Renovaré Podcast: Ordinary Life with God hosted by Nathan Foster

Renovaré Podcast: Ordinary Life with God hosted by Nathan Foster

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A podcast on Christian spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines, and life with God with Nathan Foster and friends
73 - Holiness is Better Than You Think // Trevor Hudson
Mar 19 • 30 min
Author and speaker Trevor Hudson joins Nathan again, this time to talk about a word that's become synonymous with legalism, self-righteousness and conformity: holiness. Trevor helps reclaim the word. It turns out that holiness means being fully alive and…
72 - Coloring with God // Adele Calhoun
Mar 12 • 28 min
Nathan talks with author and spiritual director Adele Calhoun about coloring as a spiritual discipline—she just released a grown-up coloring book called Coloring the Psalms—and how to engage God in icons and art.
71 - Richard Foster turns 75 // Richard Foster
Mar 5 • 30 min
In this episode Richard Foster shares his 75th birthday idea: What if you gave $75 to someone in need or 75 minutes to someone lonely? This fun experiment runs through April 25th. We'll collect your stories (call 1-844-RENEW88 to record yours) and share…
70 - Liturgy of the Ordinary // Tish Harrison Warren
Feb 26 • 37 min
Nathan talks with author and Anglican priest Tish Harrison Warren about her book Liturgy of the Ordinary. Tish helps us see not simply that ordinary life matters but how it matters and how we can be found by God in the ordinary.
69 - Remembering Thomas Oden: New Doesn’t Mean Better // Chris Hall
Feb 19 • 48 min
Nathan Foster talks with Renovaré president Chris Hall about his recently passed friend, mentor and theologian Tom Oden. Chris also shares why ancient writings by the church fathers are more relevant than ever, and how C.S. Lewis defined an ignorant…
68 - Scripture Meditation // Jan Johnson
Feb 13 • 35 min
Author, retreat leader, and spiritual director Jan Johnson joins Nathan again to talk about the importance of meditating on scripture, how it differs from eastern meditation, and even slowly walks us through a passage in Luke. Music during meditation is…
67 - Refugees // Cindy Wu
Feb 5 • 29 min
Cindy Wu, co-author of Our Global Families, lives in the most racially diverse county in America (in Houston). In this timely episode Cindy gently cuts through misconceptions about refugees and shares how caring for the stranger is easier and more…
66 - Broken Hallelujahs // Beth Allen Slevcove
Jan 29 • 41 min
Beth Allen Slevcove is a spiritual director, retreat leader, writer, surfer and mother in San Diego, California. Nathan talks with her about learning to grieve, the topic of her book Broken Hallelujahs.
65 - Slow // C. Chris Smith
Jan 22 • 43 min
Chris Smith is editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and a member of Englewood Christian Church, a church which helped spark Chris' book Slow Church. Nathan chats with him about living and reading slower and more intentionally.
64 - St. John of the Cross // Charles Ayars
Jan 15 • 34 min
Nathan talks with Charles Ayars, a spiritual director who works with the Renovaré Institute, about the life and poetry of St. John of the Cross.
63 - The Spiritual Legacy of Henri Nouwen // Deirdre LaNoue
Jan 8 • 31 min
Deirdre LaNoue's doctoral dissertation became the book The Spiritual Legacy Of Henri Nouwen. Nathan Foster talks with her about Henri's life, and his book Life of the Beloved which Deirdre facilitates in this year's Renovaré Book Club. (Join at…
62 - Bible Reading Insights at 92 // Mary Russell
Jan 1 • 21 min
Nathan Foster kicks off 2017 by interviewing long-time Renovaré supporter Mary Russell, 92, who shares her rhythms of reading Scripture and how she listens to God. Life With God Bible resources mentioned in podcast are available at renovare.org/bible.
61 - Christmas Songs with Carolyn Arends
Dec 18, 2016 • 23 min
For nearly each one of the last 25 years Carolyn Arends, Renovaré's Director of Education, has written a new Christmas song. In this episode, the last of the year, Nathan plays us three of those songs and talks with Carolyn to get the stories behind them.
60 - Renovaré UK, and Exploring Mid-Faith Crisis // Joe Davis
Dec 11, 2016 • 29 min
Joe Davis is a minister, speaker, celebrant, Renovaré Institute grad, and part of the Renovaré UK leadership team. He talks with Nathan about his work and what it means to go through a "mid-faith crisis."
59 - Bill Vaswig & Healing Prayer Part 2 // James Catford
Dec 4, 2016 • 37 min
James Catford joins Nathan for part two discussing Bill Vaswig and healing prayer. This time they dive into more specifics about prayer and why heart posture matters more than a perfect process.
58 - Bill Vaswig & Healing Prayer Part 1 // James Catford
Nov 27, 2016 • 29 min
This week Renovaré releases interviews with the late Bill Vaswig, a Lutheran minister and long-time Renovaré ministry team member who focused on healing prayer. James Catford, a Renovaré board member and close friend of Bill, talks with Nathan to give us…
57 - The Trinitarian Nature of Spiritual Formation
Nov 20, 2016 • 42 min
"Spiritual formation is intensely relational." This week Chris Hall helps us understand how we become "ever more human as we become ever more like God." Taken from a recent Renovaré Making Ordinary Saints Gathering in Paoli, PA.
56 - An Invitation to a Well-Ordered Way // Steve Macchia
Nov 13, 2016 • 32 min
Steve Macchia, founder of Leadership Transformations, joins Nathan again, this time to discuss his book *Crafting a Rule of Life: An Invitation to a Well-Ordered Way*. Steve shares why a rule of life is about freedom not restriction, and how to write one…
55 - Thirty Days at a Trappist Monastery // Steve Fawver
Nov 6, 2016 • 43 min
Steve Fawver, pastor of Spiritual Health & Care at Newberg Friends Church in Oregon, talks with Nathan about the value of retreats and reflects on a recent 30 day stay at a Trappist monastery.
54 - Q & A with Richard Foster & Chris Hall
Oct 30, 2016 • 37 min
Nathan asks Richard Foster and Chris Hall listener questions ranging from what kind of conversation makes God smile to what spiritual formation has to say about capitalism and who to vote for.
53 - Bad Quaker // J. Brent Bill
Oct 24, 2016 • 28 min
Author Brent Bill talks with Nathan about his new book Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Toward Simplicity and Grace.
52 - The Role of Faith in Prayer // Dallas Willard
Oct 16, 2016 • 53 min
This week we unearth a gem from the archives—Dallas Willard at Azusa Pacific University giving a potent teaching on prayer.
51 - “Mere Spirituality”: A Conversation at Bruderhof // Charles Moore & Richard Foster
Oct 9, 2016 • 38 min
During a recent visit to a Bruderhof community, Nathan and his father Richard Foster sit down with Charles E. Moore, a contributing editor and author for Plough Publishing House. The conversation flows from what is essential to a "mere spirituality" to…
50 - Community Life at Bruderhof // Emily Alexander and Leslie Moore
Oct 2, 2016 • 21 min
Nathan visits a Bruderhof community in New York and talks with two of its members about what it's like to live in a Christian community that shares all its possessions.
49 - Meeting God in Scripture // Jan Johnson
Sep 25, 2016 • 22 min
Author, retreat leader, and spiritual director Jan Johnson talks with Nathan about the importance of both studying and meditating on Scripture, and her new book Meeting God in Scripture.
48 - More Beautiful Having Been Broken // Steve Macchia
Sep 18, 2016 • 32 min
Steve Macchia is founder of Leadership Transformations, an organization that focuses on spiritual formation for leaders. In this episode he talks with Nathan about his book Broken and Whole, and the freedom and beauty of being vulnerable.
47 - Friendship with God // Trevor Hudson
Sep 11, 2016 • 30 min
Trevor Hudson is an author and speaker who teaches at the Renovaré Institute and internationally on spiritual formation. He joins Nathan to talk about life in South Africa, his new book Beyond Loneliness, and friendship with God. Trevor is facilitating…
46 - Renovaré Institute, Latin & G.K. Chesterton // Justine Olawsky
Sep 4, 2016 • 17 min
Justine Olawsky is the voice you'll hear if you call Renovaré. In this episode Nathan helps us get to know her. Along the way we learn a bit about the Renovaré Institute, Latin, and G.K. Chesterton.
45 - The Spiritual Practice of Reading // Carolyn Arends
Aug 28, 2016 • 25 min
Nathan talks with Carolyn Arends, Renovaré Director of Education, about how books shape us, different modes of reading, and the upcoming Renovaré Book Club. Learn more at renovare.org/bookclub
44 - God Narratives & Holistic Spiritual Formation // James Bryan Smith
Aug 21, 2016 • 26 min
What we think about God determines how we approach life with God. James Bryan Smith, author and professor at Friends University, talks with Nathan Foster about those God-narratives and about how to approach spiritual formation holistically.
43 - Living with Chronic Pain // Christy Foster
Aug 14, 2016 • 30 min
In this very personal episode, Nathan Foster interviews his wife Christy about life with God in the midst of chronic pain. They also talk about Christy's songs and Istra Blue, the band they play in together.
42 - Helping Children Enter Into Life With God // Lacy Borgo
Aug 7, 2016 • 30 min
Author, teacher and spiritual director Lacy Borgo returns to talk with Nathan about her Life With God children's curriculum, and how parents, pastors and teachers can make room for children to deepen friendship with God. Learn more at…
41 - Renovation of the Church // Kent Carlson & Mike Lueken
Jul 31, 2016 • 42 min
What happens when a seeker sensitive church embraces spiritual formation? In this episode Nathan talks with Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken, co-pastors who took their church through that transition and wrote a book about the process. Nathan Foster's related…
40 - Union with Christ // Dave Hickman
Jul 24, 2016 • 20 min
Dave Hickman is a regional president of Apartment Life, a ministry that helps apartments build community. He talks with Nathan about his work, and his new book Closer than Close, Awakening to the Freedom of Your Union with Christ.
39 - Hip-Hop Culture and the Psalms of Disorientation // Donn Thomas
Jul 17, 2016 • 28 min
Donn Thomas is an African American songwriter, theologian, professor, worship leader and long-time Renovaré ministry team member. Nathan talks with him about the similarities between the Psalms and hip-hop culture, and how to lovingly discuss race-related…
38 - Local Church Flowing in the Streams // Giff Reed
Jul 10, 2016 • 26 min
What does it look like for a local church to intentionally participate in all the streams that Jesus flowed in? Nathan's search for such a church turned up Red Door Church in Bloomington, Indiana. Giff Reed, a pastor at Red Door, is this week's guest.
37 - Story & The Importance of Memorization // Paul Patton
Jul 3, 2016 • 31 min
Nathan Foster talks again with author, playwright, professor and former pastor Paul Patton about the recurring story of brokenness and redemption found in film, and about how to "steward the stirrings of the soul" through memorization.
36 - Tolkien: Making the Good Winsome // Richard E. Cornell
Jun 26, 2016 • 24 min
Nathan Foster chats with Spring Arbor professor and Tolkien expert Richard E. Cornell about Tolkien's work, his influence on C.S. Lewis, and his ability to make the good appear as interesting and winsome as it really is.
35 - Responding to Orlando // Richard Foster
Jun 19, 2016 • 22 min
Listen in on this tender conversation where Nathan asks his dad Richard Foster for wisdom on how to respond to the recent tragedy in Orlando.
34 - Becoming Like a Child // Lacy Borgo
Jun 12, 2016 • 19 min
Lacy Borgo returns to talk with Nathan about what spiritual formation looks like for children, and how adults can learn from children to play with and listen to God.
33 - East Meets West: Renovaré Korea // Brian Kang
Jun 5, 2016 • 16 min
Nathan Foster talks with Renovaré Korea director Brian Kang about his work with spiritual formation groups, differences and similarities in American and Korean Christian culture, and an upcoming conference.
32 - An Unhurried Life // Alan Fadling
May 29, 2016 • 27 min
Take a breath and join Nathan as he talks with Alan Fadling, President and Founder of Unhurried Living in Mission Viejo, CA, about living an unhurried life by following Jesus' rhythms of work and rest.
31 - Christianity and Islam // Steve Hewko
May 22, 2016 • 18 min
Nathan Foster talks with Steve Hewko, currently working towards a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary Islamic and Christian theology, about how Christians and Muslims think about God.
30 - New Director of Community Life // Nathan Foster
May 16, 2016 • 22 min
Renovaré board chair Jon Bailey switches seats with Nathan Foster and interviews Nathan about his new role as Director of Community Life at Renovaré.
29 - Worship with Your Life // Jon Bauer
May 8, 2016 • 22 min
In Toronto Nathan interviews Canadian singer/songwriter and worship leader Jon Bauer about worship being more than a song, the beauty of worshipping with those in closed countries, and how to be faithful in the small things.
28 - Hope for a New Reformation // Richard Foster
May 1, 2016 • 27 min
Nathan Foster's latest Heart to Heart essay imagines local churches being places where "honest transformation into the image of Christ from the inside out is a living reality." In this episode, Nathan talks with his dad Richard Foster about what that…
27 - Lessons from Roger // Roger Fredrikson
Apr 24, 2016 • 13 min
Roger Fredrikson, who recently turned 95, is the oldest member of the Renovaré Ministry Team. In this tender podcast with Nathan Foster he shares his wealth of wisdom learned over the years.
26 - Doubt in Faith // Carolyn Arends
Apr 17, 2016 • 27 min
Carolyn Arends, Renovaré Director of Education, talks with Nathan Foster about the role of doubt. What do we do with it? Is it always the enemy of faith or can it be used to strengthen our faith?
25 - Streams // Richard Foster
Apr 10, 2016 • 8 min
Nathan Foster has a short impromptu discussion with his father Richard Foster about why various traditions of the Christian faith—the six streams—are important for giving us a more complete picture of life with God.
24 - Helping Children Make Room for God // Lacy Borgo
Apr 3, 2016 • 15 min
Educator and author Lacy Finn Borgo talks with Nathan Foster about helping children make room for God through the spiritual disciplines.
23 - Stopping Comparison in It’s Tracks // Richella Parham
Mar 27, 2016 • 26 min
Writer and Renovaré Ministry team member Richella Parham talks with Nathan Foster about overcoming the crippling effects of comparison.
22 - Leading the Dance with Pop Culture // Paul Patton
Mar 21, 2016 • 24 min
Nathan Foster talks with author, playwright, professor and former pastor Paul Patton about the tragic loss of boredom, fear of missing out (FOMO), and the dance with pop culture.
21 - Spiritual Practices, Smell & The Image of God // Fil Anderson
Mar 13, 2016 • 25 min
Author, speaker and spiritual director Fil Anderson talks with Nathan Foster about how spiritual practices shape us, why God loves us, and how a over-sensitive sense of smell can been redeemed.
20 - Lessons from Trees // Aaron Wyman
Mar 6, 2016 • 25 min
Trees can teach us a thing or two about life with God. That's the topic of Nathan Foster's bi-monthly Heart to Heart essay, out today. In this podcast Nathan dives deeper into the life of trees with biologist and Spring Arbor professor Aaron Wyman.
19 - The Kingdom of God // Richard Foster
Feb 28, 2016 • 8 min
In this brief conversation, Nathan talks with his father Richard Foster about the Kingdom of God—what it is, how it differs from the church, and how to know what God wants.
18 - Life Together on the Narrowing Way // Mimi Dixon
Feb 21, 2016 • 21 min
In part 2 of their conversation, Mimi Dixon shares with Nathan wisdom about community and the narrowing way, drawing from her 30 years of pastoring the same church.
17 - Dark Night // Mimi Dixon
Feb 14, 2016 • 20 min
Pastor and Renovaré Board Member Mimi Dixon talks with Nathan about how God uses suffering to draw us closer to him. She explains the different between the "dark night of the hole" - one we dig ourselves into - and the "dark night of the soul".
16 - Worship as Spiritual Formation // Valerie Hess
Feb 7, 2016 • 27 min
Nathan talks with author, church musician, and instructor Val Hess about worship as spiritual formation and how we might re-shape our worship gatherings.
15 - Organic vs Inorganic Order // Brian Morykon
Jan 31, 2016 • 18 min
Nathan talks with singer/songwriter, web designer and Renovaré ministry team member Brian Morykon about Mexican tile work and the beauty of organic order.
14 - Renew Your Life // Kai Nilsen
Jan 24, 2016 • 19 min
Nathan Foster talks with author and Lutheran pastor Kai Nilsen about his new book, Renew Your Life.
13 - Renovaré Director of Education // Carolyn Arends
Jan 17, 2016 • 29 min
Nathan Foster has a laid back chat with author, songwriter and Renovaré Director of Education Carolyn Arends.
12: Soul Care and Abundant Simplicity // Jan Johnson
Jan 10, 2016 • 27 min
Heart to Heart reboots as the Renovaré Podcast, now released every Monday. This week Nathan Foster chats with author and speaker Jan Johnson about Abundant Simplicity, people-pleasing, and why Inbox Zero isn't one of her life's goals. Related essay at:…
11 - Availability and Vulnerability Part 2 // Fil Anderson
Nov 4, 2015 • 25 min
This month Nathan talks with author, speaker and spiritual director Fil Anderson about "withness", Jesus' interruptibility, and lessons from Brennan Manning's last moments. Read the related essay at http://renovare.org/heart-to-heart.
10 - Availability and Vulnerability // James Catford
Aug 3, 2015 • 28 min
Nathan chats with Bible Society Chief Executive James Catford about the importance to being open honest with one another in community.
9 - Educational Spiritual Formation Communities // Gary Moon
Jul 1, 2015 • 16 min
In the last decade spiritual formation communities have been popping up everywhere. One example is the Renovaré Institute. It's founder, Gary Moon, is the guest on this month's podcast. Read Nathan Foster's related essay at…
8 - Lessons Beyond the Grave // Chris Hall
May 21, 2015 • 25 min
Renovaré President Chris Hall shares with Nathan Foster some surprising perspectives on life in the age to come and how it touches our life now. Read the related essay at http://renovare.org/heart-to-heart/
7 - Values for a Healthy Organization // Richard Foster
Apr 16, 2015 • 23 min
Nathan Foster and his father Richard discuss the intentional but sometimes unspoken values that make an organization like Renovaré have longevity. Read the related essay at http://renovare.org/heart-to-heart/
6 - Prayers of Pain and Lament // Brian Morykon
Mar 18, 2015 • 26 min
Nathan Foster discusses his March 2015 letter about prayers of pain and lament. He is joined by songwriter and Renovare Ministry Team member Brian Morykon. Read the letter at http://renovare.org/heart-to-heart.
5 - Community // Gayle Withnell
Jan 23, 2015 • 27 min
Nathan Foster talks about community and small groups with Gayle Withnell, a teacher and writer gifted in intercessory prayer. Related letter at http://renovare.org/heart-to-heart
4 - Resentments // Margaret Campbell
Dec 18, 2014 • 37 min
Nathan Foster discusses his December 2014 Heart to Heart letter about resentments and what to do about them. He is joined by Margaret Campbell from the Renovaré board. Read the letter at http://renovare.org/heart-to-heart.
3 - Irrelevance // Mimi Dixon
Nov 18, 2014 • 28 min
Henri Nouwen said, "I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self." Nathan talks with pastor Mimi Dixon about the…
2 - Slowing // Jon Bailey and Juanita Rasmus
Oct 6, 2014 • 25 min
Nathan Foster talks about what he learned while practicing the discipline of slowing down with God. He is joined by Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of the St. John’s United Methodist Church in Downtown Houston, and Jonathan Bailey, co-founder of Lightstock and…
1 - Spiritual Disciplines // Richard J. Foster & Marti Ensign
Sep 1, 2014 • 26 min
Nathan Foster is joined by author Richard J. Foster and missionary Marti Ensign. They share stories and talk about freedom and grace in the spiritual disciplines.