This Good Word With Steve Wiens

This Good Word With Steve Wiens
Reclaiming what’s holy about our humanity.
121 | The Little Falls Edition
Nov 16 • 25 min
I recorded this podcast on location in Little Falls, Minnesota, which is something that most podcasters only dream about. Ha! During this episode, I talked about five ways that I’m trying to tend to my own soul in this time of angst, extreme reaction,…
120 | Just Can’t Get Enough of Kaitlin Curtice
Nov 9 • 39 min
Kaitlin’s brand new book, Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places is out, and it’s gorgeous. You’re going to want to get it RIGHT NOW. We live in a hurricane generation, and we’re getting uprooted all. the. time. Kaitlin’s book has a…
119 | Spiritual Abuse with Carol Howard Merritt
Nov 2 • 45 min
A pastor for almost two decades, Carol Howard Merritt as served Presbyterian (USA) churches in the swamps of Cajun Louisiana, a bayside village in Rhode Island, and an urban neighborhood of Washington, DC. Her committee and board work with the church…
118 | Start
Oct 26 • 33 min
I want to help you get started on that thing you’ve been dreaming about, but you haven’t started yet. That book. That podcast. That piece of technology. That film. That nonprofit. That church. That piece of art. That piece of jewelry you want to put on…
117 | Time is a Bully
Oct 19 • 33 min
We waste time. We spend time. We wish time would slow down, or speed up. Mostly, we’re all too aware that there’s not enough time for everything we want to squeeze in. Time is a bully. But what if there was a different way to look at time? How can we…
116: Love Big, Be Well with Winn Collier
Oct 12 • 38 min
Winn Collier is the pastor of All Souls Charlottesville, and he just wrote an “epistolary novel” called Love Big, Be Well: Letters To a Small Town Church, which I devoured in 3 hours. Winn is a pastor’s pastor, with a sacramental, hopeful outlook on what…
115: Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God with Brian Zahnd
Oct 5 • 53 min
Nearly three hundred years ago, a young preacher by the name of Jonathan Edwards gave a sermon called “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” which has aruably become the most influential sermon in the history of the Evangelical church. In it, he says…
114: Puerto Rico with Carlos A. Rodriguez
Sep 28 • 44 min
Carlos A. Rodriquez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and he’s traveling there early next week with as many water filters as possible so that people can have access to clean water. Please join me by donating here so that Carlos can get thousands of…
113: Forgiveness
Sep 20 • 34 min
Let’s be honest: Forgiveness is so very hard. I suppose that we all know that letting go would be of some value to our own personal well being; we just can’t seem to be able to do it. Or maybe you’ve been to church and you were told that you “had to”…
112: Richard Rohr
Sep 14 • 45 min
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan Friar, and the author of many bestselling books, including Everything Belongs, Falling Upward, and The Divine Dance. I met him last summer when a few other pastors spent a weekend with Father Richard at the Center for Action…
111 | Inner Sobriety with Seth Haines
Sep 7 • 47 min
This is the second time I’ve had Seth on the podcast - I love this guy. September is National Recovery month, so in this episode, we talked about how his understanding of sobriety has matured since Coming Clean: A Story of Faith came out two years ago. We…
110 | Dialogue
Aug 31 • 31 min
Emotions are so raw right now. White supremacy, CNN, Alt-Right, Alt-Left, Fake News, Fox & Friends, Antifa, President Trump, Nashville Statement… the list goes on and on. We all know what instant reaction looks like. What does dialogue look like? Is it…
109 | Whole, Part 2
Aug 24 • 29 min
“When something shatters, the broken pieces find their way into hidden cracks and crevices. Then they end up inside of us, causing pain, especially to the most vulnerable. It’s easy to walk past the fragments of brokenness. We’re busy and overwhelmed. And…
108 | Whole, Part 1
Aug 17 • 34 min
“When something shatters, the broken pieces find their way into hidden cracks and crevices. Then they end up inside of us, causing pain, especially to the most vulnerable. It’s easy to walk past the fragments of brokenness. We’re busy and overwhelmed. And…
107 | What Falls From the Sky with Esther Emery
Aug 10 • 47 min
Esther Emery was lost: her marriage was a mess, her career had stalled out, and she didn’t know what to do. So she decided to go off of the internet for a year. A YEAR. Then she wrote a book about that experience, and it’s gorgeous, thoughtful, and…
106 | Finding God in the Waves with Science Mike McHargue
Aug 3 • 61 min
I wasn’t ready for how much I would enjoy my conversation with Science Mike - I’ve heard his voice a bunch on his own podcast (Ask Science Mike) and The Liturgists - his story is expansive, rich, beautiful, and hopeful. We talked about God,…
105 | God, Part 3: Tribes
Jul 27 • 35 min
I’ve been enjoying my sporadic series on God - I hope you have, too. In case you missed the first two episodes, here are the links to Part 1 and Part 2. In this episode, I talked about the inevitable association that nearly all of us will have with a…
104 | At Home in the World with Tsh Oxenreider
Jul 20 • 40 min
Tsh Oxenreider (yep, that’s how you spell it) is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike, Organized Simplicity, and At Home in the Word: Reflections on Belonging While Wandering the Globe. She’s also the founder of the community blog The Art of Simple, and…
103 | The Listening Day with Paul Pastor
Jul 13 • 45 min
Paul Pastor is a writer living in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge. His writing on Christian spirituality has won numerous awards and critical recognition for its beauty, insight, and depth. Paul just released The Listening Day: Meditations on the Way,…
102 | The Beatitudes with Stu G
Jul 6 • 54 min
On this week’s episode, I chatted with my friend Stu G, who has just released a beautiful record and also a book into the world, centered on the paradoxical teachings of Jesus in the beatitudes - blessed are the poor, those who mourn, the merciful, the…
101 | Break Open the Sky with Stephan Bauman
Jun 29 • 46 min
Stephan Bauman is a new friend who has written a courageous new book called Break Open The Sky: Saving Our Faith From a Culture of Fear. Stephan is the former President of World Relief, and he has seen firsthand in some of the most difficult places in the…
100 | In Which I am Interviewed
Jun 22 • 59 min
For the 100th episode, my brothers in law (Joel and Adam) decided to turn the tables and interview me. I’d say I was nervous, but that would be lying. I had a blast and I couldn’t wait to do it. We talked curiosity, God, writing, my next book, creativity,…
99 | God, Part 2: Deconstructing Dualism
Jun 15 • 31 min
So, let’s talk about God. What is God? Where is God? Who is God? And how does God inhabit our stories, our hopes, our fears and our dreams? Where is God taking all of this, if God is taking all of this anywhere at all? In this series - and I have no idea…
98 | The Light is Winning with Zach Hoag
Jun 13 • 48 min
Zach Hoag is one of many people who are noticing declining church attendance in the United States. Unlike many people who see it as a collapse, a loss, or even a death, Zach sees a surprising resurrection happening just below the surface. He calls this…
97 | God Part 1
Jun 8 • 44 min
So, let’s talk about God. What is God? Where is God? Who is God? And how does God inhabit our stories, our hopes, our fears and our dreams? Where is God taking all of this, if God is taking all of this anywhere at all? In this series - and I have no idea…
96 | I’ll Push You with Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck
Jun 6 • 45 min
Born just over 36 hours apart, Justin & Patrick are life-long friends with a rich, deep relationship that spans beyond 40 years. They travel together, live life together through its ups and downs, and most importantly, will do anything for each other. I…
95 | HopeMob with Leroy Barber and Todd Hiestand
Jun 1 • 40 min
Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” In 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s…
94 | Brave is the New Beautiful with Lee Wolfe Blum
May 25 • 47 min
Lee Wolfe Blum is the honest, vulnerable, and hopeful author of Brave is the New Beautiful: Finding the Courage to Be the Real You. Lee’s first book, Table in the Darkness: A Healing Journey Through an Eating Disorder, chronicles her journey with an…
93 | Writing with Shawn Smucker (Correct Version!)
May 23 • 47 min
Peeps! I mistakenly released the wrong mp3 file for the Shawn Smucker conversation earlier today. This is the right one! Sorry about that! I first heard of Shawn Smuckerwhen one of my friends came home from the Festival of Faith and Writing and said,…
92 | Villains, Victims, and Heroes with Lola Wright
May 18 • 49 min
Lola Wright, in her own words, is “here to be a fierce and loving invitation for the transformation of humanity.” Come on now! She works with the Bodhi Spiritual Center in Chicago, where she’s a leader, coach, guide, minister, speaker, and teacher. I met…
91 | What is the Bible? with Rob Bell
May 16 • 41 min
Whaaaaat? Rob Bell is on the podcast today. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a very long time. Rob Bell has written a bunch of books, including Velvet Elvis, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and Love Wins. His most recent book is called…
90 | Rabbi Alan Returns, Part 2
May 11 • 44 min
It’s Rabbi Alan… again! He’s back for more after such a robust episode last week. What more do I need to say? There will be more laughter, more stories, more mind blowing questions, observations, and conversation about what it means to finally share that…
89 | Rabbi Alan Returns, Part 1
May 4 • 41 min
It’s Rabbi Alan! What more do I need to say? There will be laughter, stories, mind blowing questions, observations, and conversation about what it means to finally share that hidden, intimate thing with God that you have never shared before. See? I told…
88 | Glory Happening with Kaitlin Curtice
Apr 27 • 48 min
Kaitlin Curtice is a Native American author of the forthcoming book Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places (it releases on November 7th, 2017). She’s also a frequent writer with Sojourners, and she leads worship at First Baptist Church in…
87 | Organic Torah with Rabbi Natan Margalit
Apr 20 • 33 min
Rabbi Natan Margalit is the Director of Organic Torah, which is a not-for-profit, program based, educational initiative to integrate ancient Jewish wisdom as a leading-edge voice in contemporary efforts to create a healthier, more sustainable, prosperous…
86 | Loss
Apr 13 • 30 min
It’s Holy Week. Before we can get to the resurrection, we need to go through the pain of loss. Mary Magdalene, we are told, “stood by the empty tomb and wept.” Grieving loss can be a tricky thing - you think you’re done, and then grief sneaks up on you…
85 | Power with Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin
Apr 6 • 51 min
One of my friends recently told me that I HAD to read this new book - The Way of the Dragon Or the Way of the Lamb, by Kyle Strobel and Jamin Goggin. It’s one of those books that is so good that it sort of hurts to read it. Kyle and Jamin decided to seek…
84 | Preemptive Love with Jeremy Courtney
Mar 30 • 53 min
“Violence unmakes the world, but preemptive love has the power to unmake violence.” Jeremy Courtney is the founder and CEO of the Preemptive Love Coalition, which brings relief to families fleeing war in Syria and Iraq. They help refugees rebuild their…
83 | Poetry with John Blase
Mar 23 • 46 min
John D. Blase is a gentle, wise soul, and he just published a book of poetry, titled: The Jubilee: Poems. His words help me want to love better, stay grounded in what matters, and use my words to heal and restore, instead of divide and conquer. He’s also…
82 | Transformation with Ruth Haley Barton
Mar 16 • 26 min
Ruth Haley Barton is one of my dear friends, and has also been a mentor for many years. She’s the author of many books, and is also the Director of the Transforming Center, which is dedicated to strengthening the souls of pastors, Christian leaders, and…
81 | Mu (Or: Please Ask a Better Question)
Mar 9 • 21 min
Have you ever experienced that awkward moment when someone asks you a question, and you know they want an either/or response, but you just can’t go there? Have you ever wanted to demand a better, more expansive question, one that respects the nature of…
80 | Lent
Feb 28 • 28 min
Lent is the season when most of us feel deprived, guilty, and hungry. But it was really meant to be a season where those of us who feel lost, lonely, and empty could return to God to be filled and finally satisfied. It’s a season to get really honest…
79 | Yeses and Nos
Feb 22 • 27 min
On today’s podcast, I talked about your body, your soul, your mind, and your spirit. In all of those areas, what are you saying yes to? What are you saying no to? What limits are you recognizing and how are you gently noticing what you need, and then…
78 | The Seeker with Jeff Johnson
Feb 15 • 52 min
Jeff Johnson is the founder and director of Motion 117 Productions, where he creates films, primarily because he’s fascinated with the question “why.” Jeff’s also a part of the incredible band Cloud Cult, who produced a feature film called The Seeker,…
77 | fall with Scott Madison
Feb 8 • 43 min
Almost exactly one year ago, Scott Madison fell 30 feet from a truss high above the stage at the church where he works. He probably should have died (but, well… he didn’t). Scott’s remarkable recovery and startling insights into a new life with God are…
76 | decisions
Feb 1 • 22 min
Sometimes we make decisions way too quickly and we regret them. Sometimes we let decisions drag on forever as the anxiety piles up like laundry. Sometimes we let others make our decisions for us. What’s behind that? What are we afraid of? Is there a…
75 | outsider with Nish Weiseth
Jan 25 • 49 min
In which I interviewed the inimitable Nish Weiseth, a self-proclaimed Enneagram 5 with a 5 Wing, author, speaker, mother, feminist, and hopeful-yet-angsty activist. We covered a range of topics, from being raised by atheist parents in the buckle of the…
74 | prayer with Dan Lukas
Jan 18 • 57 min
In which I interviewed my friend Dan Lukas, and he actually blew my mind about how he thinks about prayer. So many of us are terrified that we’re getting it wrong, and we give up before we’ve even started. “I pray,” he says, “so that I am made to look…
73 | learning
Jan 11 • 27 min
In which I invited everybody to the uncomfortable - or exciting, depending on your personality - place of allowing yourself to learn new things, to change what you think, and to expand as a human being. Would you be willing to watch/read the news from a…
72 | epiphany
Jan 6 • 32 min
In which I talked about cultivating the ability to see the light of Christ in the world in unexpected places, while taking unfamiliar journeys. In the Christian household, Epiphany is the season where we look for the light of Christ, and we wonder what…
71 | change that actually changes you
Dec 29, 2016 • 22 min
In which I talk about a different way to approach the idea of resolutions. Resolutions tend to make us feel “less than,” and that life can only be enjoyed when we’ve reached our goal. Change that actually changes you involves taking the time to listen to…
70 | light with Rabbi Alan Ullman
Dec 23, 2016 • 73 min
In which Rabbi Alan and I talk about how LIGHT is always found hidden in the darkness in the Scriptures, beginning with Genesis 1 and ending with Revelation 21. Some juicy quotes: “Sacred wisdom isn’t on demand.” Come on now! And, “God-light is at its…
69 | refugees with Lynne Hybels
Dec 21, 2016 • 43 min
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68 | the enneagram part 2 with Stephanie Spencer and Charles Dean
Dec 14, 2016 • 22 min
67 | the enneagram part 1 with Stephanie Spencer and Charles Dean
Dec 8, 2016 • 55 min
66 | birthed: finding grace through infertility with Elizabeth Hagan
Nov 30, 2016 • 45 min
65 | thanksgiving
Nov 23, 2016 • 47 min
64 | scapegoat
Nov 18, 2016 • 26 min
63 | practice with Aaron Niequist
Nov 10, 2016 • 55 min
62 | words with Ferg Breen
Nov 2, 2016 • 49 min
61 | emotion
Oct 27, 2016 • 32 min
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60 | watchpost
Oct 20, 2016 • 34 min
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59 | palingensia
Oct 13, 2016 • 31 min
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58 | clean water
Oct 7, 2016 • 4 min
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57 | choose and choose again with Kevin Butcher
Oct 5, 2016 • 41 min
56 | anchor
Sep 28, 2016 • 26 min
55 | parenthood with Jim and Lynne Jackson
Sep 21, 2016 • 61 min
54 | stop yourself
Aug 11, 2016 • 29 min
53 | closer than close with Dave Hickman
Aug 3, 2016 • 46 min
52 | church with Tim Soerens
Jul 27, 2016 • 42 min
51 | not bad enough with Andy Gullahorn and Joel Hanson
Jul 20, 2016 • 52 min
50 | the wingfeathers with Andrew Peterson
Jul 13, 2016 • 39 min
49 | formation with Christine Osgood
Jul 6, 2016 • 51 min
48 | numbers with Rabbi Alan Ullman
Jun 30, 2016 • 80 min
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47 | blindspots with Steve Person
Jun 23, 2016 • 60 min
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46: Sobriety with Seth Haines (encore)
Jun 17, 2016 • 45 min
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45 | lament with Jon Huckins
Jun 15, 2016 • 27 min
44 | script
Jun 8, 2016 • 23 min
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43 | courage with Amber Salhus
Jun 1, 2016 • 52 min
42 | judging
May 26, 2016 • 25 min
41 | the global immersion project with Jer Swigart and Steve Haines
May 18, 2016 • 64 min
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40 | sweat
May 11, 2016 • 34 min
39 | belovedMess
May 4, 2016 • 18 min
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38 | masculinity with Nate Pyle
Apr 27, 2016 • 49 min
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37 | new
Apr 21, 2016 • 30 min
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36 | Jesus with Sarah Bessey
Apr 14, 2016
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35 | creativity with Bob Stromberg
Apr 7, 2016
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34 | peacemakers with Lynne Hybels
Mar 30, 2016 • 65 min
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33 | sobriety with Seth Haines
Mar 23, 2016 • 44 min
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32 | wandering with A.J. Swoboda
Mar 18, 2016 • 36 min
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31 | shalom part 2 with Rabbi Alan Ullman
Mar 17, 2016 • 54 min
30 | you
Mar 9, 2016 • 27 min
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29 | kilimanjaro
Mar 4, 2016 • 12 min
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28 | unredeemed with Matt Bays
Mar 2, 2016 • 54 min
27 | leadership with Jo Saxton and Steph Williams
Feb 24, 2016 • 47 min
26 | shalom
Feb 17, 2016 • 36 min
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25 | unraveled with Jen and Charlie Dean
Feb 11, 2016 • 55 min
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24 | circles
Feb 4, 2016 • 33 min
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23 | dangerous with Joel Hanson
Jan 27, 2016 • 68 min
22 | race with Dee McIntosh
Jan 21, 2016 • 42 min
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