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Now displaying: May, 2017
May 29, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We appreciate you taking some time to listen in and interact with the show. This week it is a mythbuster episode where we try to deal with a common myth that exists when it comes to pastors and churches. 

Have you ever heard someone say that pastors only work 2 days a week, or that they keep bankers hours? It's a silly little joke that has floated around for a while that every pastor has heard at one time in his ministry. So, we thought we would try to bust this myth by talking about how ministry is work and what that work should look like. We enjoyed swapping some stories, sharing how we organize our work week, and how we have learned how to find some balance between family, ministry, preaching and other responsibilities that we have as pastors.

Have you subscribed to the podcast on iTunes yet? Subscribe and leave us a review and share the show with your friends! You can chat with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. Thanks again for sitting with us on the Front Pew!

May 22, 2017

Welcome to our newest episode of the Front Pew! Last week we started a discussion on worship that we affectionately called the "Worship Wars." This week we continue that conversation, but we don't really finish it...there is so much to say about this important subject. 

Anyway, last week we focused on liturgy and in this episode we focus on leadership. Which one is right...the regulative or normative principle? How does a pastor lead the church and the worship team in worship? Should he pick the songs? What about the choir and special music? What should happen in our worship services according to the Bible and how do we get there? We try to tackle these and a few other questions.

Remember that we are giving away a book, and we would love for you to get it! And it is a great book called "Rhythms of Grace," by Mike Cosper and made available from our friends at CrossWay Publishing. All you need to do is leave us an honest review on iTunes and your name will be entered in the drawing.

We really appreciate that you take time to listen to a few pastors ramble on about various ministry issues that matter to us, and we really appreciate the kind comments a few of you have passed to us along the way. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can chat with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. 

May 15, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! This week we thought we would talk about worship, which we know can be quite an exciting subject in the church world these days. Every church gathers for a "worship service," and every gathering is planned with certain purposes and goals in mind. So, how should we think about worship, and what do we do when a worship war breaks out?

This episode is the first part of our conversation and we focus on worship liturgy. Next week we will talk about worship leadership. We are also very thankful that we are able to give away a great resource, a book on worship by Mike Cosper entitled "Rhythms of Grace, provided by CrossWay books. For a chance to win this book all you have to do is give us an honest review on iTunes, and we will randomly selected a reviewed and have the book sent to you!

Thanks for listening in as a few pastors chat about life, ministry, mission and other things that matter to us. Please connect with us either through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. We would love to hear from you! 

May 12, 2017

Thank you for listening to the Front Pew! We enjoy discussing various issues that we as pastors talk about when we get together. Sometimes a lot of what we see from the front pew are challenges and concerns, but we also are privileged to see the amazing change that happens when Christ transforms a life. We really do have a front row seat to observe the powerful grace of God in the lives of the people we pastor and love.

So, from time to time we want to share with you these stories of grace. Today we are happy to introduce you to our friend, Charlie Brown. Yes, that is his real name--he will explain why in this episode! He has a powerful testimony of God's grace delivering him from addiction and then using him to plant a church in the inner city of Baltimore. We think you will be greatly encouraged by this testimony of grace!

If you want to connect with Charlie, you can do so though his church website (www.ebgraffitchurch.org) or email (ebgraffiti@outlook.com). 

 

Thanks again for being a part of the Front Pew! You can connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on Facebook. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review, and share with your friends!

May 8, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We really appreciate you listening and joining in the conversation. This week we chat about how to handle the problem of evil, not from a philosophical or apologetical approach, but from a pastoral one. 

The Bible teaches us that we live in a broken world filled with broken people, including us! It is inevitable that pain, suffering, tragedy and hurt will break upon us at some time in our lives. When we ask the normal and common question, "Why Lord?" what is the answer? Is there an answer? And how should we as brothers and sisters in Christ walk with those who have experienced the effects of evil against them?

These are hard but important questions that we try our best to answer in a way that is biblical, helpful, and pastoral. We hope that this episode will not only be instructive, but give you some tools as a believer, no matter which pew you sit on, to process suffering in your own life and minister to those around you who are struggling.

Thanks again for listening! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and leave us a review. You can also connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. If you like the podcast, feel free to share it with others!

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