The Practice

The Practice Podcast

The Practice Podcast

Description

The Practice is an experimental gathering where we immerse ourselves in God’s dream for humanity, practice the historic disciplines that align us with His dream, and carry each other along the way. We are learning to live out Jesus’ teachings in the world.

Episodes

Invitation to Respond (part 2)

Nov 5, 2019 52:40

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On 11.3.19, we continued our series Invitation to Stillness and Response with a panel discussion. Brad and Ben shared their stories of how God has been inviting them into the work of reconciliation in the world. We then examined our stories and noticed where our hearts are broken by the injustice of our world as a way of listening to God's invitation in our lives.

Invitation to Respond

Oct 29, 2019 54:51

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On 10.27.19 we continued our series Invitation to Stillness and Response with David Bailey. David helped us explore what it might look like for us to be a reconciling community in such a time as this. He then guided an inventory practice to help examine how we use our time, talents, and treasures.

An Abiding Contemplation

Oct 14, 2019 18:29

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This is the abiding practice guided by Phileena Heuertz on 10.13.19. It is a part of our Stillness and Response journey, and we invite you to practice this contemplation daily as we seek to cultivate an inner stillness in the Lord's presence as we respond to an invitation to join God's kingdom work in the world.

Invitation to Stillness

Oct 14, 2019 46:15

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On 10.13.19, Phileena Heuertz continued our series, Stillness and Response. Phileena shared the importance of cultivating an inner stillness to carry with us as we respond to an invitation to join God's kingdom work in the world. She then guided us in an abiding practice of stilling ourselves in the presence of God.

An Outward Examen

Oct 8, 2019 15:58

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This is the Examen practice guided by Father Michael on 10.6.19. It is a part of our Stillness and Response journey, and we invite you to practice this Examen daily as we seek to discern the Lord's invitation to join the kingdom work in the world and cultivate a present spirit in the midst of our response.

Invitation to Stillness

Oct 8, 2019 51:58

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On 10.6.19, Father Michael Sparough started a four-week journey of stillness and response. As we seek to join God's redemptive work in the world, how can we remain present to the Holy Spirit to we can discern where God is inviting us to respond and remain present as we respond?

 

http://www.practicetribe.com/10-6-19-invitation-to-stillness/ 

Invitation to find solidarity with one another

Sep 23, 2019 41:54

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On 9.22.2019, Jason Feffer guided The Practice community to consider how God might be inviting us to be a space of belonging and hospitality.

Invitation to find solidarity with Jesus

Sep 18, 2019 35:20

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On 9.15.19, Adele Calhoun guided us as we sought to make meaning of our experiences through the lens of Christ's life. She guided us in the following questions.

What narratives and slogans have shaped my life? What fears have authored my story? What is the deeper Exodus story behind my roles, titles, degrees, successes, losses, joy, etc.    How did I get from somewhere to somewhere else? Where have I had moments when I felt the Spirit descend on me and affirm me in a calling or direction? (Matthew 3:13-17) When was I in a time of testing and tempted to take control of my life rather than trust God?  (Luke 4:1-13) What are my wilderness seasons?  How did God work in these for my good?  My growth?  And His glory? (Luke 4:1-13) Where have people figuratively tried to throw me off a cliff? (Luke 4:14-30) What are my mounts of Transfiguration? (Mark 9:2-10) Where have I experienced betrayal? (Matthew 26:14-16, 47-50) When have I had mini-gardens of Gethsemane? (Matthew 26:36-46) When have I died on my own mini-crosses? (John 19:16-37) What are resurrection moments in life? (John 20:1-18)

Practice Resources: As I Recall Meditations

Aug 13, 2019 54:11

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Casey Tygrett. Casey's recent book, As I Recall, examines of the role of memory in our spiritual formation. In addition to the book, Casey has created six guided meditations to help us hold our memories in the presence of Christ for the purpose of our formation. As an incredible gift, Casey has offered the meditations to our community for free using the promo code: PRACTICE TRIBE

As I Recall Meditations - https://www.caseytygrett.com/meditations 

Use the promo code PRACTICETRIBE to receive the meditations for free.

Casey Tygrett - https://www.caseytygrett.com  

As I Recall - https://www.amazon.com/As-Recall-Discovering-Memories-Spiritual/dp/0830846522 

Becoming Curious - https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Curious-Spiritual-Practice-Questions/dp/0830846271 

Practice Resources: Field Guides for the Way

Jul 18, 2019 33:28

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In this episode, we have a conversation with Kristen Kludt and Stephanie Jenkins, co-creators of a wonderful retreat-in-a-box resource called Field Guides for the Way. 

Field Guides for the Way - https://www.fieldguidesfortheway.com 

Use the promo code PRACTICE10 to receive 10% off any orders until July 28, 2019.

Kristen Leigh Kludt - http://www.kristenleighkludt.com 

A Good Way Through - https://www.amazon.com/Good-Way-Through-Journey-Disappointment/dp/1537068067?SubscriptionId=0ENGV10E9K9QDNSJ5C82&tag=&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1537068067 

Invitation to Retreat

Jun 10, 2019 57:13

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On 6.9.19, Gail Donahue and Joan Kelley helped us listening for God's invitation to a rhythm of retreat this season. Gail offered important, practical guidance for engaging this practice, and Joan guided a practice of discerning how God is personally inviting us into retreat. A link to download the handouts referenced in the podcast can be found here.

Invitation to Retreat

Jun 3, 2019 52:31

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ON 6.2.2019, Ruth Haley Barton guided a night of exploring how God may be inviting us into a rhythm of retreat in this season. 

Wisdom from our memories

May 21, 2019 40:18

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On 5.19.19, Casey Tygrett guided us through the important role our memories play in the formation of wisdom. “To be ready for what is to come,” he said, “we are invited by God’s Spirit to learn from where we have already been.”

For more on this important topic, check out Casey's recent book As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in Our Spiritual Life.

 

The Beauty of Your Identity in Christ

May 7, 2019 54:03

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On 5.5.19, Sibyl Towner joined us to help us explore how we might lay down the false narratives we have adopted from our brokenness and receive the beautiful truth of our identity in Christ.

Lovingkindness Contemplation

Apr 30, 2019 39:31

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On 4.28.19, Chris Heuertz guided us in an examination of why we engage contemplative practices and led us in a lovingkindness contemplation.

Listening to God Like Children

Apr 16, 2019 27:55

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On 4.14.19, Kirsten asked how we might engage God with our whole selves (bodies, hearts, and heads) in the same way children do.

https://wp.me/p5LsbB-11M 

Listening to God in Anxiety

Apr 1, 2019 45:51

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On 3.31.19, Nader Sahyouni guided us in a thoughtful and grace-filled examination of anxiety. How might God be inviting us to respond in prayer to anxious seasons? 

For the full recap and prayer prompts visit http://www.practicetribe.com/anxiety/.

Listening to God in Sorrow

Mar 25, 2019 53:19

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On 3.24.19, Jason Feffer explored how we might listen to God in the midst of our sorrow. How does God redeem our sorrow for the sake of our formation?

Practice Resources: A New Liturgy

Mar 12, 2019 22:33

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From time to time, we will be sharing a conversation with someone who is offering a resource to help us walk and work with Jesus in everyday life.

In this episode, we had a conversation with Aaron Niequist. Aaron, with a group of people, started The Practice. He is also the creator of A New Liturgy, a project designed to create a sacred space in the midst of everyday life using music and scripture. In this conversation, we talk about the 7th liturgy, Lament. Below are links to A New Liturgy and the Practice series we discussed.

 

A New Liturgy - https://www.anewliturgy.com/#about

Why Do We Lament? with Jonathan Martin - https://wp.me/p5LsbB-DI 

What is Biblical Lament? with Curtis Miller - https://wp.me/p5LsbB-DN 

How Can I Lament? with Jenna Perrine - https://wp.me/p5LsbB-DY 

Listening to God in Repentance

Mar 11, 2019 48:07

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On 3.10.19, Kimberly Pelletier guided us through an examination of repentance. What unique invitation to repent might Jesus be extending to us this Lenten season?

Listening in an Age of Distraction - Listening in Our Tears

Mar 9, 2019 40:36

Description:

On 3.2.19, The Practice co-hosted a conference with Renovaré to help us cultivate a listening life and live more fully in God's presence.

This is the final talk of the day, Listening in Our Tears.

For more information about the conference, including an individual and group reflection guide visit http://www.practicetribe.com/listening/

Listening in an Age of Distraction - Listening Where We Live

Mar 9, 2019 38:25

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On 3.2.19, The Practice co-hosted a conference with Renovaré to help us cultivate a listening life and live more fully in God's presence.

This is the third talk of the day, Listening Where We Live. 

For more information about the conference, including an individual and group reflection guide visit http://www.practicetribe.com/listening/

Listening in an Age of Distraction - Listening in Our Longings

Mar 9, 2019 35:57

Description:

On 3.2.19, The Practice co-hosted a conference with Renovaré to help us cultivate a listening life and live more fully in God's presence.

This is the second talk of the day, Listening in Our Longings. 

For more information about the conference, including an individual and group reflection guide visit http://www.practicetribe.com/listening/

Listening in an Age of Distraction - Listening is Our Key

Mar 9, 2019 31:16

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On 3.2.19, The Practice co-hosted a conference with Renovaré to help us cultivate a listening life and live more fully in God's presence.

This is the first talk of the day. Due to some technical issues, the first few minutes were not captured. Before you listen, you will find it helpful to read Deuteronomy 6:4-9

For more information about the conference, including an individual and group reflection guide visit http://www.practicetribe.com/listening/

The Gift of Presence

Mar 4, 2019 44:55

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On 3.3.19, Trevor Hudson and Lacy Borgo guided an exploration into the gift of presence. It will be helpful to engage the practices in this podcast with a clementine and a friend.

Listening to God in Simplicity

Feb 19, 2019 50:32

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On 2.17.19, Jason Feffer taught about the spiritual practice of simplicity and helped us craft an experiment in simplicity.

The practice of simplicity

Feb 12, 2019 42:35

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On 2.10.19 Ashlee Eiland helped us examine our need for inner simplicity.

A base camp of spiritual practices

Jan 28, 2019 57:15

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On 1.27.19, Jason Feffer introduced the concept of a base camp of spiritual practices. How might we order our lives in a way that honors our unique creation and helps us live the with God life?

The Mystery of Advent

Dec 10, 2018 01:31:13

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On 12.9.18, Sam Tinken invited us to open our hearts to the mystery of Advent. You can find the image used in the practice of Visio Divina here http://www.practicetribe.com/the-birth-of-jesus-luke-21-20/

 

Advent Waiting

Dec 4, 2018 37:09

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On 12.2.18, Jason Feffer guided a practice to help us wait for the coming of Christ this Advent.

Listening to God in Rest

Nov 19, 2018 47:28

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On 11.18.18, Keri Wyatt Kent guided us in an invitation to a simple Sabbath rhythm.

Listening to God in Rest

Nov 12, 2018 44:58

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On 11.11.2018, Casey Tygrett explored the invitation to practice Sabbath not because we have to, but because we are free.

Listening to God in Prayer

Oct 29, 2018 46:28

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On 10.28.2018, Jason Feffer explored listening to God in prayer and guided a practice of listening.

Listening to God in Prayer: The Examen

Oct 22, 2018 46:03

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On 10.21.18, Father Michael introduced a particular Examen in which we focused on a virtue or a vice in our practice of the Examen.

Listening to God in Scripture: Lectio Divina

Oct 8, 2018 35:52

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On 10.7.18, James Bryan Smith taught and guided us through the practice Lectio Divina.

Listening to God in Scripture: Sacred Questions

Oct 2, 2018 38:12

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On 9.30.18 Kellye Fabian guided us in a practice of listening to the questions that arise within us as we read scripture.

Listening to God in Community: Listening Groups

Sep 17, 2018 35:33

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On 9.16.18, Jason Feffer introduced the practice of listening groups.

Listening to God in Community: Spiritual Direction

Sep 11, 2018 50:36

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On 9.9.18 Lacy Borgo guided us through the practice of spiritual direction. How can this practice help us listen to God and find the sacred in the ordinary.

The Eternal Current: We Need Everybody

Aug 27, 2018 56:25

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On 8.26.18, Aaron Niequist returned to share why we need to thank God for our faith tradition, and why we need to grow beyond it.

Making Space to Grieve

Aug 13, 2018 44:09

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On 8.12.18, Deirdre JVR helped our community make space to grieve.

Acorn Faith

Jul 17, 2018 01:00:12

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On 7.15.18, Kristen Leigh Kludt shared her story and how difficult times help us to know the love of God more deeply.

Stories from our brothers and sisters

Jun 11, 2018 54:38

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On 6.10.18, Darrel Washington taught us about serving those struggling with poverty.

Stories from the Community

Jun 4, 2018 01:00:53

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On 6.3.18, we heard from people in the Practice community who have been responding to invitations to join God's kingdom work around the world.

Resurrection Love

May 22, 2018 49:59

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On 5.20.18, Father Michael guided us through a contemplation of God's love.

Resurrection Life

May 7, 2018 48:12

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On 5.6.18, Jason Feffer encouraged us to bring our whole selves (heads, hearts, and bodies) into relationship with Jesus.

Resurrection Hope: Taste and See

Apr 23, 2018 50:28

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On 4.22.18, Jonathan Martin shared the invitation of the risen Christ to live an embodied faith, to taste and see.

Resurrection Joy

Apr 9, 2018 37:06

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On 4.8.18, Sibyl Towner guided us in a contemplation on the risen Christ and the joy we find when Jesus meet us in our point of need.

The Passion and Compassion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Mar 12, 2018 54:15

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On 3.11.18, Kellye Fabian guided us in the truth that Jesus' passion was the greatest act of compassion the world has ever known.

Agony in the Garden

Feb 27, 2018 47:46

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On 2.25.27, Ashlee Eiland guided us into the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Contemplation to Prepare for Lent

Feb 13, 2018 18:39

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Last night, Father Michael led us in a contemplation to help us prepare for the season of Lent. We imagined ourselves at the foot of the cross and asked:

How is God inviting you to deepen your practice of prayer during Lent?

What might God be inviting you to fast from to experience greater freedom in Christ?

How is God inviting you to express solidarity with the poor and suffering face of Christ in the world?

 

Journey to the Cross

Feb 13, 2018 45:37

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On 2.11.18, Father Michael led us into the third movement of the Spiritual Exercises and prepared us for the season of Lent.

Imaginative Prayer Series: Peter's Confession (Mark 8:27-30)

Feb 9, 2018 10:36

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This is the final contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

Imaginative Prayer Series: Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)

Jan 30, 2018 13:24

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This is the ninth contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

(Jesus in the Storm by Gustave Dore)

The Rite of Forgiveness

Jan 30, 2018 22:45

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On 1.28.18, Frederica Mathewes-Green introduced our community to the Eastern Orthodox practice, the Rite of Forgiveness.

Imaginative Prayer Series: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

Jan 23, 2018 25:37

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This is the eighth contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

(Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt)

The Public Life of Christ

Jan 23, 2018 53:19

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On 1.22.18, Gail Donahue led us through an exploration of the hospitality of Christ. Hospitality is essential because it is the heartbeat of God.

Imaginative Prayer Series: Jesus Calls the Disciples (Mark 1:16-20)

Jan 16, 2018 10:51

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This is the seventh contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

 

Imaginative Prayer Series: The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12)

Jan 9, 2018 14:33

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This is the sixth contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

(The final words to consider were written by Tim Keller, and the concluding prayer is from Return To Our Senses: Reimagining How We Pray by Christine Sine.)

Discovering the Will of God

Jan 9, 2018 43:22

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On 1.7.18, Ashlee Eiland shared how we might move away from experiencing God's will as a formula to solve and build a foundation based on the example of Christ.

Imaginative Prayer Series: The Baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:13-17)

Jan 2, 2018 09:00

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This is the fifth contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

(artwork by Daniel Bonnell)

Imaginative Prayer Series: Escape to Egypt (Matthew 2:13-23)

Dec 27, 2017 20:01

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This is the fourth contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

 

Imaginative Prayer Series: The Visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12)

Dec 18, 2017 14:14

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This is the third contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

(The Mural “Adoration of the Magi” was painted by a group of Benedictine monks from Conception Abbey.)

The Incarnation

Dec 12, 2017 32:50

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On 12.10.17, Jason Feffer reflected on the scandalous mystery of the incarnation.

Imaginative Prayer Series: The Birth of Christ (Luke 2:1-21)

Dec 12, 2017 12:36

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This is the second contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

(painting by James Jacques Joseph Tissot)

Imaginative Prayer Series: The Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)

Dec 5, 2017 22:57

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This is the first contemplation in a series of imaginative prayer resources written by and recorded for The Practice community.

Imaginative prayer is way of meeting with the Lord by using our imagination to enter a Gospel story. Using our imagination to experience the sights and sounds of the scene helps to bring our whole selves into the presence of Christ. The purpose of this prayer is to meet Jesus face-to-face and grow in intimacy with Him.

(artwork by Patricia Brintle www.patriciabrintle.com)

Call of the King

Dec 5, 2017 44:20

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On 12.3.17 Father Michael introduced us to the second movement of the Spiritual Exercises and led us in the Call of Christ the King meditation.

11.19.17 The Mercy of God

Nov 21, 2017 51:32

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On 11.17.19 Ashlee Eiland guided us in a reflection on God's great mercy and our call to forgive.

Human Sinfulness

Nov 7, 2017 47:08

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On 11.5.17, Phileena Heuertz helped us explore the Ignatian perspective of sin and practice the discipline of welcoming prayer.

Called to Freedom

Oct 23, 2017 42:41

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On 10.22.17, Jason Feffer introduced the Ignatian concept of indifference and led a practice to help us surrender our whole selves to the loving will of God.

All is Gift

Oct 10, 2017 46:17

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On 10.8.17 Joan Kelley joined us to teach and lead us in a gratitude practice. When we open ourselves in gratitude, we are in a posture to more fully receive God’s love. 

Be-Loved Guided Prayer

Sep 18, 2017 11:43

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As The Practice community journeys through Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, we are spending at least 15 minutes each day resting in God's love. This is a copy of the practice Father Michael led at our gathering. If it is helpful, you may use this reflection to begin your daily practice.

Created in Love

Sep 18, 2017 51:42

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On 9.17.17 Father Michael introduced the themes of Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises and led us in a practice to help ground us in our belovedness.

A Practice Update

Aug 22, 2017 45:22

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On 8.20.17 Jason Feffer shared an update on the future of The Practice.

Celebrating God's Work

Jun 27, 2017 01:10:05

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On 6.25.17 The Practice community gathered to share how God has worked in their lives in the last three years, and celebrate everything God has done.

The Paschal Mystery

Jun 12, 2017 53:57

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On 6.11.17, Jonathan Martin helped us explore the paschal mystery. How can we lean into the holy pattern of Christ's life, death, and resurrection in our own lives?

Writing a Biblical Lament

Jun 5, 2017 01:05:38

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On 6.4.17 Jenna Perrine helped us lean into God with our grief and write a lament based on the nine movements of a biblical lament.

Practice Family Announcement

May 23, 2017 30:44

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On 5.21.17, we announced the very sad news that June 25th will be the final Practice gathering.

God our Mother

May 15, 2017 38:30

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On 5.14.17, we explored the mothering images of God in Scripture. It was a beautiful night leaning into our nurturing creator and accepting God's invitation to rest and play.

Listening on the Emmaus Road

May 2, 2017 36:25

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On 4.30.17, David Fitch helped us explore how walking with Jesus and participating in the Eucharist forms us to tend to Christ's presence in one another.

Listening to my Story

Apr 25, 2017 47:31

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On 4.23.17 Sibyl Towner led us in an exercise of listening for the presence of God in our stories.

From Fear to Sacrificial Love

Apr 4, 2017 48:55

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On 4.2.17, Curtis Miller helped us explore how we can turn away fear and engage the world from a place of sacrificial love, and Erin Feffer led us in the spiritual discipline, Lectio Divina.

Knowing our True Selves

Mar 21, 2017 51:58

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On 3.19.17, Ashlee Eiland shared with us a framework for dying to our false selves and knowing our true selves. Listen as Ashlee teaches us to embrace knowing, inspecting, and pruning.

Tuning our minds to God's presence

Mar 13, 2017 41:29

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On 3.12.17, Frederica Mathewes-Green helped us explore an Eastern Orthodox perspective ofGod's constant presence.

Crafting a Rhythm of Life

Mar 7, 2017 48:16

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On 3.5.17, Jason Feffer helped us to craft a simple rhythm of life grounded in our desires and the spiritual disciplines.

Loved to be a Blessing

Feb 21, 2017 41:39

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On 2.20.17, Kellye Fabian helped us understand that God's response to humanity's sinfulness is blessing. We are called to be a blessing, to see, speak well of, and sacrifice to share the love of God with the world.

Designed to Love

Feb 14, 2017 38:35

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On 2.12.17, Curtis Miller taught us that we were each created to demonstrate the image of our loving, triune God in community.

God's Beloved: Nurtured and Nourished by God

Jan 31, 2017 36:37

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On 1.29.17, Shauna Niequist helped us understand that "the love of God is the purest nourishment.

Two Prayers for President Donald Trump

Jan 26, 2017 09:36

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On January 22nd, we offered two prayers for President Donald Trump:  (1) Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, wrote and prayed a priestly prayer, (2) Claudia Heinrich wrote and prayed a prophetic prayer, and then (3) we all stood and prayed The Lord's Prayer.  This very short podcast is the live recording of those prayers.  

Friends, please join us as we pray...

God is not loving; God is love

Jan 24, 2017 41:14

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On 1.22.17, Jonathan Martin helped us explore our images of God and left us with a provocative statement. "God is not loving; God is love."

Rhythm of Life: Making Our Home in Jesus

Jan 17, 2017 41:35

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On 1.15.17, Jason Feffer helped us identify how our deepest longings draw us to God and how a rhythm of life helps us make our home in Jesus.

Advent: Hope for new beginnings

Dec 13, 2016 23:24

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On 12.11.16 Curtis Miller led us to identify our longing for new beginnings, and the promise that our hope is fulfilled in God's holy the presence.

Advent: We begin in the dark

Dec 6, 2016 44:54

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On 12.4.16 Jerusalem Greer helped us enter into the longing of Advent. This season that begins the church year does not begin with the birth of Jesus. It begins in pain, fear, and longing. It is an invitation to open our hearts to the whispered promise of hope.

Beat Eight: Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted for Righteousness

Nov 22, 2016 34:51

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On 11.20.16 we explored the eighth Beatitude, "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Clary and Jason teach the life Jesus invites us into is one of radical love. There is a cost to loving like Jesus. This cost keeps many of us from loving sacrificially, but Jesus promises that those who lose their lives will find it.

Beat Seven: Blessed are the Peacemakers

Nov 15, 2016 55:17

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On 11.13.16 we lean into the seventh Beatitude, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

Rabbi Evan Moffic framed a biblical understanding of shalom for us. Members of our community shared how they have leaned into peacemaking. And Aaron challenged us intentionally resist the temptation to retreat and take tangible steps toward being instruments of Shalom.

Beat Six: Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Nov 9, 2016 42:42

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On 11.6.16 Mark Scandrette led us in the sixth beat, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God."

We are told to wear masks; to hide things we think and feel inside. But Jesus promises we were created as unique and beautiful people, and he invites us to live with undivided and pure hearts.

Beat Five: Blessed are the Merciful

Oct 25, 2016 58:08

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On 10.23.16 musician/writer Stu G came to share a few songs, stories, and teachings on the Beatitudes--specifically digging into what it means to give and receive mercy. A tender and powerful night.

Beat Four: Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Oct 18, 2016 44:22

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On 10.16.16, Meredith and Curtis guided us brilliantly into Jesus' words "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled".

After naming our deepest ache for the world ("I'm hungry and thirsty for a world where...."), we explored Christ's invitation to join God in redeeming and restoring all things, and the lies that hold us back. Finally, Curtis taught us a new practice to help choose one meaningful action this week. 

Beat Three: Blessed are the Meek

Oct 11, 2016 38:35

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On 01.09.16, Sibyl Towner invited us deep into the beatitude "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."  We are told that our value is based on comparison; I must be either better than or less than. But Jesus promises that we each have equal dignity as beloved children of God.

Beat Two: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Sep 27, 2016 32:09

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On 09.25.16, Jason Feffer explored this beatitude by inviting us into the story of his life. From deep pain...to masterful avoidance...to discovering the presence of Christ in lament, Jason's story helped us begin the journey from the pain of Blessed are those who mourn to the promise of For they will be comforted.

Beat one: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Sep 20, 2016 45:15

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On 09.18.16, John and Lori invited us to explore and begin practicing the first beatitude: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. At the end, Jason Feffer shares his story and then invites us into three practices for the week.

Practicing the Beatitudes: A Journey back to Reality

Sep 13, 2016 43:17

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On 09.11.16, our friend Mark Scandrette returned to cast a big vision and invitation into The Beatitudes. He offered four insights to why these nine statements of Christ are a path of healing and recovery, and he invited us on a "journey back to reality" over the next three months.

A Theology and Practice of The Other

Aug 16, 2016 38:42

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Pastor Michael Rudzena teaches a Theology of "the other" and invites us into a profound and provocative practice. Based on Jesus' teaching in Matthew 9 ("But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’") and modern research on the human experience of disgust, Michael helps us move beyond the barriers to love our friends, neighbors, and enemies as ourselves.

Crafting a Summer Experiment

Jun 27, 2016 37:09

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Jason Feffer guides us through a powerful process to discern God's invitation for this summer, name our deep desires and potential roadblocks, and craft a personal summer experiment to engage over the next 6 weeks. 

Blessing & Sending

Jun 13, 2016 41:02

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This Sunday marks the fourth and final week of our Living the Liturgy series in which we dive into the sacred ritual of passing the peace and the benediction we practice each and every week. Jenna steps in for Kellye to share how being blessed is the foundation for blessing others and John leads us in a practice of receiving the words of blessing we deeply need to hear from God in imaginative prayer. 

The Eucharist

Jun 6, 2016 47:54

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Old friend of The Practice Jonathan Martin is joined by our newest friend Nichole Nordeman to continue our Living the Liturgy series with a closer look at the practice at the center of our gathering, the Eucharist. Jonathan leads us to the table with deep insight into how it can nourish us in every season and Nichole leads us into the heart of this great mystery through her music to prepare our hearts. 

Confession & Assurance

May 23, 2016 36:00

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This Sunday our Living the Liturgy series continues with John & Jenna Perrine as we explore the sacred practice of confession and assurance in our weekly liturgy. Through Christ we know we are forgiven forever - so why do we still practice this ritual and how does this communal practice contribute to our growth and spiritual formation? This practice includes a time of guided confession and assurance. 

Engaging Scripture

May 16, 2016 42:36

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Curtis Miller begins our Living the Liturgy series by examining the weekly practice of communally ready scripture together on Sundays. Learn we us how the sacred rituals we practice on Sundays, shape us in our daily lives. 

Stories of Resurrection In Community

May 2, 2016 29:54

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The past four weeks at The Practice have been an incredible journey into resurrection, and we have heard some powerful stories in race, religion and Iraq testifying to the power of Christ to bring about new life. This Sunday, we are even more excited to bring the conversation closer to home and get personal with one another as we share stories of resurrection in our very own community. This podcast includes the vision and invitation for why we share and listen with one another, as well as our listening guidelines for our practice time. 

Stories of Resurrection In Iraq

Apr 25, 2016 43:39

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Friend of The Practice and founder of The Preemptive Love Coalition Jeremy Courtney joins our Stories of Resurrection series to shape his story of Resurrection in Iraq. Includes a contemplative practice time of having eyes to see resurrection in our lives and in the world.

Stories of Resurrection in Religion

Apr 18, 2016 50:17

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Author Sarah Bessey joins The Practice tribe to share her story of resurrection in the context of religion, discovering new life in a faith that was beginning to feel like death. This podcast includes a contemplative practice time to have eyes to see resurrection in our lives and the world.  

Stories of Resurrection in Race

Apr 11, 2016 52:15

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Racial reconciliation advocate, musician and gifted producer David Bailey of Arrabon joins the practice to share his story of resurrection in race as part of the Kingdom of God. Hear David's passion and call to reconciliation in our modern day Jerusalems, Judeas, and Samarias. Includes a contemplative practice of having eyes to see resurrection in race.  

Stories of Resurrection: Vision & Invitation

Apr 4, 2016 49:42

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In view of Easter, this Sunday begins a five week journey called "Stories of Resurrection: Cultivating Eyes to See & Join God’s Redemption Everywhere." This Sunday, our very own Aaron Niequist led us into the vision and invitation of this good news, and set us up with a framework for the journey ahead. This podcast includes a reflective practice time of having eyes to see resurrection in our lives and the world around us.  

How Can I Lament?

Feb 29, 2016 46:57

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This Sunday, Jenna Perrine invites us into a practical vision for how we can make lament a part of our daily lives, before leading us through a holy workshop in the practice of 9 steps to writing our own lament before God.  Friends, this is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we learn how to put the idea of lament into practice.

What Is Biblical Lament?

Feb 22, 2016 47:39

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In week two of our exploration of lament in Lent, Curtis Miller helps us answer the key question, "What Is Biblical Lament?" sharing both a biblical framework and a vulnerable insight into the power of this practice. This podcast includes a practice of lamenting with pictures led by Kellye Fabian, which you can follow along with using our handout

Why Do We Lament?

Feb 15, 2016 36:58

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Beloved guest of The Practice, Jonathan Martin kicks off our corporate exploration of the Lenten theme and practice of lament, exploring why this often forgotten practice is so important for our Spiritual lives. This podcast also includes a full Lectio Divina of Psalm 6 led by our dear friend Fr. Michael. 

Preparing for a season of Preparation

Feb 1, 2016 45:14

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Our dear friend Mark Scandrette is back to help us discern what practices might help us personally create space for God to lead us into a deeper engagement with the season of Lent. Mark invites each of us to craft a personalized plan for lent that meets us in our deepest needs as we prepare for Easter together. 

A Liturgy of Vocation

Jan 25, 2016 18:36

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To finish our exploration of vocation, Jenna and John created a liturgy to carry us through the whole story of God's work in the world and our invitation to join Him. From Creation to Fall to the Redemption and Restoration of all things--through music, story-telling, scripture, silence, spoken word, and prayer - immerse yourself and explore your contribution to God's Kingdom. This Podcast includes our Redemption and Restoration movement, including a powerful testimony of vocation from beloved friend of The Practice, Katie Ro. 

The Story of Vocation

Jan 18, 2016 35:56

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John Perrine leads us through the story of vocation to show us how our vocations are part of God's original good and his plan for redeeming and restoring paradise. Includes a guided practice time of imaginative prayer to see our vocations through the eyes of Christ. 

A Theology of Vocation

Jan 11, 2016 51:57

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Steven Garber kicks off our Visions of Vocation series by exploring the profound truth that our vocations are integral, not incidental, to the Kingdom of God. This podcast includes both Steven's message and a time of Q & A unpacking a theology of vocation. 

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Dec 14, 2015 01:05:15

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Our Advent Celebration is a special edition of the Practice Podcast that invites you into the journey of our full service, exploring the Christmas story through word, song, and reflection on how to prepare Christ room in our hearts this season. 

Crowding Out Christ In Our Hearts

Dec 7, 2015 36:44

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Beloved friend of The Practice Jonathan Martin leads us into the season of Advent where we explore the theme, 'Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room' by first asking what could be crowding out Christ in your heart this Advent season? Includes an Advent Examen and a guided practice of letting go.

How to Practice Sabbath

Nov 16, 2015 32:56

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Fellow Practitioner Jason Feffer guides us through the practicalities for practicing a rhythm of Sabbath and encourages us to plan and prepare for our next Sabbath rest through a guided journalling tool. 

Seven Practices for Sabbath Keeping

Nov 7, 2015 25:20

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Beloved friend of The Practice, Rabbi Evan Moffic, leads us into how we can set Sabbath apart as holy by walking us through seven practical practices for Sabbath Keeping. Includes a practice of blessing and reflection. 

An Embodied Examen

Nov 2, 2015 43:20

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Fr. Michael Sparough explores with us how having an embodied spirituality can deepen our experience of the Examen in our daily lives. Includes a guided practice of an Embodied Examen.

Brain Science, Spiritual Practices & Christ

Oct 26, 2015 32:17

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Eric Connor and Jenna Perrine invite us into the world of neuroscience and how recent discoveries can help us better integrate our mind, body, and spirit to invite Christ into the renewing and rewiring of our minds. This podcast includes a guided visualization prayer practice. 

How To Practice A Rhythm Of Silence

Oct 5, 2015 33:49

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Fellow Practitioner Jason Feffer has been studying, practicing, and writing about the discipline of silence for a number of years - here he brings a deeply practical teaching on how to tangibly swim with the rhythm of silence in our everyday lives. 

The Need For Silence

Sep 28, 2015 41:46

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The brilliant and compelling Shauna Niequist shares her story of what living without silence brought about in her life, and how through seeking the practice of silence, she began to truly honor and protect the Kingdom of God in herself. 

Connecting To Our Desire

Sep 21, 2015 41:28

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Special guest of The Practice Ruth Haley Barton helps us dive deep into our desire & how it connects to living out God's unforced rhythms of grace through sharing the story of blind Bartimaeus and considering Jesus' response: "What do you want me to do for you?" 

 

The Invitation to Unforced Rhythms of Grace

Sep 14, 2015 18:26

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Aaron Niequist begins our Fall journey by unpacking the invitation to "swim with The River" that is God's redemptive rhythm of grace for the sake of the world. 

What We've Learned

Jun 22, 2015 24:38

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This Sunday marked the end of our 18 month experiment here at The Practice. In our final month we spent much of our time gathering what our team and our community was discerning from God about the future of The Practice. Aaron shares some of what we've learned as we end this first chapter and look to the future.  

Discernment Through Listening

Jun 15, 2015 07:21

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John Perrine shares with the community three postures of awareness for us to practice when it comes to listening for discernment from God - both in group discernment and in our personal lives.  

Discerning God's Will

Jun 8, 2015 24:00

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Kellye Fabian shares a part of her story to explore the difference between decision making and discerning God's will in our lives. Decisions are made, but discernment is given from God - listen as we explore how to practice the difference. Includes a practice time of praying a prayer for Holy Indifference over the areas in our lives we desire to know God's will in. 

God Our Mother Liturgy

May 11, 2015 15:52

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For Mother's Day this year, part of our liturgy focused on and celebrated how God is revealed through mothering images in Scripture. This podcast includes an original prayer litany that moves through the scriptures of God as mother. You can download a visual of the liturgy here

Broken Open for Peace

May 11, 2015 25:39

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This Mother's Day, Lynne Hybels joins us for a powerful message on how the Eucharist breaks us open for peacemaking. Lynne shares her personal journey from the dark night of her soul into the call to be a revoluntionary peacemaker after the example of Christ. 

Broken Open for Reconciliation

May 4, 2015 20:25

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Guest Speaker and reconciliation advocast Austin Channing Brown shares her heart for how the Eucharist breaks us open for the ministry of reconciliation. Learn how Jesus' radical example of 'flipping tables' informs our call to overturn the homogenous tables in our own lives and practice protest in the name of reconciliation.  

Eucharist As Mission

Apr 27, 2015 21:39

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Guest Speaker, professor and church planting coach David Fitch shares his wisdom on Eucharist as a training ground for Mission. Learn how the postures we assume at The Lord's Table shape us for Mission at the tables in our daily lives. 

Everyone is Welcome at The Table

Apr 20, 2015 32:34

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Guest speaker and beloved friend of The Practice, Jonathan Martin, shares a powerful message on who is welcome at The Lord's Table - inviting us to consider the radical table practices of Christ himself, and how it should influence our own. 

A Theology Of The Eucharist

Apr 13, 2015 29:20

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Dr. Scot McKinght kicks off our new series on "Eucharist and Mission" with a foundational theology of The Eucharist. Scot explores the deep connections between Eucharist and Passover, inviting us into the liberation that takes place around the table.

Dying That We May Live

Apr 8, 2015 30:15

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John Perrine leads us through the Lenten theme of Dying to Self, exploring Jesus’ invitation to take up our crosses and follow him. Includes a guided Examen on putting off the old self and putting on the new.

The Gift of Repentance

Mar 24, 2015 36:16

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Kellye Fabian explores the beauty of Psalm 51 as a model for our own repentance in this season of Lent.

Lent and The Examen

Mar 12, 2015 39:08

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Fr Michael shares his wisdom on the season of Lent and leads us through The Examen as a practice to help us prepare for Easter.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Mar 4, 2015 11:56

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Jenna Perrine closes our series at The Practice on The Lord's Prayer in her message, "Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil." Jenna explores this section of The Lord's Prayer as an invitation to surredner and a prayer for God's leadership through the trials, temptations and testing that are sure to come in our faith. 

 

As We Forgive

Feb 16, 2015 44:16

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Guest Speaker Deirdre JVR returns for our series on The Lord's Prayer to unpack the second half of the phrase, "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us." Deirdre shares a helpful process for forgiveness and leads us through a time of prayer as we explore who we may need to forgive before God.

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Feb 9, 2015 20:36

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Guest Speaker Deirdre JVR brings her wisdom and experience from years of counseling and reconciliation ministry, to share with us what it means to really know God's forgiveness. Only those who have experienced forgiveness can learn what it means to become a forgiver. 

Our Daily Bread

Jan 26, 2015 29:40

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Guest Speaker Jonathan Martin joins us for our series on The Lord's Prayer. In this wonderful message he invites us into what it means to ask and be content with THIS daily bread. This podcast also includes our time of practicing with a guided prayer and response led by Jonathan. 

Thy Kingdom Come

Jan 19, 2015 36:35

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Guest Speaker Steve Carter joins us for our series in The Lord's Prayer to unpack the complexities of "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done As It Is In Heaven," especially in light of the reality of the now and the not yet. 

Our Father In Heaven

Jan 12, 2015 47:23

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Aaron Niequist kicks off the beginning of our series on The Lord's Prayer, unpacking the familiar words, "Our Father Who Art In Heaven."