Matthew Soerens of World Relief - Episode 27 - on a biblical response to illegal immigration and Muslim refugees (with poetry by Jacob Mau)

August 19, 2016

Matthew Soerens is the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief.  Noah Filipiak interview Matthew about a biblical response to undocumented immigrants, the Mexican border, Syrian and other Muslim refugees, and much more.  The episode closes with a poem called "Home" by World Relief's Jacob Mau (

Books co-authored by Matthew Soerens:

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

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The end of the episode features the poem "Home" read and written by Jacob Mau.  Connect with Jacob on Twitter, Facebook and at his music website.


Grace Fox, author - Episode 26 - on industry pressure to make ourselves big when the Bible tells us Jesus must increase and we decrease

August 16, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews Grace Fox on the pressure a Christian author faces to have to make themselves well-known, despite the Bible's emphasis that "Jesus must increase, and we must decrease" (John 3:28-30).  Noah and Grace discuss the challenge to do this in the Christian book marketplace where names must be known and books must be sold, and the damage that can be done to our souls when we get our priorities in the wrong place. 

Noah Filipiak interviews Grace Fox on the pressure a Christian author faces to have to make themselves well-known, despite the Bible's emphasis that "Jesus must increase, and we must decrease" (John 3:28-30).  Noah and Grace discuss the challenge to do this in the Christian book marketplace where names must be known and books must be sold, and the damage that can be done to our souls when we get our priorities in the wrong place.

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Grace's books & resources:

Spiritual Growth

Morning Moments With God: Devotions for the Busy Woman

Peaceful Moments to Begin Your Day: Devotions for Busy Women

10-Minute Time Outs for Moms

Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman's Guide to Peace in Every Situation

Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman-to-Woman Conversation Guide (Workbook)

Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman-to-Woman Conversation Guide (DVD)

Moving From Fear to Freedom - Bible Study Group Discount

Parenting Resources

Tuck-Me-In Talks With Your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories

Tuck-Me-In Cards: Turn Bedtime Routines into Memory-Making Moments

10-Minute Time Outs for You and Your Kids

Marriage Resources

One-Minute Romance for Couples

Couple Minutes: Questions to Keep Your Relationship Fresh and Fun


A Taste of Hot Apple Cider

Mornings With Jesus 2016

Hot Apple Cider


Chris McKenna, Covenant Eyes - Episode 25 - On staying pure with new technology, Instagram and how he conquered a porn addiction

July 19, 2016

Chris McKenna is the new Educational Resource Manager for Covenant Eyes and also runs the website Protect Young Eyes (  Protect Young Eyes is loaded with free tools for parents, as Chris specializes in speaking weekly around the Midwest to parents and students on using the Internet better as the latest apps and devices hit the market. 

Noah and Chris each share how they overcame addictions to pornography, as they discuss what both kids and adults are up against today in the age of mobile devices.  This is a must-listen for anyone who struggles with lust, as well as anyone parenting kids in this new day and age.  Most people would never imagine their kids are looking at porn on their tablets or phones, but there's a good chance they are, or soon will be.  Some will be surprised to hear all the ways their child might be accessing porn outside of the standard internet browser (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

You can book Chris for speaking engagements through his website

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Free e-books from Covenant Eyes (including Parenting the Digital Generation. The same link will guide you to the 3-week sermon series.).

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Zack Eswine, 2016 CT Book of the Year winner - Episode 24 - on Pastoring and how “Large, Famous & Fast” were not Values of Jesus’s

June 28, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews 2016 Christianity Today Book of the Year (in the Category of The Church/Pastoral Leadership) award winner Dr. Zack Eswine.  In addition to the award-winning The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus, Zack is also the author of Spurgeon's Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression, Preaching to a Post-Everything World: Crafting Biblical Sermons that Connect with our Culture, Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes and Kindled Fire: How the methods of CH Spurgeon can help your preachingZack pastors at Riverside Church in Webster Groves, MO and is the Director of Homiletics at Covenant Seminary.

Like the themes in Zack's writing, this interview is essential listening for pastors who struggle with burnout, significance and self-striving.  So much of what has become normative in church culture for pastors is the opposite of what Jesus taught and modeled for his followers.  Zack exposes these things with such grace, experience, and wisdom, offering the rest of us the hope from the hamster wheel of ministry he has found in Jesus.

You can follow Zack on Twitter and Facebook.  His website and blog can be found at


Joseph Bataille, Haiti Country Director for World Relief - Episode 23 - on breaking patterns of dependency, helpful and hurtful ways of helping, and how to avoid compassion fatigue

June 14, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews World Relief's Haiti Country Director, Joseph Bataille.  Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere before the 2010 earthquake and even more so after.  All this despite millions and millions of dollars of international aid over the course of decades.  Noah and Joseph have a "behind the curtain" conversation about how Haiti got in the spot its in, what World Relief is doing about it, and what we all can do about alleviating poverty in ways that work.  Noah and Joseph also discuss the perils of compassion fatigue and how to avoid it. 


Derek Webb, musician - Episode 22 - On people walking out of concerts, agitating people with truth and the necessity of having real friends we can be vulnerable with

May 6, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews Derek Webb about his career change from hit CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) band Caedman's Call to his solo career.  The focus of the interview centers around how to be real as a ministry leader who's in the spotlight with a public persona.  Derek's lyrics are known for being transparent, agitating and vulnerable, yet he shares how he didn't have close friends he was vulnerable until very recently when he was left with no choice.  Derek and Noah discuss this common problem among ministry leaders and what can be done about it. 

Connect with Derek on Twitter and Facebook - Check out tons of free music from Derek, videos, and more

Derek is also the co-founder of Noisetrade, a revolutionary tribe-building platform where artists and authors post free music and books for download.

From the interview, here is the article (copied from Derek's Facebook page) entitled "Derek Webb: On Failure, Liturgy and New Years"


Senator Todd Weiler - Episode 21 - on Utah’s Resolution SCR9 making pornography a public health crisis

April 27, 2016

The State of Utah recently declared pornography to be a public health crisis via a resolution drafted by 23rd district Senator Todd Weiler.  Noah Filipiak interviews Senator Weiler about the perils of pornography, the flak Senator Weiler has received (including from Seth Myers and Whoopi Goldberg), what can be done to find freedom from pornography on a personal level, and what we can all do about it on a legislative level. 

Read Utah’s SCR9 resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Connect with Senator Weiler on Twitter and Facebook.

Visit the “Find My Legislator” website to contact your state representatives about adopting Utah’s SCR9, declaring pornography a public health crisis in your state as well.

Get Covenant Eyes filter and/or accountability software on all of your online and mobile devices to protect yourself and your family from pornography.

Covenant Eyes’ blog for women whose husbands look at porn.

Terry Crews Speaks Out Against Pornography


Dennis Hammond - Episode 20 - on being raised in inner city Lansing, finding Christ and going to Honduras

April 27, 2016

Noah Filipiak interviews 18-year-old Dennis Hammond on being raised in inner city Lansing, how he found Christ, his June 19-26th trip to Honduras and how the odds are stacked against inner city black youth.  The catalyst of this interview came from Noah helping Dennis fund-raise for his $1600 missions trip and realizing how different it is for an inner city black teen to try paying for a missions trip in comparison to a white suburban teen.  The unfolding conversation between Noah and Dennis highlights fatherlessness, crime and gang activity that riddles inner city youth and the need for the Church to redistribute its network, mentoring and resources to help these teens chart a new path.  Dennis shares about how God saved him from a life of drugs, gangs, crime and despair to a new life as a young leader in his church and an evangelist for God's Kingdom wherever he goes.  If you can give money to help Dennis go to Honduras this June, please visit Dennis's GoFundMe account:


Sarah Arthur, Author - Episode 19 - on spiritually healthy ways of measuring success

March 31, 2016

In Episode 19, the one-year anniversary episode for Behind the Curtain, Noah Filipiak interviews 11-time author Sarah Arthur.  Sarah's book Walking with Frodo was the #1 bestselling youth resource in Christian publishing for the holiday season 2003, and #13 in all categories and Walking with Bilbo won the Logos Book Award at the Christian Booksellers Convention for Best Youth Book 2005.  Her most recent books include a 3-part devotional series that follow the Church liturgical calendar:  Between Midnight & Dawn, Light Upon Light & At the Still PointNoah and Sarah discuss the roller-coaster ride of succeeding and failing in the publishing world and how to discover spiritually healthy ways of measuring success in anything we do in life.  In a fast-forward world where everything is pressing and urgent, this interview examines how to rest in our identity as God's kids and not let other voices determine our ultimate value. 


Shawn Lovejoy, Author - Episode 18 - On workaholism, focusing on God’s success measurements in spite of the pressures of Christian culture, and on leaving the megachurch he planted

February 24, 2016

Shawn Lovejoy is the author of The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea to Pastors and Be Mean About the Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters.  He is a church planting veteran, having planted Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, GA, which he recently stepped away from after 16 years to focus on coaching leaders and pastoring pastors at  Noah Filipiak interviews Shawn about his transition away from his church plant, about the epidemic of church planters with non-Christlike goals, the denominations that push these goals, and the walls pastors hit when their disillusionment catches up with them.  Noah and Shawn both share their own struggles in these areas, with Shawn giving great wisdom from the hundreds of church planters and pastors he has coached over the years in these areas.