Podcast Fever

I'm out a Sundance with the Windrider Forum this week, so I don't have much time write. Two quick things:

Episode 2 of Ask Science Mike came out on Monday. We talk about Pangea, prayer, and pretending God is real. I've gotten a lot of great feedback on this episode, and I think you'll enjoy it. I'd love to take your question via #asksciencemike on Twitter, Soundcloud, or YouTube.

Episode 12 of The Liturgists Podcast came out today. Kristen and Rob Bell joined us to talk about marriage and relationships. I really love how this episode came out, and I think there's something in this for everyone.


Advent with The Liturgists

Some people may question the wisdom of releasing our Advent liturgy  two days before Christmas. Those people are probably smart.

But November was busy...

And our audience kept asking...

But most important of all, inspiration struck. So, just a few days ago we decided to do a release. It's caused a breakneck schedule, and frankly it could have resulted in some pretty terrible work.

But it hasn't. Somehow, everyone involved in this release had something they *had* to share, some flash of feeling about what God with us, peace on Earth, and goodwill toward men means. Somehow, we made what I think this is the most powerful release we've done. Every track has moved me to tears.

Amena contributed a poem that is poignant and powerful. Michael and Lisa have a song, Oh Light, that sits in the space of "God with us" and reflects the transcendent tones of the idea. Michael and I put together a couple of Ignation Spiritual Exercises that are easily the most powerful meditations we've produced.

And I haven't even heard what The Brilliance, Sleeping At Last, and Jason Morant have come up with yet. I may not hear those tracks before you do–but given the work of those artists can't wait to.

It's nutty that we're releasing an Advent work the week of Christmas. We don't even have cover art yet! But I hope you guys get nutty with us. This is our best work to date.

Safe, Supportive Spiritual Community

Most churches call their main building a "sanctuary," but many people find the environment inside to be alienating and hostile. The dramatic decline in church membership and attendance over the last 30 years speaks to the way many people have been hurt by the Church.

Is there a better way? On the most recent episode of The Liturgists Podcast, I sat down with my pastor and took questions from our audience to discuss how we can make church safe, and ways people who are searching for a supportive community can find one.

You can hear the episode here.

Faith Lost and Found

I tell my story so much I assume everyone's who follows me has heard it. I live with a near-constant fear that people are tired of hearing the same thing from me over and over (and I'm sure some are). For that reason, I've pushed back on Michael every time he's suggested we do a podcast where I share my story.

So, when Michael suggested an episode where we both share our stories, and in doing so explain the genesis of The Liturgists, that sounded like it would be more interesting to our listeners. I was still worried people would be bored, but I thought that about our Spiral Dynamics episode too.

I was wrong. This episode is generating a lot of messages from people struggling through doubt and fear. Several people have told me that this is our most powerful episode so far.

You can listen to the episode here: The Liturgists Podcast: Faith Lost & Found.