47 episodes

A minister and author explores spirituality and the creative process beyond the walls of institutional religion, for those both inside and outside the church.

Coffeehouse Contemplative Jeff Nelson

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A minister and author explores spirituality and the creative process beyond the walls of institutional religion, for those both inside and outside the church.

    A Hodgepodge

    A Hodgepodge

    I had a few different things on my mind this week, and rather than flesh any of them out into a full length episode, I decided to just talk about all of them. So here I talk about 1) the important messages our body sends us, 2) more thoughts on being a geek, and 3) Mother's Day.

    Episode 44: The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 29 min
    The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth

    The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth

    Books, movies, TV, and music help us make meaning and find community with fellow fans. They also provide ways to talk about faith and spirituality that Bible verses and theology books might not. Having just attended Cleveland Fan Expo, this sort of thing is on my mind, and so I talk about it.

    The Gospel According to the Simpsons by Mark I. Pinsky

    My pop culture books:

    Wonder and Whiskey: Insights on Faith from the Music of Dave Matthews Band

    The Doctor and the Apostle: Intersections Between Doctor Who and the Letters of Paul

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 36 min
    Journaling 101

    Journaling 101

    After over 20 years of journaling, I’ve learned what works best for me. You may still be trying to figure out what works best for you. Here are some basic thoughts and tips for those looking to begin or improve their own journaling practice.

    A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren

    Moleskine notebooks 

    Zequenz notebooks

    Morning pages

    Music: “Reflections” by Wild Wonder

    • 30 min
    A Strange Easter

    A Strange Easter

    Many people of faith may have a strange relationship with Easter. It may be due to the past few Easters being so different due to the pandemic, or to the strange claims we make on this day, or to our pulling away from the faith community we’ve been a part of. 

    Luke 24:13-35

    No Perfect Time: Brief Essays on Life and Faith

    Coffeehouse Contemplative: Spiritual Direction for the Everyday 

    Music: “Reflections“ by Wild Wonder 

    • 34 min
    Have a Great Week

    Have a Great Week

    Sometimes words are just words. But when we have stories, experiences, or personal connections to them, they become so much more. This includes the words and practices of Holy Week.

    NEW BOOK: No Perfect Time: Brief Essays on Life and Faith

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 33 min
    The "Should" Lens

    The "Should" Lens

    We have an internal voice that constantly tells us what we should be doing to make ourselves more worthy of love or acceptance. This voice may come from our family of origin, religious upbringing, or workplace environment, but it presses down upon us and stifles our joy and sense of meaning. What if we viewed the world in another way?

    NEW BOOK: No Perfect Time: Brief Essays on Life and Faith

    Prayer in Motion: Connecting with God in Fidgety Times

    Luke 10:38-42

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 32 min

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