Best of 2019

Here’s my annual list of what I see as a mix of the best and my favorites of 2019 in music, books, podcasts, and a few of my things as well. Music—Songs 1. “Jacob” by Chris Renzema 2. “Pin It Down” by Madison Cunningham 3. “Pictures” by Judah and the Lion feat. Kacey Musgraves 4. “Heavyweight…

Managing Anxiety

Anxiety is often thought of as an individual struggle, yet it also invades systems and relationships, leaving not just people but whole communities stuck in its grip. Steve Cuss helps identify why anxiety affects people and groups but also practical steps forward to loosen anxiety’s grip. Steve Cuss is a pastor and former hospital chaplain…

The Positivity Gospel

The positivity gospel of “you are enough” and “your positive words can overcome your negative world” is all around us, but what if it isn’t true? On this episode Eric Nelson outlines what the positivity gospel is, what it gets wrong, how to handle conversations with those sharing its message, and much more. Listen to…

A Secular Age

We are embedded in and overwhelmed by a world that is increasingly secular—a world without a need for God—leaving many Christians at a loss for how to navigate being people of faith. Listen in as Andrew Root helps navigate these tumultuous times for Christians looking for a way forward. Andrew Root is a professor at…

Redeeming Wanderlust

Rather than a life of Instagram worthy wanderlust, becoming a follower of Jesus is a humble embrace of a pilgrim path. On this episode Michelle Van Loon walks through what it looks like to follow Jesus while maintaining a status of an exiled wanderer in the world. Michelle is a wonderful writer and storyteller with…