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 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.

Dr. Kenneth Collins (professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies) at Asbury Theological Seminary takes us on a deep dive into his newest book: Jesus the Stranger: The Man from Galilee and the Light of the World (Seedbed, 2021). We have a powerful and compelling conversation about the Jesus of Scripture in contrast to the various "Jesus's" in secular culture and even in the Church. Ken especially emphasizes the innocent suffering of Jesus.

Order today: Jesus the Stranger https://amzn.to/3ixjqvg

Connect with Ken Collins:

Asbury Theological Seminary https://asburyseminary.edu/faculty/kenneth-collins/

Selected Books by Ken Collins:

The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace https://amzn.to/3D9Jg0f

Wesley One Volume Commentary (co-edited with Robert Wall) https://amzn.to/3a3Arsb

A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley https://amzn.to/2ZMP80Y

The Sermons of John Wesley: A Collection for the Christian Journey (w/Jason Vickers) https://amzn.to/3Ba9rTZ

For all book by Ken. See his Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-J-Collins/e/B001HCWO1I?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1633375965&sr=8-1

Books Recommended by Ken Collins:

Emil Brunner, The Divine-Human Encounter https://amzn.to/3lbrTGm

Luther, Commentary on Galatians https://amzn.to/3uGVnPx

Wesley's Sermons (see above)

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

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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 Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast.

Joshua Mcnall takes us on a deep dive into issues of faith, certainty and uncertainty. We explore his new IVP book Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism.

Buy Joshua’s book: Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism. https://amzn.to/3AcJi5P

Bio: Joshua McNall (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is associate professor of pastoral theology, ambassador of church relations and director of the Honors program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He is also host of the Outpost Theology podcast. His other published books are below.

Connect with Josh:

www.Joshuamcnall.com

Books by Joshua:

The Mosaic of Atonement https://amzn.to/3Fad6Uc

Long Story Short: the Bible in Six Simple Movements https://amzn.to/3irXaTo

Books recommended by Joshua:

NT Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God https://amzn.to/3A1bloo

C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce https://amzn.to/3A5ctaG

Flannery O’Connor, Complete Works https://amzn.to/2YdcLze

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

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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 Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast.

In this week's episode I talk about how God uses centering prayer, i.e., silent meditative prayer, to transform us. I take you on a deep dive into how to respond to the thoughts you encounter when you sit in silence. In particular, I discuss the "evil" or "distracting" thoughts that will most trouble you if you practice consistently. I hope that it serves you powerfully.

My latest book Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God's Presence Can Change Your Life (Paraclete Press) is now available in paperback and ebook formats.

Buy from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3AroGYf

or directly from Paraclete Press: www.paracletepress.com

Connect with Brian Russell:

Sign up for Brian's email updates: www.centeringprayerbook.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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 Conversations podcast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as well as on YouTube as a videocast.

Marnie Swedberg takes us on a deep dive into leadership, growth, and achieving dynamic goals.

Bio:

Marnie Swedberg embodies faith-in-action while generating "aha" moments of perspective transformation through her keynotes, media appearances, 13 books and online programs. As the leadership mentor to over 15,000 leaders from 35 counties, she provides coaching, practical help and clear, God-centric focus.  Tune in to her #1 ranked and featured Blog Talk Radio Show and check out www.WomenSpeakers.com, the largest directory of its kind in the world. Invite Marnie to  share with your audience.

Connect with Marnie: Marnie.com

Womenspeakers.com 

 

Books by Marnie:

https://amzn.to/2Vxt4G7

Books Recommended by Marnie:

Jan Johnson, Enjoying the Presence of God https://amzn.to/3jUpCi8

Guyon, Experiencing God Through Prayer https://amzn.to/3lmHfqr

Guyon, Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ https://amzn.to/3A7HwmU

Bro. Lawrence, Practicing the Presence of God https://amzn.to/2YIi5ed

Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest https://amzn.to/3z12dzW

Connect with Brian Russell:

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

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 Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast. 

Gena Thomas takes us on a deep dive into issues of short term missions, justice, immigration and loving our neighbor.

Bio:

Gena Thomas is a writer, a faith wrestler, a wife, and a mom. She and her husband, Andrew, have been married for 12 years and they have two elementary-aged children. Gena works as a program coordinator for World Relief. She has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, in USA Today and Christianity Today among other publications. She published her first book, A Smoldering Wick: Igniting Missions Work with Sustainable Practices in 2016 which merges international development practices with short-term missions. Published in 2019, Gena's second book, Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000-Mile Journey unpacks the story of reuniting her Honduran foster daughter with her family after separation at the US border. Alisa & The Coronavirus is Gena's first children's book, self-published in April 2020. She is working on an upcoming book about God's abundance.

Purchase Gena's Books:

Separated by the Border: A Birth Mother, a Foster Mother, and a Migrant Child's 3,000-Mile Journey (2019) https://amzn.to/2UYKvij

A Smoldering Wick: Igniting Missions Work with Sustainable Practices (2016) https://amzn.to/2Y1WJrA

Books Recommended by Gena

Soon-Chan Rah, Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times https://amzn.to/3jsv8rO

Brueggemann, Journey to the Common Good https://amzn.to/3Dy5Oc8

Connect with Gena: www.genathomas.com

Connect with Brian Russell:

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

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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 Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast. 

Aaron Perry from Wesley Seminary takes us on a deep dive into pastoral care and leadership in the local church.

Purchase his latest book Kairos Care: A Process for Pastoral Counseling in the Office and in Everyday Encounters (Abingdon) https://amzn.to/2XOyJYS

Bio: Aaron is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership at Wesley Seminary. Aaron holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Asbury Seminary. He is the author of "Kairos Care: A Process for Pastoral Counseling in the Office and in Everyday Encounters" (Abingdon). Aaron and his wife, Heather, have four children and are active in their local church.

Books by Aaron:

Kairos Care: A Process for Pastoral Counseling in the Office and in Everyday Encounters (Abingdon) https://amzn.to/2XOyJYS

Leadership Philosophy in the Fiction of C.S. Lewis (Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business) https://amzn.to/2WhBUYV

Biblical Theology for Ethical Leadership: Leaders from Beginning to End (Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business) https://amzn.to/3jf6KKk

Books Recommend by Aaron:

Augustine, Confessions https://amzn.to/3guv8Ws

C.S. Lewis https://amzn.to/2WprLcA

Connect with Aaron:

Wesley Seminary: https://www.indwes.edu/academics/faculty/aaron-perry

Wesley Seminary Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wesley-seminary-podcast/id1286343947

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 preorder: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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 Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast. 

In this episode, Lisa Colón Delay discusses her outstanding book The Wild Land Within: Cultivating Wholeness Through Spiritual Practice (Broadleaf Books, 2021). We do a deep dive into spiritual formation including common blocks/obstacles. Lisa also discusses some tools and habits that will allow you to grow even deeper in grace.

Buy Lisa's Book: The Wild Land Within https://amzn.to/3meOnXI

Lisa's Bio:

Lisa Colón Delay is a teacher, spiritual director, and host of Spark My Muse, a top-rated religion and spirituality podcast. Originally from Puerto Rico, DeLay has an MA in spiritual formation and has taught in many settings, from graduate schools to workshops. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and in dozens of places in print and online, and she offers spiritual companioning and retreats. DeLay lives with her family outside Philadelphia.

Connect with Lisa:

www.lisadelay.com

www.patreon.com/sparkmymuse

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaDelay

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisacolondelay/?hl=en

Books recommended by Lisa:

Henri Nouwen Inner Voice of Love https://amzn.to/3k5ttaM

Thomas Merton New Seeds of Contemplation https://amzn.to/3sxT0xm

James Cone The Cross and the Lynching Tree https://amzn.to/3sCJNnz

Howard Thurman With Head and Heart https://amzn.to/3iRKd68

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 preorder: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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 Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast.

 

Mark Scandrette discusses his new book The Ninefold Path of Jesus. We take a deep dive into spiritual transformation through intentional practices, journaling, and community. If you love mission, spiritual formation, and kingdom ministry, you'll enjoy this conversation!

Buy the The Ninefold Path of Jesus: Hidden Wisdom of the Beatitudes (IVP, 2021): https://amzn.to/3jCC9FD

Bio: Mark Scandrette is an internationally recognized expert in practical Christian spirituality. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice, where he leads an annual series of retreats, workshops and projects designed to help participants apply spiritual wisdom to everyday life. His multidisciplinary studies in applied psychology, family health and theology have shaped his approach to learning and transformation. He also teaches in the D.Min. program at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his family live in San Francisco.

Other resources by Mark:

Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love, https://amzn.to/3AjI6hg

Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most https://amzn.to/2VCImcp

Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture (w/ Lisa Scandrette) https://amzn.to/3fFhhfw

Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus https://amzn.to/3CpykvZ

Books Recommended by Mark:

Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines https://amzn.to/3fJHREe

------- The Divine Conspiracy https://amzn.to/37qMPkL

James Clear, Atomic Habits https://amzn.to/3xwFoD6

Bell Hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom https://amzn.to/2X7MVfm

Ken Wilbur No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth https://amzn.to/3jEIrVg

Dan Siegel https://amzn.to/3yya3S7

Connecting with Mark:

http://www.markscandrette.com/

http://www.reimagine.org/

Twitter: @markscandrette

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 preorder: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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.

In this week’s episode, Dr. Beth Allison Barr discusses her best selling book The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How The Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth

Purchase it here:  https://amzn.to/3zR4mPl

Bio:

BETH ALLISON BARR (PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is associate professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University. Her academic specialties include European women, medieval and early modern England, and church history. She has previously served as president of the Texas Medieval Association and the Conference on Faith and History. She is a pastor’s wife and mother of two and lives in Waco, Texas.

Books by Beth

Beth Allison Barr The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How The Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth https://amzn.to/3zR4mPl

Faith and History: A Devotional (co-editor with Christopher Gerhz) https://amzn.to/3xdI4Wq

The Pastoral Care of Women in Late Medieval England https://amzn.to/3BZEAdx

The Acts of the Apostles: Four Centuries of Baptist Interpretation (co-editor) https://amzn.to/3laHExz

Books Recommended by Beth:

Dorothy Sayer Gaudy Night https://amzn.to/3j3AkB3

Elizabeth Gaskell North and South https://amzn.to/3lfVcaT

Wilkie Collins https://amzn.to/3lfi4Hy

Connecting with Beth:

https://bethallisonbarr.com/

Twitter: @bethallisonbarr

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 preorder: https://amzn.to/3pDpN2E

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Business and Life 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 Videocast. It's also available on Spotify, Podbean, and iTunes as a podcast.

 

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