Episode 458: Pastor Mark Batterson on the Power of Words, How to Lead with Gratitude, and the Theology of Fun

He’s one of our favorite’s around here! Pastor Mark Batterson is here to talk with us about thinking of our words as giving gifts, the importance of being involved in a local church, and when God incubates a dream for many years. Also, how about that theme of confession we’ve been having lately?! I’m so grateful for Pastor Mark and his voice in our lives. Be sure to check out his new book Please, Sorry, Thanks: The Three Words That Change Everything.

If you loved this episode, here are the previous That Sounds Fun Podcast episodes with Mark Batterson:

Episode 177: Mark Batterson | Episode 270: Pastor Mark Batterson + Win The Day

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Mark Batterson

Conversation Links:

Amos Dodge

National Community Church

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Romans 1:20

The Hidden Life of Trees

Emily Dickinson

Cross Point Church

C.S. Lewis

James 5:16

Mark 12:30-31

Proverbs 18:21

Genesis 1:3

Genesis 1:26-28

Ephesians 4

Occam’s Razor

Frothy Monkey

Romans 2:4

Luke 23:34

David Platt

Luke 17:11–19

Eugene Peterson

Alexander Whyte

George Washington Carver

Job 12:7


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