The AdventureLife Podcast
Ep. 11 | Reflections on Disruption and How we Pray

Ep. 11 | Reflections on Disruption and How we Pray

March 16, 2021

This week, Will talks about some reflections on his conversation with Arnita Willis Taylor last week, and also talks about a unique piece of mail that his wife received this past week and that sparks some thoughts on prayer: why we pray, how we are invited into prayer, and Will even gives his thoughts on why prayers go unanswered. Plus, how God can use us to be an answer to prayer for others. 

Check it out!

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Ep. 10 | The Adventure of Living in Disruption

Ep. 10 | The Adventure of Living in Disruption

March 9, 2021

This week Will hosts a very special guest, Arnita Willis Taylor. Arnita and Will talk about being a disruptor and living in disruption and the ways we can respond to loneliness, resistance, and the things that disruption can bring. 

We talk about God, how He's a God of disruption, how He can bring disruption in our lives and how we can view that negatively or begin to embrace it and view it as something that a loving God calls us into.

Join Arnita and Will for a challenging and engaging discussion on disruption. 

Connect with Arnita at her website.

Have questions or comments? Email Will at will@adventurelifeministries.com

Arnita Willis Taylor, wise, witty, warm, and practical, is currently the
founder and owner of Eight Leadership Development Group, which is a
leadership development company that helps assigned leaders, tag leaders
and teams improve their leadership practice by providing customized
learning opportunities like consulting, seminars, coaching, and small group
intensive interactions. The primary foci are developing and refining soft
skills in the areas of character, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion,
communication, change and conflict management. Sample topics include
Discovering Your Leadership Style, Building Emotional Intelligence,
Establishing Social and Cultural Intelligence, Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion, Decreasing Unconscious Bias, Developing Cross-Cultural
Leadership Strategies, and Leading with Boundaries, and many more
depending on the need.

A natural leader, Arnita has held many diverse leadership roles in the local
church with more than 25 years of ministry experience. Arnita has a deep
passion for the Word of God and uses it as a plumb line in life and in
leadership. Arnita is passionate about discipleship and helping people be
equipped for ministry. She has extensive practical experience in worship,
youth, prayer, prophetic, women, and is an expert in small group ministry
training and development. Prior starting Eight Leadership Development
Group, she served as an associate pastor of small groups at Gateway
Church in Southlake, TX. As an ordained minister, she is a successful
executor of small groups in practice and structuring ministry for small
groups including leader recruitment, training, and development. Arnita

Taylor has spent most of her professional career in the laboratory
chemistry field as a clinical laboratory scientist in the health care industry.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from The University
of Tennessee in Knoxville and a master’s degree in leadership with a focus
on leader development from Walden University, Minnesota, MN. She was
awarded by Walden University (2013), a distinguished alumni award for her
work in community leadership development.

She is the co-author of, “A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation. Creating
safe environments for conversations about race, politics, sexuality, and religion” released in November 2019 by Blue Sheep Media, which showcases her passion for
diversity and inclusion on multiple levels. She frequently facilitates
conversations centered around race in relationships. In addition, A
Language of Healing Live is on You-Tube.

In alignment with her community interest, Arnita has served in local
nonprofits, churches, chambers, schools, and prison settings. She hosts a
weekly personal development group in her home. She is a passionate
insightful communicator for conferences, workshops, retreats, and other
events to enrich and empower people! Her straightforward practical style
allows her effectiveness in many contexts.

Personally, Arnita’s hobbies are reading, entertaining, floral designing,
collecting African art and artifacts, sending out Evites and enjoying
PEOPLE! She is most passionate about her family. She is the wife of 32
years to Michael and the proud and grateful mother of two sons, Evan (29)
of Baltimore, MD, and Nolan (22) of Cape Girardeau, MO. She and her
family are based out of Keller, TX.

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Ep. 9 | The Adventure of Living as Community

Ep. 9 | The Adventure of Living as Community

March 2, 2021

Many people live in community. Few people live AS community. What does it mean to live as community? This week Will talks about what true community really is, what it's not, and how we are invited into it. Will shares a story from a book he read and re-read a few years back, Bo's Cafe, that began his own journey into rethinking what community is and how it's less something we create and more something that we already have and can begin to experience. Will also talks about how community is a safe space, but probably not the kind of safe space you're thinking of. 

Have questions or comments? Email Will at will@adventurelifeministries.com

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Ep. 8 | The Adventure of Marriage as Partnership

Ep. 8 | The Adventure of Marriage as Partnership

February 23, 2021

This week, Will talks about how he views marriage as a partnership as opposed to the traditional view that he grew up in where they taught that the wife was supposed to be submissive to the husband. Will also shares the scripture typically used to come to that conclusion and offers some insight into how it's been misused over the years.

Have questions or comments? Email Will at will@adventurelifeministries.com

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Ep. 7 | The Adventure of Married Life

Ep. 7 | The Adventure of Married Life

February 16, 2021

In this podcast episode, I interview 2 of my favorite people in this world, my sister and brother-in-law, Dena and Carey Dyer. We talk about marriage and relationships, have a lot of laughs, and they share two of their funniest marriage moments (you definitely don't want to miss the minivan story) and they share two of their best fights from their 26 years of marriage.

It's going to be great! Whether you're married or not, have been married for 10 minutes or 50 years, you're sure to enjoy this conversation I have with them. 

Carey & Dena Dyer have been married twenty-four wonderful years—and a couple they don’t talk about. They love encouraging others through writing, humor, music, and storytelling. Together, they wrote Love at First Fight: 52 Story-Based Meditations for Married Couples (Barbour), and Dena is the author or co-author of nine other inspirational books for women. Carey is the worship pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church in Granbury, Texas, and Dena writes, speaks, and serves on the support team at the Wheaton College Humanitarian Disaster Institute.  The Dyers are the proud parents of two creative sons and make their home in Texas. Visit their website (www.denadyer.com) for more info or to follow them on social media.

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Ep. 6 | The Adventure of the Abundant Life

Ep. 6 | The Adventure of the Abundant Life

February 9, 2021

This week, Will responds to another message from a listener and talks about how we can make space for God, and, in doing so, create a path to a more abundant life, not one filled with money, possessions, or riches, but one filled with more fruitful relationships - with God and others - and a life filled with peace, joy, love, and a bit of fun, too. 

There's nothing quite like the AdventureLife!

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Ep. 5 | Living in the Adventure of Grace

Ep. 5 | Living in the Adventure of Grace

February 2, 2021

This week, I interview Jeff Fields, one-half of the Fields Brothers, who have a weekly podcast called, The Fields Brothers Show, and have written a book together called, Breaking the Hex: Life with God After the Cross Killed Religion

Jeff and I talk about what it means to live by grace, why many Christians fall into the trap of living by law and grace, and how the cross changed how we view life and even scripture after the resurrection.

I also announce another book giveaway - I'm giving away not just one but TWO copies of The Fields Brothers' book. So give it a listen!

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Ep. 4 | Reflections on Living Loved

Ep. 4 | Reflections on Living Loved

January 26, 2021

This week, Will shares some reflections on last week's conversation with Wayne Jacobsen about learning to live loved and shares some stories and experiences from his own journey. 

Will also shares and responds to an email from a listener who has experienced more freedom and discusses how religion can keep us from the truth of who God is and how we view Him.

This journey of the AdventureLife is one of trust, not only in God, but also in ourselves and in the new life and new heart we have as believers.

Will also talks about some of the things that he had to un-learn and go through, what a friend of his calls a "detox process" in order to move forward in his spiritual journey and views of God.

Books mentioned:

The Normal Christian Life, by Watchman Nee (on Amazon)

Live Loved Free Full, by Wayne Jacobsen

 

Ep. 3 | The Adventure of Living Loved

Ep. 3 | The Adventure of Living Loved

January 19, 2021

This week I sit down with podcaster, author, and friend, Wayne Jacobsen, to talk about what it means to "live loved", and we also talk about Wayne's new book, "Live Loved Free Full" as well as some of our own experiences in our ever-continuing journeys to live in grace and be won into an ever-expanding space by the love of a gracious God.

Also, email me at will@adventurelifeministries if you want to be entered in a drawing to win Wayne's new book. 

Email me at the above address to ask questions and let me know how your own journey is going. 

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Connect with Wayne at www.lifestream.org. 

Get a copy of Wayne's new book on his website.

Ep. 2 | The Adventure of Living in Freedom

Ep. 2 | The Adventure of Living in Freedom

January 12, 2021

What does it look like to move out of obligation and into greater freedom? This week, Will talks about some of his own journey of moving out of religious obligation and a rules-centered approach to faith and into more and more freedom. Religion says that you must watch your behavior. Relationship is built on trust and freedom. 

 

Will also shares 2 verses of scripture that have been hugely impactful for him during this journey, as well as talks about areas of faith that guide us in freedom: life, light, and love.

Romans 8 (link to Bible Gateway)

2 Peter 1 (link to Bible Gateway)

 

And Will makes a big announcement about AdventureLife's first guest interview next week! Don't miss it.

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