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Some Pastors and Teachers

A podcast to equip pastors for more faithful gospel ministry.
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Thinking About WALK-UP MUSIC
Listen in as Dr. Pohlman considers the difference between professional sports and preaching. 
September 4, 2020
Thinking About PREPARING
In our pandemic age it may feel like lots of life is on hold. Join Dr. Pohlman as he considers one thing that can never be on hold: preparing for heaven. 
August 22, 2020
Thinking About HEAVEN
The Bible calls Christians to set their minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-2). And, yet, the Bible is also clear about the church's role in extending the love of Christ into this sin-darkened world in an effort to alleviate suffering. Conventional wisdom in evangelicalism seems to suggest that being heavenly minded makes you no earthly good. Is this true? Join Dr. Pohlman as he takes a road trip to the heartland of America and considers the importance of heaven for living faithfully in the world today. 
August 7, 2020
Thinking About GRACE
Join Dr. Pohlman as he tries to help us put amazing back into grace. 
July 31, 2020
Welcome to the new season of the SPT podcast. Join our host Dr. Michael Pohlman each week as he helps us think about life theologically. This week, Dr. Pohlman is thinking about justification. People today are scrambling to be declared righteous. This effort at justifying oneself points to a great theological reality that is both terrifying and hopeful. We hope you'll listen in for the renewing of your mind around truth for the greater love of God and neighbor. 
July 24, 2020
The Pastor's Tools: Essential Books for Pastoral Ministry
Mike & Jeremy discuss some of the essential books that should make up a pastor's library. Why should a pastor read? What type of books should be shaping pastors and why?  Books mentioned in this episode:  Knowing God (J.I. Packer)  The Institutes of the Christian Religion (John Calvin)  The Autobiography of Charles H. Spurgeon (2 volumes)  The Bondage of the Will (Martin Luther)  Expository Exultation: Chrsitian Preaching as Worship (John Piper) 
January 31, 2020
The Pastor and Depression: Ministering Through the Dark Night of the Soul
Mike & Jeremy take up the important issue of the pastor and depression. How do you persevere in ministry when the heart is weary? How can we continue to care for God's people with earnestness when emotionally we are spent? What does the cross of Christ have to say to pastoral depression?  Resources Depression: Looking Up From the Stubborn Darkness (Edward Welch) Spiritual Depression: It's Causes and Cure (Martyn Lloyd-Jones) Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry (Paul David Tripp) Lectures to My Students (Charles Haddon Spurgeon) When the Darkness Will Not Lift (John Piper) 
December 7, 2019
The Pastor and Platform Building
Mike & Jeremy consider the pastor's embrace of digital media to build his "platform." What are the dangers of this? How can a pastor move away from a worldly vision of platform building toward a biblical vision for ministry? 
November 22, 2019
The Mortification of the Pastor
Mike & Jeremy take up progressive sanctification in the life of the pastor and the role mortification plays in personal holiness. With a little help from John Owen, this episode considers how to put to death indwelling sin in the pursuit of Christlikeness. [Disclaimer: We experienced some technical difficulties such that the audio is not at the level of excellence we desire. However, we're posting the episode given the importance of the topic. Our apologies.] 
November 19, 2019
Calling All Turtles! Recasting the Vision
Mike & Jeremy recast the vision of Some Pastors and Teachers. Why does this ministry exist? To help form pastor-theologians for the glory of God and the good of the church. 
November 9, 2019
The Pastor and Criticism
Mike & Zach take up the issue of how a pastor deals with criticism. 
September 20, 2019
The Pastor and Social Media
Mike & Zach discuss the pastor's use of social media. What are the potential ministry advantages? Dangers? What are some helpful principles to guide our engagement of various media platforms? 
September 11, 2019
A Podcast by Pastors, for Pastors, for the Good of the Churches We Serve: Welcome to Season 2
Mike & Zach launch season 2 of the podcast by recasting the vision for the program and explaining the value they hope to add to the sea of podcasts dealing with pastoral ministry. 
September 6, 2019
How do you measure ministry success?
Mike & Zach ask what constitutes ministry success. Rather than pastors measuring their ministries by worldly standards, the pastor must ask first and foremost, "Is my ministry being faithful to the Word of God?" Faithfulness is the measure of ministry success. 
June 20, 2019
Does Your Faith Offend? Pastors and the Foolishness of the Cross
Mike & Zach take up the craving of pastors and churches to be accepted by the world and consider how this pursuit can actually take us away from the gospel--the "offensive" good news that the world desperately needs. 
June 10, 2019
The Pastor, Eschatology, and Racial Reconciliation
Mike & Zach consider how God's redemptive goal of creating "one new humanity" influences how we treat each other today. 
May 23, 2019
The Pastor and Racial Reconciliation
Mike & Zach take up the unique contribution the pastor must make to the important conversation taking place today on the issue of racial reconciliation. How should pastors and their congregations think about humanity? What is the theological perspective missing in so much of this conversation today? 
May 8, 2019
The Marks of a True Church
Join Mike & Zach as they discuss the marks of a true church. What is required of a "true" church? Does this imply that there is such a thing as a "false" church? How can a person know if they are attending the "right" church?  For the article that became the topic of this program, see "Am I Attending the Right Church?" by Zachariah Carter.  
May 3, 2019
The Pastor's War Against Sin
Join Mike & Zach as they continue their discussion of the shepherd as sheep and the ongoing need to wage war against indwelling sin. After all, our churches need holy pastors. 
April 19, 2019
The Shepherd as Sheep: Cultivating Our Life in Christ (Part 2)
Mike & Zach continue their series in the shepherd as sheep by taking up the doctrine of mortification. How does a pastor mortify sin? The same way any Christian does. 
April 4, 2019
The Shepherd as Sheep: Cultivating Our Life in Christ (Part 1)
Mike and Zach take up the issue of the pastor's call to watch his life closely by remembering the sanctifying work God has called him to in the gospel. 
March 25, 2019
The Grace of Church Discipline: A Success Story
Join Mike & Zach as they take up this final installment of their series on church discipline by interviewing a young man who has experienced the grace of church discipline firsthand. 
March 13, 2019
The When and the How of Church Discipline
Mike & Zach take up part 2 of their discussion of the grace of church discipline by considering when church discipline should be done and the steps involved in the process.  Helpful resources:  Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus (Jonathan Leeman)  40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline (Jeremy Kimble)  Handbook of Church Discipline (Jay Adams)  "A Church Discipline Primer" (Jonathan Leeman/Article) 
March 5, 2019
The Necessity of Church Discipline
Join Mike & Zach as they discuss one of the essential marks of a true church: church discipline. What is it? Why do we do it? 
February 27, 2019
Pastors and the Abuse of Faith
Mike & Zach take up the recent report in the Houston Chronicle detailing the sexual abuse scandal in the Southern Baptist Convention. The implications of this report are not just for Southern Baptists, but should be a wake up call for all ministers of the gospel. 
February 12, 2019
Pastoring and the Nature of the Church
Mike & Zach are convinced that to pastor well we must know what a church is. In this episode they discuss the nature of the church as the people of God and what that means for the pastor. 
February 6, 2019
The Goals of Preaching
Mike & Zach discuss the three goals of preaching: displaying the glory of God, awakening the spiritually dead, and sanctifying the saints. 
February 2, 2019
Why Preaching is Devalued in Our Day and What to Do About It
Mike and Zach discuss two reasons why preaching is devalued in our churches in an effort to see a revival of preaching in our day.
January 24, 2019
The Pastor and Preaching: the Sufficiency of Scripture
Mike & Zach continue to build their theology of preaching as they consider the sufficiency of Scripture as it relates to the pulpit. What does it mean that the Bible is sufficient? And if it is sufficient, what are the implications of this for preachers? 
January 10, 2019
The Pastor and Preaching: An Authoritative Word
Mike & Zach continue building their theology of preaching by considering the authority of Scripture. 
December 21, 2018
The Pastor and Preaching: Proclaiming the Word of Truth
Continuing to build their theology of preaching, Mike & Zach take up the doctrine of inerrancy and consider the implications of the truthfulness of Scripture for our pulpits.
December 13, 2018
The Pastor and Preaching: God Speaks, Therefore We Preach
Mike & Zach consider the impulse in God to be known and what divine speech has to do with preaching.
November 29, 2018
The Pastor and Preaching: Monologue from Heaven
Mike & Zach begin a new series on the primacy of preaching in the local church. In this episode they discuss what preaching is and the preacher's role as an ambassador for Christ in the pulpit.
November 14, 2018
What a Pastor Does: Protect the Church
Mike & Zach discuss the role of the pastor in protecting the local church from not only false teaching, but also other "cultural" wolves that threaten to undermine people's faith in Christ.
November 5, 2018
What a Pastor Does: Lead the Church
Mike & Zach discuss what biblical leadership looks like in the life of a pastor. What are the hallmarks of Christian leadership? Join the conversation and see just how otherworldly leadership is to be in the church.
October 29, 2018
What a Pastor Does: Feed the Sheep
Mike and Zach discuss the essential role a pastor plays in feeding their churches the Word of God. What are the dangers of a poor "diet" in our churches? What's ultimately at stake? And what will our churches look like when they are well fed?
October 22, 2018
What a Pastor Does: Knows His People
Mike and Zach discuss how pastors are to know their church members in both a corporate sense (macro knowledge) and in an individual sense (micro knowledge). After all, we can't shepherd well sheep we don't know.
October 14, 2018
The Pastor's Calling (Part 2)
Mike and Zach continue their discussion of a pastor's calling by presenting a series of diagnostic questions the potential pastor must ask and answer. Also, they consider the indispensable role of the local church in the call to ministry.
September 18, 2018
The Pastor's Calling (Part 1)
Mike and Zach take up the issue of the pastor's calling by first considering the pastor's primary calling to salvation. Before a man is called to the ministry he is called to Christ.
September 18, 2018
The Pastor's Authority and its Stewardship
Mike and Zach discuss the crisis of authority in the church and how a pastor is commissioned by God to exercise oversight. What does this stewardship look like?
August 29, 2018
The Faithful Shepherd
Mike and Zach discuss what marks a faithful shepherd and consider the great reward of faithfulness.
August 29, 2018
The Glory of the Pastorate
Mike and Zach talk about what a pastor is, what he is not, and what he does. Taking their cue from Psalm 23, they consider how the Lord is our shepherd and what that means for pastors.
July 3, 2018