Whenever I get an opportunity to have a great conversation with a “local” hero – I jump at it. So when Gill Tillman took me up on my request to have her interviewed on my podcast I was so excited. I find Gill so inspiring – she seems to always go above and beyond for our community. In so many ways she embodies what Jesus would do. So I wanted to know if there was a spiritual angle to Gill and her desire to help people – where did that come from, what continues to motivate her today and how does she see the spiritual side of her influencing the practical, helping side? Find out more as we talk about these things and more. You’ll love Gill’s story.
When our faith is strong and grounded it can shock us when we need it most. When there’s every reason to cry and scream in sadness or anger, God brings that proverbial peace that passes understanding. This peace can only be understood when you are in the middle of receiving it. Jay and Steph’s story is a heart-wrenching story. I hope you listen to it and reflect on your own faith for a moment. It’s impossible to imagine how we might react in similar circumstances – but may it cause us to reflect on how we react in day to day events, so that if God ever puts us into a much bigger and deeper moment we will automatically turn to Him for all we need when we need Him most.
Hey everyone, welcome to episode 28! I’ve really enjoyed tackling the topic of people journeying from one faith perspective to another. Here I connect with Jared who came from Mormonism to mainstream Christianity. I wonder, is that change a 90 degree turn or a complete 180? What better way to find out than to talk to someone who has come through that experience! Jared is open and honest as he shares his life story with us – a wonderfully candid and open discussion of the ups and downs and the joy he finds in his spiritual life.
In this episode I share with you Robert Singh’s story. Robert grew up in an intellectual Hindu family. His pursuit for truth and faith eventually led him to find Christ. As someone who has always grown up in a pre-dominantly Christian culture, I’m always fascinated by what draws people from other faiths to accept Jesus. How does the story of Jesus intersect with the Hindu story? How hard is it to leave one way of life which belongs to your family, and follow a new path? Find out how it happened for Robert.
Welcome to the 26th episode of Intersection. It’s been a year since we launched Intersection! I’m happy today to sit down with Matt Miles from The Meeting House in Ontario, Canada and talk about his response to being called from a career in the corporate world to a career with the church he loves. To do so he had to challenge accepting the status quo and take a risk – or what he refers to as “challenging the inertia”. We then talk church – and what he sees as his vision for the church in our current culture. I am certain you will come away with some challenging thoughts – are you being called to challenge the inertia?
Meet Cori, a woman of remarkable faith and with an incredible journey. How would you respond to tragedy? Would you blame God or eventually come to see the good in even the most heartbreaking circumstances? Cori found comfort through God in a mysterious and beautiful way – showing us once again that we should never limit God and how He might reveal Himself to us when we need Him most.
If there’s something that’s dominated the news cycle over the past year, it’s the US election. Unfortunately it’s been a polarizing and divisive issue. As a Canadian I try to make sense of it, and as a Christian it’s difficult to understand how someone with President’s Trump’s personality resonates so much with evangelical Christians. So instead of giving up, I jumped on a great opportunity to actually sit down with someone who is right in the middle of this. Leesa Donner is a US journalist and a Christian. She support the current administration. So of course she’s someone I want to talk to, to understand and listen to. I don’t want to debate her, I just want to find out why she believes what she believes – without judgment – as one human being to another. I hope our dialogue inspires you to reach across the great political divide – whatever side you are on – and listen to someone else’s perspective. (*P.S: my apologies for the quality of our Skype conversation – we had a poor connection, but I wanted to preserve the spontaneity of our first conversation. I think you’ll enjoy this episode nonetheless.)
It’s funny how sometimes we discover God through the most serendipitous circumstances. Julian was just going about his business when he was working his daytime job at the local theater. Meanwhile a local church was just going about its business at the local theater too. As he watched the church setting up week in and week out it was no wonder that he would lean in every once in a while to find out what these people were all about. What he discovered has renewed his life and passion for God and the local church and given him that all-important sense of belonging which has given him a new lease on life. Find out how it all happened when I talk to Julian in episode 23. I think it will inspire you to know that sometimes it’s not the messages or the music at church which initially catch people’s attention.
Life can be a drag, and for Justin – he was dragged right down to the bottom. And when he wasn’t even looking for God in his life of substance abuse and drug trips, God literally rescued him from the depths of that experience. And while it wasn’t smooth sailing the whole way out of that life, God has brought Justin to a new life in Him. Now a committed Christian following Jesus passionately, his life is better than he could ever have imagined. I think this episode will inspire you, or you give you hope, that no matter how far away from God you are, God wants to rescue you.
In this episode I have a really frank and honest discussion with James Shelley – a former pastor who grew up in a Christian home. James started questioning basic tenets of the Christian faith as a teenager and always had doubts even as he pursued a career in the ministry. But the doubts eventually led to a belief that proving God, or really any faith system for that matter, was impossible. We talk about the inner conflict that this caused for James and how he has come to terms with it. Could you have an open conversation with someone who has walked away from the faith you hold so dear?