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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal interviews author Geneva Chinnock about the trauma and abuse she experienced as a child living with a mother who suffered with mental illness, as well as her family's involvement in a cult. Geneva also talks about the healing she has since experienced through close relationships with other men in addition to her husband. Give this interview a listen as Geneva shares a bit about her journey from slavery and abuse, to love and freedom.
In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal talks about the fact that Jesus almost never talked about himself and was not interested in spreading ideas and information about himself. So, why are many Christians so preoccupied with this?
Is it possible to be distracted by the idea of Jesus? If Jesus didn't talk about himself, what was his real message? Could there be a better WAY?
Give this episode of The Love Cast a careful listen and enjoy...
Grab a cup of coffee and give this interview a listen. Adriel's outlook and perspective on life, even in the midst of great struggle, will change the way you live your life and will greatly affect your future!
Are you a student, an artist (writer, musician, painter, designer, etc...) a salesperson, a business owner, a factory worker, a doctor, etc...? Why do you really do what it is that you do? In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal challenges us to ask the question 'WHY' in regards to the profession that we devote so much of our lives to. In this episode, Jamal explores two common (yet often hidden) motivations as to why people do what they do. In addition to this, Jamal also talks about the highest motivation for our work.
This episode was created in the spirit of healthy introspection. Give this episode a careful listen, and join us in asking the often overlooked question 'WHY'.
In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal tells a personal story about a miraculous set of events that happened a few years ago that is leading to this upcoming meeting with Barack Obama. This is not a story about politics in any way, shape, or form, but one of personal, divine love.
Please grab a cup of coffee or tea and give this entire episode a careful listen. You will be blessed!
In episode 21 of The Love Cast, Jamal makes an honest observation of what has been occurring surrounding the 2016 presidential elections in the United States. In order to respond with love, we actually have to stop reacting. In order to stop reacting, however, we have to observe what is occurring from a different dimension. Jamal also shares some vulnerable thoughts about the state of Michigan in this conversation.
In addition to making an honest observation of the camps surrounding the election, Jamal speaks directly into each camp, how to stop being a part of the problem, and how to ultimately bring true change to the world. Grab a cup of coffee and give this episode a careful listen.
Episode 20 of The Love Cast was recorded live from North Africa. In this episode, Jamal interviews world travelers Tim & Amelia Joy about a life changing discovery that they have made while traveling the world. Most people live their entire lives never discovering what Tim & Amelia have discovered on this trip. You don't want to miss any part of this interview from start to finish. This is an epic interview as topics such as productivity, love, fear, false self (ego) vs. true self, surrender, and awakening are explored.
Grab a cup of coffee and give this interview a careful listen. It will change your life.
Episode 19 of The Love Cast includes a special gift for listeners of this podcast. Jamal's publisher (quoir publishing) has been given permission to give away a limited amount of the audio version of Free To Love to the listeners of this podcast.
In this episode, Jamal also shares an audio chapter of Free To Love entitled 'An Undissected Love' which talks about the existence of the all encompassing nature of love (agape, phileo, eros, storge) that dwells all together at the same time in and through us for others in an undissected way. Understanding this can cut through a lot of the fear of close relationships, and can also have a revolutionary affect on how we understand what is means to truly love one another.
Give this episode of The Love Cast a listen and get your free audio copy of Free To Love.
In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal interviews new Quoir Author Matt Distefano about his upbringing in a conservative religious environment and how this led to anxiety, fear, and ultimately to a season of atheism for him. Matt also describes how he was awakened to the reality of a benevolent, peaceful, and non-violent God.
On November 7th, Matt's newest book titled: 'From the Blood of Abel' will be released via Quoir publishing. This book explores the roots of human violence and how this plays into mainline religious beliefs about a violent and retributive God. 'From the Blood of Abel' also beautifully describes how Jesus gave us a completely new view of God from a non-violent and benevolent perspective. Give this interview a listen and enjoy!
For more info about Matt's work visit: www.allsetfree.com
What do faux maps and french kissing have to do with the all encompassing and infinite nature of Christ? Give this episode of The Love Cast a listen as Jamal shares a few important observations from the city of light and love (Paris, France).
In part 2 of this interview with Singer / Songwriter Barrett Johnson, Barrett talks about his deeply debilitating bout with depression, anxiety, and the healing process he's been on. In addition to that, Barrett makes history on The Love Cast by unveiling 3 previously unrecorded songs live on this episode. You certainly don't want to miss those. Give part two of this interview a listen and be encouraged.
Visit barrettjohnsonmusic.com for more info about Barrett and his music.
One of my favorite people in the world is a man named Barrett Johnson. Barrett is a man with a good heart and who is truly a deep well. Barrett is also one of the most talented songwriters that I know. I am very happy to have the privilege of interviewing him here on The Love Cast. This is part 1 of a two part interview where Barrett talks about his life's journey, some of his religious deconstruction, and his current understanding of God and scripture. Get a cup of tea or coffee and give this a listen. You will be blessed!
Do you have a job? If so, is this job a job that flows with your true life's work? Do you know what your true life's work actually is? This episode of The Love Cast is part 4 of our series on the lie of lack, Jamal explores how the lie of lack can distract us away from our true profession. In this episode, Jamal also talks about some practical aspects of Jesus' revolutionary teaching from Matthew 6 that will liberate us toward identifying, moving into, and remaining committed to our true life's work. Give this episode a careful listen.
In this episode of the love cast, we describe what the essence of a cult actually is, and what leads well meaning people into them. Have you been, or are you in a cult? You might be surprised. Give this episode a careful listen.
This is part 2 of our series on The Lie of Lack. In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal explores how the Lie of Lack physically and chemically alters our bodies (flesh) through addiction, and also how this same physiological pattern of addiction manifests the lie of lack through co-dependent relationships. In addition to that, Jamal describes how the lie of lack negatively affects our sexuality and changes the trajectory of the sex act itself.
Jamal goes on to describe how the gospel (good news) reshapes our approach to relationships and how this also reshapes our approach to sex itself. This episode of The Love Cast is for mature listeners.
As human beings, we have been deeply affected by 'the lie of lack'. As a result, we have become blinded to our inherit goodness. Chances are, if you've been a part of the religious system, you know that 'the lie of lack' has simply been repackaged to assault our identity by accusing our flesh of being inheritly evil.
What do the scriptures really teach about our flesh? Is our flesh inheritly evil, or is our flesh inheritly good? In this episode of The Love Cast, Jamal explores the root of human nature and also explores how the 'lie of lack' has affected our flesh. Jamal also discusses why knowing the truth about the inherit goodness of our flesh is key to our freedom. This is part one of a very important four part series about 'the lie of lack'. Give this episode a careful listen.
Jamal writes more extensively about the 'lie of lack' in his book Free To Love.
Jamal goes on to talk about Jesus' interaction with the Samaritan woman from John 4 as an example of what a vibrant, inter-dependent relationship with God can look like, and how this differs from the typical codependent relationship with God that the religious system has conditioned us for. Finally, Jamal also shares how the attempt of many Christians to relate to the historical person of Jesus (who is no longer here on the earth) actually blinds us to the reality of Christ who is here. Throw some headphones in and give this episode a careful listen.
In part 2 of this conversation, Wayne touches on the back story behind each one of his books, including the New York Times best selling book The Shack, He Loves Me, Finding Church, and So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore.
Wayne also discusses the motion picture of The Shack that is scheduled for box office release early next year. Give this conversation a listen as you will hear nuggets of a new reality!
In this episode of The Love Cast, Wayne Jacobsen talks about his personal journey dealing with betrayal and character assassination, and his awakening to the body of Christ outside of groups and religious institutions. Wayne also touches on his rejection of the destructive religious doctrine of the cross typically understood as 'Penal Substitution Theory'. Give this episode a listen, you will be blessed.
Wayne Jacobsen was a collaborator of the New York Times best selling book The Shack. Wayne is also the author of the following best selling books:
He Loves Me
So You Don't Want To Go To Church Anymore.
For more information about Wayne's books and ministry, visit www.lifestream.org
There is a vast difference between 'getting married' and 'discovering marriage'. In this episode of The Love Cast, you will hear the wedding ceremony of friends Patrick & Samara and the message that Jamal gave at their recent wedding ceremony. In this ceremony, Jamal talks about the 'expanse' of love, and why no one actually gets married on their wedding day. Give it a careful listen and be blessed!