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The Love Cast with Jamal

The Love Cast is a weekly podcast show by author Jamal Jivanjee that will examine topics, as well as conduct informative interviews, related to love, relationships, Christian community, religious deconstruction, etc...
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Sep 25, 2017

This episode of The Love Cast starts off with Jamal sharing something personal about a tendency he has had in his past relationships regarding hiding shit, and attracting others into his life that mirror that same tendency as well.  

 
At the 19:11 mark, Jamal shares that a major reason why so much shit remains hidden is because of relational virginity.
 
At the 23:55 mark, Jamal talks about being careful to not pay people for their shit or else they will stay mired in their shit.
 
At the 31:55 mark, Jamal talks about the true beauty and power of owning and accepting your shit. To own and accept your shit is to transcend your shit.    
 
Let me encourage you to listen to this episode in its entirety from start to finish as this might be one of the most important episodes of The Love Cast to date.    
Sep 18, 2017

Did you know that the way of love, although accessible to the masses, is often only walked by a few?  The way of love is often hidden in plain sight.  

This episode of The Love Cast features part two of Aly Sousa's interview with Jamal Jivanjee about his experience walking the five hundred mile El Camino in northern Spain, and how the life and history of Mary Magdalene paved the way for his most significant life discovery to date. Don't be afraid to settle in for this layered conversation.     

Sep 11, 2017

Season two of The Love Cast kicks off with this episode as Aly Sousa interviews Jamal about his recent trip to Europe where he walked the classic five hundred mile El Camino de Santiago.  In this interview, Jamal shares how this journey unexpectedly led him to make some discoveries about the person of Mary Magdalene that has affected his life in a very personal way.  This is part one of a two part interview. Sit down, grab a cafe au lait, and give this interview a careful listen.  

If you have comments or questions about what is shared in this episode, please feel free to send Jamal an email here.   

May 29, 2017

Have you ever encountered the beautifully disruptive *way* of love? This is the final episode of The Love Cast before Jamal leaves to embark on a 5-6 week hike (The El-Camino) in northern Spain.  In this episode, Jamal shares four truths about the beautifully disruptive *way* of love that may be helpful for you.  

In addition to this message, a few important housekeeping updates are shared as well.  Give this episode a careful listen.  

In case you missed Jamal's recent conversation with Quoir authors Keith Giles & Matthew Distefano about why the Penal Substitution Atonement theory enshrines violence, you can listen to them here.  There never has been a more important time for this discussion: 

Part 1

 

Part 2 

 

Part 3 

 

 

May 16, 2017
Although Jesus was the prince of peace and demonstrated love and non-violence throughout his life, evangelical Christians by and large have been the most consistent defenders of empire building, military action, and war. The reason for this anomaly among Christian behavior isn't simply hypocrisy, however. This behavior could very well be rooted in the way we have been taught to see the cross and the nature of divine justice. Because humans are reflective beings, people will always reflect the God they perceive.
 
I recently sat down with fellow Quoir authors Matthew Distefano & Keith Giles to record a podcast about how the Penal Substitution Atonement theory (held by evangelicalism) actually produces violence.  
 
At the 6:15 mark, we discuss the disconnect that penal substitution theory causes between our view of God as father, and our view of Jesus.
 
At the 10:00 mark, we discuss the fallacy of believing that sin separates us from God.
 
At the 14:30 mark, we discuss why Jesus actually was crucified.
 
At the 20:54 mark, we discuss why Penal Substitution Theory of the cross was not a view held by early Christians.  Penal Substitution Theory, as commonly found in modern evangelical thinking, was largely a creation of John Calvin.  
 
The resources mentioned in this conversation were:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered what constitutes a 'good' day from a 'bad' day?  In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal talks about the connection between our own suffering, and how we perceive the nature of our day and the events that shape our day. In addition to this, Jamal discusses why living in hell takes a lot of practice and why 'clearing the air' of all the toxicity we've helped create through our negative perceptions takes time.  This episode could completely alter your perception of reality.  Give it a listen.        

May 3, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, founder of Quoir Publishing, Ralph Polendo, gives us an update about some important new projects that are in the works with Quoir.  Also in this episode, singer / songwriter Barrett Johnson exclusively showcases a few of his new songs from his recently recorded EP that has not yet released to the public. These songs are a real gift. Give this episode a listen and enjoy the music!     

Apr 26, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal talks about the pain and suffering that can occur when evolved illusions about Santa Claus and Christianity are accepted as reality instead of distortions of reality.  In addition to this, Jamal also shares two important and exciting announcements with the listeners of The Love Cast. Give this episode a careful listen and enjoy!      

Apr 19, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal Jivanjee & Jared Gustafson have a conversation about some of the often overlooked details of how the story of The Shack was developed. In this conversation, we also discuss what some of the conflict is about even among the original authors of the story.  In this episode, I discuss why I believe that an universalist understanding of the gospel actually gave rise to the story of The Shack, and why that is a good thing.  Give this interview a listen and enjoy!          

Apr 12, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal has a conversation with Aly Sousa about the nature of conversion.  In this conversation, conversion is looked at from the perspective of the present tense. What if conversion isn't something that happens once in the past, but is a continual state of being?  What if all of life is an opportunity to continually be converted?  What would it look like to surrender to the flow of life and see what is happening as an opportunity for conversion?  Grab a cup of coffee and give this conversation about conversion a listen.   

Apr 5, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal talks about a male only club that he is a part of that celebrates masculinity by growing mustaches for the month of March. Jamal also discusses how growing a mustache caused him to have an existential crisis. In addition to this, we talk about how Jesus set the example for us to identify with our true eternal nature that has no beginning or end and cannot be shaken by anything temporal. Our true nature transcends time and space and physicality. Give this episode a careful listen and enjoy.  

 

For the month of April, Quoir Publishing is offering the Kindle version of all their titles, (including my book 'Free To Love'), for only 99 cents!  Get in on this offer HERE. 

Mar 29, 2017

Contrary to popular opinion, salvation actually has nothing to do with the 'afterlife'. In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal talks about the nature of salvation, and why the salvation that Jesus talked about is rarely experienced within Christianity.  In this episode, Jamal discusses why the concept of a 'future', as well as a focus on basic survival, actually distract us from the present-tense nature of salvation. Give this episode a listen and enjoy!  

Mar 21, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal interviews therapist Krista Hoffman about her strict religious background and how that eventually came unraveled.  Krista also shares about how a physical massage helped reveal the fact that memories and unprocessed feelings are physically stored in the body. Give this interview a careful listen. You'll find it fascinating.    

 

The Amazon affiliate resources mentioned in this interview are:

The Healing Code by Dr. Alexander Loyd & Dr. Ben Johnson 

The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton

 

 

Mar 14, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal discusses the controversy in Christian fundamentalist circles surrounding the recently released 'Shack' film, and why the quest to be 'biblical' is not actually very biblical.  This episode requires careful thought and open minded consideration.  Please refrain from reactions and commentary until you have listened to this message in its entirety.      

Mar 7, 2017

This is part 2 of an epic two part interview with singer / songwriter (and season 11 star of ABC's The Bachelorette) Brady Toops. In part 2 of this interview, Brady continues to talk about his spiritual journey, his deconstructing and reconstructing understanding of God, and also a bit about his time on the Bachelorette.  Part 2 of this interview concludes with another single from Brady's new record Tried & True. Again, this interview has the potential to be paradigm altering and is not for the faint of heart.   

Brady's music has over 2 million spins on Spotify and he was recently named "one of our favorite new artists" by RELEVANT Magazine. Taking a slight haitus from touring in 2015, Brady appeared on Season 11 of ABC's hit reality TV show "The Bachelorette". As one of the 25 suitors looking to win the heart of the Bachelorette, Brady left the show during the first night's rose ceremony to pursue one of the Bachelorettes who was voted off, a unique twist for that season. Fresh off a highly adventurous summer with a surplus of emotions and newfound experiences, Brady took the inspiration and disappeared into the studio to write and record 10 new songs. The record that ensued is his boldest and most honest record to date showcasing a rootsy, soulful sound that builds off his previous work.

Brady's forthcoming record "Tried & True" will officially release March 11th, 2017, but is available for pre-order on Amazon here:

http://amzn.to/2lj0pMB

(This link is associated with the amazon affiliate program) 

Feb 28, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal conducts part 1 of an epic two part interview with singer / songwriter (and season 11 star of ABC's The Bachelorette) Brady Toops. In this interview, Brady shares a bit of his personal history, his spiritual journey, the deconstruction of his faith, and the evolution of his career. Part 1 of this interview concludes with a single from Brady's new record Tried & True. This interview has the potential to be paradigm altering and is not for the faint of heart.   

Brady's music has over 2 million spins on Spotify and was recently named "one of our favorite new artists" by RELEVANT Magazine. Taking a slight haitus from touring in 2015, Brady appeared on Season 11 of ABC's hit reality TV show "The Bachelorette". As one of the 25 suitors looking to win the heart of the Bachelorette, Brady left the show during the first night's rose ceremony to pursue one of the Bachelorettes who was voted off, a unique twist for that season. Fresh off a highly adventurous summer with a surplus of emotions and newfound experiences, Brady took the inspiration and disappeared into the studio to write and record 10 new songs. The record that ensued is his boldest and most honest record to date showcasing a rootsy, soulful sound that builds off his previous work.

Brady's forthcoming record "Tried & True" will officially release March 11th, 2017, but is available for pre-order on Amazon here:

http://amzn.to/2lj0pMB

 

(This link is associated with the Amazon affiliate program) 

Feb 21, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal talks about why he went to Iraq and the adventurous story surrounding that initial trip. Jamal also talks about why he is planning to return to Iraq. In addition to this, Jamal also discusses why the conflicts you are experiencing in your own personal relationships are actually directly affecting global peace and security for all of humanity.  Grab an espresso and give this a careful listen.  

Feb 14, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal describes why Valentine's Day is a major anniversary for him, and he also shares something new and exciting that is in the process of being birthed right now!  Take a few minutes and give this Valentine's Day update a careful listen.    

Feb 8, 2017

This episode of The Love Cast is part two of a conversation that Jamal recently had with Aly Sousa about how the story of her life and the hidden / unconscious theology she held to contributed to her chronic illness. Give part two of this interview a careful listen. You'll be glad you did! 

Jan 31, 2017

This episode of The Love Cast is part one of a two part interview with Aly Susa about how a supernatural vision (very similar to a near death experience) allowed her to rewrite the story of her life.  This ultimately led to radical forgiveness, and ultimately to the healing of her chronic illnesses that she suffered with for several years. Grab a hot chocolate and give this interview a listen.   

Jan 23, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal interviews Karen Shock from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  In this interview, Karen publicly comes out of the closet about her journey out of Calvinism & evangelicalism, and also about a previous secret encounter with the infamous Rob Bell! Karen also boldly shares how Calvinistic and evangelical beliefs lead her into a seven year bout with severe anxiety and depression, and how Disney movies helped bring healing to her heart.

Give this beautiful interview a listen and enjoy!        

Jan 17, 2017

Have you ever been blocked or 'de-friended' by someone on Facebook, or in life?  Is this something you have done as well?  In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal talks about a recent situation in which he was blocked by someone on Facebook, and why understanding the psychology behind Facebook blocking is so important for us to understand for our own well-being. Grab a coffee and give this episode a listen.       

Jan 10, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal interviews Aly & Dave Sousa about why taking a two years sabbatical from 'church' was one of their best decisions. Aly & Dave also talk about why complementarian views of gender are destructive to marriages and relationships.  In addition to this, Aly & Dave talk about how finding security within the insecurity of religious deconstruction has been helpful and healing to them. Grab a latte and give this interview a listen!         

Jan 3, 2017

In this episode of The Love Cast, I have the privilege of interviewing 11 year old dancer Ella Snavley about her passion for dancing, her dreams in life, her struggle with fear and anxiety, and some practical ways she has been able to overcome fear and anxiety.

To date, Ella is the youngest person to be interviewed on The Love Cast.  Ella is someone who is truly wise beyond her years. This interview with Ella is a fantastic way to start off the New Year as her contagious, bubbly, and joyful heart will inspire you to dream about how your life can be used to love and serve others in a fresh way this year.  Give this short interview a listen and enjoy!  

 

    

Dec 27, 2016

In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal discloses the top 5 most downloaded episodes of 2016.  In addition to that, Jamal talks about a true Christmas miracle that occurred in which Jamal found his French teacher who has been missing from him for the last almost twenty years!  Give this final episode of 2016 a listen and enjoy.

 

   

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