We were not created to live life alone, yet in this age of limitless digital connections we are somehow lonelier than ever. This isn’t just sad – research shows it’s dangerous mentally, physically and spiritually. Loneliness is a secret we keep that is killing us. There is an answer, but it isn’t found online. It’s found in discovering you were created to be a friend, in understanding God-centered practices that build lasting friendships and in learning satisfying ways to share your life now. The Art of Friendship podcast will help you fulfill your God-given friend-longing, improve existing relationships, and invest in others longing to connect. With humor, honesty and transparency, Kim guides the conversation with friends and experts to help you discover how life-changing and life-giving friendships can be yours. Every episode strives to inspire, educate and engage, but also change your life with weekly exercises to help create and keep the relationships that matter. Kim Wier is a speaker, radio talk show host, Bible teacher, and author of the book, The Art of Friendship and other titles. The Art of Friendship Podcast is part of Hope On Demand!Life can be hard and overwhelming, and you might not always know what to do.Through videos, podcasts and blogs, we help connect you more deeply with God so you can live with hope.
117-The Power of an Open Door
We all live behind closed doors, retreating to home as a place of refuge. But what would happen if we made a regular practice of opening the front door not to entertain but to engage people with the hospitality of gospel-centered friendship? On this episode Kim Wier is joined byVictoria Duerstock, author of Extraordinary Hospitality for Ordinary Christians. Kim is the author of The Art of Friendship.
116 - Deconstructing Us vs. Them
By default, most people categorize others into groups of those “like us” and those “like them” and then make friends like us. But what if we are robbing ourselves of the best God has to offer? On this episode Kim Wier is joined by Dr. Steven Bryan to deconstruct and break free from the “us verses them” mindset. Dr. Bryan is the author of Cultural Identity and the Purposes of God.
115 - Friending the Persecuted
Life can be hard, so when someone stands firm, their life is inspiring. That describes those persecuted for being a friend of Jesus – and we have a chance to friend them by hearing their stories. On this episode Kim Wier is joined by Todd Nettleton, host of Voice of the Martyrs Radio and author of When Faith Is Forbidden. Kim is the author of The Art of Friendship.
Friendships: Some Assembly Required
We all want friendships to be easy, but they all require some assembly – but that doesn’t mean the instructions have to be hard. Jesus gives us many demos to help us build strong and lasting relationships by following His example. On this episode Kim Wier is joined by Amberly Neese, author of The Friendship Initiative, to help you build right. Kim is the author of The Art of Friendship, Creating and Keeping Relationships that Matter.
113 - Talking About Abortion (without losing friends)
Episode summary: Abortion is an important topic – one of just many dividing friends. When you feel passionate, how do you get your point across without being a jerk? On this episode Kim Wier is joined by Jay Payleitner, author of Don’t Take the Bait to Escalate. Kim is the author of The Art of Friendship, Creating and Keeping Relationships that Matter.
112 - Words that grow friendships
Episode summary: We speak almost 300 million words in a lifetime, but how many are spend building up others? Words of affirmation can change relationships and lives. On this episode Kim Wier is joined by Matt and Lisa Jacobson, authors of the book series “100 Words of Affirmation.” Kim is the author of The Art of Friendship, Creating and Keeping Relationships that Matter.