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My faith has taken quite a beating over the years...but I still want to hang on to it. Organized religion can be a messy and painful mistress—promising love and connection, and instead offering hypocrisy and shame. There’s still so much excellent wisdom within Christianity that can truly revolutionize our world. I want to help fight through the clutter and find the really good stuff. I want to save my faith, and maybe help save yours, too.

www.savingmyfaith.com

Saving My Faith Podcast Mark Smeby

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

My faith has taken quite a beating over the years...but I still want to hang on to it. Organized religion can be a messy and painful mistress—promising love and connection, and instead offering hypocrisy and shame. There’s still so much excellent wisdom within Christianity that can truly revolutionize our world. I want to help fight through the clutter and find the really good stuff. I want to save my faith, and maybe help save yours, too.

www.savingmyfaith.com

    Mason Mennenga - Learning To Trust Your Heart

    Mason Mennenga - Learning To Trust Your Heart

    Episode 6 - Twitter Personality and Podcast Host Mason Mennenga
    GOAL: Guide people to a better understanding of what it means to deconstruct their faith—and how it’s a good thing. And explore ways that we can get along better with those who might believe differently than us.
    KEY QUESTION: Is there really one right way to be a Christian?
    My guest is aspiring theologian, Twitter celeb, and podcast host, Mason Mennenga. He received his Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in 2020 and just defended his thesis for his Master of Arts in Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He is the podcast host of A People’s Theology as well as The BlackSheep Podcast: Presented by HM Magazine.
    I love finding people on the Internet who intelligently put words on things that I have been thinking or feeling—especially when I thought I was the only one. It’s literally healing to find out other people have been thinking and feeling similar thoughts, in particular, about religion, and how people live out their faith in so many different ways. Is there actually one right way to be a Christian? People like Mason Mennenga make me feel less strange…or perhaps, a better way to put it is, he makes me feel more okay with being strange.
    You can watch the full unedited conversation here on YouTube
    Connect with Mason at www.masonmennenga.com.
    He hosts the podcasts “A People’s Theology: Exploring theologies that inspire and liberate” (listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts) and “The BlackSheep Podcast: A podcast for those who wⒶnder in music, faith, culture, and everything in between” (listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Spreaker).
    Youtube: @masonmennenga
    Twitter: @masonmennenga
    I’d Love To Hear From You!
    You can call the podcast and leave a message sharing your thoughts - 612-446-0069. Or leave a comment here! Let me know ways that you have found to save your faith, questions you might have, or topics you’d like to see explored. Thank you!
    Connect with us at savingmyfaith.com
    Mark Smeby on Twitter — Facebook — Instagram — Podcast — Website
    Please check out my book, Losing Control: Finding Freedom By Letting Go, my journey away from a faith driven by fear, shame, and scorekeeping, towards a reframing of Christianity that is actually rooted in faith, hope, and belovedness. It’s also available as an audiobook!
    And please remember…
    We’re in this together.You’re not alone.And you are deeply loved.
    The Hope Coach newsletter & the Saving My Faith podcast are 100% free. But if you’d like to show your support for what I’m doing, please consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.



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    • 55 min
    John Fugelsang - Finding Jesus in a Morass of Religion

    John Fugelsang - Finding Jesus in a Morass of Religion

    Episode 5 - Political Comedian and Broadcaster John Fugelsang
    WARNING: This episode isn’t for those who are easily offended.
    My guest is actor, comedian, writer, and broadcaster John Fugelsang. I first saw John on VH-1 and I knew then that he was a super funny, smart guy. I next saw him when he hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos for a stint. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, HBO, and NPR. Recently, Fugelsang was the host of Current TV’s daily show, Viewpoint, where he analyzed the news and facilitated conversations about current affairs. Currently, he hosts a daily political comedy program called “Tell Me Everything” on the new SiriusXM Insight Channel, which is super entertaining to listen to.
    So why am I having John on my podcast? I believe John has some brilliant insights into what it actually means to be a Christian. And I hope we can come up with some ideas on how those of us who consider ourselves to be Christian can steer clear of some of the politically-motivated trappings of fundamentalism.
    KEY QUESTION: The irony is that many conservative Christians believe they are supposed to have a bad reputation, they are supposed to be hated, and even persecuted. But if the goal of a Christian faith is to be more like Jesus, might there be a better way to approach the culture? Not as a battlefield, or a gaggle of sinners needing to be saved, but as brothers and sisters reflecting the image of God, made for connection, perhaps even, in need of each other?
    Watch the full unedited video on YouTube here.
    Quotes from John:
    “I aspire to be Christian. I aspire to be more Christian. I would not presume to handle that label on myself. Christianity is under attack and it’s always been under attack by people who declare themselves Christians and actively work against everything Christ talked about. The loudest Christians are the ones rejecting the teachings of Christ. For a lot of Right-Wing America, the Bible consists of the book of Leviticus and the book of Revelation duct-taped to the entire Left Behind series.”
    “You have to be able to find God in the eyes of people you despise.”
    “I’m not an optimist, I’m a recovering cynic.”
    Connect with John at www.johnfugelsang.com. His "Tell Me Everything" show airs on SiriusXM Progress #127 9-12am ET M-F. Find him on Twitter at twitter.com/JohnFugelsang or at www.johnfugelsang.com.
    Books Mentioned (w/Amazon links):
    Jesus and John Wayne - Kristin Kobes Du Mez - a “must read.”
    Faith After Doubt - Brian D. McLaren
    The Sin of Certainty - Peter Enns
    I’d Love To Hear From You!
    You can call the podcast and leave a message sharing your thoughts - 612-446-0069. Or leave a comment here! Let me know ways that you have found to save your faith, questions you might have, or topics you’d like to see explored. Thank you!
    Connect with us at savingmyfaith.com
    Mark Smeby on Twitter — Facebook — Instagram — Podcast — Website
    Please check out my book, Losing Control: Finding Freedom By Letting Go, my journey away from a faith driven by fear, shame, and scorekeeping, towards a reframing of Christianity that is actually rooted in faith, hope, and belovedness. It’s also available as an audiobook!
    And please remember…
    We’re in this together.You’re not alone.And you are deeply loved.

    The Hope Coach newsletter & the Saving My Faith podcast are 100% free. But if you’d like to show your support for what I’m doing, please consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.





    Get full access to Saving My Faith at www.savingmyfaith.com/subscribe

    • 44 min
    Dominic Done - A Flourishing Life

    Dominic Done - A Flourishing Life

    Episode 4 - Pastor Dominic Done, author of Your Longing Has A Name: Come Alive to the Story You Were Made For and founder of pursuingfaith.org.
    My guest today is Pastor and Author Dominic Done – Dominic is founder of Pursuing Faith and author of When Faith Fails and his brand new book, Your Longing Has A Name: Come Alive to the Story You Were Made For. This new book is about God’s beautiful vision for your soul: how the deepest part of you can flourish, even (and especially) through difficult times.
    KEY QUESTION: What do I need to do to flourish as I’ve been created to do?
    I met Dominic after I narrated the audiobook for Your Longing Has A Name. I absolutely loved his authentic and humble vibe mixed with a profound message of hope…and had to write and tell him that. And here we are today chatting.
    With a master's in theology from the University of Oxford, he has served as a pastor in Portland, Oregon; North Carolina; and Hawaii. Dominic has also taught English for companies in Europe, lectured in theology and history at various Christian colleges, worked as a radio DJ, and lived as a missionary in Vanuatu and Mexico.
    The video of this full interview can be seen on YouTube here.
    From the publisher, about Your Longing Has A Name:
    How is the health of your soul? Is the deepest part of you flourishing—or is it languishing and gasping for air? Life lately has been filled with exhausting challenges: personal loss, political division, economic turmoil, faith deconstruction, and isolation. And our soul feels it.
    Yet in the face of uncertainty, the Bible assures us we can thrive inwardly. Jesus promised his followers the abundant life. But how do we find it? How can we flourish in difficult times?
    In Your Longing Has a Name, author Dominic Done casts a beautiful vision of hope during a time of crisis and confusion and helps us find ways for our soul to come alive.
    Connect with Dominic: Instagram — Twitter — Website
    Books by Dominic:Your Longing Has A Name - AmazonWhen Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt - Amazon
    Quotes by Dominic Done Mentioned:
    “Soul-weariness is often a symptom of desire.”
    “Flourishing flows from identity. If you want your soul to thrive, first accept who you are: passionately loved and relentlessly pursued by God. Then you can step into the story of who you were meant to be.”
    “The starting point of flourishing isn’t exclusion; it’s embrace. Flourishing isn’t something you earn because you’re driven. It’s something you receive because you’re loved.”
    “Jesus made it staggeringly simple. The way to become a flourishing, whole, beautiful human is through receiving and practicing the gift of love.”
    “Agape [love] intentionally pursues those you would label a Samaritan—those who aren’t a part of your politics, network, or tribe. It’s the people who grate against your nerves and irritate you, who you’d rather avoid at the office or leave ghosted online. You know, the person who, when you hear they’ll be at the party, gives you plenty of reason not to go. Those are the people God has called you to love.”
    “Here then is our calling and the secret to a flourishing soul: Live in love. Pursue the wanderer. Embrace the fearful. Rescue the orphan. Bind up the wounds of the fallen. Call the outsider your neighbor. Show mercy to the doubter. Welcome the homeless home. Lavish grace on the sinner. Live so your love makes nonbelievers question their disbelief in God.”

    You can hear this podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. I’d greatly appreciate if you’d consider subscribing, liking, sharing, spreading the word about “Saving My Faith.” I believe we can do a lot of good in the world. Thanks for your help!
    I’d Love To Hear From You!
    You can call the podcast and leave a message sharing your thoughts - 612-446-0069. Or leave a comment here! Let me know ways that you have found to save your faith, questions you might have, or topics you’d like to see ex

    • 43 min
    Josh Scott - You Are Not A Mistake

    Josh Scott - You Are Not A Mistake

    Episode 3 - Pastor and Author Josh Scott of GracePointe Church, Nashville, TN
    Have you ever wanted to have a conversation with a pastor of an inclusive, welcoming, progressive church? Like, just to see what they’re thinking about the Bible and which loopholes they’ve chosen to cling to in order to justify their radical beliefs? (Spoiler alert: there aren’t any!) I wanted to get to the bottom of this controversial (to many) theology that, to me, appears deeply, deeply rooted in helping people understand their belovedness and then finding beautiful ways to live that out to the world.
    Many of you have been told you’re a mistake, you’re not good enough to hang out with us, you don’t have it all together like we believe you should. I’m here today to tell you that there’s still a place for you, for us. There are still communities of people all over the place that are committed to loving and caring for people in ways that maybe you’ve never experienced.
    There is still so much in Christianity that I believe can truly revolutionize our world. I want to help fight through the clutter and find the really good stuff. I want to save my faith…and maybe help save yours, too.
    I’m excited to invite you into this conversation with Josh Scott. You can listen by clicking the audio above or in any podcast app you currently use. Just search for “Saving My Faith.”
    Watch the full, unedited version of our conversation on YouTube here!
    Josh Scott pastors GracePointe Church in Nashville, Tennessee. I am fascinated by how knowledgeable Josh is about the Bible, and how he finds super compelling ways to reveal new insights about Jesus and the Scriptures. He’s also very funny and deliciously irreverent in ways that I can really get behind. GracePointe’s website says they are an inclusive spiritual community seeking to live out a more just and generous Christianity. [They] think that faith is less about doctrines and dogmas demanding total agreement, and more about a life to be lived, enjoyed, and shared with others. What unites [them] is a growing awareness that life is a gift and love is the point. [They] want to learn how to love better, and share that with the world. [They] welcome the entire human family regardless of race, age, creed, physical abilities, marital or economic status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
    Links:
    Josh on Twitter
    His newsletter and website about Progressive Christianity
    GracePointe Church in Nashville, TN
    The Table in Minneapolis, MN
    The Sin of Certainty - book by Pete Enns on Amazon
    You can hear this podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. I’d greatly appreciate if you’d consider subscribing, liking, sharing, spreading the word about “Saving My Faith.” I believe we can do a lot of good in the world. Thanks for your help!
    Mark Smeby on Twitter — Facebook — Instagram — Podcast — Website
    Please check out my book, Losing Control: Finding Freedom By Letting Go, my journey away from a faith driven by fear, shame, and scorekeeping, towards a reframing of Christianity that is actually rooted in faith, hope, and belovedness. It’s also available as an audiobook!
    We’re in this together.You’re not alone.And you are deeply loved.
    The Hope Coach and the Saving My Faith podcast is 100% free. If you’d like to support what I’m doing you can subscribe for free or at various levels. Enter your email and click subscribe to see the options (nothing is official for another couple of clicks, so feel free to investigate!)




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    • 47 min
    Krispin Mayfield - Coming Home To Where You're Loved

    Krispin Mayfield - Coming Home To Where You're Loved

    Thank you so much for listening to this beautiful conversation I had with Krispin. In this episode we talk about the different Attachment Styles he describes in his book, Attached To God. Krispin offers awesome psychological insight into how the attachment style we learned as children strongly determines how we interact or connect with God as we grow older. I took the “test” in the book and found out that I basically qualify for all three types at one time or another.
    More than anything, Krispin convinces us of how unbelievably loved we are by God, and how that love understands whatever we feel or think or believe. Imagine hearing God say, “It makes so much sense that you feel that way because of what you were told.” Krispin is full of compassion and grace, and all about creating safe spaces for people to learn and grow—believing that love, trust, and understanding are the best elements to make that happen.
    TO LISTEN TO PART ONE OF THIS CONVERSATION:
    ABOUT KRISPIN
    Therapist and author Krispin Mayfield lives in Oregon with his wife D.L. and their two children. I found Krispin on Twitter and loved how he lives in the intersection of faith and psychology, because I am also a huge believer in the interconnectedness of those two topics. Then I got asked to narrate the audiobook for Krispin’s new book and it blew me away. I was literally in tears several times during the recording session. The book is called Attached To God: A Practical Guide to Deeper Spiritual Experience and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s available on Amazon or wherever you buy books. And be sure to check out the audiobook wherever you listen to audiobooks.
    Please visit krispinmayfield.com - or find him here on Twitter and also find his wife, D.L. Mayfield on Twitter.
    I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
    You can call the podcast and leave a message sharing your thoughts - 612-446-0069. Or leave a comment here! Let me know ways that you have found to save your faith, questions you might have, or topics you’d like to see explored. Thank you!
    Connect with us at savingmyfaith.com
    Mark Smeby: Twitter — Facebook
    We’re in this together.You’re not alone.And you are deeply loved.
    The Hope Coach is always free, but if you’d like to support my work, please consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.




    Get full access to Saving My Faith at www.savingmyfaith.com/subscribe

    • 29 min
    Krispin Mayfield - Seeing God As Healer

    Krispin Mayfield - Seeing God As Healer

    Here we are! My very first podcast episode, and man, is it a doozie. I’m so excited for you to listen. You can listen right here, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search for “Saving My Faith” and please subscribe so you’ll know right away when the next episode is released.
    My guest is therapist and author Krispin Mayfield. Krispin lives in Oregon with his wife D.L. and their two children. I found Krispin on Twitter and loved how he lives in the intersection of faith and psychology, because I am also a huge believer in the interconnectedness of those two topics. Then I got asked to narrate the audiobook for Krispin’s new book and it blew me away. I was literally in tears several times during the recording session. The book is called Attached To God: A Practical Guide to Deeper Spiritual Experience and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s available on Amazon or wherever you buy books. And be sure to check out the audiobook wherever you listen to audiobooks.
    I’m excited to talk with Krispin and share with you this awesome man and his life-changing insights.
    His website is krispinmayfield.com and you can find him here on Twitter and also please find his wife, D.L. Mayfield on Twitter.
    GOAL: Have people feel more loved by God than they ever imagined, offering some super practical takeaways.
    KEY QUESTION: Why don’t people believe they are loved by God and how can we help them start to believe they are?
    I’d love to hear from you! You can call the podcast and leave a message sharing your thoughts - 612-446-0069. Let me know ways that you have found to save your faith.
    Connect with us at savingmyfaith.com
    Mark Smeby: Twitter — Facebook
    We’re in this together.You’re not alone.And you are deeply loved.
    The Hope Coach is always free, but if you’d like to support my work, please consider being a free or paid subscriber!




    Get full access to Saving My Faith at www.savingmyfaith.com/subscribe

    • 38 min

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