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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Radical inclusion, equality & movement of the Spirit - what the first church was actually about

August 8, 2018

I've heard the phrase: well, we just need to get back to how they did things in the first church. I wanted to play on that idea and really dig into what radical movements the church in Acts was actually about. I explore how Jesus set up this movement and how Paul radically embraced this idea of inclusion, equality and wild movement of the Spirit.

Show Notes:

Anna's Blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

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

 

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Pete Enns - Deconstructing and Re-constructing the Bible

August 2, 2018

I am honored to invite one of my favorite teachers and thought-leaders onto the podcast in this thought-provoking episode with Pete Enns. Host of the podcast, The Bible for Normal People, Pete is the professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, has his PHD from Harvard and is a contributor to numerous publications and written works. Pete is candid and honest in our conversation as we dig into tough questions like: 

  • What about those conflicting stories in the Bible?
  • How should we read the Old and New Testaments?
  • How do we handle confrontations with friends and family who demand we take the Bible literally?
  • What do we do when we fear our faith is collapsing?

This conversation is rich with wisdom and insight, delivered with a wit and humor that only Pete can offer. If you don't know Pete Enns yet, you will definitely be a fan by the end of this episode. 

Show Notes:

Pete Enns: https://peteenns.com/

The Bible for Normal People Podcast: https://peteenns.com/podcast/

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

 

 

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Thoughts on Sexuality - pre-marital sex, porn and all the things

July 25, 2018

The topic of sex is one riddled with a thousand different questions and this episode is my attempt to answer some of the common questions I receive. Questions like: is pre-marital sex a sin? What does God view as marriage? Is pornography wrong? What about adultery? What were the opinions of Jesus? What is an actual "Biblical marriage"? I tackle this topic within the lens of scripture, offering the framework of culture, context and common sense. It is an honest episode shared from my own journey and from the collection of stories you've shared with me along the way. I believe this will offer peace, clarity and (hopefully!) relief from shame.

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

 

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William Paul Young - Lies we believe about God

July 18, 2018

Oh my goodness. This episode is hands down one of my favorite conversations we’ve have on the show. I talk with New York Times best selling author, William Paul Young (The Shack). He offers candid perspectives on the (often misrepresented) nature and character of God. He answers questions like what do we do with things like judgement? Is hell real? What do we when do when we are in conflict with our theology? How do we overcome shame and embrace who we are? I am a huge fan and was honored to share in such an unfiltered discussion about life, God and the beauty of humanity.

 

William Paul Young: http://wmpaulyoung.com/

Lies We Believe About God: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501101390

Behind the Mirror Facebook Group: www.justajesusfollower.com/podcast/podcastgroup

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