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Where did you see God?

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What if God still speaks and works?It can be hard to believe it, even harder to see it... or is it? What if God's not making it hard, but inviting us to look and to listen?This podcast creates a space to practice looking and listening, through voices like yours. Through stories and organic conversat… read more

166 Episodes | 2018 - 2023

Sitting in Suffering: To hell and back (Series Finale)

April 13th, 2023


In episode 164 -- the series finale -- we address what is the quintessence of suffering, hell, through an unexpected conversation. For nearly 17 years, my wife Becca Granger has been navigating something that is …

Sitting in Suffering: Take this cup

April 6th, 2023


In episode 163, we do something different. I felt like God was inviting me to have one more guest before the finale, and I had several exciting options in mind. Then, every single one said no. I was left with a sense …

Sitting in Suffering: Engaging AS community

March 31st, 2023


In episode 162, Blaine Lay helps us process how -- amidst suffering -- we're not just invited to engage with community, but engage AS community. Scripture invites us to step in to the hardships around us as a Body, and …

Sitting in Suffering: Blessed with disability

March 28th, 2023


In episode 161, Colleen Faul hits us early with a phrase that would catch many off-guard: "blessed with special needs." When she describes her …

Sitting in Suffering: Called WITH Bipolar

March 23rd, 2023


In episode 160, Susan Johnson invites us to confront how we understand Bipolar Disorder and other mental health conditions. As we've explored in …

Sitting in Suffering: One in the midst

March 22nd, 2023


In episode 159, Marti and Louis Williams share how not even near-death experiences could keep them from being "one" in the midst. Hardships have a …

Sitting in Suffering: Ministry in the midst

March 16th, 2023


In episode 158, Dan Coe shares how a season of suffering seemed to strip them of a thriving ministry... until they discovered a new ministry in the …

Sitting in Suffering: Trust

March 6th, 2023


In episode 157, Donna Tashjian shares a story that helps us confront our struggle with trust.  After all, it's hard to trust when others have hurt you, or not shown up when you needed them; and it's hard to trust God …

Sitting in Suffering: Finding meaning

March 2nd, 2023


In episode 156, Beth Thorp helps us know what it means to find meaning in the midst of our suffering.  Her family was thrust into hardship when a mystery illness struck her son Mitchell and upended their lives.  Their …

Sitting in Suffering: Starting over again

February 22nd, 2023


In episode 155, Coach Jonathan McLernon invites us to embrace starting over again as an opportunity.  Starting over can feel daunting and unjust, and so many of us have found ourselves there despite our best efforts. …

Sitting in Suffering: (Forced) rest

February 9th, 2023


In episode 154, my friend Angela Westmoreland's story presses us into an element of "rest" that is uncomfortable: what if our need for rest is so …

Sitting in Suffering: Accepting grace

January 31st, 2023


In episode 153, Karis Meier's story challenges us to consider if we are accepting grace.  When an unexpected medical issued to life-long, serious …

Sitting in Suffering: It shouldn't have been this way

January 12th, 2023


In episode 152, Darryl Rodgers helps us acknowledge a sentiment that can trip us up: "It shouldn't have been this way."  It could have been easy for …

Sitting in Suffering: Suicide and addiction

January 3rd, 2023


In episode 151, Tim Lodgen's powerful story allows us to go deeper into a topic we've only lightly addressed: suicide.  Suicide is difficult to …

Sitting in Suffering: The Spirit

December 29th, 2022


In episode 150, Steven Snook presses us to not miss out on the most powerful gift in the midst of suffering: the Spirit.  There is no shortage of …

Sitting in Suffering: Others are watching

December 23rd, 2022


In episode 149, EksAyn Anderson shares a story that reveals what can seem a daunting reality; in the midst of our suffering, others are watching.  EksAyn had interactions with his mom as a kid that impact him to this …

Sitting in Suffering: The Word

December 15th, 2022


In episode 148, Johnathan Drayton presses us to consider how we are understanding and engaging the Word in the midst of our suffering.  Too often, we will utilize the Word for platitudes or fixes, but what if God …

Sitting in Suffering: Hope

December 10th, 2022


In episode 147, Laura Diehl invites us to press into the concept of "hope".  If hope is "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen", that means that anytime we have an expectation or desire, we …

Sitting in Suffering: Oppressive spaces

November 18th, 2022


In episode 146, Nicky Billou helps us explore the concept of oppressive spaces leading to suffering.  As a child, Nicky's father recognized that …

Sitting in Suffering: God can.

November 15th, 2022


In episode 145, Benjamin Bell helps us confront how we limit God's ability.  Sometimes our suffering is heavier because we question what God can do; sometimes in our spiritual maturity we know God can do things, but we …

Sitting in Suffering: Love is

November 9th, 2022


In episode 144, Kim Sorrelle shares the wild invitation God gave her when she was sitting in suffering: to commit over a year exploring what "love is" by engaging the "is" and "isn't" phrases in 1 Corinthians 13 one …

Sitting in Suffering: Disqualified

October 27th, 2022


In episode 143, Michael Scholtes invites us to confront what we think disqualifies us, that God may actually intend to use for abundantly more than …

Sitting in Suffering: Counting the cost

October 18th, 2022


In episode 142, Kent Stoneking shares his journey of navigating diabetes and the threat of amputation, pressing us to consider how we respond to the decision-points in the midst of suffering.  Those moments can be …

Sitting in Suffering: Spiritual myopia

October 14th, 2022


In episode 141, Phil Thompson helps us acknowledge a difficult reality: sometimes our suffering is a result of our nearsightedness (or even the …

Sitting in Suffering: There is no breakthrough

October 11th, 2022


In episode 140, Annette Spurr hits us with a tough one: sometimes the breakthrough we're longing for is realizing there is no breakthrough.  It's tough because in our heaviest moments, we long for breakthrough; …

Sitting in Suffering: When to walk away

October 4th, 2022


In episode 139, Alicia Luca Dean's story invites us to consider how our boundaries can be opportunities to "love God and love others".  She made the hard call to walk away from a toxic relationship with her parents, and …

Sitting in Suffering: Broad Sweeps

September 28th, 2022


In episode 138, Jacqui Wilson's story forces us to confront the reality that we often view our situations -- and other people -- in broad sweeps. …

Sitting in Suffering: Beyond our story

September 14th, 2022


In episode 137, Sue Corl invites us to see beyond our story, to the stories God is writing amidst ours.  Her's is a powerful journey itself; due to …

Sitting in Suffering: Discernment

September 11th, 2022


In episode 136, Scott Schara helps us process what discernment looks like in the midst of suffering.  It's often said "hindsight is 20/20", and what we can discern in retrospect is too often mired in confusion when we …

Sitting in Suffering: Suffering well (the "almost finale")

September 3rd, 2022


In episode 135, Pastor Corey Widmer invites us to do something we aren't interested in by default: suffering well.  That's because we don't want to …

Sitting in Suffering: Leaning into spiritual family

August 11th, 2022


In episode 134, we experience a special episode with multiple guests!  I set up my mic during a unique event called "The Gallery", hosted by East End …

Sitting in Suffering: Limiting God

August 10th, 2022


In episode 133, Dorsey Ross shares how he will not let his circumstances lead him to limit God.  Born with Apert's Syndrome, Dorsey has known what it has meant to be both limited and have others assume limitations for …

Sitting in Suffering: Your value in the Body

August 8th, 2022


In episode 132, previous guest Micalah Collins shares how a season of suffering led to an invitation to operate outside of the internal and external …

Sitting in Suffering: Running into the storm

August 3rd, 2022


In episode 131, Dr. Pamela Mshana invites us to "run into the storm."  She found God inviting her into this when a challenging work situation brought up deep, forgotten trauma from her past, and she had a sense that God …

Sitting in Suffering: Public transparency

July 22nd, 2022


In episode 130, Heather Carter helps us discover a gift God has given us to thrive: public transparency.  That's not our gut expectation though, is …

Sitting in Suffering: More than positivity

July 12th, 2022


In episode 129, Joshua Marcengill uses his story of being met by Jesus at his lowest point to help us process that God invites us to more than simply positivity.  We've talked often about the risks of platitudes, and …

Sitting in Suffering: The invitation of caregiving

July 8th, 2022


In episode 128, Mark Steiner gives us a unique companion episode to his wife Darci's episode in the "Healing Series."  The theme of the caregiver in the midst of suffering continues to appear, and Mark gives us a …

Sitting in Suffering: "He knows I couldn't handle it."

June 24th, 2022


In episode 127, Kim Peacock opens up about a painful season when her life changed in one tragic moment.  Not long before, her husband had said, "We …

Sitting in Suffering: Gifts in the Midst

June 20th, 2022


In episode 126, Orlando Palmer, also know as the musician Iamson, paints for us a beautiful picture of how the gifts and passions God has given us …

Sitting in Suffering: Your will be done

June 16th, 2022


In episode 125, Melinda Culbertson shares the many, many stories of health issues that have made this concept of "sitting in suffering" deeply …

Sitting in Suffering: Self-inflicted suffering

May 25th, 2022


In episode 124, Debby Kruszewski presses us into a frustrating reality: it's possible for us to self-inflect our suffering.  For her, it was the years of ruminating on an event in 7th grade that led her to see how she …

Sitting in Suffering: The Suffering Guy

May 18th, 2022


In episode 123, Jim Barnard shares how he never wanted to be "a suffering guy", but three months into his marriage a mysterious health issue in his wife changed everything.  Jim presses us deeper into the experience of …

Sitting in Suffering: Creating space

May 12th, 2022


In episode 122, Roger Butts helps us explore how we can create space for those sitting in suffering.  Having served as a Chaplain and Minister, he has often chosen to journey with individuals in incredibly hard spaces, …

Sitting in Suffering: Long-suffering

May 6th, 2022


In episode 121, Diana Winkler shares a story of suffering that spans decades, and in the process presses us into the concept of "long-suffering".  Bible translations often swap this term out for "patience", but the …

Sitting in Suffering: Can't

May 2nd, 2022


In episode 120, Wendy Wallace shares the powerful story of her life being utterly changed by an unexpected flesh-eating bacteria.  As a result of a …

Sitting in Suffering: Taking thoughts captive

April 28th, 2022


In episode 119, Tiffany Moore and I were initially going to explore how offense can lead us to sit in suffering, but God wanted to press us deeper.  We don't want to admit it, but focusing on the offense of the offender …

Sitting in Suffering: Choosing to remain in the suffering of another

April 25th, 2022


In episode 118, Christian Bohlen's story presses us into a unique space in this series.  We've heard stories of suffering being thrust upon someone, but what about the moments when we choose to remain in the suffering …

Sitting in Suffering: Rejection

April 20th, 2022


In episode 117, Danielle Bernock brings us back to a topic we sat with in the "Healing series": rejection.  Sometimes suffering can end up feeling heavier because of the sense of rejection; this was true for Danielle, …

Sitting in Suffering: The deceit of normalcy

April 13th, 2022


In episode 116, Thola Bennie shares of a hard season she recently navigated.  In the midst, we discovered that one thing that made it so hard is the …

Sitting in Suffering: Unseen

April 7th, 2022


In episode 115, Saroya Brown shares her story of being homeless for two years, but very quickly it escalated into so much more.  Saroya knows what it means to sit in suffering, and knows what it is like to feel unseen …

Sitting in Suffering: When wishes change

March 31st, 2022


In episode 114, Tricia Roos shares the difficult story of receiving devastating news during a pregnancy, and making the difficult choice to persevere …

Sitting in Suffering: Doubting "god", knowing God

March 26th, 2022


In episode 113, we find ourselves in a new series, "Sitting in suffering".  How do we hold to hope when the hardship seems too much and God seems too …

Healing: A healing of the Body (Season Finale!)

March 19th, 2022


In episode 112, we celebrate the 50th episode and finale of the "Healing Series".  It's been a wild ride of hearing from 50 amazing people that leaves us with an important question: where do we go from here?  What if …

Healing: The identity of others

March 17th, 2022


In episode 111, we return -- again -- to the idea of identity and press in even deeper: what if our tendency to assume the identity of others is stifling the healing God has for them?  Or put another way: what if God is …

Healing: Slave no more

March 14th, 2022


In episode 110, we return the idea of identity and press in deeper: what if the reason we are not experiencing healing is because we are allowing a …

Healing: The blessing in suffering

March 9th, 2022


In episode 109, we meet the guest who was the catalyst for this entire series (without knowing it.)  Andy Hale shares the story of how he not only nearly lost his vision, but potentially his eyes, and how God brought …

Healing: Broken and redeemed

March 4th, 2022


In episode 108, John Jarman has no memory before age twelve, so when it became clear as an adult that past traumas were impacting his life, it was …

Healing: The hard invitation to remain

March 1st, 2022


In episode 107, we hear Kim Harm's story of persevering through breast cancer, though we actually hear something more.  Soon into the conversation, Kim shares that she has passed the hardest part of breast cancer and …

Healing: The miraculous mundane

February 26th, 2022


In episode 106, we head to Australia, where we meet Rodney Olsen, host of the "Bleeding Daylight" podcast.  Rodney has a miraculous healing story, …

Healing: Religious wounds

February 22nd, 2022


In episode 105, we return to the idea of "religious wounds", heavily explored in the "Questioning series."  If we know these wounds are prevalent, what does healing look like?  I had the privilege of talking with …

Healing: (Beyond) Miraculous recoveries

February 19th, 2022


In episode 104, we get to hear a story of miraculous recovery.  In 2013, Colleen Murphy received the call no mother wants to receive: her daughter …

Healing: Navigating the maze

February 18th, 2022


In episode 103, we explore how hardships can leave us feeling like we've been tossed into a never-ending maze, constantly fumbling with twists and turns and crashing into dead ends.  In the midst, we can easily become …

Healing: Breast Cancer (with a twist)

February 16th, 2022


In episode 102, we hear Christine Handy's story, of how she had a successful international modeling career that seemed ripped away when breast cancer …

Healing: Come as you are

February 13th, 2022


In episode 101, we touch on one of the reasons we may not be experiencing healing: we aren't willing to come as we are.  We may want God to work, but we stand back at a distance because we believe we are unworthy, or …

Healing: How to (not) heal a community

February 10th, 2022


In episode 100, we celebrate the 100th episode by sitting with the guy who first asked me, "Where did you see God?", Rob Prestowitz.  For the last 25 years, Rob has been providing leadership for UrbanPromise Wilmington, …

Healing: When a healer needs healing

February 8th, 2022


In episode 99, what happens if your career involves healing others, and suddenly you're the one in need of healing?  You may remember John from the …

Healing: Empathy

February 4th, 2022


In episode 98, Tracee Garner pushes us on a topic we need to address: Empathy.  There are many who would say we are experiencing a severe "empathy …

Healing: A is for Adversity

February 3rd, 2022


In episode 97, Jen Banks, from the "A is for Adversity" podcast, helps us dive deeper into this idea of "adversity".  What is it?  Why are some of us prone to dismiss our struggles?  How can God still be "God and good" …

Healing: From Broken to Beloved

February 1st, 2022


In episode 96, we dive deep into the idea of brokenness.  In our most broken moments, restoration can seem far, if not impossible.  This was Patricia Doucet's experience; from cancer to divorce to losing everything, she …

Healing: Cultivating community

January 27th, 2022


In episode 95, we dive deeper into this idea of "community."  We didn't plan on talking about community, but there came a point we realized that God …

Healing: Control

January 23rd, 2022


In episode 94, we explore the reality that we may actually be resisting healing due to our grasp on control.  Coming into the pandemic, Rick felt in …

Healing: Miscarriage

January 14th, 2022


In episode 93, we hit a topic I've wanted to focus on for years: miscarriage.  Having experienced the heartache of miscarriage -- and knowing the …

Healing: War, PTSD, and a Good God

December 30th, 2021


In episode 92, Pastor David shares of his experiences with war, and how that trauma left him with PTSD, an inability to sleep, and a host of other issues that negatively impacted how he engaged with those he loved. …

Healing: Healing from things that are ongoing

December 24th, 2021


In episode 91, we address a challenging question: how do you heal from things that are ongoing?  If you can't leave a difficult situation or toxic …

Healing: Addiction (and how we make it worse)

December 22nd, 2021


In episode 90, we take a deep dive into a topic we've already tapped into with Marti and Miriam, among others: addiction.  Vernon Layne gets …

Healing: Meeting God on the playground

December 17th, 2021


In episode 89, we meet our youngest guest (outside my kids), Shannon.  At age 15, she's already tapping into many of the truths we've been exploring in this series, but it wasn't an easy road there.  At age 9, a change …

Healing: When God invites you to the healing of another

December 15th, 2021


In episode 88, we explore the reality that -- while God could heal on His own -- He often invites us into the healing processes of others.  What do …

Healing: God loves YOU.

December 13th, 2021


In episode 87, we press into the idea of God bringing healing as we accept His love for us.  Sure, we know God loves us -- "the Bible tells me so" -- but do we really trust it?  And if we trust it, are we willing to …

Healing: "...your bodies are temples..."

December 11th, 2021


In episode 86, we press into the idea of God bringing healing as we care for our bodies.  We like to make it sound easy, but too often it's beyond our capacity.  That's the story Cat shares: she had a healthy childhood, …

Healing: The God who sees you

December 10th, 2021


In episode 85, Tee opens up about his experience of feeling unseen, and it's one many of us can resonate with, isn't it?  The thing is, Tee's story doesn't end there: in an unexpected moment, he discovers that -- when …

Healing: Unfairness

December 6th, 2021


In episode 84, Susan Gabriel makes it clear that she knows unfairness.  Three decades ago, her husband was falsely accused of abuse, leading Child …

Healing: Faith vs. Science?

November 26th, 2021


In episode 83, Dr. Romesh Wijesooriya makes space in his exceptionally packed workload to process something that has come up in several episodes: the tension between faith and science.  As both a doctor and committed …

Healing: Shame and Blame

November 22nd, 2021


In episode 82, we address shame and blame.  After all, several episodes this season have encouraged vulnerability with others, but what happens when …

Healing: Sharing our story

November 18th, 2021


In episode 81, I get to talk to longtime-friend-from-youth Zac Stein.  The reason I'm grateful for this conversation is that this episode was …

Healing: Loss of a loved one

November 15th, 2021


In episode 80, we explore how healing can be found in the midst of something as permanent as death.  For all her life, Genesis' father was her best friend, so when he suddenly became paralyzed, she was crushed.  She and …

Healing: Rejection

November 12th, 2021


In episode 79, we press into the difficult space of rejection.  Rejection hits us in a uniquely hard way, because it not only leads to loss and …

Healing: Harmed by those meant to heal

November 11th, 2021


In episode 78, Amy brings about a uniquely challenging topic.  All season, we've explored different ways to find healing; what do you do when the thing meant to heal you actually causes harm?  Amy had sought support …

Healing: Staying at the table

November 7th, 2021


In episode 77, God shakes things up.  In a lot of ways, this episode is like most of the others: someone shares about a wound or trauma, and what healing looks like in the midst.  It's pretty easy for anyone to listen …

Healing: Childhood trauma

November 6th, 2021


In episode 76, Kimberly Bell opens up about her childhood trauma, from witnessing domestic abuse, to abandonment, to emotional abuse, to sexual abuse... and somehow, she still believes God loves her and was with her. …

Healing: The tension between tragedy and faith

November 5th, 2021


In episode 75, Jerry Fu, a conflict resolution coach for Asian-American leaders, helps us process through the reality of tragedy -- that it will …

Healing: Counseling

October 29th, 2021


In episode 74, "ya boy Troy" talks about counseling.  For most of his life, counseling wasn't an option; stigmas hit on multiple fronts, telling him …

Healing: Validation

October 27th, 2021


In episode 73, Dr. Rick Chromey helps us tap into an oft-neglected opportunity for healing: validation.  His journey took him from "pause for …

Healing: Stress and gratitude

October 23rd, 2021


In episode 72, Phil Barth helps us tap into an area of healing that we don't take seriously: stress.  You may not have a disease or brain tumor, but all of us deal with stress.  Phil didn't take it seriously, which is …

Healing: "We are all in recovery"

October 20th, 2021


In episode 71, Marti Williams, co-founder of Into The Neighborhood -- a ministry and staff that authentically live out loving their neighbors -- walks us through another resource God has given us to navigate "healing": …

Healing: Mental health and messy love

October 18th, 2021


In episode 70, Peyton Garland, author of Not So by Myself, shares her journey of church trauma leading to challenges with mental health, a hard diagnosis in a lonely season, and the moment when she shook her fist at God …

Healing: Trauma behind closed doors

October 15th, 2021


In episode 69, Raychel Perman and I press into the idea of "secondary trauma", when you not only experience a trauma, but are traumatized by it being ignored, dismissed, or rejected.  [Trigger warning] Raychel shares …

Healing: "I want to know God... but I don't want a brain tumor."

October 13th, 2021


In episode 68, Rachel McCants -- an author, motivational speaker and playwright -- shares how she was pursuing her dreams and the life she wanted, until she unexpectedly passed out and learned she had a brain tumor.  As …

Healing: Identity

October 11th, 2021


In episode 67, we hear the story of Barby Ingle, who KNEW she was meant to be a cheerleader.  She trained and performed cheerleading, dance and …

Healing: Silence

October 8th, 2021


In episode 66, Rich Lewis helps us explore the valuable practice of Centering Prayer, or meeting God in silence.  In 2014 Rich learned about this practice, and in the 7 years since he has not only found himself …

Healing: Unforgiveness

October 7th, 2021


In episode 65, Andrena helps us press into an area of healing we want to avoid: unforgiveness.  While we can feel like we want God to heal us from the wounds inflicted by others, He may see a more important healing that …

Healing: "Was blind but now I see"

October 3rd, 2021


In episode 64, we continue our series focused on "healing."  Michaela was another unexpected connection through PodMatch, and all I knew of her story was that she had a "lifelong struggle with legal blindness."  In …

Healing: "The upside of suffering"

September 24th, 2021


In episode 63, we continue our series focused on "healing."  As powerful as miraculous healing stories are, I knew it was important to also capture …

Healing: Will you be willing?

September 22nd, 2021


In episode 62, we begin a new series focused on "healing."  We are first joined by Pastor Will Roberts, who shares his own experience of exploring the concept of healing as a Presbyterian pastor with charismatic …

The Questioning Series Finale

July 6th, 2021


In episode 61, Josh Mozug and I process not just this season, but the broader topic of how the Church engages "questioning" and the invitation God may be giving us.

The fact this season even exists points to the reality …

When you seek God hard, and obstacles hit harder // Questioning mini-series

June 16th, 2021


In episode 60, we hear from Rhonda and Mike, who have been going all in on seeking God, and have hit countless obstacles along the way.  Maybe you've been there too: you've been living for God, only to find things …

When the Church won't accept you // Questioning mini-series

June 9th, 2021


In episode 59, Micalah shares the story of how a church she loved spending all her time at as a youth became a place she did not feel welcome, at least not unless she buried pieces of who she was and what she felt.  The …

When you don't know what God wants you to do // Questioning mini-series

June 3rd, 2021


In episode 58, Christen -- a long-time friend and listener, and technically our first story -- share her story of discerning God's calling on her life.  Have you wrestled with "calling"?  We feel this pressure to figure …

When you're stuck "in-between" // Questioning mini-series

March 29th, 2021


In episode 57 we're joined by Megan and Sherika, who host "The In-Between Podcast."  There podcast is based on the concept of "the in-between" and "the Saturday," which represent that space between the crucifixion on …

Hollowed out to the roots... we will find strength again // Questioning mini-series (Bonus: sneak peak of "Strength Again"!)

March 26th, 2021


In episode 56 we meet Sarah Labriny, a gifted singer on the cusp of releasing her long-awaited EP.  For most of her life she's tried to grow closer …

Knock and the door will be opened to you... but my knuckles are bloodied... // Questioning mini-series

January 7th, 2021


Episode 55 is part four of a mini-series: I opened the podcast "for dialogue with folks that may be concerned/confused by Christianity, who may have …

Advent 2020: Where are "hope, joy, peace, and love" in a year like 2020?

December 24th, 2020


Episode 54 is an unplanned Advent episode.

I had the opportunity to share to Advent messages -- one at a Zoom gathering with participants from around the world, and one for the local YWAM base -- and found myself …

When the Church won't hear you // Questioning mini-series

December 14th, 2020


Episode 53 is part three of a mini-series: I opened the podcast "for dialogue with folks that may be concerned/confused by Christianity, who may have …

When the church wounds you // Questioning mini-series

December 6th, 2020


Episode 52 is part two of a mini-series: I opened the podcast "for dialogue with folks that may be concerned/confused by Christianity, who may have …

When you don't see God anymore // Questioning mini-series

November 27th, 2020


Episode 51 is part one of a mini-series: I opened the podcast "for dialogue with folks that may be concerned/confused by Christianity, who may have …

How do we know it's God we are hearing?

November 16th, 2020


Episode 50 -- the unexpected Season 3 finale -- ended up being an episode I've wanted to record for years, but not in this way.  Throughout the course of this podcast, I find myself wrestling often with one question: …

The gift of transparency

October 13th, 2020


In episode 49, Troy, cohost of Beauty and Beard Podcast, shares how transparency has been one of the most powerful gifts he's received from God.  We …

A peace which surpasses all understanding

October 11th, 2020


In episode 48, Althea Richardson, Founder of W.O.V.E. Inspiration, shares how God gave her "peace beyond all understanding" (Philippians 4:7) in the …

"A journey in the company of others"

August 24th, 2020


In episode 47, we are joined by Jessie Mejias, founder of Sunodia Prayer Counseling.  "Sunodia" means "a journey in the company of others", and we spend time exploring the idea of how God is inviting us on a …

Is it well with your soul?

July 7th, 2020


In episode 46, we sit with Sherika Chew of Well Ministries, and talk about the depth of the very common phrase, "Is it well with your soul?"  What is …

Engaging "race" in the midst of a dis-unified Church

July 1st, 2020


Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are three recent names in long list of names that have led many to either engage or ignore the impact of "race" on the world around us.

In Episode 45, Josh, co-host of …

Remembering your "First Love"

May 29th, 2020


In Episode 44, Joelle shares how God awakened a dream within her and invited her into a journey she wouldn't have chosen, to see more women discipled …

How God confronted my understanding of "Race"

May 21st, 2020


In Episode 43, I followed a nudge from God to get vulnerable on the topic of "Race".  After the death of Ahmaud Arbery -- and the resulting divisive …

Lawrence's story, Part 2: The Spiritual Underground Railroad

April 3rd, 2020


In episode 42, we hear more from Lawrence, as he shares the ways God called him into some unexpected areas.  We talk about the concept of the "Spiritual underground railroad", and how God is calling each of us to play a …

Lawrence's story, Part 1: Beyond the Bars

March 23rd, 2020


In episode 41, we kick off Season 3 with a two-parter with Lawrence, who is currently investing his life in serving those-often-forgotten in the east end of Richmond, VA.  In this episode, he shares how the enemy used a …

Stories from DTS: The finale: The Top 10 of Outreach

March 20th, 2020


In episode 40, we wrap up season two by sharing our Top 10 list of ways God impacted us through the DTS Outreach, and how He can impact you as well.

Learn more about YWAM, and how you can join in the movement, at …

“Where did you see God?” : Trailer

January 17th, 2020


What if the God who created the vast universe, who created the smallest atom, and who created you, wants to speak to you?

Would we listen?  Would we …

Stories from DTS: Literal steps of obedience

January 17th, 2020


In episode 39, we tell the story of how God used a near hit-and-run to give us a chance to share God's personal love with a guy we didn't know.

Learn more about YWAM, and how you can join in the movement, at …

Stories from DTS: Outreach, "The dream"

January 13th, 2020


In episode 38, we tell the story of how God used a simple dream to make it abundantly clear that this Outreach was HIS idea, which gave us what we needed to move forward in confidence.

Learn more about YWAM, and how you …

Stories from DTS: Week Ten, "God’s unexpected plan for Outreach"

December 13th, 2019


In episode 37, we share why it is that we are serving some of our Outreach in the city we've been serving for years.  What we thought was a decision we were making for our family, was actually an amazing, complex plan …

Stories from DTS: Week Eight, "Don't be afraid, it's just Spiritual Warfare."

December 5th, 2019


In episode 36, we talk about "Spiritual Warfare."  Depending on your upbringing and experiences, that phrase can make you feel plenty of ways.  We …

Stories from DTS: Week Seven, God is Provider

November 23rd, 2019


In episode 35, we find that what we've learned in the "Identity and Destiny" week, and the weeks prior, prepared us to witness a miracle in provision. No joke, money came from the cross. Ephesians 3:20 — Now to him who …

Stories from DTS: Week six, A Lifestyle of Freedom

November 18th, 2019


In episode 34, we step into the difficult space of engaging strongholds in our life; these are ways the enemy keeps us from seeing and believing who …

Stories from DTS: Week Four, Marriage Week

November 1st, 2019


In episode 33, we dive deep into the topic of marriage.  We were challenged to step back and humbly consider some hard, but freeing truths, like …

Stories from DTS: Week Three, "Become like little children..."

October 22nd, 2019


In episode 32, our kids give us a glimpse into why Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, "...become like little children."  While the adults are growing closer …

Stories from DTS: Week Two, The Father Heart of God

October 21st, 2019


In episode 31, we share stories from week 2 of our Family DTS, where Bryan and Tara Riley, the founders of the Family DTS, shared about "The Father Heart of God.

Learn more about YWAM, and how you can join in the …

Stories from DTS: Week One, Hearing the Voice of God

October 8th, 2019


In episode 30, we kick off Season Two, which will follow our family as God takes us on a crazy journey to grow closer to Him, grow as a couple, and …

Season Finale: How God works through our stories

September 26th, 2019


In Episode 29, the finale of Season 1, Josh Mozug -- Co-host of the "Let god Die" podcast -- and I reflect on how God works through our stories, and how we have been blessed through hosting our storytelling podcasts.

Our "Best Case Scenario"

September 25th, 2019


In Episode 28, we hear recorded stories from Remy and Daniel, who both found themselves in situations that the world would say were bad, and both …

From inmate to ambassador: becoming a new creation

September 16th, 2019


In episode 27, I had the privilege of hearing the story of my friend Gerard.  There are parts of his story that are hard for him to tell, and yet he knows that God is redeeming the parts of his life that he thought …

Meeting God in the midst of a struggling marriage

July 31st, 2019


In episode 26, we hear from Bobby and Brenda Vickers, who just celebrated their 40th anniversary.  There's a lot of love between these two, but they get honest that there were many moments in their marriage that seemed …

Becca’s “unemployment” story

July 10th, 2019


In episode 25, we hear from Paul's wife Becca, who has been behind the scenes in everything you've heard over the last 24 episodes; but as Paul's …

How do you see God when you feel "unspiritual"?

June 25th, 2019


In episode 24, we hear from Roger Hershberger, who has been serving with YWAM for decades.  We explore the idea of those spaces where we believe the Spirit can't work: when we feel we don't have the capacity, it's not …

Making space for the Spirit

June 20th, 2019


In Episode 23, Jadon and Bailey Franklin (with a cameo from Dustin Campbell), share their story of seeing the Spirit at work in Kenya, when all they did was create the space and step in obedience.  How can we, today, …

Radical Hospitality and Transformation

June 10th, 2019


In episode 22, Jesse Carmichael, of YWAM Richmond, shares the story of how God transformed his friend Lawrence in a dramatic way, and how Jesse was privileged to see it because of his willingness to practice radical …

A Movement of God in Virginia Beach

June 4th, 2019


In episode 21, we hear the stories of Chris and Fauger, two men who didn't know each other, but who God brought together in an unexpected way, to engage a movement He began many years prior through dreams and prophetic …

Kyle & John, Part 3: Resurrection and Unity

May 8th, 2019


In Episode 20, we hit Part 3 of 3 of the story of Kyle and John.

Kyle was shot in the back of the head, and John was on the team of physicians.

And God showed up, healing both the natural man and the spiritual man.  But …

Kyle & John, Part 2: Near-death of the spiritual

May 8th, 2019


In Episode 19, we hit Part 2 of 3 of the story of Kyle and John. 

Kyle was shot in the back of the head, and John was on the team of physicians.

And …

Kyle & John, Part 1: Near-death of the physical

May 8th, 2019


In Episode 18, we hit Part 1 of 3 of the story of Kyle and John.
Kyle was shot in the back of the head, and John was on the team of physicians.

And God showed up.

This is a miracle story; Parts 2 and 3, however, show …

Knowing who you are and whose you are

April 30th, 2019


In Episode 17, my friend Iesha and I finally sit down; we have no idea where the conversation will go, but we know if we invite the Holy Spirit, …

"The unemployment story" (or how God called me into foolishness)

April 21st, 2019


Underlying all of the previous 15 episodes has been the story of my unemployment, which I've only shared in snippets to this point.  For the last couple months I've tried to sit and record; it took 4 attempts to finally …

“He met me in my mess to give me a message”

February 13th, 2019


In the years that I've been friends with Tennicia, I have watched her persevere from hard situation to hard situation.  As a single mother of four, every day demands more from her than she may feel she can offer, but on …

Meeting God through obedience

January 17th, 2019


In the unofficial sequel to Episode 13, Carolyn shares how she met God -- and continues to meet God -- through obedience, and we also discover how …

Meeting God through loss & addiction

January 14th, 2019


I couldn't sleep one night, and at 1:30am I felt the nudge to email my friend Logan about sharing his story on the podcast.  He happened to be up, …

Advent -- a light in the darkness

December 24th, 2018


I woke up this morning, checked out the verse of the day, and felt a nudge to record an advent episode.  

 Advent calls us to HOPE.  To PEACE.  To LOVE.  To JOY.
In this season, God is giving us stories to tell; those …

The stones will cry out

December 20th, 2018


In this episode, we're joined by Daniel and Phil of "The Lamp-post Listener Podcast" to explore how God not only speaks through scripture, but through literature, movies, plays, and more.

Have a story? You can leave a …

Live from the hospital

December 5th, 2018


In this episode, I'm recording in a hospital gown with heart sensors and IV tubes galore. After an unexpected blackout, I found myself in a midst of a hospital stay that went from a quick look-over to a nearly-a-week …

Unity in the pit

November 22nd, 2018


In this episode, we hear stories from Garland and Murray on how they met God in the midst of "the pit". You know the pit: those seasons when you feel like you've fallen into a deep place from which you can't climb, …

The secret to experiencing God

November 15th, 2018


In this episode, I sit with Chris Lee, Associate Pastor of Outreach and Pastoral Care at East End Fellowship, and together we discover the secret to experiencing God: Love.

Have a story? You can leave a brief message at …

Position yourself.

November 14th, 2018


In this episode, we sit with Hunter Scott, a second year Resident with CHAT, to explore how to position ourselves to experience God, and how God …

The Crazy Prayer Thing: Part Two

November 3rd, 2018


In this episode, I continue the story of how God called me to pursue a house, but never promised to give us the house; in fact, it was clearly …

The Crazy Prayer Thing: Part One

November 3rd, 2018


In this episode, I share about the time God told me to buy a house; or more, how God said, "I want you to enter the process, but I'm not promising …

Does God really speak through Scripture?

October 25th, 2018


In this episode, we sit down with Erin Rose, Worship and Teaching Pastor at East End Fellowship, to explore why we should trust this book of words …

Why is it so hard to tell God's stories?

October 23rd, 2018


In this episode, Toya Obasi and I explore the reasons why it's hard to believe we have stories to tell and discuss why telling our stories can be so valuable. We also hear a God-story from David Bailey, Executive …

Can you really hear God's voice?

October 16th, 2018


In this episode, we sit down with Doug Paul, Pastor of Vision and Mobilization at East End Fellowship, to explore how it's not only possible to hear …

Why this exists & the question that changed my life

October 4th, 2018


In this episode, we explore the reasons why this podcast even exists -- and more, why we are called to share our stories of what God is saying and doing -- and hear the story of the question Rob Prestowitz, Executive …

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