Season 5: Episode 4 | Dangerously Tired

September 19, 2018

We pick up with the story of Elijah, and why it is important that he rested first. We talk about how to recognize being dangerously tired, with Ruth sharing some concrete examples. How does one surrender to exhaustion. We get into describing what sane rhythms look like, and we close by practicing again. 

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 3 | Resistance

September 12, 2018

Our lives are not in danger like Elijahs, but we all have to face resistance. If you feel the push pull, then this is likely a signal God is at work.  How do we push through our fear? What if we are afraid God will not show up? It is good to know our own baggage. The best part is that God will meet you even if you have a lot of resistance. Ruth shares her experience with people who seem most resistant to silence and solitude. We end again with a practice. 

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 2 | Beginnings

September 5, 2018

Learning to be present with God alone – where do we begin? How do we get to the point where we recognize that what needs done in our lives only God can do? We define our terms in this episode – what is silence and what is solitude? Steve is already overachieving, Ruth encourages people to begin with a much smaller amount of time in silence and solitude

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton
The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen

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 1 | Beyond Words

August 29, 2018

In Season 5: Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Steve Wiens and Ruth Haley Barton will walk through Ruth's book by the same name. Join us for a rich conversation, and grab a copy of the book to take a deeper dive into solitude and silence. This season finds us walking with Elijah in the wilderness with a bounty on his head right after Mount Carmel and the best altar call ever. Ruth's book, Invitation to Solitude and Silence, was written 14 years ago – a lot has changed and not necessarily for the better. Distraction is an even bigger problem in our modern day. In this episode, we answer the question about what we would do if we are not scrolling in line at Chipotle. We end by beginning – beginning to practice solitude and silence.

Mentioned in this podcast:
Invitation to Solitude and Silence

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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BONUS EPISODE: A Conversation with Ruth Haley Barton and Aaron Niequist

August 23, 2018

Before we kick off a new season next Wednesday, Ruth Haley Barton sat down with Aaron Niequist and discussed a variety of topics from their shared background to their journey to a practiced-based faith. In a time where there is much to be discouraged about about in the Church, this conversation will give you hope. 

Note: The idea Ruth attributes to Richard Rohr regarding “being on the inside of the outside”  is more accurately stated in his own words as “being on the outside of the inside" or “the edge of the inside.”  

Mentioned in the Podcast:

The Eternal Current: How a Practice-Based Faith Can Save Us from Drowning, Aaron Niequist

Invitation to Retreat: The Gift and Necessity of Time Away with God, Ruth Haley Barton

Everything Belongs, Richard Rohr

Transforming Community

 Music Credit: The intro and outro by Aaron Niequist.

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Season 4: Episode 9 | Finding God in the Crucible of Ministry

May 30, 2018

This episode begins with a discussion of the kind of lonineless that is probably the hardest for a spiritual leader – when we feel God is against us. Moses' story in Exodus 33 has a lot to teach us. If you have ever doubted God’s goodness to you because of the personal cost of ministry to yourself or maybe those close to you, you'll want to listen to the conclusion to Season 4 and discover what really is the promised land. A touching word from Ruth about ending well and what legacy means for the spiritual leader who finds freedom.

 
Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapters 10&13)

The intro and outro music is “Kingdom Come” by Aaron Niequist

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Season 4: Episode 8 | From Isolation to Discernment in Community

May 23, 2018

Episode 8 highlights God’s faithfulness in meeting us in the loneliness of our leadership and how that leads to discerning together. We do an overview of corporate leadership discernment (All of Season 3 is devoted to the topic) and end with the conclusion to the story Ruth began in Episode 4 of this season. Ruth shares about God’s activity in the Transforming Center and the role corporate leadership discernment played in it hiring our Chief Operations Officer, Rob Kastens. A great testimony of mutual discernment and a great hope that we really can trust God.

Mentioned in this episode:

Pursuing God’s Will Together Season 3

Pursuing God’s Will Together

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

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Season 4: Episode 7 | Leadership as Intercession

May 16, 2018

Leadership opens leaders up to a whole world of pain. Moses is such a great leader because he always brings the difficulties people brought to God. You don’t hear much about the role of intercession in leadership circles. A rich discussion of differentiation and its importance in leadership ensues. Ruth shares how she makes intercession something that is not a heavy burden.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapter 9)

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Season 4: Episode 6 | Spiritual Rhythms in the Life of a Leader

May 9, 2018

The story of Moses and Jethro brings us right into the topic of sane rhythms in the life of the leader. What are the signs we are dangerously tired? What is the role of technology in all that! You won’t believe what Ruth does not have on her iPhone. Everyone is dealing with pace of life issues, and Ruth has some concrete advice on how to find a way of life that works. Ruth and Steve review a variety of spiritual rhythms that are especially helpful for leaders. This episode concludes with a discussion about the rhythm of sabbath.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapters 7&8)

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Season 4: Episode 5 | Guiding Others on a Spiritual Journey

May 2, 2018

In this episode Ruth and Steve start looking at the implications of the leadership journey, and how to guide others on their spiritual journey. Ruth makes a distinction between first half of life leaders and second half of life leader – looking at suffering and experiencing an internal death which leads to inner authority. Great encouragement for the younger leader and the older leader – about waiting and knowing when it is time to leave.

Mentioned in this episode:

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Chapter 6)

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