The Podcast: Where It All Began

The Stainless Steel Soapbox is the latest incarnation of a podcast that has been running since June of 2008. For many years, it was our primary means of communicating our message with our audience and remains a key part of our ministry. The title was used for Pastor Mike's blog for many years and has a little bit of history to it.

 

"I've always been passionate. In the early days of my walk with Christ, I was one of the teachers for the Single Adult Sunday School Class at my home church. Even in those days (far too early for me to be teaching), my enthusiasm and passion was difficult to contain. One of the people in the class quipped, 'You're on that soapbox so often it must be made of stainless steel!' The term stuck. When I left the church to move back to Illinois, they gave me a card that was both a miss you card and reminder of the Stainless Steel Soapbox I often stood upon. I've never forgotten those friends from my early walk or their acceptance of my passion and drive to share it."

-Pastor MIke

 

From the beginning, the program has been designed around tackling difficult topics and the issues of the day in the light of Scripture. Pastor Mike’s combination of humor and uncompromising delivery help to make what much of the church isn’t talking about something accessible to everyone. Sure, a sacred cow or two might get slaughtered and preconceived notions challenged but there’s a few laughs along the way.

 

One thing that will never happen: There is no compromise on the Word of God. We take the Scriptures very serious.

 

We cover a lot of topics but some have become regular themes. These include many topics we offer in seminars plus Biblically grounded cultural commentary and sound theological teaching. Sometimes that means taking on very tough issues and topics most teachers avoid.

 

Our purpose is to equip the Body of Christ to take of the tough issues facing us today and live a stronger Christian life.

 

The Music: The intro and outro music were written and performed by one of the finest guitarist any of us here have ever known, Will Spicher. The intro is The Ride and the outro is Gamin' With The Boys. For more of his incredible music, his website is willsongs.com and his YouTube channel can be found here. The Willsongs++ playlist is more than worth a listen.

The Host and Teacher

Ministry Director and Founder Pastor Mike Kerby has served in a variety of ministry capacities over the years including pastoral positions, community wide prayer and unity efforts, media, and drama ministry. It was in the summer of 2008 that his passion for radio and the Gospel came together in his first podcast, originally title The Wicket Gate Ministries Podcast (Catchy, Huh?). Since those early and primitive days, the program has evolved through several iterations into Jesus’ Outsider, our flagship ministry and the basis for our original name.

Over the years, a desire to increase his effectiveness in the Kingdom has lead to the expansion of Jesus’ Outsider (Freedom Bridge's original name) beyond just a podcast to a full media and conference ministry. Never one to shy away from a difficult topic, the need to tackle some very challenging issues has grown greatly in the last few years. With his unique background built upon with hours of study, devotion, and prayer, Mike is able to speak and teach on things that those with a more conventional history might not be able to address.

 

Mike is married to The Lovely Bride (see below) and has four children and seven grandchildren. He is also the primary host of the Stainless Steel Soapbox podcast. Email: mike.kerby@freedombridgeministries.org

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