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Deconstructing Spiritual Practices, Embracing New Paradigms We start a new series today focused on Ben and Matt&#8217;s forthcoming book Having the Mind of Christ: Eight Axioms for Cultivating a Robust Faith. Ben, Matt, Gino, and Christy will respond to each chapter over the next few weeks, discussing how they&#8217;ve practically worked out the principles and practices in the book in their lives and leadership over the past several years.

Today we talk about the introduction to the book: &#8220;When Faith Stops Working.&#8221; We discuss the insufficiency of spiritual practices apart from a transformed paradigm of who God is and how God works in our lives and in the world.
You can pre-order Having the Mind of Christ today and get 30% off + free shipping by using the code GRAVITY on IVP&#8217;s site.

You can also join our Book Launch Team for exclusive access to conversations and learning labs about the book (as well as some other cool perks).
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Deconstructing Spiritual Practices, Embracing New Paradigms We start a new series today focused on Ben and Matt&#8217;s forthcoming book Having the Mind of Christ: Eight Axioms for Cultivating a Robust Faith. Ben, Matt, Gino, and Christy will respond to each chapter over the next few weeks, discussing how they&#8217;ve practically worked out the principles and practices in the book in their lives and leadership over the past several years.

Today we talk about the introduction to the book: &#8220;When Faith Stops Working.&#8221; We discuss the insufficiency of spiritual practices apart from a transformed paradigm of who God is and how God works in our lives and in the world.
You can pre-order Having the Mind of Christ today and get 30% off + free shipping by using the code GRAVITY on IVP&#8217;s site.

You can also join our Book Launch Team for exclusive access to conversations and learning labs about the book (as well as some other cool perks).
Show notes/links

Would you take a few minutes to fill out our 2022 Community Survey? Hearing from you helps us better serve you.. Thanks!
Leave us a message or ask a question about this or any other episode and we&#8217;ll answer it on a future episode.
Join our online community for free!

From our sponsor (that&#8217;s us!)

Check out the Gravity Commons, a place to connect and learn with others in the Gravity community.
Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

Are you interested in advertising on the Gravity Leadership Podcast? Contact Gino Curcuruto at gino@gravityleadership.com.
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Kevin Sweeney: The Making of a Mystic We reconnected with our friend Kevin Sweeney to chat about his new book, The Making of a Mystic: My Journey With Mushrooms, My Life as a Pastor, and Why It&#8217;s Okay for Everyone to Relax.
We talked about psychedelics, closing his church, learning to love and lead in the way of contemplation and mysticism. Kevin shares his journey of acceptance and letting go as a pastor, and all the ways God is at work in our reality.
Kevin Sweeney was co-founder and lead pastor of Imagine Church an urban church in Honolulu. He is the host of podcast The Church Needs Therapy, and he lives In Honolulu with his wife and co-founder of Imagine, Christine, and their two kids, True and Mikayla.
You can connect with Kevin on Instagram.
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Here&#8217;s the episode from The Church Needs Therapy podcast where Kevin and Christine Sweeney discuss the closing of their church: &#8220;Why Imagine is in Her Final Chapter&#8221;.
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Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

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Brandon O’Brien: How We Misread Scripture With Western Eyes What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. Ten years ago Brandon O&#8217;Brien co-wrote a book on this topic that we have recommended more than any other of the years: Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible.Brandon joins us to talk about why it&#8217;s vital for us to get beyond our own cultural assumptions in our interconnected and globalized world and learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.
Brandon O&#8217;Brien is the Senior Director for Content Development and Distribution at Redeemer City to City, and author of several books including Not From Around Here: What Unites us, What Divides us, and How We Can Move Forward and Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible.
Connect with Brandon on his website.
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Jay Augustine: Modeling Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion as the Church Nationally recognized speaker and church leader Jay Augustine joins us to offer a prophetic call to pastors, church leaders, and students to recover reconciliation as the heart of the church&#8217;s message to a divided world. Jay&#8217;s book Called to Reconciliation: How the Church Can Model Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion examines the intersection of the salvific, social, and civil forms of reconciliation through an engagement with Paul&#8217;s letters, the Black church, and social and political movements that seek justice for those marginalized by racism, class structures, and unjust legal systems.


Jonathan &#8220;Jay&#8221; C. Augustine (JD, Tulane University; DMin, Duke University) is a reconciliation scholar, ordained minister, and professor. In addition to serving as senior pastor of St. Joseph AME Church in Durham, North Carolina, and as national chaplain of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he is also a missional strategist with the Duke Center for Reconciliation and a professor at North Carolina Central University Law School. Augustine often speaks on topics related to race, reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion and has received numerous national awards and recognitions for his work in civil rights and social justice. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama, the National Bar Association&#8217;s 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award, and Ebony Magazine&#8217;s 30 Leaders of the Future recognition.
You can connect with Jay on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and his website.


Show notes / links:

Join us in Indianapolis on June 4 for Attached to God: An Event with Krispin Mayfield – on Spiritual Attachment Styles (co-hosted with Fall Creek Abbey).
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Jay mentioned the Center for Pastor Theologians

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Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

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Gino Curcuruto: 5 Lessons I’ve Learned in 20 Years of Ministry We talk with Gravity Leadership Community Liaison Gino Curcuruto about 5 important lessons he&apos;s learned in ministry so far. This is part of an ongoing series called 5 Things I&apos;ve Learned.
We want to hear from you! Let us know what you wish you knew when you started out in ministry. Email us at podcast@gravityleadership.com with your list of 5 things you&apos;ve learned.
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Join us in Indianapolis on June 4 for Attached to God: An Event with Krispin Mayfield – on Spiritual Attachment Styles (co-hosted with Fall Creek Abbey).
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Check out the Gravity Commons, a place to connect and learn with others in the Gravity community.
Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

Are you interested in advertising on the Gravity Leadership Podcast? Contact Gino Curcuruto at gino@gravityleadership.com.
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Rob Dixon: Women and Men Flourishing Together Women and men are designed to work together in fulfilling God&#8217;s mission on earth. Yet God&#8217;s original intent for equal partnership has been so distorted that churches and organizations continually struggle to foster healthy mixed-gender ministry collaboration. Is it even possible to return to the Genesis ideal of co-laborers in today&#8217;s contexts?
Longtime ministry leader Rob Dixon knows it&#8217;s possible, but it takes intentionality, courage, and wisdom. We talk with Rob about his new book Together in Ministry: Women and Men in Flourishing Relationships. Based on field research with active ministry partnerships, Rob&apos;s work explores how to develop individual and structural commitments to foment healthy and vital relationships among men and women.
You can connect with Rob on his website at drrobdixon.com.



Show notes / links:

Join us in Indianapolis on June 4 for Attached to God: An Event with Krispin Mayfield – on Spiritual Attachment Styles (co-hosted with Fall Creek Abbey).
Sign up for our Friday curated links emails.

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Check out the Gravity Commons, a place to connect and learn with others in the Gravity community.
Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

Are you interested in advertising on the Gravity Leadership Podcast? Contact Gino Curcuruto at gino@gravityleadership.com.
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Join our online community (FREE) to get a curated list of interesting and edifying articles each week, plus free resources for leading like Jesus, living on mission, and making disciples. Head to https://gravityleadership.com/join or fill out the form below to join us.

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Shane Blackshear on John Perkins: Peacemaking and Transformation Shane Blackshear had the privilege of forming a friendship with his long-time hero: civil rights leader and minister, John Perkins. Over a series of years John became a mentor, and they had numerous conversations as Shane wanted to know from John what leading a life faithful to Jesus Christ actually looked like.
What followed was a series of vulnerable and heartfelt conversations between John and Shane and their reflections on those conversations. John&apos;s words and advice are distilled into nine axioms for peacemaking and transformation in their book Go and Do: Nine Axioms on Peacemaking and Transformation From the Life of John Perkins.
Shane hosts the popular Seminary Dropout podcast. You can connect with him on his website, or on Twitter.
Show notes / links:

Join us in Indianapolis on June 4 for Attached to God: An Event with Krispin Mayfield – on Spiritual Attachment Styles (co-hosted with Fall Creek Abbey).
Sign up for our Friday curated links emails.

From our sponsor (that&#8217;s us!)

Check out the Gravity Commons, a place to connect and learn with others in the Gravity community.
Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

Are you interested in advertising on the Gravity Leadership Podcast? Contact Gino Curcuruto at gino@gravityleadership.com.
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Idelette McVicker: Reclaiming Our Humanity By Recovering From Racism We talk with Idelette McVicker about her journey out of whiteness and reckoning with her Apartheid past as an Afrikaner woman. In her book Recovering Racists: Dismantling White Supremacy and Reclaiming Our Humanity she shares 20 practices or &#8220;Stations of Liberation&#8221; that can help white people recover from the racism we have inherited, from acknowledgment and facing the ugly truth, to becoming part of repair and restitution. It&#8217;s a journey of inner transformation, liberation, and essentially, Love.
Idelette is an Afrikaner woman, born and raised in South Africa during the Apartheid years. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of SheLovesmagazine.com. She&apos;s a writer, immigrant, mother of three, and a restaurant wife. She loves Jesus, justice, and living juicy. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or her blog.
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Join us in Indianapolis on June 4 for Attached to God: An Event with Krispin Mayfield – on Spiritual Attachment Styles (co-hosted with Fall Creek Abbey).
Sign up for our Friday curated links emails that Christy reads ALL THE WAY THROUGH every week.

From our sponsor (that&#8217;s us!)

Check out the Gravity Commons, a place to connect and learn with others in the Gravity community.
Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

Are you interested in advertising on the Gravity Leadership Podcast? Contact Gino Curcuruto at gino@gravityleadership.com.
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Dominique Dubois Gilliard: Leveraging Privilege for Kingdom Justice Dominique DuBois Gilliard is back to talk about how power works in systems and structures, and how we can leverage privilege in subversive ways on behalf the the marginalized and oppressed in faithfulness to Scripture. These are the themes of Dominique&apos;s new book Subversive Witness: Scripture&#8217;s Call to Leverage Privilege.
This was a Gravity Commons LIVE discussion, which included a members-only Q&A with Dominique afterward. Join us in the Commons to get access to these conversations.
Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press and was named Outreach Magazine&apos;s 2019 Social Issues Resource of the Year. Gilliard&apos;s latest book, Subversive Witness: Scripture&apos;s Call to Leverage Privilege won Englewood Review of Books 2021 book of the year award. Gilliard also serves as an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary in its School of Restorative Arts and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, the Huffington Post named him one of the Black Christian Leaders Changing the World. Earlier this year, he received North Park Theological Seminary&apos;s distinguished alumni award.

Connect with Dominique on Twitter or Linktree.
Show notes / links:


Join us in Indianapolis on June 4 for Attached to God: An Event with Krispin Mayfield – on Spiritual Attachment Styles (co-hosted with Fall Creek Abbey).
Sign up for our Friday curated links emails that Christy reads ALL THE WAY THROUGH every week.

From our sponsor (that&#8217;s us!)

Check out the Gravity Commons, a place to connect and learn with others in the Gravity community.
Check out Gravity Leadership Academy, our 12-month training intensive for Christian leaders who want to bring lasting transformation to their culture.

Are you interested in advertising on the Gravity Leadership Podcast? Contact Gino Curcuruto at gino@gravityleadership.com.
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Join our online community (FREE) to get a curated list of interesting and edifying articles each week, plus free resources for leading like Jesus, living on mission, and making disciples. Head to https://gravityleadership.com/join or fill out the form below to join us.

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