From worship singer to worldwide alternative folk artist - my conversation with Calvin Arsenia

October 17, 2018

I invite Calvin Arsenia, a classically trained vocalist, harpist and musician onto the show for an honest conversation about his journey of leaving the worship space and following his own path.

Calvin's music has gained worldwide attention for his shows that tackle sexuality, religion and race in a stunningly unorthodox manner.  We discuss how he learned to believe he was enough while embracing his true self and how he created an authentic life and community. He talks candidly about the pain and frustration he encountered during his time in church, but equally the beauty and depth he continues to pull from his relationship with God and his spirituality.

Show notes:

Calvin Arsenia: www.calvinarsenia.com

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

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When it’s time to be real - being authentic in an unauthentic world

October 10, 2018

Learning how to be vulnerable, real and authentic was one of THE HARDEST THINGS I've ever done. In this episode, I expose my own journey into authenticity and the baby steps I took in this process. I also talk about how Jesus lived and interracted with humans on a real level and how the main thing that irritated the snot out of him were those who were "false". 

Show Notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Facebook Group: www.justajesusfollower.com/podcast/podcastgroup

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

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You aren’t called to suffer - Re-thinking “taking up your cross”

October 3, 2018

Jesus said things like: my yoke is easy and my burden is light. He talked about offering life and giving it to the fullest. He told those who were tired and weary that he would give them rest. The message of loving well and living well were consistent throughout Christ's ministry and teachings. And yet, many Christians instead of focusing on loving and living well, they focus on "suffering well". 

In this episode, I challenge the idea living a life of suffering as we re-think verses like: "taking up your cross" and how you should be "content in any and all circumstances". It's a new perspective on a theme that has been prevelent in most of mainstream Christian culture. 

Show notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

Facebook Group: www.justajesusfollower.com/podcast/podcastgroup

 

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“Who told you that you were naked?” - Thoughts on Adam and Eve

September 26, 2018

How does the first story of humans in the Bible relate to our present day culture? In this episode, I explore the "fall" and how it pertains to a very relevant question: what does God say is good and what does God say is evil? This story reveals the primary cause as to why so many denominations, families, relationships, churches and groups are divided. It also offers hope for how we can find peace inside our relationships and inside our relationship with the Divine.  

Show notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

Facebook group: www.justajesusfollower.com/podcast/podcastgroup

 

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It’s okay to not know - Letting go of having all of the answers

September 19, 2018

When you start to question what you believe, what certain scriptures mean, how you view the Bible or God all together, many of us start to panic. For me, it was mainly because one of the predominant things in the Christian culture I was raised in, was the pressure to "have an answer" for everything. But when my absolute answers started unraveling, I felt terrified. In this episode I share what that process looked like for me and how I was able to shift from fear to peace. 

Show notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Facebook group: www.justajesusfollower.com/podcast/podcastgroup

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

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Re-thinking the Bible and Our Authenticity with Pete Enns, Jim Lee and Tim Rymel

September 12, 2018

In part 2 of the best of season 1, I explore the best of my conversations with Pete Enns (The Bible for Normal People), Jim Lee (Energy healing with the Splankna Institute) and Tim Rymel (author of Re-Thinking Everything).

In these candid, honest conversastions we discuss topics like:

  • Re-thinking our relationship with the Bible and how we read it
  • How to be authentic
  • Spiritual abuse
  • Inclusion and LGBTQ issues
  • Deconstruction

Show Notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

 

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Re-imagining God with William Paul Young, Carlos Rodriguez and Micah J. Murray

September 5, 2018

In this episode, I compile the highlights of some this season's best guests (part 1). You'll hear the best of my conversation with WP Young (The Shack), Carlos Rodriguez (Happy Sonship) and Micah J Murray as we explore different ways of imagining God, Christianity and our faith as a whole. We discuss thoughts on hell, inclusion, the history of American Christianity, how we've misunderstood God, "judgement" and what Jesus was really all about. 

Show Notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

FB Group: www.justajesusfollower.com/podcast/podcastgroup

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

 

 

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Is God actually in control? When bad things happen to good people

August 29, 2018

So often when bad things happen we are told, "don't worry, God is in control" But can God be in control and good at the same time? Is the idea of God being in control even biblical? I explore all of this from my wrestling with this question and my own journey of trying to balance the idea of a good God in the midst of tragedy and heartache. 

Show notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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Defeating Anxiety and Depression with Dallas Amsden

August 22, 2018

I invite Dallas Amsden, host of the podcast Defeating Depression, onto the show to share his personal journey of anxiety and depression. Dallas opens up about being a pastor's kid and how his depression and anxiety came to a breaking point where change had to happen. In our conversation, we discuss how mental health is viewed in the church, why so many of us hide in shame of our anxiety or depression and how we can break the unhealthy cycles of coping that we fall into. We also discuss how anxiety and depression are so prevelent when we are in the midst of deconstruction in our faith. Dallas offers encouragement and practical tools for those feeling isolated in their journey. This is a rare, honest conversation on a topic that is so often misunderstood. 

Show Notes:

Defeating Depression Podcast with Dallas Amsden: http://www.defeatingdepressionpod.com/

Anna's Blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

 

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Thoughts on Christians and marijuana use - a candid conversation

August 15, 2018

I invite my brother on this episode to have a candid, open conversation about marijuana use. We discuss how we were taught to view this when we were younger, how it was addressed in the church and our thoughts on it currently.

Show notes:

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

Podcast FB Group: www.justajesusfollower.com/podcast/podcastgroup

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annadimmel

 

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