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47 minutes | 20 hours ago
Melinda Schmidt-episode 272
Melinda and I focus in on the beauty of creation on this episode of Faith Conversations. As those from the Celtic tradition say, “The Bible is God’s little book and creation is God’s big book.” And so we do some creation exploration on this episode. We mention Beth and David Booram’s book as a good resource, When Faith Becomes Sight. Find Melinda in the following places: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Melinda Schmidt-episode 272 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
44 minutes | 8 days ago
Barbara Mahany-episode 271
Barbara Mahany joins me this week on the podcast. A pediatric oncology nurse turned columnist for The Chicago Tribune turned author, Mahany is a delightful guest full of stories to entertain, challenge, and sometimes stop you in your tracks. I think you’ll enjoy our conversation as we touch on her books Motherprayer and The Stillness of Winter—both great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts! Here are the books mentioned in our conversation: The Blessings of Motherprayer, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, Elsa Beskow, Slowing Time, Illustrated Grimm’s Fairytales Find Barbara Mahany here: • Website • Facebook • Twitter Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Barbara Mahany-episode 271 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
52 minutes | 15 days ago
Kristin Kobes Du Mez-episode 270
Kristin Kobes Du Mez joins me on this weeks Faith Conversations Podcast. Her much talked about book, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation has been much talked and I was very excited to have a conversation with her. I felt this would be an important podcast, on many levels, and even had equipment failure that attempted to derail the recording. I persevered with secondary equipment and I think you will be challenged by and interested in this week’s conversation. My first read through was the audio book and I found my blood pressure elevating as I took in the content. If you are anything like me, you’ll get angry, become curious, and learn much through the book and this podcast. Find Kristin Kobes Du Mez in the following places: • Website • Twitter • Facebook Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Kristin Kobes Du Mez-episode 270 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
43 minutes | 22 days ago
Melinda Schmidt-episode 269
Melinda Schmidt joins me on the podcast to talk about being curious and not fearful. Can you relate to leaning into the fearful part? Let’s get curious instead. Lots of good resources mentioned and Haiku along the way as well. Resource list: The Critical Journey, The Sin of Certainty, Faith Shift, When Faith Becomes Sight, Faith After Doubt Find Melinda in the following places: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram The post Melinda Schmidt-episode 269 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
35 minutes | a month ago
Karen Swallow Prior-episode 268
Bestselling author and literature professor Karen Swallow Prior joins me on the podcast to talk about a favorite topic of hers and mine—how to read the classics well. She has written a new introduction to a number of classics along with adding wonderful questions for reflection. These are perfect editions for a book club. The latest to be released into the world are Frankenstein and Jane Eyre. We delve into why classic literature is still, and always will be, relevant. As always, a delightful conversation with Karen Swallow Prior. Find her in the following places: • Website • Twitter • Facebook • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Karen Swallow Prior-episode 268 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
44 minutes | a month ago
Holley Gerth-episode 267
Holley Gerth joins me on the podcast to talk about The Powerful Purpose of Introverts. As an introvert and one who has read all the popular introvert books, I thought I knew all there was to know about the subject. That’s a big NO! I learned a number of new things from Holley Gerth through her book and through our conversation. I imagine that you will too. Introvert or extrovert, check out this episode of Faith Conversations. Find Holley in the following places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Holley Gerth-episode 267 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
52 minutes | a month ago
Jemar Tisby-episode 266
On the heels of his NYT Bestselling book, The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby is back on Faith Conversations talking about his new book, How To Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice. Tisby gets practical in this book as he outlines a framework through a simple model, the ARC of Racial Justice. We spend time talking about Awareness, Relationships, and Commitment. This week’s conversation is for anyone who wants to courageously confront racism. Find Jemar Tisby in the following places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Jemar Tisby-episode 266 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Janell Rardon-episode 265
Janell Rardon joins me on the podcast this week to talk about emotional and spiritual health, something that is sorely missing in the Church. Janell recently penned Stronger Every Day: 9 Tools for an Emotionally Healthy You. It’s a book loaded with encouragement and strength imbuing tools for your life journey. You’ll likely have some aha moments as you read it. Our conversation was delightful and definitely the meeting of kindred spirits. Janell will be back on the podcast soon to dive even deeper into her life’s work. Find Janell in the following places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Janell Rardon-episode 265 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Mike Murphy-episode 264
Mike Murphy joins me on the podcast as we talk about Lent and our individual Lenten practices. We mention many books and their personal impact. Here are all the mentions: Where the Eye Alights – Marilyn McEntyre When Faith Becomes Sight – Beth and David Booram Learning to Pray – James Martin SJ Faith After Doubt – Brian McLaren Peace Like A River – Leif Enger Virgil Wander – Leif Enger 40 Day Journey with Howard Thurman The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything – James Martin SJ Caste – Isabel Wilkerson The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Mike Murphy-episode 264 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Your Big Huge Thing-Melinda Schmidt-Ep 263
Melinda Schmidt joins me again on Faith Conversations. We talk about big, huge things that happen in our lives and what it looks like when we are hanging on by a thread. As Melinda is in the middle of a cross-country move, she examined what has helped her on this big, huge journey. A few things mentioned: knowing self, having compassion for others, and the fact that this, too, will pass. Other lessons flow from these. Melinda mentions Dr. Edith Eva Eger’s book, The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life. Find Melinda here: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Your Big Huge Thing-Melinda Schmidt-Ep 263 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
52 minutes | 2 months ago
Brian McLaren-episode 262
Brian McLaren is back on the podcast with what may be his best book to date. Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It will speak to anyone who has ever had doubts but been afraid to voice them. Whether it’s the faith crisis of a college student studying biology or maybe someone who shows up at church week in and week out but feels the bottom is dropping out, this is the book to meet you where you are and walk with you on your current journey. So much to think about in this podcast. Enjoy! Find Brian McLaren in the following places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Brian McLaren-episode 262 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Marilyn McEntyre-episode 261
Marilyn McEntyre is back on the podcast. This time we talk about Lent and her beautiful Lenten resource titled Where the Eye Alights: Phrases for the Forty Days of Lent. Marilyn is a former English professor at Westmont College, an award-winning author of several books on language and faith, including these favorites of mine: Word by Word, Make a List, and When Poets Pray. If you are a fan of Marilyn’s writing then you’ll love this thoughtful conversation. Find Marilyn in the following places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Marilyn McEntyre-episode 261 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Alison Cook-episode 260
Alison Cook joins me on the podcast to talk about a variety of topics stemming from her book Boundaries for Your Soul. She is a prolific poster on Facebook and a thoughtful blogger as well. We discuss love of self and love of God and how they interconnect. We talk about spiritual bypassing as well as what it means to develop and speak your voice. An insightful conversation that I think you will appreciate and learn from. Find Alison in the following places: • Website • Facebook • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Alison Cook-episode 260 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Ryan Casey Waller-episode 259
Ryan Casey Waller joins me on Faith Conversations to talk about something very important. Depression, Anxiety, and Other Things We Don’t Want to Talk About is the name of his book. What makes the topic even more compelling isn’t the fact that Ryan is a pastor and a therapist, but the fact that he is a co-sufferer in the conversation. Coming off of 2020, a year like no other, and entering into 2021 that many of us already want to return to sender, this is a topic that needs discussing. I highly recommend Ryan’s book and know you will appreciate this important conversation. Find Ryan in these places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Ryan Casey Waller-episode 259 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
44 minutes | 3 months ago
Michelle Van Loon-Episode 258
Michelle Van Loon is back with me as promised last week. This week we delve into the topic of regret as Michelle has written If Only: Letting Go of Regret. But first we talk about the unbelievable events of this week as the Capitol building was under siege and filled with insurrectionists. It seemed right out of the pages of fiction or the happenings in a Banana Republic and not The United States. Unfortunately it was all too real. Find Michelle in these places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Michelle Van Loon-Episode 258 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Michelle Van Loon-episode 257
Happy New Year, Faith Conversations family! Michelle Van Loon joins me as we kick off a new season of podcasts. We take a look back and a look forward as well as talk about our favorite books of 2020 that might become favorites of yours in 2021. We tease next week’s podcast that will center on Michelle’s book, If Only, which is all about regret. Hafiz Poem: I am A hole in a flute That the Christ’s breath move through– Listen to this Music. Elderly friend’s pieces of wisdom: I asked a friend who has crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes he is feeling in himself? He sent me the following: 1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself. 2 I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders. 3 I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees. 4 I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am. 5 I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past. 6 I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection. 7 I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You.” 8 I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances. 9 I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do. 10 I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race. 11 I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human. 12 I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone. 13 I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last. 14 I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be! Michelle’s favorite books: • Moments and Days • The Preacher’s Wife • Jesus and John Wayne • The Seven Storey Mountain Anita’s favorite books: • Rumi’s Reflection Journal • Hafiz book of poems, The Gift • Evvie Drake Starts Over • The Island of Sea Women Find Michelle Van Loon in these places: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Michelle Van Loon-episode 257 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Mike Murphy-episode 256
Mike Murphy joins me for my year-ending podcast where we focus on his most recent “Friday Rumblings.” Part social commentary, part spiritual introspection, a worthy weekly read that Mike posts each Friday on his Facebook page. Follow or Friend him here. I will be taking a break next week. See you on January 4. Here are the Rumblings we focused on from 12/18/20: 1.“Are you breathing? Are you here? Did you just take a breath? Are you about to take another? Do you have a habit of regularly doing this? Gift. Gift. Gift. Whatever else happened in your life – failure, pain, heartache, abuse, loss – the first thing that can be said about you is that you have received a gift… A truth courses through the veins of all our bumps and bruises, and it is this: We have received. You’re here, you’re breathing, and you have received a gift, a generous, extraordinary, mysterious, inexplicable gift.” ~ Rob Bell ‘Tis a good reminder of the generosity of our good God. He sees us and in ways big and small telling us we have value. Feeling blessed. 2. To: All my friends of faith who have chosen silence. In the face of grave evil of all forms, so many of you have exhibited a distressing habit of remaining stunningly quiet. Perhaps it’s time for you to be courageous and speak out. Gotta love Southern Baptist bible teacher Beth Moore who has been strong and courageous even in the face of much opposition. She recently tweeted: “I do not believe these are days for mincing words. I’m 63 1/2 years old & I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism. This Christian nationalism is not of God. Move back from it…Fellow leaders, we will be held responsible for remaining passive in this day of seduction to save our own skin while the saints we’ve been entrusted to serve are being seduced, manipulated, USED and stirred up into a lather of zeal devoid of the Holy Spirit for political gain….” It’s your turn. 3. “You sanctify whatever you are grateful for.” Anthony de Mello I am grateful for you. 4. During my college years at St. John’s University in Collegeville Minnesota, one of my friends was a Benedictine monk by the name of Paschal. In my senior year he was my faculty resident. One night my roommate and I were sitting in his room, when Paschal, in animated fashion (as was his habit) just kind of blurted out that Advent reminds us that indeed, one day “God reached down so low for the sole purpose of lifting us so high.” He was right. 5. “Christians are called to become icons of Christ, to reflect him. But we are called to even more than that. Ikon is the Greek word for “image of God.” We are called to incarnate Christ in our lives, to clothe our lives with him, so that people can see him in us, touch him in us, recognize him in us. . . . We have to begin to love one another in the fullest sense of Christ’s teaching.” ~ Catherine de Hueck Doherty What the world needs most is faith clothed in flesh. Reaching out, providing comfort, speaking words of hope. That’s us, huh? 6. Is Biden being bold with his cabinet choices? Not bold enough for some. I do think he’s being wise by naming smart, skilled, patriotic people who will undo a good chunk of the damage caused by not so smart, not so patriotic and not so morally skilled Trump appointees. That’s the starting point. Bolder moves will follow. And bold moves will be required. I do like the fact that when we look at the leadership of our Executive Branch that we will see the diversity of America. That’s such a refreshing and much needed change. 7. Trump’s attempted coup has seemingly failed with the Supreme Court saying ‘go away’ and Electoral College Votes cast. Of course, he’s refusing to concede and bellowing that he’s not done yet. Of course, he’s not. There’s still a lot of mucking up that needs to be done. As I observed the plot to undermine free and fair elections I was appalled by the number of Republicans riding shotgun and threatening to carry one. We’re not out of the woods yet. Our democracy will continue to be put through a stress test of mammoth proportion, led by a soon to be ex-president who is without conscience and really hates the idea of an America he doesn’t rule. Aiding and abetting him are cable networks which will keep banging the drum of insurrection, 100+ Congress people who will jump off a cliff if asked to, and far too many evangelical devotees who seemingly will follow him to the very gates of hell if he sends out the order. 8. “When america sat down for dinner last night The justice system in terre haute, indiana Asked her what she wanted to eat and she replied “Black Men please I like them incarcerated With families and dreams With smiles that are full of light That bring you joy And break your heart at the same time” And indiana said “Dry aged after years in prison Rehabilitated but left to rot Or farm to table? Our police farmers can pluck one Off the streets tonight if you wish” america hungrily replied “Do you have any #TamirRice I’ll take that as an appetizer? Save the sweet #SandraBland for dessert” And indiana brought the wine list But it was a waste of time Because america only drinks blood She prefers a vintage 1619 But any full bodied lynched red will do Finally After some thought And one last look at the menu america waves down indiana and says “I’d like to order a #BrandonBernard That sounds like a meal I’d love” And indiana smiles “We thought you’d like that We saved him just for you Bon appétit” And Rod Sterling doesn’t appear Because this isn’t the Twilight Zone This is america This is a cookbook To serve black mankind In print since 1619” ~ Lesle Honore Yes, I am against the death penalty and racism. I am a Christian. If I am to remain true to Jesus, I have to stand against those things that surely must grieve His heart. 9. “God is always inviting us to encounter the transcendent in the everyday.” ~ Karl Rahner 10. Perhaps the way forward is to stop. Just for a bit. To gather ourselves, to sort out our emotions, to deal with our anger, to rediscover who and what we love. And to figure out the ‘why’. Perhaps a full stop is the greatest gift we could give ourselves. Just for a bit. But long enough to settle our souls and quiet our being. With that in mind, I’m taking a break from the Rumblings. None next week. I’ll be back on January 1. —Mike The post Mike Murphy-episode 256 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Melinda Schmidt-episode 255
Melinda Schmidt joins me on the podcast to talk about perseverance. As we release this podcast during Advent, I realize that the theme of perseverance is pervasive in the Christmas story. Certainly it’s a theme of 2020. But where in your life, prior to this calendar year, can you point to perseverance as a kind of memorial marker that can help you soldier on in the pandemic, in a time of such great loss of human life, in a time that may include job loss for you? Praying this conversation can encourage you on your journey. Find Melinda: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram The post Melinda Schmidt-episode 255 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
48 minutes | 4 months ago
Dan Kimball-episode 254
When How (Not) to Read the Bible came across my desk, I took a second look because of the parentheses. Then I saw the subtitle: Making Sense of the Anti-Women, Anti-Science, Pro-Violence, Pro-Slavery and Other Crazy-Sounding Parts of Scripture. I decided I needed to talk with author Dan Kimball. My small group had just finished looking at some of the Old Testament female characters in Scripture and we encountered some scary stories. Most I’d read before but a couple I hadn’t remembered. More likely I’d blocked them out thinking this can’t be right. Dan poses a question, which certainly shows up online in various forms, “Is reading the Bible the fastest way to lose your faith?” His answer is no, but check out this week’s podcast to hear why! Find Dan in these places: • Website • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Dan Kimball-episode 254 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Melinda Schmidt-episode 253
Melinda Schmidt joins me this week on the podcast to talk about waiting. We’ve been in a difficult year that has been all about waiting. We haven’t done it particularly well as a country or in our churches. As we enter the season of Advent, the very theme of waiting is front and center. I hope you will consider with us how you have been waiting and how we might wait together in this season. We mentioned and recommend The Critical Journey by Janet O. Hagberg and Robert A. Guelich. Also mentioned and read is the poem Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability— and that it may take a very long time. And so I think it is with you; your ideas mature gradually—let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time (that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete. —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ excerpted from Hearts on Fire Find Melinda in these places: • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram Note: When clicking through on links to products on Amazon, as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The post Melinda Schmidt-episode 253 appeared first on Anita Lustrea.
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