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What is it to listen? To listen, to truly listen is to attend to, to take in, to receive. To listen to another is one of the greatest acts of love we can ever give. To pay attention. To be present. To empty out of our striving to be heard and instead to hear. To listen to the sounds of our daily life, the sound of our spouse or children breathing their sleep; to hear the sounds in our sky and on our street; to hear the rhythm of our workmates steps in the halls; to attend to the craft and love bound into the music we resonate with – all of it calls for our attendance and acknowledgement. How much more to listen to the Voice of God, everywhere present with us and ever speaking if we would but attend and recognise it. Learning to be still is the first step of listening. Learning to love is its culmination.

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 11.15

“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” John 10.2-4

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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.
In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness:
touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it,
because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
~ Frederick Buechner 

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The Saturday Stoke

The Saturday Stoke - listen

Think of it like a shot of espresso, for your soul. Short, weekly, and thought-provoking, The Saturday Stoke gives listeners spiritual encouragement and a bit of challenge for their weekend. Join writer, author, beauty chaser, and adventurer Timothy Willard (PhD, King's College London) for this short morsel of spiritual goodness designed to spur you on in your faith journey.

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Family 360 

family 360 - listen

What is family and how do we best care for one another? How do we help each other flourish and what gives us resilience in difficult times?

From our earliest years to our last days, how we live life together shapes who we are and how we thrive.

And all of this happens in the context of family.

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Loving your Audience, Serving the Work

Redeemed Imagination Podcast - listen

In this lecture from Anselm's 2019 Rocky Mountain Artists' Retreat, Lancia Smith explores the relationship between being true to your calling, and loving your audience--and reveals how relationships can strengthen our calling. 

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We Labour Unto Glory

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A Light So Fair

Ron Block - listen

A Light So Fair is an album of 14 peace-filled, sparse, acoustic guitar instrumentals. Digital release is Nov 29. CDs will be shipped Dec 3-4.

The melodies are variously inspired by the morning sunlight on the fields in Tennessee, walks in the Yorkshire countryside, a river in Scotland behind Huntly Castle, writers George MacDonald, John Donne, and C.S. Lewis, melodies of Stephen Foster, and ballad books from the 1800s.

The focus is on simplicity, tone, and nuance, with the intention that listeners would be able to take away some of that peace for themselves.

Some stellar voices add background vocals. Suzanne Cox, Sierra Hull, Kate Rusby, Damien O'Kane, and Erica Block all bring some lovely, ethereal vocal parts to the mix.

good. true. beautiful.

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