Rank #1: The Slow Dance of Transformation (#694)
What would it be like for a child to come back to her mom five years after she had been kidnapped at age four and told during all that time that her mom was an evil person who didn't love her? Imagine the moment mother and daughter come back together, with the mom ready to jump back in where things left off, and the child not even sure she wants to be loved. It's the scene from a novel GJ listener Lisa has been writing. She sent it that scene to Wayne this week and he shares it with Brad because of its profound insight as to why it is difficult for people to recognize Father's love and to welcome it into their hearts. How that mother would have to love that child, speaks volumes about how God seeks to love us when we are most traumatized by the lies of darkness. It's often a slow dance into the reality of his love.
If You Can Help Us in Kenya
Aug 23 2019
Rank #2: Life at the Speed of Relationships (#700)
Welcome to God Journey podcast #700! Who would have thought and Wayne gets to celebrate with his daughter, Julie, as they talk about one of the core realities of moving from religious life to one of growing freedom in God's love. As the world presses us in its mold, it seeks to drive our lives with the responsibilities of survival and the tyranny of achievement. Those will always drive us toward a fruitless and empty life. Wayne picked up a phrase last week in Virginia about life moving at the speed of relationships, which is also how the kingdom of God grows.
Oct 04 2019
Rank #3: Stop Doing God’s Job (#697)
The greatest barrier to people embracing their own God Journey is their overestimation of our own capabilities. In short, we keep trying to do God's job. Wayne's daughter, Julie joins him for a discussion that starts with raising children but ends up exploring the entire way religion has inculcated us into trying to figure out what God wants and producing it in our own strength. But our efforts will never be enough, and then we end up frustrated by our failures. But what if we were never meant to do God's work on our own, but rather learn how to rely on him so that he can freely work in us?
Wayne's Blog on The Gift of the Jews
Previous podcasts with Julie
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
Loving Our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk
If You Can Help Us in Kenya
Sep 13 2019
Rank #4: Contemplating The End of Our Days (#699)
What happens when you begin to count your days by how many of them you have left? Last week, Wayne was in South Carolina with his friend, Bob Stamps, and they took time out from their work on Bob's book to talk about contemplating our own mortality, not in the morbid sense of dread, but in a way that makes us wiser about the days we have yet to live. In their conversation, they talk about regrets, lessons they have learned and how they view their dying day, whenever it should come. (Note: This was recorded outdoors on the shores of Lake Jocassee, so please forgive the occasional noise from passing watercraft.)
Sep 27 2019
Rank #5: What Faith Really Is (#696)
This summer some leading authors, church leaders, and worship song composers announced that they were abandoning the faith, no longer finding it real or relevant to their lives. What do we make of this trend? Brad and Wayne talk about what faith really is, and if you really have it would you ever consider leaving it? We've confused religious institituions for the faith, and when they are exposed for the flawed systems they are, people confusing losing faith in them with losing faith in God. Faith is not believe in a creed or identifing with a religion, it's the growing trust in a Father's affection that helps me navigate life with his strength and wisdom. That's the kind of faith you'd never want to leave.
Sep 06 2019
Rank #6: How Do I Let God Provide? (#698)
What does it mean for us to live in the Father's provision, especially if we want to live off the thing we love? Kyle Rice, Founder of Blue Sheep Media and an occasional guest on the podcast, joins Wayne for a discussion about ministry or creative aspirations and learning how God provides for us. There are no principles to guide us here, only a voice to lead us one step at a time. Rather than seeing God's purpose for us as a destination we strategize to get to, we might be better off learning to follow him as his will for us unfolds one simple decision at a time as we take the doors he nudges us to open. They also talk about the complications of raising support from other people to fulfill our vision.
Sep 20 2019
Rank #7: At Rest in the Storm (#688)
"I don't know how to rest in God's love when I fell like I'm being beat to hell," writes a listener to the podcast, which allows Wayne to follow-up last week's podcast about unanswered prayer. Joining him this week is his long-time friend, David Rice from County Wicklow in Ireland who was diagnosed with incurable cancer a few years ago. Instead of fighting for healing, he felt God ask him just to rest in his love through prolonged and painstaking treatment, including a bone marrow transplant. The process was grueling, but through the process, he discovered so much about trust and learning to see our circumstances from God's eternal perspective, rather than his own selfish preferences. Jesus put kingdom order on everything he touched, but that didn't mean he fixed everything so we could be at ease.
Jul 12 2019
Rank #8: Could the Religious Right be Wrong? (#690)
What if the religious right is religiously wrong? That's the question Paul Swearengin wrestles with in his new book, Joseph Comes to Town. This fictional tale considers how Jesus might have engaged people if he had come in our century, to the current political climate of the United States. A former pastor from a politically active marriage, Paul has a unique vantage point to wrestle with this important subject matter and has crafted an engaging story that will make you think about it yourself. He joins Wayne for a discussion about the current state of politics and how it reflects on evangelicals and the Gospel. They also discuss a Time article about how President Trump manipulates the fear of many Christians to solidfy their support. WARNING: If you don't enjoy honest political dialog, feel free to skip this one.
Jul 26 2019
Rank #9: Toxic Religion (#695)
Feedback from two of our listeners take Brad and Wayne back to their two most recent podcasts to talk about "the gift of detachment" as it effects toxic relationships your own family, and the failure of religious thinking that divorces our faith from an engagement with a Living God. Along the way, they talk about why principles alone, even those drawn from Scripture, are not enough to give us the insight we need to navigate our curcumstances with wisdom and grace. Everything can be twisted to please ourselves and stamp God's name to it, which is why learning to follow Jesus often leads us counter to our preferences.
If You Can Help Us in Kenya
Aug 30 2019
Rank #10: When Desperate Prayers Go Unanswered (#687)
How can you keep believing in God when he doesn't answer your most ardent prayers or fails to make himself known in the darkest places. That's Jim's dilemma, and he's concluded that the combination of his pain and God's activity may be proof that his hope in God isn't based on anything real, but on false mantras, creeds, doctrines, and wishful thinking that he learned as a child. Maybe he doesn't exist at all. Kyle Rice again joins Wayne to help process Jim's email and explore how we learn to trust God in a broken world when he doesn't often respond the way we think love would compel him to act in the face of our need or pain.
Jul 05 2019