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Learning to Live Relationally Free (#483)

relationalchallengeOne of our listeners said it best: “Religion makes you relationally challenged.” That it does, making us far more preoccupied with getting people to do what we want so we can feel safe and comfortable. Untangling all of that and learning to live more focused on others than ourselves is an amazing work God does to help us experience the treasure of real relationships that are honest, gentle and loving. Wayne takes a look at the kind of language and activity that actually subverts the relationships we desire so that we can better see how God is shaping us so that we can love others where they are and yet not be victims of their fears or insecurities. Living relationally free is the fruit of God working in us so that we have less need to manipulate others for our own desire, or to be manipulated by them for theirs.

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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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Nudged Into More Open Space (#482)

lesstraveledHow does God draw us into the space where he works most freely and where we can more easily recognize his fingerprints in our lives? While many look for a voice or miraculous encounters, he mostly guides us by nudging our hearts either as an inclination to do something, or a restlessness not to. Sometimes he plants questions in our heart to help us recognize more freely how is work is unfolding in us instead of being lost in the anxiety of how we want him to work. Two of our listeners share how the Spirit is working in them to bring them into a more spacious place of life and freedom. Learning to recognize how the Spirit nudges you is one of the greatest discoveries of this journey. We don’t always get it right, but when we do, it is such a joy to watch how circumstances and his direction converge to spill out with his glory.

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Faith Shifting with Kathy Escobar (#481)

kescobarWhat do you do when the beliefs you were given come unraveled? Kathy Escobar didn’t grow up in a believing home, but came to faith at twelve. Like many of us she, too, found a longing in her heart that the religious program she was in could not satisfy. In fact, it often undermined her faith by refusing to let her ask the difficult questions and discover what life in God really meant. She tells her story and offers her help to others in her book entitled Faith Shift. Kathy joins Wayne for a Skype Conversation about the common elements of their journeys and the different spaces they’ve landed in to discover a rich community of authenticity and engagement. Kathy adds some important pieces to this conversation about creating safe environments to help others face their journey, of the unique challenges women face in our patriarchal religious culture, and the importance of loving people right where they are as they sort out what it means for them to live as God’s child in the earth.

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Kathy Escobar’s website
Purchase her book Faith Shift
Her blog on “Things that Help, Things that Hurt”
The Refuge in Denver, CO and their Invitation to Community
Our latest update from Kenya
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Love’s Antidote to Obligation (#480)

affectionThose who think Jesus builds his church on obligation and accountability have yet to experience the church that rises out of his love. After last weeks’ podcast on obligation, Wayne sorts through some emails and blog posts that share some of the lessons and insights others are finding on this journey. While breaking free of religious obligation can be a lonely and painful road it will only lead to emptiness and self-indulgence unless we are captured by a greater reality, that for which our hearts have longed since birth. Finding our way into Father’s affection and learning to share it with others is the greatest of all possible journeys and the place where we find the freedom he wants for us and the connections with others that bring life. He also talks about continuing to embrace freedom even when difficult people want to drag us back into guilt and performance

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Wayne’s Travel Schedule
The Church Rising
Our latest update from Kenya
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Doubling Down on Obligation (#479)

conformityIn the face of declining participation in traditional congregations, why are many religious leaders doubling down on the obligation card? Could it be an admission that their view of the New Testament community not compelling in its own right? After his appearance on Up For Debate on Moody Radio, Wayne has been drawn into ever-more conversations about why people are leaving traditional congregations and recognizing how the relationships between believers who go and those who don’t is becoming increasingly hostile. He examines the twelve reasons some put forth as to why membership in a local congregation is mandatory for all and why it is based on a distorted view of Scripture and of his church in the world. He also shares more of his perspective that didn’t get on the debate and why all of this is so important to help us define the true nature of Jesus’ church in the world and participate freely in her reality in spite of those who seek to exclude us.

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Up For Debate show on “Is Church Attendance Mandatory?”
Freeman’s “Twelve Reasons Why Membership Matters”
Our latest update from Kenya
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How Love Shapes Us (#478)

wolfeLearning to live in the Father’s love and share it freely will take you to places you would never have dreamed and invite you to lay down your life not because you have to, but because we can’t imagine not doing so for someone we love. Wayne finishes the conversation he started last week with Jimmy Wolfe, a husband and father who is learning how to live in the Father’s love where God has placed his family in Woodstock, GA. They pick up the theme of what it means to love what you can’t control and can’t even guarantee its permanency in your life. Their conversation ranges from how light travels in love so it isn’t just nice to people but opens them to God’s wisdom and truth to what it means to equip those who want to build up Jesus’ church in a given area without creating an institution to manage.

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Email Jimmy
Previous Podcast with Jimmy Wolfe – Listening To Your Yuck Meter
Our latest update from Kenya
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Listening To Your Yuck Meter (#477)

wolfeJimmy and Melissa Wolfe from Woodstock, GA thought they were headed for “ministry” as part of the mega-church movement in that area before God sidetracked them with a better journey. Wayne sat down with Jimmy (pictured at left with his “son” Benjamin) for a conversation during his recent stay in the Atlanta area. They discuss how a would-be church planter ended up on a road less traveled and what it looks like to live as a ministry as the Spirit knits them into the fabric of their community, rather than trying to start a congregation that needs to be managed. They talk about the nature of eldership in the church of the new creation and how love opens incredible doors to impact the world around us. This is what happens to those with well-set Yuck Meters and who don’t ignore them even if it is in their self-interest to do so.

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Email Jimmy
The Yuck Factor Podcast
Our latest update from Kenya
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It’s a Relationship Not a Performance (#476)

hopeWayne’s back from his Southern Swing through Georgian and South Carolina with a fresh passion to help people discover a transforming relationship rather than let them stay mired in lifeless religious obligation that will only lead to frustration and failure. He shares some of his experiences in his most recent trip and an amazing encounter on the way home that helped bring freedom to a broken heart. Some of our listeners join in with their comments as Wayne talks about moving from religious rituals into a vibrant life in him with prayer and with engaging his work in the world. Finding ourselves in a relationship with a Father who has great affection for us changes everything and then following him is not a cumbersome chore, but an endearing reality as he puts his glory into the world.

Podcast Links:
Up for Debate: Wayne’s Interview on Moody Radio on Saturday, March 7 at 12:00 noon Eastern time
Our latest update from Kenya
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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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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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