A friend of mine text me the link to this podcast and then followed it with, "Envy. Listen now." I just finished part four and it was life-changing. I realized as I was listening how little the topic of envy is discussed in our culture and how unexposed it is. This series brings light to its devastating effects. Blaine and John do a wonderful job of not posturing themselves as experts, acknowledging their own battles with envy and sharing how they have learned to combat it. I will repeat the wise words of my friend. Envy. Listen now.
This is a great podcast for those of us interested in walking more closely with God.
I love this podcast. It is like a raw well of truth that refreshes my spirit. At times the format of 4 people sitting around randomly talking from their heart isn't satisfying like pure teaching is. I feel like I have to take fragments and piece them together myself...and it doesn't always work well for me. I feel like I lose gold nuggets on those episodes. However most of the time the subjects speak to me and I am ministered to.
Every time I listen to this podcast, I feel like my soul is healed a little more. Thank you guys for what you do!
John and his team have great insight to the mans heart for God!
These series are amazing and touch at the center of our hearts. God used this series to wake up my heart once more. I am so very encouraged of these timeless teachings. Thank you for adding them to the podcast!
If you are looking to develop your relationship with Christ in an authentic and exhilarating way, this is the podcast for you. The teachings here are extremely helpful and have done wonders to make me the man God made me to be. Absolutely recommended for any Christian believers.
I just have to say how much I appreciate this podcast. I would definitely recommend to anybody who needs God's truth spoken into their lives.
Best podcast I've found.
The podcast "Reflecting on the year" made me roll my eyes so much that I have a headache. One of John's favorite memories of the year is writing a book with his son. So, if anyone thinks work life in America is fair, I hope this podcast thoroughly disabuses you. America is NOT a meritocracy. John's son is probably 25-ish and is co-writing a book with daddy. Millennials wake up! This is what you need to do to get a writing job in this sluggish, impossible economy: pick a successful author for a father. EYEROLL I hope John's kids know that they are VERY LUCKY. Even if the kid is a good writer, please understand that a writer usually has to pay his dues and work very hard on his craft for years to get a shot at being published. It must be nice to have a living handed to you.
I look forward to this podcast every week. Ransomed Heart Ministries has changed the way I view my Christianity. I wish they would change their podcast feed information to include more podcast episodes. There are many great episodes in the past that are not accessable. Keep up the great work.Brian CaruthersA Survival Guide 4 Christian Men podcast
John and the Ransomed Heart team, I'm loving this series on relatioships - things to look for, postures to assume, and styles to be aware of. Could this be the subject of a new book on lay-counseling and loving the people around us? I would love that! Keep up these awesome podcasts.
Love your podcasts, keep fighting the good fight!Message for Ransomed Heart: If Josh Garrels' "Run" isn't your theme song, it should be!!!
Partial partial partial...thanks for the loving strong reminder that my heart aches for the kingdom in full even though I am blessed to experience it within me now. Jesus is my kinsmen redeemer and my Boaz.
John I have loved your work for years. I'm going to ask you to please address why you have now right before the election chosen to alienate half the nation. You're work on the heart is so amazingly wonderful and your words have been a conduit for Gods love to all of us lucky enough to know your work. But over the past few months you have "picked" this sin and "left" that sin. For instance you can't focus on one political party for their stance on abortion but look the other way when 100,000 Iraqis are dead because of a lie. I think you can tell I love your work and what you stand for but must dissent on the last few weeks. Please take this for what it is. Your heart is amazing, you however have allowed your mind to engage in picking and choosing. But on the other hand...I may be wrong about all this and am absolutely open to someone showing how. I love you brother and my family will continue our monetary contributions to RH, all of what I just said is a small piece of pie compared to the hearts Christ ransoms through you everyday.
I really enjoy these podcasts. The Ransomed Heart team brings very relevant topics up and discusses all the different perspectives and questions we wrestle with as sons and daughters of the King. Stimulating, engaging and challenging.
In this age where one of THE Issues of our day is the massive shift in society and within the church of the LGBT movement, I have often wondered why the voice of the church is so silent and ineffective. Over the last few weeks I have kept asking: 'Why hasn't one of the big Christian preachers or authors written THE BOOK on a Christian response to homosexuality?'. And, shortly thereafter, along comes your amazing set of podcasts, first on gender and then on homosexuality. Wow, absolutely amazing and on target! And, also can I thank you for your absolute kindness and mercy in how you presented the material. I loved the approach of using two podcasts, just to lay a positive and uplifting groundwork on gender in general You outlined the great dignity and good plans that the Lord has always had for all people - his original design and intent as gender differences being good and core to our being. So affirming to us all, even to those who are in the homosexual lifestyle. Then, you dove so tenderly, but without flinching into the why, the causality, of homosexual attraction and gender confusion. I have never heard such a well founded and deeply consoling description of the wounding that underlies most homosexual and gender confusion issues. How welcoming your words should be to anyone dealing with this issue. And, as a society, we are all dealing with this issue. And it is having huge effects on all that we hold dear and once held sacred.You took on one of the most difficult issues with grace and cunning. You and Craig spoke as Jesus himself would on the issue, being so tender and merciful, the mercy that only flows from deep compassion from the Father. But, also with the intent caring of a loving parent, who cares too speak not to speak the truth, the full truth, in love. You showed us how it would not be love, but cowardice and ultimately callused indifference NOT to shoot straight and address the whole issue. It would be a terrible thing to turn our backs on those caught up in this lifestyle and either condemn them or ignore them and let them wallow and sink further into their broken-ness. How awful that we as a society have simply caved in, letting us all go further along a dangerous path, by allowing and accepting and even encouraging and embracing a lifestyle that we know, deep in our hearts, is against God's plan for men and women. The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference. When we say we don't care about someone, it is the most hurtful thing we can say. It says, I don't care whether you live or die, whether you drown in your pain and hurt, or whether you recover. I think the church has, over time, committed a double wrong. First, by being too silent and failing to properly take on and properly address what the Christian response should be? Most church members would be hard pressed to know even what to say, let alone be motivated to any sort of right action, or how to help those in gender confusion. It is out of our passisavism and acceptance of the world's values, or out of our fear for being challenged and our ministry attacked by the vocal minority, that we have turned our backs and let many fall into ruin, and let is issue grow into a massive affliction, instead of addressing it when it was smaller. The other wrong is that when the church has spoken, it is with such a shrill, dogmatic, doctrine-hardened voice. This truth without love, has driven those caught up in the lifestyle away, mistreated them, by offering only sin and judgement and no compassion and mercy and recovery. They are responding as we ought to have expected. They are hurt, angry, feeling displaced, disrespected, and written off. So, it should be no shock to us that the issue has now grown into what feels like a civil rights movement - in society and in the church. These forgotten and seemingly oppressed people have organized, banded together and are taking on their 'oppressors'. They seek to throw off the yoke of the label of sin and seek instead that the society and the church embrace their lifestyle as a valid and even God-ordained truth. It is partially because of the church's silence and ineffective voice that we have come to where we are. Mainline denominations, starting with the Episcopal church, then the Presbyterian USA, were the first to give way, and the battle is raging in the Methodist and Lutherans churches. The LGBT movement has, as it's goal, not the creation of a new church body that embraces who they are, but the overthrow and overturning of the existing bodies of believers who have traditionally held to the biblical view of marriage, etc. You see this in the battles for recognition of same sex marriage and the demand for LGBT clergy. They seek a change of leadership and doctrine that finally allows man the ability to interpret truth and weigh it against the relative values of our society in this day. This is the real issue at stake, it is the fall repeating itself. Man wants to sit in God's place as the interpreter and determiner of right and wrong. And with that power, we want the ability to contradict the creator when we want something we think we enjoy to be validated and no longer considered sin. It is all a diabolical scheme of the evil one to tear down all that God has set apart as sacred so the people of earth will become cold and calloused to God and downright resistant, rebellious and indifferent to him. In that day, all that was once held as sacred will be disregarded ( as can plainly be seen by watching most anything in our media today ). And the end game is what? That people would no longer hold God himself as sacred and turn away from him. This is the enemy's goal and one massive tactic is to assault our gender, turn men and women against God's ways, and in the process accomplish a double goal - hurting the individual and indirectly, attacking God by attacking his children here on Earth.
Thank you for how much effort that you put in to this message! This has helped me a ton and is clearly from God!
This whole series rings deeply true. I've read a few books on worldview and these podcast truly bring a dry subject to life. In such a time as this it is not enough to know what we believe, but why we hold those beliefs. It is in those foundational "whys" that our views become strong and able to stand against deception, confusion and even persecution. When our convictions don't have deep roots we will be crushed by cynicism. There is a reason based in divine creation and human dignity for each podcast position and John and Craig do a fabulous job in making the case for truth. I've enjoyed how their very natural conversational style has made me think about how I have arrived at my convictions that are all too often at odds with how Jesus looked at the world. We need you to keep them coming, John and Craig!
Ransomed Heart Ministries has proven to be life changing for me. My wife and I recently relocated to Colorado Springs and are attending a local church that is affiliated with RHM. The books and podcasts and live events contain the ability to alter the way you think and set you free to follow God apart from religion and religious nonsense. Thank you for Wild At Heart.
I have read all of John's books, have led 2 small group studies of his (currently doing Beautiful Outlaw video series) and have contributed to Ransom Heart-but on the issue of pacifism he is caught up in his own "warrior" mentality. There are too many holes in his arguement to address here, and I give him the benefit of the doubt in realizing this is a short session. However...he berrates pacifists for only looking at a few verses in the Bible, and then does the same thing himself. Yes Jesus said 2 swords were enough, but what was His reaction when Peter used one to slice off the slave's ear? He told him to put it away ("all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword MT 26:52) Yes John you are correct that Jesus didn't tell the soldier to quit his job-but he never told slave owners to free their slaves-does that make slavery ok today? Thoughout many of your writings you cite the verses about Jesus making a whip and using violence-how can you go from that one incident (which I think was awesome) and then conclude that killing is ok? Why didn't the disciples fight for their lives, all being martyred other than John? Craig gives a very light mention of the old covenant verses the new covenant-you of all people should realize the stark contrast! How can you love your enemy, look him in the eye in the battle field, and kill him? You seem to think that pacifism is an "e asy way out" of serving in the military-many do serve in support roles. And I hardly think you can mention Jesus in the book of Revelation as a reason that killing is ok-when he comes to lead the final battle it won't be a fight for land, oil, or to simply overthrow a government. And just because some of us believe Jesus when he said to turn the other cheek, you are wrong to think we would not protect our families. Killing in a war brought about by a government ruled by men is very different than killing with Jesus as your king in the final battle.
Wow, I have been rescued again! Every week this podcast brings into the real larger story! The story of the hotshots running to the fire and rallying the other fire fighters stand their ground and fight stirred the warrior inside of me.it reminds me of Gandalf "you will not pass!" And the fire in your back yard, stopped....wow!! Praise God!!
Awesome as usual. Every week, I can't wait to download and listen to the next podcast. Such a blessing! Love the World View discussion series. Soooo good.
I just want you to know that I'm so thankful for you and your ministry. Your recent words on suffering and "the next thing" were very meaningful to me. You are one of my heroes, my Wallace.
I love the work that God has done in my heart and life through this ministry. The podcast is a gift; literally, a free gift of great conversations, excerpts from conference talks, chapters of audiobooks, etc. Thank you John, Stasi, Craig, and the others for all you are doing. May God continue to bless and work through Ransomed Heart in amazing ways. The "Story" continues...
This is powerful stuff, life changing! I came across John's writings and podcast through another podcast Daily Audio Bible and heard the Daily Prayer from John. Wow, I never heard such a powerful prayer from my church life. I now prayer the Daily Prayer everyday and if I don't, I know something is missing and feel its effects. John's writings, newsletter and podcast are inspiring they touch the soul of men and women. It will change your life forever, it did mineâ¦ But be forewarned, you will be going down a road not much traveled, full of danger, adventure, eye opening and healing. To live the life Jesus promised us...
I listen to this podcast as it comes out, weekly. Every week, John, Craig, and whoever else are in for that week's discussion, talk about how they had sought God and asked Him what was on His heart for their listeners. I can't help but think that God must give them what to speak on based on what He needs to speak to me. :) I often can't believe just how perfect the current week's subject is to what I'm going through and learning. Craig's example during the Conversing with God discussion of the way that God responds to us when we come to Him - how He doesn't just want us to come knock at His door and spill all of our problems, expecting Him to fix them, and then turn around and leave; but wants us to come in with Him, sit at His table, tell Him how we're doing, what we've been going through and feeling, and inquire about Him as well - so helped me. I find that as they speak of their relationships with God and their own experiences, that my hope and excitement for my own relationship with God grows. Sometimes God uses their words to shoot strait to my heart and convict me of something. Sometimes He brings light to an area that I was not seeing in truth. Or sometimes, He whispers words of love and encouragement to my heart, saying to me just how much He loves me and how He loves my heart and my desire for Him. This podcast is such an encouragement to me and helps me to have such hope for what I know God wants my relationship with Him to be. I love how it brings clarity to things that I can often get overly emotional about and blow out of proportion. But most of all, I love how it causes me to desire, more than ever, a strong, intimate relationship with God, and to seek His face always. Thank you so much, John and the Ransomed Heart team. God is truly speaking through all of you and offering such hope and encouragement to people like me. :)
I really enjoy this podcast and look forward to receiving new ones. It is a casual discussion with some wonderful insight that helps me see the bigger picture of my life. I've read his books, been to Boot Camp and I continue to need and want the reminders and thought provoking ideas that John and his group bring through this podcast. Thanks John, et.al. This is a fantastic resource for me on my daily walk.
I just listened to Conversing with God P1 Hearing God's Voice and was reminded that I need to express my appreciation for the weekly podcasts. Thanks! I look forward to each and every Monday/Tuesday to hear what God has to say through John and Ransomed Heart. Keep up the good work!
After listening to a few podcasts and reading Wild at Heart it did not take me long to notice the amount of heresy found within John Eldredge's teachings. His teachings range from open theism, low view of human responsibility in sin, and so on. Eldredge also teaches that God speaks to him outside of the Bible through movies, books, and music many of which blaspheme God's name. His teachings merely resemble Christianity but in reality are nothing more than pop phsychology.
Everyone that struggles with purity should here the lover podcast.
Just wanted to write this note of appreciation for your thought provoking podcasts and discussions.Please be encouraged in your hearts to keep up the good work, as it encourages the rest of us too.
Your ministry has been such a blessing to me and my wife. I thank Jesus for how he is using you to transform my walk with Him.
I look forward to these great podcasts every week. I never miss them. John and Craig consistently call people back to the core of genuine faith; awaken my heart; and deal honestly with struggles and doubts. Great stuff and thanks for making it all free!
John Eldredge relies heavily on his sheltered worldview and pop culture along with manipulation of scripture to paint an unrealstic world in which humans are elevated and put into very specific stereotypes as they minimize God and create him in the image of man instead of the other way around. Many are following this cult-like leader and it is damaging hearts and lives far and near.
To the Ransomed Heart team, Thanks for the great podcasts! I look forward to them every Monday. Very encouraging, inspiring, challenging, and motivating to walk closer with God. I only wish that a new one came out every day! Keep up the good work!
Hey there Ransomed Heart Ministries and John! First, I just want to say think you for your honesty and transparency. It is sorely needed. Few people have the ability to set fear aside and dance so close to the flame. I know that it comes from visiting places of deep pain and having moments of amazing healing. Thank God that He is interested in our living life to the fullest. Secondly, John, your books have been an answer to prayer and longing in my own life. This last year has been one of immense growth both emotionally and spiritually. And it all started the day I picked up Captivating!! Staci's courage and voice helped me see the truth I desperately needed. Desire pushed me deeper with Christ and after Waking the Dead I told God He'd have to catch me cuz I'm jumpin!! I quit my job, and followed my heart across the country. What a journey it's been. Thank you for all that you are doing!! This Podcast is great!! It's often a highlight of my week to sit and fellowship together, even though we've never met. God's just too cool, eh? If I never meet you this side of Jordan, I'll catch ya on the flip side and we'll have a good long talk!! God Bless.
John and ransomed heart ministries . Thank you for your podcasts. They really inspire and encourage me. Thanks again
This is a good way to keep up with Ransomed Heart and what they are doing. I would like to hear more from John on these podcasts though.
A short and thoughtful podcast that really encourages introspection. Love it. Thanks.
I am really loving how you are moving into different topics. I love Craig's journal entries and how different people (like Stasi for Mother's Day) are showing up in the podcast. Well done and thatnk you!
I absolutely love this podcast! I challenges my heart and mind to pursue God in a more meaningful way. I have learned so much about the men in my life from listening to the dialouge in these podcasts. God Bless You all and keep up the great work.
I read John Eldredge's "Wild at Heart" and it was eye opening. I like listening to his podcast occasionally, but I wish that all the older ones were available for download.
I love your ministry and your dedication to following the Lord's calling for Ransomed Heart. I've really enjoyed listening to your podcasts. I appreciate being able to walk through life with you as you share PERSONAL experiences and things you are currently going through. So genuine. Appreciate you so much!
I absolutely LOVE everything the Randsomed Heart men and women put out. My husband and I are faithful readers and listeners to the teachings/books/podcasts and find all of it utterly refreshing and HELPFUL. So helpful! I eagerly await what will come out on the podcast each Monday. Please keep doing it! God is using it!
John, Bart, Craig, Morgan and the rest of the ransomed heart team. Thank you for doing what you do to bring the message of freedom and life to the world. This podcast is a great way to continue connecting with the larger community that are living out this message. The message of the ministry continues to have profound impact on my life and now we take this message to our community of men weekly. Our community is growing deeper and the fruits are just amazing to witness. Thanks for being faithful to the call, I am forever grateful.
Every single podcast is a small revelation in one's relationship with Christ, as well as the current state of the Church. I listen to every podcast, and am always enlightned by the end. The "Things Killing the Church" segment has been particularly eye-opening. Great job John & Craig!
I just wanted to say that this teaching is liberating and in a sense, revloutionary. To the Bible this is not a new message, but to many people within the Church it is. I agree that the verse in Jeremiah regarding the heart has been tragically misused. Thank you for focusing on the centrality of the heart and how it can transform the life of the Church if we let it. Great stuff!
John Eldredge is God-send! I've been going through indescribable mental pain and suffering for the last couple years. And I can see now that, that's exactly what it took for me to come back to God and build my life on his solid ground. Thanks for John and crew for helping me nurture my new life in God, your materials are so inspirational and really help to reinvigorate my heart for seeking the true Shepherd
John Eldredge has opened my heart to a world as a Christian I didn't know. His view of man and his relationship to God thru Christ is what I needed to hear. 2009 has been a start of an amazing walk with God.