The Good Lion Podcast

The Good Lion Podcast

By Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins
Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins are here to talk about Jesus, faith, and the Christian Life. A show filled with powerful interviews, fascinating theological deep-dives, and a never ending stream of questions, there’s always something to discover on The Good Lion Podcast.

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People of Peace in the Midst of a Culture War
In this episode, Brian and Aaron discuss the reality of "Cultural Pharisees". At one time, Conservative Christians were seen as the strict moralists of the day, but currently, we see some of the same legalism on the left (a concept we shamelessly stole from Mark Sayers). We discuss the need for Christians to be people of peace in the midst of rapidly changing cultural landscapes and culture wars. We also explore the necessity for Christians who hold non-affirming theology (regarding LGBT issues) to do so with love, grace, and compassion, and discuss some hopeful stories about how to do just that. Also... we take a strange turn into how to talk to white supremacists about Jesus!? All this and more on this episode of the GoodLion Podcast. Show Links: Check out the full episode of "This Cultural Moment" that we referenced, a great convo between John Mark Comer and Mark Sayers entitled Progressives as The New Pharisees and The Immorality of The Christian Sex Ethic
52:49
July 27, 2020
The Challenges of 2020 - A recap with Aaron and Brian
Aaron & Brian are back recording together for the first time in weeks, and they have a LOT to decompress about. Life, work, COVID, Racial tensions, division in the Church, discouragements, and most importantly: hope in Christ.
1:17:57
July 21, 2020
The Cup Of Wrath - Understanding God's Justice and Mercy
Why is God's wrath often depicted in the Scriptures as a cup of wine? How are we to understand God's wrath theologically? Who must face God's wrath? Who will be spared? Does the Christian have to worry about wrath? And what's the deal with Final Judgement? Aaron and Brian wrestle through these tough theological topics on today's episode of the GoodLion Podcast.
59:45
July 5, 2020
How Can We Be a Light in a Politically Divided World? (With Scott Curran) | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p4
2020 has been a politically charged year. Between Covid 19, the upcoming election, debates about health and safety vs rights and religious freedom, and now the recent murder of George Floyd and the following Black Lives Matter protests, one thing has become clear: our nation is divided. America is caught in a never-ending culture war between left and right, and many on both sides of the divide see the battle as a clear cut case of “good vs evil”. Aaron sits down with Scott Curran, the resident church planter at Park Hill Church, to discuss the deep political divide and how followers of Christ can rise above it, be lights in a dark culture, and make a difference for the Kingdom of God. We hope this conversation is helpful to you as you seek to follow the Way of Jesus in the difficult days we find ourselves in.
1:09:28
June 18, 2020
When Injustice Meets Divine Justice
In light of the current unrest, division, and racial tensions in our world, Aaron shares a timely message from the book of Micah about injustice and God's idea of divine justice. This message is from 2016, but we believe it's extremely relative to what is going on today with the black community and the church's response. Micah 6:8 gives us powerful insights into God's heart for justice, especially when we look to the original Hebrew. If you have questions about how to treat people with the heart of God in this cultural moment, today's episode will help.
57:25
June 11, 2020
Can Wrath Be Redemptive? | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p3
As we wrestle through the tough questions raised by Covid-19, we begin to look at the topic of God's wrath. Could God be the one behind this pandemic? Is it a sign of His wrath? What even IS wrath? We see clear examples of God judging people harshly all throughout scripture, especially in the Old Testament. What is the purpose of wrath? Mere crime and punishment? God getting angry and doing something about it? Or could it be possible that God's wrath actually plays an extremely important role in the story of redemptive history? Is it possible that God's wrath flows not only out of His anger at sin, but perhaps even more so from His love for the world? Aaron and Brian take some time to discuss and dialogue about this issue that is incredibly important to the Christian life and our understanding of God and His character.
1:12:01
May 22, 2020
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - With Mike Neglia
Aaron sits down with Mike Neglia (Calvary Cork, Expositors Collective) to discuss the struggle of "Imposter Syndrome", a psychological pattern in which one doubts one's accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud". This is something many people in ministry struggle with, including Mike and Aaron. The two get vulnerable about their own struggles with this problem, and then discuss some ways that Jesus has led them to push past it and overcome it. We hope that this discussion is encouraging to you!
1:01:56
May 15, 2020
Does God Punish The World With Pandemics & Natural Disasters? | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p2
When we face a some sort of big global crisis, many make statements about how this is certainly proof of God's wrath and judgement against the world. Aaron and Brian dive into this concept, examining the Prophets' warnings, specific examples of God's judgement in the OT, and the importance of context in the metanarrative of Scripture. As usual, there are no easy answers found here, but at the GoodLion Podcast we want to continue to dive deep into the concepts and stories of the Bible and show how they directly relate to the current Covid-19 crisis Christians around the world are facing.
37:03
May 8, 2020
Did God Cause Covid-19 in order to Punish Specific People? | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p1
The Covid-19 Crisis has been the most challenging thing our world collectively has faced since WW2. For many, a part of that challenge has been the tough theological questions that have been raised about God, His Love, His Judgment, His Mercy, and His plan in all of this. In today's episode Aaron & Brian dive into the question: Did God Cause Covid-19 in order to Punish Specific People? They examine some claims by popular televangelists about God's judgement, discuss our tendency to want a "scapegoat" for the issues we face, and try to begin to lay a theological groundwork for both God's wrath and mercy.
34:44
May 1, 2020
Does Contentment Make Us Complacent? (Bonus)
Aaron and Brian answer a question from their buddy Sam. We've been preaching a lot about finding contentment in Jesus, but is their a danger we can have towards growing complacent or apathetic? If we don't push ourselves, will we just grow stale?
15:53
April 27, 2020
The Difference Between Contentment and Ambition (Bonus)
In this short bonus episode, Brian and Aaron answer a question from a listener about finding the balance between being ambitious, and finding contentment in Jesus.
14:28
April 24, 2020
What Exactly Is Spiritual Thriving?
Everyone is focused on improving themselves during the Covid-19 crisis, but how does that work spiritually? Most people think of adding a lot of spiritual habits to their daily routine. In this conversation, Aaron and Brian unpack what the God really wants out of us and how spiritual thriving is less about doing things for God and more about being with God.
1:27:25
April 17, 2020
Our Wives talk with us about Marriage in the Covid-19 Age!
Wives of the hosts Brooklynn Salvato and Tori Higgins join Brian and Aaron for a very special episode. We talk about what marriage is like in this crazy cultural moment, discuss how some countries like China are reporting spikes in divorce rates due to quarantine life, and we try to lay out some key ways you can keep your marriage healthy through this crisis. We had so much fun having the girls on the show, we may need to make this a recurring thing... 
1:05:02
April 10, 2020
Content in Christ Alone - Contentment in the midst of Quarantine (pt 2)
What does scripture say about contentment? How can we find contentment in Jesus alone? And how can we be satisfied when God changes our plans? Aaron and Brian study scripture and share their personal testimonies of what God has taught them in the past 2 years of unexpected life changes. All this and more on today's GoodLion Podcast. #covid19 #cgncovid19
48:14
April 4, 2020
Contentment in the Midst of Quarantine - Part 1
How can followers of Jesus practice contentment while living in this discouraging moment of Covid-19? Aaron and Brian discuss the vices of discontentment and comparison in creativity, ministry, and daily life.
44:22
March 28, 2020
Fear, Faith & The CoronaVirus
Brian and Aaron discuss all the chaos enveloping our lives with the outbreak of COVID-19! If God hasn't given us a Spirit of fear... what do we do with the very real emotions of fear many of us are feeling? How can we handle conspiracy theories and fear mongering? What is the balance of trusting God and healthy caution / obedience to authorities? And what hope do we have for the future? We also take some time to answer great questions from the folks in our instagram group chat. All this and more on today's GoodLion Podcast!
1:19:15
March 20, 2020
Jesus' Death: failure or victory? (With Wavey Cowper & Thomas Fretwell)
Today's episode is a journalistic piece, a response to a clip from NPR's "This American Life" where Professor Elaine Pagels states that Jesus' death on the cross was an utter failure. We decided to examine the question: Was the Cross Jesus' greatest failure, or His greatest victory?  In this episode, you'll hear from pastor Wavey Cowper, Apologist Thomas Fretwell, as well as selected clips from pastor Cameron Heger (Door of Hope), musician Tinika Wyatt, and pastor Josh Kouri (Frontline Church).  We hope this content equips you as you continue to study and follow the Way of Jesus.
26:43
March 13, 2020
What are Spiritual Disciplines?
In a world of instant, some of the best things take time. This is especially true in the Christian walk. The common Christian phrase for this steady change is “spiritual disciplines”. In this episode, you get to come behind the scenes as Aaron and Brian plan out a new series on the Spiritual Disciplines. We discuss what spiritual disciplines are, why they matter, and how to think rightly about them.
37:52
March 6, 2020
Hard Questions About Evil and God's Judgement - With Gerry Breshears
Why does God seem violent in the Old Testament and loving in the New Testament? Why did Uzzah, Annias, and Saphira have to die? Is Greg Boyd's cruciform hermeneutic a good way to read scripture, or does it cause some troubling issues? We ask Prof. Gerry Breshears of Western Seminary these hard question and more on today's GoodLion Podcast!
1:23:17
February 28, 2020
Evangelism: How to share Jesus with the people you know!
Most Christians have friends who are not believers, but sharing Jesus in those friendships can be really hard. In this episode, Aaron and Brian talk through the dynamics of evangelizing from the framework of strong relationships to help bring the gospel into any friendship.
47:08
February 21, 2020
Evangelism: 3 Methods for sharing The Gospel with total strangers.
Sharing the gospel is hard. No matter how much we may want to evangelizing, getting ourselves to do it can be tough. In this episode, Aaron and Brian talk through the difficulties of sharing the gospel with strangers and offer methods to ease some of the tension of those tough conversations.
47:10
February 14, 2020
Helping Those Who Hurt. - Grief and Loss Mini-Series pt3, with Sarah Rylynn
In our final episode on grief and loss, Sarah shares with us some practical advice on how to help and minister to those who are hurting.
52:44
February 7, 2020
Balancing Ministry with Adulting
Brian and Aaron discuss the challenges of adulting while doing ministry. Both share their experience of formerly being full time youth pastors, who now are working full time outside of the church while still pursuing ministry and serving the Church. A great episode for anyone who ever struggles trying to balance it all!
22:26
February 2, 2020
PodClass - Ways Men and Women Can Help One Another Fight | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 5
In today’s class I ask the men in the class, what would you want to tell your sisters in Christ that they could do to help you fight the battle against objectification. I ask the women in the class the same thing about the men. It’s a great discussion with a lot of fantastic input from the students, and we hope it gives you a lot to think about. Stay tuned for next week’s episode where we contrast the culture of Heaven and the Culture of the World as it pertains to sexual objectification, and dive into the reality that following Jesus is not just a mere belief system but actually an entirely new way to be human.
17:24
January 27, 2020
Grief, Depression, and learning to heal. - Grief and Loss Mini-Series pt2, with Sarah Rylynn
In part 2 of our 3 part series on Grief and Loss, Sarah shares with Aaron about the link between Grief and Depression and how hope can be found in our darkest moments.
28:25
January 18, 2020
What if my faith makes me an outcast?
What do you do when your faith makes people see you as "uncool?" Brian and Aaron field a question from a listener.
18:05
January 13, 2020
God, how could you let this happen? - Grief and Loss Mini-Series, with Sarah Rylynn
What do we do when life brings us through unimaginable grief, loss, and tragedy? How do we handle the doubts and questions that arise about God's love and character? Sarah Rylynn, host of the Shadowlands podcast, walks us through this hard topic in part 1 of a 3 part series.
38:11
January 6, 2020
Devotions or Devoted? - a look at the purpose of personal time with God.
Should we read the Bible as a devotional, or should we read the Bible and pray in order to grow more devoted to Jesus and His Kingdom? Aaron and Brian discuss the classic Christian idea of “devotions.” Why do we do them? Is there more to it than just checking off a box on the Christian to do list? All this and more in today’s episode!
43:41
January 2, 2020
Theology: God is Incomprehensible
Aaron talks about the theological theme of God being Incomprehensible. ​God is different from us; and that’s a good thing. ​God will always hold some mystery for us because an unlimited God cannot be fully known by a limited being. But if this is true, can we really "know" God, or will this barrier cause a wall between God and humanity? These questions and more explored on today's episode!
31:59
December 18, 2019
PodClass - The Answer To Sexual Brokenness Is Not Sexual Liberation | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 4
Last week we looked at the trend of men blaming objectification on the women who are victims. This week we are going to examine the other side of the coin, women blaming the problem completely on men, and trying to fix the problem through a new wave of feminism that teaches women that the only way to stop yourself from being objectified... is to objectify yourself. We’d like to thank John Mark Comer for his phenomenal work he’s created on the topics of sexuality and relationships. You can find more of this great content in his book and sermon series of the same name: Loveology. Stay tuned for the next episode where we ask the male and female students in the class: what can people of the opposite gender do to help their fellow followers of Christ fight objectification?
29:30
December 15, 2019
PodClass - Men & The Need To Renew The Mind | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 3
In this class we will  - Examine our cultures tendency to play the blame game. - Specifically in this episode we will look at how natural and easy it is for our culture to blame objectification and even assault of women on the victims. - And how we must renew our minds if we are going to make a change. Stay tuned for the next episode as we present a challenge to an idea that is currently popular in culture and the current new wave of feminism, namely, that freedom from sexual brokenness is found in sexual liberation . We will examine some real life examples of this line of thinking, and see if we can discover together what the meaning and purpose of sexuality actually is.
23:35
November 25, 2019
PodClass - Slaves To Objectification Culture | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 2
In this class we will  - Cover the roots of objectification found in the garden of Eden - Examine the issue of how easy it is for us as a culture to justify and downplay objectification  - Contrast the Pharaoh in Exodus and his culture of Slavery with our current objectification culture and how it enslaves us to negative patterns of thinking. Stay tuned for the next PodClass as we look at our tendency as a culture to play the blame game when it comes to objectification, and examine the problem of women being blamed for sexual assault, and how men can fight this by renewing their minds.
29:29
November 15, 2019
Cultural Moment: Kanye, Critics, & Christianity (With Kellen Criswell & George Scanlan)
Aaron sits down with CGN team members Kellen Criswell and George Scanlan to talk about Kanye's new album. How should we treat celebrity conversions? Should we be critical, or optimistic? Bonus features: Brian Higgins makes an epic cameo at the end, and Kellen and George brainstorm about some new podcast ideas: "Bad Tiger" and "Mediocre Leopard." #kanye #jesusisking
50:07
November 8, 2019
Q&A: Should Christians Be Set Apart From Sex, Drugs, Music, and Politics?
Our First Mailbag Episode! Aaron And Brian Tackle The topic Of Being “set Apart” from a listener who writes in asking "Should Christians Be Set Apart From Sex, Drugs, Music, and Politics?"
53:38
November 1, 2019
PodClass - The Problem of Objectification | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 1
We are introducing a new project for the GoodLion podcast network: the GoodLion PodClass! We gather students in a classroom environment to discuss important theological subjects. Our first subject will be fighting sexual objectification as the church. Show Notes: We'd like to thank Joshua Ryan Butler for his writings on Hell and others topics, If you’d like to go deeper into his views check out his fantastic book Skeleton’s in God’s closet We’d also like to thank Jefferson Bethke, we used a lot of his material in our research, if you’d like to check that out search for Jefferson Bethkes great talk he gave at the Q Ideas conference entitled: What Is My Role In The Objectification Of Women?  We hope that this class has been helpful to you, and we’d like to produce many more! If you want to support the work, check out goodlion.io/PodClass Also, if this episode has stirred up any questions in you, we’d love to do a QNA episode responding to your questions in this series, so you can send a question to our instagram account @goodlion.io, or send an email to goodlionnetwork@gmail.com The GoodLion Podclass is a production of the CGN/Calvary Global Network and Hesed Creative.  We are a nonprofit podcasting ministry run by a team of volunteers that seeks to bring quality, Jesus focused content to the body of Christ.  For more awesome podcast content, as well as articles, educational resources, and more, Check out our website GoodLion.io Thanks guys, and remember, never stop learning! 
36:53
October 26, 2019
The Mechanics of Salvation - With Dr. Gerry Breshears
Aaron & Brian get the amazing Dr. Gerry Breshears on the show to discuss all our burning questions about Salvation. What does it mean to be saved? Can you lose your salvation? How do you know someone is saved? All this and more on today's GoodLion Podcast!
1:08:26
October 5, 2019
The Importance of Confession
Brian discusses with Aaron the topic of confession. Why should christians practice confession? Does confession mean you need a priest? Should we be open with our community? How do we trust one another? All this and more on today's GoodLion Podcast!
1:02:24
September 28, 2019
Depression, Suicide, and Christianity (With Wesley Towne)
In the wake of pastor Jarrid Wilson’s tragic suicide, Aaron & Brian sit down with pastor/speaker Wesley Towne to have a serious conversation about depression, anxiety, and suicide within the church. Wesley Town is a pastor and speaker who is currently focusing his efforts on speaking and teaching on Suffering and Mental Health. Check out his website at https://www.wesleytowne.com, where you can book him to speak at your church and check out his podcast Betters Days (a podcast about Mental Health + Suffering, and what it means to be human and follow Jesus.) Support the show at https://www.patreon.com/goodlionpod
1:23:25
September 21, 2019
Responding to Christian Leaders Leaving The Faith: Josh Harris, Marty Sampson, and reacting to those who struggle with grace, truth, and love.
Aaron and Brian discuss the recent news about author Josh Harris and Hillsong worship leader Marty Sampson publicly stepping out of Christianity and how Jesus followers can handle these types of situations involved friends and family who struggle with the same things. We look at doubt, questioning, and wrestle with the meaning of the word "apostasy." Our heart is to help Christians see that this very real problem can be approached with grace, truth, and love.
50:00
August 23, 2019
Can a Christian Watch Sex Scenes? | (Pt 2)
Part 2 of our discussion on sex, violence, and nudity in media! We continue to look at what it looks like to deal with this kind of content as a Christ follower.
40:33
August 4, 2019
Can a Christian Watch Sex Scenes? | A discussion about violence, sex, nudity, and the Jesus follower. (Pt 1)
When it comes to shows like Game of Thrones and the like, 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.
1:04:20
July 28, 2019
Hungering and Thirsting For Righteousness | Righteousness mini series Finale (Pt.7)
For our final episode in the righteousness mini series, Aaron and Brian discuss what they learned about this topic, and dive deeper into what it means to "hunger and thirst for righteousness."
41:00
July 21, 2019
Pharisees, Spears, & God's Righteousness | Righteousness mini series Pt.6
Aaron Salvato and Char Broderson discuss the key differences between Old Testament and New Testament depictions of righteousness, and what it means for the follower of Christ. 
48:47
July 9, 2019
Update - Returning from Hiatus, GoodLion PodClasses, Q&A Episodes, and fresh content coming soon!
Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you an update on where Aaron and Brian have been and let you know about the exciting stuff coming upon next on the GoodLion Podcast!
10:41
June 25, 2019
The Self-Righteous Pastor | Righteousness mini series Pt.5
Aaron Salvato, Brian Higgins, Bryan Stupar, and Char Broderson talk about self righteousness in the life of a pastor, and practices to overcome this pitfall!
31:08
May 6, 2019
Sinners Made Righteous | Righteousness mini series Pt.4
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.)
55:04
May 1, 2019
Self Righteousness and Legalism | Righteousness mini series Pt.3
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!
45:48
April 23, 2019
#4 | Questions from first-time Youth Pastors!
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?
28:20
April 16, 2019
#3 | Five things we would tell our younger selves about being a Youth Pastor.
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?" 
59:00
April 16, 2019
Righteousness and Sin | Righteousness mini series Pt.2
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.
45:36
April 10, 2019
What Even IS Righteousness? - Ft. Tim Mackie | Righteousness mini series Pt.1
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!
22:40
April 2, 2019
#2 | Why start a Podcast about Preaching? - Brian Higgins
We talk with Brian Higgins about preaching, youth ministry, and why he started his podcast “First Time Bible Teacher.”
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March 25, 2019
#1 | Grief and Loss - An Interview With Ben Courson
In our first episode of the GoodLion Podcast, Creative-Director Aaron Salvato sits down with Ben Courson to interview him about the recent loss of his brother Peter-John. The two discuss loss, grief, coping with tragedy, and share experiences and insight from their lives. 
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March 6, 2019