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About Grace On Fire

craft your life for a higher purpose

About The Show

Grace on Fire is a gospel-inspired podcast empowering Christian men and women to apply God’s grace to life’s most challenging problems. The goal? To live an extraordinary life for a higher purpose.

Crafting a Higher Purpose

Let’s face it, for many, the life of faith has become nothing more than a routine. At times, the Christian faith can seem boring and out of touch with today’s problems. For others, faith is something that they may try to hide from their friends and co-workers. So how do we live out our Christian faith in today’s crazy world? Have you ever faced challenging circumstances and wondered how your faith can help?

Grace On Fire is a podcast empowering Christian men and women to apply God’s extraordinary grace to life’s most challenging problems. If your goal is to design and live a life with a higher purpose, this is the podcast for you.

Your Host

Jonathan G. Smith (D.Min)

Virtual Pastor, Host of Grace On Fire

Jonathan is a podcast enthusiast who has been creating digital content for seven years.  His passion is to see people making the most out of life. He is the senior minister of Redeemer Anglican Church of Orlando Fl.

When he is not busy being a husband and dad, you find him at the gym, running in his neighborhood, or making seriously killer BBQ on his smoker.

He is married to the love of his life, Ivey and has three kids.
You can read his full bio here.

brian russell (Ph.D.)

Your Professor For Life, Guest Host

Brian serves as Dean of the School of Urban Ministries and Professor of Biblical Studies on the Florida–Dunnam campus of Asbury Theological Seminary. He is passionate about the study of Scripture for personal transformation and for the advancement of God’s mission in the world.

 Brian is the author of Psalms: Part One (Seedbed, 2016),  (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade Books, 2015), and Invitation (Seedbed: 2015).

Brian loves his wife Astrid Robles. Together they have six children and two grandchildren.

Brian enjoys fitness, healthy eating, personal development, and soccer.

What Fans Say About It

This is a fantastic podcast. The Rev. Dr. Smitty is the perfect combo of pastor, teacher and comedian. Hitting me right where I am week after week.

Matt Wright

Financial Planner

I love the conversational and light hearted style of Smitty – he’s both a Reverend and a Doctor but he goes by Smitty – that’s humble character and makes him down to earth. Yet, this engaging podcast is mixed with SOLID theology, broken down into useable context.

Tec Clark

College Instructor, Podcaster

Grace On Fire has a great blend of serious theological know-how, practical theological application, and fun, humorous discussion.

Trevor Smith

School Teacher

How To Listen

There are several recommended ways to enjoy “Grace On Fire.” You can listen to it on your favorite mobile device through the link below. You can also listen each week to Grace On Fire right here on!

Recent Episodes

Finding Grace After Your Life Has Been Destroyed with Tullian Tchividjian | GOF77

Should we Evangelicals forgive Tullian Tchividjian? If you have any real understanding of how grace works, then the answer, of course, is “yes.” But when public figures break our trust by acting in ways contrary to their public persona, it is tough to find that requisite forgiveness we all are supposed to grant. I understand. So did Absalom — King David’s son who could never forgive his father’s disgraces. But Jesus calls us to do just that, to forgive those who hurt us. In a candid interview, Tullian opens up his heart revealing his ongoing struggles with guilt and shame tied to the impact it had on his children. He shares his desperate need for God’s grace and how the Father’s “One Way Love” is now more important to him than ever before.

Four Limiting Beliefs That Are Holding You Back with Cliff Ravenscraft | GOF76

Do you love money? Sure, who doesn’t like having a little extra cash in their pocket! Unfortunately, man Christians struggle with faulty thinking that keeps them from pursuing creative lives in business and commerce. So how do you craft a healthy relationship with money without compromising your faith? To help me answer this question, I invited Cliff Ravenscraft to rethink money, wealth, and the pursuit of God’s call.

How To Find Your Life Purpose | GOF75

How do you find your life purpose? Every generation asks the same questions. Why am I here? What am I doing? Where am I going? But not every person discovers the answer for themselves. That’s because we live in a world of competing views, unrealistic expectations, and broken dreams. But Life Purpose doesn’t have to be difficult to discover. You just need a place to start. So where do you begin?


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