The Practice of Praying Scripture: Psalm 51

Aug 15, 2018

Reading the Bible isn’t just a “learn about God” activity. It is a “listen to God and respond” practice. When I hear that “the word of God is alive and active (Heb 4:12),” this is what I think about.

A while back, when I was still writing An Unhurried Leader, I wrote this prayer in response to a few verses in Psalm 51:

Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from...

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Podcast: Enjoying the Grace of Belonging

Aug 13, 2018

With God we can enjoy the grace of belong. One of the great hungers of the human heart is belonging. We want to be part of something. We want to be wanted by someone.

“Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35)

The context of the passage is that Jesus is speaking to a crowd gathered in a
house somewhere in the neighborhood of Galilee. The passage just before it is
one in which the crowds who gathered were so large that often Jesus and his
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Podcast: Paving the Way for Ministry Expansion - Leading Like Jesus (Part 3)

Jul 30, 2018

In today’s episode, which continues where Alan left off the past two weeks, talking about how Jesus trained his inner circle, and how they came to know him better through time alone with him. He also talks a bit about the strategic importance of Jesus being alone with his Father daily in the week leading to his crucifixion.

Be sure you listen to parts 1 and 2 (episodes #52 and #53) for the full experience of this content as this is the third episode in a three-part series on Paving the...

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Podcast: Paving the Way for Ministry Expansion - Leading Like Jesus (Part 2)

Jul 16, 2018

In today’s episode, which continues where Alan left off last week, he begins to unpack a pattern in the gospel of Luke that a friend of his first pointed out to him. Every moment of ministry development or expansion in the life of Jesus is preceded by and grows out of a significant moment of His stepping back to be alone with His Father.

This is the second episode in a three-part series on Paving the Way for Ministry Expansion in which Alan unpacks Seven Key Moments in the Life of...

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Podcast: Paving the Way for Ministry Expansion - Leading Like Jesus (Part 1)

Jul 02, 2018


Recently, Gem and I led a training for a group of leaders. On the final morning, I talked Paving the Way for Ministry Expansion: Seven Key Moments in the Life of Jesus. Today I’m teaching on how prayer and leadership relate to each other and what this looks like in the life of Jesus.

We’ve often said that one of our favorite parts of the work of Unhurried Living is consulting, training, or leading retreats for Christian leaders. And in those trainings, we always seek to include...

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Podcast: Real Life Marriage - I Promise to Love You Even When I Hate You

Jun 18, 2018

Alan and I recently celebrated our 33rdwedding anniversary. About three weeks ago, I wrote a beautiful tribute to our long time love and sent it out to our email community (it's also in this blog post). A week and a half later, we went on a celebratory trip that ended with us not speaking to each other on the plane all the way home. We’ll share the whole story with you today on the Unhurried Living Podcast!

Let’s begin by letting you know that in our very own Mission Statement we...

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Podcast: 10,000 Minutes - Following Jesus All Week Long (Tim Timmons)

Jun 04, 2018

In today’s episode, we're sharing a recent conversation between Alan and Tim Timmons. If you listen to Christian radio, you may already be enjoying his music.

Alan enjoyed catching up with Tim, as it had been a while since they'd last spoken. Recently, Tim was nominated for a Grammy for writing the Mercy Me song, “Even If.” (Here's a YouTube music video of it). It’s a powerful vision of trusting God for God’s own sake, and not just when God seems to make...

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Podcast: What We Miss When We Hurry

May 28, 2018

Last week we began a conversation on An Unhurried Life. The book is now five years old. We continued with our discussion of signs of hurry in every day life, the dynamics that accelerate our inner life, and what good gets squeezed out when we are hurried inside.


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Those of you who listen to our podcast know that we are creating a worldwide conversation at the intersection of deeper spiritual life and...

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Podcast: Unpacking An Unhurried Life - 5 Years Later

May 21, 2018

It’s a fun episode today, because tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of Alan’s first book, An Unhurried Life. I can’t believe it’s been five years. And one thing that amazes me is that it’s still gaining momentum and finding its audience. People are still finding it! I think the word unhurried just really resonates with people. There’s a longing that people have, within our noisy, rushed culture, for maybe a deep breath and a felt sense of peace.


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Podcast: The Ocean of God's Love

May 14, 2018

We talk to so many people who struggle with finding the time to engage in the spiritual practices they long for. I know that your day may feel like it is flying by and you don’t have any choices in your schedule. However, most of you can find just a few minutes to pause, close your eyes and gather your heart, mind and attention.

I am going to share with you another prayerful practice you can use in the middle of a busy day to help you become present and remember that God is with you....

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