The Broken Journey

The Broken Journey

I’m Phillip Johnson and you are on The Broken Journey. There is a drive in every soul. It gets us up every morning. It compels us to seek out pleasures, to face fears, to engage in relationships. It is the desire for intimacy and the intimacy of desire…but we fall short, we miss the mark, we become fragmented by failures, flaws, and wounds inflicted by self and trusted others. The Broken Journey is about the discovery in discipleship to Christ there is a oneness possible and your journey into the brokenness becomes your place of wholeness, peace, and purposeful intimacy.

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April 2, 2022 34 min

In this episode I walk through Larry Crabb's excellent work on prayer, The PAPA Prayer. I highly recommend his works. PAPA is an acronym  guiding what he describes as relational prayer which should serve as the foundational motivation for prayer. The aim of prayer is to get God not just answers/blessings. Present yourself as you are with all honesty and no spin. Attend to who His word says He is not your images or faulty unders...

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This episode is a Q&A with students from a Pneumatology class. The primary focus is on the role of Sabbath in shaping our understanding of spiritual formation. Some of the questions addressed are perspective vs practice, being called to minister not "the ministry", can we be spiritually formed without community engagement, what should we share about our gifts, callings, traumas with others...

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February 28, 2022 52 min

This episode is a discussion between my good friend Andrew and I around the book by Dr. James Littles entitled "More Like Him". We discuss the second chapter in particular addressing some of the questions Dr. Littles poses in the chapter around the topic of spiritual transformation and spiritual disciplines. 

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February 19, 2022 53 min

Exodus 3:14 Brings the reader of the text into a powerful conversation between God and Moses where God utters the much discussed phrase "I AM that I AM". This is a message which delves into the statement, with a specific interest on how it is translated and how the statement indicates what the Spirit of God is up to in the Biblical Narratives and into our lives. God has a name and He desires to put His name on each and ever...

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January 17, 2022 27 min

Genesis opens with a poem about creation. More than a history of origin, or evidence of our material existence it is an invitation to trust the story the Spirit is telling.  It is a poem ultimately about finding our Sabbath in Him. 

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November 13, 2021 20 min

When we begin with Genesis and start with the story of God’s oneness it will lead us more fully into the story of salvation tethering the two in a way that is richer and more reflective of the whole word of God.  The true essence of salvation is a restoration of intimacy, the restoration of an intimate stroll through a beautiful garden flourishing in unity.  Life here and now does not flow towards intimacy, but from intimacy with h...

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We all need people in our lives who provide us with help, encourage us in hope, and compel us to change.  My Pastor Lee Jackson was one such person in my life.  After many conversations, sermons, and interactions over the last 16 years with Lee Jackson it is quite evident to me that his pastor, Rev. Kenneth Reeves of Granite City, IL was an integral part of Lee Jackson life and ministry.  In this episode I only scratch the surface ...

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We do not make this broken journey of life on our own.  We certainly will not make it through this life with any measure of success without the care, concern, and compassion of others.  This episode is special to my heart as it tells the story of one such person in my life, Pastor Lee Jackson.  It is only a small portion of his life, but I hope the telling of it blesses you as much as it has me.

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September 30, 2021 29 min

“Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one…”  The oneness of God contains a wealth of meaning framing a vast foundation upon which to build our lives.  Creation is our beginning and it is here  we gain a holistic view of His Oneness forming with Him an identity of interdependence and concern while restoring relational intimacy for this is what broken people most desperately need.  Genesis opens with a simple statement.  “In the beginn...

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September 14, 2021 31 min

Discipleship is a process, a trajectory of knowing, being, and doing together which shapes us in His image.  This series is a journey into the opening pages of Scripture where we discover in Genesis how creation helps us understand His story while guiding our efforts to become more like Him.  We must trust that Christ’s decision to be openly broken is enough evidence for us to pursue living which models His approach.  We must settl...

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August 23, 2021 47 min

Genesis 2 relays the narrative of Adam and Eve prior to the Fall. The picture is painted of man and woman dwelling naked and unashamed, for this is our original state. Nothing to hide, nothing to gain, just alive in His presence. This week The Broken Journey examines the invitation to trust in Him, to live vulnerable and open before God and others and rest assured that He is with us and a life of intimacy is available.

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August 8, 2021 26 min

Intimacy requires intentionality. There are no shortcuts or loopholes through our stories if we long to experience the joy and purpose found in the space between God and our longings.  Journey into your hardest places and discover that when we are broken open by grace we find the intimacy our hearts desire.

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July 24, 2021 44 min

.  In this first episode we will taste and see that the Lord is Good, discover a connection between the account in Luke of Christ on the road to Emmaus and the epic saga of Don Quixote, and embark on a beautifully broken journey.

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