Most of us are used to being wordy in our prayers. We speak to God in prayer; we don't listen to God. But Christian spirituality has a deep history and tradition of prayer as a form of listening to God.
In this episode, Steven and I discuss how prayer is a way to listen to God, our "go to" forms of prayer, and how a person can best begin to develop a prayer habit.
How do we know what God is saying? If discipleship is about doing what we hear God say, then how do we know what God is saying?
For Christians, the most trustworthy and reliable source for hearing God's word is his word, the Bible. But for many, the Bible is a difficult, unwieldy, hard-to-manage and hard-to-understand book. It shouldn't be this way, though -- and we believe that God has given us his word so that we will be drawn into his life. We believe that God desires to speak to us through his word, and that we can develop sensitivity to hear what he is saying.
Join us for this conversation, where we discuss four ways of listening to God in scripture so that we can not only hear what God says, but also do what he says.
Download Steven's article: God Speaks: Listening to God Through Scripture
Listening has many functions. In our last episode, we discussed how listening deeply to another is a gift to them, a ministry, if you will, of listening. In this episode, we discuss how listening is an activity that helps us learn.
But this kind of listening requires several of the same values and postures that the gift of listening requires. We must maintain a posture of humility as we seek to learn from another.
In this conversation, we tackle the question of how to do discipleship in the digital times we find ourselves in, as churches continue to discern best practices that allow them to gather together in safe ways while practicing social distancing.
The conversation is wide-ranging, and we discuss pros and cons of digital discipleship, the necessity of community for discipleship, and how churches of all sizes can better focus on discipleship.
This is part two of a conversation we began on prayer. In the first part, we discussed our personal journeys in prayer and gave some tips on how a person could immediately become more prayerful in their lives.
In this second part, we discuss how some of our churches fall short in shaping and forming robust habits of prayer, and we share some thoughts that could help churches build a strong foundation of prayer that shapes a healthy practice of prayer.
Prayer is a mystery to many of us -- a mystery in that it's something we often don't understand, and a holy mystery in that it somehow draws us closer to God, even if we don't understand how. In this podcast episode, Steven Carrizal and I share our personal journeys in prayer and talk about simple ways people and families can grow in prayer practices.
Is Christianity a meeting, a way to get from point A (earth) to point B (heaven) and not point C (hell), or a way of life? Drawing from Brian McLaren's article, Emerging Values (Leadership Journal, Summer 2003, Vol. 24 #3), Jeremy and Steven discuss Christianity as a way of life -- in Christ, we are becoming something new.
Jeremy Hoover makes disciples in Sarnia, Ontario. He also provides personal growth, wisdom, and insight coaching, as well as coaching for church leaders.