By Allen Jones, Daniel Gaines, Joe Prichard
Soul TrainingNov 24, 2023
Creative Evangelism w/ Larry Davenport
Today's guest is the creator of the Challenge Youth Conference (CYC), a rocket scientist, youth minister, and former sailor - Larry Davenport! Larry shares some insight of how we can be creative with our evangelism on a local level and how we can strengthen the faith or our youth.
To learn more about Challenge Youth Conference, visit https://www.cyconline.com/
Other show highlight: Where are Daniel and Allen?
Christian Money Principles w/ Terry Bunnell
The Bible talk A LOT about money. In fact, Jesus speaks about money in several parables! Today, we've brought in a financial expert and fellow Christian to answers some of the following questions: How should you spend your money? How should you view possessions? Should we give to everyone that's needy? Should we still tithe? Should we save for retirement?
As mentioned in the recording, this episode is FREE! So, tune in and learn from the Soul Training guys alongside special guest, Terry Bunnell.
Ghoul Training 3: UFOs, the Multiverse, and Religion
Welcome to the 3rd installment of "Ghoul Training"! For the Halloween season, the Soul Training team always has a little fun with ghoulish or spooky topics. This year, we hope to answer some of the following questions:
If intelligent alien life was discovered, how would that affect religion? Did Jesus die for aliens too? What proof is there for a multiverse?
Sit back and enjoy the ride on this episode of Ghoul Training!
What's so amazing about grace?
What is grace? Why is it needed? God has grace on us, as christians, but should we also have grace with one another?
On today's episode, we talk about "all things grace".
Other show highlights: Allen coins the phrase "grace dispenser"
Difficult questions about Satan
Did God create Satan? Where does he power come from? Was he a fallen angel? He was kicked out of heaven for sinning, so could we one day suffer the same fate?
The Soul Training guys answer these tough questions and MORE on today's episode of the podcast.
Other show highlights: Anyone ever heard of Flip Wilson?
Overtime w/ Steve Higginbotham
Check out the latest "mini" episode with special guest, Steve Higginbotham!
3 questions and 5 minutes
Go to www.preachinghelp.org for some of Steve's writings and lessons.
Social Media Etiquette w/ Steve Higginbotham
How should a Christian behave online? If you've ever wondered such a thing, Soul Training has good news! Our friend and brother Steve Higginbotham joins us to review an article on the topic of Social Media Etiquette for Christians.
Steve's articles and sermons can be found at preachinghelp.org.
To access the article referenced in this episode, go to https://preachinghelp.org/facebook-etiquitte-for-christians .
Other show highlights: Mayberry talk
Did We Inherit Adam's Sin?
There's a widespread belief that humanity has collective inherited the sin that Adam committed in the Garden of Eden. Where did this idea come from? Is it accurate? Does it mean Jesus had sin?
On this episode of Soul Training, we try to answer these questions and more.
Other show highlights - Allen refrains from talking about candy, buses, umbrellas, ink pens, etc.
Is there a difference in the soul and the spirit?
Ever thought about these topics?
Question #1 - What is the difference between a soul and a spirit?
Question #2 - In reference to our Elders and Umbrellas episode, "what about the Jerusalem Council?"
Other show highlights - What did the apostles take to their potlucks?
Overtime w/ Scott Bradford
When we have a new guest, we like to do a short personal interview as an additional episode. Overtime consists of 3 questions:
1) What is the greatest challenge facing Christianity today?
2) What difference has Jesus made in your life?
3) What tips do you have so our listener can remain spiritually fit?
Enjoy this OT w/ our gust from the Elders and Umbrellas episode, Scott Bradford.
Elders and Umbrellas w/ Scott Bradford
What does an umbrella have to do with church leadership? Listen to today's episode to find out! The Soul Training team is back in studio with a special guest, Scott Bradford. Scott is a long time elder for the church of Christ at S. Green Street. On this episode, we discuss biblical church leadership, appointment of elders, tough parts of the job, and more!
Other show highlights - Dad jokes galore! Some are even funny!
Scientific Evidence for the Flood w/ guest Dr. Jeff Miller
Our guest today is Dr. Jeff Miller of Apologetics Press. Dr. Miller and the rest of the Soul Training crew dive deep into some scientific evidence for the Flood and some widespread secular scientific flaws. You're sure to learn a lot of apologetics from Dr. Miller on today's episode!
To read some of Dr. Miller's work, please visit apologeticspress.org or download the Apologetics Press app to your phone.
Other show highlights: What's going on with Daniel's voice?
How to spot an Apostle
Are there modern day Apostles or did they vanish a couple of thousand years ago? What are the qualifications of Apostles? What is the purpose of an Apostle?
On today's episode, we seek to answer the questions above along with a few more.
We reference an article from Apologetics Press in today's episode. To read the article, go to the link below.
How to conduct a Bible study
Christians speak a lot about "spreading the Gospel" but we don't talk much about HOW to do it. The Soul Training guys have decided to point you in the right direction on your evangelistic endeavors. The hardest part of conducting a Bible study is just getting started.
Listen to today's episode for some tips on how to conduct successful Bible studies and spread the Gospel.
Other show highlights: What two things does Allen love talking about? Daniel talks about the time he reenacted the sermon on Mars Hill.
Refuting Atheism: Was the God of the Old Testament a Bully?
On this episode we seek to refute an old atheistic saying the God was a mass murderer and bully during the Old Testament. How can we show our atheist friends this wasn't the case? Where is the flaw in their argument? How can counter argue against such claims? Furthermore, how can we show the atheist in our lives the love of Christ? Listen today for the answers!
Other show highlights: What's an acceptable wait in the drive thru?
The Bible speaks a lot about the spiritual war that Christians are in. While the Bible speaks a lot about this subject, Christians don't seem to bring it up too often. Are we complacent in our daily lives our are we ready to take the spiritual battle on? The Soul Training guys speak on ways to recognize, prepare for , and ultimately win the spiritual battle in this episode.
Other show highlights: Daniel's back in studio, football talk, and a few dad jokes thrown in!
The importance and value of life
Here in the USA, we've struggled with the value of a human life over the past several months. Whether it's the ongoing political discussions on abortion or the mass shootings that have occurred lately, it seems like life just isn't as valuable to everyone like it should be. Why is the problem of devaluing mankind so pervasive? What can be done to curb this trend? How should Christians value human life? These are the questions we dive into on this episode of Soul Training.
Other show highlights: Joe and Allen handle the "Dad jokes".
Parenting by the Psalms w/ Aubrey Johnson
To learn more about Aubrey or to purchase any of his writings, just visit his website - aubreyjohnsonministries.com/
Overtime w/ TJ Kirk
During the last episode, TJ gave us several tips on how to raise our children so that may retain their faith throughout their secular education. On this short OT episode, we get personal with TJ and ask him the three questions we always ask our guests:
- What do you think is one of the greatest challenges facing Christianity today?
- What difference has Jesus made in your life?
- What advice do you have for our listeners to stay spiritually fit?
Raising Faithful Kids with TJ Kirk
Today's episode features TJ Kirk of Freed-Hardeman University. Before TJ become an administrator in higher education, he worked in the public school system as an educator and administrator. Because of his background in education and ministry, TJ has a unique perspective on ways we can raise our children to be faithful Christians (K-College) in a culture that desperately wants them to leave their Christian upbringing.
This episode seeks to answer the following questions:
- What are some tips for students to maintain their faith in school while it is being tested more and more?
- What suggestions are there for educators to share their faith while keeping their jobs?
- What can families do to better prepare their children for the challenges they'll face in the college years?
- How can families of current college students best provide spiritual support to their children away from home?
- Why do children of faithful parents stop being faithful?
The book of Revelation has captured the curiosity of Bible readers since it was written. What should we make of all of the imagery in this book? How could we possibly understand what John was describing? How can we apply the book of Revelation to our lives?
On this episode, the Soul Training team describes the 4 schools of thought on how to read Revelation.
Other show highlights: Allen speaks about cults, Joe's pterodactyl story
The 1000 year reign
Premillinialism... What does the term mean? Where is this doctrine found? Are those that believe premillinialism misguided?
There is a lot of confusion stemming from Revelation 20. Does this chapter mean Jesus will come to reign as a king over a physical kingdom for 1000 years? We don't believe so, but tune in to find out why!
Other show highlights: We're down one man for this episode.
How did we get the Old Testament? w/ Bart Warren
Last season we did an episode with Bart Warren on how the New Testament came to be. Even thought it's been a while, it seemed to fiting to invite Bart back to speak on how the Old Testament was formulated and past down throught the ages.
This episodes tackles questions like:
1) What books SHOULD be included and why?
2) How did they preserve the books?
3) How do we know the Old Testament is accurate?
Other show highlights: Bart gets a major award, Joe is deputized!
What was life like before the Flood?
What was life like before the Flood? Why did everyone live so long back then? On today's episode, we answer these sort of questions that were submitted by a listener. Another listener asked a questions about God's omnipotence and how that relates to Hell. We take on that question towards the end of the episode.
Talkin' about LOVE!
We realize this is a little early for a Valentine's Day episode, but is it really ever a bad time to talk about love? On today's episode, we speak about biblical love versus man's definition of the topic. Our intent, as always, is to clear up some misconceptions about our chosen topic and address what the Bible has to say. Join in the conversation as Allen, Daniel, and Joe give an early Valentine's Day episode to our listener base. How should Christians think about LOVE?
Other show highlights: That time Allen took his date to the rodeo
The “hands on” episode!
In this episode, the Soul Training fellows discuss all of the truths and misconceptions surrounding the topic.
Other show highlight - Allen teaches us a song about Alabama!
Christian New Year's Resolutions
It's that time of year again... We get a chance to "start over" and correct bad habits or begin new and good habits. What should this opportunity mean to Christians? Often, we hear of resolutions like losing weight, but do we ever contemplate ways we can improve our spiritual life? Today's episode seeks to do just that! Listen as Allen, Daniel, and Joe give some ideas for Christian New Year's Resolutions.
Other show highlights: What's a pirate's favorite letter?
Soul Training Classic - How did we get the New Testament? w/ Bart Warren
Merry Christmas from Soul Training! It's becoming a tradition for us to gift our audience with a re-issue of our most listened to episode of the year. This year's "gift" informs the listener on why the New Testament is the way it is. Why do we not look to the Apocrypha as scripture? Who decided what books should be in there?
Our special guest on this episode is Bart Warren.
Tips for a Declining Church
We've all been to churches that are shrinking in size with no apparent plans to change the trajectory. Should those congregations accept the inevitable? Should they hang on as long as they can before eventually dispersing into other congregations? Or, should they look at their current situation, and come up with a plan to revitalize the church?
In this episode, Allen, Daniel, and Big Show Joe discuss ways a declining church can be energized.
Other show details - Allen and Joe have a disagreement
Don't Be A Cheater...
Today's episode covers some of the recent cheating stories in the news, why they matter, and what does that mean for Christians? In the past some cheating has been labeled as just having a competitive advantage. No matter what you call it, breaking the rules in competition (or even in a marriage) causes irreparable harm.
Other show highlights - Daniel sneaks in the Dad Joke of the Day early
Today, we interview one of our own about a subject near and dear to his heart. Allen Jones discusses the benefits, challenges, and opportunities involved with studying God's word with those currently incarcerated.
We hope this episode encourages you to study the Bible with those who are in difficult worldly situations like the prison system.
Ghoul Training 2.0 - Legion and 666
This year's episode of Ghoul Training dives further into the demon possession known as "Legion" and finishes up with some numerology. The "Legion" account is a powerful (and scary) event where Christ not only heals a man of a single demon possession, but SEVERAL demons. Subsequently, the demons are casts into a herd of pigs. What can we learn from this?
Secondly, Daniel clears up the issue of 666. This number is thrown around as a bad omen or sign in the southern United States, but what does it really mean?
Do Miracles Happen Today?
Ever seen something extraordinary and wondered if you'd witnessed a miracle? What about miraculous gifts that some claim to have? Today, we discuss the topic of miracles and try to understand the why, when, and whom of the subject. We also talk about providence of God versus modern day miracle.
Other show highlights: Allen's 2lb Reece's cup, Allen's dad joke attempts, and Daniel is back in studio
Overtime w/ Dr. Matt Cook
Engaging the Culture like Jesus w/ Dr. Matt Cook
Today's episode feature special guest, Dr. Matt Cook of Freed-Hardeman University. Dr. Cook explains how we can engage people as Jesus would in today's culture. Some of the lessons we learn from this episode include: being intentional, taking advantage of the "world coming to us", and building relationships in order to spread the gospel.
Other show highlights: The seed for the "What's Cooking?" podcast is planted and West Virginia football talk.
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.
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
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
Signs of the end of time?
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!
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.
Marketing Christianity w/Jeremy Prichard
Listen up and learn how we can all improve our evangelistic efforts!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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".
Are you a Pharisee?
Other show highlights: Allen fails at a dad joke. Also, check out radicallychristian.com/why-you-probably-need-to-stop-calling-people-pharisees/ for the article referenced.
Soul Training Overtime w/ Alex "Sasha" Misiats
The war on Christianity in Ukraine w/ Alex “Sasha” Misiats
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!