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The Vision For Life Podcast

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Episode 108 | Faithful Presence, Part 4: Technology

November 30, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Tim Buttrill, Hunter Beaumont

Resources mentioned in this episode: Praxis Labs Rule Of Life (http://rule.http://praxislabs.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/rol-in-one-page.pdf) Denver Institute For Faith & Work (https://denverinstitute.org)

Episode 107 | Faithful Presence, Part 3: Realty & Restaurants

November 23, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont, Jeff Cazer

Episode 106 | Faithful Presence, Part 2: Law & Politics

November 16, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont, Alex Harris

Vocation is integral to God’s design for human flourishing. We were created to work and created to worship, and the routines of church and work coexist to form us. Our worship rightly orients our work and teaches us, in the words of Jesus, to “remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” What is the impact of a life, grounded in Christ, as it enters the world of work? Autumn and Hunter are joined by special guest Alex Harris, an attorney and former Supreme Court clerk, to discuss the legal profession, the judiciary, and the impact of faithful, grounded presence in this realm of work. Resources mentioned in this episode: "A Non-Anxious Presence: How a Changing and Complex World Will Create a Remnant of Renewed Christian Leaders" by Mark Sayers http://(https://amazon.com/dp/0802428576https://amazon.com/dp/0802428576) "Why Liberalism Failed" by Patrick Deneen http://(https://amazon.com/dp/0300240023https://amazon.com/dp/0300240023)

Episode 105 | Faithful Presence, Part 1: Education

November 9, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Jill Anschutz, Hanna Skandera

Vocation is integral to God’s design for human flourishing. We were created to work and created to worship, and the routines of church and work coexist to form us. Our worship rightly orients our work and teaches us, in the words of Jesus, to “remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” What is the impact of a life, grounded in Christ, as it enters the world of work? In part one of this five-part series considering particular sectors of the marketplace and the necessity of faithful presence within that context, special guests Hannah and Jill join Autumn to discuss the state of education in America today and the significance of education and educators.

Episode 104 | VFL Reads: 6 Ways Christians Can Respond To Our Strange New World, Part 2

November 2, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont

In a recent article entitled “6 Ways Christians Can Respond to Our Strange New World,” Carl Trueman posits that new notions of selfhood and growing hostility toward long-held Christian beliefs and values are forcing us to reckon with and navigate a “strange new world.” Autumn and Hunter discuss four, five, and six of the six directives Trueman lays out in the article, as follows: 4) Shape intuitions through biblical worship, 5) Retrieve natural law and the theology of the body, and 6) Live in realistic hope. Resources mentioned in this episode: "6 Ways Christians Can Respond to Our Strange New World" by Carl Trueman http://(https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/respond-strange-new-world/) "The Confessions Of St. Augustine" http://(http://www.amazon.com/dp/0385029551/)

Episode 103 | VFL Reads: 6 Ways Christians Can Respond To Our Strange New World, Part 1

October 26, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont

In a recent article entitled “6 Ways Christians Can Respond to Our Strange New World,” Carl Trueman posits that new notions of selfhood and growing hostility toward long-held Christian beliefs and values are forcing us to reckon with and navigate a “strange new world.” Autumn and Hunter discuss the first three of Trueman’s six directives laid out in the article, as follows: 1) Recognize our complicity, 2) Learn from the ancient church, and 3) Teach the whole counsel of God. Resources mentioned in this episode: "6 Ways Christians Can Respond to Our Strange New World" by Carl Trueman http://(https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/respond-strange-new-world/) "Didache: The Teaching of the Apostles" http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1530476909) "The City of God" by St. Augustine http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1598563378) "Believing in the Future: Toward a Missiology of Western Culture" by David Bosch http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1563381176) "The Open Secret" by Lesslie Newbiggin http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0802808298)

Episode 102 | Cultivating Gospel Culture In Ministry

October 19, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Joel Limpic, Charlie Hall

Special guests Charlie Hall and Joel Limpic join Autumn on the podcast to discuss their work, their heart for the teams and people they lead, and the necessity of cultivating gospel culture. Charlie serves as the Pastor of Worship and Liturgy at the multi-congregational Frontline Church in Oklahoma, and Joel as the Pastor of Liturgy and Arts at Park Church in Denver, CO. Charlie and Joel share experience and insight gained through years and years of local church leadership. According to these to seasoned leaders, cultivating gospel culture in staff teams, volunteer teams, and the larger church congregation requires accountability, approachability, honesty, rootedness in God’s story and created world, and humble confession.

Episode 101 | The Crisis Of Western Culture

October 12, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont, Philip Moore

Autumn and Hunter are joined by special guest Philip Moore. Philip is a pastor in the Paris area and serves the Acts 29 Network as Vice President for Global and Director of Europe. They discuss the fact that Western culture (Western Europe, North America, Australia) seems to be going through an “identity crisis.” Philip brings his perspective as a pastor in a secularizing country and points us to two themes he is seeing across Europe, which are also true in America: (1) Hyper-individualism doesn’t just have an impact on individuals and their spiritual well-being. It is also having massive social and political consequences. (2) “Emotional reasoning” has become the main way we think things out, which leads to inconsistency and instability. Having identified these two themes, we then discuss what it looks like to live in a different way as Christians in this kind of culture. Resources mentioned in this episode: "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0451531604) "Babel: Around the World in Twenty Languages" by Gaston Dorren http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0802147801)

Episode 100 | Episode 100: A Look Back!

October 5, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont

In today’s centennial episode celebration (what?), Hunter and Autumn look back at the five most listened-to episodes: - Episode 4: How Can Government Promote Good? - Episode 59: VFL Reads: Glennon Doyle’s Honesty Gospel - Episode 18: A Redeeming View of Mental Health - Episode 88: VFL Reads: Why American Teens are So Sad - Episode 72: VFL Reads: The Case Against the Trauma Plot What, if anything, are the themes that unit these topics? And what can we conclude about what makes these topics compelling? Resources mentioned in this episode: "Habits Of The Heart" By Multiple Authors http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0520254198/)

Episode 99 | Engaging Spiritual Disciplines As A Family

September 28, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Jenna Hallock, Frank Trimble

Family Ministry at Fellowship Denver takes shape in three primary ways: 1. Age-Appropriate Teaching 2. Church-As-Family 3. Gospel Renewal at Home In today’s episode, Frank Trimble and Jenna Hallock of Family Time Ministry join Autumn to discuss the third formative value: Gospel Renewal at Home. The mission of Family Time Ministry is to train and equip parents and grandparents to pass the Christian faith to the next generation in the home. Their encouragement to parents and to all of us is to thoughtfully develop and prioritize regular rhythms of interacting with God through the study of Scripture, prayer, and singing. Find out more about Family Time Ministries at https://famtime.com

Episode 98 | VFL Reads: Redeeming Your Time, Part 2

September 21, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont

Despite prolific resources on the topic of time management and work-life balance, the ability to manage the many demands placed on our time and to devote ourselves to the worthy pursuits to which we’re called can often feel impossibly out of reach. Author Jordan Raynor offers seven time-management principles, supported by corresponding practices, to help readers thoughtfully respond to the constraints we face and manage our time so that we can be purposeful, present, and productive. In this episode, Hunter and Autumn discuss principles five, six, and seven offered by Raynor: - Accept Your “Unipresence” - Embrace Productive Rest - Eliminate All Hurry These principles encourage us to cultivate our capacity to be present where we are and to integrate practices that maximize our time and presence. Resources mentioned in this episode: "Redeeming Your Time" by Jordan Raynor http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0593193075/) "Getting Things Done" by David Allen http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0142000280/) "Deep Work" by Cal Newport http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1455586692/) "The Lazy Genius Way" by Kendra Adachi http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0525653937/) "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry" by John Mark Comer http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0525653090/)

Episode 97 | VFL Reads: Redeeming Your Time, Part 1

September 14, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont

Despite prolific resources on the topic of time management and work-life balance, the ability to manage the many demands placed on our time and to devote ourselves to the worthy pursuits to which we’re called can often feel impossibly out of reach. Author Jordan Raynor offers seven time-management principles, supported by corresponding practices, to help readers thoughtfully respond to the constraints we face and manage our time so that we can be purposeful, present, and productive. In this episode, Hunter and Autumn discuss the first four principles offered by Raynor: 1. Start with the Word 2. Let Your Yes be Yes 3. Dissent from the Kingdom of Noise 4. Prioritize Your Yeses Resources mentioned in this episode: "Redeeming Your Time" by Jordan Raynor http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0593193075/) "Getting Things Done" by David Allen http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0142000280/) "Deep Work" by Cal Newport http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1455586692/)

Episode 96 | Revelation 2:1-7: Remembering Our First Love

September 7, 2022 • Autumn Gardner, Hunter Beaumont

The first-century Ephesian church withstood cultural pressure from numerous external sources and internal pressures toward theological and social compromise. And they managed to maintain biblical fidelity through the melee. Even so, in Revelation 2:1-7, John authors a message from Jesus to the church in Ephesus cautioning them that they had lost their “first love” and the “first works” that flowed out of that love. Hunter and Autumn discuss the letter to the Ephesian church and consider parallels to our modern context. How might we be tempted to abandon our “first love” and the “first works” to which we are called?

Episode 95 | Behind The Music: Rebuild, Renew, Part 2

August 31, 2022 • Autumn Gardner

In a continuing conversation about the album “Rebuild, Renew,” Adam Anglin, Jordan Lucas, and Daniel Perez join Autumn to discuss three specific songs. Adam, Jordan, and Daniel each wrote one of the songs considered in this episode. They delve into the songwriting process, the ideas and Scripture that inspired the lyrics, and their hopes for how this album will enrich and enliven our worship as both the gathered and scattered family of God. Resources mentioned in this episode: "Rhythms of Grace" by Mike Cosper http://(https://www.amazon.com/dp/1433533421)

Episode 94 | Behind The Music: Rebuild, Renew, Part 1

August 24, 2022 • Autumn Gardner

Fellowship Denver’s bands wrote, recorded, and produced a worship album entitled ”Rebuild, Renew” that is set for release on September 16th. The album is a compilation of original works created by over 30 musicians. Three significant contributors to ”Rebuild, Renew,” Adam Anglin, Jordan Lucas, and Daniel Perez, sat down with Autumn to discuss leading worship, the process of creating a collaborative album, and why it’s meaningful to contribute to this sort of project.

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