Resources by Jim Essian

Jim Essian planted The Paradox Church in 2011, an Acts29 Network church in downtown Fort Worth, and serves as Lead Pastor. Jim played eight years of professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Detroit Tigers organizations, prior to planting. Jim and his wife Heather have been married for 11 years, and they have three girls: Harper Grace, Hollis Jane, and Haddon Faith.

Oct 4, 2018

The Pastor and His Words at Home by Jim Essian

I carefully study, edit, prepare, and pray over my sermon every week. What would it look like to prepare and pray about the words I speak at home?

Dec 14, 2018

The Christmas Story in a #MeToo Age by Jim Essian

This culture of abusive authority makes the Advent season all the more a breath of fresh air.

Oct 17, 2015

The Anti-Beatitudes by Jim Essian

Cursed are you when others love you and accept you and say all kinds of good about you because you have moderate, tolerant views of a safe Jesus.

Oct 23, 2018

Skeptics Don't Hum by Jim Essian

The wonders of God are inexhaustible and unsearchable, but are within our reach to enjoy.

Aug 30, 2017

On Hard Work, Prayer, and Grace by Jim Essian

Jesus’ sinlessness and corresponding righteousness mean he never wasted a second in disobedience outside of God’s decreed will. 

Dec 28, 2015

Navigating the Mess by Jim Essian

Navigating the messiness of our lives and the mess of others brings about a humility and a unity in us that pleases the Spirit.

Feb 22, 2016

Man Does Not Live on Podcasts Alone

Thoughts on the Leader's Prayer Life

The healthy leader feasts from the source and communes with his God.

Jul 3, 2018

Leading Through Change by Jim Essian

You could completely bomb this change challenge that’s before you. I mean fall-on-your-face fail. And God’s love for you will not change.

Mar 8, 2016

Flee Youthful Passions by Jim Essian

Blowing on the Gospel embers of young Timothy’s heart, the Apostle Paul fans into flame the grace-producing calling on the Ephesus disciple-maker.

Sep 20, 2018

Emotional Intimacy by Jim Essian

Being safe emotionally is the thing that all other things in a marriage depend on.

Jan 28, 2016

Emotional Health in Ministry by Jim Essian

Your pursuit of godliness, of Jesus, must include a pursuit of emotional health.

Aug 18, 2016

Do You Feel Like a Pastoral Fraud? by Jim Essian

Sometimes I wonder if the preacher/pastor me looks like a godly man breathing in the goodness of God. In reality, I feel more like a deflated balloon.

May 5, 2016

Don't Provoke Your Kids by Jim Essian

How do we work for our child in the midst of their selfish desires?

Nov 16, 2018

Don’t Apologize For The Bible by Jim Essian

Know the Scriptures and the power of God, and trust that God to reveal his beauty to those you are witnessing to.

Oct 26, 2015

Before Galaxies Stood Forth, He Knew You by Jim Essian

This is the cosmic love and wisdom of God for you . . .

Jun 21, 2017

10 Signs You Are Burning Out by Jim Essian

We are holistic beings who need holistic rest.