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The Best of 2023: Top 4 Episodes That Defined the Discovering God Podcast Journey

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In 2023, I teamed up with Rip Wahlberg to co-host the Discovering God Podcast . Through the  Discovering God Podcast , our hope is that individuals will have a direct encounter with God by engaging with the scriptures. Our goal is to help make the scriptures, theology, and faith understandable. If you have not checked out our podcast yet, I would encourage you to check out a few episodes. This podcast is accessible in both audio and video formats, with production and editing handled by Blake Whalberg of In The Wild Media Group .  Over the past year, we have conversed about many topics on the  Discovering God Podcast . Some of those topics have ranged from the significance of the church to barriers people face in finding faith, but also exploring subjects such as fame within the church, and the advantages and disadvantages of systematic theology. Recording approximately 13 episodes in 2023, the  Discovering God Podcast  is gradually expanding its audience. It appears that the video ve

Looking Back At Our River Corner Church Sermon Podcast: The Top 5 Sermon Messages of 2023

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As we embark on a new year, I took a moment to reflect on the statistics of our River Corner Church Sermon Podcast . Our church, River Corner Church , being a small but growing church community, may not be able to boast of groundbreaking streaming records or impressive numbers, but the journey has been both humbling and surprising. I am excited to share our top 5 sermon messages of 2023 with you. Over the past two years, our  River Corner Church Sermon Podcast  has had over 1,063 sermon downloads.  While a significant majority, 81%, comes from the United States, it is noteworthy that countries like Finland, Germany, and Brazil contribute significantly to our downloads. It is humbling and surprising that we have reached other countries such as this, especially as a small rural church community. Moreover, I found it fascinating to discover that the cities showing the most enthusiasm for our  River Corner Church Sermon Podcast  include Lancaster (PA), Helsinki (Uusimaa), Ashburn (Virginia

Looking Back on Posts from Book Reviews to Ai Conversations: The Top 5 Posts of 2023

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As we close the chapter on a remarkable year, and start the journey into a new era, I have taken a moment to revisit the most popular posts on this blog ( jeffmclain.com ) in 2023. Presented here are the top 5 posts, each one of them surprisingly garnered hundreds of reads. Over the years, this blog has become a place to reflect more than anything. However, I am thankful for the opportunity to share thoughts, insights, and stories with so many of you. It is my hope that as you explore and revisit these posts, you will discover content that not only encourages, equips, and empowers you on your journey, but also resonates with your heart, sparking meaningful conversations and prompting a fresh perspective on Jesus, life, and everything in between. Your engagement and support throughout the year have been invaluable, making these reflections on the most-read posts even more meaningful. I look forward to continuing to reflect on this blog, and on my Patheos blog, in the upcoming year, but

Book Review: Lennon, Dylan, Alice, & Jesus by Greg Laurie and Marshall Terrill

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This is a review of Lennon, Dylan, Alice, & Jesu s by Greg Laurie and Marshall Terrill . Released in 2022 by Salem Books , Lennon, Dylan, Alice, & Jesus is an exhaustive spiritual biography on rock and roll. Authors Greg Laurie and Marshall Terrill tell the tales of many popular musicians who find Jesus on their spiritual search, and when they reach the end of themselves. Music, especially that which emerged through the rock and roll scene, has long been an influence on our societal ethos; it has been the companion for many individuals on their spiritual journey, and it at times has influenced others spiritually. It should not surprise us then that many musicians have taken spiritual sojourns in their private lives, and in the public squares, which has often influenced their songs and musical endeavors. For generations, musicians have been taking their fans on pilgrimage with them. Some of our biggest music celebrities have not only searched for spiritual meaning in very publ

Book Review: The Flourishing Pastor by Tom Nelson

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This is a review of   The Flourishing Pastor   by Tom Nelson . Released in 2021 on InterVarisity Press , Tom Nelson looks to recover the lost art of shepherd leadership in   The Flourishing Pastor . In addition to pastoring for over thirty years, Tom Nelson has become known for his work as the president of Made to Flourish , and for authoring the books -   Work Matters   and   The Economics of Neighborly Love . It is evident throughout  The Flourishing Pastor , that Tom Nelson wants those who feel called to pastoral leadership to understand and fulfill the vision of an ordinary, local, and faithful witness that is needed as a pastor. This local and faithful witness as a pastor is one that compassionately illustrates care, rest, listening, and discipleship for the where the congregation is invested Monday through Friday. I found  The Flourishing Pastor  to be a compassionate and insightful guide for those navigating the challenging landscape of pastoral calling. With an evident experien