Podcast: Chris Heuertz: Solitude, Silence, Stillness & The Sacred Enneagram, Part 1

Apr 22, 2019

 In his book, "The Sacred Enneagram", Chris Heuertz states, “Real transformation takes place when we pair the self-awareness that the Enneagram stimulates with the silence of contemplative practice. Then our unique path to spiritual growth emerges, and we will never be the same.”

I could not be more thrilled to have Chris Heuertz as my guest today. What he is bringing to the Enneagram conversation is crucial. In his own unique way, he shares the integration of the practices...

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Cultivating Hope and Confidence: Psalm 71

Apr 10, 2019

Ps 71:5

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.

I found confidence in God a little over forty years ago. I was seventeen then. I’m fifty-eight today. Since my teens, my confidence in God has grown. What was a set of beliefs that made sense has increasingly become a Person in whom I live and move and have my very existence. I’m so very grateful!

Has this growth in confidence always been a nice steady, upward-trending line? Is it for anyone? I...

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Podcast: The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction (Justin Whitmel Earley)

Apr 08, 2019

Much of our lives are lived by habits. Some of them are bad ones and tend to be life-draining. Some of them are good and help us really live. In today’s episode, Alan will share a recent conversation with Justin Whitmel Earley, author of the recently-released InterVarsity Press book, The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction.

A rule of life provides a structure of practices that enable us to live and work rooted in the life of God’s kingdom. It helps us enter...

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Podcast: Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation (Phileena Heuertz)

Mar 25, 2019

I enter today’s conversation with great anticipation. I’ve recently read Mindful Silence by Phileena Heuertz and cannot wait for you all to learn from her. She’s such a wealth of wisdom and heart.

In addition to Mindful Silence, Phileena is the author of Pilgrimage of a Soul and a founding partner of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism. For nearly twenty years she and her husband, Chris, codirected an international nonprofit. As a spiritual director, yoga...

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Podcast: Inhaling Grace: 60 Day Unhurried Living Devotional

Oct 08, 2018

Today we look at grace. One of our mentors, Wayne Anderson, often reminded us that we are not
only saved by grace, but we serve by grace, lead by grace, live by grace. In other words, the generous grace of God is not merely a doorway through which we enter this Christian life, but it is the pathway on which we live it.

In this podcast we introduce you to our newest resource, *Inhaling Grace: a 60-Day Unhurried Living Devotional.*

The grace of God is the atmosphere of his kingdom. We live by...

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Podcast: Leaders as Servants: "Be Chief" Interview with Rick Miller

Sep 24, 2018

Today we are visiting with Rick Miller, author of Be Chief: It's a Choice, Not a Title and discussing the difference between being in a POSITION of influence versus being a PERSON of influence.

We’re very aware that key leaders in organizational setting have titles that begin with the word “chief”—chief financial officer, chief operating officer, chief executive officer and such. Rick’s point is that “being chief” in this way is not mainly about...

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Podcast: Practicing Presence: Moving from Resistant to Relaxed

Aug 27, 2018

Sometimes in the middle of ordinary circumstances we can find ourselves resistant (at odds) versus relaxed, with what is occurring, even when there is nothing to be at odds with.

This podcast is about prayer and presence. Not prayers. But prayer. Openness to God in any and every circumstance is prayer. Because, as we’ve said before, prayer is not something you do so much as it is someone you are with.

Presence is key in all of our interactions with others. Learning to catch yourself...

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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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