The 4 seasons of every person - death, rebirth, drought and preparation

March 15, 2019

In this episode I talk about the discovery of my inner emotions mirrored in the seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall. I parallel how nature, animals, plants and even the story of Jesus tell the same story of death, rebirth, drought and preparation. All of creation adheres to the natural order of seasons. Humans, however, seem to be the only ones who fight the changing of our personal seasons. I share stories from my own grief and personal winter and how I've learned to embrace and recognize the seasons when they come. 

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

Homosexuality and the Christian Faith - with Robert Arnau

March 7, 2019

I invite seminary graduate Robert Arnau, to talk about homosexuality inside the Christian faith. This is one of my favorite conversations this season. Having preached at many churches, Robert is invited to speak on panels regarding the LGBTQ+faith topics. We discuss his personal journey of trauma in conversion therapy, demonic exorcisms and how he wrestled with the commonly known anti-homosexuality passages in scripture. Robert explains these passages including context and varying interpretations. Our conversation is full of warmth, encouragement and clarity for those wresting on both sides of this subject. 

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

Robert Arnau: www.thelatinogaychristian.com

When the church gets it wrong - the truth behind spiritual growth and community

February 28, 2019

With so much tension inside denominations and churches, I decided to share my own experiences and journey within church. From being a kid in the pew every week to being a lead pastor, I talk about my journey from inside the church to venturing outside. I compare the ideas of community built on an agreed set upon beliefs versus a community built on differences and diversity. This episode includes loads of encouragement for those who have been hurt by their church, considering changing denominations or those who have left church all together. 

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

 

Who are your soulmates? Talking relationships and life changes with Kirby Carol

February 22, 2019

I invite one of my soulmates onto the show to talk about all things relationships. Kirby is a world traveler, ghost writer and honorary psychologist (at least she writes like one;)). Kirby shares the psychology of change - why we struggle to make big changes even if they're good for us and the shame we often encounter when we change "too much". Included in our chat, is a huge boost of encouragement if you're going through a big change such as divorce, relationship struggles, church exit, faith shift or even friendship issues. Kirby offers loads of wisdom and humor - this is one you don't want to miss!

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

Kirby Carol: http://kirbycarol.com/

What love is and isn’t

February 15, 2019

As my faith deconstructed, so did other things. One in particular was my belief about love. I was taught that real love meant laying down your life for someone. But, the practice of laying down my life inside my marriage, friendships and parenting led me to an unhealthy (and rather unhappy) place. In this episode, I share how the foundation of what I thought love was impacted all of my relationships. I equally share how I deconstructed that foundation and built a new one on what love really is and isn't.  

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

The Jussie Smollett attack - thoughts on racism and the church

January 31, 2019

This week has been a crazy one in the media. Like many of you, I've been bombarded with stories in the news. One story however, stood out - the story of the attack on Jussie Smollett (Empire) gripped me. In this episode, I share my candid thoughts on racism and the church. I dig into the history of racism inside the Christian faith and how it continues to play an active role inside the western world. I also share how I believe Jesus would respond, with a current take on the Good Samaritan. 

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

NY Times Article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/arts/television/empire-jussie-smollett-attacked.html

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

Embracing surrender - letting go of control and my lovely stubbornness

January 25, 2019

Well, let's be honest - I like being in control. I like being "right". I like winning. And I like knowing the outcome. As much as I believed this offered me the upper hand, this last year I learned how much power actually rests in surrender. I haven't historically embraced surrender - it's often been something I avoided (in arguments, board games, grief, pain and just about anything I put my hand to). I used to believe that surrender meant failure - or that I had "given up". But, what I've learned is that surrender is the ultimate prize. It is not only a gift to your soul but is the core of spirituality; it is the true ticket to a free and authentic life. 

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

 

Say goodbye to fear

January 18, 2019

Love and fear can't share the same space - and yet, I spent a lot of my life fearing many things: hell, disappointing God, the power of the "enemy" - I lived in a tightly constructed box with a narrow view of the world on the outside. There were "others" and there were those like me. As I have ventured through a deconstruction of faith, I have let go of many of those fears and yet, the cycle of fear continued. This episode explores many reasons why we are afraid, the affects of a life built on fear and steps we can take to step outside our walls. You were made for a full life - one with freedom, joy, peace, love and limitless possibilities. You were made for a life free from fear.

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

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

 

We’re all the same - Traveling the globe with PBS show host Rachel Parsons

January 10, 2019

I invite Rachel Parsons, host of the show The Peregrine Dame (PBS and Amazon), to talk about her perspectives and experiences as a solo world traveler. Rachel shares how she has broken through cultural, language and religious barriers throughout her journeys and the love she develops for the people who welcome her. She offers insight into ways we can overcome our fear of people who are different than us and steps we can take inside our own cities to bridge cultural/religious gaps. 

Rachel Parsons: http://theperegrinedame.com/

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

 

All About Family - Meet my kids as we talk about ALL things family

January 2, 2019

Given this is the first episode of 2019, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to my kiddos: Bria, Lyla, Viola & Noa. We discuss ALL THE THINGS (and I promise, they hold nothing back - including a laughing fit from Viola and a personal confession from Lyla). I ask them what grown ups should understand about kids and also their thoughts about church and God. They answer questions directly from the facebook group and they give a personal thank you to each Patreon at the end. Happy New Years! And I hope you enjoy :)

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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