The Calling

One church leader, one calling, one honest conversation. An interview show about the nature of church leadership, the inherent struggles that come with that calling, and the many different ways God has shaped individuals to work within his church.

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For Trevin Wax, The Writerly Life Is Its Own Reward
Episode 51 | 45 min
For Trevin Wax, The Writerly Life Is Its Own Reward
The author and columnist reflects on writing thoughtfully about faith in the Digital Age.
David Fitch Turned His Daily McDonald's Run into His Ministry
Episode 50 | 59 min
David Fitch Turned His Daily McDonald's Run into His Ministry
Planting a church takes time—but it all starts with just being present.
Tessa Afshar Writes in Search of Sacred Romance
Episode 49 | 43 min
Tessa Afshar Writes in Search of Sacred Romance
The biblical fiction author shares how reading romance novels revealed her need for a loving Savior.
How the Black Church Revamped Tyler Burns' Faith
Episode 48 | 43 min
How the Black Church Revamped Tyler Burns' Faith
For the pastor and 'Pass the Mic' host, embracing his calling meant unearthing his spiritual roots.
Kristie Anyabwile: Pastors' Wives Are Disciple Makers, Too
Episode 47 | 56 min
Kristie Anyabwile: Pastors' Wives Are Disciple Makers, Too
Her husband is a minister, but she isn't interested in being her church's "first lady."
Barnabas Piper Isn't Hiding from His Divorce
Episode 46 |1 hr 34 min
Barnabas Piper Isn't Hiding from His Divorce
The writer, speaker, podcaster, and pastor’s kid opens up about the burdens of watching a marriage die.
Why Tish Harrison Warren Gave Up on Being a ‘Good Church Kid’
Episode 45 |1 hr 11 min
Why Tish Harrison Warren Gave Up on Being a ‘Good Church Kid’
The Anglican priest, writer, and mother on how discovering grace invigorated her faith and ignited her calling.
For Carl and Karen Ellis, Renewing Your Culture Starts with Knowing Your History
Episode 44 | 47 min
For Carl and Karen Ellis, Renewing Your Culture Starts with Knowing Your History
According to both theologians, looking to the past can remind us of God's present faithfulness.
Rebekah Lyons: ‘Freedom from Mental Illness Means More than Being “Cured”’
Episode 43 | 44 min
Rebekah Lyons: ‘Freedom from Mental Illness Means More than Being “Cured”’
For the ‘You Are Free’ author, being blindsided by panic disorder revealed a deeper need for a rescuing Savior.
Lee Strobel’s Hope for Apologetics in a ‘Post-Truth’ Culture
Episode 42 | 48 min
Lee Strobel’s Hope for Apologetics in a ‘Post-Truth’ Culture
As ‘The Case for Christ’ heads to the big screen, the journalist-turned-evangelist reflects on what's changed—and what’s stayed the same—about defending the faith.

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Top Story August 17, 2017
Do We Need a Stronger Word for 'Faith'?
Do We Need a Stronger Word for 'Faith'?
Why theologian Matthew Bates would have evangelicals profess ‘allegiance’ to Christ.