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Brad J. Gray

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#22: On Adversity, Community, & Discipleship with Meiko Seymour

#22: On Adversity, Community, & Discipleship with Meiko Seymour

In Proverbs 27:17 we find the words, “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.” This verse is continually used for men’s and discipleship ministries around the world. Accountability groups employ this as their “theme verse” to galvanize the sharing of struggles and victories. And, to be honest, I’ve always sort of thought of this verse as somewhat cliché in those contexts. Like the old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” For many Christians, familiarity breeds complacency. And what should inspire “life-on-life” relationships often doesn’t. For me, though, I’ve found a new appreciation for this verse, especially as it relates to my friendship with today’s guest, Meiko.

In this episode, I’m joined by pastor, author, and blogger Meiko Seymour. Meiko is a dear friend who I met while ministering with The Majesty’s Men brotherhood. But our bond goes beyond the blogosphere and into real life. He is truly a person who sharpens me, spiritually and personally. Meiko has a hunger for God and a zeal for relationship that is unlike anyone I’ve met before. I am much better for knowing him and I am so thankful to call him brother. Enjoy this lively conversation as we talk about adversity, faith, and the God behind it all.

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Meiko and his wife Simone live in St. Petersburg, Florida. They’re both busy about the work of the Kingdom, serving in various capacities at Pinellas Community Church. Meiko’s passionate about discipling new converts and showing them their place in God’s story. You can find out more at his website. Be sure to also connect with him on Twitter and Instagram by finding him with the handle @meikoseymour.


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Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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