Unsuccess Podcast

Unsuccess with Josh and David is a weekly podcast where two pastors (and many special guests) rethink success and talk about ministry in Portland, OR. You can find us on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher Radio, and many other platforms by searching for “Unsuccess.” You can also manually subscribe to this feed by pasting http://www.joshhawkpdx.com/feed/podcast/ in your podcast app.

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Ep. 404 – Crossing The Difference Divide with Jim Henderson and Jim Hancock

Josh and David interview Jim Henderson and Jim Hancock in this amazing episode talking about the difficulty, especially right now, of bridging the gap when EVERYTHING in our culture and society feels polarizing. They specifically talk about 3 practices that Jim and Jim have identified as tools to help cross this great divide. You can learn more about Jim and Jim and the 3 Practices by visiting 3practices.com http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/404_bridging_the_difference.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe:…

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Ep. 403 – Matt and McKahan

Join Josh and David in arguably their most entertaining episode of all times as they talk with two eccentric characters, Matt Clark and McKahan McGuire. Matt and McKahan currently lead a college group at St Johns Christian Church and it is full of atheists, agnostics, Jesus people, and everyone in between. $10 goes to anyone who can identify a clear theme throughout this very ADHD style episode. http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/403_matt_and_mckahan.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android…

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Ep. 402 – “I Hate Five Iron Frenzy”

Our guest today is Reese Roper, lead singer of Five Iron Frenzy. Reese talks with the guys about the tension of writing provocative lyrics while in the Christian music bubble, and the difficulty of speaking on behalf of multiple band members. We also discuss how one’s theology can shift when face-to-face with death. You can find Reese online regularly in the “I Hate Five Iron Frenzy” Facebook group. http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/402_reese_roper.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe:…

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People Want to be Heard

The story of the Bible is full of people who were oppressed and who found themselves in a land that was ruled and controlled by others. This comes to a climax with the birth of Christ. The Jewish race found themselves yet again under the oppressive reign of a world power found in the Roman Empire. Living in Israel, if you were not a Pharisee or Herod himself, you would have found yourself having a…

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Ep. 401 – Justin McRoberts

Season 4 of the Unsuccess Podcast with Josh and David begins with an amazing conversation with a pretty rad dude. Josh and David speak with musician, writer, and speaker Justin McRoberts. Among other things, we discuss how the message of the church is often overshadowed by the language we use. You can check out Justin on all social medial sites in addition to http://justinmcroberts.com http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/401_justin_mcroberts.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Too Conservative, Yet Too Liberal

I often find myself too conservative for my liberal friends and too liberal for my conservative friends. I think of Jesus words in Matthew 8:20, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” As I reflect on the call I feel God has placed on my life to live in the middle, in the tension, with secure relationships on both sides working…

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Ep. 308 – The Church and the Bible

Join Josh and David on this finale episode of season 3. They talk about a minimal ecclesiology and how the church has changed and adopted over the years. Many people look to the first century church as the way Jesus intended the church to be. Josh and David spend some time unpacking and critiquing this idea and attempt to get at truly a healthy perspective on how the church actually should look in light of…

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Ep. 307 – Ministries and Programs

Josh and David share about the church in another exciting adventure in this special Covid-19 third season about the ministries and programs of a church. They talk about what it takes to be considered a “real” church and how you to have a successful youth group AND a successful children’s ministry thus serving the entire family. And they talk about other stuff too. http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/307_programs_and_ministries.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Open Letter to my Congregation

The apostle Paul writes in the often quoted thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (NIV). Last week, as I first saw the video of George Floyd being murdered, I was cut to the heart. As I sat in my bedroom, numb to what I had just witnessed, I had no…

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Ep. 304 – Should A Pastor Be Paid?

Josh and David attempt to tackle, or at least poke at, the subject of money in the church, specifically as it pertains to paying a pastor. There is tension that this can bring up for the congregation, the pastor themselves, and for the community and it can be difficult at times to navigate while still being faithful to the prophetic voice/roll of the pastor. http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/304_leadership_and_money.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 301 – Getting Kicked Out of Church

Join Josh and David in a BRAND NEW season of the Unsuccess Podcast where they talk about life and ministry in Covid-19 and what this means for the future of the church. In this first episode they share about what their churches are doing and how they are responding during this time. http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/301_getting_kicked_out_of_church.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Spiritual Transformation

We are all on this journey of life. We are all looking for purpose and meaning. In his book, Maximum Faith, George Barna identifies 10 stops along the journey of life toward complete spiritual transformation. One of the things that really drew me to these stops was the fact that Barna explicitly differentiated between “stops” and “steps.” These stops identified are not prescriptive. This is not a formula that one must follow to achieve enlightenment or ultimate…

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Sin, Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Satisfaction, and Substitution

In the wake of Easter and Good Friday, and in the continued reality of the global pandemic we find ourselves in, I have continued to think much on the death of Christ. In the last two decades there has been a concerted effort to downplay the cross and instead trade it for an emphasis on the teaching and life of Jesus – at least in what I have read, observed, and experienced in popular Christian…

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Ep. 207 – The Moments with Rick McKinley

Pastor Rick McKinley joins us this week to talk about the story of starting Imago Dei Community Church in Portland. We discuss serving vulnerable communities, in spite of the difficult political and theological conversations that may ensue, and really living into the different “moments” that God graces us. You can find out more about Imago Dei at idcpdx.com and you can find Rick online on a few different social media platforms. http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/207_rick_mckinnley.mp3Podcast: Play in new…

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Ep. 206 – Unsuccess in the Context of Success with John Mark Comer

Josh and David are joined by Portland Pastor John Mark Comer. They talk about John Mark’s tenure as a mega church pastor and how he eventually stepped down from that role and in many ways grew his church smaller. John Mark is currently an elder and pastor of vision & teaching at Bridgetown Church in Portland, OR. You can learn more about John Mark at https://johnmarkcomer.com or about Bridgetown Church at http://bridgetown.church http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/206_john_mark_comer.mp3Podcast: Play in…

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Ep. 204 – Not Letting Your Disability Define You with Matt Shea

Matt Shea shares from his story about losing his dad to cancer as a young child, some of his own disabilities and barriers, and how he continues to strive to seek ways in which he can contribute to society and to his community. He also wrote a book – “Reflection of A Life Worth Living.” While the book is no longer in print it can still be purchased on the Kindle App. Click HERE to…

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Anti Schism

This last month I have reflected on Augustine, particularly his words and work around the Donatist controversy and schism in the fourth century. Donatist argued that the clergy must be without fault in order for their ministry to be effective and valid. If they were with fault then God in fact would not hear their prayers and when they administered the sacraments it would not have been valid. I remember reading about Augustine’s conversation with…

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Life After Falling

On May 26, 2018, I had an accident that would forever change my life. I attempted to ski from the summit of Mt. Hood (in Oregon) and ended up falling about 450 feet to what should have been my imminent death. A 10-hour rescue, involving about thirty individuals from five different organizations, and a week-long hospital stay later, my life trajectory had taken a serious turn. I was 35 years old. A year prior I…

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Ep. 32 – Churches and Coffee Houses with John Howell

John Howell, Medford pastor and owner/operator at Rise Coffee House, joins Josh and David as they talk about some of the frustrations and struggles of pastoring a small church and trying to be innovative and think outside the box. As it turns out, starting a coffee house/church, while offering huge potential and awesome connections, is not necessarily a great way to “grow” a church. But alas, God calls us to faithfulness and obedience, not growth…

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Ep. 30 – The American Dream with Joel Kibler

Joel Kibler, Spiritual Director for many and leader in the People of Praise,  joins us this week on the podcast. He talks with us about the American Dream and some ways in which it can often be in conflict with a life of faith and get in the way of what it means to really be human. http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/030_joel_kibler.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 25 – The Idolatry of “Success” with A.J. Swoboda

This week we talk with pastor, professor, and author A.J. Swoboda. A.J. talks about his recent realization that speaking opportunities can become idolatrous, and we discuss how Sabbath is the one commandment that Christian leaders seem to be encouraged to break. Find out more about A.J.s work at www.ajswoboda.com   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/025_a_j_swoboda.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 24 – Seasons of Life with David Rannabarger

David Rannabarger, assistant pastor at Columbia View Wesleyan Church, joins us on the podcast. We talk about David’s call to ministry, and the journey that led him to ministry in Portland. Finally, we discuss how to weather seasons in ministry that, while temporary, can feel devastating.   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/024_david_rannabargar.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 23 – Vocation, Music, and Entrepreneurial Ministry with Robin Gordon

Robin Gordon, Pastor of Music Ministry at Celebration Tabernacle, joins us on the podcast. Robin talks about finding God and joining Celebration Tabernacle at a young age, and how he’s seen the community change over the last couple of decades. The guys also discuss some of the benefits and challenges of remaining plugged into one specific church body for many years. Find out more about Robin and Celebration Tabernacle at http://www.ctoregon.org/   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/023_robin_gordon.mp3Podcast: Play in…

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Ep. 22 – Refugees, Evangelism, and Suburbia with D.L. Mayfield

This week we speak with Danielle Mayfield, author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith. Danielle has worked for years with Somali Bantu refugees in Portland. We talk about her story, some of the difficulties of mission work, and how one hears from God while face-to-face with the evils of the world. You can find Danielle at http://www.dlmayfield.com/ http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/022_dl_mayfield.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 21 – Slow Cooker Ministry with Josh Duncan

This week we talk with Josh Duncan, Staff Elder at Red Sea Church in Portland, OR. Josh shares the story of moving from L.A. (Lower Alabama) to serve God in Portland, Oregon, and how his views on ministry have changed over the past eleven years. You can find out more about Josh’s ministry at www.redseachurch.org   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/021_josh_duncan.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 20 – Struggles and Hardships with Stephen Dilworth

Stephen Dilworth joins us on the podcast to talk about his work with youth over the years. Stephen is the north Portland area director for Youth Dynamics. We talk about struggles and hardships in ministry, and how these frustrations can lead to growth. Check out Stephen’s ministry at www.ydpdx.org   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/020_stephen_dilworth.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 19 – The Affordable Housing Crisis

In this special episode, Josh and David discuss the difficult situation of affordable housing in Portland. We also talk with Andy Goebel and Jules Nielsen about their church’s new affordable housing project: Portsmouth Commons. Finally, we talk with Lindsay Jensen about some of the housing initiatives in which St. Johns Center for Opportunity has been involved.   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/019_housing_episode.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 18 – Our Community’s Ever Changing Demographic with Lindsay Jensen

Lindsay Jensen, Executive Director for St Johns Center for Opportunity, joins the podcast and shares a bit of her heart for the underserved. Her, David, and Josh talk about the ever changing demographic of our community and the various needs that arise as a result. You can learn more about St Johns Center for Opportunity by visiting them online at http://www.stjohnsopportunity.org   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/018_lindsay_jensen.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 16 – Larissa Cohoe (soon to be Hawk)

  Larissa Cohoe (almost Hawk) joins us on the podcast to talk about what working with your family is like as well as her work as a musician, actor, and director, and how those skills have translated to church ministry. Larissa is one of the pastors of Grace Christian Fellowship in North Portland.   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/016_larissa_cohoe.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 14 – When Two Churches Become One with Andy Gobel and Jules Nielsen

This week we welcome Andy Goebel and Jules Nielsen. Andy and Jules both led separate congregations which, for completely different reasons, appeared to be headed toward closing. They discuss the story of joining together as one church, and some of the joys and hardships that accompanied that decision. Find out more about their church at https://portsmouthunionchurch.org   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/014_andy_and_jules.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 12 – Living as a Minority with Rachel Ancheta

Rachel Ancheta joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her life and faith walk. She shares some of her poetry with us, and we have a fascinating conversation about what it is like to live as a minority, both in the church and in America.   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/012_rachel_ancheta.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep.11 – Two Halves of Life with Tim Hawk

Tim Hawk, Josh’s uncle, joins us on the podcast to talk about his many years in ministry. Tim was a church pastor for sixteen years, and then worked as a prison chaplain. We discuss the joys and hardships of both kinds of ministry, and wrestle with how to shepherd people while going through theological changes. You can follow Tim on Twitter @tim_hawk   http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/011_tim_hawk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 10 – Spirituality of Children with Luke Kamely

This week we welcome Luke Kamely, a recent graduate of Portland Seminary and the former children’s ministry intern at St. Johns Wesleyan Church. Luke shares his thoughts about children’s education and the parallels between feminism and how we view/treat children. We also spend a significant portion of the episode talking about children’s ministry in the church and we discuss the pros and cons of compensation in church ministry. Luke is off the grid, but if…

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Ep. 8 – God Works through Big and Small with Jay Braband

We are joined this week by Jay Braband, pastor of Journey3. Jay talks about his time with InterVarsity, church ministry in Iowa, and planting a church in Portland. Josh, David, and Jay discuss how God works through large and small groups of people. Find out more about Journey3 at http://journey3.org/ http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/008_jay_braband.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 6 – Relational Mentoring with Carlos Baca

This week we are joined by Carlos Baca. Although transitioning out of his current role, Carlos is presently the Executive Director of FamilyWorks! Ministries. On this episode he talks with us specifically about how he has been led to mentor young people, and the victories and hardships that have come from his work. You can find him on FaceBook at carlos.baca.315 and you can find out more about FamilyWorks! Ministries at http://famworks.org/ http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/006_carlos_baca.mp3Podcast: Play in new window…

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Ep. 4 – Reclaiming Failure

This week Josh and David do a deep dive into “The Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen and talk more about what failure and brokenness mean. They also spend some time talking about the significance of being chosen by God and how living with this truth should radically change our outlook on life.  http://joshhawkpdx.com/podcast/004_reclaiming_failure.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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Ep. 3 – Just God’s Children with Linda Jo Devlaeminck

“There are people who will think better of us than we are. There are people who will think worse of us than we are. And it doesn’t matter because that is not who we are. Who we are is children of God doing the best we can.” – Linda Jo This week we are joined by Linda Jo Devlaeminck, Program Director at Community of Hope in North Portland. Linda Jo shares about highs and lows…

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Life

Sunday, April 1, 2018 TEXT: John 20:1ff FOCUS: Resurrection of Christ   SETTING Creation. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. He made the sun and the moon and the stars. He made the land and the sea. He made the fish and the birds. The creatures that roam the land. He made the trees, the flowers, the mountains, and the rivers. And then he made humankind. Man, and woman he created…

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Love and Power

Sunday, March 25, 2018 TEXT: Mark 11, 14 & 15 FOCUS: The Passion of Christ Today is traditionally celebrated as Palm Sunday. In years past we have had palm branches and have sang songs like Hosanna, Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord, You reign. We celebrate the fact that Jesus was the Messiah who came to save us. We like to celebrate. We like to celebrate the victory we have…

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