Pastor Writer: The Calling and Craft of Christian Writing
By Chase Replogle
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There are a lot of online resources for starting a blog, building an email list, and getting a book published. This isn’t one of them. I want to ask deeper questions. How do you deal with insecurity as you write? How do you grow in the craft of writing Christian non-fiction? Where do the roles of pastor and writer intersect? How can you objectively evaluate your own writing? Join me as I interview pastors, authors, and writing experts in my own journey to better understand the calling and the craft of Christian writing.
||Clean36. Heath Adamson — Writing with David and the Psalms||Heath Adamson is the author of the recently released, Grace in the Valley: Awakening to God's Presence When He Feels Far Away. The book offers a personal and contemplative look at Psalm 23.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean35. George P. Wood — You Aren't Taking Your Reading Seriously Enough||George P. Wood has reviewed hundreds of books. Amazon users have recognized his work, by ranking him as #543 in all Amazon reviewers. His passion for books and reading supports his work as the executive editor of Assemblies of God Publications. ...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean34. Chase Replogle — There's No Sentence Like The First Sentence||Writers pay attention to the first sentence. Writing great first sentences is an art worth practicing.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean33. Karl Vaters — Writing and Success for a Small Church Pastor||Karl Vaters is a pastor and author of Small Church Essentials. He blogs at NewSmallChurch.com and for Christianity Today. He joins me to talk about writing and success in a small church context.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean32. Thomas Umstattd — Going Viral & First Steps In Author Marketing||Thomas Umstattd, Jr. is an author, speaker, and consultant helping authors better market their writing. He is also the co-host of the Novel Marketing Podcast.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean31. Karen Swallow Prior — Promiscuous and Virtuous Reading||Dr. Karen Swallow Prior is a professor of English at Liberty University and the author of the recently released On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30. Barnabas Piper — Why Writers Need to Stay Curious||Barnabas Piper is an author, blogger, podcaster and Marketing Manager at the publisher, B & H Academic. He joins me to talk about his book, The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29. Tim Challies — Over 15 Years of Reviewing Christian Books||Tim Challies joins me to talk about his work reviewing more than 15 years of Christian books, plus his own journey as a writer.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28. Chase Replogle — Don't Quit Your Day Job||Why is so much of the advice about writing how to make money as a writer? And what is a professional writer anyway?||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27. Janet McHenry — The Writer and Prayer||Janet McHenry is the author of The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She joins me to talk about the relationship between writing and prayer.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26. Russ Ramsey — How Writing Helps You Read Scripture||Russ Ramsey is a Nashville pastor and the author of the recently released Retelling the Story series. He joins me to talk writing, art, and biblical interpretation.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25. Janet Grant — How Hard Is It To Get Published?||Janet Grant is the President and Founder of Books & Such Literary Management. She joins me to talk realistically about the journey of traditional publishing.||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24. Peter Scazzero — The Emotionally Healthy Writer||Peter Scazzero is the author of The Emotionally Healthy Leader and two bestselling books: The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23. Chris Martin — Thinking About Platform and Social Media||Chris Martin is the Co-Creator and Chief Content Officer at LifeWay Social. He helps a select group of authors to engage with their audiences online. He joins me to talk about social media and platform.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22. Ryan Lokkesmoe — The Apostle Paul on Influence and Writing||Ryan is a church planter and author of Paul and His Team. We talk making the transition from academic writing, handling influence, and our images of leadership.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21. Scott Sauls — The Dangers and Pitfalls of Platform||Scott Sauls is a pastor and published author. He joins me to talk about how writing impacts a congregation and the pitfalls of success and platform.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20. Os Guinness — The Pastor and Writer as Subversive||Os Guinness is one of the world's foremost Christian thinkers. His books such as The Call, have already become modern Christian classics. Os joins me to talk about the lost art of persuasion and how pastors and writers must learn to be subversive.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19. Mick Silva — Evaluating Your Book Idea||As a long time editor and writing coach, Mick knows how to spot a good idea, and he knows how to help clarify your idea into a book project worth working on. Mick joins me to share his questions for evaluation.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18. Michelle Ule — The Story Behind The Most Popular Devotional||Michelle Ule is the author of Mrs. Oswald Chambers, the story behind the world's most popular devotional My Utmost For His Highest. She joins me to talk about the Chambers' story, writing, and biographies.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17. Chase Replogle — Your Clichés Are More Dangerous Than You Think||Every writer knows to avoid cliches, but we still can't help ourselves. Like garden weeds, we pluck them only to find them growing again the next day. Good writers keep weeding, but why do cliches come so naturally? What do they suggest about our writi.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16. Matt Smethurst — Writers Listen and Asking Good Questions||Matt Smethurst is an author, church elder, and editor at the Gospel Coalition. He joins me to talk about his role in editing and his Bible Study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15. Drew Dyck — An Acquisitions Editor's Advice for New Authors||Drew Dyck is an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers, a senior editor for Christianity Today Pastors, and the author of Generation Ex-Christian and Yawning at Tigers. He joins me to talk writing and publishing.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14. Chase Replogle — Why Poor Writing Comes So Naturally||Writing is hard. But it's hard for more reasons than the grammar and vocabulary. Revising requires a certain amount of self-awareness and great writers learn to keep themselves off the page.||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13. Doug Newton — Tackling A Three Book Series||Doug Newton spent 40 years as a pastor and ministry leader. He knew writing was a part of his call and this year published a three-part book series entitled Fresh Eyes. We discuss his process and organizational techniques.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12. Mike Loomis — Your Personal Brand Is the Public Expression of Your Calling||Mike Loomis is the author of Your Brand is Calling: Build a Personal Brand to Reflect and Connect. He is a strategic partner to bestselling authors, non-profits, and publishers, helping them develop compelling and authentic brands.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11. Rachelle Gardner — A Literary Agent On The Publishing Process||Rachelle Gardner joins me to discuss the traditional publishing process. From finding an agent to the proposal process, Rachelle walks us through the process and landscape of the Christian publishing industry.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10. Alan Baker — Books, Books, Books: From Biographies to the Spiritual Life||Pastor, author, and coach, Alan Baker joins me to discuss books. From pastoral resources to reading for the spiritual life, your Amazon wish-list is about to get a lot longer.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean09. Chase Replogle — Lessons Learned So Far: What I'm Working On||I'll be answering the questions as Thien Doan, host of The Prolific Christian Writer podcast, talks with me about lessons learned and my latest project, Discontented: How Your Heart's Desires Betray You.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean08. Mary DeMuth — Finding Your Writing Voice: Staying Hopeful||Mary DeMuth is one of the best known Christian writers coaching and teaching other writers. She has written over 30 books and mentors hundreds of writers through her site, Book Launch Mentor. Our discussion moves from learning to trust your voice to su.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean07. Burn the Book: My Obsession With Getting Published||Getting published can be an obsession. There is so much to learn, so much to do, so much advice to take. In this episode, I share how I have struggled and come to terms with my own obsession with getting published.||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean06. Dick Foth — Friendship: Why Writers and Pastors Need Good Friends||Dick has been a missionary, a pastor, a coach and a writer, but one theme permeates his entire life—friendship. Dick lives it and teaches it. We were created for relationships. We lead by it, write by it and live by it.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean05: Dr. Joy Qualls — How We Talk About Things Matters: What the church communicates||Dr. Qualls joins me to talk about communication trends in the church. We discuss why pastors should consider how they communicate and how it relates to writing. Without consideration, we run the risk of blindly participating in a form of communication .||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean04: Blake Atwood — Objective About Your Writing: Why every writer needs an editor||Blake Atwood joins me to talk editing and why every writer needs an editor. We spend time discussing the stages of editing and tips you can use to be more objective in editing your own writing. You'll enjoy Blake's honesty and willingness to serve writ.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean03: Michelle DeRusha — Writing Your Own Story: Writing as a tool to discover God||Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. We discuss how an author decides what to include and what gets cut, we talk about writing as a form of prayer, and we discuss the challenges of focusing your at||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean02: Mick Silva —Why Writing Is Hard: Learning to appreciate the process||Mick Silva is a freelance editor and writing coach who has spent nearly 20 years in the Christian publishing industry. He has worked for Focus on the Family Books and WaterBrook & Multnomah, an imprint of Penguin Random House.||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean01: Getting Started — Why writing the first words is always the hardest||Why do we find it so hard to get started writing? Why do we prefer to read about writing more than actually doing it? How can wanting to be a writer get in the way of writing? I explore my own struggle to get started and why it matters.||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Practical and Inspiring
PastorWriter is one of the few podcasts about writing that offers both inspiration and practical help.
Even though it's ostensibly meant for pastors, I have no qualms in recommending this podcast for all Christian writers.
In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that all writers who hope to convey something meaningful through their writing can glean much from Chase Replogle and his featured guests.
PastorWriter is one of my must-subscribe, must-download, must-listen-to podcasts.
This is a great resource.
I never miss an episode. It's got a good variety from episode to episode - an interesting mix of guests, and perspectives on writing, marketing, minitsty and calling.
A Hopeful Podcast
I am new to this podcast, but have thoroughly enjoyed the episodes I’ve listened to. It gives me hope. As a struggling part time minister and part time writer, it’s easy to lose sight of why I do what I do. PastorWriter puts a little light on my path and helps guide the way. Keep up the good work!