Ask Pastor John: Three Strategies for Overcoming the Superficial Life

How do we break free from triviality in order to cultivate habits of deep thinking, and all for the sake of increasing our delight in God? It’s a question that comes to us from a podcast listener named Michael. “Hello Pastor John. How do you think deeply, when you have created, by whichever way, a superficial manner of thinking that skirts matters and gets bored before you have gotten to any real depth? And if you get bored, how can you challenge yourself to still engage with a matter or a bib … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Is Male Headship A Lost Cause?

We recently received this question from a soon-to-be pastor in the UK: “Greetings Pastor John! I’m about to graduate from seminary and start a job as an associate pastor in four months. I am a complementarian. However, from observing local churches in my county, it’s discouraging as it appears more and more of them are submitting to egalitarianism simply out of social norms and expectations of church leadership from a secular point of view. With the legalization of gay marriage rights, this move … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: What’s the Last Thing You Would Tweet?

Welcome back to a new week on the Ask Pastor John podcast. Pastor John, what do you want to be as your final words on Twitter, in 140 characters? Brittany writes in to ask it: “Dear Pastor John, if you could say one last thing to this world, what would your message to us be? In other words, what is the one-sentence message, the one last tweet, that is the most important thing we need to hear from you, and why?”I took Brittany seriously when she suggested it be one last tweet, so here’s my exa … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: My Parents Say Missions is a Waste of American Blessings

Here’s today’s question: “Pastor John, my name is David. I’m a high school senior and I recently felt the call of God to uproot my life for the spread of the gospel among the nations. I have access to several opportunities to go to college overseas through my denomination’s mission board. My pastor has affirmed my calling, and my church is willing and able to send me to study as a student-missionary. It is my plan to go into missions full time after I get my degree. “My parents, on the other han … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: How Can My Difficult Marriage Glorify Christ?

A really good and important question comes to us today from an anonymous husband. “Dear Pastor John, I have been following your podcast ‘religiously’ for the past six months. As a backsliding believer it has played a significant role in bringing me back to God and to serving him, albeit in much weakness and stumbling. I am ever thankful. My marriage has suffered much due to me neglecting my wife in many ways over the past 22 years of our marriage. Currently it is teetering on the brink of colla … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Do We Really Need Musical Worship?

Jeremy writes in with today’s question: “Dear Pastor John, I have served for the past seven years as a ‘worship leader.’ Something I’ve had trouble reconciling is how worshiping God turned into singing trendy praise songs in a community setting. Does it derive from the Levites and appointed leaders in the Old Testament? I have a hard time finding something relatable in the New Testament. In fact, one of the Scriptures that I find most denotes what worship is comes from Romans 12 where Paul tells … [Read more...]