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Creating Space Where God Is Known (#475)

prayerWhat part do each of us play in our growing relationship with the transcendent God? Wayne and Kevin’s conversation continues from last week as they explore the long, slow process of growing to know God and recognize his work in our lives. They talk about how they come to recognize his voice, and what part the spiritual disciplines or practices play as they are learning to walk alongside him through life. Keeping the relationship alive means they have to continue to make space for God’s revelation by how the respond to him. They talk about marriage and how for the relationship to grow each spouse needs to make room for the other as they grow and change. In the same way we need to make room for God as our perception of him grows and our own lives shift in his reality.

Podcast Links:
Up for Debate: Wayne’s Interview on Moody Radio on Saturday, March 7 at 12:00 noon Eastern time
Last week’s podcast with Kevin about the Interactive Nature of Trust
Kevin’s website ChristianSimplicity.com: Conversations about God, Money, and Trust
Previous podcast with Kevin: Myths of Mammon
Previous podcast with Kevin: Passive Follower or Active Participant
Our latest update from Kenya
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As a writer and teacher Wayne travels the world helping believers sort out what it means to live freely in the life of Christ. His latest books include He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father’s Affection and So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore. He also collaborated on the writing of The Shack and helped create Windblown Media, the publishing company behind the phenomenon. He was a pastor for 20 years and a Contributing Editor to Leadership Journal and has authored numerous articles on spiritual formation, relational community and engagement of culture. His home website is Lifestream.org where you can find his blog, books, articles, and audio teachings. He resides in Newbury Park, California with his wife Sara and enjoys his adult children and three awesome grandchildren.

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The Interactive Nature of Trust (#474)

ktupperTrusting God is not, as some may assert, a blind leap into the darkness. Trust is the fruit of a growing interactive relationship with God where we come to know him and learn to follow the insights and impulses he breathes into our spirits as we learn to walk alongside him. He is joined by Kevin Tupper, long time friend and director of ChristianSimplicity.com, a website designed to stimulate conversations about God, money and trust. As Wayne and Kevin share about their own relationship with God, they talk about the Christian practices, what some call disciplines and the importance of seeing beyond the physical world and connecting with God and his unfolding glory. Learning trust is a process where failure and growth is to be expected as we learn the difference between our own presumption and God’s will and purpose.

Podcast Links:
Kevin’s website ChristianSimplicity.com: Conversations about God, Money, and Trust
Previous podcast with Kevin: Myths of Mammon
Previous podcast with Kevin: Passive Follower or Active Participant
Our latest update from Kenya
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Engaging The New Creation (#473)

puzzleThe life of Jesus is not found in a guiding set of principles to base your life on. It is found only in a growing relationship with him where the invisible world becomes increasingly more real than the physical world we navigate every day. Wayne again dips into the mail bag, this time with those who are feeling lost or discouraged in trying to piece together a meaningful engagement with God in the difficulties of this life. As we become aware of the new creation, we can respond to become alive in it. Then through our own experience we learn how to recognize the new creation however it might appear around us, learning to live in God’s giving rather than our own attempts to get what we want from him. Only then can we become fruitful and fulfilled in this life. Learning to live in the realities of a new creation comes through practice leaning into those places where God makes himself and his ways known, and leaning away from those places where the physical world draws me into my selfish ambitions.

Podcast Links:
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
Our latest update from Kenya
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The Church Rising (#472)

bridedancethmb1She is rising from all the places where she has long been hidden, revealing the Father’s glory through a growing community of those who know they are deeply loved by God. The journey to discover her may not be short or easy, but it is worth very lesson life has dealt us. The podcast begins with a couple of more comments to wrap up the last two weeks discussing homosexuality and includes an amazing clip from a young woman who shares her example of dealing with her sexual attraction inside her relationship with Jesus. Then Wayne turns to a variety of listener input about the frustration of seeking an enduring reflection of Christ’s church in the world. While we are may all be in different stages of seeing into that reality, he reads an inspiring poem that prophetically speaks to the Father’s work in calling out his church to take her place in the world.

Podcast Links:
Freedom Through Constraint by Julie Rodgers
An Open Letter to All the People Writing…About What’s Wrong with the Church by Whitney Capps
A copy of the poem about The Church Rising
Our latest update from Kenya
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Can a Christian Be Gay? Part II (#471)

prayerLast week’s podcast generated so many questions and comments than Wayne revisits the discussion about sexuality and the religious rhetoric that does more to condemn people instead of inviting them into God’s life and freedom. How do we engage with people whose views of morality may differ from our own? How do we open doors to the work God does to transform people, and not just enforce rules as if by following them people gain God’s acceptance? That led to thoughts about what it means to be “Christian” and how our use of that term has cheapened it into a mere ritual or religious experience and removed from the fruit of a transformed life by a growing, intimate relationship with they Father by the work of Jesus.

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Our latest update from Kenya
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Can a Christian Be Gay? (#470)

sexualityThe expansion of gay rights in American culture in unprecedented in the last five years and has dramatically changed the public dialog about homosexuality in America. It has changed the dialog inside Christianity as well as some people claim the Scriptures used to condemn homosexuality have been misinterpreted. In this climate how do we find a way to be true to our convictions and at the same time share the Father’s love with those who see this issue differently than the way we do. In this special podcast Wayne muses on the difficult questions surrounding this critical issue and shares his current thoughts about the changing culture and our possible response to people we know who deal with same-sex attraction.

Podcast Links:
LGBTQ Christians: Hope for the Unseen by Benjamin Moberg
NY Times article about Exodus International Disbanding
NPR’s Sunday Conversation interview of Allen Edwards
David Dunn’s column for Huffington Post: Civil Unions by Another Name
Our latest update from Kenya
A Journey Out of Sexual Brokenness, a previous podcast about sexuality
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Of Lone Wolves and Free Rangers (#469)

emptypewsIt seems like everyone is talking about the decline of the traditional congregation, though it is often in vastly different ways. Some see it as a threat, accusing those who leave as lone wolves out for their amusement, unconcerned or unconnected to the real church. Many who have left tell a different story, that the congregational system they were a part of did more to undermine the connection they wanted with Jesus’ church than it did to facilitate it. Does this decline spell the the death-knell for the church in the west, or is it an opportunity to see God’s church as a greater reality that can help people experience a more vital connection with Jesus and his family? And can we participate in the conversation in a way that builds up Christ’s body instead of tearing it down further?

Podcast Links:
Lone-Wolf Christianity by Jordan Chamblee
The Most Disturbing Church Trend of All at Charisma
Order Finding Church by Wayne Jacobsen
Our latest update from Kenya
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Why Won’t God Just Change It? (#468)

hopeHow many times have you prayed that God would change a circumstance or take away an emotion that causes you so much pain? Why doesn’t he do that more often? If he truly loves me wouldn’t he make my life better by doing so? In the first podcast of 2015 Wayne sorts through some listener email that provokes his thoughts about the way God sets people free, not by changing external things but by transforming us from within by renewing our minds to help us see him, ourselves, and the world the way he does. That will lead us to make different choices and the consequence of those choices will lead us into his freedom and life. He also answers a question about whether God’s love is unconditional by asking another, is true love for someone ever conditional?

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The latest update from Kenya
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Questions for Wayne (#467)

wayne2015In his year-end podcast Wayne clears out his desk at the end of the year and with it a number of questions that people have wanted him to address on the podcast. Since none of them were enough to fill a podcast he combines a potpourri of them here to at least share how he and Sara have worked through these questions in their own journeys. Is buying insurance or preparing for retirement a violation of trusting God that can come back to haunt you? What curriculum is best to use to help children a relational journey? How can you give anonymous gifts to someone you want to help if you don’t want them to know where it is coming from? What about communion, is it another sacred cow to be slaughtered? If the idea is to relax into Father’s affection, how can we hurry up that revelation in our own hearts?

Podcast Links:
Engage videos
FindingChurch.com
The latest update from Kenya
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Living Gleefully in the Hallway (#466)

hallwayMoments of transition are possible where we look beyond our circumstances and get a glimpse of a greater reality and freedom that lies at the heart of the Father’s love for us. Will we risk what we have to embrace something new? Wayne reflects on last week’s podcast on experiencing the new creation through the words of many who wrote him talking about their own experience finding their way into God’s life. It has made Wayne aware that his favorite place to spend time with people are when people are standing on the verge of a new reality, but still hesitant whether they can or should risk the security of what they know to take a chance on more wide open spaces. The conversations he loves most are those with people who are ready for the encouragement that takes them down the road less traveled.

Podcast Links:

FindingChurch.com
The latest update from Kenya
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