Youth Pastor, and Youth President in this fascinating conversation. TOPICS: Finding your call to the ministry. How to follow another dynamic leader. What is the correct role of a Youth Pastor or Youth Leader? The importance of making godly connections with students. The importance of shunning carnal leanings in student ministry. The case for fully apostolic life-impacting student ministry that is unashamed and red hot.
Ryan examines the cause and effect of rampant carnality sweeping through American churches like a virus and coins the phrase "COVID-Carnality" to describe it. This episode is based on the article COVID CARNALITY: THE CAUSE & CURE at www.ryanafrench.com. Also, Ryan takes a look back at the Top 10 Articles of 2020 from Apostolic Voice.
Every spiritual battle is fought in the mind first. Ryan gives fifteen powerful shields that protect the mind and give victory over inner struggles. This episode is based on the article 15 Ways to Win the Battle Within at www.ryanafrench.com.
Special guest Pastor Shannon Thornhill talks with Ryan about the highs and lows of starting a church from scratch in Hernando, MS. You can read Ryan's TAKEAWAYS from this conversation at https://ryanafrench.com/takeaways-from-church-planting-a-walk-of-faith-podcast-episode-7/.
TOPICS COVERED: The importance of Divine calling, how to stay encouraged in discouraging times, evangelism, outreach, ethics, the importance of starting new churches in unchurched cities, and how to bless a church planter. On that note, you can send a message to Desoto Life Church at www.desotolifeupc.org.
From the original blog article, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ... this episode examines what genuine repentance looks like from a Christmas perspective. Topics covered: Holiness, repentance, baptism in Jesus' name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Ryan looks at the perceptual dichotomy of the winter in the natural, repentance in the spiritual, and the cross of Christ. Two Christmas readings included: If Jesus Came to Your House and The Christmas Guest two classics that are sure to warm your heart.
Ryan discusses all the secular and Christian objections to celebrating the Christmas season. He defends the position that it is good and proper for Christians to celebrate the miraculous event of the Messiah's birth. BONUS: Ryan defends the oneness of God from the perspective of Christ's birth. All this information is based on the original article Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? This episode features two poems: A Christmas Carol by Christina Rossetti and Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow which most recognize in song form I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!
Today Ryan discusses the controversial question of whether or not Christians should dye their hair. Taken from the original Apostolic Voice blog article Should Christians Dye Their Hair? Ryan approaches the question of hair dye from the perspective of how Scripture speaks of hair in general, the spiritual significance of the crown of glory, and the prophetic and spiritually powerful significance of hair in the Bible. Ryan does a quick dive into the history and modern promotion of hair dye and takes a practical look at hair dye too. The episode culminates with a biblical discussion of vanity and how to understand what vanity really means. A doubleheader of poetry is featured: The Nativity by GK Chesterton and Every Hair By Number by Deborah Ann.
Does it matter how we dress for church? Does God care how we dress in general? Ryan examines these controversial topics in detail from his viral article also titled Should We Still Dress Our Best For Church (www.ryanafrench.com)? Ryan also features the poem Modesty (author unknown).
Ryan unmasks four areas of concern COVID-19 exposed: Our religious freedoms are in serious jeopardy, lots of Christians are hypocrites when it comes to issues of authority, a realistic path to a one-world government, and the socialistic disregard for local church government. Ryan features a favorite famous poem Death and his Brother Sleep by Edwin Milliken.
From the www.ryanafrench.com article Unmasked (Cogent COVID Thoughts).
Ryan shares the inspiration behind his poem The Burden of Truth and gives a dramatic reading of it as well. Also, Ryan features a powerful poem by Scott Cairns called Recitation. Finally, a look at the subject of the Kingdom of God from the book Preaching to a Shifting Culture. Can a Christian live with the tension of being in the culmination and the coming of God's Kingdom at the same time?