Blowing Up Boxes

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August 14, 2017  

10: Freedom & Feels Like Redemption with Seth Taylor

In this episode, I am joined by Seth Taylor, the author of the book Feels Like Redemption. Seth shares his journey from pornography addiction into true freedom and why his journey is so different from what is often taught about addiction and the path to life. While the discussion begins with pornography, the stories and insights he shares apply not just to addiction but to being free in all areas of life. Discussing everything from challenging our belief systems and the importance of paying attention to our emotions and what our bodies are telling us, to the Holy Spirit and how to find true freedom, Seth definitely blows up some boxes. You can find out more about Seth at https://mypilgrimage.com and http://www.sethalantaylor.com.

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August 7, 2017  

9: Beautiful Gate, MS-13, and God’s Response to Sin with Bob Ekblad

In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Bob Ekblad. Bob is a professor, pastor, missionary, author, and much more. He has extensive experience ministering to people on the margins, including prisoners both in the Unites States and abroad. In this episode we talk about his new book, his work with MS-13 prisoners, and discuss the question of whether or not sin separates us from God. Bob has deeply influenced the way I minister as well as how I interact with Scripture so I am thrilled to get to share this conversation with you. You can find more about Bob by searching for his books on Amazon, as well as at http://www.bobekblad.com and http://www.tierra-nueva.org. I hope you enjoy this episode!

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July 31, 2017  

8: Genesis and The Big Bang

In this episode, I explore Genesis chapters 1 & 2, the Big Bang Theory, and the truth located in both. Science and Scripture have often been understood to be at odds with one another but I believe that they can both be trusted and act as sources of truth about life and God without contradicting one another. Maybe it's time we blow up the box that says there is a battle going on between Scripture and science.

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July 24, 2017  

7: The Art of Defending the Faith by Not Defending the Faith

In this episode, I dive into what I call the art of non-apologetics, defending the faith by not defending the faith. I look at our call to live as witnesses with a testimony rather than defense or prosecuting attorneys. God and the world don’t need defendants trying to debate people into belief or convince people of God’s existence with persuasive arguments, but faithful witnesses to love and truth. I share my own journey from apologetics into non-apologetics and how a it's meant a lot less anxiety and a lot more freedom.

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July 17, 2017  

6: Streets of Seattle with Rick Reynolds

In this episode, I am joined by Rick Reynolds, the Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch in Seattle, Washington. Operation Nightwatch is a great organization that works with the homeless across the city. They do everything from low income senior housing and street ministry to a Dispatch Center that helps get men and women a meal and a safe place to sleep. Rick has worked for Operation Nightwatch for over 20 years and has some amazing stories and insights that can both challenge and encourge us as we look to blow up some boxes. He even shares my favorite story about a man named Ronnie. Enjoy! You can find out more about Operation Nightwatch at www.seattlenightwatch.org.

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July 10, 2017  

5: Care About How You Feel with Erin Dubich

In this episode, I interview Erin Dubich. Erin is a dietician, life coach, speaker, and much more. While our conversation centers around health, we cover everything from loving ourselves and living in the present to how to meet goals we set and the role that guilt can play in the process. We are all created to live life to the fullest and Erin has some surprising and helpful insights to share about that journey. I hope you will check out more of her work at http://erindubichnutrition.com.

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July 7, 2017  

4: I am not a Good Neighbor

In this episode, I have a confession to make. I am not always a good neighbor. What I mean by this might be different than what you expect. I share a story from living in Malawi as well as dive into Jesus' Parable of the Good Samaritan to discuss why issues of control, power, and shame often get in the way of being a good neighbor and what it might look like to be the best neighbor possible. Ultimately, our ability to live as a neighbor greatly impacts every single one of our relationships.

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July 7, 2017  

3: Tough Love and Leadership with Kim Sullivan

In this episode, I am joined by Kim Sullivan, the executive direction of Love Inc of Tinley Park, IL. Love Inc is a non-profit that helps connect churches with needs in the local community. It has been a joy to get to know Kim and Love Inc over the past couple of years and I love the direction our conversation goes in this episode. We get into the thick of it discussing divorce, tough love, and leading when you aren't perfect. You can find more about Love Inc at http://www.loveinctp.org and more about Kim at journeytoepiphany.wordpress.com.

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July 7, 2017  

2: Miracles in Africa with Dr. Andre Delport

In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Andre Delport. Andre is the founder and president of Hands on Africa, a missions organization that runs orphanages, Bible schools, widow centers, health clinics, baseball programs, and much more across Africa. Andre has spent over 20 years working out in the remotest areas of Malawi, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia, South Africa, and beyond. He brings some amazing stories and insights in this episode. We cover everything from physical miracles to casting out demons and why this is so far outside the normal experience of so many who live in the first world. You can find more about Andre and Hands on Africa at www.handsonafrica.com and on facebook at Hands on Africa

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July 7, 2017  

1: The Beginning of the Journey in Amman, Jordan

In this first episode, I share a story from a time I got lost in Amman, Jordan and how that nights' events started me on this journey of blowing up boxes. I dig into the direction of the podcast as a whole and how I will go about helping us to rethink some things we might have previously thought or believed and dive deeper into some topics we might not be familiar with or might not have seen from other angles before. I'll cover everything from God and the Bible to science, health, politics, and more.

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