The Walking Closer Podcast

Exploring the concepts of spiritual formation to become more like Jesus from the inside out.

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Wednesday Feb 15, 2023

If you think life is too complicated to slow down to walk with Jesus in a life giving pace, then maybe its time to simplify things. This episode is all about simplifying our theology and our living so that we can "remain in Jesus's words and gain first hand experience of the truth as it sets us free."

Tuesday Feb 07, 2023

Are you living from a place of rest? Do you have this internal sense of wellbeing that is not contingent on external circumstances (joy)? As a result, are the actions of your life being performed from a state of rest (peace)? Sabbath is a rhythm that you can adopt that might be helpful, but it may not be what you think it is. 
John Mark Comer in his book Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.
Ruth Haley Barton’s book Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest
Wayne Muller: Sabbath Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest

Monday Jan 30, 2023

In our efforts to quiet the mind and calm the internal restlessness, we need to consider our external environments, the external noise and distractions to which we have grown accustomed. In part 2 of "Turning Down the Noise" we talk about the benefits of engaging in times of solitude. We talk about how this can be done in small moments throughout the day or for extended periods of time.

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

We are so distracted by the outer world because we neglect the inner world. At the same time, the outer world is one big chaotic distraction because our inner worlds are so neglected. In this episode we are going to talk about the benefits of getting comfortable with silence, the reasons we struggle with it, and what we can do about it. 
Links to articles and further research mentioned:

Wednesday Jan 18, 2023

In this episode we talk a little about what chronic busyness and the hurried lifestyle is doing to us. We also look at some of the symptoms of "hurried sickness." 
Reference Links:
Book: Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
Hurried Sickness Symptoms from “Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” pg. 48-51
Articles Referenced

Monday Dec 12, 2022

In this final chapter of "The Divine Conspiracy," Willard talks a little about what might happen after we die in light of apprenticeship to Jesus and what we know about the Kingdom. 

Monday Nov 21, 2022

In this episode, we are taking a looking at chapter 9 of a book by Dallas Willard called the Divine Conspiracy. This chapter is all about strategical and practical steps in reorienting ourselves around apprenticeship to Jesus.

Monday Oct 31, 2022

Do you see a difference between being a Christian & being a Disciple? Should there be a difference? Is Discipleship optional?  On this episode we take a look at chapter 8 of the Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. 

Thursday Jul 28, 2022

The Walking Closer is finally back with another episode as I share with you things I have learned from Dallas Willard's book "The Divine Conspiracy." This episode covers a little of why I have been gone and my gleanings from chapter 7 of "The Divine Conspiracy."

Tuesday Jun 01, 2021

Have you ever looked at the Sermon on the Mt and tried to actually do the things that Jesus mentions? How did it go for you? Have you given up yet? Have they become your natural response yet? In this episode I want to give you a basic summary of what I think is going on in the Sermon on the Mt and why you might need to change the way you see and approach this text.

Tuesday May 11, 2021

This episode presents a different perspective on the Beatitudes. 

Monday Apr 26, 2021

This episode explores some thoughts about God's perspective, our perspectives, compartmentalism, integration, and a few other nuggets here and there.
Jordan Peterson Interview

Monday Apr 12, 2021

As we look at Chapter 2 of the Divine Conspiracy, we  look at how we have turned the gospel into a system of sin management and why that doesn’t work. 
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Tuesday Mar 23, 2021

What did Jesus mean by "the kingdom of heaven" and what does this have to do with us? 

Episode 109 "How Significant?"

Tuesday Mar 16, 2021

Tuesday Mar 16, 2021

Just a few thoughts on why Jesus was so significant and how we reflect that today.

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