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The God Journey is designed to facilitate an ever-expanding conversation with those who are thinking outside the box of organized religion. Our primary desire is to encourage people on their spiritual journey by sharing our own and by providing insightful commentary on what it means to grow in a relationship with God. We’ll discuss the realities of other people’s journeys, cultural trends, current events, and the Scriptures as well as fielding questions related to the challenging issues of l ...
 
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Use the tool, don't become the tool. A new documentary from Netfilx exposes how social media and search engines are actively working to addict us to their devices and destroying the fabric of our culture. This story is told by the engineers who developed these tools and then left the industry because of how their products are being used when they w…
 
A funny thing happened to Kyle and Wayne on their way to talk about the new Netflix Documentary, The Social Dilemma; they got distracted by a conversation about self-control as a fruit of the Spirit and not a personal discipline. After sharing about his recent trip to Denver, Wayne takes Kyle through some recent emails and blog posts that were part…
 
Wayne continues his discussion with the Jeff Andrechyn's book group about He Loves Me that we began last week. They continue to talk about the Fatherhood of God, but also how we live that out when circumstances seem to be collapsing in on us. How do we live loved when we feel emotionally overwhelmed, or when we're being betrayed by others? They als…
 
He Loves Me is the flagship message for most of what we talk about here at The God Journey. A couple of weeks ago Jeff Andrechyn's asked Wayne to join his book group online after they had completed their study of that book. They recorded it so Wayne asked if he could share it here because many of the topics they cover will be an encouragement to ot…
 
"None of us are immune to the power of what our hearts have grown to love." Do you remember the vision we shared on this podcast a while back about two demonic spirits dancing together over a map of the United States? Given all the events of the last few months, Wayne invited Bob back to discuss what he sees of that vision and how those spirits are…
 
Let times of tragedy soften our hearts so we can see what adventure the Father has for us next. With the COVID-19 pandemic, our political polarization, and now wildfires in the West, many have asked how Wayne and Sara are navigating this difficult time. Bob Prater, coauthor of A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation, joins Wayne as the work th…
 
Will God be with me, even when I take an ill-advised detour? In this deeply personal conversation, Kyle explores with Wayne a broken place in his heart that God has shown his light on this summer. A hurtful conversation he had at fourteen years of age, expressed themselves in some difficult professional decisions this summer and in fracturing his p…
 
Why are there so many prophecies of doom and blessing being passed around the body of Christ today, and so many conspiracy theories? Is God really saying all that, or is something else going on in this time of international stress and uncertainty? I invited Kyle to come along with me on this conversation as we try to answer how people can discern t…
 
Talking about covering up when someone pokes through your illusions, this has been a difficult summer for the national news media. They have been repeatedly outed for subverting the truth in the pursuit of ratings and to advocate for political positions that serve only a slice of society. Wayne's back from his vacation and responds to some interest…
 
Join us for a little more of our conversation with Ciona Rouse, as she shares about the gift of open Sunday mornings and supportive friends. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out our full conversation with Ciona, “Resting On A Limb On the Tree of Knowledge”. Support us by: Subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts (or wherever else you get your podcasts…
 
Join us for an updated conversation with poet Ciona Rouse, first about her experience of the pandemic and our national reckoning with racism, and then about her journey from cradle United Methodist and pastor’s kid out of Christianity. Episode Highlights Include: Ciona’s upbringing as a pastor’s kid and her experience as a denominational employee H…
 
Join us for a little more of our conversation with Ophelia Hu-Kinney, as she shares about why she’s United Methodist. If you haven’t heard our full conversation with Ophelia, make sure to check it out: “Why Not Take A Leap of Faith For Once?” Support us by: Subscribing to us on Apple Podcasts (or wherever else you get your podcasts) Subscribing to …
 
Join us for an updated conversation conversation with Ophelia Hu-Kinney, of Queering the Kindom and the Reconciling Ministries Network, about what she’s learned over the course of thee pandemic, about her journey into Christianity in early adulthood and her continual process of re-conversion. Episode Highlights Include: “I referred to myself as an …
 
Join us for a dialogue between Elaine Heath and Wayne Jacobsen, as they dialogue about the common ground and meaningful differences in their understandings of what it means to be part of authentic spiritual community. Episode Highlights Include: What does it mean to be connected to the Church? The role of structure and accountability The roles of d…
 
"All I want is for someone to help me process my pain." What do you do when you can't find anyone to walk with you through your pain, especially with everyone enduring our political turmoil over COVID-19 and racial unrest. Wayne is joined by people from all over the United States, Canada, and the UK who were part of last Sunday's After-Show. Here h…
 
Join us for a post-pandemic, updated conversation with Wayne Jacobsen, as he shares his journey out of congregational Christianity into a different way of being church and what these last few months have taught him about God and being in community with one another. Episode Highlights Include: “You may have left the congregation, but how did you lea…
 
Join us for an updated conversation with Elaine Heath of the Missional Wisdom Foundation and the Community At Spring Forest, as she shares about what COVID-19 and protests around racial injustice have taught her about spiritual community; as well as about her journey into United Methodism and a contemplative path for institutional renewal. Episode …
 
Join us for a recording of Ben’s conversation with Kenda Creasy-Dean of Princeton Seminary and Paul Nixon of the Epicenter Group for a frank discussion of the future of faith communities after COVID-19. This is the finale for our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith c…
 
Join us for a conversation with activist, scholar, and pastor Rev. Dr. Kapya John Kaoma about what we can learn about resilience and joy in times of uncertainty and suffering from our sisters and brothers in the global south. This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining wa…
 
Join us for a conversation with Casper Ter Kuile of The Sacred Design Lab about religious and non-religious spirituality during our pandemic, including what it means to create meaning and mark time in moments of spiritual disorientation. Casper Ter Kuile is host of the award-winning podcaster and researcher, whose work has been featured in the New …
 
Join us for a conversation highlighting our host, Ben Yosua-Davis, and Dr. Elizabeth Parsons as featured guests on a recording of the BTS Center’s Zoom Meetup, “Let’s (Not) Return to Normal”, exploring what this pandemic has revealed about our country and our faith communities and what it would look like to create a better normal for our human comm…
 
Join us for a conversation between Ben (our host!) and Melissa (his spouse!) as they talk about what it’s like to weather a pandemic while living on an island. This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment…
 
Join us for a conversation with Andrea Lingle, mother of four and staff writer with the Missional Wisdom Foundation, about parenting during COVID-19. This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. Support …
 
Join us for a conversation with Paul Nixon of the Epicenter Group, as he shares about how the Coronavirus presents opportunities for renewal for churches. This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in this COVID-19 moment. If …
 
Join us for a conversation with Rev. Carolyn Lambert about leading families through grief and ritual, especially through the practice of funerals, in the time of the Coronavirus. This continues our series, “Creativity, Compassion, and the Coronavirus”, in collaboration with the BTS Center, examining ways that faith communities can respond well in t…
 
Join us for a conversation with Rabbi Eli Freedman of Congregation Rodeph Shalom about life cycle events during COVID-19. Hear him share about his experience hosting a backyard wedding, the constraint and creativity of funerals, weddings, and other life events during a time of social distancing, and what faith leaders should be aware of when leadin…
 
Join us for a conversation with Beth Estock about fearlessly loving leadership during COVID-19. She talks about her personal experience with having COVID-19, how individuals and faith communities need to embrace grounding practices as this moves from a short-term crisis to a longer term reality, and the beautiful opportunities this can open up for …
 
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Alex Gee of Fountain of Life Covenant Church, the Black Like Me podcast, and the Justified Anger Coaltion as talks about the black church and COVID-19, how the most stressed churches are being asked to do the most right now, and what white allies can do to help. This week, in collaboration with the BTS Center, Re…
 
Join us for a conversation with Dan Wolpert of the Minnesota Institute for Contemplation And Healing talk about how to stay spiritually grounded. Hear him share about how leaders can stay spiritually grounded, how they can offer the same for their congregations, and experience an imaginative contemplative exercise that you can use in your context. …
 
Join us for a conversation with Wendy Hudson of Two Rivers Church about the 101’s of Digital Community. Hear her share the basics for shifting worship online, how to digitize the rest of your congregation’s life, including offering care to members, while still being engaged in advocacy and care for your wider community. This week, in collaboration …
 
This week, in collaboration with the BTS Center, Reports will be releasing a special series on creative, compassionate responses to the Coronavirus for faith leaders and faith communities. Hear a series of short, 20 minute conversations about the 101’s of moving your community to a digital space, how to stay spiritually grounded, how to best love y…
 
Join us for a conversation with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz of Congregation Beith Simchat Torah as he shares his experience as an ultra-Orthodox rabbi advocating for transgender inclusion. Episode Highlights Include: (Or better yet, just look at Steve Silbert’s amazing sketchnote!) Why Mike is a self-identified religious fundamentalist and religiously non…
 
Join us for a guest episode from one of our favorite podcasts, Neighbor Next Door, as hosts Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matthew Johnson of the Neighboring Movement interview Mike Mather of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. You’ll also hear about our campaign to fund a fifth season of Reports. Short version is that we’ve made p…
 
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