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Peeking Behind the Curtain (#448)

The look behind the curtain can be incredibly disorienting the first time around. Our assumptions that everyone engaged in our congregation is doing what they do with a pure heart and a passion for Jesus’ kingdom, doesn’t collapse easily and when it does people can feel exploited and abused. In an email from a listener, a blog post by a former staff member of Mars Hill and other readings, Wayne goes back to help those who are just beginning to grasp how much bondage and error there is in our systems of religious obligation and help them wrestle with what we do in response. Is it possible to teach and encourage among Jesus’ family without having to build a conformity system around it?

Podcast Links:
Hi My Name is Mike Anderson…
Ten Pastors I’m Concerned About by Scott Potsma
Previous Podcast about Mistakes Were Made But Not By Me
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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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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At the End of the Rope (#447)

In this kingdom getting to the end of our rope is not to be feared, but celebrated. At the end of all our efforts, doubts, and fears is a Loving Father and the freedom to see life through his eyes instead of our own. It doesn’t always take that, but often it does and God is gracious enough to walk us through the process even when we don’t know or believe he is there. Listener comments and email fill out the story from other people’s experience and the light they’ve gained by going through the deep water with him and finding a rich dependency on him that is difficult for us to find in the good times we so ardently seek.

Podcast Links:
Engage: Letting God Build a Relationship With You
Love Is Like A Fire
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Spiritual Gravity (#446)

Brad is back as Wayne invites him into some of the God Journey’s recent interaction in blogs and emails about why God doesn’t make learning to live in his love easier than it is? Couldn’t he just overwhelm us with something that proves it so our heart can rest in him, and if he doesn’t what does that say about him? Or, is there a spiritual reality akin to gravity in our temporal world that God is helping us navigate in a way that will best lead to our transformation and growing trust in him? What if suffering and loss are not proof that he is absent or uncaring? What if the very pain we use as an excuse to doubt his love, is actually our mentor to lead us closer to him?

Podcast Links:
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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At the Fork In the Road (#445)

Brad is back in the house celebrating with Wayne the completion of his newest book, Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? They talk about the people they know who are standing at the crossroads of whether or not they can abandon their human efforts for God and get on a better journey of learning to live in the work he does. Many avoid the road less traveled because it looks like a cliff, but it’s a choice that can’t seem to be made slowly. Either we’re all in on the journey of love and transformation, or we’ll stay stuck either in the futility of our own efforts or the frustration of unfulfilled promise. How can we take a chance on a road that offers no guarantees?

Podcast Links:
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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The Conversation of Life (#444)

There is a Conversation of Life going on around the world that allows the kingdom of God to grow in the human heart. As Wayne sorts through recent email he finds a consistent theme as people look for that communion in their own touch with God. As people grow in that reality internally then they can help others into that conversation by the way they engage and make themselves available to others around them. Finding our way into that conversation both with God and others is more art that science, so don’t look to do it mechanically, but as we learn to live in his love and find ways to communicate it with others, it will open a door for an endless flow of conversational adventures that will inspire your own journey and that of others around you.

Podcast Links:
Genesis by Jimmy Wolfe
Connections for Wayne’s Travel
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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The Numbers Game

If you’re counting anything as a sign of your fruitfulness in God’s kingdom, you’re already a step away from God’s priorities. Fruitfulness isn’t measured by the size of your audience, income stream, or the number of book sales or website clicks. Once you think it is, you will distort his kingdom to increase your bottom line and probably not even realize it. Wayne begins with a dip in the old mail bag following up on the John Lynch podcasts and then finds himself discussing how the priorities of Father’s kingdom differs completely with the priorities of this world. You get to follow one or the other; trying to follow both is an illusion.

Podcast Links:
Wayne’s Love Is Like Fire blog
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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On My Worst Day (#443)

How are you going to live when things don’t turn out the way you want? Wayne continues his conversation with John Lynch, author of ON MY WORST DAY and co-author of BO’S CAFE as he talks about the physical challenge John is facing and learning how to embrace God’s grace in difficult circumstances. John contemplates the question whether there is there even one moment in your life where God might be playing you, or is not completely for you. Living in his love invites us to embrace the day in his affection, rather than focus on the uncertainty of the future. God is enough for whatever we are facing, and we are enough for God to do his greatest work in us.

Podcast Links:
Previous podcast with John: Treasuring an Environment of Grace
John’s home site: Truefaced
Wayne’s review of ON MY WORST DAY >>>> Order it here.
Wayne’s review of BO’S CAFE. >>>> Order it here.
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Treasuring An Environment for Grace (#442)

Wayne first worked with John Lynch (pictured at left with his wife, Stacey) as an editor on BO’S CAFE and has been hoping ever since to cross paths somewhere. It finally happened last week in Phoenix and Wayne recorded some of their conversations as they shared their journeys, their passion to help people live loved, and they difficulties of cultivating an environment of grace where people can discover how loved they are by a God who is for them. Wayne and John come from completely opposite backgrounds and celebrate how God has led each of them into the same space and how they share a passion for others to engage God in a way that lets them truly embrace his freedom. John’s latest book is ON MY WORST DAY, a journey he is still living.

Podcast Links:
John’s home site: Truefaced
Wayne’s review of ON MY WORST DAY >>>> Order it here.
Wayne’s review of BO’S CAFE. >>>> Order it here.
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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When Love Doesn’t Win (#441)

What do you do when the person you’ve poured so much love on doesn’t love you back, doesn’t blossom or succeed, didn’t heal, or maybe even got more deeply into serious problems? Can forcing our love on someone who doesn’t want it become destructive to them? Wayne interacts with an email from Emmett who has been contemplating the depth of love in his own life and how it applies to people around us that seem to reject or abuse it. How love intersects with human freedom is one of the puzzling realities of this journey and the only way to sort it out is to learn love from the author of love himself.

Podcast Links:
Details for Wayne’s Arizona Trip
Wayne’s review of John Lynch’s ON MY WORST DAY
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
Emmett’s Email
Lifestream Journeys – an email list for fellow-travelers
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Altering the Trajectory of the World (#440)

What’s the best way for you to alter the trajectory of the world? Is it by starting or becoming part of a significant movement, or designing some media product that will dazzle the masses? Jesus didn’t seem to be preoccupied about either of those things. Instead he showed us a way to live that is far more powerful thananything else. What’s more, every one of us can engage it every day and by doing so we we become part of God’s unfolding purpose in the world. Most miss it in pursuit of seemingly loftier goals, but nothing else will have the same impact. HINT: It’s not the projects you do, but the people you touch today that will make the difference.

Podcast Links:
Details for Phoenix Trip
Looking Out for the Lonely by Glennon Doyle Melton
Stairway to Wisdom by David Brooks
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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