Episode 14

Confessions About Being a Dad

Show Notes

We are excited to offer today’s podcast as a gift to men and the women who love them. Steve Smith and Joe Chambers sit down and share their true confessions of being fathers. They share the good, the bad and the beautiful, as well as the brutal, in their journey to being fathers. They explore the “waking up” of their own souls, as well as the souls of their children and wives. It’s an honest conversation that will invite you to the courageous parts of your own story and inspire you to live out your fathering from the heart.

As a special gift, we’re offering you a free download of a marvelous chapter in Steve’s book for men—The Transformation of a Man’s Heart published by Inter Varsity Press. Dr. Ross Campbell, a Christian psychiatrist, wrote this chapter for the book on being fathers. It’s free and listed in the Resource section below.

Our staff is taking a break this summer - enjoy your summer and time with your family, and we will see you in August!

  

FREE RESOURCE

  • “The Transformation of a Man’s Parenting” by Dr. Ross CampbellFree Download of Chapter from the book The Transformation of a Man’s Heart

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST


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Episode 13

Becoming the Beloved

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In our heads, we know that being is more important than doing. But the reality of our day-to-day life is that we easily drift into a performance-based relationship with God and others. Jesus modeled a different way to live. In today’s episode, we learn how Jesus lived a life that began with acceptance by his Heavenly Father and ended by achieving more than any human being ever has. He has shown us the way---living as the beloved of God.

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Episode 12

Cultivating Daily Shalom:  Using the Daily Examen

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The art of reflecting on our day is almost a lost art in our busy and over-committed life. However, in this week’s podcast, Steve explores an ancient spiritual exercise called The Daily Examen. In this podcast, Steve walks us through five easy steps used to reflect back upon our day, to see where God was in our midst that we might have missed because of our busyness, and to foster a heart of gratitude.

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

Moment to Breathe: Matthew 11: 28-30 (MSG)

Five Steps to the Daily Examen

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Episode 11

Discernment: The Journey to Discover God’s Will

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All of us are looking to discover God’s will. We all need clarity in making decisions. This exciting conversation between Steve and Father Tim Corbley unpacks spiritual discernment, defined as the art of finding clarity. Through discernment, our goal is to “find God in all things.”  Father Tim was Steve Smith’s spiritual guide for year long journey Steve took in 2017, called The Ignatian Exercises. This conversation is like listening to two seasoned souls talk of deep things. 

Four Movements of the Ignatian Exercises

  1. The first movement concentrates on how much we are loved by God, how he thinks of us as his beloved.

  2. The second movement is a realization of our sin. The Ignatian tradition defines sin not as morality based but based on our ability to hear God. As we are more attuned to God, we hear his plan for us and are given discernment on the decisions we must make.

  3. The third movement is about how our desire to please God is the will of God; our surrender to Gods voice is freedom. Living with open hands and knowing that God will open the way gently. 

  4. The final movement is about Holy Indifference… the act of surrender. Holding your hands out and up without clinching and grabbing or holding on. 

 Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Corbley I.V. Dei

The Reverend Doctor Timothy Corbley was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in May 1993 and is a co-founder of Heart of God Hermitage, a contemplative center of spirituality near Woodland Park Colorado. He brings with him a passion for helping others to grow more deeply in their spiritual lives. Fr. Timothy has ministered in a variety of settings. He has served the people of God as a pastor, hospital chaplain, teacher of pastoral care, retreat director, preacher of parish missions, and is a trained spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition. Fr. Timothy’s current passion is providing spiritual guidance, pastoral care, and leadership to the faithful of Teller County Catholic Community.


RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

Moment to Breathe: Merton Prayer

Sleeping with Bread by Matthew Linn, Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn

Finding my own GPS for my Soul (or Why I spent a year of my life doing the Ignatian Exercises) - blog post by Stephen Smith


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Episode 10

Exploring Dignity of the Soul

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In this episode, Steve speaks with Mel Lawrenz, former lead pastor of Elmwood Church and the author of the book “Time of Dignity.” Together they delve into the question “How do you define Dignity?”  In the process they discuss inherent worth and the assaults that are eroding our basic sense of dignity and worth: illness, aging, bureaucracy, technology, and busyness. It’s a discussion that will challenge you to think about the universal truth of the Genesis account, how that truth is violated all the time in our culture, and the ultimate truth that all people matter.

Featured RESOURCE

A Time for Dignity: Crisis and Gospel Today by Mel Lawrenz

RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

Moment to Breathe: A Prayer for Uplifting Human Dignity

The Contemporary Christian by John Stott

The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

David Benner Resources

Henry Nouwan Resources

Unbroken: An Extraordinary True Story of Courage and Survival (Story of Louis Zamperini) by Laura Hillenbrand

The Universal declaration of human rights (1948)

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Episode 9

The Story of Potter’s Inn

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In 2000, Steve and Gwen Smith moved their family, their work, and their geography to begin living out what was happening in their inner lives. Potter’s Inn was the result of that shift.  Dustin Hibbard sits down with Steve and Gwen to discuss how a point of personal crisis was the beginning of Potter’s Inn, and how the question, “what is the abundant life?” would be the catalyst for their healing… from the inside out. They share how that healing helped to redefine their success, redefine their rolls, and helped them relax and learn to live in the rhythms of Jesus Christ, leading to a daring adventure called Potter’s Inn.


RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

Moment to Breathe reading: Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NIV)

More about the Vision of Potter’s Inn: The Birth of a Third Space

Recommended Resources & Practices

Potter’s Inn Bookstore

Soul Care Institute

About Dallas Willard: dwillard.org

Book by Dallas Willard: The Divine Conspiracy

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Episode 8

Not Just for Sunday, Part 2

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Rejoin Kaylene and Gwen for Part 2 of their conversation about Sabbath Keeping. Gwen gets practical, but maybe not in the way you’d expect. In this approach to the practice of Sabbath Keeping you will have permission to struggle with the “how.” You’ll also learn how to set up your family for Sabbath success, and how to create a Sabbath culture in your family and lifestyle.  Sabbath is not just a switch that gets flipped on Sunday, it’s a whole new way of being in the world.

 

Resources mentioned in the podcast

View and Download: A Sabbath Poem by Stephen W. Smith

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Episode 7

Not Just For Sunday, Part 1

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Co-host Kaylene Derksen sits down with Gwen Smith to spend some more time discussing what it means to be a Sabbath keeper. Gwen re-emphasizes God’s intention with Sabbath: to delight over us and His creation. Ask yourself, why does God delight in me? If your answer has something to do with the work you do or what you do for God then listen to this interview for a new and freeing perspective!


Resources mentioned in the podcast

Prayer to Welcome the Sabbath” from Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals


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Episode 6

God's Design For Our Dilemma

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In this episode we are treated to a special preview of the Potter’s Inn Soul Care Institute where Gwen Smith teaches on Sabbath Keeping: God’s Design For Our Dilemma. The discussion includes the origin of Sabbath, why we feel so much guilt concerning Sabbath, and why God gave us Sabbath in the first place. Gwen also introduces her 4 Pillars of Sabbath:

  1. Rhythm - Sabbath is God’s built-in way of giving us rhythm in our lives instead of just running full-steam continuously.

  2. Protection - In a sense, Sabbath protects us from ourselves and the violence that we inflict on ourselves, driving ourselves to work harder and harder. Sabbath gives us rest.

  3. Joy, Delight, and Celebration - Sabbath is a blessed and holy day, when God rests in His creation and He delights and celebrates in you.

  4. Belovedness - Taken altogether, Sabbath is a reminder that we are beloved by a good and gracious God who truly cares for us and our well-being.


Resources mentioned in the podcast

Soul Care Institute program information

The 4 Pillars of Sabbath Drawing

“Trough” poem by Judy Sorum Brown View here.

The Sea Accepts All Rivers and Other Poems by Judy Sorum Brown

For more on Judy Sorum Brown, her poems, books and other work, please see https://www.judysorumbrown.com/books

Article by Parker Palmer, The Self inflicted Violence of Over-Work

Free Resource for Download: The Sabbath Reader


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Episode 5

Three Core Questions of Every Soul

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In this episode we join Steve and Gwen for two sessions of their Soul Care 101 course recorded at the retreat center known as Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge. Enjoy this fireside conversation with pops and crackles from the fireplace, as they examine the three core questions of every soul. In the first session they talk about:

Question 1 - Am I Loved?

Every person everywhere wants to know if they are loved. Some (or all) of us may have love wounds where we either didn’t get the love we needed or we looked for love in all the wrong places. Learn what it means to be beloved and how to rest in the truth of God’s love for us.

In the second session they discuss:

Question 2 - Am I Safe?

What fears do we carry with us that shape us? How do these fears affect our image of God? If we don’t feel safe how does that affect how we relate to others? Also it’s good to ask, am I a safe person? Do I listen to others or am I quick to judge?


Question 3 - Do I Belong?   

It is evident from an early age that we all want to belong to a group, a community. Where are we finding our safe community? Is it the right place? Are we able to be our true selves there or do we feel that we have to act or look a certain way? Do we change our behavior depending on where we are or who we are with?


Resources mentioned in the podcast

Download a Study Guide for Question 1 and Questions 2 and 3

Soul Care 101 Course: Purchase here at the Potter’s Inn Bookstore

Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 7:7-9

Moment to Breathe: The Inner Voice by Henri Nouwen. Read the excerpt here.


Other Books Mentioned

Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? by John Powell


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Episode 4

The Body-Soul Connection with Dr. Randy James, Part 2

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Join Steve and Gwen for Part 2 of their interview with Dr. Randy James as he dives into the 4 cornerstones of his functional medicine practice: input, output, recovery, and relationships.

Input: Input definitely has to do with nutrition, but it’s also a lot more than that. Think about what is going into your eyes and ears as well.

Output: It’s easy to think of output from a “health” perspective as simply exercise, but it’s also more than that. When it comes to how your body and soul are connected consider what you are putting your time and money towards and find out what “spending vulnerability” means in the podcast.

Recovery: Sleep is our most obvious form of recovery, but we were made for much more than just giving our bodies a break. How is your soul resting and what role does sabbath play in a healthy body and soul?

Relationships: In the conventional care of our bodies this aspect of our lives is probably the most consistently ignored or under-examined. It’s important to ask yourself, not only about your physical self, but how are you doing with your inner-self? Do you have a good relationship with the voice inside your head? What about your relationship with God or your spouse?

Listen to Part 2 of our episode on the Body-Soul Connection to learn more.


Links and resources mentioned in the podcast

Slow Me Down Lord poem attributed to Orin Crain: View Here

Download a worksheet on defining true life and the 4 cornerstones.


Other Books Mentioned

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time by Arianna Huffington


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Episode 3

The Body-Soul Connection with Dr. Randy James, Part 1

Show Notes

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body” - C.S. Lewis

We invite you to join Steve and Gwen in this two part interview with Dr. Randy James, a family practice doctor who specializes and is certified in functional medicine. Learn more about the functional medicine approach to well-being and the difference between treating symptoms and treating the body as an integrated whole, which includes the soul. You’ll hear about nutrition of course, but don’t be surprised if you also start hearing about what you watch on TV, scroll through on your smartphone, or the negative self-talk that you hear everyday. These ideas all get wrapped together in Dr. James 4 cornerstones: input, output, recovery, and relationships, which you will learn more about in Episode 4.  


Links and resources mentioned in the podcast

Awakening as the Beloved poem by Symeon the Theologian: View Here

How Is Functional Medicine Different?

Download a worksheet on defining true life and the 4 cornerstones.


Other Books Mentioned

An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor


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Episode 2

What is Soul Care?

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Join co-hosts Steve Smith and Joe Chambers as they give more definition to what soul care is and how it relates to icebergs and the Brooklyn Bridge! Steve Smith shows us the stress of living divided lives and lays out the importance of caring for all aspects of the human experience: physical, emotional, relational, vocational, and spiritual. Plus enjoy an interview with Joe Walters, head of the Soul Care Institute and learn how you can take part in a 2 year journey to better soul health.

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST

Understanding the Soul with Icebergs: View and Download Here

Article: Five Reasons Soul Care Matters by Stephen W. Smith: View and Download Here

Poem: For One Who Is Exhausted by John O’Donohue. This poem is available in his book To Bless The Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. Learn more about John O’Donohue at www.johnodonohue.com

BOOKS RECOMMENDED

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander by Thomas Merton

Building Below the Waterline: Shoring Up the Foundations of Leadership by Gordon MacDonald

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Episode 1

Introducing Potter’s Inn Soul Care Conversations

Show Notes

Our team is excited to launch this Pilot Episode of the new podcast from Potter’s Inn! Listen now as we gathered around the lunch table to discuss our hopes and dreams for this podcast. Then, hear a excerpts of conversations we had in making future episodes: Kaylene and Gwen talk about Sabbath Keeping, Gwen discussed the importance of our individual story, Steve and Gwen interview Dr. Randy James about the Body-Soul connection, Steve sits with Scott Stearman, a sculpture, as they unpack the shaping of our souls, and Dustin chats heart-to-heart with Kevin Miller, a friend and host of the Ziglar Show Podcast. Finally, we introduce a “Moment to Breath,” which will be contemplative opportunity in each episode to listen to a poem, story, or reading to reflect on. Today, Joe Chambers reads the poem Fire by Judy Brown.

Links and resources mentioned in the podcast

Fire poem by Judy Brown: View Here

For more on Judy Sorum Brown, her poems, books and other work, please see http://www.judysorumbrown.com/

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