The 4:8 Revolution Podcast

The 4:8 Revolution 011: Discipline: Key to Discipleship

Discipleship withers for lack of discipline.  Our spiritual ancestors knew this, but in today’s world we sorely lack the essentials of discipline that help keep our soul healthy.  In this podcast I talk about our need for discipline and the ways we can implement it in our lives that will help us become the people we are called to be and know the life we are invited to experience in Christ.

Links from the show:

Discipline Equals Freedom by Jocko Willink

The Practice of Religion by Reverend Archibald Campbell Knowles, D.D.



The 4:8 Revolution 010: Going “All-In” in Our Discipleship

What keeps us from following Jesus, fully, with self-abandon?  In this week’s podcast I talk about ways we can truly take up our cross and follow Jesus.  We explore the truth that Bishop J.C. Ryle once said, “It costs something to be a true Christian.  To be a mere nominal Christian, and go to church is cheap and easy work.  But to hear Christ’s voice, and follow Christ, and believe in Christ, and confess Christ, requires much self-denial.  It will cost us our sins, and our self-righteousness, and our ease, and our worldliness.  All -all must be given up.”

The 4:8 Revolution 009: The Disciple and Social Media

One of the significant ways our lives have changed in the last 10 years is in the rise of social media.  Many Christians are active on Facebook, Snapchat, Instragram and Twitter. What are some of the unique challenges that are presented by these platforms? How can we be a part of the conversation and be salt and light in the public square?

The Bible and the Gun, by Billy Crain

The 4:8 Revolution 008: Bible Basics for Growth

 It’s consistently a best-seller, but is often misused and mis-applied.  In this podcast I correct 2 common errors of Bible usage and  talk about translations and how to pick a Bible.  Then I review some best practices for reading and applying it to daily life.  It’s pure and practical advice to going deeper in your Scripture study.

The 4:8 Revolution 007: Discipleship, Marriage, and Family Life

My wife Sheryl joins me this week for some honest talk about our own marriage, faith and some of the things we have faced –infertility, adopting our boys,  mental health issues, dealing with grief, anger and the time Sheryl threw a shoe at me! It’s total fire.  Honest and, I think powerful (but I am a little biased!) I truly hope it is a blessing to you!

Links from the show:

Contact Sheryl at 

Bethany Christian Services

Meridell Achievement Center

“Adopting After Infertility”

The 4:8 Revolution 006: The Recipe for Healthy Discipleship

This week’s podcast is all about developing a plan for Discipleship.  We often talk in generalities about being a disciple, but seldom do we really dig into what that looks like.  In order to get at this, we need to examine first century discipleship.  Then, I offer 4 things that I think make up a healthy and growing life of Discipleship.

The 4:8 Revolution 005: New Year’s Resolutions and 8 Things to Give Up

Pumped to get this Podcast out to you!  This week, the first week of 2018, I thought I’d review the notion of resolutions and why most of them fail. I suggest we not only make resolutions about our eating or exercise, but make some resolutions regarding our spiritual life as well.  I discuss 8 things we should give up in 2018 in order get our spiritual lives poised for growth in the new year.  I really hope you enjoy it and find it helpful!

Fight the New Drug Website


The 4:8 Revolution 004: Interview with Rocker Billy Crain

I was so pumped to be able to sit down with one of my best friends and legendary guitarist Billy Crain.  He’s funny, witty, humble and can absolutely make your face melt with his guitar playing. He’s seen it all and played with some of the best bands around including The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, and Van Halen.  And that’s just a few.  He is a great brother in Christ who has wrestled with what it means to be a Christ-follower today.  You’ll love this interview and I hope you’ll find it an encouragement.

Billy Crain’s Official Website >>>

Billy Crain’s Music on CDBaby >>>

Listen to Billy on Spotify >>>

Hope of Jesus Children’s Home and Hope Farm Coffee >>>

The 4:8 Revolution 003: Advent Preparation and Authentic Zealousness

Many Christian traditions observe Advent (which comprises the 4 Sunday’s prior to Christmas Day) as a time of preparation for the coming of Christ.  But how should we do this?  What are the things that often prevent us from being ready for Christ’s advent?  That’s what we’ll be talking about on today’s podcast as I remind St. Patrick’s Anglican Church that “Neglect of the voice of God, leads to presumption on the mercies of God, which leads to coldness in our relationship with God.”

The 4:8 Revolution 002: The Biggest Challenge to Discipleship

In this week’s podcast I discuss the biggest challenge to our discipleship- ourselves.  The truth is that we often get in our own way.  The only way to alleviate this is to be able to spot how we get in our way and work through and around those things.  These include:

  • Bad Tapes
  • Low Expectations
  • Pessimism/Defeatism
  • False Guilt
  • Comparing Ourselves to Others
  • Overthinking/Underacting


The Lies We Believe, Chris Thurman >>>

The 4:8 Revolution 001 (Inaugural Episode)

I talk about the vision of this new podcast and where the name comes from.  I also give 3 keys to jump starting your spiritual life.


GodSpeed Website >>>

Examination of Conscience (coming soon)

Keys to Kickstart your 4:8 Revolution

  • Decide to stop playing the Christian game
  • Live an Examined Life
  • Embrace Discipline

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  -Philippians 4:8 (ESV)

We have to change the way we think.

There seems to be so much anger, frustration, and negativity around us.  From social media and television to radio and every medium in-between we are constantly fighting against a barrage of vitriol.

We need to do something different.

We need to change the way we think.

Let’s focus on what matters.  Let’s focus on what really makes a difference –not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us.

We have one life.  It’s time to take control of it and to live it well.  It’s time to be the people we are called to be and choose to live our faith with intention and purpose.

The 4:8 Revolution is a call to fight the fight the tide, turn against the wind, and take the less travelled road.

The 4:8 Revolution is Chris’ podcast on real-world discipleship for real people.  It’s a straight forward and frank discussion on how we can follow Christ in the midst of our busy and active lives.  It’s short on sugar-coating and long on practical advice on helping you progress in Christian maturity.