Hi, I’m Barry Gladden and I am the host of the Faith that Acts podcast. On this blog, I share authentic stories and discoveries about faith in lives, mine and others, to encourage all to respond to God’s grace in love with a heart of service.
A Bit About Me
I am a singer /songwriter, a tenor section leader at a large church in Chicago and I serve actively in missions locally and abroad. I am also a voiceover artist as time permits. Previously, I was a global management consultant working to implement technology enabled operational improvements across the manufacturing, distribution, and supply-chain sectors.
Some years ago, I took a wrong turn enjoying too much an independent life on the road – a willful turn away from all that I valued and loved – including faith and marriage. After 15 years or so, I came to realize my need for God. The return to faith took time; I did not have an epiphany. God reached me; completely broken and in the midst of a licentious, self-centered business life. I began to seek Him in the Word. I left behind wayward ways, prayerfully rejiggered my value system, and learned to serve His purpose rather than my own. The transition has been an exciting, Spirit-led journey though painful at times. I am grateful for all God has done in my life. As I steadily sought the Lord over a period of several years, my wife witnessed the change, saw that it was indeed for real, and surrendered her life to Christ. God is faithful! Click here to hear my testimony!
This site is part of my response to an evangelistic mission trip I took to India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Click here to hear about the impact of this trip! The trip was a transformative experience that showed me I did not know what it is to suffer for my faith, that I have never taken a stand for Christ at risk, that my faith was comfortable – passive. I needed to move beyond professing what I believe at church to unashamed proclamation, owning my identity as a redeemed child of God. God was doing a work in my life. Now, my heart seeks to serve Him fully all my days.
Something to Expect
Here at barrygladden.com, we host Faith that Acts, a bi-weekly podcast. Its purpose is to proclaim the Gospel and encourage people by sharing journeys in faith… the ups, the downs, the life lessons, things God has revealed to me in His word, topical muses and testimonies of others and interviews with mature believers from different backgrounds. There are also topical discussions on relevant contemporary issues such as calling, mentoring, and faith in the modern workplace. I believe that when others can see the reality of God in our lives and how we respond, that they are encouraged to act on their faith and for some to take that very first step to know Christ.
The site also hosts and provides links to my original music and resources relevant to topics discussed in each episode.
You will enjoy the authentic sharing of spiritual discoveries and testimonies of real people who have found by the grace of God through faith, they have a heart to serve His purpose in a lost world.
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