#42: Upside-Down Spirituality (with Chad Bird)

#42: Upside-Down Spirituality (with Chad Bird)

Chad Bird is an author, theologian, and teacher, and I was super pumped to have him back on the show to discuss his new book, Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life. We talked about God’s perspective versus our own, our goals for marriage versus God’s goals for marriage, and we riffed at length on the nature of freedom in Christ. There’s something in here for everyone!

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#40: God is a Black Woman (with Christena Cleveland)

#40: God is a Black Woman (with Christena Cleveland)

Dr. Christena Cleveland is the Director of the Center for Justice + Renewal, and a social psychologist, public theologian, author and professor. Christena joined me on the show to discuss her exploration of the social location of God and concepts of the divine. She helped me understand the damage that the vision of God as a powerful white man has done to people of colour for centuries, and how we can repurpose metaphors to enable us to enter into forgiveness and compassion.

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#39: A More Christlike God (with Brad Jersak)

#39: A More Christlike God (with Brad Jersak)

Brad Jersak is an author and teacher who was raised Evangelical before joining an Eastern Orthodox monastic community. Brad shared his thoughts about the God we see in Jesus, what The Cross was all about and how to deal with Old Testament violence. In Brad's words, “The law says there must be a payment. But Christ comes and freely forgives. The ledger is not paid off, it is wiped off. God effectively says, ‘If you don’t repent… I will!’”

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#38: Marriage & sex stereotypes (with Sheila Wray Gregoire)

#38: Marriage & sex stereotypes (with Sheila Wray Gregoire)

Sheila Wray Gregoire, author of The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex, and owner of the popular blog To Love, Honor and Vacuum joined me on the show to discuss sexual intimacy and the many stereotypes that exist surrounding marriage. Sheila shared some insightful and practical advice on dating, marital communication, sex and more.

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#37: Emotions and what to do with them (with Marc Alan Schelske)

#37: Emotions and what to do with them (with Marc Alan Schelske)

“The Wisdom of your Heart” by Marc Alan Schelske has been one of the most important books for me in the last few years. In this interview Marc shared his story with me about being a very performance driven pastor and the effect that had on his family, his church and ultimately his mental and emotional health. We talked about why we have emotions at all, what purpose they serve and how to listen to them.

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#36: Brave Surrender (with Kim Walker-Smith)

#36: Brave Surrender (with Kim Walker-Smith)

Kim Walker-Smith’s moving autobiography “Brave Surrender” comes out April, 2019. In it she shares her story of growing up under the shadow of a number of major traumas and how she eventually met Jesus. I was impacted by her vulnerability and authenticity and I cried on almost every page. We discussed her writing process, her worship philosophy, parenting and more.

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#35: Love, justice and universalism (with Wm. Paul Young)

#35: Love, justice and universalism (with Wm. Paul Young)

So I’m talking to William Paul Young, and I’m thinking, “Man, I’ve got the author of The Shack and Lies We Believe About God right here. Do I ask him about universalism? Does he believe God is a woman? What does he believe about hell? Can I ask to see his heretic card? Where do I even begin?!” We ended up having a beautiful, dynamic conversation centred on the intersection of love and justice in the context of Christ’s finished work on the cross. Beware… this might change your life.

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#33: ReGrace - When Christians Disagree (with Frank Viola)

#33: ReGrace - When Christians Disagree (with Frank Viola)

Frank Viola’s latest book, ReGrace, looks at the shocking beliefs of many great Christians in order to help us extend grace to one another when we disagree. He reminded me that Jonathan Edwards wrote “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” which I think drastically distorts the character of God while also writing a brilliant apologetic for manifestations of the Holy Spirit, which I wholeheartedly believe in. If the great Jonathan Edwards had blind spots, so do we all.

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#32: Pastoring with the Holy Spirit (with Adam & Amy Ryan)

#32: Pastoring with the Holy Spirit (with Adam & Amy Ryan)

Pastoring a church is hard work. I spoke with Adam & Amy Ryan about their journey as a pastoral couple leading a small but vibrant Holy Spirit-oriented church. We discussed identity, whose church it really is, and regaining hope after seasons of hardship. Amy & Adam also shared about a chance encounter with Andrew Brunson, the American pastor recently released from prison in Turkey.

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#31: Transformative Masculinity (with Luke Gifford) - Part 2

#31: Transformative Masculinity (with Luke Gifford) - Part 2

What kind of man does your family say you are? What kind of a men do you want your boys to grow into? This week I spoke with men’s coach Luke Gifford about helping men become aware of their emotions, mastering fear and anger, moving beyond toxic masculinity and trying to raise kids who’ll face their monsters. And yes, of course, we talked about the Gillette Ad as well. This is the second part of our discussion.

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