The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

Interested in taking a deep dive into your spiritual and missional formation? Hosted by Dr. Brian Russell (Professor of Biblical Studies and Spiritual Coach), the Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast will explore the contours of spiritual formation, leadership, and missional practice in our present reality through interviews with leading practitioners and thinkers.

In this episode, Dr. Michaela O'Donnell (Ph.D.) takes you on a deep dive into vocation, entrepreneurship, risk and creativity. She will help you to find deeper meaning in your work and calling.

Buy: Make Work Matter https://amzn.to/3rylVkS

Dr. O'Donnell is executive director of Fuller Theological Seminary's De Pree Centering for Leadership. She is an entrepreneur, a teacher and a sought after speaker and consultant who regularly presents on topics of vocation, career, and leadership to religious, secular, academic, and lay audiences.

Books Recommended by Michaela:

Ruth Haley Barton, Strengthening the Soul of your Leadership https://amzn.to/3roUJ7X

Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc https://amzn.to/3rvITsR

Kim Scott, Radical Candor https://amzn.to/3tCH2F8

Connect with Michaela: www.michaelaodonnell.com

Brian’s Materials :

Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life https://amzn.to/2S0AcIZ or sign up for information: www.centeringprayerbook.com

(Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade Books) https://amzn.to/30tP4S9

Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed) https://my.seedbed.com/product/onebook-invitation-by-brian-russell/

Connecting with Brian:

Main website: www.brianrussellphd.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

 Deep Dive Spirituality Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Interested in coaching or inviting Brian to speak or teach for your community of faith or group? Email: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com

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#vocation #spiritualityatwork #creativity

In this week's episode, Brian interviews New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Bridget Cook-Burch on creativity, writing, and telling your inspired story.

Bio: Bridget Cook-Burch’s clients call her “The Book Whisperer”. She is a New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author, mentor, trainer, mamma-bear humanitarian, and speaker known for riveting stories of transformation. Her powerful work has been showcased on Oprah, Dateline, CNN, GMA, The History Channel, NPR and in People among many others. She is the CEO and Founder of YourInspiredStory.com. Bridget is also a co-founder and former executive director of SHEROES United, a non-profit organization that helps women and girls rise from trauma. As a leader, storyteller, trainer and humanitarian, her greatest passion is helping others to discover the importance of their own story, and to become leaders in their own communities, and worldwide.

Bridget’s many national bestsellers include The Witness Wore Red; Shattered Silence; Skinhead Confessions; Leading Women; and also Living Proof.   Bridget invites you to believe in the power of your story to change the world. Join her writers’ retreats and leadership retreats in Utah, Italy, Ireland and more.   Find out more at www.YourInspiredStory.com and www.SHEROESUnited.org.

Books Projects by Bridget:

The Witness Wore Red https://amzn.to/3zSMu7M

Shattered Silence https://amzn.to/3r6yC64

Skinhead Confessions https://amzn.to/3nHNSFN

Leading Women https://amzn.to/3K9MWTV

Living Proof https://amzn.to/3nHNSFN

Book Recommendations:

C.S. Lewis books: https://amzn.to/3rf6mhK

Tara Westover, Educated https://amzn.to/3rgwGb4

Brian’s Materials

Read Brian's Book: Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life https://amzn.to/2S0AcIZ

or sign up for information: centeringprayerbook.com

(Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade Books) https://amzn.to/30tP4S9

Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed) https://my.seedbed.com/product/onebook-invitation-by-brian-russell/  

Connecting with Brian:

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Life and Business Coaching: www.brianrussellphd.com

Deep Dive Spirituality Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com 

Interested in coaching or inviting Brian to speak or teach for your community of faith or group?

Email: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com

Links to Amazon are Affiliate links. If you purchase items through these links, Amazon returns a small percentage of the sale to Brian Russell. This supports the podcast and does not increase the price of the items you may choose to buy. Thank you for your support.

In this week's episode, Brian Russell discusses his key lessons  from 2021 and share how these can impact our spiritual formation and growth in love.

Read Brian's Book: Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life https://amzn.to/2S0AcIZ

or sign up for information: centeringprayerbook.com

(Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade Books) https://amzn.to/30tP4S9

Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed) https://my.seedbed.com/product/onebook-invitation-by-brian-russell/

Dan Sullivan Gap and the Gain https://amzn.to/3t2Axet 

Connecting with Brian:

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Life and Business Coaching: www.brianrussellphd.com

Deep Dive Spirituality Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com 

Interested in coaching or inviting Brian to speak or teach for your community of faith or group? Email: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com

Links to Amazon are Affiliate links. If you purchase items through these links, Amazon returns a small percentage of the sale to Brian Russell. This supports the podcast and does not increase the price of the items you may choose to buy. Thank you for your support.

#centeringprayer #spiritualformation #spiritualgrowth

In this week's episode, Rich Lewis and Brian Russell discuss lessons that they've learned about centering prayer since the publication of their books.

Centering Prayer Summit (Jan 15-16 2022): Information and Signup

Read Rich's Book: Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer https://amzn.to/3fvjUzM

Read Brian's Book:

Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life https://amzn.to/2S0AcIZ

or sign up for information: centeringprayerbook.com

Connecting with Rich: www.silencesteaching.com

Twitter: @richlewis01

Instagram: @rich_lewis3

Books Recommended by Rich:

Bourgeault Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening https://amzn.to/3dVGwHC

Frenette, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God https://amzn.to/3fupe6y

Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart https://amzn.to/33XJSXf

Laird Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation https://amzn.to/3hEwcZm

Books by Dr. Russell

(Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade Books) https://amzn.to/30tP4S9

Invitation: A Bible Study to Begin With (Seedbed) https://my.seedbed.com/product/onebook-invitation-by-brian-russell/

Connecting with Brian:

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Life and Business Coaching: www.brianrussellphd.com

Deep Dive Spirituality Coaching: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Interested in coaching or inviting Brian to speak or teach for your community of faith or group? Email: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com

Links to Amazon are Affiliate links. If you purchase items through these links, Amazon returns a small percentage of the sale to Brian Russell. This supports the podcast and does not increase the price of the items you may choose to buy. Thank you for your support.

 

In this episode, Rev. April Fiet shares wisdom from her timely and excellent new book The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls. We also discuss what she has learned about herself and ministry through co-pastoring.

Buy: The Sacred Pulse: Holy Rhythms for Overwhelmed Souls https://amzn.to/3E2TLSY

Bio: April Fiet is a pastor, writer, and blogger. She co-pastors the First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, with her husband, Jeff, and is a member of the editorial board of In All Things. Her work has appeared in Mutuality and Reformed Journal, and her guest posts have appeared on many blogs. Fiet holds degrees from Wheaton College and Western Theological Seminary. Her blog, At the Table with April Fiet, delves into the spirituality of everyday life, including handcrafting, baking, gardening, and feeding her backyard chickens. She and her husband and two children live in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Books Recommended by April: 

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right https://amzn.to/33G3Dpz

Lisa Deam. 3000 Miles to Jesus https://amzn.to/3sdxZKi

Connect with April: 

www.aprilfiet.com

Twitter: @aprilfiet

Connect with Brian Russell:

Information about Brian’s Fall 2021 book Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life www.centeringprayerbook.com or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E.

For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Brian’s Main Website (coaching and other resources): www.brianrussellphd.com

Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258

Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases. Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast.

In this episode, Dr. Beth Felker Jones of Northern Seminary engages in a wide ranging conversation about Christian doctrine, Wesleyan theology, entire sanctification, the optimism of grace, and her writing practices.

Bio:

Dr. Beth Felker Jones, who earned her doctorate at Duke University, teaches theology at Northern Seminary. She is the author of books including Faithful: A Theology of Sex, Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically, God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective, and The Marks of His Wounds: Resurrection Doctrine and Gender Politics.

Books by Beth:

Practicing Christian Doctrine https://amzn.to/3ns6RUU

Faithful: A Theology of Sex. https://amzn.to/2Z2FLdI

Pandemic Prayers https://amzn.to/3x0m2rv

Full list on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Fq6u3d

Books Recommended by Beth:

Augustine Confessions https://amzn.to/3qPJEya

Julian of Norwich Revelations of Divine Love https://amzn.to/3CubC4v

Willie James Jennings, Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race https://amzn.to/3DCcLIT 

Connect with Beth:

Search Beth Felker Jones on Google

Twitter/Instagram: @bethfelkerjones

Connect with Brian Russell:

Information about Brian’s Fall 2021 book Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life www.centeringprayerbook.com or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E.

For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Brian’s Main Website (coaching and other resources): www.brianrussellphd.com

Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258

Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases.

Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Podcast. It's also available on YouTube as a Videocast.

In this episode, Dr. Robert "Bob" Tuttle takes us on a deep dive into the gift of faith, our greatest strengths as anointed weaknesses and the importance of surrendering fully to God's love for us.

Dr. Robert Tuttle was also a guest on Episode 7 https://youtu.be/Bfqi--7fPh8 , Episode 30 https://youtu.be/xyfqNbLE87Y and Episode 53 https://youtu.be/Mq4dYEPZ9Zs

Books by Bob:

Sanctity without the Starch: A Layperson’s Guide to a Wesleyan Theology of Grace https://amzn.to/3dNbkLB

The Story of Evangelism, A History of the Witness of the Gospel (Abingdon Press, 2006). https://amzn.to/2LuQMKc 

Shortening the Leap, From Honest Doubt to Enduring Faith (Bristol House) https://amzn.to/3bwTlWL 

In Our Time, the Life and Ministry of E. Stanley Jones” (ESJ Foundation).  https://amzn.to/360zIFF

Connect with Brian Russell:

Information about Brian’s Fall 2021 book Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life www.centeringprayerbook.com or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E .

For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Brian’s Main Website (coaching and other resources): www.brianrussellphd.com

Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258

Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases.

Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Podcast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as well as on YouTube as a Videocast. 

In this week’s episode, Brian Russell offers a series of metaphors that he finds helpful to describe deep spiritual formation and growth. He roots all of the metaphors with Bernard of Clairvaux’s exhortation to serve others as a reservoir rather than as a canal.

Get a copy of Brian’s latest book – Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (Paraclete Press, 2021): https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E

Check out Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermon #18 on the Song of Songs to read about the reservoir metaphor: https://hymnsandchants.com/Texts/Sermons/SongOfSongs/Sermon18/Sermon18.htm

Books Recommended by Brian on Centering Prayer

Bourgeault Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening https://amzn.to/3dVGwHC

Keating, Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer https://amzn.to/2AfhkNT

Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation https://amzn.to/2BUNaji

Madagáin, Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious https://amzn.to/2UzZqwa

Connect with Brian Russell:

Information about Brian’s Fall 2021 book Centering Prayer: How Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life www.centeringprayerbook.com or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E . For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Brian’s Main Website: www.brianrussellphd.com

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business Coaching: www.drbrianrussellcoaching.com

Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture:

(Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258

Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases.

Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Pod/Videocast. It's also available on YouTube, Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast.

In this week's episode, Dr. Pamela King talks about her latest book Thriving with Stone Age Minds: Evolutionary Psychology, Christian faith, and the Quest for Human Flourishing. We take a deep dive into the intersection of developmental psychology, theology, and neuroscience to talk about human purpose and thriving.

Buy the book: Thriving with Stone Age Minds  https://amzn.to/314qE47

Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King (PhD) is the executive director of the Thrive Center and the Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science in the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is co-author of The Reciprocating Self and coeditor of The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence.

Books by Pam:

The Reciprocating Self (coauthor) https://amzn.to/3Ed5DSW

The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence (coauthor) https://amzn.to/3pB5YuN 

Books Recommended by Pam:

Henri Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom https://amzn.to/3bd1hij 

Parker Palmer, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation https://amzn.to/2ZnKwhE 

David Brenner books https://amzn.to/3vKyvyS 

Connecting with Pam:

Twitter: @drpamking

Instagram: drpamking

Thrive Center: https://thethrivecenter.org/about/pam-ebstyne-king/ 

Connect with Brian Russell:

Information about Brian’s latest book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life www.centeringprayerbook.com

or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E .

For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life Coaching: www.brianrussellphd.com

Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258

Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases. Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Pod/Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes.

In this week’s episode, Beth Fisher takes us on a deep dive into issues of identity. Our conversation finds its roots in her outstanding book Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself.

Beth Fisher is a motivational speaker and life coach and holds two master's degrees in theology. An avid marathoner, she and her family live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Buy Beth’s Books:

Remorseless: Learning to Lose Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions Without Losing Yourself https://amzn.to/3n41p9p

Remorseless Workshop: A Journey to Losing Labels, Expectations, and Assumptions–And Finding Yourself https://amzn.to/3jbmDkr

Books Recommended by Beth:

Geisler/Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist https://amzn.to/2YXlPIR

Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others https://amzn.to/3DL5GVV

Richard Rohr, The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Chaos, Reorder  https://amzn.to/2YTu217

Connect with Beth Fisher: www.bethfisher.com

Twitter @bethfish_author 

Instagram @bethfisher_author  

Connect with Brian Russell: Information about Brian’s latest book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life www.centeringprayerbook.com

or order: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E .

For group discounts, contact Sr. Estelle at Paracletepress.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life Coaching: www.brianrussellphd.com

Brian Russell’s Book on the Missional Interpretation of Scripture: (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/3qln258

Links to Amazon are affiliate links. Dr. Russell receives a small payment if you order resources through these links. There is no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting the podcast through your purchases. Please tell your friends about the Deep Dive Spirituality Pod/Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes.

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