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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.

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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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Seeing Into the New Creation (#465)

Looking beyond the religious systems of this world to a greater reality isn’t always easy. Wayne works through some recent correspondence first from a woman who argues that our congregational systems are the only valid expression of Jesus’ church in the world and deeply misunderstands the freedom that many are finding to connect as his church beyond them. Does Jesus build his church on commitment, accountability, and hierarchical systems, or is she built on the love and affection of the cross? The second email wonders if I’m overselling the reality of the new creation this side of the final resurrection. In all of this we get to talk about church views, church discipline, how real the new creation is in this age, and what does it mean to listen to Father.

Podcast Links:
Christianity Today Discussion: Does my local church have authority to declare that I am not a Christian?
FindingChurch.com
The latest update from Kenya
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When You No Longer Fit (#464)

What do you do when you come to see that the beautiful bride of Christ cannot be crammed into human systems without causing collateral damage? Wayne follows up last week’s podcast as he interacts with listener emails and blog postings to discuss the challenges many face when they are no longer part of a system. What if your spouse sees it differently? How can I find friendships that will respect my journey? How do we avoid creating our own systems? And how do I handle the infamous, “Where do you go to church?” question. There are not easy answers to any of these because the flow out of a process of finding our freedom, learning to live in our freedom, and learning to share that freedom with others no matter where they are in their journey.

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FindingChurch.com
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
The latest update from Kenya
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Nones, Dones And a Wider Conversation (#463)

Where have all the people gone? Pew Research announced a couple of years ago about the rise of the “Nones”, those who no longer claim any religious affiliation. Now, there’s a growing conversation about the rise of the “Dones”, those who are leaving traditional Sunday morning congregations to find more authentic expressions of community. Research shows that these maintain a deep passion for God, but that it is unlikely that they will ever return. Brad joins Wayne as they talk about the research here as Wayne had an opportunity to speak with the lead researcher on this project. The research does not bode well for the future of traditional congregations.

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FindingChurch.com
The Rise of the Dones
Dr. Josh Packard’s research on The De-Churching of America
The latest update from Kenya
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The Antidote to Control (#462)

Current research shows how easily we all create illusions whenever it serves our own self-interest. How then can we know we are processing life around us objectively and accurately? Ultimately we can’t. Wayne and Brad take on this dilemma using some listener emails and some research by Dan Ariely. By recognizing that our desires and fears make us want to take control of circumstances and people around us to our own benefit. On the other hand, genuine affection for others around us will help us seek a better reality than our own personal gain. Only by growing in love can we hope to see more accurately who we are and what’s going on around us.

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The audio clip we used is not linkable, but it was from Duke Researcher Dr. Dan Ariely, author of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves.. You can find his website here.
The latest update from Kenya.
Previous Podcast about Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me: Honest to God.
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Can a System Ever Love? (#461)

Can any system humans design to justice to the transcendent beauty of Jesus’ church as she takes shape in the world? As more an more people are coming to the conclusion that our systems don’t function well, especially when people need to know the reality of love, rather than the rigidity of a program. Wayne dives back into the mailbag for a discussion about our religious systems and why they are destined to fail at the critical moments of life. The more we come to know his love, the more we lose hope that any system can reflect God’s love and life. That opens the door for some pretty powerful lessons and a way of living that expands his love in the world.

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FindingChurch.com
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Hope Beyond Death (#460)

What do people think about when death becomes imminent? The experiences of an Emergency Medical Technician in New York offers some startling observations. In the backdrop of Wayne’s mother passing away a few months ago and his recent contacts with others dealing with death in a variety of ways, he opens a conversation on the events that surround death in our world. Since it is God’s enemy as well as ours, would he not be in it with us and grace us through the fears and concerns we might have preparing us for another world? He also responds to an email about euthanasia and what we might consider both in our personal choices what we might demand of others around us. (Note: This podcast was recorded two weeks ago before the events in Oregon where a young woman battling a brain tumor took her own life.)

Podcast Links:
Matthew O’Reilly’s Ted Talk, “Am I Dying?”
FindingChurch.com
Finding Church Facebook Page
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At What Cost? (#459)

While God makes himself known even through some of the silliest things we humans attempt, does his graciousness justify our lack of concern for the collateral damage our efforts may cause? After Wayne’s three-part conversation with Brad, he opens up the conversation by sorting through his email and blog comments about many of the themes we’ve explored over the past few weeks. The written covenant story continues as does the dialog about the supernatural, counseling techniques, religious abuse, and patriarchal authority. Even when God is gracious in our misguided efforts, can we not be honest with the destruction it causes in others who become disillusioned, hurt, or diminished by the flesh of others? Can we not celebrate the good in something while at the same time seek to mitigate the damage that it does to others?

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Wayne’s Travel In Texas
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Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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When Creations Clash! (#458)

So what do we do when you’re wanting to embrace the new creation, but are bombarded by people whose passion for cash, credit, and control only seek to draw you back into the old? Wayne and Brad continue their discussion about one of the themes in Wayne’s newest book, Finding Church, and how we can live that out the reality of the new creation when others around us are embracing the realities of the old. How do you continue to live free when others around you are fouling the relationship with their brokenness, demands or agendas? Discover that, and you can enjoy living wholeheartedly in your relationships, with unity where you can and generous honesty where unity of heart has not yet come. We can live in the world, and not be of it. This is the final installment of a three-part conversation with Brad.

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The new web page for Finding Church.
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Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Angel Feathers Redux (#456)

Brad wants to weigh on on Wayne’s earlier comments about “Treasure Hunts, Angel Feathers, and Sozos”. So the first part of this podcast refocuses on the supernatural and how we distinguish between real moments of God’s moving and contrived ones perpetuated by group dynamics and the power of suggestion. What happens when we divorce the supernatural from a growing relationship with Jesus and lead people to believe that his power is in their control? They also talk about the Seven Mountains of Influence and how we are warped by old creation priorities even as we are being invited to live in a new creation. This is the second installment of a three part conversation with Brad that will finish next week.

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Seven Mountains of Influence
The new web page for Finding Church.
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Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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