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Let Talk Sex (#530)

North Carolinians are battling transgendered restrooms. Time Magazine runs a cover story on how pornography ruins sexual intimacy in real life. Ours is a sexually dominated culture to be sure and Wayne and Brad plunge into the issues politically and personally. By viewing our sexuality as an act of personal freedom instead of as a transcendent activity we have devalued and twisted it into its most unfulfilling forms. How can we manage the sexual confusion and controversy in our culture and still offer people life in Jesus? How do we manage sexual temptations ourselves, realizing that God hasn’t forbidden expressions of sexuality to keep us from having fun, but to explore a gift without being destroyed by it or destroying others.

Podcast Notes:
Information on the GJ Trip to Israel
We All Need Sexual Healing (Christianity Today, September 2015)
Time Magazine articles are no longer available to nonsubscriber, but here’s a link to an article about the article.
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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Your Host: Wayne Jacobsen

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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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How Contrarian Are We? (#529)

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How far have Wayne and Brad walked from their evangelical past? An article in the April issue of Christianity Today offered a new matrix to define what an evangelical is using four theological statements. It gives Wayne and Brad a chance to check their evangelical roots to see how the last fifteen years has shaped their view. Though they both consider themselves conservative theologically, one thing continued to stand out as they worked through the matrix—it didn’t have room for a Living God in the practicality of daily life. Evangelicalism has replaced a living God with the Bible text, and a vibrant relationship for following a set of expectations. As they work through the matrix they discuss the Bible, their purpose in the world, the atonement, and what constitutes salvation.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s Visit to the Nomad Podcast
Christianity Today Article: Defining Evangelicals
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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Hijacking God’s Gifts (#528)

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It’s an often-repeated story… God reveals himself in some unique way and soon people are swarming all over it with the all-too-human need to protect, manage, or exploit it for their own gain. Once we regard his work as a possession of ours instead of a gift to be shared, his presence withdraws and moves on to touch people in other ways. Human ambition has done more to thwart God’s work in the world than any other thing and it is tied to our need to find significance outside of our relationship with him and make our mark in the world. Brad and Wayne talk about what it means to be successful in God’s eyes and how we can cooperate more freely with him in rest and contentment rather than fear and ambition.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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The Blue Smoke of Selfishness (#527)

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It is way to easy to convince ourselves we have God’s best interests at heart, even as we’re pursuing our own desires. Wouldn’t it be great if our own selfishness was as obvious to us as it is to God? It is so easy to deceive ourselves that we’re doing something for the glory of God, when it has far more to do with our own needs. Brad joins Wayne again for a conversation about how we pursue God’s will, especially in a world where so many others are pursuing their own? Doesn’t that set us up to be taken advantage of in the worldly systems that others are exploiting? Learning to live free from our own selfish pursuits and embrace God’s reality and his unfolding will is at the heart of our joy and our transformation.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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Living Freely in God’s Will (#526)

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As Wayne reports on his recent trip to Ireland and the UK he and Brad end up in a discussion about God’s will and how he reveals that to us. Unfortunately many Christians have been taught to follow a set of principles or rituals, rather than how to get to know him, to sense his heart, and to follow his leading as they navigate the reality of their own lives. Each of them share how they sense his leading and how others can as well. This is certainly not an exact science since he speaks in so many different ways. However, we can learn, even in our mistakes, how to recognize his voice and his nudgings. This is where life in him becomes an adventure because we are no longer trying to attain an set of expectations, but learning to recognize and follow his leading through whatever circumstances throw at us.

Podcast Notes:
For encouragement to help you recognize God building a relationship with you, try Wayne’s Engage Videos
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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Living as an Elder-at-Large (#525)

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Some say without local church institutions we cannot experience the gifts of elders, teachers, or apostles. They would be wrong. These gifts can actually function more powerfully when unmoored from the needs and processes of an institution. That reality can take expression in a variety of ways, but here’s one example. Bob Prater used to be a full-time pastor managing an institution until he could no longer grow in his passions inside of it. Bob and wife Danette give themselves away to people they meet, simply by offering them a meal and a safe place to explore their own journey and connect the dots to God’s unrelenting reach into their lives. Wayne explores this amazing expression with Bob as the talk about the heart of the Gospel as God no longer counting people’s sins against them, and reconnecting them to the transforming love of a gracious Father. This has taken them into some of the most broken in his community, brought him alongside some of pastors in the city, and even an interesting relationship with a Muslim leader. Enjoy the story and let it encourage you to follow the Lamb wherever he wants to take you.

Podcast Notes:
Email Bob
A Christian and a Muslim Walk into a Studio
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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How His Love Frees Us (#524)

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Especially in the most challenging or devastating of circumstances, knowing we are loved turns the tide from being swallowed up by our circumstances to finding the freedom to navigate them with God’s wisdom and grace. Wayne and Brad read some listener responses to recent podcasts and pick up a thread about how our security in Father’s affection frees us to live differently in so many circumstances. It is an awareness often hard-won in wrestling with him—and losing! One email demonstrates just how powerful the knowledge of Father’s affection can be when he wins us into that space. Knowing we’re not orphans but beloved children centers us in his reality and allows us to see more clearly what he offers us. To the same conclusion they revisit an earlier podcast about significance and discovering that our lives matter not by what we can do for God, but by the worth his love settles in us.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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You Are Salt (#523)

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When we live with the lie that something is either all right or all wrong, we miss the nuances and textures of God making himself known even through the brokenness of humanity. Brad joins Wayne for a discussion about politics and religious leaders who constantly chose between character and expedience in seeking a place of influence, battling the temptation to justify the means for the greater good they hope to accomplish. How do we recognize the yuck, and yet affirm what God is doing beyond it? Does that negate the importance of character and demonstrating God’s nature as best we can in how we treat people and deal with the opportunities of life. We are salt in this world when we can grace the circumstances we’re in with his presence. We don’t have to impose our will on others, but simply invite them into the most engaging adventure any of us could ever embrace.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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Just Mercy (#522)

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No one should be defined by their worst moment, and you shouldn’t be better off under the law if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor an innocent. Bryan Stevenson in his New York Times best-seller, Just Mercy, confronts the inequities in American culture with a plea for real justice and real mercy. Wayne traveled to Tulsa, OK to discuss this powerful book with his friend Tom Mohn, who in addition to being a man of grace and compassion, also traveled to Selma, Alabama fifty years ago to participate in the march at Selma. They discuss race relations, illegal immigration, and how the current political climate rewards the conflict instead of seeking compassionate solutions. They discuss the importance of developing proximity to other cultures so we don’t become trapped by only seeing the world through our own eyes.

Podcast Notes:
Email Tom
Bryan Stevenson’s Ted Talk, We Need to Talk About Justice
Order Stevenson’s book, Just Mercy
Tom Mohn’s book, Good Morning Brother Pilgrim
Previous Podcasts with Tom Mohn: The Things God Uses, The Gospel Jesus Preached and The Keeper and the Kept
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
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Am I Doing Enough For God? (#521)

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If you’re nagged by the question of whether you should be doing more for God, you know how disorienting it can be. Could it be God? My religious training? An need for significance? Or the devil? David has his seminary degree and experience as a pastor/church planter for many years. Even though the stress and long hours compromised his physical health and the well-being of his family, he is beginning to wonder if there’s something more he should be doing for God. What does it mean to be a living sacrifice, and how can one affirmed as a “good and faithful” servant of God? Wayne engages David’s email by sharing his own journey dealing with the insecurity that seeks significance as an antidote, and learning that he serves best when he’s most secure as a beloved son of a gracious Father. The podcast ends with an email from Dan and a song that inspired a recent podcast inspired.

Podcast Notes:
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
The song at the end is Ragamuffin Prayer by Daniel Madison.
Our latest update from Kenya
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