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Forward: The Christian Self-Help Podcast

46 EpisodesProduced by Forest, Chris, and ColeWebsite

A podcast discussing the intersection of productivity, self-help principles, and Christianity. Support this podcast:

46 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

#03 Our Friends Shape Us

July 8th, 2020


Forward continues discussing the biblical merit and application of Dr. Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life. Rule 3 is, "Make friends with people who …

#02 How We Treat Ourself Matters

June 30th, 2020


Forward: The Christian Self-Help Podcast continues its look at Dr. Jordan B. Peterson's 12 Rules For Life. Rule number 2 is, "Treat yourself like …

#01 The Importance of Posture

June 18th, 2020


Forward begins a conversation about The 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson. Peterson's first rule is all about posture and how our physical …

Moving Forward

June 11th, 2020


Faith, Football, Friends is officially no more. But, we are moving forward. Starting with this episode, Faith, Football, Friends will become Forward: A Christian Self-Help Podcast. Forward is all about bettering …

#19 Psalm 1, Robots, and Baby Clothes

May 21st, 2020


The guys discuss one of the most-preachable psalms, what the future might look like (Spoiler alert: there's not a lot of meat but lots of robots), …

#18 Bleeding lungs, the 2020 NFL Draft, and hot takes

May 2nd, 2020


The guys discuss the 2020 draft mostly, but also go on a few entertaining tangents as they try to solve the mystery of that metal-like taste in your …

#17 The Resurrection and Avengers End Game

April 24th, 2020


The guys discuss how vital the resurrection is to the Christian faith and Christ takes us on a wild wide defending the last Avengers movie. 

**Spoiler alerts** for: Marvel Franchise, Star Wars books, the four Gospels. 

#16 Joshua 24, Preaching Voices, and Bad Reviews

April 16th, 2020


The guys discuss the popular section of Joshua 24:14-15, Cole gives us his alter ego's preaching voice, and we discuss why we're rated 1 star on …

#15 The Love Chapter of the Bible, Ranking QBs, Personal Ministries

March 31st, 2020


The guys sit down to discuss the depth of 1 Corinthians 13, Forest's controversial NFL quarterback tier list, and share about how they're living during the pandemic and their other ministries. 

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#14 Resisting the Devil, Free Agency Chaos, and FHU Memories

March 23rd, 2020


The guys find a creative way to discuss the idea of resisting the devil in James 4:7, some of the NFL free agency craziness is discussed, and some favorite memories from Freed-Hardeman University are recounted. 

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#13 Coronavirus and Christianity, Draft Hopes, and Yard Sewage

March 16th, 2020


The guys discuss the complexity of trying to be Christlike during the COVID-19 pandemic, what they hope to see in the draft, and Cole explains why he …

#12 Old Testament Ethics, Hockey, Ryan Tannehill, and OKC W/ Chris Kidwell

March 12th, 2020


Chris Kidwell joins the show (and Cole is mysteriously absent). Chris is a preacher in Oklahoma and has an Mdiv from FHU. He discusses Old Testament …

#11 The Old Testament in 7 Sentences With Jeff Smith

March 2nd, 2020


If you could boil the Old Testament down into seven sentences what would they be? Jeff Smith (former Alaskan, current preacher) comes onto the show …

#10 The Saddest Story Ever, Myles Garrett, Coke is King (Maybe)

February 24th, 2020


The guys discuss the depth of hopelessness that exists in a godless worldview. The craziest thing to happen in the NFL in quite some time is debated, and Coke is crowned the king of soda by you, the audience. 


#09 Grace, SB Reactions, XFL, Pepsi vs. Coke

February 13th, 2020


The guys discuss how grace changes every thing, react to Super Bowl 54, the XFL, and debate whether Pepsi is better than Coke (the answer is no).

#08 Earthly Riches, Super Bowl Predictions, and Star Wars

January 31st, 2020


In this episode the guys discuss the difficult issue of billionaires and what burdens God places on those with material wealth. Also, the Super Bowl …

#07 Titans Are Out, Free Agents, and Rookie QBs

January 27th, 2020


They guys have a guest on the show in Forest's absence to discuss what led to the Titans being eliminated, how good Patrick Mahomes is, and a crazy …

#06 2020 Championship Round

January 17th, 2020


In the football segment for this week the guys discuss the upcoming AFC and NFC championships (p.s. Chris and Cole are super psyched about the Titans …

#05 Discipleship and Developing a Prayer Life

January 15th, 2020


The podcast is now going to be three episodes a week instead of one long episode a week.

 Here's this week's episode for the faith portion discussing the differences in how the guys were discipled in the early stages of …

#04 Bible Study, Prayer, Divisional Playoffs, and Resolutions

January 9th, 2020


The guys discuss their New Year's resolutions spiritual and otherwise as well as a crazy  (the Titans defeated their boogeyman) Wildcard weekend and …

#03 Sovereignty, Bible Reading, Gossip, and Playoff Predictions

January 1st, 2020


The guys discuss the big spiritual things they learned in 2019. Forest talks about learning God's sovereignty and marriage, Chris discusses how he …

#02 Christmas, Santa, Drew Brees, and Migraines

December 27th, 2019


In this episode, the guys discuss when Jesus may have been born, why we celebrate Christmas on December 25, the origins of Santa Claus, the NFL playoff picture, Drew Brees, migraines, home, and air travel. 

Links to …

#01 Baptism, Titans, Disney World and Caffeine

December 18th, 2019


In this episode the guys discuss a biblical and historical perspective on baptism, the Tennessee Titans, Drew Brees, Bills vs. Patriots, Disney World, caffeine addiction, and new podcast excitement. Buckle your seat …

#21 History Repeats Itself with Cameron Meeks

September 27th, 2019


History repeats itself. We all know this, but how does this fact reveal itself in God's Word, our lives, and in our churches? How can we grow through answering these questions? Cameron Meeks comes on the show to discuss …

#20 The Bible's Literary Form and the Minor Prophets with Andy Baumberger

April 22nd, 2019


Forest sits down with Andy Baumberger to discuss how the Bible is beautiful (God-breathed) literature and why that matters. Also, the awesome but …

#19 Resisting the Monastic Mindset

February 1st, 2019


Sometimes we forget that we have to be *in the world* but not of the world. The world can be discouraging and evil and unrighteous. Do we respond by being reclusive and keeping to ourselves, or will we let our light …

#18 Neuroplasticity and the Christian with Konor Copeland

December 10th, 2018


In this episode Forest sits down with Psychology student Konor Copeland to talk about the brain's amazing ability to repair itself and develop new …

#17 Lessons From Jesus' Genealogy in Matthew

November 1st, 2018


Certain sections of God's word are easier to skip than others. Usually, genealogies are grouped into that group of easy to skip sections. But, there are definitely some things that are central to the gospel and …

#16 Introducing the Gospels Companion Reading Plan

October 5th, 2018


Reading through the Gospels is one of my favorite parts of a reading plan. Sometimes, however, we forget about how the Gospels connect to the rest of the NT. On this episode I introduce the Gospels Companion Reading …

#15 Being Thankful For God's Word/ History of the English Bible

September 22nd, 2018


We have many reasons to be thankful for God's Word. From what it is, to how awesome it is, to how we're able to have it in our language as English …

#14 The Pure Fire App, Modern Evangelism, Etc.

September 11th, 2018


Forest sits down with Rich Beatty to discuss the "Pure Fire" app designed by Rich to be a modern evangelism tool. For some people, tracts and …

#13 When Comfort Zones Become Danger zones

August 22nd, 2018


Comfort zones are natural--and not inherently bad--but when they keep us from living to our full potential or walking by faith, then they become …

#12 Toward Christian Political Unity (Not Uniformity) W/ Sam Glover

August 13th, 2018


A Republican and a Democrat walk into a church... what happens next? Imagine a world where Christians could discuss, debate, and even disagree about …

#11 Praying the Scriptures: Awesome but Neglected

August 5th, 2018


Praying the scriptures is a biblical (Acts 4:23-28) but often overlooked spiritual practice. In this episode, Forest discusses some of the blessing that can be found in praying the scriptures for yourself as well as how …

#10 The Importance of Good Theology

July 30th, 2018


Forest discusses why good theology is important in the first place and where we get good theology. It's not as boring as it sounds, I promise.


#09 Reaching Millennials, Etc.

July 21st, 2018


35% of unchurched millennials say that "church" isn't relevant to them. 87% say that Christians are judgmental, 85% say Christians are hypocritical. As of 2013, 34% of America's atheists and agnostics were under 30. How …

#08 Lessons from the Thai Cave Rescue, Etc.

July 13th, 2018


What spiritual lessons can we be reminded of by the recent Thailand cave rescue mission? The obvious one is the transcendence of selfless love, but there's also a somewhat surprising one.


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#07 The Mystery of Marriage, Etc.

July 6th, 2018


Forest discusses the mystery of marriage from Ephesians 5:22ff, some of the often overlooked benefits of singleness, and some updates having to do with the podcast.


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#06 Missions, Etc. W/ Blaine McKinney

April 30th, 2018


Blaine comes onto the show to discuss all things missions related: Is every Christian a missionary? What can the church do better in regards to missions? Also, Blaine shares some details about how long distance running …

#05 Works of the Law, Etc. W/ Chris Kidwell

April 27th, 2018


Forest sits down with Chris Kidwell to discuss Chris' recent thesis on Paul's use of the phrase "works of the law." Also, the Nashville Predators.

#04 Cole parsley, apologetics, etc

February 16th, 2018


Cole Parsley comes onto the show to discuss imaginative apologetics, interacting with culture, and even video games.


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#03 Chris Elrod, Youth ministry ,etc

February 2nd, 2018


Chris Elrod sits down with Forest to discuss what youth ministry is, why it matters, etc.


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#02 Sam Glover, the Trinity, etc.

January 26th, 2018


Forest sits down with Sam Glover to discuss the challenging topics of the Trinity, hell, and translation.


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#01 Hiram Kemp, Ephesians 2, etc.

January 12th, 2018


In the first full episode Hiram and Forest sit down to discuss Ephesians 2:1-10, Moses, book recommendations, and more.


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Episode 0.5 (an appetizer)

January 11th, 2018


I promised an episode today. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, it’s not the full episode, but it sets up and introduces the first full episode …

Introducing Theology, etc.

January 8th, 2018


Introducing a new podcast: Theology, etc.


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