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Eps 119: “Honey and Onions” [Insights for Idealists] Guest, Alessandra Pigni - Spark My Muse
Nov 15 • 64 min
Do you help your co-workers THRIVE? Have you ever had to leave a job because of BURNOUT? A lot of environments require that we work very hard, but only certain settings will create burnout. Today I welcome Alessandra Pigni who was a humanitarian…
Beverly with the Strawberry Nose [SSL86] - Spark My Muse
Nov 8 • 23 min
Personhood dynamics play into who gets agency and who does not; who gets treated humanely (or even kindly) and who does not; whose voice gets to be authoritative and whose does not. What are the 3 degrees of these dynamics, which affect you the most, and…
Eps 118: Reading People (and Ourselves) Guest Anne Bogel - Spark My Muse
Nov 1 • 55 min
How much can we change? What’s “baked in” and what’s not? That’s a bit of what today’s show explores with my charming guest Anne Bogel. Anne Bogel is behind the popular blog, beloved by avid readers, called “Modern Mrs Darcy”. She’s also the creator of…
The Bridge of Well Being [SSL85] - Spark My Muse
Oct 25 • 18 min
Today I am featuring author Mark Nepo’s writing and his insights on Wholeness and Traveling Together. It’s a message we all crave in chaotic times when we long for well being. Bonus Features and Extras to this episode here Stop by the newly designed…
Eps 117: To Love Ourselves As We Are, Guest Hillary McBride - Spark My Muse
Oct 18 • 59 min
It is rare that a person will be brave enough to traverse the whole painful path of writing the book and having the hards conversations that could help themselves and so many people along the way, and that is just what Hillary McBride did. She is my guest…
Time Abstracted [SSL84] - Spark My Muse
Oct 11 • 25 min
Today, I announce several big news items and the Soul School Lessons revolves around the idea of experiencing time as both an abstraction and concrete reality as we relate to others and ourselves. This is done with the help of what is elucidated through…
Eps 116: Deliberate Acts of Kindness, Guest Meredith Gould - Spark My Muse
Oct 4 • 51 min
How can you discern a new call to service? How can you tell if you’re in a (subtly) spiritually abusive situation where your acts of service will lead to a debilitating burnout? Do you do service work or ministry to hide from something? In this…
[SSL83] Are You Failing the 3 Second Test? - Spark My Muse
Sep 27 • 16 min
Have you ever been excited to meet someone or converse about an idea and the whole encounter just seemed to misfire or the interpersonal connection seemed to go sideways, and you couldn’t figure out why? Research from Harvard Business School professor Dr…
Eps 115: Be an Honest Thief, Guest Jeff Goins - Spark My Muse
Sep 20 • 41 min
Welcome to another Wednesday Audio release! Best-selling writer, Jeff Goins says that too many creative people are hampered from making a living from their art because of a “Starving Artists Mentality”. In my conversation with him today we discuss some of…
The WHY and WHAT of Suffering and Invitation [SSL82] - Spark My Muse
Sep 13 • 22 min
Today, is about what happens when disaster strikes and we find ourselves asking, “Why?” This is a more personal episode in some ways and it’s partially about how I’ve spent many years asking “why?” and searching for answers. It’s also about how asking a…
Eps 114: Jesus, the Misunderstood Jew - Guest, AJ Levine - Spark My Muse
Sep 6 • 47 min
Remember that time when a Canaanite mom was scrounging around Jesus to get a healing for her daughter–and then he called her kind “little bitches”? Me neither. You might need to brace yourself for a shock. The gospels of the New Testament are usually…
Eps 113: Part II Theo-poetics (in the wild), guest Michael Wright - Spark My Muse
Aug 30 • 57 min
PART II of Theo-poetics explores “Theopoetics ‘in the wild’ ” - Michael Wright M.A. (From Fuller Studio) and I discuss three amazing creators, some of their work and how their work has invited integrity for our inner lives and our communities. See all the…
Motivation and 3 Notions of Consciousness [SSL81] - Spark My Muse
Aug 23 • 29 min
The nature of consciousness has been a confounding topic of investigation in science and of debate in philosophy, and a common theme in religion throughout the ages. Reflection and reasoning are uniquely human fortes. We wonder about our humanness on a…
Eps 112: Quakerism, embodied spirituality, and Theo-poetics; guest: Callid Keefe-Perry - Spark My Muse
Aug 16 • 77 min
If you create or communicate, this is a must-hear (and re-hear) kind of episode to listen to and absorb, deep down into the bones. Today is a savory conversation with Callid Keefe-Perry. First we journey into understanding Quakerism (The Religious Society…
Making Maps for Your Life [SSL80] - Spark My Muse
Aug 9 • 9 min
Have you ever made your own map? A map that is about YOU? Inspired by the previous episode with Lisa Deam, PhD ( on Medieval Maps ) I decided to open up a challenge to you listeners this week: make your OWN map. A personal map. The show notes will include…
Eps 111: The Strange World of Medieval Maps; Guest Lisa Deam, PhD - Spark My Muse
Aug 2 • 47 min
Hideous monsters, a pregnant Jesus, time travel, and finding the naval of the world are just four of the unexpected things revealed in my conversation today with expert Lisa Deam, PhD on the topic of Medieval maps. This now secret-coded world of Medieval…
Growing up in the Digital Century (guest convo): [SSL79] - Spark My Muse
Jul 26 • 25 min
Being a teenager has always been a challenging time in a person’s life, but never before has a generation been deluged with the amount of connectivity, information, media, content, and digital influences and interruptions as they are now. This new way of…
Eps 110: The Immigrant Refugee Story and Work of Karen González - Spark My Muse
Jul 19 • 57 min
Karen González’s family fled Central America for their lives and came to America when she was a girl. Today, you will hear her story and the work she does now to help refugees resettle and get work when they escape certain death and find refuge in this…
Welcoming Neutrality into our Unfolding Lives? [SSL78] - Spark My Muse
Jul 12 • 20 min
Are you the kind of person that would win a million dollars only to immediately begin worrying about who would start to “come out of the woodwork” to pressure you for money? Or would winning a lot of money free you from all sorts of cares and worries?…
Eps 109: Pádrig Ó Tuama and Lumpy Crossings - Spark My Muse
Jul 5 • 65 min
There’s an old Irish proverb that says: ‘It is in the shelter of each other that the people live’. Today my conversation with poet, theologian, group worker, and leader of Corrymeela (the oldest peace community in all of Ireland), Pádraig Ó Tuama. It is…
Of Course, You Will Marry the Wrong Person [SSL77] - Spark My Muse
Jun 28 • 17 min
Alain de Botton posits a brilliant idea very uncommon in our habits of contemporary coupling. The ways we are attracted and commence dating, courtship, engagement, co-habitation, and marriage are soaked in the untenable falsehood of romance. Flying in the…
Eps 108: Exploring the figure Jesus, as the Son of Man, guest Daniel J. Kirk - Spark My Muse
Jun 21 • 55 min
Today, Daniel J. Kirk (PhD Duke) and I enter a conversation about the Jesus-the man. The first three gospels of the Bible tell a story about Jesus that the final gospel doesn’t seem to: One that speaks about Jesus among us in a rich, vibrant, enfleshed…
Solve for X [SSL76] - Spark My Muse
Jun 14 • 17 min
Today, in a special outdoor recording, I offer you 3 gems. Three short works of arts-little worlds built with the sparest of words that will spark your muse and give your something to ruminate on in the most delicious way. This link […
Eps 107: Pete Enns says the Bible is for Normal People - Spark My Muse
Jun 7 • 51 min
When Pete Enns and Jared Byas launched their podcast “The Bible for Normal People” a few months ago, they didn’t think it would be ousting Joel Olsteen (and everyone else) for the #1 spot in Religion and Spirituality category on iTunes. Armed with their…
How to Find (and Become) a True Friend [SSL75] - Spark My Muse
May 31 • 23 min
For those longing to connect on more than a casual level, the ancient way of belonging embodied in the Celtic concept of “anam cara” (translated literally as “soul friend”) captures a distinct identity and awareness of relationship that can’t be found…
Eps 106: We get More Desire Instead of Fulfillment; That’s Capitalism, Guest Todd McGowan - Spark My Muse
May 24 • 55 min
Plenty of people have criticized Capitalism over the years for various economic or social reasons, but few people have done so with the internal costs in mind. At the heart of a free market system such as Capitalism is something very powerful: the promise…
Hello to Hope? [SSL74] - Spark My Muse
May 17 • 14 min
In times of turmoil, HOPE can be hard to find. Hope might even seem senseless to have. Why hope for something only to have that hope dashed? I have a response to that. Today, with a reflection and a poignant excerpt from author and poet, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s…
Eps 105: If Relational Boundaries Aren’t Porous, We Can Die Early, says guest Amy Banks MD - Spark My Muse
May 10 • 45 min
Here’s a staggering statistic that should make everyone take pause: • People with poor social support are 340% more likely to have a premature death. Let that sink in for a moment. Maybe read it one more time, because it’s a wild to think it’s such a high…
How to Be Miserable in 3 Easy Steps [SSL73] - Spark My Muse
May 3 • 11 min
It’s opposite day on Spark My Muse. Let’s have some fun. Want to be miserable? Give this a quick try. Want to be less miserable? Try the opposite. Let me know the ways you’re been making yourself miserable unknowingly; or unwittingly contributing to…
Esp 104: The Listening Day, guest Paul J. Pastor - Spark My Muse
Apr 26 • 47 min
Today, I invite you to have some respite and make “this ‘now’, heaven” as my guest Paul J. Pastor puts it. Paul will be reading a bit from his book “The Listening Day” and we will be talking about his life growing up in the Christian faith and learning…
Don’t Suffer Fools; give them “the Mu” [SSL72] - Spark My Muse
Apr 19 • 16 min
Today, I start out by reading a short excerpt of the new book available ($1 -or higher- for anyone supporting the show) and then I cover the excellent wisdom from Pádraig Ó Tuama (as I read and then reflect on a transcript from a portion of one of…
Esp 103: When the church has hurt you, guest Carol Howard Merritt - Spark My Muse
Apr 12 • 48 min
So many people are not affiliating with the church any more in the United States and elsewhere in the global West and North, yet these same people will also claim to have an interest in spiritual things. Carol Howard Merritt is my guest today. She is an…
No Fixing, No Saving [SSL71] - Spark My Muse
Apr 5 • 25 min
Welcome to another weekly delivery of audio goodness! I was blown away by the resources that I found and I had to share them. Today, you will hear some of what I found: practical and surprising insights on relating to others and building trust from the…
Esp 102: Thinking Errors and Finding Mental Health, Guest Barry Pearman - Spark My Muse
Mar 29 • 55 min
The son of a sheep farmer, New Zealander, Barry Pearman has a heart for people who suffer. He’s served as a pastor, a mental health worker, and a chaplain for a group of people with mental illness. Now, (among other things) he works as a gardener and runs…
Eps 101: How Racism Came to America, Guest Dr Kendi - Spark My Muse
Mar 22 • 44 min
Today my guest is the youngest recipient of the National Book Award for non fiction (2016). He is historian Dr. Ibram Kendi and his outstanding book is a detailed account of the stories that brought racism to America and the legacy, laws, and…
Eps 100: Emotions are PREDICTED (not TRIGGERED) says pioneer neuroscientist, Dr Barrett - Spark My Muse
Mar 15 • 46 min
Today’s episode is a LIFE CHANGER! Unlike you may have believed, your EMOTIONS like rage, joy, disgust, sadness, lust, and sorrow don’t get tripped like triggers in certain spots in your brain, says the distinguished, pioneering neuroscientist Dr Feldman…
Common Unity, Identity, and the Remembering [SSL70] - Spark My Muse
Mar 8 • 15 min
Knowing ourselves and knowing each each other more fully involves 3 R’s (3 words that begin with the letter R) I will talk about today. It’s a bit of “soul” and “soul food” with a little bit of “homework project” that will to add some wholeness and…
Eps 99: Guest Dr David Dark, Culture is Religion: We become what we love - Spark My Muse
Mar 1 • 43 min
Do you think of yourself as RELIGIOUS? A lot of people bristle at being thought of that way. According to Pew Research Center, people in the modern Western world are more reluctant than ever to identify as religious–though many admit to being spiritual.…
Conversing with Fear and Desire [SSL69] - Spark My Muse
Feb 22 • 17 min
At times we face urgent desires or fears–maybe we want to escape a situation, numb ourselves with food or distractions, or bark out a social media message. I contend there is something just underneath those desires we always miss when we give in to our…
Eps 98: Eric Zimmer (One You Feed, Host) MOTIVATION for Lasting Life Changes - Spark My Muse
Feb 15 • 56 min
We all want to improve our lives. Maybe it’s to shed 20 pounds. Maybe it’s to quit smoking, stay off-line, meditate, pray, eat better, or exercise more. Maybe we need longer term oomph to finish writing a book, completing a passion project, or saving for…
BONUS Episode-Mosaic of Grace, guest James Prescott - Spark My Muse
Feb 10 • 39 min
This is a SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE - with a featured guest! My long-time podcasting and writing friend, James Prescott is back–this time to converse about Grace, which is also the topic of his new book -Mosaic of Grace. We cover some of his journey to get…
Opinions and Confirmations, [SSL68] - Spark My Muse
Feb 8 • 18 min
Today, I read a letter I’ve received during my #FebFREEDOM challenge, and I discuss some things I’ve learned so far (during my drawing back from social media and the internet), about the seduction of sharing my opinion, the reality of a confirmation bias…
Eps 97: Art and Communion at the Story Table, guest Michael Wright - Spark My Muse
Feb 1 • 62 min
“Loneliness is the end result of not being fully connected and present with other human beings and myself,” says Michael Wright, who is my guest today. Today, I am making good on my commitment to bring more of the arts into my programming this year. I…
The Straight Dope (on your brain) [SSL 67] - Spark My Muse
Jan 25 • 18 min
Your phone buzzes, or your see that you have a notification–do you feel a little crazy until you can attend to it? Maybe you feel like you should check your voicemail or email, or that text that just came in–the anticipation and the little jolts of…
Eps 96: Overcoming the Dark Side of Innovation and Group Projects - Spark My Muse
Jan 18 • 42 min
Leaders are usually trained to find solutions that are feasible, in the budget, and quickly actionable, (The “HOW” of problem-solving). This means that the creative and best solution (which is unproven and untried) that can solve the more important WHY of…
Time and the Violation of Values (SSL 66) - Spark My Muse
Jan 11 • 16 min
When people go into professions like medicine, police work, or education, they are often guided by values that they might readily disconnect from once they acquire money, power, or responsibility. The familiar refrain about “power tending to corrupt” has…
Eps 95: Who Were the Medieval Woman Mystics? - Spark My Muse
Jan 6 • 59 min
Although the early Church leaders agreed that “God becomes human [in Jesus] so humans can become divine” ( Athanasius ), it wasn’t just the theological ideas of the Beguine movement that sprouted among the laity in Europe, that threatened the powerful and…
Soul School-Lesson 65: Fixed Point on the Horizon - Spark My Muse
Jan 4 • 16 min
This first episode of the New Year (2017) I make some BIG (and some TIME SENSITIVE) ANNOUNCEMENTS! Evergreen topics: Soul School Lesson on perspective and finding a fixed point on the horizon. Time-sensitive: I offer 8 books I’ve written to all the people…
Eps 94: The (untrue) Stories We Tell Ourselves in Relationships, Guest Scott Gornto - Spark My Muse
Dec 30, 2016 • 40 min
The stories we tell ourselves about problems in our life, what other people are thinking, or what other people are thinking about us, are so thoroughly polluted by our backstory, our typical anxieties, and other factors, that these stories have the power…
Soul School-Lesson 64: The Benediction - Spark My Muse
Dec 28, 2016 • 15 min
This is the last Soul School Lesson for this year. Instead of talking about resolutions or doing a review, I want to give a benediction (and talk about what that means). Thank you all for being part of my listening audience this year. Thank you to those…
Eps 93: Spiritual Nomad, Brandan Robertson, shares his story - Spark My Muse
Dec 23, 2016 • 57 min
So far, Brandan Robertson’s young life has been fraught with many difficult moments that tested him to his very core. I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with him as we talked about his journey so far and the potent themes of Spiritual Nomadism (from his…
Soul School-Lesson 63: The Four Loves - Spark My Muse
Dec 21, 2016 • 16 min
Love is the four letter word that means everything and nothing. Today, I conclude a four-week Advent season exploration where I’ve encountered the main themes: Hope, Peace, Joy, and now, Love–this time with the help of C. S. Lewis and his book “The Four…
Eps 92: A Conservative Christian Embraces Narrative Theology, guest Derek Hiebert - Spark My Muse
Dec 16, 2016 • 41 min
Stories invite us in to a new world and way of thinking and deciding. Stories are also the way we encounter and live out our lives day to day and moment to moment. For Derek Hiebert, his understanding of God and the Bible expanded as his theology went…
Soul School-Lesson 62: Finding Comfort and Joy - Spark My Muse
Dec 14, 2016 • 15 min
I define JOY as sturdy happiness. It’s not dependent on circumstances because its roots go deeper. Though JOY is often a common Christmas / Advent theme (“Joy to the World”, etc), it’s nice to have more of it throughout the year, and finding that fuel is…
Esp: 91- Finding an Unhurried, Peaceful Life free of Burnout, Guest Alan Fadling - Spark My Muse
Dec 9, 2016 • 29 min
When Alan Fadling came to a crisis of vocation he knew something had gone very wrong and needed to change immediately. He was at a precipice of burnout and what happened next he says saved his marriage, his life and readjusted his life’s work. Peace is…
Soul School-Lesson 61: Peace and Conflict - Spark My Muse
Dec 7, 2016 • 20 min
The opposite of Peace is not war or conflict. Today, I delve into where peace must begin, what it pushes into and through, and what has to happen for it to be kept. Drilling down into the nature of Peace, the second theme of Advent (last week was Hope)…
Esp 90: The Magic, Power, Genetics, and Learnability of Charisma - Spark My Muse
Dec 2, 2016 • 33 min
As we will find out today, Charisma has a kind of magic and it can have a dark side: A diligent and intelligent person with know-how can be disregarded for a leadership position in favor of a challenger who is merely charismatic, especially when times are…
Soul School-Lesson 60: What You Don’t Know About HOPE - Spark My Muse
Nov 30, 2016 • 13 min
If you’ve been down, weary, cynical, or uncertain, your hope may be in short supply. Every human needs hope. It’s how our species has survived. This week is the first week of Advent and the very beginning of the observed Christian calendar: the focus is…
Eps 89: Exploring Passive-Agression, guest Dr Leon Seltzer - Spark My Muse
Nov 25, 2016 • 38 min
There’s no murky and perilous terrain like a passive-aggressive encounter. In some cases, a person may seem to intensionally forget something important, or work behind-the-scenes to subtly manipulate you, or try to get you to read his or her mind by a…
Soul School-Lesson 59: Family Gathering and Conflicts - Spark My Muse
Nov 23, 2016 • 25 min
Is it hard to be with family over the holidays? Are you afraid a fight about politics or an old issue will surface and make the time awkward or painful? Is it just a matter of time before everyone zones out on their phone or plops in front of the…
Esp 88: Suggestible to Healing-Placebo Science, guest Erik Vance - Spark My Muse
Nov 18, 2016 • 51 min
Humans are suggestible and science writer Erik Vance has studied how that talent can offer us a healthier and better life. Today, Erik shares tales of getting electric shocks, faith healing, and encountering a witch doctor to get himself cursed to write…
Soul School-Lesson 58: How to Be with Other Humans - Spark My Muse
Nov 16, 2016 • 31 min
Among younger people (Under 25?) and isolated people, the digital world and technology has provided a sense of friendship and connection, but in reality these touch points bear little resemblance to real life connections, conversations, intimacy, and…
Eps 87: An Inefficient Conversation with guest Matt Inman - Spark My Muse
Nov 11, 2016 • 57 min
When people examine their lives, maybe on their deathbed or after a sobering life experience, or a time of introspection, they tend gain clarity into their deepest desires and to the same basic connections and meaningful experiences that are in facet…
Soul School-Lesson 57: The Prisoner Prayer - Spark My Muse
Nov 9, 2016 • 29 min
What happens when you stop being the epicenter of your own story? Today, Soul School is about a prayer of freedom and includes a version of a presentation I gave at the Federal Prison where I volunteer weekly. It’s unlike other Soul School episodes and I…
Esp 86: Decay, Death, Renewal, and Healing in DETROIT, guest Jessica Aguilar-Christy - Spark My Muse
Nov 4, 2016 • 55 min
Jessica Aguilar-Christy’s many talents, diverse background and work in the Detroit area got my attention, through our mutual connect Charlie Porter (host of Fable podcast). Our meandering conversation will give you a sense of the rebirth happening in…
Soul School - Lesson 56: The 4 Hidden Factors of an Identity Crisis - Spark My Muse
Nov 2, 2016 • 17 min
Have you had a Quarter-Life Crisis or a Mid-Life Crisis? Maybe, like me, you have an Identity Crisis every few years. If so, you are NOT alone and there are 4 (often hidden) reasons why. This episode of Soul School goes into those factors and what can be…
Eps 85: Catacombic Freestyling with Swedish Theology-enthusiast, Josef Gustafsson - Spark My Muse
Oct 28, 2016 • 51 min
“[Society] becomes oppressive because eventually the powerful decide the categories.” Today, I am joined by veteran podcaster, Josef Gustafsson to talk about a lot of interesting and thought-provoking ideas. We get into topics like what life is like in a…
Soul School - Lesson 55: Quicksand of Cynicism (and a Homage to Maria Popova) - Spark My Muse
Oct 26, 2016 • 15 min
The smartest people can become so cynical. I had been thinking about this sour disposition and the temptation to see the world as lost and terrible when I came upon Maria Popover’s inspiring post “10 Lessons of Learn in 10 Years of Brain Pickings”. It…
Eps 84: Recovering Your Mental Health, guest Michael Weinberger - Spark My Muse
Oct 21, 2016 • 46 min
Early on, Michael Weinberger was out of control and misdiagnosed. What followed was a long string of chaos, addiction, and destructive behavior that left him hopeless and hospitalized. His story of recovery is inspiring, as are the proven methods he used…
Soul School - Lesson 54: What is the Meaning of Life (Series Finale) - Spark My Muse
Oct 19, 2016 • 20 min
Part 4 of reading, explanation, and reflection on the ONLY text of the Ancient Near-East that responds to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” In this episode is the conclusion of the series and shows the parallel of the conclusion of the text to…
Eps: 83 Ryan J. Bell and Life After God - Spark My Muse
Oct 14, 2016 • 55 min
When Ryan J Bell, a Seventh Day Adventist Pastor, publicly took a year to live a life without God and blog about it, he got a lot of attention and notoriety. He also had hundreds of people in the midst of doubting their faith or giving up belief in God in…
Soul School - Lesson 53: What is the Meaning of Life (Part 4) - Spark My Muse
Oct 12, 2016 • 23 min
Part 4 of reading, explanation, and reflection on the ONLY text of the Ancient Near-East that responds to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” In this episode I draw into focus the absurd nature of suffering and futile nature that life seems to…
Eps 82: Becoming Wise, my conversation with special guest, Krista Tippett - Spark My Muse
Oct 7, 2016 • 47 min
Krista Tippett’s work, through her program ON BEING, was the biggest inspiration for me starting my own podcast, and today it is a great pleasure to have her as a guest on Spark My Muse. Krista is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times…
Soul School - Lesson 52: What is the Meaning of Life? (Part 3) - Spark My Muse
Oct 5, 2016 • 21 min
Part 3 of reading, explanation, and reflection on the ONLY text of the Ancient Near-East that responds to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” This short series unpacks ancient wisdom text in a new way and includes a reading of Ecclesiastes…
Eps 81: Long-suffering and Unanswered prayer, guest Rhiannon Hall - Spark My Muse
Sep 30, 2016 • 65 min
Ongoing unanswered prayers or chronic suffering can turn into a stigma when prayers aren’t answered or situations don’t have points of resolutions. The result is that is deep feeling of disconnection and faith communities are left wondering how to…
Soul School-Lesson 51: What Is the Meaning of Life (part 2) - Spark My Muse
Sep 28, 2016 • 22 min
part 2 - This short series will unpack ancient wisdom text in a new way and include a reading of Ecclesiastes translated by the late biblical scholar, archeologist, and language translator Dr David A. Dorsey. What you hear might surprise you regarding the…
Eps 80: Exploring Pride, Confidence, and Success, Guest Dr. Jessica Tracy - Spark My Muse
Sep 23, 2016 • 30 min
Only recently have social scientist been able to prove that pride is a universal and hard-wired human emotion. It’s a complex one with two very different sides–one that leads to power and socially destructive costs; and one that leads to making the world…
Soul School-Lesson 50: The Fountain of Life EXPLAINED (part 1) - Spark My Muse
Sep 21, 2016 • 18 min
Part 1 - Today is the 50th episode of SOUL SCHOOL! Thanks for listening! ::: A common misunderstanding about how to read wisdom texts and how the ancients understood the heart has us misinterpreting wisdom literature in the Bible and elsewhere. Today, on…
Eps 79: How to Fly (at will) in Your Dreams–guest, Robert Waggoner - Spark My Muse
Sep 16, 2016 • 50 min
Since ancient times, dreams have brought humans endless fascination and were seen to have special power and connection with the divine. Even today, dreams continue to mystify and enthrall us, especially the scientifically proven phenomenon of LUCID…
Soul School-Lesson 49: Do You Triangulate? [SPOILER: yes.] - Spark My Muse
Sep 14, 2016 • 19 min
The prominence of (social/psychological) triangulation leaks a subtle toxin into our common life. You do it. I do it, and we fail to see how poisonous it is to us. What does it entail? How does it happen? What is the cost? And how can we do better? That…
Eps 78 - Guest, Peter Rollins on Lacking the Lack, Fighting Ghosts, and Reveling in the Raveling - Spark My Muse
Sep 9, 2016 • 51 min
This is a most insightful and delightful conversation as you will find. Peter Rollins is a provocative writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and…
Soul School - Lesson 48: Embodying Ritual and Transition - Spark My Muse
Sep 7, 2016 • 11 min
It has been said (I think rightly) that ritual came along to combat our core human fears and anxieties. While unexamined or superstitious rituals don’t heal our fears, thoughtful sacramental living can add new richness to our lives. This richness may…
Eps 77: Guest, Srini Rao - Being Unmistakable and Recovering From Failure - Spark My Muse
Sep 2, 2016 • 32 min
The unmistakable Srini Rao is the CEO of Unmistakable Creative Media. His blogging helped him move into podcasting and animation/media, and now a very successful book about how to find YOUR unmistakable thing. Our conversation is freshingly honest about…
Soul School - Lesson 47 Genetically-determined Fears and Ancient Memory - Spark My Muse
Aug 31, 2016 • 9 min
A genetic study may shed light on not only the gene expression of fear in offspring, but perhaps Ancient Memory. It involves mice, cherries, and some surprises. Show Notes today will have links to the article mentioned and the scientific study. Thanks for…
Eps 76: The Sin of Certainty and Misunderstanding the Bible: Guest Peter Enns - Spark My Muse
Aug 26, 2016 • 39 min
“All theology is psychology and sociology, [because] we are people who live in communities and people with histories.” - Peter Enns Enjoy a wonderful conversation with Peter Enns today, not just about his new book “The Sin of Certainty” but about his…
Soul School - Lesson 46: The Story of How “Heathens” Received my Son - Spark My Muse
Aug 24, 2016 • 15 min
When “being a mascot” is the best your child can hope for in terms of peer acceptance and belonging (at your church no less), the context for you and your family shifts. How you help your child cope and where your find your salvation can take a surprising…
Eps 75: Magic, Deception, Hypnosis–Guest, Kevin Ferguson - Spark My Muse
Aug 19, 2016 • 43 min
Studying how magicians trick audiences reveals a lot about how our brains work or don’t work. How do we become fooled? How does hypnosis REALLY work and can people do something against their moral code? Why are some people convinced that magicians (or…
Soul School - Lesson 45: The Threshold into Belonging (Wisdom from John O Donohue) - Spark My Muse
Aug 17, 2016 • 11 min
Today, I share some reflections and some of the beautiful and poignant words of author and poet John O Donohue on the topics of connection, grief, separation, and being fully present. Show notes at SparkMyMuse.com have extra goodies including an embedded…
Eps 74: Anxiety At the Base of Belief - Guest, Tad DeLay - Spark My Muse
Aug 12, 2016 • 55 min
EXPECT DeLays! Tad DeLay and I are not related, but we’ve been having fun with name humor leading up to today’s episode. Our conversation is full of very compelling topics that include anxiety, belief, the unconscious, ritual and more, based on Tad’s work…
Soul School - Lesson 44: Finding Abundant Love (Wisdom from Krista Tippet) - Spark My Muse
Aug 10, 2016 • 12 min
Today I’m sharing some book notes and a short reflect on finding enough connection and abundant love from the fantastic book “Becoming Wise: Insights into the Art and Mystery of Living” by Krista Tippet. This book has been amazing so far and this short…
Eps 73: Spoken Word brings Life- Guest Anita Scott - Spark My Muse
Aug 5, 2016 • 62 min
Today, Spark My Muse is about art and its ability to help us enter the hardest issues and conversations facing our times. My guest is an effervescent joy: Anita Scott, who is a teacher and a spoken word poet born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her vantage…
Soul School - Lesson 43: Locating Hell & Heaven - CS Lewis - Spark My Muse
Aug 3, 2016 • 14 min
Could the concepts mean something for us in this world, before we die? Something about our state of mind or how we live? I found an intriguing podcast episode about CS Lewis’ short book The Great Divorce on the Kindling Podcast and I wanted to share a…
Eps 72: Deconstructionists RECAP with Adam & John on Jack Caputo - Spark My Muse
Jul 29, 2016 • 50 min
The Dynamic Duo - my sweet buds, Adam Narloch and John Williamson of the Deconstructionists Podcast are BACK to unpack, recap, and madcap with me about their time with the one and only, Jack Caputo (John D. Caputo). There is SO MUCH to enjoy in this…
Soul School - Lesson 42: The Good Bad Guy (Old Parable, New Twist) - Spark My Muse
Jul 27, 2016 • 15 min
Today is a treat: a piece from my friend Dr. Doug Jackson. I found these modern rendition of an all too often overlooked parable retold seven times in our context. It moved me deeply and I wanted to share it with you. I’m doing that with permission and…
Eps 71: From Addiction to Rock Star-Guest Carrie Rapaport - Spark My Muse
Jul 22, 2016 • 55 min
Today I follow up with a friend and neighbor from my high school days in Pittsburgh. Carrie Rapaport made it to Hollywood. She’s a rock star in a Faith No More tribute band called Faux No More, a vocal performer, a UCLA graduate, among other things. Today…
Soul School - Lesson 41: Self-Impersonation - Spark My Muse
Jul 20, 2016 • 11 min
Today’s episode is one where I glean from a recent episode of one of my favorite podcasts on the topic of being good at impersonating OURSELVES in ways we don’t realize AND about having trouble being alone or in community and what to do about it. ———-…
Eps 70: Sexuality and Spiritual Formation, Guest Tara Owens - Spark My Muse
Jul 15, 2016 • 48 min
In the Western world it is typical to think of our brain as being separate or somehow apart from our body. It is easy to assume our sexuality in not part of our soul. Spiritual Formation involves every last bit of us and today’s guest, Tara Owens and I…
Soul School - Lesson 40: Prejudice, Peace, and Justice - Spark My Muse
Jul 13, 2016 • 19 min
If you didn’t know me, by the looks of me, you wouldn’t know my non white heritage—until now. That’s why I am a beneficiary of white privilege, but my dark skinned father was not. Today, is a very different Soul School. It’s a way to discuss some of my…
Eps 69: Guiding People from Fear to Solidarity - Spark My Muse
Jul 8, 2016 • 50 min
Steven Hovater has three podcasts going and today he joins me for a conversation. We talk about moving from fear to solidarity, how transformation happens at a root level, life in Steven’s particular context in small town Tennessee and the impact that the…
Soul School - Lesson 39 New Insights on Loneliness - Spark My Muse
Jul 6, 2016 • 11 min
The science behind loneliness is surprising and encouraging. Find out something new today on Soul School. Share this episode and change the common misconception about loneliness! Be sure to visit SparkMyMuse.com for the link to the article from Nautilus…
Eps 68: Discovering Fable - Guest Charlie Porter - Spark My Muse
Jul 1, 2016 • 52 min
Today, I kick back with follow podcaster Charlie Porter (of FABLE podcast) and we converse about the power of finding meaning through the fables, heroes, and stories of the past and the present. We hit on other topics too, like the challenge of not having…
Soul School Lesson 38 - Unconventional Thoughts on Suicide and Depression - Spark My Muse
Jun 29, 2016 • 29 min
If you’ve ever felt completely alone or backed into a corner with no way out, it’s likely that you’ve thought about ending your life. Suffering, brain chemistry, very dark moods, depression, despair, can bring us to this point. Often, we are loath to…
Eps 67: Science Mike McHargue - Spiritual Skeptic - Spark My Muse
Jun 24, 2016 • 40 min
Catapulting into a top-rated iTunes podcast “The Liturgists”, Mike McHargue and crew found themselves inundated with science-related questions. Hence, the spin-off podcast “Ask Science Mike” was born. In it, Mike lets supporters of the show select the…
Soul School - Lesson 37: Moving BEYOND Personification - Spark My Muse
Jun 22, 2016 • 16 min
The stories of Peter Rabbit and Margaret Wise Brown’s book Goodnight Moon captured my imagination as a child. Animals behaving as humans seemed both real and unreal in the most adorable and fascinating ways. Humans can’t help personifying everything from…
Eps 66: Pirates & Getting High (Transcendence) – Guest Kester Brewin - Spark My Muse
Jun 17, 2016 • 49 min
HUMANS LOVE TO GET HIGH. Whether it’s ESCAPE from reality or into an inner world, or to conquer flight up in the heavens, or to find connection with the divine in an estastic supernatural realm–we keep giving it a go. You will enjoy this episode as Kester…
Soul School - Lesson 36: AUTOMATICALLY Ascribing Malice - Spark My Muse
Jun 15, 2016 • 5 min
Today is a short explanation of HANLON’S RAZOR - and the implications it has on YOUR everyday life. There’s this little things we do all the time, automatically, toward others that is so irrational and yet we excuse ourselves of the same judgement. Soul…
Eps 65: The Myth of the “Lone Genius” - CS Lewis expert Dr Diana Glyer - Spark My Muse
Jun 10, 2016 • 30 min
“The Hollywood construct of “lone creative genius” is highly abnormal and unhealthy.” says today’s guest, Dr. Diana Glyer. She is the world’s foremost scholar on The Inklings–the rigorous writer’s critique group that galvanized the work of CS Lewis and…
Soul School - Lesson 35: The Mysteries of Mysticism - Spark My Muse
Jun 7, 2016 • 13 min
It seems like mysticism is something so many people are embracing right now. But, is this a good thing? And what is it, really? Today’s episode will cover some basics, some common misconceptions of the so-called “contemplative tradition”, “prayer of the…
Eps 64: Minimalist, Jeff Sandquist Returns with a Surprising Story - Spark My Muse
Jun 3, 2016 • 51 min
This episode is part of a TWIN-cast- a duel release. A convo swap. I have friend and fellow-podcaster, Jeff Sandquist (Intentionally Wandering podcast) on my podcast and he has me on his–and we release these episodes on the SAME DAY. whoa. Once you listen…
Soul School - Lesson 34: A Flexible Perspective on Suffering - Spark My Muse
Jun 1, 2016 • 14 min
Today’s Soul School Lesson draws from the work of Dr Steve Hayes and covers the topic of suffering and our ability to find healing by practicing a flexible perspective in a specific way. In the show notes for this episode at SparkMyMuse.com there is a…
Eps 63: Embrace Your Weirdness - Guest Maisie Smith - Spark My Muse
May 27, 2016 • 50 min
Maisie Smith was a nerdy introvert that didn’t fit in. She tired to blend in the corporate world, but finally found that being her own weird self could set her free, and could be the way company’s could find their unique story to set them apart in the…
Soul School - Lesson 33: You are a Meaning Maker - Spark My Muse
May 25, 2016 • 11 min
We constantly interpret our world and try to make meaning from it. This episode give you a backdoor into understanding how the brain works through categorical constructs and gives you some keys to avoid the most common anxieties once you start to perceive…
Eps 62: The [Christian] Argument for Absolute Non Violence - Spark My Muse
May 20, 2016 • 41 min
Politics and violence brings out the militaristic side of Christians in the United States and nothing goes more counter to the gospel message than violent answers to problems says theology professor, Preston Sprinkle. Preston is no stranger to…
Soul School - Lesson 32 - Counterfeit ID? - Spark My Muse
May 18, 2016 • 14 min
Out of insecurity we piggyback on the methods, styles, and audiences of others, sometimes purposefully and sometimes without thinking about it. It’s a risk to be original. If we don’t take the risk the world loses out on the unique story we have to share…
Eps 61: Co-Leadership, Male and Female - Spark My Muse
May 13, 2016 • 47 min
Can males and females co-lead? Kathy and Karl talk about their journey in leadership and ministry at The Refuge and their new “Faith Circus” project–high-wire conversations with the occasional elephant in the room. Difficult issues are normal territory…
Soul School - Lesson 31 - Finding YOUR Identity - Spark My Muse
May 11, 2016 • 14 min
The journey to finding our Identity shifts but what we often don’t realize is that the nature of identity is a only construct; and that we employ many weak surrogates to comfort ourselves along the way. Come along and co-create with Spark My Muse in the…
Eps 60: The Science of the Imagination and Fascination - Spark My Muse
May 6, 2016 • 39 min
Jim Davies got his start in the arts and later he got more than a little curious if the scientific method could back up what the art and theater world already knew through “folk wisdom” about what keeps people riveted. Now he’s Director of the Science of…
Soul School - Lesson 30: Collaboration - Spark My Muse
May 4, 2016 • 8 min
I’m taking this milestone–the 30th lesson of Soul School–to make a shift. I’m opening up what I’m doing to you, the listeners, in a richer way. From now on, things will be more collaborative. • Today’s Soul School is about why collaboration matters so…
Eps 59: Adam and John from The Deconstructionist Podcast - Spark My Muse
Apr 29, 2016 • 52 min
The Deconstructionist podcast shot off like a rocket this year in podcast land. Thousands tuned in right away and they instantly created a tribe of people hungry to find a space to wrestle with doubt that is inherent in a walk of faith. Their exuberance…
Soul School-Lesson 29: I’m Rubber and I’m Glue - Spark My Muse
Apr 27, 2016 • 6 min
Have you ever noticed that one negative comment can stick with us for hours while many of kind words can just bounce right off? There’s nueroscientific studies confirming these experience we always have. There’s some science behind why it happens too, and…
Eps 59: Desire and Rhythm of Life - Return Guest Shane Tucker - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2016 • 38 min
Shane Tucker sparks desire for the journey and rhythm of life through the art and practice of listening and friendship as a trained Soul Friend or Anam Cara (Irish Christian spiritual tradition). Today we converse about the powerful topics in his new book…
Lesson 28: Soul School-The Myth of “It Is What It Is” - Spark My Muse
Apr 20, 2016 • 10 min
The work of Carol Dweck proved that two prevailing mindsets frame our thinking but we often apply the wrong kind without knowing it to problems and situations we deal with each day. Today is about her fascinating work, the poorly used phrase “It is what…
Eps 58: Feed Your Good Wolf: Special Guest, Eric Zimmer - Spark My Muse
Apr 15, 2016 • 63 min
Eric Zimmer is one of the members behind the top-rated podcast The One You Feed. Today, he shares his story about addiction recovery, healing, meditation practices, cognitive behavior therapy, psychology, and all sorts of thing he’s learned while trying…
Soul School - Lesson 27 - Life BEFORE Death - Spark My Muse
Apr 13, 2016 • 8 min
When people worry, excessively plan ahead, focus on “end times”, heaven, or the future a weird shift happens–they stop being where they are. Today on my Wednesday (hump day-midweek) installment of Soul School I’m going to talk about the life that actually…
Eps 57: The Healing Process of Writing– Guest Rachel Toalson - Spark My Muse
Apr 8, 2016 • 35 min
For anyone who thinks your creativity life has to stop when you have child, you can take a lesson for Rachel Toalson (and her husband Ben) who raise 6 boys (from the ages of 1-9) and still manage a host of creative endeavors from podcasting, to design, to…
Soul School-Lesson 26: There’s No Place Like Home Over the Rainbow - Spark My Muse
Apr 6, 2016 • 8 min
Today, I recount my first experience with the tale of Oz. It stirred a caldron of emotions for me and it embedded a number of truths that last even until today. Dorothy deals with deep longing, finds friendship, suffers fear, embarks on adventure, finds…
EPS 56: Implanted Memories, False Memories, and False Confessions - Spark My Muse
Mar 31, 2016 • 36 min
The more you remember the less accurate your particular memory is. That means that reality you remember isn’t really what it seems. Dr Steven Porter is the founding Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science & Law at the…
Soul School - Lesson 25 - Why you are craving STABILITY - Spark My Muse
Mar 30, 2016 • 21 min
Deconstruction and Reconstruction is a lifelong process. After a season of growth and rebirth, things CHANGE and that means you will CRAVE stability and a return to “normal”–even if normal is bad. Today, is about all that and what to do about it. I wish I…
EPS 55: Living out the Resurrection - Guest Christine Sine - Spark My Muse
Mar 25, 2016 • 39 min
As a doctor developing the medical side of Mercy Ships serving third world countries, Christine Sine saw suffering that made her question whether God cares and asking the basic question, “What is health and wholeness really all about?” She later wrote…
Soul School - Lesson 24: Creating Rebirth in Your Damaged Relationships - Spark My Muse
Mar 23, 2016 • 7 min
Welcome to Soul School - the mid week (hump day) installment I do at Spark My Muse. It’s surprising how often we don’t tell people the things we’d love to hear ourselves. All of us who’ve been hurt want to hear the same things. Today, I tell you what…
EPS 54: Online “Truth Bombs”, Karma & Deeper Grace – Guest Ray Hollenbach - Spark My Muse
Mar 18, 2016 • 39 min
Returning guest Ray Hollenbach is my guest and we cover TOUGHIES. HEADY topics like internet outrage, TRUTH BOMBS, Justice, Karma, victimization, love, grace, forgiveness, Fruit of the Spirit, having Grace for Difficult people, and more from his new book…
Soul School - Lesson 23: Using Fertile Soil for Your Own Rebirth - Spark My Muse
Mar 16, 2016 • 8 min
A powerful reality about the nature of redemption and rebirth in your life is woven into nature itself. Find out how you can find new life from the worst experiences you’ve had to endure in today’s Soul School. PART II of Soul School can be found through…
EPS 53: Magical Thinking (The Voo Doo You Do): Guest Matthew Hutson - Spark My Muse
Mar 9, 2016 • 43 min
Today, Science writer Matthew Hutson joins me to talk about his book The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking. Even the least superstitious among us fall prey to all kinds of magical thoughts tendencies that are irrational. Find out how you do it, and how to…
Soul School - Lesson 22: What Causes Rebirth of the Heart? - Spark My Muse
Mar 9, 2016 • 12 min
Today, I talk about the 5 things that precipitate rebirth of the heart. It’s the realm of renewal, revival, and awakening. It goes by many names, of course, and you’ve probably encountered some form of it in your own life. Welcome to Soul School. It’s a…
EPS 52: Adopting a Minimalist Lifestyle: Guest Jeff Sandquist - Spark My Muse
Mar 4, 2016 • 44 min
If you feel like your life is a often frustrating or confusing wandering path…this episode is for you!! Jeff Sandquist had finished graduate school and started his medical career. He was on track to have the life and career he thought he should have when…
Soul School - Lesson 21: A Test of Your Faith - Spark My Muse
Mar 2, 2016 • 18 min
Today for my Wednesday Soul School, Lesson 21, besides the usual audio, I offer you a FREE glimpse into the extras normally reserved for Varsity Club members only. After you listen to the podcast go to SparkMyMuse.com for Lesson 21 and click on the link…
EPS 51: The women of Sacred Ordinary Days - Spark My Muse
Feb 26, 2016 • 41 min
Today, I’m joined by Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman the two women behind the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast that works through the themes liturgical calendar all year long. We cover why they started this endeavor and the rich surprises that came…
Soul School - Lesson 20 - The Most Common Mistake About Beliefs - Spark My Muse
Feb 24, 2016 • 15 min
Have you ever been told that you have to be ready to defend your beliefs? Or pressured to believe something but faltering to live it out? Today, in my Wednesday Soul School class I’ll talk about the huge common misconception about just what beliefs really…
EPS 50: The Amazing Story of Bruce Van Horn - Spark My Muse
Feb 19, 2016 • 46 min
Bruce Van Horn encourages millions of people offering them new perspectives on life and overcoming adversity through his best selling book “Worry No More”, his podcast “Life is a Marathon” and his steady stream of often retweeted online posts. Through his…
Soul School - Lesson 19: When Spring is Underground - Spark My Muse
Feb 17, 2016 • 13 min
Even if you don’t observe Lent, the themes the reflect seasons in the human experience and reveal meta-truths that can transform and enrich us. Lent means Springtime! But, in February–in the Northern Hemisphere–Spring has not sprung. Life exist in…
EPS 49: The Surprising “Death Class” Trend - Guest Erika Hayasaski - Spark My Muse
Feb 12, 2016 • 36 min
Many of us get anxious at the thought of growing old and dying or the thought of losing a loved one to accident, illness, and death. The reality of life and death is that we don’t much like the death part. Hospitals, funeral homes, and many other services…
Soul School - Lesson 18 - What you don’t know about Intuition - Spark My Muse
Feb 10, 2016 • 9 min
Is intuition a gut thing, a God thing, instinct, or something else? This lesson goes deeper and comes with extras at patreon.com/sparkmymuse (Varsity Club level - starting at just $5) Visit sparkmymuse.com for other episodes, show notes, and the update…
EPS 48: Free Will, Luck, and Psychopaths- Guest Diana Hsieh - Spark My Muse
Feb 5, 2016 • 29 min
If you’re born with all the markers of a psychopathic brain, can you really be blamed if you commit a crime that others in your family tree have committed? (Hear about Neuroscientist James Fallon’s story.) How much choice do we have in life, really? What…
Soul School - Lesson 17- Love What Was Lost - Spark My Muse
Feb 3, 2016 • 8 min
Today’s episode is about those maybe all too common times when people and situations remind us of old pain, or we catch ourselves reacting instead responding because there is something familiar happening to us once again….and what to do about it. Please…
EPS 47: Specific Behaviors That Lead to Happiness - Guest Benjamin Hardy - Spark My Muse
Jan 29, 2016 • 45 min
I’m grateful that you are listening in. Will you help me spread the word. It’s just me over here, pounding the keys like a primate and hoping to get more ears tuning in. I need your help to make that happen—you bet I do!
Soul School - Lesson 16 Skills Trumps Passion - Spark My Muse
Jan 27, 2016 • 9 min
“Follow Your Passion!” might be the worst advice you can ever get. Cal Newport’s take flies in the face of that common adage and I had to share my findings with you. Each WEDNESDAY join me for a short and potent SOUL SCHOOL. and each FRIDAY come back for…
EPS 46: Community Life and The Power of Confession (part 2) - Spark My Muse
Jan 22, 2016 • 50 min
As promised, Tammy Perlmutter is back for a followup to answer specific questions about communal living! Can she have her own bank account? How are fights resolved? How are meals, work, and cleaning shared among residents? What’s the hardest part for…
Soul School - Lesson 15: Don’t Fear the Shake Up - Spark My Muse
Jan 20, 2016 • 9 min
Do you hate the question, “What do you do for a living?”. Have you ever asked someone that question and realized how uninteresting it was as soon as you said it… after you heard a deep sigh? Many of us have too many projects going to answer that question…
EPS 45: Staying RELEVANT - guest Cameron Strang - Spark My Muse
Jan 15, 2016 • 41 min
When Cameron Strang was in college he couldn’t find anything to scratch his itch in terms of a culturally-aware, faith-based magazine for his age group, so he created something himself. It was tough-going but 20 years later, and now reaching 17 million…
Soul School - Lesson 14 (finding meaning the “Special Sauce”) - Spark My Muse
Jan 13, 2016 • 9 min
Spark My Muse has guests and topics that spark your muse. On WEDNESDAYS comes Soul School. Short and potent episodes for ordinary life and growth that even include “homework”, if you’re game to give it a go. Homework will give you a chance to make…
EPS 44: What is Communal Living Like? (guest Tammy Perlmutter explains) - Spark My Muse
Jan 8, 2016 • 52 min
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a commune? Living communally has great rewards and challenges most of us will never really understand. Today’s guest lives with several hundred people in the impoverished urban setting of Uptown…
Soul School - Lesson 13 (The 3 Main Types of Meaningful Work) - Spark My Muse
Jan 6, 2016 • 12 min
Spark My Muse has guests and topics that spark your muse. Today the conversation covers finding and accomplishing meaningful work and the 3 main types of meaningful work that will drive your passions. Get a notepad and pen ready or listen once and replay…
EPS 43: A New Way to Think About Meaningful Work - with Lori Neff - Spark My Muse
Jan 1, 2016 • 45 min
Today, my friend Lori Neff is back and we are discussing a powerful topic: finding and doing meaningful work. The area of vocation (or life’s calling) can mean different things to different people and surely can adjust over our lifetime. There are some…
Soul School - Lesson 12 (Starting NEW-symbols and the brain) - Spark My Muse
Dec 30, 2015 • 11 min
I’m wishing you a Happy New Year! The SHOW-NOTES at SparkMyMuse.com will have the essential links to the studies and resources mentioned, plus some eye-opening videos you’ll want to see. Most people ditch their healthy diet and weight loss resolutions…
EPS 42: Christmas COMEDY Special - Spark My Muse
Dec 25, 2015 • 27 min
Spark My Muse’s first Christmas Episode is a merry one full of laughter, a few funny (and horrendously awkward) holiday stories (sorry mom), and of course our warmest wishes for a lovely Christmas. Lori Neff joins me again as a co-host. The show-notes at…
Soul School - Lesson 11 (The Luminaria Story) - Spark My Muse
Dec 23, 2015 • 6 min
This evergreen episode comes out near Christmas time. Stop by the website to see “luminaria” photos mentioned in the episode at SparkMyMuse.com and sign up for the update newsletter delivered with love 2-3 times per month. WEDNESDAYS: short, special SOUL…
EPS 41: Jennifer Michael Hecht on Poetry, Wonder, and Preventing Suicide - Spark My Muse
Dec 17, 2015 • 67 min
Jennifer Michael Hecht is my guest. Poet, Best-Selling Author, Philosopher, Historian, and appreciator of wonder. When we feel upset the thought of ending it all is more common than most people think. Research shows that suicide is often an impulsive type…
Soul School - Lesson 10 (The Secret Power of…) - Spark My Muse
Dec 16, 2015 • 9 min
It’s lovely that you’re listening. Thank you. People from 145 countries listen to Spark My Muse! Only 31 more to go for complete world saturation. You can help spread the world. Get episodes shownotes, sign up for the handy-dandy update letter, hear other…
Shane Blackshear is a Seminary Dropout you have to hear - Spark My Muse
Dec 11, 2015 • 40 min
Shane Blackshear has been interviewing famous Christian thinkers, authors, theologians, and maybe even a few heretics, on his fantastic podcast Seminary Dropout for years. I love the podcast and I wanted to speak to the man behind the mic (and behind the…
Soul School - Lesson 9 (Discernment episode) - Spark My Muse
Dec 9, 2015 • 15 min
This episode features a few readings from my new book “FORKED: A Discernment Pocket Guide (for Choosing Wisely Between Two Good Things)” which is all special now at AMAZON.com Shownotes at sparkmymuse.com have a video book trailer you can watch and link…
EPS 39: Real Help for Loss and Grief: a Conversation with author Alise Chaffins - Spark My Muse
Dec 4, 2015 • 39 min
Grief and loss is a universal experience but strangely it’s one that we often feel alone in or uncomfortable and unprepared to effectively help other in their time of need. When Alise Chaffins suffered terrible string of losses she was left reeling and…
Soul School - Lesson 8 - Spark My Muse
Dec 2, 2015 • 9 min
Each Wednesday a short episode called “Soul School” is released. On Fridays a longer interview-style episode is released. Visit sparkmymuse.com for shownotes, much more information and extras, and you can sign up for an update email newsletter I send out…
Soul School - Lesson 7 - Spark My Muse
Dec 2, 2015 • 8 min
This is a special Soul School released back-to-back with Lesson 8. There is a special invitation in this episode to visit sparkmymuse.com on Thursday December 3 (2015) 8pm Eastern Standard Time (GMT -4) for a live event discussion on gratitude (Lisa DeLay…
EPS 38: Michael Scott with a “Gun” and Friendship as an Improvisational Art - Spark My Muse
Nov 27, 2015 • 54 min
Broadcasting pro, Lori Neff is back, as promised, and we have a great conversation spanning a few topics both poignant and hilarious. Why are some friendship first encounters terribly awkward? What are the fantastic and revelatory lessons the art of…
Soul School - Lesson 6 - Spark My Muse
Nov 25, 2015 • 11 min
First, an inside peek into my new book that helps you make tough decisions in a wiser way using a 400 year old classic text as inspiration. This week’s Soul School invites you to add a new chapter onto the story you may be inadvertently telling about…
EPS 37: James Prescott talks Rob Bell, creativity, and Spiral Dynamics - Spark My Muse
Nov 20, 2015 • 55 min
From across the pond I’m joined by a new podcaster, writer, blogger, and more, James Prescott. We cover a range of topics from the formative struggles that shaped him, to the pivotal way Rob Bell and others took his faith in expanded directions, to how…
Soul School - Lesson 5 - Spark My Muse
Nov 18, 2015 • 11 min
Do you get offended much? When and why does it happen? Today, Soul School delves into the deeper issue of what is threatened when we take offense. It may surprise you. Be sure to go to sparkmymuse.com for other shows, resources, shownotes but also for the…
EPS 36: 30 Books in 10 Years, Mary DeMuth talks about healing through writing - Spark My Muse
Nov 13, 2015 • 29 min
My conversation with Mary DeMuth spans a variety of topics from healing, friendship, finding safe people and becoming real with others, to parenting and getting off the treadmill of needing to be noticed. A prolific writer, Mary has written an astounding…
Soul School - Lesson 4 - Spark My Muse
Nov 11, 2015 • 7 min
Sometimes disconnection and misconnections dominate our day or our week. It makes us weary on a soul level. This lesson of Soul School talks about how to find what our soul craves the most–homecoming. Visit the sparkmymuse.com website this week for very…
EPS 35: Sarah Bessey is Back and talks about “Out of Sorts” - Spark My Muse
Nov 4, 2015 • 56 min
This conversation with Sarah Bessey is a treasure. I’m so happy she’s back on Spark My Muse and I know you’ll love this episode. Come to sparkmymuse.com for some great resource links mentioned in the show. New shows are released on Wednesdays and Fridays…
Soul School - Lesson 3 - Spark My Muse
Nov 4, 2015 • 10 min
Soul School - Lesson 3 - Infectious Hurried Syndrome Have you felt the soul weary tension of hurry? When was the last time a day went by and you ended up exhausted and had to strain to remember what even happened? What’s the difference between being busy…
The Many Lives of the Hippest Street in America - Spark My Muse
Oct 30, 2015 • 43 min
When you live on the hippest street in the U.S. you find what Malcolm Cowley said was true, “Bohemia is always yesterday.” Ada Calhoun is a freelance writer and author who grew up in the not-so-child-friendly artistic and cultural hub of the East Village…
Soul School - Lesson 2 - Spark My Muse
Oct 28, 2015 • 7 min
Soul School is a short nugget to think about during your week, interspersed with regular episodes. I hope you’ll let me if you have suggestions. GET UPDATES: If you’re interested in getting updates with links to the latest show and other news and…
EPS 33: A Muslim talks about Allah, what he says will surprise you - Spark My Muse
Oct 23, 2015 • 48 min
1.6 billion people in the world are considered Muslims (through being born in a Muslim state or by choosing to follow the teachings of the prophet Mohammad). Ahmadiyya Muslims are a moderate minority sect in the Muslim world and they believe their messiah…
Soul School - Lesson 1 - Spark My Muse
Oct 22, 2015 • 9 min
This special episode is LESSON 1–It’s a brief thought experiment, that works almost like short visit to “soul school”. These types of episodes will be interspersed around typical episodes, as I get the chance.Let me know if you like it. Let’s create a…
EPS 32: Rolf Potts, celebrated vagabonding travel-writer and best-selling author - Spark My Muse
Oct 18, 2015 • 46 min
Rolf Potts is a celebrated author and vagabond travel writer. Besides writing articles, essays, best-selling books, teaching a writing workshop in Paris American Academy each summer, occasionally hosting a television travel show, and inspiring the…
EPS 31: Life After Midday, A Powerful Conversation with Former Moody Radio host Lori Neff - Spark My Muse
Oct 16, 2015 • 56 min
An EXCLUSIVE CONVERSATION with Lori Neff: When her 18 year career in broadcasting at one of the nation’s premier Christian Radio Networks came to an abrupt end, Lori Neff was jarred by a myriad of powerful emotions and decisions. What just happened? What…
EPS 30: A Neuroscientist Explains the Science of Humor and Decision-Making Using Brain Scan Studies - Spark My Muse
Oct 9, 2015 • 56 min
What happens in the brain when we find something funny? Why are some people offended when others laugh? New brain imaging technology is revealing much more about the brain and how it functions than ever before. Dr Vinod Goel, a celebrated neuroscientist…
EPS 29: If a House and a Tent had a Baby: A homesteader tells all - Spark My Muse
Oct 2, 2015 • 49 min
The surprises, challenges, joys, and troubles homesteader Esther Emery and her family faced when they chose to make a portable home, provide for themselves and live off the land. Highlights If a house and a tent had a baby a Yurt would be born. The thing…
EPS 28: Ways to Short-curcuit Perfectionism and Achieve Greatly - Spark My Muse
Sep 28, 2015 • 52 min
Highlights: The best way to give yourself more mental space to allow more joy Killing the Perfectionism monster Science has exposed the myth of the the multi-tasker Inoculating from FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome The success of Laura’s podcast while…
EPS 27: No Squeezing Chickens – A Rhythm for Creating Your Best Work - Spark My Muse
Sep 22, 2015 • 51 min
FIND SHOWNOTES with details! Find things like detailed show-notes with photos, embedded videos, links to people, places, and books, plus references and resources mentioned in each show. This adds a lot of richness to each episode. They can be found at…
EPS 26: When Childhood Suffering is Transfigured into a Thriving Life - Spark My Muse
Sep 15, 2015 • 45 min
Melissa hosts and produces the podcast The Grass Gets Greener. It was a very painful past of bullying that produced a desire to find healing and reach out to others in need. Her website house resources to help others who are suffering or trying to put the…
EPS 25: Best Productivity Hacks for Working from Anywhere - Spark My Muse
Sep 8, 2015 • 42 min
You can join me each Tuesday night (8 PM EST) for a LIVE STREAM discussing the podcast released that morning. This is a time to go deeper. You can learn more, ask questions, discuss the topics from the show, interact and share your ideas, and make…
EPS 24: The (Ignatian) Spirituality of Pope Francis - Spark My Muse
Sep 1, 2015 • 53 min
Right now, the most powerful and influential Christian man in the world is undoubtable Pope Francis. His decisions influences millions upon millions of people around the world, but it is his training in the Society of Jesus (the Catholic Order founded by…
Special End-of-Summer Update - Spark My Muse
Aug 30, 2015 • 5 min
SHOW SUMMARY: I’m spending this quick episode thanking you for your amazing support and giving you some sneak peeks into what’s ahead. Hear the new mic in action, find out how to get in the Creators and Communicators Slack Group Community, and enjoy the…
EPS 23: The Hidden Family Secrets and Rules That Dictate Our Relationships Now - Spark My Muse
Aug 25, 2015 • 63 min
SHOWNOTES! Find detailed show-notes with photos, embedded videos, links to people and books, references and resources mentioned in each show which add a lot of richness to each episode. They can be found at http://sparkmymuse.com WANT MORE SPARK? Spark My…
Esp 22: Why The Dark Night of the Soul is Like Fight Club - Spark My Muse
Aug 18, 2015 • 65 min
Visit http://sparkmymuse.com for essential show notes, extras, previews of upcoming guests and topics and the chance to get the rocking kind of weekly newsletter. In America, The Dark Night of The Soul has been commodified and routinely misunderstood.…
Special “Ask Sparky” Episode: Responses to 5 Burning Question - Spark My Muse
Aug 16, 2015 • 21 min
Tackling 5 questions from listeners involving God not being a white, bearded man in the sky, forgiveness, guilt because of insurance fraud, wanting to ditch church, and jealousy over others success. (Also, the reason you can’t really call God “Billy”)…
Episode 21 - (Tom Reynolds Part II) “Care isn’t so much “doing for” but “being with” - Spark My Muse
Aug 11, 2015 • 31 min
In many cases God’s own presence is *us* to each other,” says Tom Reynolds a professor of Theology at Emmanuel College (of Toronto University) whose work often includes the theology of disability and hospitality and interfaith conversations. Tom sheds…
Episode 20 - Puncturing the Illusions of our own Ableism and Flawed Ideas of Normal (with Tom Reynolds) part 1 - Spark My Muse
Aug 4, 2015 • 44 min
There is a societal epidemic that fears being vulnerable or being perceived as weak or unable to perform in ways that are considered valuable by society. This perspective actually leaves us stuck in an illusion of able-ness and ultimately less human. “The…
Episode 19 Why Suffering makes us ask unanswerable questions - Spark My Muse
Jul 28, 2015 • 11 min
This episode is very different than the others. It’s a reflection I invite you to engage it, on your own and, if possible, with others. If you’ve suffered (and most of us have) you will see your journey in this reading (which is almost poem). “Why, God…
Episode 18 - Is Radical Honesty Rare? Nicole Unice gets Brave Enough, so you can too - Spark My Muse
Jul 22, 2015 • 41 min
Would YOU describe yourself as “brave?” (not too many do) Nicole Unice knows we can all be brave enough and gives us a path to that place. Through her counseling and ministry experience, she’s found that people have 6 main issues that hinder them again…
Episode 17 Shane Claiborne’s community chooses to live, love, and belong in inner-city Philly - Spark My Muse
Jul 14, 2015 • 28 min
Over 15 years ago Shane Claiborne and a few friends moved into the worst part of inner-city Philadelphia and started The Simple Way community, and live much like the first Christians in Jerusalem. His often surprising story tells us about our core need to…
Episode 16 - It’s Apophatic (not apathetic) Prayer! - Spark My Muse
Jul 8, 2015 • 55 min
“Union with God - This is the traditional understand of the goal of apophatic prayer.” Do you ever pray without words? This is apophatic prayer. Contemplative prayer is apophatic in nature and it is something many of us have not encountered in the West.…
Conversation with Anglican Priest and Soul Friend, Shane Tucker - Spark My Muse
Jul 1, 2015 • 51 min
Ordained Anglican Priest, Shane Tucker, spent 11 years in Ireland and learned how to be a Soul Friend from Irish Christians steeped in the Celtic tradition. This ancient version of companionship is getting renewed attention as the creative class deeply…
Episode 14 - writer Ed Cyzewski gives guidance - Spark My Muse
Jun 24, 2015 • 46 min
What pair should you pair with chocolate and how can you run a successful wine pairing party? Find out. Plus, an excellent and sometimes hilarious chat with author, Ed Cyzewski on making space with open hands: for writing and for prayer. • Resources and…
Episode 13 on winemaking monks / chat with Doug Jackson - Spark My Muse
Jun 17, 2015 • 48 min
Why hundreds of wineries in Europe have monastic origins. C.S. Lewis scholar and man of solitude, Doug Jackson and I talk about solitude, spiritual director, the new spiritual secular atheists, C.S. Lewis, the man of darkness and dark nights: St John of…
EPS 12: A chat with Sarah Bessey & Ice Wine Explained - Spark My Muse
Jun 9, 2015 • 41 min
Sarah Bessey (author of “Jesus Feminist”) talks about publishing, blogging, creativity, and the economy of God’s Kingdom. The 12 of 15 episodes that include wine education. Find detailed show note and many more goodies at sparkmymuse.com
Interview with Daniel J. Lewis; and which wine pairs with wedding cake - Spark My Muse
Jun 2, 2015 • 21 min
An insightful interview with prolific and award-winning creator, Daniel J. Lewis where we cover everything from creating with integrative spirituality, marriage advice, how to trump a college-degree, and the secret to being successful. Plus, the wine…
Episode 10 - Red Wine headaches and Emily Miller writes - Spark My Muse
May 27, 2015 • 31 min
The surprising reason for red wine headache plus a fun interview with Emily Miller: a reporter and social media editor for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is also a Relevant magazaine regular contributor .
Episode 9 - Wine: moderation vs. medication (HALT method) - Spark My Muse
May 24, 2015 • 11 min
What does “drinking in moderation” really mean? How to know if you’re having too much wine in your life. Plus, the HALT method for decision-making if you have a creative soul.
Episode 8 - Episode 8 - How to Let Your Wine and your Creative Soul Breathe - Spark My Muse
May 19, 2015 • 17 min
A great trick to get wine to “speak” and the history and meaning of finding your breath and practicing “breath prayer” (a how-to)
Episode 7 - Vine grafting explained + special guest Ray Hollenbach - Spark My Muse
May 12, 2015 • 21 min
The miracle of grafting explained (website shownotes contain detailed photos) and an intriguing interview with special guest Ray Hollenbach of the Vineyard Church.
Episode 6: The Skinny on Wine Spritzers and Friendship as Creative Fuel - Spark My Muse
May 6, 2015 • 13 min
1. What is a wine spritzer exactly, why is it a good summer drink choice, and how to make them. 2. Fantastic thoughts from thoughtful people and a short essay on how friendship uniquely fuels our creative muse.
Episode 5: the god of Wine and re-thinking creative genius - Spark My Muse
Apr 29, 2015 • 9 min
Wine for Newbies: What the Greeks thought about wine is represented in their god Dionysus. What was he up to and how did he get here? Spark My Muse: Re-thinking the nature of the creative process
Episode 4 Wine Tasting Crash Course and how to do a Retreat - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2015 • 13 min
What a wine tasting is about and 3 crucial tips to having the best personal retreat ever.
The best tools for opening wine and guest: writer, Natalie Hart - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2015 • 26 min
(The best tools for opening wine and guest: writer, Natalie Hart)
Wet Dog Fur Wine and wisdom from Brene Brown - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2015 • 10 min
Show notes: Episode 2 (Wet Dog Fur Wine and Brene Brown) Make sure your wine never tastes like wet dog fur. huh? Spark my muse is The podcast for curious creatives types, wine newbies, and those willing to put up with my occasional silliness. Thank you so…
Spark My Muse - Episode 1 - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2015 • 8 min
Welcome to the first episode and why grape juice is unnatural.
Time Traveler’s Workshop-sneak peek - Spark My Muse
Dec 11, 2013
workshop sneak peek This particular contraption is only halfway constructed. It’s part music box, part jewelry box, and part time travel device (finger’s crossed). It will also come will the carefully formulated Time Traveler’s Mints tin of sweets to ease…
Why did I write “Dog in the Gap” -VIDEO - Spark My Muse
Aug 6, 2013
Click below to watch the short VIDEO promo…It’s the backstory of the “Dog in the Gap” book…Plus, meet Doug, Spurgeon, Lisa, and Luna. “Dog in the Gap“ VIDEO If you like it, will you pass it on?
Are you a Sheep? (10 sheepish things you should know) - Spark My Muse
Aug 5, 2011
At first blush, sheep are lack-luster. Yet, Jesus called his followers sheep. Was it some kind of “divine dig,” or was it a profound insight for us to absorb? Or both? Most of us don’t raise sheep, so some of the sheep tie-ins and metaphors in the Bible…
Death of Pet (Nathan encounters mortality/separation, video) - Spark My Muse
Jul 8, 2011
Here is another (short) installment in exploring the theology of disability and the spiritual growth/development of my autistic son, Nathan (age 11) who has recently claimed that he doesn’t not believe in God (see previous posts). Part of the spiritual…
God Bless America (The song and full story) - Spark My Muse
Jul 4, 2010
Click the link at the bottom to hear the classic 1938 version, sung by Kate Smith. The song “God Bless America” was written as a (sung) prayer. Enjoy the July 4th holiday, and let this song help us to be a little more grateful for all the privileges of…