Episode #51 - Tom Ascol on Being Faithful to the Local Church

November 6, 2017

What does it look like to faithfully serve a church for over 31 years?

Dave and Jamin are joined today by Dr. Tom Ascol. Tom is an author, a scholar, the Executive Director of Founders Ministries, and the pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida where he has served for over 31 years. 

The wide variety of topics discussed include the following:

- Tom’s early years in pastoral ministry and how God helped Tom resolve deep questions about what it means to be in ministry.

- The benefits of pastoring one church with a long-term vision

- The providence and pains for one struck by lightning

- The importance of thinking of pastoral ministry through a theological frame of mind.

This episode is packed with insight about faithfully serving the local church.  We think it will encourage you and stoke your motivation for loving, serving and leading within your local church!

For more on Founders Ministries, please visit founders.org.


Episode #50 - J.D. Greear on Church Collaboration

October 10, 2017

Why is this year’s Sojourn Network Leadership Summit (starting October 23rd in Louisville!) about churches collaborating with one another?  

In this episode, Dave is joined by J.D. Greear. J.D. is the lead pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh, North Carolina as well as a faculty member at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a former missionary to Southeast Asia. 

Dave and J.D. discuss the nature of church partnerships and how they are important to the survival of both the local church and international mission efforts; the differences between planting a church and starting a multi-site campus; and then the reasoning for J.D.’s removal from the vote for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

This episode wraps up with the wonderful reminder that the greatest days of evangelism are ahead of us–not behind us!

For more information on the Sojourn Leadership Summit, please visit the Conference page HERE.


Calling Question: How does an individual know they are growing in humility?

September 15, 2017
Dave and Jamin provide insight and answers to this question through presenting particular events where growth and humility can be displayed.  As they wrap up, they give a beautifull reminder that “humility nourishes your soul."

Episode #49 - Trip Lee on Making Much of Jesus

September 1, 2017

What does it look like to for an acclaimed hip-hop artist to become a pastor and make much of Jesus? 

On today’s episode, Dave and Jamin are joined by Trip Lee. Trip Lee is a hip-hop artist with Reach Records, an author, and a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, GA.

Trip starts off by discussing his upbringing and how the Lord brought him to where he is as both an artist and a pastor. From there, Dave, Jamin, and Trip speak on discipleship in the local church, church planting, and some surprising thoughts on areas of suffering that reminds us that the Lord doesn’t simply supply us with strength, but that he IS our strength.

Disclaimer: We apologize for some of the rough audio quality of this interview. There were some technical difficulties in picking up Trip’s audio channel. However, we are grateful for the awesome team at Resonate Recordings for rescuing us and saving the episode.


Episode #48 - Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. and Racial Justice

August 18, 2017
How Should Christians think about and deal with racial justice issues?
Dave is joined by Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. Carl is a pastor, author, the Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship, and a former professor of Dave's.
The conversation begins with Carl discussing his time at L'Abri under Francis Shaeffer and then moves into the main topic- racism and the church.
This episode is jam-packed and deals with a very hard and current issue within our country, but Dr. Carl Ellis leaves us with the beautiful reminder that the source of justice is only through the biblical worldview and that God can be glorified through how the church deals with cultural matters.
For more on Dr. Ellis, please visit www.ellisperspectives.com.

Episode #47 - Ronnie Martin on Creativity

August 4, 2017
What do music, writing, preaching, and social media have in common?
Dave and Jamin are joined on this episode by Ronnie Martin. Ronnie is a pastor, church planter, and author (“Stop Your Complaining”, "Finding God in the Dark", and “The Bridezilla of Christ’’), but before that, Ronnie spent his time as a touring musician in the band known as Joy Electric. 
The conversation begins with Ronnie explaining his journey from music into ministry and then leads to how creativity can be useful in music, ministry, writing, and in the use of social media.
For more on his transition from music to ministry, please read the following article: Called Out of the Music Industry Into Pastoral Ministry.

Episode #46 - Church Planting with JR Vassar

July 21, 2017


Is a pastor unsuccessful if he moves on to another position?

Dave and Jamin are joined on this episode by JR Vassar. JR is a former planter in New York City who now pastors Church at the Cross in Grapevine, TX. Once the pastor of a thriving church with two campuses, JR felt called to step down from his position as Lead Pastor and move for the health of his family. 

Following this background story, Dave, Jamin, and JR leap into discussing some specific situations in the world of church planting and pastoring. Topics discussed include:

  • The effects of transitioning from one pastorate to another position elsewhere
  • How the Gospel can be revealed at a greater level amidst uncertainty in transitioning
  • The Biblical idea of ‘’success’’ within ministry
  • When it’s NOT okay to leave one position for another

There is a lot packed into this episode and we pray that you find it beneficial in your planting and pastoring aspirations.


Episode #45- Spurgeon & The Holy Spirit’s Role in Preaching (feat. Zack Eswine)

June 30, 2017

What is the Holy Spirit’s role in preaching and how did Charles Spurgeon experience the Spirit? On today’s episode, Dave and Jamin have the wonderful opportunity of speaking with Zack Eswine. Zack is the Pastor of Riverside Church in Webster Groves, MO as well as the Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books including “The Imperfect Pastor”, “Spurgeon’s Sorrows”, and “Sensing Jesus.”

They begin by discussing Zack’s doctoral work on Charles H. Spurgeon and then quickly move into an engaging conversation on the Holy Spirit’s role in preaching and how the Spirit has shaped Zack’s life and preaching during his years in the pulpit.

For more information, please visit The Pastor’s Abbey at zackeswine.com.



Episode #44- Stumbling Blocks & Temptations of Pastors

June 16, 2017

For individuals in ministry, or who aspire to ministry, there can be a variety of temptations and stumbling blocks that they may find themselves facing throughout their journey. On this episode, Dave and Stephen discuss the common areas of struggle for leaders and pastors, both young and old, and provide insight on how to avoid those potential pitfalls.


Episode #43- Leadership, Counseling, & Abuse with Dr. Dan Allender

June 2, 2017
On this episode, Dave Harvey and Stephen Altrogge are joined by Dr. Dan Allender. Dr. Allender is the Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School as well as the author of To Be ToldLeading With a Limp, and Healing the Wounded Heart. Topics discussed include leadership, counseling for sexual abuse, and living in joy because of Christ’s work.
If you’ve never heard an interview with Dan Allender, you are in for an unusual experience. He is insightful, humorous, wise, and yet says exactly what he thinks in a ‘no-holds-barred’ manner. You don’t want to miss this one!
Disclaimer: Due to the nature of the topics discussed, we recommend that children not be present while listening to this interview.
For more on Dan Allender, please visit theallendercenter.org