Episode 22, The AWP: Theology-What’s Your Knowledge of God?

Episode 22, The AWP: Theology-What’s Your Knowledge of God?

What you believe (or don’t believe) about God says a lot about the quality and direction of your life.

It also has some pretty outstanding eternal consequences.

My main preoccupation here as I interview Dr. Vance Gardner-Doctor of surgery, clinical studies and of course, Theology-is to get at the question of why people have left the church.

But I start from one major premise and that is this:

Every human being on this planet is born with a sense of the divine. This sense is instilled form within (our biological DNA) and without (the natural world around us).

So from this position, the question becomes really interesting: why don’t you believe in the God of the Bible or his local Church?

Here is the link to the show:

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Are you suppressing the innate knowledge of God within and around you?

Why or why not?

Because you find the Bible offensive?

Because you find the example of so-called Christians detestable?

Or maybe because you have been personally hurt by the Church or someone who bears the name of Jesus…

As you can see this topic is transcendent as well as deeply personal!

References:
-Disappearing Church by Mark Sayers
-This Cultural Moment podcast by John Mark Comer
-Deuteronomy 30:11
-Romans 1

Episode 21, The AWP: Finding Meaning in Your Work Through Hearing the Voice of God

Episode 21, The AWP: Finding Meaning in Your Work Through Hearing the Voice of God

We’ve all struggled with feeling lost, bored or devoid of mission at our work.

Whether you’re a CEO or stay-at-home mom, we’ve all been there.

But what if God had so much more for you in terms of your life’s work?

Regardless of the type of work, job, industry or position and regardless of how many times you changed jobs… what if there was one constant?

What if you could be in communication with God minute over minute, everyday at your work regardless of the task or mission?

The conviction of this episode is that you can hear from God from all sorts of crazy sources/inputs/channels AND…

That hearing from God/communicating with God on a daily basis is essential for finding true and lasting meaning in your life’s work!

Links I’ve referenced are:

  • Pete Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Leadership Podcast
  • Mark Sayers quote “we want a kingdom without a king” (from Disappearing Church)
  • Brother Lawrence’s book-The Practice of the Presence of God
  • Ravi Zacharis’ the four fundamental questions

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Episode 20, The Applebee Way Podcast: Lent (From Status Quo to Apocalypse)

Episode 20, The Applebee Way Podcast: Lent (From Status Quo to Apocalypse)

Haven’t you ever wondered what the real meaning is behind our so-called religious Holidays?

For me, Lent and Ash Wednesday are up there in terms of asking how it all began and what they really mean today.

Have they lost their meaning?

Have they become religious check box items?

OR is there power to transform us still inherent in these archaic faith traditions?

Eugene Peterson once described this church calendar season as evoking the urgency of the apocalypse within us…

I don’t know about you, but that’s a passion that I am after in my faith and worldview.

I hope you enjoy and learn from today’s episode!

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Episode 15 The AWP: Mastering the Art of The Ask

Episode 15 The AWP: Mastering the Art of The Ask

Every single day we contract with people and don’t know it.

How many of you have said at one point or another:

I didn’t sign on for that…” or 

“they got me doing something different now then when I was hired…” or 

“I switched roles and thought we agreed to this, but I spend most of my time over here…”???

THE BASIS OF TODAY’S CONVERSATION (DON’T MISS THIS SIMPLE TRUTH): 

There is always a conversation going on beneath the surface of what we agree to in our relationships-family, professional and romantic. So we need to get this right!

Mastering the Ask includes two things:
1, PASSION
2, CLARITY

Parenting PRO-TIP:
The real breakfast of champions = Feedback
The key = form your kids toward the people you hope they become!

Application Question #1: What are the terms and did we every really agree?!
Application Question #2: Why don’t we contract/ask well? A, lazy? B, don’t care? Or C, Don’t know how… diagnosis yourself.

Challenge:
#1 write down a bullet point list of 5 tangible & time-based responsibilities of the agreement
#2 schedule a review meeting with the person you most need to contract with (for the first time!) or re-contract with!

Sources:
Patrick Lencioni: Hungry, Humble and Smart https://www.tablegroup.com/imo/media/doc/IdealTeamPlayerSelfAsssesment(11)NEW.pdf
QBQ Book: https://www.amazon.com/QBQ-Question-Behind-Practicing-Accountability/dp/014305709X
Dan Reiland: trust as follow through https://danreiland.com/7-subtle-ways-to-erode-trust-as-a-leader/

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Episode 14 The AWP: Where Do We Go For Answers?

Episode 14 The AWP: Where Do We Go For Answers?

Google? Siri? Alexa? Where do we go for the most profound questions in life?

Our parents, teachers, books, news/music/culture… have all probably had a formative hand in the shaping of our assumptions, biases and overall worldview.

Is that all there is?

Is the Bible still relevant for the issues and struggles of our time? And could it speak authoritatively into the questions that matter most to us?

The point is that we all carry a set of assumptions and beliefs into the relationships, decisions and conversations of everyday life. What we believe impacts all that we do!

So this questions matters A LOT!

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Two points to consider are:

1. CONSIDER GOD’S VOICE AND THE TRUTH OF HIS WORD

+The Bible is culturally relevant and morally sound… test it first, believe it second!

2. TAKE MEANINGFUL ACTION ON WHAT YOU FIND

+We cannot separate belief from action…

Application:

  • Practice an immersion experience to check your current set of assumptions and beliefs to make sure it stands the test of time…
  • Have people over who view the world differently than you do
  • Take a bus ride to a different part of town
  • Take a city college class on a subject that you disagree with