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Can we move from just surviving to thriving? Why do we always feel so out of sorts with the world? How does human nature (biology) and niche construction (culture) work together (or not)? Perhaps instead of opposing human "being" and "doing", a focus human "becoming" can help us understand the biological and cultural aspects of discipleship. This is what we are talking about with Dr. Justin L. Barrett. He previously held positions at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology as Professor of Psychology, as well as the Thrive Center for Human Development prior to that.  And most recently he has written Thriving with Stone Age Minds: Evolutionary Psychology, Christian Faith, and the Quest for Human Flourishing.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Are theologians dabbling in neuroscience over-reaching? Are neuroscientists talking about theology being reductionistic? And what happens when theologians and neuroscientists agree that joy and peace are the foundation of human experience?  These questions and many more guide the time with Dr. Jim Wilder. Jim Wilder is a Clinical Psychologist & Neurotheologian at Life Model Works.  He is author of many books, recently "Renovated: God, Dallas Willard and the Church that Transforms" and co-author of The Other Half of the Church: Christian Community, Brain Science, and Overcoming Spiritual Stagnation.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Does a seemingly robust spirituality actually mask deep childhood wounds?  Can calls to repentance and forgiveness cause harm instead of healing?  Does the message of the cross sometimes cause more bondage than breakthrough?These are the type of questions we need to ask as more and more people grapple with their own trauma and how the church can be a place of healing and hope, rather than deeper harm.  Joining today is Janyne McConnaughey, Ph.D., nationally known trauma-informed author & advocate.  She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tabor College and serves as the Board President for the Attachment& Trauma Network (ATN).Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Can complex developmental trauma help us think better about theology and the Bible?  Can theology help us think about trauma?Adrienne Gibson (LCP) talks about about her work with trauma (generational, vicarious, and complex developmental trauma), her shift into teaching trauma to future pastors, how she has seen the for/against pendulum swing regarding therapy and theology, and how she is working to integrate therapy and theology.At the end of the episode Adrienne talks about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  Here is a link to that info.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Did Jesus suffer trauma? Did he experience PTSD? We know Jesus suffered in his death.  But did he suffer throughout his life?As Isaiah 53:3 says, the servant of God is “despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”  What if that pain, those sorrows, that grief is better expressed as trauma? That’s what we are talking about today during Holy Week, as we remember Jesus’ path to the cross.  Our guest is pastor (and my good friend) Jeff Cannell, ministering at Central Vineyard in Columbus, OH. Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
What is EMDR? How can it help people heal from trauma? And what's it got to do with faith, hope, and love?These are the questions we'll be looking at with Shane Moe, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with clinical specializations in EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
What happens when someone is told a lie from childhood onward? And not just about themselves, but about all our people, their entire race?  And what happens when this racial lie turns abusive, oppressive, traumatic, and violent? In this episode Sheila Wise Rowe helps us understand, identify, and resolve racial trauma.  Sheila has over twenty-five years of experience as a Christian Counselor, Spiritual Director, Educator, Writer, and Speaker.Check out her books, Healing Racial Trauma, and the newly released Young, Gifted, and Black: A Journey of Lament and Celebration.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Why does God feel so far away? Why are some of us stuck in our head, and some are stuck in our hearts? Maybe it has to do with our style of attachment.This episode features Krispin Mayfield who takes us on a tour of three different attachments styles, helps us understand why they might be holding back our experience of God, and what we can to do about it.Check out his new book: Attached to God: A Practical Guide to Deeper Spiritual Experience.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Following Jesus while ignoring our emotions is disastrous. But following the "what I feel is real" mantra is equally problematic. So, what is the role of emotion in our discipleship?Becky Castle Miller joins the shows to talk about the discipleship of the emotions.  She writes and speaks on emotional, mental, and spiritual health in the church, and she is working on a new book about Jesus's emotions. Find Becky on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/beckycastlemillerblog/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/bcastlemiller/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/bcastlemiller).Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Seems like everyday we are hearing about toxic leadership and spiritual abuse in the church it is enough to make you despair.  It goes without saying, there is a lot of emotionally unhealthy churches around.  But today we are talking with a pastor who wants to turn that around—Ted Kim, from Evanston Vineyard (outside Chicago, IL). Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
The goal of autonomy keeps us from paying attention to what really matters, to what's really happening.  The ideal of freedom keeps us from paying attention to a world beyond ours heads.  Dr. Geoff Holsclaw talks with Jared Boyd (author, pastor, spiritual director, and founder of The Order of the Common Life) about the apprenticeship of paying attention, and what it means for our spiritual formation.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Can contemplative prayer be crucial not only for spiritual growth, but also for mental health? Can it help us overcome the busy brain of modern life?I'm joined with AJ Sherril to talk about his new book, Being with God: The Absurdity, Necessity, and Neurology of Contemplative Prayer. Find AJ on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Can the relational revolution in psychology help us connect to a relational God? Or, does our view of relationships affect our relationship with God. Dr. Todd Hall joins the podcast to talk about "relational spirituality", and how we need a psychological-theological paradigm for spiritual transformation.  You can find out more about Dr. Hall at his site and here at Spiritual Metrics.Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Why we changed the name of this podcast to "Embodied Faith". Basically, Embodied Faith = Emotional Life + Embedded Relationships (with ourselves, others, and God).Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Embodied Faith community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Does neuroscience change our understanding of sin? Does it rob us of our sense of free will? What does salvation even mean if we take neuroscience seriously?New Testament professor Joel Green talks about how a properly biblical view of sin and salvation isn't at odds with the finds of neuroscience.  And he talks about why this matters for our spiritual formation. Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Being With community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Is there a way forward beyond certainty and after deconstruction? Is it possible to hold to faith after such disappointment?Author and Pastor Brian Zahnd joins the podcast to talk about the crisis of faith and the journey of reconstruction. If you are in the midst of DECONSTRUCTION (or want learn more to journey with others through it), check out this short course on the 5 Shifts to make while Deconstructing Fundamentalism without Losing Faith. Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Being With community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Many talk about the need for more self-esteem, and even more self-compassion.  But what about self-control?  Why are we so often our biggest enemies? Why do we do what we don't want to do? And what can we do about it?  Drew Dyck joins the podcast to talk about all this and more.  Drew is the acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing editor at CTPastors.com.  He's also written Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science (Moody, 2019), Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Church…and how to Bring Them Back (Moody, 2010). Don't miss an episode of the Being With podcast on neuroscience and faith.  Like, and subscribes, or join the community here (http://geoffreyholsclaw.net/beingwithpodcast/​).Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Being With community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
In families, friendships, and at church, we are surrounded by people who have experienced and live with trauma.  Pastor and reconciliation activist Fred Liggin talks about what it means to be a trauma-informed church. Fred Liggin is a pastor and social entrepreneur ministering among the homeless and those struggling with poverty Williamsburg, VA, and is a justice and reconciliation advocate.  Trauma recovery is not a theory or an individual practice for Fred.  It is a holistic and communal activity.Find out more about Fred here: https://fredsforehead.com/about/Don't miss an episode of the Being With podcast on neuroscience and faith.  Like, and subscribes, or join the community here (http://geoffreyholsclaw.net/beingwithpodcast/​).Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Being With community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
What we attend to, what we pay attention to, becomes our reality.  It causes us to see some things and be blind to others. And this is never more true than SEEING the SACRED in our modern world.   Dr. Richard Beck, author of numerous books, professor and psychologist, talks about our disenchanted world, the ACHE caused by it, and how to find God today (find him at http://experimentaltheology.blogspot.com/).  Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Being With community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
Why do we do what we don't want to do? Why are we at war within ourselves?  And what can we do about it?Jenna Riemersma (LPC) introduces us to "Internal Family Systems" (parts theory), how to grow in self-compassion, and how God is redeeming our hurts, brokenness, and sin.  Settle in if you are tired of trying so hard, unsure how to deal with negative feelings or destructive patterns. And see Jenna's book "Altogether You" (https://jennariemersma.com/).Get the FREE ebook, The Brain God Gave Us, when you join the Being With community (connecting you to new episodes, posts, and other resources).Please subscribe and review on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube.If you would like coaching or spiritual direction that aligns with this podcast, then connect with Cyd Holsclaw here.
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