Vox Veniae Podcast
Growing in Maturity

Growing in Maturity

February 19, 2020

Weylin Lee reflects on our spiritual growth and how we can tell if our faith is maturing or not [1 Corinthians 3:1-9].

 

Reflection

  • What life-giving rhythms are we feeding ourselves to experience growth?
  • Who do we view through a lens of rivalry and how can we look for the movement of God that’s stirring in us and them?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Craft a Rhythm of Life.  Select intentional rhythms and practices that are appropriate for your emotional development. Personal rhythms (scripture, prayer, generosity). Communal rhythms (liturgy, sharing resources). Missional rhythms (hospitality, neighbor, partnerships).

 

Resources

 

Delivered

Delivered

February 13, 2020

Judy Peterson reflects on the feminine Epiphany of how Jesus arrived and what it means for our ability to view our own bodies more charitably [Luke 1].

 

Reflection

  • What would it look like for us to step away from the dualistic thinking that says we are either holy or sinful and instead simply acknowledge that sometimes we are just human and that's more than alright?
  • Is it possible that the hidden, vulnerable or even shame-filled part of your life or story might just be the exact portal through which God wants to be delivered into this world?
Close to Home

Close to Home

February 5, 2020

Gideon Tsang reflects on what we might find in God’s home, which is us [Psalm 84].

 

Reflection

  • How is God inviting you into yourself this week? 
  • Where are you in your pilgrimage to find your own strength?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Reflect on how comfortable we are with ourselves.  Are you comfortable with yourself? What parts are you not comfortable with?  What parts are you comfortable with?
  • Reflect on your pilgrimage.  What part of this pilgrimage are you on?  What is your valley? Do we trust that we’ll find springs in the valley?

 

Resources

 

 

Dawning

Dawning

January 29, 2020

Jason Minnix reflects on how Jesus carries light to bring people into their calling [Matthew 4:12-23].

 

Reflection

  • Where do I sense the light that seems too good to be true?
  • How can I begin or continue to listen to my deeper desires?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Attending to the Light of Desire.  Are my desires being sacrificed for my habits, or are my habits supporting my deeper desires? Examine your habits over time to see if they help you realize your deeper desire. 
  • How has way closed behind me?  Am I doing a bunch of good things, or am I getting closer to the best things to invest in? Take some time to look back and name some limits more visible now in the things that haven’t worked out. Ask someone you trust if they agree with your list of limits and sense of what you’re best at.

 

Resources

Life of Service

Life of Service

January 24, 2020

Weylin Lee reflects on how are we invited to live a life of service that’s sustainable and connected to what God is doing [Isaiah 49:1-7].

 

Reflection

  • If you listen to your life, what is it revealing about your calling?
  • How might you live a life of service in more sustainable ways?
  • Similar to light, in what ways are you simply revealing God’s love?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Personal Compass.  Use the image of a compass to reflect on your life.  Reflect on the four directions and what they each represent.  Allow your life to speak back to you and help you begin to discern your calling. (exercise link below)
  • Centering Prayer.  Practice consenting to God’s presence and action.  Consider service from a second half of life framework.

 

Resources

 

Close to Epiphany

Close to Epiphany

January 15, 2020

Gideon Tsang reflects on the season of epiphany using the framework of order, disorder and reorder [Isaiah 42:5-9].

 

Reflection

  • Who or what in life brings you alive?
  • How might loss and disappearance bring you into yourself

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Reflect on God’s Creation. Think of the tastiest food you’ve eaten. Think of something beautiful or breathtaking in creation. Look at yourself and think about your life. Say aloud “Mmmmm… so good”
  • Reflect on Disorder. What part of your life do you feel stuck, like a prison?  What if our blindness, our darkness, our stuckness, is an important part of epiphany? 
  • Reflect on Reorder.  Is your original beauty still blossoming? How might your original beauty continue to spring forth?

 

Resources

 

 

Generous Language

Generous Language

January 8, 2020

As we begin a new year, Jason Minnix reflects on how God’s language is generous enough to hold all of us and our experiences [John 1:1-9].

 

Reflection

  • Have I found the language big enough to hold my journey now?
  • Where is your darkness and light living now? (offer compassion to your darkness)
  • What questions will shape your beauty in the year to come?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Look for generous language this week. Have you found language big enough to hold your journey now? Is our language creating new possibilities of inclusion for ourselves and others? 
  • Consider how we relate to God. What’s alive in my journey? Where does my darkness live?  Where is the light?

 

Resources

 

Unfinished

Unfinished

January 8, 2020

Chris Morton reflects on the hope that God is not finished with our growth and transformation [Acts 9:32-41].

 

Reflection

  • What is unfinished in your life?
  • What would you change if you invited God into that?
Advent: Uncomfortable Love

Advent: Uncomfortable Love

January 8, 2020

As we continue in the Advent season, Jason Minnix reflects on the uncomfortable love of God through the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina [Matthew 1:18-25].

 

Reflection

  • How am I being made vulnerable by the emergence of new life?
  • Where do I sense the presence and absence of grace over this past year?

 

Resources

 

 

 

Advent: Expectations

Advent: Expectations

December 19, 2019

As we continue in the Advent season, Weylin Lee reflects on how we are invited to respond when our expectations of God don’t line up with reality [Matthew 11:2-6].

 

Reflection

  1. How can we practice curiosity around our unfulfilled expectations of God and our circumstances?
  2. Where and who are the margins in our life that we have overlooked?
  3. What expectations do we need to let go of?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Practice curiosity around your expectations.  Think of something that might be disappointing, frustrating, or confusing for you right now.  Reflect on how this disappointment might be tied to an expectation that we have of God. Be curious about the source of that expectation.
  • Observe the margins.  Who are the people in the margins of our life?  How can we observe that God is already present in their lives?  

 

Resources

Advent: Preparing the Way for Peace

Advent: Preparing the Way for Peace

December 11, 2019

As we continue in the Advent season, Jeff Chu reflects on how we are invited to experience and practice peace in the middle of the wilderness [Matthew 3].

 

Reflection

  • What in your life needs to die?
  • What are you trying to cultivate in your life this season?

 

Resources

Advent: Time

Advent: Time

December 5, 2019

As we begin the Advent season, Gideon Tsang reflects on what we are invited to spend time on and what we can use this season for [Romans 13:11-14].

 

Reflection

  • How can you rest in knowing that your awakening will find you in time without your own willpower?
  • What parts of you are being made whole in this season of Advent?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Waking from sleep.  What parts of your life are still asleep?  What parts of your life are recently awakened?  What parts of your life are disorienting right now?
  • Examining our wholeness.  What are our current exoskeletons?  What parts of us are learning to stand on our own, connecting to Christ in us, the hope of glory?

 

Resources

 

 

Art of Neighboring

Art of Neighboring

November 27, 2019

Virginia Cumberbatch explores how we have lost the art of neighboring and how we can practice it in our lives [Jeremiah 23:1-6].

 

Reflection

  • How can you practice the art of neighboring this week?
  • What does God ask of us in participating in the tapestry of community?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • What is your responsibility in the art of neighboring?  What does that look like for you here at Vox, in Austin, in this world? How do you neighbor (pursue shalom) in your sphere of influence?
  • What does neighboring look like for you in 2020?  What areas in our life have we allowed division or distance to keep us from one another? What spaces can we step into to love, care for and affirm one another more? Who will you see, hear and neighbor in this next season?

 

Resources

 

What’s Alive

What’s Alive

November 20, 2019

Jason Minnix reflects on how challenging the structure of our life and faith helps us explore the meaning behind them [Luke 20:27-38].

 

Reflection

  • Do the rules and structure of my life support my "why" or have they replaced it?
  • What's alive in me today? How can I carry it with love this week?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Refocus on your why. Refocus on where you’re going. What is my sense of purpose and meaning now?

 

Resources

 

 

Ordinary Saints - Luke 6

Ordinary Saints - Luke 6

November 7, 2019

Kelly Cutbirth reflects on what makes a saint and what is the work of an ordinary saint [Luke 6:20-31].

 

Reflection

  • Think of an achievement, success or possession in your life right now that you’re afraid to lose. Can you imagine God’s love for you even without that thing?
  • Reflect on a part of yourself that you’ve made an enemy. What would it look like to practice love for that part of yourself?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Practice belief in your inherent worth.  Think of something you’re afraid to lose: an achievement, approval, possession, loved one.  Take time to wonder what deeper value you’ve attached to that thing (love, belonging, worth).  Receive the reminder that you are inherently and unconditionally worthy.

 

Resources

 

 

Lens of Humility

Lens of Humility

October 30, 2019

Weylin Lee reflects on how the lenses that we use to see ourselves and others might be helping or hurting our posture of humility [Luke 18:9-14].

 

Reflection

  • How have we devalued others through our lens of contempt?
  • Does our lens of comparison lead us to competition or curiosity?
  • How can we put on a lens of mercy toward ourselves and others?

Spiritual Practice

  • See without judgment.  Think of someone you see with contempt.  Objectively observe what you dislike about them.  Consider how you may have been conditioned to dislike those things.  Search for treasures buried in this person.
  • See with curiosity.  Meet with someone you compare yourself with.  Hear their story with curiosity. Discover what their life has to teach you.

Resources

Prayer as Posture

Prayer as Posture

October 23, 2019

Gideon Tsang reflects on how prayer might realign the posture of our soul and being [Luke 18:1-8].

 

Reflection

  • How might prayer help keep your heart open to God, ourselves and others?
  • How does the way you feel about yourself reflect on the way you feel about God?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Centering Prayer.  Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.  Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.  When engaged with your thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

 

Resources

The Desire to Grow - Luke 17

The Desire to Grow - Luke 17

October 18, 2019

Jason Minnix reflects on our desire for growth and how healing is integrated into that process [Luke 17:11-19].

 

Reflection

  • What is it like to be accepted in my moving towards and away from healing?
  • Where do I sense healing in proximity to threats in my life today?
  • What am I grateful for this morning?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • Call out for mercy.  Where am I keeping my distance and calling out?  Invite God’s tender presence to be near you in your spaces of longing.
  • Discern your capacity for growth.  Who makes me uncomfortable? What’s my capacity to be near them and heal/grow? How much is too much? How much is too little? Ask for the grace to live between your limits.

 

Resources

Contemplating Community

Contemplating Community

October 8, 2019

Chris Seay reflects on what it looks like for us to be in community and what we can learn from the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer [1 Corinthians 12:7-20].

Reflection

  • What are some ways we experience or contribute to scapegoating in our lives?
  • What does it look like to listen well in community?
Contemplation: Giving Consent

Contemplation: Giving Consent

October 2, 2019

As we finish our fall vision series exploring Contemplation, Gena Minnix reflects on what our bodies need in order to enter into a contemplative space [Matthew 26:39-42].

 

Reflection

  • What do I need to know before I can consent to God's healing action and grace within?
  • Where and when can I include contemplation as part of my daily routine?

 

Spiritual Practice

  • The Welcoming Prayer.  Welcome, welcome welcome. I welcome everything that comes to me today because I know it’s for my healing. I welcome all thoughts, emotions, feelings, persons, situations, and conditions. I let go of my desire for security. I let go of my desire for approval. I let go of my desire for control. I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person, or myself. I open to the love and presence of God, and the healing action of grace within.