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We know that exercise and good nutrition help keep us physically healthy. Unfortunately, we don’t always follow through. Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but sometimes we struggle. Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives. Join us as we get—and keep—our spirits in shape.

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    • 4.7 • 44 Ratings

We know that exercise and good nutrition help keep us physically healthy. Unfortunately, we don’t always follow through. Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but sometimes we struggle. Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives. Join us as we get—and keep—our spirits in shape.

    Race, racism and the UMC with Rudy Rasmus and Jevon Caldwell-Gross

    Race, racism and the UMC with Rudy Rasmus and Jevon Caldwell-Gross

    Two of the authors of I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist. talk about the importance of confronting racism both within the Church and throughout society. They share stories of their experiences as United Methodist pastors and differences they have noticed in the ways we talk about and process racial injustice.

    The Rev. Rudy Rasmus, senior pastor of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, and the Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross, teaching pastor at St Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, talk with Joe about the state of the Church, our politics and societal ills. Along the way, they encourage us to look deeply at our congregations and communities.

    • 34 min
    Holy Spirit: Transforming the ordinary with Jack Levison

    Holy Spirit: Transforming the ordinary with Jack Levison

    Many of us have questions about the Holy Spirit. We’ve heard things and assume others, but we’re unsure if any of them are true.

    Jack Levison, Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Perkins School of Theology and the author of several books, addresses many of these issues and helps us to understand how the Holy Spirit infuses our ordinary days with the extraordinary presence of God.

    Jack talks specifically about Pentecost, Jesus’s baptism, and the way the Spirit works in our lives today.

    • 30 min
    Holistic health around the world with Kathleen Griffith

    Holistic health around the world with Kathleen Griffith

    As many focus on their health in a new year, Kathleen Griffith reminds us to have a holistic approach—body, mind and spirit.

    “When one is unwell, one’s whole being is affected,” explains the interim Global Health Team Lead and the Program Manager of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. “We are such integrated beings.”

    Griffith also shares how the Abundant Health Initiative of the UMC’s audacious goal of reaching one million children with lifesaving intervention was reached in the fall of 2020.

    • 29 min
    Being present: Give Love 2020 with Mark & Deirdre Zimmerman

    Being present: Give Love 2020 with Mark & Deirdre Zimmerman

    Our final Give Love: Advent 2020 conversation is with Mark and Deirdre Zimmerman, United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries missionaries serving in Kathmandu, Nepal. Mark is a physician and Deirdre a nutritionist who care for people at Patan Hospital and through community outreach programs.

    In this conversation, we talk about their life as a missionary couple, parenting, and how being fully present to patients, students, colleagues, and to God, helps them in their work of sharing the love of Jesus by caring for the physical needs of others.

    Hear the rest of our 2020 Give Love missionary episodes.

    • 23 min
    Providing nutrition: Give Love 2020 with Temba Nkomozepi

    Providing nutrition: Give Love 2020 with Temba Nkomozepi

    We continue our Advent 2020 missionary conversations with Temba Nkomozepi, a United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries missionary serving as an agriculturalist for the Mujila Falls Agriculture Center in Kanyama, Zambia. Temba helps provide healthy, nutritious food, and teaches others how to best grow crops and maintain livestock. It’s important work that helps improve the health of the people of Zambia.

    Hear the rest of our 2020 Give Love missionary episodes.

    • 18 min
    Making Connections: Give Love 2020 with Lily Maijama'a

    Making Connections: Give Love 2020 with Lily Maijama'a

    Our second missionary conversation for Advent 2020 is with Lily Maijama’a, a Global Missions Fellow with the General Board of Global Ministries serving the West Africa Initiative of Liberia where he serves as a project manager. But Lily’s service goes far beyond his office job.

    He trains young people in the dangers of the internet and might organize a football match (what we in the U.S. call soccer) just to meet people and invite them into a small group. A passion for connecting people to one another and to Jesus Christ, drives him. Hear how he began to understand his skills for church leadership and how he uses them to reach out to those who are not yet part of the church.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Hootymae ,

Love this podcast

Just listened to Matt Rawle and enjoyed the way he related love, worship, and Gods work in our everyday lives.

skuntam ,

Best Podcast channel ever!

I'm relatively new to listening to podcasts and I happened to stumble upon this and boy was I glad I did.. Get your spirit in shape is an amazing place to listen to all these inspiring stories from all over the world to see how God is using people to further his work and how people have been responding to God.. And at the end of the show we always get to listen to how these awesome people of God keep their spirit in shape.. Thank you so much for doing this show and hope a lot more people find it..

g00g01p1ex ,

Great podcasts that our Sunday school class uses between study series

Our Sunday school class really enjoyed Faith and Pop Culture with Matt Rawle this morning. We will definitely be looking for Jesus’s thumbprint in the movies, tv shows, books and music we experience!

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