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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
Creating a space for people to think differently about the Bible.
How to Find (and Become) a True Friend [SSL75] - Spark My Muse
May 31 • 23 min
Your soul friend is the truest mirror to reflect your soul. Its’ time to find yours.
Eps 106: We get More Desire Instead of Fulfillment; That’s Capitalism, Guest Todd McGowan - Spark My Muse
May 24 • 55 min
The failure of Capitalism to deliver on its original promise is actually what makes Capitalism last, but at a psychic cost
Hello to Hope? [SSL74] - Spark My Muse
May 17 • 14 min
HOPE is not a waste because HOPE is only ever disproven in retrospect
Eps 105: If Relational Boundaries Aren’t Porous, We Can Die Early, says guest Amy Banks MD - Spark My Muse
May 10 • 45 min
Making our Four Neural Pathways Robust so We Live Longer, Healthier Lives, by at least 340%
How to Be Miserable in 3 Easy Steps [SSL73] - Spark My Muse
May 3 • 11 min
Being Miserable has Never Been so Easy!
Esp 104: The Listening Day, guest Paul J. Pastor - Spark My Muse
Apr 26 • 47 min
Listening for the Unseen Way
Don’t Suffer Fools; give them “the Mu” [SSL72] - Spark My Muse
Apr 19 • 16 min
“un-asking” the insufficient questions
Esp 103: When the church has hurt you, guest Carol Howard Merritt - Spark My Muse
Apr 12 • 48 min
Finding healing for your spiritual wounds
No Fixing, No Saving [SSL71] - Spark My Muse
Apr 5 • 25 min
Key Features in Building Relational Trust: Wisdom from Parker J. Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal
Esp 102: Thinking Errors and Finding Mental Health, Guest Barry Pearman - Spark My Muse
Mar 29 • 55 min
We can create visions of wellness for people that include connection
Eps 101: How Racism Came to America, Guest Dr Kendi - Spark My Muse
Mar 22 • 44 min
The concept of A Black Race has an exact starting point: 1450 in Portugal. The reason was money and the deception took root.
Eps 100: Emotions are PREDICTED (not TRIGGERED) says pioneer neuroscientist, Dr Barrett - Spark My Muse
Mar 15 • 46 min
The latest brain scans and science show that YOU are both the architect AND the electrician of your experience and brain
Common Unity, Identity, and the Remembering [SSL70] - Spark My Muse
Mar 8 • 15 min
Why wholeness involves remembering.
Eps 99: Guest Dr David Dark, Culture is Religion: We become what we love - Spark My Muse
Mar 1 • 43 min
Your Religion is your witness: It is the shape that your loves and hates take
Conversing with Fear and Desire [SSL69] - Spark My Muse
Feb 22 • 17 min
Fear is often masked by (urgent) desire.
Eps 98: Eric Zimmer (One You Feed, Host) MOTIVATION for Lasting Life Changes - Spark My Muse
Feb 15 • 56 min
Will-power, Tools, and Discipline Don’t Give Us MOTIVATION for improvement
BONUS Episode-Mosaic of Grace, guest James Prescott - Spark My Muse
Feb 10 • 39 min
A place to confront our Fear, and find Connection, Acceptance, and Room to Heal
Opinions and Confirmations, [SSL68] - Spark My Muse
Feb 8 • 18 min
The Faulty Seduction of How We Let People Know Things and Come to Know Things
Eps 97: Art and Communion at the Story Table, guest Michael Wright - Spark My Muse
Feb 1 • 62 min
DISTRACTION means to pull apart - Communion means COMMON UNION
The Straight Dope (on your brain) [SSL 67] - Spark My Muse
Jan 25 • 18 min
If you need a fix–of some kind, this episode is for you
Eps 96: Overcoming the Dark Side of Innovation and Group Projects - Spark My Muse
Jan 18 • 42 min
Why Creative Solutions Are Quashed even at the Most Innovative Places (and What to Do About It)
Time and the Violation of Values (SSL 66) - Spark My Muse
Jan 11 • 16 min
Why Rich or Powerful People Act Beastly, and So Will You
Eps 95: Who Were the Medieval Woman Mystics? - Spark My Muse
Jan 6 • 59 min
3 God-Intoixcated Women Who Threatened the Powerful of the Early Middle Ages in Europe
Soul School-Lesson 65: Fixed Point on the Horizon - Spark My Muse
Jan 4 • 16 min
Making Lemonade and Giving Away My Books
Eps 94: The (untrue) Stories We Tell Ourselves in Relationships, Guest Scott Gornto - Spark My Muse
Dec 30, 2016 • 40 min
What we imagine people are thinking is wrong 90% of the time and what to do about it
Soul School-Lesson 64: The Benediction - Spark My Muse
Dec 28, 2016 • 15 min
The words the create new worlds for new times
Eps 93: Spiritual Nomad, Brandan Robertson, shares his story - Spark My Muse
Dec 23, 2016 • 57 min
At the intersection of nomad spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal
Soul School-Lesson 63: The Four Loves - Spark My Muse
Dec 21, 2016 • 16 min
The four types of LOVE that inform and transform us
Eps 92: A Conservative Christian Embraces Narrative Theology, guest Derek Hiebert - Spark My Muse
Dec 16, 2016 • 41 min
The invitation into the Story of God for our present context
Soul School-Lesson 62: Finding Comfort and Joy - Spark My Muse
Dec 14, 2016 • 15 min
Fuel for comfort and joy to last all year
Esp: 91- Finding an Unhurried, Peaceful Life free of Burnout, Guest Alan Fadling - Spark My Muse
Dec 9, 2016 • 29 min
How to start slowing down to find joy, and choose people over productivity
Soul School-Lesson 61: Peace and Conflict - Spark My Muse
Dec 7, 2016 • 20 min
A deeper and more lasting concept of peace
Esp 90: The Magic, Power, Genetics, and Learnability of Charisma - Spark My Muse
Dec 2, 2016 • 33 min
Understanding The Charms and Dark Secrets of Charisma with returning guest Matthew Hutson
Soul School-Lesson 60: What You Don’t Know About HOPE - Spark My Muse
Nov 30, 2016 • 13 min
The Strangest and Surest Way to Get HOPE back
Eps 89: Exploring Passive-Agression, guest Dr Leon Seltzer - Spark My Muse
Nov 25, 2016 • 38 min
The fear-based way to get what you want
Soul School-Lesson 59: Family Gathering and Conflicts - Spark My Muse
Nov 23, 2016 • 25 min
Help for the Holidays
Esp 88: Suggestible to Healing-Placebo Science, guest Erik Vance - Spark My Muse
Nov 18, 2016 • 51 min
Priming Your Brain for Healing, Cures, and Less Pain
Soul School-Lesson 58: How to Be with Other Humans - Spark My Muse
Nov 16, 2016 • 31 min
The digital world teaches us so little about how to truly converse and be with other humans in person
Eps 87: An Inefficient Conversation with guest Matt Inman - Spark My Muse
Nov 11, 2016 • 57 min
Our deepest desires need the most inefficient moments of our lives
Soul School-Lesson 57: The Prisoner Prayer - Spark My Muse
Nov 9, 2016 • 29 min
Moving from the center of your own narrative
Esp 86: Decay, Death, Renewal, and Healing in DETROIT, guest Jessica Aguilar-Christy - Spark My Muse
Nov 4, 2016 • 55 min
What Beer, Yoga, and Story have to do with renewal in the Motor City and maybe your life too
Soul School - Lesson 56: The 4 Hidden Factors of an Identity Crisis - Spark My Muse
Nov 2, 2016 • 17 min
What to Do About Seismic Shifts That Can Destabilize Our Identity
Eps 85: Catacombic Freestyling with Swedish Theology-enthusiast, Josef Gustafsson - Spark My Muse
Oct 28, 2016 • 51 min
What happens when you rid your confines of doorkeepers?
Soul School - Lesson 55: Quicksand of Cynicism (and a Homage to Maria Popova) - Spark My Muse
Oct 26, 2016 • 15 min
How to actively fight cynicism. (A reflection on Maria Popover’s 10th Lesson learned)
Eps 84: Recovering Your Mental Health, guest Michael Weinberger - Spark My Muse
Oct 21, 2016 • 46 min
Noticing the triggers create reactive states of being and finding a better way to live
Soul School - Lesson 54: What is the Meaning of Life (Series Finale) - Spark My Muse
Oct 19, 2016 • 20 min
The coming of old age and finale of Ecclesiastes series
Eps: 83 Ryan J. Bell and Life After God - Spark My Muse
Oct 14, 2016 • 55 min
What happens when a long-time Pastor decides that there is no There there
Soul School - Lesson 53: What is the Meaning of Life (Part 4) - Spark My Muse
Oct 12, 2016 • 23 min
Making Sense of the Absurdity of Life and Suffering
Eps 82: Becoming Wise, my conversation with special guest, Krista Tippett - Spark My Muse
Oct 7, 2016 • 47 min
Wisdom is a quality of presence.
Soul School - Lesson 52: What is the Meaning of Life? (Part 3) - Spark My Muse
Oct 5, 2016 • 21 min
Making sense of life and finding out the ultimate meaning in existence
Eps 81: Long-suffering and Unanswered prayer, guest Rhiannon Hall - Spark My Muse
Sep 30, 2016 • 65 min
Some times the healing doesn’t come or the situation won’t resolve. What then?
Soul School-Lesson 51: What Is the Meaning of Life (part 2) - Spark My Muse
Sep 28, 2016 • 22 min
Surprisingly Secular Sounding Ancient Wisdom for Age-Old Human Questions About Meaning
Eps 80: Exploring Pride, Confidence, and Success, Guest Dr. Jessica Tracy - Spark My Muse
Sep 23, 2016 • 30 min
The connection between pride, confidence, dominance, and success.
Soul School-Lesson 50: The Fountain of Life EXPLAINED (part 1) - Spark My Muse
Sep 21, 2016 • 18 min
What You NEVER KNEW about the Unguarded Heart
Eps 79: How to Fly (at will) in Your Dreams–guest, Robert Waggoner - Spark My Muse
Sep 16, 2016 • 50 min
Remembering Your Dreams and Learning to Awakening During Dreaming Brings Invaluable Healing and Self-Discovering
Soul School-Lesson 49: Do You Triangulate? [SPOILER: yes.] - Spark My Muse
Sep 14, 2016 • 19 min
The Subtle Social Issue that Poisons Your Surroundings
Eps 78 - Guest, Peter Rollins on Lacking the Lack, Fighting Ghosts, and Reveling in the Raveling - Spark My Muse
Sep 9, 2016 • 51 min
Making friends with the Happy Reaper?
Soul School - Lesson 48: Embodying Ritual and Transition - Spark My Muse
Sep 7, 2016 • 11 min
The -Thoughtful Sacramental- to Hold Space for More of Ourselves
Eps 77: Guest, Srini Rao - Being Unmistakable and Recovering From Failure - Spark My Muse
Sep 2, 2016 • 32 min
If you are unmistakable, you don’t need a signature.
Soul School - Lesson 47 Genetically-determined Fears and Ancient Memory - Spark My Muse
Aug 31, 2016 • 9 min
What if your parents have passed your their fears through their genes?
Eps 76: The Sin of Certainty and Misunderstanding the Bible: Guest Peter Enns - Spark My Muse
Aug 26, 2016 • 39 min
Pete Enns says: It’s not just that we use psychology, we ARE psychology.
Soul School - Lesson 46: The Story of How “Heathens” Received my Son - Spark My Muse
Aug 24, 2016 • 15 min
Context is the Womb for Compassion, Empathy, and Hospitality
Eps 75: Magic, Deception, Hypnosis–Guest, Kevin Ferguson - Spark My Muse
Aug 19, 2016 • 43 min
Manipulation and the Brain
Soul School - Lesson 45: The Threshold into Belonging (Wisdom from John O Donohue) - Spark My Muse
Aug 17, 2016 • 11 min
We are Embodied Souls
Eps 74: Anxiety At the Base of Belief - Guest, Tad DeLay - Spark My Muse
Aug 12, 2016 • 55 min
Living with the (hidden) “Big Other” because God is Always in the Unconscious
Soul School - Lesson 44: Finding Abundant Love (Wisdom from Krista Tippet) - Spark My Muse
Aug 10, 2016 • 12 min
Richer Meaning in Our Connections and Expanding Our Ideas and Ideals About Life Together
Eps 73: Spoken Word brings Life- Guest Anita Scott - Spark My Muse
Aug 5, 2016 • 62 min
How Art gives us Expression, Conversation, and Keeps us Moving Forward Together
Soul School - Lesson 43: Locating Hell & Heaven - CS Lewis - Spark My Muse
Aug 3, 2016 • 14 min
Hell is a dungeon of the mind. Heaven is Reality itself.
Eps 72: Deconstructionists RECAP with Adam & John on Jack Caputo - Spark My Muse
Jul 29, 2016 • 50 min
God doesn’t exist, God insists.
Soul School - Lesson 42: The Good Bad Guy (Old Parable, New Twist) - Spark My Muse
Jul 27, 2016 • 15 min
WHO was the neighbor in these 7 short stories?
Eps 71: From Addiction to Rock Star-Guest Carrie Rapaport - Spark My Muse
Jul 22, 2016 • 55 min
Getting to Hollywood and staying clean
Soul School - Lesson 41: Self-Impersonation - Spark My Muse
Jul 20, 2016 • 11 min
on being who we think we should be, and the balance of solitude and community
Eps 70: Sexuality and Spiritual Formation, Guest Tara Owens - Spark My Muse
Jul 15, 2016 • 48 min
The challenge of embodiment: the false duality of the brain and body disconnection
Soul School - Lesson 40: Prejudice, Peace, and Justice - Spark My Muse
Jul 13, 2016 • 19 min
On issues of Dark & Light Skin Prejudice (from someone whose father is non white)
Eps 69: Guiding People from Fear to Solidarity - Spark My Muse
Jul 8, 2016 • 50 min
To join in the creative impulse of the divine.
Soul School - Lesson 39 New Insights on Loneliness - Spark My Muse
Jul 6, 2016 • 11 min
Feeling lonely serves a healthy function that you can leverage for a better life.
Eps 68: Discovering Fable - Guest Charlie Porter - Spark My Muse
Jul 1, 2016 • 52 min
on Stories, Staying woke, and Anticipating Thin Spaces
Soul School Lesson 38 - Unconventional Thoughts on Suicide and Depression - Spark My Muse
Jun 29, 2016 • 29 min
We are loath to admit we’ve thought of ending our own life
Eps 67: Science Mike McHargue - Spiritual Skeptic - Spark My Muse
Jun 24, 2016 • 40 min
Processing Reality and Mystery with Skepticism and Humility
Soul School - Lesson 37: Moving BEYOND Personification - Spark My Muse
Jun 22, 2016 • 16 min
Why humans dress animals in clothes and think God has hands.
Eps 66: Pirates & Getting High (Transcendence) – Guest Kester Brewin - Spark My Muse
Jun 17, 2016 • 49 min
What Mutiny, Flight, and Getting High have to do with Human Need
Soul School - Lesson 36: AUTOMATICALLY Ascribing Malice - Spark My Muse
Jun 15, 2016 • 5 min
When [mistakes] feel PERSONAL.
Eps 65: The Myth of the “Lone Genius” - CS Lewis expert Dr Diana Glyer - Spark My Muse
Jun 10, 2016 • 30 min
The Narnia books were headed for the trash can, Lord of the Rings was stalled for years
Soul School - Lesson 35: The Mysteries of Mysticism - Spark My Muse
Jun 7, 2016 • 13 min
Should mysticism and Christianity REALLY go together?
Eps 64: Minimalist, Jeff Sandquist Returns with a Surprising Story - Spark My Muse
Jun 3, 2016 • 51 min
2016 Marked Odd Milestone Birthdays Related to Death for Both My Guest and Me
Soul School - Lesson 34: A Flexible Perspective on Suffering - Spark My Muse
Jun 1, 2016 • 14 min
How to Leverage your BRAIN to Find Restoration and Healing (featuring the work of Steven Hayes)
Eps 63: Embrace Your Weirdness - Guest Maisie Smith - Spark My Muse
May 27, 2016 • 50 min
A Fun Conversation About Acceptance and Uniqueness
Soul School - Lesson 33: You are a Meaning Maker - Spark My Muse
May 25, 2016 • 11 min
To combat anxiety we crave and create neat categories, but life isn’t so simple.
Eps 62: The [Christian] Argument for Absolute Non Violence - Spark My Muse
May 20, 2016 • 41 min
Guest Preston Sprinkle on misguided militarism within Evangelicalism
Soul School - Lesson 32 - Counterfeit ID? - Spark My Muse
May 18, 2016 • 14 min
Are you faking your ID? Risk being the authentic you.
Eps 61: Co-Leadership, Male and Female - Spark My Muse
May 13, 2016 • 47 min
Kathy Escobar and Karl Wheel like to tackle controversial topics Like Gay Marriage, Abortion, and Guns
Soul School - Lesson 31 - Finding YOUR Identity - Spark My Muse
May 11, 2016 • 14 min
Finding out that Identity isn’t about finding ourselves at all
Eps 60: The Science of the Imagination and Fascination - Spark My Muse
May 6, 2016 • 39 min
Exploring why Humans are so intrigued by Humor, Religion, and Art Forms
Soul School - Lesson 30: Collaboration - Spark My Muse
May 4, 2016 • 8 min
A new shift for Spark My Muse and an invitation
Eps 59: Adam and John from The Deconstructionist Podcast - Spark My Muse
Apr 29, 2016 • 52 min
Creating an adventuresome and welcoming space to deconstruct and reconstruct our beliefs
Soul School-Lesson 29: I’m Rubber and I’m Glue - Spark My Muse
Apr 27, 2016 • 6 min
Why that one negative comments will stick with you for hours AND what you can do about it
Eps 59: Desire and Rhythm of Life - Return Guest Shane Tucker - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2016 • 38 min
Welcoming back one of my favorite fire-starters to about desire–the fuel for the journey
Lesson 28: Soul School-The Myth of “It Is What It Is” - Spark My Muse
Apr 20, 2016 • 10 min
Why we can change far more than we assume: The surprising science of Carol Dweck
Eps 58: Feed Your Good Wolf: Special Guest, Eric Zimmer - Spark My Muse
Apr 15, 2016 • 63 min
Award-winning podcast host discusses our “Meaning Making Machine” in a fascinating and very practical conversation
Soul School - Lesson 27 - Life BEFORE Death - Spark My Muse
Apr 13, 2016 • 8 min
The only reality we truly know about is this one–don’t miss it.
Eps 57: The Healing Process of Writing– Guest Rachel Toalson - Spark My Muse
Apr 8, 2016 • 35 min
From fiction writing to memoir to mothering 6 boys and podcasting and much more, Rachel Toalson allows creativity to fuel her life and healing process
Soul School-Lesson 26: There’s No Place Like Home Over the Rainbow - Spark My Muse
Apr 6, 2016 • 8 min
Finding your way home beyond the rainbow
EPS 56: Implanted Memories, False Memories, and False Confessions - Spark My Muse
Mar 31, 2016 • 36 min
Leading memory expert, Dr Stephen Porter, reveals just how easy it is to make people remember and confess to serious crimes they never did
Soul School - Lesson 25 - Why you are craving STABILITY - Spark My Muse
Mar 30, 2016 • 21 min
Growth and Rebirth is followed by a deep craving for stability, so what now?
EPS 55: Living out the Resurrection - Guest Christine Sine - Spark My Muse
Mar 25, 2016 • 39 min
Seeing All People and Creation As Translucent with the Glory of God Shining Through
Soul School - Lesson 24: Creating Rebirth in Your Damaged Relationships - Spark My Muse
Mar 23, 2016 • 7 min
Healing and reconciliation can be easier than you think
EPS 54: Online “Truth Bombs”, Karma & Deeper Grace – Guest Ray Hollenbach - Spark My Muse
Mar 18, 2016 • 39 min
Karma is Reasonable and Grace is the way of Love - fascinating insights from a student of Jesus
Soul School - Lesson 23: Using Fertile Soil for Your Own Rebirth - Spark My Muse
Mar 16, 2016 • 8 min
What we avoid and detest can create new life and #rebirth (#synCREATE)
EPS 53: Magical Thinking (The Voo Doo You Do): Guest Matthew Hutson - Spark My Muse
Mar 9, 2016 • 43 min
No one is immune to irrational thoughts, duping one’s brain, or being tricked by charlatans
Soul School - Lesson 22: What Causes Rebirth of the Heart? - Spark My Muse
Mar 9, 2016 • 12 min
5 things that precipitate rebirth of the heart.
EPS 52: Adopting a Minimalist Lifestyle: Guest Jeff Sandquist - Spark My Muse
Mar 4, 2016 • 44 min
What happens when you give up most of your possessions and the life your thought you wanted
Soul School - Lesson 21: A Test of Your Faith - Spark My Muse
Mar 2, 2016 • 18 min
The Surprising News about Times of Testing and Wilderness Seasons in Life
EPS 51: The women of Sacred Ordinary Days - Spark My Muse
Feb 26, 2016 • 41 min
Lent means “springtime” - we prepare our hearts for rebirth.
Soul School - Lesson 20 - The Most Common Mistake About Beliefs - Spark My Muse
Feb 24, 2016 • 15 min
How Beliefs Often Stay Conceptual, But Values Can Be Your Operating System
EPS 50: The Amazing Story of Bruce Van Horn - Spark My Muse
Feb 19, 2016 • 46 min
Worry is a story about what you don’t want to happen and you can tell a different story.
Soul School - Lesson 19: When Spring is Underground - Spark My Muse
Feb 17, 2016 • 13 min
The meta-truths of the season can prepare us for rebirth
EPS 49: The Surprising “Death Class” Trend - Guest Erika Hayasaski - Spark My Muse
Feb 12, 2016 • 36 min
Death Salon & Death Cafe Events are Popping Up All Over and Taking the Anxiety Out of Mortality
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?
EPS 48: Free Will, Luck, and Psychopaths- Guest Diana Hsieh - Spark My Muse
Feb 5, 2016 • 29 min
What are we really responsible for and can we blame our DNA?
Soul School - Lesson 17- Love What Was Lost - Spark My Muse
Feb 3, 2016 • 8 min
When People or Situations Bring Back Old Pain
EPS 47: Specific Behaviors That Lead to Happiness - Guest Benjamin Hardy - Spark My Muse
Jan 29, 2016 • 45 min
Scientific Studies Identify 10 Behaviors that Boost Happiness
Soul School - Lesson 16 Skills Trumps Passion - Spark My Muse
Jan 27, 2016 • 9 min
Gleaning from the Wisdom of Cal NewPort on the Craftsmen Mindset That’s So Good it Can’t be Ignored
EPS 46: Community Life and The Power of Confession (part 2) - Spark My Muse
Jan 22, 2016 • 50 min
Part II - The Commune Life with Tammy Perlmutter (your questions answered)
Soul School - Lesson 15: Don’t Fear the Shake Up - Spark My Muse
Jan 20, 2016 • 9 min
Blowing up the dreaded “What do you do for a living?” question
EPS 45: Staying RELEVANT - guest Cameron Strang - Spark My Muse
Jan 15, 2016 • 41 min
Lessons from a 20-year-strong media and resource powerhouse
Soul School - Lesson 14 (finding meaning the “Special Sauce”) - Spark My Muse
Jan 13, 2016 • 9 min
The surprising thing I’ve learned about finding and doing meaningful work
EPS 44: What is Communal Living Like? (guest Tammy Perlmutter explains) - Spark My Muse
Jan 8, 2016 • 52 min
From Lost Girl to Raggle Taggle JPUSA Mess Maker: a story of finding belonging and hope in the mess
Soul School - Lesson 13 (The 3 Main Types of Meaningful Work) - Spark My Muse
Jan 6, 2016 • 12 min
Narrowing down the “why” to the main reasons you do the most fulfilling things you do
EPS 43: A New Way to Think About Meaningful Work - with Lori Neff - Spark My Muse
Jan 1, 2016 • 45 min
Vocation and Finding Meaningful Work with co-host Lori Neff
Soul School - Lesson 12 (Starting NEW-symbols and the brain) - Spark My Muse
Dec 30, 2015 • 11 min
How Symbols and Perceptions determine what is possible
EPS 42: Christmas COMEDY Special - Spark My Muse
Dec 25, 2015 • 27 min
Scary Santa, Ugly Sweaters, Re-gifting horror stories, and more fun!
Soul School - Lesson 11 (The Luminaria Story) - Spark My Muse
Dec 23, 2015 • 6 min
Be the light, name the light, and dispel the darkness
EPS 41: Jennifer Michael Hecht on Poetry, Wonder, and Preventing Suicide - Spark My Muse
Dec 17, 2015 • 67 min
Have you thought of taking your own life? You are normal. Don’t kill yourself. Instead, stay. Here are 2 important reasons why you should stay living to that you didn’t think of.
Soul School - Lesson 10 (The Secret Power of…) - Spark My Muse
Dec 16, 2015 • 9 min
The Secret Power of Anticipation
Shane Blackshear is a Seminary Dropout you have to hear - Spark My Muse
Dec 11, 2015 • 40 min
A wide-ranging conversation with a podcasting and bearded legend from Austin
Soul School - Lesson 9 (Discernment episode) - Spark My Muse
Dec 9, 2015 • 15 min
Excerpts and 99¢ special end soon
EPS 39: Real Help for Loss and Grief: a Conversation with author Alise Chaffins - Spark My Muse
Dec 4, 2015 • 39 min
Few things are more painful or humanizing than the experience of grief and loss. How to make it through alright
Soul School - Lesson 8 - Spark My Muse
Dec 2, 2015 • 9 min
The Habitat of Habits
Soul School - Lesson 7 - Spark My Muse
Dec 2, 2015 • 8 min
(special episode) Gratitude, The Live Event, and #synCREATE
EPS 38: Michael Scott with a “Gun” and Friendship as an Improvisational Art - Spark My Muse
Nov 27, 2015 • 54 min
round 2 with Lori Neff and plenty of laughter for your weekend
Soul School - Lesson 6 - Spark My Muse
Nov 25, 2015 • 11 min
The Stories We Accidentally Tell Others About Ourselves
EPS 37: James Prescott talks Rob Bell, creativity, and Spiral Dynamics - Spark My Muse
Nov 20, 2015 • 55 min
Create for the sake of the work itself and James Talk about what Rob Bell taught about Everything is Spiritual
Soul School - Lesson 5 - Spark My Muse
Nov 18, 2015 • 11 min
Would You Be Offended if I Told You That You Got Offended Way Too Much?
EPS 36: 30 Books in 10 Years, Mary DeMuth talks about healing through writing - Spark My Muse
Nov 13, 2015 • 29 min
A writer’s journey toward healing
Soul School - Lesson 4 - Spark My Muse
Nov 11, 2015 • 7 min
Shift for Homecoming
EPS 35: Sarah Bessey is Back and talks about “Out of Sorts” - Spark My Muse
Nov 4, 2015 • 56 min
Being out of sorts with church, community, sadness, and coming home again
Soul School - Lesson 3 - Spark My Muse
Nov 4, 2015 • 10 min
5 Ways to Cure “Infectious Hurry Syndrome”
The Many Lives of the Hippest Street in America - Spark My Muse
Oct 30, 2015 • 43 min
New Yorker, Ada Calhoun on staying married and growing up on the coolest street in America
Soul School - Lesson 2 - Spark My Muse
Oct 28, 2015 • 7 min
Losing Yourself to the Quiet
EPS 33: A Muslim talks about Allah, what he says will surprise you - Spark My Muse
Oct 23, 2015 • 48 min
A young medical student, with a heart for Allah, works to spark the Light and Love of God for others to see
Soul School - Lesson 1 - Spark My Muse
Oct 22, 2015 • 9 min
Are you your self or what’s the deal with reality anyway?
EPS 32: Rolf Potts, celebrated vagabonding travel-writer and best-selling author - Spark My Muse
Oct 18, 2015 • 46 min
20 years of world travel, writing, best-selling books, the Tim Ferriss Book Club, and forays include comic book, and (surprise!) gangsta rap
EPS 31: Life After Midday, A Powerful Conversation with Former Moody Radio host Lori Neff - Spark My Muse
Oct 16, 2015 • 56 min
Chicago radio host, Lori Neff opens up about the tumult and transition after her 18 career on one of the most impactful Christian Women’s radio programs
EPS 30: A Neuroscientist Explains the Science of Humor and Decision-Making Using Brain Scan Studies - Spark My Muse
Oct 9, 2015 • 56 min
By Studying How People Process Jokes In Brain Scanner, Scientist Find Answers About the Role of Emotion in Decision-Making
EPS 29: If a House and a Tent had a Baby: A homesteader tells all - Spark My Muse
Oct 2, 2015 • 49 min
What it’s like to build a home and a life off-the-grid and how truly providing for yourself can make life meaningful
EPS 28: Ways to Short-curcuit Perfectionism and Achieve Greatly - Spark My Muse
Sep 28, 2015 • 52 min
3 Important ways to make space for a meaningful life with productivity maven Laura McClellan
EPS 27: No Squeezing Chickens – A Rhythm for Creating Your Best Work - Spark My Muse
Sep 22, 2015 • 51 min
By farming, writing about the slaves that once lived and died where she grew up, and creating a peaceful writer’s retreat, Andi Cumbo-Floyd invites us into a more natural way of being in the world and making things
EPS 26: When Childhood Suffering is Transfigured into a Thriving Life - Spark My Muse
Sep 15, 2015 • 45 min
How Melissa Wilson turned a Painful Past into a Thriving Life and Platform to Help Others
EPS 25: Best Productivity Hacks for Working from Anywhere - Spark My Muse
Sep 8, 2015 • 42 min
The 15 minutes that will save you hours of work- Guest: Productivity Resource Maker, Kyle Reed
EPS 24: The (Ignatian) Spirituality of Pope Francis - Spark My Muse
Sep 1, 2015 • 53 min
The influential teachings the guide one of the most powerful men in the world
Special End-of-Summer Update - Spark My Muse
Aug 30, 2015 • 5 min
Debut of the new mic and other big announcements
EPS 23: The Hidden Family Secrets and Rules That Dictate Our Relationships Now - Spark My Muse
Aug 25, 2015 • 63 min
Recognizing the generational norms and habits that continue to impact our relationships with expert Dr Janet Stauffer
Esp 22: Why The Dark Night of the Soul is Like Fight Club - Spark My Muse
Aug 18, 2015 • 65 min
The Big Mistakes People Make When They Stop Sensing the Presence and Original Joy and Connection with God
Special “Ask Sparky” Episode: Responses to 5 Burning Question - Spark My Muse
Aug 16, 2015 • 21 min
God is not father, you are not your thoughts, and navigating envy land mines
Episode 21 - (Tom Reynolds Part II) “Care isn’t so much “doing for” but “being with” - Spark My Muse
Aug 11, 2015 • 31 min
Community, Belonging, and Care: Equality isn’t sameness. Differences doesn’t mean a hierarchy.
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
PART 1: Offering belonging and care instead of mere inclusion and cure is how the messiness of the human experience is redeemed
Episode 19 Why Suffering makes us ask unanswerable questions - Spark My Muse
Jul 28, 2015 • 11 min
Suffering is unreasonable, here is why we ask “why?”
Episode 18 - Is Radical Honesty Rare? Nicole Unice gets Brave Enough, so you can too - Spark My Muse
Jul 22, 2015 • 41 min
Building on her engaging and insightful first book, humorouly titled: “She’s Got Issues”, Nicole Unice unpack the kind of ordinary bravery we need most
Episode 17 Shane Claiborne’s community chooses to live, love, and belong in inner-city Philly - Spark My Muse
Jul 14, 2015 • 28 min
Affluence has cheated us out of the genuine mutuality that comes from helping and being helped.
Episode 16 - It’s Apophatic (not apathetic) Prayer! - Spark My Muse
Jul 8, 2015 • 55 min
Theology professor, Dr Laurie Mellinger, unpacks the “via negativa” of prayer
Conversation with Anglican Priest and Soul Friend, Shane Tucker - Spark My Muse
Jul 1, 2015 • 51 min
Exploring the ancient Celtic Spiritually of Anam Cara (soul friendship)
Episode 14 - writer Ed Cyzewski gives guidance - Spark My Muse
Jun 24, 2015 • 46 min
How to have a wine and chocolate tasting party + Ed Cyzewski
Episode 13 on winemaking monks / chat with Doug Jackson - Spark My Muse
Jun 17, 2015 • 48 min
God and European wineries, and dark nights of the soul
EPS 12: A chat with Sarah Bessey & Ice Wine Explained - Spark My Muse
Jun 9, 2015 • 41 min
What is “Ice Wine” and an enchanting chat with Sarah Bessey (Jesus Feminist)
Interview with Daniel J. Lewis; and which wine pairs with wedding cake - Spark My Muse
Jun 2, 2015 • 21 min
Making soul-filled creations and surviving marriage
Episode 10 - Red Wine headaches and Emily Miller writes - Spark My Muse
May 27, 2015 • 31 min
Take the headache out of your red wine. And Chicago Sun-Times reporter Emily Miller is interviewed!
Episode 9 - Wine: moderation vs. medication (HALT method) - Spark My Muse
May 24, 2015 • 11 min
Clarity on consumption; and decision-making for the creative soul
Episode 8 - Episode 8 - How to Let Your Wine and your Creative Soul Breathe - Spark My Muse
May 19, 2015 • 17 min
Aeration is good for wine and “breath prayer” for your creative soul.
Episode 7 - Vine grafting explained + special guest Ray Hollenbach - Spark My Muse
May 12, 2015 • 21 min
Wine grapes don’t come from seeds? Vineyards explained and guest Ray Hollenbach
Episode 6: The Skinny on Wine Spritzers and Friendship as Creative Fuel - Spark My Muse
May 6, 2015 • 13 min
Making wine spritzers and the gift of friendship
Episode 5: the god of Wine and re-thinking creative genius - Spark My Muse
Apr 29, 2015 • 9 min
Wine god as a patron of the arts; Symposium invitation; and why “creative genius” isn’t personal
Episode 4 Wine Tasting Crash Course and how to do a Retreat - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2015 • 13 min
Wine Tasting Crash Course and how to do a Retreat
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
don’t get corked and learn how to risk
Spark My Muse - Episode 1 - Spark My Muse
Apr 22, 2015 • 8 min
Grape Juice is Unnatural
Time Traveler’s Workshop-sneak peek - Spark My Muse
Dec 11, 2013
Sneak peek at a partially finished contraption of time travel.
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
10 things amusing things about sheep, that could change the way you think about following God…
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).
God Bless America (The song and full story) - Spark My Muse
Jul 4, 2010
The song and story of “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin.