By Ryan French
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).
BONUS | The Glittering Edge of Truth - Poem
This original poem by Ryan was first featured at ryanafrench.com called The Glittering Edge of Truth. Enjoy this dramatic spoken adaptation.
October 17, 2021
Ep. 46 | The Narcissism of Knowing, Your Questions Answered, Krispy Kreme Jelly Bellies with Taylor, and a New Poem
Ryan explains The Narcissism of Knowing from ryanafrench.com. And in a new segment, Ryan answers five questions from readers and listeners: One, how should we feel about going to church when there is danger or a threat at hand? Two, what age is appropriate for an apostolic to start dating? Three, I am sitting with a dying friend with stage four lung cancer. I want a topic on learning to trust Jesus and faith. Four, How many books will be open on Judgment day? I only remember the Lambs Book of life. But as I have been reading, it says books. What are the books that will be open? I was reading Daniel chapter seven. Five, in Genesis six, are the "sons of God" fallen angels, and did they marry and reproduce with the women of the earth? If not, what is the explanation of those chapters? I know God's angels are spiritual and are unable to reproduce. The lovely Taylor French (Ryan's wife) joins the fun for another adventure of Gross-Good-Great featuring Krispy Kreme flavored Jelly Bellies. Finally, Ryan unveils his newest poem called The Glittering Edge of Truth.
October 9, 2021
Ep. 45 | The iTunes Gospel & Salvation, Gross-Good-Great with Julia and Talmadge (Jelly Belly Gummies, Skittles Gummies, Caramel Apple Chews)
Ryan exposes easy-believism from his www.ryanafrench.com article titles Don't Settle For an iTunes Version of the Gospel. Then, Julia and Talmadge French join the fun for an extended segment of Gross-Good-Great, where they take their job very seriously of rating Jelly Belly Gummies, Skittles Gummies, and Caramel Apple Chews.
September 27, 2021
Ep. 44 | 9 Signs of a Prideful Heart, Apostolic Music & Hershey's WhoZeeWhatZit Bar with Nathan French
Nathan (Noteworthy Podcast, Nathan + Rachel) and Ryan French sit down to discuss the ryanafrench.com article 9 Signs of a Prideful Heart in depth. The discussion swerves into the topics of true humility in action, fake humility vs. genuine humility, servanthood, preacher problems, true anointing, parenting, self-awareness, talent vs. dependability, how to be used in your local church, and much more. The brothers also talk about current apostolic music, artists, and upcoming Nathan + Rachel releases. And in an all-new segment of GROSS, GOOD or GREAT, they suffer for the Kingdom by taste-testing Hershey's newest candy bar, the WhoZeeWhatZit. Stick around to the end to hear the brother's in-depth analysis and ratings of the WhoZeeWhatZit.
September 17, 2021
Ep. 43 | Stan Gleason Discussing Discipleship, Church Culture, Lifestyle & Church Growth
Stan Gleason (Assistant General Superintendant of the United Pentecostal Church International, Senior Pastor of Life Church Kansas City) joins Ryan French to discuss topics from his paradigm-shifting book Follow to Lead: The Journey of a Disciple Maker. Visit www.ryanafrench.com for a quick review and to purchase Follow to Lead by Stan Gleason. In this episode, Rev. Gleason explains the biblical model given by Jesus of making disciples. Gleason encourages us to flip our view of soul-winning upside down and view church growth through the lens of friendship and discipleship. He examines the actual mandate to Go Make Disciples and what that really means. Throughout this episode are practical guides for maintaining a personal lifestyle and corporate church culture of genuine discipleship. Buckle up because this conversation challenges preconceived ideas and enlightens us all to new realms of responsibility.
September 10, 2021
Ep. 42 | Consistency: 16 Keys to Outstanding Leadership & the Premiere of Gross, Good, Great with Jonathan French
From the www.ryanafrench.com article Consistency (16 Keys to Outstanding Leadership), Ryan and Jon talk about leadership and the all-important key of consistency. In addition, the guys discuss custom suits and ties from Jon Austen Custom Clothier (frenchthread.net). And, they roll out a new segment called Gross, Good or Great which is tons of fun.
September 4, 2021
Ep. 41 | Carlton L. Coon Sr. (Encountering and Battling Depression)
Ryan discusses depression and how to battle the beast with Carlton L. Coon Sr. (carltoncoon.com), author of Light In A Dark Place: Encountering Depression. Topics covered: Why is depression such a taboo topic in church circles? The unseen and misunderstood nature of depression. How to help a depressed friend or family member. Root causes and indicators of depression. The difference between situational depression and chronic depression. Is it ok for a Christian to take antidepressants? How to fight back against depression! The danger of making depression a permanent residence. The temptation and peril of self-isolation.
August 28, 2021
Ep. 40 | L.J. Harry Talks 10 Commandments & His New Book
Pastor (Apostolic Church - Mount Vernon, OH), podcast host (Simplify), and author (Simplify, Ten Words) L.J. Harry joins the program to talk about his new book Ten Words: A Practical Look at the Ten Commandments. Visit www.ryanafrench.com to read Ryan's review of Ten Words.
August 21, 2021
Ep. 39 | ANTIFA Attacks Prayer Gathering, Hungary Passes Anti-Pedophilia Laws, Encouragment From the Life of David and Rudyard Kipling's IF
Ryan reacts to the cultural significance of ANTIFA openly attacking a Christian prayer gathering in Portland while the police stood by and watched. Hungary passes strict anti-pedophilia laws, and the world is offended. Ryan gives his reaction to the world's reaction. And, Ryan gives encouragement for this strange season from the life of David (1 Samiel 27 - 1 Samuel 28), saying, "Don't let where you are right now keep you from where you're going." Finally, Ryan closes out with Rudyard Kipling's classic poem IF. Keep up with the latest blogs and posts at www.ryanafrench.com.
August 15, 2021
Ep. 38 | Are Holiness Pentecostals Legalists? - Special Guest Steve Waldron
Pastor Ryan and Pastor Waldron respond point by point to a sermon featured on YouTube attacking holiness Pentecostals. Next, Ryan and Steve react to the allegations that holiness Pentecostals are legalists who place people in bondage. The ensuing conversation delves into topics relating to predestination, universalism, eternal security, unconditional eternal security, the nature of God, biblical salvation, and the relationship between the old and new covenants.
August 8, 2021
Ep. 37 | Is the King James Bible the Best Translation? - Special Guest Steve Waldron
Pastor Steve Waldron (New Life of Albany Georgia) and Ryan ask and answer big questions about the Bible: How did we get the Bible? How did we get the King James Bible? Is the King James the best English translation? What about other modern English translations? Can the Bible be trusted as the literal Word of God? And, three books everyone should read. Steve Waldron is a longtime professor of theology at Indiana Bible College, pastor of a revival church in Albany, GA., prolific writer, speaker, thought-leader, podcaster (Biblical Archeology Today with Steve Waldron), and YouTuber (New Life of Albany Church).
August 1, 2021
Ep. 36 | Hell's Evangelistic Program
Ryan dissects how Hell is gunning for you. Featuring the short story If I Were the Devil, and the poem Did the Devil Trick You? from ryanafrench.com.
July 28, 2021
Ep. 35 | BONUS Acts 4:12 Talmadge French Translation
This short teaching clip covers Dr. Talmadge French speaking on the power of Jesus' name and gives his direct translation of Acts 4:12.
July 25, 2021
Ep. 34 | BONUS God's Two Greatest Priorities (Encouraging Word)
Sermon clip of Ryan preaching about God's two greatest priorities in every situation. This short clip will set your mind on good things for the week to come and leave you trusting God with renewed faith.
July 19, 2021
Ep. 33 | Special Guest Dr. Talamdge French Talking Michael Servetus & 20th Century Oneness Pentecostalism
Ryan sits down for a second time with Dad French picking up on their previous discussion about the "Dark Ages" of Christianity. This time they jump from Michael Servetus into the early 20th century when the oneness pentecostal movement revived and began to spread around the world.
July 18, 2021
Ep. 32 | They're Coming For Our Children (The LGBTQ + Pedophiles Are Targeting Our Kids) & God's Two Greatest Goals (Encouraging Word)
Ryan plays the now impossible-to-find clip of the San Francisco Gay Chorus singing We're Coming For Your Children. Ryan references back to his prediction at ryanafrench.com in the article The Death of Reverence that pedophilia would be the next normalized sexual revolution. The quiet things are now being said out loud and the movement has begun and our children are the target. Ryan closes with an encouraging word describing God's two greatest goals in every situation: Your good & His glory. That revelation will shift your perspective and give you hope in seemingly hopeless times.
July 14, 2021
Ep. 31 | What is Freedom?
Ryan recreates Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" speech and discusses freedom from a biblical perspective. What is freedom? Where does it come from? What does it produce? What responsibility does it entail? And most importantly, how do we hold on to it for dear life? These topics and more are covered in today's episode. For more discussions and blog articles visit www.ryanafrench.com.
July 6, 2021
Ep. 30 | BONUS Give Me Liberty
Ryan gives a dramatization of the entirety of Patrick Henry's infamous Give Me Liberty speech. Don't forget to check out the blog at www.ryanafrench.com.
July 5, 2021
Ep. 29 | BONUS A Father's Greatest Achievement - Dr. Talmadge French
Powerful sermon clip set to music by Dad French.
June 26, 2021
Ep. 28 | If We Want Our Kids to Stay In Church (Here's Five Things We Need to Be Talking to Them About) with Julia French
From the original article at ryanafrench.com called If We Want Our Kids To Stay In Church, Ryan lists five key subjects the Church (and parents) must address forcefully and often if we want our kids to stay in church. Four of the five areas are subjects that the Church has mostly remained silent on in the last several decades. It’s time to face the ugly reality that the Churches retention rate of young adults is rapidly dwindling. This episode gives tools to combat that decline. And Ryan's daughter Julia makes a special guest appearance as well. Stick around for the last five minutes of this episode to hear a powerful sermon/music clip from Dad French.
June 24, 2021
Ep. 27 | 9 Types of Church Services and Why We Need Them
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.
June 13, 2021
Ep. 26 | Four Problems Preacher's Kids Face with Talmadge French (My Son)
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.
May 30, 2021
Ep. 25 | BONUS Recitation - A Poem by Scott Cairns
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.
May 26, 2021
Ep. 24 | Have Tongues Ceased? Does Everyone Need to Speak In Tongues? What Can Elijah Teach Us About Evangelism Today? Three Common Things That Keep People From Speaking In Tongues
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.
May 23, 2021
Ep. 23 | Been Hurt By A Pastor? - 8 Reasons You Should Stop Talking About It
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.
May 16, 2021
Ep. 22 | Dad Joins the Program - Special Guest Dr. Talmadge French
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.
May 9, 2021
Ep. 21 | Buried Alive - The Gospel According to the Bible - PFR Fight
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.
April 17, 2021
Ep. 20 | Mass Killings and the Question of Evil
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.
March 28, 2021
Ep. 19 | Support Your Local Pastor's Wife (She Desperately Needs It)
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!
March 22, 2021
Ep. 18 | Church Hurt Doesn't Excuse Backsliding & What Forgiveness Is Not
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.
March 14, 2021
Ep. 17 | Courage In Cancel Culture
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?
March 7, 2021
Ep. 16 | Talking with Mom (Rebecca French) About Pain, Sickness, Parenting, Faith, Ministry, Pastor's Wives, and People with Special Needs
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.
February 28, 2021
Ep. 15 | 9 Things to Remember When You're Hurting & Ryan's Top 10 All-Time-Favorite Carman Songs
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.
February 21, 2021
Ep. 14 | Ministering to Vets, Overcoming Tempers & Practical Apostolic Principles for Success with Special Guest Josh Michael
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.
February 12, 2021
Ep. 13 | Let's Be Honest with Guest Jeremy Gove
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.
February 7, 2021
Ep. 12 | 10 Symptoms of Insecure Leadership and Helpful Prescriptions
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.
January 31, 2021
Ep. 11 | Surviving Your Way Into Revival, Won't Let Me Go - New Song Release with Special Guest Nathan French (Nathan + Rachel)
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.
January 24, 2021
Ep. 10 | Connection vs. Carnality In Student Ministry (Special Guest Darrell Bates)
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.
January 17, 2021
Ep. 9 | COVID Carnality - The Cause & Cure
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.
January 10, 2021
Ep. 8 | How to Win the Battle Within (Guarding Your Mind)
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.
January 3, 2021
Ep. 7 | Church Planting (A Walk of Faith) with Pastor Shannon Thornhill
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.
December 27, 2020
Ep. 6 | It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christ...
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.
December 20, 2020
Ep. 5 | Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
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!
December 6, 2020
Ep. 4 | Should Christians Dye Their Hair (A Biblical Study)
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.
December 1, 2020
Ep. 3 | Should We Still Dress Our Best for Church?
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).
October 22, 2020
Ep. 2 | Unmasked (Cogent COVID-19 Thoughts and Warnings)
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).
October 5, 2020
Ep. 1 | The Burden of Truth (Wait, is Truth even a thing?)
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?
September 22, 2020