Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

Three of My Favorite Podcasts

I love to listen to podcasts when I workout in the mornings and as I go through the day (I usually have one going every time I get in the car by myself). Of the more than 3 dozen I subscribe to, here are 3 of my favorites:

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Your turn… What are some of your favorite podcasts to listen to?

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Three Books That Will Help You Care for Your Soul

Caring for our soul is the most important thing a person should do. Notice the significance Dallas Willard places on the soul:

What is running your life at any given moment is your soul. Not external circumstances, or your thoughts, or your intentions, or even your feelings, but your soul. The soul is that aspect of your whole being that correlates, integrates, and enlivens everything going on in the various dimensions of the self. It is the life-center of the human being. It regulates whatever is occurring in each of those dimensions and how they interact with each other and respond to surrounding events in the overall governance of your life.

Our soul is like an inner stream of water, which gives strength, direction, and harmony to every other element of our life. When that stream is as it should be, we are constantly refreshed and exuberant in all we do, because our soul itself is then profusely rooted in the vastness of God and his kingdom, including nature; and all else within us is enlivened and directed by that stream. — Renovation of the Heart

With that in mind, here are 3 books (including the one referenced above) that will help you better care for your soul:

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Erich’s notes about these 3 books…

  • You absolutely must read every thing Willard has written. In this book, Dallas outlines the  general pattern of changes in the six key aspects of a person’s life (thought, feeling, will, body, social context, and soul). You can find more great resources by Dallas here: Dallas Willard Ministries
  • Outside of the Bible, Soul Keeping by John Ortberg is the second most significant book I’ve read to date (The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard is number 1). You can connect with John and his resources here: John Ortberg
  • I had the chance to meet Mindy Caliguire at a recent Groups Conference. Her 2 classes focused on the importance of Soul Care. You can connect with Mindy and her resources here: SoulCare

Your turn… What are some other resources you’ve found helpful on this topic?

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Three Forces That Shape Character by @MichaelHyatt

This will be my last post for a few weeks (I plan to resume after the Holidays but probably not until early February as I’ll be tied up with planning a big Men’s Conference with Donald Miller and Bob Goff). So, as I close out this year I thought you would be blessed with some thoughts from a recent Leadership Podcast by Michael Hyatt. This episode focuses on the 3 forces that shape character. I’ll mention them here and encourage you to go and check out the complete episode (by the way, if you don’t already follow Michael Hyatt; do yourself a favor and start today — he consistently provides great resources focusing on Intentional Leadership).

There are three forces that shape who we are at the core of our being:

  1. The input we consume.
  2. The relationships we pursue.
  3. The habits we acquire.

Your turn… You can listen to, watch, or read the transcript from this podcast here. What resonates with you from this podcast?

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 6, Part 2

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 more powerful principles from lesson 6, Becoming More Alive Than Ever:

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Your turn… Spend some time reflecting on these thoughts as you go through this day. What resonates with you the most?

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 6, Part 1

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 powerful principles from lesson 6, Becoming More Alive Than Ever:

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 5, Part 2

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 more powerful principles from lesson 5, It Is Better to Give AND Receive:

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 5, Part 1

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 powerful principles from lesson 5, It Is Better to Give AND Receive:

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Your turn… Spend some time reflecting on these thoughts as you go through this day. What resonates with you the most?

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 4, Part 2

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 more powerful principles from lesson 4, Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out):

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 4, Part 1

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 powerful principles from lesson 4, Overcoming FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out):

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Your turn… Spend some time reflecting on these thoughts as you go through this day. What resonates with you the most?

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Three Principles from Rob Bell’s eCourse | Lesson 3, Part 2

Here is another post in a series focusing on this eCourse, Rob Bell’s Practical Guide to Finding Joy and Meaning In Everyday Life:

Here are 3 more powerful principles from lesson 3, Uncover the Story Behind Your Story:

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