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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Pastoring In A Ukrainian War Zone - Benjamin Morrison (Season 7 Finale)
With war raging between Russia and Ukraine, we wanted to take a moment and connect with a pastor in the thick of it. Friend of the show and CGN pastor Benjamin Morrison is currently doing ministry in the midst of a war zone... and he has a ton of perspective to offer us. We cover things like: What is God doing in Ukraine? How is the Church operating? How can we pray for the mental health of the pastors on the ground floor? How can we in the states help? What are the motives of Putin? How does Putin's vision clash with the Kingdom of God? Can we trust the media in the midst of war? Note from Aaron: In this episode towards the 2nd half, we discuss some of the geopolitical issues at play. I am a novice in these things, and I tend to approach things from a "Kingdom of God lens" as much as possible. That said, I acknowledge some of what I say in this episode could be said in ignorance, especially as we are discussing some of the various theories out there sent in by our friends on social media. Please bear with me (and feel free to reach out if you have something to add to the discussion!) That said, I truly agree with the words of Jon Tyson: "The real conspiracy is satanic and it’s goal is to get you to focus on ‘global meta whatevers’ that you can do almost nothing about and neglect the place of prayer, the word, and sacrificial love of neighbor.” I encourage all listeners, no matter their political lens, to really consider what Benjamin is saying, as a pastor and brother in Christ on the ground floor of this war. He offers a lot of wisdom for us to consider, and has proven his focus is on the advances of the light of the Gospel into the darkest places. ----- LINKS Support Benjamin's Ministry in Ukraine Ben's Facebook - updates CGN Relief Fund GoodLion Episode: Warnings About Progressive Christianity
March 30, 2022
Hypocrisy Hurts Our Witness. Humility Heals It - Nick Cady
Aaron talks with Nick Cady all about the problem of Christian hypocrisy, how it is harming the church, and how it shatters the witness of the Christian Church. Nick speaks from the heart and shares about a book he wrote called "The God I Won't Believe In: Facing Nine Common Barriers To Embracing Christianity", specifically from a chapter entitled "I can't believe in a God who creates hateful and hypocritical followers." Aaron and Nick discuss how to combat the problem of hypocrisy, and how Christlike humility is the antidote the culture is craving, whether they realize it or not.
March 24, 2022
Love, Not Fear - Advancing the Kingdom | GoodLion Theology Class #6
Fear is the enemy of love. The idols of safety and security can push us to live the Christian life from a posture of fear. If we are to advance the Kingdom of God, we must realize that we are called to a radical way of love that is courageous and bold. In the final episode of our class on "Advancing the Kingdom", Aaron Salvato reminds us of the call on Christians to live a life of courageous love. Class produced by Calvary Global Network (CGN).
March 17, 2022
Waging Peace on Social Media: Lessons From The Comment Section
In an age where tech dominates our lives, we spend so much time on social media. Christians need to face the facts. Whether we like it or not, social media is a big part of the public square of the day, and for the Christian called to represent Jesus and to help point others to Him, in many situations, social media can either make or break our Christian witness. In this episode, Aaron discusses lessons he has learned from operating as a pastor on social media and details ways he has struggled to represent Jesus well in interactions with other Christians. He shares a story about an exvangelical meme, an explosive comment section, and the surprising ways Jesus used it to teach him a lesson on the value of humility, understanding, and waging peace (rather than war) on social media.
March 08, 2022
Simple Obedience, Not Escapism | Advancing the Kingdom - GoodLion Theology Class #5
This world is not our home. It was never intended to be. We are pilgrims here on earth and we should live as such. The problem that has arisen is that many Christians have become escapists instead of pilgrims. They see the world as a hostile place, so they run and hide from it. No matter what our eschatology is, we must focus not on escapism, but on simple acts of obedience, which are the building bricks of the Kingdom! In part 5 of our class on "Advancing the Kingdom", Aaron Salvato helps us see the power of simple acts of obedience when it comes to moving God's Kingdom forward, and has a compelling discussion with students Zach & Ellie Owens, Sam Bucelli, and Emilia DiNatale. Class produced by Calvary Global Network (CGN).
February 22, 2022
Missionaries, Not Separatists | Advancing the Kingdom - GoodLion Theology Class #4
In the New Testament, Christians are called to be in the world but not of the world. In other words, we are called to live in society and interact with others while maintaining our distinctiveness. When we turn away from those who are broken or make choices that are contrary to God's word, we have made the grave mistake of ceasing being a light in dark places. Too many have a separatist mindset. Christians are called to be missionaries to the culture, not to run and hide from it! In part 4 of our class on "Advancing the Kingdom", Aaron Salvato helps us learn the principles of being a cultural missionary, and has a great discussion with students Zach & Ellie Owens, Sam Bucceli, and Emilia DiNatale! Class produced by Calvary Global Network (CGN).
February 10, 2022
Gerry Breshears: The Mechanics Of Salvation - (Best of GLP)
This week we present to you an old episode from season 2! We are hoping it will bless some of you listeners who may have missed it the first time it aired. 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!
February 03, 2022
The Kingdom Advances Not by Force, But Through the Church | Advancing the Kingdom - GoodLion Theology Class #3
How does a Kingdom advance normally? Through the sword. Violence, war, and bloodshed. Jesus' Kingdom is much different. The Kingdom of Heaven does not advance through the sword, but rather through something much more powerful: preaching and the Gospel. It advances in this way: by converting one soul after another. In the Gospels, Jesus never employs violence to achieve his ends. His life and ministry model for us an ethic of non-violence. This is a hard mentality for us to accept, because we have been raised to see the world as a place where "might makes right". Jesus turns this mentality on it's head by showing us what true might and strength look like! In part 3 of our class on "Advancing the Kingdom", Aaron Salvato contrasts the way of violence with the way of Jesus, and has a great discussion with students Julianne Foster, Tim Cass, Zach Owens, and Kayla Reed! Class produced by Calvary Global Network (CGN).
January 26, 2022
The Kingdom Advances In Our Hearts, Not Our Self-Interests | Advancing the Kingdom - GoodLion Theology Class #2
There is a dangerous tendency today to make the Kingdom of Heaven about what we need, or want. It is not about us. The Kingdom is about Him. He should be in the center of everything we do as His followers. Self-interest is the great enemy of godliness. It's a sin we commit every day, in all kinds of ways. This is why we have to be so careful about it. We take this mentality to our approach regarding the Kingdom. We falsely believe that the main way God advances His Kingdom is through US getting what WE want. We forget that we are called to pray, THY Kingdom Come, not MY Kingdom come. In part 2 of our class on "Advancing the Kingdom", Aaron Salvato helps us see the first and foremost way the Kingdom of God advances forward: in our hearts. Discussion Students: Julianne Foster, Tim Cass, Zach Owens, and Kayla Reed Class produced by Calvary Global Network (CGN).
January 20, 2022
What IS the Kingdom of Heaven? | Advancing the Kingdom - GoodLion Theology Class #1
Welcome to the GoodLion theology class, a brand new segment on the show where we bring you rich theological lessons and thoughtful discussions with our students! In part one of our 6 part mini series on "Advancing the Kingdom of God", Aaron Salvato teaches a lesson on defining what the Kingdom of Heaven actually is. If we are going to understand HOW to advance God's Kingdom, we need to actually grasp WHAT it is, and what it isn't! Aaron walks us through a theological framework for how we can understand the Kingdom, setting the stage for the next 5 lessons. Students and CGN/GoodLion interns Julianne Foster and Kai Willbanks join in on the discussion, bringing some great questions. In this class we look at questions like When Jesus taught us to pray "thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven, what did He mean? Should Christians focus on Heaven, or Earth? How can we begin to advance the Kingdom? What part does prayer play in this mission? And more!
January 12, 2022
The Joys and Challenges of Holy Sexuality - with Dr. Christopher Yuan
Sexuality is one of the main ways people identify themselves today. Our modern moment asks people to freely express who they are by unchaining themselves from traditional concepts of sexuality. This has led many Christians to revert to hardline stances about what a person must be, and particularly, what a person must avoid, in order to be accepted by God. What if there was a different way to look at sexuality? A way more Biblical, more God-honoring, and more holistic? In this conversation, Aaron and Brian talk to Dr. Christopher Yuan, author of Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story. Dr. Yuan explains what he refers to as “holy sexuality”, a belief that being pure isn’t just about orientation or marriage, but about being a person who is wholly seeking God in all things, including sexuality. Throughout this episode, Aaron, Brian, and Dr. Yuan work to explain what holy sexuality means, understand why this is such a tricky topic to navigate in our current culture, and how we can see Jesus through all of it. We’re so glad you could join us for this conversation. You're listening to the GoodLion Podcast!
January 05, 2022
Navigating The Highs and Lows of Faith - Why do I feel close to Jesus one day, and distant the next?
Aaron and Brian take some time to answer a great question from a friend: "Why do I feel closer than ever to Jesus one day, and then other days I feel so distant I hardly remember I'm a Christian?" We believe this is a real, raw, and valid question that gets to the heart of what so many Christ-followers face: the roller coaster of faith. We would be the first to admit, we have experienced this struggle ourselves! In this episode we want to help you face this challenge, and help you understand how to navigate the highs and lows of faith. Following Jesus is a slow, steady practice of long obedience in the same direction. It will not always feel the same. Discipleship is key! Our hope is this episode helps you on your path with Jesus.
December 20, 2021
Wrestling With The Supernatural - (With Michael Bowles) | A discussion on demons, healings, signs from God, and other spiritual experiences.
Aaron and Brian chat with their friend Michael Bowles (Pastor, former youth pastor, and current student at Western Seminary) about the challenges of wrestling through the supernatural. The guys talk about their own experiences with things like God speaking, signs from God, healings, and even exorcisms of demons... while acknowledging that in a lot of our western Church culture the supernatural can seem bizarre and rare. Our goal In this episode is to help you wrestle with the reality of the supernatural, and your relationship with the miraculous as a follower of Jesus.
December 14, 2021
Gerry Breshears: Did the Father forsake Jesus on the Cross? (and other questions about atonement.)
Prof Gerry Breshears is back for his record breaking 3rd time on the show! In this episode we dive into the debate swirling around PSA (Penal Substitutionary Atonement) and ask Gerry all the hard questions! In this episode we cover: What exactly is PSA, and why do so many Christians disagree about it? Can you defend PSA Biblically? What exactly happened on the Cross? What was the Trinity doing? Are the classic song lyrics correct? Did the Father turn his face away from Jesus on the Cross? Was Jesus forsaken on the Cross? Bonus: Which atonement theory does Gerry prefer? And: How can our understanding of the atonement impact our preaching to young people / postmoderns / deconstructionists? Note from Aaron: The idea for this episode has been sitting in my brain for almost 7 years... back when I read a post from my friend and pastor Evan Wickham about his convo with Gerry about the atonement. The insights blew my mind then, and I hope they blow your mind now!
December 07, 2021
Navigating Change - With Sarah Yardley
Most people struggle with change. When we go through major change in a short period of time, it can easily overwhelm us. Learning to navigate change well is crucial to follow Jesus well in a constantly changing world. In this episode, Aaron and Brian sit down with Sarah Yardley, Mission and Ministry Lead at Creation Fest UK and author of MORE > Change: Navigating Change With An Unchanging God. Sarah’s life story has included a lot of change. She’s served in multiple churches in southern California before sensing God calling her to move to Cornwall, England. That move came with massive change and taught her more about walking with God through change. In this conversation, Aaron and Brian ask some practical questions about how to deal with change, get honest about they ways they’ve struggled with change, and look to find a stability in Jesus in a world that constantly throws change our way. We hope this episode gives you tools and thought processes that help you center on Jesus even when everything around you is changing. We’re so glad you could join us for this conversation. You're listening to the GoodLion Podcast!
November 16, 2021
The Messiness of Church Unity in the 2020s - With Scott Sauls
In a culture where every issue requires us to take sides, finding unity is incredibly difficult. This has shown up in the church as Christians are dividing over covid, politics, and much more. In this episode, Aaron and Brian are joined by Scott Sauls, Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of “A Gentle Answer: Our Secret Weapon in an Age of Us Against Them.” Aaron and Brian ask Scott about the difficulties of pastoring in a divided culture and how the church can find and promote unity that is based on Jesus. We hope this episode helps you see our current culture with greater clarity and gives you practical steps for promoting unity in your local community.
November 09, 2021
Don’t Try To Build The House While It’s Burning - with Justin Thomas
The last 18 months seemed to tear everything apart. The normal structures of our lives, our work, and our relationships seems to have fallen completely apart. For many of us, this has created a sense of loss. The things we trusted in let us down and now we don’t fully know where to turn. We’re not sure what we can or should trust in anymore. For others, this has led to a strong desire to rebuild. Rather than wallow in the sadness of loss, we want to simply put our heads down and remake the world we feel we’ve lost. In this episode, Justin Thomas, Pastor at Calvary: The Hill, lays out a different option. Rather than just trying to rebuild what we had, we need to let the chaos of the last 18 months teach us important lessons. Were we approaching church and faith and discipleship the way we should have? Are we sure our old structures were the right structures? What if God is giving us an opportunity to rebuild so we can do better this time? Aaron and Brian talk with Justin about all this and much more as they try to think through what a church would need to look like to be 2020-proof, able to withstand the division and hostility our cultural moment thrives on. We’re so glad you could join us for this conversation. You're listening to the GoodLion Podcast!
November 02, 2021
Social Justice: Should Christians use the term, or avoid it? - With Dave Lomas, ft. arguments from Voddie Baucham
In all of the insanity, confusion, and cultural upheaval of the early 2020s, there's been a growing resurgence of the term “social justice” that has taken the world by storm, especially in the wake of George Floyd's death. However, like many issues today, Christians are divided on the term social justice. To some, it represents a Biblical form of restorative justice that reflects our responsibility to honor, love, and serve all humans as made in the image of God, and to Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. To others, it represents a flawed and broken political idealogy that has been corrupted by secular humanists beyond repair. For this reason, these Christian leaders are urging their followers to completely reject the usage of the phrase "social justice." To discuss this divide and how we can think critically about it as followers of The Way, Aaron has invited a guy he really looks up to: Dave Lomas, lead pastor of reality San Francisco. Dave recently taught a sermon at Evan Wickham’s church all about what it means to "do social justice" as a follower of Christ. In the message it was noted that "while there are many ways the world does social justice that Christians should NOT be about", Dave made the case that there is a way to do it that is both biblical and Christ honoring. Dave believes that while the term can be employed, it must be properly contextualized within the framework of the Christian faith, not the lens of culture. Voddie Baucham disagrees, and is a vocal critic of this position who raises some valid concerns. Dave and Aaron take some time to examine the arguments of Voddie and see what wisdom can be found, and where differences of philosophy of ministry can be found as well. I'm so glad you could join us for this conversation. You're listening to the GoodLion Podcast!
October 26, 2021
Engaging with Real Deconstruction: A look at Exvangelical memes - With Dominic Done!
Deconstruction is a growing trend in religious and philosophical circles. While many Christians have begun to address deconstruction, we don’t often engage with deconstructionist ideas directly. In this episode, Aaron and Brian are joined by Dominic Done, author of When Faith Fails: Finding God In the Shadow of Doubt and founder of a ministry to skeptics and doubters called Pursuing Faith. Aaron, Brian, and Dominic respond directly to deconstructionists memes to answer questions coming directly from people wrestling with deconstruction. Throughout this conversation, Aaron, Brian, and Dominic seek to find the valuable elements of deconstruction without it leading to abandoning the fundamentals of Christianity. We hope this episode encourages you to think critically and respond lovingly to deconstructionist concepts.
October 19, 2021
Why You Should Rest - Season 6 Finale
As Aaron and Brian get ready to go on an official break, they reflect on the importance of rest, the pitfalls of workaholism in ministry, and the call of Jesus to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives and embrace a lifestyle of resting in Christ as we live and serve with Him.
August 25, 2021
Conflict In The Age of Postmodernism - 3 Personas of Postmodern Thinking
In today's world, many of us are afraid of confrontation. Confrontation is uncomfortable. None of us like to be in a disagreement with someone, especially if we believe we need to tell them that they're wrong about something. We are currently living in an age of postmodern thought, causing us to question the very foundation of truth. But confrontation is an essential part of helping someone see Jesus. Jesus was the one that came to us and not only showed us our sin and our wrongness but also welcomed us into a relationship with Him despite our wrongness. Whatever your cultural background or political identification, Jesus has something to confront in your way of thinking to draw you out of your own worldly thought patterns and into the truth. In today's episode, we're going to talk about confrontation and how we can disagree with people in a helpful way that shows them the Way of Jesus in the age of postmodernism.
July 27, 2021
Young People, Postmodernism, and How it Blinds Their Eyes to Truth
In this episode, Aaron and Brian explore the way that postmodern thinking is currently effecting young people. As two former youth pastors, we have a huge heart for young people. They aren’t just the future of the church, they are the present. If you’re a young person between the middle school and college age listening to this, we appreciate you, and we are glad you are here. One of the biggest problems we’ve been seeing about postmodern philosophy is it’s assault on the concept of objective truth. The assertion that everyone can have their own truth, no matter what it is, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone. But that’s the problem. Lies do harm people. If you’re handed a glass of poison and told it’s water, that is a lie that will hurt you. As people who believe in both the concept of God-given morality and the problem of sin, we understand that it’s important to discuss how the concept of truth is deteriorating in our postmodern society. Today on the show we are going to watch some clips from a video from 2017 where a guy is on college campuses trying to see how far young people have slipped into postmodern thinking. Then we are going to talk about what it means for the church. We hope this conversation challenges you in your thinking and helps you consider other points of view. As always we are open to any feedback, wherever that be encouragement or pushback. You can email us at email@example.com or send a dm on Instagram to @goodlionpodcast Thanks for listening everyone. Enjoy the show.
July 13, 2021
The Power of Online Ministry - Mike Winger
We've got a special treat for you guys: Aaron has asked his old friend Mike Winger to come on and chat about the power and potential of doing ministry work online. Mike started out as a youth and assistant pastor at a local church, before God started leading him to a new mission field: the internet. Mike runs the theology and apologetics youtube ministry, Bible Thinker. For anyone looking to find ways to reach people for the Kingdom online, we know this episode will help encourage you as you work towards that goal!
July 07, 2021
The Dangers of Postmodernism
Postmodernism may be today’s common thinking, but is that a good thing? In this episode, Brian and Aaron push past the facade of freedom postmodernism offers to explore some of its dangers. The second episode of this new miniseries begins with a quick recap on what postmodern thinking actually is, something that is not always easy to define. With that definition in mind, Aaron and Brian highlight the fact that some of postmodernism’s conclusions lead to scary places for Jesus followers and non-believers alike. We hope this episode puts words to things you may have felt before about postmodernism and helps you talk about it in a compassionate, helpful, Jesus-loving way!
June 22, 2021
Evan Wickham: Hope for Doubters & Deconstructionists
Why are Millennials and GenZ kids who grew up in the Church leaving in droves? How can we reach people struggling with doubt and deconstruction? Evan Wickham, pastor of Park Hill Church in San Diego, has a lot of perspective to offer on this topic. Between his time as a youth pastor, traveling worship leader, and spending years pastoring in Portland (a culture hostile to the Christian faith), Evan has seen his fair share of doubt & deconstruction... as well as experiencing some himself. Evan shares his insight into how we can come out the other side of doubt and deconstruction with a positive attitude aiming to build the Church up, rather than tear it down, and how we can reach people who are currently struggling with their faith. He introduces a concept called "Spiritual Consent" that he has found helpful in ministering to people burned out and wounded by things they've experienced. We hope this conversation helps you in your walk with Christ and is a helpful resource to you as you make every effort to help others discover the Way of Jesus.
June 11, 2021
What is Postmodernism, and why should we care?
In this episode Brian & Aaron begin to scratch the surface of a notoriously hard to define topic: postmodernism, specifically postmodern philosophy. While western culture has been in the grip of a postmodern movement and mood since the 1960s, many Christians struggle to identify what exactly postmodernism is, and why it presents a problem for the Church. In part one of a new miniseries, the guys jump headfirst into the discussion, doing their best to research, learn, and share their findings. They take a look at Modernism and how it led to Postmodernism, and discuss one of the core reasons this trajectory has created an obstacle for the Christian worldview, namely, the abandonment of the concept of objective truth. We hope this episode helps you think deeply as you follow Jesus in this current cultural moment!
May 30, 2021
Exiting Survival Mode (Brian Higgins)
In this midweek message, Brian takes us through the example of Peter and shows us a path to get out of "survival mode" as we fix our eyes on Jesus.
May 26, 2021
The Simple Gospel
Have you ever wondered if you are actually saved? if Jesus' work on the cross was enough to really save you? Have you ever been discouraged about how sometimes the Gospel can seem so complicated, and there seems to be a ton of hurdles you must clear before you can truly be saved? If you've wondered these things... this message is for you. Aaron takes a look at the Simple Gospel as taught by Paul in Galatians, and shows us how the Gospel frees us from the burden of trying to please others... and gives us freedom because of the reality that Christ has already done everything we need to be saved.
May 24, 2021
Beyond The Shadow of a Doubt - The Story of Doubting Thomas
In this GoodLion midweek message Aaron shares with us about the evil twin brother of faith - doubt. Doubt is not a very fun topic to talk about because it's not something that's often very accepted at church... but it's something vitally important the church talks about and engages with. We need to see how Jesus responds to those who doubt. What better character to study on this topic than the man known as "doubting Thomas?"
May 19, 2021
Before You Plant A Church - With Pilgrim Benham
Brian Higgins sits down with church planting veteran Pilgrim Benham to discuss the ins and outs of everything you need to know before you plant a church. 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!
May 17, 2021
Christianese Showdown - Brian Vs Aaron
In this BONUS episode Aaron & Brian square off to see who can fire off the most "Christainese" phrases in rapid succession.
May 12, 2021
Abortion, Christians, & The Value of a Life (with Ryan Lynn)
Abortion is a hot button topic that is often debated by both Christians and non Christians. Ryan Lynn (Founder of the Speak Life Collective) is here to challenge us on how we can think through this divisive topic as followers of Christ. In this discussion, Aaron and Brian dialogue with Ryan about the value of an unborn life, how to respond to those who hold pro-choice views, what it means to be pro-life, the ethics of abortion, how to get involved with this ideological battle as a peacemaker, how to show grace and compassion to women who've struggled through this issue, and how to hold boldly to your convictions while carrying those convictions with compassion. It's a great talk and we really hope it encourages and equips you to walk closely with Jesus as you engage the culture around you for the Kingdom of God. For great apologetical resources on this topic, visit the Q&A page on the Speak Life Collective website - https://www.speaklifecollective.com/answers.html
May 10, 2021
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/
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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/
March 04, 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, email@example.com
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!
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/
February 01, 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.
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.
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.
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!
January 05, 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!
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!
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!
December 05, 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!
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!
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!
November 04, 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!
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.
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!
October 09, 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.
October 02, 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!
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.
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. ❤️
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
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.
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.
July 05, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
May 08, 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.
May 01, 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?
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.
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.
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...
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
April 04, 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.
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!
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.
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.
March 06, 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!
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.
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.
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.
February 07, 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!
February 02, 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.
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.
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.
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.
January 06, 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!
January 02, 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!
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?
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.
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.
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
November 08, 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?"
November 01, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
October 05, 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!
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
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.
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.
August 04, 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.
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."
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.
July 09, 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!
May 06, 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.)
May 01, 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!
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?
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?"
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.
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!
April 02, 2019
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.”
March 25, 2019