What Now? The Post Covid Church PodcastMay 10, 2020
Two out of three Americans favor abortion, and even people in red states are saying a resounding NO to restrictions. On this podcast, meet a doctor facing more than a decade in prison for protesting against abortion, and hear what happened when he met a woman in the emergency room who drank turpentine to self-abort.
Building Bridges not Castles
Christ’s call to the disciples before leaving earth: Go and make disciples. That was much easier in our culture just a few decades ago when even those outside the faith had a basic understanding of Christianity. Now, building those bridges is much more challenging. On this podcast, hear from a man who has effectively led evangelistic outreach around the world and learn how to more effectively leave the castle—-our churches—-and build more bridges to the lost.
Ghostbusters and Christ
Two men who bonded over a 1980s science fiction movie are committed to defending the Christians faith. For Brian Auten and Chad Gross of the popular Apologetics 315 Podcast , that means biblical knowledge, serious study and a winsome approach. It’s something far too few church leaders are teaching. Listen to how your ministry can be strengthened by their straightforward, effective ideas.
Spot The Lie
When you fly the American flag, are you simply saying, “Yeah, it’s where I live." Or, are you pledging your support to an entire way of life? When you fly the rainbow flag, are you simply saying, “People should be allowed to live and let live?” Or, are you pledging your support for a change in how the culture has traditionally viewed sex, gender and parental rights? On this podcast, a look at how we got here. Plus, some very practical advice for those holding traditional biblical views to help prepare themselves…and their children….to engage with and answer an increasingly challenging culture.
Why We Need A Deeper Church
Problem: Most of energy from evangelical churches is spent cursing the increasingly hostile and secular culture. The problem is that not enough energy is spent helping Christians understand and embrace a Biblical or Christian worldview. Fact: Only 4% of Americans have a biblical worldview.
Solution: The focus of The Post Covid Church leaders must be on understanding, embracing and teaching the Christian worldview. That means the not just knowing scripture, but also how the faith must be lived out.
Learn how to define a worldview, see evidence of how even Born Again Christians are straying and hear powerful ideas on how to strengthen The Post Covid Church by tackling head-on today’s biggest cultural issues.
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Letting God Lead
The Post Covid world has revealed the importance of adjusting quickly. In too many congregations the innovation stopped with on-line services. Facing an increasingly hostile culture and the greatest need ever for the Gospel, it’s more critical than ever for church leaders to reassess their effectiveness as leaders. Hear from two proven leaders whose biblically inspired ideas can make a difference in your church—-and in your workplace.
Without a sense of purpose, people are lost. An astounding Post Covid impact is how the pandemic has torn away the sense of God-given purpose for so many Believers. There is, however, a silver lining. Listen to a story of purpose on What Now? The Post Covid Church Podcast.
Sex and Grace
“Hate the sin, love the sinner.” Has there been a more tossed around, misunderstood and, far too often, empty statement? On this follow up podcast, a look more deeply into what grace looks like in the face of a sexual revolution.
Sexuality and the Church: What's the Big Deal?
Can’t followers of Christ simply disagree about what’s sexually OK, what marriage means and whether folks can just be the gender they feel like today? Well, if you don’t believe sexuality is very important to God, then it’s not that big a deal. If, however, you believe what the Bible says sexuality means it IS a very big deal to God, then it’s not a debatable point. What is also not debatable: Once gay marriage became the norm, resisting all other sexual restraints became much tougher. Hear the arguments for and against a progressive interpretation, see how children are now the targets and learn how to defend what the church has universally defended for all but the last 15 minutes.
"Men Being Men"
The church’s man problem isn’t new and isn’t easy to solve. It will take more than quarterly men’s ministry events. Meet a man whose business success and subsequent emptiness led him to use his skills to help men thrive as Christ followers. And meet two men whose lives were forever changed.
Walking the Talk
The American church does a good job talking about the importance of life, but is falling short when it comes to helping those who need it most. Meet two couples who have gone to extraordinary lengths to help children in need and hear what they say the church must do now to help the hundreds of thousands in foster care. It’s simpler than you think.
This Church Doesn't Want Members
If The Post Covid Church is to fulfill the great commission in the face of a quickly secularized culture, it must be willing to re-think how it operates. Not changing likely means a slow slide into irrelevance. On this podcast meet a bold pastor whose church now demands that those who want to belong must do more than just show up.
Answering An Atheist's Onslaught
Followers of Christ are called to be prepared to defend the faith, so I decided to do so in the face of an aggressive atheist whose podcast, The Bible Says WHAT!? is designed to tear Believers away from their belief in God. Michael Wiseman hasn’t just walked away from the faith of his youth, but is now in full attack mode against the God he once worshipped. It certainly wasn’t a boring chat. On my podcast, a taste of the tough questions, my answers and the sparks that flew.
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Lessons from an ex-Christian
The Post Covid Church is shrinking and its impact on the culture waning. Two big problems: Christians not living like followers of Christ and tough questions that far too many in the church cannot answer. I talked with a man who left the church for those reasons, and more. Here’s an invitation to sit down in a booth next to our table in this Italian bar and grill and listen.
Can Christians Afford to Ignore 70% of the Bible?
Megachurch pastor Andy Stanley says Christians should unhitch from the Old Testament. Listen to his reasoning, and a robust defense of the Old Testament from one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject. Dr. John Oswalt makes it is very clear: If we ignore the Old Testament, we short circuit the New Testament and weaken the faith.
Walking Billboards for Christ
Talking the talk is cheap, the old saying goes, but those walking the walk for Christ often pay a hefty price. Meet a woman whose Christian worldview comes face to face with reality. Her story is both an inspiration and a call for The Post Covid Church to step up.
“When God Calls You, You Go”: Overturning Roe, What Now?
The woman behind the law that overturned Roe is far from content. On this podcast, you’ll meet Terri Herring, who has lobbied for the unborn since the mid 1980s and says the church’s work has only just begun. You’ll also learn how Dr. Matt Friedeman, a seminary professor, media commentator and church planter went from just talking pro-life to living it, all because a church member challenged him.
The most damaging fallout to the church in this Post Covid time isn’t the lower attendance and higher number of Americans walking away from the faith. It’s the inability of so many evangelicals to hold and articulate a Christian worldview. Here’s one example: One out of three Christians who believe the Bible is totally accurate in all its principals also believe the Koran, Book of Mormon and the Bible, teach the same truth simultaneously. How our Christian faith influences how we look at the world has never been more important. On this episode of The Post Covid Church Podcast:What Now?, three lay leaders from various communities who all were trained in the Christian worldview share what they’ve learned from the shutdown that serve as lessons for all us all.
"Challenges Dressed as Opportunities"
Those who prayed in the midst of the pandemic induced shutdown that their church would some day return to normal hopefully now realize the reality: THIS is normal. The Post Covid Church project began in 2020 to help churches learn how best to lean into the pandemic by creatively fulfilling their mission. Now the challenge is even greater, with a smaller church and more hostile culture. This is the first episode of the re-launched podcast series. Challenges Dressed As Opportunities features three lay leaders from diverse communities using what they learned during the disruption and helping their churches thrive.
The Post Covid Church must more effectively engage with an increasingly secular culture and provide compelling reasons for the lost to believe, rather than aggressively attack the faith. In this recent talk at First Baptist Church in Fairhope, AL, Stuart Kellogg lays out what a worldview is, why more Believers must be better equipped and how best to engage with a hostile opposition.
Knowing What You Believe: Life Matters
A critical point brought up in The Post Covid Church is the importance of teaching the Christian worldview in the church in the face of an increasingly secular onslaught. The latest Post Covid Church Podcast is from a recent address by Stuart Kellogg at First Baptist Church in Fairhope, AL teaching Christians how to more effectively defend the Pro Life movement through understanding and sharing the Christian Worldview.
The Post Covid Church Story
In his address to the Christian Business Men’s Connection Mobile, AL group, Stuart Kellogg shares his journey from “functional Unitarian” to a follower of Christ and how The Post Covid Church project began and led to The Post Covid Church book.
A Podcast Pause
This podcast is the last one for a few months. Learn what’s coming next as I focus on expanding the reach and impact of The Post Covid Church project! A full transcript is at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
Changing Focus: Measuring The Right Things
An old adage in the business world: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” The problem for the church is too many leaders have picked the wrong things to measure. Take attendance and membership. Craig T Owens , pastor and author of Shepherd Leadership: The Metrics That Really Matter, points out that one key to a biblically healthy church is the quality, not the quantity, of members. Another is choosing pastors for more than their ability to preach. Listen to how The Post Covid Church can have a real impact only if it re-thinks what’s biblically important. You can find the transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
REVIVAL!: Not That Simple
Can this pandemic that has touched every corner of the world, focused the mind of even the most strident secularist and decimated the church lead to another worldwide revival? Not unless we do more than wait for it. T.M. Moore has written more than 30 books and is a renowned expert on revivals. The author of Restore Us says we first need to realized that a “revival” is not an organized event, with special speakers and a pot luck supper. Historically, great revivals like "The Great Awakening" have always begun with repentance and “extraordinary seasons of prayer.” Listen to what The Post Covid Church must do now if there is to be hope for any kind of real revival. You can find a transcript of this podcast at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click the show title on the home page.
"As Goes The U.S. University, So Goes The World"
Three out of four American students who arrive on campus as Christians lose their faith. That’s why the organization Ratio Christi exists. The rapid growth of hostility and persecution against foundational Biblical faith means, however, that it's more important than ever that the church better prepares young Christians. It means making youth ministry more than “skinny jeans and fog machines”. Dr. Corey Miller explains that if churches aren’t including apologetics across all age groups, they’re not doing their job. A full transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click on the Title.
Religious Liberty: Tables Turning
Many Christians cheered when a Georgia town denied local Muslims a permit to build their mosque. With the hostility towards Christians growing more overt and widespread, and white Christians now in the minority, there is suddenly more focus on the first amendment's religious liberty protections. David Callaway, Religious Freedom Specialist for the Freedom Forum, explains what religious liberty is and why it's more important than ever to understand it. You can find a full transcript of the conversation at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click on the show title there.
Revitalizing The Church: Tough Medicine, Hard Work
Dr. Harry Reeder’s career has focused on revitalizing the local church and helping pastors and lay leaders across the country do the same. The Senior Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL is quick to say the roadmap he shares isn’t his, but Christ’s. He’s also convinced that the pandemic, the culture’s hostility to biblical principals and progressive Christianity's increasing influence have all made it more difficult to thrive. But not impossible. The author of "From Embers To A Flame, How God Can Revitalize Your Church" pulls no punches as he identifies what The Post Covid Church must do if it’s to regain its influence and make disciples. You can get a transcript of this podcast at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click on the show title.
Trauma In The Pews
Too many churches are focused on just getting folks back in the building and ignoring the trauma all have faced, to various degrees, during the pandemic. Unless that changes, the church will be weaker and unable to fulfill its mission of creating disciples. The good news: The people outside the walls are facing the same trauma and need what only the Christian church offers. Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, author of “Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore You Sanity” has specific answers on how to become stronger in the wake of the pandemic. You can find the transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com...just click the show title.
Progressive Christianity's Threat To The Faith
“Social Justice”: Is it simply another way to describe Jesus’ ministry or a concept at odds with the Christian faith? Dr. David Young, author of A Grand Illusion, How Progressive Christianity Undermines Biblical Faith, explains what “progressive Christianity” means, the biblical basis for justice and what evangelical Christians must understand about this cultural wave in order to defend the faith. You can find the full transcript by clicking the show title at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
Not Giving Up
This is a story of a dying church, with no full time staff, hammered by Covid and like so many in America, struggling to survive. Instead of despair, a co-vocational pastor seizes on an opportunity to use technology he at first didn’t trust to reach out and make stronger disciples. A story of faith, a lesson in resilience and a message of hope.
Priorities NOW For Your Church Leaders: Two National Experts Here To Help!
The Post Covid Church is smaller, the needs greater and the barriers for sharing the Good News never more daunting. It's a critical time for strong leadership that focuses on how to use the talent in the pews. Dr. George Barna and Dr. Thom Rainer are two of Christianity’s most respected authorities on church leadership. Hear what steps must be taken now to fulfill your church’s mission.
For a full transcript, visit www.thepostcovidchurch.com
“My Number One Job As A Pastor Is Not To Minister”
Reopening doors creates a special challenge for church leaders and there’s a pastor and leadership expert who says it’s a perfect time to learn from his mistakes. Dan Hall has a unique perspective: pastor, leadership expert and quadriplegic whose focus on serving Christ is transparent, instructional and inspirational. Visit www.thepostcovidchurch.com for a full transcript.
"When Faith Is Forbidden"
Never in America has it cost so much to publicly support foundational, biblical beliefs. Yet Voice of the Martyr’s Todd Nettleton says stories from those tortured and jailed for following Christ is a powerful reminder for Americans: Faith in Christ means counting the cost. Get a transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
Building A Plane While Flying: Church Planting In A Pandemic
If you were following the "how to plant a church" textbook, you would not be inclined to do so during a pandemic. That's exactly WHY Jeff Wolheter is doing it NOW. Listen to what this Post Covid Church plant looks like and hear some important lessons for established church leaders.
Time To Focus On Mental Health
In his 30 years of counseling Rev. Percy McCray has never seen a year like this past one. The Director of Faith Based Programs at Cancer Treatment Centers of America is optimistic, however, because Rev. McCray knows the power of the Christian faith can overcome mental stress. But, The Post Covid Church must do a better job tackling mental health. Listen to practical ways to not only survive, but thrive, during the darkest of times.
"As The Men Go, So Goes The Church"
As churches reopen and ministries regather, David Dusek, founder of Rough Cut Men Ministries, says no group is more important than the men. David's ministry focuses on encouraging and equipping men to live their lives for Christ by getting them to talk about what's really going on in their lives. Listen to what The Post Covid Church can do to get men more involved, and how some simple first steps can get men more connected.
Smartly Defending The Faith
Those holding classical Christian beliefs have never been under more pressure. That's why nationally renowned Christian author, speaker and Stand to Reason founder Greg Koukl is spending his life teaching Christians to think more clearly about their faith. Hear simple tactics to better prepare for those upcoming tough discussions, and how the church must encourage believers to ask tough questions.
Prepare For Persecution
The antipathy towards orthodox Biblical belief has quickly become an aggressive movement to silence the church in the public square. S. Michael Craven, Director of the Colson Fellows Program at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, says part of the problem is that Christians have only been taught half of the salvation story. Listen to how the church must do a better job telling the whole story, while at the same time preparing for greater persecution that will strengthen the church and mean the end of cultural Christianity. Use this link to learn more about the Colson Fellows Program: https://colsonfellows.org
Lessons from Haiti
Dr. Lucner Pierre is a seminary professor and senior pastor in Haiti, and his aggressive reaction to the pandemic induced shutdown provides lessons for The Post Covid Church in America. The key is looking for ways to connect, expand and serve. The shutdown has also cut out short-term mission work, which has provided an opportunity for the local church to step up and stand out.
"We've Made Christ A Hobby"
Dr. Jim Denison’s life is focused on apologetics: Defending and explaining the Christian faith and helping to equip Christians to do the same. In the wake of the DC attack on the Capitol, there is no better time to focus on what it means to be a Christian. In fact, Dr. Denison says if the church doesn’t quickly do a much better job of teaching the Christian Worldview, its impact will diminish more rapidly. The good news: He believes "these could be our best days."
Reimagining The Post Covid Church
The churches that thrive in the wake of the pandemic will have strong leaders, engaged laity and a vision for serving their communities while making disciples. Greg Ligon has spent his post-pastor career in church leadership development and he says the pandemic has forced the church to embrace the multisite movement. It will also lead to a significant number of mergers. Listen to his ideas on creating high capacity leadership and why he's optimistic about The Post Covid Church.
"Why Did God Put You On Earth?"
Two positives coming out of the pandemic: Believers reassessing their walk with Christ and and churches forced to focus on how they must change in order to fulfill the great commission and make disciples. Kelly Kannwischer, Co-founder and CEO of Future Church Co, is uniquely qualified to help both church leaders and members identify their strengths in order to help churches thrive.
Calling The Church To Thrive
Colson Center for Christian Worldview President John Stonestreet says the focus of The Post Covid Church must be on not just surviving. In fact, “If the church survives and doesn’t do what God has called it to do, it doesn’t matter if it survives or not.” That means helping Believers focus on what it means to have a Christian Worldview and live in "The Story".
"Bringing Judgment Upon The Church"
Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Sr not only leads a 3,500 person mega church he also is presiding Bishop over two dozen mostly rural Mississippi congregations. The pandemic has forced him to change not just the length of his sermons, but also how he views ministry in the midst of what he sees as God's judgment on the church.
The Digital Revolution: Making Disciples
In the middle of a crisis strong leaders are thinking forward, counting on more disruption and planning for a very different future. Dr. Elaine Friedrich, Director of Digital Discipleship for a Metro Atlanta church, is uniquely positioned to help churches of all sizes see that they need to shift focus and resources if they want to stay connected with their members and fulfill the great commission: reaching “the least, the last and the lost.”
After "The Covid Wilderness"
The silver lining to the pandemic is the ability for strong church leaders to quickly make needed changes. Dr. Thom Rainer's focus as Founder/CEO of "Church Answers" is to help church leaders more effectively lead and serve. Listen to ideas that work. Ideas that will help your church better fulfill its mission to make disciples. Ideas that will help lead you out of "the Covid Wilderness".
“Jesus Didn’t Die To Put Butts in Seats”
Dr. George Barna is the preeminent researcher of the Christian faith in America and he says that for the church to regain its influence, it must make big changes now. It starts at the top and includes changing both how pastors define success and what they teach so that many more Christians have a Biblical Worldview.
"Run Towards The Roar!"
The pandemic is making all of us reassess not only what’s really important in life, but also what it means to live by faith. John Robertson is a crisis management expert, and a former pastor, who is well positioned to help The Post Covid Church thrive by taking this extraordinary opportunity to help staff and laity discover their strengths and use them for Christ.
Rethinking Seminaries: Strengthening The Post Covid Church
Seminaries are facing the same upheaval as other secondary educational institutions, but some are fortunate to have pivoted before the pandemic. Dr Matt Ayars, President of Wesley Biblical Seminary, says the technological revolution is not only helping better prepare pastors but also strengthening the laity.