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22 of The Best Podcast Episodes for A.J. Swoboda. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about A.J. Swoboda, often where they are interviewed.

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22 of The Best Podcast Episodes for A.J. Swoboda. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about A.J. Swoboda, often where they are interviewed.

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A.J. Swoboda: Subversive Sabbath

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This conversation features Dr. A.J. Swoboda--professor, pastor, and author. We talk about his recently published book, Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World. With characteristic clarity and insight, A.J. addresses this ancient topic in a way that accounts for distinct pressures in the modern world. I think you'll enjoy the conversation. A.J.'s other books can be found here.

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Jun 23 2020 · 52mins
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Episode 302 - Post-Pandemic Productivity (A.J. Swoboda)

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302 - Dr. A.J. Swoboda joins the podcast to talk about pursuing sabbath rest and what that might look like post-pandemic (www.rym.org).

Jun 08 2020 · 45mins

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70. The Subversiveness of Sabbath, with A.J. Swoboda, author of Subversive Sabbath

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AJ Swoboda asks an important question: If, as a pastor, you intentionally broke one of the Ten Commandments what would happen?  Well, you’d probably either lose your job or your position. Or you’d be reprimanded or given a warning. Or, at the very least—maybe for using the Lord’s name in vain—you’d get a few dirty looks.

But there is one commandment that, if you were to regularly disobey it, you would probably get a raise.

Which commandment?  The commandment to keep the Sabbath.

Why is that? That’s what AJ Swoboda and I discuss in this episode of Spiritual Life and Leadership.

  • AJ Swoboda is Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Northwest Christian University and author of Subversive Sabbath.
  • The pace at which the Western world is living is not only not sustainable, it’s a suicide mission.
  • The Sabbath undermines the empire of anxiety and hurry.
  • The Sabbath is not a practice to improve your life.  It will utterly disrupt everything you want.
  • The kind of life we have grown accustomed to—full of busyness and hurry—is not truly life.
  • The Sabbath originates in the Garden of Eden—before the Law.
  • The importance of the Sabbath is seen in the story of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt.  God wanted to restore to the Hebrews the Edenic rest.
  • The Sabbath is a foretaste of what we will experience forever in Heaven.
  • The ideal of the practice of Sabbath is a 24-hour period of rest.  
  • The early Christians transitioned the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday, which they called the Lord’s Day.
  • AJ preached on the Sabbath for three weeks and people left his church.  He realized that if he broke nine of the Ten Commandments he would lose his job, but if he broke the Sabbath he would get a raise.
  • God said, “Remember the Sabbath Day.”  It’s as though God knew this was the one commandment we would be most likely to forget.
  • People who keep the Sabbath are wildly healthier people.
  • When you enter into the Sabbath, the Sabbath begins to enter into you.
  • Sabbath is not merely a day.  It’s a state of being.
  • AJ shares the way he is currently struggling with practicing the Sabbath.  He is finding that God is in the struggle.
  • You can find AJ Swoboda on Twitter at @mrajswoboda.


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Apr 28 2020 · 45mins
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Conversation with A.J. Swoboda

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In this episode, James Bryan Smith sits down with A.J. Swoboda for a Things Above Conversation. A.J. is the author of “Subversive Sabbath” which was Christianity Today’s Spiritual formation book of the year. This book pioneers a creative path to an alternative way of existing. Combining creative storytelling, pastoral sensitivity, practical insight, and relevant academic […]

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Nov 06 2019 · 53mins

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51: A.J. Swoboda - Subversive Sabbath

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Welcome to Surge’s Faith, Work, and Rest podcast. Our goal is to help God’s people discern their callings, re-imagine the mundane aspects of work, and cultivate healthy rhythms of rest.

In this interview, Jim Mullins and Josh Butler interview Dr. A.J. Swoboda about his stellar book Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World. This book won the Christianity Today 2019 Book Award Winner (Spiritual Formation) and Award of Merit for CT's Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year.

Book Summary:
We live in a 24/7 culture of endless productivity, workaholism, distraction, burnout, and anxiety--a way of life to which we've sadly grown accustomed. This tired system of "life" ultimately destroys our souls, our bodies, our relationships, our society, and the rest of God's creation. The whole world grows exhausted because humanity has forgotten to enter into God's rest.

This book pioneers a creative path to an alternative way of existing. Combining creative storytelling, pastoral sensitivity, practical insight, and relevant academic research, Subversive Sabbath offers a unique invitation to personal Sabbath-keeping that leads to fuller and more joyful lives. A. J. Swoboda demonstrates that Sabbath is both a spiritual discipline and a form of social justice, connects Sabbath-keeping to local communities, and explains how God may actually do more when we do less. He shows that the biblical practice of Sabbath-keeping is God's plan for the restoration and healing of all creation. The book includes a foreword by Matthew Sleeth.

Author Bio:
Dr. AJ. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor in Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical and Fuller Theological Seminaries, including a number of other universities and Bible colleges.

Links referenced in the podcast:

Download the Vocation Plan Canvas: www.faithworkrest.mykajabi.com/

Subversive Sabbath by AJ Swoboda: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/subversive-sabbath/385240

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Sep 11 2019 · 51mins
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EP:1 A.J. Swoboda - Sabbath

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What is Sabbath, should we Sabbath, isn't Sabbath just something people did a long time ago? This week, we talk to A.J. Swoboda about the value and mandate of Sabbath in an ever increasingly busy culture.


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Sep 03 2019 · 32mins
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S1E17 - A.J. Swoboda –Legos, tears, and the dark night of the soul

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A safe place for Pastors to be people… When J.R. and I set out to start MMP this is what we envisioned. This is our final episode of season 1, it is powerful. We have a conversation with A.J. Swoboda about transitions, temptations, preaching as pornography, Legos, tears, the interior life of a pastor, and the dark night of the soul. We recognized early on as we were recording that this interview puts into words what so many pastors experience but fail to find language for. We are deeply grateful to our friend A.J. for going this deep with us and we look forward to the fruit of his vulnerability. We will see you in September!

Resources: Books by A.J.

A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience

Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World

The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

Messy: God Likes It That Way

Redeeming How We Talk: Discover How Communication Fuels Our Growth, Shapes Our Relationships, and Changes Our Lives


1.What did A.J. say that stuck out to you that has some implication for what you should or should not be doing moving forward?

2. Who is one person that might benefit from hearing this episode?

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Jul 29 2019 · 45mins
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019 - A.J. Swoboda - "Subversive Sabbath"

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Subversive means to undermine an established system. The established culture that we bow to is one of little rest. In fact, if you don't rest, you will probably be celebrated. This exists both inside and outside the church. 

In this episode, Alan explores the depths of Sabbath with author A.J. Swoboda. A.J. challenges cultural expectations and dysfunction surrounding the sabbath and offers insight and rhythms to help leaders break free from our restlessness, into a life of rest and health. We talk about rest at Stay Forth Designs a lot, and it is intentional, because we truly believe this is a message that leaders need to hear. 

Connect with A.J. 

Twitter - @mrajswoboda


Find A.J.'s book "Subversive Rest" HERE

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May 02 2019 · 48mins
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A.J. Swoboda - Day 2

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Spring 2019 - "This Week in Chapel" 

A.J. Swoboda is a Pastor, Professor, and Author from Oregon. In his second day of speaking at Northwestern, A.J. continues his emphasis on the Sabbath.  

Apr 30 2019 · 34mins
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A.J. Swoboda - Day 1

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Spring 2019 - "This Week in Chapel"

A.J Swoboda is a Pastor, Professor, and Author from Oregon. A.J emphasizes the importance and biblical significance of rest.

References: Exodus 20  

Apr 29 2019 · 33mins