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On each Growing Connected podcast, husband and wife team Dr. Jeffrey Olrick and Amy Olrick discuss a listener-submitted question, exploring what the intersection of child development science and faith teach us about issues families are facing. Each episode ends with a God Moment — a story about a time a parent or a child felt God's love in their life in a specific and sometimes inexplicable way.
 
This Too Shall Last features author and therapist K.J. Ramsey (MA, LPC, NCC) and interview guests as they have frank, honest conversations about the hard things in our lives. Glimpse the sacred space of guests' real-life stories and how they are continuing to find grace in suffering—including ongoing mental health issues, trauma and abuse, addiction, chronic illness and chronic pain, grief, loss, and spiritual questioning. Listen in as KJ integrates theology with the field of interpersonal n ...
 
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Krispin Mayfield joins Amy Fritz for a conversation inspired by a tweet: “Has anyone ever stayed at a church to make a change. . . ?” The decision to stay or leave is full of nuance and situational specific issues. Krispin brings up some things to consider when making this decision. What kind of influence do you have? How much time are you willing …
 
Why do we call God "He"? What if Paul was wrong about women having authority over men? What do we lose by treating God like a single father? In the Woman series, we reframe the foundations of how we see God and the Bible and discuss how the Bible how shaped our perspective of women. We must change the way we think in order to shape the way forward.…
 
Everyone is talking about deconstruction and what that means when it comes to Christians. And what about the verses that tell us not to neglect meeting together as believers? What does “meeting together” even mean? How do we process all of this if we’ve been hurt in a faith community? Ryan Ramsey joins Amy Fritz to talk about all of this. They wres…
 
Veteran religion journalist, Bob Smietana, joins Amy Fritz for a conversation about what it's like to be a religion reporter, the insider baseball of faith communities, the factors he considers when deciding if he should cover a particular story, handling sexual abuse accounts without adding unnecessary trauma, and his thoughts about the response b…
 
Amy gives Lauren Thoman the interview mic and Lauren asks Amy to reflect on this season of telling their story. What kind of feedback has Amy received? What was it like to speak up in a way that no one had previously? What would Amy tell her 2012 self? And there were lots more questions because Lauren had lots of things she wanted to know! Patreon …
 
Greg and Lauren Thoman join Amy to share their account of how their lives were upended by Ramsey Solutions leadership in May of 2020. This is the 8th episode in this series about Ramsey Solutions. Patreon Membership Community. Find us here: Twitter: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Instagram: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Website: Untangled Faith Support the …
 
Nathan and Amy talk about the lengths Ramsey Solutions leadership went to in their attempts to silence them, including gathering up their friends to malign them and reaching out to their current employer. Patreon Membership Community. Find us here: Twitter: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Instagram: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Website: Untangled Faith Supp…
 
Today we’re discussing two questions sent in from a mom, and we suspect that most parents can relate to the first one—how do we deal with the eye rolls, sighs, and other “junk behaviors” that often accompany the tween and teen years? We talk about how frustrating interactions can indicate that our kids have reached a new stage of development and sh…
 
Nathan and Amy share about the the year after Nathan resigned from his job at Ramsey Solutions. Links: Julie Roys Podcast Michael Hyatt Podcast Organizational Narcissism and Virtuous Behavior I Got Your Six Leaving Ramsey Solutions Patreon Membership Community. Full Audio of the Got Your Six Meeting Find us here: Twitter: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith …
 
In this episode, we’re discussing a question from a mom wondering how to help her husband relate to their tween girl. We talk about dads and daughters and how this question points to an even bigger issue—how parents can respond to kids who feel different from or even difficult to them. Attachment science points us to two mirroring needs—comfort and…
 
Melissa J. Hogan joins Amy to respond to Dave Ramsey's characterization of Melissa and Melissa's marriage in a meeting he led for all of his team members in May of 2019. This episode may be triggering to people who have experienced abuse and subsequent secondary trauma from attempting to report and/or ask for help. Patreon Membership Community. Ful…
 
Amy Fritz and Melissa J. Hogan dissect the Ramsey Solutions "Got Your Six" team meeting that was held in May of 2019 soon after Amy's husband, Nathan, resigned. Patreon Membership Community. Full Audio of the Got Your Six Meeting Perry Noble Fired. Mark Driscoll fired from Mars Hill. Bill Hybels fired from Willow Creek. Find us here: Twitter: Amy F…
 
Nathan and Amy talk about what happened when Amy's friend suddenly stopped communicating with anyone and how Amy's determination to make sure her friend was okay led her to stumbling across information that led to the end of Nathan's employment at Ramsey Solutions. Links: Statements from Melissa J. Hogan Blog post about Nathan's exit from Ramsey Ou…
 
In this episode, we’re discussing a question about a 13-year-old struggling with anxiety. Fortunately, anxiety is one of the most treatable mental health issues to work with, but doing that takes good information to help us face fear head-on. Social anxiety, in particular, can really take hold between the ages of 12 to 14, and we talk about why tha…
 
Amy and Nathan Fritz share part 2 of their experience with the Ramsey Solutions Organization. In this episode they talk about: Differences in accepting the culture between spouses who marry in to the company as opposed to those who were already married when their spouse was hired. The Daily Beast article/Twittergate. The time Amy thought she was go…
 
Amy Fritz shares part 1 of the story of their family's experience with Ramsey Solutions, Dave Ramsey's Company. Article Amy went on the record for in January 2021. Ramsey Solutions Interview Process. Entreleadership book. Patreon Membership Community. Find us here: Twitter: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Instagram: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Website: Unt…
 
Anyone else ever disagree with your partner over a parenting issue? We don’t think it’s just us, and we’ve seen how these disagreements can cause friction in families. In this episode, we discuss a question from a mom wondering how to move forward when she and her husband see things differently about their daughter and ADHD. Jeffrey shares strategi…
 
Lauren Thoman joins Amy Fritz to answer that accusation that podcasts like The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill are "failure porn". They argue the value of listening to these accounts, discuss how the idea that we are all wrong about something should shape the way we interact with other people and ideas, and they dive into a bit of the story of how Chris…
 
The tween and teen years can bring with them unexpected joy, as well as to-be-expected ups and downs. In this episode, we talk about emotions and hormones and three huge transitions happening within the teenage brain. Understanding what’s going on with our kids’ bodies really helps all of us! Here’s the question: “My kids are entering middle school…
 
This season, we’re talking about raising tweens and teens, discussing parents’ questions, and exploring how science and faith come together to point our families to security and connection. Earlier this year, we received a question from a mom wondering how to direct her child’s moral choices. We’re using her question to kick off this series because…
 
In this episode Amy answers questions from listeners. What's the definition of spiritual abuse? What's the difference between having your feelings hurt and being spiritually abused? What would you look for in a new faith community? What super power would Amy want? Is Amy "team cat" or "team dog"? How did Amy choose her podcast theme song? Links: Ry…
 
Sheila Gregoire, author of The Great Sex Rescue, joins Amy for a conversation about Sheila's book, her decision to go forward with this information that could jeopardize her career, what it has been like to be church homeless, and waiting too long to leave a church. Find us here: Twitter: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Sheila Gregoire Instagram: Amy Fri…
 
Melissa J. Hogan and Lydia Craig join Amy Fritz for a conversation about their friendship, being Ramsey Solutions spouses under a "no gossip" policy while navigating some painful situations, and the importance of having community while processing spiritual abuse. Find us here: Twitter: Amy Fritz Untangled Faith Melissa J Hogan Lydia Craig Instagram…
 
Dr. Wade Mullen joins Amy for the second part of their conversation about impression management in Christian institutions. They talk about the cost of being a bystander who chooses to speak, Mullen's hope for the future, and Mullen does an analysis of the Ramsey Solutions response to a request for comment on an article they were planning to run. Yo…
 
Author, speaker, and professor, Dr. Wade Mullen, joins Amy Fritz for a conversation about impression management. In 2018, Mullen earned a PhD in leadership and did his dissertation on how evangelical organizations use impression management strategies in the wake of an image-threatening event. He specifically focused on Mars Hill Church, Sovereign G…
 
Miranda Kokes joins Amy for a frank conversation about how they hung on to their friendship when Amy limped away from the church they attended together and Miranda stayed. How can you be a good friend when you're in two different spaces? What do you do when you are still in a community you love, but that place has caused pain for your friend? Find …
 
This episode is part 2 of the conversation that Amy Fritz and Melissa Hogan started in the previous episode. Amy shares more of what she was seeing in Ramsey Solutions that felt very similar to news of scandal with other Christian ministries and leaders. In this conversation Melissa and Amy talk about over two dozen resources they found helpful in …
 
Amy Fritz is joined by Melissa J. Hogan for a conversation about how they realized they were connected to an unhealthy organization. Melissa is an author of the upcoming book Afraid of the Doctor. She's also a lawyer, rare disease awareness advocate, and she consults on clinical trial design and patient outcome measures. In other words, she's brill…
 
Amy Fritz is joined by pastor and chaplain Ryan Ramsey. Join them for a discussion on Ryan's deconstruction of the role of pastor, and why he advises people with church hurt not to move on, but to move in. They round out this conversation with a discussion about how to respond to reports of church hurt and how to deal with betrayal blindness and co…
 
Season 2 of the Untangled Faith Podcast will drop on June 23rd, 2021! In this season Amy will invite you along to show you how she processed what it was like for her family to leave a spiritually abusive environment that left her with lots of questions. How did we end up here? What just happened? How can I better recognize red flags? We'll talk abo…
 
For the final episode in this season, Amy Fritz catches up with her guests that shared their stories in previous episodes. Jeff and Sarah Owens share what has happened since the podcasts aired, including what surprised them. Colleen shares how her current pastor responded to hearing her story and how she ended up mentioned in the Washington Post. D…
 
Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer have a conversation with Amy Fritz about their book, A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing. Scot, Laura, and Amy talk about why pastors don't always publicly speak up when they see victims tell their story, where the term "wounded resisters" came from, the…
 
Sarah and Jeff Owens share what happened when they asked their church to support a third-party investigation into the abuse allegations against Sovereign Grace. Helpful Links: Part 1 of the Owens' Story Something's Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse and Freeing Yourself from its Power by Wade Mullen Healing Spiritual Abuse by Ken Blue …
 
All of our relationships with our kids will have moments of pain and disconnection. We build our children's security when we face those disconnections with openness and curiosity so that we can come back together when things feel broken. In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Olrick and Amy Olrick discuss the concept of repair, and how important it is in bui…
 
Amy's husband, Nathan joins her to have a conversation about gossip policies and their thoughts about the Christianity Today Article by Kate Shellnutt: Why Defining Gossip Matters in the Church's Response to Abuse. Sarah and Jeff Owens share the first part of their story of dealing with broken systems as they served as missionaries in China. Find u…
 
Painful experiences can be confusing and overwhelming for kids, but we can enter into hard moments in ways that grow them in wisdom and maturity. In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Olrick and Amy Olrick talk about how to help children process difficult thoughts and feelings and the power of approaching our children’s pain with curiosity. Finding ways to …
 
On Episode 2 of the Untangled Faith Podcast, Dr. Gary David Stratton joins Amy Fritz to discuss pastoral plagiarism. Mary DeMuth joins us again to talk about what healing looks like on the other side of spiritual abuse, and we hear the second part of Colleen's story of what happened after discovering that her pastor had plagiarized hundreds of serm…
 
On the first episode of The Untangled Faith Podcast, Amy has a conversation with author and speaker, Mary DeMuth about the characteristics of a spiritually abusive environment. We also hear from the first in our series of wounded resisters as Colleen shares part 1 of her story of discovering her pastor was hiding a big secret from their congregatio…
 
Comfort is our human need to be seen and held in the midst of our pain. And the research is clear that when we pause to see and sit with our kids’ suffering without immediately offering solutions, we gradually train their nervous systems to calm themselves down through us. But comfort can be a hard need to meet because when kids are in pain, parent…
 
We all want to protect our kids from dangerous things, but too much protection can leave our children feeling unsure of themselves and afraid in the world. In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Olrick and Amy Olrick talk about new ways to consider the real dangers kids face and how opportunities to overcome manageable amounts of trouble can help kids grow s…
 
If you've ever found yourself hurt or disillusioned by your faith journey and wanted to hold onto your faith while untangling it from all the things that aren't good or true, this is the podcast for you. We’re sharing the hard and hopeful stories. We’re talking about what happens when deep hurts collide with our faith experience. We’re exploring wh…
 
We all want our children to be able to go out into the world to discover and learn. But sometimes we give them limits because there are things that can hurt them. And our kids can cause hurt themselves if they don't understand that others have needs just like they do. This week, we discuss how to give our kids healthy boundaries so they can safely …
 
Why is science denialism more prominent in the Christian church? What are the consequences of suppressing scientific curiosity in the Church? How do we have conversations with friends and family who deny scientific findings and new information? Nate talks with world renowned astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science…
 
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