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, creative, teacher, 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.
Why are Millennials and GenZ kids who grew up in the Church leaving in droves? How can we reach people struggling with doubt and deconstruction? Evan Wickham, pastor of Park Hill Church in San Diego, has a lot of perspective to offer on this topic. Between his time as a youth pastor, traveling worship leader, and spending years pastoring in Portland (a culture hostile to the Christian faith), Evan has seen his fair share of doubt & deconstruction… as well as experiencing some himself. Evan shares his insight into how we can come out the other side of doubt and deconstruction with a positive attitude aiming to build the Church up, rather than tear it down, and how we can reach people who are currently struggling with their faith. He introduces a concept called “Spiritual Consent” that he has found helpful in ministering to people burned out and wounded by things they’ve experienced.
We hope this conversation helps you in your walk with Christ and is a helpful resource to you as you make every effort to help others discover the Way of Jesus.
Here’s what I’ve been working on lately!
- People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue – Preston Sprinkleby Aaron Salvato on June 12, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Click link to watch the sermon - People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue: Christians who are confused by the homosexuality debate raging in the US are looking for resources that are based solidly on a deep study of what Scripture says about the issue. In People to Be Loved, Preston Sprinkle challenges those on all sides of the debate to consider what the Bible says and how we should approach the topic of homosexuality in light of it. In a manner that appeals to a scholarly and lay-audience alike, Preston takes on difficult questions such as how should the church treat people struggling with same-sex attraction? Is same-sex attraction a product of biological or societal factors or both? How should the church think about larger cultural issues, such as gay marriage, gay pride, and whether intolerance over LGBT amounts to racism? How (or if) Christians should do business with LGBT persons and supportive companies? Simply saying that the Bible condemns homosexuality is not accurate, nor is it enough to end the debate. Those holding a traditional view still struggle to reconcile the Bible’s prohibition of same-sex attraction with the message of radical, unconditional grace.
- Beyond The Shadow of a Doubt – The Story of Doubting Thomasby Aaron Salvato on June 11, 2021 at 4:10 pm
In this GoodLion midweek message Aaron shares with us about the evil twin brother of faith - doubt. Doubt is not a very fun topic to talk about because it's not something that's often very accepted at church... but it's something vitally important the church talks about and engages with. We need to see how Jesus responds to those who doubt. What better character to study on this topic than the man known as "doubting Thomas?"
- What is Postmodernism, and why should we care?by Aaron Salvato on May 31, 2021 at 7:19 pm
In this episode Brian & Aaron begin to scratch the surface of a notoriously hard to define topic: postmodernism, specifically postmodern philosophy. While western culture has been in the grip of a postmodern movement and mood since the 1960s, many Christians struggle to identify what exactly postmodernism is, and why it presents a problem for the Church. In part one of a new miniseries, the guys jump headfirst into the discussion, doing their best to research, learn, and share their findings. They take a look at Modernism and how it led to Postmodernism, and discuss one of the core reasons this trajectory has created an obstacle for the Christian worldview, namely, the abandonment of the concept of objective truth. We hope this episode helps you think deeply as you follow Jesus in this current cultural moment!
- Christianese Showdown – Brian Vs Aaronby Aaron Salvato on May 21, 2021 at 3:56 pm
In this BONUS episode Aaron & Brian square off to see who can fire off the most "Christainese" phrases in rapid succession.
- The Simple Gospelby Aaron Salvato on May 11, 2021 at 6:14 pm
Have you ever wondered if you are actually saved? if Jesus' work on the cross was enough to really save you? Have you ever been discouraged about how sometimes the Gospel can seem so complicated, and there seems to be a ton of hurdles you must clear before you can truly be saved? If you've wondered these things... this message is for you. Aaron takes a look at the Simple Gospel as taught by Paul in Galatians, and shows us how the Gospel frees us from the burden of trying to please others... and gives us freedom because of the reality that Christ has already done everything we need to be saved.
- Abortion, Christians, & The Value of a Life (with Ryan Lynn)by Aaron Salvato on May 10, 2021 at 10:09 pm
Abortion is a hot button topic that is often debated by both Christians and non Christians. Ryan Lynn (Founder of the Speak Life Collective) is here to challenge us on how we can think through this divisive topic as followers of Christ. In this discussion, Aaron and Brian dialogue with Ryan about the value of an unborn life, how to respond to those who hold pro-choice views, what it means to be pro-life, the ethics of abortion, how to get involved with this ideological battle as a peacemaker, how to show grace and compassion to women who've struggled through this issue, and how to hold boldly to your convictions while carrying those convictions with compassion. It's a great talk and we really hope it encourages and equips you to walk closely with Jesus as you engage the culture around you for the Kingdom of God.
- A Community of Rest in a Culture of Exhaustion – Dave Lomasby Aaron Salvato on May 4, 2021 at 7:51 pm
Repost from Bridgetown Church: Our culture keeps us in the cycle of exhaustion, burnout and spiritual death. As a church community our desire is to become a culture of rest as a prophetic witness to the promise of rest that Jesus brings to us. In this teaching we explore the practice of Sabbath and how it habituates us towards the rest our souls need. Follow along with the Future Church community guides as we reimagine the kind of church we want to become.
- Beyond A Shadow of A Doubt – John 20by Aaron Salvato on May 3, 2021 at 3:26 pm
Very often in Christianity, people tend to look down on those who struggle with doubt, comparing them to the character of "doubting Thomas". However, the story of Thomas actually has a TON to show us about how Jesus responds to doubters! If you've ever struggled with doubt or have someone in your life who struggles, this message is for you. - GoodLion Ministries is an online young adults discipleship group that focuses on helping young people follow the way of Jesus. We meet monday nights 6PM pst, where we have sermons and discussion.
- Serve Like Jesus pt1 // John 13:1-17by Aaron Salvato on April 26, 2021 at 6:58 pm
A look at Christ as our model for servanthood.
- Faith, Hope, & Love – 1 Cor 13 (Midweek Message)by Aaron Salvato on April 7, 2021 at 1:28 pm
GoodLion is starting an online young adults ministry! Aaron preaches the first message on the importance of Faith, Hope, & Love in a world desperate for all three. - GoodLion Ministries is an online young adults discipleship group that focuses on helping young people follow the way of Jesus. We meet monday nights 6PM pst, where we have sermons and discussion. If you're interested in joining, send us a DM!