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Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph O'Brien are both leaders in Minneapolis. Jo is an author and speaker who has opportunities to teach around the world in various contexts. She is passionate about empowering women to realize their potential and purpose. Steph is a church planter and pastor of a church plant in the city. She coaches leaders and pastors around the country and is a professor at Bethel University. Passionate about investing in the next generation, Steph, blogs and speaks in order to equ ...
 
Upside Down Podcast is an ecumenical podcast at the intersection of justice, spirituality, and culture. Join us for conversations about God's Upside Down Kingdom. No topic is off limits. Upside Down Podcast is a collaborative Christian podcast co-founded by Kayla Craig and Lindsy Wallace. Some of our most popular guests have included Christena Cleveland, Dr. John Perkins, Shane Claiborne, Jo Saxton, Father Greg Boyle, Shannan Martin, and Dominique Gilliard. Popular episodes have featured the ...
 
Join VeggieTales and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.
 
The Plant Strong Podcast features women and men from all over the country who are serving and leading in diverse ministry contexts. You will hear stories from leadership veterans to women in the beginning years of church planting. Each episode will encourage you no matter your role in church planting. This podcast is produced by Bloom, a ministry of Stadia. Stadia is an organization that plants churches all over the world that intentionally care for children. Host Lisa Bennett planted Lifebr ...
 
This is your weekly connection to the life and mission of Fellowship Bible Church. Listen as Dan and Amy talk with the people of Fellowship about what God is doing around our church. It is our desire that this podcast will reinforce your worship on Sunday and encourage you as you live for Christ each week.
 
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Is there truly enough for everyone, and do we really believe there is abundance? Hosts Alissa Molina, Patricia Taylor, Kayla Craig, and Lindsy Wallace discuss what it means to live out of a posture of abundance in a world that has conditioned us to believe in scarcity. In this episode, we: Talk about how we seem to embrace the concept of spiritual …
 
Stephanie and Jo continue the "Make a Move" series this week with more conversation about decision making in this disorienting world. This week they talk about experimenting to try and learn or determine things, sometimes revealing things you never expected to see and leaving us open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. "Make a Move" is perfect for:…
 
S07 E12 On this weeks episode of the Danielle Strickland Podcast, season mind Blown, James and Danielle are joined by author and speaker Brad Jersak. Based in Abbotsford, BC, he serves as a reader and monastery preacher at All Saints of North America Orthodox Monastery. He also occasionally teaches at The Bridge in Abbotsford. Through his books and…
 
Our favorite Old Testament scholar is back to talk about the Book of Daniel. Dr. John Walton says the apocalyptic passages of Daniel—which deeply influenced those End Times charts popular among evangelicals—aren’t really predictive of the future in the way we think. And the story of Daniel isn’t necessarily a manual for how Christians ought to live…
 
Decisions are a constant part of our every day life and the biggest decisions of our life cause us the most stress and also the most joy. Stephanie and Jo begin a new series exploring the themes in Stephanie's new book "Make a Move: How to Stop Wavering and Make Decisions in a Disorienting World". "Make a Move" is perfect for: -Anyone wanting to ta…
 
S07 E11 On this weeks episode of the Danielle Strickland Podcast, season mind Blown, James and Danielle are joined by author and speaker Brad Jersak. Based in Abbotsford, BC, he serves as a reader and monastery preacher at All Saints of North America Orthodox Monastery. He also occasionally teaches at The Bridge in Abbotsford. Through his books and…
 
Have you wondered why so many megachurch leaders have been embroiled in scandals, or why there are so many Christian celebrities today? It’s not accidental. It’s the predictable outcome of the systems behind much of popular consumer Christianity. In this special episode co-produced with the Love Thy Neighborhood podcast, Jesse Eubanks joins Skye to…
 
What’s it been like to be a board certified Hospital Chaplain through a global pandemic? Reverend Jennifer Prior (Jennie) shares what is has been like to care for people in their darkest moments. Jennie also talks about how she rests and takes care of herself when life is heavy and overwhelming. This episode will challenge you to stay curious as yo…
 
Jo and Stephanie take a look back at this past year and reflect on what they've learned, how their perspectives have changed and what it means for their leadership contexts moving forward. Connect with Lead Stories, Jo and Steph Instagram & Facebook: @LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Pastor Steph at www.…
 
S07 E10 Listen in as we talk with Darrell Johnson about what has blown his mind in scripture, theology, and our understanding of who God is. Darrell his wife Sharon are parents to four children, each adopted from a different part of the world, and now enjoy nine grandchildren. He is currently engaged in writing, itinerate preaching, mentoring young…
 
Is evangelical purity culture to blame for the murder of eight people at spas in Atlanta? Or is anti-Asian racism the cause? What about America’s gun culture or mental illness? Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the many facets of the tragedy and get vulnerable about their own history with evangelicalism’s obsession with sex. Then, Skye talks with R…
 
What does a liberated faith look like? Writer and speaker Danté Stewart talks with co-hosts Patricia Taylor and Lindsy Wallace about the meaning of liberation and how it impacts how we view God, ourselves, and the world. In this episode, we: Reflect on the complex, beautiful, and terrible journey of liberation, the changes we make along the way, an…
 
Lead Stories is doubling down with this special episode featuring Jo Saxton and Danielle Strickland which will air not only on the Lead Stories podcast, but on the Danielle Strickland Mind Blown Season on her podcast. Today Jo and Danielle engage in a powerful and engaging conversation unpacking the meaning of Ezer, a critical understanding of God'…
 
S07 E09 Our true nature. What do you believe about humanity? What do you believe about yourself? What if under all the distressing disguises of sin is goodness and blessing? How might that change the way we view the world? The way we view God? What if the genesis story isn’t just about sin and judgement? What if much more is happening than we once …
 
Recently author/professor Karen Swallow Prior was asked what she considered the biggest problem facing the church today, and answered, "an impoverished imagination." So Phil sat down with Karen to talk through what she means by that, and her belief that a lack of imagination-forming reading results in, among other things, our propensity to believe …
 
Do you love people before you try to lead people? Listen in as Beth Cross, Director of Institutional Advancement at Mid Atlantic Christian University (as well as many other life roles!), shares about how to see people even through our differences and disagreements. Beth candidly shares about her experiences in several diverse leadership roles in th…
 
The conversation continues in honor of Women's History month. Today Jo and Stephanie look at the question of equity and how we as individuals, as families, as organizations, as churches and as leaders can forge a more gender equal world. They'll look at some listener responses as well as offer some practicals ways we can respond to the "equity chal…
 
S07 E08 Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneurial coach. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo brings a multicultural and international perspective to her leadership training for women. A sought-after speaker, Jo has a diverse calendar addressing universities, churches, national conferences, nonprofits, and corpora…
 
What is the greatest threat facing Christianity in the U.S. today? Socialism? Cancel culture? Wokeness? Not according to Dr. Russell Moore. He says it’s “means-to-an-end-Christianity” which seeks to use Christ to achieve some other goal. This, he argues, is what’s fueling everything from Christian nationalism to the cover up of sexual abuse in chur…
 
How do you know when you’ve grown, and how does that growth show up in other parts of your life? Speaker, author, musician, curator, and previous podcast guest Justin McRoberts talks with co-hosts Kayla Craig and Patricia Taylor about what growth does in us in our faith, our relationships, and the risks we must take. In this episode, we: Chat about…
 
Stephanie and Jo kick off a new series celebrating Women's History Month talking about what it means to be empowered as women and what it means to empower women. Today's episode is broadcast on International Women's Day. The theme this year is "Choose to Challenge: How will you help forge a gender equal world?" The Women's History Month series is s…
 
S07 E07 Lisa Sharon Harper is an infectious leader who is filled with grace and truth (someone else was described this way in Scripture - oh yeah! It was Jesus!). Seriously, Lisa shares such amazing wisdom here - blowing our minds! Listen and be amazed and then be moved to support her incredible work and life - check out her initiatives here: A pro…
 
Filling his songs with faith and the theology of respected white leaders like John Piper and Tim Keller, Lecrae became a darling of white evangelicalism. When he spoke out against racial injustice in 2017, all that began to change. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, record producer and Christian activist Lecrae sits down with Phil to talk about bein…
 
Janet McMahon, Community Life Pastor at Restore Community Church in Kansas City, MO shares her recent journey of finding her voice even after 25+ years in ministry. She talks about what it looks like to fully embrace the love of Jesus as we lead and love people, even as we walk through hard circumstances or disagreement. You may need a tissue or tw…
 
Today Stephanie wraps up the Agile Leadership conversation with Pastor Scott Ridout, President of Converge. Scott and his wife Lisa led Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona, from 1998 to 2014. Sun Valley has grown from 375 to roughly 5000 attendees on three campuses under his leadership. Previously, Scott served six years as a Converge ove…
 
How do you know if you’re a Christian nationalist? Kaitlyn Schiess is back with Phil and Skye to unpack Samuel Perry’s top 10 indicators of Christian nationalism and they add a few of their own. They also discuss why there’s so much overlap between Christian nationalism and Christian fundamentalism. Plus, Phil explains how the evolution of contempo…
 
What would it look like if we experienced the Lenten season as a time in which we find God in all things, including the suffering? Writer Cameron Bellm and co-host Alissa Molina have a rich conversation about “the ministry of beautiful hard” and how Lent is an invitation for all of us. In this episode, we: Talk about the act of joining and seeking …
 
Jo's back! In this new episode, Stephanie and Jo continue with the Agile Leadership series. Jo shares her experiences and reflections on the times she's led through crisis and change. Don't miss this powerful and relevant conversation. Jo is an author and leadership coach. Her most recent book is Ready to Rise. Find more information at josaxton.com…
 
S07 E05 This week on the Danielle Strickland Podcast, season Mind Blown, Danielle and James were honoured to be joined by guest Sandra Van Opstal! It was a conversation filled with revelation, challenge, tension, joy AND practical ideas. This episode will help us all move toward being a Kingdom people! For more from Sandra, go check out her website…
 
Here we go again. The evangelical world is shocked by another leadership scandal. This time it’s the report that famed apologist Ravi Zacharias sexually abused women for years before his death in 2020. Kaitlyn Schiess joins Phil and Skye to discuss the story, and why so many ministries fail to investigate their famous leaders or take abuse allegati…
 
You’re going to want to listen to this episode more than once! Shaila Visser, National Director of Alpha Canada, redefines and clarifies evangelism and gives several creative ways to be hope and joy in your own sphere of influence. She also talks about being hospitable versus showing hospitality and why that distinction matters. Grab a notebook and…
 
Today Stephanie speaks once again with Tod Bolsinger, Professor and Vice President for Vocation and Formation at Fuller Seminary. A former pastor himself, Tod is a leader and equipper of pastors. Tod is the author of Canoeing the Mountains and Tempered Resilience. More information at Tod Bolsinger The Agile Leadership series is sponsored by Bethel …
 
Before the 2020 election, many self-identified “prophets” within the charismatic movement decalred God had revealed to them that Donald Trump would win. Millions of followers believed them. How are they now reconciling their divine revelations with reality? The Holy Post crew looks at another failed prophecy in the 1840s that changed American Chris…
 
Stephanie invites you to take the next step in your leadership by joining the next cohort for Agile Leadership in Times of Crisis and Change! This course addresses timeless theological frameworks as well as current leadership theories on the topics of change and agility. The content will be applied to the timely issues in Christian leadership today…
 
Why is dreaming so significant, and how do you dream freely? Inspired by National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s beautiful inauguration poem, co-hosts Patricia Taylor, Kayla Craig, Lindsy Wallace, and Alissa Molina discuss the necessity of dreaming and having prophetic imagination. In this episode, we: Talk about the boundlessness of dreaming …
 
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