Mike Murphy-episode 264

Mike Murphy joins me on the podcast as we talk about Lent and our individual Lenten practices. We mention many books and their personal impact. Here are all the mentions:

Where the Eye Alights – Marilyn McEntyre

When Faith Becomes Sight – Beth and David Booram

Learning to Pray – James Martin SJ

Faith After Doubt – Brian McLaren

Peace Like A River – Leif Enger

Virgil Wander – Leif Enger

40 Day Journey with Howard Thurman

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything – James Martin SJ

Caste – Isabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson

 

 

 
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Your Big Huge Thing-Melinda Schmidt-Ep 263

 

Melinda Schmidt joins me again on Faith Conversations. We talk about big, huge things that happen in our lives and what it looks like when we are hanging on by a thread. As Melinda is in the middle of a cross-country move, she examined what has helped her on this big, huge journey. A few things mentioned: knowing self, having compassion for others, and the fact that this, too, will pass.  Other lessons flow from these.  Melinda mentions Dr. Edith Eva Eger’s book, The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life.

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Brian McLaren-episode 262

Brian McLaren is back on the podcast with what may be his best book to date. Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It will speak to anyone who has ever had doubts but been afraid to voice them. Whether it’s the faith crisis of a college student studying biology or maybe someone who shows up at church week in and week out but feels the bottom is dropping out, this is the book to meet you where you are and walk with you on your current journey. So much to think about in this podcast. Enjoy!

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Marilyn McEntyre-episode 261

 

Marilyn McEntyre is back on the podcast. This time we talk about Lent and her beautiful Lenten resource titled Where the Eye Alights: Phrases for the Forty Days of Lent. Marilyn is a former English professor at Westmont College, an award-winning author of several books on language and faith, including these favorites of mine: Word by Word, Make a List, and When Poets Pray. If you are a fan of Marilyn’s writing then you’ll love this thoughtful conversation.

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Alison Cook-episode 260

 

Alison Cook joins me on the podcast to talk about a variety of topics stemming from her book Boundaries for Your Soul. She is a prolific poster on Facebook and a thoughtful blogger as well. We discuss love of self and love of God and how they interconnect. We talk about spiritual bypassing as well as what it means to develop and speak your voice. An insightful conversation that I think you will appreciate and learn from.

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Ryan Casey Waller-episode 259

 

Ryan Casey Waller joins me on Faith Conversations to talk about something very important. Depression, Anxiety, and Other Things We Don’t Want to Talk About is the name of his book. What makes the topic even more compelling isn’t the fact that Ryan is a pastor and a therapist, but the fact that he is a co-sufferer in the conversation.

Coming off of 2020, a year like no other, and entering into 2021 that many of us already want to return to sender, this is a topic that needs discussing. I highly recommend Ryan’s book and know you will appreciate this important conversation.

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Michelle Van Loon-Episode 258

 

Michelle Van Loon is back with me as promised last week. This week we delve into the topic of regret as Michelle has written If Only: Letting Go of Regret. But first we talk about the unbelievable events of this week as the Capitol building was under siege and filled with insurrectionists. It seemed right out of the pages of fiction or the happenings in a Banana Republic and not The United States. Unfortunately it was all too real.

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Michelle Van Loon-episode 257

Happy New Year, Faith Conversations family! Michelle Van Loon joins me as we kick off a new season of podcasts. We take a look back and a look forward as well as talk about our favorite books of 2020 that might become favorites of yours in 2021. We tease next week’s podcast that will center on Michelle’s book, If Only, which is all about regret.

Hafiz Poem:
I am
A hole in a flute
That the Christ’s breath move through–
Listen to this
Music.
Elderly friend’s pieces of wisdom:

I asked a friend who has crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following:

1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.

2 I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

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Mike Murphy-episode 256

Mike Murphy joins me for my year-ending podcast where we focus on his most recent “Friday Rumblings.” Part social commentary, part spiritual introspection, a worthy weekly read that Mike posts each Friday on his Facebook page. Follow or Friend him here.

I will be taking a break next week. See you on January 4.

Here are the Rumblings we focused on from 12/18/20:

1.“Are you breathing?

Are you here?

Did you just take a breath?

Are you about to take another?

Do you have a habit of regularly doing this?

Gift. 

Gift. 

Gift. 

Whatever else happened in your life – failure, pain, heartache, abuse, loss – the first thing that can be said about you is that you have received a gift…

A truth courses through the veins of all our bumps and bruises, and it is this: We have received. 

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Melinda Schmidt-episode 255

 

Melinda Schmidt joins me on the podcast to talk about perseverance. As we release this podcast during Advent, I realize that the theme of perseverance is pervasive in the Christmas story. Certainly it’s a theme of 2020. But where in your life, prior to this calendar year, can you point to perseverance as a kind of memorial marker that can help you soldier on in the pandemic, in a time of such great loss of human life, in a time that may include job loss for you? Praying this conversation can encourage you on your journey.

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