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She Finds Truth is a podcast about reality, Jesus, and everyday life. It's about discovering God is using us right where we are - in the midst of our craziness! - to glorify Him and sanctify us. Bottom line, it's the podcast for believers about how our faithful God is working in the chaos of our daily lives.
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May 29, 2018

Still hammering out how to get my podcasts recorded while working full time and doing all the family things. This episode didn't turn out too bad as far as sound. I do apologize for a few background noises! 

Also I'm trying out a new format and I think it's going to work well. Episodes that follow this format will include 1-3 parts that reflect on

1) Vocation Thoughts

2) Learning Something

3) Clinging to Scripture 

I say 1-3 because sometimes I might do an entire episode on just one of those ideas. But generally I think this approach will help me get focused and streamline things a bit (if I'm capable of such a thing).

This week...

Vocation 

What is TOO MUCH for one's schedule? What is best for my kids' schedules? Does anyone agree on this? lol I reflect. 

Learning

Reminder: You can put down some of the plates! I ran into this video the other day - LINK HERE - and she points out it's better to not try to balance all the plates but just to put some down. Smart woman! We should be encouraging each other to do this.

also

Being Lutheran podcast is my current favorite and they said something super profound the other day that I unpack in this episode. "The Christian life is assurance of salvation and the doctrine of vocation..." I love it. Find out why. 

Scripture 

Psalm 145:4-5

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty,
And on Your wondrous works.

Wonderous works! You know like when your teenager talks to you! It's a miracle! ;) 

 

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

Apr 9, 2018

*This is definitely a gender-neutral episode!*

(also, I'm back to my prior graphic; which do you like better?)

Recording a podcast in my car! You do what you have to do. The more I do this the better it will get, I promise! #soundquality 

This episode was born when I was speaking at a MOPS group recently. We started talking about how hard it is to ask for help and I realized how much this has been my experience. Then I had a lightbulb moment where I realized God made us that way on purpose. Which is not what I would have done if I were him. Actual thought:

"Wouldn't it be great if things were the way I wanted and I could do it all alone?"

Of course this is not a great idea, and so I had to do a podcast where we break this down some and look at the various aspects of asking for help and how/why it is so hard:

  • Accepting help
  • Prayer
  • Processing aloud
  • Allowing others to serve us
  • Complimentary talents mean we need each other

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Also if you or someone you know is a Lutheran Mom, you might be interested in finding out more about my Lutheran Moms Facebook Group! Do a search on Facebook or find out more at She Finds Truth! 

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Feb 14, 2018

First podcast episode back after way too long of a break! It takes me a few minutes to get back into the swing of things (and I have to apologize for the pops and sub-par sound quality!), but eventually I find my groove. 

Catching you up to speed on why I've been gone so long and then I start in on all this grace I've found. It's been such a pleasant surprise and it really has me thinking a lot about how grace functions in this world and why. 

Links include:

Thanks so much for checking out the podcast. I am excited to be back! 

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

Oct 12, 2017

This week I get to share my interview with Pastor Jordan Cooper about his book Baptized Into Christ! He shares insight on a number of things including intimacy with Christ, Jesus as the example, and being holy and sinful at the same time! It's a great chat that is sure to be encouraging. 

Click here for the complete show notes at SheFindsTruth.com including where you can find the book and more details about the show. 

 

Thanks for listening! 

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Sep 29, 2017

Is theology relevant to everyday life? Of course! That's why I'm here. She Finds Truth is all about finding the truth of how Scripture applies to our lives. 

The Bible is a story about who God is and about how He created man and then man abused the order of things God had set up, but God was merciful and full of compassion and love THE ENTIRE JOURNEY. From the very beginning, He had a plan in mind for how man would be able to experience His gifts including the reason they were created which was for fellowship with GOD.

The best scenario for our lives is to have fellowship with God. And even though we are not worthy and we have repeatedly messed up this relationship from the beginning, God has pursued us through it all. He has time and time again created ways and opportunities for us to have fellowship with Him despite our sinful selves …. And that all culminates in the death and resurrection of His son who is sent to crush the head of Satan and fulfill the intentions God had from the very beginning for us.

Today when I was stressing about life, I knew I needed to rest in His Word. So I flipped through the Psalms and I landed at Psalm 61...

Psalm 61

Psalm 63

What is it I'm seeking refuge from? What is it God is offering refuge from? 

Scripture does not reveal a God who swoops in and takes away all the bad things. It shows us a God who swoops in and offers rest and protection in the midst of the battle. It shows us a God who empowers us to love and forgive others. It reveals a God whose mercy never runs out. 

What does the Christian life look like when we realize we are putting our trust in something other than God? Is this normal? Yep. I contend none of us are doing it right all the time. Most of us are doing it wrong most of the time. So we need to repent. We need to go to Scripture, prayer, and find Godly counsel. He provides us with the resources we need. Plus He just keeps on forgiving us. 

The Gospel includes all sorts of things that we don't expect. And it makes way more sense than all the things we thought we wanted. 

 

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Sep 19, 2017

You don't have to listen to 46: My Christ and My Chaos episode before you listen to this one, but this show technically is a response to that episode. Seriously it's won't ruin the experience, but I thought I should mention it. 

The Mess

In that show, I talk about "the mess" and how it seems like a popular topic. That we are all "a mess." There's like a hot-mess spectrum now. Are you on it? I think we probably all feel like we are on it at least some of the time. But after talking about that in episode 46, I got a lot of responses and so it seemed worth re-visiting. As a listener pointed out, God isn't all about leaving messes in the world. He's about restoration and healing! 

So I talk through questions that have arisen about authenticity, problem-solving, and the specifics of what it means to be "a mess." Personally,  I find it helpful to get into the weeds and the details. I need perspective and help processing so I do benefit from talking through things. 

Even so, we have to guard against getting stuck wallowing around in the mess. What ABOUT the restoration? Is that even a part of God's promises?

The Solutions

It IS important for us to talk solutions. How are people working through their messes? What does that look like? I suspect one reason this doesn't get as much attention is because the healing process can be long and gradual and there are fewer fireworks usually. 

And how are Lutherans approaching all this? Are they looking for healing? What does Scripture say about healing and solutions in this lifetime?

Romans 6:23

Romans 6:4

Romans 12

Colossians (the whole book!)

I think there is lots of Scriptural proof that God is here all along the way - changing us on the ground in the trenches. We should be looking for restoration and healing around us. It's there. It's happening. It's real. 

The Gospel is multifaceted. But the bottom line is that the Gospel isn't dependent on our own faithfulness. It's a gift from God. 

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To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Sep 7, 2017

Welcome to the fall 2017 season of She Finds Truth! Calling this a "season" plus I'm giving it a theme! I know. It's so much excitement. ;)

I'm going with the theme Here I Stand, which I know is kindof cliche but I can't resist. It's too appropriate for life right now. 

For those of you who don't know, 2017 is the 500 year anniversary of Luther's 99 Theses. In the show I give a brief and amateur summary of the start of the Reformation and Luther supposedly saying "Here I Stand." (He might not have actually said those words!) 

Anyway, after gushing over Luther, I bring it back to current day. It's fair to say that our world is in a time of uncertainty. Plus lots of us are carrying heavy burdens, and we need to keep grounded in the coming weeks and months. 

It’s so good to be back but honestly I have found myself putting this off. I’m not sure why but I think it’s because I wasn’t feeling like I had a good theme or something really powerful to come back with. As I say at the start of my newsletter - this is just me trying to figure things out. I don’t have many crazy awesome epiphanies. I don’t have the newest latest stunning idea that’s going to change the way Christians think about their daily lives. I don’t have all the answers. If anything I’m more aware every day of what I do not know.

But I am here. Here I stand. Because I’ve been convinced by my friends and my God and the voices in my head and my longing to connect with you, that I have a role to play. A small role, maybe just barely a role, but a role nonetheless. We all have people in our lives we are here to serve. That’s why God put us here. To serve one another. So I'll do what I can. 

In the show I share some of the shows I'm planning for this season, including an interview with Pastor Cooper about his book "Baptized Into Christ," and an in-depth look at our liturgy and why church is the way it is. I'm going to do a show about imperfect marriage, life after abuse, and then a few shows that just look at my usual struggle to stay focused on the finished work of Christ instead of myself and my failure to be faithful. 

The second half of the show is reflecting on something a friend said a while back. A few years back someone posted something about how so many people seem surprised when things in life goes wrong. But really, if we were rational and realistic, we would expect life to be hard. Scripture says life will be hard.

Do you ever find yourself caught in a pattern of thinking like this one?: "Things are going way too good these days… what is going to fall apart next?" I don't think that's a healthy or accurate view of how the universe works. I don't believe there is a formula dolling out tragedy to all of us equally. The rain falls and the sun shines on good and evil alike. We don't understand why or when. 

But we do know that God is going to work in our lives, in the midst of rain or sunshine. That He will be there in our uncertainty and our crisis. And through it all, He will hold us up. 

Here I Stand. 

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Jun 17, 2017

Things are going good! 

It's weird! lol 

I talk about a blog post I published this week where I process why things are going good. There's less chaos in my head and it's somewhat confusing! Is it imposter syndrome? Is it denial? Hey! Maybe it's my antidepressants!

I have a new job and some details are shared and then I launch into the main topic which is why bloggers so often talk about how messy their lives are. What is the deal with this? Is it necessary? 

I have some theories. 

After exploring my theory, I talk about how realizing our differences and similarities is super helpful in having a healthy self-concept. Talking about the mess is part of the process. 

Also it's part of having a better understanding of our neighbors which I think is an important element to our lives. 

The HOT-MESS SPECTRUM. Does this have anything to do with personality types? I don't know but there is definitely a spectrum. What about culture? Tell me if you are more open about your life in your culture, or less open! 

The issue of sin is a part of this too, at least it is for me. 

I'm pretty sinful. We should be taking note of the sin in our lives. 

For me this means identifying my mess. 

The thing is, we are not enough (podcast link to related show on that topic), and God DID come to help the helpless (blog post link to related post). So when I talk about the chaos, I talk about my Christ. 

What about Luther's ""sin boldly" quote? Yeah he said that but the point was (I believe) how much we should be boldly trusting in Christ for the salvation of ourselves from our sin. Our God is bigger than our sin! 

See what you think and get back to me. Email, twitter, Facebook - the links are below. I'll probably keep talking about messy lives. :) 

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Jun 2, 2017

Turns out the world does not revolve around me. I am not at the center of the universe. 

This is just one of the many realizations I have in this episode as I process my thoughts on potential employment and God's involvement in this realm of our lives. I went looking for some peace of mind in Colossians and I found it when I started sifting through all the promises and gifts that reflect "the reward of your inheritance." 

In this episode I answer all of the following questions:

  • Will I be able to maintain employment after 10 years of not having a "real" job?!
  • What am I "supposed" to be doing?
  • What does God allow fabulous opportunities to cross our path and but stay out of reach?
  • Is it ok to take a job outside of one's field of education?
  • What if I get the job? What if I don't?!
  • What the heck does "the reward of our inheritance" mean?

Listen now to find out the answers to this and more. You may think you can answer all these questions, but they won't all be the same answers I come up with! Leave a comment and tell me what you think and maybe even head to itunes to leave a review to make it easier for other listeners to find our show! 

Thanks so much!

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To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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May 17, 2017

Things I'm thinking about this week...

  • Mother's Day can be hard. 
  • Some parents are toxic.

So I talk about both of these things. Why we should consider being sensitive about Mother's Day, in case you are oblivious that reality exists for some. It would be easy for me to be clueless about it as a mom and someone who still has her mom. But I have friends who really struggle!

Also something that has been on my radar lately is adults who are really struggling with their own parents. Why is this such a place of contention for so many people?! I guess it shouldn't be a mystery, but I break down some of the reasons it's a tough issue and also talk about what we can possibly do about it. 

Links include:

https://www.bustle.com/articles/109435-9-signs-you-have-a-toxic-parent

https://psychcentral.com/lib/how-to-create-a-healthy-adult-relationship-with-mom-and-dad/ 

and Bonus Link I didn't talk about, but that made me really think, as a parent myself - 

6 things you shouldn't say to your kids - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/28/adult-children-parenting_n_1916536.html 

 

God is a God of comfort and refers to himself as a Father frequently in Scripture. A few verses that I note can be helpful as we wrestle with all this:

Isaiah 64:8

Psalm 68:5

James 1:17

 

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May 11, 2017

In today's episode I ponder the richness and complicated-ness (is that a word?) of life. Between feeling vulnerable, having to push through the drudgery of a tough weekend... to the joy of watching people fulfill their vocations effectively. And then I start talking about the richness and nuances of Scripture and how I'm learning so much about that in class right now. 

The second part is mostly about that and how there are various ways we can approach Scripture looking for meaning. What we bring with us to the table - our questions and life experiences and ideas - all factor into how we understand the meaning we get out of Bible passages. The theory behind how you interpret Scripture is called hermeneutics - that's the class I'm taking this semester. It's pretty great. 

Anyway, the hermeneutic we use to approach Scripture needs to be *the finished work of Christ on the cross.* When it is, then we can better see all of Scripture fit together to make sense concerning God and us and how all this rich, complicated stuff runs together. 

 

Thanks for listening!

 

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Apr 25, 2017

In which I take a few minutes to welcome the new listeners, and talk about why the church needs to be talking more about mental health. Then I tackle the concept of GRACE in our parenting and in our dealings with other humans (not God). 

Here's the post from Intentional Moms that includes me on a list of best podcasts for Moms! 

Here are the links to a few shows where I talk at length about how great the doctrine of vocation is. 

04: Knowing God's Will for Your Life

25: God's Plan vs. My Reality

30: Now What? 

Last week's blog post about depression got a decent amount of traffic and seemed to resonate with many people. 

Then I did a podcast about it where I focus more on the role of God's promises in my valley. 

Bottom line: Don't tell depressed people they just need to pray more. We all need to pray more.

GRACE

When the Bible uses the word 'grace' it tends to be talking about the Grace of God. So I define grace a few different ways and then mention how dead we were in our sin. 

link to movie scene on youtube

Ephesians 2:4-10 comes into play and so does Hebrews 4:16

Bottom line on grace and parenting: We can show mercy and grace to our kids while still having them face the consequences of their behavior. 

Bottom line on grace and the rest of our relationships: Our challenge as Christians is to model healthy relationships where we aren't acting as if there are no consequences for anything, but still live lives that reflect forgiveness, compassion, and love. That we recognize what a good thing 'boundaries' can be, but also when we make those boundaries we do not build them out of anger and resentment. And that we are willing to move boundaries as our relationships grow, heal, and develop. 

 

Reminder: I am not a professional. :) I just have a lot of opinions and I spend a decent amount of time in Scripture trying to figure out how all this fits together.

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Apr 19, 2017

This week I ignored the alarms going off in my head and I posted on the blog about how crappy I've been feeling and what kind of anxiety and maybe even depression I've been toying with. It's nothing like some people have to face, which is one reason I'm hesitant to even bring it up. Nevertheless, a few things talked me into it including getting to explain the silver lining - the promises of God that were in clear view pretty much the whole time I was feeling super lame. 

So here's the blog post and I talk more in depth about it on today's podcast, but the really great part of the podcast is what comes after when I get to talk about all the promises of God that come to light as we observe and celebrate Holy Week. (Admit it; it's hard not to celebrate the Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday even though a few minutes later we are hearing about his arrest.) Anyway, so many good things Jesus' resurrection confirms for us!  

I mention a blog post I wrote about the Saturday of Easter weekend. Here is that link if you want to check it out. 

The last several minutes of the show I talk about a survey I recently created and I've had over 100 people take, asking about Devotionals. I'm curious what people are looking for especially because I have a burning desire to create some! I'd love it if you took the survey. You can find it on the blog post called About Devotionals. 

Thanks for listening! 

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Mar 21, 2017

Today's episode attempts to look at John 15:1-11. I used to cringe when I heard the word "abide." Why? Because it scared me. Take a listen to find out what my messed up deal was. 

I mention some writing stuff at the start of the show including Joanna Penn's website www.thecreativepenn.com and her book The Successful Author Mindset which I'm recommending even though I'm not all the way through it yet. But so far so good. 

Then I dive into the passage and begin to scratch the surface (these verses are packed with layers!) including:

  • define abide
  • If "the Word was God" then that means staying close to Him has everything to do with Scripture in our lives.
  • unpacking "the Father is the gardener"

Let me know what you think!

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Mar 7, 2017

Lent has me reflecting on Jesus and His life here on earth. His humanity. 

There's a lot to being human, isn't there?!

So I share some very real life stories you might be able to relate to. 

Then look at how the real life story of Jesus is so relevant in light of our humanity. 

He knows how it is to be human, because He was human too. 

The two natures of Christ are mind blowing.

But still true. 

 

 

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Feb 14, 2017

This is episode #2 in my series about sexual assault where we dive into the spiritual implications of it. Episode #1 can be found here!

This is a deep, complicated topic, so I brought in someone with experience in the trenches, Heidi Goehmann (pronounced gae-man! which I got wrong) author, social worker, and deaconess. Heidi has written and produced so much great material for all of us and you should definitely check her out at www.ilovemyshepherd.com, and on Facebook, and on Twitter! Also during the show we make reference to her Bible study Think on These, so here’s the link and you should check that out too.

We invite you to contact either of us or leave comments on the blog with more questions you have about this topic. We want to start a conversation for the benefit of all and would love to have your input as to what this should look like going further. More importantly, if you are hurting and looking for answers, please let us know and we can offer up what resources we can. Also if you have found good resources concerning this topic, share those in the comments or on social media for the benefit of the audience!

I’m going to offer more detailed shownotes than usual, because there is so much great information here I’d love for you to snag a little if you don’t get the chance to listen. I’m going with bullet point format. Here comes. Get ready.

Overarching question we are sorting through:

How do these dark experiences impact us and intersect with/reflect the hope of Christ?

  • The struggle of shame. We all suffer in some way.
    • The brokenness of sin seems to infiltrate our womanhood especially and create an unhealthy internal dialogue.
    • Wouldn’t it be great if we could see ourselves and our brokenness the way Christ does?
  • Why aren’t we talking about this stuff? How do we get painful topics to the table?
    • It’s not just sexual assault: marriage struggles, parenting, disabilities, mental health
    • We need to share our own experiences and
    • Recognize the discomfort/pain of sin
  • Healing starts with addressing the topic
    • Putting light on the pain and sin because LIGHT OVERCOMES DARKNESS
    • One of Satan’s goals is to keep this stuff in the dark
    • Having conversations: “Here are my struggles, what are yours?” - bookends
    • Treatment is important but community can be equally important
    • Our natural reaction is to hide just like Adam and Eve did
  • God doesn’t love us any less when our sin is revealed
  • We are all asking God why he allows sin and brokenness, but especially when we’ve been violated we wonder: Why does God allow this? Why wasn’t I protected?
    • Give people a space to voice that question: what happened here?
    • We have to recognize sin is allowed here, we hate that, and often admit “I don’t know.”
    • Sit in the pain together
    • Christ has the victory. He does save.
  • God is so much bigger than us and he sees everything differently than we do.
    • Sin sometimes happens TO us not by us.
    • Still CONFESSION is powerful
    • Confession can mean “vocalizing” something
    • He CAN heal. It is mysterious.
    • Confession helps get it out in the open. Harder for Satan to use against me.
    • Relationship is powerful
    • Psalm 56:8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
    • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
  • Physical
    • Sexual sin is really hard for us to deal with.
    • Satan is attacking us PHYSICALLY
    • Our bodies are our temples where the Holy Spirit resides
    • That’s how much he values us!
    • When our bodies are invaded it complicates our relationships with ourselves and our God
  • Sin ripples
    • Impacts are exponential in many areas of our lives
    • This is why continual conversation is necessary
  • Healing
    • God brings healing DAILY and ETERNALLY
    • Romans 12:1 - We offer him a living sacrifice,
    • knowing we are not enough, but here is what we DO have.
    • He showers down joy and comfort in response
    • Isaiah 61:3 - beauty from ashes
  • Attention everyone: Hold tight to each other.
    • Relationships can be so complicated. Don’t give up on them and those relationships.
    • Pursue each other as God has pursued you.

If you have suggestions for resources, questions, or something to contribute to the conversation, please share in the comments, find us on social media, or send an email!

(links are at the top and bottom of this post)

 

 

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Jan 30, 2017

I saw a very nice happy meme that said YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH and was supposed to make me feel better and encourage me after I had a rough time with something. 

But it just makes me feel squirmy. 

Because I know I'm NOT good enough. 

In this episode I explore this question of being good enough and of course that leads us to dip into the 2 kinds of righteousness and also I go on a rant about how women's Bible studies should not be created in a hole but should have some church oversight. (I know you would have thought after last week I'd be done talking about this, but it's like the flood gates were opened...) But mostly I explore the concept of "good enough" and what it means and we have a good enough time doing it. (I'm sorry I'm such a nerd I can't help it!)

Scripture references:

Mark 10:18

Matthew 25:34-40

Ephesians 2:10

2 Corinthians 5:21

You should definitely listen to last week's podcast on women's Bible studies in case you missed what all the fuss was about

Also, if you don't know what I mean by "decision theology," you should look into that and find out where you land on it. Read this great piece by Brian Wolfmueller and find out why Lutheran's aren't big fans. So much Scripture. I love it!

 

Thanks for listening!!

 

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Jan 21, 2017

Women's Bible studies are a surprisingly controversial topic in Christian conversations. You'd think they would be a no-brainer, but instead it can be divisive and complicated. 

In today's episode I address the elephant in the room when it comes to popular authors like Beth Moore and Sara Young and what place they should and shouldn't have in Bible based churches. I explain the problematic theology that pops up in women's groups around the country and also why it IS so attractive. We look at a list of suggested criteria for vetting a Bible study you might use and I have some tips for leaders too. 

Suggested guidelines:

  1. Ask your pastor for suggestions and/or to vet the resource you are considering.
  2. Does the material frame the conversation around a theology of the cross? Or a theology of glory?
  3. What role does Scripture play? Is the Bible a book of rules or the story of our rescue?
  4. There should be law AND Gospel both. So something about sin and also something about Jesus saving us from that sin. What is the suggested answer to the sin problem? [red flags]
  5. Does author distinguish between passive righteousness and active righteousness?
  6. Does the study see Jesus as a coach? A magic helper? Or a Savior?
  7. What is the author’s view of the Means of Grace? Is the author anti-sacramental?

The links:

Lisa Cooper's paper - "An Evaluation of Beth Moore's The Patriarchs study in View of the Two Kinds of Righteousness"

Lisa's List  - Evaluating Christian Women's Bible Studies

Katie Schuermann

Heidi Goehmann

Donna Pyle

Oh I forgot to mention on the show that the CPH LifeLight studies are a good solid study of Scripture. Not gender-specific, just for all believers! 

Thanks for listening! Share with a friend and be sure to subscribe to the show!

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Jan 11, 2017

 

How is God WITH me? Recently when I was trying to clarify what my podcast and blog are all about, I ended up with a chart. 

It's been pretty helpful in reminding me of all that God offers me and how I have access to those things in the incredible physical world he has created. 

This episode focuses in on those 5 means of grace in the middle. Listen to the show and decide whether I'm a heretic or not. Also, I go on a rant about all the crazy things people are saying on the internet that we kindof like the sound of - "claiming my marriage for God!" but that don't really make that much sense and can lead us down a dangerous path of looking inward instead of to God. I agree being conscious of our sins and issues is helpful, but just because I write it down on a notecard doesn't mean God is going to "fix" it the way I want Him to. Just sayin. 

During the show I said I'd have more links in the show notes to other shows/blogposts about these topics. Here they are:

For more on Baptism, check out this podcast episode... and this blog post...

For more on Confession, check out this podcast episode... and this blog post...

For more on the Lord's Supper and the means of grace, here's a podcast...

For more on Fellowship, here's a podcast..and a blog post..

For more on my obsession with Scripture..here's a podcast.. and a blog post..

 

Thanks for listening! 

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Jan 3, 2017

I'm back from holidaytime and I'm so glad to get things going for 2017! Today's show is me checking in and talking us through some things about reflecting on 2016 - in good ways - and looking ahead at the coming year. I share some of my resolutions and how I'm afraid of failure. At the end I throw in a bit about sanctification. It's great! Check it out. 

Oh and here's the book I mention - it's great too!

Galatians: Selections from Martin Luther

 

 

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Dec 6, 2016

When I opened Donna Pyle's book Without This Ring: Surviving Divorce to prepare for our interview, I was not prepared for how powerful her story and guidance would be. Silly of me since I'm a big fan of Donna's and I know she brings authenticity and practicality to the pages of her writing! But her raw story struck a chord with me thinking back to broken moments in my own marriage. I'm not divorced - by the grace of God - and God has brought much healing to my own relationship. Evenso, Donna's story and the things she learned resonated so much with me. All of this made interviewing her even more powerful for me.

Donna's book seeks to present various perspectives and issues for divorcees and help the reader see Christ centered steps towards hope and healing. She does a great job. I highly recommend the book and I have no doubt if you listen to this show - whether you are going through a divorce or not - you will glean much from our talk. I tried to touch on points that will be helpful for those facing divorce as well as the community of people who love them. Our conversation included the following topics:

  • God hates divorce; does he hate me?
  • Divorce is traumatic.
  • Give grace to hurting people. 
  • The case for counseling. 
  • Obedience is necessary and incredibly useful. 
  • FORGIVENESS! It's possible and not what you think. 

Find Donna here at Artesian Ministries and find the book here on Amazon and here at CPH. Pick it up today for yourself or a friend. 

Also in this show I reference 2 podcast episodes that were inspired by Donna:

Messy Circumstances, Messy Conversations Part I

Messy Circumstances, Messy Conversations Part II

As well as my first episode on sexual assault, with a series of episodes to follow in the coming months. 

Thanks for listening! I hope this interview was a blessing to you. Share with your friends!

 

 

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Dec 2, 2016

It is my position that the church needs to be having a louder and more productive and useful conversation about sexual assault and what we can do to serve our neighbors who have faced such experiences. This is part I in a series I'm doing where I interview experts and helpers who can assist us in maneuvering this topic for the good of our friends and communities. 

We will start with a basic conversation of what sexual assault is, how prevalent it is, and the perspective of someone who is on the front lines of this subject matter. Kami Garrison is a local expert I asked to chat with me. She is Prevention and Education Coordinator at KC-CASA and ISAS. These offices are part of a broader coalition in Illinois called ICASA, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. These offices work to improve the quality of services for survivors of sexual assault, assist in their recovery, and work towards the elimination of sexual violence. 

Among other things we talked about teaching our kids about consent, what rape culture is and the damage it does, shame and why women don't report the majority of incidents, and how people can help. 

Future episodes on this topic will include how the church is successfully and unsuccessfully serving members who are survivors, why church leaders need to be held to a higher standard than other people in positions of authority, and more about rape culture and why we need to take it seriously. 

I'm pretty passionate about this topic, but I'm also very motivated to have civil and patient conversations about the various aspects which can sometimes be charged and complicated. Please don't hesitate to contact me or engage in a conversation about sexual assault because this abuse is rampant and needs to be brought out into the open so we can better serve one another. 

Here are the links to resources Kami talked about as well as some tips that may be of use to you. 

 

  

 

 

Nov 18, 2016

Am the only one who feels a lot of pressure that I'm supposed to "be the light"? Maybe I should just quit whining and do what needs done, but I'd also like to know what it means for sure to be the light. Today I hash through this after having had a conversation with a friend who felt like she had failed to be the light. Is it just about doing the right thing? What if I fail? 

Links from the show include:

This is the blog post I wrote about where God is while we are electing a president. 

Here's a simple and to the point article about Moral Therapeutic Deism written by Karen Jones titled What Is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism?

Here's the article by Mark Roberts called What Are the Good Works God has Prepared for Us?

Scripture references included 

Matthew 5:14-16 (Scroll down after the Beatitudes)

Ephesians 2:10

 

One more about listening to podcasts - How Does One Listen to A Podcast?

 

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Nov 2, 2016

As a young adult Christian I was constantly wondering what my life was supposed to look like as a follower of Christ. My everyday life. How does one "serve Christ," really, with all these distractions? What careers count? I definitely wanted to please God, but I wasn't sure how. Plus there was still sin in my life and I was super frustrated about that too. 

There was so much I didn't understand about how all this works. 

Of course the answers aren't as cut and dry as we'd like. 

So I've talked before about Gene Edward Veith's books and how they address this stuff. This weekend I got to meet him and hear him speak about my favorite topic Vocation! Today's show talks about how as Christians we ask the question "Now What?" and what the answers look like. 

Links and references include:

Lecture on Passive Righteousness by Jordan Cooper

Ephesians 2:1-10

Podcast Episode on Vocation - Episode #4

Gene Veith's -God at Work

              -Family Vocation

 

 

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Sep 19, 2016

Most of us have had a series of friendships that can bring up a whole host of emotions when we think about them. It occurred to me recently that some of us (me included!) might not be approaching our friendships intentionally as grownups. I think I took it for granted that friendships when I'm in my 30's would be easy and fulfilling. 

LOL

What is up with me and my unrealistic expectations of the world?! 

So here are a few of my observations:

  • Friendships are potentially complicated at any age: 9,13, and 37.
  • At the same time, every friendship is different. 
  • Don't try to fix people. 
  • People are complicated. (I say this way too many times during the show.)
  • I over-analyze things. My friends know this which is helpful. 
  • Being intentional about our friendships will be best in the longrun. Do it! 
  • Find some wise women if you're struggling with this. 

I cited scripture during the show, but I'm only going to mention my favorites here. 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Sara Groves song I love. In the show I think it's called "A Multitude of Sins" but actually it's "When It's Over" Go check it out here.

Meme Discussed:

Brene Brown on TED. 

Side tangents include the concept of "awake to your feelings."

Some books about friendship that could be useful:

Women are Scary

Friendship for Grownups

Better Together

 

 

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