Through questions, stories and everyday conversation, this podcast explores the messy intersections between faith, life and culture.
Pushing Buttons & Asking Questions ft. Renae Kulhawe26/05/2017 Duração: 26min
We’ve learned to think of pushing buttons and asking questions as a bad thing. But perhaps we should embrace the spirit behind these attitudes as more about curiosity and adventure than about outright defiance.
The Poverty Of Isolation ft. Chris Glubish19/05/2017 Duração: 18min
Perhaps in the midst of our privileged communities, it’s time to think differently about poverty and see isolation as one of our culture’s greatest forms of it. Perhaps it’s time we go out of our way, like Jesus, to have dinner with the unlikely impoverished.
Faithfulness Matters12/05/2017 Duração: 05min
So often we feel like what we do is unimportant and insignificant, but what filter are we seeing this through? To human eyes, sure, it may seem and be deemed unglamorous and unsuccessful. But to God, our dedication and steadfastness is noticed.
Gripped ft. Bob Roxburgh05/05/2017 Duração: 20min
We belong to the Kingdom of God, and only until that really grips us can we cope with the kingdom of this world. Do we create space for our hearts to be gripped?
The Glory Of The Cross14/04/2017 Duração: 07min
Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him.” John 13:31 This isn’t exactly culture’s style of glory, is it? In a culture caught up with big shiny moments, rising to the top and high levels of achievement, it’s hard for the human mind to understand the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. Laying down one’s life for others is a stark contrast to the way we naturally live, but we mustn’t forget that it IS the call of every believer. In today’s podcast episode, we’re talking about what glory actually looks like. Jesus equated glory with doing the Father’s will and, through His example; He challenges each of us to live in the same way. But the cross doesn’t just challenge our way of life, it calls us to redefine our idea of glory. Glory: to lay down one’s life so the Father’s will may be accomplished. “What we do is very little. But it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. Christ took that little and increased it. He will do the rest. What we do is so little that we ma
He Is Enough07/04/2017 Duração: 10min
In a culture caught up with needing more and more, we tend to be oblivious in understanding when enough is enough. We hoard out of our need for security and control, but the manna the Israelites tried to stockpile went mouldy if they gathered too much because God was trying to teach them to believe He would provide for their daily needs. On the podcast today I talk about manna and how it symbolizes God meeting our every need and how He’s always faithful to show up and provide. Manna met the Israelites every single day because God is faithful. How similar we are to the Israelites in doubting that God will show up, or that God will provide, or that we will have enough. But we learn from the Israelites that waking up everyday with a sense of trust, faith and anticipation is secure, right and true because He is secure, right and true. God was with the Israelites for 40 years as they lived in the desert, but more importantly, He led them to the Promised Land while providing for everything they would ever need
Reflection31/03/2017 Duração: 04min
So many times we get too caught up with a fast-paced life in our attempts to propel forward that we forget to stop and reflect. But think back to all the momentous occasions you’ve experienced while on your faith journey and appreciate how far you’ve come, how much you’ve changed, and how much you’ve grown. I bet you’re nowhere near the person you were two years ago. In the same we as parents can appreciate the growth that takes place in our children, this too is how God sees us. He’s proud of us and loves to see how much we’re growing and changing from year-to-year. He wants us to be proud of ourselves too, but how can we appreciate our growth if we don’t take time to reflect on the process. In today’s podcast episode, I challenge you to go back through your faith journey and recall the beautiful moments in the same you would watch home videos. Spend time appreciating how much you’ve grown and changed along the way. Be sure to subscribe for newsletter updates and listen on iTunes!
A Future Not Our Own24/03/2017 Duração: 07min
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is the Lord’s work. Therefore the annoyances, the day-to-day frustrations and the everyday mundane all serve to remind us that, there is so much more going on than what we see and comprehend. This serves as daily encouragement when the storms of life come and go, but it also serves as our hope, light and focus as we keep our perspective centered on what we’re really here for. On the podcast today, we talk about what it means to be compelled by a vision not our own. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us. No sermon says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the Church's mission. No set of goals and objectives include
Hope & Grit ft. Heidi McLaughlin17/03/2017 Duração: 20min
Joining the podcast today is international speaker and author, Heidi McLaughlin – a widow, mom, step-mom and grandmother. Heidi shares candidly about community and what it looks like to have hope and grit when you’re faced with life’s worst-case scenarios. Not only did Heidi survive the death of her first husband 22 years ago, but she is currently working through and grieving the death of her second husband, Jack, who dropped dead in her kitchen while standing right beside her only a few short months ago. What does community look like in the valleys of our darkest moments? What does it mean to approach hope with grit and determination? And, in a culture that prides itself on independence, how can we truly be the body of Christ? “We have to believe that it is important to stay connected. Until we actually begin to understand this in our minds and hearts, we won’t make time for relationships.” –Heidi McLaughlin Mentioned In Today’s Podcast The World Guild A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller
Keep Showing Up10/03/2017 Duração: 13min
We know our life story is never summed up by only one particular season of life. But still it can be hard. When the present season is a tough one, how does one live with a sense of anticipation that something good is coming? In today’s podcast musing, Cindy shares about how her difficult journey from the last two years has led her to today - with it’s exciting but slightly terrifying challenge: To incorporate a spirit of anticipation back into her life. Exemplified by the story of Joseph, we see how God ties everything together in His time and way. It may take a while to see how our lives and God’s plans will unfold, but we have to trust and live with a sense of expectancy that God IS orchestrating beautiful things that could never be done within our own power. Staying faithful means showing up, serving Him, surrendering daily and looking forward to the good. This is what a spirit of anticipation is all about. “What God does with our faithfulness is up to Him. We just have to keep showing up!” Be sure to
Producing Fruit ft. Glen Madden03/03/2017 Duração: 19min
Oh how the parable of the sower speaks to our hearts as Christians – sometimes it’s rocky, other times it’s shallow, some days it’s choked and other times it’s fertile. The Christian life is never stagnant. It ebbs and flows with change like that of varying weather conditions. On the podcast today we’re talking about fruit and what producing it looks like in one’s life. Through the lens of Mark 4, we read about the importance of asking ourselves a couple of very honest questions: is my life producing the kind of fruit the Father desires for me to produce? What does good fruit look like? What does good soil look like? What does the non-choked life look like? “The brutal truth is, if somebody, somewhere, is not actively getting closer to Jesus as a result of our lives, then we are not producing fruit and we are not good soil.” –Glen Madden Basically, Christianity makes for a really rubbish hobby because God never created it to be an add-on to the rest of our lives. A healthy Christian life is about be
The Paradoxical Commandments24/02/2017 Duração: 11min
This podcast episode ponders the question: what does it mean to plant seeds in your life? The everyday wear and tear of day-to-day monotony can take a toll. It’s easy to see our daily tasks as nothing more than dutiful responsibilities, but what if we saw them as more? What if, rather than seeing our lives filled with chores, we saw them filled with opportunity to plant seeds – hundreds of thousands of little seeds? Inspired by an author named Kent Keith and his Paradoxical Commandments, we are challenged to see seed planting take on a whole new meaning when we hear about how the seeds he planted in 1968 spread all around the world without him even knowing the impact his life was making. Because that’s just it. You may never know the harvest that arises from the seeds you plant, but plant seeds anyway. “Lord God, extend our faith so that even when we fail to see the fruit of our planted seeds, we may have the assurance that every inch of soil overturned will lead to a harvest someday.” –Shane Claiborne Me
I Like Jesus ft. Amie Gosselin17/02/2017 Duração: 10min
What started out as a question between friends - “What are you reading and is there something specific you are learning?” - turned into a spontaneous conversation about Jesus. Because isn’t that how life should be? His words, His actions and His way of life should always be on our minds. Why wouldn’t we want to talk about Him? On the podcast today is one simple conclusion: When you take time to study the Gospels and the life of Jesus, you quickly discover how captivating He really is. There’s something different about Him. He breaks all the rules but does so in a love shattering way. “I always come back to the fact that I like Him. I like Jesus.” –Amie Gosselin Mentioned In Today’s Podcast: The YouVersion Bible App “The Cell Rule of Optina” YouVersion Plan
A Blanket Or The Cross10/02/2017 Duração: 08min
There’s a lot going around social media these days that is emotional, angry and aggressive. Trump has created a pretty huge divide in his country, which has certainly affected anyone and everyone tied to social media in any way. It’s frustrating to say the least, and feelings of helplessness quickly arise. What does one do? How does one handle such negativity? Do we check out completely, or do we take time to allow the Holy Spirit to check our own hearts as we indirectly sit in the midst of it all? As culture moves all around us, often beyond our control, how do we approach our faith in the process? Do we look for ways to make faith a comfortable security blanket, or do we willingly – and sometimes hesitantly – pick up our cross? “I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think fa
Notice The Miracles ft. JT Glubish03/02/2017 Duração: 05min
One simple insight can lodge in your mind to influence an entirely different direction for your day. But it's up to you to pray and ask that He'll help you notice the miracles.
What Is The Legacy You Want To Leave?27/01/2017 Duração: 06min
“Consider what you hope others will say about you when they describe you, or what you want to be written in your obituary. What legacy do you want to leave? You will be known for something. What do you want it to be?” –Jenny Santi I was on vacation. I was poolside. I was in brain-off/relaxation mode. And that’s when a surprising conversation unfolded. But why am I surprised? God always amazes me with perfectly timed lessons and miraculous insight when it’s least expected. Am I right? I could have never imagined that six degrees of separation would find me in the middle of the hot Arizona sun, but that’s exactly what happened. The result? I learned a valuable truth about the power of legacy and about the kind of “wealth” I want to leave my children. What is the legacy you want to leave? ”A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren…” Proverbs 13:22 (MSG) Mentioned In This Podcast: The Giving Way To Happiness (Amazon)
Conversation With A Friend ft. Sarah Marriott20/01/2017 Duração: 10min
Every Tuesday I meet with a group of people to discuss books, articles, scripture, and real life circumstances in an attempt to make sense of life and faith together. We call our Tuesday’s, “The Table,” because we do exactly that - we sit around a big square table and talk about anything and everything together. Last Tuesday, in conversation with a friend, Sarah mentioned that 2016 was an extremely hard year for her. I asked Sarah if I might record some of what we talked about because I felt this little prompting to share it with all of you. Something about the nudge told me it’s exactly what some of you need to hear. Sarah agreed. So that’s what today’s devotional is. It’s a 9-minute audio conversation with my friend, Sarah and myself. *Note* - at the end of the recording, Sarah shares what approach to scripture reading she took last year that greatly helped her through the struggles. It’s a cool approach to the gospels that I had never considered before. Perhaps you'll find the suggestion helpful.