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Conversations that cultivate freedom, flourishing, and wholeness of heart through Jesus-shaped spirituality. If you would like further information about Michael and Restoring the Soul, visit restoringthesoul.com

Restoring the Soul with Michael John Cusick Michael John Cusick

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 2 Ratings

Conversations that cultivate freedom, flourishing, and wholeness of heart through Jesus-shaped spirituality. If you would like further information about Michael and Restoring the Soul, visit restoringthesoul.com

    Episode 208 - Ryan Taylor, "Awkward Spirituality, Part 2"

    Episode 208 - Ryan Taylor, "Awkward Spirituality, Part 2"

    “I think God is continually beckoning us into this space of intimacy and in order to get there, we oftentimes have to be devastated.” - Ryan Taylor

    On this episode of Restoring the Soul, Ryan Taylor joins Michael to conclude their conversation about Ryan’s book Awkward Spirituality: The Divinity of Ordinary Life. In today’s conversation, Ryan candidly reflects about expectations in life and how they “are meant to be disrupted” in order for us to find enough spaciousness and humility to grow—and find the courage to sink into our truest self in hopes to find the spiritual in the ordinary.

    Ryan is a pastor at Urban Mercy Church and Chaplain of Network Coffee House, a hospitality house for Denver’s chronically unhoused. Ryan and his wife Angela have two boys, Josiah and Micah, and live in Denver, Colorado. 


    Discover how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.What if lust for porn is really a search for true passion?In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it's no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over.

    • 24 min
    Episode 207 - Ryan Taylor, "Awkward Spirituality, Part 1"

    Episode 207 - Ryan Taylor, "Awkward Spirituality, Part 1"

    “We’re afraid to lose the control that we think we have over the life that we think that we’re living.” - Ryan Taylor

    On the next two episodes of Restoring the Soul, Ryan Taylor joins Michael to talk about his book Awkward Spirituality: The Divinity of Ordinary Life. In today’s conversation, Ryan reflects on his spiritual journey that was awakened through joining recovery efforts in Post-Katrina New Orleans. He now ministers among those many may consider irrelevant, and has learned that “wasting time” with people is actually a worthwhile endeavor. Ryan is a pastor at Urban Mercy Church and Chaplain of Network Coffee House, a hospitality house for Denver’s chronically unhoused. Ryan and his wife Angela have two boys, Josiah and Micah, and live in Denver, Colorado. 
    Discover how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.What if lust for porn is really a search for true passion?In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it's no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over.

    • 33 min
    Episode 206 - Brian Zahnd, "When Everything Is On Fire, Part 2"

    Episode 206 - Brian Zahnd, "When Everything Is On Fire, Part 2"

    “Everyone is invited into the experience of God.” - Brian Zahnd

    On this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael concludes his conversation with Brian Zahnd. Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. He’s also the author of several books, including Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, A Farewell to Mars, and Beauty Will Save the World.

    On today’s podcast, Michael and Brian dive into part 2 of their discussion about Brian’s latest book, When Everything Is On Fire, which seeks to answer the question, “Is it possible to hold on to faith in an age of unbelief?” Today, they talk about how to experience God in your everyday life & the recent conversations about deconstructing one’s faith.

    Follow Brian Zahnd on his blog.


    Discover how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.What if lust for porn is really a search for true passion?In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it's no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over.

    • 33 min
    Episode 205 - Brian Zahnd, "When Everything Is On Fire, Part 1"

    Episode 205 - Brian Zahnd, "When Everything Is On Fire, Part 1"

    “Faith will not be sustained by some allegiance to a tradition but by one’s experience.” - Brian Zahnd

    On this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael welcomes author and Pastor Brian Zahnd. Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Known for his theologically informed preaching and his embrace of the deep and long history of the church, he provides a forum for pastors to engage with leading theologians and is a frequent conference speaker. Brian is the author of several books, including Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, A Farewell to Mars, and Beauty Will Save the World.

    On today’s podcast, Michael and Brian discuss his latest book, When Everything Is On Fire, which seeks to answer the question, “Is it possible to hold on to faith in an age of unbelief?” Various solutions exist―some people will double down on certainty, while others deconstruct their faith until there is nothing left at all. But Brian Zahnd offers a third way: he thinks that what is needed is not a demolition but instead a renovation of faith.

    Follow Brian on his blog.


    Discover how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.What if lust for porn is really a search for true passion?In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it's no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over.

    • 28 min
    Episode 204 - Kevin Triplett, "Men's Weekend Intensive"

    Episode 204 - Kevin Triplett, "Men's Weekend Intensive"

    “There’s no better freedom than being the person God created you to be.” - Kevin Triplett
    On this edition of the podcast, Michael welcomes back Kevin Tripplett. Kevin was a guest in 2017 alongside Tony Anderson as they recounted their 2013 Restoring the Soul Men’s intensive weekend that served as the catalyst to their radical life change. They went on to also recount their stories in the incredible film, The Heart of Man.

    Since then, Kevin has had the opportunity to join Michael and the team at more weekend intensives. Today, he and Michael discuss the foundational importance of these gatherings.

    Restoring the Soul is hosting another Men’s Intensive Weekend in February of 2022 in Colorado Springs and invites you to take an important and courageous step with other men to get your true heart back. Registration opens December 5th and you can find complete details at Restoring the Soul.


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    Episode 54 - Tony Anderson & Kevin Triplett, "Surfing For God Weekend Intensive"
    Discover how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.What if lust for porn is really a search for true passion?In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it's no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over.

    • 40 min
    Episode 203 - Vance Crow, "An Attuned Therapist"

    Episode 203 - Vance Crow, "An Attuned Therapist"

    On this Thanksgiving weekend, we want to say how grateful we are for your continued support of this podcast and of the ministry. The podcast, in particular, started as a simple idea 5 years ago - now we have listeners all over the world who are being impacted by the teaching and encouragement found on this weekly audio program. Thanks for listening - be sure to spread the word!

    On today’s edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael will introduce you to Vance Crow...one of the newest members of the counseling team. Every once in a while we want to take an opportunity to introduce you to our staff in hopes of giving you an inside look at the ministry and the team that makes the magic happen.

    Vance has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has received extensive training in treating addiction, working with couples going through infidelity, and helping couples that have experienced betrayal. He also has a passion to see couples and individuals thrive rather than just survive in their marriage. Welcome to the team, Vance!


    Discover how the barrier built by porn addiction can become a bridge to abundant life.What if lust for porn is really a search for true passion?In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it's no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Common wisdom says if they just had more willpower or more faith, their fight would be over.

    • 35 min

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