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Why You Can’t Avoid Liturgy - Winfield Bevins (Ep 25.2)

Why You Can’t Avoid Liturgy - Winfield Bevins (Ep 25.2)

July 23, 2019

You have a tradition that you practice every day. You brush your teeth. You may not always like doing it, but the results are great. Cleaning our teeth is a tradition that’s been around for thousands of years. Many cultures practiced it quite differently and with various tools for cleaning the teeth, but it has been around for a long time. Ancient Egyptians are said to have made crude toothbrushes from frayed twigs. Thankfully, you don’t brush your teeth with a stick today. You have the benefit of thousands of years of learning to now brush your teeth as efficiently as it’s ever been done in human history. We in North America also tend to look at our growth as disciples of Christ very individualistically, thinking we have to figure out how to grow and that our growth is just so we can become more like Christ. But this misses the connection we have to the body of Christ both with us today and that came before us for the last 2000 years. You don’t have to figure out how to grow from square one, just like you don’t have to learn the best way to clean your teeth all over again. Millions of believers have gone before you, figuring out how to grow. And the practices that have worked stuck around in the form of liturgies. Your growth today can find life and structure in those practices. That’s not to say you have to practice everything exactly as it’s been done for centuries on end. It simply means you have the benefit of knowing what works and what doesn’t because someone has already figured it out. You now have the privilege of growing in richer soil than Christians 500 years ago. And your daily growth today will provide the soil for disciples in the next generation. In this chapter, Winfield unpacks some of the ways liturgies can bring life to our growth as well as some of the bad liturgies that we should probably avoid.

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How Liturgy Connects Us to the Roots of Discipleship - Winfield Bevins (Ep 25.1)

How Liturgy Connects Us to the Roots of Discipleship - Winfield Bevins (Ep 25.1)

July 22, 2019

Have you heard that we are in the midst of a movement of spiritual renewal happening in the United States? For the last 40 years young people have been turning to liturgical worship in order to find a deeper relationship with Jesus. Although some may think liturgical worship is outdated and repetitive, many are finding a new depth in their discipleship, one that is rooted in the history and community of the church. So this week as we talk with Winfield Bevins, we want to explore why this movement has gained so much momentum and how liturgy can help us become more like Christ in our daily walk.

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Can Justice Flourish in a Corrupt Society? - Charlie Self (Ep 24.4)

Can Justice Flourish in a Corrupt Society? - Charlie Self (Ep 24.4)

July 18, 2019

How does our discipleship, our following Jesus, affect our society? I hope from our conversation this week with Dr. Self, you have seen that discipleship isn’t something that stays in the church. We follow Jesus in the everyday moments of our life, whether that be in our jobs, during our commutes, at the park, or while we’re buying groceries. So how does this sort of discipleship serve the flourishing of our communities?

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Are You Causing Damage on Social Media? - Charlie Self (Ep 24.3)

Are You Causing Damage on Social Media? - Charlie Self (Ep 24.3)

July 17, 2019

You’re scrolling through your facebook feed, and there it is. Your friend is on another political rant. You see a few problems with what they’re saying, and you want to keep scrolling, but you just can’t let it go. What do you do? A lot of us probably take the bait, thinking, “I can change their mind.” But somehow what we though was going to be a civil discussion on an issue turns into a heated argument and half of the responses get deleted altogether. When we talk about human flourishing and helping people reach their God-given capacity, how do we actually do that when it seems most of the conversations cause more damage than anything else? In this chapter, Charlie walks us through some of the ways he engages with issues in the world around him. Chris and I can honestly point to Charlie as a great example of how we can engage others on social media and the world around us, even with our opponents, in a way that builds people up rather than tearing them down.

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Are You Dividing the Sacred from the Secular in Your Life? - Charlie Self (Ep 24.2)

Are You Dividing the Sacred from the Secular in Your Life? - Charlie Self (Ep 24.2)

July 16, 2019

Is there a connection between our Sunday worship and the work we do throughout the rest of the week? While we may say “yes” to this question, most of our lives aren’t lived this way. We simply don’t see how the two are related. We’ve broken our lives into two categories. We put the sacred God stuff in one category, and the secular work stuff in the other. But this is a problem for the church, because God wants all of our lives. When we choose to make him Lord, the categories disappear and everything gets absorbed into the sacred space, especially our vocations and occupations. That’s why Step 4 to creating a lifestyle of discipleship is Serve with Purpose. And in today’s chapter Charlie helps us break down this sacred/secular divide and help us understand how we can serve others through the work God has called us to.

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Why You Can’t Ignore Human Flourishing - Charlie Self (Ep 24.1)

Why You Can’t Ignore Human Flourishing - Charlie Self (Ep 24.1)

July 15, 2019

God has gifted you and me with a capacity, a capacity to bear fruit, to be productive. It’s actually the first command God gave humanity: be fruitful. So then what do we do with this first command to be productive, to flourish in the calling God has placed on our lives? How do we actually produce fruit? And is it really that important? This week, we’re talking with Dr. Charlie Self, whose own calling is to help equip others as they awaken to the purpose of God in their lives. And in this first chapter, he unpacks the value of human flourishing and why it’s so important for each of us to be fruitful.

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Delighting in God in the Midst of Suffering - Christine Sine (Ep 23.4)

Delighting in God in the Midst of Suffering - Christine Sine (Ep 23.4)

July 4, 2019

There is so much suffering in the world at large and even in our own lives, it causes us to question whether or not it’s possible to delight in God. How can joy exists in the midst of suffering? And why should we take the time to enjoy God when so many others don’t have that luxury? Christine’s story speaks to these questions in a very real way because it was in the midst of suffering when she realized just how important delighting in God really is.

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How to Have Fun with Spiritual Disciplines - Christine Sine (Ep 23.3)

How to Have Fun with Spiritual Disciplines - Christine Sine (Ep 23.3)

July 3, 2019

Do you remember waking up as a kid to get ready for school? You probably don’t describe those mornings and getting ready for school as something you were excited for. Practices like that aren’t typically fun, especially when you’ve done them over and over again for 12 years. Now think of what it was like waking up on a weekend. The whole world was ahead of you, and you had the freedom to enjoy cartoons, riding your bike with friends, or trips to a friend’s house for a weekend-long session on your Super Nintendo. Those things were fun. You couldn’t wait to get out of bed to go do those things on a weekend. Spiritual disciplines over time can start to feel like waking up for school on a weekday. But in this chapter, Christine talks about some of the ways spiritual disciplines are meant to restore and transform us. They can be life-giving practices. And God gives us the creative freedom to have fun with them as we work to grow daily to become more like him.

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Developing a Childlike Sense of Awe and Wonder - Christine Sine (Ep 23.2)

Developing a Childlike Sense of Awe and Wonder - Christine Sine (Ep 23.2)

July 2, 2019

For those of us who’ve been in the church a long time, we have a tendency to get complacent with the presence of God. The sermons, the prayers, and the routine becomes too familiar. The “real” problems of our adult lives tend to crowd out the childlike joy and fun we used to experience in life as well as the church. We loose the awe and wonder we once had of who God is. But in this chapter, Christine helps us recapture that sense of childlike awe and wonder, and she shows us that our God wants us to delight in him through childlike play.

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What Does It Mean to Delight in God? - Christine Sine (Ep 23.1)

What Does It Mean to Delight in God? - Christine Sine (Ep 23.1)

July 1, 2019

The Westminster Catechism says the primary purpose of humanity is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. A lot has been said about glorifying God. It’s often why we emphasize behaving in certain ways as Christians. We want to glorify God by our behavior, so that we don’t dishonor his reputation. But not as much has been said about enjoying God and delighting in him. John Piper modifies the Westminster Catechism slightly and says, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” There’s a lot of truth in this. There’s a strong connection between God’s glory and the sheer delight of enjoying who he is and what he’s done. In this chapter, Christine gives us her take on what it means to delight in God. It may feel a little awkward at first, but delighting in God can become a way of life. And it’s a way of life that can lead to growth through those everyday moments when we take time to delight in just being with God no matter what we’re doing.

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