055 - Light in a Cyber World

Like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden, Christians are called to be the light of the world. But in recent years, that has become far more than just the real world. It's more than where we interact with neighbors and co-workers or even the person checking us out at the grocery store. The world has gone digital and we are called to be a light of the cyber world.

In this episode my guest, Haley Bodine, shares 4 practical things that Christians need to think through before posting online. Whether that be a status update, a comment on a post or a retweet on Twitter. This is a great conversation that every believer needs to pay careful attention to. I also share in this episode a recent mistake I made on Facebook to try and give some context to the conversation. 

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Haley Bodine and her family now call metro Detroit “home.” She currently serves as the North American Relationship Catalyst and Communications Director for NewThing Network. She has a background in small group ministry, nonprofit communications, and content development. Her work has been published by Relevant Magazine, World Vision International, Neue Magazine, and more.


  1. Haley's worst nightmare is showing up to a band concert only to discover her instrument's reed is broken.
  2. "We must remember that even though we cannot see actual people on the other side of our screens, we are interacting with real people who have real, God-given souls."
  3. Four things to consider before posting: will it build others up, is it truthful, does it reflect the character of Jesus and does it honor the image of God imprinted on others.

"We are the Light of the Cyber World!" -

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033 - Ministry That Lasts

It's a somewhat common story. A leader gets discouraged in a ministry. The thoughts occurs that it's time to move to another place. And they leave their ministry to try something new or in a different context. Leaving a ministry isn't always bad, there are definite times when that may be the step that is needed. But I wanted to talk to Dave Ferguson about staying in ministry for the long-haul.

Dave Ferguson celebrated 28 years at Community Christian Church in Chicago, IL this year. We have gotten to know each other through mutual connections and the Exponential Conference. Links for Exponential are below. If you are in a place wondering if leaving your current ministry is for you, take a minute and listen to this firs.t Join us for a conversation about ministry that last; how to stay in ministry long-term. 

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Dave mentioned "RPMS," a journaling tool to help assess where you are as a leader. How are you doing Relationally, Physically, Mentally, Spiritually.

How are you in your relationships with family and friends? Are things good there or do you have some work to do?

How are you physically? Are you taking care of your body? Getting a workout in? Eating well?

How are you mentally? Are you taking time to stay up to date on the latest news. Are you current on what's happening in the world? Is your mind right for ministry?

How are you doing spiritually? Are you taking time for God? Have you allowed to-do lists to take over? Are you operating on empty?

Begin journaling RPMS to get a sense and gauge of your personal and ministry health.


Photo courtesy - Exponential Conference & Joshua Shank with Rocket Republic


031 - All Things Easter Last Minute

After two weeks off, we're back. Excited to finish up the All Things Easter series of podcasts. My friend, Tom Pounder, and I joined together to discuss some of those last minute things every pastor wrestles with right before Easter. We talk everything from the campus pastor perspective, student ministry, newcomers, online and tech stuff. If you're cramming any last minute details before Easter, this episode is for you.

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