Religion & Spirituality Podcas

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “On this rock, I will build my church.” While the church has been established for over two millennia, how do we engage with our local communities? This podcast offers insight into how the church should take on current issues, cultural barriers and religious differences in order to evangelize the lost and preach the Gospel to all people.




In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said, “On this rock, I will build my church.” While the church has been established for over two millennia, how do we engage with our local communities? This podcast offers insight into how the church should take on current issues, cultural barriers and religious differences in order to evangelize the lost and preach the Gospel to all people.




Bryan Chapell, PhD

Dr. Chapell is a long time pastor, professor and teacher and one of the most influential homiletics professors living today. More about Dr. Chapell "[Dr. Chapell] currently lead the Administrative Committee of the Presbyterian Church in America and serve as Pastor Emeritus of the historic Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois and President Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. [He] serves on the faculties of numerous seminaries and Bible colleges in...


Rev. John Sprecher

Reverend John Sprecher has been pastoring for over 40 years and is currently the lead elder of the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. More about Rev. Sprecher I am excited to sit down with my grandfather for this episode of 16:18. For 35 years, Rev. Sprecher served as the lead pastor of Rock Church in Rockford, IL and, after his retirement in 2014, he has continued to serve the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies as their lead elder: overseeing, coordinating, and encouraging over 100...


Matthew Rehrer, M.D.

In this episode, I sit down with Matthew Rehrer, M.D. Matt is an E.R. doctor in Oakland, and the author of "Redeeming Memory." More about Dr. Rehrer "Matt Rehrer married his wife, Kara, in 2004. They moved to Texas for Matt to attend Baylor College of Medicine. After graduating in 2008, Matt and Kara moved to California for residency. After four years of training, Matt now practices as an emergency medicine physician in the Bay Area. He also serves on staff and as an elder at NorthCreek...



In this episode, I talk about our ministry in Medgidia, what we do with the church there and the people's real need. In this episode I am presenting our ministry to our sending church: Logos Baptist Ministries. I am grateful to them for their support of our ministry and their permission to use this recording for the podcast. Our ministry in Medgidia Many of you know about our ministry, but in this episode I am giving another update so that you can continue to pray for us and the people of...


Dr. Ken and Cléa Rathbun

In this episode, I interview Dr. Ken and Cléa Rathbun. The Rathbuns served as missionaries in Jamaica for 14 years. Dr. Rathbun's Experience Pastor, Hope Bible Church, Columbus Junction, Iowa Baptist Mid-Missions missionary to Jamaica Teacher and Academic Dean, Fairview Baptist Bible College, Westmoreland, Jamaica Present Ministry Vice President for Academic Services and Dean of the College, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary Adjunct Faculty, Faith Baptist Bible College and...


March Update

In this episode, I give a missions update for the month of March. I talk about our travel back to America and our next steps. Traveling back to America In March, when the war started in Ukraine, we decided to move up our planned trip a few weeks in order to save ourselves from any potential blockages or border closures. We booked our flights, packed, and were on a plane within 12 hours! It was a difficult day of travel, but our family finally made it home. Work back in Medgidia for March We...


Reformation Coffee Company

In this episode, I interview Brandon Lansdown: Christian, husband, and owner of the Reformation Coffee Company. From bagging beans accurately, to fulfilling orders correctly, Brandon aims to have integrity in everything he does. You can check out their website at: www.reformationcoffee.com You can find whole bean roasts, awesome t-shirts and Reformation Coffee stickers for showing off. "Reformation Coffee Company is a small local roaster that prides itself on providing time and attention to...


Church Planting

In this episode, I talk about the work of the early church: church planting. Was it just for the first Christians or is it for you, as well? The early church focused on church planting as they worked to spread the Gospel throughout the known world. In Acts 14, we see an example of Paul evangelizing a community until there were enough believers to plant a church, setting up leaders and elders in that church, and then continuing to strengthen that church as he moved on to another location. The...


Dan Wells

In this episode, I talk with Dan Wells, music pastor at The Orchard in Arlington Heights, about God's call in our lives and how He directs us. Pastor Wells shared with me his experience working in the music industry, how his conversion to Christianity changed all areas of his life, how God worked to lead Him to a church and how he first began working in ministry. Pastor Wells shared with me some really important advice: In our American culture we learn to never take no for an answer, but if...


How to Pray During War

In this episode, I discuss God's sovereignty during war, how we should pray during war, and what our church in Medgidia is doing to help the refugees. How do we understand God's sovereignty? Even during war, God is still in control. These verses help us remember that man has no power over God's will: Proverbs 19:21 - Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 21:1 - The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he...


A God of Order

In this episode, I discuss the order and intelligibility of prayer and worship in response to a recent experience I had in the mission field. 1 Corinthians 14:2-4; 7-9; 31-33 2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. 3 But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies...


February Update

In this episode, I give a live mission field update for February. If you missed the live event, be sure to follow me on Facebook for next month's update. Click here for video: https://fb.watch/bjo7_Xev6R/ "Tune in to hear an update from the missions field, what God has been doing, and how you can continue to pray for us! Send me your questions and I will answer them LIVE. Can't tune in? Be sure to set your notifications wherever you listen to the 16:18 Podcast because I will be posting this...


Nathaniel Jolly

16:18 Podcast - 2.14 Nathaniel Jolly In this episode, I have a conversation with Nathaniel Jolly, a missionary in Homer, Alaska and co-host of the Truth Be Known Podcast. About Nathaniel Jolly "Nathaniel planted Homer Reformed Baptist church in 2020 after moving to Alaska from North Carolina. He earned his degree at a Baptist college as well as attending Master’s Seminary in CA. Nathaniel has pastored and been in church leadership since 2006 and served as a missionary overseas in South...


“He Will Reign Forever”

16:18 Podcast - 2.13 "He Will Reign Forever" In this episode, I begin our study of the Kingdom of God in the book "He Will Reign Forever," by Dr. Michael J. Vlach. About Dr. Vlach "Dr. Vlach has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was awarded the 2008 Franz Delitzsch Prize for his dissertation, “The Church as a...


William Wolfe

16:18 Podcast - 2.12 William Wolfe In this episode, I have a conversation with William Wolfe. Will served as a Senior Official in the Trump Administration. About Will "A 10-year veteran of the conservative political movement, William Wolfe served as a Senior Official in the Trump Administration, both as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon and a Director of Legislative Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to his service in the Administration, William worked for...


Constantine R. Campbell, PhD

16:18 Podcast - 2.11 Constantine R. Campbell, PhD In this episode, I have a conversation with author, Biblical Greek scholar, documentary host and professional musician Constantine R. Campbell, PhD. About Dr. Campbell from constantinecampbell.info "Constantine Campbell's doctorate is in ancient Greek language and linguistics (Macquarie University, 2006). He was a professor of New Testament studies for 14 years, having taught at Moore College in Sydney and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School...



16:18 Podcast - 2.10 Dispensationalism In this episode, I discuss dispensationalism, it's definition and background, as we prepare to embark on a series about the Kingdom. What is Dispensationalism? "Dispensationalism is an evangelical theological system that addresses issues concerning the biblical covenants, Israel, the church, and end times. It also argues for a literal interpretation of Old Testament prophecies involving ethnic/national Israel, and the idea that the church is a New...


SCOTUS, Ukraine

16:18 Podcast - 2.9 SCOTUS, Ukraine In this episode, I discuss the intent of retirement announced by Justice Stephen Breyer, and the impending Russian incursion into Ukraine. SCOTUS By now, I am sure everyone is aware that a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States will be opening up in late June or early July. With the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, President Biden is now being given a chance to name his successor. Not only is this important for Christians and not only should...


Val Monafu

16:18 Podcast - 2.8 Val Monafu In this episode, I discuss missions and the ethnic church with Val Monafu, president of the Romanian Missionary Society. "Val Monafu began his ministry as a youth pastor in 2004 at the Romanian Baptist Church of Anaheim (Los Angeles), CA where he served until 2016. During this time, in addition to ministering to the youth of the local church, he was involved in many missionary activities in Romania and Mexico, particularly in short term mission trips with the...


Mission Field Update: January

16:18 Podcast - 2.7 Mission Field Update: January In this episode, I give a mission field update for January and talk about some of the new programs we will be starting soon. Current programs Food Kitchen/Evangelism Saturday morning children's program After school program New programs Educational center Church planting Prayer requests for the mission field Pray for our new programs Financial needs: Finish the renovation of the church to prepare for the center Food and supplies for our...