EPISODES
  • The Problem With the Bible | It Is Written E1

    We have a problem with the Bible. More and more followers of Jesus in the west don’t read it, don’t now how to read it, don’t even like it, and frankly, take issue with it. So why do we follow the Bible? In this episode, John Mark looks at how Jesus talked about the Bible, arguing that we believe in the Bible because of Jesus's authority, not the other way around.


    Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 5v17-19; Mark 12v35-36; Mark 12v18-27; Matthew 28v16-18.


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    1h 8m | Feb 23, 2024
  • Dreams: Different, Harder, Longer, Better | Discovering Your Identity and Calling (Revamped) E6

    Are you waiting on a dream from God? John Mark teaches about God's promises through the story of Joseph. He shows us that God's fulfillment of our deepest dreams and desires are often even better than we can imagine, giving us hope and endurance in the different, harder, and longer middle of the story.


    Key Scripture Passages: Genesis 37v2 - Genesis 45v8; Philippians 4v11-13

    Resources for this practice: https://practicingthewayarchives.org/practices/identity-and-calling


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    49m | Feb 16, 2024
  • How We Change: Intentional Spiritual Formation | Discovering Your Identity and Calling (Revamped) E5

    Have you ever tried to change but couldn't make it last? As John Mark taught last week, we're constantly being shaped by our beliefs, habits, relationships, and environment. This week, he tells us how to fight back and create lasting transformation in our lives.


    Key Scripture Passages: Luke 6v39-40; Romans 12v2; Matthew 5-7

    Discussion Guide: https://practicingthewayarchives.org/identity/part-six


    Other Mentioned Resources:

    Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

    The Cost of Discipleship by Diedrich Bonhoeffer


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    49m | Feb 9, 2024
  • How We Change: Unintentional Spiritual Formation | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E4 (Revamped)

    "The question isn't, are you being formed? It's, what are you being formed into?"

    John Mark talks about the various influences that shape our lives and who we become. He challenges us to be intentional with our beliefs, habits, relationships, and experiences to form us into people of love.


    Key Scripture Passages: Ephesians 4v1-24; Galatians 4v19; Proverbs 4v23

    Discussion Guide: https://practicingthewayarchives.org/identity/part-five


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    45m | Feb 2, 2024
  • Calling: The Inward Journey | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E3 (Revamped)

    "The main thing God gets out of your life is the person you become" - Dallas Willard

    Our calling isn't just about what we do with our lives: it's also about who we become. John Mark talks about the inward journey: who we are called to be as believers, and how to get there.


    Key Scripture Passages: Matthew 4v18-22; Matthew 9v9-13

    Discussion Guide: https://practicingthewayarchives.org/identity/part-three


    Other Resources:

    The Road Back to You, Suzanne Collins

    Invitation to a Journey, Robert Mulholland

    The Road to Character, David Brooks

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    49m | Jan 26, 2024
  • Identity | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E2 (Revamped)

    Who are you, really? John Mark walks us through what the Scriptures tell us about our identity in Christ, helping us step into that reality through faith -- even when our lives don't seem to live up to it.


    Key Scripture passages: Matthew 3v13-17; Ephesians 1v1-15; Ephesians 4v1-3

    Discussion Guide: https://practicingthewayarchives.org/identity/week-two


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    1h 5m | Jan 19, 2024
  • The Journey | Discovering Your Identity and Calling E1 (Revamped)

    Our identity and calling has ramifications for who we become and what we do with our lives. John Mark lays out a biblical framework for this journey of discovery, encouraging us to embrace this process with community and the Holy Spirit.


    Key Scripture passages: Matthew 3v13-4v11; John 1v20-28; Matthew 16v13-18;

    Discussion Guide: https://practicingthewayarchives.org/identity/week-one


    This podcast and its episodes are paid for by The Circle, our community of monthly givers. Special thanks for this episode goes to: Shaun from Nashville, Tennessee; Michael from Clarksville, Tennessee; Kelsey from Tulsa, Oklahoma; Amanda Ann Godwin from Hillsborough, North Carolina; and Jesse from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Thank you all so much!

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    48m | Jan 12, 2024
  • What's Next for the Podcast

    We've got lots of new content coming in 2024! Our new host, Strahan Coleman, gives a quick update on what's upcoming for the John Mark Comer Teachings podcast.

    2m | Jan 5, 2024
  • Hope | Advent E2

    When was the last time you were disappointed? In our world, it's easy to put our hope in things that fail us. In contrast to the disillusionment of the world, John Mark talks about the Advent hope of Jesus's birth and second coming, showing us how putting our hope in that reality is the only hope that will never disappoint.


    Key Scripture Passages: Luke 1v16-38; Luke 24v13-27


    This podcast and its episodes are paid for by The Circle, our community of monthly givers. Special thanks for this episode goes to: Pat from Modesto, California; John from Minneapolis, Minnesota; Scott from Waco, Texas; Nick from Laguna Niguel, California; and Tahisha from Arlington, Virginia. Thank you all so much!

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    42m | Dec 22, 2023
  • Joy | Advent E1

    Are you happy? Many of us aren't. Yet Martin Luther once said "a Christian should be happy." And Rick Howe argued that "the pursuit of joy is a moral obligation." In a world filled with sorrow and grief, John Mark shows us how the coming of Jesus gives us a path to pursue joy and how we can hold it in tandem with the pain of our lives.


    Key Scripture Passages: Luke 2v1-20


    This podcast and its episodes are paid for by The Circle, our community of monthly givers. Special thanks for this episode goes to: Autumn from Austin, Texas; Joshua from Shreveport, Louisiana; Hollie from Meridian, Idaho; Derrick from Portland, Oregon; and Cadyn from Sachse, Texas. Thank you all so much!

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    45m | Dec 15, 2023
  • Being with God | Prayer E4

    How do we pray when we run out of words? John Mark talks about the practice of contemplative prayer and it's importance in our spiritual formation. He concludes with three primary obstacles to this form of prayer, offering ideas on how to move past these and embrace the depth of this path to life with God.


    Key Scripture Passages: 2 Corinthians 3v7-18


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    49m | Dec 8, 2023
  • Listening to God | Prayer E3

    "Learning to hear God's voice is the single most important task of a disciple of Jesus."

    John Mark talks about listening to God, exploring both they why and the how behind it. He challenges us to posture ourselves in surrender and obedience as we lean into a relationship with our creator.


    Key Scripture Passages: John 10v1-10; Deuteronomy 6v4-5; Matthew 28v19-20


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    47m | Dec 1, 2023
  • Talking with God | Prayer E2

    There comes a moment in our prayer lives when we want to pray our own words to God. John Mark shows us how the ancient practices of gratitude, lament, petition, and intercession help us find words to place our lives before God in love.


    Key Scripture Passage: Luke 11v1-13


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    46m | Nov 24, 2023
  • Talking to God | Prayer E1

    How do we pray in a world full of smartphones? John Mark dives into Luke 11 and how Jesus taught his disciples to pray, showing how this prayer orients us to the character of God and how other pre-written prayers can help us grow in our walk with God.


    Key Scripture Passage: Luke 11v1-4


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    48m | Nov 17, 2023
  • Church is Formation

    Do you ever feel stuck? John Mark speaks to the difference between our role and God's role in our formation journey, inviting us to embrace God's leading by letting go of attachments. He argues that surrender to God's work is a way to go beyond the surface level of our spiritual journey.


    Key Scripture Passage: John 21v18-19


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    51m | Nov 10, 2023
  • The Three Levels of Faith

    What do you do when everything falls apart? John Mark talks about overcoming fear in our lives, laying out a three-part journey of growing in faith, where we find deep peace and trust that transcends our circumstances.


    Key Scripture Passage: Mark 9v14-29


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    50m | Nov 3, 2023
  • Future Church for the Future World | Future Church E8

    What gives you hope for the future? John Mark contrasts the negative news cycle of our age with the good news of Jesus: that he's overcome death and is returning that we might walk in his resurrection.


    Key Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 15v1-28


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    38m | Oct 27, 2023
  • A Community of Contribution in a Culture of Careerism | Future Church E7

    How would you work differently if you believed your work was essential to your apprenticeship to Jesus? John Mark argues that a subtle religion emerging in our culture is 'work-ism,' where work becomes the primary system of meaning and identity in our lives. In contrast, he proposes the practice of vocation - 're-weaving glory' by doing everything unto the Lord.


    Key Scripture Passages: Genesis 1v26-29, 2v8-15


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    34m | Oct 20, 2023
  • A Community of Peacemakers in a Culture of Political Polarization | Future Church E6

    What if the way forward in our political moment isn’t sweeping reform, but a meal around the table? As much of the world becomes more divided than ever, John Mark challenges us to become peacemakers by demonstrating God's love through the practice of hospitality.


    Key Scripture Passages: Mark 2v13-17, Mark 3v13-19, Romans 12v13, 1 Peter 4v8-9, Hebrews 13v1-2


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    40m | Oct 13, 2023
  • A Community of Peace in a Culture of Outrage and Fear | Future Church E5

    "If there's anything left of my annoying voice in your memory banks in 20 years, I would hope that you would hear me as a brother in your ear just saying, 'follow Jesus to the quiet and pray.'"

    All around us, people are angry and afraid. John Mark invites us to become a community of peaceful, 'non-anxious presences' by engaging in the practice of silence and solitude. Through this practice, we learn how to receive the love of God into the deepest places of our pain and fear.


    Key Scripture Passage: Luke 5v12-16


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    48m | Oct 6, 2023
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