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

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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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Navigating toxic relationships - when it’s time to awaken change

July 11, 2018

Did you know that the hard relationships in your life don't get to control you? WHAT?! WHAT IS THIS YOU SAY?! That's right my friends. And we tackle ALL of it in this episode addressing toxic relationships - whether with a family member, spouse, friend, ex-spouse, partner - we hit ALL the catagories. I unpack the 4 phases of toxic relationships and how to recognize the phase you are in.

I offer simple steps to identify healthy relationships versus unhealthy ones and how to set healthy boundaries that will protect your heart and your sanity. I also address what to do with pressure from those who don't support your boundaries as well as when to know it's time to call it quits. This conversation is jam packed with tools and insight from one who has walked this road what feels like a HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES (not really - but you get the idea) I promise, you will feel empowered and ready to awken change inside the most valuable parts of your life - your relationships.

FREE e-book A Field Guide to Toxic Relationships: www.justajesusfollower.com/toxicrelationships

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

How to identify toxic relationships

 

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Thoughts on spiritual attacks and strongholds - candid answers from my evolving journey

July 5, 2018

In this episode, I tackle many of the not-so-fun things Christians are told to watch out for. I answer questions like: 

  • Are spiritual attacks a thing?
  • Will bad things happen if you are not in God's will?
  • What happens if you step outside the "covering" of your authority?
  • What are spiritual strongholds?

After being in a ministry role for nearly a decade, I got an up close and center look at ALL things dark and light. I share from my own journey the wrestling of what I had been taught, versus what I actually saw in the model of Jesus. I expose the good, bad and the ugly of all things super spiritual, and get right to the center of what most if this boils down to: Fear vs. love. Other's voices vs. your own. A benevolent God vs. a punishing God and facing your pain vs. hiding from it.

Anna's blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

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

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Screenwriter and film director Sandra Martin – how to follow your purpose

June 28, 2018

In this episode, I invite our first female guest onto the podcast and it couldn't be more fitting than screenwriter and film director, Sandra Martin. If you've been thinking of pursuing a creative venture, making a career change or going after a passion project, you will leave this conversation feeling inspired and encouraged to say yes to that thing you've been dreaming about. Sandra shares her unconventional journey of becoming a screenwriter and gives an honest look inside her battle of self-doubt. She offers insight into how to handle moments of feeling unqualified and gives practical advice on what to expect while experiencing the learning curve of something new. Our conversation is full of wisdom and inspiration while packaged in a vulnerability that you just can't help but love her for. 

Show Notes:

How to Train Your Puppy/Husband on Hallmark Now: https://www.hmnow.com/films/how_to_train_your_husband
 
 
 
 
 
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Letting go of everyone’s approval – tools to handle rejection

June 20, 2018

Did you know there are 3 groups we are constantly trying to win approval from? Yep. They are the same for all of us: family, friends and our tribe/society. We do everything in our power to gain their approval and keep our status inside each of those groups set. But, if you tend to be a  follower of a still, small voice inside, eventually you will encounter a tension brewing between following that inner voice and pleasing your groups.

When faced with speaking your truth from that inner knowing or making a decision that poses potential rejection, anxiety and sleepless nights are ready companions. As one who has bucked the status quo most of my life, I SO GET IT. I offer 3 steps that I live by when faced with potential rejection that will bring relief, courage and much needed peace. And, should you find yourself braving the unknown as you speak your truth or follow a decision that is sure to reap rejection from your family, friends or tribe, I've got you covered. I offer 4 bonus tools that will empower you as you embark on following your inner knowing that are SO good. 

These are tools I so wish someone would have shared with me decades ago and I am eager to share these secrets with you. 

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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Former ex-gay ministry leader, Tim Rymel - Re-thinking Everything

June 13, 2018

In this episode I talk with author and former minister Tim Rymel. Tim was the outreach director of the ex-gay ministry Love in Action, between 1991-1996 that specialized in conversion therapy. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project and a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual Issues. We talk about his story and get a behind the scenes look into conversion therapy as well as discuss his new book, Re-Thinking Everything.

Show Notes:

Tim’s Website: https://timrymel.com/

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

My blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

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How to overcome trauma and live your best life

June 6, 2018

Trauma is that line the separates the before and the after; the once was and now is. Whether mental, emotional, physical or spiritual the effects of are often the same. In this episode, I share a personal traumatic event and the 3 steps I took to climb to the other side: finding safety, grief/remembrance and re-writing my inner dialogue. These tools changed my life and brought me back to who I was before - only better and stronger. There is hope for you and your journey and I can't wait to see who you are on the other side. 

Show Notes:

My book, Forgiveness is not an Option: https://www.amazon.com/Forgiveness-Not-Option-Journey-Freedom/dp/1620200155/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438031104&sr=8-1&keywords=forgiveness+is+not+an+option

Podcast Episode, Rising from Pain: https://behindthemirror.podbean.com/e/rising-from-pain-how-to-heal-from-heartache/

My blog: www.justajesusfollower.com

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

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

 

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