34 episodes

Could brain science help our Bible study? Could science help grow faith? Join these conversations on our embodied life and embedded relationships, and what it all means for our life of faith and spiritual formation. Dr. Geoff Holsclaw—a pastor and professor—talks with practitioners, therapists, theologians, and researchers on learning to live with ourselves, others, and God, all in connection with relational neuroscience, spiritual formation, and our life of faith. You can find out more about Dr. Geoff Holsclaw here: http://geoffreyholsclaw.net.

Embodied Faith: on Relational Neuroscience, Spiritual Formation, and Faith Geoff Holsclaw

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

Could brain science help our Bible study? Could science help grow faith? Join these conversations on our embodied life and embedded relationships, and what it all means for our life of faith and spiritual formation. Dr. Geoff Holsclaw—a pastor and professor—talks with practitioners, therapists, theologians, and researchers on learning to live with ourselves, others, and God, all in connection with relational neuroscience, spiritual formation, and our life of faith. You can find out more about Dr. Geoff Holsclaw here: http://geoffreyholsclaw.net.

    032 Modern Discipleship with Stone Age Minds (with Justin Barrett)

    032 Modern Discipleship with Stone Age Minds (with Justin Barrett)

    Can we move from just surviving to thriving? Why do we always feel so out of sorts with the world? How does human nature (biology) and niche construction (culture) work together (or not)?

    Perhaps instead of opposing human "being" and "doing", a focus human "becoming" can help us understand the biological and cultural aspects of discipleship.

    This is what we are talking about with Dr. Justin L. Barrett. He previously held positions at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology as Professor of Psychology, as well as the Thrive Center for Human Development prior to that.  And most recently he has written Thriving with Stone Age Minds: Evolutionary Psychology, Christian Faith, and the Quest for Human Flourishing.

    Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).
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    If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.

    • 45 min
    031 What is a Neurotheologian? and other Questions (with Dr. Jim Wilder)

    031 What is a Neurotheologian? and other Questions (with Dr. Jim Wilder)

    Are theologians dabbling in neuroscience over-reaching? Are neuroscientists talking about theology being reductionistic? And what happens when theologians and neuroscientists agree that joy and peace are the foundation of human experience?  These questions and many more guide the time with Dr. Jim Wilder.

    Jim Wilder is a Clinical Psychologist & Neurotheologian at Life Model Works.  He is author of many books, recently "Renovated: God, Dallas Willard and the Church that Transforms" and co-author of The Other Half of the Church: Christian Community, Brain Science, and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation.

    Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).
    Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.
    If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.

    • 45 min
    030 Trauma in the Pews (with Janyne McConnaughey)

    030 Trauma in the Pews (with Janyne McConnaughey)

    Does a seemingly robust spirituality actually mask deep childhood wounds?  Can calls to repentance and forgiveness cause harm instead of healing?  Does the message of the cross sometimes cause more bondage than breakthrough?

    These are the type of questions we need to ask as more and more people grapple with their own trauma and how the church can be a place of healing and hope, rather than deeper harm. 

    Joining today is Janyne McConnaughey, Ph.D., nationally known trauma-informed author & advocate.  She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tabor College and serves as the Board President for the Attachment& Trauma Network (ATN).

    Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith com
    munity (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).
    Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.
    If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.

    • 47 min
    029 Why a Trauma Therapist would Study the Bible (Adrienne Gibson)

    029 Why a Trauma Therapist would Study the Bible (Adrienne Gibson)

    Can complex developmental trauma help us think better about theology and the Bible?  Can theology help us think about trauma?

    Adrienne Gibson (LCP) talks about about her work with trauma (generational, vicarious, and complex developmental trauma), her shift into teaching trauma to future pastors, how she has seen the for/against pendulum swing regarding therapy and theology, and how she is working to integrate therapy and theology.

    At the end of the episode Adrienne talks about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  Here is a link to that info.

    Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith com
    munity (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).
    Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.
    If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.

    • 34 min
    028 Jesus: Man of Trauma, and Acquainted with Grief (with Jeff Cannell)

    028 Jesus: Man of Trauma, and Acquainted with Grief (with Jeff Cannell)

    Did Jesus suffer trauma? Did he experience PTSD? We know Jesus suffered in his death.  But did he suffer throughout his life?

    As Isaiah 53:3 says, the servant of God is “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”  What if that pain, those sorrows, that grief is better expressed as trauma?

    That’s what we are talking about today during Holy Week, as we remember Jesus’ path to the cross.  Our guest is pastor (and my good friend) Jeff Cannell, ministering at Central Vineyard in Columbus, OH.

    Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith com
    munity (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).
    Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.
    If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.

    • 38 min
    027 Trauma, EMDR, and Facilitating Spiritual Breakthrough (with Shane Moe)

    027 Trauma, EMDR, and Facilitating Spiritual Breakthrough (with Shane Moe)

    What is EMDR? How can it help people heal from trauma? And what's it got to do with faith, hope, and love?

    These are the questions we'll be looking at with Shane Moe, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with clinical specializations in EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.

    Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).
    Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.
    If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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.

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. It’s a crucial issue for many pastors in the trenches of small church life. Thanks again.

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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