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Episode 32 — Embracing Paradox with Jen Pollock Michel

Jen Pollock Michel is the award-winning author of Surprised by Paradox: The Promise of “And” in an Either-or World, Teach Us to Want, and Keeping Place. She writes widely for print and digital publications and travels to speak at churches, conferences, and retreats. Jen holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University. She is married to Ryan, and they have five children and live in Toronto. Jen joins me to kick off Season 3 of the Ordinary Faith Podcast to talk about the beauty of learning to live with the tensions of faith.

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On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - Twitter, Instagram, Website

Guests: Jen Pollock Michel - Website, Twitter

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon

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Episode 26 — Leaning Into Lent

The rise of social media over the past two decades has allowed everyday patterns and behaviors to take a prominent place in our collective awareness. Among the myriad subjects that are now fair game for this constant stream of informal content, spiritual disciplines can be shared for all the world to see. Practices associated with Lent, which not so long ago would have been carried out in relative solitude, are now consistently present across every social network. On this episode of the podcast, we take a closer look at the season of Lent: the traditions, the symbols, and the significance of this pivotal time in the Church calendar.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - Twitter, Instagram, Website

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon

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Episode 25 — Building Godly Young Men with Nick Dotti

Nick Dotti has always been a man among boys. When I first met Nick at a Christian wilderness camp for boys in the late 1990’s he was a giant physical specimen - a 6’4” slab of muscle preparing for the army. After serving 20 years in the military, most of which he spent as an Army Ranger in the U.S. Special Forces where he led and supported teams of warriors on intense post-9/11 combat missions, Nick retired and began asking God the question, “What’s next?” After a few months of obedience and trusting in God’s faithfulness, Nick’s life came full circle. He is now working as the Camp Director of Deerfoot Blue Ridge, a brand new location of the boys’ wilderness camp where so much of his story first took shape. On this episode of the podcast, Nick joins me to talk about what it means to live for something beyond ourselves, and the joys of finding God in the wildest places.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - Twitter, Instagram, Website

Guests: Nick Dotti - Instagram

Resources:

  • Deerfoot Lodge - Since 1930, Deerfoot has been building godly men in Christ-centered community through wilderness camping.

Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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Episode 21 — Grace and Nuance with Pantsuit Politics

In a day where politics and religion are often reduced to talking points and finger pointing, is it even possible to engage the conversation in meaningful ways? Sarah Steward Holland and Beth Silvers, co-hosts of the popular podcasts, Pantsuit Politics and The Nuanced Life, think so. With a combination of both grace and intellect that is too often absent in political discourse these days, Sarah (from the left) and Beth (from the right) have made it their mission to talk about meaningful things in meaningful ways, while still choosing gentleness and patience above all. On this episode of the Ordinary Faith Podcast, Sarah and Beth join me to talk about the ways faith and politics mirror and shape one another, and how their new book, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening), can give us all a framework from which we can enter the political landscape while keeping our relationships - and our sanity - in tact.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - Twitter, Instagram, Website

Guests: Sarah Stewart Holland - Website, Instagram; Beth Silvers - Website, Instagram

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon

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Episode 18 — Facing Fear with Scarlet Hiltibidal

Growing up in the green room of SNL, being born to a fire-eater and adopted by a SWAT cop, having internal organs explode, and adopting a deaf girl from China, Scarlet Hiltibidal has been given some strange life experiences—and lived in fear through most of them.

But life changed for Scarlet when she learned to hold the gospel up to her fears and realized that though she can't fix herself or protect herself. Jesus walked into this broken, sad, scary place to rescue, love, and cast out her—and your—fear.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Scarlet Hiltibidal - Website, Instagram

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon

Episode 16 — Advent: Repeat the Sounding Joy

We continue Season 2 of the Ordinary Faith Podcast by journeying through Advent together. Week 3 of Advent focuses in on the joy that is ours when we discover that Christ has come - and that He is coming again. Join us as we prepare the way for Christmas celebration together!


On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram, Facebook

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Advent Resources:

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon

Episode 13 — Season 1 Finale

Season 1 of the Ordinary Faith Podcast has been an absolute joy! We’ve talked to some amazing guests, we’ve learned to find God at work in the little things by looking at “What’s Good,” and we’ve embraced the journey of pursuing ordinary faith in God’s extraordinary grace. In this bonus episode, Dan looks back on what we’ve discovered in Season 1, and looks ahead to what’s next with Season 2.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram, Facebook

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Become a Patron: Ordinary Faith Patreon

Episode 12 — Hope and Reason with Elise Hurd

Due to some deep wounds, self-hatred, and lots of stubborn pride, Elise intentionally turned away from God for several years as a young adult. Self-harm, drinking, drugs, promiscuity, abortion... she gave herself over to it all. But God intervened and brought restoration and redemption to a life that was on the run from Him. Now married with a house full of children, Elise is a writer and faith coach who helps others remember God’s faithfulness and equips them with confidence so they will "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks to give the reason for the hope that you have." 

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Elise Hurd - Website, Instagram

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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Episode 10 — Losing the Cape with Dan Stanford

Dan Stanford is the senior pastor of The Well church in Kenosha, WI.  The church started more than 12 years ago as an independent church plant in his living room with 12 people and now holds 2 services in their own church building. In February 2018, Dan released his first book, Losing the Cape: the Power of Ordinary in a World Full of Superheroes. The book looks at the life of faithful obedience to Christ through the lens of our culture’s fascination with superheroes. On this episode of the podcast, Dan joins me to talk about the fact that “with great power comes responsibility.”

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Dan Stanford - website, Instagram

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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Episode 09 — Grafted In with Michelle Wuesthoff

Michelle Wuesthoff is an author and faith coach with a passion for adoption. Her first book, Grafted In, details her journey of discovering comfort and confidence in Christ through the spirit of adoption. Michelle has five children: one biological, two adopted from Korea, and two adopted from Uganda. In this episode, I talk with Michelle about brokenness, obedience, and how she is becoming whole through a new understanding of God as Father. Grafted In releases on September 18, 2018.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Michelle Wuesthoff - Facebook, Instagram, Website

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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Episode 08 - Amy and Hunter Cooper

In June of 2017, Hunter Cooper was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to take a year away from middle school to undergo aggressive treatment and recovery. Through the whole process, the Cooper family maintained a steady faith and learned to trust God in new ways. Their journey was a harrowing one, and it is not yet over, but they have discovered extraordinary grace and mercy through the trials. In this episode Hunter and his mother, Amy, sit down with me to share their story.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Amy and Hunter Cooper - Facebook

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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Episode 07 - Nathaniel Price

On this episode I talk with my friend Nathaniel Price about worship, obedience, and the body of Christ. After serving the local church as a pastor for many years, Nathaniel recently resigned to lead a non-profit organization committed to serving the people of Scott County, Kentucky.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Nathaniel Price - Facebook

Resources: Transform Scott County - website

Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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Episode 06 - Erin Hogan

In this episode, I sit down with my friend Erin Hogan to talk about what it means to literally give yourself away. We discuss disappointment, forgiveness, and how God called her to become a kidney donor. 

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Erin Hogan - Facebook, Instagram

Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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Episode 05 - Leah Libresco

In this episode, I sit down with author Leah Libresco to talk about her journey of faith. We discuss Catholicism and community, art and the Psalms, and the ways in which we find healing and meaning within the context of relationships. Leah's new book, Building the Benedict Option, is now available and gives a practical guide to incorporating practices of faith into organic community.

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On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Leah Libresco - Website, Twitter

Resources:

Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon

 

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The Level Up Challenge

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Episode 04 - Bryan Taylor

Bryan is the best (and only) pharmacist/writer I know. A native Kentuckian, he currently lives in Frankfort, KY, where he doles out prescriptions by day and pursues his dream of writing by night. Bryan was married for five years before his late wife, Kailen, passed away from breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 25. In February 2018, he published a memoir about Kailen and her journey. On this episode, Bryan sits down with me to talk about love, grief, and the beauty found in between.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Bryan Taylor - Website, Instagram

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Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon

Episode 03 - Natalie Gwyn

Natalie Gwyn proudly claims the title of World’s Okayest Mom as she raises six children with her high school sweetheart. In between laundry and carpool, she is a contributing writer for Huffington Post, Guideposts, and The Today Show. Natalie joins us to talk about finding peace in the present, the hard road of obedience, and how adoption doubled her family and changed her life.

On This Episode

Host: Dan Jackson - TwitterInstagram

Co-host: LaShawn Barber - TwitterInstagram

Guest: Natalie Gwyn - Website, Instagram

Resources:

Music provided by: Łegacies - Instagram

Listener Support: Ordinary Faith on Patreon


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The Greatest Showman