026: Circle Up — Identity

First, a big announcement regarding the future of A Better Conversation. Then, Gus Simpson and Aaron Couch are back in Shaping Faith looking at the importance of understanding and coming to terms with one’s identity. Also, check out talentresearch.org for more information on John Samuel’s “Zones.”

025: Holy Week — Easter

Marty Solomon joins Gus and Aaron for Holy Week to talk about celebrating Easter well amidst cultural tensions.

024: Circle Up — Priorities & Time

How you spend your time reveals a lot about your priorities. This week, Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson talk about the importance of prioritizing relationships with others as we follow Christ.

022: Circle Up — Forgiveness

Continuing in our Shaping Faith series, Aaron Couch and Gus Simpson tackle forgiveness: what it is, what it isn’t, and practical ways to keep from unnecessarily taking up an offense.

021: An Intermission

We’re taking a short break from our regularly scheduled Shaping Faith programming this week. Make sure to join us at Real Life on Thursday or Sunday for a special message from Charlie Couch. We’ll return to our supplementary Shaping Faith content with next week’s episode.

020: Circle Up — Ownership

Aaron Couch makes a biblical case for relationship as he and Gus Simpson talk about the importance of owning our place in the community we are a part of.

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.

Websites:

Authors:

  • Brad Gray

  • Doug Greenwold

  • Ray Vander Laan

  • Lois Tverberg

  • Dwight Pryor

  • David Fohrman

  • D. Thomas Lancaster

  • David Stern

  • Pete Enns

Books:

  • 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