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Iain McGilchrist describes the right hemisphere as “prophetic.” Mike Metzger’s voice has often been described as prophetic. Prophets are not weirdos. They instead have a wide-angle lens. They see more widely. This series of conversations is designed to widen your lens—on the faith, your work, the gospel, your physical body… you name it.

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Iain McGilchrist describes the right hemisphere as “prophetic.” Mike Metzger’s voice has often been described as prophetic. Prophets are not weirdos. They instead have a wide-angle lens. They see more widely. This series of conversations is designed to widen your lens—on the faith, your work, the gospel, your physical body… you name it.

    Episode 72: Stress

    Episode 72: Stress

    I grew up learning there was good stress and there was bad stress. Life’s recipe calls for a bit of both but that imagery, when coupled with things like “work/life balance”, isn’t the most helpful frame to live life by. Today we find ourselves often discussing our increased levels of anxiety. Why is that so common, particularly in the church and what can we do about it? In this episode Mike sheds light on a different frame and how a better path forward is an embodied one.
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    Coddling of the American Mind - Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff

    • 42 min
    Episode 71: Sadness

    Episode 71: Sadness

    Sadness seems to be something we attempt to escape today. As I’ve spent time with Mike, I’ve questioned whether or not we ought to escape it. In this episode Mike and I discuss how opening our bodies to sadness is actually rooted in our faith tradition.
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor
    The Master and His Emissary - Iain McGilchrist
    Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
    The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

    • 46 min
    Episode 70: Triggered

    Episode 70: Triggered

    You may find yourself noticing trigger warnings these days. Mike helps connect the dots on the relationship between “being triggered” and conscience and how we ought to be mindful of the idols we’re likely blind to.
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    Idols for destruction - Herbert Schlossberg

    • 44 min
    Episode 69: Suspicion of Authority

    Episode 69: Suspicion of Authority

    There are many out there who are suspicious of the COVID-19 vaccine but this connects to a much larger trend: the overarching suspicion of authority. In this episode, Mike sheds some light on why this suspicion exists and how it’s only a recent manifestation of a much older characteristic of western civilization.
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    A Great and Godly Adventure - Godfrey Hodgson
    The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America - Louis Menand
    The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War - Louis Menand
    Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion

    • 33 min
    Episode 68 – Overflow vs Output

    Episode 68 – Overflow vs Output

    I used to view my faith as an overflowing bucket with the point being to go to places and let my faith spill over. More recently I’ve realized the image in my head is more of a sponge, absorbing the pain and suffering around me. Mike provides some good feedback on this take and its connection to spiritual formation, knowledge, and discipleship.
    Books mentioned in this episode:


    The Master and His Emissary - Iain McGilchrist
    Our Bodies Tell God’s Story - Christopher West

    • 39 min
    Episode 67: Unions & Empowering a Workforce

    Episode 67: Unions & Empowering a Workforce

    Once unheard of, unionization has become a novel trend in the tech world. On this episode, Mike and I discuss some of the history of unions, how “returning authority” is a truer naming than “empowerment”, and how one might go about institutionalizing a return of authority.

    • 39 min

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