A discussion and interview style show hosted by Steve Bremner, blogger, author, and missionary to Peru. Join Steve as he interviews authors and other interesting people. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always worthwhile.
Guests have included authors such as: Dr. Michael L. Brown, S.J. Hill, Carlos A. Rodriguez, Dr. Stephen R. Crosby, Eric Gilmour, Michael Dow, Praying Medic, Josh Greeson, Larry Sparks, Mike Breen, Jeremy Mangerchine, Brian Guerin and many others.
Check us out at FireOnYourHead.com
God's Healing Presence
Sorry to those of you who've been patiently waiting for me to come back to the podcast. Time has just kind of slipped away from me, and I didn't realize how long it's been since the last episode was published live.
I plan on coming back to it, but the hiatus is "indefinite" for the time being for reasons I share in this half episode before getting into a selected chapter from a recent audiobook, Divine Healing Made Simple I narrated for Praying Medic.
Contact me if you'd like to receive a free promo code to listen to it on Audible.
Here is the link to my Buy Me A Coffee link if you'd like to cover my editing and hosting expenses for this podcast so I can move forward again with it outsource some things to speed up the production process for new episodes.
Blessings and fire on your head.
Audible UK link for the book: Divine Healing Made Simple
Are You Really A Missionary?
I tackle a couple of world events. I say a “couple”, though it’s true, but I spend more time disproportionately focused on the situation of John Allen Chau, the missionary who was killed by The Sentinelese tribe on the North Sentinel Island off the coast of India.
I felt like I needed to say something and offer my perspective, hoping that my slant is unique not just because I’m also a missionary — plenty of missionaries are chiming in on social media. Not just because I have a platform to do so, and not just because I have any opinions.
But I feel like this is one of those gray areas and the rightness or foolishness of his actions which led to him being killed are not as black and white as people taking sides about this would insist it is.
I respect and agree with my brothers and sisters in Christ who feel Chau counted the cost and will receive a martyr’s reward, while I ALSO have reservations and feelings that the perspective he went about this the way he did was also a bit misguided.
But after that I have difficult with the oversimplifying of this that people on both sides are doing.
Since the topic is multi-faceted, I decided to turn on the mic and share my thoughts verbally, for those of you who would want them, so there’s less confusion about what I’m saying if you can hear me out instead of just reading me out. And hopefully not adding to the noise.
I’ve also thought of many other things I could have said and thoughts I could have included in this recording that I didn’t, but there are a lot of misconceptions about what a missionary is as it is that perhaps I’ll explore in another episode or find a suitable guest to have a discussion with about these things. But suffice it to say, I hope you get some value out of these thoughts today.
Blessings to you!
My Relevant Blog Links:
Missionary or Glorified Tourist?
When Mission Isn't Sexy
Do You Know What Your Missionaries Are Actually Doing?
Things Your Missionary Will Never Tell You
John Chau, Missions, and Fools - Ed Stetzer, Christianity Today
John Allen Chau: Do missionaries help or harm? - By Toby Luckhurst BBC News
Branding 110 Publishing Your Own Books | Reformation Designs
I got to be interviewed by Ryan J. Rhoades, founder of Reformation Designs this past weekend. He does a weekly FB live interview series on the subject of branding. We talked about writing and publishing books, of course.
This is the raw file, unedited, so there were a few glitches, and you hear me say um and uh a lot more than normal as a result.
We covered a lot, but if you’re ready to soak in some information like a sponge or writing a book is something you’ve been wanting to do then this video should help get you off to a good start.
Ryan and I have been in conversation for some time now and we’ve finally joined forces and are providing a comprehensive package for authors and writers wanting to create an excellent, professional and high quality book.
Ryan will be doing all the visual branding (covers, social media images, website artwork if needed, etc…) for our authors, while I’ll continue coaching writers and helping craft their content.
If you’re not an author yourself but know someone who could use our help, we offer a 5% referral fee. If you refer someone to us and they become a paying client of ours, we’ll award you 5% of what we earn on that project.
Creating a book is a huge endevor, and since we value and appreciate that someone is coming to us and trusting us with bringing their “baby” into the world, we want to thank you for recommending us to them with a paid referral.
If you would like to work with us on your book, or need help creating it, get in touch and book a call with me below and we’ll see if we’d make a good team together. After booking you will be re-directed to an application form which will help us know more about your project before the call.
My booking calendar: http://meetme.so/SteveBremner
Also check out Ryan's new podcast, The Creative Revolution Podcast
The Definition of Success: What Living Homeless Can Teach You
Derek Snook, self-described son of a Baptist minister and entrepeneur joins me to discuss his recent book, The Definition of Success: What Living Homeless Can Teach You.
He tells me what was intended as a one-night experiment lasted a year, and years later he has decided to publish a book about how this experience had an impact on him and what he learned from it, including a well-paying temp agency he started and recently sold.
Definitely a different take on "loving your neighbor as yourself" if I ever heard one!
A few interesting points that came up in our discussion:
While Derek could have quit this experiment at any given momenty and gone back home, most homeless and less fortunate don't have that option How living in bubbles in our culture is destructive to indviduals and groups, including the toll isolation is taking on mental health in general The intriguing way a city's layout is actually important to society What can we do to erase the barrier between wealthy and poor churches, as well as the racial divide, even in the church, between black and white congregations Relevant Links:
Derek's website at dereksnook.net
Follow Derek on Instagram.
Get a copy of his book from Amazon.
Check out Derek's 2015 TedX talk at this link: https://youtu.be/haoTlVcg0PE
The Passionate Heart of a Loving God with Dr. Brian Simmons
Dr. Brian Simmons, lead translator for The Passion Translation of the Bible joins me this week for an insightful interview and discussion.
In this episode we cover:
How he handles peoples' criticism that he's a "lone ranger" translating the Bible; and how he learns to listen to critics in case God is speaking to him through them Epiphanies he had while discovering the appropriate words in the text while translating the Bible into a tribal dialect as a missionary How his translation work has helped him see a few popular Bible passages we've been misunderstanding in English We also discuss our mutual favorite book of the book, Song of Songs I also ask Brian if Jesus spoke in tongues (a question I've been asked since releasing my book on Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues. The importance of translating meanings not just words And much more... Relevant Links and Books Mentioned in Today's Show:
What's God Really Like? by SJ Hill, audiobook narrated by yours truly.
The Passion Translation dot com - The TPT's official website
Passion Movement dot com. - Support the Work of this Translation
Stairway Ministries - Ministry website of Brian and Candice Simmons
Brian Simmons on Audible.
The God Who Laughed First by S.J. Hill
Here's an 18-minute clip from the audiobook version of What's God Really Like? Unique Insights into His Fascinating Personality.
Get the full audiobook at https://www.stevebremner.com/sjbook or on Amazon at this link.
Diverse and interesting
Great podcast with unique topics. I would like to see some of the interviews with a bit more in-depth questioning but still good!
Encouraged after listening
I'm glad I found this show. The host is passionate about helping others, and is extremely relateable. Thansk for sharing your experiences and helping other authors and entrepreneurs along their journey with a focus on God. Looking forward to staying connected Steve. God bless! - Jonathan Frederick HHH podcast
Content That Fills A Void
This is the podcast that steps outside the box of the norm and explores the questions you're probably thinking about but never hear anybody talking about. It's engaging and unique, but not just a curiosity or out on the fringe. You will encounter ideas that are relevant and that you can act on. Most podcasts, even great ones, tend to leave sort of a vacuum; certain things fall through the cracks, and I honestly think F.O.Y.H. serves very well to fill that vacuum with something that is truly essential and important. Subscribe and you will be glad you did - this one is a keeper.