Conversation # 6 Christopher Hall No. 16 by Joshua Banner

Josh has a conversation with Christopher Hall, president of Renovare and one of the three lead instructors of Josh's doctorate of ministry cohort in spiritual direction, a degree program through Fuller Seminary. Chris and Josh focus on the question of inner transformation, if it is possible and whether we believe in transformation. Chris draws especially from his expertise in desert spirituality to help us consider how to step into transformative "learning spaces," spaces where we acquire the character of Jesus

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Conversation #5 Nathan Foster no. 12 by Joshua Banner

In this conversation Josh and Nathan discuss spiritual disciplines, the six streams of spirituality celebrated by Renovaré, ecumenicism, mysticism, and parenting. How indeed do we help anyone, especially our own children grow spiritually? Josh introduces this conversation with a longer 'audio essay' on his own history with books by Nathan's father, Richard Foster and how Richard Foster and Dallas Willard continue to be sources of help and inspiration as he grows as a spiritual director. Feel free to skip ahead (approx 15 mins in) directly to the conversation with Nathan if you'd like. Also, you are invited to listen to Nathan's interview of Josh on the Renovaré site, www.renovare.org/podcast In that interview Josh talks about the development of the Invitation Podcast and his work in contemplative prayer outreach in a prison. Stay tuned for a long form retreat led by Nathan available later this summer!

5 Minute Prayer #14 'Lion or the Dove' No. 11 by Joshua Banner

This is prayer exercise #14 from the prayer guide, "40 Ways to Spend Five Minutes with God," available at invitationpodcast.org. If this short format leaves you wanting more guidance in prayer, please try out one of our first three episodes. A new long format retreat led by Nathan Foster of Renovare and an interview with Nathan will be available soon. The definitions of meditation, or 'haga' in Hebrew are from Eugene Peterson's book, Eat this Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading page 2. Thanks for listening. Please write a review of this podcast on iTunes, subscribe, join our mailing list, and visit our website to find the prayer guide. Peace of Christ to you!

Conversation #4 Josh Garrels & John Mark McMillan no. 10 by Joshua Banner

Josh managed to get an hour with recording artists Josh Garrels and John Mark McMillan in the afternoon before they performed a concert at Hope College. They discuss the charismatic, Evangelical, and Catholic church; aesthetic care of worship and worship spaces; reading the Bible for what it actually says; family disciplines and Sabbath keeping, creating more space for God with exercise, when to set aside our screens and be closer to each other. Of course there is discussion about their creative process in writing music and who they are reading: Dylan Thomas, Wendell Berry, AW Tozer, Eugene Peterson, Richard Rohr and Dallas Willard.

5 Minute Prayer #4 'Listing Your Loves' no. 9 by Joshua Banner

This episode is the first in our new five minute format. This is prayer exercise #4 from the prayer guide, "40 Ways to Spend Five Minutes with God," available at invitationpodcast.org. Be sure to get out something to write with for this guided prayer. If you have interest in writing and recording a five minute prayer exercise, please consult the prayer guide and then contact josh@invitationpodcast.org The closing song, "Psalm 23:1-2" is used with permission from theversesproject.com and Zach Winters.

An Update & Short Meditation, 'Choosing Less' no. 8 by Joshua Banner

In this episode Josh offers two updates in a reflective meditation, a kind of short retreat. If you are interested in the Feb 7-8 church leader's contemplative retreat, send him an email (josh at harderwyk dot com). Josh also explains his decision to step down from his position at Harderwyk. Huge thanks to the leaders at that church and to all the people as well. Listen to find out more. A new, proper website will be online soon. Stay tuned for more conversations and retreats coming soon!

Conversation #3 Sharon Garlough Brown no. 7 by Joshua Banner

Josh sits down with spiritual director and author Sharon Garlough Brown (www.sensibleshoesclub.com) at the Dominican Center in Grand Rapids, MI. They discuss Sharon's journey into spiritual direction, the story behind her Sensible Shoes books, Ignatian Spirituality, the missional church, Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, the disciplines of silence, lectio divina, journaling, Scripture meditation, and Sabbath keeping. Sharon also recites a section of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem "Aurora Leigh."

Conversation #2 Brad Kilman no. 6 by Joshua Banner

Josh is visited by his long-time friend Brad Kilman, a worship leader and songwriter from Oklahoma City. They discuss spiritual friendship, the similarities between worship leading and spiritual direction, songwriting, their first experiences in a recording studio, spiritual listening, dealing with ego in leadership, Taizé, and the enneagram. www.bradkilman.com Also check out www.theversesproject.com to find more of Brad's music. The next interview will be with author, Sharon Garlough Brown in anticipation of a contemplative prayer retreat for church leaders she will be co-leading with Josh February 7-8. Then we will begin releasing a new five-minute retreat format that will correspond to Josh's prayer guide, "Forty Ways to Spend Five-Minutes With God." At the end of this episode you can hear a bit of a song based on Psalm 103 written by Brad and recorded in a cabin during their time in a cabin near Three Rivers, MI.

Conversation #1 Joseph Byrd OLF no. 5 by Joshua Banner

For the first Invitation Podcast interview, Josh sits down with his spiritual director, Joseph Byrd OLF. As with any conversation with Joseph, prepare yourself to hang on tight to the dynamic spiritual ‘flow’ of this conversation. Topics covered are prayer, suffering, waking to God as if from a dream, music, prison outreach, CS Lewis, Dallas Willard, Teilhard de Chardin, St. Ignatius, St. Francis of Assisi, Isaac of Nineveh, Evelyn Underhill and more. Most importantly, this discussion demonstrates the rich spiritual friendship between Josh and Joseph that spills over into their two years of going to the EC Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon MI to train a group of inmates to become spiritual directors. For more information on Joseph visit: zionholland.com Upcoming: Conversation #2 with worship leader/songwriter, Brad Kilman.

Retreat #3 - Revelation 3 no. 4 by Joshua Banner

"I will come in to you to eat with you, and you with me."

How do we sit down and participate in the greater pleasures of God? This retreat slowly and carefully guides you through Scripture, quotes from great authors (Fredrick Buechner, Origen, Theophan the Recluse), and questions for you to consider, all to help you become more familiar with God in prayer.

Music:
“Save My Life” Josh Banner 1999
“Always Faithful” by Brad Kilman www.bradkilman.com
"Silence" Josh Banner and Susanna Childress 1999
Josh with Jared DeMeester (uke & upright bass)
Other sound design by Josh (rhodes w/ fx) & Josh Holicki (snare)
“Light of Jesus” Instrumental Josh Banner

Retreat #2 - Jeremiah 29 no. 3 by Joshua Banner

"I will come in to you to eat with you, and you with me."

How do we sit down and participate in the greater pleasures of God? This retreat slowly and carefully guides you through Scripture, quotes from great authors (Fredrick Buechner, Origen, Theophan the Recluse), and questions for you to consider, all to help you become more familiar with God in prayer.

Music:
“Save My Life” Josh Banner 1999
“Always Faithful” by Brad Kilman www.bradkilman.com
"Silence" Josh Banner and Susanna Childress 1999
Josh with Jared DeMeester (uke & upright bass)
Other sound design by Josh (rhodes w/ fx) & Josh Holicki (snare)
“Light of Jesus” Instrumental Josh Banner