When we last spoke with Jonathan Merritt, he talked about how God calls us to care for the environment. Now he’s back to tell us about his new book, ‘A Faith of Our Own,’ and how Christians should engage in politics without falling into partisanship.
this week we chat with author anne jackson about her struggles with porn addiction and burnout while working in the church, along with her two books, mad church disease and permission to speak freely.
as a related note from the show’s wrap we discussed some of the recent stats regarding church pastors in the U.S. frank viola and george barna share some of these stats in their book, pagan christianity:
At the time of this writing there are reportedly more than 500,000 paid pastors serving churches in the United States.
94 percent feel pressured to have an ideal family
90 percent work more than forty-six hours a week
81 percent say they have insufficient time with their spouses
80 percent believe that pastoral ministry affects their family negatively
70 percent do not have someone they consider a close friend
70 percent have lower self-esteem than when they entered the ministry
50 percent feel unable to meet the demands of the job
80 percent are discouraged or deal with depression
More than 40 percent report they are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules and unrealistic expectations
33 percent consider pastoral ministry an outright hazard to the family
33 percent have seriously considered leaving their position in the past year
40 percent of pastoral resignations are due to burnout
NOTE: we apologize for cutting the audio short during the interview due to some audio issues. if you’d like to listen to the last 10 minutes or so of the podcast you can download audio here.
this week we talk with author, podcaster, blogger and hopeful skeptic, nicholas fielder. nick talks about his journey from a “christian” towards a “hopeful skeptic” and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way.
eric bryant is back for a return visit to the something beautiful podcast. we catch up on what eric’s been up to over the last year or so, including the re-release/re-packaging of his book peppermint filled pinatas as not like me. eric’s an author, stand-up comedian, speaker, and a pastor on staff with Mosaic in Los Angeles.
and be sure to listen to this episode to find out how you can win a copy of eric’s book, not like me.
also in this episode, we also hear from one of our new co-hosts, johnny laird. johnny’s a blogger and all around great guy living in london with his wife and two kids.