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The GoodLion Podcast

81 EpisodesProduced by Aaron Salvato & Brian HigginsWebsite

Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins are here to talk about Jesus, faith, and the Christian Life. A show filled with powerful interviews, fascinating theological deep-dives, and a never ending stream of questions, there’s always something to discover on The Good Lion Podcast. Check out the other great sh… read more

81 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Before You Plant A Church - With Pilgrim Benham

May 17th, 2021


Brian Higgins sits down with church planting veteran Pilgrim Benham to discuss the ins and outs of everything you need to know before you plant a church.

Show Links:

- Join the GoodLion Community on Discord!

- Submit …

Christianese Showdown - Brian Vs Aaron

May 12th, 2021


In this BONUS episode Aaron & Brian square off to see who can fire off the most "Christainese" phrases in rapid succession.

Abortion, Christians, & The Value of a Life (with Ryan Lynn)

May 10th, 2021


Abortion is a hot button topic that is often debated by both Christians and non Christians. Ryan Lynn (Founder of the Speak Life Collective) is here …

Q&A - How Do You Avoid Sin?

March 29th, 2021


Ask GoodLion: What are your strategies for avoiding sin? Brian and Aaron discuss the importance, of confession, openness, accountability, and resisting the devil so he will flee from YOU (instead of the other way …

Faith, Hope, & Love - 1 Cor 13 (Midweek Message)

March 25th, 2021


GoodLion is starting an online young adults ministry! Aaron preaches the first message on the importance of Faith, Hope, & Love in a world …

Is God Allowing Suffering Just As Bad As Him Causing It?

March 20th, 2021


When God made the world, he called it good... and yet when we look at the world today, a lot of times it doesn't really seem very good. It's filled …

Q&A: Majoring on the Minors? (Eschatology, Calvinism Debates, and LGBTQ issues)

March 11th, 2021


Ask GoodLion: How are ways that Christians “major on the minors?” Aaron and Brian discuss eschatology, Calvinism / Arminiamism debates, LGBTQ issues, …

Q&A: Are words necessary when preaching the Gospel?

March 4th, 2021


Ask GoodLion: Are words necessary when preaching the Gospel, or is the often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi quote “Preach the Gospel.... and if Necessary use words” good advice? Aaron and Brian dive into the …

Warnings About Progressive Christianity (Repost from Can I Say That?)

February 24th, 2021


Aaron gets invited to come onto Brenna Blain's podcast "Can I Say That?", a podcast that tackles tough topics around Christianity and faith. In the episode, Aaron speaks with Brenna about the topic of Progressive …

Does God Cause Evil and Suffering? - ft Gerry Breshears and John Piper

February 15th, 2021


In this episode, we dive into some dangerous territory: questions about God's sovereignty. 

The sovereignty of God can be an extremely challenging topic for Christians. A lot of the debate centers on the phrase "God is …

Following Jesus In The Midst of Same Sex Attraction - Brenna Blain

February 1st, 2021


Brenna Blain (host of the Can I Say That? Podcast) shares her story about the unique challenges of being a same sex attracted woman of faith. She …

Strength In The Weak Places

January 25th, 2021


No one wants to admit they are weak. Our culture puts a high value on strength. But even the strongest among us have weaknesses. Everyone does, even …

Why Wait For Marriage? (With Jon Keith and Jordan Aly) - A Discussion on dating and sexuality.

January 18th, 2021


Aaron sits down with his old friend Jordan and her boyfriend (now fiancé since the time of this recording!) Hip-Hop and R&B artist Jon Keith to …

The Way We Win - A Response To The Events at the U.S. Capitol

January 11th, 2021


The way to win is not through violence, revolution, or political power. The way to win is through the person of Jesus, and for Christ followers our …

The What and Why of Discipleship

January 5th, 2021


Brian and Aaron discuss discipleship. What is discipleship? Why do we do it? Why is it important? What are ways we misunderstand it? All these questions and more on today’s GoodLion podcast!

A holiday break + Some rad links!

December 19th, 2020


Aaron and Brian are taking a few weeks off for the holidays! For now, here's some links to dive deeper into what we do at GoodLion!

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Aaron & Brian Do Avent

December 11th, 2020


Aaron and Brian have a holiday hangout and discuss a topic that they know nothing about: Advent! Is it essential to the faith? Is It just "Hipster …

Questions About Systemic Racism, With Benjamin Morrison

December 5th, 2020


On this week's episode, Aaron sits down with Pastor Benjamin Morrison to discuss two articles he wrote for about the issue of systemic racism. The articles received some pushback due to the tense …

Cross-Culture Christianity - With Phil Metzger

November 20th, 2020


Aaron sits down with Phil Metzger (lead pastor at Calvary San Diego) to talk about the art of "Crossing Cultures." Phil and his family have spent …

5 Ways to Re-Center on Jesus When The World Seems Crazy

November 11th, 2020


Aaron & Brian are back together to talk about 5 practical ways to Re-Center ourselves on Jesus (when the world seems crazy.) In all the insanity, loss, and change of 2020, many of us have felt distant from God, or …

No Matter Who Wins, Jesus Is King

November 4th, 2020


As we wait for election results, Aaron wrestles through his own doubts, anxieties, and fears around the effects of political ideologies and parties …

Living Like Jesus In Election Season

October 30th, 2020


The 2020 election is one of the most pervasive and divisive topics in American culture. In this episode, Brian discusses the culture of anxiety …

Diving Deeper into Doubts and Questions

October 22nd, 2020


Aaron & Brian take an episode to respond to more questions from listeners about doubts and faith.

What should we do with our doubts? - ft. Dominic Done

October 9th, 2020


Aaron invites pastor and author Dominic Done onto the show to discuss questions about faith and doubt. 

Question asked: 

1. What has been your biggest crisis of faith and how did you overcome it?

2. Growing up in the …

God's Right To Change The Plan

October 2nd, 2020


People generally want to feel in control. We work, think, and plan to map out where our lives are going. But sometimes, it feels like God comes along …

Evangelism in a Pandemic? - With Joel Turner

September 25th, 2020


Pastor and comedian Joel Turner talks with Aaron about evangelism... specifically the challenges of doing it during a pandemic, his views on top …

Social Media: Distraction, or Gospel Opportunity?

September 18th, 2020


Aaron & Brian are back with Season 4 of the GoodLion Podcast! Is social media a distraction to Christians, or does it actually present one of the greatest Gospel/Evangelism mission fields of our time? What happens …

The Way Of The Peacemaker

August 22nd, 2020


From Aaron: Some words on something I think is very important: peacemaking in the age of online discussions. We NEED to be talking about how to navigate this. 

It's SO easy for us to fly into self righteous rage in …

People of Peace in the Midst of a Culture War

July 27th, 2020


In this episode, Brian and Aaron discuss the reality of "Cultural Pharisees". At one time, Conservative Christians were seen as the strict moralists …

The Challenges of 2020 - A recap with Aaron and Brian

July 21st, 2020


Aaron & Brian are back recording together for the first time in weeks, and they have a LOT to decompress about. Life, work, COVID, Racial tensions, division in the Church, discouragements, and most importantly: hope …

The Cup Of Wrath - Understanding God's Justice and Mercy

July 5th, 2020


Why is God's wrath often depicted in the Scriptures as a cup of wine? How are we to understand God's wrath theologically? Who must face God's wrath? …

How Can We Be a Light in a Politically Divided World? (With Scott Curran) | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p4

June 18th, 2020


2020 has been a politically charged year. Between Covid 19, the upcoming election, debates about health and safety vs rights and religious freedom, …

When Injustice Meets Divine Justice

June 11th, 2020


In light of the current unrest, division, and racial tensions in our world, Aaron shares a timely message from the book of Micah about injustice and God's idea of divine justice. This message is from 2016, but we …

Can Wrath Be Redemptive? | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p3

May 22nd, 2020


As we wrestle through the tough questions raised by Covid-19, we begin to look at the topic of God's wrath. Could God be the one behind this …

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome - With Mike Neglia

May 15th, 2020


Aaron sits down with Mike Neglia (Calvary Cork, Expositors Collective) to discuss the struggle of "Imposter Syndrome", a psychological pattern in …

Does God Punish The World With Pandemics & Natural Disasters? | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p2

May 8th, 2020


When we face a some sort of big global crisis, many make statements about how this is certainly proof of God's wrath and judgement against the world. Aaron and Brian dive into this concept, examining the Prophets' …

Did God Cause Covid-19 in order to Punish Specific People? | Tough Questions for the Current Crisis miniseries p1

May 1st, 2020


The Covid-19 Crisis has been the most challenging thing our world collectively has faced since WW2. For many, a part of that challenge has been the …

Does Contentment Make Us Complacent? (Bonus)

April 27th, 2020


Aaron and Brian answer a question from their buddy Sam. We've been preaching a lot about finding contentment in Jesus, but is their a danger we can have towards growing complacent or apathetic? If we don't push …

The Difference Between Contentment and Ambition (Bonus)

April 24th, 2020


In this short bonus episode, Brian and Aaron answer a question from a listener about finding the balance between being ambitious, and finding contentment in Jesus.

What Exactly Is Spiritual Thriving?

April 17th, 2020


Everyone is focused on improving themselves during the Covid-19 crisis, but how does that work spiritually? Most people think of adding a lot of spiritual habits to their daily routine. In this conversation, Aaron and …

Our Wives talk with us about Marriage in the Covid-19 Age!

April 10th, 2020


Wives of the hosts Brooklynn Salvato and Tori Higgins join Brian and Aaron for a very special episode. We talk about what marriage is like in this …

Content in Christ Alone - Contentment in the midst of Quarantine (pt 2)

April 4th, 2020


What does scripture say about contentment? How can we find contentment in Jesus alone? And how can we be satisfied when God changes our plans? Aaron and Brian study scripture and share their personal testimonies of what …

Contentment in the Midst of Quarantine - Part 1

March 28th, 2020


How can followers of Jesus practice contentment while living in this discouraging moment of Covid-19? Aaron and Brian discuss the vices of …

Fear, Faith & The CoronaVirus

March 20th, 2020


Brian and Aaron discuss all the chaos enveloping our lives with the outbreak of COVID-19! If God hasn't given us a Spirit of fear... what do we do with the very real emotions of fear many of us are feeling? How can we …

Jesus' Death: failure or victory? (With Wavey Cowper & Thomas Fretwell)

March 13th, 2020


Today's episode is a journalistic piece, a response to a clip from NPR's "This American Life" where Professor Elaine Pagels states that Jesus' death on the cross was an utter failure. We decided to examine the question: …

What are Spiritual Disciplines?

March 6th, 2020


In a world of instant, some of the best things take time. This is especially true in the Christian walk. The common Christian phrase for this steady change is “spiritual disciplines”. In this episode, you get to come …

Hard Questions About Evil and God's Judgement - With Gerry Breshears

February 28th, 2020


Why does God seem violent in the Old Testament and loving in the New Testament? Why did Uzzah, Annias, and Saphira have to die? Is Greg Boyd's …

Evangelism: How to share Jesus with the people you know!

February 21st, 2020


Most Christians have friends who are not believers, but sharing Jesus in those friendships can be really hard. In this episode, Aaron and Brian talk through the dynamics of evangelizing from the framework of strong …

Evangelism: 3 Methods for sharing The Gospel with total strangers.

February 14th, 2020


Sharing the gospel is hard. No matter how much we may want to evangelizing, getting ourselves to do it can be tough. In this episode, Aaron and Brian …

Helping Those Who Hurt. - Grief and Loss Mini-Series pt3, with Sarah Rylynn

February 7th, 2020


In our final episode on grief and loss, Sarah shares with us some practical advice on how to help and minister to those who are hurting.

Balancing Ministry with Adulting

February 2nd, 2020


Brian and Aaron discuss the challenges of adulting while doing ministry. Both share their experience of formerly being full time youth pastors, who …

PodClass - Ways Men and Women Can Help One Another Fight | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 5

January 27th, 2020


In today’s class I ask the men in the class, what would you want to tell your sisters in Christ that they could do to help you fight the battle …

Grief, Depression, and learning to heal. - Grief and Loss Mini-Series pt2, with Sarah Rylynn

January 18th, 2020


In part 2 of our 3 part series on Grief and Loss, Sarah shares with Aaron about the link between Grief and Depression and how hope can be found in our darkest moments.

What if my faith makes me an outcast?

January 13th, 2020


What do you do when your faith makes people see you as "uncool?" Brian and Aaron field a question from a listener.

God, how could you let this happen? - Grief and Loss Mini-Series, with Sarah Rylynn

January 6th, 2020


What do we do when life brings us through unimaginable grief, loss, and tragedy? How do we handle the doubts and questions that arise about God's love and character? Sarah Rylynn, host of the Shadowlands podcast, walks …

Devotions or Devoted? - a look at the purpose of personal time with God.

January 2nd, 2020


Should we read the Bible as a devotional, or should we read the Bible and pray in order to grow more devoted to Jesus and His Kingdom? Aaron and …

Theology: God is Incomprehensible

December 18th, 2019


Aaron talks about the theological theme of God being Incomprehensible. ​God is different from us; and that’s a good thing. ​God will always hold some …

PodClass - The Answer To Sexual Brokenness Is Not Sexual Liberation | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 4

December 15th, 2019


Last week we looked at the trend of men blaming objectification on the women who are victims.
This week we are going to examine the other side of the coin, women blaming the problem completely on men, and trying to fix …

PodClass - Men & The Need To Renew The Mind | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 3

November 25th, 2019


In this class we will 
- Examine our cultures tendency to play the blame game.
- Specifically in this episode we will look at how natural and easy it …

PodClass - Slaves To Objectification Culture | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 2

November 15th, 2019


In this class we will 

- Cover the roots of objectification found in the garden of Eden

- Examine the issue of how easy it is for us as a culture to …

Cultural Moment: Kanye, Critics, & Christianity (With Kellen Criswell & George Scanlan)

November 8th, 2019


Aaron sits down with CGN team members Kellen Criswell and George Scanlan to talk about Kanye's new album. How should we treat celebrity conversions? …

Q&A: Should Christians Be Set Apart From Sex, Drugs, Music, and Politics?

November 1st, 2019


Our First Mailbag Episode! Aaron And Brian Tackle The topic Of Being “set Apart” from a listener who writes in asking "Should Christians Be Set Apart …

PodClass - The Problem of Objectification | Fighting Sexual Objectification pt 1

October 26th, 2019


We are introducing a new project for the GoodLion podcast network: the GoodLion PodClass! We gather students in a classroom environment to discuss …

The Mechanics of Salvation - With Dr. Gerry Breshears

October 5th, 2019


Aaron & Brian get the amazing Dr. Gerry Breshears on the show to discuss all our burning questions about Salvation. What does it mean to be saved? Can you lose your salvation? How do you know someone is saved? All …

The Importance of Confession

September 28th, 2019


Brian discusses with Aaron the topic of confession. Why should christians practice confession? Does confession mean you need a priest? Should we be …

Depression, Suicide, and Christianity (With Wesley Towne)

September 21st, 2019


In the wake of pastor Jarrid Wilson’s tragic suicide, Aaron & Brian sit down with pastor/speaker Wesley Towne to have a serious conversation about depression, anxiety, and suicide within the church.

Wesley Town is a …

Responding to Christian Leaders Leaving The Faith: Josh Harris, Marty Sampson, and reacting to those who struggle with grace, truth, and love.

August 23rd, 2019


Aaron and Brian discuss the recent news about author Josh Harris and Hillsong worship leader Marty Sampson publicly stepping out of Christianity and …

Can a Christian Watch Sex Scenes? | (Pt 2)

August 4th, 2019


Part 2 of our discussion on sex, violence, and nudity in media! We continue to look at what it looks like to deal with this kind of content as a …

Can a Christian Watch Sex Scenes? | A discussion about violence, sex, nudity, and the Jesus follower. (Pt 1)

July 28th, 2019


When it comes to shows like Game of Thrones and the like, many Christians are conflicted about how to handle them because of all the gratuitous …

Hungering and Thirsting For Righteousness | Righteousness mini series Finale (Pt.7)

July 21st, 2019


For our final episode in the righteousness mini series, Aaron and Brian discuss what they learned about this topic, and dive deeper into what it means to "hunger and thirst for righteousness."

Pharisees, Spears, & God's Righteousness | Righteousness mini series Pt.6

July 9th, 2019


Aaron Salvato and Char Broderson discuss the key differences between Old Testament and New Testament depictions of righteousness, and what it means …

Update - Returning from Hiatus, GoodLion PodClasses, Q&A Episodes, and fresh content coming soon!

June 25th, 2019


Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you an update on where Aaron and Brian have been and let you know about the exciting stuff coming upon next on the GoodLion Podcast!

The Self-Righteous Pastor | Righteousness mini series Pt.5

May 6th, 2019


Aaron Salvato, Brian Higgins, Bryan Stupar, and Char Broderson talk about self righteousness in the life of a pastor, and practices to overcome this pitfall!

Sinners Made Righteous | Righteousness mini series Pt.4

May 1st, 2019


In part 4, Brian and Aaron discuss how Jesus was a friend of sinners, we hear a testimony from Nathaniel Bedson, and a discussion on self righteousness and our personal struggles with this sin by a group of Calvary …

Self Righteousness and Legalism | Righteousness mini series Pt.3

April 23rd, 2019


What does it mean to be Self-Righteous? What is Legalism? 
In This episode of the Righteousness Series we take a look at the "Selective Sanctification" that comes with self righteousness, explore what Jesus meant when he …

#4 | Questions from first-time Youth Pastors!

April 16th, 2019


Brian and Aaron answer rapid-fire questions from guys who are just getting started as youth workers. 

  1. How do you balance life and ministry when you …

#3 | Five things we would tell our younger selves about being a Youth Pastor.

April 16th, 2019


Brian Higgins and Aaron Salvato share from their combined 20+ years of Youth Ministry experience by answering the question... "What would you tell …

Righteousness and Sin | Righteousness mini series Pt.2

April 10th, 2019


In episode 2 we explore the relationship between righteousness and sin. We look at how Jesus deals with sinners in the story of the woman caught in …

What Even IS Righteousness? - Ft. Tim Mackie | Righteousness mini series Pt.1

April 2nd, 2019


The GoodLion Podcast is launching it's first mini series! We will be doing a deep dive into the topic of Righteousness. For episode one, we ask the  question, what exactly is Righteousness? Aaron Salvato presents the …

#2 | Why start a Podcast about Preaching? - Brian Higgins

March 25th, 2019


We talk with Brian Higgins about preaching, youth ministry, and why he started his podcast “First Time Bible Teacher.”

#1 | Grief and Loss - An Interview With Ben Courson

March 6th, 2019


In our first episode of the GoodLion Podcast, Creative-Director Aaron Salvato sits down with Ben Courson to interview him about the recent loss of his brother Peter-John. The two discuss loss, grief, coping with …

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