017: The Core 4 — Text

Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson talk about the Bible and some practical ways to build a discipline centered around the Text.

016: The Core 4 — Prayer

For the next few months, A Better Conversation will be in parallel with Shaping Faith, our current sermon series at Real Life exploring Christian disciplines. Today, Aaron and Gus take a look at prayer — what it is, why we practice it, and how it changes our hearts and minds.

011: What Is Discipleship?

For the uninitiated, Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson provide a look at what discipleship is, how it works, and why Christians are called to be disciples of Jesus who make disciples.

010: Literary Genres of the Bible

Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson take a deeper look at eight of the literary genres we find in the Bible and how we should approach them.

009: Cultivating Healthy Relationships

With the holidays upon us, many of us are spending extra time with friends and family, and might be feeling just a bit strained in those relationships. We figured this is a good time to talk about some of the components of healthy relationships. Whether you’re struggling with your spouse, your kids, or your mother-in-law, here are some things to keep in mind. Merry Christmas!

007: Why Context Matters, Part 2

Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson continue their look at why it’s important to study the Bible in context, and the different lenses we can use to do so.



  • Brad Gray

  • Doug Greenwold

  • Ray Vander Laan

  • Lois Tverberg

  • Dwight Pryor

  • David Fohrman

  • D. Thomas Lancaster

  • David Stern

  • Pete Enns


  • Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus

  • Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

  • Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

  • The Gospel According to Moses

  • Jewish Commentary of the New Testament

006: Why Context Matters, Part 1

What is a contextual hermeneutic, and why does it matter? Why should we care so much about the history, geography, and culture of the Bible? Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson tackle these questions and more.

004: Depression

Depression is a real problem, both within and outside the Church, and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson share personal experiences around depression and attempt to untangle misconceptions and provide helpful tools, whether you deal with depression personally or are trying to support a loved one.

003: Connecting Heart-to-Heart

Empathy is foundational to forming relationships and ministering effectively. Building on last week’s discussion on relational ministry, Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson talk about practical ways to connect with others on a heart-to-heart level. If you’d like to check out the scene we discuss from Inside Out, you can find it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT6FdhKriB8.

002: What Is Relational Ministry?

If you’ve been a part of Real Life for long, you’ve probably heard the term “relational ministry.” Today, Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson dive into what it is, why we do it, and some tools we can apply as we relate to others.

001: Biblical Context with Brad Gray

Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson interview Brad Gray of Walking the Text. We discuss what led to Brad’s fascination with understanding biblical context, the resources he has built over the years, and what people can expect from his visit to Real Life for The Restoration of All Things. Don’t forget to register for The Restoration of All Things by visiting liferotp.com/restore.

000: Introduction

Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson discuss what they hope to accomplish with A Better Conversation.