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The GoodLion 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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Q&A - How Do You Avoid Sin?
Ask GoodLion: What are your strategies for avoiding sin? Brian and Aaron discuss the importance, of confession, openness, accountability, and resisting the devil so he will flee from YOU (instead of the other way around.)    -----------    Ask GoodLion is a video series from Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins, two Bible-theology nerds and hosts of The GoodLion Podcast (https://goodlion.io/glp/)  These guys love theology, deep thinking, and asking tough questions. The tagline of their show is “No Easy Answers.” We here are GoodLion believe the Church should be a place where talking through questions should be normal, and so we hope this series is helpful to you as you explore your faith well.   Aaron & Brian are the founders of the GoodLion Podcast Network, where they serve as creative and spiritual directors.    PodCast (https://goodlion.io/glp/ Video Content (https://goodlion.io/glp/video Submit A Question (https://app.sli.do/event/t9x4j93p/liv... Join Our Discord (https://discord.gg/w8h9aHqHE5 Check Out The GoodLion Podcast Network (https://goodlion.io/ Donate (https://goodlion.io/support/
14:01
March 29, 2021
Faith, Hope, & Love - 1 Cor 13 (Midweek Message)
GoodLion is starting an online young adults ministry! Aaron preaches the first message on the importance of Faith, Hope, & Love in a world desperate for all three. - GoodLion Ministries is an online young adults discipleship group that focuses on helping young people follow the way of Jesus. We meet monday nights 6PM pst, where we have sermons and discussion. If you're interested in joining, email Aaron @ goodlionnetwork@gmail.com
35:08
March 25, 2021
Is God Allowing Suffering Just As Bad As Him Causing It?
When God made the world, he called it good... and yet when we look at the world today, a lot of times it doesn't really seem very good. It's filled with pandemics and violence and racism and division. And that's just this year, when we look back at human history, it is filled with all kinds of terrible things. We've talked to on this podcast about whether or not God causes evil, and while we recommend you go back and listen to those past episodes, our short answer was no, God doesn't cause evil, but he does allow it. Like with most areas of theology, when one question gets answered a thousand more troubling questions seem to rise up behind it.  So if God doesn't allow evil, Isn't that really just as bad as him causing it? How can a good God allow evil to happen? If He allows it, is that really any better than him causing the evil in the first place? Aaron and Brian dive deep into this question on the GoodLion Podcast.
01:13:59
March 20, 2021
Q&A: Majoring on the Minors? (Eschatology, Calvinism Debates, and LGBTQ issues)
Ask GoodLion: How are ways that Christians “major on the minors?” Aaron and Brian discuss eschatology, Calvinism / Arminiamism debates, LGBTQ issues, and how the way we talk about these things impacts our Kingdom Witness. ----------- Ask GoodLion is a video series from Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins, two Bible-theology nerds and hosts of The GoodLion Podcast. These guys love theology, deep thinking, and asking tough questions. The tagline of their show is “No Easy Answers.” We here are GoodLion believe the Church should be a place where talking through questions should be normal, and so we hope this series is helpful to you as you explore your faith well. Aaron & Brian are the founders of the GoodLion Podcast Network, where they serve as creative and spiritual directors. PodCast Video Content Submit A Question Join Our Discord Check Out The GoodLion Podcast Network Donate
17:27
March 11, 2021
Q&A: Are words necessary when preaching the Gospel?
Ask GoodLion: Are words necessary when preaching the Gospel, or is the often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi quote “Preach the Gospel.... and if Necessary use words” good advice? Aaron and Brian dive into the necessity of preaching when it comes to “preaching the Gospel.”  ------------------- Ask GoodLion is a video series from Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins, two Bible-theology nerds and hosts of The GoodLion Podcast (https://goodlion.io/glp/​). These guys love theology, deep thinking, and asking tough questions. The tagline of their show is “No Easy Answers.” We here are GoodLion believe the Church should be a place where talking through questions should be normal, and so we hope this series is helpful to you as you explore your faith well.  Aaron & Brian are the founders of the GoodLion Podcast Network, where they serve as creative and spiritual directors.   PodCast (https://goodlion.io/glp/ ​Video Content (https://goodlion.io/glp/video ​Submit A Question (https://app.sli.do/event/t9x4j93p/liv... ​Join Our Discord (https://discord.gg/w8h9aHqHE5 ​Check Out The GoodLion Podcast Network (https://goodlion.io/ ​Donate (https://goodlion.io/support/ ​
13:24
March 4, 2021
Warnings About Progressive Christianity (Repost from Can I Say That?)
Aaron gets invited to come onto Brenna Blain's podcast "Can I Say That?", a podcast that tackles tough topics around Christianity and faith. In the episode, Aaron speaks with Brenna about the topic of Progressive Christianity. What is progressive Christianity? What are some common held beliefs of those who would consider themselves to be progressive Christians? Why is this an important topic to study? Like most things we talk about on the show, we tried to cover it with a ton of grace and compassion, but that doesn't stop Aaron from issuing some warnings to those who feel they are drifting towards a more "progressive Christianity." He communicates reasons for why he truly believes it is not the right path to be on for those seeking faithfulness to Jesus. At the same time he tries to critique some of the extremes on the other side that often drive people to progressive Christianity. Afterwards, Aaron and Brian Higgins get together to close the episode by diving further into the topic. You may not agree with everything in this episode, but we truly hope you can sense the love we feel towards anyone struggling with their faith, and the heart we have to see people walking with Jesus despite challenges and difficulties. Wherever you fall on the Christian spectrum, take a listen to the episode and let us know if it helped you, or even if you have some pushback!  You can contact us at our email, goodlionnetwork@gmail.com
01:08:28
February 24, 2021
Does God Cause Evil and Suffering? - ft Gerry Breshears and John Piper
In this episode, we dive into some dangerous territory: questions about God's sovereignty.  The sovereignty of God can be an extremely challenging topic for Christians. A lot of the debate centers on the phrase "God is in control." What do we mean when we say God is in control? For many, this question leads to an even bigger one: if God is in control, does that mean he causes evil and suffering? Brian and Aaron contrast two theological views of the issue, one framed by renowned reformed pastor John Piper and the other by seminary professor Dr. Gerry Breshears. They discuss why they prefer one view over the other.  The guys also get into the Biblical story of Joseph, the phrase "what you meant for evil God meant for good," and what this passage implies (and does not imply) about God's sovereignty. Then we take some hard looks at what extreme positions have to be adopted if we embrace Piper's view of God being the author behind human sins.  Finally, we end with a look at prof. Gerry Breshears's framework for what it means to be "Calminian", or rather, a Christian who holds the sovereignty of God and the free will God affords to man in a healthy tension.  To read more about his views, you can check out this document: https://www.dropbox.com/s/725jk999gbk6vnw/Calminian.doc?dl=0 On the next episode, we will dive into the question: "isn't God allowing suffering just as bad as causing it?" All this and more on the GoodLion Podcast!
01:18:46
February 15, 2021
Following Jesus In The Midst of Same Sex Attraction - Brenna Blain
Brenna Blain (host of the Can I Say That? Podcast) shares her story about the unique challenges of being a same sex attracted woman of faith. She tells us about her testimony of following Jesus, what led her to embrace an orthodox view of sexuality and faith,  the important role that sensitive/empathetic youth ministry can play in a SSA child's life, and answers questions like "are all Christians called to be straight?" It's a nuanced conversation and we hope it helps you in your walk with Jesus and your pursuit of growing in understanding about this extremely important topic.   Hosts: Aaron Salvato & Brian Higgins  For more GoodLion Podcast find us on apple podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...​) or anywhere you listen!   Or check out our website https://goodlion.io/glp/​
01:22:57
February 1, 2021
Strength In The Weak Places
No one wants to admit they are weak. Our culture puts a high value on strength. But even the strongest among us have weaknesses. Everyone does, even though we all try to mask it. In this episode, Aaron and Brian open up about their own weaknesses and vulnerabilities, how they have effected them in life and ministry, and most importantly, how they have found strength in Christ in their moments of weakness. 1 Corinthians 12:9-11 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
01:19:34
January 25, 2021
Why Wait For Marriage? (With Jon Keith and Jordan Aly) - A Discussion on dating and sexuality.
Aaron sits down with his old friend Jordan and her boyfriend (now fiancé since the time of this recording!) Hip-Hop and R&B artist Jon Keith to discuss dating, sex, and waiting for marriage to engage in sexuality. In this culture it's harder than ever for couples to wait, and many don't even really have a theology for "why" they should wait or what the purpose is. Many people who have struggled and made mistakes in this area are constantly battling guilt and shame and finding it difficult to feel right with God. In this episode, Jordan and Jon Keith have a candid and open discussion about the reality of the struggle of sexual sin, temptation, porn,  guilt, shame, hope, redemption, and repentance. They describe what it looks like to follow Jesus in today's sexually saturated culture, and what it looks like to walk through this struggle as a couple. It's a great discussion and we hope it points you to Jesus and helps you follow him closer in your romantic relationships! –– The GoodLion podcast is a show by Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins, the founders of CGN’s GoodLion Podcast Network. Each episode, their goal is to ask hard questions, push past easy answers and always look to Jesus, the God who is not safe but is very good.
01:19:56
January 18, 2021
The Way We Win - A Response To The Events at the U.S. Capitol
The way to win is not through violence, revolution, or political power. The way to win is through the person of Jesus, and for Christ followers our strategy is laid out all throughout scripture. This is how you win: Remember that our leader Jesus has overcome the world, the battle is already won. (John 16:33) Do not use violence as a method of bringing about God’s kingdom. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. (Matthew 26:52) Remember the Kingdom of God was never meant to be brought to bear through violent revolution. The kingdom is “not of this world!” (John 18:36) Go and make disciples! Preach the Gospel. Preach the Gospel. Preach the Gospel. Help people learn what it means to follow Jesus. This Is The Way. (Matthew 28:16-20) Love your enemy. Pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:43-48) Be willing to lay down your rights and liberties for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 9-11) EXPECT to be persecuted (John 15:20) and instead of complaining when it happens, count it all joy. (Matthew 5:11 + Colossians 1:24) Overcome evil not with more evil, but with good. (Romans 12:21) Be literally willing to go the extra mile for anyone, even your enemies, for the sake of winning them over to Jesus. (Matthew 5:41) Avoid being consumed with conspiracies and endless arguments. Point people not to theories, but to WHO you know to be absolute truth. (Isaiah 8:12 ) (James 4:1-2) (John 14:6) Lead a quiet and humble life. Work hard and don’t stir up trouble, work to win the respect of non believers. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) Devote yourself to prayer! (Colossians 4:2) Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other! Repent and help others repent. (James 5:16) Be willing to speak truth to power even when it inconveniences you. (Mark 6:14-29) Never. Stop. Forgiving. (Matthew 18:21-22) Make peace. (Matthew 5:9) Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8) Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves, ex: the vulnerable, the poor, and the needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9) Don’t put your trust in earthly rulers, they cannot save you and they WILL fail you. (Psalm 146:3-7) Make your identity LOVE. Be KNOWN for how you love. (John 13:35) --- We've never seen people more divided in our lifetime. For those of us who are disciples of Jesus, we urge you to start asking these questions: 1. How can I personally help heal this divide? 2. How can I reach someone for Jesus who's views are opposite of mine? 3. How can I let go of bitterness towards those I feel are my enemy? 4. How can I help radicalized people on both sides of the political spectrum find their hope not in earthly leaders but in Christ? 5. How can I be a person of peace? 6. How can I stand up for what is right while also working hard to reach those who I believe are wrong? These are the questions we must be asking.
01:20:07
January 11, 2021
The What and Why of Discipleship
Brian and Aaron discuss discipleship. What is discipleship? Why do we do it? Why is it important? What are ways we misunderstand it? All these questions and more on today’s GoodLion podcast!
01:10:54
January 5, 2021
A holiday break + Some rad links!
Aaron and Brian are taking a few weeks off for the holidays! For now, here's some links to dive deeper into what we do at GoodLion! Show Links: - Join the GoodLion Community on Discord! - Submit questions that you want Brian and Aaron to answer or make content about! - Submit questions specifically about youth ministry! - Visit our website!
03:57
December 19, 2020
Aaron & Brian Do Avent
Aaron and Brian have a holiday hangout and discuss a topic that they know nothing about: Advent! Is it essential to the faith? Is It just "Hipster Christmas?" Or is it something more? Can it help us grow during the season of Christmas and fix our eyes more on Christ? Brian and Aaron intend to find out as they ask both friends and strangers on social media about the true meaning of Advent. Show Links: - Join the GoodLion Community on Discord! - Submit questions that you want Brian and Aaron to answer or make content about! - Submit questions specifically about youth ministry! - Visit our website!
52:31
December 11, 2020
Questions About Systemic Racism, With Benjamin Morrison
On this week's episode, Aaron sits down with Pastor Benjamin Morrison to discuss two articles he wrote for CalvaryChapel.com about the issue of systemic racism. The articles received some pushback due to the tense feelings many people have in this moment around the topic, and so Aaron and Ben take time to flesh out a lot of the common concerns and issues that revolve around the term. It's a lengthy yet interesting discussion that gets to the heart of the issue and how Christians can think critically about it. Benjamin Morrison is the planter and lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Svitlovodsk, Ukraine. He is also the Coordinator for City to City Ukraine and serves as Training Coordinator for City to City Europe. You can read Ben's article's here: PELAGIAN RACISM: A LESSON FROM CHURCH HISTORY PELAGIAN RACISM PART 2: WILL PREACHING THE GOSPEL FIX SYSTEMIC RACISM? You can follow Ben at @ccsvitlovodsk on twitter/insta. Benjamin Morrison on FB. Show Links: - Join the GoodLion Community on Discord! - Submit questions that you want Brian and Aaron to answer or make content about! - Submit questions specifically about youth ministry! - Visit our website!
01:57:54
December 5, 2020
Cross-Culture Christianity - With Phil Metzger
Aaron sits down with Phil Metzger (lead pastor at Calvary San Diego) to talk about the art of "Crossing Cultures." Phil and his family have spent meant years overseas as missionaries and in that time he has learned all about how to communicate and relate to those who see the world differently. The first season of Phil's show is all about racial relations, and so Aaron and Phil discuss the problem of racial blindspots, the need for openness to different points of view, the necessity of reconciliation and forgiveness, and the debate around the "hot button" issue of the phrase "white privilege."  Check out Phil's Show here! –––– The GoodLion podcast is a show by Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins, the founders of CGN’s GoodLion Podcast Network. Each episode, their goal is to ask hard questions, push past easy answers and always look to Jesus, the God who is not safe but is very good. Visit GoodLion.io. Show Links: - Join the GoodLion Community on Discord! - Submit questions that you want Brian and Aaron to answer or make content about! - Submit questions specifically about youth ministry! - Visit our website!
01:15:06
November 20, 2020
5 Ways to Re-Center on Jesus When The World Seems Crazy
Aaron & Brian are back together to talk about 5 practical ways to Re-Center ourselves on Jesus (when the world seems crazy.) In all the insanity, loss, and change of 2020, many of us have felt distant from God, or like we've lost our focus on our purpose.  Aaron and Brian walk us through these ideas: Return to Scripture Get back into Prayer (and pray purposefully) Less Screen-Time and Phone-Time Meditate on Jesus Serve Others While this episode and discussion is laid back and fun, it packs some deep insights as well!  We hope it will help restore your sanity and focus on what Jesus has in store for us in the days to come. Show Links: - Join the GoodLion Community on Discord! - Submit questions that you want Brian and Aaron to answer or make content about! - Submit questions specifically about youth ministry! - Visit our website!
01:30:01
November 11, 2020
No Matter Who Wins, Jesus Is King
As we wait for election results, Aaron wrestles through his own doubts, anxieties, and fears around the effects of political ideologies and parties on both the Church and the world, the uncomfortableness of being "politically homeless", and delivers a message of hope about the reality that "If Jesus is King, that changes everything." Show Links: - Join the GoodLion Community on Discord! - Submit questions that you want Brian and Aaron to answer or make content about! - Submit questions specifically about youth ministry! - Visit our website!
51:13
November 4, 2020
Living Like Jesus In Election Season
The 2020 election is one of the most pervasive and divisive topics in American culture. In this episode, Brian discusses the culture of anxiety surrounding the election, they way Jesus calls His people to live, and gives some practical reminders for Christians. Show Links: - Join the GoodLion Community on Discord! - Submit questions that you want Brian and Aaron to answer or make content about! - Submit questions specifically about youth ministry! - Visit our website!
29:54
October 30, 2020
Diving Deeper into Doubts and Questions
Aaron & Brian take an episode to respond to more questions from listeners about doubts and faith.
53:41
October 22, 2020
What should we do with our doubts? - ft. Dominic Done
Aaron invites pastor and author Dominic Done onto the show to discuss questions about faith and doubt.  Question asked:  1. What has been your biggest crisis of faith and how did you overcome it? 2. Growing up in the faith can cause a lot of doubts when you start to grow older because you can feel like your faith isn’t YOURS. How can “Church born Christians” combat these feelings? 3. How should members of the church address so many young people walking away from the faith when they are on their own? 4. When will that difficulty disappear? When will it spontaneously not be difficult to believe in something you can't see? 5. Is it Blasphemous to doubt or wrestle with questions that God IS who he says He is? 6. Q: Is ALL faith good? Is ALL religion relevant? All this and more in today's episode!
01:03:28
October 9, 2020
God's Right To Change The Plan
People generally want to feel in control. We work, think, and plan to map out where our lives are going. But sometimes, it feels like God comes along and totally changes the plan. This can leave us confused, wondering how our lives got turned upside down, and worst of all, wondering if we ever really heard God in the first place. In this episode, Aaron and Brian talk about their personal experience with this in the past few years, how Covid has turned this into a very common experience, and how learning to trust God is worth it even when plans are changing. The guys chat through this complex topic with a hope that it will encourage people to put their faith in Christ, even when it doesn't completely make sense.
01:20:02
October 2, 2020
Evangelism in a Pandemic? - With Joel Turner
Pastor and comedian Joel Turner talks with Aaron about evangelism... specifically the challenges of doing it during a pandemic, his views on top methods and best practices, the involvement of the Holy Spirit, and much more! 
01:16:32
September 25, 2020
Social Media: Distraction, or Gospel Opportunity?
Aaron & Brian are back with Season 4 of the GoodLion Podcast! Is social media a distraction to Christians, or does it actually present one of the greatest Gospel/Evangelism mission fields of our time? What happens when we stop viewing social media as negative, or allowing it to influence us negatively, and instead focus on how we can use it to share Jesus with others?  –– The GoodLion podcast is a show by Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins, the founders of CGN’s GoodLion Podcast Network. Each episode, their goal is to ask hard questions, push past easy answers and always look to Jesus, the God who is not safe but is very good. 
01:19:17
September 18, 2020
The Way Of The Peacemaker
From Aaron: Some words on something I think is very important: peacemaking in the age of online discussions. We NEED to be talking about how to navigate this.  It's SO easy for us to fly into self righteous rage in comment sections. But it's not the way of the peacemaker. Jesus calls us to navigate these difficult waters.  In this podcast is some really practical stuff I've picked up over the years about how to be a peacemaker in online (and offline) discussions. I think we all could use reminders like this, myself included!  I hope it's helpful to you as you navigate this crazy season we are in. Remember that Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers. We have a role to play in this cultural moment, and despite how things seem at times on social media, we don't have to blow out witness. We can hold onto our convictions while passionately loving those who disagree. So often we live in echo chambers where we can easily dismiss and disrespect those we disagree with. But how does that feel when others do it to us? How does it feel when people who disagree with us show us respect, despite the disagreements? Friends, we are called to see those we disagree with the way God sees them, humans made in the image of God!   Mark 16: 15 - Jesus said “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation!"   That includes not just "safe people" in far off countries, but the people right in our own cities, families, and social groups who get under our skin because of differing views.   Most people in our country are traditionally divided into 2 groups: conservatives and liberals, and traditionally, these 2 groups despite one another (especially around election season.) For Christians who claim either label, I would gently ask this: how can you reach a population when you instinctively hate half the population due to your disagreements with them?   We are called to the way of the Peacemaker (Jesus), not to be like the Pharisee who said "thank GOD I'm not like him... that nasty tax collector..." We are called to be like Jesus, someone who reached out to both Pharisee and tax collector with the hope and good news of the Gospel of the Kingdom.  I find it's best to work on our heart posture in advance.  It is fully possible to hold compassion without compromise!  In my time doing ministry I've felt a special pull towards reaching out to those on the margins of faith, those who are skeptics or have doubts or negative feelings about faith... very often they've told me "thank you for your kindness, most Christians hate me." I take no pride in this... but I'm filled with concern, because I truly believe every atheist alive should know at least 5 Christians who treat them with love.  Also... I'm very aware of my own failures in this area. When I was a young Christian I loved debating with people... and I drove many away with my lack of love.   I want to encourage us all to make an effort in this area. It is so important to show kindness to those we disagree with!  Love is our weapon and it WILL make a difference if we use it. ❤️
40:56
August 22, 2020
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.
01:17:58
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.
59:46
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.
01:09:29
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.
57:26
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.
01:12:02
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!
01:01:57
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.
37:04
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.
34:45
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.
01:27:25
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... 
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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
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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?"
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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! 
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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!
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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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. 
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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!
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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!
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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.)
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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!
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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?
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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?" 
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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.
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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!
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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