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The Renovaré Podcast

Nathan Foster talks to ordinary saints about spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines and everyday life with God. New episodes every other Monday.

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Steve Macchia Nathan Foster
Steve Macchia & Nathan Foster
May 20, 2019

Steve Macchia — Highs and Lows of the Evangelical Tradition

Despite the fact that evangelicals can be "know-it-alls who tend to start something new because others 'don't get it,'" author and president of Leadership Transformations Steve Macchia says there are still gifts to be rediscovered in the evangelical tradition. 

Richard J. Foster Nathan Foster
Richard J. Foster & Nathan Foster
May 6, 2019

Richard Foster — Streams: The Evangelical Tradition

To begin a series on the six major Christian traditions, or streams, outlined in the book Streams of Living Water, Nathan Foster talks with his father Richard Foster about one of the most misunderstood streams: Evangelical, or The Word-Centered Life.

For more, see the Renovaré webpage on The Six Streams and Richard Foster's book Streams of Living Water.

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Nathan Foster
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove & Nathan Foster
April 29, 2019

Jonathan-Wilson Hartgrove — Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion

The slaveholding mentality, which many American Christians assume is past, continues to distort the way we read Scripture and think about each other. With gentleness and humility, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove shares how we can find freedom in the way of Jesus.

Jonathan's book is titled Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.

Lacy Finn Borgo Nathan Foster
Lacy Finn Borgo & Nathan Foster
April 22, 2019

Lacy Borgo — A Seven-Week Resurrection Celebration

Resurrection Sunday is just the beginning. The church calendar sets aside fifty days to celebrate the resurrection. Teacher, author, and Renovaré Ministry Team member Lacy Borgo shares the why and how of Eastertide.

Carolyn Arends
Carolyn Arends
April 8, 2019

Carolyn Arends — Cracking Open Space for God

"Advent and Lent are like little door jambs to crack open space in our hearts." In a tender conversation with Nathan Foster, singer/songwriter and Renovaré Director of Education Carolyn Arends shares her journey with the church calendar and remembers her mom who recently passed.

Carolyn's music is featured throughout the podcast. Learn more about Carolyn and her music at

Trevor Hudson Nathan Foster
Trevor Hudson & Nathan Foster
March 25, 2019

Trevor Hudson — Meeting Christ in Our Tears

When Jesus finds Mary crying at his tomb, he doesn't try to cheer her up or change her. He simply asks, "Why are you weeping?" In this moving talk—interspersed with pauses and contemplative music for reflection—author and pastor Trevor Hudson helps us listen to our pain and find Christ in our tears.

Music used during Trevor Hudson's reading by Chad Lawson, available only in the Dwell Scripture Meditation app.

Trevor Hudson Nathan Foster
Trevor Hudson & Nathan Foster
March 11, 2019

Trevor Hudson — The Litmus Test for Lent

Lent is the season when people give up things they enjoy. But is that even a good idea? What's the litmus test for observing Lent—or any spiritual practice, for that matter? Author, pastor, and Renovaré Institute instructor Trevor Hudson offers some liberating answers in this interview with Nathan Foster.   

Music used during Trevor Hudson's reading by Chad Lawson, available only in the Dwell Scripture Meditation app.

Nathan Foster Jean Nevills
Nathan Foster & Jean Nevills
February 25, 2019

Jean Nevills — Joy Is Powerful

Most Christians practice spiritual disciplines long before they know what a spiritual discipline is. For Jean Nevills, spiritual director and Renovaré Ministry Team member, celebration was a normal part of her upbringing and is part of everyday life now. In this conversation with Nathan Foster, she makes celebration practical.

Learn more about Jean Nevills spiritual direction and her retreat house in Oregon at her website.

Transitional music by Lee Rosevere.

James Catford Nathan Foster
James Catford & Nathan Foster
February 18, 2019

James Catford — The Cloud of Unknowing

Written by an anonymous author in the 14th century, The Cloud of Unknowing serves as a guide to Christian contemplation. For guest James Catford, Renovaré board member and former British Bible Society Chief Executive, it's a "lifetime book." Nathan Foster draws out James's insights on the book.

The 2019 Renovaré Book Club is going through The Cloud of Unknowing. Learn more.

Jan Johnson Nathan Foster
Jan Johnson & Nathan Foster
February 11, 2019

Jan Johnson — Being Glad With God

A good translation of Philippians 4:4 is, "Celebrate in the Lord, always." But what does that mean in practical terms? Author and teacher Jan Johnson joins Nathan Foster again to discuss being glad with God in the present moment.

Transitional music by Lee Rosevere.