Reflections of Grace 140: Is Faith Our Reality?

[display_podcast]Many years ago I worked as a Medical Staff Coordinator in the Administrative Department of our local hospital.  I had worked my way up from the Cardiovascular Department to the one job that no one else could do, or so I thought.  I felt pretty secure in my job, and as a single mom knew that it could only get better from there……Until the day I was fired.I was called into the CEO’s office and let go due to layoffs in the hospital in general.  The Administrative secretar … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Dance

In a small town on the Texas-Mexico border, Matthew Brue stood in the driveway of Shining Light Rehabilitation Ranch and watched his father drive away. Alone at 17, miles away from his family for the first time, officially signed over as “property of the state,” Matthew turned around and sobbed. The 23-acre rehabilitation ranch, which unfurled in front of him, housed a community of hardened criminals with whom he would spend the next year as he grappled with his drug addiction.Matthew grew up … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 184: A Steady Hand on the Wheel (of YOUR Life)

[display_podcast]It was an epic one-two punch to the gut.Jesus’ gut, not to put too fine a point on it.A brutal betrayal coupled with a devastating denial by two of Jesus’ handpicked and beloved disciples.In this PODCAST, I am referring of course to Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s three-time denial.If there is a silver lining to these increasingly billowing clouds, it is this: There is a clear pattern emerging here in John 13. A pattern that tells quite a tale, striking subtext to … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 138: Relating to Mary

[display_podcast]The virgin birth of Jesus touches me in a very female way in relating to sweet Mary as a mother.  Any mother beholding those scenes of recent Jesus movies of Mary watching her beloved Son tortured and murdered on that cross can’t help but feel the deep emotions and horror that Mary felt as she watched and fell at His feet sobbing.It really happened! No words to describe it! So many questions.We don’t know much about her.  We know she was young and poor and a devo … [Read more...]

Breakpoint: Heroin Hell – Saving Your Kids from the Opiate Epidemic

[display_podcast]If you’re a parent, what I’m about to share on BreakPoint today just might scare the heck out of you. But you need to hear it. By Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Discovered by e2 media network and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not e2 media network, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Elizabeth Blunt was a talented musician and athlete who attended a Christian high school and college. Gifted in foreign languages, Beth was prepa … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: I’m Paralyzed by Indecision — What Should I Do?

A podcast listener named Elisa, with a historical connection to you, Pastor John, writes in to ask: “Hello Pastor John! Thanks for your ministry over all these years. Incidentally, we [she and her husband] we met you when we were post-Stanford students attending InterVarsity’s Western Leadership Conference, sometime around 1985. I was one of the worship leaders at that conference and vividly remember you speaking on Christian Hedonism — a life-changing paradigm for us. Now that we’re empty-nes … [Read more...]