Episode 120: Growing in Discernment

In this week’s solo episode Lisa discusses the signs of a lack of discernment. It seems that most of us are clamoring for someone to tell us who’s right on the internet and what’s wrong with specific books. Discernment is a skill that all believers are supposed to be growing in, not one reserved for “elite” Christians. So she ends the episode with practical ideas for growing in discernment.

Setting the Temperature; Salting the Potato

The world is loud and noisy. My mind is loud and noisy. The enemy is loud and noisy. God is never described as loud and noisy. His voice thunders, yes; but with power and majesty, not confusion and turmoil.

I have to keep retraining my heart and mind to listen for His voice. I must quieten, be still. John 10:3-4 says, “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” In verse 27 Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” He speaks and we can know Him. Is that not one of the greatest miracles? We can know Him.

I love that God is such a patient teacher. He’ll gently remind me again and again, until I finally notice that He’s reminding me of the same thing and, that perhaps, I should pay closer attention. Even this weekend, it was the same reminder that I’m not here to adjust to the temperature of the room. I’m here to adjust the temperature of the room. I’m not here to fit in, to reflect what’s already happening, to mold myself to what’s going on. I’m here, bringing the temperature. I’m here, passionate and gracious, because of Jesus, not what’s going on around me.

Episode 119: Ordinary Places with Shannan Martin

Shannan Martin‘s new book “The Ministry of Ordinary Places” released yesterday and Lisa sat down and chatted with Shannan about the book.

They discussed learning to view yourself as a neighbor, setting boundaries, and telling stories that involve other people. They also bring their enneagram 8-ness to the conversation for a few minutes.

“Until I’m told to go, this is where I am.”

Order the book HERE.

Episode 118: Creativity, Work, and Theology with Andrew Peterson

This week Lisa interviews Andrew Peterson, a songwriter, musician, and author. You’ve probably heard his music but if not, go listen to Resurrection Letters Vol. 1 as soon as you’ve finished this episode.

They discuss how Andrew conceptualizes different types of albums, how long he considered working on his fiction series before he started writing, how he’s managing social media these days, and his role in The Rabbit Room.

You can find Andrew on Instagram (when he’s there) or on tour.

Loving My Neighbor: How I Get Over the Inconvenience of People

I’ve slowly been discovering that I can’t peel my relationship with God apart from my relationship with other people. You’d think this is Christianity 101, right? But somehow I’ve often reduced my faith down to a list of rules or a collection of doctrinal statements that I affirm that do nothing to change how I interact with these other people who are different from me, who believe differently than I do, who irritate and frustrate me, who inconvenience me and cause me pain. Maybe that’s why I’d like to separate the two, to insist that I can truly love God and walk blindly, unfeelingly, past those around me.

Jesus didn’t mince words about what He wanted. Mark 12:28-32, “And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, ‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”