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Pastor Brian Podcast is a monthly conversation with exciting guests! Over half of our guests are every day church members (from all different walks of life and parts of the world) who are making extraordinary differences in their communities by the guidance of the Holy Spirit . . . helping share the gospel of Christ in innovative ways while serving others. We will also feature conversations with pastors, theologians, scholars, and authors as well. Along the way, we hope these conversations help you grow in Christ as well as think of new possibilities God is opening up for you in ministry.

Pastor Brian Podcast Rev. Brian Felker Jones

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Pastor Brian Podcast is a monthly conversation with exciting guests! Over half of our guests are every day church members (from all different walks of life and parts of the world) who are making extraordinary differences in their communities by the guidance of the Holy Spirit . . . helping share the gospel of Christ in innovative ways while serving others. We will also feature conversations with pastors, theologians, scholars, and authors as well. Along the way, we hope these conversations help you grow in Christ as well as think of new possibilities God is opening up for you in ministry.

    S5:E7- First Two Weeks of Easter Daily Prayers- Gary Church Staff- Sunday, April 17nd, 2022

    S5:E7- First Two Weeks of Easter Daily Prayers- Gary Church Staff- Sunday, April 17nd, 2022

    We pray you are being blessed and challenged in these final two weeks of Lent! Our Podcast includes a: Gathering (00:00), Opening Prayer (00:32), Psalm (01:15), Scripture (03:44), Prayer (05:23), Gary Church Staff (08:10), Blessing (08:56),  End (09:29). You may find the full daily scripture readings  at Daily Revised Common Lectionary  and the scripture read in this podcast is Mark 16:1-8 . Blessings!

    If you would like to learn more about the Gary Church Staff:
    Lent Opening Prayer- Daniel Lee- Director of Youth MinistriesEaster Opening Prayer-Debra Evans, Business Administrator Lent Psalter- Jennifer Whiting- Director of MusicEaster Psalter- Janet Mathis- Director of CommunicationsLent Scriptures- Debra Hafner, Office StaffEaster Scriptures- Rev. Dr. Chris Pierson, Senior Pastor Lent Prayers and Response- Carey Williams Bebar, Director of Children’s Ministry and Christian EducationEaster Prayers and Response- Jennifer Castino, Welcome Ministries Coordinator

    • 9 min
    S5:E6- Final Two Weeks of Lent Daily Prayers- Gary Church Staff- Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

    S5:E6- Final Two Weeks of Lent Daily Prayers- Gary Church Staff- Saturday, April 2nd, 2022

    We pray you are being blessed and challenged in these final two weeks of Lent! Our Podcast includes a: Gathering (00:00), Opening Prayer (00:32), Psalm (01:10), Scripture (05:05), Prayer (06:43), Gary Church Staff (09:31), Blessing (10:15),  End (10:50). You may find the full daily scripture readings  at Daily Revised Common Lectionary  and the scripture read in this podcast is John 19:16-24. Blessings!

    If you would like to learn more about the Gary Church Staff:
    Lent Opening Prayer- Daniel Lee- Director of Youth MinistriesEaster Opening Prayer-Debra Evans, Business Administrator Lent Psalter- Jennifer Whiting- Director of MusicEaster Psalter- Janet Mathis- Director of CommunicationsLent Scriptures- Debra Hafner, Office StaffEaster Scriptures- Rev. Dr. Chris Pierson, Senior Pastor Lent Prayers and Response- Carey Williams Bebar, Director of Children’s Ministry and Christian EducationEaster Prayers and Response- Jennifer Castino, Welcome Ministries CoordinatorThis April 2022 for the Pastor Brian Podcast, in which Lent ends and Easter begins, we are bringing back our vintage Pastor Brian Podcast format to help you in daily prayer with two podcasts. The first podcast can be used anytime during the first couple weeks of the month as we center on the end Lent. The second podcast can be used anytime in the last two weeks of the month and will be our Easter celebration! Also, the entire Gary Church staff will lead along-side us as we pray!

    • 11 min
    S5:E5- "Marissa Sabio and Outreach Community Ministries: Salvation, Faithfulness, and Empowering the Forgotten"- Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

    S5:E5- "Marissa Sabio and Outreach Community Ministries: Salvation, Faithfulness, and Empowering the Forgotten"- Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022

    Welcome to Season 5! Today we speak with Marissa Sabio, one of the Program Directors for Outreach Community Ministries. Outreach is an amazing ministry that helps the most vulnerable in our community and I am sure many of our listeners have similar ministries within their own communities. Thus, I am so excited to have a talented and gifted person like Marissa on to speak about the exciting work Outreach is doing, but also how Christians can become involved in the mission the gospel compels us all to be part of in caring for and empowering the most vulnerable, forgotten, and oppressed in our communities. 

    We begin with a prayer (00:41), our lunch menu (01:35) Marissa's work (02:21), Marissa's personal story of faith in following Christ as Lord and Savior (03:46), what is Outreach Community Ministries (09:05), the main areas of contact for Outreach Community Ministries in the Western Chicago Suburbs (10:22). why was Outreach Community Ministries founded (11:40), Marissa's role and ministry within Outreach Community Ministries (14:00), what compelled her to be part of Outreach Community Ministries (24:10), stories she loves to share about Christ's love, grace, and salvation to others through Outreach Community Ministries (29:24), why she feels it is vital for Christians to be part of ministries like Outreach (and organizations like it) around the nation and the world (37:36), ways a congregation or group of churches can begin to reach out and alongside the poor and oppressed  (40:00), ways working in ministry through Outreach Community Ministries strengthened and changed her walk with Christ (42:51), and a blessing (46:18).

    For more information about Marissa and Outreach Community Ministries:
    Outreach Community MinistriesMenu for Today's Lunch with Marissa:
    Jordan's Chicken Adobo with Jasmine Rice by Chef Jordan Andino with braised Baby Bok Choy.

    • 46 min
    S5:E4- Dr. Michael Graves- "Reading Scripture Like Jesus"- Monday, February 7th, 2022

    S5:E4- Dr. Michael Graves- "Reading Scripture Like Jesus"- Monday, February 7th, 2022

    Welcome to Season 5! Today we speak with Dr. Michael Graves, the Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies in the Bible and Theology Department at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. His primary area of teaching is the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and is  highly respected scholar and amazing teacher. Dr. Graves also teaches and lectures at Gary Church– where he serves in many capacities as well as an usher.  Have you ever wanted to ask what scripture actually was . . . and were too afraid to ask? What is the best ways to begin reading the Bible?  Why should we read scripture? Does it have any real benefits? Or curious about what scripture can teach about reading scripture? Join us as we have a conversation about faith, scripture, and God’s call in our everyday life. 

    We begin with a prayer (00:41), our lunch menu (01:27) Dr. Graves' work, and name of new book (02:51), Michael's own story of faith in Christ (04:27), how God called him to be a professor (06:34), the process of becoming a scholar and faculty member (10:31), what he loves about teaching at Wheaton College and in congregations (14:50), what is scripture (16:11), why scripture so important to Christians (22:40), main obstacles people have to reading the Bible (26:58), key concepts to interpreting the Bible (35:13), the ways Jesus uses scripture and "Inner-Biblical Interpretation" (38:39), advice for people picking up a Bible the first time (45:26),  ways people who are familiar with scripture can continue to grow in Christ through the Bible (49:35), how scripture has been shaping him in the last 10 years (54:00), what he hopes people find in reading scripture (57:08), and a final prayer and blessing (59:02).

    For more information about Michael and his work:
    Armerding Professor of Biblical StudiesMichael's newest book: "How Scripture Interprets Scripture: What Biblical Writers Can Teach us about Reading the Bible.""Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church" (Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources) "The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us Jerome's Hebrew Philology: A Study Based on His Commentary on Jeremiah (Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements) Commentary on Jeremiah (Ancient Christian Texts)"Menu for Today's Lunch with Michael:
    Gazpacho Paired With Pineapple Carpaccio, Pomegranate & Vanilla Salt by Gordon Ramsay

    • 1 hr 2 min
    S5:E3- Joe Davisson and Shelley Kenyon- "Christmas Sharing"- Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

    S5:E3- Joe Davisson and Shelley Kenyon- "Christmas Sharing"- Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

    Welcome to Episode 3 of Season 5! Today we speak with Joe Davisson and Shelley Kenyon about the large, diverse, and amazing ministry of "Christmas Sharing."  Both Joe and Shelley have served Christ and his Church in so many ways- through school, work, and ministry. But in this conversation we will concentrate on an fantastic ministry and their part in the ministry . . . Christmas Sharing. Christmas Sharing is not only in their congregation, but throughout Wheaton, IL and the Illinois 200 School District. Also, we will discuss ways folks and congregations can begin a similar ministry to reach out and serve along side others in Christ Jesus!

    We begin with a prayer (00:40), the ways God called Joe and Shelley to faith in Christ (02:16), what is Christmas Sharing (04:32), why Christmas Sharing was founded (06:40), what is unique about Christmas Sharing and how it draws them into ministry (09:11),  what did it look like before the COVID-19 pandemic  (12:19), how it has changed (20:06), stories of Christmas Sharing (26:09), ways for people to be involved (32:45), avenues in which people and congregations can begin a ministry to reach others (34:33), and how Christmas Sharing has changed their congregation (41:16), and a blessing (44:12).

    Some information on organization from the podcast:
    Christmas SharingPeople's Resource CenterNorthern Illinois Food BankMarine Toys for Tots

    • 44 min
    BONUS EPISODE- Hezekiah 'Zeke' Jones- "What Is Pokémon?!?!"

    BONUS EPISODE- Hezekiah 'Zeke' Jones- "What Is Pokémon?!?!"

    This past weekend "Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl" was released with much acclaim and fanfare! It is a video game on the Nintendo Switch gaming system and a re-make of the 2006 Nintendo DS role-playing game. 

    Never heard of this before? Does it all sound like strange letters and words strung together? Do you not know what Pokémon is?

    If so, never fear, our resident pop culture/youth beat expert Hezekiah "Zeke" Jones is here to help you out! Zeke will explain what Pokémon is, the basic story of the franchise (which are not just games, but best-selling television shows, movies, and comic books), what attracts people to Pokémon, where it is going, & his very strong, dry, and sarcastic critiques. If you are trying to figure out Pokémon to better understand your child or grandchild you have come to the right place. If you are already a fan, you will enjoy this romp through the world. If you like hearing funny descriptions and critiques of an international franchise from a tween . . . you have now found your special place. So strap in and enjoy this fun bonus episode which can be listened to during this Thanksgiving Holiday travel!

    • 21 min

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