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Attaching to God connects relational neuroscience and attachment theory to our life of faith so you can grow into spiritual and relational maturity. Co-host Geoff Holsclaw (PhD, pastor, and professor) and Cyd Holsclaw (PCC, spiritual director, and integrative coach) talk with practitioners, therapists, theologians, and researchers on learning to live with ourselves, others, and God. Get everything in your inbox or on the app: https://www.grassrootschristianity.org/s/embodied-faith

Attaching to God: Neuroscience-informed Spiritual Formation Geoff and Cyd Holsclaw

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Attaching to God connects relational neuroscience and attachment theory to our life of faith so you can grow into spiritual and relational maturity. Co-host Geoff Holsclaw (PhD, pastor, and professor) and Cyd Holsclaw (PCC, spiritual director, and integrative coach) talk with practitioners, therapists, theologians, and researchers on learning to live with ourselves, others, and God. Get everything in your inbox or on the app: https://www.grassrootschristianity.org/s/embodied-faith

    089: Our Attachment Wounds and God's Promise (with Summer Joy Gross)

    089: Our Attachment Wounds and God's Promise (with Summer Joy Gross)

    Emmanuel—God with us. We have heard this promise of God’s presence. But might our attachment wounds skew, distort, or hinder us from embracing this reality? Do we live as slaves to our attachment strategies rather than as beloved children of God? And how can we learn to do something different in our spiritual lives?Summer Joy Gross is an Anglican priest, retreat leader, and spiritual director whose work is guided by the belief that our stories can be transformed by God's invitation to make hi...

    • 34 min
    088: Don't Do Nothing about Mental Health in the Church

    088: Don't Do Nothing about Mental Health in the Church

    There is an innate need in all of us to know that there is something more beautiful than the dark places of the world we live in. After two losses within their community just prior to the 2020 pandemic, St. Andrew Methodist Church in Plano, TX discerned that God was asking them to go on the offense against the darkness of mental illness.This is the story of Beacon of Light, a ministry providing much-needed resources, support, and treatment for those struggling with mental health issues while ...

    • 31 min
    087: Geoff's Second Half of Life "Crisis" and why the new name

    087: Geoff's Second Half of Life "Crisis" and why the new name

    The inaugural episode of season six, and all about "Geoff's Second Half of Life 'Crisis' and why we renamed the podcast" (and note, 'crisis' is in scar quotes).Welcome to Season 6, of what is now called the Attaching to God podcast. We are going to be doing more episodes of just the two of us talking (Cyd and Geoff). But we will also have interviews with people, and hopefully a regular guest appearance (if we can get him to commit once a month).In addition to this, we are adding a regul...

    • 34 min
    086: Non-Toxic Masculinity (with Zachary Wagner)

    086: Non-Toxic Masculinity (with Zachary Wagner)

    The problem of toxic masculinity is much bigger than contemporary expressions of Christianity. Mistreatment of women and men dehumanizing others is a feature of human culture fraught with sin. But the church is called to be salt and light, so how can we foster a non-toxic masculinity?Our guest today is Zachary Wagner, a writer, researcher, and minister. He serves as the editorial director for the Center for Pastor Theologians. We’re talking about his book Non-Toxic Masculinity: Recoveri...

    • 30 min
    085: Forming Spiritually Resilient Children (with Dr. Holly Allen)

    085: Forming Spiritually Resilient Children (with Dr. Holly Allen)

    Many children today are growing up amid adversity, whether brought on by family difficulties or larger societal crises. All children need to be able to deal with stress, cope with challenges, and persevere through disappointments. While we cannot protect children from all hardships, we can promote healthy development that fosters resilience.Our guest, Dr. Holly Catterton Allen, recently retired from her position as Professor of Christian Ministries and Family Science at Lipscomb University in...

    • 36 min
    084: Mental Illness or Spiritual Issue? And how they connect (with Dr. Matthew Stanford)

    084: Mental Illness or Spiritual Issue? And how they connect (with Dr. Matthew Stanford)

    Research tells us that when people suffer from a mental health crisis, the first person they turn to for help is not a physician, a psychiatrist, or a social worker, but a pastor, a priest, or a minister. Unfortunately, many church leaders are not trained to recognize mental illness and don’t know when to refer someone to a mental health professional. And how do we know the difference between a mental illness and a spiritual issue?This is what we are talking about with Dr. Matthew Sanford, au...

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

GraceInWinchester ,

Enjoy and learn

Geoff, enjoy your programming built around neuroscience so I’m always learning from you and your guests. Especially like the conversations with our mutual friend, Fred Liggin, about trauma and now Charles Kiser on trauma-informed evangelism. I’ve learned much from them and your other guests. Thanks for your work.

AuburnMick ,

Excellent Introduction to authors and books

Each episode is interesting and informative, but also typically introduces a book or two that can provide a deeper dive into the topic.

adculpepper ,

Answers to some of the toughest spiritual growth questions

There are barriers to your own personal spiritual, social, and emotional growth and barriers to the growth of people that you influence that seem so hard to move past. This podcast helps you understand (both biblically and biologically) why that is and how you can hope to move forward in practical ways. I also find as I’m listening that I can employ the strategies in the moment and become more grounded in God’s loving presence with me. This one is in my new top 5 for podcasts.

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