Melinda Schmidt – episode 322

 

Former radio cohost, Melinda Schmidt, joins me on the podcast again as we open up the story of Jesus turning the water into wine in John 2:1-11. Melinda has put together a download of Reflection Questions that you can access as a Word doc or PDF.

Melinda is always one to go beneath the surface and dig for the gems that you miss with a straight reading of scripture. Join us if you want to think more broadly and deeply, especially about this specific story in scripture.

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Mike Murphy’s Friday Rumblings – 05-20-2022

This is the inaugural episode of Mike Murphy’s Friday Rumblings.  This has been a column Mike has posted on Fridays on Facebook for years. I decided his words needed a wider hearing. I wanted his Rumblings to be available to those who might not be on Facebook, or who might prefer an audio version. This was NOT his idea but he did give in and say yes!

Here is a print version of his Rumblings in case you’d like to read them also. Or, feel free to friend him on Facebook. I know there are a million Mike Murphy’s, so I’ll post a link to his Facebook page below.

Mike’s Facebook page

Mike’s Rumblings 05-20-202

1. Last Saturday morning I rode my bike past the Sarasota Fairgrounds. A steady stream of people were entering the exhibit hall for a ‘gun show’ where you could buy just about any kind of firearm you’d want to have. I wond…Read More

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Mary McCampbell – episode 321

 

Have you ever tried to put yourself in someone else’s shoes? Mary McCampbell joins me on the podcast to talk about Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves: How Art Shapes Empathy. McCampbell talks about the collective cultural loss of empathy that is directly related to the inability to imagine the life and circumstances of the other. She says that our malnourished capacity for empathy is connected to an equally malnourished imagination.

In her book as well as in our conversation on the podcast, Mary McCampbell looks at how narrative art (literature, film, television, or popular music) expands our imaginations and emboldens our ability to love our neighbors as ourselves. It’s a fascinating conversation that I think you will appreciate and relate to.

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Krispin Mayfield – episode 320

 

Do you ever ask, “Why does God feel so far away?” Krispin Mayfield says the key to answering that is in your attachment style. When we understand our attachment style, we gain a new paradigm for fostering a secure and loving relationship with God. Krispin Mayfield is a therapist and shares so much insightful information in this week’s podcast! His book is titled Attached to God, and that is the focus of our conversation.

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Millrose Club (Melinda, Lori, Mark) – episode 319

Lori captured this pic during our recording
Seven years ago, May 27, me and my team were let go from an amazing career in radio. It’s been a while since we’ve been together. We used to do a specific format on Fridays called Millrose Club. The story of how the name came to be is too long for this space. We had 4 of us on mic and we each brought a question and discussed it during the program. We recreated it on this week’s podcast and likely will do it again. I love the format and think it’s interesting to hear from a variety of voices.

Here are the voices on the podcast: Melinda Schmidt was my former cohost, Lori Neff—now working for InterVarsity Press—was producer and occasional host, and Mark Breta was our engineer and technical director.

I think you’ll enjoy our interchange and banter and the depth of questions and answers….Read More

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Joyce Rupp – episode 318

 

I’m delighted to have Joyce Rupp back on the podcast. She is a prolific author and an amazing person. Her life’s work might just be her book and the outworking of it into a series of workshops and retreats all by the name of Boundless Compassion. We talk on the podcast about what it looks like to create a way of life that focuses on compassion. We look at what compassion in the gospels looks like and what self compassion looks like as well as how to respond compassionately to the suffering of the world and not get burned out. We even look at the shadow side of compassion. Check out Joyce’s book Boundless Compassion as well as her journal, The Boundless Compassion Journal, and Prayers of Boundless Compassion. All are excellent resources.

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Mike Murphy – episode 317

It’s always good to have my husband Mike Murphy join me on the podcast. Our focus is looking back at Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday as we look at that time frame through the eyes of the marginalized as well as though our own eyes. You might want to follow Mike on Facebook to read his weekly Rumblings.

Here are the specific Rumblings that we talked about beginning with the single post of Mike’s for Good Friday.

The old spiritual asks all the right questions:

“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the cross?

Were  you there when they pierced Him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?”

And then the pitch perfect response:

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Carolyn Custis James – episode 316

 

Carolyn Custis James is an important voice for women especially in the evangelical church. I highly recommend all her books. A number of years ago she wrote a book titled Malestrom, a play on the word maelstrom. In this book she was talking about men and how they are also harmed when women aren’t included in the leadership of the church. The book was ahead of its time. This is a re-release with some excellent additions, not the least of which is a foreword by the brilliant Kristin Kobes Du Mez. The subtitle has also changed and I think it’s more reflective of the book. Likely when Malestrom was first released this subtitle wouldn’t fly, How Jesus Dismantles Patriarchy and Redefines Manhood. 

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Christine Sine – episode 315

 

Christine Sine is the founder and facilitator for Godspace, an online community. Some of you might not know that Christine trained as a physician in Australia, practiced in New Zealand, and developed and directed the healthcare ministry for Mercy Ships. Our conversation on this week’s podcast centered on her amazing book, The Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in God. I think you’ll really enjoy the conversation.

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Micha Boyett – Episode 314

 

When you hear the phrase The Slow Way, I don’t know about you, but my heart and my pulse slows down. It’s the name of Micha Boyett’s weekly newsletter and podcast. On this week’s episode of Faith Conversations I invited Micha to talk about one of her recent newsletters that she titled “Stretching Toward Love.”

We dive into a conversation centering around Lent which leads us to talk about darkness and light and waiting. In the middle of the waiting we begin to notice things. Notice the cracks and shadows and how to attend to the broken spaces.

I think you’ll really appreciate our conversation and the spiritual practice that Micha leads us in to close out the podcast.

I highly encourage you to sign up for Micha’s newsletter The Slow Way as well as listen to her podcast by the same name. And also check out her book…Read More

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