December 5, 2019

Episode 209 | Advent, Part 2

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar, and it's a season of naming our deepest longings, those places in our lives where everything feels shrouded in darkness and hopelessness. It's a season to ask for light to come into those places, for Christ to come into those places. It's a season to practice waiting for the impossible to become possible. 

My conversation is with Ruth Haley Barton, a dear friend and the Director of the Transforming Center in Chicago, Illinois. 

The music on this episode is by Page CXVI (used by permission) from their album Advent to Christmas. 

November 28, 2019

Episode 208 | Advent, Part One

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar, and it's a season of naming our deepest longings, those places in our lives where everything feels shrouded in darkness and hopelessness. It's a season to ask for light to come into those places, for Christ to come into those places. It's a season to practice waiting for the impossible to become possible. 

My conversation is with Ruth Haley Barton, a dear friend and the Director of the Transforming Center in Chicago, Illinois. 

The music on this episode is by Page CXVI (used by permission) from their album Advent to Christmas. 

Last week (episode 206), I had such a great conversation with Jennifer Dawn Watts that we immediately scheduled a time for her to interview me. I found myself reflecting on some of the things she asked me - and some of the surprising ways I answered - days after we talked. I hope you enjoy our conversation. 

Jennifer Dawn Watts is the Founder and CEO of Living Well Counselling Services, with two locations in Calgary Alberta offering services in person and worldwide via telephone and online AND she's one of my favorite new friends. We could have talked for hours!!!!

For more about Jenn, make sure to check out the Show Notes! 

 

 

Have you ever felt like someone was committed to misunderstanding you? What do you with that? Most of us stay in those kinds of conversations for far longer than we should. In this episode, I share what I think is happening with the person who is committed to misunderstanding you, and what you can do about it. 

Melissa Louise Johnson is a writer, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and a gifted Spiritual Director. She advocates for embracing authentic beauty in the world through her podcast and her blog, both called Impossible Beauty. We talked about her journey with body image and food issues, as well as how she's writing and revealing a counter-narrative about beauty in a world that still praises thinness at all costs. 

Check out Melissa's podcast and blog, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook

Resources mentioned on the episode:

The Illusionist (documentary) 

The Emily Program

Melrose Center

Hillary McBride 

I have David Fitch on the podcast today, talking about post-structuralism, the Matrix, why Chicago has the best weather on the planet, why you were duped into believing it was your idea to vote for your favorite candidate in 2016 - and 2020, and his new book, The Church of Us vs. Them: Freedom From a Faith that Feeds on Making Enemies.

You can follow David on Twitter and Facebook

I attended the Evolving Faith Conference in Denver last week, and I loved it. Evolving Faith is "a gathering for wanderers, wonderers, and spiritual refugees to help you discover...you are not alone." 

I took some time at the end of each day to record my thoughts about what I experienced that day and how I'm processing it. In Part 1, I talked about how I felt sitting in a room on the first day of the conference, where about 120 faith leaders gathered to listen and learn about what it means to lead our congregations through significant change. It was such a beautiful gift for me to be in a space that was created for me to work through my own questions, fears, and hopes as it relates to the church (Big C), but also the church (little c) that I pastor.

In Part 2, I talked about how genuine faith will always evolve.

In this episode, part 3, I talk about three final thoughts about evolving faith in general, wrapping it up with some genuine love for my new favorite homiletical hero, Cece Jones Davis. 

Here are the speakers and curators from Evolving Faith I'd encourage you to follow (sorry I don't have time to link all of these folks, but if you google them, you'll find their websites, or you can go to the Evolving Faith website to find out more. There will also be an Evolving Faith Podcast coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. 

Sarah Bessey

Jeff Chu

Dr. Eric Barreto 

Barbara Brown Taylor 

Danielle Shroyer

Dr. Peter Enns

Jasper Peters 

Tanya Marlow

B.T. Harman

Cece Jones Davis 

William Matthews

Kaitlin Curtice 

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes 

Jennifer Knapp

Jen Hatmaker

Lisa Sharon Harper 

I'm in Denver, attending the Evolving Faith Conference, which is "a gathering for wanderers, wonderers, and spiritual refugees to help you discover...you are not alone." 

I'm taking some time at the end of every day to record my thoughts about what I experienced that day and how I'm processing it. In Part 1, I talked about how I felt sitting in a room on the first day of the conference, where about 120 faith leaders gathered to listen and learn about what it means to lead our congregations through significant change. It was such a beautiful gift for me to be in a space that was created for me to work through my own questions, fears, and hopes as it relates to the church (Big C), but also the church (little c) that I pastor.

This episode is Part 2, where I talked about how genuine faith will always evolve.

I'll wrap it up with my final thoughts in part 3 early next week. 

 

I'm in Denver, attending the Evolving Faith Conference, which is "a gathering for wanderers, wonderers, and spiritual refugees to help you discover...you are not alone." 

I'm taking some time at the end of every day to record my thoughts about what I experienced that day and how I'm processing it. This episode is part 1, where I discuss how I felt sitting in a room today where about 120 faith leaders gathered to listen and learn about what it means to lead our congregations through significant change. It was such a beautiful gift for me to be in a space that was created for me to work through my own questions, fears, and hopes as it relates to the church (Big C), but also the church (little c) that I pastor. I'll be posting more thoughts tomorrow night (part 2) and then I'll wrap it up with my final thoughts in part 3 early next week. 

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