Happy Thanksgiving from Alan & Gem

Nov 25, 2020

You are likely already unplugged this week because Thanksgiving is tomorrow (in the U.S.) So we’re going to keep it very simple today.

 

We are so thankful for you, our email and blog friends! We know that we don’t know most of you personally. And yet you continue to let us into your email box and into your heart as we try to bring encouragement to you week by week.

 

Thank you for the honor of being a voice in your ear. Our deep desire is that you experience the love of...

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Podcast 150: : Live the Questions (Gem interviewed by Yohonna Smith on Girl’s Talking Life Podcast)

Nov 23, 2020

Can you believe that What Does Your Soul Love? released just a little over a year ago? With 2020 being what it is, that seems like an entire lifetime ago. Today, I’m sharing with you a bonus episode and it’s a bit different than usual. It’s different because I’m on the other side of the microphone in this conversation. And I loved this interview so much that I wanted to share it with you, here, on the Unhurried Living Podcast.

Enjoy other episodes of Girls...

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Thoughts on the Love of God

Nov 18, 2020

God is love. There is hardly a more meaningful sentence that short in the English language.

 

A while back I was reading C. S. Lewis about the love of God. He reminds us that for God to be love since before the beginning of time and creation, God has to be more than one person. Love is relational and requires at least two persons.

 

In fact, the Christian idea of God as three persons says that the love that the Father and the Son share is so substantial that it too is a...

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Podcast 149: Tempered Resilience (Alan with Tod Bolsinger)

Nov 16, 2020

Most of us would agree that 2020 continues to be one of the most trying years in our adult lives. So much change. So much pain. So much conflict. I’m talking to a lot of leaders these days who are just plain tired. They are struggling to be hopeful. We need a vision of how this year could actually be an opportunity and not just a challenge. That’s why I’m especially glad to be sharing my recent conversation with Tod Bolsinger about his book, Tempered...

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How Can Love Relieve Decision Fatigue?

Nov 11, 2020

Do you ever suffer from decision fatigue? I have been feeling it more often lately.

 

Think about how many decisions we have to make:

 

One set of decisions: What house do I live in? What city do I move to? What job do I take? Where are my kids go to school? Where should I retire?

 

Another set of decisions: Who do I vote for? What is my involvement with social justice? How do I manage the ongoing dynamics of the pandemic?

 

And what about the mundane overwhelm of trying...

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Podcast 148: Engaging the Enneagram for Formation (Gem with Mary Linam)

Nov 09, 2020

The Enneagram has been more widely circulating for a few years now and most of us have a basic understanding of the types. But once you learn the types, the real question is, so what? What do I now do with all of this great information? What difference can the Enneagram make in my life?

My dear friend, Mary Linam, is a trained and highly skilled Enneagram coach. I’m sharing her with you today because I want you to glean from her wisdom and to be in touch with her if you want to dig...

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Confession as Walking in the Light

Nov 04, 2020

In my early years as a Christian, confession wasn’t exactly something we did much. It was usually limited to situations where we felt we’d done something really bad. It was the sort of thing we imagined Christians in other traditions were all about. We didn’t want to wallow in negativity. We wanted to be positive and do good things instead. Who wouldn’t?

 

Now, in my Anglican tradition, confession is an important element of our weekly gathering in community and...

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Podcast 147: Longing for Revival (Alan with James Choung)

Nov 02, 2020

In the book Longing For Revival, authors James Choung and Ryan Pfeiffer remind us of a simple and encouraging reality: Revival begins with God. It happens in our lives and we cooperate with what God is doing, but God is the reviver of our souls, our communities, our world. In this season that feels so straining and wearying, God wants to refresh, renew and revitalize our lives so we can join God in the good work of the kingdom. 

Gem and I have been grateful to have been...

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Under Construction: Every Stage Matters

Oct 28, 2020

A few years ago, Alan and I visited the Chicago area. We had the privilege of being with our publisher, InterVarsity Press. They had just come off a very busy and challenging 18-month project to overhaul their IT systems. We were able to be with them on a day set aside for refreshment, training and celebration.

 

To say they were tired is an understatement. Taking something old and replacing it with something new can be a herculean task. The end product will serve the organization much...

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Podcast 146: Open or Closed: Welcoming an Expansive View of God (A Spiritual Practice with Gem)

Oct 26, 2020

2020 has been a rough year. And that is an understatement. It may seem counterintuitive to at least some of us, but one thing that can help us is to see this year up against the expansive backdrop of God’s eternal presence. Christ crucified is a witness to everything we are seeing. Christ crucified is present in our pain, our outrage, our anxiety, our fears. Let’s dig into a practice that can help us envision God’s presence and expanse now. 

Before we dive in here, I...

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