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Sundi Jo Graham | Facing Brokenness

Episode 25 of the podcast features an interview with Sundi Jo Graham. Sundi Jo is an author and blogger, and is the founder of a ministry called Esther’s House of Redemption, which is a faith-based residential discipleship program, located in rural Missouri, offering hope to broken women. They serve women from all backgrounds, ages 18+, who struggle with life-controlling issues, such as alcohol and drug addictions, depression, self-harm, the aftermath of physical and sexual abuse, and...

Duration: 00:38:03

Adam Weber | Talking to God When You Don’t Know How

Episode 24 of the podcast features an interview with Adam Weber. Adam in the pastor of Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, SD, and is the author of Talking to God: What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray. What a phenomenal conversation. Adam has tons of energy, so much depth, and wants to help people connect with God in real ways. His book does just that! It is great for people who don’t know much about prayer or God and it provides encouragement for long-time Christians while being...

Duration: 00:57:14

Lindsey Bracket | Fiction & Forgiveness

Episode 23 of the podcast features an interview with Lindsey Brackett. Lindsey is a writer of beautiful words. From her about page, Lindsey writes: “I like to string words together and make stories and images and memories that live and move and breathe in the confines of the imagination.” She observes life, beauty, grace, and God. Her first novel, Still Waters - (released on Sept 8, 2017), has forgiveness as its core theme. Some of What We Talk About: What does it mean to be “worthy”...

Duration: 01:01:05

Steve Brown | The Myth of a Balanced Life

Episode 22 features an interview with Steve Brown. Steve is the president of Arrow Leadership, which is an organization focussed on developing Christian leaders. We talk about how we often want a “balanced life,” but that this might be quite different from a Christ-centered life. Steve is passionate about helping people develop sustainable rhythms that support a life centered on Jesus. Some of What We Talk About: Gaining basic awareness that God loves you, and why this is so...

Duration: 00:52:58

Steve Wiens | Whole: Restoring What is Broken in Me, You, and The Entire World

Episode 21 features an interview with Steve Weins. Steve is the author of Whole and Beginnings. He is the pastor of Genesis Covenant Church and had a podcast called This Good Word. This interview is packed with great stuff - what an amazing conversation! We spend most of the time speaking about Steve’s latest book, but it is a pretty free wheeling conversation. So much fun! Get Steve’s latest book, Whole: Restoring What is Broken in Me, You, and The Entire World Some of What We Talk...

Duration: 01:03:24

Michael Priebe | Connecting With God in the Workplace

Episode 20 of the Spirituality for Normal People Podcast features an interview with Michael Priebe. Michael is the author of The Lovely Grind: Spiritual Inspiration for Workdays, a collection of 90 devotions for stress relief and personal growth. Some of What We Talk About: What is spiritual health and its relation to physical health? Staying in a job and bringing meaning to it. What is Calling and Vocation? What does it look like to speak about faith in the workplace? Finding...

Duration: 00:48:34

Erica Barthalow | Holy Doubt - Finding Hope When Faith is a Struggle

Episode 19 features an interview with Erica Barthalow. Erica has been in various forms of ministry in her life, including three years as a missionary in India. She wrote a not so typical book about her experience there. It’s called Holy Doubt: Finding Hope When Faith is a Struggle. She admits that three months into her time in India she felt abandoned by God. Some of what we talk about in the interview:

Duration: 00:47:50

Jann Martin | How To Hear What God is Saying?

Episode 18 of the Spirituality for Normal People Podcast features an interview with Jann Martin. Jann is a children’s author and has previously served as a youth leader at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Westland, Michigan and as the Director of Family Ministry at Faith Community Presbyterian Church of Novi, Michigan. Jann has an interesting story of falling into the calling of writing, after not being able to find a children’s story for a Christmas Eve Service. God asked her to write...

Duration: 00:47:09

Kelly Edmiston | Not “feeling it” in the Spiritual Life

Episode 17 of the Spirituality for Normal People Podcast features an interview with Kelly Edmiston. Kelly is the student minister at First Colony Church of Christ. We pack a ton of amazing stuff in this episode, as you can see from the notes below. Such a great conversation! Some of What We Talk About

Duration: 00:48:04

James Prescott | The Priority of Grace

Episode 16 of the Spirituality for Normal People Podcast features an interview with author and podcaster James Prescott. We talk a bunch about James’ book, Mosaic of Grace, and also touch on themes related to his podcast called Poema on the intersection of faith and spirituality. From the Intro to the Episode - I mention: You can listen here.Patreon Page where you can support the podcast

Duration: 00:59:13

Stephanie Jones | Giving Gifts with the Giving Gal

Episode 14 of Spirituality for Normal People features a fantastic interview with Stephanie Jones. Stephanie is known as the Giving Gal, having given a gift every day for over 500 days. She is the author of The Giving Challenge. What we talk about: Resources and Links from [...]

Duration: 00:44:52

Bible Break 4 - Only God Can Give True Peace and Joy - Psalm 4 with Rev. Matthew Brough

Listen in as Matthew Brough talks about Psalm 4, which moves from our cry to God out of distress to God addressing our propensity to seek for peace in all the wrong places, to dealing with resentment at others’ prosperity, to God granting us peaceful rest.

Duration: 00:10:52

Glen Soderholm | All the Senses and Trinitarian Spirituality

Episode 13 features an incredible interview with Glen Soderholm. Glen is the pastor of Two Rivers Church in Guelph, Ontario. Two Rivers began as a single house church of what he calls “a collection of strays, orphans, and exiles,” born from the idea of actually being neighbours with the people you live close to. He had so much to share about the Spiritual life, including his theology of Spirituality and the very practical things he does. As an accomplished musician, Glen spoke about the...

Duration: 01:00:06

Bible Break 3 - God is Your Shield - Psalm 3 with Rev. Matthew Brough

Listen in as Matthew Brough talks about Psalm 3 with its powerful images of God being a shield and the lifter of your head.

Duration: 00:07:15

Lisa Whittle | Walking Strong, Simple Prayers

Episode 12 of Spirituality for Normal People features an interview with Lisa Whittle. Lisa is a speaker and the author of six books. From her official bio: “Her love runs deep to see people pursue Jesus for life, grow deep roots of faith, and walk strong in the midst of a world that so often seems to have gone crazy.” Lisa’s latest book: Put Your Warrior Boots On: Walking Jesus Strong, Once and for All What a great conversation! Lisa has incredible passion and straightforward honesty....

Duration: 00:54:35

Jen DeCombe | Uncomplicated Spiritual Habits

Episode 11 of the Spirituality for Normal People Podcast features and interview with Jennifer DeCombe. Jen is the associate secretary for Canadian Ministries, working at the National Office of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. At the end of the interview, there is a really interesting conversation about inviting non-Christian friends to learn about faith. SOME OF THE TOPICS IN THIS INTERVIEW:

Duration: 00:40:59

Rev. Dr. Margaret Mullin | Indigenous Practices and Spirituality

Episode 10 of the podcast features an interview with Rev. Dr. Margaret Mullin. Margaret is the executive director of Winnipeg Inner City Missions and the pastor of Place of Hope Presbyterian Church. I had the opportunity to do this interview in person at Anishanabe Place of Hope in Winnipeg and Margaret was so gracious and generous in her honest conversation with me. Margaret recently received a Women of Faith Award, which you can read about here. TOPICS COVERED: Spiritual Practices...

Duration: 01:01:46

The Deep Well of Art, Music, and Community with Musician Steve Bell

Episode 9 of the podcast is with Juno-award winning musician, Steve Bell. This interview was such an amazing experience, recorded in Steve’s own studio in Winnipeg. Steve was incredibly gracious and generous with his time and his honest sharing. Steve shared a ton in this episode, and you can find all kinds of links on the Spirituality for Normal People Website that reference just some of what Steve spoke about. This podcast episode also features several of Steve’s songs, used with his...

Duration: 01:05:15

Bible Break 2 - Love and Justice - Psalm 2 with Rev. Matthew Brough

Listen in as Matthew Brough talks about Psalm 2 and the struggle we sometimes find between love and justice.

Duration: 00:15:17

Creativity, Metalsmithing, and Labyrinths with Rev. Robin McGauley

Episode 8 of the Spirituality for Normal People Podcast features an interview with United Church minister Robin McGauley. Robin is a metalsmith, makes amazing art and jewelry, and is also a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a faculty member of the Expressive Arts program at the Haliburton School of Art and Design, and a graduate of the Jubilee program in spiritual direction. We discuss a quote on Robin’s website but never get around to actually saying what it is. Here’s the quote from Dark...

Duration: 00:41:39

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