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The Renovaré Podcast

Nathan Foster talks to ordinary saints about spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines and everyday life with God. New episode each Monday.

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Chris Hall Nathan Foster
Chris Hall & Nathan Foster
February 20, 2017

Episode 69 - Remembering Thomas Oden: New Doesn't Mean Better // Chris Hall

Nathan Foster talks with Renovaré president Chris Hall about his recently passed friend, mentor and theologian Tom Oden. Chris also shares why ancient writings by the church fathers are more relevant than ever, and how C.S. Lewis defined an ignorant person.

Jan Johnson Nathan Foster
Jan Johnson & Nathan Foster
February 13, 2017

Episode 68 - Scripture Meditation // Jan Johnson

Author, retreat leader, and spiritual director Jan Johnson joins Nathan again to talk about the importance of meditating on scripture, how it differs from eastern meditation, and even slowly walks us through a passage in Luke.

Jan Johnson's class on scripture meditation can be found at

Song of Prayer, played during the meditation, graciously provided by Chad Lawson.

Cindy Wu Nathan Foster
Cindy Wu & Nathan Foster
February 6, 2017

Episode 67 - Refugees // Cindy Wu

Cindy Wu, co-author of Our Global Families, lives in the most racially diverse county in America (in Houston). In this timely episode Cindy gently cuts through misconceptions about refugees and shares how caring for the stranger is easier and more rewarding than one might think.

Beth Allen Slevcove Nathan Foster
Beth Allen Slevcove & Nathan Foster
January 30, 2017

Episode 66 - Broken Hallelujahs // Beth Allen Slevcove

Beth Allen Slevcove is a spiritual director, retreat leader, writer, surfer and mother in San Diego, California. Nathan talks with her about learning to grieve, the topic of her book Broken Hallelujahs.

C. Chris Smith Nathan Foster
C. Chris Smith & Nathan Foster
January 23, 2017

Episode 65 - Slow // C. Chris Smith

Chris Smith is editor of The Englewood Review of Books, and a member of Englewood Christian Church, a church which helped spark Chris' book Slow Church. Nathan chats with him about living and reading slower and more intentionally. 

Charles Ayars Nathan Foster
Charles Ayars & Nathan Foster
January 16, 2017

Episode 64 - St. John of the Cross // Charles Ayars

Nathan talks with Charles Ayars, a spiritual director who works with the Renovaré Institute, about the life and poetry of St. John of the Cross.

Deirdre LaNoue Nathan Foster
Deirdre LaNoue & Nathan Foster
January 9, 2017

Episode 63 - The Spiritual Legacy of Henri Nouwen // Deirdre LaNoue

Deirdre LaNoue's doctoral dissertation became the book The Spiritual Legacy Of Henri Nouwen. Nathan Foster talks with her about Nouwen's life and his book Life of the Beloved which Deirdre facilitates in this year's Renovaré Book Club.

Nathan Foster
Mary Russell & Nathan Foster
January 2, 2017

Episode 62 - Bible Reading Insights at 92 // Mary Russell

Nathan Foster kicks off 2017 by interviewing long-time Renovaré supporter Mary Russell, 92, who shares her rhythms of reading Scripture and how she listens to God. 

Free resources mentioned in the podcast are available on the Life With God Bible page.

Nathan Foster Carolyn Arends
Nathan Foster & Carolyn Arends
December 19, 2016

Episode 61 - Christmas Songs with Carolyn Arends

For nearly each one of the last 25 years Carolyn Arends, Renovaré's Director of Education, has written a new Christmas song. In this episode, the last of the year, Nathan plays us three of those songs and talks with Carolyn to get the stories behind them.

Joe Davis Nathan Foster
Joe Davis & Nathan Foster
December 12, 2016

Episode 60 - Renovaré UK, and Exploring Mid-Faith Crisis // Joe Davis

Joe Davis is a minister, speaker, celebrant, Renovaré Institute grad, and part of the Renovaré UK leadership team. He talks with Nathan about his work, and what it means to go through a "mid-faith crisis."

Joe created an animated video series to make the Streams more accessible: Starting Your Spiritual Journey.