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Tips, guidance, and practical advice for how to live out and keep the life in your relationship with with God.

Tips, guidance, and practical advice for how to live out and keep the life in your relationship with with God.

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Canada

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Tips, guidance, and practical advice for how to live out and keep the life in your relationship with with God.

Language:

English


Episodes

Incarnation, In-Person, and Technology When Necessary - Episode 101

7/27/2021
As Jesus indwells the world so we too indwell the world. This might be an apt description of what is called "incarnational ministry." How might the incarnation be important for us as we reflect on being together in-person, and how might technology continue to play a vital role? (Maybe it always has!) Based on a message that Matt Brough gave at an outdoor in-person gathering. Referenced in this episode... Finding an alternative to “incarnational ministry” - The Presbyterian...

Duration:00:21:44

Reclaiming Rest with Kate Rademacher - Episode 100

6/24/2021
We made it to episode 100!! Whoohoo! And what better way to mark this milestone, and all the work that went into it, than with a conversation about resting. Matt Brough and Kate Rademacher talk about her latest book Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World This interview is so wide-ranging covering topics like: Hope you will give this 100th episode a listen!!

Duration:00:59:48

Make a Move with Steph O'Brien - Episode 99

6/17/2021
A lively conversation between Matt Brough and Steph O'Brien about how to "Make a Move." Often we have trouble making decisions and then even more trouble acting on them. Steph's latest book deals directly with this. On the big things and the small things, Steph provides sage wisdom for taking steps, even when they might be a bit stumbling or winding, along the path of your life. This episode focussed in on the importance of actually moving, experimenting, and just trying things, in the midst...

Duration:00:52:06

Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time with Laura Alary - Episode 98

5/14/2021
In this Episode, Matt Brough and children's author, Laura Alary, have a conversation about the long season of "ordinary time" and how it can be understood as a time of growth. This interview is wide ranging, including how to talk to kids about the ascension of Jesus, and also how do adults contend with the bizarre nature of the Pentecost narrative. Laura reads from her latest book, Breathe: a Child's Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time.

Duration:00:59:07

Becoming a Student of Joy - Episode 97

4/21/2021
Has anyone else been having a hard time with joy? Maybe joy is something to fight for, something to learn to spot and well... enjoy. In this episode we discuss becoming a student of joy and talk about Disneyland, holding newborns, baptisms, the resurrection appearances of Jesus, and the unexpected delight of a fire hydrant in the middle of a forest.

Duration:00:27:25

Relating to Others Who Are Different from You - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 96

3/27/2021
Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the fifth and final week of the "Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on the Others, especially those different from yourself.

Duration:00:31:21

The Self - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 95

3/19/2021
Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the fourth week of the "A Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on the Self.

Duration:00:39:58

Neighbourhood and Nation - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 94

3/12/2021
Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the third week of the "A Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on Neighbourhood and Nation.

Duration:00:29:17

Family, Ancestors, Descendants - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 93

3/4/2021
Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the second week of the "A Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on Family, Ancestors, and Descendants.

Duration:00:23:56

Creation - A Liturgy for Life - Episode 92

2/26/2021
Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch reflect on their experience walking through the practices for the first week of the "A Liturgy for Life" resource. This week the focus is on creation.

Duration:00:34:03

Introducing Lent: Liturgy for Life - Episode 91

2/10/2021
In this special episode of the podcast, Matt Brough and Jen Ostash-Gooch go over a new resource for Lent that they developed together and invite you to think through how you will mark lent, paying attention to your relationships with God, creation, your family, your neighbourhood, and yourself.

Duration:00:48:56

Sitting With God in Centering Prayer - Episode 90 with Rich Lewis

10/27/2020
Rich Lewis shares with Matt Brough about his latest book, Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer. They discuss why this kind of prayer or any contemplative practice is so life-changing and how this particular practice might be a key one during challenging times.

Duration:00:48:56

Enneagram of Discernment - Episode 89 with Drew Moser

9/22/2020
This episode features a wide ranging conversation about the enneagram between Drew Moser and your host, Matt Brough. Drew covers some of the basics but also goes deep, especially in the areas of how our distinctive personalities effect our decision making. Drew speaks about his work as helping people navigate the big questions in life, such as Who am I? Why am I here? And Where am I going? Drew's latest book is The Enneagram of Discernment: The Way of Vocation, Wisdom, and Practice Matt...

Duration:01:19:55

Meeting God in Loneliness - Episode 88 with Jason Gaboury

9/8/2020
Loneliness is an epidemic, and is effecting young people and people of all ages in massive proportions. This may have only been heightened during the pandemic. In this conversation with Jason Gaboury, we consider whether we might be invited to wait and meet God in the midst of our loneliness and uncover a depth of presence and friendship. We also discuss imaginative ways of reading scripture and why that is important, and also having spiritual practices for particular contexts of life, even...

Duration:01:00:45

Knowing Where God is Leading - Following the Red Bird | Episode 87 with Kate Rademacher

8/25/2020
In this conversation Matt Brough and Kate Rademacher talk about not always knowing or seeing, but still following, the spiritual path laid out by God. She shares her story of being raised Unitarian Universalist, being influenced by Buddhism, and being baptized as an adult in the Episcopalian Church. What does it mean to listen to “the still small voice?” Kate’s writing can be found at https://www.katerademacher.com/. Be sure to check out her books, Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a...

Duration:01:14:34

Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction | Episode 86 with Ed Cyzewski

5/28/2020
In this conversation, Matt Brough and Ed Cyzewski talk about some of the perils of technology on our spiritual life, from distraction to addiction. Are there ways to use technology that don't lead toward the more negative side? What do we need to understand about the psychology of apps and social media in order to reconnect with what is most important? Ed Cyzewski is the author of Reconnect: Spiritual Restoration from Digital Distraction, Flee, Be Silent, Pray, A Christian Survival Guide,...

Duration:00:57:35

Online Spirituality, Online Church | Episode 85 with Andria Irwin

5/4/2020
Andria Irwin is the online minister with Highlands United Church in North Vancouver. In this conversation with her we talk less about the "tools" of online ministry, and more about the Spirituality of what it means to do and be Church in an online space.

Duration:00:57:38

A Very Different Eastertide - More Ancient Wisdom in Chaotic Times with J. Dana Trent

4/13/2020
Matt Brough and J. Dana Trent have part 3 of their conversation on Ancient Wisdom in Chaotic Times, this time focussing on the season of Eastertide. Which Spiritual practices are most helpful right now and which ones might not be as much as we live with the realities of a Pandemic.

Duration:01:01:19

Ancient Wisdom in Chaotic Times - A Continuing Conversation between J. Dana Trent and Matt Brough

4/6/2020
This is a replay of the Facebook Live that Dana and Matt did on April 1st, 2020 about how in this time of emergency, crisis, and uncertainty, we have resources available to us embedded in the ancient wisdom of our faith. Together they explored: the 23rd Psalm, the Lord's Prayer, the difference between sabbatical and experiencing wilderness, and more. J. Dana Trent is a professor of World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Tech Community College in North Carolina. An ordained Baptist...

Duration:01:00:55

Ancient Wisdom in a Time of Crisis - A Conversation between J. Dana Trent and Matt Brough

3/26/2020
This is a replay of the Facebook Live that Dana and Matt did on March 25th, 2020 about how in this time of emergency, crisis, and uncertainty, we have resources available to us embedded in the ancient wisdom of our faith. Together they explored: the importance of experiencing both joy and grief, how we need to lean into sabbath and why this is hard for us, and what we need in order to serve and love others in a time of physical distancing. J. Dana Trent is a professor of World Religions and...

Duration:01:05:24