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Welcome to the THREADS podcast. Each week we have conversations about spirituality and the things that connect us all.

Episodes

August 25, 2021 11 min

Welcome to the THREADS podcast.

Derek Watson, lead trainer for Encounter Training, joins me on this episode to discuss the “Be, Do, Have” approach and how to implement it into your life. Much like the Aspen tree, our lives are full of beautiful parts (beautiful branches and flowers), as well as gnarly parts (dark and sinister root system). Instead of hiding the difficult parts of your life, use them to touch other people and give t...

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Shari Marbois, Liminal co-creator and coach, joins me for a discussion about giving yourself the space to explore and heal to intentionally become the person you were meant to be. It can often feel risky or scary to dive into your own darkness to discover what is underneath. If you are able to pull that thread, it can bring love and compassion, and help create healthy boundaries. By learning to love ourselves as God loves us we can...

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My friend, Eric Allen, joins me to shed some light on the dangers of wrapping our identity in our behaviors. We often hyperfocus on the good or bad we have done and come to believe that those behaviors define who we are. Behavior is a manifestation of what is going on inside of us but not an indication of whether we are a good or bad person; we are not just a sum of all that we’ve done. Every human has value and is worthy of love, ...

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In this episode, we are pulling the thread of healing with Christina Choy, a recovery coach who has emerged from her chronic illness with a new perspective on suffering, joy, and the divine. People often continue in behavior patterns, overcome with the feeling that there isn’t enough and that they aren’t enough. But, by refocusing our beliefs and sensory perception in the moment, we can redirect our thought patterns and elevate our...

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We were made by a God that created us for love, but how do we deal with the people doing great evil in God’s name? My guest, Keith Giles - author, podcaster, and former pastor - has a mission of really introducing Christians to Jesus. This episode is pulling on the thread of being good enough and worthy of love because God made us. Keith explains that even though there is evil in the world, the more we get to know Jesus, we experie...

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Last week, we discussed the idea that your view of God informs how you view yourself. A reminder that if you find space within your day to check in with yourself, you not only get in tune with your own mind but God as well. 

In this episode, Mary O'Brien, christian radio host and cohost of the Hope Unscripted podcast, shares her journey of overcoming anxiety and people-pleasing tendencies. A reminder that we need to let go of t...

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In this episode, Keith Giles and Alan Smith pull on the thread of letting go of trying to be the perfect person. It can be exhausting to try and live up to everyone’s expectations and standards, especially as a pastor of a church. Alan shares his journey through religious deconstruction and how he found peace in letting go of what others think. There is so much we can learn from open and honest conversations about failure and findi...

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Are you feeling lonely or discouraged in your faith? Tune in for hope and encouragement in learning to embrace the uncertainty that's ahead. As we heard in the last episode, being a pastor can often be an isolating and discouraging occupation, even more so for pastors in the process of deconstruction. In this episode, join authors, Brad Jersak and William Paul Young, as they provide hope for those feeling alone in their faith j...
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We often push away difficult feelings, but change and transformation are only possible when you are uncomfortable. Today’s episode discusses how making hard choices, trusting your intuition, and letting go of fear will lead you to a beautiful transformation. Our guest, Nora Sophia is a storyteller, connector, messenger, and igniter who coaches others to have radical courage to find more harmony in their lives. We discuss learning t...

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Why do we tend to desire things that others have or desire? Lets pull on a thread from the previous conversation with Nora Sophia where she discusses the importance of looking inwards for wisdom, truth, and guidance instead of looking to others for those things. In this conversation, Matt Distefano shares his expert knowledge on Rene Girard’s Mimetic Theory which explains the exact thought behind human desire and the practical appl...

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What do Jesus, John Wayne, and evangelical Christians have in common? In this conversation with Kristin Du Mez, we pull on the thread from the previous episode with Matt Distefano where he gives insight into mimetic theory and scapegoating - two processes that Jesus did not participate in. Kristin shares the meaning behind her book, Jesus and John Wayne, and explains how Christian masculinity turned Christ into an image of cowboy w...

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December 13, 2021 49 min

What do Muslims and Christians have in common? Let’s pull on a thread from the previous episode where we discussed Jesus and John Wayne, two men that had very little in common. In this conversation, Safi Kaskas, a Muslim who also loves Jesus, shares how Muslims and Christians actually have a lot more in common than you might think.

 

In this episode, we cover:

  • Similarities of Christianity and Islam
  • The Bible and the Qur’an
  • The Qur&#...
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    When at a spiritual crossroads, how do you know which path to take? In today’s episode with guest Brian Zahnd, founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in Saint Joseph, Missouri, we discuss his choices as he traveled the path of deconstruction from behind the pulpit. The situational circumstances he was presented with allowed him to transition his church, but it was a long, challenging road. He gained the joy of a better, str...

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    There is power in allowing the holy spirit to rush into the space created by honesty and vulnerability. Join us for this episode with Desimber Rose Wattleton, author and former pastor of The Rock Worship Center, as we continue to pull on the thread of sharing truth and experiences within the church. Today’s episode covers many topics where Desimber’s vivid metaphors get to the heart of the dangers of searching for accolades as a ch...

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    When standing in the rubble of the deconstruction of toxic beliefs, how do you begin to rebuild your foundation into reconstruction? Today’s guest is The Naked Pastor, David Hayward, artist, and founder of The Lasting Supper, an online community devoted to helping people in the process of deconstruction. 

     

    Join us as we pull on last week’s community thread and discuss moving through the initial ecclesiastical and theological decon...

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    We can get through uncertainty and fear by looking at situations from a more spiritual perspective. Perfect love casts out fear, and through God, we can see beauty and possibility in chaos. Andre Rabe, author, missionary, and creator of Mimesis Academy, joins us in this episode to share what he has learned through years of reflection and meditation on the nature of God; a God not of control but of possibilities. 

     

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    After the forced break from Covid, how can the church reflect to become an expression that is more closely aligned to Jesus? Brandon Andress, pastor and author of Beauty in the Wreckage: Finding Peace in the Age of Outrage, shares his hopes of moving past the current “that’s-the-way-it’s-done” church mentality to a brighter and better expression of the body of Christ. The thread of deconstruction has been woven throughout the podca...

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    The narrative of Christianity has long been one with a narrow viewpoint, leaving many to feel “othered” as they are pushed or pulled away from the church. People often find that stereotypical beliefs are disproven once you know someone and are challenged to rethink your assumptions. As our guest today, Jennifer Knapp, musician and author, was exploring her faith, she found that her questions were seen as rebellious rather than curi...

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    Sometimes well-formed questions are more useful than well-formed answers. In this episode, we talk with singer, songwriter Derek Webb about how questions led him to abandon his faith, and how, today, he continues to question his own doubts about Jesus. His newest project, "The Jesus Hypothesis", chronicles his process of rethinking those prior conclusions.  In this episode, we cover:

    What happens when you audit your faith. ...

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    It's a good idea to stop and take stock of your faith journey now and then.

    In this episode, Keith Giles talks with Kyle Butler about how his spiritual audit led him closer to God than he ever imagined. In this episode, we cover:

    *What it means to be one with God.

    *Why being honest with yourself about your faith is so crucial.

    *How there's more freedom outside religion.

    *How to trust yourself again. 

     

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