If you find yourself on the fringes of Christianity, either looking out or looking in, this is for you. The faith is far more dynamic than it has been commonly shown, and here is my playful and rabbinic attempt to dust it off by looking at today through the eyes of its best from church history as well as today.


  • Neither East Nor West

    07/06/2021 Duración: 23min

    Over the years I have had a number of conversations that stop short as a result of starting to sound too "Eastern" in my understanding of spirituality. So, reflecting on that experience, I thought it might be good to explore the differences to spirituality in the East and the West and see what kind of path forward there might be. Because, after all, what if authentic spirituality is both and yet, more that what the East and the West says it is? And, if you are so inclined, give a review on iTunes for a potential shoutout in a later episode. Not to mention, join my email list below. Check out: @thatjohnchaffee Join Email List:

  • 10 Commitments of a Growth Mindset

    25/05/2021 Duración: 34min

    The other day, I was working on a word document about 10 Commitments of a growth mindset. It takes conscious thought to keep growing, it doesn't happen accidentally, but it can be accelerated by being mindful of how to go about it. I thought I would share the draft version of the 10 Commitments (since it will likely keep evolving). So, here it is, just little old me talking through the document. Enjoy. And, if you are so inclined, give a review on iTunes for a potential shoutout in a later episode. Not to mention, join my email list below. Check out: @thatjohnchaffee Join Email List:

  • The "Turf War" On Healing

    14/05/2021 Duración: 26min

    - Borne out of some discussions I recently had over the Dark Night of the Soul, a recent Facebook post, and more, let's chat about the "Turf War" that need not exist between spirituality and therapy/psychology. And, if you are so inclined, give a review on iTunes for a potential shoutout in a later episode. Not to mention, join my email list below. More Info on John Chaffee, check out: @thatjohnchaffee Join Email List:

  • Julius Spradley Of Contemplative Icons

    07/05/2021 Duración: 42min

    I came across the work of Julius Spradley of Contemplative Icons on social media. Iconography is an art form of depicting different saints and church figures, that is rooted in being theologically accurate and symbolic more than Renaissance realism might attempt. As a fan of iconography myself, I thought, "Why not reach out and see if he would be willing to chat about his art?" Needless to say, he said he would be up for it. I found out so much about icons that I did not previously know about it. There is geometry, harmony, symbolism, and so much more that goes into these pieces of "visual theology." After we were done, Julius was so kind as to send some other iconographers worth checking out. Here is his recommendations of people to look into: Greta Lesko Philip Davydov and Olga Shalamova Jose Xamist Ivan Polverari Maxim Shashukov Alexander Tsypkov Sergii Radkevych Khrystyna Kvyk Aidan Hart Julia Bridget Hayes Giorgis Kordis If you are interested in his work, check out: @c

  • Kris Cook, Kierkegaard And Purity Of Heart

    28/04/2021 Duración: 58min

    Kris Cook is a NJ born and raised CMA pastor and missionary now living in Bordeaux, France along with his family. I've known him for nearly 15 years and is equal parts devoted to the Christian path as well as being an intellectual in his own right. Having read the entire catalog of Soren Kierkegaard, Kris was the perfect person to talk about Kierkegaard's Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing.

  • Book Review Of The Change Code By Monica Bourgeau

    24/04/2021 Duración: 17min

    This is a great primer/introduction into Spiral Dynamics and how it can be used to help one another and our communities to grow. Its a fantastic and helpful read for anyone. Check it out on Amazon.

  • Josh Saunders Has Seen Burnout Up Close

    15/04/2021 Duración: 51min

    Josh Saunders is a fantastic guy. He has been learning a lot as a result of some experiences in Montana with people in ministry or non-profit burnout as well as currently being a theology and psychology program in Washington state. Enjoy! For all websites and contact info:

  • Steve Chaffee, Science And Religion

    09/04/2021 Duración: 36min

    Steve Chaffee is a youth minister in Edinburgh, Scotland and holds two masters degrees. The second of which is an emphasis on Science and Religion, which makes him more than qualified to talk about how we might think Science and Religion should relate to one another. Enjoy! Click here for all contact info and websites:

  • The Harrowing of Hell

    04/04/2021 Duración: 14min

    Happy Easter, y'all! I hope this finds you well, and that it is something of a breath of fresh air for you this Easter 2021!

  • Why The Name Change?

    03/04/2021 Duración: 08min

  • Marty Talks About Learning On The Jesus Path

    04/03/2021 Duración: 56min

    Marty is a reading and literacy specialist with two masters and a PhD. She also happens to be my wonderful Mom. In this, she breaks down the three types of learning before we shift into talking about how church culture and mentorship could utilize the insights of education to help people better understand how learning happens across the lifetime of someone on the Jesus path/spiritual journey. The first half simply sets up the second half of this episode. You'll see what I mean. FREE 8 Week Video Series on 8 Definitions of Sin from Church History:

  • Roadmaps (Pt.4) - My Expectations, Ours And God's

    25/02/2021 Duración: 34min

    I am VERY happy with this one. Not going to lie. I was absolutely excited to share how I have come to understand pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional Christianity. Enjoy. FREE 8 Week Video Series on 8 Definitions of Sin from Church History:

  • Roadmaps (Pt. 3) - The Biblical Journey

    18/02/2021 Duración: 26min

    The ordering of the books of the Bible, which can be divided into 5 main categories, are ordered in a way that matches how we grow through our own understanding of the faith journey. By looking at these 5 main categories, we can find a "roadmap" through the 5 main ways of thinking about faith. FREE 8 Week Video Series on 8 Definitions of Sin from Church History:

  • Roadmaps (Pt.2) - The Critical Journey

    12/02/2021 Duración: 26min

    Here we talk about stages of faith. Its good to have a basic roadmap of how we grow and change, of how we mature in faith, and to know that (unfortunately) we might hit a wall in our growth and that it is a part of the journey. Of course, I am drawing a lot from The Critical Journey, but I gotta say, reading that book was so incredibly helpful for me. Hopefully, this "roadmap" is helpful for you as well. The Critical Journey, Stages in the Life of Faith, Second Edition by Learn more: FREE 8 Week Video Series on 8 Definitions of Sin from Church History:

  • Roadmaps (Pt.1) - Shine, Burn, Unite

    05/02/2021 Duración: 21min

    This is all about Dante Aligheieri's epic poem The Divine Comedy and how it is actually an ancient roadmap of how people change and grow... You may have heard the stages as "Illumination, Purgation, Perfection" but I title them as "Shine, Burn, Unite." Find me on twitter and instagram: @thatjohnchaffee Website: FREE 8 Week Video Series on 8 Definitions of Sin from Church History:

  • Revolve Or Evolve?

    07/01/2021 Duración: 17min

    This is straight up a sermon in light of the assault on the House and Senate, the New Year and Christianity.

  • The Uppercase "I" And Our Lowercase "i"

    24/12/2020 Duración: 17min

    This is the 2020 Christmas sermon. Merry Christmas, y'all, and a Happy New Year!

  • After Deconstruction Pt. 4 - The Genesis Poem And You

    02/12/2020 Duración: 31min

    Let's talk about the Genesis Poem, humanity upgrading it's view of the universe, and how we can hold all these things together. Find me on twitter, too. Let's start a convo on there. @thatjohnchaffee

  • After Deconstruction Pt. 3 - Naming Or Pointing?

    20/11/2020 Duración: 25min

    Here is a chat about how the vocabulary we use with God, the Death of God movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Augustine, and why its good to be a part of a tradition, denomination, church with its own ways of talking about God. To join my email list click this link below: - Website: Blog: Podcast: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Youtube: Patreon:

  • After Deconstruction Pt. 2 - Raise It Or Lower It?

    11/11/2020 Duración: 31min

    So, let's talk about the Bible. Let's chat about how we are prone to having too low or too high a view of it. Let's chat through 10 ways to know its time to rethink how you understand the Bible. And, of course, talk about a helpful way of reading it... - Website: Blog: Podcast: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: Youtube: Patreon:

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