The Way Home featuring Trillia Newbell

In this 100th episode, Trillia shares her compelling story of race, conversion to Christianity, and pro-life activism. Trillia Newbell is our director of community outreach, but more than that she is a gifted author, an inspirational speaker and Bible teacher and one of the most encouraging people I know. We are going to talk to Trillia about her life story, growing up as a black woman in the South, her conversion to Christianity in college, what changed her views on the pro-life issue, her interracial marriage, and her new book, Enjoy on what it means to truly enjoy the good gifts from God. [powerpress] Show Notes Twitter: @trillianewbell Website: trillianewbell.com Book: Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts ...

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Some Things I’m Reading Right Now

First I tweeted this and then I got the idea to share a short post on some things I'm reading lately. As for books, I just finished the brilliant Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance. I highly recommend it. I did the audiobook version. Now I'm onto another audio book, this time, Churchill, A Life by Martin Gilbert. This last year I've picked up audiobooks in earnest, listening on my commute, long drives, and my daily walks (yes, I sound like an old man, but what can I say?). Audiobooks allow me to consume even more material and are a way to hear the text in a fresh way. I'm also reading--physically reading--two other books. First, I'm making my way again through Orthodoxy by GK Chesterton. I love this book. He is so adept at pointing out the paradoxes of Christianity and setting Christianity over and against its critics in a way that is...

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How Pastors Can Help Their People Find Their Calling

I remember sitting in church hearing sermon after sermon on the importance of giving it all up to serve God. These were great convicting sermons God used to melt my heart toward him. But I never knew exactly what God’s will looked like, specifically. Did it mean leaving it all behind to go to the mission field? Did it mean surrounding to so-called full-time ministry? Could non-professional ministry types possibly be doing God’s will in the “secular” culture? It wasn’t until much later, after studying Scripture and reading some helpful books such as Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung and Work Matters by Tom Nelson that I grasped a full-orbed theology of vocation. The truth is that calling is not restricted to those receiving a paycheck from a Christian organization. And as a pastor, I’ve seen the vital importance of teaching this to our people, most of whom will enter the workplace...

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