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We are two guys, David and Eric, devoted to helping others figure out how to follow Jesus and develop a transforming friendship. Together, we guide a Christian spiritual formation ministry called Theodyssey, hence the name of the podcast.

Whether you’re hungry for something more, discontent, turned off, or just plain curious, welcome to the conversation - an authentic exploration of God’s possibilities for our lives. How do we really know God at a deeper level? What steps do we take? We’ll hunt through the pieces together through conversations and stories.

You can explore more at www.theodyssey.org.
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One of the primary goals of the "Five Misadventures in the Christian Life" study is Awareness. First, awareness of why we may feel stuck or stagnant. Second, awareness of what is possible through Christ. But even if we grasp the concepts, this new way of being can still feel quite elusive. Join as as we conclude this series within an invitation to hope and courage. This Fall Study podcast series complements a new 6-week study, designed for those looking for a spiritual refresh. It provides both hope and a roadmap for reimagining a transforming friendship with Christ. A chance to explore possibilities, spark desire, and get a taste of what ‘can be’. * To purchase a book, go to www.theodyssey.org and click on "Store" in the main menu. * For more resources related to the topics, visit www.theodyssey.org/misadventures If you have any questions, or are looking for a group, email us at info@theodyssey.org
We are inundated with countless information, pressuring us to digest it as efficiently as possible. That approach to reading seeps into our interaction with Scripture. Instead of analysis, what if our goal when reading the Bible is encounter? How do we not just master Scripture, but allow Scripture to master us? Join us as we discuss a posture that opens up possibilities for God to meet us and transform us. This Fall Study podcast series complements a new 6-week study, designed for those looking for a spiritual refresh. It provides both hope and a roadmap for reimagining a transforming friendship with Christ. A chance to explore possibilities, spark desire, and get a taste of what ‘can be’. * To purchase a book, go to www.theodyssey.org and click on "Store" in the main menu. * For more resources related to the topics, visit www.theodyssey.org/misadventures If you have any questions, or are looking for a group, email us at info@theodyssey.org
Once we grasp the purpose of the Christian life, the next question that emerges is: How do we do that? What does it look like to grow spiritually? We all have a default map that has been engrained in us from day one. Join us as we explore how to embrace a new map, a new way of being, in order to be conformed to the image of Jesus for the sake of others. This Fall Study podcast series complements a new 6-week study, designed for those looking for a spiritual refresh. It provides both hope and a roadmap for reimagining a transforming friendship with Christ. A chance to explore possibilities, spark desire, and get a taste of what ‘can be’. * To purchase a book, go to www.theodyssey.org and click on "Store" in the main menu. * For more resources related to the topics, visit www.theodyssey.org/misadventures If you have any questions, or are looking for a group, email us at info@theodyssey.org
What is the purpose of the Christian Life? We would not approach a vacation, a career, etc without an end goal in mind, and yet many Christians are caught up in a flurry of activity without knowing the why behind it. Join us as we discuss the purpose of the Christian Life and how it can help us move forward. This Fall Study podcast series complements a new 6-week study, designed for those looking for a spiritual refresh. It provides both hope and a roadmap for reimagining a transforming friendship with Christ. A chance to explore possibilities, spark desire, and get a taste of what ‘can be’. * To purchase a book, go to www.theodyssey.org and click on "Store" in the main menu. * For more resources related to the topics, visit www.theodyssey.org/misadventures If you have any questions, or are looking for a group, email us at info@theodyssey.org
Where do our distorted views of God come from? In this episode, we explore the second of the five misadventures: Ignoring Our Grid. We all have a unique lens through which we view the world, based on our past experiences. Join us as we discuss how this relates to our faith journey, potentially causing us to feel stuck. This Fall Study podcast series complements a new 6-week study, designed for those looking for a spiritual refresh. It provides both hope and a roadmap for reimagining a transforming friendship with Christ. A chance to explore possibilities, spark desire, and get a taste of what ‘can be’. * To purchase a book, go to www.theodyssey.org and click on "Store" in the main menu. * For more resources related to the topics, visit www.theodyssey.org/misadventures * If you have any questions, or are looking for a group, email us at info@theodyssey.org
"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us" - A.W. Tozer. In this episode, we explore the first of the five misadventures: Having a Distorted View of God. Our view of God has far-reaching implications. Join us as we dive into the Old Testament to encounter a God vastly different than what many of us may expect. This Fall Study podcast series complements a new 6-week study, designed for those looking for a spiritual refresh. It provides both hope and a roadmap for reimagining a transforming friendship with Christ. A chance to explore possibilities, spark desire, and get a taste of what ‘can be’. * To purchase a book, go to www.theodyssey.org and click on "Store" in the main menu. * For more resources related to the topics, visit www.theodyssey.org/misadventures * If you have any questions, or are looking for a group, email us at info@theodyssey.org
Do you long for something more in your relationship with God? While our journey with Christ starts out well intentioned, many get lost in spiritual misadventure – beliefs and practices that sound good, but instead lead into a cul-de-sac, leaving us spiritually apathetic, tired, cynical, or even burned out. Is that you? This Fall Study podcast series complements a new 6-week study, designed for those looking for a spiritual refresh. It provides both hope and a roadmap for reimagining a transforming friendship with Christ. A chance to explore possibilities, spark desire, and get a taste of what ‘can be’. This episode shares the need we see around us, as well as the opportunity in front of us. We share our passion to reach back and invite people off the sidelines and into the story. We hope you join us! * To purchase a book, go to www.theodyssey.org and click on "Store" in the main menu. * For more resources related to the topics, visit www.theodyssey.org/misadventures * If you have any questions, or are looking for a group, email us at info@theodyssey.org
SNAPSHOTS: Capturing the moments when God intersects our lives in a powerful way. Tamara had a moment on the beach where she heard a clear invitation from God to join Him on an adventure. Sounds fun, right? But often the things that are best for us are not easy. Hear how Tamara has encountered God in the midst of saying "yes".
We are hosting some guided Zoom conversations this summer around spiritual formation topics related to this current season. We call this platform the "Farmer's Cafe". In this session, David guides us through Phil. 4:6-9, seeing it through the lens of a spiritual director. What questions and invitations emerge? How do we guide others through a passage like this?
A Quick Update

A Quick Update

2020-05-2710:46

This season with a global pandemic has caused many of us to pivot in our plans. We are constantly readjusting to a new reality. As a ministry, we are doing the same thing; continually understanding this new reality. With that, we wanted to share a quick update on how that impacts this podcast.
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all. Regardless of circumstances, we are all experiencing some level of grief. We continued our Zoom workshop offerings with Dr. Dean Smith, who has innumerable years of experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist and has played a vital role in training leaders through our Certificate Track. Dr. Dean guided us through a conversation on how to recognize and navigate grief in this season. We pulled out the content of the workshop to offer another special episode here on the Podcast. Enjoy!
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all. Regardless of circumstances, we are all experiencing fear and anxiety. Mari Harrower, who has over 30 years experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, offered to guide a Zoom discussion on navigating this unique season. We had such a great response, we decided to pull out the content of the workshop and turn it into special episode here on the Podcast. Enjoy!
Joyful Exiles

Joyful Exiles

2020-03-3144:01

A global pandemic overwhelms us with uncertainty. In the midst of the fear, anxiety, and grief, what opportunities arise? How do we reframe our expectations? How do somehow find joy in the midst of our circumstances? After a quick ministry update, we dive into these questions to navigate this season together.
SNAPSHOTS: Capturing the moments when God intersects our lives in a powerful way. There was a moment when Shawn finally grasped what it meant to be loved by God. And that moment changed his approach as a pastor, sparking a movement that has spread throughout Daybreak Church and pushed beyond their community.
As we reflected on the Fall Study, we realized one more episode would be beneficial. Through personal conversations, email, and Zoom discussions, some common questions emerged around this process of being Alive to God in Scripture. What does encounter look like? What type of rhythm should we have? Can you provide more tangible steps? Hopefully our responses are helpful in creating hope and traction in moving forward in this approach. Have an amazing Christmas, and we will be back in 2020!
Every Fall, we sit in a passage of Scripture for two months as an extended community. Our desire is to practice how to be Alive to God in Scripture, where we encounter God and be transformed by Him. This year, we journey through Psalm 1. Our website and phone app have all the resources and details. Hope you join us on the Fall Study! In this episode, we discuss the final stage of the journey: Respond. This is where we make choices and engage our will. If we skip this step, we have just wasted our time in the first three stages.
Every Fall, we sit in a passage of Scripture for two months as an extended community. Our desire is to practice how to be Alive to God in Scripture, where we encounter God and be transformed by Him. This year, we journey through Psalm 1. Our website and phone app have all the resources and details. Hope you join us on the Fall Study! SPECIAL EDITION: The first conversation with Kuimeuy was so valuable, we invited her back for a second episode. Kuimeuy joins us again to share more insight about the "Pray" stage, as well as how it interacts with "Respond." The two stages blend together as we encounter God in a personal and tangible way.
Every Fall, we sit in a passage of Scripture for two months as an extended community. Our desire is to practice how to be Alive to God in Scripture, where we encounter God and be transformed by Him. This year, we journey through Psalm 1. Our website and phone app have all the resources and details. Hope you join us on the Fall Study! SPECIAL EDITION: Since the "Pray" stage is not easy to grasp for many, we asked Kuimeuy Wang to join us on the podcast to share her journey through Psalm 1. What does it mean for her? She shares the struggles, breakthroughs, and everything in between, offering a tangible example of how encounter God in Scripture.
Every Fall, we sit in a passage of Scripture for two months as an extended community. Our desire is to practice how to be Alive to God in Scripture, where we encounter God and be transformed by Him. This year, we journey through Psalm 1. Our website and phone app have all the resources and details. Hope you join us on the Fall Study! In this episode, we discuss the third stage of the journey: Pray. This is where we are receptive to God's invitations in response to the question, "What does this mean FOR me?" Not easy, but vital in allowing the passage to change us.
Every Fall, we sit in a passage of Scripture for two months as an extended community. Our desire is to practice how to be Alive to God in Scripture, where we encounter God and be transformed by Him. This year, we journey through Psalm 1. Our website and phone app have all the resources and details. Hope you join us on the Fall Study! In this episode, we continue our discussion around the question, "What does this passage mean?" Using the guardrails, we unearth the main ideas of Psalm 1, which have profound invitations for us moving forward. * Reading of Psalm 1 in Hebrew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pSe4xLNMmI
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