After the recent church shooting in Texas, we wanted to talk about church security. As leaders and shepherds in our church, we are responsible for protecting our flock, but we don’t want to be motivated…

Confronting Fear in Your Family

Today we’re discussing how to confront fear in your family. Do you struggle with fear over your safety, your financial situation, or fear over sharing the gospel with your neighbors? What about your wife and children? Do…

Resolving Conflict in Everyday Life

After we finish discussing the merits of beard oil and the possibility of a beard “comb-over” (huh?)… Today’s episode is about resolving conflict in our everyday lives. We recently taught about resolving and managing conflict…

Go on a Men’s Retreat!

This episode opens with some football banter and we review the score predictions we made last week. If football isn’t your thing, we start chatting about our annual church men’s retreat about six minutes in. Last…

Hurricanes, 9/11, & Kirk Cameron

Today we are chatting about some current events, including the recent hurricanes, some 9/11 memories, and Mark’s birthday. We share a few personal memories of 9/11 and talk about how church services were different the following…

Talking to Your Children About Racism

Mark and Micah are back from vacation so we’re returning to dialogue about current events and culture. After several recent protests related to racial issues, we’re discussing how to talk to our children about these…

Civility in Public Discourse

Today Shawn and Micah chat with a special guest, Tony Rose, about civility in public discourse. Tony serves on a local school board, so he has some insightful comments to share regarding public dialogue and…

Overwhelmed by Perceived Expectations?

Shawn and Micah take over the podcast, while the beloved professor, Mark, is off on a European vacation. Following his vacation he’ll head to Moldova, where Micah will meet him, to do some pastoral discipleship…

Are You Managing Your Time Wisely?

Are you managing your time wisely? American culture seems to celebrate busyness, but is this really healthy? Today we chat about time management, stewardship, and some techniques we use to manage our own time well….

What is Age-Integrated Church?

This week we are answering a listener question about age-integrated church. He says, “I’m intrigued by this age-integrated church idea. Our church has lots of programs and sometimes I wonder if we are losing community…

Managing Your Family’s Tech Habits

This week, we discuss managing your family’s tech habits. As smartphone use has grown in the past few years, more and more families are fighting the negative effects of technology on their time. While computers and…

30 Years of Healthy Church Growth

Today we tell the story of Antioch Community Church, and it’s 30 years of healthy church growth. As a church, we just celebrated our 30 year anniversary. We chat about how the church began and…

Challenges Blended Families Face

Today we are talking about some of the challenges blended families face. Though none of us come from blended family situations, we do shepherd blended families in our congregation. With over one-third of marriages now…

Comforting People In Their Suffering

Today we are talking about comforting people in their suffering. How can we come alongside Christians that are suffering, with compassion and hope? People suffer and respond to suffering differently. We need to look for…

How to Have Effective Family Worship

Today we are talking about effective family worship, a topic suggested by one of our listeners. Andy asked, “How can we have have effective family devotion times with 6 kids from age 2 to 18?” Before the…

Our Favorite Books Of The Year

The end of the year is a natural time for reflection and planning. One thing we like to do is consider the books we’ve read, meditate on what we’ve learned, and make plans for next…

Our Favorite Family Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas! This week we are sharing our favorite family Christmas traditions. We start with some funny stories about our traditions, including wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and tree hunting in the backyard. Some Christians argue against celebrating Christmas…

Are Ye Thankful or Are Ye Shopping?

Today we discuss Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. How did Thanksgiving start? Why are so many Americans confused about who the Pilgrims were giving thanks to? When did shopping become such an important part of Thanksgiving? We…

Got the Post Election Blues?

Are you feeling the post-election blues? A lot of the country is feeling insecure and unsettled about the election results. Today we talk about the election and share our thoughts about Mr. Trump’s win and his actions…

Are You Out of Balance?: Episode 6

Feeling like your life is out of balance? Today we talk about the need to balance rest and nutrition with exercise and work. Mark shares about his love of long-distance running and how he stays fit. Sometimes life…

How Then Shall We Vote?: Episode 4

Today we talk about the upcoming election and how we should vote, from a Biblical worldview. The presidential election has become the focus of the 2016 election, but we want to consider the implications of…

Why Home Groups?: Episode 3

Today we are discussing the purpose and power of home groups in the church. We discuss some do’s and don’ts, plus share some encouraging stories and a few of the funniest moments we’ve experienced over…

Satire and the Babylon Bee: Episode 2

J. Mark Fox teams up with Shawn Curtis (the officer) and Micah Fox (the president) to talk about the use of satire in Christianity, especially the Babylon Bee, which refers to itself as “your trusted source for…