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Now displaying: April, 2017
Apr 28, 2017

We are happy to announce the addition of Matt Capps to the Front Pew! In this episode we get Matt to share his story of faith, church, and pastoring. As a relatively young pastor, Matt will bring a different perspective to our conversation, since Chris is almost 50 and Ben is now over the hill at 41.

So, today we want to use this episode to introduce you to Matt, and to ask him what challenges he faces as a youngish pastor in a new ministry context. We discuss ministerial loneliness, the pressure of being the leader, handling staff issues, and other things we aren't taught in seminary! You will also be disappointed to learn that Matt has never enjoyed chipped beef and gravy. Oh well. It's a very interesting conversation, so join us on the Front Pew.

Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes, give us a review and share the podcast with all your friends! You can also contact us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) and on our Facebook page (The Front Pew). Thanks again for listening!

Apr 21, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We really do appreciate you subscribing to the podcast and being a part of the conversation. 

This week we discuss a subject that isn't talked about that much, but it an important issue for pastors--something we are calling "pastoral PMS" which stands for "post message syndrome." A lot of pastors experience what is called the "Monday Blues," or the "preacher's hangover" after a busy Sunday of preaching and ministering. It's not depression--we are going to tackle that subject in a future episode--but it is a real thing that effects the body, soul and mind of the pastor.

Listen in as we talk about what pastoral PMS is, what it feels like, and some ways we can work through it as pastors, and how church members can help their pastors to avoid "bread truck Mondays," as Ben calls it.

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and give us a review if you can. You can also connect with us through e-mail (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook Page (The Front Pew). Let us know if you have a question or a topic you would like us to address on the podcast!

Apr 14, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew...we appreciate you listening! Are you ready to celebrate Easter? We have a little chat about how Easter services have become really important in the modern church, so much so that we often talk about Easter Sunday as the Superbowl of the church year. Some churches have giant egg hunts, give away really nice prizes, and have all kinds of special things happening in the service. It really is a big deal.

Well, is that ok? Chris and Ben discuss this and a few other things in this special, just-in-time-for-Easter mega-podcast! Have a listen, and we hope, in all seriousness, that when you gather with the saints in your local church on Easter Sunday that your heart will rejoice in the good news of a risen Savior.

If you like the show, feel free to share it with others. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a good review if you want to. Also, you can connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page (The Front Pew). 

We really do appreciate you tuning in and joining in the conversation from the front pew! Have a wonderful Easter celebration!

Apr 7, 2017

We record the show on Friday mornings, so we thought we would just go ahead and try to upload it on Fridays! So, welcome to our first Friday show...hope you enjoy it!

It is impossible to live in this day and avoid political discussions and events. We are surrounded by a constant political conversation, and every time we surf the internet, turn on the TV, or listen to talk radio (or podcasts), politics makes an appearance.

So, how should pastors engage in political discussions, especially in the church? Should church members encourage or discourage political sermons? We aren't really sure what the answers are, but we give it a shot on this episode. 

We also talk about a new BBQ restaurant in our little village of Denver, as well as the UNC victory and we even have an audio clip from the TV show "The View" that is very enlightening!

Thanks for listening! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes or any other pod catcher, and if you can, give us a review. Contact via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page (The Front Pew). Have a great weekend and we will see you next week on the front pew!

Apr 3, 2017

Thank you for joining us on the Front Pew! Today we want to start what we think will be an on-going series entitled "Myth Busters - Pastor Edition." We want to talk about some subtle myths that people my have about their pastors, which might actually lead to them believing wrongly about themselves! Today we tackle the issue of the pastor's super, amazing, deep and much better spiritual life than the average Christian!

So, do you have a quiet time? Do you think it is as awesome as your pastor's time in the Word? We have a lot of fun busting up this myth in this episode.

Admittedly the recording isn't that great...and that is due to human error! I think we have it figured out and that it will improve. It does get some better around the 3 minute mark. I think we have figured out what went wrong and it should improve in upcoming episodes.

Remember to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review if possible. You can drop us a line at frontpew1@gmail.com or on Twitter @thefrontpew. Try to find and like our Facebook page as well: "The Front Pew." And, if you are enjoying the podcast feel free to share it with your friends!

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