The Pastor Writer podcast is a series of conversations and reflections on the Christian life through reading and writing. From interviews with authors to thoughts on scripture and culture, Chase Replogle offers a wide range of topics and explorations. Chase is a church pastor and writer. You can follow more of his work at pastorwriter.com
Drew Dyck: Just Show Up: The Spiritual Practice of Plodding
Drew Dyck is the author of multiple books, including Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets To Self Control From The Bible And Brain Science (2019), and the book he joins me to talk about today, Just Show Up: How Small Acts of Faithfulness Change Everything (2023).
Drew is an editor at Moody Publishers and the former managing editor of Leadership Journal. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and CNN.com.
Drew grew up in Canada and now lives in the Portland area with his wife, Grace, and their three children.
Mark Fugitt — The Lost Shepherd and a Place for History
Mark Fugitt has been a pastor for eighteen years and an adjunct professor for a decade. He has a bachelor’s in history; master’s degrees in history, theological studies, and theology; and his PhD in biblical studies and historical theology. He lives with his wife Laura and four children on a farm in the hills of Missouri.
He joins me to talk about his new book: Lost Shepherd: What Believers Once Knew About Paslm 23 That the Modern World has Forgotten
Chase Replogle — My Best Reads of 2023
Since the beginning of the Pastor Writer podcast, I've dedicated the last episode of each year to a reflection on some of my favorite books. I think it's a great practice for anyone. I looked back through my Amazon orders, my bookshelves, my Kindle and Audible apps, and noted books that stood out. For me, books are never just read, they represent the things I've been thinking about, working on, and areas I'm trying to grow.
This year, the books really reflect my ongoing writing project, but hopefully, there are a few that will be interesting to you. Let me know what you've been reading. I'm always grateful for recommendations on books or authors that you think would fit the show.
Cary Schmidt — Reversing Ministry Depletion
Cary Schmidt serves as the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newington, Connecticut.
He and his wife, Dana, have been blessed with three children and have enjoyed thirty four years of marriage and ministry together. Cary's passion is to love God, love his family, and point people to Jesus Christ through teaching, preaching, and writing. He hosts the "Leading in the Gospel" podcast to encourage Gospel-shaped leadership, and "Growing in the gospel"—a daily devotional on Youtube.
He has written fifteen books, including Stop Trying, Live Lighter—Love Better, Off Script, Passionate Parenting, Real Christianity, and others. he joins me to talk about his recently released book, Steady Strength: Reversing Ministry's Dangerous Drift Toward Depletion.
Randall Wallace — Film, Faith, and the Braveheart Life
Randall Wallace is the Oscar®-nominated creative force behind the epic storytelling of such critical and box-office hits as BRAVEHEART, WE WERE SOLDIERS, PEARL HARBOR, SECRETARIAT, and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. Along with his work in film, Randall is the author of nine books, including five original novels, three novel versions of the screenplays of his films, and his first work of non-fiction, LIVING THE BRAVEHEART LIFE.
Harold Senkbeil — Textualizing People into the Story of Scripture
Harold Senkbeil is executive director emeritus of Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care.
His pastoral experience of nearly five decades includes parish ministry, the seminary classroom, and parachurch leadership. He is author of numerous books, including the award-winning The Care of Souls, Christ and Calamity, and Dying to Live.
Thank you both for pointing out the need to teach these important skills to the young. As an Elementary and secondary educator and an early childhood educator - You have pointed out this life long skill and love that is life changing!
Literary intelligence, finally
Chris burst into my morning walk. Finally, a Christian who opens dialogue covering writing from the perspective of a learned, Christian voice of calm. No chatty waste of words, black or white, do this do that. Since Chris is an avid reader, he’s an avid thinker, and perhaps a great example of what a Christian author and pastor sounds like WITHOUT saying “I’m a Christian” author. I don’t see any other podcast like his.
Do you grow weary of listening to podcasts full of banter and chitchat? Listen to this podcast one week and have your thoughts challenged.
Week after week this podcast is full of meaningful inspiration, life-changing reflection and on-going learning. Whether you are a full time pastor, a growing Christian or even a non-believer, this podcast conversation will leave you knowing you did not waste your time. It will give you further resources of study to encourage your walk in life.
Thank you, Chase!❤️