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XtianNinja's "Of Interest"

XtianNinja's "Of Interest"

By Allan Descheneau
XtianNinja's "Of Interest" podcast is full of personal reflections, interesting articles, helpful resources, and a leisurely study of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
Updates weekly.

Al Descheneau (XtianNinja) has Masters of Divinity and 20 years of experience as a teacher, pastor, writer, counsellor, blogger, podcaster, and digital media nerd.
Check out his livestreams at www.Twitch.tv/XtianNinja

For more content visit: www.ArtoftheChristianNinja.com
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The Final Episode - Moving on to God's Next Chapter for Me

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The Final Episode - Moving on to God's Next Chapter for Me
I know it’s been a while since I released an episode, and there’s good reason for that – I think that the podcast season of my ministry needs to be put on hold. I want to start with a huge thank you to everyone who has been listening to the podcast for the past, like, 7 years or so. So many of you have been with me the whole time and have been such an encouragement to me throughout the years.
04:40
November 19, 2021
Wrestling Appolyon + A Ministry Update & Mentoring Creators
In this week’s episode, I finally get around to continuing our Pilgrims Progress study and then share a clip from a recent stream where I explain a new Christian Content Creator Mentorship Program that I’m going to be moving into the next phase of very soon.
46:04
October 18, 2021
Not the Bee Full Interview! + Big Changes Coming to XtianNinja OM
In this week’s episode, I’m excited to share some amazing things happening with XtianNinja Online Missions and then something a little different – a talk-show interview I did when I was a guest on the Not the Bee Unofficial Podcast, where I share about – well – a little of everything (including my hatred for celery)! It’s a 2-hour conversation and I had a lot of fun, so I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
02:09:59
September 18, 2021
If God Speaks, Why Don't We Hear Him?
Last week I shared the number one most downloaded message on my website, this week is number two, entitled, “If God speaks today, why don’t we hear him?”. Plus, a HUGE update on some of the amazing things happening in my life right now. 
01:02:57
September 04, 2021
Don’t Mess with Kids (Abortion, Parenting and Ministering to Children)
This week, I need a little time to concentrate on building up my 3D Printing Business so it can be a bit more successful and provide more for my family – and, after seeing such rapid and encouraging growth on my channel lately, I felt it was time I updated and improved the biography and vision pages on my website, “About Me” on Twitch, and contact churches, ministries, and individuals – inside and outside my circle – and introduce myself and explain Christian Ninja Online Missions. I believe with all my heart that God has called me to stop seeking a traditional pastoral position (as I’ve had for the past 16 years) and serve the online gaming and streaming community full-time. I’ve had my vision, calling, and gifting affirmed by many Christian elders and have raised some support already. So, my current task (and biggest need) is to find people who share my excitement for what God is doing on this new frontier of global missions and want to enable me to pour my whole heart into this work through their financial support. It’s not something I’ve ever done before, so please keep me in prayer. But, I didn’t want to skip putting out a podcast episode today – because that’s a bad habit that I don’t want to start – so I went through my website analytics and decided to share what is probably, my most popular message, all about Jesus’ relationship with children and what that means to us today. Thank you for listening and I hope this connects with you in some helpful way..
46:12
August 28, 2021
"Hate-Raids" on Twitch, Who Needs Rules Anyway, When Apollyon Tells You to Quit (P.P. 7.1)
In this week’s episode, I’m going to share an interesting article about Hate-Raids on Twitch – with special contributions from two black streamers who have faced racism on and offline, continue our interesting study of Pilgrim’s Progress in the beginning of the seventh chapter where Christian meets Apollyon, and finish off with a message entitled, “Who Needs Rules Anyway?”. Interesting Links: – RedeemedJay09 on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/redeemedjay09 – DefinedByKy on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/definedbyky – Subscribe to the Podcast: https://anchor.fm/xtianninja – Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2021/08/11/twitch-do-better-hate-raids/ – Pilgrim’s Progress Free E-Book: https://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrims-progress – Buy Pilgrim’s Progress Paperback: https://amzn.to/2VBmWMX – Support XtianNinja OM: https://bit.ly/2VrzQNC
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August 22, 2021
Christians Doing Weird Stuff, Can You Know if God Loves You or Not? & Slipping Into Humiliation (P.P. 7.0)
In this week’s episode, I share an interesting article about Christians doing weird stuff, continue our interesting study of Pilgrim’s Progress with the beginning of the seventh chapter when Christian descends into the Valley of Humiliation, and finish off with a new Bible-Study segment where I talk about how you can know whether or not God truly loves you. Interesting Links: – Subscribe to the Podcast: https://anchor.fm/xtianninja – Article: https://www.9marks.org/article/dont-do-weird-stuff/ – Pilgrim’s Progress Free E-Book: https://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrims-progress –  Buy Pilgrim's Progress Paperback: https://amzn.to/2VBmWMX – Support XtianNinja OM: https://bit.ly/2VrzQNC
38:08
August 07, 2021
Why You Need "Big Brother", Criticism vs Discernment, P.P 6.6: Community
In this week’s episode, I share an interesting idea about trusting big brother, an interesting article about the difference between discernment and criticism, and continue our interesting study of Pilgrim’s Progress by exploring the end of the sixth chapter where Christian tours the Beautiful Castle. Interesting Links: – Subscribe to the Podcast: https://anchor.fm/xtianninja – Article: https://buildingjerusalem.blog/2021/07/20/being-discerning-and-being-critical-are-not-the-same-thing/ – Briefing Episode: https://albertmohler.com/2021/06/28/briefing-6-28-21 – Pilgrim’s Progress Free Book: https://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrims-progress – Support XtianNinja OM: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=7XJFMCJKESBEG
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July 24, 2021
Why You Should Argue With Yourself, The Danger of "Fear of Man", P.P. 6.5: Hard Questions
In this episode: Listening to that little voice inside you, how "Fear of Man" can wreck your life, and why you should let people ask you extremely personal questions. Interesting Links: – Article: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/from-gods-to-gallows – Pilgrim’s Progress Free Book: https://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrims-progress – Website: http://www.ArtoftheChristianNinja.com - Twitch: http://www.Twitch.tv/XtianNinja
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July 17, 2021
Why I Allow Swearing Now, the Difference Between Strong Language and Foul Language, PP 6.4: Christian's Testimony
In this week’s episode, I’m going to share an interesting idea about why my Twitch channel is going PG-13 an interesting article about the difference between strong language and foul language, and continue our interesting study of Pilgrim’s Progress by exploring more of the sixth chapter where Christian is stopped at the gates of the Beautiful Palace.
35:21
July 09, 2021
Behind the Scene Update!
In this week’s episode I share a look behind the scenes at all the interesting, amazing, and exhausting things going on with XtianNinja Online Ministries. Script: Hey, everyone. This episode […]
09:18
July 02, 2021
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, How Christians Can Deal with Anxiety, Walking Between The Lions (PP 6.3)
In this week’s episode I share an interesting idea about how we all stand on the shoulders of giants, an interesting article about how Christians can deal with anxiety, and […]
22:15
June 05, 2021
The Bible is Actually Really, REALLY Weird!, Being Soft-Hearted is a Good Thing, Losing Your Roll (PP 6.2)
This week, I share an interesting idea about being soft-hearted, an interesting article about how weird the Bible is, and continue our interesting study of Pilgrims Progress by exploring the […]
24:58
May 21, 2021
When Your Past Hurts Your Present, Saul Did Not Become Paul, The Hill of Difficulty (PP 6.1)
This week, I share an interesting idea about how your past trauma doesn’t need to dictate your present feelings, an interesting article about how Saul didn’t actually turn into Paul, […]
23:07
May 14, 2021
Pioneer Missionaries in an Undiscovered Country – Why Twitch is the New Frontier of Global Missions
This week I’m doing something a little different by releasing an audio version of an upcoming video I’ve produced to help churches and Christian organizations understand the importance online missions […]
07:59
May 07, 2021
You Need Less Good Things, Being a Know-it-All Sucks, Formalist & Hypocrisy (PP 5.2)
This week, I share an interesting idea about interesting ideas, an interesting article about cutting some good things out of your life, and continue our interesting study of Pilgrims Progress […]
32:12
May 01, 2021
Women Aren’t the Problem, Honesty is Dangerous, & Asleep On the Road (PP 5.1)
This week, I share an interesting idea about the dangers of vulnerability, an interesting article about how women aren’t the problem, and continue our interesting study of Pilgrims Progress by […]
32:12
April 24, 2021
The Power of Vulnerability, How News Deforms the Soul, & At The Cross (PP 4)
In this episode, I share an interesting idea about the power of vulnerability, an interesting article about how news can deform your soul, and continue our interesting study of Pilgrims […]
27:30
April 16, 2021
Talk About Hell, Use Big Words, & The Terrified Man (PP 3.9)
Today, I share the last part of my testimony about being part of a wonderful church, an interesting article about the importance of using big words, and continue our interesting […]
28:47
April 02, 2021
Suicide for Everyone!, Miraculous Provision Stories, P.P. 3.8: The Man in the Cage
This Week, I share some of the miracles of provision I’ve experienced, an interesting article about Canada’s new euthanasia law, and then we’ll be continuing our interesting study of John […]
37:31
March 27, 2021
Having Enemies is Normal?, A Rough Part of My Story, & P.P. 3.7 – Pleasant Palace and the Enemy Army
This week, I share a rough part of my testimony, skip over an interesting article altogether, and then continue our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrims Progress by exploring Pleasant […]
37:58
March 19, 2021
Hearing God, Online Missionaries, and PP 3.6 – The Fireplace
This week I share some more of my testimony, an interesting article about sharing the gospel while playing video games, and then continue our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, […]
32:02
March 13, 2021
How Does Willpower Work, My Time in Cleveland, & PP 3.5
This week, I share some more of my testimony, an interesting article about willpower, and then we’ll be continuing our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrims Progress by exploring the middle of the third chapter, where Interpreter takes Christian to meet Passion and Patience. Interesting Links: I have a new Rumble Channel: https://rumble.com/c/c-658037 I’m also on Twitch Now: https://www.twitch.tv/xtianninja Join […]
41:28
March 06, 2021
A Pastor Jailed for Having Church?!, More of My Story, & Pilgrim’s Progress 3.4
This week I share some more of my testimony, an interesting article about that pastor that got arrested in Edmonton, and then continue our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, […]
34:26
February 26, 2021
How Being Bullied Changed Me, Enraged by Ravi Z., Pilgrim’s Progress 3.3 (Of Interest Ep. 23)
This week, I share my interesting testimony, an interesting article about being angry at Ravi Zacharias, and continue our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrims Progress by exploring the […]
40:44
February 20, 2021
A Twitch Idea, Sexual Detachment, & Pilgrim’s Progress Ch. 3.2
This week, I share an interesting idea about livestreaming on Twitch, an interesting article about pornographic detachment, and continue our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrims Progress by exploring […]
28:34
February 12, 2021
How NOT to Capitalize on the Pandemic, Why Churches Need to Reopen & Pilgrim’s Progress Ch 3.1
This week I share an interesting idea about how not to capitalize on the pandemic , share an interesting article about the vital importance of opening churches back up, and […]
28:49
February 05, 2021
Resolutions, American Theology, & Pilgrims Progress Ch. 1 (Of Interest Ep.17)
This week on “Of Interest”, I’m going share an interesting idea for a New Years Resolution, share an interesting article about the state of Theology in America, and then we’ll […]
19:03
January 08, 2021
Pilgrim’s Progress Intro Study – and MORE! (“Of Interest” Ep. 16)
This week, I talk about Relationship Simulators, share an interesting article about the Lord’s Prayer, an interesting resource about… well, also the Lord’s Prayer, and then we’ll be continuing our […]
24:08
November 29, 2020
Encouragement, Big Words, & Escaping Prison (“Of Interest” Ep. 15)
This week, I’m talking about some encouragement I found in one of the Lord’s parables, sharing an interesting article about some big words, an interesting resource to find some amazing […]
22:39
November 12, 2020
Motivational Mickey, Angry Eyebrows, & God’s Sovereignty (“Of Interest” Ep. 14)
Interesting Links: Article: https://entrustedtothedirt.com/2020/10/30/you-are-a-good-teacher-because-you-dress-like-a-teacher/ Resource: https://bibleproject.com/ Study: https://www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrims-progress Want to Support the Podcast?: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7XJFMCJKESBEG&source=url
20:59
November 06, 2020
The Tale of the Red Dragon and the Blue Dragon
CHAPTER 1 Once upon a time there was a grand kingdom beset by two fierce dragons. Had it not been for the dragons, the kingdom would have been a wonderful […]
17:47
October 29, 2020
Jesus Calls His Witnesses – John 5:30-47 (Sunday Study: Ep. 3)
Script: We’re back in our study of the gospel of John this week looking at the last section of chapter 5, from verse 30-47, entitled in the ESV, “Witnesses […]
19:32
October 18, 2020
My Motto, Evaporating Empathy, History,& Wounds (“Of Interest” Ep. 12)
This week, I talk about my weird personal motto, share an interesting article about the evaporation of empathy, an interesting resource to teach you a little bit about church history, […]
21:20
October 15, 2020
How the Devil Tricks People Into Sinning – Romans 6:22-23 (“Sunday Study” Ep. 2)
This week we’re going to do something a little different. Yes, I’m aware that I’ve only done this once and that last week I told you that we’d be going […]
23:23
October 10, 2020
New “Sunday Study” Podcast! – John 5:19-29 – “Jesus Declares Himself to be Equal with God”
If you weren’t following along when these were being released as sermon podcasts – or with the YouTube videos of the services – or for that matter, have just completely […]
16:50
October 04, 2020
Fake Greetings, Hell, the ESV, & Fruitful Suffering (“Of Interest” Podcast Ep. 10)
This week, I’m sharing an interesting article about Hell, an interesting resource for getting a free study bible, and then we’ll be continuing our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, […]
19:06
October 01, 2020
Character, Career, Cool, & Conscience (“Of Interest” Ep.9)
This week, I’m going talking about career vs character, sharing an interesting resource for finding out a ton of cool things, and then we’ll be continuing our interesting study of […]
16:25
September 24, 2020
Craving Controversy – “Of Interest” Ep. 7
This week I share an interesting article about controversy, an interesting resource for answering tough questions, and continue our interesting study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrims Progress. Interesting Links: Article: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/unhealthy-people-crave-controversy/ […]
16:48
September 11, 2020
A Personal Update – “Of Interest” Episode 6
This week’s episode is something a bit different. It’s an update on the interesting things that have been going on in my life. Thanks for your support! Support Links: Support […]
14:59
September 03, 2020
We’ve Been Here Before – “Of Interest” Podcast Episode 5
The 5th Episode of “Of Interest” talks about the Spanish Flu vs Today , an amazing blogger named Tim Challies, and how John Bunyan’s Suffering led to Pilgrim’s Progress Interesting […]
11:53
August 27, 2020
What Does The Healing of the Man at the Pool Tell Us About Jesus? (Gospel of John Series)
Please open up to John 5:1-18 and let’s read it together: “After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in […]
32:27
August 18, 2020
Jesus & The Centurion: Humility & Trust (Gospel of John Series)
Please open up to John 4:46–54: “[46] So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose […]
44:23
August 12, 2020
We are ALL the Woman at the Well (Gospel of John Series)
Please open up to John 4, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, and let’s read it together: “Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus […]
38:26
July 21, 2020
Sipping Poison – “Of Interest” Podcast Episode 3
This week, I’m going to share an interesting article about Why Sipping Poison is a dumb idea, an interesting resource for getting answers to bible questions, and then we’ll be […]
13:29
July 15, 2020
Don’t Be a Jerk – “Of Interest” Podcast Episode: 2
Interesting Links Interesting Article: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-ways-jerk-online/ Interesting Resource: https://gospelebooks.net/ Interesting Study: www.desiringgod.org/books/the-pilgrims-progress
12:56
July 08, 2020
He Must Increase, I Must Decrease (Gospel of John Series)
Please open up to John 3:22-36. We’re back into the Gospel of John series we started a while back. Life is ever-so-slowly starting to look a little bit more normal […]
33:55
July 07, 2020
A New Podcast! “Of Interest”: Episode 1
I’m super excited to announce the launch of my newest podcast: “Of Interest”. There are three parts: An Interesting Article, An Interesting Resource, and An Interesting Study. I know that sounds “educational”, but it’s actually personal, fun, interesting, helpful and short! Please consider giving it a listen and letting me know what you think of it. This week’s episode: An […]
13:49
July 01, 2020
Same Gospel, Different Responses (The Parable of the Sower)
Please open up to Luke 8:4-15, the Parable of the Sower. I figure that this is the last of the “Building Faith during Difficult Times Series” that I started at […]
42:31
June 30, 2020
Would You Consider Supporting My Work Through Patreon?
Hi everyone, This is going to be a little bit different of a post, so thank you for taking the time to read. As you know, I’ve been a full-time […]
04:23
June 25, 2020
Where the Rubber Meets the Road (The Sermon on the Plain)
Please turn to Luke 6:17 where we read about Jesus’ “Sermon on the Plain”. We’re used to hearing about the “Sermon on the Mount”, but Jesus obviously preached the same […]
33:30
June 24, 2020
Bridging the Great Divide: The Gospel and the “isms” of Our Day
Service Video: Podcast Audio: Sermon Text: A lot of things sort-of collided this week. First, of course, we’ve got this pandemic looming over us with all that entails – including […]
34:47
June 09, 2020
Withdraw to Desolate Places (Caring For Your Heart, Soul, Mind & Body in Difficult Times)
Service Video:   Podcast Audio:  Sermon Text:  Please open up to Luke 5:16. We’re going to concentrate our efforts on one verse today and use it as a jumping-off point […]
33:26
June 02, 2020
Stay in the Word (God Speaks to You Personally Through the Bible)
Service Video: Podcast Audio:  A Living and Active Word Most of you know the passages I read at the beginning of service – the Call to Worship and the […]
30:60
May 18, 2020
The Persistent Love of God (A Mother’s Day Sermon)
Podcast Audio:   “Before I was a Mom” By Suzana Haertzen Before I was a Mom…I made and ate hot meals. I had unstained clothing. I had quiet conversations […]
31:32
May 12, 2020
Revealing & Refining Fire (How Tough Times Help You Grow)
Podcast Audio: To say it’s a strange time is an understatement. As this pandemic looms, and the lockdown enters its second month, it’s very interesting to see how people are […]
29:31
April 29, 2020
How Have You Been? (Radical Honesty During Difficult Times)
Podcast Audio: How have you been this week? I know asking that right now is weird. I’m standing alone in a room full of empty pews, addressing myself to […]
39:12
April 28, 2020
Fear, Worry & The God Who Raises the Dead
Service Video: Podcast Audio:   Please open up to 2 Corinthians 1:3-10 and let’s read it together. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father […]
25:57
April 14, 2020
EPIC 2020
It’s been sort of my tradition to take time on Palm Sunday to tell the story of the history of the world, the story of salvation, from beginning […]
45:50
April 07, 2020
Fear Leaves Scars (How to Fight Fear)
Service Livestream:   Sermon Audio:   The song I played earlier is called “The Voice of Truth” and it’s by a Christian band called “Casting Crowns”. It’s a song that […]
35:27
April 01, 2020
Your Soul is Starving (Lent 2020)
We’re headed into the Easter season. This week we celebrated Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday as it’s sometimes called, followed by Ash Wednesday, the official start of the season of […]
34:18
March 05, 2020
Drag Your Sin Into the Light (Gospel of John Series)
“Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that […]
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February 25, 2020