Two nice guys go on the frustrating journey of finding evidence of divine presence and spirituality in midst of the ups and downs of day-to-day life.
Keeping it simple this Holiday Season
Consume less, relate more. Ryan and Pierce felt a strong sense of mourning entering this holiday season. Where is the light shining this holiday time? Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping gave Pierce and Ryan some ideas for a unique holiday season.
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Gratitude is good for our bodies, minds and spirits. But we don’t always feel a sense of gratitude, do we? Knowing that gratitude is good, are there ways to cultivate a sense of gratitude?
Pierce and Ryan dig into some practices that inspire internal thankfulness. The trick is not simply being thankful for all things. But to be thankful in all things.
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Communicating and bias with Brian McLaren
We all have our own well-reasoned opinions and points-of-view. Why can’t other people see things as clearly as we do?
Brian McLaren joined the Compass Podcast noting that all of us carry certain biases, and when we recognize them we are far better capable of communicating our points of view.
Brian McLaren is a well-known and prolific author. His book A New Kind of Christian influenced a number of today’s Christian leaders. He also wrote The Secret Message of Jesus, relating the words of Jesus to 21st-century circumstances. Naked Spirituality offers “simple, doable, and durable” practices to help people deepen their life with God.
One of his perhaps lesser-known books is a little one called Why Don’t They Get It? It’s a little less about faith than many of his other books… and is more about communication. Specifically, it’s about how we communicate important and sometimes conflictual ideas. In this short book, Brian addresses 13 biases that are present in everybody–even me and you. And he gives practical insight into how these biases keep us and others from hearing new information.
Games, anime, comics and church
Self-proclaimed “Nerd Pastor” Nathan Webb, founder of Checkpoint Church, joined the Compass Podcast to discuss gaming, anime, comics, and connecting on a spiritual level. We’re all geeks for something, and Nathan details how our geek-y interests can foster something deeper.
All life is hope with Shane Claiborne
Maybe you’re a bit tense right now. We’re in a tense season–the pandemic, the coming of Fall, the election in the U.S. likely have us a little more on edge than normal.
But there’s a lot to hope for in this season, too.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Prior to writing books, Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He now heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.
Shane talked about hope during this tense season, about how faith informs our politics, about how we get involved in justice work, and how we can maintain some spiritual momentum when things feel like they’re going backwards. Such good stuff…
Tyler Smith–sportswriter, coach and pastor–joined Pierce and Ryan to share about his mission to foster holy moments in everyday living .
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As a lifelong Methodist who loves my church and what it stands for, I am happy that Compass Podcasts are being produced by the UMC. I listen regularly to be encouraged and to learn, and Ryan and Pierce don’t disappoint me. The most recent episode with Shane Claiborne gave me plenty to think about!
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In a world where bad news is everywhere this podcast is a shining light! Whenever I listen it never fails to put me in a good mood and to remind me to look for the food wherever I can!