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.
Sometimes you just never know when a good conversation is gonna happen. The other day just a mundane treadmill workout at the local gym led to a deep conversation with my friend who was running on the treadmill next to me. As she started sharing her thoughts on God we stumbled on some deep thoughts about how we view God, how He speaks to us, and how relevant He is on a day to day level. I thought I had some great ideas here for my next podcast episode and asked Ines to record our conversation the next week. But as we started recording, we stumbled on even deeper ideas as Ines shared about some really traumatic experiences she had as a teenager and how she carries those burdens as something given to her by God to bear…… wow, what a conversation we end up having. I invite you to listen in – episode 20, where real life and faith collide.
We all know we will die someday, but for most of us it seems so distant. Until one day you are in your doctor’s office and you get the diagnosis. Some of those conversations lead to hope and a will to fight, but others offer no hope for recovery. What would you do if you know the end was so close? In this episode meet Anne, who finds herself face to face with a terminal diagnosis – but she does have a hope which for some of us may be hard to imagine. I hope this episode causes you to reflect on your own mortality and the one who gives us life here on earth, but also for all of eternity.