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The 'what' can spark a conversation; the 'why' can open up one's soul. Season Two's theme is Ancient Contemplative Spirituality for Today's Transformation. Learn more at nathanalbert.com.

The Why Behind The What Nathan Albert

    • Spirituality
    • 5.0, 26 Ratings

The 'what' can spark a conversation; the 'why' can open up one's soul. Season Two's theme is Ancient Contemplative Spirituality for Today's Transformation. Learn more at nathanalbert.com.

    S.2 Episode 24 - The Shift with Colby Martin

    S.2 Episode 24 - The Shift with Colby Martin

    What if faith is a dynamic evolving rather than a static arriving?
    Well, it is. And, Colby Martin shares with us just what this means and how we can shift from a conservative understanding of Christianity to a progressive one and still find union with God and others. 
    Colby is the author of Unclobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality and The Shift: Surviving and Thriving After Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity. He also is the co-pastor, with his wife Kate, of Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego, California as well as host the podcast, The Kate and Colby Show. You can learn more about all this on his website colbymartinonline.com. 
    Be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as get some free stuff on his website. 
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    May you have peace, may you have calm, and may you have happiness.

    • 36 min
    S.2 Episode 23 - Meditation with Yael Shy

    S.2 Episode 23 - Meditation with Yael Shy

    In this episode, I have the chance to speak with Yael Shy, who I first met and heard speak at the National Association of College and University Chaplains Annual Conference. She spoke on rest as resistance and revolution, and after hearing it, I knew I needed to get her on this podcast.
    Yael is the Senior Director of NYU’s Global Spiritual Life Center, Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, which is the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country, and the author of the book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond.
    Yael shares how meditation has revolutionized her life, rekindled her faith, and allowed her the tools to manage anxiety and stress. She also guides us through a short meditation at the end of this episode. 
    You can learn more about Yael on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Some resources Yael recommends in this episode are: Tea and Cake with Demons; The Way of Tenderness; Ten Percent Happier; and Journey Live.
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    May you have peace, may you have calm, and may you have happiness.

    • 39 min
    S.2 Episode 22 - A Yearly Contemplative Breakfast with Matt Nightingale

    S.2 Episode 22 - A Yearly Contemplative Breakfast with Matt Nightingale

    In this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing my friend and colleague, Matt Nightingale. 
    Matt and I met probably twelve years ago thanks to Twitter and our friendship developed at a yearly conference we attended where it became our tradition of always having breakfast together. Our breakfast always ended up being hours of conversation and countless cups of coffee. 
    Matt is a pastor, spiritual director, an educator, ted-talker, musician, father, and does great work surrounding spirituality and sexuality. He has a profound journey and his story is incredible. He has a TEDx talk with his former wife that shares part of his painful and redemptive story.  
    Be sure to connect with Matt on his website. You can also follow him on  Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
    A few people and resources we mentioned in this podcast are: Steve Wiens, The Journey Center, Quest Novato, Eva Sullivan Knoff, Joanna Quintrell, The Christian Closet.
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    May you have peace, may you have calm, and may you have happiness.

    • 45 min
    S.2 Episode 21 - Contemplative Listening with Megan Westra

    S.2 Episode 21 - Contemplative Listening with Megan Westra

    In this episode, I interview Megan Westra a pastor from Milwaukee, WI. Megan is the author of the soon-to-be-released book, Born Again and Again: Jesus’ Call to Radical Transformation, and is also the host of The Podluck Podcast.
    We have a wonderful conversation about contemplative spiritual practices, leaving behind a rigid, conservative, fundamentalist upbringing, how we can discover the Divine in silence, and ways we can work for the good of all people. 
    You can learn more about  Megan via her website and can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 
    Other resources mentioned in this podcast episode are: the Enneagram and Walter Bruggeman “Sabbath as Resistance”
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    May you have peace, may you have calm, and may you have happiness. 

    • 40 min
    S.2 Episode 20 - The Church of the Covenant with Dan Harrison

    S.2 Episode 20 - The Church of the Covenant with Dan Harrison

    Reparations, contemplative prayer, the Good Samaritan, the Choctaw Nation, and the racial history and segregation in Lynchburg, VA are a few of the topics Dan Harrison and I talk about in this episode. 
    Dan is the third pastor of the infamous Church of the Covenant, which has been a force for racial justice and integration within Lynchburg, contemplation, and creating a community of people who live out the teachings of Jesus since 1954. 
    In this episode, we talk about our role of dismantling white supremacy, the Good Samaritan, reparations, contemplative prayer, and his journey of moving from a fundamentalist Christian faith to an expansive spiritual life. 
    Dan mentioned his interview with Quan McLaurin and the LUnderground Railroad GoFundMe Campaign to raise funds for staff who feel racial trauma at the institution and hope to leave Liberty University but are financially unable to do so. 
    If you want to learn more about Dan and Church of the Covenant, check out the website and you can follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And maybe someday a TikTok?!?
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    May you have peace, may you have calm, and may you have happiness.

    • 45 min
    S.2 Episode19 - Profane Faith with Dr. Daniel White Hodge

    S.2 Episode19 - Profane Faith with Dr. Daniel White Hodge

    In this episode, I have the privilege of speaking with Dr. Daniel White Hodge, Professor of Intercultural Communication and Department Chair of the Communication Arts Department at North Park University in Chicago. 
    He is the author of 5 books, including The Soul of Hip Hop, Heaven Has a Ghetto, Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel, Homeland Insecurity, and his most recent, Baptized in Dirty Water: Reimagining the Gospel According to Tupac Amaru Shakur. He also hosts the podcast Profane Faith, which I am loving right now! 
    We talk about systemic racism, the ongoing black experience in our culture, a bit about how the president has changed communication and the presidency, as well as what white people do to screw up this work. 
    A few resources that Dr. Hodge recommended include Color of Fear Film and White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Be sure to check out his website and follow him on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook.
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    May you have peace, may you have calm, and may you have happiness. 

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

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26 Ratings

26 Ratings

bokeh_heart ,

Refreshing conversation

I had the chance to start listening to this podcast recently and I have recommended it to several friends. The conversation is a contemporary way to engage in topics of spirituality by listening to not to one voice, but so many different individuals all on a different journey, at different stages in the same direction.

Tyler Krumland ,

A Breath of Fresh Air!

As someone who was raised in a fairly legalistic evangelicalism it has been increasingly hard to find ways to connect with God spirituality due to triggers from my past. The Why Behind the What is a safe space to feel your doubts and concerns while also finding encouragement to move forward. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone who finds themselves somewhere on the journey of faith.

sparklyteeth ,

You spoke to me, you sang to me

Nathan and Marielle!!!

This was amazing. Of course. Your two minds and talents coming is not going to be wasted time.

Well, you spoke into my story... with my precious 17-year old daughter. A junior in high school going through emotional stuff. She’s recognizing the patterns in her life as the result of her younger traumatic years before we found her and made her ours. It’s been a brutal unpacking of the why behind the what. And now we are seeking professional help and are coming up against closed doors. Psychiatrists actually saying, “I’m not a good match for her.” Is that legal to reject a desperately depressed teen seeking medical attention? I can’t even. But we are not alone, we are riding on His wings, we have hope and we will persevere. I know the right help will happen. This time that I just spent quietly listening to your conversation and incredible song.... was so not wasted. You lifted my spirits and warmed my heart.

Thank you😌

Love you so!

Pam

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