Thoughts on Life, Ministry, and Writing

Chase Replogle

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Moana: A New Kind of Cultural Hero

Our Salvific Obsession With Finding An Identity

This winter, Netflix officially removed Moana from its catalog of streaming movies, a devastating blow to my house with two pre-schoolers. It had easily been the most played show on our account for the better part of 2018. My kids love Moana, and I have to admit, I’ve enjoyed it too. Thankfully my kids are...

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Your Calling Is More Than Your Paycheck

Don’t Rule Out Bi-Vocational Ministry

This week, Benjamin Vrbicek released his new book, Don’t Just Send a Resume: How to Find the Right Job in a Local Church. I was honored to not only provide the book an endorsement but also to have contributed an article on bi-vocational ministry. Benjamin has kindly given me permission to share my portion. I hope...

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Share This Article and People Will Think You’re Smart.

There's a 59% chance you'll share this article without reading it.

Round of applause for yourself. If you are reading this, you are a part of the minority these days. A 2016 study conducted by Columbia University found that 59% of the links shared on social media weren’t ever clicked by the person who shared them. That means almost 60% of the articles your friends recommended...

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5 Writing Podcasts to Listen to Over the Holidays

If you enjoy a podcast, the best gift you can give this Christmas is a review.

Recently, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing several other podcast hosts on the Pastor Writer podcast. These days, there are some great podcasts for Christian writers. I thought I’d pass along a list of a few shows I’ve been enjoying. PS: If you enjoy a podcast, the best gift you can give this Christmas is a review....

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Why Every Millennial Man Should Reread The Samson Story

I like to imagine him in Ray-Bans, a man bun, and a CrossFit t-shirt, hiking through...

“The modern hero is the outsider. His experience is rootless. He can go anywhere. He belongs nowhere. Being alien to nothing, he ends up being alienated from any type of community based on common tastes and interests. The borders of his country are the sides of his skull.” ― Flannery O’Connor, The Catholic Novelist in...

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Operation Finale: A Gripping Depiction of Mundane Evil

The Image of Adolph Eichmann

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie, Operation Finale. It tells the story of a secret Israeli operation to infiltrate Argentina and capture Adolf Eichmann, a former Nazi SS officer, credited for his influential role in planning and directing the Final Solution, the German execution of more than six million Jews. After the war,...

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4 questions I wish I could ask Jordan Peterson about faith and Christianity

Plus, 18 relevant articles and videos

Central to the plot of Ayn Rand’s classic 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged, is the repeatedly posed question, “Who is John Galt?” The novel is about an increasingly tyrannical government undermined by a mysterious individual who workes to sabotage the bureaucracy by helping entrepreneurs and business owners vanish from the workforce; Galt covertly subverts the system...

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Eugene Peterson at The Writer’s Symposium

The ordination of writers

It’s hard to overestimate the impact Eugene Peterson has had on me as a pastor and as a writer. This video is a conversation with Peterson and Dean Nelson at the Point Loma Nazarene University’s Writer’s Symposium by the Sea in 2007. More than writing, Peterson offers deep wisdom into the lifestyle of the pastor...

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John Piper on the Calling to Write

Sensing and evaluating a call

John Piper discusses how to sense if you are being called to write. If you have ever thought God was calling you to write, Piper offers sound advice on evaluating that call. He describes the levels of awareness that helps us solidify and build confidence in our writing and call. Listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RLTZ9RLGZU

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The Writing Life of Craig Keener

From research to writing to editing

I’ve recently been working through Craig Keener’s 4-part commentary on the Book of Acts. I’ll be preaching through the Book of Acts this summer and fall. Keener’s book is remarkable and massive. I once heard a scholar suggest that it will be the most important work on Acts for at least the next 100 years....

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