The Living Room Disciple

The Living Room Disciple

The Living Room Disciple Podcast | Where discipleship finds a home. Our heart for you is quite simple—We want to see you formed into the image of Christ. Whether we acknowledge it our not, everything that we encounter is forming us. In this weekly podcast, we’re taking a hard look at our world and our lives to ask the question: How is this forming us? So join us weekly in our journey toward Jesus! read less
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Episodes

61. Fearing Bravely: Loving Our Neighbors—Feat. Catherine McNiel
May 6 2024
61. Fearing Bravely: Loving Our Neighbors—Feat. Catherine McNiel
On This Week's Episode: Catherine McNiel returns to the podcast! This time, to discuss her book Fearing Bravely with host Nick O'Brien. Fear in today's world and the Church can often lead to an "us vs. them" mentality and ultimately, a loss of compassion for others. So what does it look like to love and serve our neighbors and enemies by following the way of Jesus? Let's dive in and find out! Once you've had a listen, be sure to check out Fearing Bravely: https://catherinemcniel.com/books/fearing-bravely/ Support TLRD on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3   Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8   About Our Guest: Catherine McNiel is an author, writer, editor, and speaker searching for the creative, redemptive work of God in our ordinary lives. She writes to kindle conversations that mingle theology with real life, and open eyes to God’s ongoing presence in our world. Catherine lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, where they care for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden. Catherine has studied and taught Intercultural Studies and Theology, has an MA in Human Service Counseling, and is working on a Master of Divinity at North Park Theological Seminary. Her books include Fearing Bravely: Risking Love for our Neighbors, Strangers, and Enemies; All Shall Be Well: Awakening to God’s Presence in His Messy, Abundant World; and Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline which was an ECPA finalist for New Author. Catherine is a sought after writer and speaker; her work has been featured by numerous magazines, websites, churches, and ministries.  She’s on the lookout for wisdom, beauty, and iced coffee. Find Catherine: Website: https://catherinemcniel.com/  X: https://twitter.com/CatherineMcNiel  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.mcniel/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherinemcniel/  Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple    X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple    Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
60. Loving the Foreigners in Our Community—Feat. Kristin Barnett (Operations Director of Neighborly)
Apr 29 2024
60. Loving the Foreigners in Our Community—Feat. Kristin Barnett (Operations Director of Neighborly)
On This Week's Episode: In this episode, Phil Snyder and Kristin Barnett from Neighborly discuss the challenges and rewards of serving refugee communities. We explore how believers can overcome discomfort and language barriers to love and serve their neighbors, and how serving refugees can reorient our priorities and shape our spiritual growth. We also discuss the importance of involving families in refugee ministry and provide practical tips for getting started. Our prayer is that this conversation is both inspiring and encouraging to you, wherever you are.  Support TLRD on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3   Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8   About Neighborly:  Neighborly is a relationship-based poverty relief organization advocating for biblical justice. We provide ways for our supporters to feed, tell, heal, shelter, welcome, and clothe their neighbors. We not only fight poverty, we dismantle the systems that produce and perpetuate it. At times, we give a fish. Sometimes, we teach how to fish. But we're always asking why there is a darn fence around the pond, who put it there, and why they are charging more for a fishing license for people who need it the most. Find Neighborly & Kristin Barnett: Website:  https://thatsneighborly.org/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neighborlyorg  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeighborlyOrg/  Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple    X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple    Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
How We're Formed by the NEWS—Feat. Kelsey Reed (News Coach @ WORLD News Group)
Apr 22 2024
How We're Formed by the NEWS—Feat. Kelsey Reed (News Coach @ WORLD News Group)
On This Week's Episode: As you can likely guess from the title, today we’re going to engage in a conversation that, frankly, we’ve been nervous to have. And that’s discussing “how are we formed by the news?”  Because even the decision on who to have as a guest for this conversation is a choice that says a lot. We’ve been praying and believe that our guest, Kelsey Reed, is a great person to wade into this conversation with. You see, she calls herself a professional learner and after having this conversation, she may be one of the most thoughtful people we’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with. The way she thinks and weighs her words should challenge all of us to do the same.  Support TLRD on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3   Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8   About World News:  WORLD produces sound journalism, grounded in facts and biblical truth. Through print magazines, online articles, and podcast programs, our trained journalists report on current events both global and national so that readers and listeners can see how God is at work in the world, no matter the headlines. Resources & Links Concurrently Podcast: https://wng.org/podcasts/concurrently God’s WORLD News: https://gwnews.com/ WORLD News: https://wng.org/ WORLD News Group YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@WORLDNewsGroup/  Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple    X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple    Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
Ministering to the Marginalized—Feat. James Barnett (founder of Neighborly)
Apr 15 2024
Ministering to the Marginalized—Feat. James Barnett (founder of Neighborly)
On This Week's Episode: Today, we're having a conversation with James Barnett, the founder of Neighborly. Neighborly is a nonprofit based in Tallahassee, FL that aims to meet the needs of the poor and the marginalized in their community. This conversation moves in and out, connecting the many facets of life.  Support TLRD on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3  Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8  About Neighborly:  Neighborly is a relationship-based poverty relief organization advocating for biblical justice. We provide ways for our supporters to feed, tell, heal, shelter, welcome, and clothe their neighbors. We not only fight poverty, we dismantle the systems that produce and perpetuate it. At times, we give a fish. Sometimes, we teach how to fish. But we're always asking why there is a darn fence around the pond, who put it there, and why they are charging more for a fishing license for people who need it the most. Find Neighborly & James Barnett: Website:  https://thatsneighborly.org/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/neighborlyorg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeighborlyOrg/ Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple   X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple   Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
Diving into the Hebrew Bible—Feat. Dr. Robert Alter
Mar 25 2024
Diving into the Hebrew Bible—Feat. Dr. Robert Alter
Support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3  Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8  On This Week's Episode: This episode features renowned Hebrew Bible scholar Dr. Robert Alter. In this conversation, we discuss Dr. Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible and the narrative structures & techniques used by biblical authors. Translation seeks to bridge not just words but entire cultures. Our hope is that this conversation will help you grow a deeper appreciation of understanding the original context and truly see the depth of God’s word for us.  Welcome to the Living Room Disciple Podcast, where discipleship finds a home.  About Our Guest: Robert Alter is Professor in the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967.   He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Council of Scholars of the Library of Congress, and is past president of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics.   He has twice been a Guggenheim Fellow, has been a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and Old Dominion Fellow at Princeton University.  He has written widely on the European novel from the eighteenth century to the present, on contemporary American fiction, and on modern Hebrew literature.   He has also written extensively on literary aspects of the Bible.  His twenty-four published books include two prize-winning volumes on biblical narrative and poetry and award-winning translations of Genesis and of the Five Books of Moses.  He has devoted book-length studies to Fielding, Stendhal, and the self-reflexive tradition in the novel. Books by him have been translated into ten different languages.   Among his publications over the past twenty-five years are Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem (1991), The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel  (1999),  Canon and Creativity: Modern Writing and the Authority of Scripture (2000), The Five Book of Moses: A Translation with Commentary (2004), Imagined Cites  (2005),  The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary (2007), Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible (2010),  The Wisdom Books: A Translation with Commentary (2010), and Ancient Israel: The Former Prophets.  His completed translation of the Hebrew Bible with a commentary has just appeared in a three-volume set. In 2009 he received the Robert Kirsch Award from the Los Angeles Times for lifetime contribution to American letters and in 2013 the Charles Homer Haskins Prize for career achievement from the American Council of Learned Societies.  Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple   X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple   Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
Building a Non-Anxious Life—Feat. Dr. John Delony
Mar 18 2024
Building a Non-Anxious Life—Feat. Dr. John Delony
Support us on Patreon  Listener Survey  On This Week's Episode: Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Dr. John Delany. You may know him as one of the hosts of The Ramsey Show or from his own show, The Dr. John Delony Show, or from his first two best-selling books: Own Your Past Change Your Future and Redefining Anxiety.  But what we’re most excited about discussing is his most recent book: Building a Non-Anxious Life.  Sounds aspirational, right? For some, that may even sound out of reach. But the truth is, it isn’t. But it’s not something you can wander in to. We’re not going to ever be insulated from grief and harm but those should not be the things that define us. So let’s dive in, listen to the wisdom of Dr. Delony. And when we’re done, make sure to pick up your copy of Building a Non-Anxious Life.  About Our Guest:  Dr. John Delony is a two-time #1 national bestselling author, mental health expert and host of The Dr. John Delony Show. John has two PhDs and over two decades of experience in counseling, crisis response and higher education. He is the author of the bestselling books Own Your Past, Change Your Future, Redefining Anxiety and most recently, Building a Non-Anxious Life. John has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News and Fox Business and been featured in Real Simple magazine, Fast Company, The Today Show, and HuffPost. He has been a guest on The School of Greatness Podcast, The Minimalist Podcast, The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, The Dhru Purohit Podcast and the Mind Pump Podcast. John’s goal is to help people navigate tough decisions, improve their relationships, and believe they’re worth being well. Follow John on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and X. Find Dr. Delony: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@TheDrJohnDelonyShow Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johndelony/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@johndelony Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnDelony X: https://twitter.com/johndelony Website: https://www.ramseysolutions.com/john-delony Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple   X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple   Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
Being Honest About the Past—Feat. Sarah L. Sanderson (Author of The Place We Make)
Mar 11 2024
Being Honest About the Past—Feat. Sarah L. Sanderson (Author of The Place We Make)
Support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3  Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8  On This Week's Episode: This week, we've got Sarah L. Sanderson, author of "The Place We Make." Sarah is all about radical honesty and the freedom that comes with it -- something that we all want but can struggle to embrace when shame comes into play.  Today, we're tackling the elephant in the room -- America's historical struggle with racial injustice. Some may be thinking, "Haven't we moved past this?" but let's not shy away. Let's lean into that discomfort hoping to find freedom and healing on the other side. Let's dive into this conversation with a posture of Jesus who says that "the truth will set you free" as we talk through this difficult topic with Sarah.  About our Guest:  Sarah L. Sanderson is a writer, speaker, and teacher who believes in the life-giving freedom found in radical honesty. Her work has appeared at PBS NewsHour, Blackpast, Christianity Today, Fathom, The Unmooring, Christ and Pop Culture, The Other Journal, Motherly, Relief, Stark and Main, and Brain, Child, among others. She is also a monthly contributor to Three-Fifths. She studied English and Philosophy at Wheaton College, and holds a Master in Teaching degree from Seattle University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. As a creative writing teacher, she has worked with every age, from preschool through adults. Her first book, The Place We Make: Breaking the Legacy of Legalized Hate, released August 15, 2023 from WaterBrook. Find Sarah L. Sanderson here: Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/S_L_Sanderson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahlsandersonwriter/ Website: https://www.sarahlsanderson.com/ Newsletter: https://www.sarahlsanderson.com/newsletter-form Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple   X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple   Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
Kingdom Parenting—Feat. Marissa Burt and Rebekah Mui
Feb 19 2024
Kingdom Parenting—Feat. Marissa Burt and Rebekah Mui
Support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3  Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8  On This Week's Episode: Join Nick O’Brien and guests Marissa Burt and Rebekah Mui in a discussion on parenting, discipleship, and the challenges of navigating the various teachings and beliefs that have permeated Christian communities. As they explore personal experiences & perspectives, this conversation dives into the complexities of raising children, examining the impact of religious teachings around family dynamics.  We hope this conversation offers something for all to take away for their own parenting journey and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of discipleship in family life.  Find Rebekah and Kingdom Outpost here: Rebekah on Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/MuiRebekah Kingdom Outpost Website: https://kingdomoutpost.org/ Kingdom Outpost Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekingdomoutpost/ Kingdom Outpost YouTube: https://youtube.com/@KingdomOutpost?feature=shared Find Marissa Burt here: Twitter/X: https://twitter.com/MBurtwrites  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mburtwrites/  Website: https://marissaburt.com/ At Home with the Lectionary: https://athomewiththelectionary.com/ Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple   X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple   Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
Can you hear God?—Featuring John Carroll
Feb 5 2024
Can you hear God?—Featuring John Carroll
Support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3  Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8  Mentioned: The School of Kingdom Living: https://dwillard.org/the-school-of-kingdom-living Hearing God by Dallas Willard: https://dwillard.org/books/hearing-god On This Week's Episode: We're talking about hearing from God, how to discern God's voice from your own inner thoughts, and some of the experiences that can cause so many of us to wonder if we're actually hearing from God.  Full disclosure... We tried to have this conversation before. In fact, it's been recorded and still lives somewhere in the cloud. But it's not being published. In that episode, we were wrestling with this same idea and while it may have been helpful for us in our own personal growth, it wasn't going to be the most helpful conversation for the world.  We realized we weren't at a place of spiritual maturity ourselves to put to words this kind of incredibly intimate, universal and not universal, Christian experience: Hearing from God. We're incredibly grateful that John Carroll has offered to step into this conversation with us!  About Our Guest: John Carroll oversees the School of Kingdom Living. With a Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, John brings a unique blend of experience (11 years in business, 9 years in the local church) to Dallas Willard Ministries. Prior to joining DWM, John served for six years with James Bryan Smith at the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation, where he directed the finances and operations, including the Apprentice Experience. John has a shepherd's heart and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church. His great passion is for the two "ships" in life: DiscipleSHIP and RelationSHIP, which underscores the importance and purpose of the School of Kingdom Living. Find John Carroll Here: Twitter: https://twitter.com/John_Carroll321 Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple  X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple  Website: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
The One About ChatGPT—Feat. Jay Kim
Jan 15 2024
The One About ChatGPT—Feat. Jay Kim
Support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3  Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8  On This Week's Episode: Another of our favorites from 2023! Turns out ChatGPT, AI, and everything alike was not a fad… those conversations are here to stay. And how we approach that technology, the conversations we have, and how quickly we adopt or push it away form us more or less like Christ.  And as a result, Eric’s favorite from 2023 was this conversation from Jay Kim, a pastor in Silicon Valley that is also an author of some pretty incredible books. 10/10, highly recommended both Analog Church and Analog Christian.  About Jay Kim (from his website) Hi there. I’m Jay. I’m a follower of Jesus in the Silicon Valley of California. I serve as lead pastor at WestGate Church. I’m the author of Analog Church, Analog Christian, 40 Days through the Book: Colossians, and the forthcoming Listen Listen Speak. I’m also a contributing author to Before You Lose Your Faith, Red Skies, and the forthcoming Faithful Exiles and Upside Down Kingdom Study Bible. Some of my written work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, Missio Alliance, Outreach, and Relevant Magazine. I co-host Barna’s Making Space Podcast and Western Seminary’s ReGeneration Podcast. You can email me at jay@jaykimthinks.com about just about anything. You can also connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I’d love to hear from you! Find Jay Kim: Website: http://jaykimthinks.com/ Books: http://jaykimthinks.com/books Articles: http://jaykimthinks.com/writing  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaykimthinks X: https://twitter.com/jaykimthinks Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple  X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple  And last but not least, our website, check it out at: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message
Emotions & Spiritual Formation—Feat. Becky Castle Miller
Jan 8 2024
Emotions & Spiritual Formation—Feat. Becky Castle Miller
Support us on Patreon: https://bit.ly/3paiqn3  Listener Survey: https://forms.gle/vJcHEmLeKJgNPbgA8  On This Week's Episode: If you’ve been following The Living Room Disciple since the beginning, you may recall us having Becky Castle Miller on. Well, as we paused and reflected on our favorite conversations from 2023, this one was certainly in that mix. If you haven’t heard it yet, you’re in for a treat! This is a conversation exploring the idea of HUMAN emotion that Christ experienced.  If you have already heard this, we’d encourage you to listen again and reflect on this episode. As always, please share with a friend! About Our Guest (from her website) HI, I’M BECKY CASTLE MILLER.  Emotions are important to a healthy Christian life.  Jesus is our model for living in an emotionally vibrant way, yet many of us who want to follow him ended up learning in church to squash, distrust, and ignore our emotions. I’m learning new ways to understand and embrace our God-given emotions as disciples. I did my master’s at Northern Seminary studying with Scot McKnight where I wrote my thesis on Jesus’s emotions and the history of anti-emotionalism in Christian discipleship. I’m working on turning that thesis into a book. I’m currently working on a Ph.D. in New Testament at Wheaton College studying with Esau McCaulley. My dissertation is about emotions and discipleship in the Gospel of Luke. My family and I lived in the Netherlands for eight years where I served at an international church. We returned to the US in 2020. My husband and I have five kids and an elderly gentleman cat. Find Becky Castle Miller: Website: https://www.beckycastlemiller.com/ Substack: https://beckycastlemiller.substack.com/  X: https://twitter.com/bcastlemiller?s=20 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcastlemiller/  Find The Living Room Disciple: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thelivingroomdisciple/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLivingRoomDisciple  X: https://twitter.com/TLRDisciple  And last but not least, our website, check it out at: https://livingroomdisciple.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thelivingroomdisciple/message