Podcast 157: Reforesting Faith (Gem & Alan with Matthew Sleeth)

Jan 11, 2021

Creation is a living masterpiece of God. It is full of life, beauty and vitality. And maybe one of God’s greatest creative expressions is a tree. They are the longest-lived of God’s creations. They are the lungs of the planet. They are a wonderous reminder that the good God does develops over decades, even centuries. Trees remind us of God’s unhurried way.

Recently, Gem and I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Matthew Sleeth about his book Reforesting...

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A Day Full of New

Jan 01, 2020

Today is a new day, a new year, and a new decade all at once. So much “new.” The kingdom of God is like that. So much new--renewal, restoration, refreshment, new life. 

One of the ways I’ve been feeling this lately is in the spirit of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians: 

“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day (4:16).” 

Wasting away seems like pretty strong language for the realities of aging, but I have...

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One Dark Night: A Deeper Work of God

Mar 22, 2017

[These thoughts come from a journal entry of about 10 years ago when I was experiencing a deep and dark night of faith]

I have found insight and wisdom for my journey with Christ in the writings of John of the Cross, that sixteenth-century spiritual director, especially when he talks about “the dark night of the soul”. In my work as a spiritual director, it is a practical theme I address often. How do we respond in prayer when our experience of God feels more like absence...

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