#72: On pastoral mental toughness and the gift of quarantine with Cole Russell Deike.

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Looking out your window might invite a deluge of apocalyptic ideas to overwhelm your mind. Every news channel is seemingly reporting that the world is burning. Surely the end is near. The Christian might wonder, rightly so, what his duty is in times like these. Well, to borrow a quote that may or may not be from the Reformer Martin Luther, “If I knew that tomorrow was the end of the world, I would plant an apple tree today.” The point being, we plant regardless — we remain faithful notwithstanding what the media reports or what the scene looks like outside our windows. Because the adamantine truth of the gospel of God is that it announces God’s unstoppable kingdom. There is nothing hindering the work of Christ from coming about, not quarantine. Not social upheaval. Not political corruption. No amount of scandal can thwart God’s kingdom purposes from being realized. And sometimes it takes a heavy dose of pastoral mental toughness to keep that in view.

In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am thrilled to be joined by Cole Russell Deike to talk about the mental toughness and preparedness necessary for pastoral ministry as well as why the gospel of grace is uniquely primed for quarantine seasons. May you be immensely blessed by this wonderful, gospel-rich conversation. Soli Deo Gloria!


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Cole is the happy husband to Chloe and father to Russell. He lives and ministers in Des Moines, Iowa, where he pastors Frontier Church. Cole is an excellent speaker and an accomplished writer, with contributions featured on sites such as Mockingbird and For The Church. His goal in ministry is to stir you to greater joy and deeper devotion by exalting Christ and living on mission in his locality. You can find him on Twitter and on Instagram.


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