Neighbors and Nations is a periodic podcast released in seasons designed to stir within Christians, especially pastors and church planters, a deeper awareness of and commitment to missions, both global and local.
Through interviews with people from all walks of life who are embracing God's passion for all peoples in all kinds of ways, Neighbors and Nations hopes to help awaken the sleeping giant called the church towards the task given to her in Jesus' last words: Make disciples of all nations!
Episode 2: Johnny Hunt
Hear why sowing gospel seeds matters, and why one should never underestimate the power of a simple invitation to church. Johnny Hunt’s story illustrates this perfectly! Listen in as Todd interviews Johnny about his own conversion, the need to persevere in witnessing, why your testimony can be a powerful tool, and how sending your own can be the spark that ignites a global perspective in your church..
Episode 3: Sara Hentzel
An undying passion for missions, even when her husband was murdered on the mission field, is the beautiful story Sara shares as she talks with Todd about life as a single woman in the mission force.
Episode 4: Ronnie Floyd
Ronnie shares why pastors shouldn't negotiate the priority of evangelism, how business people are critical to the mission of the church, and gives practical tips for both pastors and members from his time at Cross Church in Arkansas. Plus, hear Ronnie's own story of conversation and calling, and why every town, city, state, and nation matters when it comes to world evangelization.
Episode 5: Eric Trout
A young church planter in a rural setting, Eric Trout has brought his church along to participate in missions far beyond his small town. Hear how, plus how he and his wife’s journey of adoption gave them a platform for local outreach. Be refreshed by this planter/pastor who lives out a calling for both neighbors and nations.
Episode 6: Kevin Ezell
In episode 6, Todd talks with Dr. Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board, about the importance of modeling and multiplying, his top key actions in his first nine years as President of NAMB, and what he did as a pastor to keep both neighbors and nations front and center for his flock. And you’ll no doubt enjoy his plainly compelling sense of humor!
Episode 7: Tim Lubinus
Tim currently leads the Baptist Convention of Iowa (BCI), a state convention of churches that participate with the SBC. But Tim’s heart is far bigger than Iowa! He has years of experience as a missionary, both in Korea and Turkey, and has worked on a church staff as a global ministry director. Hear how God has led and used Tim from the days of his conversion as a high schooler in rural Iowa to now as a multi-church influencer for the spread of the gospel both locally and globally.
Episode 8: Brad Buser
Founder of Radius International, a regular speaker for Perspectives, and a missions practitioner with years of real-life experience in an unreached people grow, Brad is a leading influence regarding how to mobilize neighbors for the nations. You’ll hear why in this conversation as he shares his own story of and his deep passion for God’s glory among all peoples.
Episode 9: David Nelms
David has been both pastor and missions mobilizer, and is currently the founder of TTI (The Timothy Initiative). TTI is a global organization that plants churches, especially in areas where there is little access to the gospel. Yet, ask him about the secret sauce, and he’ll tell you it’s all about making disciples who make disciples. Hear more about David’s common denominators for evangelism among both neighbors and nations, and what it takes — and doesn’t take — to see churches planted.
Episode 10: Kim Robinson
From Proctor & Gamble to NAMB, Kim Robinson has one of the most amazing stories of conversion you’ll hear! An almost-ruined marriage, a patient and faithful friend—God used it all to give Kim a new start! It’s a beautiful example of the power of neighboring. Hear more from him in this conversation that provides so much insight into local outreach, including a concrete runway for business people who desire to use their platform for reasons beyond the bottom line.
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