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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.

16:18 Nathan John Whittaker

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

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

    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 different parts of the world, and has the privilege of conducting pastors’ conferences in several nations each year.

    "[He] is also the founder and host of “Unlimited Grace,” a daily half-hour Bible teaching program that has been heard on radio stations across the United States and in more than 80 countries around the world, and is now also available to listeners online. [Dr. Chapell] counts it a privilege to teach, speak globally, offer these materials online – and individually mentor those who desire a personal touch." Source: https://www.bryanchapell.com/about-bryan

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    • 46 min
    Rev. John Sprecher

    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 churches across the nation. In this episode, we talk about God's will and plan for each of our lives and how we can determine God's will. We also discuss the role of the minister and the congregant in every church, and what mindset each of us should have as we enter the house of God.
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    • 38 min
    Matthew Rehrer, M.D.

    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 Church." click for source
    More about Dr. Rehrer's book: Redeeming Memory
    "Memory plays an important role in the Christian life both in its proper function but also in its corruption. This book is written for Christians who suffer knowingly or unknowingly from the heavy burdens of memory like grumbling, nostalgia, bitterness, regret, shame, as well as future fears of futility and insignificance. God removes these heavy burdens by His mercy at the cross and redeems memory back to its original purpose, to glorify and worship Him." click for source
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    • 42 min
    Medgidia

    Medgidia

    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 this city.

    I am reminded of the verses in Revelation 3:8-10 which say,

    8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

    Please continue to pray for us and our ministry in Medgidia.



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    Dr. Ken and Cléa Rathbun

    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 Theological Seminary
    Interim Director of Online Learning, Faith Baptist Bible College


    Interests and Hobbies

    Dr. Rathbun enjoys international traveling and the dear friends he has made. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Cléa, his young son Lucas Daniel, and his toddler Jeanette Maria Anna Victoria Isabel. He also enjoys his early morning study time of various theological topics from the history of Christianity.

    *Biographical information taken directly from https://faith.edu/faculty/dr-ken-rathbun/

     

    I enjoyed talking with Ken and Cléa. They shared great insight into God's will for our lives, how to serve Him through difficult times, and how His plan is always greater and better than our plan.



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    March Update

    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 are excited and praising God that our work is continuing to go forward even in our absence. This is a great joy to us and we are blessed that there are dedicated workers who will continue on the ministry during this time. It gives us confidence that even when we leave the country, the ministry that God has begun will continue through the body of Christ.

    Next steps after the month of March

    At this point, we are unsure what we are going to do. We pray that God makes it clear and that we can make a decision whether to return immediately, postpone our return, or whether or not God is calling us elsewhere. We ask that you continue to pray for us, that God may give us guidance in this and all things.



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Brandon Queen ,

Great show

I got the chance to interview with Nathan and it was an awesome experience. I love his zeal for wanting to cover life experience and put that experience to the text. Thank you Nathan and keep Podcasting.

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