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Jan 15, 2018

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! Thanks for listening! This week we are continuing to talk about some things that pastors avoid talking about. One thing that we are too silent about concerns our marriages, particularly when we are struggling to be a good husband. It happens to all of us, whether we want to admit it or not. Why is this, and what can we do about it?

We hope that our little podcast is an encouragement to you, and that in some ways it is helpful to your life and ministry. If after listening to this episode you have some specific questions for us, feel free to contact us at frontpew1@gmail.com and we will try our best to answer your questions!

You can also connect with us on Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review and share us with your friends!

Jan 8, 2018

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! During the month of January we want to talk about some things that pastors rarely talk about, and we thought we would kick it off by talking about "ministerial jealousy." Even though it is hard for us to admit, we are often jealous of other ministers or ministries. Why are we like this, and how do we overcome it? That is the subject of today's podcast.

We want to say congratulations to Grant Van Brimmer for winning the Front Pew mug. It will be an honor to have you drink hot coffee from our mug! Haymen!

We really do appreciate our listeners. Be sure to stay in contact with us either through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. 

Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, leave us a review, and share us with your friends! Do it, or else we will send Bro. Tony to visit you!

Jan 1, 2018

Welcome to 2018! We are happy to celebrate with you here on the Front Pew. Thanks for listening to this new episode! Today, Ben and Chris look back and look forward as they share the events of 2017 that they believe will have the most impact on believers in the new year, as well as discuss one helpful tip that they believe can be beneficial moving forward.

We are so appreciative of our listeners and supporters. When we started this podcast, we hoped that it would be an encouragement to those who not only serve in pastoral roles in the church, but also those laymen and women who faithful support and serve in their local church. We feel like our listeners have become our friends, and we are excited to continue growing together in this next year.

With that said, we are working on topics for 2018. Send us an email at frontpew1@gmail.com, or contact us on Twitter (@thefrontpew) or drop us a line on our Facebook page and share some topic ideas with us.

Remember to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review, and share us with your friends!

Dec 25, 2017

Merry Christmas friends! Thanks for listening to our little podcast; we hope that in some way it has been an encouragement to you, make you laugh a little, and maybe even been helpful in some way.

Hope you have a fantastic Christmas celebration, and we hope this little Christmas special only adds to your already fantastic day!

Remember that we are pastors, not sound techs, so don't hold any poor recording quality against us! Feel free to contact us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, leave us a review, and share us with your friends!

See you next year!

Dec 18, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! Last week we talked a little bit about money, and this week we are talking about it again! We decided to discuss tithing, and how a pastor should talk about money from the pulpit. Hope it is helpful.

Also, don't forget about our Christmas gift giveaway! One lucky listener is going to win a Front Pew mug...all you have to do is post a short video clip of you doing your best Brother Tony "haymen" impersonation! Post it either on Twitter or Face Book and include the hashtag #haymen so we can find it!

Thanks for listening, and be sure to connect with us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Face Book page. 

Also, be sure to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review and share us with your friends!

Dec 11, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! This week we decided, since it is Christmas time, to talk about money! Specifically, we talk in this episode about the validity of vocational ministry and bi-vocational ministry, as well as how a church and pastor should think about pastoral compensation.

We also have a special Christmas gift to be given to one fortunate listener...so listen close and enter to win!

Also, we have another update from our good friend Brother Tony that we know will edify you.

We really appreciate you taking some time to listen to us ramble every week about pastoral ministry and stuff that we mull over as pastors. Please feel free to continue the conversation with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew), and on our Face book page. 

Also, make sure you subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review, and share us with your friends!

Dec 5, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew, Tuesday edition! Our schedules have been crazy, but this episode, although delayed, is a good and needed conversation about walking with our brothers and sisters in the midst of their suffering. We hope that you will be helped and encouraged by the conversation.

We also have a Brother Tony segment that we know will be a blessing to your heart.

Plus, we are working on a special Christmas give-away...be on the lookout for updates on this special, once in a lifetime opportunity!

We really do appreciate you listening to our little podcast. We have a blast doing it, and we hope it is worth your time each week. Please feel free to connect with us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Face Book page. We would love to hear from you!

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review and share us with your friends!

Dec 4, 2017

Well, it's Monday, but because of schedules we haven't been able to all get together to record. So, Chris and the Capper recorded a preview episode for you and the plan is to release a full episode on Tuesday. 

In this short podcast, we answer a question from a listener and we get a cooking lesson from Brother Tony. Enjoy and we will see you tomorrow!

Nov 27, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving celebration. Since we were on a holiday schedule, we decided to present a sermon from the Capper on the subject of adoption that he recently preached to his congregation. We hope you are encouraged by the gospel in this message!

Reach out to us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page. We love hearing from our listeners!

Also, make sure you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, leave us a review, and share us with your friends! Thanks again for listening!

Nov 20, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We are thankful that you have joined us today! This week we are discussing two different issues. First, we weigh in on all the sexual abuse that is making headlines these days. How should we as Christians, and as pastors, think about this major issue? How should we protect ourselves and protect others that we lead?

Secondly, we talk about depression and sadness that seems to be more prevalent this time of year. With the time change, fatigue, crazy schedules, and a lot less sunlight, many people deal with what is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Pastors aren't immune to periods of sadness and depression...so, what should we do when we find ourselves in that cloud?

We hope these episodes are helpful to you. Please contact us and ask us questions, share comments, or offer ideas for future episodes! You can email us (frontpew1@gmail.com), Tweet at us (@thefrontpew) or connect with us via our Face Book page. 

Also, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, leave us a glowing review, and share us with your friends!

Nov 13, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! This week it is just Ben and Chris in the studio, as Matt is away on a marriage retreat. We decided to chat a little bit about the relationship between a pastor and a state convention or other network. Statistics show that the average age of pastors are increasing, and that younger pastors are not very interested in denominational convention meetings. We chat about why this might be, and how we should think about these types of relationships.

Also...we announce the winner of our Rock-tober book giveaway! Was it you? Listen in to find out!

We really do appreciate you listening to this little podcast, sharing it with your friends, and sending us little notes of encouragement along the way. Feel free to connect with us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Face Book page!

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review, and share an episode with your friends on social media!

Nov 6, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! This week we are concluding our chat about the reformation by digging into Semper Reformanda, which simply means that we are to "always be reforming" our lives according to the Scriptures. We discuss some areas that we think need to be always reforming in the life of the pastor and the church. 

Also, Chris shares a brief update on his recent medical/health issues.

We would love to hear from you! You can email us (frontpew1@gmail.com), tweet us (@thefrontpew) or comment on our Face Book page. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, leave us a review, and share us with your friends!

Thanks to all who played along with our Rock-tober book giveaway...we will announce the winner next week. As always, we really do appreciate you listening in!

Oct 30, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the Front Pew! We are so thankful that you are taking the time to listen in. This week we conclude our series on the five solas of the reformation by discussing soli Deo gloria--glory to God alone.

There is also time for you to enter our huge book giveaway. There are three ways to enter:

(1) Use Facebook or Twitter to share an episode of the podcast, and include the hashtag #thefrontpew. That gets you 1 entry.

(2) Post a picture of your child pulling the socks off your feet. That gets you 5 entries.

(3) Give us a written review on iTunes...that will get you 10 entries!

We really do appreciate you listening to our little podcast thingy, and we hope that it encourages you as you seek to serve the Lord well. Connect with us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page.

Oct 23, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! Ben is out of town, so it's just Chris and Matt continuing the conversation on the Five Solas of the Protestant Reformation. This week we take a look at Solus Christus, or Christ Alone.

Also, we are still gathering entries for our huge Rocktober book giveaway. You can enter to win 3 ways:

(1) Link to an episode on Facebook or Twitter and include the hashtag #thefrontpew. That will get you one entry.

(2) You can post a picture of your child pulling your socks off. That will get you 5 entries.

(3) You can write us a review on iTunes. That will get you 10 entries!

We do appreciate you listening in. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review and share us with your friends. You can also connect with us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Facebook page.

Oct 16, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We are still celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by discussing the Five Solas. This week we dive into Sola Gratia, grace alone.

 

Don't forget about our Rocktober Book Giveaway! We've got a stack of books that one listener is going to win! In order to win, you need to get your name in the hat. How? Three ways:

1) Use Twitter or Facebook to promote your favorite episode and include the hashtag #thefrontpew. That gives you 1 entry.

2) Use Twitter or Facebook to post a photo of your child pulling your socks off. That gives you 5 entries.

3) Leave us a written review on iTunes. That gives you 10 entries!

 

Thanks again for sitting with us on the Pew! We appreciate you listening. Make sure to subscribe on iTunes, share us with your friends, and leave us a review. You can contact us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Face Book page.

Oct 9, 2017

Welcome to another episode of the Front Pew! This month we are digging into the Five Solas, and this week we are looking at Sola Fide, or Faith Alone. What is this doctrine? Why does it matter? How does it impact ministry for the church and the pastor? We deal with these and other issues pertaining to this foundational and very important doctrine!

We also want to remind you about our Rocktober Book give-away! We are hitting up our contacts in order to give a huge gift to one of our listeners this month. But to win you have to enter! How?

First, you can use Twitter and/or Facebook to post a link to one of our episodes and include the hastage #thefrontpew. That gets you one entry.

Second, you can use Twitter or Facebook to post a picture of your kid(s) pulling off your socks. Listen to this episode for more details on this one. That gets you 5 entries. 

Finally, you can leave us a written review on iTunes. That will get you 10 entries.

We think there will be close to $200 worth of books and stuff that one person will win. We will put all the entries into a hat, pull one out, and that one will win it all! So, make sure you enter to win!

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

Oct 2, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew, and welcome to October! As you are probably already aware, this month marks the 500th anniversary of an event known in history as the "Protestant Reformation." On October 31, 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed his infamous 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and that one little act spark a reformation fire that still burns today. God used that event to literally change the world.

So, this month, in remembrance of that moment we want to spend the month of October talking about the Five Solas, which are the main doctrinal tenets that were recovered in this moment. They are: sola Scriptura, sola Fide, sola Gratia, solus Christus, and soli Deo Gloria. This week we get started by discussing "Scripture Alone."

Also, we have announce a big give-away for October in honor the reformation and Pastor Appreciation Month! The way you enter to win is by leaving us a review on iTunes. If you don't know how to do that, Google it or find a video on YouTube to help you!

Here are some resources we mentioned in the show that we would encourage you to read as you grow in your appreciation for the reformation:

"Here I Stand," Roland Bainton

"The Refomation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World," Stephen Nichols

"The Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation," Michael Reeves

 

Thanks again for listening! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review and share us with your friends! You can connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) and on our Face Book page.

Sep 25, 2017

Welcome to a fresh episode of the Front Pew! This week we are continuing our discussion on the importance and roles of the deacon in the local church. We are asking, "Who can be a deacon?" We also deal with some issues surrounding deacon ministry, such as, can a deacon be divorced? Can they drink? Can a woman be a deacon?

We started by talking about the recent church shooting in TN, then discussed the NFL protests, and even talked a little bit about funerals. Then we got on with it! We had fun with this one, and we hope you enjoy the conversation!

We appreciate all our listeners, and we love to hear from you as well. You can connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) and on our Face Book page. We would love to have you share some show ideas with us, or to answer any questions you might have for us. 

If you are able, please subscribe to our little podcast on iTunes, leave us a review and share us with your friends! Thanks again for listening!

Sep 18, 2017

Welcome to a fresh episode of the Front Pew! This week we decided to talk about deacons. Of course, this is definitely one of those subjects that pastors talk about on the front pew! We love those who serve as deacons in our churches, but we also know that sometimes the relationship between pastor and deacons can be difficult and confusing. So, we thought we would chat a little bit about it.

 

Also, in this episode we try to answer some listener email. It's the first time in a month that we have all been together to record, and we had a good time. We hope you enjoy listening.

 

We really do appreciate our listeners, and we invite you to interact with us! You can connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) and on our Face Book page. Subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review and share us with your friends!

Sep 11, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We are glad you are listening in. This week is part 2 of our topic on knowing when it is time to resign and move to another ministry position. Last time we talked about this from the perspective of a senior pastor, and this week we jump in and talk about it from the perspective of a staff pastor. 

Ben is out of the country, so it is just Chris and Matt. We hope that if you are a staff pastor, that this episode will be an encouragement and a help to you as you seek to serve the Lord faithfully in your ministry.

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave us a review! Share us with your friends and connect with us either through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew), or on our Face Book page. 

Sep 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day! Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We really do appreciate you listening to our little podcast, and we hope that in some way the Lord will use it to help you grow in your trust in Jesus.

Since our life on the Front Pew has been quite hectic of late, we thought that we would drop another sermon for you, that we hope is an encouragement to your soul. Ben has been preaching through Galatians, and in this sermon he deals with the issue of genuine transformation.

Have you subscribed to the podcast yet? It's easy to do through iTunes. Have you left us a glowing 5-star review yet? If not, then why not? Share us with your friends and connect with us! You can do that through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) and on our Face Book page. 

Don't eat too much on this Labor Day! 

 

Aug 28, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We really appreciate you listening and being a part of the conversation!

In today's episode we get really personal. How does a pastor know if or when he should resign? The average tenure of a pastor is between 5-7 years, so this is an issue a lot of churches and pastors wrestle with and walk through. Ben and Chris share some personal stories about their experiences in this area, as well as give some advice to a pastor or a church that finds themselves asking these same questions.

Have you subscribed to the podcast on iTunes yet? It is easy to do, and you can also give us a review! Share us with your friends, and connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) and on our Face Book page!

Aug 21, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! We really appreciate you listening! Today we are discussing a couple of important current events dominating the cultural conversation. First, today is the day of the big eclipse. Don't look at it without glasses or you'll go blind! We talk about why the Christian community is so interested in this event, especially when someone suggests that it could be a sign that the end of the world is near.

Second, we wade into a discussion about the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, where a white nationalist group marched in protest of the removal of a Confederate statue, and their clash with those who met in opposition to them. It has reminded us that there are serious issues in the human heart and in our culture when it comes to the sin of racism. How should we respond as Christians, and as pastors?

Have you subscribed to the podcast? You can on iTunes! If you can, leave us a review and share us with your friends. You can also connect with us through email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew), or on our Face Book page. We love hearing from you, and welcome your comments and/or questions.

Enjoy the eclipse!

Aug 14, 2017

It's that time of year when students are returning back to school after their summer break. With that in mind, we thought we would talk about the need for pastors to "study to show themselves approved," and to position themselves to be lifelong learners. Ministry in this day and age is more complex and complicated than ever, and we are being forced to understand and grapple with cultural ideas that we couldn't have imagined 10-20 years ago. So, we dig into topics such as: should pastors go to seminary or is the Holy Spirit enough? If they do, how do they survive? How can they continue to grow as a learner after seminary?  

We really do appreciate you being a listener of this little podcast by pastors for pastors. Our prayer is that it will not only encourage you, but enable you to serve the local church well. 

Please feel free to contact us and connect with us! You can do so via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Face Book page. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. We would love it if you would give us a review and share us with your friends!

Thanks again for listening and learning with us!

Aug 7, 2017

Welcome to a new episode of the Front Pew! This week we are talking about the practice of altar calls, or what is know as "the invitation." Is this biblical? Is it ok? What about emotionalism and manipulation? Should this be a part of our worship services?

To help us think through this, Chris interviewed Dr. Thomas Kidd who is a history professor at Baylor University, and is way, way, way smarter than any of us on the podcast. His insights are very helpful, and we hope that you find them to be so as well.

We had a fun time chatting through this important topic! Our prayer is that you will laugh with us and be encouraged in your ministry as we all seek to serve Jesus well.

Be sure to subscribe on iTunes, leave us a review, and share us with your friends! You can connect with us via email (frontpew1@gmail.com), Twitter (@thefrontpew) or on our Face Book page.

Music: "Softly and Tenderly," Johnny Cash

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