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Aaron Niequist hosts a podcast through his book--The Eternal Current--one episode per chapter. Each episode will 1) Reflect on the key idea of that chapter, 2) Have a conversation with someone who is living it out in the world, and 3) Learn a concrete practice that helps us flesh this theme into our hearts, bodies, and relationships. Not merely about ideas...but learning how to swim.
 
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Rev Canon Dr Stephanie Spellers names the searing truth about the state of the American church, AND offers a clear-eyed and contagious hope for what might still be possible. Based on her brilliant new book The Church Cracked Open, Rev Stephanie offers a story of disruption, decline, and new hope for Beloved Community.…
 
Pastor and author Brian Zahnd helps us enter into Holy Week by retelling the big Story of Christ's journey to the cross. Rather than perpetuating the myth of redemptive violence, Brian invites us to join this subversive, self-giving, radical Way. A non-partisan, beautifully provocative invitation into the vision, politics, and revolution of Jesus.…
 
David Bailey, Ashlee Eiland, and Drew Jackson reflect on the previous episode with Dr Barbara A Holmes. From their experience in the black church—and moving through life in black bodies—they explored Dr Holmes’ vision of the universal moan and invited us all to participate in appropriate ways. A beautiful and stretching conversation with three incr…
 
Spiritual teacher, activist, and scholar Dr Barbara A. Holmes unpacks her game-changing book Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church. She gently and brilliantly invites us to move beyond a Eurocentric imagination and into the deeper Christian stream that connect us all.By Aaron Niequist
 
Pastor Rich Villodas returns to explore the five themes of his wonderful book, The Deeply Formed Life. Through teaching and stories, he helps us consider the formative practices of contemplative rhythms, racial reconciliation, interior examination, sexual wholeness, and missional presence. May we learn to live deeply in a shallow world.…
 
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, returns to share his story and struggle to hold the contemplative life together with bold and courageous action. Must we choose to be an exhausted activist or an isolated contemplative? Or can we learn to hold the inward and outward journeys together in constructive tension? Please join this insightful conversation and guid…
 
Author and historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez joins Aaron to talk about her provocative new book, Jesus and John Wayne. In the first half of this episode, Kristin shares the history of how white Evangelicalism was malformed through an embrace of toxic masculinity. In the second half, three compelling guests join the conversation to explore the practice…
 
Pastor Drew Jackson shares about the communal practices that help anchor his church in God's tangible love for the East Village of NYC. He talks about the embodied work of justice, why preaching alone is not enough, and how his community cultivates a life of action and contemplation. Drew also guides us in two different practices.…
 
Fr Ron Rolheiser, OMI, teaches the universal pattern of death, resurrection, waiting, letting go, and receiving a new spirit for new life. Teaching from his brilliant book, The Holy Longing, Fr Ron observes that the Christian church has only taught us half of this Paschal Mystery—which is why so many of us live in disappointment, resentment, and a …
 
Tish Harrison Warren, Anglican priest and gifted writer, shares her story of loss, doubt, and dark night of the soul. Through the nighttime prayer of Compline, she describes a tender but deeply grounded pathway into a new space of honesty, trust and hope. At the very end, Tish guides us through a short Compline experience. For all who work or watch…
 
Aaron shares the heart and invitation of Season 2: Swimming During a Tsunami. Over the next twelve episodes, we will explore the question: How do we not drown in the whirlpool of society's chaos and religion's complicity? Is it even possible in 2021 to swim in the river that Christ called 'life to the full'? And if so…HOW? Season 2 invites us back …
 
In this re-cap of Season 1, Aaron talks through the heart and most notable moments from the first ten episodes. He shares the central idea driving the season, reflects on the process of making each episode, and then plays a few of his favorite clips from the interviews. We offer this episode as a way to remember where we’ve been, and as an easy on-…
 
Brian McLaren returns to share about his brilliant and timely new book, Faith After Doubt. The tender and honest conversation explores the painful seasons when our faith stops working, and the new life that can be born in these dark nights of the soul. Brian teaches about four stages of faith and offers sage wisdom for moving forward, step by step,…
 
How can we have hope when the world feels this messed up? Glenn Packiam brings his doctoral research plus years of pastoral ministry to help us move beyond simplistic optimism and into a deep, grounded, Christian Hope. Both theologically rigorous and surprisingly practical, this episode helps us cultivate an embodied hope that propels us into the w…
 
Pastor and author Daniel Hill helps us consider how the parasite of white supremacy has infected our country and particularly the Christian faith. With a humble and bridge-building spirit, Daniel brings incredible insight into how we got here, and the practices that can realign us with the reconciling way of Christ. Please don’t miss this one.…
 
Stu G brings the wisdom and incredible music from his Beatitudes Project to help us hear “Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil” with new ears. What does it mean to be a holy troublemaker in the world today? How can we know if we are being persecuted for Christ, or persecuted because we are unlike Christ? A robust conversation...with…
 
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, returns with a brand new meditation that helps us forgive those who have sinned against us. He brilliantly guides a four step process to extend the mercy we’ve been given to a person who has hurt us. This is a life-changing invitation. A deeper freedom is possible. And Grace will carry us through.…
 
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, returns to the podcast with a brand new meditation to help us pray for the grace to know our sin. Trusting in the bedrock of God’s unquenchable mercy, we learn to notice and let go of anything that holds us back from love. To prepare for the meditation, Fr Michael and Aaron have a short conversation about the nature and gif…
 
Author Shauna Niequist invites us into the earthy and tender prayer “give us our daily bread” during this season of pandemic and uncertainty. Pulling from culinary and theological streams, with her usual wisdom and humor, Shauna names the gift God offers every one of us—and teaches us how to humbly receive it every day.…
 
Activist and author Shane Claiborne explores the phrase “May Your Kingdom come.” Through word pictures, humble reflections, and compelling stories from his life, Shane helps us imagine how to participate in God’s dream for the world, on earth as it is in Heaven. A deeply moving, surprising, and practical episode.…
 
We live in a culture that is coarse, frantic, and frenetic. Pastor and author Sean Palmer explores what it means to consider something holy. Set apart. He helps us receive Jesus’ phrase “Hallowed be Your Name” as less of a religious appeal to an insecure God in need of worship, and more of a pathway to anchor our trust in the One who cannot fail us…
 
Episode 2 asked “Is God a dude?” This episode asks “Does God live on a cloud somewhere far away?” And I can’t imagine a better guide to help us explore these questions than Diana Butler Bass. In her words, the first line of The Lord’s Prayer “explodes” many of our concepts of God...inviting us into a wider and more beautiful space. At the end, Aaro…
 
As we explore The Lord's Prayer, the brilliant Diana Butler Bass helps us think theologically and historically about Jesus' choice to name God "Our Father". Is God a dude? Or is the invitation to pray "Our Father" something deeper and wider and more beautiful? Pulling from scripture, church history, and the world we live in, Diana helps us reimagin…
 
In a season of pandemic and social tumult, we are spending the next 9 episodes exploring The Lord's Prayer and learning to put it into practice. One line per episode. A short conversation and a tangible practice. In this episode, Aaron Niequist shares the invitation of this historic prayer, and debuts the new song from A New Liturgy No 8: The Lord'…
 
David Bailey, founder of Arrabon, helps us wrestle with the realities of race in the U.S. After a short history lesson, David offers a brilliant definition of “white supremacy”, teaches a roadmap for constructive action, and leads a powerful spiritual practice. A masterclass by a truly gifted guide…for such a time as this.…
 
Angie Hong shares her experience as a Korean-American woman...feeling like she was the wrong body in the place she found herself. But in view of The Creator, she learned that she was actually given the right body; but she was simply in the wrong place. Angie invites us into a four part practice of being the right body in the right place: Truth, Com…
 
Aaron shares a personal experience from the week, reflecting on ways that quarantine has turned his focus overly inward. After telling the story of writing the song “Changed” for the Mars Hill community, he invites us into a short “blessed to be a blessing” liturgy. Join us as we pray for (and seek to serve) our neighbors, family, enemies, and worl…
 
Writer and public theologian Brian Mclaren helps us reflect on a Christianity that helps us love the world rather than escape from it. We explore the tension of rejecting an “us vs them” posture without choosing false equivalence. And then Brian guides a sincere and prophetic prayer for President Trump based on 1 Corinthians 13.…
 
Pastor and author Ashlee Eiland offers a vision and practice for radical kindness. Sharing from her book Human(kind), she calls for something deeper than mere “niceness”--inviting us to embrace our own imago Dei and honor it in everyone we meet. A beautifully prophetic practice for our divided times.…
 
(Part 2 of 2) Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, returns to guide a two part prayer of imagination on the Two Standards by St Ignatius. Together with an original score by Aaron Niequist, we invite you into a fully immersive prayer experience for your heart, mind, imagination, and body. Join us?By Aaron Niequist
 
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, returns to guide a two part prayer of imagination on the Two Standards by St Ignatius. Together with an original score by Aaron Niequist, we invite you into a fully immersive prayer experience for your heart, mind, imagination, and body. Join us? (Part 1 of 2)By Aaron Niequist
 
Jonathan Merritt guides us in a practice for contemplative activists in the time of pandemic. He helps us anchor our souls deeply in God, and then open to the ways we can participate in loving action—both during the crisis and beyond. May our doing always flow from our being.By Aaron Niequist
 
Dr Cheryl Bridges Johns reflects theologically and practically on the ways Creation simultaneously centers and expands our souls. And she offers a few concrete practices, whether we live in an urban apartment, a suburban subdivision, or in the middle of Yellowstone National Park. The Creation is inviting us to rememberer our created-ness.…
 
Unless we find concrete ways to weep over the brokenness, we will often use the brokenness to break others. Or ourselves. Lament provides a healing third way to engage the sorrow without exporting it. In this episode, Aaron Niequist invites us into this historic spiritual practice. Carried by Jenna Perinne's nine steps of lament, David Gungor's sin…
 
Spiritual director and retreat leader Phileena Heuertz reflects on the ways that stress and fear affect our whole bodies. And she invites us to learn to honor a nervous system that is working hard for our safety, while engaging practices that remind it we are okay. Phileena concludes with a guided time of breath work, silence, and reflection. Deep …
 
This episode begins a new series of meditations and practices to help anchor our hearts in something deeper than the news cycle. In this fear-soaked time of sickness and quarantine, a few wise guides will help us create holy space that makes room for our Creator to do what only Love can do. Episode one shares the heart of this journey, and invites …
 
Author and spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton joins Aaron for a deep dive into the central role our desires play in the spiritual life. Rather than repressing or shaming, Ruth invites us to follow Jesus’ example of uncovering and embracing our true, God-given desires. May this conversation stretch and heal you in surprising ways.…
 
How can we actively engage the very real issues of our world without simply adding to the ugliness? Can a Christian be involved in culture, politics, and real life, or must we only focus on “spiritual matters”? Pastor, writer, and theologian David Fitch invites us into the themes and concrete practices of his subversive and inspiring new book “The …
 
Aaron welcomes Todd Deatherage, co-founder of the Telos Group, about his provocative vision to build a pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, pro-peace movement in America and the world. As a peacemaker and a Christ-follower, Todd helps us explore ways that our private faith can and must be connected to our public mission. We don’t need to become an exhausted …
 
Mark Scandrette has been leading practice-based experiments in San Francisco and around the world for over twenty years. In this episode, he shares stories from that experience that will fire our imagination for what practicing the way of Jesus can look like WITH OTHERS. And beyond inspiration, Mark offers a series of tools, resources, and practica…
 
Rev Canon Dr Stephanie Spellers joins Aaron for a wide-ranging conversation about the necessity and challenge of moving outside of our faith traditions. The gift of Ecumenism. Can we remain open to new experiences of God without losing our roots? Can we hold onto the gifts of our preferred tradition without needing it to be dominant? Can we embrace…
 
Pastor Rich Villodas joins Aaron to explore the tangible ways we can join with the Spirit’s movement in our actual, everyday life. The invitation is participation. In this highly practical episode, Rich teaches a historic framework that can help us stay in the flow of God’s unforced rhythms of Grace, Monday through Sunday.…
 
PART TWO of a two-part episode about the nuts and bolts of creating a practice-based gathering. Glenn Packiam, Jenna Perrine, and Jonathan Martin join Aaron to explore three aspects of a formative service: an opening liturgy, a teaching that leads to practice, and the Eucharist that sends us out. This is the one episode of the season focused a litt…
 
PART ONE of a two-part episode about the nuts and bolts of creating a practice-based gathering. Glenn Packiam, Jenna Perrine, and Jonathan Martin join Aaron to explore three aspects of a formative service: an opening liturgy, a teaching that leads to practice, and the Eucharist that sends us out. This is the one episode of the season focused a litt…
 
Shauna Niequist joins Aaron for an honest conversation about the beauty and struggle of a spiritual life that bears good fruit--inside and out. They talked about the spirituality of a well-balanced meal, four cultural lies that are starving us, her story of burnout and soul recovery, and then they walked through a few concrete practices to keep us …
 
In Episode 4, Aaron welcomes Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, to explore the idea and practice of The Kingdom of God. What is The Kingdom and how do we learn to swim in it? From a deep foundation as a Jesuit Priest and a lifetime spent walking with Christians as a spiritual director, Fr Michael brings a winsome wisdom to this incredibly important conversat…
 
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