Richard Foster, James Catford, Richella Parham — Introducing Friends in Formation
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Richard Foster helps introduce a new podcast from Renovaré called Friends in Formation, featuring Nathan Foster, James Catford, and Richella Parham.
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton
Ruth Haley Barton
Season 12: Episode 2 | Into the Jungle: The False Self
Ruth and Steve begin the second episode defining terms – expanding on Mulholland's definition of the false self. A lot of what is happenings in churches is superficial tinkering, and the reality is that not everyone in the church is on the same journey. The Bible doesn't call it the narrow way for nothing. Steve and Ruth work their way through the basic attributes of the false self. The episode ends with a discussion of the role of community in wrestling with the false self because one is often choosing between good and good and Ruth's reminder of the role of the spirit. Support the podcast now and immediately receive our Lent bonus Podcast patrons at any level will receive our brand new revised digital download of Ruth Haley Barton's Lent: A Season of Returning. It includes all the scriptures and space to journal your own thoughts and prayers. Become a patron today and support our podcast ministry. SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES You can also access podcast on Google Play or Stitcher. Listen to other episodes from Season 12 Access past podcast seasons Mentioned in this podcast: The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self, M. Robert Mulholland Jr. Lent: A Season of Returning, Ruth Haley Barton Become a patron: Join a growing movement of transforming leaders! Become a patron at any level during Lent and immediately receive our new digital edition of Lent: A Season of Returning when you become a patron at any level. Music Credit: Lent: Music in Solitude CD (Available soon in our online store) The Transforming Center exists to create space for God to strengthen leaders and transform communities. You are invited to join our next Transforming Community:® A Two-year Spiritual Formation Experience for Leaders. Delivered in nine quarterly retreats, this practice-based learning opportunity is grounded in the conviction that the best thing you bring to leadership is your own transforming self!
45 min
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Drew Collins, Evan Rosa
Joy and the Act of Resistance Against Despair / Willie Jennings and Miroslav Volf
"I look at joy as an act of resistance against despair and its forces. ... Joy in that regard is a work, that can become a state, that can become a way of life." Willie Jennings joins Miroslav Volf to discuss the definition of joy as an act of resistance against despair, the counterintuitive nature of cultivating joy in the midst of suffering, the commercialization of joy in Western culture, joy segregated by racism and slavery, how Jesus expands and corrects our understanding of joy. _Support For the Life of the World by making a gift to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture: Show Notes * Click here to watch the full interview in video * Click here to learn more about the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project * Defining joy—an act of resistance against despair * "Resisting all the ways in which life can be strangled and presented to us as not worth living" * Singing a song in a strange land * Making productive use of pain, suffering, and the absurd—taking them serious * How does one cultivate joy? You have to have people who can show you how to sing a song in a strand land, laugh where all you want to do is cry, and how to ride the winds of chaos. * "In contexts where your energies have to be focused on survival, it doesn’t leave a lot of energy for overt forms of complaint—you’re spending a lot of energy just trying to hold it together." * The commercialization of joy in the empire of advertising—contrasting that with the peoples serious work of joy * The work and skill of making something beautiful out of what has been thrown away * Segregated joy—joy in African diaspora communities * Joy is always embedded in community logics * The Christological center of joy * Pentecost joy—joy together * Geographies of joy: Christians tend not to think spatially, but we should * Public rituals bound to real space * Hoping for joyous infection, where the space has claimed you as its own * Where can joy be found? The church, the hospital room, the barber shop and beauty shops—“things are going to be better" About Willie Jennings Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Africana Studies, and Religious Studies at Yale University; he is an ordained Baptist minister and is author of _The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race,__Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate_, and most recently, _After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging._ You can hear him in podcast episodes 7 and 13 of For the Life of the World.
25 min
Friends in Formation
Friends in Formation
Are We Safe with God, Realistic Rhythms, and Healthy News Habits
In this month’s episode of _Friends in Formation_, Richella, James, and Nate discuss: * Safety within the Kingdom of God * Rhythms of spiritual practice in a busy life * How to listen to the news Quoting Henri Nouwen: “For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair. Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not ‘How am I to find God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be found by him?’ The question is not ‘How am I to know God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be known by God?’ And, finally, the question is not ‘How am I to love God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be loved by God?’” Quoting G.K. Chesterton: “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” Scripture references: * Psalm 23 * Mark 4:38 (complete story is Mark 4:35-41) * 2 Corinthians 5:7 * Proverbs 4:23 Resources mentioned in this episode: * Dallas Willard, _Knowing Christ Today_ * Henri Nouwen, _The Return of the Prodigal Son_ Friends in Formation is a Renovaré podcast where three very different friends take listener questions about life and faith, with the goal of listening, learning, and helping one another go deeper with God. Please submit any questions you would like us to consider on future podcast episodes to Learn more about Renovaré and find lots of resources for spiritual formation at Connect with Richella on and Instagram
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