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?
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.
Sometimes I hear someone’s story and I am astounded how people can possibly come out of those circumstances. Diane went through a period of profound loss and grief, it seems like everything was taken from her. But in the process she rediscovers God – a personal God. And even in that time of terrible loss, she finds the courage to give to others a gift of life. Diane’s story brought tears of sadness and joy at the same time, and I pray it will encourage you to look beyond yourself – just like Diane did.