Molly LaCroix – episode 304

Relationships! It seems we all have some that are difficult to navigate. Licensed marriage and family therapist, Molly LaCroix, joins me on the podcast this week to talk about Restoring Relationship. Not only is it the title of her book, it is the content of the podcast as we delve into what transforming fear into love through connection looks like. Molly is trained in the IFS (Internal Family Systems) model. Many therapists are finding it to be a powerful therapeutic model for helping people heal from various emotional and psychological challenges.

I think you’ll find this a challenging and helpful podcast.

We talked about IFS and here is the website if you are looking for an IFS therapist in your area: IFS-Institute.com

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Brian Allain – episode 303

No one denies that we are living in a time of great divides in our world. Whether racial, political, religious, or other, we are struggling to know what can be done about them. On this week’s episode of Faith Conversations, Brian Allain joins me to talk about How to Heal Our Divides. He has helped to compile a book full of essays that is a practical guide to what we might consider doing if we are people interested in healing work. The names of contributors is a who’s who among activists and advocates. I think you’ll be encouraged to do something when you hear some of the practical ideas on the podcast and contained in How to Heal Our Divides.

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Mike Murphy – episode 302

Hi, friends, and welcome to a new year of Faith Conversations! My husband, Mike Murphy, joins me on this first podcast of 2022 as we talk about some traditions that help usher us into a new season and pose some reflection questions for anyone wanting to reflect at the beginning of a new year, or new day, or new season of life.

Here are the questions:

What happened in 2021 that helped you to realize that God still sees you?

In one or two words describe the state of your soul as the new year begins? For instance: at peace, weary, waiting, overjoyed, excited, cautious, worried, etc.

When your soul grows tired, how do you breathe life into it? 

Is there anything you’re resisting/running from?

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Joyce Rupp – episode 301

I’ve been wanting to talk with Joyce Rupp for years and I’m delighted to finally bring her to Faith Conversations. She has been writing for many years and I’m happy to recommend anything she has penned. On the podcast we talk about her life as well as her recent offering called Return to the Root: Reflections on the Inner Life. Rupp is no lightweight and she is all about the deeper conversation. She asks, “What is at the root of our lives and what keeps us rooted?” I think you’ll enjoy the conversation.

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Brian Zahnd – episode 300

Is it possible to hold onto faith in an age of unbelief? That’s a question Brian Zahnd asks in his new book When Everything’s on Fire: Faith Formed from the Ashes. It’s the first time I’ve had the privilege to talk with him and I think you’ll be glad I invited him on the podcast. It’s a personal book and written with a pastor’s heart and experience as Zahnd has been in pastoral ministry for 40 years. What I really appreciate is his emphasis on the journey of reconstruction. I’ve seen so many deconstruct and then quit. There is another journey to engage and it’s an important one that Zahnd talks about on this episode of Faith Conversations.

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Jon Sweeney – episode 299

Jon Sweeney is back on the podcast. This time we discuss the life of Saint Francis. Jon’s newest book, Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis, is fascinating. My knowledge of Saint Francis was based on cast concrete bird feeders and bird baths of him. I knew he was touted as a friend of animals but I had no idea where that came from. Jon Sweeney is a Saint Francis scholar and sheds so much light on this fascinating figure!

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Philip Yancey – episode 298

Philip Yancey joins me this week on the podcast. We engage with his Memoir, Where the Light Fell. To quote Publisher’s Weekly, “One of today’s most celebrated Christian writers recounts his unexpected journey from a strict fundamentalist upbringing to a life of compassion and grace.”

This is a must-read memoir and its release is rightly timed for this day and time in our country’s history. There are many surprises in the book and a few more in the podcast.

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AJ Sherrill – episode 297

AJ Sherrill is back on the podcast! Our conversation revolves around contemplative prayer, as he has just written Being with God. As a spiritual director I get more questions about prayer than any other topic. Most of us, for most of our lives, pray one way and it’s the grocery list kind of prayer. “God, I need this and this, and I’d really like this and this, but whatever your will is, I guess I’ll be ok with that!” Recognize that kind of prayer from your past? Come along on this week’s conversation and learn about the absurdity, necessity, and neurology of contemplative prayer, which is the subtitle of AJ’s book! I dare you 🙂 This is a topic that really touched me and I’ve already started reading Sherrill’s book for a second time.

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Alice Fryling – episode 296

 

My guest on the podcast this week is Alice Fryling. She is a spiritual director and author. She and her husband worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for over fifty years and she has taught Enneagram workshops as well as written on the Enneagram in her book, Mirror for the Soul. This week we speak with her about an important topic and the focus of her most recent book, Aging Faithfully. 

This is a much overlooked topic and with no map through our later years, how do we walk forward in difficult, even vulnerable times in a faithful way? This topic is good for any age but if you are moving toward retirement years it is an even more important topic.

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Carrie Newcomer – episode 295

I’m delighted to have award-winning songwriter, recording artist, poet, author, activist and podcast host, Carrie Newcomer, back on Faith Conversations. Carrie has a new album and book of Poetry out titled Until Now. She is a great conversationalist and we get to enjoy some live music and poetry reading by Carrie on the podcast. I am a fan of her social commentary as she introduces her poems and her songs.

You will be glad you listened and you’ll become a new fan if you’ve not met Carrie Newcomer before!

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