Find Jesus On Every Page of the Bible

Find Jesus On Every Page of the Bible

Eric Smith and David Bowden help you find Jesus on every page of the Bible, even in Leviticus. Listen as they tell their story of starting Spoken Gospel which offers seven-minute videos on each Book of the Bible to jump-start you to engage with God's Word. Join them on their mission to speak the Gospel out of every corner of Scripture in every corner of the world.

36 Minutes • 23 days ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Eric Smith

Eric Smith and David Bowden help you find Jesus on every page of the Bible, even in Leviticus. Listen as they tell their story of starting Spoken Gospel which offers seven-minute videos on each Book of the Bible to jump-start you to engage with God's Word.

Join them on their mission to speak the Gospel out of every corner of Scripture in every corner of the world.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah Anointing, The Esther Anointing, The Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charisma mag.com backslash anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

·         Read on Charisma News: Ministry Ignites Bible Engagement by ‘Seeing Jesus on Every Page’

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. Well, if you've been listening to me for long … and you probably have … there's 577 episodes now. As you're listening to this one, we have recorded 577 shows. I don't think I've ever said that. I've never had a story count. But today, I looked at it just for kicks because I was going to share it with my guest today to let him know how long we've been doing this. The reason I would do that is because a former student of mine. We met at ORU, I was a dean, and I met him at a table in my office where I interviewed young high school students as they were interviewing for a scholarship. We call it The Whole Person Scholarship at Oral Roberts University. So, he's with me now. I'll introduce you and then we will introduce the show topic after we get done kibitzing and chatting about our history. So, I'm so thrilled to welcome back a good friend of mine, a student, someone I love so much, Eric Smith. You've come a long way since that pre-freshman year. When I met you, were both in completely different roles. Why don't you share a little bit about what you felt like during that interview?

Eric Smith: It was amazing. I was actually in a really interesting crossroads in my life at that time when we met. I liked math a lot. I was trying to decide if I should major in math or in engineering. My dad is in business, so maybe business, music, I was just all over the map. I liked a lot of things and and I still will always remember going into your office to meet some Dr. Steve Greene. And in fact, I actually thought you were a theology Professor because my sister was one who also knew Dr. Greene. So, I was unsure what you taught, and we immediately hit it off. It helped that you love tennis. I just remember you asking such thoughtful questions and we connected on so many different levels. I think you looked straight at me and said I'm pretty sure that you would be really good at marketing because you love so many different things and are so focused.

 

·         Click here to access Spoken Gospel

 

Dr. Steve Greene: How right was that?

Eric Smith: Very right. Sometimes you just know. I fell in love with it.

What is Spoken Gospel

·         Short, creative videos that introduce the spoken word poetry to explain a book of the Bible’s main them and how it is fulfilled in Jesus

·         Devotionals: Brief field guides through every passage of scripture that explain each chapter within its context and how it reveals more about the Good News of Jesus.

·         Podcasts: Deeper dives into how the big ideas presented by every book of the Bible find their climax in Jesus.

Dr. Steve Greene: We had a four-year relationship there at ORU. You did great as a student. You excelled in every part of your life. I watched you from afar and up close. I saw you swept through many different presentations. I just put one of those pictures back up on Facebook. I got the six-year anniversary picture from Facebook, put that back up this week, and was thinking about what a pleasure it was to teach you guys and how much I learned from you and how much we learned from each other. It was just a great experience.

Eric Smith: It’s something I'll never forget. I don't even know if you remember this or not, but it was between my freshman and sophomore year at ORU, and I was walking down the corridor after meeting with my counselor to figure out my schedule for the next year. A sales class, it was supposed to be a junior-senior year class. I was still trying to figure it out. I had just transitioned to an official marketing major, not just business admin, and you saw me in the hallway and said, hey, you're taking my sales class next year, right? I don't have the prerequisites for it. And you said, I'm the dean, you're taking sales next year. It was like, OK. And you smiled and said, good, I can't wait to give you first B. I got the highest grade in that class to spite you.

Dr. Steve Greene: He did and you earned it to brother. You made a great sales presentation in the competition I remember. I also got really close to your dad, I got to know him. He's a good friend of mine and we've worked together. So, let's jump into the work mode. You graduated, you're on your way, even after several years. Tell me about your career. What have you done? Where are you?

Eric Smith: Actually, while I was still at ORU, a good buddy of mine and through your leadership and training, we developed a social media and marketing advertising agency where we help local businesses get started on publishing online. It did a lot for me for getting my foot in the door for real-world experience and I fell in love with it. As soon as I left ORU and officially graduated, I took a position as national marketing director, at my dad's mortgage company. All that experience of actually creating content and reading analytics and proving ROI was so pivotal for my career to be able to build a department, hire out new agencies, and I was off to the races. So, this company Prime Sources, a publicly traded mortgage company, I had a good couple of years there before I decided to transition to a similar role at My Mutual Mortgage, another national mortgage company where I did the same thing. I realized pretty quickly also through your leadership that I love building systems and building teams and finding that starting from ground zero with something and creating excellence through different marketing management systems was amazing and thrilling.

Dr. Steve Greene: You skipped a step. You got married somewhere in there.

Eric Smith: I did. I can't skip that. I got married the summer before my last semester, and I finished the semester early. My wife, we met the Monday before classes started at ORU and became really good friends. We dated for about two and a half years and got married. We'll have our six-year wedding anniversary this June.

Dr. Steve Greene: That's exciting. She's in her own agency business. She's a photographer and what else does she do?

Eric Smith: Graphic design. She's phenomenal graphic designer. She has many different clients, working full time for herself now. She was a partner in a firm in Dallas. But now she's full time all by herself and doing really, really great work, lots of international design awards. Very, very clean, modern design.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, there is a story to be told here as you've moved out of the mortgage industry, which is a very competitive, highly focused industry. The Lord called you into something, tell us that story.

Eric Smith: It was just over a year ago now, I was actually working for a company, Cornerstone Home Lending. In the state of Oklahoma, they are the number one purchase vendor. I built a team there, had two full-time people as well as an agency working for me and I loved it. I actually found a lot of contentment and wanted to be there for many years. It’s interesting, and I say it that way, just to say that God's called me out of something that I thought was going to be really a long-term mission for me. We were even building new systems to grow out, basically a licensing deal with other branches in the company and it was growing a lot. It was in that moment that I met my business partner here, David Bowden. He was traveling the nation speaking at different conferences, using spoken word poetry to preach the gospel. I found it really intriguing. I all I wanted to do is meet up with him monthly and just pro bono, help him. I learned about submission and preaching the gospel. I said, great, let me teach you some things that I've learned about social media marketing and advertising strategy and, and help get the word out more clearly to more people. He and I, we actually went to this conference over a weekend and God really broke my heart. I started studying the parable of the talents, which is something that's been so dear to my heart for so long. I feel this responsibility of stewarding gifts that God has given me that I believe is completely given by God and should be used to glorify Him and Him alone. So, I've seen that through my worship music, through business, through my relationships and in even in tennis and always making sure I'm using it to glorify God. But I was looking at it from the perspective of over 40 years, over 60 years, until I’m retired. Then, when I accumulated enough wealth, I can go and I'm not needing a full-time job, then I'm going to go into full time ministry. I love missions, especially working in the country Germany and Western Europe. So, I'll eventually go full-time into ministry, I just don't know the timing. God spoke to me and said, in the parable of the talents, it's actually talking about urgency and expectancy, that what are you doing today to steward your gifts with the urgency and expectancy that God is coming back tomorrow? The Master’s return is actually near and I just felt this burn of, well, I now feel like I have just enough experience to do something with it. I should be using that to reach people with gospel. Here is this opportunity that David presented. He says, hey, I need a business partner. I want to go to all the nations preaching the gospel clearly. Use these skills that you've used to convince people that they should get a mortgage and buy a home and earn home ownership. Let's use those skills to preach the gospel. I'm like, OK, let's do this. It wasn't an overnight decision, but it was an overnight conviction. Where I knew I needed to do something today and what was I doing, just teaching loan officers how to better take selfies for Instagram? I couldn't find fulfillment anymore. I realized I needed to be using these skills specifically to preach the gospel to people who need it and need to hear it today.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, let's introduce your partner. I'll let you do the introduction, and we'll begin to speak about this nonprofit organization that you guys have founded.

Eric Smith: I've got here my business partner, David Bowden, who is the founder of our ministry, Spoken Gospel. He is also an author and speaker. His wife, Megan, had a son about nine months ago.

David Bowden: Thank you. Thanks for having us on. Dr. Greene.

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm so glad you're on with us and sounds like you're extremely busy with a new business, a new baby and young married. You're a busy guy.

David Bowden: Oh yeah. But you know, God always increases our capacity to meet the responsibilities he's laid out for us. so I’m so grateful.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, your businesses is Spoken Gospel. Tell us a little bit about what you're up tom what is your mission and why have you both gone full-time with such a fury of energy and commitment. What is Spoken Gospel?

David Bowden: Spoken Gospel, our mission is to speak the gospel out of every corner of Scripture and every corner of the world. And this is such a broad and large mission, but it's narrowed in the focus that we have a core conviction that Jesus is the main story of the entire Bible, but he's also the main character, main fulfillment of every passage of Scripture in the entire Bible. It's a way to view and read and understand your Bible properly. Something that we're doing with Spoken Gospel is this new project where we're creating a video introduction for every single book of the Bible to help people see Jesus in every single book of the Bible. So, we're making online videos, we have podcasts, devotionals … we have even partnered with You Version Bible app. We have reading plans and videos on there where we're reaching people to show them more and more how to see and engage with their Bible. We're passionate about Bible engagement. With Bible engagement, recently in decline, we help people treasure their Bibles more. It can be extremely transformative to help them understand and encourage them to read their Bible more and more. That's something we really care about.

 

Connect with Spoken Gospel

·         Spokengospelm.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Eric Smith

Eric Smith and David Bowden help you find Jesus on every page of the Bible, even in Leviticus. Listen as they tell their story of starting Spoken Gospel which offers seven-minute videos on each Book of the Bible to jump-start you to engage with God's Word.

Join them on their mission to speak the Gospel out of every corner of Scripture in every corner of the world.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. I'd like to tell you about a series that's available to you now through Charisma. Many of you have seen bits and pieces of maybe one of these books, The Deborah Anointing, The Esther Anointing, The Anna Anointing, and The Ruth Anointing, plus a free bonus all in the Solid Rock Series. You're going to get all four anointing books by Michelle McClain-Walters, plus a Charisma subscription and to Life in the Spirit devotions for only $36. I want to say that part of it again. You're going to get all four of those anointing books by Michelle McClain Walters. Plus, you'll receive a Charisma subscription, a subscription to Charisma magazine, and then you'll get two Life in a Spirit devotionals for only $36. Now, you can find this at charismamag.com/anoint. Or, you can just look right here, down below this podcast in the show notes and you'll see the link to charisma mag.com backslash anoint. I know you'll love these books, and I know you'll love the free bonuses and a subscription to Charisma magazine. Now let's get to the show.

·         Read on Charisma News: Ministry Ignites Bible Engagement by ‘Seeing Jesus on Every Page’

Dr. Steve Greene: This is the Greenelines podcast. I'm Steve Greene on the Charisma Podcast Network. Well, if you've been listening to me for long … and you probably have … there's 577 episodes now. As you're listening to this one, we have recorded 577 shows. I don't think I've ever said that. I've never had a story count. But today, I looked at it just for kicks because I was going to share it with my guest today to let him know how long we've been doing this. The reason I would do that is because a former student of mine. We met at ORU, I was a dean, and I met him at a table in my office where I interviewed young high school students as they were interviewing for a scholarship. We call it The Whole Person Scholarship at Oral Roberts University. So, he's with me now. I'll introduce you and then we will introduce the show topic after we get done kibitzing and chatting about our history. So, I'm so thrilled to welcome back a good friend of mine, a student, someone I love so much, Eric Smith. You've come a long way since that pre-freshman year. When I met you, were both in completely different roles. Why don't you share a little bit about what you felt like during that interview?

Eric Smith: It was amazing. I was actually in a really interesting crossroads in my life at that time when we met. I liked math a lot. I was trying to decide if I should major in math or in engineering. My dad is in business, so maybe business, music, I was just all over the map. I liked a lot of things and and I still will always remember going into your office to meet some Dr. Steve Greene. And in fact, I actually thought you were a theology Professor because my sister was one who also knew Dr. Greene. So, I was unsure what you taught, and we immediately hit it off. It helped that you love tennis. I just remember you asking such thoughtful questions and we connected on so many different levels. I think you looked straight at me and said I'm pretty sure that you would be really good at marketing because you love so many different things and are so focused.

 

·         Click here to access Spoken Gospel

 

Dr. Steve Greene: How right was that?

Eric Smith: Very right. Sometimes you just know. I fell in love with it.

What is Spoken Gospel

·         Short, creative videos that introduce the spoken word poetry to explain a book of the Bible’s main them and how it is fulfilled in Jesus

·         Devotionals: Brief field guides through every passage of scripture that explain each chapter within its context and how it reveals more about the Good News of Jesus.

·         Podcasts: Deeper dives into how the big ideas presented by every book of the Bible find their climax in Jesus.

Dr. Steve Greene: We had a four-year relationship there at ORU. You did great as a student. You excelled in every part of your life. I watched you from afar and up close. I saw you swept through many different presentations. I just put one of those pictures back up on Facebook. I got the six-year anniversary picture from Facebook, put that back up this week, and was thinking about what a pleasure it was to teach you guys and how much I learned from you and how much we learned from each other. It was just a great experience.

Eric Smith: It’s something I'll never forget. I don't even know if you remember this or not, but it was between my freshman and sophomore year at ORU, and I was walking down the corridor after meeting with my counselor to figure out my schedule for the next year. A sales class, it was supposed to be a junior-senior year class. I was still trying to figure it out. I had just transitioned to an official marketing major, not just business admin, and you saw me in the hallway and said, hey, you're taking my sales class next year, right? I don't have the prerequisites for it. And you said, I'm the dean, you're taking sales next year. It was like, OK. And you smiled and said, good, I can't wait to give you first B. I got the highest grade in that class to spite you.

Dr. Steve Greene: He did and you earned it to brother. You made a great sales presentation in the competition I remember. I also got really close to your dad, I got to know him. He's a good friend of mine and we've worked together. So, let's jump into the work mode. You graduated, you're on your way, even after several years. Tell me about your career. What have you done? Where are you?

Eric Smith: Actually, while I was still at ORU, a good buddy of mine and through your leadership and training, we developed a social media and marketing advertising agency where we help local businesses get started on publishing online. It did a lot for me for getting my foot in the door for real-world experience and I fell in love with it. As soon as I left ORU and officially graduated, I took a position as national marketing director, at my dad's mortgage company. All that experience of actually creating content and reading analytics and proving ROI was so pivotal for my career to be able to build a department, hire out new agencies, and I was off to the races. So, this company Prime Sources, a publicly traded mortgage company, I had a good couple of years there before I decided to transition to a similar role at My Mutual Mortgage, another national mortgage company where I did the same thing. I realized pretty quickly also through your leadership that I love building systems and building teams and finding that starting from ground zero with something and creating excellence through different marketing management systems was amazing and thrilling.

Dr. Steve Greene: You skipped a step. You got married somewhere in there.

Eric Smith: I did. I can't skip that. I got married the summer before my last semester, and I finished the semester early. My wife, we met the Monday before classes started at ORU and became really good friends. We dated for about two and a half years and got married. We'll have our six-year wedding anniversary this June.

Dr. Steve Greene: That's exciting. She's in her own agency business. She's a photographer and what else does she do?

Eric Smith: Graphic design. She's phenomenal graphic designer. She has many different clients, working full time for herself now. She was a partner in a firm in Dallas. But now she's full time all by herself and doing really, really great work, lots of international design awards. Very, very clean, modern design.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, there is a story to be told here as you've moved out of the mortgage industry, which is a very competitive, highly focused industry. The Lord called you into something, tell us that story.

Eric Smith: It was just over a year ago now, I was actually working for a company, Cornerstone Home Lending. In the state of Oklahoma, they are the number one purchase vendor. I built a team there, had two full-time people as well as an agency working for me and I loved it. I actually found a lot of contentment and wanted to be there for many years. It’s interesting, and I say it that way, just to say that God's called me out of something that I thought was going to be really a long-term mission for me. We were even building new systems to grow out, basically a licensing deal with other branches in the company and it was growing a lot. It was in that moment that I met my business partner here, David Bowden. He was traveling the nation speaking at different conferences, using spoken word poetry to preach the gospel. I found it really intriguing. I all I wanted to do is meet up with him monthly and just pro bono, help him. I learned about submission and preaching the gospel. I said, great, let me teach you some things that I've learned about social media marketing and advertising strategy and, and help get the word out more clearly to more people. He and I, we actually went to this conference over a weekend and God really broke my heart. I started studying the parable of the talents, which is something that's been so dear to my heart for so long. I feel this responsibility of stewarding gifts that God has given me that I believe is completely given by God and should be used to glorify Him and Him alone. So, I've seen that through my worship music, through business, through my relationships and in even in tennis and always making sure I'm using it to glorify God. But I was looking at it from the perspective of over 40 years, over 60 years, until I’m retired. Then, when I accumulated enough wealth, I can go and I'm not needing a full-time job, then I'm going to go into full time ministry. I love missions, especially working in the country Germany and Western Europe. So, I'll eventually go full-time into ministry, I just don't know the timing. God spoke to me and said, in the parable of the talents, it's actually talking about urgency and expectancy, that what are you doing today to steward your gifts with the urgency and expectancy that God is coming back tomorrow? The Master’s return is actually near and I just felt this burn of, well, I now feel like I have just enough experience to do something with it. I should be using that to reach people with gospel. Here is this opportunity that David presented. He says, hey, I need a business partner. I want to go to all the nations preaching the gospel clearly. Use these skills that you've used to convince people that they should get a mortgage and buy a home and earn home ownership. Let's use those skills to preach the gospel. I'm like, OK, let's do this. It wasn't an overnight decision, but it was an overnight conviction. Where I knew I needed to do something today and what was I doing, just teaching loan officers how to better take selfies for Instagram? I couldn't find fulfillment anymore. I realized I needed to be using these skills specifically to preach the gospel to people who need it and need to hear it today.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, let's introduce your partner. I'll let you do the introduction, and we'll begin to speak about this nonprofit organization that you guys have founded.

Eric Smith: I've got here my business partner, David Bowden, who is the founder of our ministry, Spoken Gospel. He is also an author and speaker. His wife, Megan, had a son about nine months ago.

David Bowden: Thank you. Thanks for having us on. Dr. Greene.

Dr. Steve Greene: I'm so glad you're on with us and sounds like you're extremely busy with a new business, a new baby and young married. You're a busy guy.

David Bowden: Oh yeah. But you know, God always increases our capacity to meet the responsibilities he's laid out for us. so I’m so grateful.

Dr. Steve Greene: So, your businesses is Spoken Gospel. Tell us a little bit about what you're up tom what is your mission and why have you both gone full-time with such a fury of energy and commitment. What is Spoken Gospel?

David Bowden: Spoken Gospel, our mission is to speak the gospel out of every corner of Scripture and every corner of the world. And this is such a broad and large mission, but it's narrowed in the focus that we have a core conviction that Jesus is the main story of the entire Bible, but he's also the main character, main fulfillment of every passage of Scripture in the entire Bible. It's a way to view and read and understand your Bible properly. Something that we're doing with Spoken Gospel is this new project where we're creating a video introduction for every single book of the Bible to help people see Jesus in every single book of the Bible. So, we're making online videos, we have podcasts, devotionals … we have even partnered with You Version Bible app. We have reading plans and videos on there where we're reaching people to show them more and more how to see and engage with their Bible. We're passionate about Bible engagement. With Bible engagement, recently in decline, we help people treasure their Bibles more. It can be extremely transformative to help them understand and encourage them to read their Bible more and more. That's something we really care about.

 

Connect with Spoken Gospel

·         Spokengospelm.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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