The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast

How to Find Joy in Your Work - Shundrawn Thomas - Episode 33

How to Find Joy in Your Work - Shundrawn Thomas - Episode 33

Shundrawn Thomas is the President of a trillion-dollar global investment management business. As a strategic thinker and trusted advisor, he helps corporations, non-profits and religious organizations achieve their purpose and vision. As a masterful communicator and motivational speaker, he enlightens and inspires individuals in the areas of professional and personal development. He is widely respected by professional colleagues for his dedication to excellence and principled business approach. In 2017, Black Enterprise identified him as one of the Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America. Shundrawn is also an entrepreneur, previously founding businesses with retail and publishing interests. He is an engaged civic leader serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He also serves his local community as associate pastor of his Church located on Chicago’s Southside.

Shundrawn speaks and lectures nationally on subjects including vocation, leadership, strategy, investments, personal finance, values and faith. His passion for communicating led him to author four books including his recent release, Discover Joy In Work.

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Becoming an Ordinary Mystic - Albert Haase - Episode 32

Becoming an Ordinary Mystic - Albert Haase - Episode 32

Ordained a Franciscan priest in 1983, Albert Haase is a popular preacher, teacher, spiritual director and guest on talk radio shows. A former missionary to mainland China for over eleven years, he is the award-winning author of eleven books on popular spirituality and the presenter on five best-selling DVDs. He is currently chaplain at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center, Temple TX.

His book Becoming an Ordinary Mystic offers a daily path to connecting with God and cultivating a life with him in which we draw close, listen, and respond moment to moment.

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The Winding Path of Transformation - Jeff Tacklind - Episode 31

The Winding Path of Transformation - Jeff Tacklind - Episode 31

Jeff is the lead pastor of Church by the Sea in Laguna Beach, CA. He is passionate about spiritual formation, surfing, and anything C.S. Lewis. He's also a spiritual director and has a master’s degree in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies. His book, The Winding Path of Transformation, describes spiritual formation as an invitation to paradox. By entering into suffering, we find joy. By embracing the downward path of humility, we find glory. And by remaining small, sometimes we grow to great heights.

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Discovering the Delight of Sharing Your Faith - Don Everts - Episode 30

Discovering the Delight of Sharing Your Faith - Don Everts - Episode 30

Don Everts is the content development manager in the Global Ministries division for Lutheran Hour Ministries. A poet and preacher at heart, Don speaks at conferences and churches across the country inviting skeptics and believers alike to gaze at Jesus and be thrilled. Don spent the last 10 years working in the local church and the 14 years before that working on college campuses with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Whether in the church or on campus, Don has walked with non-Christians as they discover the person of Jesus and has worked with Christians in being able to fruitfully do the same in their own relationships.

This week we’re talking with Don Everts about his book, The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations.

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How Sacred Chaos Leads to Daily Growth - Tricia Rhodes - Episode 29

How Sacred Chaos Leads to Daily Growth - Tricia Rhodes - Episode 29

Tricia specializes in helping others experience God’s presence through practicing soul-care. An adjunct professor for Fuller Theological Seminary and author of 7 books, including the acclaimed, The Soul at Rest, she is a practiced minister with over 40 years of experience. With a rich background in Christian spirituality and a PhD in leadership studies, Tricia draws from a broad spectrum to create life-giving tools that can make anyone’s spiritual journey relevant and meaningful.

This week we’re talking with Tricia Rhodes about her book, Sacred Chaos: Spiritual Disciplines for the Life You Have.

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The Value of Spirit-Christology for Your Daily Life - Andréa Snavely - Episode 28

The Value of Spirit-Christology for Your Daily Life - Andréa Snavely - Episode 28

Andréa Snavely is passionate about reaching the lost with Spirit-empowered Training, Resourcing, and Equipping for Acts 1:8 Ministries. As an author, missionary, and theologian, Dr. Snavely and his wife, Darla, have been in ministry together for nearly 30 years; serving in pastoral ministry and, as a professor of Bible, theology, and ministry at Central Bible College and Global University. They currently live in Brussels, Belgium where Dr. Snavely servers as Professor of Theology at Continental Theological Seminary, and Darla serves with Breaking Chains, a ministry that helps women escape prostitution.

His book Life in the Spirit explores what the church would look like if Christians saw their lives as totally dependent on the Spirit’s presence––to live as Jesus lived.

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How to Watch Movies Like a Christian - Josh Larsen - Episode 27

How to Watch Movies Like a Christian - Josh Larsen - Episode 27

Josh Larsen is the co-host of the radio show and podcast Filmspotting, author of Movies Are Prayers, and editor and film critic at Think Christian, a website exploring faith and pop culture. He’s been writing and speaking about movies professionally for more than two decades.

Josh’s career began in the newspaper business, where he started out as a beat reporter for a weekly community newspaper and went on to become the film critic for the Chicago-based Sun-Times Media for more than 10 years. In 2011, he joined the Christian media landscape as editor of Think Christian, and in 2012 he joined the long-running weekly podcast Filmspotting, aired on WBEZ in Chicago.

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How Missions Transforms Us As Disciples - Stephen Kuert - Episode 26

How Missions Transforms Us As Disciples - Stephen Kuert - Episode 26

Stephen Kuert was born and raised in a missionary family in Nairobi, Kenya. When in the USA, Stephen lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he received his undergraduate degree at Oral Roberts University. He went on to obtain his master’s degree at Global University. Stephen has traveled to over 30 nations and has lived as a missionary in 4 countries while ministering and teaching in several more.

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Why You Can't Avoid Liturgy - Winfield Bevins - Episode 25

Why You Can't Avoid Liturgy - Winfield Bevins - Episode 25

Winfield Bevins is an author, artist, and speaker whose passion is to help others connect to the roots of the Christian faith for discipleship and mission. He is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. And he frequently speaks at conferences on a variety of topics and is a regular adjunct professor at several seminaries. Having grown up in a free-church background, Winfield eventually found his spiritual home in the Anglican tradition, but freely draws wisdom from all church traditions.

Having authored several books, his writings explore the convergence of liturgy, prayer, and mission. His latest book, Ever Ancient, Ever New, examines young adults who have embraced Christian liturgy and how it has impacted their lives.

As an artist, Winfield is dedicated to connecting the church and the arts community. He is a visual artist who enjoys painting iconography, landscapes, and portraits. Over the past decade, he has helped start numerous arts initiatives, including a non-profit art gallery and studio and an arts program in North Carolina.

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Why You Can't Ignore Human Flourishing - Charlie Self - Episode 24

Why You Can't Ignore Human Flourishing - Charlie Self - Episode 24

Dr. Charlie Self is one of our former professors at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz was in Modern European History, with a focus on Belgian Protestantism, studies in Virtue Ethics, and the Holocaust.

Dr. Self is the author of three books: The Divine Dance, The Power of Faithful Focus, and his most recent work, Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship.

Today, Dr. Self is the Director of City Development for the Made To Flourish Network, a community of pastors connecting faith and work. Charlie has the honor of resourcing current city leaders and helping create new networks across all denominations. He is also in demand as a strategic consultant, encourager to leaders, keynote speaker and presenter to church and civic groups. And this is just a taste of all the work he’s doing.

Dr. Charlie Self is best at stimulating people of all perspectives to “think deeply and act decisively.”

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What Does It Mean to Delight in God? - Christine Sine - Episode 23

What Does It Mean to Delight in God? - Christine Sine - Episode 23

Christine Sine is the founder and facilitator for Godspace, which grew out of her passion for creative spirituality, gardening and sustainability. Together with her husband, Tom, she is also co-Founder of Mustard Seed Associates. She describes herself as a contemplative activist, passionate gardener, author, and liturgist.

She loves messing with church traditions and inspiring followers of Jesus to develop creative approaches to spirituality that intertwine the sacred through all of life. Christine is inspired by Celtic Christian spirituality, which has opened her eyes to the God who is present in every moment, every experience and every place.

Her book, The Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices for Delighting in God, is a great tool for learning to connect with what God is doing in the everyday moments of your day.

In a former life Christine trained as a physician in Australia practiced in New Zealand and developed and directed the healthcare ministry for Mercy Ships. She no longer practices medicine but delights in guiding people towards the health and wholeness of God’s new world.

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Are You Willing to Wrestle with Questions? - Jeff Keuss - Episode 22

Are You Willing to Wrestle with Questions? - Jeff Keuss - Episode 22

Jeffrey F. Keuss (PhD, University of Glasgow) is professor of Christian ministry, theology, and culture at Seattle Pacific University. He is also the executive director of Pivot Northwest.

He is a regular contributor to the The Kindlings Muse podcast on theology and culture and is on the editorial board of Literature and Theology.

His books include Freedom of the Self, Blur, and Your Neighbor's Hymnal. Keuss lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife, Diana, and their three children.

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