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Soul Training

By Allen Jones, Daniel Gaines, Joe Prichard
The Soul Training podcast tackles various problems through a Biblical viewpoint. Listen to Daniel and Allen discuss a wide range of interesting Christian topics along with some stories and laughs along the way. You'll feel uplifted and will be smiling after each episode!
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Is Sunday the Christian Sabbath?
Team Soul Training seeks to answer a couple of "burning questions" in the latest episode of the podcast.  The first question is one that is brought up a lot amongst denominational friends and family, "Is Sunday the Christian Sabbath?".  The second question is "Should Christians celebrate the sabbath?". Listen in as Allen, Daniel, and Joe discuss these topics and explain their answers.
27:55
September 16, 2022
Is Genesis Mythology?
In today's episode, the Soul Training guys talk about the fantastic things that happen in the first 11 chapters of Genesis.  Floods, talking snakes, people living hundreds of years, languages being split apart, and the creation of the universe all happen within the first 11 chapters.  Atheist point to these "BIG events" as reasons to support their way of thinking.  Well, we can't let that happen...  This episode lays out the reasons to KNOW that the first 11 chapters (and everything after that) of the Bible is absolutely the truth.  Genesis is NOT a myth, and today we discuss the reasons why we can be sure of it. Other show highlights - Where on Earth is Daniel?, a Dad joke has to be explained to Joe
32:17
September 02, 2022
Unity or Tolerance?
The topic of Unity is one that is often discussed amongst Christians.  Whether in local congregations or in a broader sense, church unity is needed and desired.  On today's episode, we discuss Church unity, which items are worth having a division over, and how to attain this unity amongst the brotherhood of Christ. Other show highlights: Candy bar talk
30:05
August 19, 2022
Signs of the end of time?
Episode 50!!!! We hear so much about the "end" being near and how current world events must mean that return of Christ is imminent.  On this episode of Soul Training, the guys discuss Matthew 24 and how it is often misunderstood.  Like most misunderstandings in scripture, the key is CONTEXT!  Listen in to the explanation and how we can be sure that world events aren't a good way for gauging the end of time. Other show highlights - Allen goes back....to the future! 
33:02
August 05, 2022
Overtime w/ Jeremy Prichard
This episode of "Overtime" features our Christian marketing expert, Jeremy Prichard.  Jeremy opens his heart to discuss what Jesus means to him.  Listen in to the brief episode and be uplifted for the day.
04:35
July 29, 2022
Marketing Christianity w/Jeremy Prichard
Were the apostles "salesmen of Christianity"?  It's an interesting thought...  In this episode of Soul Training, we talk with marketing expert Jeremy Prichard about how to sell or market Christianity.  Jeremy discusses tips for congregations wanting to grow as well as ways individuals can approach marketing Christ and the salvation he offers. Listen up and learn how we can all improve our evangelistic efforts!
33:35
July 22, 2022
Can you be a Christian without a Church?
Many followers of Jesus profess their love for him and the sacrifice he made on the cross for their sins.  Not all of those people attend worship services, instead believing that you can practice Christianity without belonging to a congregation.  In this episode, the Soul Training guys discuss the benefits of belonging to a local congregation as well as what to do if you're discouraged for one reason or another from worshiping publicly within a group setting. Other show highlights:  Allen's life lessons learned from former football coaches.  New segment - "Big Show Joe's Tips for a Happy Life".  Daniel has some more dad jokes.
32:14
July 08, 2022
Being a Christian in the Current Culture
The news cycle is full of gut wrenching, tear inducing stories.  Everyday it seems as though our very way of life is under attack.  As Christians, what should we do about this?  How can we maintain our Christianity in such trying times?  The truth is, ALL time have been trying times!  Listen as the guys speak on the subject of Christianity in the current culture.  This is an episode that all Christians need to hear! Other show highlights: A new nickname for "Big Show" Joe?
35:53
June 24, 2022
Evidence for the Resurrection
Now, here's a topic we can't talk about enough!  Christianity hinges on the resurrection.  If there's no resurrection, then our religion just unravels.  With such an important historical event, we want to make sure we have sufficient evidence to KNOW Jesus conquered death and arose from the tomb after the third day.  On this episode of Soul Training, the guys discuss this very thing and give the listener several good pieces of evidence to prove the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Other show highlights - Allen gives a short history of Lavar Burton, Daniel gets an audible "zing" for a dad joke.
32:08
June 10, 2022
For Better or Worse w/ Dr. Neil Richey
On this episode, we answer a listener question about marriage.  As Dr. Richey answers the question, we transition into just good marraige advice for anyone to improve their relationship with their spouse.
29:22
May 27, 2022
Overtime w/ Dr. Neil Richey
The latest episode of "Overtime" features our mental health expert, Dr. Neil Richey.  Listen as Dr. Richey gives his answers to our OT questions.  A short episode with BIG answers!
08:58
May 20, 2022
The Christian and Mental Health w/ Dr. Neil Richey
Our guest on this episode is Dr. Neil Richey, a license counselor and minister.  Dr. Richey helps us understand the importance of mental health awareness, talking things through with our brothers and sisters in Christ, and listening to one another.  In times past, mental health was something that wasn't discussed very often.  Now is the time to understand that mental health is vital for maintaining our spiritual health.  Listen in as Dr. Neil Richey and the Soul Training gang discuss "The Christian and Mental Health".
30:47
May 13, 2022
Are you a Pharisee?
Jesus warns "woe to the scribes and Pharisees" but why?  The Pharisees were the religious elite of ancient Israel, yet Jesus condemns them.  On today's episode, we'll learn about who the Pharisees really were and how we can avoid becoming like them. Other show highlights:  Allen fails at a dad joke. Also, check out https://radicallychristian.com/why-you-probably-need-to-stop-calling-people-pharisees/ for the article referenced.
32:24
April 29, 2022
Soul Training Overtime w/ Alex "Sasha" Misiats
Our second installment of Soul Training Overtime features Dr. Alex "Sasha" Misiats.  In the previous episode, Sasha spoke about the struggles in Ukraine during the current war.  Listen to Sasha answer his OT questions here!
08:09
April 22, 2022
The war on Christianity in Ukraine w/ Alex “Sasha” Misiats
The war between Russia and Ukraine continues to damage cities and lives at the time of this recording.  Why does Russia have such disdain for Ukraine?  Why do they feel war is the only resolution to their issues with a neighboring country?  Today, we discuss these types of questions with a Ukrainian friend and brother, Sasha Misiats.  Sasha explains that that this conflict is more of a religious war than what much of the mainstream media shares. While Sasha (Alex) is now a university professor in the US, he still has deep ties and close relationships with those back in Ukraine.  If you hear a cell phone go off during this recording, that's actually Sasha's phone giving the "all clear" from the Ukrainian government.  Before we started recording, there was another sound from his phone signaling an enemy (Russian) air raid and warning citizens to seek shelter immediately.  Continue to pray for Ukraine!
38:34
April 15, 2022
How can I improve my prayer life?
Today's episode is the answer to another listener question (keep 'em coming!).  While a large group of our listener base grew up knowing how to pray, that's not the case for everyone.  Those who accepted Christ into their lives in adulthood often haven't been taught to pray.  So, to remedy that, we recorded an episode to help those who are starting a prayer life and tips for those who've been lifelong pray-ers. Other show hightlights:  Why do doctors slap the newborn on the back? And, was Daniel once an auctioneer?  
32:32
April 01, 2022
Do you have free will?
The topic of free will is a discussion that's lasted centuries.  John Calvin and those who've followed him believe that free will is an illusion.  It turns out that some atheists believe that free will is an allusion as well.   What does the Bible say on the topic? Do we have free will?  Does God have our entire lives planned out? What about pharaoh's hardened heart during the plagues?  These are some of the questions we'll discuss on this episode of the podcast. Other show highlights: Joe's trouble in the cereal aisle and a "corny" story at the end.
32:28
March 18, 2022
Are the dead sea scrolls still helpful?
The dead sea scroll were discovered about 75 years ago in caves near the Dead Sea.  So, why is that important or useful information for me?  And, what does this discovery mean for modern Bible translations? Again, Soul Training welcomes Bart Warren into the studio to answer these questions and more on this episode.   Other show highlights: Joe asks a show stopper near the end and Allen's hatred of movie sequels are discussed.
31:54
March 04, 2022
Soul Training Overtime w/ Bart Warren
We're starting a new segment where we asks our guests 3 questions for a 3-5 minute "bonus episode".  Bart was our latest guest, so we'll kick off the new segment with him
05:38
February 25, 2022
Why should I forgive you?
At times we all have to ask for forgiveness and grant forgiveness.  Not doing so leads to all sorts of unpleasant feelings and behaviors.  During this episode of Soul Training, the guys discuss various aspects of forgiveness.   How do you forgive?  What forgiveness means? How to move forward after forgiveness?  These are just a few of the questions answered during the latest installment of Soul Training.
36:15
February 18, 2022
How did we get the New Testament? w/ Bart Warren
The Soul Training crew and guest Bart Warren discuss how the New Testament came to be.  We've all heard of some ancient texts that are excluded, but why is that the case?  Why are the "Gnostic gospels" not between Matthew and Revelation somewhere in the text?  Were the individual books that make up the New Testament chosen at an ancient council led by the Romans? We answer all of these questions and assure the listener of the accuracy of the New Testament in this episode of Soul Training. Other show highlights: Allen tones down the introduction of our guest this time.
30:22
February 04, 2022
Have I Done Enough to Get to Heaven?
On this episode, Soul Training tackles 2 listener questions: 1) An elderly Christian fears death.  She wonders, has she "done enough" for the cause of Christ? 2) We follow up on the (Good) Grief episode. A listener asked us, "how do you help someone who has stalled in the grief process?". Soul Training reminds us in the episode about the assurances we have through Christ and that he's done the "work" for us.  Listen up and be encouraged! Other show highlights: We come up with a few t-shirt ideas and Daniel gives anniversary gift advice.
32:32
January 21, 2022
Jonah - Fact or Fiction?
Today, we go fishing for the truth in the biblical account of Jonah.  And, yes, there are going to be puns...  Soul Training discusses Jonah and some more recent accounts of men swallowed by "great fish". Other show highlights: Allen's love of fish sandwiches and Daniel and Joe's love of a good (or bad) pun.
33:55
January 07, 2022
Soul Training Classic - What Happens When We Die?
As a Christmas present to our audience, and as a conclusion to season 1, we've decided to re-release our most listened to episode thus far.  "What Happens When We Die" discusses the actual spiritual events surrounding death.  We hope you become better informed and comforted about this topic that touches all of us at some point.   Merry Christmas!
37:47
December 24, 2021
Owning Your Faith
So, you grow up learning religion from your family, but at some point, it's up to everyone to understand why we worship and believe the way that we do.  Should religious or family tradition be the deciding factor to truth?  If something's been done for centuries, is it biblical?  At some point, we must "own" what we believe. Soul Training tries to tackle these topics in this episode. Other show highlights - Allen and Joe know where to find folks when you need them!
33:23
December 10, 2021
(Good) Grief w/ Ron and Don Williams
Our special guests today are twin brothers, Ron and Don Williams.  The Williams brothers are experts on grief counseling and know how to handle some of the unpleasant/delicate/unfortunate circumstances that affect all of us.  Death is a part of life, but it's not easy.  Today, we try to answer the following questions (and a few others): 1) What do you say to those grieving? 2) How do kids handle loss? 3) How can you help mourners? Other show highlights: Alabama football jokes and Allen and Joe both share personal grief stories.
33:45
November 26, 2021
Three in One? - The Trinity
What is the Trinity? Is there a pecking order amongst the Trinity? Why does understanding the Trinity even matter? We try to answer these questions during this episode of Soul Training. Other show highlights: Allen gives advice on masks and oral hygiene.
27:13
November 12, 2021
Ghoul Training - Witches and Ghosts
Ghoul Training... Because all ghouls matter!  On our first "holiday themed" podcast we discuss some spooky historical events the Bible records for us.  Think witches, zombies, ghosts, etc...  The bible doesn't call them that, but Hollywood and story tellers might! Other show highlights: The creation of the "Soul Training Players" and our favorite ghost stories.
32:56
October 29, 2021
Should Christians still fast?
Fasting... The bible mentions the practice of fasting nearly 80 times, yet it's not something we speak about much in our world today.  Well, it's time change that!  In today's episode of Soul Training, we discuss the do's and don'ts of fasting. Other show highlights:  Allen's fear of snakes
32:38
October 15, 2021
Pandemic Christianity w/ Andy Baker
Today's guest is Andy Baker, President of World Christian Broadcasting ( www.worldchristian.org ).  In this episode, Andy explains a little about spreading the Gospel through his organization then we discuss how the ongoing pandemic has affected Christianity.  This episode will encourage you and give you ideas of how you can spread the Word on your own.
35:18
October 01, 2021
Parenting by the Parables w/ Aubrey Johnson
In today's episode, Soul Training brings author/minister Aubrey Johnson into the studio to discuss his writing career and a new book, "Parenting by the Parables".  Aubrey's take on biblical parenting is sure to teach all parents, young and old. Other show highlights: Daniel sneaks in the "Dad Joke of the Day" at the last minute!
33:49
September 17, 2021
Explaining Baptism pt. 2
We answered a lot of questions on baptism in the last episode but we felt due to the importance (and the amount of information in the Bible) that we should continue our discussion on the topic.   Some of what's discussed:  1) More baptism examples in scripture 2) The theme of water in scripture
29:30
September 03, 2021
Clearing up the confusion on Baptism
Baptism...  This act of obedience causes a lot of confusion amongst the religious.  In today's episode of Soul Training, the guys try to clear up any confusion by turning to the Bible as the authority on the matter (and all other matters!). Other show highlights - Allen speaks about relationships 
34:12
August 20, 2021
What about those that don't have access to the Bible? - From a Massai man in Africa
Daniel brings us today's topic from Tanzania.  While in a Bible study, a Massai (tribe in East Africa) man asked "what did God do with those that weren't Israelites in the Old Testament, or to those that presently don't have access to a Bible or the Gospel?"  What a great question!  Listen as we discuss the answer... Other show highlights:  Allen's ability to chase a rabbit and Daniel sneaks in 2 jokes of the day.
33:43
August 06, 2021
Evangelism + Daniel's Mission Update
Daniel is in Africa seeking the lost right now so we thought we check in with him to see how it's been going.  While we're checking in with Daniel, we speak about the importance of evangelism, how we can evangelism, and even some cultural differences in evangelism around the world.  You'll enjoy this latest episode of Soul Training. Other show highlights: Daniel has today's "dad joke of the day" and Joe has a conversation with himself.
32:30
July 23, 2021
Are you sure Jesus is the Messiah?
Since we're a Christian podcast, you know the answer we'll give, but how can we be so sure of it?  How can we KNOW Jesus is the Christ?  Today's episode goes over several reasons why we have that assurance. Other show highlights: Allen has trouble cutting grass and where is Daniel?
34:24
July 09, 2021
Beware of the Prosperity Gospel
You too can be rich beyond your wildest dreams.  At least that's what some folks in a movement called the "prosperity gospel" are preaching nowadays.  Soul Training takes a biblical look at the ins and outs of this way of thought and comes to a different conclusion than physical, earthly, wealth. Other show highlights - Allen talks about once worshipping inside of a chicken coop and Daniel doubles down on the "dad jokes".
29:42
June 25, 2021
The Holy Spirit explained
One of the things that causes confusion amongst Christians is how the Holy Spirit works.  On this episode of Soul Training, Allen, Daniel, and Joe try to clear up some misconceptions about the Holy Spirit.   Other show highlights - Allen and Daniel answer the burning question, "is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable?".
33:49
June 11, 2021
How to disagree without being disagreeable
We live in a contentious world.  Sometimes it feels as thought we disagree with everyone about everything.  Is this how God expects us to live along side one another?  We certainly don't have to agree with others all the time, but it might do us some good to listen to the other side of an argument without getting angry. We dive into this very topic on this episode of Soul Training. Other show highlights - Allen has a chicken problem / Does Joe have an end of times prophecy?
35:07
May 28, 2021
Can God change His mind?
The Bible teaches that God is omniscient, or all knowing.  If that's the case, is it possible for Him to change his mind?  Can God regret a decision? These are the sort of questions that Allen and Daniel tackle in today's episode of Soul Training.  It's an interesting topic...  You'll be enlightened and entertained by the answers given. Other show highlights - Why does Allen celebrate New Years in June? 
30:32
May 14, 2021
Explaining Church Discipline - with guest Jackie Perkins
We've seen the social media posts circulating about church discipline and understand that this is a very hard topic for some to grasp.  No one likes talking about discipline...  So what is church discipline?  When is it needed?  How is it executed?  How often is it done? These are the questions we seek to answer on this episode of Soul Training.  To help us discuss the topic at hand, we've asked our friend (and Elder) Jackie Perkins to provide insight from a church leader's perspective. Other show highlights: What grade in school was Allen not allowed to drive to?
31:23
April 30, 2021
All about Angels and Demons
There is a lot of mystery surrounding the topic Angels and Demons.  Do we become angels when we die?  Where do demons come from?  Are both of these beings still in the world today?  These are just a few of the questions answered on this episode of Soul Training.  Join on us we dive into the Bible to better understand Angels and Demons. Other show highlights - What is it like to be Big Show Joe? Allen and Daniel speak about their love of foreign languages.
36:29
April 16, 2021
Does God Deserve an Apology? with guest Bart Warren
Ok, so we aren't talking about an "I'm sorry" apology here.  Today's episode is speaking specifically about apologetics.  How do we KNOW there is a God?  How can you be sure that the universe was created? We feature our good friend, Bart Warren on today's episode.  Bart is a minister, apologist, and all around brilliant thinker.  You'll love this episode of Soul Training! Other show highlights - Allen's epic intro!
31:28
April 02, 2021
Listener Mail - The Thief on the Cross Explained
There is a lot of mystery surrounding what really happened to the thief on the cross next to Jesus.  Was he baptized?  Was he under the old law, and didn't need to be baptized?  Etc. Soul Training takes these questions from a listener email and explains the situation.  Join us on this interesting discussion on a long controversial topic. Other show highlights - Allen has a new sponsor!  (Sort of)
27:14
March 19, 2021
Finding “Fertile Ground” w/ guest Dale Byrum
Today we learn about the mission field with a dear friend and brother, Dale Byrum.  Dale has spent a lifetime in the mission field with his concentration over the past several years in building up the cause of Christ in the Philippines.  Dale knows how to find "fertile soil" for spreading the gospel.  So, how does Dale's experience abroad help us?  Listen to find out! Other show highlights: Where in the world is Allen? Daniel is dying to speak to the Philistines.
32:11
March 05, 2021
Sin is the problem. What’s the solution?
Sin is a problem, right?  So what do we do about the problem that we (humanity) have?  On this episode of Soul Training, Allen and Daniel discuss what sin is and give a solution to man's greatest issue - Sin.  You'll love this episode on Sin and Salvation. Other show highlights - Allen's swimming abilities and Saturday morning cartoon memories.
34:21
February 19, 2021
Hell
If there's a Heaven, then there is a Hell.  In this episode Allen and Daniel discuss why Hell exists and how we can avoid it! Other show highlights - Daniel and Allen's stories about speeding tickets
31:56
February 05, 2021
Heaven
What exactly does the Bible say about Heaven?  What will Heaven be like? Why should I want to go to Heaven?  These are some questions that are asked and answered on this episode of Soul Training.  Daniel and Allen go in depth for a Biblical explanation of Heaven.  Other show highlights : Allen's Minnie Pearl Story and Daniel's football coaching ambitions 
34:23
January 22, 2021
How can God allow suffering?
This topic is an argument that non-believers have used for decades.  So, why is there suffering in the world?  Is it necessary?  How can we push forward while suffering?  Allen and Daniel tackle the subject in this episode! Other show highlights - Allen's love of ink pens and Daniel's take on the "Job"-less rate
33:56
January 08, 2021
What happens when we die?
It's a sad truth, but we all will breathe our last some day.  When that occurs, what happens next?  Do we become angels? Are we reincarnated?  Listen to Allen and Daniel's discussion on this topic! Other show highlights: Allen's basketball career and Joe gets a microphone
36:46
December 25, 2020
Providence, coincidence, or luck?
So what's it going to be - providence, coincidence, or luck?  Does everything happen for a reason or is it just happenstance or skill?  Listen to Daniel and Allen discuss this topic. Other show highlights: 1) Coffee talk w/Daniel 2) Allen's guide to dating
29:33
December 11, 2020
How reliable is the Bible?
How do we know the Bible is a reliable document?  How do we know it's REALLY the word of God?  Allen and Daniel dive into this subject today and teach how you can KNOW the Bible is truly God's word. Other podcast highlights: Daniel invents a sport, Allen shares about his love for knives, Joe is given a new nickname
31:02
December 11, 2020
Is the Gospel limited to the literate? (...and show introduction)
How can someone come to know the Gospel without being able to read God's word for themselves?  Does God only care about the educated?  Of course not!  Tune in to hear Allen and Daniel discuss this topic.
30:35
December 11, 2020