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A place for honest and unhurried conversations about interactive life with God. Hosted by Nathan Foster from Renovaré, a nonprofit that offers resources, events, and learning communities to help people become more like Jesus. Learn more at renovare.org.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 326 Ratings

A place for honest and unhurried conversations about interactive life with God. Hosted by Nathan Foster from Renovaré, a nonprofit that offers resources, events, and learning communities to help people become more like Jesus. Learn more at renovare.org.

    Margaret Campbell — The Long Game

    Margaret Campbell — The Long Game

    Deep relationships take time. Renovaré board and ministry team member Margaret Campbell shares with Nate what she's learned through the years about the slow and beautiful unfolding of true friendships — with people and with God.

    • 23 min
    Joe Davis and Nick Page — Disagreeing and Staying Friends

    Joe Davis and Nick Page — Disagreeing and Staying Friends

    Joe Davis and Nick Page have been friends for over 30 years and co-host The Mid-Faith Crisis Podcast. They share with Nate about disagreement as a productive part of friendship and faith that helps us work through concepts that impact our ability to love God and others.
    Show Notes
    The Mid-Faith Crisis PodcastSome of Nick’s Books Nick Page on microblog

    • 32 min
    Adri-Marie van Heerden — Learning to Look Again

    Adri-Marie van Heerden — Learning to Look Again

    South African Spiritual Director Adri-Marie van Heerden talks with Nate about making friends cross-culturally, the need for humility, and learning to see others as God sees us — with great regard.
    Adri-Marie's organization is called Tending the Fire. You can contact her at a3mvanheerden@gmail.com.

    • 29 min
    John Paul Westin — Befriending the Prisoner

    John Paul Westin — Befriending the Prisoner

    Nathan talks with prison chaplain John Paul Westin about the penitentiary as parish and learning to see each person there as God's "friends and special ones."
    Show Notes
    A few annotated book suggestions from John Paul:
    Cur Deus Homo — Anselm of Canterbury thinks about why God needed/chose to become human.The 3 Colors of Community, Christian A. Schwarz — How highly flawed individuals can use their propensity to sin to help build healthy Christian community.Fearfully and Wonderfully, Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancy — The human body (sick or healthy) can show us so much about the wonder of God and our human nature.The Shack, William Paul Young — God can heal the deepest wounds and betrayal.John's Gospel, John son of Zebedee — A look at life through the eyes of the beloved.Life of the Beloved — Henri Nouwen's beautiful consideration of the nature of Jesus' friendship.The Brother's Karamazov — Fydor Dostoevski's brilliant and crazy story of God's presence in a chaotic Russian family life.The Heart of the Parish, Martin Thornton — Seeing wherever you are as your parish and your life as filled with your neighbors and parisioners. Everyone.Hearing God — Dallas Willard's encouraging challenge to believe Jesus when he tells us we really can talk to God like we talk to one another.Reading the Bible with the Damned — Bob Eklad's believes that people on the margins often have intense experiences of God's involvement in their lives that are of biblical import.Letters and Papers from Prison —Dietrich Bonhoeffer's reflections on seeing God's loving presence in prison and how it transformed his thinking.

    • 29 min
    The Liturgy of Friendship — Elizabeth Moore and Audrey Elledge

    The Liturgy of Friendship — Elizabeth Moore and Audrey Elledge

    Audrey Elledge and Elizabeth Moore, authors of Liturgies for Wholeness, join Nate to talk about the formational power of liturgy and friendship.
    Friendship is a relational connection point many people struggle with, but it's a grand invitation into deeper relationship with God. —Nathan FosterShow Notes
    Books by Elizabeth Moore and Audrey Elledge
    Liturgies for Hope: Sixty Prayers for the Highs, the Lows, and Everything in BetweenLiturgies for Wholeness: 60 Prayers to Encounter the Depth, Creativity, and Friendship of God in Ordinary MomentsAlso mentioned in the episode:
    Every Moment Holy (liturgy series by Douglas McKelvey and other authors)Ways to connect with Audrey and Elizabeth:
    Elizabeth Moore:
    Instagram
    Twitter
    Audrey Elledge:
    Facebook
    Twitter
    LinkedIn

    • 37 min
    Audio Retreat: The Cup - A Meditation for Holy Week on Luke 22

    Audio Retreat: The Cup - A Meditation for Holy Week on Luke 22

    This meditation by Nathan Foster on Luke 22 invites us to the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed “let this cup pass from me.”

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
326 Ratings

326 Ratings

Sunwolfe ,

The Cup

This was an exceptional episode. I very much appreciated it as it really resonated in my heart.
I don’t always need to be challenged or fed provocative food, though the thoughtful and gentle way Life With God serves such is always appreciated. Many times I simply need a little help sinking into the Word and meditating on my Lord. It felt like I was sitting with a friend who had just said, “Hey, I had a thought the other day, and I’d like to share it with you and hear what you think…” This particular podcast episode hit the spot. Thank you. There was mention of possibly making more of these type of episodes. Let me encourage you, please do!

A 70-plus grandma! ,

Nourishing Word for Souls Hungry for “Real” Food.

Even as toddlers, after parties and too many sweets and junk food, my children would actually say “ No, I think I need some REAL food”…. . We ALL do !!!
Thank you Nathen, for always offering us Soul Nourishing Food , without rushing ,and serving it with attention to contents, detail and simple lovely presentation.! Its always a delicious and enriching meal with gracious friends..what a gift !

Gail Mann

Dlgtemp ,

Great podcast

This podcast is a favorite. It always offers words of wisdom and encouragement. Thank you

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