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...]

Reflections of Grace 134: Toxic “Christians”

[display_podcast]Have you ever been deeply disillusioned by someone whom you thought was a friend but turned out to be a controller or manipulator and when you didn’t comply with their demands they dropped you?  Do you think because we are to seek to love everyone with God’s unconditional love that means you should allow them total access into your life?Actually real genuine love has many boundaries.  To enable someone to treat you with anything less than respect is actually enabling them … [Read more...]

Transform: Having Fun while Creating a Creative Community with Martin Shervington

This week, I’m joined by an amazing digital marketing consultant, and one of the contributors to my 2-book set, Entrepreneur Mind Hacks, Martin Shervington. Martin is an official Google Small Business Advisor and brings ‘Digital Intelligence’ to business, starting with marketing and social media. He was generous enough to help me with four different chapters in my books: Productivity, Creativity, Connection and Success. And, today, we’re going to key in on his ideas regarding Creativity.For M … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 159: Ron Pearson

[display_podcast]This week, I’m joined by my great buddy, world class comedian, amazing juggler and just all-round superfluous person, Ron Pearson.Ron just had to get something off his chest this week: today’s young people – the Millennials – are so entitled, it’s unbelievable. He recently performed at Arizona State University and noticed that surf and turf – steak and seafood – is served at the dorm cafeteria each week. These kids are dining better than their parents do!When we were … [Read more...]

I’m Waiting 23: Giving Power Through Knowledge

[display_podcast]Q: Why wait if I already did it? I didn’t want to but I felt pressured.~ 11th grade femaleA:  There are actually three different parts to this question we recently received after a presentation.  One question and two statements.  Let’s look at each of them.First the question:  “Why wait if I already did it?”One of the biggest lies is that if you’ve already done something you have to continue, especially if something could potentially make your life more difficult … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 124: Let it Go-True Surrender, Part 2

[display_podcast]“All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.”Really?Do you sing that song and truthfully think of its meaning and embrace all that it suggests?What are you surrendering?A few years ago through a season when God was teaching me to “let go” of those things I could not control; for some odd reason I felt that my obsessing would somehow change the circumstance in another person’s life or even my own.  After much agony and defeat, I finally began to get it … [Read more...]