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We need wise conversation partners. The hope of this podcast is to provide wisdom through teaching and interviews for the greatest life ever, living as an apprentice of Jesus in everyday life.

otherWISE Casey Tygrett

    • Christianity
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

We need wise conversation partners. The hope of this podcast is to provide wisdom through teaching and interviews for the greatest life ever, living as an apprentice of Jesus in everyday life.

    Episode 321 // Robert Chao Romero on Recognizing the Gifts of the Brown Church

    Episode 321 // Robert Chao Romero on Recognizing the Gifts of the Brown Church

    This week we return with a conversation about the “glory and honor” of theology from other traditions. Our guest is Robert Chao Romero, author of the beautiful book Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity.

    This conversation is essential to those of us searching for theological voices from places other than the typical white European influences that are deeply woven into many churches and traditions.

    Robert Chao Romero (PhD, University of California at Los Angeles; JD, University of California at Berkeley) is associate professor in the Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of the award-winning The Chinese in Mexico, 1882-1940, Jesus for Revolutionaries: An Introduction to Race, Social Justice, and Christianity, and Mixed Race Student Politics.

    Music by Robert Ebbens
    Artwork by Eric Wright/Metamora Design

    • 55 min
    Episode 320 // D.L. Mayfield On Neighbors, Original Sin, and the Myth of the American Dream

    Episode 320 // D.L. Mayfield On Neighbors, Original Sin, and the Myth of the American Dream

    Today we talk with writer and activist D.L. Mayfield. We talk about her life in Portland, the truth about loving our neighbors, as well as some of our thoughts about sin that are essentially unhelpful. Much of what we talk about comes from D.L.’s book, The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power.

    D. L. Mayfield is a writer and activist who has spent over a decade working with refugee communities in the United States. Her work has been published in McSweeney's, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Christian Century, Sojourners, Vox, and the Englewood Review of Books. She is also the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

    Some other books we mentioned:

    Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

    Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination

    Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be An Antiracist

    Michael O. Emerson & Christian Smith, Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

    Music by Robert Ebbens
    Art by Eric Wright/Metamora Design

    • 53 min
    Episode 319 // Cindy Bunch on Self-Kindness as Spiritual Practice

    Episode 319 // Cindy Bunch on Self-Kindness as Spiritual Practice

    This week we talk with author and editor Cindy Bunch about the various spiritual practices that make up what she calls “self-kindness.” Her new book, Be Kind to Yourself: Releasing Frustrations and Embracing Joy releases today (July 28)!

    In a time when we are struggling with stress, pressure, anxiety, and uncertainty the practices of self-kindness aren’t ways of “turning in” and away from others. Instead, to be kind to ourselves is a way of loving others, as Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor “AS ourselves.” (Matthew 22:38-39)

    Cindy Bunch is associate publisher and director of editorial at InterVarsity Press, where she has worked for more than thirty years. She acquires and develops for the Formatio line of spiritual formation books. She is the author of Be Kind to Yourself as well as several Bible study guides in IVP's LifeGuide® Bible Studies series.

    Cindy holds an MA in theological studies from Northern Seminary and completed her spiritual direction training at North Park Seminary. She and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs.

    We talked about several resources in today’s episode:

    Knowing God by J.I. Packer

    Grieving A Suicide by Al Hsu

    Paying Attention to God by William Barry, SJ

    A Failure of Nerve: Leadership In The Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin Friedman

    Father Michael Sparaogh’s adaptation of the Ignatian practice of Examen

    The work of Christine Valters Paintner and the Abbey of the Arts

    Music by Robert Ebbens
    Art by Eric Wright/Metamora Design

    • 38 min
    Episode 318 // What Does Jay Kim Think About Church Online?

    Episode 318 // What Does Jay Kim Think About Church Online?

    This week, we talk with Jay Kim about ecclesiology - the theology of the church - in the light of advances in digital technology. Specifically we talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the thoughts he offers in his book, Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, And Things In the Digital Age.

    Jay brings humor, humility, and his experience as pastor of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California to a discussion that needs nuance and creativity in order to be helpful.

    Jay Y. Kim is pastor of teaching and leadership at Vintage Faith Church. He also serves on the core leadership team of the ReGeneration Project and cohosts the ReGeneration Podcast. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children.

    Music by Robert Ebbens
    Art by Eric Wright/Metamora Design

    • 54 min
    Episode 317 // Marlena Graves On Losing Ourselves to Find Ourselves In This Present Moment

    Episode 317 // Marlena Graves On Losing Ourselves to Find Ourselves In This Present Moment

    In this episode we talk with writer Marlena Graves about her new book, The Way Up is Down: Becoming Yourself by Forgetting Yourself. In this honest and prophetic conversation, Marlena brings together Scriptural imagination, her experiences as a Puerto Rican living in America, and an honest appraisal of the church and individuals in this present cultural moment.

    Marlena Graves is a writer and adjunct professor. Marlena holds an MDiv from Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York, and is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute. She has been a bylined writer for Christianity Today, (in)courage, womenleaders.com, and Our Daily Bread, and she is also the author of A Beautiful Disaster. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Toledo, Ohio.

    We also talked about Robert Chao-Romero’s book Brown Church: Five Centuries of Latina/o Social Justice, Theology, and Identity.

    Music by Robert Ebbens
    Art by Eric Wright/Metamora Design

    • 53 min
    Episode 316 // Austin Martin on John Cassian, Gaps, and Why God Is In Everything

    Episode 316 // Austin Martin on John Cassian, Gaps, and Why God Is In Everything

    Today we get to chat with my our dear friend Austin Martin. Austin helps us understand how Christian faith often excludes its own history. He also helps point us toward the insights from the ancient writer John Cassian regarding how God is in everything.

    Austin is the Lead Pastor at Chaparral Church in Scottsdale, AZ. He holds a Bachelors in Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College and a MA in Church History/Historical Theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary.

    Austin is married to Rachel with 3 kids, no pets, and an old off-brand Toyota.

    Some of the many references from the podcast:

    C.S. Lewis’ introduction to Athanasius’ On The Incarnation

    The British monk Pelagius historically condemned as a heretic by the Western church

    Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary

    John Cassian’s Conferences and Institutes

    The Philokalia which Austin recommends as a good starting point for digging into the wisdom of ancient spirituality.

    Music by Robert Ebbens
    Art by Eric Wright/Metamora Design

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Bern Kid ,

Insightful Conversation

Thankful to have listened to these conversations, many of which have challenged me and broadened my views. Casey and his guests share meaningful dialogue; many discussions have really resonated with me, allowing me to glean wisdom from them.

I look forward to each podcast and will continue to walk on my journey with Casey and his guests.

JMorSFM ,

Soulful intellection

As a 36-year old person who feels not far away from getting an AARP card and watching The Wheel after supper, and who is also in need of fresh soulful intellection, I like this podcast.

ColtonBanks ,

Worth every second!

Casey does a wonderful job of providing a space for wise, thoughtful, and authentic conversations with his guests. I particularly admire his pursuit of diversity with his guests as well. If you’re interested in going deeper into your apprenticeship with Jesus, OtherWise is a great place to start.

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