Episode 67 - Dr. Jack Deere, “Even In Our Darkness”

May 9, 2018

Even In Our Darkness

Life with God is meant to be enjoyed not endured.” ― Dr. Jack Deere

On this episode of Restoring the Soul, Michael is joined by Dr. Jack Deere. Jack is formerly an associate professor of Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also a writer and lecturer who speaks on friendship with God and on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He is the author of the bestselling book, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit as well as Even in Our Darkness: A Story of Beauty in a Broken Life, Surprised by the Voice of God: How God Speaks Today Through Prophecies, Dreams, and Visions, and The Beginner's Guide to the Gift of Prophecy

In this podcast, we hope you will discover:

  • How to experience God fully in the midst of tragedy and suffering.
  • The importance of having a “Friendship with God”.
  • How friendship with God will help you to love the things that God loves.
  • Helpful advice on how to grieve through someone’s suicide. 

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Episode 66 - Dr. Curt Thompson Part II, “Being Known”

May 2, 2018

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“Being Known”

The degree to which I am deeply known by God experientially is directly related to the degree that I am deeply known by other human beings.”

On this episode of Restoring the Soul, Michael concludes his conversation with Dr. Curt Thompson. Curt is a psychiatrist who received his MD from Wright State University. He authored Anatomy of the Soul and founded the Center for Being Known, a nonprofit that develops resources to educate and train leaders within the fields of mental health, education, business, and the church about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spiritual formation. Thompson believes that the findings of interpersonal neurobiology point to important tenets of Christian faith that enable us to reflect on, understand, and experience that same faith in fresh, trustworthy ways. Through Being Known, Dr. Thompson is now creating a platform for educating clinicians, individuals and groups through the development of training materials, seminars and other resources.

He and his wife Phyllis, a licensed clinical social worker, and their two children reside in Arlington, Virginia.

In this podcast, we hope you will discover:

  • Why our mind is different than our brain.
  • The necessity of being connected to others in relationship
  • How your mind can truly flourish.
  • How to identify mature or insecure forms of emotional attachment.
  • The importance of the engagement of your right brain as it relates to your faith and spiritual life.

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Episode 65 - Dr. Curt Thompson Part I, “Being Known”

April 25, 2018

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“Being Known”

My calling is to preach the gospel in the language of neuroscience.” ― Curt Thompson

Michael speaks with Dr. Curt Thompson on this edition of Restoring the Soul. Curt is a psychiatrist who received his MD from Wright State University. He authored Anatomy of the Soul and founded the Center for Being Known, a nonprofit that develops resources to educate and train leaders within the fields of mental health, education, business, and the church about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spiritual formation. Thompson believes that the findings of interpersonal neurobiology point to important tenets of Christian faith that enable us to reflect on, understand, and experience that same faith in fresh, trustworthy ways. Through Being Known, Dr. Thompson is now creating a platform for educating clinicians, individuals and groups through the development of training materials, seminars and other resources.

He and his wife Phyllis, a licensed clinical social worker, and their two children reside in Arlington, Virginia.

In this podcast, we hope you will discover:

  • How Curt chose to become a psychiatrist and what it entails to become one.
  • Why neuroscience, or the study of structure of the brain and nervous system, is extremely supportive of the entire biblical narrative, especially what is seen in the first few chapters of Genesis.
  • Interpersonal neurobiology and its implications to faith and a relationship with God.
  • What does it mean for us to be known?

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BONUS PODCAST: A Different Conversation about Porn and Lust

April 20, 2018

 

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What Would Your Life Be Like If Porn and Lust
Were No Longer an Issue?

We all know someone battling sexually compulsive behavior or habitual sexual sin. You may not know it yet, but statistically it’s true. So maybe you’ve met the guy who has read all the purity books and attended all the sexual integrity groups, met with an accountability partner, yet continues to stay stuck in their struggle. With that struggle comes relational pain, crippling shame, and a sense that things can never really change. It doesn’t have to be this way. There is a way to live that leads to freedom.

But here's the thing . . .

Freedom is all about restoration of our heart.

In this conversation, Michael Cusick is interviewed by Blaine and Sam Eldredge of Ransomed Heart Ministries. The conversation runs the gamut about desire, God, longings, addiction and freedom.

When you listen you will learn the following:

  • What are the four mistakes to avoid when trying to overcome a struggle with pornography or lust?
  • Three reasons why more Christian effort and performance will not lead to freedom.
  • Why the best approach to overcoming sexual struggles is to "feed the soul and starve the addiction".
  • Two ways our sexuality gives us clues about our own soul and our relationship with God.
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Episode 64 - Ellen Haroutunian Part II, “Centering Prayer”

April 18, 2018

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“Centering Prayer”

Centering prayer is really the prayer of no words. It’s a place of safety with God

On this episode of Restoring the Soul, Michael concludes his conversation with Ellen Haroutunian.

Ellen is a psychotherapist, life coach, spiritual director, and writer, with a focus on the awakening and strengthening of the truest self in Christ. This focus includes an emphasis on gender, sexuality and identity formation as well as the healing of relational struggles, abuse, trauma, codependency, anxiety, and depression. Through her private counseling practice she has spent almost two decades listening to personal stories and helping people to see the movement of God in their lives and to grow towards emotional wholeness and integration, as well as wisdom for the larger telos for humankind of which we are all a part. As a former nurse, she is passionate about all human flourishing, and takes an integrated approach to include support in physical as well as mental and spiritual health.

In addition to seminary training, she is certified as a Spiritual Director by Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Spring, and in the Christian contemplative tradition through the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM. She is currently a doctoral student, focusing on spiritual formation and transformation.

She has two grown children and lives in Lakewood, CO with her husband Aram, two ex-racing greyhounds and two non-racing cats.

In this podcast, we hope you will discover:

  • The importance of practicing Centering Prayer in Ellen’s life and how it impacts her walk with Christ.
  • How Centering Prayer triggers certain emotions that may not otherwise surface.
  • The influence of Fr. Thomas Keating on Michael and Ellen and how the practice of Centering Prayer can be traced back to him.
  • Ellen’s recommendations on how to begin practicing Centering Prayer.
  • The difference between Listening Prayer and Centering Prayer.

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Episode 63 - Ellen Haroutunian Part I, “See the World Through the Lowly”

April 11, 2018

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“See the World Through the Lowly”

Jesus really views this world very differently than we do. What is up for us is down for Him.

Ellen Haroutunian is Michael’s guest for the next two Restoring the Soul podcasts. Ellen is a psychotherapist, life coach, spiritual director, and writer, with a focus on the awakening and strengthening of the truest self in Christ. This focus includes an emphasis on gender, sexuality and identity formation as well as the healing of relational struggles, abuse, trauma, codependency, anxiety, and depression. Through her private counseling practice she has spent almost two decades listening to personal stories and helping people to see the movement of God in their lives and to grow towards emotional wholeness and integration, as well as wisdom for the larger telos for humankind of which we are all a part. As a former nurse, she is passionate about all human flourishing, and takes an integrated approach to include support in physical as well as mental and spiritual health.

In addition to seminary training, she is certified as a Spiritual Director by Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado Spring, and in the Christian contemplative tradition through the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM. She is currently a doctoral student, focusing on spiritual formation and transformation.

She has two grown children and lives in Lakewood, CO with her husband Aram, two ex-racing greyhounds and two non-racing cats.

In this podcast, we hope you will discover:

  • How the AIDS epidemic impacted Ellen’s faith.
  • How to see the world through the eyes of the lowly and the suffering.
  • What brings us to the place of transformation; great suffering or great love?
  • How Jesus resolves the tension we experience through mercy and love.
  • How Jesus views ISIS.

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Episode 62 - Winn Collier Part II, “Love Big, Be Well”

April 4, 2018

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“Love Big, Be Well”

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.” ― Franz Kafka

On this edition of Restoring the Soul, Michael concludes his conversation with author and pastor Winn Collier. Winn is from Charlottesville, Virginia, where he lives with his wife Miska and their two sons, Wyatt and Seth. Winn likes friendship, fair-trade coffee, smart movies, books worth reading, honest music, mountains, questions, walking in the woods, and doing just about anything with Miska or his boys. He dislikes pretense, fear, injustice—and that he doesn’t live anywhere near a Planet Smoothie.

Winn writes for magazines and is the author of four books: Restless Faith: Hanging on to a God Just out of Reach, Let God: The Transforming Wisdom of Francois Fenelon, Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesus’ Provocative Questions and his recent fiction: Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church. Winn is pastor of All Souls Charlottesville.

In this podcast, discover:

  • The impact of Eugene Peterson on Winn’s life and writing.
  • Insight into why writers write.
  • Insight into the discussion on spirituality vs. religion and whether or not transcendence can happen in church.
  • Winn’s pursuit of new ways of “doing church” actually causes him to look backwards.
  • How the recent and tragic events in Charlottesville impacted him on a personal and spiritual level.

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Episode 61 - Winn Collier Part I, “Love Big, Be Well”

March 28, 2018

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“Love Big, Be Well”

“...being a storyteller is really who I am.” - Winn Collier

Michael’s special guest on the next two programs is Winn Collier. Winn makes his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he lives with his wife Miska, the woman he describes as “the most interesting woman alive” and their two sons, Wyatt and Seth. Winn likes friendship, fair-trade coffee, smart movies, books worth reading, honest music, mountains, questions, walking in the woods, and doing just about anything with Miska or his boys. Winn dislikes pretense, fear, injustice—and that he doesn’t live anywhere near a Planet Smoothie.

Winn writes for magazines and is the author of four books: Restless Faith: Hanging on to a God Just out of Reach, Let God: The Transforming Wisdom of Francois Fenelon, Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesus’ Provocative Questions and his recent fiction: Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small-Town Church. Winn is pastor of All Souls Charlottesville.

In this podcast, discover:

  • The inspiration for Love Big, Be Well.
  • The essence of true spiritual authority and how it differs from expertise.
  • Winn’s perspective on the move of the Holy Spirit in the contemporary church and some potentially dangerous influences.
  • The “integrated life” of becoming more like God and still being very human.
  • What does it mean to be more like God in the midst of living in the world.

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Episode 60 - John Lynch Part II, “On My Worst Day”

March 21, 2018

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Michael concludes his 2-part conversation with John Lynch

on this edition of Restoring the Soul.

John served for 27 years as teaching pastor at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona. As a world-class communicator, John is now a vital Trueface staff member. In addition to speaking internationally with the Trueface team since 1997, John has co-authored The Cure, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, and his own story, On My Worst Day. John also powerfully delivered the classic Two Roads Two Rooms allegory, which the co-authors created for The Cure. This message can be heard or seen online. Finally, John played an important role in the recent film, The Heart of Man. You can view it online today with a subscription to Netflix.

It’s our hope that you experience the true “Good News” and know that you are loved with an everlasting love, not based on what you do but because it’s the essence of God’s character.

In this podcast, discover:

  • The “story behind the story” of Two Roads /Two Rooms.
  • The difference between pleasing God and trusting God.
  • Why our human tendency is to push away God’s grace and reckless love.
  • Why you must travel the journey of grace with someone else in order to reverse the damage caused by pleasing God versus resting in His grace

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Episode 59 - John Lynch Part I, “On My Worst Day”

March 14, 2018

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What if there was a place so safe that the worst of me could be known and I could discover that I’d be loved more, not less, in the telling of it.” - John Lynch Bo’s Cafe

John Lynch is Michael’s special guest on the next two Restoring the Soul podcasts. John served for 27 years as teaching pastor at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona. As a world-class communicator, John is now a vital Trueface staff member. In addition to speaking internationally with the Trueface team since 1997, John has co-authored The Cure, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, and his own story, On My Worst Day. John also powerfully delivered the classic Two Roads Two Rooms allegory, which the co-authors created for The Cure. This message can be heard or seen online.

In this podcast, discover:

  • The secret that John carried for decades, even while ministering and offering a message of hope, freedom, and authenticity.
  • That we are changed and transformed by living in the reality that we are loved.
  • How John’s story has helped people understand and experience the Gospel, the original Good News, as it was meant to be.
  • John’s unique fondness for Ernest Borgnine of McHale’s Navy.

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Episode 58 - Dan Allender Part II, “Healing Sexual Brokenness”

March 7, 2018

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In part two of Michael's conversation with Dan Allender, Dan discusses the following issues and much more:

  • More reflections on why men must deal with the “original woman” in their life—namely the mother.
  • Dan’s own triangulated relationship with his mother and how this brought wounds to his soul.
  • How this triangulation impacts how we all live out our relationship with self, others, and God. 
  • How we are all in a journey between intimacy and individuation--connectedness and separation.
  • What the process of addressing and healing our woundedness looks like.
  • Responding to the question, “why bother?” by jumping into the pain and brokenness of our story.
  • Why the emotion and reaction of shame is so powerful and where it often comes from.

Dr. Dan Allender has pioneered a unique and innovative approach to trauma and abuse therapy over the past 30 years. Central to Dr. Allender’s theory and approach are the categories of Faith, Hope and Love, and their converses betrayal, ambivalence, and powerlessness. 

To learn more about Dan’s work with the Allender Center visit www.allendercenter.org

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Episode 57 - Dan Allender Part I, “Healing Sexual Brokenness”

February 28, 2018

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In this heartfelt and thought provoking conversation, Michael speaks with Dan Allender about topics such as: 

  • Why every one of us is sexually broken whether or not we have experienced sexual abuse or specific sexual harm.
  • The major differences between man and woman, male and female as we are made in God’s image. 
  • Why women just may be more like God than men—and how this leads to the misogyny and violation of women driving the “#metoo” movement. 
  • The category of lust as “desire gone mad” and why it’s crucial to understand lust in terms of both relief and revenge.
  • Why every man must come to terms with “the first woman in his life” which Dan describes as our mother.

Dr. Dan Allender has pioneered a unique and innovative approach to trauma and abuse therapy over the past 30 years. Central to Dr. Allender’s theory and approach are the categories of Faith, Hope and Love, and their converses betrayal, ambivalence, and powerlessness. Through identifying and engaging these categories in one’s personal narrative, healing and transformation can occur by bridging the story of the gospel and the stories of trauma and abuse that mark so many.

Dan continues to serve as Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School. He travels and speaks extensively to present his unique perspective on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, intimacy and marriage, worship, and other related topics. Dan is the author of The Wounded HeartThe Healing PathTo Be Told, and God Loves Sex, and he has co-authored several books with Dr. Tremper Longman, including Intimate AlliesThe Cry of the SoulBold Love, and Bold Purpose.

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Episode 56 - Christopher Heuertz Part II, “Sacred Enneagram”

December 11, 2017

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On this podcast, Michael concludes his conversation with Christopher Heuertz, author of "The Sacred Enneagram: Finding your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth". Chris is also the author of 3 other books, "Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community", "Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World", and "Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission".

After 20 years of grassroots work in some of the world’s poorest slums, red light districts and places of intense human suffering, Chris and his wife Phileena founded Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism that exists to nurture the integral connection between contemplation and action. Gravity grounds social change in contemplative spirituality, to do good better by facilitating contemplative retreats, spiritual direction, enneagram consultations, and pilgrimage. Chris says, "Our aim is to make contemplative practices accessible to individuals and communities who care about their spirituality and want to make the world a better place.

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Episode 55 - Christopher Heuertz Part I, “Sacred Enneagram”

December 4, 2017

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Christopher Heuertz is Michael's special guest for the next two podcasts. In addition to being an author and speaker, Chris describes himself as a contemplative activist, ecclesial provocateur, curator of unlikely friendships, instigator for good, witness to hope, and clergy for common people.

Chris has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope in a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home–creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic.

His vocation has taken him to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. In 2012, he and his wife Phileena launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism. Find our more about Christopher Heuertz here

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Episode 54 - Tony Anderson & Kevin Triplett, “Surfing For God Weekend Intensive”

November 27, 2017

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Are you struggling or perhaps you know someone with an addiction to pornography or any sexually compulsive behavior? If so, this is a great podcast for you.

Tony Anderson and Kevin Triplett join Michael on this edition of Restoring the Soul. Tony has been a guest on previous episodes. He is a "sonic architect", composer, and Executive Producer of the film, The Heart of Man. Kevin Triplett also joins the conversation. He is a veteran of the US Army as well as a retired SWAT Team / law enforcement officer. Both of their stories were prominently featured in The Heart of Man, which recently debuted in 700 theatres across the US, and they also experienced a Surfing for God weekend intensive weekend in Colorado in 2013.

In this conversation, Tony and Kevin share their stories, including how the Surfing for God weekend changed their lives and how it was the catalyst for stories told in The Heart of Man movie.

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Episode 53 - Brant Hansen Part II, “Blessed Are the Misfits”

November 20, 2017

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Brant Hansen, is an author, nationally syndicated radio host, and advocate for healing children with correctible disabilities through CURE International.

On his official website, Brant describes himself as ”Toast eater, occasional cape wearer, accordion player, also host of The Brant Hansen show.

His first book, Unoffendable, has prompted a national discussion on the idea of forgiveness, and our culture’s embrace of self-righteous anger. His second book, both provocative and very personal, and will be released in November of 2017: Blessed are the Misfits: Great News for Those Who Are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something. In this book, Hansen addresses his own, and many others’, inability to “feel God’s presence”, and how God might Himself feel about that.

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Episode 52 - Brant Hansen Part I, “Blessed Are the Misfits”

November 16, 2017

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Brant Hansen, is an author, nationally syndicated radio host, and advocate for healing children with correctible disabilities through CURE International.

On his official website, Brant describes himself as ”Toast eater, occasional cape wearer, accordion player, also host of The Brant Hansen show.

His first book, Unoffendable, has prompted a national discussion on the idea of forgiveness, and our culture’s embrace of self-righteous anger. His second book, both provocative and very personal, and will be released in November of 2017: Blessed are the Misfits: Great News for Those Who Are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something. In this book, Hansen addresses his own, and many others’, inability to “feel God’s presence”, and how God might Himself feel about that.

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Episode 51 - Brad Jersak Part II, “A More Beautiful Gospel”

November 6, 2017

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Brad Jersak is an author, teacher and theologian. He joins Michael for the second and final part of their conversation on Restoring the Soul titled, "A More Christlike God". Through Brad's books, seminars, and teaching around the world Brad shares the Good News that God is love perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ. Brad is the author of 12 books inclusing A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel and Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks. Out of a deep academic and intellectual knowledge as well as over two decades as a pastor, Brad offers a fresh vision of God and the Gospel.

Brad also serves as an ordained Reader and Monastery Preacher at All Saints of North America  Monastery. He holds a Master of Divinity from Acts Seminary at Trinity Western University, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Briarcrest Biblical Seminary, and a PhD in Theology from Bangor University in Wales.

To learn even more about Brad, please visit his website.

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Episode 50 - Brad Jersak Part I, “A More Beautiful Gospel”

October 30, 2017

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Brad Jersak is an author, teacher and theologian. He joins Michael for the next two episodes of Restoring the Soul titled, "A More Beautiful Gospel". Through Brad's books, seminars, and teaching around the world Brad shares the Good News that God is love perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ. Brad is the author of A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel and Can You Hear Me? Tuning in to the God Who Speaks. Out of a deep academic and intellectual knowledge as well as over two decades as a pastor, Brad offers a fresh vision of God and the Gospel.

Brad also serves as an ordained Reader and Monastery Preacher at All Saints of North America  Monastery. He holds a Master of Divinity from Acts Seminary at Trinity Western University, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Briarcrest Biblical Seminary, and a PhD in Theology from Bangor University in Wales.

To learn even more about Brad, please visit his website.

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Episode 49 - Andy Crouch Part II, “The Tech-Wise Family”

October 23, 2017

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Michael's guest on this podcast is the first "alumni guest" on Restoring the Soul. Author, musician and speaker, Andy Crouch, joins Michael in a concluding 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 48 - Andy Crouch Part I, “The Tech-Wise Family”

October 16, 2017

Michael'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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