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Longtime friends and authors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall share relatable, practical and fun conversations on faith, motherhood and leadership. Often inviting another friend into the conversation, listeners will be inspired to take that next step, do that hard thing, and encourage their family and friends to do the same as they walk through the doors God opens.
Let's be world changers for good right where we are!

The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast Alexandra Kuykendall & Krista Gilbert

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 199 Ratings

Longtime friends and authors Krista Gilbert and Alexandra Kuykendall share relatable, practical and fun conversations on faith, motherhood and leadership. Often inviting another friend into the conversation, listeners will be inspired to take that next step, do that hard thing, and encourage their family and friends to do the same as they walk through the doors God opens.
Let's be world changers for good right where we are!

    Ep.331: Stand Up with Dr. Christina Crenshaw

    Ep.331: Stand Up with Dr. Christina Crenshaw

    Standing up for truth in this cultural moment can be challenging and vulnerable, just ask Dr. Christina Crenshaw, an associate of Cultural Engagement and Leadership with Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2021 she was thrust in the media spotlight after taking a stand on a current hot button issue (which we talk about in this episode).
    From asking more questions, to finding studies and data around the topic at hand, to leaning into lived experience, we get a full picture of what it means to be equipped for hard conversations as Christians.
    If you have ever found yourself discouraged by current cultural norms, this whole series is for you.
    You can find Christina on her website or Instagram
    SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith
     
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    • 44 min
    Ep.330: This Cultural Moment, Resilient Faith with Dr. Jerry Sittser

    Ep.330: This Cultural Moment, Resilient Faith with Dr. Jerry Sittser

    How do we live a Christian faith in today's cultural context? What is required of us? What should be concerned about? If anything? How do we talk to our kids about changing cultural norms? And what doe the Bible say about all of this uncertainty we are feeling?
    We are starting a new series on the podcast this week we are calling This Cultural Moment to talk about these very questions. In fact this series is something you all have requested. We start with an incredibly encouraging and thoughtful conversation with Dr. Jerry Sittser.
    Dr. Sittser recently retired as a professor from Whitworth University and his newest book, Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian "Third Way" Changed the World gives us some historical reference for where we are today. We are not the first Christians to feel disoriented or overwhelmed by our cultural environment and we can be refined as we walk through spaces that are pushing us past (maybe way past) our comfort zones.
    From questions to ask ourselves as we're parenting to spiritual practices we can employ Jerry offers practical and hopeful responses for today's Christians. He also gives us hope that living a life of faith often involves a "third way" that is unfamiliar, yet intriguing, to those living near us. We can have a resilient faith as we do the internal work God asks of us to grow into mature followers of Jesus living in today's world.

    Things mentioned on the show
    Whitworth University

    The Atlantic

    An article in the Atlantic, Why the Past Ten Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid

    An article in the Atlantic, Why American Teens Are So Sad

    Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone, The Upswing

    Jesus and John Wayne by Kristen Dumez

    Jerry's new book Resilient Faith: How the Early Christian "Third Way" Changed the World

    The New Catechismal, contact Jerry for more

    Notable quotes
    “Politics is a really bad religion. We all need to be political, and involved to some degree, but we can’t expect from politics what we can only expect from God.

    When we turn politics into God we’re in serious trouble. ”

    “Jesus is not only the way to life, through his death and resurrection, Jesus is also the way of life.

    Both are equally true and important.”

    "Small is beautiful if it's faithful to God."

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    • 56 min
    The Brain Game: Sister Straight Talk with Alex, Krista, & Lucretia Berry

    The Brain Game: Sister Straight Talk with Alex, Krista, & Lucretia Berry

    We are wrapping up The Brain Game series today with a Sister Straight Talk – which simply means we share our insights, a-ha moments, and chat as if we were sitting around a table with you over coffee.
    In this episode we asked Dr. Lucretia Berry, founder of Brownicity to join us. We discuss the power of releasing lies, how neuroscience has helped us alter the way we manage thoughts, and how harnessing the brain can help us in conversations around race and healing.
    We also talk about the three core lies: I am helpless, I am worthless, I am unloveable. If you have ever found yourself repeating one of these in your narrative, you aren’t alone. We share the one we are most likely to believe.
    Join us as we reflect on neuroscience, faith, and life.
    SHOW NOTES:
    Lucretia’s website – brownicity.com
    Hues of You – Lucretia’s book
    We are wrapping up The Brain Game series today with a Sister Straight Talk – which simply means we share our insights, a-ha moments, and chat as if we were sitting around a table with you over coffee.
    In this episode we asked Dr. Lucretia Berry, founder of Brownicity to join us. We discuss the power of releasing lies, how neuroscience has helped us alter the way we manage thoughts, and how harnessing the brain can help us in conversations around race and healing.
    We also talk about the three core lies: I am helpless, I am worthless, I am unloveable. If you have ever found yourself repeating one of these in your narrative, you aren’t alone. We share the one we are most likely to believe.
    Join us as we reflect on neuroscience, faith, and life!
    THINGS YOU HEARD ON THE SHOW Lucretia’s website – brownicity.com
    Hues of You – Lucretia’s book
    Switch On Your Brain By Dr. Caroline Leif
    “We make our decisions and in the end our decisions make us.” – John Wooden
    There are three core lies we believe:
    I am helpless
    I’m worthless
    I am unloveable
    Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Phil.4:8 John A Powell “We have to be hard on systems and easy on people.”
    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2  
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    • 54 min
    Ep.328: The Brain Game, Christian Mindfulness with Dr. Regina Chow Trammel

    Ep.328: The Brain Game, Christian Mindfulness with Dr. Regina Chow Trammel

    What if we could be present in all circumstances without judgment? What if we could step back from the moment, observe it, and ask God to reveal himself to us? What if we didn't let our emotions drive our thought processes, but gave them a comfortable spot in the passenger seat where they were buckled in, but not directing?

    Dr. Regina Chow Trammel works with social work students at Azusa Pacific University and counselors in training and she has been studying the overlap between mindfulness and Christian practice. There is in fact space for a faithful Christian to pause and enter a mindful state in order to listen for God's voice. We promise this isn't wonky, in fact it echoes meditation and welcoming prayer that Christians have practiced for centuries. If you ever wondered if Christian faith and mindfulness go together, this is the episode for you.

    The Brain Game is the series we're in. We hear a lot about neuroscience these days and want to know how all of the new research and findings connect to our faith. They aren't siloed topics, but helpful information that inform each other. In this conversation we talk about our trauma responses, the vagal nerve, and the parasympathetic nervous system. All of these physical responses impact our emotional responses and vice versa. As we practice mindfulness we are able to slow our racing thoughts down so our bodies can relax and we can more objectively observe our situations. It's a beautiful thing.

    So don't wait. Take a deep breath, be mindful of where you are and how you're feeling, and push play on this episode.

    Mentioned on the show
    Regina's book A Counselor's Guide to Christian Mindfulness: Engaging the Mind, Body, and Soul in Biblical Practices and Theories written in partnership with John Trent

    https://www.amazon.com/Counselors-Guide-Christian-Mindfulness-Practices/dp/031011473X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=D18TUIU4PDHU&keywords=regina+chow+trammel&qid=1650922868&sprefix=regina+chow%2Caps%2C113&sr=8-1

    The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

    Dr. Stephen Porges

    Lectio 365 app

    Pray As You Go app

    John Trent Interview on The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast

    Memorable quotes
    “Mindfulness is a practice of joy, not happiness or toxic positivity, but joy.”

    “A Christian definition of mindfulness: Paying attention to the current moment, inviting God into that, and abiding by his voice in that moment.”

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    • 37 min
    The Brain Game: Think On The Good with Nicole Zasowski

    The Brain Game: Think On The Good with Nicole Zasowski

    In week two of our series, The Brain Game, we are exploring the neuroscience of thinking on the good and wonderful. For many of us this is not our natural state of mind. We prepare ourselves for the worst and wait for the proverbial “shoe to drop.”
    But what if we did the exact opposite of that? What if we instead expect the good and hold the posture of positive anticipation? Nicole Zasowski, a marriage and family therapist, joins us to explore practices such as thankfulness, celebrating others, savoring, and honest communication.
    This episode will help change your mindset and in doing so, may alter the way you live your life.
    Connect with Nicole on her website or Instagram
    Nicole’s Book What If It’s Wonderful?

    SOME THINGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE: The Hedonic Treadmill – what it is
    Winning the War of Your Mind by Craig Groschel
    The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
    Brene Brown: Why joy is vulnerable – On Foreboding Joy
    Join Our Newsletter - we want YOU in the Sisterhood!
    THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR Faithful Counseling

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    • 56 min
    Ep.326: The Brain Game: The Soul of Shame with Dr. Curt Thompson

    Ep.326: The Brain Game: The Soul of Shame with Dr. Curt Thompson

    As we begin our new series on the intersection of Christian faith and neuroscience, Dr. Curt Thompson, joins us. The stories we tell ourselves are often incomplete, incorrect, or clouded by shame. He reminds us we need to retell the stories we believe about ourselves using the framework of the Gospel and the new heaven and earth. He emphasizes the importance of being together in community and how belonging is the antidote to shame.
    Dr. Thompson is a practicing psychiatrist who writes and teaches about how neuroscience can better help us understand how we function in the world. He also is a practicing Christian and explains how spiritual practices are in fact tapping into the brain in a way that helps us tell these more complete stories.

    With humor and insight Curt Thompson reminds us that God doesn't expect perfection from us, in our work, our relationships, and especially our parenting, but he does want us to be present and redemptive in our actions. Being together in life, fully known by others, allows us to experience a full life of love and hope.
    Dr. Curt Thompson’s books:
    The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves
    The Soul of Desire: Discovering the Neuroscience of Longing, Beauty, and Community
    Anatomy of the Soul: Surprising Connections Between Neuroscience and Spiritual Practices That Can Transform Your Life and Relationships
    Curt’s podcast Being Known
    THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR Faithful Counseling

    We believe the goal of therapy is to increase both psychological and spiritual wholeness, and this can only be accomplished in an appropriate environment.
    We have also seen proven success in the affordability and convenience of online mental counseling. By bringing together a network of professional counselors who are practicing Christians online, we see unprecedented opportunity to help believers access the help they need, when and how they can best receive it.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Ellie&Owen Mama ,

My favorite podcast

I discovered the Open Door Sisterhood a couple of months ago after hearing Krista as a guest speaker on another podcast. The Open Door Sisterhood has quickly become my favorite podcast. I know that I’m always going to find practical advice that is Christ-centered without being preachy. I have shared so many episodes with friends and family. It is what I’ve been searching to find, but other podcasts have fallen short.
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LucySkyy ,

Thankful for this faith-guided positivity

I have enjoyed this podcast series, glad that I came across it! I notice a big difference when I surround myself with uplifting and God-centered media, it is such a breathe of fresh air and brings so much positivity and hope to my day. Thank you, Alex and Krista!

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Women encouraging women

I have enjoyed this podcast and all the many topics that bring encouragement and help on life’s journey; so real and relatable!

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