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!

Find Carrie in the following places:
• Her website
• Her website with Parker Palmer
• Her podcast
• Facebook
• Twitter
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Suzanne Stabile – episode 294

Suzanne Stabile is back with me on the podcast and it’s all things Enneagram! She has written a new book titled The Journey Toward Wholeness: Enneagram Wisdom for Stress, Balance, and Transformation. Her focus is on the three centers of intelligence: thinking, feeling, and doing. Suzanne’s contention is that when we learn to manage these centers in relation to our Enneagram number, we open a path to reducing fear, improving relationships, and finding wholeness. I don’t know about you but that’s what I want!

This is a whole new way of digging in to the Enneagram. Hang on for the ride and grab a copy of The Journey Toward Wholeness.

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• Life in the Trinity Ministry
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Amy-Jill Levine – episode 293

I am pleased to have Amy-Jill Levine on the podcast this week. She is Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace. She is now University Professor of New Testament and Jewish studies Emerita at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.

We spend our time learning about her background and why a Jewish woman would become a New Testament scholar as well as focusing on her latest book, The Difficult Words of Jesus. A fascinating conversation full of humor. If you’ve not met Amy-Jill Levine before, I hope you’ll listen to this podcast!

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Mike Murphy – episode 292

Mike Murphy is back on the podcast as we talk through his Rumblings of last week and provide commentary on them. I read a Meister Eckhart poem from Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart by Jon M. Sweeney which gives a nice bookend to our conversation. We also mentioned Daniel Hill’s book, White Awake.

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Jared Patrick Boyd – Episode 291

Jared Patrick Boyd joins me this week on the podcast. He has written Imaginative Prayer. Don’t even pay attention to the subtitle, which is, A Yearlong Guide for Your Child’s Spiritual Formation. I think this is equally for adults and we talk about that on the podcast. Most of us default to the typical grocery list praying for what we want or intercessory prayer for a friend. There are so many other forms of prayer and I hope you listen and get introduced to Imaginative Prayer!

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• Website
• Imaginative Prayer Website
• Twitter
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Leeana Tankersley – episode 290

I’m really excited to have Leeana Tankersley on the podcast this week. Reason #1. She is an amazing writer and communicator and has a brand new book out titled Hope Anyway. Reason #2. She was so gracious to help me celebrate a significant milestone of Faith Conversations. October 4 marks the 6th anniversary of the podcast. If you’ve been with me that long, then I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I have a favor to ask. Would you write a review on iTunes? I always forget to ask this and it really matters in the digital world. At least good reviews matter!!! If you are wondering if I celebrated 5 years, I did not. Like everyone I was caught in the malaise of lockdown due to Covid-19 and I didn’t even realize 5 years had gone by. So hence the 6th year celebration!

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Kelly Flanagan – episode 289

If you’ve ever had the desire to embrace what is truest about you so that you can live more fully into who God created you to be, this is the podcast for you. Dr. Kelly Flanagan joins me this week on Faith Conversations to talk about two critical books that he penned. He has the credentials to be talking about this stuff too. Kelly is a licensed clinical psychologist who is married to another clinical psychologist named Kelly. Talk about confusing. 😆  Friends call them ‘the Kellies.’ The focus of the conversation is on the two books Kelly has written. If I were to sum it up, his book Loveable talks about relationship with self and True Companions talks about the other relationships, the ones that see us through this thing called life. I highly recommend both books. I actually listened through Loveable twice and that’s so…Read More

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Michelle DeRusha – episode 288

Michelle DeRusha is back on the podcast. She is a great conversationalist and a wonderful writer. Recently she went on a silent retreat for the first time. We talk about the spiritual practice of retreat and silence. We also catch up on the good books that each of us is currently reading.

Michelle writes one of the best monthly newsletters. I always read it and I can’t say that’s true of every newsletter that makes its way to my in box. I recommend signing up for it on her website.

Here is a link to Contemplate Lincoln, which Michelle talks about.

Here is a list of some of the books mentioned by Michelle and me on the podcast. Small Great Things, The Universal Christ, Wintering, Thomas Merton, After Evangelicalism, Loveable, True Companions.

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