Episode 48 - Andy Crouch Part I, “The Tech-Wise Family”

October 16, 2017

ichael's guest for the next two podcasts is the first "alumni guest" on Restoring the Soul. Author, musician and speaker, Andy Crouch, joins Michael in discussion about his book, "The Tech-Wise Family".

Andy is an eloquent communicator who masterfully makes connections between culture, creativity, and the Christianit faith. He is also on the gobverning boards of Fuller Theological Seminary as well as the Council for Christan Colleges and Universities. For more than 10 years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today including serving as the Executive Editor from 2012-2016. Andy joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as Senior Strategist for Communication and his work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.

Andy Crouch is the author of several books including "Culture Making", "Playing God", and "Strong and Weak" (which in his first appearance on Restoring the Soul, we explored in-depth). On this podcast Michael and Andy will discuss, "The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place". According to Andy's website, "Making good choices about technology is more than just using internet filters and limiting “screen time.” It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media, rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips."

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Episode 47 - Nate Larkin Part II, “The Long Road To Recovery”

October 9, 2017

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Michael's guest on today's episode of Restoring the Soul is Nate Larkin. They recently spent time together in Nate's current hometown of Franklin, TN. Visit this link if you would like to hear the first half of their conversation.

Nate's story of redemption is very similar to Michael's in that he found freedom out of profound pain, failure, and brokenness. He was mired in sexual addiction and deception while in full-time vocational ministry. It led to a point of crisis that brought him out to a whole new way of living.

Nate is the author of two books. The first is a must-read if you are on a journey of healing from any kind of sexual brokenness. It's called "Samson and the Pirate Monks, Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood". He is also the author of a brand new e-book called "Beyond Accountability, the Life-Changing Power of Authentic Friendship". To receive a free copy, visit samsonsociety.com and download yours today. In addition to being an author, Nate Larkin is the founder of the Samson Society, which is a world-wide fellowship of Christian men who are serious about authenticity, community, humility, and recovery. Finally, Nate hosts a podcast, download it here.

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Episode 46 - Nate Larkin Part I, “The Long Road To Recovery”

October 2, 2017

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Michael's guest for the next two episodes of Restoring the Soul is Nate Larkin. They recently spent time together in Nate's current hometown of Franklin, TN.

Nate's story of redemption is very similar to Michael's in that he found freedom out of profound pain, failure, and brokenness. He was mired in sexual addiction and deception while in full-time vocational ministry. It led to a point of crisis that brought him out to a whole new way of living.

Nate is the author of two books. The first is a must-read if you are on a journey of healing from any kind of sexual brokenness. It's called "Samson and the Pirate Monks, Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood". He is also the author of a brand new e-book called "Beyond Accountability, the Life-Changing Power of Authentic Friendship". To receive a free copy, visit samsonsociety.com and download yours today. In addition to being an author, Nate Larkin is the founder of the Samson Society, which is a world-wide fellowship of Christian men who are serious about authenticity, community, humility, and recovery. Finally, Nate hosts a podcast, download it here.

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Episode 45 - Barb Maiberger, “EMDR Essentials - 5 Things You Need To Know About This Powerful Trauma Therapy.”

September 26, 2017

Michael's guest on this podcast is Barb Maiberger, a licensed professional counselor. She is also founder and Director of the Maiberger Institute in Boulder, CO where she trains where she trains counselors and mental health therapists from all around the US in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitatization and Reprocessing). 

Barb is a dynamic instructor who engages and invites those who take her courses to bring their own professional experience, passion, and story to get equipped in EMDR to be able to work with clients and handle real-life issues in a way that is immediately applicable and practical. 

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Episode 44 - Dr. C. Baxter Kruger Part II, “The Freedom of The Trinity”

September 17, 2017

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On this program, Michael concludes his conversation Dr. C. Baxter Kruger. Kruger is a theologian and author who is part of a quiet revolution helping Christians to reclaim a dynamic and life-giving understanding of the Trinity, including a Jesus-shaped understanding of the very heart of God.

They will dicsuss the global great awakening that Baxter sees as he travels and teaches around the world. They will also talk about the idea of the Trinity and the meaning of the word, "perichoresis" (which is also the name of Baxter's website). Finally, Michael and Baxter consider what the evangelical church misses in regards to the Trinity.

C. Baxter Kruger is the Director of Perichoresis Ministries, he teaches around the world, and earned his PhD from King's College Aberdeen University in Scotland under the tutelage of renowned theologian Professor James B. Torrance. Baxter is the author of 8 books including The Great DanceJesus and the Undoing of AdamAcross All Worlds, and most recently the international best-seller The Shack Revisited.

Kruger is also an avid outdoorsman and serves as the President and founder of Mediator Lures. In addition to being a theologian, he holds two US patents for his fishing lure designs.

To learn more about Dr. C. Baxter Kruger and his ministry, visit his website that was developed to be a leading resource for Trinitarian Theology on the internet.

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Episode 43 - Dr. C. Baxter Kruger Part I, “The Freedom of The Trinity”

September 10, 2017

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Michael's guest on this episode and the next is Dr. C. Baxter Kruger. Baxter is a theologian and author who is part of a quiet revolution helping Christians to reclaim a dynamic and life-giving understanding of the Trinity, including a Jesus-shaped understanding of the very heart of God.

C. Baxter Kruger is the Director of Perichoresis Ministries, he teaches around the world, and earned his PhD from King's College Aberdeen University in Scotland under the tutelage of renowned theologian Professor James B. Torrance. Baxter is the author of 8 books including The Great Dance, Jesus and the Undoing of AdamAcross All Worlds, and most recently the international best-seller The Shack Revisited.

Kruger is also an avid outdoorsman and serves as the President and founder of Mediator Lures. In addition to being a theologian, he holds two US patents for his fishing lure designs.

To learn more about Dr. C. Baxter Kruger and his ministry, visit his website that was developed to be a leading resource for Trinitarian Theology on the internet.

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Episode 42 - Tony Anderson Part II, “The Heart of Man“

September 5, 2017

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Tony Anderson is Michael’s guest on this edition of Restoring the Soul. This is part 2 of their discussion.

Tony, who describes himself as a “sonic architect”, creates and composes music for film, television and beyond. His work has been featured in promotions for National Geographic, GoPro, Delta Airlines, ESPN, Ford Motor Company, and many more. Tony is also the Executive Producer of the soon-to-be-released film, The Heart of Man, which will be playing in theatres on September 14. In this episode, Michael and Tony will dig deep into what the movie is all about, how it came to be, and what the ultimate goal for the movie will be.

To learn more about Tony, click here to visit his website.

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Episode 41 - Tony Anderson Part I, “The Heart of Man“

August 27, 2017

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For the next two episodes, Tony Anderson is Michael’s guest.

Tony, who describes himself as a “sonic architect”, creates and composes music for film, television and beyond. His work has been featured in promotions for National Geographic, GoPro, Delta Airlines, ESPN, Ford Motor Company, and many more. Tony is also the Executive Producer of the soon-to-be-released film, The Heart of Man, which will be playing in theatres on September 14. In this episode, Michael and Tony will dig deep into what the movie is all about, how it came to be, and what the ultimate goal for the movie will be.

To learn more about Tony, click here to visit his website.

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Episode 40 - Sean Seay, “Pastoring From Emotional Health”

June 11, 2017

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Sean Seay is who for several years, along with his wife Bonnie, dreamed of planting a church. While on staff for five years at Northpoint Community Church, where he was mentored by Andy Stanley, the church began to sense God leading them to extend their influence to communities beyond Atlanta. In one of Northpoint’s earliest strategic partnerships, Sean began to pray and scout out Athens, GA, the college community where in 2004 he planted Athens Church.

Sean Seay’s ministry was thriving and the church he led was going gangbusters. But for all the external success and blessing something wasn’t right in Sean’s inner world, or at home.

In a moment of crisis, and through a string of providential events Sean discovered the leadership programs at Restoring the Soul and participated in a two week counseling intensive nearly four years ago.

What follows in my conversation with Sean is the story of his crisis moment, the redemption and healing that grew from that time, and how today he lives and loves, and leads from a place of vulnerability.

To learn more about Sean and the ministry of Athens church be sure to watch this video.

Follow or connect with Sean at Twitter via @seanseay

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Episode 39 - Philip Yancey Part II, “Amazing Grace”

June 4, 2017

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Philip Yancey is an award winning journalist and best-selling author whose books have sold over 14 million copies around the globe. His work has been lauded by everyone from Billy Graham to U2’s Bono. And no wonder, in light of Yancey’s preoccupation with the universal themes of suffering and grace. A few of his books include What’s So Amazing About Grace, The Jesus I Never Knew, Where Is God When It Hurts, and Disappointment With God.

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Episode 38 - Philip Yancey Part I, “Amazing Grace”

May 28, 2017

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Philip Yancey is an award winning journalist and best-selling author whose books have sold over 14 million copies around the globe. His work has been lauded by everyone from Billy Graham to U2’s Bono. And no wonder, in light of Yancey’s preoccupation with the universal themes of suffering and grace. A few of his books include What’s So Amazing About Grace, The Jesus I Never Knew, Where Is God When It Hurts, and Disappointment With God.

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Episode 37 - Heather King Part II, “A Life Aflame”

May 21, 2017

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Heather King is a writer, speaker, retreat leader, and former commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered (listen to Heather's commentaries here).

Her books include Parched: A Memoir; Redeemed: Stumbling Toward God, Marginal Sanity, and the Peace That Passes All Understanding, and Shirt of Flame: A year with St. Therese of Lisieux.

In part 2 of Michael's conversation with Heather, they discuss Shirt of Flame, including how St. Therese was a saint for our generation precisely because she "was so neurotic", an idea which might inspire hope for those of us wondering if the messiness and dysfunction of our own lives disqualifies us from our own saintly calling.

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Episode 35 - Debra Hirsch Part II, “Redeeming Sex”

May 7, 2017

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In Part 2 of my conversation with Deb Hirsch we discuss shame, why it’s so hard to talk about sexuality in the church, and what it means to bring grace into sexual shame.

Deb Hirsch is the author of Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality. As a speaker, church leader, and writer she has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles and is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network. She is the co-author (with Alan Hirsch) of Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, and her book Redeeming Sex reflects her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations about sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development and as a trained counselor has worked in the field of sexuality for over twenty-five years. She and her husband live in community with others in Los Angeles.

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Episode 34 - Debra Hirsch Part I, “Redeeming Sex”

April 30, 2017

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Deb Hirsch is the author of Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality.  As a speaker, church leader, and writer she has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles and is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network. She is the co-author (with Alan Hirsch) of Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, and her book Redeeming Sex reflects her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations about sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development and as a trained counselor has worked in the field of sexuality for over twenty-five years. She and her husband live in community with others in Los Angeles.

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Episode 33 - Chaim Potok Part II, “Giving Shape to Turmoil”

April 23, 2017

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Chaim Potok (1929-2002) was a legendary novelist, rabbi, Judaic scholar, and philosopher. This interview--Part 2 of a two-part interview-- is a dramatization of the written text originally published in The Mars Hill Review.

Special thanks to Rabbi Brian Newman for reading the part of Chaim Potok.

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Episode 32 - Chaim Potok Part I, “Giving Shape to Turmoil”

April 16, 2017

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Chaim Potok, who passed away in 2002, was a legendary novelist, rabbi, Judaic scholar, and philosopher. His many books include, The Chosen, My Name Is Asher Lev, and Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews. This interview is a dramatization of the written text originally published in The Mars Hill Review. Special thanks to Rabbi Brian Newman for reading the part of Chaim Potok.

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Episode 31 - Joy Sawyer Part II, “Poetry and the Soul”

April 9, 2017

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Joy Sawyer is a Denver-based writer and poet. In addition to several nonfiction books, Joy is the author of a poetry collection, Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press, 2016), Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in such diverse publications as Books & Culture, Christianity & Literature, Inklings, Lilliput Review, Mars Hill Review, New York Quarterly, and others.

Since 2009, Joy has taught both poetry and intro to creative writing classes at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, the largest nonprofit literary center in Colorado and the Mountain West. In addition to Lighthouse, she also taught writing & poetry coursework in the masters of liberal studies program at the University of Denver (2003-2013). Joy received her MA from New York University, where she was awarded the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing.

Be sure to visit Joy's website at www.joyrouliersawyer.com.

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Episode 30 - Joy Sawyer Part I, “Poetry and the Soul”

April 2, 2017

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Joy Sawyer is a Denver-based writer and poet. In addition to several nonfiction books, Joy is the author of a poetry collection, Tongues of Men and Angels (White Violet Press, 2016), Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in such diverse publications as Books & Culture, Christianity & Literature, Inklings, Lilliput Review, Mars Hill Review, New York Quarterly, and others.

Since 2009, Joy has taught both poetry and intro to creative writing classes at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, the largest nonprofit literary center in Colorado and the Mountain West. In addition to Lighthouse, she also taught writing & poetry coursework in the masters of liberal studies program at the University of Denver (2003-2013). Joy received her MA from New York University, where she was awarded the Herbert Rubin Award for Outstanding Creative Writing.

Be sure to visit Joy's website at www.joyrouliersawyer.com.

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Episode 29 - David Donaldson Part II, “Awake and Alive at 85”

March 26, 2017

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In this episode Michael continues his conversation with saint and sage Dr. David Donaldson, 85 year old clinical psychologist who continues to practice psychotherapy after more than sixty years.

In this part of the conversation, David shares the wisdom gained from living 8 1/2 decades, specifically—what he has learned about grace, the journey to wholeness, and what he’s thinking about heaven.

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Episode 28 - David Donaldson Part I, “Awake and Alive at 85”

March 19, 2017

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In the 19th chapter of the book of Leviticus, God speaks through Moses saying, “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.” Another translation reads, “You shall rise up before the gray-headed and honor them.”

On this episode and the next, Michael will be honoring the “gray-headed” man who has taught him more than ANYONE about the heart of God and the restoration of the soul. Dr. David Donaldson is a clinical psychologist who has practiced psychotherapy for sixty years. At the age of eighty-five he continues to see clients at his practice in Golden, Colorado. Born in 1932 and raised on a farm in Missouri, David went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller.

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Episode 27 - Steve Siler Part II, “Music for the Soul”

March 12, 2017

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Steve Siler is a prolific song writer; the winner of four GMA Dove Awards and numerous CCM # 1 singles to his credit. He is also the founder and Executive Director of Music for the Soul, a Christian ministry that exists to creatively use the power of songs and stories as a bridge to hope and healing for those facing life’s most difficult issues.

A few of the issues and topics discussed include:

  • The range of topics in the Music for the Soul catalogue including issues such as breast cancer, eating disorders, sexual abuse, abortion, suicide, grief, sexual addiction, and others.
  • How Music for the Soul collaborates and serves individuals and family members, churches and pastors, therapists, Music Therapists, Pastoral Counselors, seminaries, and topically-focused ministry groups and small groups.
  • How Steve got a phone call from his close friend to attend a sex addicts anonymous meeting and ended up writing the Somebody’s Daughter project/DVD (this podcast features a full-length play of the song Somebody’s Daughter).
  • Steve’s book, Music for the Soul, Healing for the Heart

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Episode 26 - Steve Siler Part I, “Music for the Soul”

March 5, 2017

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Steve Siler is a prolific songwriter who has to his credit 4 GMA Dove Awards and 9# singles. He is the founder and director of Music for the Soul in Nashville, TN, and is the author of Music for the Soul, Healing for the Heart

In Part I of our 2-part interview, a few of the vtopics we discuss include:

  • Steve's embarrasment over accepting an assignment to write a song for Chippendales male strip club.
  • He struggles with how much of Christian music addresses issues on the surface of life and how there are too many happy endings.
  • How Music for the Soul speaks to people in life's most difficult circumstances.
  • This episode features the full length song, "Chaos of the Heart", written for those grieving the suicide of a loved one.

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Episode 25 - Rob Mathes Part II, “Living and Breathing Music”

February 26, 2017

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Welcome to the Season 2, Episode 3. Today you’ll be listening to Part 2 of a 2 part conversation with composer, arranger, producer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist, Rob Mathes. Rob is a Grammy-nominated, Tony-nominated artist who won an Emmy award for his musical direction of the Kennedy Center Honors.

In Part 2, a few of the topics Rob and I discuss include:

  • How Rob’s song, “Although It Is the Night” was inspired by St. John of The Cross’s poem “Dark Night of the Soul”
  • Listen to the song of the same name played in its entirety.
  • Why great music mixes the sacred and the profane, “the gears grinding and the heavens singing.”
  • How Rob’s train engineer grandfather—a man of deep faith—influenced his life and faith and became the inspiration behind Rob's magnum opus, “Evening Train.”
  • Understand why Rob feels it’s important to “poke holes” at aspects of Christianity that are seemingly crazy.

Follow these links to watch videos of Rob as musical director for the Kennedy Center Honors:

Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven”

Aretha Franklin – “You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)”

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