Gospel Points – The Pastor and His Health

Matthew-McLaughlin

On this episode of Gospel Points we talk about a very unpopular topic – the pastor and his health.  Often times we joke about church potlucks and eating being a crucial aspect of fellowship, but all of this ignores the reality that health is an important issue and gluttony is an actual sin. It also ignores that fact that a pastor’s health does have an impact on his ministry.  It is not something we enjoy talking about, especially overweight people like me! To talk about this Pastor Brian McLaughlin (Pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church in Decatur, AL) joins us once again.  Brian shares his story of his weight loss and gain along with the health struggles that go along with it.  We also chat about how the church can help promote good health.  Learn more of Brian’s passion at www.teamliberate.net.

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Gospel Points – Overcoming Legalism

Legalism

If there is one thing that kills any sort of gospel emphasis or progress in true sanctification, it is legalism. Of course no one would even identify themselves as a legalist, it is always that person to the right of me, the one whose standards are stricter than mine that has that issue. Yet the problem is everywhere, especially in my own heart. We all struggle with the temptation to think that my standing with God is based upon my own striving and effort. In this podcast, I’ve asked my old college friend Brian McLaughlin (Pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church in Decatur, AL) to talk about identifying legalism and then overcoming those legalistic tendencies that sometimes tempt us to take pride in ourselves.

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Gospel Points – Evangelicals and the 2016 Election, Part 1

DaveSmith

For the next two weeks we will be exploring the role Christian Evangelicals play in secular society especially in regards to politics and government.  Joining us is David Smith, the head of the Illinois Family Institute.  We only planned on recording one segment, but since this topic is near and dear to both us, we just couldn’t limit ourselves to our normal timeframe.  In light of this, I have broken up our conversation into two parts.  In this first segment, Dave and I chat about the tension between being a citizen of this world and a world yet to come.  How are to be in the world and not of the world?  What does it mean to be a solider not entangled in the affairs of this world yet active in the time and place in which Jesus has place us?  How do avoid engaging the culture without adopting the culture and forsaking an eternal perspective.  We also discuss our frustrations concerning the 2016 presidential race in particular.

Related Links

Trump is the Grotesque Creature; America is Dr. Frankenstein by Laurie Higgins

Illinois Family Action Voter Guide

 

Gospel Points – Praying Specifically

prayerjournal

On this episode of Gospel Points we welcome back my friend Evangelist Dan Knickerbocker. Last week we discussed his personal testimony and call to ministry and this week we chat about prayer. Brother Dan has published a prayer journal he believes can encourage you in your prayer life by seeing all that God is actually doing in your life. So listen in as he talks about some of the struggles he has had and how this journal aided in reinvigorating his communication with the Lord.

Related Links

A Specific Prayer Journal

Revival Ministries

 

Gospel Points – Evangelism and Revival

MeandDanKnickerbocker

Well, the past few weeks have been quite busy for me. Between a trip to Washington D.C. to walk with the annual March for Life and an unexpected trip out to Massachusetts to conduct my grandmother’s funeral, I haven’t had much time for the podcast. But, I’m happy to announce that Gospel Points is finally back!

This week’s podcast will feature Evangelist Dan Knickerbocker. Brother Knickerbocker has been a great blessing to me personally and it’s an honor to have him on the broadcast for the next two weeks. In this first segment we discuss his salvation testimony and how he was lead into full time evangelism. We also get into how an evangelist can be a blessing to both the church as well as the pastor and then wrap things up with a few thoughts on the issue of revival.

Related Links:

Brother Knickerbocker’s website – Revival Ministries

Follow Brother Knickerbocker on Twitter

Gospel Points – Mike Huckabee on Abortion

This past week was the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision that legalized the destruction of human life in the womb. So, I want to play for you a question I was able to pose a little while back to Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee at a get together in New Hampshire. I asked the governor to talk about his commitment to stand for the unborn and outlaw abortion. Listen in to his response to my question.

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Mike Huckabee

Wisconsin Right to Life

Gospel Points -Dinner Dialoguing with Atheists part 3

This is our third and final segment with John Cobbett-Walden on the topic of dialoguing with atheists.  In our first segment John discussed his departure from Christianity.  In last week’s segment we chatted about how to have respectful conversations.  This week listen in as we wrap things up by talking about gay marriage and how to maintain friendships.

Related Links:

The Hideout 

The Open Minded Christian: How To Engage Charitably With Fellow Sinners