“We literally ran for our lives… We had no idea what we saw, but we saw something.” - Tom Fodi
Tom Fodi is a pastor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s a former Air Force Chaplain, has a Masters of Divinity degree, he’s a family man – the kind of person you would want in your corner if you ever needed a credible witness to vouch for you. He also claims to be an eyewitness to Bigfoot (a claim that he says included multiple other witnesses). Whether you believe in Bigfoot, aliens, the Loch Ness Monster, or you’re 100% convinced that none of these things are real, listen as Tom shares the first-person account of his encounter with the unknown on this episode of the Twenty-First Century Jesus Podcast.
How to balance grace and truth from a pastor raised by homosexual parents
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by LGBT parents, marched in gay pride parades as a youngster, and experienced firsthand the hatred and bitterness of some Christians toward his family. But then Caleb surprised everyone, including himself, by becoming a Christian, and later a pastor. As Caleb sees it, Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself doesn’t have an exception clause for a gay “neighbor”— or for that matter, any other “neighbor” we might find hard to relate to. Hear Him explain Jesus’ example for how to love people and yet still hold on to your beliefs, even when things get messy.
“No one in the clubhouse knew I was betting on games.” – Pete Rose
Pete Rose, recognized as one of Major League Baseball’s all-time greatest players…was permanently banned from baseball (including the Hall of Fame) as a result of allegations that he bet on baseball games while manager of the Cincinnati Reds…In 2004, Rose admitted these charges were true in his autobiography, My Prison Without Bars. To this day, he remains banished from the game he once dominated.
“I actually think that President Trump got a bad rap in Charlottesville.” – Sean Palmer
Sean Palmer is the Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, one of America’s most innovative and vibrant multi-site churches. Sean co-hosts the “Not So Black and White” podcast, is the author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community and is a leading voice on how the church should deal with issues of race in the twenty-first century.
If you’re sick of nutty Christians arguing on Facebook, I have GREAT news for you.
I talk to my cat a lot. If you spent five minutes with him, you would too. Seriously.
“I believe the gospels are unreliable because of all the contradictions,” someone told me online years ago.
“We don’t understand. We did everything we could.”
VIA CRUCIS, Week 4
Everything Jesus endured in the final hours before his death–demonstrates how great God’s love is for us.
VIA CRUCIS, Week 3
Since the beginning of recorded history, whenever one country would conquer another, the new king would parade his army through the streets of the capital city.
VIA CRUCIS, Week 2
In his book The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
VIA CRUCIS, Week 1
The events that would lead to Jesus’ death started when the religious leaders of the day learned of his teachings about the Sabbath.
AT THE MOVIES, Week 3
AT THE MOVIES, Week 1
God calls each of us to go on a hero’s journey.
GAME CHANGERS, Week 4
The Parable of the Bags of Gold is one of the most well-known illustrations ever used by Jesus.
GAME CHANGERS, Week 1
This Sunday I talked about how sharing our faith can be challenging.
For most people, church is a building, or an event that you go to – “I’m going to church today.”
This Sunday I talked about our new mission statement here at CCV, which is really YOUR personal mission statement for 2019 and beyond.
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Books by Brian Jones
Finding Favor: God’s Blessings Beyond Health, Wealth, and Happiness
This is a book for people who are discouraged that their life hasn’t turned out the way they wanted.
Second Guessing God (Hanging On When You Can’t See His Plan)
This is a book for people who are wondering why God has allowed them to suffer and want to feel excited about life again.
Getting Rid of the Gorilla (Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive)
This is a book for people who have been hurt by someone and want to know how to move on with their life.
Hell is Real (But I Hate to Admit It)
This is a book for people who want to help their friends but don’t want to resort to weird and manipulative tactics that turn people off.