The Rabbit Trails Podcast

A podcast potpourri, two native Texans living in Spain and Sweden, exploring issues of missions, faith, journeying through life and following Jesus.

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The name of the podcast is called Rabbit Trails for crying out loud. We didn't have a clue where this was going. I'm not really sure I still do. Vintage Barrett and Garrick.

You all know how much Garrick and Barrett talk about the Camino de Santiago and in one of our earlier podcasts, we talked about the documentary entitled I'll Push you, the story of two friends walk along the Camino one in a wheelchair and the other pushing. Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck join us to talk about their journey, faith, life, and a few laughs as well. Check out all of their work at https://www.illpushyou.com/

You all know how much Garrick and Barrett talk about the Camino de Santiago and in one of our earlier podcasts, we talked about the documentary entiteld I'll Push you, the story of two friends walk along the Camino one in a wheelchair and the other pushing. Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck join us to talk about their journey, faith, life and a few laughs as well. Check out all of their work at https://www.illpushyou.com/

We take some time to reflect and ponder the great guests we have had on lately. What are our takeaways and what struck us?

No, not that Randy Newman. Randy David Newman is a fellow with the CS Lewis Institute, and a fantastic mind and resource when it comes to evangelism and things we should be focusing on in secular western contexts. 

Maxwell Thomas is a pastor, missionary, Minnesotan, and all around great guy. Maxwell comes from a family of missionaries who gave it their all in Papau New Guinea and is heading out with his own family to the Middle East this week! He brings some really great insights into what it means to follow Jesus in a real way and shares his thoughts on being comfortable as a Christian in western society. Maxwell also hosts a podcast entitled Upon This Rock. Give it a listen here

Shawn and Deb live in Spain and have started an initiative to minister to the secular peoples of Western Europe. They have done a lot of serious, important thinking on what it means to be secular and have some really great thoughts to share. Thanks for stopping by!

There seems to be a bit of social contagion around people deconstructing their faith these days. To be honest, some parts of faith need to be deconstructed. But which parts? This important conversation needs ot to happen more openly and honestly in the community of faith and within that community, there needs to be a place for reconstructing the parts that fall. 

Being a missionary is learning to communicate and think cross-culturally. Heck, being alive in the modern world is itself an exercise in living cross-culturally! But how do you do it? Far from experts in life, but with a few trips around the block and more mistakes than we care to remember, we share a few of the things we have learned. Whether you are living in a foreign country or just trying to understand the place you grew up, we think these things can be of service. 

 

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Burnout. It's not just a river in Egypt. Burnout and a lack of resiliency has been a main contributor to missionaries leaving the field, but also now in Europe to Europeans in their home country leaving ministry as well. In this attempt, we try to put words to what we are seeing and how we think it can be avoided. 

 

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