"Keeping the Faith" is the podcast of author, speaker, pastor, and spiritual teacher Ronnie McBrayer. This is his collection of talks, interviews, insights from the Enneagram, and conversations with friends on the ever-changing, ever-evolving nature of faith. It is especially for those who are “burned out on religion” - to quote Eugene Peterson’s marvelous paraphrase; for spiritual exiles; and those whose faith is in transition.
The Day After
With what a listener called one of the ”most provocative, thoughtful messages I’ve heard from him over the years,” Ronnie talks about moving on - into the new year to come. Based on Isaiah 65, he encourages listeners to believe that ”the ones who have been harmed, hurt, and battered in the past, are the very ones who will rebuild a future.” Things may never go back to the way they were, but things will go on - and so will we.
PS - Ronnie credits the ”provocative, thoughtful” nature of this talk to new doses of albuterol. :-)
WWHD? A Path to Peace
WWHD? What Would Hilda Do?
Synthesizing the final Sunday of Advent with a remembrance of his dear friend Hilda McDonald, Ronnie plots a path to personal peace in spite of these chaotic times.
”Let‘s Get This Over With:” Facing a Blue Christmas
”Let‘s get this over with.” That‘s what Elvis Presley said just before recording the now classic Christmas song, ”Blue Christmas.” In this talk Ronnie talks about how the holidays can have that exact effect on us, but how we can still find lasting joy for this season and beyond.
”Hope Is A Thing With Feathers...”
This talk fuses the Apostle Paul with Emily Dickinson and the need of all our hearts: Hope. Using Dickinson‘s image of hope as a bird that sings and Paul‘s encouragement that God finishes the work that God begins, Ronnie delivers timely words for Advent and beyond.
Take Me to the River, Part 2
Ronnie concludes his talk on the story of Naaman and Elisha from 2 Kings 5, focusing on gratitude - and how it is often the best medicine to cure what ails us.
Take Me To The River, Part 1
The story of Naaman and Elisha falls on our ears like a simple Sunday school tale. Yet, it‘s far more tangled than that. Based on 2 Kings 5, this is the first part in Ronnie‘s exploration of Naaman‘s healing, the complexities that surround the story, and the implications for each of us today.
No matter what is going on in life , Ronnie has the ability to slow things down and speak directly to you. I always come away feeling filled up with what I was looking for.