15 episodes

We explore all kinds of faith questions here: big ones, small ones, weird ones, and hard-to-talk-about-in-church ones. Hosted by Faith Formation, Open to Wonder is a podcast that helps us imagine together what faith looks like in our day-to-day lives.

In each episode, we’ll ask our guest to share insights from where their experience intersects our shared wonderings. Join us for a communal conversation about where we are struggling, growing, and wondering as we live out our faith together.

Faith Formation is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

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We explore all kinds of faith questions here: big ones, small ones, weird ones, and hard-to-talk-about-in-church ones. Hosted by Faith Formation, Open to Wonder is a podcast that helps us imagine together what faith looks like in our day-to-day lives.

In each episode, we’ll ask our guest to share insights from where their experience intersects our shared wonderings. Join us for a communal conversation about where we are struggling, growing, and wondering as we live out our faith together.

Faith Formation is a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

    The Only Wrong Way to Pray Is Not Pray | Faith Practices: Prayer

    The Only Wrong Way to Pray Is Not Pray | Faith Practices: Prayer

    Jill Weber, Global Convenor of the Order of the Mustard Seed, lives near the ruins of a 12th century monastery on the Waverley Abbey Estate, in the United Kingdom. Her response to the question “does prayer really work?” is just as lovely. (Plus: find out the five words from the Order of the Mustard Seed that Karen wants to see on a t-shirt.)

    Order of the Mustard Seed

    The Seed Community

    24/7 Prayer

    Lectio 365 

    Even the Sparrow: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Prayer, Trust and Following the Leader

    Emmaus Road Church

    Jill’s free, short courses on crafting a rule of life, discernment, and biblical praying

    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    What 3-Year-Olds Already Know (and We Can Learn) | Faith Practices: Wonder

    What 3-Year-Olds Already Know (and We Can Learn) | Faith Practices: Wonder

    As a child, ‘Lib’ Caldwell was introduced to the spiritual practice of wonder by her mother: a woman who loved earthworms in the garden, set up art easels in the kitchen, and embraced spontaneous prayer. Now an author, teacher, gardener and quilter, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Caldwell shares what the practice of wonder looks like in her life today as well as a do-able suggestion for the practice that anyone can try.

    I Wonder: Engaging a Child’s Curiosity About the Bible

    Growing in God’s Love, A Story Bible

    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    • 35 min
    When the Corporate Ladder Is On the Wrong Wall | Faith Practices: Service

    When the Corporate Ladder Is On the Wrong Wall | Faith Practices: Service

    In the midst of a tense corporate merger, more than 50 staff members joined a spontaneous prayer meeting in the company auditorium because Colin Watson told his CEO, “we need to pray about this.” Years later, retired CRCNA Executive Director Colin Watson shares how being attentive to God at work shapes his faith and guides the ways he serves in leadership.

    Following the podcast, Colin shared some of his favorite gospel artists with Chris and Karen. We thought you’d enjoy them too.

    ***Colin’s Playlist***

    Brian Courtney Wilson, ‘A Great Work’’ 

    Charles Jenkins, ‘This Means War’ 

    Jonathon McReynolds, ‘Movin On’

    Jonathon McReynolds, ‘Not Lucky, I’m Loved’ 

    Tori Kelly with Jonathon McReynolds, ‘Just As Sure’

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    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    • 33 min
    Is It My Lunch Speaking Or The Lord? | Faith Practices: Listening

    Is It My Lunch Speaking Or The Lord? | Faith Practices: Listening

    What does God’s voice sound like? How does God speak today? Summer Mohrlang, spiritual director with Soul Formation, responds to the questions we’re wondering about, including “what does a spiritual director actually do?” And her suggestion for how to get started with faith practices is both accessible and life-giving.

    Summer Mohrlang is a spiritual director with SoulFormation.

    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    • 31 min
    Appreciation Is A Muscle You Can Strengthen | Faith Practices: Celebration

    Appreciation Is A Muscle You Can Strengthen | Faith Practices: Celebration

    April Fiet describes herself as a pastor, parent, and recovering perfectionist. She’s also an author, weed-puller, and backyard-chicken-feeder. She shares why watching asparagus grow brings her delight, the “holy rhythms” she weaves into her life, and how learning to embrace “holy interruptions” helps her stay attentive to God at work.

    April Fiet’s essay The “Enough Resume” 

    April Fiet’s book The Sacred Pulse, Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls 

    April Fiet.com

    @aprilfiet

    Faith Practices Project

    Faith Practices: Holy Habits that Help Us Love God and Our Neighbor, Listen to the Spirit, and Become More Like Jesus


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    • 31 min
    Introducing Season 2: Faith Practices

    Introducing Season 2: Faith Practices

    We’re back for Season 2 of Open to Wonder! And this time we’re asking big, small, weird, and hard-to-talk-about-in-church questions about faith practices. Listen to the end of this teaser to find out when we originally planned to release this season. (Thanks for engaging the faith practice of patience with us.)


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