Get Your Spirit in Shape
Get Your Spirit in Shape
“I know what to do. I just need to do it!” That was how I responded to my health coach when she asked if I had any questions about improving my diet and increasing my activity level. I’m guessing that is true of you, too. We know what it takes to be physically healthy—exercise and good nutrition—but sometimes we struggle to do it.
Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but we would benefit from some tips and tricks toward integrating it into our daily routine.
Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives.
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Join us as we get, and keep, our spirits in shape.
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Episode 026: Way of Life with Brian McLaren
The bestselling author and speaker chats about the Christian way of life, the method of United Methodism, and ways to live and love as Jesus teaches. Listen
Episode 025: Voices of the Reformation with David Teems
Faithful Christians throughout history can inspire us. An author and expert shares lessons from the reformers that can strengthen our spirits today. Listen
Episode 024: Meet Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.
The Great Plains bishop shares his call to ordained ministry from a career as a high school teacher, football coach, and business owner. Listen
Episode 023: Meet Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson
Bishop Sue tells us about her early career in law, her call to ministry, her love of books and Broadway, and her daily practice of silence. Listen
Episode 022: Living Our Faith Daily with Paul Gomez
A United Methodist college student shares how he lives out his faith in school, at work, in his service to the church, and even while driving. Listen
Episode 021: Meet Bishop Harald Rückert
In this conversation, we learn that the bishop of the Germany Central Conference once studied food technology, plays the sax, and speaks 4 languages. Listen
Episode 020: God's Precious Gift of Water with Lorrie King
Have you ever wondered what you can do to address water issues? Learn some everyday tips to help conserve and protect God's precious gift of water. Listen
Episode 019: Talking with God through Prayer with Adam Weber
Do you struggle with prayer? Ever wonder if you’re doing it ‘right’? Get tips and thoughts for improving your prayer life from a United Methodist pastor and author. Listen
Episode 018: Learning about God by Listening to Kids with Jacob Armstrong and Jennifer Rodia
What can we learn about God and our faith from children? Quite a bit! Hear what kids ages 5-12 have to teach us about questions, miracles, the church and more. Listen
Episode 017: Parenting, Chaos, and Community with Betsy Singleton Snyder
Life can be crazy, especially as the mom of 4 young boys. Hear how this pastor's faith, famiily, church, and community helped her become an even better parent, pastor, and Christian. Listen
Episode 016: Peace, Simplicity and a Tiny House with Rebecca Rutter
During a stressful season, this pastor built her own tiny house. Along the way, she learned about going green, living simply, and growing in Christ. Listen
Episode 015: Singing Our Faith in Lent & Easter with Paul Chilcote
Hymns are written to be sung! As United Methodist scholar the Rev. Paul Chilcote shares, Charles Wesley’s also have much to teach us during this season of resurrection. Listen
Episode 014: Keeping Faith and Humor in Cancer with Jason Micheli
A phone call can change everything in an instant. In this podcast episode, United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli shares how his cancer diagnosis impacted his life and faith. Listen
Episode 013: How Science Led from Atheism to Faith with Mike McHargue
Questions and doubts can challenge our faith. United Methodist podcaster and author “Science Mike” shares his journey from belief to atheism, then back to a renewed faith. Listen
Episode 012: Singing Our Faith at Christmas with Paul Chilcote
Hymns aren't just for singing! The hymns of Charles Wesley also teach us about our faith and help us draw closer to Christ in this holy season. Listen
Episode 011: Generosity is Good for the Soul with Ken Sloane
Generosity is not an obligation, but an opportunity to experience the joy of giving to another and connecting with God. Listen
Episode 010: Life lessons from a 95-yearl-old United Methodist
Shirley Bachelder, 95, shares life lessons about faith, friendship, prayer, gratitude, and love. Her wisdom will encourage and inspire you. Listen
Episode 009: College, Church and Faith with Sheila Bates
Finding a faith community in college can be challenging. A college ministry leader shares tips that are helpful to students, parents and churches. Listen
Episode 008: Everyday Disciples with Steve Manskar, Melanie Gordon, and Chris Wilterdink
Becoming a Christian is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of following Jesus. We need companions to help us along the way. Listen
Episode 007: Changing Pastors? It's Going to be Okay with Bob Kaylor
Getting a new pastor can be unsettling. The Rev. Bob Kaylor shares ideas to help and assures us everything is going to be OK. Listen
Episode 006: We Believe in Prayer from General Conference
Bishops of The United Methodist Church share what it means to lead the church in prayer. #UMCGC Listen
Episode 005: Called to Serve with Hannah Foust from General Conference
14-year-old Hannah Foust felt called to help people who do not have access to clean drinking water. She teaches about what it means to respond to God's call. Listen
Episode 004: Can You Be Social and Spiritual Too? with R. Scott Miller
Have you ever thought of using Facebook in your spiritual life? In this podcast episode, the Rev. R. Scott Miller shares some ideas on how we can! Listen
Episode 003: Sacred Spaces with Whitney Simpson
In episode 3, spiritual director Whitney Simpson talks about finding holy places in our everyday lives—even in a 1970s era corduroy chair purchased at a yard sale. Listen
Episode 002: Family Devotions with Kara Oliver and Jenny Youngman
In this episode filled with laughter and great stories, authors Jenny Youngman and Kara Oliver share how we can celebrate our faith as a family—even a really busy one! Listen
Episode 001: When We’re Bad at Being Good with J Brent Bill
In this episode author J. Brent Bill discusses how we strive to deepen our spiritual lives and offers tips for times we fail and fear we don't measure up. Listen