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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.
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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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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.

Podcast Links:
The new web page for Finding Church.
Order Finding Church
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.

Podcast Links:
Seven Mountains of Influence
The new web page for Finding Church.
Order Finding Church
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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A Finding Church Conversation (#456)

Brad comes over to explore Wayne’s new release, FINDING CHURCH, as he probes Wayne about the process and what most impacted him in writing this book. He also has some specific questions that rose in his mind while working through it. They talk about the critical choice of choosing the new creation when the door is open in front of us, instead of retreating inside the old, and how we learn to fly in the fullness of the Father’s life or stay stuck on the ground by living in our own human efforts. This is the first installment of a three-part conversation with Brad that will play out over the next three weeks.

Podcast Links:
The new web page for Finding Church.
Order Finding Church
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Abusive Christianity (#455)

After a bit of follow up from last week’s podcast, Wayne reads part of an article written by a woman who grew up and mothered seven children in the Quiverfull Movement, and discovered that Christianity is a system of abuse that she and her children suffered under, unwittingly. Only when she was confronted by an abuse counselor was she able to see how much abuse was sown into her interpretation of the Scriptures. What a wake-up call for all of us to realize that any interpretation of Scripture that justifies abuse is a misinterpretation and one we need to take liberty from.

Podcast Links:
The new web page for Finding Church.
Order Finding Church
The presentation Wayne discusses: How Playing Good Christian Housewife Almost Killed Me
Quiverfull Information
The Jesus Lens: A Re-examination of How We Interpret Scripture
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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Treasure Hunts, Angel Feathers, and Sozos (#454)

Wayne plows through his recent email, getting comments on past podcast themes and then covers at length one asking about the current so-called revival movements that draw people fascinated by the hope of signs and wonders. How much of it is genuine, and how much of it is a distraction to the greater journey Jesus invites us into? This is straight talk from someone who has been involved in past incarnations of this movement and has settled on a very different view of them as he’s learning to live in the affection of the Father. He talks about the manifestations many think demonstrate the power of the Spirit and about the misguided energy that seeks to educate people in techniques that are supposed to produce signs, wonders, and healing at our command. No one he knows who engages Jesus deeply is fascinated by the pursuit of signs and wonders, and no one he knows in the pursuit of signs and wonders is deeply engaged in a relationship with Jesus. That’s not to say they aren’t there, only that he hasn’t met them yet.

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The new web page for Finding Church, when we launch it!
Kenya Update for the Outreach in West Pokot
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The Trajectory of Learning Love (#453)

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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