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Renewing the reputation of "pastor" one thoughtful conversation at a time. Here, pastors talk about the books they're reading that shape them in their journey of following Christ and in their spiritual care for others.

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Your Pastor Reads Books Podcast with Heather Weber

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 8 Ratings

Renewing the reputation of "pastor" one thoughtful conversation at a time. Here, pastors talk about the books they're reading that shape them in their journey of following Christ and in their spiritual care for others.

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    #26 (S4) Modern Worship, Church Community as Witness & James K.A. Smith’s How Not to Be Secular

    #26 (S4) Modern Worship, Church Community as Witness & James K.A. Smith’s How Not to Be Secular

    "There’s no undoing the secular; there’s just the task of learning how (not) to live—and perhaps even believe—in a secular age. -James K.A. Smith, How (Not) to Be Secular
    Christians might try hard not to “be secular,” but there’s almost no escaping the impact of secularism on the way we think about ourselves and the ways in which we find (or make) meaning out of our lives. My conversation with pastor Andrew Meher* is inspired by James K.A. Smith’s How (Not) to Be Secular. Andrew breaks down for us, in simple terms, the ways in which practices of the Church can help us resist our tendency toward an individualized and secular worldview.
    Resources Mentioned & Affiliate Links:
    A Secular Age by Charles TaylorHow (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor by James K.A. Smith
    *Follow Andrew on IG or at The Plant Church.


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    • 45 min
    #25 (S4) Reading in Retirement, Ministry Rejection, Reconstructing Faith & N.T. Wright's Paul: A Biography

    #25 (S4) Reading in Retirement, Ministry Rejection, Reconstructing Faith & N.T. Wright's Paul: A Biography

    “Every book has a soul, the soul of the person who wrote it and the soul of those who read it and dream about it.” ― Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel's Game
    We catch glimpses of the life of the Apostle Paul within the pages of the New Testament—his letters and the book of Acts. My conversation with pastor Tom Jacobs is inspired by N.T. Wright’s book, Paul: A Biography. Tom does a deep dive on Wright’s book, illuminating Paul’s conversion on the Damascus road and the extent of his torture and suffering for the sake of the gospel. Wrapped up in that conversation is more about the ministry rejection every pastor faces and the process of “reconstructing” after we’ve deconstructed faith.
    Resources Mentioned & Affiliate Links:*
    Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation by Winfield Bevins
    Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
    The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
    The Complete Grimms Fairy TalesPaul: A Biography by N.T. Wrigh
    tDes Moines Anglican



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    • 49 min
    #24 (S3) Ministering with Gratitude, Theology for Kids & C.S. Lewis's The Horse and His Boy

    #24 (S3) Ministering with Gratitude, Theology for Kids & C.S. Lewis's The Horse and His Boy

    Have you ever wondered how to teach theology to toddlers? Or, why some pastors are able to engage in ministry with so much gratitude despite its inherent challenges and sorrows? I hope you enjoy this conversation with church planters Austin and Amy Gannett* from Greenville, South Carolina. It’s inspired by C.S. Lewis’ book, The Horse and His Boy, a classic novel for all ages that offers us glimpses of the beauty and truth of the Christian faith.
    Resources Mentioned & Affiliate Links:*
    Tiny Theologians and Tiny Theologians Podcast
    ABCs of TheologyBible Study Schoolhouse
    The Horse and His Boy by C.S. LewisT
    he Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Becoming C.S. Lewis (3-Volume Set) by Harry Lee Poe
    Malcom Guite StoreThis Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry
    *Follow Austin and Amy’s ministry at Trinity Church Greenville, or follow Amy on IG. Links to her Tiny Theologians and Bible Study Schoolhouse are above.


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    • 52 min
    #23 (S3) Mental Health, God-Awareness & Greg Boyd's Present Perfect

    #23 (S3) Mental Health, God-Awareness & Greg Boyd's Present Perfect

    Insofar as we live as though God were not present, moment-by-moment, and as though this wasn’t the most important aspect of any present moment, we are living in the flesh.
    -Gregory A. Boyd, Present Perfect
    What life-changing moments do we miss when we’re focused on the next big thing? Are we aware of God in the moment with us? And, at what point should pastors refer congregants to professional mental health practitioners? These questions and this conversation with licensed mental health counselor and ordained minister Troy Renter* are inspired by Gregory A. Boyd’s Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now.
    Resources Mentioned & Affiliate Links:
    Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now
    *Follow Troy’s ministry at Harvest of Hope Church in Harlan, IA.


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    • 35 min
    #22 (S3) Your Local Church Matters + Scot McKnight's Kingdom Conspiracy

    #22 (S3) Your Local Church Matters + Scot McKnight's Kingdom Conspiracy

    Your local church is uniquely gifted, situated, and qualified to perform kingdom mission in your particular community.As a pastor, I want to think about what that means for our local church. -Laura Tarro
    Churches look all kinds of ways these days, and that’s okay. But churches exist to fit into the mission of the Kingdom of God, so how do you know if your church has embraced God’s Kingdom mission to the world? In this episode, pastor Laura Tarro,* talks about Scot McKnight’s book Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. She shares some of McKnight’s markers for a church that embodies and lives out the kingdom mission of God in its local setting while also celebrating the unique differences and gifts of each person in the church. 
    Resources Mentioned:Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church by Scot McKnight*Follow Laura’s ministry at Bethany Covenant Church at Bethanycov.org, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube.
    YPRB host Heather Weber is a book-obsessed pastor, author, and holistic life and leadership coach. She is the author of Dear Boy,: An Epistolary Memoir. Find out more about her coaching, pastoral direction, and creative projects at www.heatherweber.org. And, subscribe to her Dear Exiles newsletter at heatherweber.substack.com.


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    • 37 min
    #21 (S3) Little "T" Trauma, Healing Stories of Harm & Tyler Staton's Living Like Monks, Praying Like Fools

    #21 (S3) Little "T" Trauma, Healing Stories of Harm & Tyler Staton's Living Like Monks, Praying Like Fools

    Prayer itself makes us anxious because it uncovers fears we can ignore as long as we don’t engage deeply, thoughtfully, vulnerably with God. -Tyler Staton
    There are so many books about prayer, but sometimes we need to be reminded that prayer can include both silence and listening for God’s voice. This conversation with Nancy Raatz,* Pastor of Mental Health and Recovery at Evergreen Christian Community in Olympia, WA, is inspired by Tyler Staton’s Living Like Monks, Praying Like Fools: An Invitation to the Wonder and Mystery of Prayer. We talk about the wonder, disappointment, and insecurities we may feel about prayer, and we spend a little time talking about little “t” traumas, hearing stories of harm, and healing hurt that comes from our own leaders in ministry.
    Resources Mentioned & Affiliate Links:*
    To Be Told: God Invites You to Coauthor Your Future by Dan AllenderAllender Center
    Are you There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
    Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume
    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryEmily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery
    The Soul of Shame by Curt Thompson
    The Deepest Place: Suffering and the Formation of Hope by Curt Thompson
    The Ballot and the Bible Kaitlyn Schiess
    Praying Like Monks, Living like Fools: An Invitation to the Wonder and Mystery of Prayer by Tyler Staton
    Prayer by Richard Foster
    *Contact Nancy at Nancy [dot] Raatz [at] evergreenpnw.com or follow her on Facebook.**Clarification from your host: During the conversation, I said that Nancy and I are both part of Assemblies of God World Missions. What I really meant is that we are both Assemblies of God ministers. Only Nancy was a part of AGWM.


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    • 42 min

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