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Making Faith and Life Fit Together


Everyday Discipleship + Our 3 Year Anniversary
Feb 17 • 33 min
For Jesus, discipleship was a lifestyle, not a series of classes or big events he worked hard to promote and fill up the room. And he didn’t teach morality or doctrine and send his disciples out to try and sin less as they waited for his return. This week…
Changing Your Mind About Discipleship
Feb 10 • 34 min
If the Church keeps doing what it has been for decades in connection to disciple-making, we will continue to see a decline in Christianity in our time. There is no better time than today to start changing our minds, changing the church and changing the…
The Blessing Of Praying For Your Child’s Future
Feb 3 • 23 min
As Christians, consistently praying for your kids may seem obvious. To pray for your child’s future spouse may be less obvious, but it’s a privilege that carries with it some pretty awesome blessings. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll show you…
Accountability Relationships Are Not All Good
Jan 27 • 29 min
We hear the word ‘accountability’ thrown around a lot within Christian circles. And for some it can hold deep meaning and value, while for others, it can conjure up feelings of failure, shame, or defeat. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about…
First Steps To Becoming a Missional Church
Jan 20 • 26 min
Many conversations about our churches becoming more missional (discipleship-focused) assume there is nothing but objections and arguments against living this way. But what about those churches where people are already convinced and just need direction?…
Why Planning Rest Before Work Is Smart
Jan 13 • 34 min
Sabbath rest is not about just taking a break. It’s about putting an end to the restlessness of self, and self-provision, that keeps us living distracted, frantic, and fragmented lives of dissatisfaction. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about…
Blessed to Be a Blessing: Your Family on Mission
Jan 6 • 25 min
Blessed to be a blessing sounds at once awesome… and a little daunting. Where do we start blessing people when there are SO MANY needs around us? That should make it easier, but honestly, it can kind of shut you down, not knowing WHO to bless or HOW. This…
Lifeschool Cafe – Your Questions Answered
Dec 30, 2019 • 40 min
A lot of great, important questions come into Caesar and Heath every week. Topics range widely, but all things focus on and help us all learn how to live out our Christian faith and express the gospel in everyday life. Awesome. This week on the Lifeschool…
Christmas and Consumerism as Christians
Dec 23, 2019 • 24 min
There is no evidence that the disciples of Jesus, or the 1st Century church, ever celebrated Christmas or Jesus’ birth as an annual holiday. And yet, many of us have been taught that consumerism has killed the true meaning of Christmas. Has it?! This week…
Neighborhood Missional Living for the Imperfectly Ready
Dec 16, 2019 • 25 min
Neighborhood missional living is something that many ascribe to, but not everyone achieves. This type of intentional discipleship in community includes family, friends, and those living closest to you and helps you experience the gospel in ways that you…
From Attracting to Deploying: Living in the New Covenant
Dec 9, 2019 • 22 min
Part of the utter lack of discipleship we see in the Church today comes back to the reality that many, or most, are still living and leading their people primarily in light of the Old Covenant! New Covenant churches and believers are focused on making…
5 Stereotypes Christians Need To Change
Dec 2, 2019 • 33 min
We all seem to put people into a box–labeling them in ways that we can either easily dismiss, or categorically aspire to, without really getting into the messiness of really knowing them. Most are likely to say that stereotypes are not true, yet they…
Why We Want To Let Our Redemption Show
Nov 25, 2019 • 20 min
When we can be honest about where we’re at with our problems and in our own spiritual life, it also gives others permission to do the same. Ask yourself, do others feel safe to approach you, even with their sins and screw-ups? This week on the Lifeschool…
Living on Mission When Your Spouse Is Not Into It
Nov 18, 2019 • 33 min
Discipleship starts in your home and works its way out through relationships. So our families and marriages need to be the “red hot center” of discipleship that we invite others into. But what happens if you’re trying to live on Mission and your spouse is…
Gratitude, Grace, and the Gospel
Nov 12, 2019 • 33 min
Gratitude is more than delighting in a gift; it is a feeling of happiness directed toward a person for giving you something good. Growing in our ability to consistently be grateful and express gratitude is not only life-changing but is part of becoming a…
Are You Living Like a Missionary?
Nov 4, 2019 • 26 min
Living as a missionary is more about “being” than “doing”. Even if you’re part of a church that only refers to missionaries as those who go overseas to do ministry, the truth is, if you are a Christian, YOU are a missionary, it’s part of your identity!…
Is Your Church Successful? New Benchmarks
Oct 28, 2019 • 31 min
Jesus was immeasurably the most successful person in human history. In every way. Yet, if we were to measure his lifetime effectiveness using today’s Church benchmarks of success, Jesus would probably find it hard to get hired on at most churches. What…
Halloween: Is Your Door Open For Mission?
Oct 21, 2019 • 35 min
Halloween and the beloved ritual of “trick-or-treat” is getting more and more popular each year, worldwide. With dozens (if not hundreds!) of your neighbors lining up for candy and a warm smile… is your door open for Mission this year? This week on the…
5 Steps To Making Friends Quickly
Oct 14, 2019 • 31 min
Friendship and relationships are inseparably connected to the heart of God. Not only were we all created in the image of our relational God, who exists in community, but making friends is a critical component to making new disciples of Jesus. This week on…
Invitation and Challenge: Moving Disciples Toward Maturity
Oct 7, 2019 • 32 min
Whenever we’re investing time and energy into discipling someone or developing them as leaders, there’s this strong dynamic that we learn from Jesus where he perfectly calibrated invitation to his life, with a challenge to grow, to participate, to be more…
God, Guns and the Second Amendment
Sep 30, 2019 • 39 min
One of today’s biggest and most vigorously debated issues is gun control. Statistics show Americans of all persuasions and political affiliations have become increasingly opposed to more gun control laws, despite the growing number of mass shootings. Yet…
Is the Church a Black Hole for Leaders?
Sep 23, 2019 • 30 min
Pastors and other leaders in ministry are often under so much stress that they find themselves hanging on by a thread, often-times for years, ready to burn out from exhaustion or blow out morally. This is a huge problem facing the Church today. This week…
7 Secrets to Lifelong Marriage Unity
Sep 16, 2019 • 31 min
Almost no one was raised in a perfect home with perfect parents who modeled a perfect marriage. It takes intentionality and a lifelong commitment to learn, adapt, and bear with one another… if you want to stay married! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…
How Procrastination Kills Discipleship and Mission
Sep 9, 2019 • 31 min
Have you ever really “intentioned” to make disciples and focus your life on God’s mission and his glory, rather than your plans for your own glory? If that’s your hope and intention, but you’re not taking action, it’s procrastination. This week on the…
The 7 Worst Evangelism Mistakes Today
Sep 2, 2019 • 24 min
Evangelism has almost become a dirty word in our culture… And it’s not all that different in some church circles. We’re either all “gung-ho” about it and finding that people aren’t very interested, or we’ve given up really trying long ago. This week on…
How Baptism Shapes Our Identity and Culture
Aug 26, 2019 • 35 min
Whether we are aware of it or not, everyone is being “baptized.” While the church baptizes believers in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the culture is baptizing us into the trinitarian values of consumption, production, and acquisition. This…
Discipleship and Gospel Fluency in the Workplace
Aug 19, 2019 • 25 min
Many of us spend more time with our co-workers than we do with most anyone else consistently each week. And the question of how we can make disciples at work is common, yet not without some obvious challenges and nuance required. This week on the…
Why is Missional Living So Hard?
Aug 12, 2019 • 26 min
Living life as a ‘family on mission’ with others in community is a big commitment. But starting or transitioning small groups that were pulled together for reasons other than discipleship and mission, and asking folks to now to commit to increasingly live…
Is It Time to Leave Your Church?
Aug 5, 2019 • 30 min
This week on the Lifeschool Podcast we’ll try and help you make that decision. We give you 7 legitimate reasons why it may be time to leave your church. And some cautions you may want to heed first. If you’re thinking about leaving your current local…
How the Gospel Speaks to Anger
Jul 29, 2019 • 29 min
We all know what anger looks and feels like. But most of us don’t know much about this emotion and where it comes from. Is anger always a bad thing or could it at times actually be a picture of God’s own heart in a situation? This week on the Lifeschool…
Tips for Hosting Missional Summer Meals
Jul 22, 2019 • 33 min
Missional community life includes a lot of eating together. Your meals should be a reflection of your life as a family. When we invite people to experience dinner with the Family–God’s family–loving them well is far more important than what you serve or…
A Simple Process for Developing Missional Leaders
Jul 15, 2019 • 28 min
The church has historically required people to be at a very high level of education and proven experience before they are released to lead others… or even be a central part of disciple-making. We’ll never see a gospel movement of multiplication this way!…
Why Discipleship Is Like Reparenting People
Jul 8, 2019 • 26 min
So many people have never been taught basic life skills, and certainly not how to view all of life through the lens of the Gospel. Discipleship must seed the good news of the Kingdom into every area of life–not just a bunch of teaching on the Bible and…
How to Pray the Gospel for All of Life
Jul 1, 2019 • 31 min
Prayer was always meant to be a conversation with our heavenly Father, our Daddy. If your prayers are cold, formal, self-focused or rare, then seeing prayer as a time you get to talk with Dad will draw you to the source of all life, grace, and love. This…
Where to Find Your Unique People of Peace
Jun 24, 2019 • 29 min
God has already placed unique people in your life that have been waiting for someone to introduce them to Jesus and live in His Kingdom. You’ll find that these “people of peace” are longing for relationship and are naturally easy to spend time with. This…
Hugh Halter: An Apostle’s Journey
Jun 17, 2019 • 36 min
Do modern-day apostles exist? Are there still people that God sends to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom to the lost and broken and start new movements of the gospel where the Kingdom of God touches down here on Earth? This week on the Lifeschool…
Top 10 Roadblocks to Discipleship and Mission
Jun 10, 2019 • 37 min
“If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times!” We hear the most common excuses, fears, and roadblocks to discipleship and mission over and over. The reason they come up so often is… they must be real. Or at least we think they are. This week on…
Creating the Right Discipleship Environment Pt.2
Jun 3, 2019 • 35 min
Discipleship that mirrors what Jesus did with his disciples, and produces the same hope, maturity and multiplication is an “all of life” experience. It looks pretty different than what most of us Christians have seen or participated in. This week on the…
Creating the Right Discipleship Environment Pt.1
May 27, 2019 • 33 min
Discipleship is an all of life apprenticeship led by Jesus himself. In order to make disciples of Jesus, who in turn, know how to make more disciples, we must pay close attention to the experience and environment that Jesus provided his disciples. This…
217 Why Discipleship Is So Rare In Our Churches
May 20, 2019 • 30 min
Without discipleship, we are left with a “shadow church”… a lot of religious trappings and tradition without the red hot center of the mission Jesus gave us at its core. Is the church stuck? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll address why…
216: A Week in the Life of a Missional Community
May 13, 2019 • 30 min
If you try and treat life and the rhythms in a missional community like a light switch, something you suddenly flip on in your lives, you’ll be disappointed and frustrated. It takes time for any group of people to develop new rhythms and begin to truly…
215: Are You Too Comfortable for a Missional Life?
May 6, 2019 • 32 min
We live in a culture oriented entirely toward comfort, and the church is not immune to this allure. Are we just dissatisfied consumers hoping to find our perfectly customized dream job, dream house, dream vacation, and even our dream church and a…
214: Is Your Family Prepared for Missional Living?
Apr 29, 2019 • 37 min
The foundation of living as a ‘family on mission’ is believing you are part of God’s family and seeing others as family members that God is looking to restore and bring close to himself. And all of it must be a natural outgrowth of our family life…
213: How to Destroy the Idols in Your Life
Apr 22, 2019 • 29 min
We all have hidden idols in our life…big and small. An idol is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, or anything you seek to give you what only God can give. This week on the Lifeschool…
212: Why Apologetics Makes For Poor Evangelism
Apr 15, 2019 • 29 min
One of the things that keep Christians from talking about their faith to their friends is the fear of sounding like a freak or being asked hard questions they can’t answer. Or they feel like they are supposed to “win” people over to their side of the…
211: Why the Church Should Throw Better Parties
Apr 8, 2019 • 32 min
Does the way we celebrate, drink and eat remind us of God’s continued blessing in our life through Christ… and show our culture what it looks like to really party and celebrate unto the Lord? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll show you why…
210: How to Be Confident in Your Calling
Apr 1, 2019 • 34 min
People who know their calling in life seem to live with a built-in North Star that guides them throughout their lives. They’re focused, but there is often an ease about them. And while calling and vocation sometimes overlap, they are in fact very…
209: How to Make Faith and Life Fit Together
Mar 25, 2019 • 32 min
Many of us live with a form of spiritual schizophrenia. We live our “Christian life” primarily on Sunday, and then there’s our “regular life” lived the rest of the time. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll help you learn how to incorporate your…
208: Growing in Patience with God, Yourself and Others
Mar 18, 2019 • 25 min
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, but it is often difficult to find. How many people would label you “a patient person”? The roots of impatience lead deeper than you might imagine, and the effects compound each other. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…
207: Missional Living When Your Church Doesn’t Support It
Mar 11, 2019 • 29 min
You desire to live a more missional life in community with others… making disciples in everyday life, but you don’t have the support of your pastor and local church leadership. Now what? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll speak to your heart first…
206: How to Speak Gently and Think Clearly Amidst Conflict
Mar 4, 2019 • 34 min
It happens over and over again: a political argument with a friend, a fight about racial issues on the internet, a disagreement with a coworker… At the first sign of conflict, we flee to a bunker with people who think like us and––internally or…
205: Why You (Yes You!) Need a Discipleship Coach
Feb 25, 2019 • 27 min
Why do all serious players on any team have a coach, and why might all serious disciple-makers also need a coach? Life and ministry accelerate when you have someone help you call plays and develop strategies as you make disciples and live out this amazing…
204: Is Cultural Diversity Realistic in the Church?
Feb 18, 2019 • 31 min
It’s easy to look across the auditorium–or across the room–and ask why the church and our small groups or missional communities are not more diverse. But are racial differences the only form of diversity there is? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast,…
203: 7 Ways To Romance Your Wife All Year
Feb 11, 2019 • 28 min
After several years of marriage, the passion in your relationship can begin to fade into the normalcy of everyday life. If you have lost some of the romance in your marriage and are needing to turn up the fire, this episode will show you how. This week on…
202: How to Do Church Discipline with Love and Purpose
Feb 4, 2019 • 28 min
Church discipline is a term found nowhere in the Bible. But it is taught on, it is often necessary, and it is usually very difficult to practice in ways that show the love of God. And many of us, and those we know, have been hurt by churches not doing…
201: Leadership Harmony in Missional Communities
Jan 28, 2019 • 30 min
Missional community life can be tricky and hard to sustain. Leading missional communities can seem even harder to navigate. How do you determine if you are like-minded enough to lead with another person or couple? How do you get started? This week on the…
200: Why Christianese is Not Good News
Jan 21, 2019 • 28 min
It seems that many Christians are bilingual… We speak in one normal, everyday language most of the time, but when it comes time to talk about religion, spirituality, or God, we break out our special “Christianese” language. This week on the Lifeschool…
199: The Truth About Tithing: Is It Biblical?
Jan 14, 2019 • 40 min
Christians are taught that we should be giving 10% of everything we earn to the church. Is the practice of tithing still in effect for us today, or is it time to reconsider this practice? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll look at the truth about…
198: A Million Little Things: Discipleship in the Real World
Jan 7, 2019 • 26 min
Wouldn’t it be great if Jesus had just left us his “5 Big Steps” or “3 Important Ingredients” for disciple-making? It would be so much simpler if discipleship in the real world was a little more spelled out and outlined into a few basics. This week on the…
197: Lifeschool Cafe: Your Questions Answered
Dec 31, 2018 • 31 min
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get any (all) of your questions about discipleship, relationships, and life on mission answered by a couple of “experts”? Here ya go… This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, you have asked, and we’ve listened! Caesar and…
196: Christmas and the Incarnation
Dec 24, 2018 • 29 min
Imagine Jesus being born today, in our times. Would he be received as God’s own son? Would the world believe? …Would you? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, Caesar and Heath celebrate their second annual Christmas episode, as they dive deep into the…
195: 4 Truths About God That Will Challenge Your Parenting
Dec 17, 2018 • 32 min
What you believe about God, overall and in the moment, affects how you parent your kids. Sometimes what we say we believe and what our actions show we believe are far apart. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll give you 4 truths about God that will…
194: Climate Change. What to Know, What You Can Do
Dec 10, 2018 • 39 min
Rising sea levels… raging storms. Ferocious fires and punishing floods. Is something changing on our planet, or is all of this just… normal? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we revisit a powerful conversation we had with renowned climate scientist,…
193: 12 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City
Dec 3, 2018 • 30 min
As God’s kids and together as his family here on Earth, we get to serve others as an expression of our identity in Christ. And sometimes, the smallest acts of service can have the biggest impact! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll show you how…
192: Why Intentional Disciple-Making = Real Church Growth
Nov 26, 2018 • 36 min
Much of the Church today seems to be operating with a “functional Great Commission”: Go into all the world and make more worship attenders, baptizing them in the name of small groups, and teaching them to volunteer a few times a month. This week on the…
191: Friendsgiving: Making Room At God’s Table
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
Thanksgiving meals give us an opportunity to turn strangers into friends and friends into family. Who will you invite to be part of your family this year? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, Caesar’s wife, Tina, joins him and Heath and teaches you how to…
190: How To Deal With Difficult People in Your Life
Nov 12, 2018 • 25 min
We all have those people in life who just rub us the wrong way. How are we supposed to deal with that? Ignore them? Avoid them? Or… is there another way? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll teach you how to deal with difficult people in your life.…
189: Why You Should Treat Everyone Like Family
Nov 5, 2018 • 27 min
Who’s ‘in’… who’s ‘out’…? Are we really called to treat everyone like part of the family? Or is this more of an expression of how we should try to live, primarily with other Christians? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll show you what scripture…
188: Conversion Without Discipleship? Why You Need Both
Oct 29, 2018 • 35 min
Church doctrines of grace and salvation, in some cases, may actually prevent us from creating an expectation that we are to be and make disciples. Do our existing models of evangelism and discipleship fail to produce true followers of Jesus? This week on…
187: Why Jesus Didn’t Make Disciples in a Classroom
Oct 22, 2018 • 32 min
Something isn’t working. More and more we’re seeing people leave the church because it seems less relevant to them, and they are not being discipled in the normal aspects of everyday life. Jesus… can you help us?! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we…
186: Why Our Leaders Need to Reimagine the Church
Oct 15, 2018 • 22 min
The Church has been run in much the same way for decades; we’ve run programs, services, built buildings, and held conferences. I wonder if we’ve really achieved the thing that is most on the heart of God? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk with…
185: How Do We Love Mercy and Do Justice?
Oct 8, 2018 • 28 min
It seems like it only takes a few seconds being on social media or TV to see people crying out for justice. We often speak of “getting justice”, but the Bible speaks of “doing justice”. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we discuss the command in…
184: Sowing and Reaping: What is the “Harvest” Jesus Talked About?
Oct 1, 2018 • 27 min
Unless seeds are planted, watered, and given enough time for growth, there is little expectation of a harvest. That’s how it works in farming; it seems it is similar with people and their faith. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we discuss the…
183: How to Transition to a Spiritual Conversation
Sep 24, 2018 • 30 min
It can seem like the scariest and most awkward thing to do in life and relationships: you’re having a nice conversation, and you feel it’s time to bring up Jesus or transition to spiritual things. Yikes! This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we discuss how…
182: What Does a Missional Community Need to “Do” Together?
Sep 17, 2018 • 36 min
Other than a weekly meal and hangout, what does a missional community need to do together? Are there set patterns for being together, or are we just trying to fit everything into a neat little once-a-week box? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we…
181: How To: Missional Community in Any Context
Sep 10, 2018 • 26 min
I may never stop hearing some form of this challenge: “Missional community life probably works great where you live, but you don’t understand my context. People are different here…” This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we discuss whether or not it’s…
180: How to Say NO and Get Out of Bad Commitments
Sep 3, 2018 • 30 min
Whether caused by fear of man or the fear of missing out (FOMO), most of us need to learn to say “no” a whole lot more often. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll teach you how to say no more often in life and how to un-commit yourself from the…
179: Why Conflict is Not All Bad. How to Resolve It When It Is
Aug 27, 2018 • 25 min
When we hear the word “conflict” it is usually, automatically, perceived as a negative thing. However, there is a reason why conflict is not all bad…and can be either a positive or negative thing. The key is understanding the difference. This week on the…
178: Why You Want To Be A Mentor To A Child
Aug 20, 2018 • 31 min
Most of us would agree with the age-old saying, “The youth of today is the future of tomorrow.” But how many of us take that sentiment seriously enough to actually do something about it? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about the opportunities…
177: How to Stop Worrying About What These People Think
Aug 13, 2018 • 30 min
People love to give their opinions about how you’re doing things… but sometimes the best way to care for others and yourself is to stop caring about what certain people think. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we look at the types of people you’ll need…
176: Why You Need Gospel Motivation In Your Life (Part 2)
Aug 6, 2018 • 32 min
It’s easy to listen to sermons and read books on theology and missional living… nod our heads in agreement… yet very little change happens in our lives. Jesus made some surprising (maybe unreasonable?) commands to his potential disciples. This week on the…
175: Why You Need Gospel Motivation In Your Life
Jul 30, 2018 • 32 min
“I have a whole bunch of people that have bought into this missional community thing and lifestyle–living like missionaries in our city–but HOW do you keep them motivated? They start out all fired up, but after a while, they seem to fizzle out.” This week…
174: How to Figure Out Your Personal Superpower
Jul 23, 2018 • 30 min
Many of us have a sense of the two or three things we are really good at, either naturally or we’ve put in the time and investment to learn and develop certain skills or abilities. Do you know how to figure out your personal superpower? This week on the…
173: How to Crush Idols and Counterfeit Gods in Your Life
Jul 16, 2018 • 35 min
When I was a kid in Sunday School, I can remember being taught about not having idols in our life. I envisioned totem poles or statues in my room… NOPE, none of those! But we all have idols galore. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we are gonna teach…
172: How to Have the Best Summer on Mission
Jul 9, 2018 • 28 min
Summer is here again, yes! And for many involved in vocational ministry, or even a regular part of a small group or missional community, summer is a time for a taking a break from ministry… Don’t do it! Your neighbors and friends are all out looking for…
171: What is Freedom in Christ and How to Find It
Jul 2, 2018 • 27 min
Do you feel like you are truly living in freedom? Is there an ease and “lightness” in your head and heart about your life and relationships? Is the idea of “freedom in Christ” just a nice sentiment… or does it actually have real implications for our lives…
170: It’s Time to Redefine the Value of Marriage and Singleness
Jun 25, 2018 • 42 min
Should all Christians be married? Although we might quickly respond “no,” our cultural stories and norms―including those in the church―often communicate “yes!” This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we’re joined by Kutter Callaway, an author and assistant…
169: Why Artists Need to Shape the Identity of the Church
Jun 18, 2018 • 26 min
The church was once the premier creator of art and beauty within culture. Christian artists throughout history saw it as their honor, and even their duty, to portray Christ and his Kingdom in ways that spoke to the hearts of people. This week on the…
168: Simple Discipleship Practices Outside the Box
Jun 11, 2018 • 31 min
Discipleship is not a series of classes. Discipleship is the process of moving from unbelief to belief in every area of life…. It must be done life on life, life in community and life on mission. This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about a form…
167: How Consumerism is Killing the Church
Jun 4, 2018 • 30 min
A new(er) building. The nicer children’s ministry wing. The best preacher. Comfy seats and a great band. Many Christians approach their churches, and their faith, as consumers. Even the term “church shopping” betrays the reality of our spiritual…
166: How to Understand and Talk About Climate Change
May 28, 2018 • 30 min
Global warming: it’s one of the hottest scientific and political issues of today. But we’ve all found ourselves asking… -It’s freezing outside—where’s global warming now? -The climate is always changing—how do we know this isn’t just a cycle? -Why should…
165: This is What Will Keep You From Living On Mission
May 21, 2018 • 31 min
It is hard to sustain a missional lifestyle! Things get messy, and I start to wear out. Personal preferences and old habits creep back in to destroy things. And it’s not like life is getting any less busy. Today on the Lifeschool Podcast, you’ll find out…
164: How Jesus Explained Life and Growth in the Kingdom
May 14, 2018 • 29 min
Are you living a “Kingdom lifestyle” today in a very real sense? Do you feel like growth, abundance, and victory are all a part of your community life and church experience? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, Caesar and Heath talk about how Jesus…
163: Can You Really Love Your Neighbor As You Love Yourself?
May 7, 2018 • 27 min
There was a time when neighbors knew each other’s names… when children and old folks in the neighborhood had more than their families looking out for them. What happened? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk with author, Lance Ford, as we ask the…
162: These 4 Companies Want to Fulfill Your Most Basic Needs
Apr 30, 2018 • 26 min
Can all knowledge, sex, affection, and every other need be found just a click away? For a few dollars? What if we’re letting online companies replace and fulfill the most basic needs God has built into our lives? This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we…
161: How the Bible is Relevant and More Important Than Ever
Apr 23, 2018 • 29 min
More and more people are questioning the validity of the relevance of the Bible in today’s culture. Is it all true… is it literal or figurative… does it apply to our lives today? On the Lifeschool Podcast this week, we’ll walk you through the most common…
160: How to Celebrate According to the Gospel
Apr 16, 2018 • 36 min
Why do most Christians suck at partying? Shouldn’t we be known as the most celebratory people in the world… where everyone we know is really trying to get invited to our parties? In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we dig deep into historical and…
159: From The Pulpit To The People: Shifting to a Life on Mission
Apr 9, 2018 • 24 min
Leading people to new places in life and ministry can be hard. Too often our churches and small groups are primarily focused on… well, ourselves. Helping our people shift to a life on mission with God that is outwardly focused is the dream. In this…
158: Are You Believing What God Says About You?
Apr 2, 2018 • 31 min
Let’s be honest: the life you lead isn’t what you’ve always dreamt. And maybe the person you’ve become isn’t who you’ve always imagined. God longs to redeem the story of your life and set you on the path to reclaim your dreams… His dreams. Are you ready?…
157: Are You Treating People Like Guests or Like Family?
Mar 26, 2018 • 36 min
Someone wearing a name badge smiles, opens the door, and greets you. You’re shown to a seat and given some information. And you wonder, “Why is my sister acting this way at Dad’s house?” That may be how people act, but in this episode of the Lifeschool…
156: Does the Gospel Speak to Mental and Physical Health?
Mar 19, 2018 • 27 min
Imagine the pastor addressing your congregation’s growing waistlines from the pulpit. Or your faith community helping you heal your fears and past hurts. Is Christianity only about our spiritual health, or does the Gospel speak to mental and physical…
155: Is Evangelism Changing in the Church Today?
Mar 12, 2018 • 28 min
Have most of us Christians given up on traditional forms of sharing our faith? Let’s be honest… It’s scary to risk things relationally, and the results are often disappointing. In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about the ways that many…
154: How We Can Be More Generous People
Mar 5, 2018 • 31 min
Does generosity flow from our pockets and purses… or does it flow from our hearts? In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk to author and cool brother Marty Duren about how we can be more generous people that live lives of blessing. What is it…
153: Family Discipleship and Mission Made Simple (Part 2)
Feb 26, 2018 • 25 min
I grew up going to church Sunday after Sunday. Discipleship, if and when it happened, was a series of classes or a 9-week curriculum that we went through. The problem with that was… it didn’t really work. In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll…
152: Family Discipleship and Mission Made Simple (Part 1)
Feb 19, 2018 • 28 min
Our Christian faith was always meant to be vibrant and lived like a family with others—not a once a week experience. Missional communities are a proven (biblical) way to engage people in normal rhythms of family discipleship and mission… believers and…
151: Date to Mate: How to Avoid Unhealthy Relationship Threats
Feb 12, 2018 • 32 min
After 30+ years of marriage that includes the raising of three healthy, Christian adult children, Caesar (and his wife Tina) have learned some valuable lessons to pass on to your kids–or live by yourself–when it comes to creating relationships that last.…
150: This is Why Your Church Isn’t Growing and Maturing
Feb 5, 2018 • 40 min
When we talk about how mature our church is, we often think about age, structures, and programs. But the church is none of those; the Church is people. Are your people mature? In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about why your church isn’t…
149: How to Share Your Faith Without Being Weird
Jan 29, 2018 • 28 min
If you’re like most people I know, you probably don’t share your faith all that often. It can feel creepy or just plain awkward, and there’s always that fear of rejection. In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about how to share your faith…
148: Who Are You and Why Do You Matter?
Jan 22, 2018 • 29 min
The way of the world is: we do things (perform, serve, work, etc) to have value in the eyes of our family, friends, parents, spouse, siblings, boss, pastor, and so on. Out of this activity, we often form our identity and perceived value. But who God says…
147: How to Move from Addiction to Freedom
Jan 15, 2018 • 31 min
The heartache, brokenness, and ongoing challenge of addiction affects millions of families every day. But there is hope. In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we talk about this disturbing topic and how to move from addiction to freedom with our…
146: Caution: How Your Sunday Service is Confusing People
Jan 8, 2018 • 34 min
What would your friends think Jesus is all about if they visited your church? Is the way we’re often “doing church” really communicating what we think it is? In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we’ll talk about how the medium we often use on…
145: How to Start the New Year on the Right Foot
Jan 1, 2018 • 23 min
Here comes another opportunity to grow… change… improve our lives and relationships again. The New Year. Are you getting started on resolutions, planning or goal setting to make sure you don’t just sorta slide into another year? In this episode of the…
144: Lifeschool Christmas Unplugged
Dec 25, 2017 • 32 min
On this very special “unplugged” episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, Caesar and Heath share a bit of their own family stories connected to Christmas when growing up. They’ll also talk about Christmas this year and what they love(d)! Grab a warm (or cold)…
143: How Your Holiday Traditions Can Shape Your Life
Dec 18, 2017 • 23 min
Are we missing something? As Christmas and all of the holidays roll around once more, you have to wonder… checking off the box of church services, gift giving, meals, and then back to life as usual? In this episode of the Lifeschool Podcast, we offer hope…
142: What Voices Are Shaping Your Life the Most?
Dec 11, 2017 • 23 min
Are you hearing voices in your head? I’m not suggesting you’re crazy, but you may be listening to people—from your past or present—that are shaping your self-image, value, and worldview in not-so-helpful ways. What voices are shaping your life the most?…
141: How to Apologize the Right (and Wrong) Way
Dec 4, 2017 • 28 min
In the past few weeks we’ve seen a lot of public officials and celebrity types faced with accusations of wrongdoing, misconduct and unethical behavior. We would hope that all of these people would start with a good old fashioned apology, but many don’t.…
140: How to Handle Annoying People This Holiday
Nov 27, 2017 • 37 min
We all have those people in our lives that we’d rather not be around, but the holidays have a way of forcing us to deal with them–or not. In this episode of Lifeschool, we talk talk about how to handle those family members that you would rather not have…
139: Is Trump Killing The Church Or Saving It?
Nov 20, 2017 • 25 min
Love him or hate him, he’s a polarizing figure these days for sure. On this episode of Lifeschool, we talk about the President of the United States, Donald Trump. We ask the question: Is Trump killing the Church in America? Are you Republican… Democrat……
138: Discovering the Divine Feminine Nature of God
Nov 13, 2017 • 21 min
Consistently we use male pronouns to refer to God… and that’s accurate. But maybe there’s more to this amazing God and our understanding of him? Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we talk about the feminine aspects of God and his nature. This may surprise…
137: The 3 Seductions: Appetite, Ambition & Approval
Nov 6, 2017 • 25 min
Temptation is everywhere. Heck, it’s even lurking inside of me! And all of us, at some point in our lives, have given into temptations. Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we talk with author and movement leader Mike Breen about what may lay behind our own…
136: Why You Need to Get to Know the Holy Spirit
Oct 30, 2017 • 29 min
If you are unsure of what or exactly who the Holy Spirit is, then this episode is for you. Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we talk about this least known and most misunderstood member of the Trinity, and we’ll show you why you need to get to know the…
135: The Best Ways to Be Missional This Halloween
Oct 23, 2017 • 29 min
Halloween… that time of year when kids all go nuts, eat too much candy, and then crash after their sugar buzz wears off. But there’s more to it than all that. Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we talk about what may be the lowest hanging fruit of the year…
134: 7 Pillars of Society: How to Change Your World
Oct 16, 2017 • 25 min
It’s easy to point fingers at “the culture” and think that it includes everyone else outside of ourselves. But we are the culture… and the culture is us. Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we talk about how every culture is woven together in some pretty…
133: How to Start a Missional Community From Scratch
Oct 9, 2017 • 31 min
Starting a missional community is not about tossing a rope around a few of your closest friends and trying to talk them into living more “missionally” together. Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we’re talking about some very basic, but super-important…
132: How to Multiply Your Missional Community in a Healthy Way
Oct 2, 2017 • 27 min
Has your missional community gotten stuck in a rut or become a “holy huddle” of mostly Christians hanging out once a week? Healthy things always grow… and multiply! Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we’re gonna talk about bringing intentionality and…
What Causes Sin and How to Stop It
Sep 25, 2017 • 30 min
“Just stop it!” doesn’t really work when it comes to changing sinful actions, habits, or thoughts in our lives (or in others). And perhaps what you’ve been taught about sin and repentance is all wrong… Today on the Lifeschool podcast, we talk about where…
130: How to Make the Gospel Beautiful and Relatable
Sep 18, 2017 • 33 min
Many in our churches have spent years listening to sermons, studying theology and reading the Word of God, yet still feel intimidated or unable to naturally express the good news of the Gospel into normal life, conversations, and circumstances. Today on…
129: The Pursuit of Happiness — What It Is and How to Get It
Sep 11, 2017 • 29 min
Happiness is not something you achieve once and for all. Happiness is a muscle, a skill, a way of being that can and must be exercised. In this episode of Lifeschool, we talk with author, theologian, and pastor, David McDonald, about the pursuit of…
128: Where Was God During Hurricane Harvey?
Sep 2, 2017 • 28 min
Last week saw one of the greatest natural disasters to ever hit America. Thousands of families have lost everything they own, and lives were lost. In times like this it is understandable to wonder, or ask, “Where was God during hurricane Harvey?” In this…
127: Decision Fatigue: How to Make Better Decisions
Aug 28, 2017 • 19 min
Do you ever feel like if you have to answer one more question or make another decision today your head is going to pop off? Does it seem harder to remain patient with others as the day wears on? In this episode of Lifeschool we talk about the concept of…
126: How Money Affects Your Significance and Security
Aug 21, 2017 • 29 min
Jesus talks about money and related issues of the heart more than he talks about heaven and hell or pretty much anything else. Pretty interesting, huh? In this episode of Lifeschool, we look at how our ultimate understanding of the gospel affects how we…
125: How To Parent Your Kids With Grace (Not Fear or Control)
Aug 14, 2017 • 29 min
“That’s how my parents did things and I turned out just fine…” Today on Lifeschool, we look at a few radically different parenting styles. We’ll reveal that while you might be well-intentioned, your parenting style may not be producing the type of…
124: What to Do with Kids in Your Missional Community
Aug 7, 2017 • 24 min
Kids are great! But sometimes when it comes to having a bunch of them at all different ages corralled together, things can feel hectic and distracted. One of the most common questions we hear connected to this is, “what do you do with kids in your…
123: How to Pump Up Your Missional Community
Jul 31, 2017 • 28 min
Feeling like your church small group or supposed “missional community” is a bit of a dud? They can often times get stuck as just a weekly meeting and never really become the intentional, life-on-life, daily experience they are meant to be. (Or can be!) In…
122: How to Create a Lifestyle of Discipleship
Jul 22, 2017 • 24 min
Is discipleship about gaining knowledge, or is it about a transformed life? Is it a series of classes or, like with Jesus and his pals, was it an all of life kind of a deal? In this episode of Lifeschool, we’re gonna talk about true discipleship and look…
121: A Life of Focus: Time Management if God Set Your Schedule
Jul 17, 2017 • 26 min
How different do you think your schedule and calendar would look like if God managed it for you? Crazy, right? In this episode of Lifeschool, we talk about how we prioritize our time and focus in life…not so much how we squeeze more out of our work day or…
120: What Is Missional? And Why It Scares Most Pastors To Death
Jul 10, 2017 • 31 min
We still hear a lot of “missional” talk these days… It’s the sexy phrase in the church world. But what is truly missional? What does it mean, and is your church or small group really all that missional? In this week’s episode of Lifeschool, we’ll define…
119: Why You Need a Break: The Modern Day Sabbath
Jul 3, 2017 • 29 min
Almost no one I know has a lot of extra time on their hands. And you were never created to sustain the pace you may be living at! In this episode of Lifeschool, we are talking about the often neglected, but super-important, concept and practice of taking…
118: Why Bi-Vocational Ministry is the Future of Church Leadership
Jun 26, 2017 • 30 min
For many Christians, a paid position on their church’s staff may seem like the big dream… like they’ve arrived at the “real ministry” pinnacle. In this episode of Lifeschool we’re going to talk about the future of church leadership and who should be…
117: Daddy-Daughter Dates: 5 Things You Need to Know
Jun 19, 2017 • 24 min
Life is busy and our kids grow up (super) fast! As parents, we wonder if we’re developing the hearts of our kids in ways that will secure our relationship with them, and help them develop meaningful relationships in the future. In this episode of…
116: How to Make Sure You’re Developing the Right Leaders
Jun 12, 2017 • 24 min
Developing new leaders is crucial to the success and growth of any ministry or organization. Without it we are facing a growing list of responsibilities that will eventually crush us. And most definitely a future that will not include multiplication. In…
115: How to Move From Forgiveness to Reconciliation
Jun 5, 2017 • 24 min
All of us know the pain of having a broken relationship. Most of us live with this pain thinking there is no way to restore what’s been lost. In this episode we discuss the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation and how to restore relationships…
114: Redeeming Sexuality in the Eyes of the Church
May 29, 2017 • 32 min
Nothing has exposed the gap between the church and the broader society quite like the cultural argument over sexuality. Relationships, identities, orientations and even seemingly straightforward concepts such as gender have cut battle lines between the…
113: Breaking the Myth of Introverts and Extroverts
May 22, 2017 • 27 min
The topic of introversion and extroversion is one of the MOST misunderstood distinctions connected to personality types. Almost no one seems to understand these differences in personalities and people. In this episode we will break down some of the myths…
112: It’s Time to Reinvent the Church
May 15, 2017 • 29 min
Has the church substituted fun in the place of adventure? And the frontiers for the pew? This week Caesar and Heath talk with author, church planter and our pal, Peyton Jones. His new book “Reaching The Unreached” is a call to convert pew jockeys into…
111: How to Avoid Poisonous Gossip in Your Life
May 8, 2017 • 28 min
Gossip is one of those things these days that is so common in relationships, in our conversations and in our cultural experience, that we hardly even notice it anymore. In this episode of Lifeschool, Caesar will share why gossip is pure poison. You’ll…
110: How a Better Understanding of the Gospel Transforms Your Life
May 1, 2017 • 29 min
For many of us our Christianity and faith is focused primarily on our afterlife. And we spend years wondering, “Is this all there is to THIS life? Is this all that Jesus came to give us here and now?” The answer is an emphatic NO! What we need is a much…
109: How To Innovate Your Life With Lifelong Learning
Apr 24, 2017 • 30 min
A strong posture to take as we navigate through life is that of a learner; to constantly desire growth in wisdom and understanding. In this episode, Caesar and Heath talk about ways you can excel at growth in every important area of life and give you…
108: How To Plan Awesome Dates With Your Spouse
Apr 17, 2017 • 24 min
Dating and date nights are not just for the young and in love. Date nights are an important part to keeping love and romance alive in your marriage. Today, we discuss the importance of having date nights with your spouse and give some practical tips on…
107: How To Talk About Politics Without Being A Jerk
Apr 10, 2017 • 28 min
Our world is divided. People of varying opinions and beliefs are attempting to make sense of it all while demonizing those who are different than them. How might being a follower of Jesus change the way we have political conversations? In this episode,…
106: Finding True Meaning in Your Small Group
Apr 3, 2017 • 24 min
What’s the difference between a Small Group and a Missional Community? On This Episode, Caesar and Heath look at the traditional “small group” model and suggest ways to transition them into a more “missional” mode of life-on-life together in community.…
105: How to Measure The Success Of Your Church
Mar 27, 2017 • 22 min
No one sets out to have or lead an unhealthy church or ministry. But often we find ourselves stuck in a loop of numbers and metrics that we may have inherited or are imposed on us by the “higher-ups”. Today we’re gonna discuss how Jesus’ ministry career…
104: Sneaky Strategies For Raising Great Kids
Mar 20, 2017 • 23 min
Do you feel like it is difficult to carve out time specifically for your kids when your life is so busy? On this Episode, Caesar and Heath chat with Jay Payleitner–best-selling author and nationally recognized expert on parenting. Discover how to make…
103: How To Beat The Fear Of Rejection
Feb 23, 2017 • 31 min
Why do we fear rejection and often times feel like weirdos when we try to talk about spiritual topics or even come close to ‘sharing our faith’? In this episode, Caesar and Heath discuss the main reasons people get so scared and freaked out. We’ll also…
102: Why You Should Stop Going to Church
Feb 23, 2017 • 25 min
Jesus never told his disciples (us Christians) to go to church. He never commanded us to put on big worship services and lot’s of programs. Instead, he called us to believe our true identity and be the church. In This Episode You’ll Learn: – Why it’s…
101: Making Faith & Life Fit Together
Feb 21, 2017 • 25 min
We’re excited to announce the first ever episode of LifeSchool. On this episode, you’ll be introduced to the hosts (Caesar Kalinowski and Heath Hollensbe) and hear a bit about who they are, what they believe, and what their hopes are for the future of the…