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In Episode 19, the one-year anniversary episode for Behind the Curtain, Noah Filipiak interviews 11-time author Sarah Arthur.  Sarah’s book Walking with Frodo was the #1 bestselling youth resource in Christian publishing for the holiday season 2003, and #13 in all categories and Walking with Bilbo won the Logos Book Award at the Christian Booksellers Convention for Best Youth Book 2005.  Her most recent books include a 3-part devotional series that follow the Church liturgical calendar:  Between Midnight & Dawn, Light Upon Light & At the Still PointNoah and Sarah discuss the roller-coaster ride of succeeding and failing in the publishing world and how to discover spiritually healthy ways of measuring success in anything we do in life.  In a fast-forward world where everything is pressing and urgent, this interview examines how to rest in our identity as God’s kids and not let other voices determine our ultimate value.

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Sarah’s website: www.SarahArthur.com

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In January 2006, I officially left my position as a youth pastor and set off full-time as a church planter in Lansing, MI.  I was 22 when I went to the assessment center in August 2005 and was ready to save the world a few months later at 23.

I was naive, arrogant, insecure and full of subconscious motives.

Now I’ve just turned 33 (the age Jesus died; several of my pastor friends reminded me of this), and this September our church will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our public launch.  Here’s some of the biggest things I’ve learned over the past 10 years:

Don’t Throw Stones

So much arrogance can be cloaked in “critical thinking” and “observation.”  10 years ago, I felt superior to the way the established church was doing things.  I would throw stones in private conversations at specific established churches, typically the larger ones in my area.  What a direct rebellion against Jesus’ desire for the Church to be unified!  What an insult to the Kingdom of God. Continue Reading…

at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakThe church Jeremy Dowsett started 10 years ago closed its doors in 2015.  In this interview, Jeremy takes us behind the curtain of how he’s handled this emotionally and spiritually.  Every church planter who has gone through this experience is going to be unique and Jeremy is no exception.  The interview walks through the flaws in Evangelical Protestantism that Jeremy experienced and how that eventually led him to convert to Catholicism.  We also discuss the emotional weight of pastoring a church plant and what it’s been like to be away from that weight, as well as if it’s possible for a church planter to truly experience the freedom of the gospel of grace while in the midst of shouldering the load of church planting, or if the two are mutually exclusive.  Jeremy also wrote a blog post in 2014 that got so many hits it broke the Internet, making Noah jealous, which we also discuss.

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Jeremy’s blog: www.alittlemoresauce.com

Jeremy’s blog post that broke the Internet, “What My Bike Taught Me About White Privilege”

Related blog post from Noah: “Problems with the Protestant Reformation”

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST EPISODE WITH JEREMY DOWSETT BELOW: (or subscribe on iTunes)

What Does the Bible Say About Ministry Success?

Worshiping Ministry Success like Gideon’s Golden Ephod

Gideon is most well known for using the moisture level of a fleece to determine if God wanted him to attack an army or not.  All in all, he is typically known as one of the good guys, someone who was faithful to the Lord, who walked righteously and who delivered God’s people from oppressive armies and from idolatry (Judges 6-8).  Heck he even made honorable mention in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11:32.  In spite of all this, there is a subtle little scene placed at the very end of Scripture’s account Gideon’s life that is much more convicting and probably much more applicable than anything else written about him, fleece included.

Gideon has achieved massive success.  He has led the Israelites faithfully.  He has freed them from the physical oppression of enemy armies and most importantly, he did what was nearly impossible to do in the Old Testament, and that was get the Israelites to stop worshiping idols.

This is a ministry dream come true.  (If Christian magazines existed back then, Gideon would have for sure been everyone’s cover boy) Continue Reading…

Authors, veteran church planters, retreat leaders, and marriage and ministry leadership coaches Tom and Sandi Blaylock (Pawleys Island, SC) share with honesty, grace and transparency the many struggles they’ve endured as a married couple in ministry.  These experiences have given Tom and Sandi a wealth of wisdom on how married couples can heal their marriages.  This interview truly goes “behind the curtain” of the Blaylock’s lives as ministry as host Noah Filipiak walks with Tom and Sandi through topics of working long hours, insecurity, woundedness, using ministry as a mistress, and what to do when a minister’s spouse is not interested in doing ministry.

Many people assume ministry leaders shouldn’t have marital problems when in fact the position of ministry leadership innately brings with it unique marital opposition.
Find Tom and Sandi at LifeWorthImitating.Blogspot.com and you can find their book Marriage on Mission at MarriageOnMission.com or on Amazon
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LISTEN TO THE PODCAST EPISODE WITH TOM & SANDI BLAYLOCK BELOW: (or subscribe on iTunes)