The God Experiment
The God Experiment enables listeners to understand and apply God's principles on a personal level. Each show presents a "hypothesis" based on the Bible and Christian theology, as well as a "spiritual experiment" that the listener can then attempt.
info_outline 43 - Hallowed, and Other Amazing Adjectives 01/28/2020
43 - Hallowed, and Other Amazing Adjectives Jeremiah discusses a simple but personal thing we can do to honor God. The hypothesis is that we can expand upon the Lord's prayer as a powerful activity in our relationship with the Father. The experiment is to tell God how cool He is. Like, so cool.
info_outline 42 - The Undertow of Habit 01/21/2020
42 - The Undertow of Habit The hypothesis of this episode is that our lives can easily fall into a routine that does not reflect our priorities. The experiment is to identify where our schedules and habits do not line up to the vision we have for our lives, and to include God as we make a plan to institute change.
info_outline 41 - Interview with Stephen Goold on Christianity, Music, and the Spiritual Life 01/17/2020
41 - Interview with Stephen Goold on Christianity, Music, and the Spiritual Life Jeremiah interviews Stephen Goold, the musical director at Christ's Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephen is also a professional drummer who has played with such artists as Sara Bareilles, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ben Rector, Mat Kearney, and Owl City. This was a wide-ranging discussion. We talked about his spiritual journey, professional drumming, talking to God, the fruit of the Spirit, theological paradigm shifts, the role of a musical director at a mega-church, and worship.
info_outline 40 - Address it or Let it Go 01/14/2020
40 - Address it or Let it Go Jeremiah talks about a simple choice we can make that will deepen our relationships and help us stay emotionally healthy. The hypothesis is that if we are unwilling to address something in an important relationship, we should let it go. The experiment is to recognize where we have not been honest about something, and then make a choice to either address it honestly or simply let it go.
info_outline 39 - Exploring Salvation: A Conversation 01/10/2020
39 - Exploring Salvation: A Conversation Jeremiah and his friend Lewis discuss the various ways in which salvation is explained in the New Testament. This wide-ranging conversation includes such topics as resurrection, new life, the person of Jesus, and how to relate to sin.
info_outline 38 - Displace the Negative 01/07/2020
38 - Displace the Negative It is time to get out of a destructive cycle of negativity. The hypothesis of this episode is that we often have to be outside of a problem in order to see it objectively and address it. The experiment is to identify an ongoing problem in your life, determine to put it aside, and displace it by connecting with God and His love.
info_outline 37 - The Three Relationships 12/30/2019
37 - The Three Relationships The hypothesis of this episode is that we must find a proper balance in our relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves. The experiment is to be aware of these three relationships and how they interact with each other.
info_outline 35 - The Art of Communicating with God 12/17/2019
35 - The Art of Communicating with God This episode is about the art of communicating with God. The hypothesis is that there are many forms through which God communicates to us, but we must practice them in order to develop our ability to hear. The experiment is to choose at least one form of communication and exercise it in our relationship with God.
info_outline 35 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Reflections on Advent and Christmas 12/13/2019
35 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Reflections on Advent and Christmas Jeremiah reads and responds to quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer regarding Advent and Christmas. This episode explores spiritual and theological ideas surrounding Advent and the incarnation, including waiting, silence, expectation, and participation.
info_outline 34 - The Challenge of Resting in God 12/12/2019
34 - The Challenge of Resting in God Jeremiah discusses the highly important but poorly valued principle of rest. The hypothesis is that resting is a spiritual principle which is integral to a genuine relationship with God. The experiment is to find an experience of resting in God by any means necessary.
info_outline 33 - Spirituality and Alcoholics Anonymous: A Conversation 12/06/2019
33 - Spirituality and Alcoholics Anonymous: A Conversation Jeremiah has an anonymous guest on the podcast to discuss spirituality from the perspective of Alcoholics Anonymous and the twelve-step program. Topics range from sponsorship, taking inventory, forgiveness, tolerance, and our ultimate reliance upon God.
info_outline 32 - The Spiritual Life is Not a Zero Sum Game 12/03/2019
32 - The Spiritual Life is Not a Zero Sum Game Jeremiah discusses the worldview of a "zero sum game" in the context of a relationship with God. The hypothesis is that if we see God as limited in any way, we will relate to Him and to each other in an unhealthy manner. The experiment is to expand our awareness of the limitlessness of God.
info_outline 31 - The Power of Thankfulness 11/26/2019
31 - The Power of Thankfulness The hypothesis is that thankfulness is a key component to a happy relationship with God. The experiment is to make a conscious effort to be thankful to God for everything in your life, whether seemingly good or bad.
info_outline 30 - Open Your Mouth to Discover the Truth 11/19/2019
30 - Open Your Mouth to Discover the Truth In this episode Jeremiah discusses an action of self-knowledge. The hypothesis is that talking out our unfinished thoughts helps us to understand ourselves better. The experiment is to have conversations about things you don't understand, but want to understand.
info_outline 29 - Communicate What Works 11/13/2019
29 - Communicate What Works The hypothesis of this episode is that effectively expressing love sometimes requires trying new ways of communication which may not be not familiar to us. The experiment is to ask your close relationships questions about how to better express your love and care for them.
info_outline 28 - Who Cares if You're Wrong? 11/06/2019
28 - Who Cares if You're Wrong? Jeremiah discusses the human desire to be right all the time. The hypothesis is that admitting our mistakes is an important part of a healthy relationship with ourselves, with one another, and with God. The experiment is to admit when you are wrong.
info_outline 27 - Reclaiming the Living Christ: A Conversation 11/01/2019
27 - Reclaiming the Living Christ: A Conversation Jeremiah has a conversation with his friend Lewis regarding the person of Jesus. The idea of "reclaiming" Jesus refers to pursuing a relationship with Him which goes beyond the limitations of both secular and religious concepts.
info_outline 26 - Try Something New (That's Probably Old) 10/29/2019
26 - Try Something New (That's Probably Old) This episode is about discovering new things! The hypothesis is that finding personal ways to do spiritual activities is a key to truly understanding those spiritual activities. The experiment is to choose a spiritual activity and try it in a number of ways until it clicks and makes personal sense to you.
info_outline 25 - Relationships and the God Experiment 10/22/2019
25 - Relationships and the God Experiment Jeremiah discusses his current views on Christian spirituality and the purpose of this podcast. He explores the idea that the concept of relationships is the best way to explain what spirituality is all about. The experiment is to simply enjoy a relationship with God as it is, without trying to turn it into something it is not.
info_outline 23 - When We Retreat From God 10/08/2019
23 - When We Retreat From God Jeremiah discuss the concept of retreating from God. The hypothesis is that we often unintentionally withdraw from God when we face difficulties. The experiment is to recognize what makes us retreat from God, and then rectify the situation.
info_outline 21 - The Attitude of Performance Orientation 09/24/2019
21 - The Attitude of Performance Orientation Jeremiah explores the destructive attitude of performance orientation. The hypothesis is that thinking will only be loved if we perform correctly is diametrically opposed to the truth of God's love. The experiment is to look for evidence of performance orientation in our own lives and then look to replace it with a genuine trust of the love of God.
info_outline 19 - Ask the Deeper Questions 09/10/2019
19 - Ask the Deeper Questions Jeremiah suggests that we sometimes do not go far enough in discovering the reasons behind our thoughts, feelings, and motivations in our relationships with God and others. The hypothesis is that digging down to the truth requires asking deeper questions. The experiment is to start asking deeper questions when we have times of realization.
info_outline 18 - Who is Jesus Christ? 09/04/2019
18 - Who is Jesus Christ? Jeremiah discusses the obstacles in the way of truly knowing the person of Jesus Christ. The hypothesis is that Jesus is the person of the Trinity that we can most relate to. The experiment is to introduce yourself to Jesus and let Him introduce Himself to you.
info_outline B4 - "The Meaning of Marriage" by Tim and Kathy Keller 08/30/2019
B4 - "The Meaning of Marriage" by Tim and Kathy Keller Jeremiah reviews "The Meaning of Marriage" by Tim and Kathy Keller. In this book, the Kellers discuss the biblical view of marriage. This is an excellent book which is applicable to all deep relationships. Highly recommended.