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...]

The Big Picture Podcast 80: Pop Culture, the Media & Racial Stereotypes from a Christian Cop’s Perspective

[display_podcast] So much has been thrown at us, as a society, such as biased media pushing their agenda instead of objectively reporting the truth, Black Lives Matter and police officers being shot and killed on a regular basis. It begs the question: how do we deal with this, as Christians? As followers of Jesus, we want to deal with it in the proper manner – in a way that is pleasing to God and that serves our fellow man. In my pursuit of an answer to this, I haven’t seen anyone asking police … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast 79: Christian Parenting & Societal Watchdogs

[display_podcast] So much has been thrown at us, as a society, such as biased media pushing their agenda instead of objectively reporting the truth, Black Lives Matter and police officers being shot and killed on a regular basis. It begs the question: how do we deal with this, as Christians? As followers of Jesus, we want to deal with it in the proper manner – in a way that is pleasing to God and that serves our fellow man. In my pursuit of an answer to this, I haven’t seen anyone asking police … [Read more...]

Church for Men 21: Paradise Outfitter

[display_podcast] From David Murrow, author of the bestselling book, Why Men Hate Going to Church.What happens when you put an archery range inside an abandoned grocery store and call it a church? Brandon Smith started a church in Oak Grove, MO – 30 minutes east of downtown Kansas City. In the past five years, his church – Paradise Outfitter Ministries – has grown from 15 to more than 500 weekly attendees. They’ve had to expand to four weekly services in order to accommodate the crush of ne … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 63: Passion vs. Obedience

[display_podcast] Sitting in for my dad this week, is my boss:  e2 media network executive producer and host of The Big Picture Podcast, Joel Fieri with some “Real Stuff My BOSS Says”. One of the discussions that Joel and I have had numerous times around the water cooler is in regards to a trend that he sees many churches wandering through without even knowing it.  It’s what he sees as a dilemma between passion and obedience.  He sees too many churches allowing the overarching theme of “passion … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast 50: Stop Believing Our Own Bad Press!

[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast. This week we’re checking in again with the Backrow Baptist and letting you know what he sees from The Back Pew. And again, most of know a BRB, he’s the guy in the back of the church who just came in from doing laps around the church plaza until all the singing is over. But he’s always there ready to hear God’s Word and God’s Truth proclaimed. And that’s why he’s got something on his mind, and as usual he wants to share it with you. And that … [Read more...]