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firstFAMILY Podcast 028: Toronto Church Planting - Annette Teague

Annette Teague served with the North American Mission Board for the past two summers as part of GenSend Toronto. While serving in this summer program, it became clear that God had called her to engage more long-term in the Greater Toronto Area with our church planters there. She is being sent from her home church, San Jose Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL to serve with the Hamilton Fellowships and Jason McGibbon. We take time in this podcast to discuss her journey as a GenSend missionary...


firstFAMILY Podcast 026: When the Gospel Is Traded for Therapy

It's easy to poke holes in the false "prosperity gospel" that permeates our church culture with "name it and claim it" promises, while taking advantage of the generosity of undiscerning parishioners and television viewers. Yet, there is another false gospel that is often ignored, and even welcomed into many of our evangelical churches. In fact, it may be more dangerous than the easily identified "gospel-lite" offered by many. This is called the therapeutic gospel and it's deadly.


Episode 025: Our Journey of Church Revitalization

We are seeing over 900 churches close down annually in the SBC. The numbers are daunting and cannot be ignored. Yet, the question remains "What should be done?" The truth is that some churches need to close. They forsook their gospel witness years ago and are nothing more than buildings in communities. However, there are many who are positioned for rebirth and with partnerships with healthier churches, a rebirth can occur, thereby keeping a gospel witness alive and well in communities...


Episode 024: Youth Pastors, Church Planters & Pastoral Leadership

"What happened to all the youth pastors?" I was asked that question a while back and one answer given was "They're all church planters now." I'm being facetious, but in this podcast I address the historical growth of student/youth ministry and the current trend and movement of church planting in light of pastoral leadership and biblical authority. I reference a few things in this podcast you may want to check out. First, the book REINVENTING YOUTH MINISTRY AGAIN by Wayne Rice...


Episode 022 - Prescription for Healthy Christians

The four connections are our church's prescription for healthy Christians. However, this seems to be shocking to many who have never broken out of the traditional expectations and schedules of local church life.


Episode 021 - Bizarro World: Post-Election USA

It's the day after the election. Welcome to Bizarro World! What does this mean for the the church, race relations, the future, and American Christians?


Cubs Win!

The Cubs won the World Series last night in amazing fashion. Why is it so many of us love the underdog (BTW - it's hard to call a 100+ win team an underdog, but the Cubs have held that title for decades). Maybe it's how we're wired? Maybe it's because we relate? Maybe it has something to do with the nature of man?


Episode 016 - Resurrecting the Dead Church

I share details related to church renewal and revitalization needed in our churches. Churches are dying. Some need to, but many just need refocusing. What would God have us do? Working harder is not the answer. Doing nothing is not an option.


Episode 015 - Killing the One-Eared Mickey Mouse

Back in 1989, Stuart Cummings-Bond wrote in Youthworker Journal of the "One-Eared Mickey Mouse" that often develops within a church regarding student ministry. What is the One-Eared Mickey Mouse? The premise is that left unchecked, the program model of youth ministry leads to an isolated entity with the thinnest of connections to church as a whole. This become a ministry silo. A healthier approach would find more overlap of the circles with intentional interaction and sharing of spiritual...


Episode 014 - Adam Wiggins - From Jail to Church Planting - Part 2

Adam Wiggins and his wife Sabrina joined our church recently with their family. Adam is serving as our church planting intern and will be spearheading the launch of our new campus meeting at Swimming Pen Creek Elementary School in August of this year.


Episode 013 - Adam Wiggins - From Jail to Church Planting - Part 1

Adam Wiggins and his wife Sabrina joined our church recently with their family. Their home church is First Baptist Church of Baldwin where Pastor Chris Drum serves. Adam is serving as our campus minister for The Creek, which is a new campus meeting at Swimming Pen Creek Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida. Adam and Sabrina's story is incredible in how God has redeemed the past and prepared them for Kingdom work through many ups and downs. This is Part One of Two.


Episode 010 - Missional Theology - More Than a Christian Buzzword

Last weekend I had the privilege of leading a group of pastors, church planters, and spouses in a course titled "Missional Theology." Since this term "missional" has been around for a few years now, the tendency has been for it to be relegated as just another "church growth strategy" or buzzword for doing missions. In this podcast, I seek to begin a discussion that I will touch on in future weeks as well, regarding this concept of living and leading missionally.


Episode 009 - Big Church vs. Little Church

It seems as long as I can remember, there has been a competition between big churches and little churches. Well, to be honest, most larger churches never acknowledge any competition, but I have been in some smaller ones that just seem to be unable to get beyond the reality that there are larger churches in their community reaching people they never did. Earlier this week, Andy Stanley, Pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, raised some eyebrows and broke the Christian room...


Episode 007 - When Does a Boy Become a Man?

When does a boy become a man? That's the question I have asked many at men's conferences, retreats and even one-on-one. I get a variety of answers, but the bottom line is that in our culture, there is no definitive rite of passage. The celebration of adolescence has created a wide, blurred line between childhood and adolescence. These boys are not quite children, but not adult either. The Bible gives no credence to a life stage between childhood and adulthood. That has basically developed...


Episode 006 - Brokenness

There is a difference and perhaps this is what hampers our prayers, our service to the Lord, and possibly the restoration of relationships. These are just my thoughts and I would welcome comments and responses.


Episode 005 - Jason & Kimberley McGibbon - Church Planting, the Arts & X-Men

In today's podcast, I spend time time talking with Jason and Kimberley McGibbon of Hamilton, Ontario. Jason and Kimberley moved to Hamilton five years ago after having taken their son Liam to the children's hospital there for some vital treatment. As a pastor in Milton, he knew their fellowship would eventually send a planter out to launch a new work. He just didn't know the planter sent out would be himself. God has blessed Jason and Kimberley as they seek to engage the culture of...


Episode 002 - First Coast Women's Services

In today's episode, I interview Cheryl Gonzales. Cheryl is the Director of the Clay County Center (Northeast Florida) of First Coast Women's Services. First Coast Women's Services offers crisis pregnancy counseling and helps for women in our community. Counseling services are also available for men struggling with the loss caused by abortion. For years, "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday" has been recognized by many churches and believers in our nation. With last year's Planned Parenthood...


Episode 001 - GameDay Church

Our first episode of the firstFAMILY Podcast features an interview with our Associate Pastor of Church Planting and Missional Strategist for the Jacksonville Baptist Association, Josh Dryer. Josh was instrumental in helping our church (firstFAMILY) launch a new city engagement event focused on reaching a sub-population of over 60,000. This population gathers on Sundays in the fall in downtown Jacksonville to watch our Jacksonville Jaguars play. Today we discuss the launch of GameDay Church...