Spiritual Steps: Pray | Listen | Grow

Spiritual Steps: Pray | Listen | Grow

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Small steps in the Spiritual Life
34 | First Steps: Addressing God
May 16 • 9 min
How do you start a prayer? Where to begin?
33 | Pursuing the Will of God
Feb 16 • 15 min
This episode explores the idea of “bearing fruit” in the parable of the sower…which might not mean what we think it does!
32 | Hold on to Mystery
Feb 10 • 12 min
What does it mean to follow a Christ who is often shrouded in mystery?
31 | Gathered and Sent
Feb 2 • 12 min
The spiritual life of Jesus’s people follows the rhythm of being gathered and sent. Jesus gathered us together, and sends us out. He calls us into the world of mission, and then sends us home again. Mission and Prayer are so closely intertwined that…
30 | Be Silent (and Get Out!)
Jan 19 • 12 min
An episode that I’m totally uncomfortable with.
29 | The Invitation
Jan 13 • 10 min
The journey with Jesus begins with his invitation.
28 | Praying for Your Community by Listening to Your Community
Jan 6 • 10 min
This episode is all about praying for your community by learning to pay attention to what’s happening in your community. host: Steven Hovater
27 | Intimacy in Prayer
Nov 22, 2016 • 13 min
This may not be what you normally expect from an episode of Spiritual Steps, but I think it’s important to have a conversation about what it means to experience intimacy with God during prayer, and how we manage our expectations of such experiences.
26 | Bounce your Scope
Nov 17, 2016 • 11 min
This episode offers a way of praying that helps us develop our perspective. Sometimes you need to see the forest, and some times you need to see the trees.
25 | Change Your Reading Context
Nov 10, 2016 • 12 min
The context in which you read a text can be just as important as the context in which it was written. This episode, we’ll learn to use that. Three exercises for opening up the reading of scripture by shifting your reading context. …
24 | Read the Gospels
Oct 20, 2016 • 11 min
Try reading the gospels, one at a time, in single sittings. It takes a little longer than the normal way we encounter them, but it can enrich your understanding of Jesus and what it means to follow him. Host: Steven Hovater
23 | Words of Affirmation
Sep 7, 2016 • 8 min
Learn the practice of intentionally using your language—one of your most powerful tools—to bless other people.
22 | Discerning the Spirit
Aug 31, 2016 • 12 min
Much of what we search for is wrapped in mystery—and yet, God’s spirit is still leading and guiding us. Here is an exercise in which, we practice listening. The spiritual exercise outlined in this episode is a sort of examen-like practice for…
21 | Praying for Your Enemies
Aug 17, 2016 • 12 min
Praying for our enemies is a difficult—but highly transformative spiritual practice rooted in the teachings of Jesus. In this episode, we talk about why that’s important, and share some tips on how you can move towards that…
20 | Prayer Snacks
Aug 2, 2016 • 10 min
Take advantage of the practice of short “snacks” of prayer in the middle of your day!
19 | Bounce Back
Jul 28, 2016 • 12 min
This episode is about bouncing back when your prayer life takes a dive, and collapses. Don’t be afraid to begin again!
18 | Get Physical
Jul 1, 2016 • 11 min
This episode is about the practice of praying with your body. Host: Steven Hovater (twitter: @stevenhovater)
17 | Stretch the Silence
Jun 22, 2016 • 9 min
This episode is about developing your capacity for silence. host: Steven Hovater (twitter: @stevenhovater)
16 | 10 Tips for Building Community
Jun 15, 2016 • 14 min
Here are my top ten tips for building community…these are the best steps I know of for developing relationships with people. host: Steven Hovater (twitter: @stevenhovater)
15 | Stepping Toward Spiritual Community
Jun 2, 2016 • 14 min
The practice of spiritual community is one of the most fruitful tools in Christian spirituality. In this episode, we begin with an understanding of the foundations of spiritual community: Community is built on what we hold in common, what we…
14 | When Prayer (Alone) Isn’t Enough
May 2, 2016 • 13 min
Part of becoming a person of prayer is learning to explore andunderstand its limits, or perhaps it is more accurate to say theplaces where pure prayer intersects with the rest of ourlives. I’d love to connect with you on twitter! Catch…
13 | Repetition and the Jesus Prayer
Apr 14, 2016 • 12 min
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” This old prayer, which comes to us through the orthodox church, in which it has been used since at least 600 AD, is one of many short prayers that can be used repetitively as a way of moving…
12 | Crafting a Prayer Routine
Apr 7, 2016 • 12 min
An important step in cultivating a life of prayer is crafting a prayer routine that works for you. Here are some reflections on what that’s looked like for me, and some pointers on what crafting your own routine. If you need a little bit of…
11 | Prayer: More than a Feeling
Mar 24, 2016 • 12 min
Prayer wrestles with the same struggle as many of the church’s practices in our day: an over reliance on emotional intensity. This episode is about allowing our prayer lives to take on other dimensions. Host: Steven Hovater…
10 | Fruitful Prayers (Praying for God’s will to be done)
Mar 17, 2016 • 12 min
Praying for the fruitfulness of God’s work in the world, among our friends, neighbors, and churches, and in ourselves. This episode explores the prayer of Paul in Colossians: “we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled…
9 | The Lord’s (Missional) Prayer
Mar 10, 2016 • 9 min
Praying towards the fulfillment of God’s work in the world, via the Lord’s Prayer. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on iTunes! You might…
8 | Pursue Virtue
Feb 25, 2016 • 12 min
Cultivate the virtues, one by one. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on iTunes! You might also be interested in my podcast The…
7 | The Prayer of Solidarity
Feb 18, 2016 • 10 min
Learn to pray on behalf of those who are suffering injustice! Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on iTunes! You might also be interested in my…
6 | Praying the Psalms
Feb 11, 2016 • 14 min
This episode is about incorporating the Psalms, with their range of emotional tones, into your prayer life. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web: stevenhovater.com) Please think about leaving a review of the show on…
5 | Small Denials (The art of Mini-Fasts)
Feb 4, 2016 • 11 min
In a culture built on consumption, one of the best small spiritual steps you can take is one of small denial. This episode encourages you to incorporate mini-fasting into your spiritual life. Host: Steven Hovater…
4 | The Prayer of Letting Go
Jan 28, 2016 • 12 min
Letting Go is hard, whether that’s letting go of fear, guilt, hurt, grief, or any of the other weights that we carry around. This episode is about the prayer of letting go, a physical way of praying and releasing our grip on some of those…
3 | Live in a Little Text
Jan 21, 2016 • 13 min
If you feel lost in the Bible, or get overwhelmed in its breadth, this episode points the way forward by providing a small step to help you engage in the scriptures. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater Web:…
2 | Prayer and Rest
Jan 14, 2016 • 11 min
Rest is a vital, if often overlooked, element to a life of prayer. In this episode, we talk about what it means to strengthen your prayer life through taking the small step of making sure you get enough rest. Host: Steven Hovater…
1 | The Simplest Prayer: Thank You
Jan 7, 2016 • 11 min
The simple prayer “Thank You” can be a foundation for a life of prayer. This is the first episode of the Spiritual Steps podcast, dedicated to helping you find small spiritual steps that can help you grow in your journey with God. Host:…