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A Message to Christians

This is a podcast about the abundant life that God promises in scripture. We want to inspire those who are frustrated with themselves and their communities to live a transformed life that will impact the world.

The podcast’s primary purpose is to be a platform that will impact the world through conversation. We want to invite others to connect and unite in curiosity, vulnerability, and responsibility.

A transformed life is about growth: learning and evolving. A transformed life leads to transformed communities, and transformed communities impact the world - one conversation at a time.

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L. I. F. E. To The Full

Spring 2020: Listening and Staying Curious in our Relationships

              • The art of facilitation & seeking to understand
              • The benefits of conversations & differences

Summer 2020: Increasing our Vulnerability

              • Practicing the gift of choice & going first
              • Embracing and wrestling with uncertainty

Fall 2020: Facing our Responsibility

              • The personal responsibility 
              • The responsibility of teachers

Winter 2021: Embracing the Journey of a Transformed Life

              • Turning gaps into bridges
              • Translating negations to affirmations

Spring Season:

Listening and Staying Curious in our Relationships

Most people think that listening means staying quiet or surrendering all to the other person. However, this approach often leads to resentment and shallow conversations.

We want to invite you to learn how to ask better questions first, positioning yourself to stand on the side of the coin, allowing you to really see the two faces of the coin. This approach often leads to resolution and deep conversations.

How To Ask Better Questions Series

Episode 1 - Ask Better Questions of Your Church

Show Notes - How to Ask Better Questions of the Church

In this episode Jimmy and Patty sit down to talk about the importance of asking better questions. This is a four part series on how to ask better questions of the church, the bible, God, and as leaders. 

In today’s episode we will be focusing on how to ask better questions of your church. 

Episode 2: Ask better questions of the Bible

As Christians it is our responsibility to make sure we are asking the best possible questions of the bible.

Whether you think that you know your Bible very well, or you are a beginner to reading the Bible this episode will help you approach your bible as an interactive discovery process.

Episode 3: Ask better questions of God

If we have a shallow relationship with God, we will lead shallow lives. Unfortunately many Christians have yet to learn this fundamental truth.

The good news is that regardless of your life circumstances that you are in right now, you can learn how to deepen your friendship with God today.

Episode 4: Ask better questions As Leaders

Being a leader at any stage (paid or unpaid) can feel like a lot of work. However, many leaders make this responsibility harder than it needs to be.

Learning to ask better questions of ourselves and those we dare to lead is the key to thriving as a leader (not "just surviving").
 

Point of View (POV)  Series

Show Notes - Point of View (POV) What It Is and Why It Matters

In this episode Jimmy and Patty continue the conversation in their theme of listening for the spring season of Life to the Full: A Message to Christians.

Having talked about the importance of asking better questions of the church, of the Bible, of God, and as leaders,  they are moving on to another very important part of learning to listen: understanding points of view. Everyone has a point of view (POV) and that point of view shapes their reality. We cannot understand ourselves or others until we first understand our own POV and the POV of others.

In this first episode in the POV series Jimmy and Patty discuss what is a point of view (POV) and why does this matter.

Episode 6: POV - How to see our box

As followers of Jesus our church creed or statement of faith (SoF) can tell us about our box. Learning how to read it closely is very important for all believers. 

This is a useful exercise in defining your POV, and learning to be aware of your box. Unfortunately most christians will never do this, and as a result are unaware of their spiritual bias. 

Episode 7: POV - Larger Box Pt 1 - Story of the Bible

Taking a step backwards to see how our box fits into the larger box of the bible and church history is the next step in our POV series. 

In part one of this larger box discussion we will be looking at the overall story of the bible to see how our POV fits into the story. 

Episode 8: POV - Larger Box Pt 2 - Church History

Taking a step backwards to see how our box fits into the larger box of the bible and church history is the next step in our POV series. 

In part two of this larger box discussion we will be looking at the story of church history to see how our denomination or tradition fit into the larger story. 

Graphs and Handouts! 

 

Episode 9: POV - Jesus' Box & Moving the Story Forward

In the final episode of the POV series we will be looking at what was Jesus’s Box, and how this entire discussion can help us to have better conversations. 

As we conclude this POV series and the whole Listening spring season, we will be reflecting on how to use what we have learned to listen better on our journey to having the abundant life that God promises in scripture. 

 

Summer 2020:

Increasing our Vulnerability

Most people think that increasing vulnerability is about sharing their conversion stories and/or one-time failures. However, this approach often increases ambiguity between leaders and their teams and ministries.

We want to invite you to learn how to develop trust first, positioning yourself responsible to create a safe environment over time.  This approach often leads to engaging and emphatic teams/ministries that are actively enjoying their journeys.

Building Trust  Series

Show Notes - A Foundation of Trust - Five Dysfunctions of a Team

In this episode, Jimmy and Patty sit down for their first episode in their summer season of Increasing Our Vulnerability. They are beginning their discussion by talking about the importance of vulnerability to build trust. They go through a highly influential model called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, to illustrate the importance of vulnerability and trust.

Episode 11: The Path and The Pattern - Pt. 1

The Upside Down Triangle puts results-first and trust last. This "results-first" mentality, turns Christianity into a transaction based spirituality and reduces a relationship with God into a series of boxes to be checked off.

Episode 12: The Path and The Pattern - Pt. 2

Traveling up The Path from dysfunctional or unhealthy groups to functional or healthy groups is a well-worn path. It begins with taking responsibility and admitting that there is an issue and committing to continually walk The Path.

Episode 13: The Path and The Pattern - Pt. 3

The Pattern that is seen in the overarching story of the Bible informs the Path. Taken together the path and the pattern show us how to build the way God builds. Ultimately as we go about leading churches, ministries, small groups, our families, and ourselves -- this is how we should build, lead, and live.

Make Space for Vulnerability  Series

Episode 14 - Make Space for Vulnerability

In this episode, Jimmy and Patty talk about stoping and making space in your life, ministry, and church for vulnerability. Building and maintaining an environment of vulnerability that fosters trust is a hot topic in Christianity that no one is talking about.

While there is a lot of focus in modern church circles on the topics for the sermon of the week, for bible talks, and other scriptural lessons. Building an environment of vulnerability that fosters trust allows you to build the way Jesus and his followers built.

There are a lot of links, videos, and additional book recommendations so make sure you check out the full show notes to get the most out of this week's episode.

Episode 15: Make Space for Vulnerability - Pt. 2

In this episode, Jimmy and Patty continue to talk about stopping and making space in your life, ministry, and church for vulnerability. Building and maintaining an environment of vulnerability that fosters trust is a hot topic in Christianity that no one is talking about.

While there is a lot of focus in modern church circles on the topics for the sermon of the week, for bible talks, and other scriptural lessons. Building an environment of vulnerability that fosters trust allows you to build the way Jesus and his followers built.

 

 

"The Six Myths of Vulnerability" Series

Episode 16: "The Six Myths of Vulnerability" - Part 1

In this episode, Jimmy and Patty begin to talk about the Six Myths of Vulnerability that keep us from seeing our need for vulnerability. A lot of church culture especially can mask our need for true authentic Christian community by embracing some of these myths to various degrees.

Jimmy takes some time to go through the six myths of vulnerability, and show how they align with some common misunderstandings of the scriptures.

Episode 17: "The Six Myths of Vulnerability" - Part 2

Jimmy and Patty continue their talk on the Six Myths of Vulnerability. A  lot of church culture can mask our need for a truly authentic Christian community.

A fundamental misunderstanding of what the bible is has led to a serious movement away from authentic vulnerability by most churches. Most churches today are more concerned with rules, doctrine, and tradition, then they with dealing with actual human beings.

"Armor Up" Series

Episode 18: "Armor Up" - Part 1

Welcome to the Armory!

Patty and Jimmy discuss Berne Brown's concept of Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership. They talk about how specifically in a lot of church settings a misunderstanding of the scriptures has led to a culture an Armored Leadership instead of the Vulnerable Leadership that was modeled by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament.

In this episode the concepts we will be exploring are:

Armored Leadership: Driving Perfection and Fostering Fear of Failure

Daring Leadership: Modeling and Encouraging Healthy Striving, Empathy, and Self Compassion

Scripture Reference: 2 Corinthians 7:8-13

 

*Show notes coming soon

Episode 19: "Armor Up" - Part 2

Welcome to the Armory!

Patty and Jimmy discuss Berne Brown's concept of Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership. They talk about how specifically in a lot of church settings a misunderstanding of the scriptures has led to a culture an Armored Leadership instead of the Vulnerable Leadership that was modeled by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament.

In this episode the concepts we will be exploring are:

Armored Leadership: Working From Scarcity and Squandering Opportunities for Joy and Recognition

Daring Leadership: Practicing Gratitude and Celebrating Milestones and Victories

 

*Show notes coming soon

Episode 20: "Armor Up" - Part 3

Welcome to the Armory!

Patty and Jimmy discuss Berne Brown's concept of Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership. They talk about how specifically in a lot of church settings a misunderstanding of the scriptures has led to a culture an Armored Leadership instead of the Vulnerable Leadership that was modeled by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament.

In this episode the concepts we will be exploring are:

Armored Leadership: Numbing

Daring Leadership: Setting Boundaries and Finding Real Comfort

Scripture Reference: Proverbs 23 and 24

*Show notes coming soon

Episode 21: "Armor Up" - Part 4

Welcome to the Armory!

Patty and Jimmy discuss Berne Brown's concept of Armored Leadership versus Daring Leadership. They talk about how specifically in a lot of church settings a misunderstanding of the scriptures has led to a culture an Armored Leadership instead of the Vulnerable Leadership that was modeled by Jesus and the writers of the New Testament.

In this episode the concepts we will be exploring are:

Armored Leadership: Propagating the False Dichotomy of Victim or Viking, Crush or be Crushed

Daring Leadership: Practicing Integration -- Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart

Armored Leadership: Being a Knower and Being Right

Daring Leadership: Being a Learner and Getting it Right

*Show notes coming soon

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