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Finding Holy

60 EpisodesProduced by Ashley HalesWebsite

The Finding Holy podcasts helps you connect the dots between the things that matter and your everyday, holy life. Each week, Ashley Hales sits down with authors, pastors, activists and artists to discuss faith, culture, and spiritual practices and how it relates to ordinary life (with one small step… read more


#33 Suburban Bootcamp -- Suburban Secularism + Building Resilience

For three weeks, our Suburban Bootcamp helps you take the big ideas of secularism and connect the dots to your everyday, holy life. How do we live ordinary lives well in a secular age? Here’s some practical places to start.

Bryce Hales (church planter at Resurrection Orange County) and Ashley Hales talk about freedom and secularism, how social media changes us, and how secularism affects those of us who live in suburbs and live rather ordinary lives. We talk about secularism of the right, give you some resources, and help you connect the dots between secularism and your phone. Listen in, share and subscribe!

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Our church, Resurrection Orange County:

My book, Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much:

Mentioned this episode:

Faith for Exiles: 5 Ways for a New Generation to Follow Jesus in Digital Babylon, David Kinneman and Mark Matlock

Tish Harrison Warren, “Want to Get into the Christmas Spirit?” New York Times

Pete Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day-by-Day and the EHS course here.

More on secularism:

Charles Taylor, A Secular Age:

James K. A. Smith’s synopsis of Taylor, How (Not) to be Secular:


How has secularism infiltrated not only urban progressive places but the suburbs? Join @aahales and pastor @bahales of @res_oc talk about #secularism:

Join @aahales and @bahales as they talk right-leaning secularism on #findingholypodcast

We justify ourselves and the right-now experience and so we use our kids as the excuse for that” @bahales and @aahales talk about suburban secularism on the #findingholypodcast

We talk resilient disciples, information from @barnagroup, secularism, and more on #findingholypodcast

Christianity is important because we do talk about routines, habits, and liturgies, yet nothing of those are supposed to be rote. #findingholypodcast #secularism

“Secularism sees suffering as the only evil. When we’ve been insulated from suffering, we don’t feel our need for God” — #findingholypodcast with @aahales and @bahales

There’s even secular ways to even read your bible. @bahales and @aahales on #findingholypodcast talking on secularism.

We don’t like the idea that God is going to shake things up in the affluent suburbs. @bahales and @aahales on #findingholypodcast

Gut check: I’ve been pursuing happiness. Am I happy? asks @bahales @aahales on #secularism on #findingholypodcast


Practice pausing in the middle of your day to remind yourself that you’re in God’s presence. We’re often not aware that we are always in God’s presence. Put an alarm on your phone or put a bright orange sticky note on your bathroom mirror to practice pausing during your day.

Read a Psalm. Move your body in a different way — sit down or stand up, kneel or go for a walk. Practice one small step to connect with the grander story of the gospel instead of the story of hurry and hustle.

Let us know how it goes: tag me at @aahales or use the hashtag #findingholypodcast to tell us about it.

SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE! We’re a new podcast and we’d love for more people to connect the dots between the things that really matter and their everyday lives. Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts and share with a friend.

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