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Impactus podcast

This is a Christian podcast for men. Each episode focuses on real-life issues men care about. Together we explore what it means to live day to day with authentic faith.

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EP 73: The Discipleship Opportunity with Daniel Im
The pandemic wreaked havoc on our world like nothing else in our lifetime. The fallout continues with polarization, division, depression, isolation, distraction, and the disappearance of many people from inside the walls of the Church. But what if the events of the past few years were not a problem but an opportunity? What if God was using this time in our history to awaken people to His Kingdom and awaken His people to truly be a people of calm in chaos, to be salt and light in this dark world, and to be His ambassadors of hope and justice? What if God was stirring you and me to ask ourselves if we truly follow Jesus—or just watch from a distance? In this podcast, we are excited to sit down with a leading voice in the Canadian Church—someone who has cut through the distractions to call the Church back to becoming a disciple-making Church. Daniel Im is a pastor, Bible teacher, writer, and podcast host who is passionate about discipleship and the local church. He is the lead pastor of Beulah Alliance Church and the author of No Silver Bullets, Planting Missional Churches, You Are What You Do, and the newly released The Discipleship Opportunity. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife, Christina, and their three children. In this conversation, we discuss topics such as: How the pandemic affected the Church and the world in which we currently live How we can navigate a post-truth, relativistic culture as people who believe in truth Why we should view the pandemic as an opportunity for greater growth in Christ The impact of “deconstruction” and what we can learn from it The dangers of consumerism in the Church and how God calls us deeper Why it is so essential for men to intentionally seek connection and friendship with other men We cover all this and more in this fascinating conversation with Daniel Im!   ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ----------------------------------------------  Follow us on Social Media Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter This Is Me TV
49:17 7/1/24
EP 72: From Orphans to Sons to Mission with Thanh Campbell
How could a two-year-old orphan boy, taken out of his country by mistake in 1975 from halfway around the world, now impact the world as a grown man in 2024? In this month’s podcast, you’ll hear a story of just how that happened! Google “Orphan 32,” and you will read how Thanh Campbell was taken from his war-torn country of Vietnam and came to Canada as part of the last flight out of Saigon in 1975 with 56 other orphans. Thanh has written his memoir Orphan 32 and, most recently, his illustrated children's book, Lost and Found: Orphan 32 Goes Home. He has been invited to be a guest on such programs as CBC Radio, TVO, Canada AM, and 100 Huntley Street, with a chance to share his life story with the nation. As a keynote speaker, Thanh has been invited to speak at The United Nations in Toronto, Fortune 500 companies, business groups, conferences, and schools across Canada. Most recently, Thanh was appointed as the Canadian Director of Partners Worldwide Canada. Founded in 2011, Partners Worldwide Canada pursues ending poverty around the world through business so that all may have an abundant life. Thanh lives in Drayton, ON, with his wife, Teresa. They have six children and one crazy dog, Theo. This month, Dean and Thanh will discuss: Thanh’s remarkable story of being born into and rescued from the brutal violence of the Vietnam War, immigrating to Canada, and being adopted into a loving Canadian family; How he hit rock bottom in his life, and met Jesus there; How God worked powerfully and redemptively to help Thanh find his long-lost Vietnamese family later in life; The importance of finding identity in Christ as a son of God; What a “redemptive business” is and how Thanh and Partners Worldwide are transforming the lives of people in poverty; The hope for the hopeless that can only be found in Jesus! In this podcast, we will hear this amazing story of the value of family, faith, and the power of hope in God’s great plan of redemption. Don’t miss it!
44:12 6/3/24
EP 71: Hope-Filled Marriage with Neil and Sharol Josephson
If you were to rate the health of your marriage or family today, how would you score? 10/10, living in bliss? 5/10, with some challenges and struggles? Lower?  Marriages and families go through different seasons, but the good news is that you don’t have to go through them alone. There are supports to help you and your family: counsellors, pastors, churches, and ministry organizations who are there to come alongside you wherever you find yourself on the journey.  One of those organizations is FamilyLife Canada, a ministry of Power to Change, which exists to bring help and hope to every marriage and family. They believe:  The family is the foundation of every community.  A healthy marriage is the cornerstone of a strong family.  The ultimate and lasting strength of every marriage and family is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  This month, we are excited to have Neil and Sharol Josephson of FamilyLife Canada with us. Previously a Bible College President and a TV news anchor, Neil and Sharol have devoted this season of life to marriage and family ministry—first at a large church in California and now with FamilyLife Canada. Neil and Sharol have been married for 41 years. They love Jesus, each other and their family, especially their four remarkable grandchildren! Join us for this helpful and powerful conversation, where we talk about strengthening marriage, supporting singleness, building relationships and families that thrive, and how men can be strong and steadfast blessings to their loved ones.   Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media:  Facebook.com Instagram Linkedin.com Twitter.com This Is Me TV
39:22 5/1/24
EP 70: Football and Faith with Michigan Wolverines’ Robby Emery
If you’re a football fan, you’re going to love this conversation, and if you’re not a football fan, you’re still going to love this conversation! On January 8, the 15-0 undefeated Michigan Wolverines under coach Jim Harbaugh won the US National College Championship, beating No. 2 Washington Huskies 34-13 before a crowd of 72,808 at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. What a game it was! In this podcast, Dean talks with one of the key leaders who played a pivotal role in the University of Michigan's triumph. Robby Emery currently serves as the Assistant to the University of Michigan Head Football Coach. He is known for his unique and impactful role as a character coach and pastor for the team. His dedication goes beyond the field, focusing on instilling values, ethics, and character development in the players under his guidance. Robby has also served as a local pastor for over 20 years. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Robby is a devoted family man, having been married to Danielle for 25 years. Together, they have built a loving family, and Robby takes pride in being a father to three children. His commitment to both his family and the football program reflects his passion for fostering success and personal growth in all aspects of life. In this exciting and wide-ranging conversation, Dean and Robby cover a variety of topics, including: The experience of the Wolverines’ historic season and National Championship win What does a day look like in Robby’s role with the football team? How does “revival” happen? How can we eliminate fear in our lives? The importance of creating trust in our relationships How the younger generation is engaging with the Gospel and how we should be sharing it You won’t want to miss this one! https://www.impactus.org/podcast/ep-70-football-and-faith-with-coach-robby-emery/
46:23 4/1/24
EP 69: Live Your Assignment with Phil Wagler
Are you a man who lives your life with a sense of purpose and intentionality? We’ve heard it said that God “calls” people like pastors, teachers, and missionaries into ministry, but what about the rest of us? Do we have a “calling” on our lives? In this podcast, Dean sits down with Phil Wagler, who is certainly no stranger to Impactus! Phil lives in British Columbia with his family. He has recently written a book called Live Your Assignment: Being Christ’s Ambassador in 7 Spheres of Life, which explores the idea that every believer has been given an assignment by God to fulfill in every area of our lives. He has a unique take on discipleship and calling and challenges believers everywhere to apply these principles to their lives. Phil has lived these ideas as a believer, son, husband, father, pastor, mission leader, and servant in the broader Body of Christ through working with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and the World Evangelical Association. Phil is deeply committed to inspiring and equipping the local church for a holistic mission and the ministry of reconciliation, which you will hear about in this interview. Dean and Phil cover a variety of topics and ideas in this conversation, including: How “reconciliation” is truly the centre of the Gospel, where we are reconciled to God, ourselves, others, and Creation. Exploring the implications of giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s and giving to God what is God’s (Matthew 22:21). What it means to be an “ambassador” of Christ, and the posture an ambassador takes in representing the Kingdom and the King. The spheres of influence God has given to every believer (not just the “professional” ministers!) and how to embrace being an ambassador in each of these areas. What it means to truly “let go” to God and the wonderful blessings that come when we do. Why “faithfulness” is more important than “vision” in a believer’s life. Knowing that there is no “just” in the Kingdom of God (e.g. “I’m ‘just’ a plumber…” “I’m ‘just’ a homemaker…”; every assignment that God gives to a believer is significant! Join us for this fascinating conversation with Dean and Phil!  
42:26 2/1/24
EP 68: How to Resurrect a Dead Prayer Life with Dr. Thrasher
If you were to rate your prayer life today on a scale of 1-10…how would you rate yourself? Of course, there is no easy rating scale for our relationship with God, but prayer is one of those areas of our spiritual lives that men consistently find difficult. At the start of this fresh new year, when topics around spiritual disciplines are common conversation, this is a great time to evaluate our prayer habits and what they mean for our walk with God. In this month’s podcast, we are excited to welcome Dr. Bill Thrasher! Bill is a graduate professor of Bible and Theology at Moody Theological Seminary and a frequent speaker for churches and retreats nationwide. His ministry interests include campus discipleship, singles ministry, and evangelism. He is the author of Believing God for His Best, A Journey to Victorious Praying, Principles of Christian Living from Romans 5-8, The Attributes of God in Pauline Theology, and Living the Life God Has Planned. Bill and his wife, Penny, live in the Chicago area and have three sons. His most recent book is entitled How to Resurrect a Dead Prayer Life. We all know that prayer is essential—it's the lifeblood of the Christian life. But most of us find prayer to be challenging. We easily get discouraged, disillusioned, and distracted. So, how can a man build and sustain a meaningful and valuable prayer life? Through this conversation, Dean and Dr. Thrasher cover such topics as: What does it mean to “pray in the Spirit”? How does the Holy Spirit motivate and encourage our prayer life? How can we identify and revive a “dead” prayer life? How can someone with a worried or frantic life begin to enjoy God’s presence and peace? What does it mean to truly encounter God in prayer, and not just do it as a religious duty? What do you do when you don’t know how to pray or what to pray for? How does God use our most challenging moments to actually defeat the Enemy in our lives? How can we turn our chronic temptations into moments of encounter and victory with God? Enjoy all this and more in this month’s podcast!
42:17 1/1/24
EP 67: Just Show Up with Drew Dyck
Have you ever felt stressed, burdened, or overwhelmed by all the things you have to do? Then along comes the Church, and our relationship with God, and we look at all the things we “should” be doing, and we see more deficits and feel more guilt. Christians are called to live a life that glorifies God and blesses others. How do we do that when we're already feeling stretched to capacity? But what if God didn’t expect you to do everything…and certainly not do it all overnight? What if one of the greatest things we could do for God, our families, our communities, and ourselves, was to “just show up”? We tend to think it's the big, bold moments that matter in life, but in reality, it's the steady accumulation of small acts of obedience to God that add up to a life of meaning and impact. For this month’s podcast, we are so excited to have Drew Dyck with us. Drew is an editor at Moody Publishers and the former managing editor of Leadership Journal. He is the author of several books, including Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science, and his latest work, Just Show Up: How Small Acts of Faithfulness Change Everything. Drew’s work has been featured in Christianity Today, Relevant, and CNN.com. He lives near Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Grace, and their three children. As Dean and Drew jump into their conversation, they tackle such topics as: How are Christians called to truly “change the world?” What does it mean to “just show up” for God and others? Why is physical presence with other people so important? How do we grapple with the many distractions in our lives, especially our screens? Why do so many men struggle with being “escape artists”? What is a way to engage in spiritual disciplines without feeling pressure or shame for not doing “enough”? How can our actions affect our mental health, both positively and negatively? What can guys do in times when they find their faith wavering? All this and more in this month’s podcast! Enjoy!
40:48 12/1/23
EP 66: The Great Sex Rescue with Sheila Wray and Keith Gregoire
Disclaimer: This conversation frankly discusses sensitive topics relating to sex and marriage that may not be age-appropriate for younger viewers/listeners. In this month’s podcast, Dean sits down for a conversation with Sheila and Keith Gregoire. Sheila is no stranger to the Impactus podcast, and we are happy to have her husband with us this time as well! Sheila is the face behind Bare Marriage, a website and blog dedicated to Christian marriage and sex. She is the author of nine books, including best-sellers The Great Sex Rescue and The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex and is a much sought-after speaker on these topics. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband Keith, who co-authored a new book, The Good Guy’s Guide to Great Sex, with Sheila. They have been married for over 30 years and have two adult children and two grandchildren. The Gregoires are passionate about changing the evangelical conversation about sex and marriage to line up with Kingdom principles. They desire to bring research and data to this conversation, and to undo some of the harmful and toxic Christian teaching on sex that exists out there, and to bring sexuality back in line with the Scriptures and the way of Jesus. In this podcast, Dean and the Gregoires have an absorbing and in-depth conversation about some very tricky topics, exploring such questions as: If sex is truly a gift from God, why do many Christian women feel like it is anything but?  Why is our theology of sex so important? What are the 5 most important contributors to a frequent and healthy sex life in a marriage? What are some of the most damaging teachings about sex out there in Christian circles, and why are they so damaging?  How has “purity culture” teaching affected marriages? What is a healthy Kingdom view of sexuality? What are some lessons about sex that Christian men need to un-learn? What does it mean to be “Christ-like” in your sex life? Join us for this important and impactful conversation! ----------------------------------------------  Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media Faacebook Instagram.com LinkedIn Twitter This Is Me TV
37:52 11/1/23
EP 65: Non-Toxic Masculinity: Recovering Healthy Male Sexuality with Zach Wagner | Impactus Podcast
Disclaimer: This conversation discusses sensitive topics that may not be age-appropriate for younger viewers/listeners. In this podcast, Dean interviews Zachary Wagner, author of Non-Toxic Masculinity: Recovering Healthy Male Sexuality. Zachary hails from Chicago and currently lives in England as a PhD candidate at Oxford. He is also the editorial director of the Center for Pastoral Theologians, where he co-hosts the CPT Podcast. He is a researcher, writer, and ordained minister who discusses post-evangelical discipleship, theological formation, and speaking against abuse in the Church. As the #MeToo movement erupted and decades of male sexual sin against others was exposed, many Christians were shocked as the #ChurchToo movement followed—we learned that much sexual sin and abuse was happening even within the Church. From small churches to megachurches and international ministries, numerous scandals were exposed involving the faithful experiencing sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of Christian men. Combine this with an ongoing conversation in the Church about “purity culture” and its effects on a generation of young Christians, and Zach found himself with a lot of questions that needed answers, which he explored in his book. As Dean and Zach jump into these hot topics, they grapple with some of those questions: Where did “purity culture” come from, and why?  What was good about purity culture, and what wasn’t good, in retrospect?  In defining masculinity, what is toxic vs. non-toxic masculinity?  How can we live out being men, made in the image of God, in healthy and holy ways? What do our masculinity and sexuality have to do with fatherhood?  What does Jesus’s life and example teach us about masculinity?   As this discussion unfolds, we learn a lot about what is going on in our culture at this moment, what has been going on in the Church, and how we can find hopeful and healthy ways to move forward as men, living into our God-created nature, and doing so in a way that serves and blesses the world.  We hope you enjoy this fascinating conversation about some very tricky topics, and are encouraged in your manhood through it!   ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media: Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter This Is Me TV
40:09 10/1/23
EP 64: The Future of Men's Ministry with Steve Sonderman | Impactus Podcast
In this episode, Impactus President Dean Brenton sits down with Men’s Ministry legend Steve Sonderman! Steve is highly regarded as one of the pioneers of the Men’s Ministry movement in America. He started one of the country’s first Men’s Ministries at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI. He is the founder of No Regrets Men’s Ministries, including the annual No Regrets Men’s Conference, which draws thousands of men across the US and around the world. He consults and equips worldwide, training local churches on creating their own dynamic Men's Ministry in their own context. In this fascinating conversation, Dean and Steve take time to cover a variety of helpful topics surrounding Men's Ministry, including: How can churches reach men for Jesus more effectively? How can a church get a Men’s Ministry started? What is changing in Men’s Ministry, and how can churches navigate? What is the greatest challenge that Men’s Ministries are currently facing? Why is Men’s Ministry so important to the Kingdom of God and to the local church? What do pastors need to know about the value of Men’s Ministry in their church? How can a Men’s Ministry shift to become more outward-focused and missional? What are young men today most desperate for, and how can Men’s Ministries engage with the younger generation? Amidst this wide-ranging conversation, there is much hope, encouragement, strategy and vision for every Men’s Ministry leader and volunteer out there who is doing the good and noble work of ministering to men. Dean and Steve give us the gift of a conversation steeped in a wealth of knowledge, experience, expertise, and godly wisdom, as Steve shares from his decades of leadership and ministry involvement in Men's Ministry and the local church. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into Men’s Ministry with one of the all-time greats. ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impactusmen/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/impactusmen/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impactusmen/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/impactusmen This Is Me TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThisIsMeTVShow
38:40 9/1/23
EP 63: Ordinary Men Can Leave Extraordinary Legacies with Stephanie Morales-Beaulieu
Have you ever had someone constant in your life pass away? Have you ever wondered how you might continue on when you lose someone so close to you? Stephanie shares her story of losing her father to ALS. He was her rock and ever present in her life. Through her experience, she learned to trust more deeply in Jesus as the one who can fully be trusted. When life isn't going the way, we had hoped, we can always trust in the Lord and His word. The Legacy of an Extraordinary Ordinary Man:  Stephanie's Father, Jesse Morales, was an ordinary Filipino immigrant and mechanic who found the better life he was looking for when he met Jesus. Jesse learned to walk by faith and not by sight and left a legacy for his family and scores of others when he passed away from ALS. Stephanie authored a book called Anything But Ordinary, which tells the story of the divine encounter that changed the trajectory of one man's life and the faith that profoundly influenced the too-short journey to his death. This story will inspire you that any ordinary guy can leave an extraordinary legacy and impact. Losing a loved one can be emotionally devastating, making finding hope in the pain challenging. However, Stephanie's experience taught her the profound lesson of trusting in Jesus during life's most challenging moments. While life may not always go as planned, turning to the Lord and relying on His word can bring comfort and guidance.   Healing Father Pain:  Regardless of our background, we all carry a degree of "father pain" caused by various life experiences, whether it's a paper cut or an arm amputation. For Stephanie, losing her father left a profound impact, forever altering her life's course. However, she found wholeness and security in Jesus.  Understanding Our Identity as Children of God:  Stephanie's journey led her to understand the significance of her identity as a beloved child of God. Just as God declared His love for Jesus during His baptism, she learned to trust God's promises and accept her identity as His daughter. This revelation helped her break free from the limitations that doubt, and insecurity imposed on her life.  Each of us must learn to believe and trust that we are a son of God. We are held back when we don't take God at his word and trust that what he says about us is true. Listen or watch the full episode to hear Stephanie's full story. https://amzn.to/3WGiGGT    https://www.everydaytruth.ca/   www.bitesizebiblestudy.ca     ----------------------------------------------  Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ----------------------------------------------  Follow us on Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impactusmen/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/impactusmen/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impactusmen/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/impactusmen This Is Me TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThisIsMeTVShow 
41:28 8/1/23
EP 62: Unlocking The Mystery of Transmitting Faith to Your Children
Are you concerned about the growing number of Canadian young adults who are leaving their faith behind? As parents, we hold a tremendous responsibility to ensure the transmission of faith to the next generation. How can we effectively disciple our children within the confines of our own homes? What steps can we take to pass on a strong foundation of faith to our children? These are not just ordinary questions; they are critical inquiries that demand careful and thoughtful answers.  Parenting is a journey that brings both immense joy and significant challenges. However, our role as parents extends far beyond teaching life skills. We have the essential duty of educating our children, nurturing their social development, and raising them within the framework of faith.  To shed light on this crucial topic, the Canadian Evangelical Family Faith Formation Study (CEFFFS) was initiated in 2019. This groundbreaking project, led by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada in collaboration with 15 ministry partners, sought to understand how Canadian evangelical parents perceive their role as disciple-makers and how they actively shape their children's faith within the home. The study draws upon insights gained from interviews with parents, family ministry experts, and a comprehensive survey involving over 1,000 evangelical parents across Canada.  In this episode, we are joined by two members of the research team who will help us delve into the study's key findings and their profound implications for Christian parents. Lindsay Callaway, a dedicated researcher at the Centre for Research on Church and Faith within the EFC, brings her expertise garnered from the Parenting Faith study, the Significant Church study, and her role as a co-host on the Faith Trends Podcast. Lindsay holds graduate degrees in systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and bioethics from Trinity International University. She lives in Ottawa with her husband, a pastor, and their three children.  Joining us as well is Rick Hiemstra, Director of the EFC's Centre for Research on Church and Faith. Rick's background encompasses pastoral experience in the Wesleyan tradition, along with teaching mathematics and computer science at the high school level. Renowned for his insights on Canadian church and cultural trends, he has contributed to several studies, including Parenting Faith, Significant Church, Renegotiating Faith, and various explorations into Bible engagement, local church missions, small evangelical churches, and faith formation during emerging adulthood. Rick holds a BMath from the University of Waterloo, a BEd from Ottawa University, and an MTS from Tyndale Seminary.  Together, Lindsay Callaway and Rick Hiemstra will unpack the research findings and guide us toward a deeper understanding of how we, as parents, can fulfill our vital role as disciple-makers and raise a generation firmly rooted in faith.  Learn more about the study: https://www.impactus.org/articles/parents-kids-faith/ ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media Facebook: Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter This Is Me TV
40:12 7/1/23
EP 61: How the Church Can Support Those with Mental Illness with Daniel Whitehead
Have you ever struggled with your mental wellness or know of someone who has? Mental health in Canada is a huge concern. Some would say a crisis.  Men in Canada are less likely to seek or receive mental healthcare than women and more likely to die by suicide. Suicide rates are 3x higher in men than in women, with men between the ages of 35-59 being the most vulnerable.  This is why it's essential to talk about mental health issues and find solutions to this enormous problem. In this episode, we will hear about one of those solutions.  Our guest is Daniel Whitehead, the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries. He spearheads the movement to equip churches to support mental health and well-being in their community. Previously, Daniel spent ten years in full-time vocational ministry, serving as senior pastor of a church for eight years. He is also a certified mediator and a double theology graduate of Regent College.  A Mental Shift  There has been a significant change in online search trends related to mental health. With searches related to information about depression in the Bible and God's perspective on mental health topping the list.  Mental health concerns affect everyone, regardless of social factors or religious affiliation. That is why it's crucial that the church address this issue and provide a supportive environment where people can seek help and recover.  An Image Shift  It's important to recognize that as human beings, we are created in the image of God, who exists in a relationship as Father, Son, and Spirit. We're inherently wired for relationships. We need each other.  There are many factors and reasons why, but the fact remains that men often hesitate to seek help for mental health issues. This is where small groups play a vital role. Men can come together in these groups, providing a safe space to discuss their struggles and find support.  If you're currently struggling with mental health concerns, it's essential to know that you are not alone. Many others are going through similar challenges. We encourage you to reach out to someone you trust and have a conversation.  This will require courage, but remember that God is already aware of your situation and desires for you to be in a community with other men in your life who will listen and support you.  For leaders of men's groups and men's ministries, please consider addressing this important topic within your community. By discussing mental health openly, you can address the needs present in your group and provide valuable support. Connect with Daniel and Sanctuary Mental Health: Sanctuary Mental Health's Website YouTube Facebook Twitter Instagram Podcast
32:26 5/30/23
EP 60: She Deserves Better with Sheila Wray Gregoire
Welcome to the Impactus Podcast; we’re here to equip men for a life of purpose and godly impact. In this episode, we are joined by Sheila Wray Gregoire, co-author of the book "She Deserves Better: Raising Girls to Resist Toxic Teachings on Sex, Self, and Speaking Up."  What if some Christian teachings have damaged our daughters and taught them to be small and invisible? What if some of the most common teaching girls hear in the church today make them more likely to marry an abuser, less likely to understand consent, and more likely to blame themselves if they're assaulted?  Sheila, along with her daughter Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach and Joanna Sawatsky, conducted a survey of over 7,000 women and found some startling results.  In their book, "She Deserves Better," the authors expose common evangelical teachings that can backfire, causing shame instead of good choices. They delve into the purity movement, which can lead to shame and unrealistic expectations, and the strict dating rules that can prime girls for abuse. They also address the belief that girls should be small and invisible, which can prevent them from setting healthy boundaries and speaking up for themselves.  This conversation is especially important for fathers or those who hope to be fathers, but it is relevant for everyone.  It's time to have a frank conversation about how Christian teachings can harm young girls and how we can do better. Tune in to the Impactus Podcast to learn more about raising girls to resist toxic teachings and live a life of purpose and godly impact.  This conversation gets into some sensitive topics. So, if the little ones are around or you're listening on the drive to school, please be warned that this episode may be better heard without young ears.  She Deserves Better: Raising Girls to Resist Toxic Teachings on Sex, Self and Speaking Up Bare Marriage Website  Bare Marriage Podcast   Spotify Apple
38:59 5/1/23
EP 59: Grieving, Believing and Lingering with Matt Tapley
We have been blessed to have completed four conferences in Ottawa, Cambridge, Edmonton, and Winnipeg, where we ministered to over 2,500 men. We had some amazing speakers at these conferences, and one of those speakers was Matt Tapley. On this episode of the Impactus podcast, we get to have a deeper conversation with him.   Matt has been the Lead Pastor of Lakemount Worship Centre in Grimsby, Ontario, since 2008. He is a gifted leader who serves the Church by developing leaders in a culture of dependence on the Spirit with total devotion to the unchanging Word of God. He frequently travels the nation as an insightful preacher, anointed worship leader, and a keen contributor to leadership team environments.   Matt and His wife Lisa have been happily married since August 1994. Together they have three amazing kids – Abigail, Joey, and Sarah. In November of 2012, their youngest daughter Sarah died after a 3-year battle with cancer. Accordingly, a significant dimension of their life message is declaring God's relentless goodness even amid tragedy and disappointment. God continues to use their testimony to encourage others who are facing trials and challenges of faith.  Impactus is excited to bring you solid, Biblical, and practical content through these podcasts. If you know of a young guy who could use this kind of resource, invite them to check out our Young Men's podcast. Subscribe and share our podcasts, and leave us a review on the platform you use, so more people can experience this content.   You can learn more about Lakemount Worship Centre by visiting, https://lakemount.ca  Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ Follow us on Social Media: Facebook Instagram.com Linkedin.com Twitter.com This Is Me TV
40:24 4/1/23
EP 58: Breaking Our Brokenness with Jean Paul-Beran | Impactus Podcast
Have you ever wondered if you can break free of your past to live free and fulfilled? In this episode, we have a fascinating conversation about breaking the cycle of the brokenness of our past to find real success in our marriages, families, and relationship with God.  Our guest on this episode is Jean-Paul Beran, president of Focus on the Family Canada. Jean-Paul and his wife Susan were married in 1996 and have two teenage daughters. Born and raised in Vancouver, Jean-Paul studied Commerce, Operational Management, and International Business. Jean-Paul’s personal commitment to Jesus Christ is evident, as is his passion for families in Canada and his heart for serving God.  In June 2021, he completed a Master of Arts in Leadership, Theology and Society from Regent College. The focus of his thesis was brokenness in the workplace. This provided him with unique insights into some of the challenges families are facing today.  Breaking Our Brokenness  The world needs authentic men who have experienced pain and brokenness and are willing to share those experiences with other men.   Jean-Paul shares how the brokenness in his life has allowed him to communicate the hope of Jesus with men and families facing complex challenges. Helping them not to feel alone and find wholeness in Jesus Christ.  Many men feel the need to keep their brokenness guarded, they feel the pressure to be strong and not show weakness. This kind of pressure is exhausting with a huge emotional toll.  Our brokenness and weakness are not bad when we have God at our side.   But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)  In order to be a good dad, we must first learn to be good sons. Our priority should be prayer. That we should first stay connected with the Lord through 1-on-1 prayer and his word.  For those men in pain and feeling broken, it is important that they find someone they can talk to. We are not alone, and if we take a step of courage to share with another man, we’ll find the encouragement we need to turn to the Lord and face our brokenness.   Resources: Website: https://www.focusonthefamily.ca/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fotfcanada/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fotfcanada/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fotfcanada/ ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impactusmen/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/impactusmen/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impactusmen/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/impactusmen This Is Me TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThisIsMeTVShow
49:28 3/1/23
EP 57 Loving Your Wife Well with Matt Jacobson
Is a solid, fulfilling, thriving marriage even possible in today’s world? Is a great marriage only for the "lucky" ones? What does it take to build a rock-solid relationship? What message is your marriage sending? We believe God has a purpose, a plan, and a path forward for you, whatever the status of your marriage today. Our podcast today is going to tackle the marriage conversation with the help of someone who has given much of his life and ministry to strengthening marriages. Our guest today is Matt Jacobson. Matt is a pastor and founder of FaithfulMan.com, an online social media community focusing on marriage, parenting, and biblical teaching. He is the creator of Freedom Course, teaching men the powerful, biblical path to getting completely free from porn and sexual sin. Matt is the author of the bestselling Loving Your Wife Well and 100 Words of Affirmation Your Wife Needs to Hear. He lives with his wife, Lisa, in the Pacific Northwest, where they have raised their eight children. Together Matt and Lisa are cohosts of the popular Faithful Life podcast.  We know that every man wants to have a loving, safe, comfortable, warm marriage. For many, this is a pipe dream. Matt reminds us that this is supposed to be the reality for all Christian marriages.  It is God’s design that we have healthy and whole marriages.  This reality is available to every couple that is willing to yield their hearts to doing things God’s way.  It’s a privilege to be able to bring you solid, Biblical, and practical content through these podcasts. If you know of a young guy who could use this kind of resource, invite them to check out our young men’s podcast as well. We would be grateful if you would subscribe and share our podcasts.  Resources: Book: Loving Your Wife Well / Loving Your Husband Well bundle: https://amzn.to/3U5lKKw The Freedom Course https://www.faithfullife.com/freedom-course/  The Faithful Life Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/faithful-life/id1455150061 
47:30 2/1/23
EP 56: How to Inhabit Time with James K.A. Smith
Have you ever said things like: I'm running out of time? I wish I had more time. Where did the time go? For those who have seen their kids grow up too fast or have seen a loved one pass away too early, these are the human tensions of time.  All these constructs and references of time remind us that we are temporal creatures, that live inside of time. Yet by faith, we know we are not bound or trapped by time. How should this reality affect how we live?  Listen to the words of the Apostle James; “Look here, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit." How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it's here a little while, then it's gone. What you ought to say is, "If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that." Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”  James writes that life is fleeting, but it is lived in its most total sense when we live it wisely, humbly, and obediently. The start of 2023 is an appropriate "time" to investigate this deep topic and its implications.  Our guest on this episode is Dr. James K.A. Smith (Jamie), a Canadian philosopher who is currently a Professor of Philosophy at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, holding the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview.   Jamie helps us understand that if we realize that created things have this fleetingness about them, we can recalibrate our expectations about how to live with these temporal things in our lives. We can learn how to best steward and enjoy them while we can, knowing they will pass.  We should embrace our mortality with discernment from the spirit of God as our guide in the context and accountability of our faith community.  Resources: Book: https://amzn.to/3GFW6IM Website: https://jameskasmith.com   James K.A. Smith on Twitter ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/   Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/   ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impactusmen/  Instagram: https://instagram.com/impactusmen/   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impactusmen/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/impactusmen   This Is Me TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThisIsMeTVShow 
35:12 1/1/23
EP 55: The Chosen - A Conversation with Thaddeus (Giavani Cairo)
In this episode, we have a special treat: one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus Christ and leaders in the early church, Thaddeus.   Ok, not exactly; however, we have the actor who plays him in The Chosen.   The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season series about the life of Christ written by Dallas Jenkins. This show has captured the imaginations of tens of millions of people. The first two seasons received great reviews. Now, at long last, the wait is over: The Chosen Season 3 is out. Episodes begin releasing on The Chosen app before Christmas.   In this emotional and consequential chapter, the honeymoon phase is over as the disciples discover the real cost of following Jesus. The theme of Season 3 is, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest.” As Jesus’s followers face mounting internal and external pressures, they learn to find courage and peace no matter what’s thrown at them.  Our guest is Giavani Cairo, an actor who was born & raised in Livonia, Michigan, and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Aside from his regular series role as Thaddeus in The Chosen, his other credits include 911: Lone Star (FOX) and Doom Patrol (HBO MAX). As a youngster, Giavani was inspired to pursue acting by Matt Damon’s performance in GOOD WILL HUNTING. His love for storytelling and connecting with others has driven his career. He is a graduate of the Baron Brown Acting Studio in Santa Monica, California, and graduate of Michigan State University (Go Green! Go White!). When Giavani is not acting, he pursues his passion for sports (especially football) and physical fitness.  After moving to L.A. to pursue his dreams of acting, Giavani hit a point in his life where he was dissatisfied with where his career was headed and felt distant from the Lord.   At that point, he decided to invest in his relationship with God. He also decided to do work that mattered. After some time working with a non-profit serving others, he was given the opportunity to audition for The Chosen.  Through the role of Thaddeus, Giavani has learned to live more patiently and credits this experience with allowing him to grow closer to God.  If you haven’t already seen it, season 3’s trailer is included in this episode. Check it out now!  You can find Season 1 on YouTube or download and stream from The Chosen App.  https://new.thechosen.tv ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media: Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter This Is Me TV
16:55 12/1/22
EP 54: Biblical Stewardship - Jonathan Lewis | Impactus Podcast
Our guest is Jonathan Lewis, a Financial Security Advisor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the president of Eastport Financial Group Inc. He authored two books, Deep Water (2018) and More Than Money (2021). His More than Money podcast speaks to the stewardship of all our assets, from our time and talent to our agency, purpose, and responsibility. He is the dedicated husband to Sara Lewis and the father of two beautiful daughters. From his home in Nova Scotia, Canada, Jonathan’s vibrant drive to further his faith, family, community, philanthropy, and entrepreneurialism has been constant throughout his life.  What is biblical stewardship?  If we are the steward of something, that presupposes that we are not the owner of it.   In Matthew 25, we read a parable from Jesus about a man going on a journey. He called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. When he returns, he asks them to give an account of what they did with what they had been given.   The one who stewarded well was praised and given more. The one is acted out of fear and did not act rejected by the master.  Ultimately, we are only responsible for what we do with what we have been given. Regardless of how much you make or what you do for a living, we have all been given much.  In 2 Corinthians 9, we are told that “God loves a cheerful giver.” A cheerful giver is a person whose heart and hope are not attached to what they are giving but instead sees everything they have as a gift from God for our stewardship.  Too much stuff  We are constantly bombarded with stuff. We all recognize we have too much stuff and feel pressured to get more things. It is like gluttony on steroids in our society today.  When is the best time to start being a good steward?  Right now! It has nothing to do with what God has given you, how little or how much. Stewardship recognizes that God has given you skills, abilities, relationships, talents, and money.  He expects you to be a good steward of whatever you have right now.  Practical advice for couples.  First, realize that there are two of you. If you want to go fast, go alone. To finish the marathon, you must learn to run at the same speed together.   Second, consume good biblical resources together. Read, listen and share with each other.  Third, assess the areas of your life you are responsible for stewarding, including your money, time, and health.  Train yourself now with all that God has entrusted you with. This way, as you are entrusted with more, you will have developed the disciple of stewardship in your life.   Make a list of everything God has entrusted you with. Is there anything on your list you can steward better to the glory of God?  Items for Show Notes:   Book: More Than Money: One man's journey to giving beyond the tithe: https://amzn.to/3RLpJdk    Jonathan’s Foundation: https://www.jdwlfoundation.org/    Generous Giving - https://generousgiving.org   MoneyWise Radio with Rob West https://www.moneywise.org/show     Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlewisdeepwater    Previous podcast Jonathan did with us: Overcoming the Hole Left by Fatherlessness: https://www.impactus.org/podcast/facing-fatherlessness-for-men-with-jonathan-lewis/  As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commission from qualifying purchases on Amazon.ca. Learn more.
54:26 11/1/22
EP 53: Real Men for a Real World - Brant Hansen
In this episode, we wade into the topic of masculinity. What is masculinity? How are real men supposed to act, and who are they supposed to be? We know toxic masculinity exists, and none of us wants to fall into that category, but millions of men lack a real vision for their lives, so they are left open to all kinds of influences. Because of this confusion, our world is hurting.   Listen for a fresh perspective on godly manhood from Brant Hansen. You may find your heart and life changed! As culture seems to deconstruct masculinity, the question left unanswered is, what does it mean to be a man? What, if anything, is uniquely masculine? God's nature is both masculine and feminine, so masculine must refer to something.   We must find that beautiful, positive thing called masculinity.   Real men are keepers of the garden. We have been given a role to play, just as Adam in the garden was given a role to play. We are still care-takers of the garden. We use whatever we have---skills, talents, temperaments---as we tend our garden.  The keeper of the garden protects it. The keeper of the garden is a cultivator and builder of people.  Real men take responsibility for their own spiritual life. Emotions can be helpful, but they can also be misleading. Taking responsibility for your spiritual life doesn't mean becoming more emotional; it's about becoming more loyal. God is looking for our loyalty.   We are all sinners, but we keep showing up. We fall, but we get back up.   Real men are men of action. Men may find anger helpful, believing it helps them get things done. However, anger creates a dangerous environment where the people around us can't feel safe and grow. If we are called to tend to our garden, we must not be a threat to our garden. Anger makes us exactly that.   Anger clouds your judgment. We should be reasonable, taking appropriate action against injustice, driven by love and compassion to do the right thing.   The world needs better men, and the world needs men who step into the hard work of “tending the garden.”  The Men We Need: God’s Purpose for the Manly Man, the Avid Indoorsman, or Any Man Willing to Show Up. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/branthansen   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/branthansenpage/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/branthansen  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/branthansen/  Podcast: Brant & Sherri Oddcast: https://www.christianfm.com/the-brant-hansen-show/ 
42:50 10/1/22
EP 52: The Thing Beneath the Thing - Steve Carter
Have you ever wondered why you do some of the things you do? Why do you react a certain way, why do you get triggered or irritated so easily, or why do you sometimes lose it only to regret it later?   The apostle Paul asked similar questions in Romans 7:15 “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.”  In this episode, Steve Carter shares the importance of abiding in Christ. One of the pieces that we often miss in scripture is the presence of God. When we break down the scriptures, we realize that God is everywhere, that He is present right now, and if He is here, He is up to something.  An Invitation As men, we often have the mentality, “I have to do this for this person,” “I have to provide for my family,” “I have to do this for my community…for my church”. The invitation from Christ is more than just to do something.  The invitation from Christ is first to come and follow Him, to be with Him and see how He does it.   With all the pressures and hurries in our world, it is no wonder many find it difficult to abide in God’s presence, sit, rest and learn. However, when we take time and experience His presence, we will find our peace and joy in Christ.   We cannot microwave spiritual formation. It takes time to grow, to heal, to mend, to discover your passions, your prejudices, your fears and hopes, your strengths and weaknesses, just like a good bottle of wine. ~ Steve Carter Spiritual formation is a process that takes time and requires we enter into the presence of God daily. We will see wholeness in our lives if we commit to abide in Christ.   Everyone that goes to the gym knows this is true. Muscle growth and development take time and consistency. In the same way, our spiritual growth requires the consistent presence of God.  The Thing Beneath The Thing When we react to something or someone, we are often reenacting something from our past. Our reaction points to a place in our hearts where we need healing and wholeness only found as we abide in Christ.  God wants us to be spiritually whole and healthy so that we can become better men, husbands, friends, and leaders.   Today, be willing to get to the thing beneath the thing. Talk to a friend, see a counsellor, and take a step forward.   Remember when Jesus said:  “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NRSV    - Craft & Character Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/craft-character/id1514214001 - https://www.SteveRyanCarter.com   ---------------------------------------------- Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ ---------------------------------------------- Follow us on Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/impactusmen/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/impactusmen/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/impactusmen/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/impactusmen This Is Me TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThisIsMeTVShow
35:53 9/1/22
EP 51: Freedom In Christ: Breaking Free from the Lies - Daniel Im
Where do we find our worth, identity, and value? What defines you? Your Title? Position? Degrees? Wealth? Success? Family? Our toys or technology? Or is there something deeper, more significant that can form us into the men we were created to be?  In this episode, Dean is joined by Daniel Im, the Lead Pastor of Beulah Alliance Church. His latest book is You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies about Work, Life, and Love. He is also the author of No Silver Bullets and co-author of Planting Missional Churches. He co-hosts the IMbetween Podcast with his wife, Christina.  In recent years, the gig economy has grown rapidly, especially through the pandemic. This is because the gig economy promises a life of freedom and flexibility. You can control what you do and when you do it. In contrast to most ‘day jobs’, you are in control, you can achieve the freedom and flexibility you desire.  There are seven lies we tend to believe as we attempt to define ourselves, and they all come back to our core desire for more freedom and flexibility. This is nothing new. These lies can be traced all the way back to the garden when the serpent tempted Adam and Eve to be their own god and find freedom on their own.  Those seven lies are:  You are what you do.  You are what you experience.  You are what you own.  You are who you know.  You are what you know.  You are who you raise.  You are your past.  All these lies promise a life of freedom and flexibility when the truth is that freedom and flexibility are only found through Jesus. Through the one who gave up His freedom so that we could experience freedom through eternal life.  The invitation to step into the freedom that only Jesus Christ can provide is open to everyone today.  If you need that freedom today, take a step towards Jesus.   Listen to the full episode as Daniel and Dean expose these lies and help us understand how we can truly experience the ultimate freedom. Let us not live a lie; let us live in the truth of whom we were created to be! It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. In Him, we can find that freedom and purpose for each one of us.  Resources   Daniel’s books:     You Are What You Do   No Silver Bullets   Planting Missional Churches   IMbetween Podcast       As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commission from qualifying purchases on Amazon.ca. Learn more. 
43:53 8/1/22
EP 50: Mentoring Men – Young Men Edition
Are you looking for a mentor? Are you interested in mentoring someone? What is mentorship? On today’s episode, Jordan and Andrew discuss all things mentorship, including the importance of mentoring and how it has shaped them into the men they have become. Mentorship is more than just influence. It's more than teaching someone something. There is an element of transferring information, however, mentorship is more than that. It is about life change. What we are really talking about here is discipleship. As Christians, this means giving a part of yourself to someone else in a Christ-centered way that leads that person to be more like Jesus. It is allowing someone else to observe and see how you do your Christian life. There is a huge need among young men who desire mentorship but have not gotten connected with an older mature man in the faith. Where are the men willing to help shape the next generation? For those who desire to be a mentor here are 4 tips to get you started: Learn how to ask good questions Have a plan and don’t be afraid to revisit it as needed Be honest with yourself and have reasonable expectations Do something together, live life together For those who are looking for a mentor, here are 4 tips for you: Respect the mentor’s time Have a specific goal for mentorship Take the initiative and approach potential mentors Find different mentors for different things It doesn’t have to be complicated. If you desire to have a mentor, take a step in faith, pray and ask the Lord to bring someone into your life to receive mentorship from. Have courage and start a conversation with the person you want to be mentored by. Older men, make yourself available. Your experience and time are valuable to the younger men in your life.
39:43 7/15/22
EP 49: Is Evangelism Still A Thing with Shaila Visser
On this episode we’re joined with by Shaila Visser from Alpha Canada to discuss evangelism and the great commission. Shaila is extremely passionate about evangelism and the church. Her heart is to see the church engage in a deeper way in the great commission. As we continue to navigate a period where our entire world has been turned upside down, Alpha Canada’s research, in partnership with the Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University, offers an important pulse check on Canadian Christian leaders. Some of these important findings included: Only 48% of Church leaders believe that evangelism is central to their church’s approach to discipleship.   Most who come to the Christian faith do so as children, teens, or young adults, though 46-48% of those who work with youth, children, or families in congregations/parishes agreed or strongly agreed that it is wrong to share Christian beliefs with someone of a different (non)religion in hopes that they will one day identify as Christian.   On the positive side, the more of a priority a congregation reportedly gives to evangelization, the more likely respondents and their congregations are to adopt beliefs or practices that are more evangelistic in scope.   The Gap in the Christian Worldview  Based on this research there are clearly some gaps in the Christian worldview when it comes to evangelism. Canadian Christians are looking toward their leaders for guidance. People’s perception that they are in control of their lives has been shaken, and many are potentially more open to spiritual conversations.  As more people are asking significant questions on life and purpose, it’s important that we’re there to meet our neighbors where they are. “Evangelism is joining a conversation the Holy Spirit is already having with another person.” – Darrell Johnson When we share our faith, we are not working alone. The Holy Spirit was there before our conversation, during it and stays behind when we leave. That is why prayer and evangelism are so interconnected. “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.” Luke 10:1-3  What Can You Do? Shaila has a practical three step process every Christian can do starting today: When you wake up everyday, pray “Holy Spirit use me today and let me join you in what you are doing”. Get to know your neighbors, by asking questions. Your neighbors might be on your street, co-workers, parents at your kid’s activities. When you find points of pain, step out in faith and ask if you can pray for them now.  You don’t have to have all the answers. In fact, it might be best to not attempt to answer all their questions. As you meet your neighbor where they’re at, allow the Holy Spirit to continue the work in their lives. 
35:04 7/1/22
EP 48: Habits of the Household - Justin Whitmel Earley
Fathers, do you find it is easy to get overwhelmed with the chaos of parenting?  I'm talking about bathwater on the floor, fights between siblings and when they won't eat what you just spent an hour cooking. Not to mention managing the 3 different schedules of extracurricular activities.  It can be a lot.  Oftentimes, family devotions or intentional discipleship can get lost in the noise.  In this episode Jordan talks with Justin Whitmel Earley, author of Habits of the Household about creating gospel-centered rhythms that will help transform the hearts of your kids, as well as the dynamic of your home.  They talk about how to make the most of your already-existing habits, as well as how to create new ones. They discuss how to discipline your children in a way that leads to reconciliation, giving bedtime blessings, and how God shapes our hearts as we seek to shape the hearts of our own children. 
31:39 6/22/22
EP 47: Persecution, Prayer, and Playing our Part - Gary Stagg & Andrew Croft from Open Doors Canada
Did you know that 1 in 7 Christians worldwide face persecution? The word “persecution” has become more common in segments of the Western Christian church, especially through the difficult months of the pandemic. Health restrictions became equated with religious persecution. From a global perspective, what is persecution? What is really happening in the specific parts of the world to those who proclaim faith in Jesus? As guys, how can we make a difference? In this episode Dean speaks with Rev. Gary Stagg and Rev. Andrew Croft from Open Doors Canada, an organization that serves persecuted Christians in the world’s most restrictive countries. Website: https://impactus.org/ Check Our Resources for Men: https://impactus.org/resources/ 
38:32 6/15/22
EP 45: Prodigal Children – Dr. Douglas Weiss
Many Christian parents endure the emotional and spiritual pain of loving a prodigal child. Daily they suffer, often alone in their silence, watching from afar as their child makes poor choices. Unfortunately, the trauma and grief of the parents of prodigals are rarely addressed in the church setting, leaving so many moms and dads to wander alone. On today’s podcast, Dr. Doug Weiss shares about his upcoming book the Prodigal Parent Process and the real biblical solutions that are available to parents who have to navigate these difficult circumstances. Resources: Book: Prodigal Parent Process As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commission from qualifying purchases on Amazon.ca. Learn more.
37:14 5/15/22
EP 43: Living Reconciled: Experience God's Presence - P. Brian Noble
The great need of every human being is to be reconciled. In Matthew 5:23- 24, Jesus said, "if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." Remaining embittered by past conflicts affects our personal relationships as well as strains our relationship with God. In this episode, we chatted with P. Brian Noble, the Executive Director of Peacemaker Ministries. He kindly shared his own experience on how he reconciled with his father after his parent's divorce, and the importance establish reconciliation in our relationships—independent of how the other person responds. “I like to ask myself, 'How long do I really want a conflict to steal my joy? Do I truly want reconciliation?'”, says Brian. “If I do, then I have to decipher how that reconciliation is possible. Reconciliation is possible only because of the gospel, and Jesus tells us to pick up our cross daily and follow him.” Mending broken relationships takes courage. But Jesus has given us all that we need to be a reconciler. Rejoice in God's promises, have the shalom of God today. “Rejoice in the Lord always” Philippians 4:4 Subscribe to "IMPACTUS Podcast" using your favorite podcast app via Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon and more. Resources: Book: Living Reconciled: 7 Ways to Bring Peace to Your Most Difficult Relationships Peacemaker Ministry: peacemakerministries.org As an Amazon Associate, we may earn commission from qualifying purchases on Amazon.ca. Learn more.  
28:45 5/1/22
EP 42: One Man Can Make a Difference – Mike Miller
One man can make a difference. Just look at Mike Miller’s story. In his 40’s while Mike was serving as a youth leader, God put this question in his heart, “Do you want to spend your 40’s telling stories about your 30’s, or do you want stories?”. Right away, Mike knew that he wanted to create more stories for the glory of God. As a result, alongside his wife Nancy, they planted the Nova Church in Halifax, Nova, Scotia, Canada.   When they were starting out, there was no money, no people, only the Word of God who called them to go. But this calling soon became the first of many successful church plantings over the next 15 years. It was also the largest church plant in the history of Atlantic Canada. Hope carried them. As we emerge from our tombs of the pandemic, remember there is new life, new hope and new ground to take for us. This Easter weekend, listen to this episode and be encouraged that we have the ultimate hope for eternity. Mike is a featured speaker at our 2022 Virtual Men’s conference. Registration is free! Sign up now. Subscribe using your favorite podcast app via Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon and more.
40:33 4/15/22