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Hi, I’m Aaron. I’m an apprentice of Jesus Christ,  and my greatest goal in life is to make Him known. I’m a pastor, creativeteacher, and lifelong learner. Currently, I reach people as the founder and director of GoodLion Podcasts, and I serve as the web strategist for CGN. My favorite role is Brooklynn’s husband.

In everything I do, I work to bring innovation, love, kindness, and fun!

Currently one of my favorite places to do ministry is the GoodLion Podcast! Each episode, my good friend Brian Higgins and I work hard to dive deep into theology, culture, church, and discipleship to Jesus. I’ve had some much fun in these conversations, and running this show has continued to push me to be a lifelong learner.

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  • The Way We Win – A Response To The Events at the U.S. Capitol
    by Aaron Salvato on January 12, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    The way to win is not through violence, revolution, or political power. The way to win is through the person of Jesus, and for Christ followers our strategy is laid out all throughout scripture. This is how you win: Remember that our leader Jesus has overcome the world, the battle is already won. (John 16:33) Do not use violence as a method of bringing about God’s kingdom. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. (Matthew 26:52) Remember the Kingdom of God was never meant to be brought to bear through violent revolution. The kingdom is “not of this world!” (John 18:36) Go and make disciples! Preach the Gospel. Preach the Gospel. Preach the Gospel. Help people learn what it means to follow Jesus. (Matthew 28:16-20) Love your enemy. Pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:43-48) Be willing to lay down your rights and liberties for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 9-11) EXPECT to be persecuted (John 15:20) and instead of complaining when it happens, count it all joy. (Matthew 5:11 + Colossians 1:24) Overcome evil not with more evil, but with good. (Romans 12:21) Be literally willing to go the extra mile for anyone, even your enemies, for the sake of winning them over to Jesus. (Matthew 5:41) Avoid being consumed with conspiracies and endless arguments. Point people not to theories, but to WHO you know to be absolute truth. (Isaiah 8:12 ) (James 4:1-2) (John 14:6) Lead a quiet and humble life. Work hard and don’t stir up trouble, work to win the respect of non believers. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12) Devote yourself to prayer! (Colossians 4:2) Confess your sins to one another and pray for each other! Repent and help others repent. (James 5:16) Be willing to speak truth to power even when it inconveniences you. (Mark 6:14-29) Never. Stop. Forgiving. (Matthew 18:21-22) Make peace. (Matthew 5:9) Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God. (Micah 6:8) Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8-9) Don’t put your trust in earthly rulers, they cannot save you and they WILL fail you. (Psalm 146:3-7) Make your identity LOVE. Be KNOWN for how you love. (John 13:35) #uscapitol #christianity #faith

  • The What and Why of Discipleship
    by Aaron Salvato on January 6, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Brian and Aaron discuss discipleship. What is discipleship? Why do we do it? Why is it important? What are ways we misunderstand it? All these questions and more on today’s GoodLion podcast! –––– The GoodLion podcast is a show by Aaron Salvato and Brian Higgins, the founders of CGN’s GoodLion Podcast Network. Each episode, their goal is to ask hard questions, push past easy answers and always look to Jesus, the God who is not safe but is very good.

  • Faith & Mental Health
    by Aaron Salvato on December 15, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Nyah Bhone leads us through a discussion on mental health. We talk about some of the common misconceptions about mental health, and try to break down what it really looks like to struggle with mental health, but also to cope with it as followers of Christ. - The Good Voice Collective is a part of the GoodLion podcast network, and is produced by the GoodLion interns. Our goal is to give young christ followers and platform to use their voices for good.

  • Aaron & Brian Do Avent
    by Aaron Salvato on December 11, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Aaron and Brian have a holiday hangout and discuss a topic that they know nothing about: Advent! Is it essential to the faith? Is It just "Hipster Christmas?" Or is it something more? Can it help us grow during the season of Christmas and fix our eyes more on Christ? Brian and Aaron intend to find out as they ask both friends and strangers on social media about the true meaning of Advent.

  • Questions About Systemic Racism, With Benjamin Morrison
    by Aaron Salvato on December 7, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    On this week's episode, Aaron sits down with Pastor Benjamin Morrison to discuss two articles he wrote for CalvaryChapel about the issue of systemic racism. The articles received some pushback due to the tense feelings many people have in this moment around the topic, and so Aaron and Ben take time to flesh out a lot of the common concerns and issues that revolve around the term. It's a lengthy yet interesting discussion that gets to the heart of the issue and how Christians can think critically about it. Benjamin Morrison is the planter and lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Svitlovodsk, Ukraine. He is also the Coordinator for City to City Ukraine and serves as Training Coordinator for City to City Europe.

  • Knowing God’s Will
    by Aaron Salvato on December 1, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Kai shares a short devotional on what it means to know God’s will and follow it even in the mundane, and then Aaron and the rest of the interns join in for a discussion on the topic.

  • Masks, Churches, & Christian Struggles During Covid
    by Aaron Salvato on November 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    The entire Good Voice Collective intern team discusses all the crazy challenges facing churches and Christians during Covid-19.

  • Crossing Cultures – With Phil Metzger
    by Aaron Salvato on November 23, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Aaron sits down with Phil Metzger (lead pastor at Calvary San Diego) to talk about the art of "Crossing Cultures." Phil and his family have spent meant years overseas as missionaries and in that time he has learned all about how to communicate and relate to those who see the world differently. The first season of Phil's show is all about racial relations, and so Aaron and Phil discuss the problem of racial blindspots, the need for openness to different points of view, the necessity of reconciliation and forgiveness, and the debate around the "hot button" issue of the phrase "white privilege."

  • 5 Ways to Re-Center on Jesus When The World Seems Crazy
    by Aaron Salvato on November 19, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Aaron & Brian are back together to talk about 5 practical ways to Re-Center ourselves on Jesus (when the world seems crazy.) In all the insanity, loss, and change of 2020, many of us have felt distant from God, or like we've lost our focus on our purpose. Aaron and Brian walk us through these ideas: Return to Scripture Get back into Prayer (and pray purposefully) Less Screen-Time and Phone-Time Meditate on Jesus Serve Others While this episode and discussion is laid back and fun, it packs some deep insights as well! We hope it will help restore your sanity and focus on what Jesus has in store for us in the days to come.

  • Emotion, Liturgy, & Community in Worship
    by Aaron Salvato on November 9, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    GL Interns Victoria Fernald, Corrie Jackson, and show producer Aaron Salvato sit down to talk about how emotion, liturgy, & community relate to Worship. - The Good Voice Collective is a part of the GoodLion podcast network, and is produced by the GoodLion interns. Our goal is to give young christ followers and platform to use their voices for good.

  • The Good Lion Podcast
    by Aaron Salvato on November 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    A Show Where Young People From All Backgrounds Come Together To Use Their Voices For God's Kingdom.

  • No Matter Who Wins, Jesus Is King
    by Aaron Salvato on November 5, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    As we wait for election results, Aaron wrestles through his own doubts, anxieties, and fears around the effects of political ideologies and parties on both the Church and the world, the uncomfortableness of being "politically homeless", and delivers a message of hope about the reality that "If Jesus is King, that changes everything."

  • Episode 0 – Who we are and what we do!
    by Aaron Salvato on November 2, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    The Good Voice Collective introduces themselves! Meet Holly, Kai, Corrie, Shavi, Adam, Nyah, and Victoria as they chat with GoodLion Podcast Network director Aaron Salvato about the purpose and vision of the first season of their brand new show!

  • Diving Deeper into Doubts and Questions
    by Aaron Salvato on October 26, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Aaron & Brian take an episode to respond to more questions from listeners about doubts and faith.

  • What should we do with our doubts? – ft. Dominic Done
    by Aaron Salvato on October 14, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Aaron invites pastor and author Dominic Done onto the show to discuss questions about faith and doubt.  Question asked:  1. What has been your biggest crisis of faith and how did you overcome it? 2. Growing up in the faith can cause a lot of doubts when you start to grow older because you can feel like your faith isn’t YOURS. How can “Church born Christians” combat these feelings? 3. How should members of the church address so many young people walking away from the faith when they are on their own? 4. When will that difficulty disappear? When will it spontaneously not be difficult to believe in something you can't see? 5. Is it Blasphemous to doubt or wrestle with questions that God IS who he says He is? 6. Q: Is ALL faith good? Is ALL religion relevant? All this and more in today's episode!

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