Steve Daugherty is a pastor and counselor, and his most recent book is called Experiments in Honesty.  

Visit the ShowNotes page for more information about Steve Daugherty and his work. 

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Sarah Arthur has just released A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L'Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time, and it's gorgeous! 

I loved this conversation about Madeleine, who is one of my very favorite authors. 

For links to all of the content we discussed in the podcast, please visit the show notes page. 

Enjoy! 

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In Rethinking Incarceration, Dominique Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion. He assesses our nation’s ethic of meritocratic justice in light of Scripture and exposes the theologies that embolden mass incarceration. Gilliard then shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions. God's justice is ultimately restorative, not just punitive. Discover how Christians can participate in the restoration and redemption of the incarceration system.

In our conversation, we talked about: 

  • The United States has 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of the world's incarcerated.
  • We have more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. There are more jails and prisons than degree-granting colleges and universities, and in many places, more people live behind bars than on college campuses.
  • Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. And the church has unwittingly contributed to these problems. 

You can get in touch with Dominique Gilliard by following him on Twitter, Facebook, or his website

Enjoy the podcast!

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Austin Channing Brown is a writer, speaker, and practitioner who helps schools, nonprofits, and religious organizations practice genuine inclusion. Her writing has appeared in outlets like Christianity Today, Relevant, Sojourners, and The Christian Century.

Austin Channing-Brown's new book, I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness has quickly become the book everybody is talking about, and it's well-earned. In story after story what it's like to live as a black woman in a world where white culture is still normalized, her unflinching honesty runs parallel to an invitation to create a better world. 

You can follow Austin on Twitter and Facebook, and you can check out her events calendar here

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You win. 

Rabbi Alan is back on the show, and he's talking Midrash, which is an expansive way of viewing the Scriptures that will most likely shatter your brains (in the very best way possible). 

If you're new to the podcast, Rabbi Alan is one of my mentors - and one of the greatest influences in my life as far as how I see God and especially how I read the Bible. He's funny, brilliant, and he's been on the podcast six times, so he's no slouch. I love him and you will, too. 

And hey, I'm doing a LIVE PODCAST on Friday night, August 10th at Art House North in St. Paul, where I'll be taking the concepts we talked about in this episode even further, so grab your tickets soon. I'll be joined by my friend Shawn Smucker, author of The Day the Angels Fell and the follow-up that just came out, The Edge of Over There. I'll also be joined by my friends Tov Music (Steve and Heidi Haines), who are finishing up their first studio record, and it's some of the best music I've heard in a very long. 

Enjoy the podcast then go grab those tickets! 

In it together. 

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Jen Hatmaker is hilarious. And really, really courageous. I unabashedly love her. 

We talked about her writing, the Enneagram (of course), and her courageous journey in and out of the evangelical subculture. 

What else can I say? It's Jen Hatmaker! 

Enjoy. 

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Aundi Kobler is a therapist who specializes in helping people overcome trauma, especially in helping people understand how trauma is stored in the body differently than other memories. 

"According to leading researchers like Bessel van der Kolk and Peter Levine," Kolber writes, "trauma occurs when a person’s natural threat response is activated in their body, but their ability to cope becomes overwhelmed and ultimately stuck in a hyper/hypo vigilant mode. Thus, the traumatic event(s) become “stuck” in a person’s body instead of being stored as a normal memory. This inability to properly integrate the event into the narrative of their life is what results in symptoms such as flashbacks, disturbing thoughts, physical ailments or emotional volatility." 

This was such a fascinating conversation - both in terms of understanding bigger traumatic experiences but also smaller ones, which might happen several times in a given day. It was also really helpful for those of us who are trying to support someone who has been through a significant trauma. 

Enjoy the podcast!

You can get in touch with Aundi by checking out her website, following her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and also by reading her published articles below:

Relevant Magazine: 3 Ways to Support Someone Recovering From Trauma

When the Wound is Healing

Huffington Post: Learning to Celebrate in the Middle of Pain

Resources:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk 

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Jamie Wright is a writer and speaker best known for her snarky faith and lifestyle blog, Jamie the Very Worst Missionary. She recently published her first book, The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever. It's gorgeous, raw, hilarious, and deeply moving. 

If you're losing your faith, leaving a religious system that no longer works, or if you can no longer pretend that you believe what you actually do not believe, you're going to love Jamie's book and also this conversation. 

You can find out more about Jamie here, and you can also follow her on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook

Enjoy. 

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When we're talking about race, diversity, inclusion, and white supremacy, language really matters.

In this episode, I interviewed Daniel Hill, author of the fabulous new book White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White. One of the most helpful distinctions he draws out is the importance of understanding the narrative of racial difference. Race is a social construct created by human beings to assign different levels of human value onto people on the basis of differences. This profoundly evil construct is what enabled slavery. It enabled White Christians in the south to see no problem in watching a black man get lynched at the same park where they were enjoying their church picnic. 

Daniel is the pastor of River City Community Church, a vibrant, multi-ethnic church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, and he's also the author of 10:10 Life to the Fullest. You can also connect with Daniel on Twitter

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Micha Boyett is the author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, & Everyday Prayer. She's also a blogger, wife and mom with a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry. Oh - and she's a former youth pastor. I met Micha at the Festival of Faith and Writing last spring, and after talking with her just once, I knew I had to have her on the podcast. 

We talked about a lot of things, but what I found most fascinating was how she reframed motherhood as monastical - instead of just doing the daily grind of diapers, bottles, playdates, and losing yourself completely, she began to see it as a way of approaching God through prayer.

I loved our conversation so much that we didn't even get to the main thing I wanted to talk to her about in the first place, so we're trying to schedule a part 2 with Micha. I wanted to talk to her about her youngest son, Ace (which is the BEST name ever) because he has Down Syndrome. Micha is trying to change the cultural conversation about what it's like to have children with Down Syndrome, so she and two other moms who also have kids with Down Syndrome have a killer new podcast called The Lucky Few in which they talk all about it - so check it out! 

You can read Micha's writing on her blog, and you can also connect with her on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

Enjoy! 

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