Season 6: Episode 5 | Sweet Hours of Prayer

December 19, 2018

Fixed hour of prayer. It is as simple as praying at fixed hours of the day. It is about reorienting ourselves to God. Ruth shares the four prayer movements that are used in the Transforming Community experience at the Transforming Center. Whether this is new or you have written this practice off as too rote, you're invited to pray these prayers as if you really mean them.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Iona Abby Worship Book
Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today, Scot Mcknight

Exploring Further:

Music in Solitude
Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 6: Episode 4 | Finding Your Rhythm on Retreat

December 12, 2018
Human beings are made with rhythms and for rhythms. A beautiful conversation ensues about the beauty of rhythms, and how to find and recognize rhythms. In the Christian tradition tears are always a gift. Ruth provides a great encouragement to let the tears come. We end this episode with Ruth sharing a personal story of how the rhythm of retreat opened up space for God to speak to her.

Go deeper with this content and purchase Ruth's newest book, Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 6: Episode 3 | The Sources of our Exhaustion

December 5, 2018

Are you living out of external expectations instead of God’s calling on your life? Learn more about common sources of exhaustion. Could it be that our desire to serve is more about staying in control? Ruth names some of her own sources of exhaustion. Go deeper with this content and purchase Ruth's newest book, Invitation to Retreat:The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 6: Episode 2 | Just Flop Down

November 28, 2018

Too busy? When is the best time to go on retreat? Join Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Wiens for episode 2, and don’t forget your pillow. A great discussion about how technology has caused many of us to feel we can never do enough to feel like we've done enough. Listen and discover how to let go and go on a retreat. Ruth final word in this episode is about guilt. 

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 6: Episode 1 | Strategic Withdrawal

November 21, 2018

Why did Ruth write another book? How does it relate to Invitation to Solitude and Silence? We start with a delicious word – invitation. Ruth moves in to define our terms and discuss how retreat has been compromised in our culture. Ruth and Steve even discuss who should go on retreat. Lets reclaim the word retreat!

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude Ruth Haley Barton Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 5: Episode 12 | For the Sake of Others

November 14, 2018

Why does Ruth end a book on silence and solitude with a chapter on for sake of others? Listen to find out. Ruth describes her own journey of moving out of silence and solitude and how it transformed her interaction with teenagers. A great discussion of words and why silence and solitude are important for both introverts and extroverts, along with a strong encouragement to not make this practice legalistic. As we close this season, Ruth leaves us with a practice to help us connect with God from the place of our deepest desire. 

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude
Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 5: Episode 11 | Receiving Guidance

November 7, 2018

Why does Elijah say the same things again? We expect Elijah’s experience of God’s presence to transform him, but there is a comforting interpretation of this passage. The good news: we don’t have to beg God for guidance. He is our shepherd and wants to guide. A great conversation ensues around how silence and solitude connects to receiving guidance. We conclude with a practice that leads us into guidance. 

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude
Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 5: Episode 10 | Pure Presence

October 31, 2018

We begin this episode with a quick review of the story of Elijah. There is a payoff to waiting, and not running away.  God is becoming Elijah’s ultimate orienting reality. Entering a silence that is not empty but full of God’s presence. Good news, God is a much better parent than we ever could be. We introduce Ruth’s newest book and how it connects to silence and solitude. The practice in this episode will guide you into being honest before God. 

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton
Transforming Community

Exploring Further:
Music in Solitude
Ruth Haley Barton
Steve Wiens

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Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 5: Episode 9 | Facing Ourselves

October 24, 2018

We are in the chaos with Elijah. In solitude and silence we feel the battle between the false self and the true self. Some of the most important questions emerge from the chaos. Ruth and Steve discuss what facing ourself really means and how our true self is hidden with Christ in God. This is the narrow path. As always, we end with a practice to help you face yourself. 

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