Alexandra Kuykendall-episode 168

In Christian settings we talk a lot about loving our neighbor and then the discussion begins about who is our neighbor. On this week’s podcast, Alexandra Kuykendall joins me to talk about Loving My Actual Neighbor. Novel concept or something we are called to do? It’s a great conversation encompassing a number of important practices grounded in 2nd Peter that will help us get unstuck in our attempts to love neighbor.

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Adele & Doug Calhoun-episode 167

Most of you know I’m an Enneagram fan. I use the Enneagram with spiritual direction clients and I love how this tool, in the hands of the Holy Spirit, can transform lives. On this week’s podcast, I have the joy of talking with long-time friends, Doug and Adele Calhoun. They are co-authors of a new book on the Enneagram, along with Clare and Scott Loughrige, titled Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation. It’s one of the best Enneagram resources I’ve seen in a long time! Not only do they talk about the harmony method, but wonderful spiritual practices and journaling questions and Bible study prompts are offered for each type. If you want to know yourself more deeply and become more conformed to the image of Christ, this book and this podcast will be helpful.

 

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Cara Meredith-episode 166

Cara Meredith joins me on this episode of Faith Conversations. Her memoir, The Color of Life: A Journey Toward Love and Racial Justice, tells her story of growing up in a white bubble where everyone looked just like her. Then she fell in love with the son of a black civil rights icon. As you can imagine, her vision of color changed. Our conversation focused on how her life changed after meeting and marrying James Meredith. We look at interracial marriage in America as well as raising bi-racial children.

 

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Dominique DuBois Gilliard-episode 165

Grateful to be joined on the podcast by Dominique Gilliard. His book, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating For Justice That Restores, is a critical book to read if you have interest in advocating for the poor or interest in what is happening racially in our country. Gilliard says that mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry and beyond that, the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. What can the church do? What can individuals do? Check out this week’s podcast.

 

Check out small group curriculum Dominique talked about:
• www.walkingtowardlove.com
• Trailer for the curriculum.
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Jonathan Brooks-episode 164

Jonathan Brooks joins me on the podcast this week as we talk about Church Forsaken, which is all about practicing presence in neglected neighborhoods. Jonathan, known as “Pastah J,” is pastor of Canaan Community Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. He has a master of divinity in Christian Community Development from Northern Seminary, was an art and architecture teacher with Chicago Public Schools, and is a recording artist with the hip-hop group Out-World. He and his family live in West Englewood.

 

Our conversation encompasses Jonathan’s story of leaving the Englewood neighborhood and moving as far away as possible hoping to not return. When God had other ideas, the story continued and revolved around the true meaning of loving our neighbors.

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melinda schmidt-episode 163

Melinda Schmidt joins me on the podcast as we follow up on the ancestry topic of last week. We step into a conversation on using our gifts and teaching others to open them up to spiritual practices and scripture in new ways.

Mentioned: Immerse

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Melinda & Michelle episode 162

 Melinda Schmidt and Michelle Van Loon join me on this week’s Faith Conversations to talk about ancestry. We had a long conversation in a text thread between us talking about family and those boxes of pictures that are waiting to be sorted through. Michelle wrote a beautiful line where she said, “My bone marrow is talking.” Lovely sentence. It got me thinking that we need to take this conversation from text to podcast!

Why do you or don’t you pay attention to your heritage? We raised a number of questions that go along with this topic on the podcast.

Mentioned on the podcast:
Henry Louis Gates Jr. series, “Finding Your Roots”
ancestry.com
myheritage.com
23 and me
Michelle’s book Born to Wander

 

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Mike Murphy-episode 161

It’s been a while since Mike Murphy has joined me on the podcast. Always provocative, this episode is no different. We talk about Martin Luther King Jr., the late poet Mary Oliver, and we certainly touch on political things as we use Mike’s Friday Rumblings from January 25, 2019, as our springboard.

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Here are the Rumblings we looked at: Rumblings. 1.25.19

1.On Monday, Anita and I watched the movie Selma again and found ourselves tearing up a time or two. Our nation prides itself in having come so far in regard to race relations but in so many ways we’ve traveled a thousand miles to only move but five miles down the road.

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Diana Shiflett-episode 160

 

Diana Shiflett has been leading people into the heart of God for years. She has been opening up the world of spiritual practices to them in the context of community. She joins me on Faith Conversations this week to walk us through a number of the spiritual practices she writes about in her new book Spiritual Practices in Community.

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Michelle DeRusha-episode 159

Have you ever thought of decluttering your heart, mind, and soul? Or do you even have a handle on what that might look like? When we start letting go of false identities, our relationships change including our relationship with God. On this week’s Faith Conversations, Michelle DeRusha joins me to talk about what it means to let go of your false self to uncover the person God created. Sound like something you’d like to sign up for? Take a listen as we talk about True You.

 

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