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Brian and Jannelle Podcast
Brian and Jannelle are posing questions worth asking in their own quirky style. It’s faith-based, straight-forward, and funnier than we might expect.
2 days ago
Grace for the Abuser?
Christians embrace the idea that Jesus died for our sins. We proclaim that all sinners can receive forgiveness. But aren't there certain kinds of sin that make us hesitate a bit? Dr. Juli Slattery from the "Java with Juli" podcast takes a deep dive with Brian and Jannelle on this difficult subject.
Jul 31, 2020
Marriage + Canoeing = Trouble
Want to test your marriage? Get into a canoe with your spouse and start rowing. Jannelle learned this lesson the hard way.
Jul 24, 2020
I Love You, Man (Part 2)
Why do men struggle to say "I love you" to one another? Brian and Jannelle continue to explore the answers, and they bring a friend into the discussion.
Jul 17, 2020
I Love You, Man (Part 1)
Deep friendships are an important part of the Christian life. But there's a barrier in place for lots of men. Specifically, they can't seem to muster the courage to verbally express love for one another. Why? Brian and Jannelle try to figure it out.
Jul 10, 2020
The Slacker at the Office
You're a hard worker. Most of your colleagues are as well. But there's always that one person who seems to be doing everything but their job. They're a slacker. It's making more work for you. And management doesn't seem to care. What should you do?
Jul 3, 2020
Confronting Neutral Hannah
How much of your life is filled with neutral things? You know, stuff that's benign. Actions that exist in a state of being neither holy nor evil. Brian and Jannelle's friend Hannah dared to ask that question, and was surprised by what she discovered.
Jun 26, 2020
A Vegetable's View on Racism
Many Christian families know him as "Bob the Tomato." But Veggie Tales Co-Creator Phil Vischer can now add "Viral Video Producer" to his extensive resume. Take a listen as he talks with Brian and Jannelle about the brief online video that thrust him into the forefront of Christian discourse on racism.
Jun 19, 2020
June Twelfth, Not Juneteenth
Today is Juneteenth. It’s an important day in American history when the last African American slaves were finally told they’re free. This is particularly impactful as our country is in a cultural moment where we’re finally confronting systemic racism. Brian and Jannelle have been unashamedly discussing these issues from a Biblical perspective with both love and hope. But then June 12th happened. Someone called, and his words altered the course of the entire morning.
1 hr 26 min
Jun 12, 2020
2020 has been overwhelming. We've packed more traumatic events into the first few months of the year than anyone could have imagined. Is it possible that average Americans could succumb to PTSD? Brian and Jannelle talk to an expert about it.
Jun 5, 2020
Opportunity in Dark Days
Pandemic. Murder. Racism. Violence. Looting. What should we do? Take a listen to this simple, yet profound reminder from a man of deep faith.
May 29, 2020
Anonymous was desperate. At the end of her rope. Some days, she just wanted to end it all. Why? She's suffering from a disease many feel is too shameful to discuss in the church. Brian and Jannelle decided to jettison the stigma.
1 hr 3 min
May 22, 2020
The Ravi You Never Knew
He's arguably one of the greatest apologists in modern history. Ravi Zacharias defended faith in Jesus with an equal measure of intellect and love. And after a battle with cancer, he's now home with the Lord. Brian and Jannelle reached out to one of his closest friends for a more intimate look at the man so many of us admire. What was he really like when the stage lights were down, and the microphones were off? Eavesdrop on this conversation with Sanj Kalra of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
May 15, 2020
The Accidental Guest (Part 2)
We only expected her to be with us for a few moments. After all, she was just a contestant for a game. Everything changed when we tripped into the incredible testimony of Yvonne Pointer. It's a story of murder, forgiveness, bold faith, and global impact.
May 8, 2020
The Accidental Guest (Part 1)
We had no idea this would happen. Seriously. It started out as a regular edition of a weekly contest. But God turned it into something else entirely.
May 1, 2020
Working from home has its perks. At first, meeting via Zoom seemed like one of them. But when the newness wore off, things changed. In this week's episode, Brian and Jannelle analyze a new phenomenon that's developing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr 24, 2020
Reopening Church: It's Complicated
We're itching to get back together again. But the whole world will be watching as Christians prepare to meet on Sunday mornings. When should we start gathering again? How should we adjust what we do to prevent the spread of COVID-19? Brian and Jannelle try to figure it out.
Apr 17, 2020
Nobody seems to like viruses. Lots of people are afraid of them. But maybe that's because we don't understand them? This week, astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross uses science to illustrate God's unique design for viruses.
Apr 10, 2020
Good Friday Through the Eyes of a Physician
It’s far too easy to rush toward Easter. But we shouldn’t. In fact, Brian and Jannelle don’t think we can truly grasp the significance of the resurrection without taking time to properly process what Jesus went through on Friday. Take a listen as they examine Good Friday through the eyes of a Physician, and ponder the price Jesus truly paid for our sins.
1 hr 23 min
Apr 6, 2020
BONUS: Hurting People Hurt People
The entire world is at a standstill from the coronavirus pandemic. The stress and uncertainty of it all can bring out the worst in us. So, how should Christians react when those around us behave badly? In this special bonus episode, we're re-releasing a discussion from a number of months ago that has brand new relevance today.
Apr 3, 2020
Actual Rest in Quarantine Chaos
The pace of modern American life makes quarantine sound heavenly. But many have discovered it's actually the opposite. Disrupted schedules. Working from home. Cranky kids. Separation from friends and family. Comfort and rest seem more elusive than ever. Gratefully, our friend Asheritah Ciuciu has some practical, Biblical advice about finding the rest we really need.
Mar 27, 2020
Social Distancing. Quarantines. These drastic measures are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. But all the changes, isolation, and economic uncertainty cause waves of anxiety for many Americans. In this week's episode, Crystal Kershaw of Fieldstone Counseling, and Brian's wife Sara, try to find ways to cope.
Mar 20, 2020
COVID-19: Logic, Facts, Mythbusting, and Faith
Rumors are swirling. Conspiracy theorists are running rampant. Average Americans are fearful. In the midst of this, followers of Jesus need reliable facts through the lens of faith. In this episode, Brian and Jannelle have a concise and in-depth discussion about the COVID-19 virus with Dr. John Marino. He’s an infectious disease specialist, epidemiologist, and professor. Most importantly, he’s a follower of Jesus.
Mar 13, 2020
David: Shepherd. Psalmist. King. Rapist? (Part 2)
In part two of this series, we turn to you. How are Christians responding to the reexamination of the relationship between King David and Bathsheba? Could David's actions be considered rape?
1 hr 4 min
Mar 6, 2020
David: Shepherd. Psalmist. King. Rapist? (Part 1)
Christians don't want to talk about it. Some are even offended by the very idea of the conversation. But modern discussions about sexual assault and consent have caused some to reexamine the story of King David and Bathsheba. Is it possible that he raped her?
Feb 28, 2020
BONUS: What is Worship?
That song is too fast. Oh, and it's too loud and too new. Everyone has an opinion about worship. But what does God say about it? Myron Davis is a musician, filmmaker, and he's this year's worship leader for the Walk Worthy Men's Conference in Cleveland. He joins Brian and Jannelle for this special bonus episode to delve into God's heart for worship.
Feb 28, 2020
Did Jesus Like His Dream?
As Black History Month draws to a close, we need to take a moment for reflection. Should Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. be a hero for followers of Jesus? Why didn't he explicitly preach the Gospel more often? Take a listen as African American pastor and speaker David Williams looks at the legacy of MLK through the lens of the Gospel.
Feb 21, 2020
I Doubt It
You've had doubts about your faith. But you probably aren't willing to admit it. In this week's episode, Brian and Jannelle have an honest discussion about doubts with an apologist.
Feb 14, 2020
The Artsy Caveman
It's the kind of story Christians often ignore. But should we? Archaeologists in Indonesia recently discovered some really old cave art. And a friend of Brian and Jannelle's thinks it sends a powerful message about God.
Feb 7, 2020
Can I Get A Witness?
Courtroom drama can be captivating. Some of Hollywood's best stories center on the struggle for justice between the prosecution and defense in complex cases. But could our fixation on lawyers and judges create errors in our theology? Brian and Jannelle explore this idea with a friend.
Jan 31, 2020
There's a large group of people who are desperately lonely. And it's not their fault. To make matters worse, we often unintentionally overlook them. Gratefully, the Lord convicted Brian and Jannelle about this issue. Perhaps you're next.
Jan 24, 2020
Patterns of Abandonment
People don't randomly decide to abandon their faith in an instant. It's a slow process that develops over time. But could there be consistent warning signs seen in enough individuals to constitute a pattern? A friend of Brian and Jannelle's found it.
Jan 17, 2020
We're all constantly connected. Rarely alone. And yet it's easy to feel an overwhelming sense of isolation. That's where Jannelle found herself recently. And relief came through the wise words of an 80-year-old woman.
Jan 10, 2020
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres didn't mean to make people mad. But the internet went bonkers anyway. This week, Brian and Jannelle examine Biblical lessons that can be learned from a well-known viral news story.
Jan 8, 2020
BONUS: World War III?
If you aren’t on Snapchat, you haven’t seen it. Tensions between the United States and Iran motivated a trending hashtag on the social media platform insinuating we’re on the brink of another world war. While there’s lots of misinformation swirling around the internet, there’s no doubt that we’re facing a serious international crisis. Could a war with Iran be imminent? How should Christians pray about it? Take a listen to this important conversation with Dr. Glen Duerr, Associate Professor of International Studies at Cedarville University.
Jan 3, 2020
Good Enough for a Mom
It's an unspoken expectation that weighs heavily on moms. Basically, they feel pressure to be a perfect mother. They fear that one mistake might ruin their kids. Or bring shame on their entire family. This week, Brian and Jannelle try to figure out what God really expects of Christian moms.
Dec 27, 2019
In Praise of Skeptics
Skeptics make many people nervous. Christians get particularly uncomfortable around them. But perhaps we need to rethink how we connect with them? This week, Brian and Jannelle talk with apologist and author Abdu Murray from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
Dec 20, 2019
The Faith Kerfuffle
A growing number of prominent Christians are melodramatically professing doubts online. Some even completely renounce their faith. How should we handle this? Brian and Jannelle try to sift through the hubbub, quiet the ballyhoo, and ignore the ruckus in an effort to see how Lord might have us respond.
1 hr 1 min
Dec 13, 2019
Everyone Is Grieving
Some aren't willing to admit it, but we all wear masks. Behind the smiles, laughs, and small talk are layers of pain. Unspoken anguish. Marital conflict. Workplace stresses. Financial worries. And yet we all pretend that everything is fine. This week, Brian and Jannelle talk about the consequences of this reality.
Dec 6, 2019
Victimized By A Sermon
How should you feel after hearing a sermon? A Christian college student wasn't happy about how uncomfortable a particular message made him feel. So he complained. And the university's response led Brian and Jannelle to an important conversation about comfortable Christianity.
1 hr 24 min
Nov 29, 2019
Words of Affirmation
Brian and Dr. Gary Chapman have the exact same love language. Coincidence? I think not. Take a listen as Brian and Jannelle talk with the inventor of the Five Love Languages about how this basic concept can transform your relationships.
Nov 22, 2019
The Unseen Epidemic
It's not just an American problem. It's spreading across the developed world. A startling number of people are suffering from it, but most aren't willing to admit it. Can Christians help?
Nov 15, 2019
Hurry Up and Change
The pace is quickening. For most of history, change happened gradually. Life for multiple generations looked virtually identical. But not anymore. Compared to 20 years ago, today's society is virtually unrecognizable. So how does the unchanging Gospel fit into our rapidly changing world? Brian and Jannelle try to figure that out.
Nov 8, 2019
Can I Borrow Twenty Bucks?
Christians aren't supposed to love money. We're supposed to be generous with it. But what should we do when a family member or friend wants to borrow money? A recent survey reveals some uncomfortable statistics. And Brian has an embarrassing story to tell.
Nov 6, 2019
BONUS: Anonymous from Holmes County
We didn't know it would happen. But we can't wait to share it with you! In this bonus episode, we take you behind the scenes to explain a story about a woman from rural Ohio. She was missing something in her life. And she knew it. Then something profound happened.
Nov 1, 2019
He's a rapper, record producer, fashion designer, and songwriter. He's got 21 Grammys. And he's prone to controversial behavior. His latest endeavor? Following Jesus and releasing a Gospel album. What should the church do with Kanye West? Do we welcome him with open arms? Hold him at arm's length? Lift him up as a leader? Guest host Hannah Nitz joins Brian for this timely discussion.
1 hr 5 min
Oct 25, 2019
The Secret to Unifying Vastly Different People
A Christian, a Muslim, and a Hindu walk into a Cleveland ministry center. This isn't a bad joke, my friends. It's a reality. And the secret to peace and unity among these individuals is simple, yet profound.
Oct 18, 2019
When a Doctor Goes Rogue
Modern medicine is an incredible gift from the Lord. And yet, it comes with a tremendous amount of power and responsibility. So what happens when a doctor takes that power too far, and a hospital looks the other way?
Oct 11, 2019
The Courtroom Hug? It's Complicated.
Christians couldn't resist sharing the video. The bold act of forgiveness in a Texas courtroom was explicitly Christian. It exemplified the Gospel. So why were some Christians dissatisfied with the viral video? Brian and Jannelle talk about it with Pastor Leonard Tanks Jr. of Reach City Church in Cleveland.
Oct 4, 2019
What's Attraction Got to Do, Got to Do With It?
There are non-negotiable standards for Christian dating relationships. But how much should physical attraction matter for the believer? Yup, we're going there.
1 hr 23 min
Sep 27, 2019
The Big Christian Side Hustle
Satire is a unique and powerful comedic tool. We laugh at the uncomfortable reality it exposes. But what happens when YOU are the punchline? Buckle-up Christian ladies. The Babylon Bee just made us laugh at your favorite side hustle.
Sep 20, 2019
When A Pastor Commits Suicide
He was a mental health advocate. A pastor. A husband and father. And at the age of 30, he took his own life. This week, the team tries to glean Biblical lessons from a tragedy in the church.
Sep 13, 2019
Addiction, Recovery, Kayaks, and River Rafts
Many believers battle addiction. Few are willing to admit it. Why? Shame keeps us in the shadows. But if we take time to listen, Christians in recovery have a lot to teach us about building authentic community.
Sep 6, 2019
Quit Your Worrying
So you're feeling anxious? Sorry to hear that. You must have forgotten that Jesus told us not to worry. Problem solved! Or maybe not. This week Brian and Jannelle talk with Christian counselor Crystal Kershaw about the intersection of faith and anxiety.
Aug 30, 2019
The Objectionable Obituary
He was an avid reader, a choral singer. He was someone's son, brother, and friend. Oh, and he was also...a mass murderer. Take a listen as the team discusses a viral news story about the Dayton mass shooter. Buckle up as emotions run high.
Aug 23, 2019
Happy Wife, Happy Life?
Marriage is hard. But are we making it harder by setting the wrong goals? Dr. Juli Slattery, Co-Founder of Authentic Intimacy and host of the "Java with Juli" podcast, talked with Brian and Jannelle about how Christians need a paradigm shift in marriage. And it might not make you happy.
Aug 16, 2019
George Washington Wasn't So Bad, Right?
It started off as an innocent weekend trip to Philadelphia. But Jannelle encountered something completely unexpected in the City of Brotherly Love. And it developed into a jarring on-air conversation about history, racism, and faith.
1 hr 24 min
Aug 16, 2019
King James, or King Lear?
Can you tell the difference between a verse from the King James Bible, and a quote from Shakespeare? It's harder than you think. Especially when Brian uses his awkward British accent.
Aug 16, 2019
Freeing the Captive...Literally
Human trafficking is a tragic reality in the modern world. Most of us rarely encounter it. But Brian and Jannelle unwittingly helped someone escape.