When I post podcast episodes, I personally believe (though I can't prove it) most people save them for later and maybe in the days that follow, people give them a listen. This is especially true, or at least my understanding, when I record episodes that are nearly two hours long. But this most recent one hit a nerve, and within 12 hours I had already started hearing feedback. Wow! I'm humbled and honored and it's my prayer this can be a positive thing for those who are processing it.
Without giving numbers away, even when I have "popular" authors or well-known individuals on the show, I don't have hits like the one we posted this past week.
My latest blog post was something I was working on while taking breaks editing the last show and in response to Rob Wilkerson's at-the-time most recent blog article. I hope you find this to be some food for thought.
In the meantime, if you've written me and are awaiting a response, I'm trying to get around to them. Thank you for your patience and grace in this.
Blessings and fire on your heads!
This episode is a repeat from the archives, but I'm still receiving messages from people who listened to the last time I had Stephen Crosby on the podcast to talk about the sacred cows that sing and dance to contemporary worship music. If you have never had a chance to check out this episode, I'm sure it will scratch the same itch.
Enjoy it and be free!
“With the concept of facial recognition software is an underlying subconscious hunch that this is wrong because it’s an inauthentic substitute for one-on-one relationships,” Shaffer said. “Imagine, ‘And then the apostles walked into the assembly, and their faces were scanned.’ It seems like it misses the authenticity.”
Practically born in a church pew, Dan comes from a long line of pastors and ministers on both sides of the family which takes us to about a year ago. By age 35, Dan doesn’t think he missed any two Sunday services in a row over a span of twenty years, and led worship and served as an elder, would preach in his fellowship on many occasions.
Two or three years ago, his younger self would have had some serious problems with what he shares with us today.
Going strong after the Lord, but no longer 'attending' and fellowship, how did he become one of the 35 million former church attenders who now identifies himself as a "done"? We explore his journey in today's episode.
Are You Drinking Undrinkable Water?
This week I am privileged to have on the podcast one of the men who's heavily influenced my ministry here in Peru. I'm talking about Mike Breen, author and phrase coiner. In the first part of our chat we talk about where he came up with the idea for Lifeshapes, images/teachings used to help remember Biblical concepts and stories.
In the second half of the conversation Mike talks about where Missional Communities came from. He shares some stories of how this took shape in the late 1980s and early 90s and what obvious lessons emerged from his experiences that have helped the so-called Missional Movement we see today.
Towards the end of this week's episode he tells us of the "Happy hour" ministry he's launched in his new neighborhood.
Don't waste your suffering!
I originally wrote this blog post nearly 5 years ago during one of the most excruciating heartbreaks I'd ever gone through. At the same time, I was going through a 31 lesson Bible study by Bob Weiner on the Song of Solomon. As a result, my understanding of His nearness was also at a depth I'd never felt before. My prayer life and devotional time revolved around this book for a number of months and much of my relationship with the Lord is unlocked in this book.
That is also one of the reasons I love blogging it and wish I could get more people on fire for this book.
As I look back on my life two years ago, I'd characterize it at one of the most difficult seasons I'd gone through, as the heartbreak was just one of several key things the Lord basically burned up on the altar at the same time.
And I don't regret the losses. At the time, I didn't know what I know now.
I'm blown away by God's goodness, that sometimes in the midst of the fiery trials of life it's very difficult to see how God could be good in the midst of suffering. But in hindsight, we see what was accomplished and how we grew from it.
I hope this post might help someone today.
Be blessed and live loved!
“Fire Press” magazine and Fire On Your Head originally started in 2007 as the title for a podcast two FIRE International missionaries to the Netherlands started as an outgrowth of their nightly accountability Skype conversations at the time.
Being in different cities, Steve Bremner and Dan Slavin spoke regularly over Skype and prayed for each other. Eventually they decided to start their own podcast after realizing how easy it would be to do so.
The two started recording a talk-show style recording and discussed various Pentecostal and charismatic topics from a Biblical perspective.
Dan and Steve picked the name ‘Fire On Your Head” because frankly, Dan would say that all the time. It was catchy, easy to remember, and had the word ‘fire’ in it. On the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit fell, there were flames as of fire on each of their heads in the upper room.
*We want fire in our heads and yours, not just in our hearts.*
The link for the podcast being too hard for people to casually remember prompted us to register the domain name www.fireonyourhead.com and have it link to the podcast site. When doing so, Steve also registered www.fireonyourhead.org. The result, Fire Press site.
The format of the podcast and website has evolved with changing habits of listeners and social media, as well as the mobile web explosion. Eventually Dan moved back to the USA to go to school full time, and Steve moved to Peru, and now co-hosts and produces the podcast, occasionally with authors, international speakers, other missionaries, Fire Press blog authors, and other like-minded kingdom builders.
Frequent contributors to Fire Press include:
- Dave Edwards, author and revivalist
- Joel Crumpton, evangelist
- Bryan Purtle, author and writer
- David Hepting, writer and cool guy
- Mark Harrel Jr. writer
- Robert Gladstone, prophet, writer and founder of The King's People
- Bert Farias, director of Holy Fire Ministries
- Tim Young, author of Heartstone: A Journey out of the midnight of my soul.
- Dave Edwards, author of Activating a Prophetic Lifestyle
- Brian Parkman, Bible teacher at FIRE School of Ministry
- Joel Crumpton, evangelist & street preacher
- Jeremy Connor, Bethel Life Manager at Bethel Atlanta Church
- Joshua Greeson, author of God's Will is Always Healing: Crushing Theological Barriers to Healing
- Jesse Birkey, author of Life Resurrected: Extraordinary Miracles Through Ordinary People, and star of DeadRaiser
- Shaun Wissmann, fellow missionary and disciple maker in Peru
- Mark Burgess, fellow missionary and disciple maker in Peru, and founder of Oikos Christian Mission Association
- Dr. Stephen R Crosby, itinerant speaker and author of Authority, Accountability and the Apostolic Movement.
- S.J. Hill, itinerant speaker and author of Enjoying God: Experiencing the Love of Your Heavenly Father.
We hope to challenge you and stir you to a burning heart within you and a fire on your head with our writings and our podcast discussions as well as shared links on this page.
God bless you and fire on your head!