Episode 33: Experiencing Shalom at a James Taylor Concert

Does God work only through people who are Christians?  Does God only show up when we’re doing explicitly Christian things?  Or can God be experienced anytime there is goodness and beauty and kindness? Personally, I think God can be experienced anytime, anywhere–even at a James Taylor concert!  In this episode, I reflect on the themes … More Episode 33: Experiencing Shalom at a James Taylor Concert

Episode 32: Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Leadership – Interview with Ron Ovitt

Ron Ovitt is the President and founder of Empower Ministry, which helps people grow into healthy Christians empowered for ministry in their lives.  For Ron, becoming a healthy follower of Jesus involves developing what he calls emotional resilience—the ability to bounce back from painful experiences in our lives.  In this episode, Ron explains what emotional … More Episode 32: Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Leadership – Interview with Ron Ovitt

Episode 22: Wine and Words (and Nuggets) – Interview with the Uncommon Good Team

What happens when a group of church leaders stop asking “How do we get people to come to church?” And instead start asking, “How do we create spaces people want to be?” Today we hear from a team that has spent the last year wandering outside the church walls trying to answer that question. And … More Episode 22: Wine and Words (and Nuggets) – Interview with the Uncommon Good Team

Episode 19: The Ungiving Tree – Interview with Dwight Gibson

I have a confession to make. I was never read the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, when I was a child.  It wasn’t until I was at least in my twenties that I finally read The Giving Tree. Thankfully, I had read the book by the time I first heard Dwight Gibson’s spoof, … More Episode 19: The Ungiving Tree – Interview with Dwight Gibson

Episode 17: Not Ashamed of Sinners – Matthew 1:1-17

The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17 is so much more than a list of Jesus’ ancestors.  It is the beginning of the good news about Jesus.  Matthew does something quite extraordinary with the inclusion of the four women in Jesus’ genealogy–not because he included women, but because of who the women are.  Right from … More Episode 17: Not Ashamed of Sinners – Matthew 1:1-17