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 deep dive conversation, Brian Russell talks about how to create healthy spiritual rhythms for thriving and flourishing in your life and mission. You will learn five signals that you need to pay attention to in advance of feeling overwhelmed and burned out. Brian will then help you craft a plan for thriving and flourishing for the long haul that fits your personality and context.

Information on Brian’s Signature Deep Dive Spirituality Coaching for Pastors and Spiritually Minded Leaders: www.deepdivespirituality.com

Brian Russell’s Books

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

(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:

Website: www.brianrussellphd.com

Twitter: @briandrussell

Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife

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, Amos Smith shares from his decades of experience in contemplative mysticism. We talk about silence, solitude, and the inner life as well as insights from his latest book (releasing in June 2022): Journey of Holistic Mysticism: Experiencing the Integrated Spirituality of the Quakers.

Amos Smith (D.Min) earned a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Religion from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 1993, a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley in 1998, and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2008. He is a lifelong student of three streams: Progressive Christianity, Contemplative Christianity, and Eastern Mystic Christianity.

Check out his books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/39oIxPs Connect with Amos Smith: Twitter: @amossmi

Authors Recommended by Amos:

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, https://amzn.to/3zBxxZX

Barbara Brown Taylor, Luminous Web: Faith, Science and the Experience of Wonder https://amzn.to/3b4LMMF

Brian Russell’s Books

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/oneboo...

Connecting with Brian:

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 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.

#mysticism #contemplativeprayer #spiritualformation

In this week’s episode, Dr. Wilfredo Alvarez takes us on a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities faced by Latino/a immigrants into the U.S. He shares from some of his research from his latest book Everyday Dirty Work: Invisibility, Communication, and Immigrant Labor. He draws from personal experience as well as from his expertise in communication theory to help us to love our immigrant neighbors more effectively.

Wilfredo Alvarez, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication and Media at Utica University in Utica, New York. His teaching and research focus on communication issues related to social identity (i.e., race, social class, and immigration). Specifically, he is interested in how micro (personal relationships), meso (groups and organizations) and macro-level (popular culture) communication practices (e.g., pervasive discourses of race and gender) are deployed institutionally to create, maintain, and resist systems of oppression, discrimination, and social inequity in U.S. society. He primarily teaches courses in intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication. 

Check out his book Everyday Dirty Work: Invisibility, Communication, and Immigrant Labor https://amzn.to/3x1lG5w

 

Connect with Wilfredo:

Twitter: @AlvarezWilfredo

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wilfredo-alvarez-ph-d/

Books Recommended by Wilfredo:

Poitier, Measure of a Man https://amzn.to/3ac5w08

Postman, Disappearance of Childhood https://amzn.to/3z9Ydk0

Brian Russell’s Info

Connecting with Brian:

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

Brian’s Books

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/ 

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, I coach on how to confront and overcome the Unholy Trinity of Fear, Guilt, and Shame. I define the Unholy Trinity and then tactics that I've found helpful personally as well as the very tools that I use to help others.

If you'd like a copy of the tool, email me: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com

I mention this book in the episode: Healthy Me, Healthy Us by Les and Leslie Parrot https://amzn.to/3wowb2G

Connecting with Brian:

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

Brian’s Books

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/

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, I share how I learned to thrive and flourish after the most painful experience of my life. I trust that what I learned will likewise serve you powerfully and give you hope for an even more abundant future.

Connecting with Brian:

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

Brian’s Books

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/oneboo...

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, Sean Palmer takes us on a deep dive into the enneagram. In particular, he discusses how a deeper understanding of the enneagram can help speaker, preachers, and teaches to communicate to and connect with audiences on an even deeper level.

Check out Sean Palmer's new book: https://amzn.to/3rMfw6b

Other books by Sean: https://amzn.to/3OF1k9g

Books Recommended by Sean:

Richard Beck, Unclean https://amzn.to/3kdawDw

Henri Nouwen books: https://amzn.to/3ESpzft

Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: https://amzn.to/3KlHlck

Jonathan Sacks, Morality https://amzn.to/3EIJOfC

Connect with Sean:

Twitter: @seanpalmer

Webpage: https://www.seanisaacpalmer.com

Instagram: @seanisaacpalmer

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: 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:

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

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, Joshua Bertolotti of the Perennial Leader Project takes us on a deep dive into the quest for true wisdom. Josh talks about his learning from the great thinkers of the past, how to develop self awareness and the importance of forgiveness in a good life.

Books Recommended by Josh:

De Mello, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality https://amzn.to/3JVmwEd

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations https://amzn.to/3JY9gyC or https://amzn.to/3OkGH1N

Davis, The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers https://amzn.to/3McyiLP

Connect with Josh:

Twitter: @SearchofWisdom

In Search of Wisdom Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/in-search-of-wisdom/id1557583455

Webpage: https://www.perennialleader.com/

Instagram: @searchofwisdompodcast

 

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: 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:

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

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, Dr. Mike Voigts takes us on a deep dive into the life of prayer. Prayer ushers out of our love for God but moves ever deeper until we live our life in God. Mike has practical tips as well as deep insight into what a fully formed life in Christ looks like.

Books by Mike:

The Fourth Degree of Prayer https://amzn.to/3J1ShuG

Letters of Ascent: Spiritual Direction in the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux https://amzn.to/2RENBDn

Books Recommended by Mike:

Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home https://amzn.to/3tYBdl6 

Michael Casey, Grace: On the Journey to God https://amzn.to/3uIC88u 

Henri Nouwen, The Living Reminder: Service and Prayer in the Memory of Jesus Christ https://amzn.to/3uKkiSI 

Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 36 on the Song of Songs: https://hymnsandchants.com/Texts/Sermons/SongOfSongs/Sermon36/Sermon36.htm 

Connect with Mike:

Twitter: @mikevoigts

Webpage: claravallis.me

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: 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:

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

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.

Brian Russell and Rich Lewis lead a Centering Prayer Workshop recorded on 3/12 via Zoom. This is the full recording. It includes about 35 minutes of teaching/reflection from Rich and Brian, a full 20 minute centering prayer session, and a concluding 35 minutes of Q and A with the attendees as well as a few profound testimonies and reflections by participants.

See below for contact info. If you'd like to me included on the next workshop that we do, sign up at www.centeringprayerbook.com

or email either of us at the below email addresses.

Resources

Websites/Email:

Rich Lewis www.SilenceTeaches.com

Email: Rich.lewis3@icloud.com

Brian Russell

www.brianrussellphd.com

Email: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com

Centering Prayer Updates: www.centeringprayerbook.com

Books

Rich Lewis, Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer (Anamchara Books, 2020) https://amzn.to/3IaH8rf

Brian Russell, Centering Prayer: Sitting Quietly in God’s Presence Can Change Your Life (Paraclete Press, 2021) https://amzn.to/3L02k5d

Rich’s Recommended Resources:

www.contemplativeoutreach.org

Cynthia Bourgeault, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening https://amzn.to/34FDFmK

Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart (20th Anniversary Edition) https://amzn.to/3MMYMVn

Brian’s Recommend Resources

Carl Arico, A Taste of Silence: A Guide to the Fundamentals of Centering Prayer https://amzn.to/3KLvkxs

Murchadh Ó Madagáin, Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious https://amzn.to/3InWrNv

Amy Oden, Right Here, Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness https://amzn.to/3q3iByb

Centering Prayer Quotations

“Our minds try to understand God. Attempts to know God have to give away to loving God.”

“We cannot do anything to earn God’s grace but we can remove the obstacles.”

“Distractions are a blessing. They cause you to cling to God in love.” #centeringprayer #contemplativeprayer #prayer

In this week’s episode, I interview Dr. David T. Lamb about his newly revised edition of God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? We talk about how to read difficult passages as well as lessons that David has learned from his apologetic work.

Buy David’s Book: https://amzn.to/3JcQB2y

Bio: Dave Lamb loves to teach the Bible. This passion was developed during twenty years of ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, first as a student at Stanford (BA, MS), and then on IV staff in LA and Philadelphia. Studies at Fuller (MDiv) and Oxford (MPhil, DPhil) deepened his love for the Old Testament. He has been teaching OT at Missio Seminary (formerly Biblical) in Philadelphia since 2006. His dissertation, Righteous Jehu and his Evil Heirs was published in 2007 (Oxford).  He wrote two popular books, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist (IVP, 2011 revised 2021), and Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style (Zondervan, 2015).  He also wrote a textbook, The Historical Writings (with Mark Leuchter, Fortress, 2016) and a commentary, 1-2 Kings (Zondervan, 2021). He became the Allan A. MacRae Professor of Old Testament in 2016 and the Dean of the Faculty in 2017.

Other books by David Lamb: https://amzn.to/3MInCpo

Connect with David:

www.DavidTLamb.com

Email: dlamb@missio.edu

Book’s Recommend by David:

The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi https://amzn.to/3w61C23

The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace https://amzn.to/3JeL23x

Clinton: The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development https://amzn.to/3I8NaIP

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:

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

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. 

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