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The Trajectory of Learning Love

What would Jesus’ church looked like if it was really built on love derived from him and shared with each other. Dan Mayhew of Portland, OR, joins Wayne on this podcast about his life-long adventure of seeking the church whose builder and architect is Jesus. How does love shape us to live differently in his family? How does it allow us to honor relationships beyond our disagreements and by doing so reflect the glory of his kingdom in the world? Dan’s a prolific author, former pastor, and passionate to equip others to know him. In their conversation they talk about the challenges of parenting a prodigal child, the power of submission as God sees it, and the challenges of living inside and outside the box of institutionalism.

Podcast Links:
Pre-order Finding Church
Wayne’s Travel Schedule
Dan Mayhew’s Website
To order: The Butterfly and the Stone, The Sword of Submission, or The Ancient Deceptions from Amazon
Wayne’s review for The Butterfly and the Stone
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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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 Shall We Then Pray? (#452)

Everywhere you look our world is in crisis–the atrocities of ISIS, ongoing conflict and hatred in the Middle East, the battle for Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the racial angst in America, harsh weather conditions, erupting volcanos and devastating earthquakes. If God gave you the power to resolve any of these crises, what would you do? How do we pray in the face of all that is going on in the world, especially if we’re not focused on our own personal comfort and safety, but the unfolding purposes of God in our world? Does it matter if we do? And, how might God engage us in the power of agreed prayers with other believers? Brad joins Wayne again and neither of them foresaw where this conversation was going to go.

Podcast Links:
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Engaging God (#451)

There’s a world of difference between trusting that God loves you because Scripture says so, and trusting the one of whom Scripture speaks. One is an intellectual exercise, the other can only result from a growing engagement with him as a personality in the universe. Brad joins this week’s podcast as he and Wayne discuss how God’s reality and communion with him seeps into our lives over time that allow us to walk with him in increasing wholehearted engagement. As people come to engage him in a real way, they’ll find their engagements with others on this journey as well, allowing for a depth of shared life that less-relational structures can only crave.

Podcast Links:
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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The Community of a New Creation (#450)

What if the church Jesus is building looks more like wildflowers strewn across an alpine meadow than a walled garden with manicured hedges? Wayne’s back for a new podcast and after a look at the last month of his life, he reads Chapter Two of his recently-completed book, Finding Church. The church Jesus is building is the fruit of a news creation that rises out of transformed lives, not the result of human effort trying to do something for God, no matter how well-intentioned. Wayne invites the reader in to a different conversation and a different perspective of the church that humanity cannot build. We can only recognize her as she takes shape around us and participate with her as long as God gives us opportunity to do so.

Podcast Links:
Chapter 1 of Finding Church
a href=”http://www.lifestream.org/blog/finding-church-now-available-pre-ordering”>Wayne’s Latest Blog on Finding Church
Pre-order Finding Church
Living Loved and Riding Bikes – Podcast from the archives
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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From the Archive: Where It Began

Wayne is still on hiatus this week, so let’s visit the archives again. This podcast aired over a year and a half ago and unbeknownst to Wayne at the time planted the seeds for the book he has just completed. Are those who no longer attend Sunday services part of a scattering movement that is undermining the mission of the church in the world or are they in fact people looking beyond conformity-based environments for a more meaningful relationship with God and with others? Check out both this podcast, the one that followed it up, and the comments from both in the links below. It shows there is great hunger to see how Jesus is connecting his church in the world beyond our human efforts.

Podcast Links:
Link to Original Podcast: A Greater Gathering
Link to Follow-up Podcast” A Greater Gathering Aftermath
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Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot

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No New Podcast this Week

Wayne is out of town with his family as they deal with his mother’s passing, so there is no new podcast this week. But you can dip into the archives and chose your own, or listen to one of the classics: “It’s not Chocolate.” It’s one of their most talked about podcasts as they explore how you can learn to recognize God’s voice among all the competing voices that fill our head and the noise that fills our world. Losing our taste for the false offerings of religion and dismissing the voices of guilt and shame are an important part of reducing the noise and recognizing God’s impulses in our heart.

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Finding Church Alive and Well (#449)

Wayne reads the new first chapter of the book he is just completing, Finding Church: What If There Really Is Something More? This is very different from the one he read last November that was going to be the starting chapter. When you are frustrated at the difference between the picture Scripture paints of Jesus’ church and the one we see after 2000 years of church history, you are ready for an incredible journey beyond the canvas of human effort to behold the masterpiece Jesus is creating. Here you’ll discover the church that Jesus has been building since the Day of Pentecost, and that she is alive and well and reaches around the globe.

Podcast Links:
Finding Church Cover Wars! Over 300 responses on Facebook and no clear consensus, which I wasn’t looking for anyway.
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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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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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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