• Meet the Ascent, Part 2
    December 10, 2018
    Joe sits down again with the students from the Ascent Leadership School at Bridgeway Church to chat more about their journey’s in hearing God’s voice and attend the training school.
  • Meet the Ascent, Part 1
    December 7, 2018
    Joe sits down with the students from the Ascent Leadership School at Bridgeway Church to ask some questions about their lives and the cost of their choice to pursue intentional discipleship.
  • Where Are You?
    December 3, 2018
    Have you ever thought about where you are?Join Joe with special guest Sean Curtis as they talk about where we are—with community, ourselves, and ultimately God, and why it matters.
  • Children, Go Where I Send Thee
    November 30, 2018
    Have you ever been uprooted by God? Join Joe with special guest Sean Curtis as they talk about going where the Lord leads and finding comfort along the way.
  • Unvocational Ministry
    November 28, 2018
    Do you need to be a Minister to minister to someone? Join Joe with special guest John Longshore as they talk about being love to those around us.
  • Where the Apple Falls
    November 26, 2018
    It’s impossible to be good friends with God and not grow in the character that he carries. Coach and Joe spend this episode considering how to re-calibrate the kind of fruit we’re producing in our lives.
  • A Critical Consideration
    November 23, 2018
    Coach and Joe deliver a challenging podcast by constructing a dividing line between having a critical eye and hosting a critical spirit, as well as guiding us into finding humility on a daily basis.
  • Some Serious Knowledge
    November 21, 2018
    In this light-hearted episode, Coach takes some time interviewing Joe about how to grow in hearing “Words of Knowledge” from God and the importance of hearing from Him every single day.
  • Listening vs. Hearing
    November 19, 2018
    The word “Shema” is a Hebrew word meaning that when you actually hear something it should convert to action. Coach and Joe chat with us about a metric to tell whether or not you’re actually hearing what the Lord...
  • The Two Steps to Growth
    November 16, 2018
    James 1:22 poses the two step process to growth of both hearing then doing. In this episode, Coach and Joe walk us through some practical thoughts on keeping from becoming hard-hearted through our disobedience to God.
  • God's Tough Love
    November 14, 2018
    Is it possible that because we’re not used to hearing loving rebuke in our lives that we forget God disciplines those He loves? Join Coach and Joe as they describe the rising measure of expectation that God has for...
  • Reconsidering Goodness
    November 12, 2018
    Most cultures define God as character filled with wrath in the Old Testament. Coach and Joe spend some time reconsidering what our definition of “goodness” should be and whether or not we may be suffering from some major misconceptions...
  • Profitable Prayers
    November 9, 2018
    Do you feel like your prayers are pointless? Do you often feel powerless in prayer? Coach and Joe sit down with us to talk about how sometimes our prayers are indicators of a lack of understanding of the authority...
  • Slow and Steady
    November 7, 2018
    We’ve all read the childhood classic The Tortoise and the Hare, but it’s hard to go at a slow, steady speed when it comes to our own development. In this episode, Coach and Joe sit down to teach us...
  • The Pursuit of Paradox
    October 30, 2018
    Is it possible that we actual create false theologies to avoid pain and tension in life? Can entire denominations be formed because of our inability to accept two seemingly opposed characteristics of God? Join Coach and Joe for an...
  • The Process and the Pearl
    October 30, 2018
    Everybody wants to walk in power like our favorite heroes of the faith, but nobody wants to go what they went through to get there. In this episode, Coach and Joe walk us through the importance of accepting suffering...
  • Kind or Stern, Part 2
    October 25, 2018
    In this episode, Coach and Joe explore Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and talk more on the joy that we can receive when we understand both the kindness and severity of God.
  • Kind or Stern, Part 1
    October 23, 2018
    Almost none of us like conflict. But if spend our whole lives avoiding it we miss something crucial. Coach and Joe spend time explaining the double-sided coin of God’s kindness and sternness mentioned in Romans 11:22.
  • Crushing Comparison
    October 18, 2018
    Comparison can be an indicator that we’re trying to fulfill missing space in our relationship with God with a sense of accomplishment. Join Coach and Joe as they show us the kind of accomplishment God values and why we...
  • The Proximity Paradox
    October 16, 2018
    Joe sits down again with Lee Vartanian to discuss the hard truth that certain levels of proximity with the wrong people can lead to our own demise of character or worse.
  • Objectively Prophetic, Part 2
    October 10, 2018
    Joe sits back down with his guest Lee Vartanian to chat about the responsibility we have to not just carefully deliver words from the Lord, but that they be delivered in their proper timing.
  • Objectively Prophetic
    October 3, 2018
    Joe sits down with special guest Lee Vartanian to talk about his role as the senior prophet of Bridgeway Church and what it looks like to properly steward messages from the Lord.
  • Follow or Hollow
    October 3, 2018
    Can we be born again and still do whatever we want? Can we continue on in cyclical patterns of sin and still follow Jesus? Join today as Coach and Joe make distinctions between following Jesus or merely believing in...
  • A Long Dress Rehearsal
    October 1, 2018
    Sit down with Coach and Joe as they talk about finding true fulfillment on earth by understanding that it’s merely an entry point into eternity.
  • Preoccupied By Promise
    September 26, 2018
    Join in today as Coach and Joe draw a line between spending time chasing the promises of God or focusing completely on connecting to Jesus as the vine.
  • Double-Sided Discipleship, Part 2
    September 24, 2018
    Join in today as Coach and Joe challenge us to pursue the supernatural and walk us through a practical road map towards finding (as well as being) a leader worth following.
  • Finger of God 2, Part 2
    September 21, 2018
    Join Coach and special guest Will Hacker for part 2 of our look at the new movie Finger of God 2.
  • The Finger of God 2, Part 1
    September 18, 2018
    Join Coach with special guest Will Hacker (director of Finger of God 2) in part 1 of this podcast as Will looks back at how he got involved in making movies and the cost and reward of being all...
  • Double-sided Discipleship, Part 1
    September 16, 2018
    Coach and Joe spend some time challenging American Christianity by drawing lines in the sand between genuine discipleship and merely creating people who are competent.
  • Friendship After Loss
    September 12, 2018
    Coach and Joe sit down with special guest Cristi Morris who shares with us her story on choosing to walk in friendship with a good God after unspeakable loss.
  • Following the Leader
    September 7, 2018
    Special guest Brian Fannin joins Joe in a follow-up conversation on the ways of true community and discipleship as well as how to find leaders that are worth emulating.
  • The Methodology and Scorecard of Heaven, Part 2
    September 4, 2018
    In the second episode of this podcast, Coach and Joe talk about honoring the original discipleship structure that God laid out in His Church and how to avoid becoming what Leviticus 10 calls unauthorized or “strange” fire.
  • The Methodology and Scorecard of Heaven: Part 1
    August 30, 2018
    In Part 1 of this podcast, Coach and Joe challenge leaders to reconsider the true roll of their leadership in the church and question the western Church’s concepts of discipleship.
  • Legacy
    August 28, 2018
    If we aren't investing in the generations to come, then what are we doing? Join Coach and Joe as they talk through the Legacy Campaign, investing in the generations to come for long lasting local and global impact.
  • Reason and Treason
    August 25, 2018
    Join Coach and Joe today as they help define the difference between operating in our human reasoning or having faith and obedience to do exactly what God calls us to.
  • A Bold Approach
    August 22, 2018
    In today’s episode, Coach and special guest Bryan Schwartz talk about the power of the prophetic, the importance of staying hungry, and how to boldly approach the throne of God in prayer.
  • Jehovah Sneaky, Part 2
    August 18, 2018
    In today’s episode, special guest Bryan Schwartz continues our look back into his past to discuss the supernatural power of God at work when he didn’t even believe in it.
  • Jehovah Sneaky, Part 1
    August 14, 2018
    Join Coach's friend (and special guest) Bryan Schwartz as he takes a look back and points out God’s behind-the-scenes pursuit of him throughout his entire life.
  • Beards and Breakthrough
    August 8, 2018
    Do we hide ourselves at church to pretend to live up to a false standard? How can we be fully ourselves if we aren’t willing to be vulnerable with our community Ever felt like you were just steps away from breakthrough...
  • Sin vs. Saint
    August 1, 2018
    The life of David was quite a conundrum. He is remembered as a man after God’s own heart but was an adulterous murderer in the Bible. Coach and his special guest Blake Berg walk us through how to ensure...
  • How To Hear God
    July 26, 2018
    Why do many Christians today struggle to hear God? Is it a hearing problem or a hunger problem? In today’s podcast Coach and his special guest Blake Berg chat about learning to think like God and hear His voice.
  • Exposure
    July 24, 2018
    The first thing Adam and Eve did was cover themselves after they ate the fruit in the garden. Do we still continue to hide our perceived shame from God and our community? Join Coach and Joe today as they...
  • Lost In Translation
    July 16, 2018
    What if Satan hasn’t ditched his original strategy of twisting God’s language in Genesis? It worked, right? Join Coach and Joe as they pose the concept that humanity may still be prone to consuming second-hand interpretation rather than discovering...
  • A Laughing God, Part 2
    July 10, 2018
    Coach and Joe pose the question, “Is it possible to be more serious than God?” Laugh along today to part two of this podcast as we learn how to value the joy that God offers in our daily walk...
  • A Laughing God: Part 1
    July 5, 2018
    We often attend church and pray with an attitude of seriousness and reverence, but is it sometimes at the expense of understanding the joy he offers? Join us for part one this podcast exploring how to experience true joy...
  • Set Apart
    June 26, 2018
    God desires deep friendship with all of us, but on who’s terms? It may look legalistic to set up our lives around God, but we may find that the more we lose our lives, the more we find Him....
  • Rest
    June 19, 2018
    We all go through different “seasons” in our lives. But is rest seasonal? Should rest be something that comes and goes, or is it a baseline, something that is always present in our lives? Jesus brings peace to chaos...
  • Weakness is our Power
    June 12, 2018
    There is a current trend in the identity message to be more aware of our righteousness than our sin. And while we are as clean as Jesus, we can’t just proclaim the promises of God in our lives without...
  • Prophetic Promises
    June 6, 2018
    God loves to speak to His friends, to tell us His secrets. But the prophetic words God gives us are not necessarily promises—especially when we oppose His principles. He is a good Father and will only fulfill the promises...
  • Community and Vunerability
    May 31, 2018
    When God created the world He said everything was good. Everything except for one thing—for man to be alone. Join Joe and Tennison as they discuss community and vulnerability, and their role in our lives today.
  • Competent or Covenant?
    May 22, 2018
    Competency is good stewardship of the gifts God gave you...but it can also be an idol. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to never rely on our own understanding. Run with Coach and Joe today as they scale the hurdle of...
  • Challenging Love
    May 15, 2018
    Jesus knew the true identity of those around him as children of God and He never feared the challenge of helping them act like it. Join us today as Coach and Joe go after the misconception that loving someone...
  • Friendship in the Waiting
    May 8, 2018
    Does God keep His promises? And what do you do when His promises seem to be on a completely different timeline than you expected? Could the slow wait to your calling actually be a training ground? Join Joe and...
  • What We're Really Made For
    May 3, 2018
    It almost feels counterintuitive or even irreverent in today’s Christian culture to think that we could experience relationship with God like Adam did. But if we dig a little deeper we find quite clearly that we were all built...
  • Do You Only Say What Your Father Says?
    May 1, 2018
    Jesus only said what He heard His Father speaking and only did what He saw His father doing. But does that apply to our internal lives as well? Do we speak the things over us that Father is speaking...
  • Whose Dream Are You Dreaming?
    April 26, 2018
    There is a story written over our lives since before we were born. So why do we have a hard time accepting where He wants us to let down our nets (Luke 5:4-6)? Our story has already been written....
  • Jessica's Story
    April 24, 2018
    Everyone has a story to tell. All too often, that story is the journey from brokenness to redemption, from loss to hope. This is Jessica's story. Join Coach and Joe with Jessica as they talk through what it looks...
  • Jessica's Story
    April 22, 2018
  • Performance
    April 19, 2018
    Where do you get your identity from? Your hobbies? Your job? Your friends and family? We all have an identity and the truth is if we don’t get it from our Father, we’re going to get it from somewhere...
  • Encounters
    April 13, 2018
    We’ve all encountered God one way or another. From prayer and worship, prophetic words and the beauty of creation - God is always present, looking to interact with us. But sometimes, God shows up in a burning bush, speaks...
  • From Rock Bottom To Mountain Tops
    April 10, 2018
    Why are so many of us afraid of brokenness? Is it because broken people make us feel broken? Do “clean” people make us feel “clean”? The truth is, without acceptance (even in our brokenness), challenge will never bring about...
  • Are You Hungry?
    April 5, 2018
    Where does hunger come from and how do you steward it? Join Coach and Joe with Paige and Joseph (Youth Pastors at Bridgeway Church) as talk about revival, hunger, what it looks like to ache for a generation, and...
  • Be Kind To Yourself
    April 3, 2018
    Do you ever get overwhelmed with how "not enough" you are? Not patient enough with my kids Not thoughtful enough toward my spouse Not impressive enough at my job Not (fill in the blank) enough I could go on. I’m...
  • Opposition From God
    April 3, 2018
    God loves us - so much so that He sent His Son to the cross for us. But could a loving father ever oppose his own kids? Promotion in the Kingdom is very real, but so is demotion. While...
  • Get Out Of The Boat
    March 29, 2018
    Does the prophetic ever seem out of reach? That’s because it is…if you think that it is. Simon Peter walked on the water with Jesus, but all of the disciples could have. A big reason people don’t walk in...
  • A Trained Eye
    March 28, 2018
    I am. Often we identify ourselves by statements. I am a wife. I am a daughter. I am a pastor. I am a designer, a prophet, an apostle, a student, a friend. Most of our I am statements are true....
  • Legalism, Judgement, Empathy, and Compassion
    March 26, 2018
    The fear of the Lord is never losing sight of who God is and who we are. But can you be so committed to His principles that you lose empathy and drift into judgement? When someone is vulnerable in...
  • Lay Down Your Idols
    March 23, 2018
    The second commandment says that we shall not make for ourselves and idol. But that was Old Testament, right? We’re in a new covenant now. Our sin has been dealt with and we’re as clean as Jesus. But can...
  • Mama Jane's Secret - Review by Sean Curtis
    March 21, 2018
    In the ministry circles I grew up in, my early years in leadership were marked by heated debates dubbed “the worship wars”: hymns vs. praise songs; traditional vs. contemporary; etc. The conversations at ministry conferences quickly transitioned to the...
  • What Is A Spiritual Father?
    March 19, 2018
    Mentoring is important - it’s so important that Jesus said to go and make disciples of all nations, but can we give spiritual fathering a definition Father didn’t intend? The role of a spiritual father is to bring someone...
  • What Team Are You On?
    March 16, 2018
    There are aspects of God that resonate with each of us differently. Friendship and fear. Freedom and structure. So which is better? Intimacy...or obedience? The answer is…yes. God’s truth supersedes our paradigms and His desire is that we live...
  • Lean In
    March 14, 2018
    Have we not already realized that it’s always the same story, the great "one-trick pony"? We look each other in the eyes after a vulnerable moment from one, the other, or both, and with real Read More
  • Are We All Kings?
    March 12, 2018
    We are all royalty. We are all brothers and sisters of Jesus. We are all sons and daughters of Father, but are we all kings? So many ask for His kingdom to come, but are we ready for what...
  • He Became a Nobody
    December 3, 2015
    I’ve grown up with a dad who convinced me that I could win at anything I put my mind to. I’ve been a leader since I was young and I love the idea of training, competing and winning with...
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
    September 28, 2015
    My six year old son said the other day, “Dad, I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” Love. That one, 4 letter word, has seemed elusive to me for many years. I know what it means and I’m able to speak...
  • Hunger
    August 13, 2015
    I remember my very first UGA football game when I was a child. It was so overwhelming to me that I felt like I was going to explode. There were 80,000 people going crazy by cheering for their beloved...
  • Not a Matter of Talk
    July 31, 2015
    I Cor 4:20 says, “The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” This past week, I spent a few days with the students of Bridgeway Church, the family I have the honor to Pastor. Our...
  • What the Enemy Fears
    June 5, 2015
    America is the land of the “Mega Church”; enormous organizations built with solid business principles that are run as smoothly as a well-conditioned school or hospital. Personally, I’m not one to bash Mega Churches. I believe churches of 5,000...
  • Death by Karl
    May 5, 2015
    As a Pastor, I have lunches with many people. I enjoy getting to know people's stories
  • God and a Gold Dust Cloud
    March 25, 2015
    I am currently re-reading J.I. Packer’s masterpiece “Knowing God.”  It’s in my
  • Fear of Man
    March 6, 2015
    Over the past year, the church I pastor has been through a lot of transition. That is putting it lightly. City Church and Mt. Zion Fellowship have merged and we are now...
  • What is Church Actually?
    February 17, 2015
    We are all guilty of it. Every single one of us that follow Jesus Christ as His disciple asks the bizarre and awkward question, “How is church going?” Or how about this one, “Did you enjoy church yesterday?” 
  • Do You Want to Get Well?
    February 6, 2015
    I walked into a Christian bookstore not too long ago, and on the wall, there was a picture of Jesus sitting on a rock. As I stared at it, I thought, "Why do so many people make Him look so..
  • Witch Doctor
    January 23, 2015
    One of my favorite things to do in life, is to take people, who are hungry to see if John 14:12 is real, down to Haiti. Jesus said "If anyone believes in me, he will do the same things I have done,...
  • The Closer Jesus Got to the Cross, The Fewer...
    December 18, 2014
    I want to preach a sermon series soon called "Zingers." It will be based on the hard sayings of Jesus.
  • Hyper Grace
    December 2, 2014
    The other day, I overheard someone in a conversation say, "There is no need for me to confess that, it was covered at the cross."
  • Wanderlust
    November 20, 2014
    A year ago, I met a Filmmaker out of Chicago, Illinois by the name of Darren Wilson.
  • We Wrestle Not Against Flesh and Blood
    October 23, 2014
    This past Saturday, I internally started to really focus on a new book I am writing. It's a book about how normal people can do the works of the Father (John 10:38). On the day I decided to start...
  • Birds of a Feather Flock Together
    October 14, 2014
    Most clichés drive me crazy. "Time flies." "Good things come to those who wait." "A penny saved is a penny earned." We've heard so many of them it gets a little annoying.
  • I'm Not Jesus
    October 10, 2014
    Someone recently told me I was not what they were looking for in a Pastor. 
  • My Trip to Bethel for the "Holy Ghost" Movie...
    September 16, 2014
    I meet very few people who have not been influenced by Bethel Church in some way over the past ten years.  Bethel Church resides in Redding, California and is Pastored by Bill and Benni Johnson. Bethel Music has influenced...
  • Naturally Supernatural Conference
    August 8, 2014
    I was at P.F. Chang’s the other night with my good friend, Clay Danner. Our church will be launching Clay and Rhonda Danner to Taiwan next summer to begin a ministry there.We ate lettuce wraps, spicy shrimp pad Thai,...
  • Conflict
    July 10, 2014
    If I could pick one word to describe my last five years down here on big beautiful planet earth, I would choose the word;"Conflict" I’m naturally an extroverted person and enjoy getting along with everyone. I’ve loved and appreciated the...
  • Mt. Zion and City Church Merger
    June 19, 2014
    Have you ever wondered why God does not give you more details up front on what He is calling you to? I certainly have. I think I know why.We would not have to stretch our faith if God gave us...
  • Naturally Supernatural Coaching
    May 22, 2014
    I was in Haiti a couple of years ago and a friend of mine, 20 years older than me said, “Always remember God will open doors for you that you need to walk through. Don’t worry about what to...
  • Heaven is for Real
    May 9, 2014
    I went to see the movie, “Heaven is For Real” tonight with my kids. Last week I watched a prominent Christian leader make fun of it and other books like this one.  He arrogantly shared his thoughts against things...
  • The Masters
    April 23, 2014
    My first trip to Augusta National was in 1982. I remember it vividly. When you first walk in the gates and make your way around to the Number 1 Fairway, it simply overwhelms you. You don’t have to be...
  • "Fat Rabbit"
    April 8, 2014
    I do not come from a lineage of runners. Norris men don’t run. It’s pretty simple. All that changed this past weekend. I ran in a half marathon.In case you have never run in a half or full marathon before,...
  • 10.2
    March 25, 2014
    I ran 10.2 miles yesterday. I’ve lost 19 pounds in the last 3 months and also, all desire to live. My middle name is “Carbohydrate.” For me, discipline in eating is about as fun as getting run over by...
  • No More Fat Pastor
    March 13, 2014
    One day, when I was around twelve years old, I was so bored in church that I picked up one of those big, hardback Bibles and began to read. I flipped it open and it landed in the book...
  • I Hate You, I Love You
    March 4, 2014
    I am a Pastor of a church and I used to hate God. Used to.“Paradigm” is one of my top five favorite words along with “cheese-dip,” “warm-weather,” “bedtime,” and “charcoal.”“Paradigm.” The lens, through which we view the world, is no small matter.Have you ever...