Catch up on the podcast

Catch up on the podcast

Thanksgiving is a few days away and whether you are traveling or enjoying some downtime, now might be a good time to catch up on Stories of Sacred Endurance. 

Here’s the last four episodes this season.

Episode 5 – Todd Billings: Enduring in Hope

Dr. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. He was diagnosed with incurable blood cancer in 2012. Todd shares with us how his hope in Jesus Christ has helped him endure the everyday questions and struggles that come with his diagnosis. 

You can find Todd on Twitter at @jtoddbillings.

Episode 6 – Costi Hinn: Enduring in Truth

Costi W. Hinn is a pastor and author whose passion is to preach the gospel and serve the church. His works have been featured on outlets like CNN, Christianity Today, and He comes from a family of well-known prosperity gospel teachers, but had a radical encounter with God’s Word. Costi shares with us the challenges and victories that he now embraces since following Jesus Christ.

You can find Costi on Twitter at @costiwhinn.

Episode 7 – Linda and Tom Strode: Enduring in the Everyday

Tom and Linda Strode met at First Baptist Church in Little Rock and were married in 1978. Tom is a correspondent for Baptist Press and works at the Epics and Religious Liberty Commission. For the last 21 years he has also been a pastor of Covenant Community Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Linda co-authored the 2014 book “A Christ Centered Wedding” with her daughter Catherine Parks. On this episode they share how to push on in following Jesus in everyday, mundane life. 

You can find Tom and Linda on Twitter at @TomStrode and @LGStrode.

Episode 8 – June Cheng: Enduring in Persecution

June Cheng is the China correspondent for WORLD Magazine. She covers persecution in the Church, as well as culture and politics in China. June tells us about the persecution that Chinese Christians are facing today and how they continue to follow God even in the face of intense adversity. 

You can find June on Twitter at @JuneCheng_World.


Don’t forget to take advantage of our special offer for podcast listeners: Order your copy of Sacred Endurance for 30% off with free shipping using code SACRED30 at

Season two update coming soon!

Catch up on Kelly, Card, Tada, and the Loves

Catch up on Kelly, Card, Tada, and the Loves

While I was traveling around Rwanda, the Stories of Sacred Endurance podcast launched into the world. Here’s a brief update on each episode that has aired so far. You can listen here:

Episode 1 – Jon Kelly: Enduring in Chains01-Jon-Square

Pastor Jon Kelly was born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia. Growing up, he spent most of his teens in and out of juvenile detention centers as he tried not to get killed in the streets. As a 19-year-old he found himself in prison for his role in a shooting that left a young man dead. Jon tells us how his troubled teenage years of gang affiliation brought him to meet and follow Christ in a prison cell at the age of 19, changing his life forever.

You can find Jon on Twitter at @PastorJonKelly.

Episode 2 – Michael Card: Enduring in Community

02-Card-SquareMichael Card is an American, Christian singer-songwriter, musician, author, and radio host from Franklin, Tennessee. He is best known for his contributions in contemporary Christian music, which combines folk-style melodies and instrumentation with an in-depth study of the Bible. Michael joins us to share his experience being in the Christian Music industry most of his life and the role community has played in his sacred endurance.

You can find Michael on Twitter at @Michael_Card.

03-Joni-SquareEpisode 3 – Joni Tada: Enduring in Suffering

Joni Eareckson Tada is an evangelical Christian author, radio host, and founder of Joni and Friends, an organization “accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community.” Joni joins us to share with us on how becoming a quadriplegic through a diving accident and enduring suffering in community brought her into a meaningful relationship with Christ.

You can find Joni on Twitter at @JoniandFriends.

Episode 4 – Jamie and Louis Love: Enduring in Marriage

04-Louis&Jamie-SquareLouis Love serves as the pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Waukegan, IL, which he planted in 1997, and Jamie Love leads the Women’s Ministries at New Life as well. Louie and Jamie join us and draw on their 40 years of marriage as they speak to the rewards, struggles, and hope that come from a marriage and life centered on Christ. 


  • Don’t forget to take advantage of our special offer for podcast listeners: Order your copy of Sacred Endurance for 30% off with free shipping using code SACRED30 at
Introducing the Stories of Sacred Endurance Podcast

Introducing the Stories of Sacred Endurance Podcast

I’m excited to share with you about the Stories of Sacred Endurance Podcast. In conjunction with my book Sacred Endurance (releasing November 12) we’ve developed a podcast to take the biblical call to run the race with endurance and bring it to life with stories of modern day Christians.

We’ll hear about a young man who went to prison and was saved, a woman whose life was forever changed after diving into shallow water, the ordinary walk of a pastor and teacher, the story of a man who escaped from the prosperity gospel, and much more.

Join me as we listen and learn from those who are in this race of faith with us. Make sure to subscribe to Stories of Sacred Endurance wherever podcasts are available. But here are some quick links!

More about the book

In the book I share that God promises to finish the good work he began in us—but that doesn’t come without bumps in the road. Life can be hard, faith can wane, and distractions abound. Too many today are at risk of compromising their integrity or giving up on their faith. How can we persevere to the end?

The race is hard, but you are not running it alone. Find strength and courage to endure and finish well in Sacred Endurance. We are excited to offer to podcast listeners 30% off and free shipping! Head over to and use the code SACRED30 for 30% off and free shipping to U.S. residents! Offer valid through the end of March 2020.

Hope you’ll grab the book and can’t wait for you to hear these encouraging stories of sacred endurance.

Exciting Announcement: New Commentator at World Radio

Exciting Announcement: New Commentator at World Radio

I’m excited to share the news that I have joined World Radio (sister platform of World Magazine) as a commentator and my first one aired today! Commentators focus on a variety of different topics and issues. My plan is to focus on Christian discipleship, family and children, race and ethnicity, and issues and topics important to women. My goal in both my writing and speaking is to identify where the gospel applies to the area and what the implications of the gospel are to that topic. That will not change and is celebrated at World, which is one of the reasons I’m so honored to be a part.

If you’re anything like me, you’re likely curious about the role and specifically what is World Radio’s approach to commentary. Thankfully, managing editor, J.C. Derrick recorded a short segment during their “Ask the Editor” commentary series on World’s distinctives, including their approach to commentaries:

How to listen today and every day:

Today’s full program is posted here:

And the newscast is here:

You can find my first commentary about loving our neighbors here:

Our love for our neighbor is one of the evidences of God’s transforming work in our hearts. Our love matters because it points to someone greater than you or me. Our love points to Jesus.

I will keep you updated on my commentaries, but please go ahead and subscribe to The World and Everything in It on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or whatever podcast app you use. And you can learn more about the other contributors here:

Grateful! And Happy Valentine’s Day!

p.s. My segments will likely post every other Monday!

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