By Lightning Atkinson and Vince Brackett
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We're on a trial-and-error journey in search of a meaningful quiet inner life in a busy loud world… and you're invited. Our guide has been the person and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, but whatever your religious (or non-religious) background, join us on this spiritual journey. Jesus was a homeless vagrant street preacher. So what does it mean to follow him in our affluent and busy 21st century American context? We're not mega-church pastors, we're two regular guys in Chicago trying to follow Jesus in a world that is so very different from his. Together, we'll discover great writers (like Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, and Richard Rohr), talk with some thoughtful guests, re-think modern-Western Christianity, explore Christian contemplation and mysticism, learn how to slow down, and test drive some spiritual disciplines. You'll hear how we are each nurturing a still spirit, and what has worked and what hasn't amidst all the demands of everyday life. One more thing, we're real people with real lives having real conversations. There won't be any sermons, esoteric theology, churchy jargon or crocheted bible verses. We hope you'll join our weekly discussions about living a quiet inner life in a loud nonstop world.
||CleanA Quiet Goodbye | 037||CHAPTER 37, IN WHICH WE SAY GOODBYE TO OUR FRIENDS This is the last episode of unQuiet Life. Vince and Lightning shared how they began this podcast and some of the guidelines they have followed to make it less podcasty and more conversational. -||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEldership w/ Mary Trujillo | 036||CHAPTER 36, IN WHICH WE VISIT ALABAMA, THAILAND AND ZAMBIA - The guys welcomed Mary Trujillo to the conversation this week. Mary is a professor at North Park University in Chicago. She is a person of deep faith, a woman of wisdom, a lover of people,||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Death Informs Life | 035||CHAPTER 35, IN WHICH WE CONSIDER HOW REFLECTIONS ON DEATH CAN HELP US LIVE BETTER - This week Vince and Lightning tackle the light topic of death. Lightning began by sharing that a friend of his recently passed away.||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMixed Motives | 034||CHAPTER 34, IN WHICH VINCE ALMOST DOESN'T LEAD A RETREAT AND LIGHTNING BRINGS FLOWERS - Vince shared with us that he recently had a major realization about himself. As he was leading a church retreat, he realized that he was compulsively taking respo...||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEldership w/ David Janzen | 033||CHAPTER 33, IN WHICH WE BEGIN TO EXPLORE THE CONCEPT OF WISDOM AND ELDERSHIP - This week, Vince and Lightning are joined by David Janzen, who is a long-time member of Reba Place Fellowship. The Fellowship is an intentional Christian community in a sub...||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanContemplation and Thomas Merton | 032||CHAPTER 32, IN WHICH WE ARE REMISS AND LIGHTNING GETS INTO THE RIVER. - [smart_track_player url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/unquietlife/uQL_032__Contemplation_and_Thomas_Merton.mp3" ] - Lightning began this week telling a story about attending a prot...||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuiet: When and Where | 031||CHAPTER 31, IN WHICH WE LEARN ABOUT THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN COFFEESHOPS AND CANOEING - Vince began this week's conversation by telling a story about sitting at the same coffeeshop every morning for two hours.||2/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanthe Ego | 030||CHAPTER 30, IN WHICH WE HEAR ABOUT FRIGMUND SEUD, AND DISCUSS LIGHTNING'S ATTEMPT AT PLAYING FOOTBALL. Today, Lightning and Vince are talking about the Ego…not in the clinical sense, but in the way we use the term in our everyday language.||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCentered or Bounded? | 029||What can we learn about God from a circle and a dot?||1/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThoughts on Being Poor | 028||Is being poor a necessary part of following Jesus?||1/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThoughts On Being Rich | 027||We are all so rich||1/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreparing together for the new year | 026||CHAPTER 26, IN WHICH WE TRY TO APPLY SOME INTENTIONALITY TO OUR 2016 CALENDAR Last week Lightning and Vince talked about intentionality in life and especially in developing an inner life. Since we are on the cusp of a new year,||12/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBegin with the End in Mind | 025||CHAPTER 25, IN WHICH WE LEARN ABOUT SHEEPLE, AND BORROW FROM STEPHEN COVEY - Lightning began this week's conversation by talking about the small town of Saugatuck, Michigan. Saugatuck-which has 925 year-round residents-has one of everything: one hardw...||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBoss, Physician, Parent, God | 024||CHAPTER 24, IN WHICH WE CONSIDER OUR VIEW OF GOD - Vince began this week's conversation by telling stories about two of his friends who are in similar situations. Each of these individuals has taken a big life risk because s/he believes God lead him/h...||12/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeath by paper cuts | 023||CHAPTER 23, IN WHICH WE HEAR ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEAN AND TIDY Vince woke up recently feeling off. Do you know that feeling…when something isn't quite right, but you can't put your finger on why.||12/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanunAmerican Jesus | 022||CHAPTER 22, IN WHICH WE REMOVE OUR AMERICAN LENSES TO SEE JESUS MORE CLEARLY - NEWS FLASH: We're three days into Advent, but it is not too late to sign up for the daily devotional conversations. Treat yourself to a wonderful Advent this year with Vinc...||12/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy American Lenses | 021||NEWS FLASH: Advent starts on Sunday! Don't get steamrolled by the most unquiet season in America. Sign up here for our daily advent devotional podcast. Join Vince and Lightning every day to prepare your heart for Christmas. You'll thank yourself later.||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Life of Retreat w/ Carol Kortsch | 020||CHAPTER 20, IN WHICH WE MEET CAROL KORTSCH AND ENCOUNTER THE WILD SOUL IN THE WILDERNESS Vince and Lightning are joined this week by Lightning's long-time friend Carol Kortsch. Carol and her husband of 40+ years, Uli,||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanthe Ancient Enneagram | 019||CHAPTER 19, IN WHICH WE LEARN ABOUT TYPES 1 AND 4, AND CONTRAST STITCHING Vince and Lightning began a conversation last week about how to know ourselves. Listen to last week's conversation here. - Lightning shared that only as he has gotten older...||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKnowing Myself | 018||Lightning began this week’s conversation by telling us that there have been recent years where he and his wife put their kids to bed on Christmas eve, wrapped the last few presents, and then said to each other,||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreparing for Winter | 017||CHAPTER 17, IN WHICH WE HEAR ABOUT THE PEANUT BUTTER SNOOZE BAR, AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF BAKING - Winter is coming in Chicago, and soon it will be dark at 4:30pm. Lightning started this conversation by sharing that he has seasonal affective ...||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving on Autopilot | 016||What do we get out of living on autopilot?||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWork, Work, Work w/ Brad Farris | 015||Can our work draw us into quiet relationship with God?||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPray As You Go, Phyllis Tickle, Richard Rohr | 014||These are a few of my favorite things...||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Jesus Prayer | 013||Can a rote prayer create spontaneous results?||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving humbly, not heroically | 012||Today is a good day to go low.||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOff the beaten path together | 011||Are there times when we have to go to the edges of community to find ourselves and God?||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntentional Thankfulness | 010||How can something so simple change my outlook so dramatically?||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing Secure In Our Insecurities | 009||How can we be OK, without proving ourselves?||9/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCompetition and the Quiet Life | 008||Is your competitive spirit preventing your inner life?||8/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy do we Avoid Quiet? | 007||When it comes to being quiet and still, what are afraid of?||8/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeing Present to More of Reality | 006||What if quiet leads us more into reality?||8/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSocial Media and the Quiet Life | 005||Is your life on social media affecting your inner quiet life?||8/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTV, Smartphones, and the Quiet Life | 004||Is technology helping your inner life? Let's discuss.||7/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGood Conflict and the Quiet Life | 003||Can conflict bring us closer to Jesus?||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParenting and the Quiet Life | 002||Can one have kids *and* a quiet inner life?||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnreliable Narrators | 001||How can we see the whole picture, if we're in the picture?||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Refreshing like ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day.
Vince and Lightning don’t claim to have everything figured out, rather, they’ve started a conversation to bring to light practical, every-day issues that affect most of us while offering practical guidance based on age old principals of Jesus. Not pushy, preachy or judgmental. Just real talk, with real people. Get engaged, it’s a great way to start your day.
I can dig it.
These guys are real, accessible, vulnerable and not overly opinionated. And that is attractive in a podcast.
An insightful and practically helpful conversation
Great stuff here. The ideas they discuss are practical and universally helpful. They also manage to be entertaining and engaging while discussing super deep stuff. I highly recommend.