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
Chase Replogle — Bread and Games: Why the Next 12 Months are the Greater Risk
According to ancient historians, most of the Jewish families sitting on that Galilean hillside listening to Jesus teach would spend every day of their lives on the edge of hunger and starvation. Some days were better than others, but they never escaped hunger for long. By some estimations, as much as 85% of a Galilean’s wages/time went toward acquiring food. By comparison, the average US family spends 9.5% of their annual budget on food.
The gospel writer, John, records that there were 5,000 men seated there. With wives and children, the crowd would have been well over 10,000. As the day drew on, the disciples recognized they were facing a logistical dilemma. Where would these people find food? They didn’t have the money to feed them. They suggested to Jesus that he call it quits and let the crowd disperse to nearby towns to find food for themselves.
But Jesus instead found a boy with just five loaves and two fish. He blessed it and began breaking it and passing it out to the people. John records that every person there ate until they were filled. They all sat reclined on the hill with full bellies, satisfied. Nowhere else in the New Testament is that language used for another meal. Jesus had fed them to their fill. Many had probably never experienced enough food to have to stop eating.
It’s no surprise that the crowd responded by attempting to seize Jesus and make him king....
Kurt Willems — Podcasting, Writing, and Pastoral Side Projects
Kurt Willems is a pastor, writer, and spiritual director. After several years in student and adult church ministry in Central California, he partnered with the Brethren in Christ to plant a Christian community in Seattle called Pangea Church.
Kurt maintains a resource website, which hosts articles and podcasts, called Theology Curator (formerly called, The Paulcast). He is passionate about taking dense ideas and communicating them in ways that are empowering for people in all walks of life.
He holds a master of divinity degree from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and a master's degree in comparative religion from the University of Washington (where he focused on the historical Paul within Judaism and the Roman Empire). Kurt also completed a two-year training program to become a spiritual director called, Stewards of the Mystery.
His first book, Echoing Hope: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems our Pain, released this last month.
Cory Verner — The Rise of Audio Books
Cory Verner began in the audiobook industry in 2003 when the market was 90% cassettes. In 2004, he founded christianaudio, a niche audiobook publisher focused on thoughtful Christian audio content. christianaudio's first sale was a download on christianaudio.com, one of the initial few audiobook download sites.
He and his wife Crissy began an audiobook production company in 2005 – Ver-ity Audio Productions – which works with all of the major publishing houses as well as niche Christian companies and ministries and produces hundreds of titles a year though that name and ONE Audiobooks.
ONE Audoibooks specializes in nonfiction, inspirational content. They are disrupting the audio space with innovative solutions for publishers, authors, and ministries.
HB Charles — Preaching and Writing
Dr. HB Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida, where he has served since 2008.
Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost eighteen years. Succeeding his late father, he began pastoring at Mt. Sinai at the age of seventeen – a senior in high school.
He is a regular speaker at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country.
He is also the author of several books including…
It Happens After PrayerOn PreachingOn PastoringAnd he is the host of The On Preaching Podcast – the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better.
Winn Collier — Writing the Biography of Eugene Peterson
Win Collier was a Pastor for twenty-five years, founding All Souls Charlottesville. He now serves at Western Theological Seminary as Director of The Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination & Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Imagination. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where his work centered on the intersection of literary fiction and religion, particularly the sacramental landscape of Wendell Berry’s fictional town of Port William.
This month Winn releases his official authorized biography of Eugene Peterson. He joined me to discuss how the project came about, tackling the overwhelming amount of material, and deciding what to include.
Thomas Umstattd — Author Branding and Cancel Culture
Thomas Umstattd, Jr. is an author, speaker, and consultant helping authors better market their writing. He provides online tools and advice through his company Author Media.
He has worked with numerous publishers on marketing strategies and also worked as a literary agent. Thomas is the host of the Novel Marketing Podcast and the Christian Publishing Show podcast. It’s one of the writing podcasts I listen to weekly.
He is a friend of the podcast making his second appearance to talk with me about an author's personal branding.
If you write and if you are in pastoral ministry this is always a great listen. Insightful questions. Good guests. Lots to learn. Very well done.
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!
SO. WELL. DONE
Once you begin to listen to this podcast you won’t stop. Not only are the guests top shelf leaders, writers, and influencers...but the host is all of those things and more. Do yourself a favor...listen regularly.