A Conversation on 2 Samuel
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of 2 Samuel.
A Conversation on 1 Samuel
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of 1 Samuel
A Conversation on Ruth
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of Ruth.
A Conversation on Judges
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of Judges.
A Conversation on Joshua
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of Joshua.
A Conversation on Deuteronomy
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of Deuteronomy.
A Conversation on Numbers
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of Numbers.
A Conversation on Leviticus
Pastor Jim explores the major themes of the book of Leviticus.
A Conversation on Exodus
Pastor Jim explores the book of Exodus and its central themes.
A Conversation on Genesis
Pastor Jim explores the first book of the Bible, Genesis.
Closing Reflections on the Pastoral Letters
Pastor Jim reflects on the pastoral letters and the lessons that can be learned.
Avoiding Foolish Controversy
Pastor Jim explores Paul's advice to avoid foolish controversies.
How to Practice Submission
Pastor Jim continues to explore the topic of submissions and Paul's advice for how to practice submission.
The Challenge of Submission
Pastor Jim explores the topic of submission and Paul's advice to submit to the governing authorities and to all people.
Holiness and the Return of Christ
Pastor Jim explores the hope we have in Christ's return and how it leads us to greater holiness.
Paul’s Advice to Slaves and Masters
Pastor Jim explores Paul's advice to slaves and masters and how it's still relevant today.
Paul’s Multi-Generational Advice to Men and Women
Pastor Jim explores Paul's advice to the generations of men and women worshiping together in Crete.
The Constant Challenge of False Teaching
Pastor Jim explores the false teaching at Crete and why leaders need humility and courage to stand for the truth.
Leadership in the Church
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim explores Paul's qualifications for leadership in Crete.
More Than a Profession
We begin our look at Paul's letter to Titus and examine the world ahead of him in Crete.
An Introduction to the Letter to Titus
Join us as we introduce Paul's letter to Titus and explore themes ahead as we work through the book.
Jim Bradford and Anthony Matrone in Conversation
Pastor Jim is joined by Pastor Anthony Matrone to discuss calling and navigating paths to ministry as a young minister.
Jim Bradford and Carter McDaniel in Conversation
Pastor Jim is joined by Pastor Carter McDaniel to discuss building deeper ministry relationships.
Jim Bradford and Don Tucker in Conversation
Pastor Jim is joined by Pastor Don Tucker to discuss building deeper ministry relationships.
Paul’s Final Words to Timothy
We take a look at the final words of Paul's letters to Timothy and look back on lesser we've learned from these two books.
Feeling Alone in Ministry
Pastor Jim explores the experience of isolation and loneliness in ministry and how Christ remains a constant friend.
The Good Fight and Finishing the Race
Pastor Jim explores how we can each persevere in fighting the good fight and finishing the race.
Keep Your Head
Pastor Jim explores the four charges of ministry Paul gives to Timothy.
What Their Itching Ears Want to Hear
Pastor Jim explores Paul's warning about those who accumulate teachers who preach to their itching ears.
Preach the Word
Pastor Jim explores the charge to preach the word and why its central to pastoral work.
Equipped By Scripture
In today's episode, we explore the place of the scriptures in our lives and the churches we lead.
Continue in What You Have Learned
In the face of real suffering and corruption, Paul encouraged Timothy to continue in what he had already received. We are called to do the same.
Corruption of Leadership
Pastor Jim explores how corruption can work its way into the life of a ministry and how it can be avoided.
Characteristics of the End Times
Pastor Jim explores Paul's characteristics of the end times and how Timothy could avoid being discouraged by them.
Avoiding the Temptation of Controversy and Quarreling
Pastor Jim explores how to avoid being tempted into constant quarrels and controversy.
Flee The Evil Desires of Youth
Pastor Jim explores Paul's advice to flee the evil desires of youth and instead pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.
The Spreading Danger of False Teaching
Pastor Jim explores the topic of false teaching and how Timothy could pursue truth and stability.
As One Approved by God
Pastor Jim explores the topic of Quarreling and Paul's advice to present ourselves as approved before God.
Paul’s Hymn for Those who Suffer
Paul offers Timothy another trustworthy saying, a hymn to help him turn his attention toward God even in the midst of his suffering.
The Meaning of Surrender
Pastor Jim explores the relationship between commitment and surrender.
Insights into Suffering
Pastor Jim explores Paul's three images of suffering and how they can lead to a greater reward.
In Suffering, Our Strength is Grace
As Paul continues to reflect on suffering, we take a closer look at it advice to Timothy to remain strong in grace.
Sharing in the Suffering
Pastor Jim explores the topic of suffering in Paul's life, in Timothy's life, and in our ministry work today.
Fan Into Flame the Gifts
Pastor Jim takes a closer look at Paul's advice to fan into flames the gifts you've received.
Spiritual Drift and a Legacy of Faith
Pastor Jim explores Paul and Timothy's relationship and how Paul encouraged Timothy to keep his faith active and sincere.
The Place of Blessing
Pastor Jim provides context for Paul's second letter to Timothy and takes a look at the opening blessing.
A Charge and an Encouragement for Ministry
Pastor Jim takes a closer look at Paul's final charge to Timothy in the last words of his letter.
Conflict, Controversy, and Money
Pastor Jim takes a look at Paul's advice for contentment and how it frees us from both greed and controversy.
Slaves, Masters, Work, and the Right Kind of Attitude
Pastor Jim looks at Paul's advice to slaves and masters and how it can still apply to our work today.
Recognizing When Someone is Ready for Leadership
Pastor Jim explores how to recognize when a person is ready to bear greater responsibility as a leader.
Leadership Failures and the Church
Pastor Jim explores the challenges of leadership failure and the accountability every leader needs.
A Leader Worthy of Double Honor
Paul encourages Timothy to offer double honor to those faithful leaders serving the church well.
Caring for Needs in the Church
In this week's episode, we take a look at the church's responsibility to care for widows and how we carry out that work today.
Pastoring People as the Family of God
Pastor Jim explores the central image of a family in Paul's advice to Timothy. How should we recognize the people we pastor as brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers.
Paul’s Concluding Coaching Advice to Timothy
Pastor Jim explores the important final verse of Paul's leadership advice to Timothy in chapter four. Timothy is to watch his life and teaching closely.
Paul’s Advice for Growing Influence
Pastor Jim explores the topic of influence and Paul's advice to Timothy on how to build trust with the churches he led.
The Personal Habits of Leaders
Paul turns his attention from the spread of false teaching to the personal habits of Timothy, and by it, helps us pay closer attention to our own habits.
Facing False Teaching in the Church
Timothy served a church overrun with false teaching. Paul had left him in Ephesus specifically to face this challenge.
Conducting Yourself in the Household of God
Pastor Jim explores Paul's call to godly conduct and its place within the household of God.
Elders, Deacons, and Evaluating Your Own Qualifications
Pastor Jim continues to look at Paul's list of leadership qualifications and explores how you can use the list for your own continued growth.
The 15 Qualifications of Leadership
Pastor Jim takes a closer look at Paul's qualifications for elders and deacons.
The Noble Task and Its Qualifications
In this week's episode, we take a closer look at Paul's qualifications for leaders in the church.
The Holy Spirit and the Call to Ministry
Pastor Jim explores how the promise of the Holy Spirit is for all people, men and women, young and old.
The Question of Women in Ministry
Pastor Jim explores one of Paul's most debated passages of scripture and seeks to better understand the role of women in ministry.
Advice for Men and Women at Prayer
The church at Ephesus was facing challenges, challenges that were impacting their praying. Pastor Jim explores these challenges and what we can learn from Paul's advice for today.
Pray for Those in Authority
"First of all" the Apostle Paul began, Timothy should pray for all people. Paul was more specific in calling for Timothy to pray for those in authority.
Paul’s Trustworthy saying for Young Pastors
In this week's episode, we look at Paul's charge to Timothy and how the simplicity of the gospel still grounds pastoral work today.
Timothy’s Charge and Facing False Teaching
This week, we take a closer look at Timothy's charge to face false teaching in Ephesus and how we should deal with false teaching in our day.
Who were Timothy, Titus, and Paul
In this week's episode, we explore Timothy, Titus, and Paul as well as their unique places of pastoral work.
Why The Pastoral Epistles?
We kick off a new series of conversations taking a closer look at the pastoral epistles and their relevance for today?
Dealing with Doubt and Deconstruction
Pastor Jim explores the topic of doubt and the recent emphasis many have placed on deconstructing faith.
Questions About Creation
Pastor Jim explores questions about creation, Genesis, and the scientific controversies.
What Science Can and Can’t Teach Us
Pastor Jim explores recent breakthroughs in science and the limits of how far the scientific method can take us.
Faith and Science
Pastor Jim describes his early interest in science and how studying science deepened his faith.
The Reality of Spiritual Warfare
We conclude our conversations on stamina by taking a look at the reality of spiritual warfare and the need for spiritual stamina.
Leaders Manage Emotions
We continue our conversation on stamina by looking at the work of managing emotions.
What to Do With What You Feel
Pastor Jim explores how feels have become the leader of our perspective and actions and offers a better way to manage your emotions.
Stamina and Physical Health
Pastor Jim explores how physical health is connected to stamina and how it connects to a deepening spiritual life.
Developing and Maintaining Ministry Stamina
Pastor Jim explores the importance of perseverance and stamina and how to manage them well.
Leading A Team Through Change
In our final conversation on change, Pastor Jim explores the importance of teams and how to share the work of managing emotions and anxiety.
Change, Mission, and Facing Resistance
In this episode, Pastor Jim explores how change should be directly connected to the church's mission.
Knowing When Change is Necessary
We all know that change is inevitable but leading change can be one of the most challenging aspects of leadership.
Developing Preaching Authenticity
Pastor Jim explores the topic of authenticity in preaching and how to learn from the best while being free to be yourself.
The Importance of Application and Illustration
In this week's episode, we explore the importance of application and illustrations in building and delivering effective sermons.
Pastor Jim breaks down how he approaches sermon preparation and how to integrate your spiritual life into your sermon work.
Improving at Preaching
We begin a new series of conversations on the task and challenge of preaching.
10 Team Competencies
Pastor Jim continues to look at the dynamics of teams by listing the ten competencies teams should strive for.
The 10 Values of a Better Team (Continued)
In today's episode, we continue looking at the ten values that produce better teams.
The 10 Values of a Better Team
We continue our conversation on teams by looking at the ten key values pastor Jim believes make for a better team.
The Importance of Teams in Ministry
Pastor Jim explains the importance of teams and why Jesus chose to do ministry with others.
Am I Really Called to Vocational Ministry
Pastor Jim explores the topic of calling and how to evaluate a sense of being called to full-time vocational ministry.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 4)
In this episode, Pastor Jim wraps up his list of questions for evaluating a new hire and yourself.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 3)
We continue our conversation on Pastor Jim's sixteen questions for team and self-evaluation.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 2)
We continue our look at Pastor Jim's sixteen questions for team and self-evaluation.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 1)
In this new series of discussions, we take a look at 16 questions of evaluation for hiring and self-evaluation.
Cultivating Excellence and Offering Appreciation
In our final conversation on developing a philosophy of ministry, Pastor Jim explores the topics of excellence and appreciation.
Developing People and Sharing Authority
Pastor Jim describes the necessity of developing others and why sharing authority is central to that work.
Setting Attitude and Sharing Vision
Pastor Jim explores the work of setting attitudes and sharing vision, two keys to his philosophy of ministry.
Developing Your Philosophy of Ministry
We begin a new series looking at Pastor Jim's philosophy of ministry and how you can clarify your own.
Pastor Oversight: Facing Decline
After looking at the four areas of pastoral oversight, Pastor Jim explores how they fit together and questions you can ask in your own oversight.
Pastoral Oversight: Organization
What are the organizational responsibilities of ministry and how was Jesus organizational.
Pastoral Oversight: Mission
Pastor Jim explores the oversight role of mission and how churches can maintain a rich sense of their missional purpose.
Pastoral Oversight: Relationships
Jim discusses the importance of relationships and how a pastor can provide relational oversight to the congregation they lead.
Humility and Meekness Matter Even More Than You Realize
Pastor Jim explores the important topics of humility and meekness.
Self-pity is Quick Sand
Self-pity is a trap and a pleasure of pain that keeps us stunted in our faith and effectiveness.
If It Wasn’t for These People…
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim explores why leaders are called to believe in the best for the people they pastor and how you can rediscover that optimism.
Which Type of Power are You Working From
Jim discusses the three types of power and how Jesus flipped how his disciples should think about them.
Living in the Spirit
What does it mean to live in a constant fellowship with the Spirit? Pastor Jim explores the role of the Spirit in all of life.
Learning to Abide in Prayer
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim tackles the topic of prayer. What doe sit mean to abide in prayer.
Finding Ways to Stay in Scripture
Scripture is at the center of the life of a believer, but in today's episode, Pastor Jim explores the significance of abiding and living daily in those scriptures.
Why We’re Reluctant to Embrace Our Brokenness
Pastor Jim explores our brokenness and why embracing this position of dependence is critical to spiritual leadership.
The Dangers of Externalized Ministry
Ministry comes with a nearly constant danger of externalizing and professionalizing the work. Jim explores how to keep that work personal and authentic.
A Commitment to Living with Joy
Why is joy so hard to hold on to and why is it so important? Pastor Jim explores the seventh and final of his personal commitments—living joyfully.
Curiosity and a Commitment to Learning
Pastor Jim describes his commitment to love learning as we talk books, education, and hobbies.
Why Change Can Feel Too Risky
Pastor Jim explores the topic of change and why taking risks can leave us feeling stuck and nostalgic.
Taking Responsibility and the Risk of Unresolved Anger
Do I acknowledge my mistakes or am I always blaming others and using the pulpit to vent my unresolved anger?
Learning To Be Yourself
Too often our sense of identity is driven by comparison. Jim explains the importance of thinking theologically about who you are.
The Importance of Personal Integrity
Why is integrity so critical for a healthy life and ministry and why are secrets so destructive?
Making Personal Commitments: Know God
Jim explains how he developed his seven personal commitment and discusses the first, know God.
Is it wrong to want more influence?
What is the pastor's relationship to influence and should we be attempting to grow it?
What is Spiritual Leadership?
Pastor Jim unpacks his definition of spiritual leadership: “walking in the Spirit’s life, making and keeping life commitments, earning trust, demanding little for ourselves, and lifting others up.”
Faith For the Future of Your Church
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim describes his commitment to beliving in the future with his congregation. Jim draws a distinction between strategic planning and believing together.
People-Centered and Team-Based
It's easy to get lost in the leadership vocabulary and technique and forget the core of loving people.
COVID and the Future of the Church
What kind of long-term impact will the COVID crisis have on churches and the way we do ministry?
Navigating Conspiracies, Politics, and Diverse Opinions
How should the church worship in the midst of deep divisions, growing controversies, and opinions?
How to Make Good Decisions During a Crisis?
In today's episode, Jim and I discuss how to make good decisions during a crisis and how to avoid decision fatigue.
Discussing the Personal Impacts of COVID19
COVID19 has changed so much about pastoral ministry but how are those changes impacting ministers personally. In this episode, we take a look at the signs of stress, anxiety, and decision fatigue.
Dealing with Expectations and Disappointment
In this episode, Jim describes the reality of pastoral disappointment. Pastors not only feel disappointment, but they also inflict it on others. It's a reality that frames the work we do as pastors.
The Risk of Growing A Church While Not Growing As A Person
Jim outlines the second of his five pastoral commitments: be a growing person. There are risks in basing your leadership on outward responsibilities and perceptions. A leader must be constantly giving attention to personal growth.
What We’re Missing in our Conversations About Leadership
For several decades the church has given a lot of attention to the topic of leadership. There are conferences, podcasts, books, and academic programs all helping pastors become better leaders. In this episode, we discuss the pastoral interest in leadership and what might be missing from those conversations.
Vocation and Sensing A Call to Ministry
A Ph.D. in aerospace engineering is not a typical preparation for pastoral ministry, but God often prepares us in unexpected ways. In this episode, Jim discusses his own path to ministry and how each of us can process our own vocational calligns.
An Introduction to the Podcast
What we hope this podcast will be is a wide-ranging series of conversations to help you grow as a person and as a spiritual leader. In this first episode, we take a few moments to introduce one another and introduce you to what’s to come.