Season 3 Bonus Ep – ORT – Delvyn Case III

Delvyn Case III

In this episode of the podcast of the urban mystic we speak to Delvyn Case III about his first experience of God, his work, and ministry in ecumenical spaces. You can find out more on his website.

We really weren’t sure if Delvyn was an Open and Relational Theology (ORT) devotee, but his story of process and deconstruction brings nuance to the impulse to look for a new theological framework within which to move and breathe more freely. For this reason we thought we’d include our conversation with him as part of this series. Delvyn considers himself a progressive Christian and is in fact into ORT.

Del is a musician, educator, writer, scholar and speaker. You can head across to his website to connect with some of his current work, or connect with him on Facebook.

Mini-Series & Bonus to Season 3 – Introduction

Taking this photo was harder than it looks!

This is a short miniseries between episodes, and so is bonus content to the end of Season 3.
In this intro we look briefly at why we took this tangent into Open and Relational Theology, and how we came across our three wonderful guests. You can link to the episode here.

We hope you enjoy.
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* Random fun fact – there’s a minimum distance between camera and subject for the portrait mode to work on my phone. Turns out my arms aren’t that long, my neck only bends so far, and I can’t get a half finger up alongside the three for season 3.5!

We’re recording a mini-series

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We’re recording a mini-series on Open and Relational Theology with the plan to publish in November. Season 4 will take the podcast to the end of the year. We’ll be taking a break from recording and publishing while we work on two “next seasons.” The one includes a number of guests who are ‘off the map’ when it comes to cultivating and nurturing community. This will take some time to organise and we really want to up our production game. This will likely be our Season 6. I believe this to be an incredibly valuable season and one that will be of interest to anyone interested in cultivating community. The second series we’re working on will likely be Season 5. This season will consist largely of conversations between Tim and Steve and will really dive into the experience of God and the question of intimacy with God.

Thanks to everyone joining us on this journey as guests, listeners, and conversation partners.

Podcast – Season 3 Episodes

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We’ve been privileged to engage in deep, authentic and vulnerable conversations with incredible guests. This series has been deeply enriching and is littered with profound personal revelations. It blends gloriously autobiographical reflection with the desire to not only pursue direct and immediate experience of God but also cultivate a deep and intimate relationship with God. We’ll keep pushing this into Season 4 and beyond.

  • S03E01 – Welcome to Season 3. Episode link.
  • S03E02 – We’re launching a Patreon page. Episode link.
  • S03E03 – Karl Teichart – Calling and journey into ministry. Episode link.
  • S03E04 – Karl Teichart – A cry for intimacy with God. Episode link.
  • S03E05 – Jean-Ray Knightonfitt. Episode link.
  • S03E06 – Michael Ward – Early experience of God. Episode link.
  • S03E07 – Michael Ward – The Sixth Sola. Episode link.
  • S03E08 – Jared Byas – Love Matters More. Episode link.
  • S03E09 – Thomas Jay Oord – Open and Relational Theology. Episode link.
  • S03E10 – John W. Morehead – Multifaith Matters. Episode link.
  • S03E11 – Richard Kearney – Anatheism. Episode link.
  • S03E12 – Christo Lombaard – Postsecularism. Episode link.
  • S03E13 – Derek Morphew – Kingdom Theology. Episode link.
  • S03E14 – Costa Mitchell – Personal Journey and Stories. Episode link.
  • S03E15 – Greg Farrand – Second Breath. Episode link.
  • S03E16 – Episode Finale! Episode link.

In Season 3 of the podcast of the urban mystic we tease out the tension between ‘faith and experience’ as between ‘faith and relationship.’ This is an allusion or nod to the complex subject of experience and significant conversations about it. At first I’d wanted to push this following the research of Karl and company – specifically the expressed and unmet need of church leaders as that of intimacy with God. If those schooling people into ministry and running churches aren’t experiencing intimacy with God this is a significant problem! This research confirms something I’ve been wrestling my whole life with. Yet to pursue this just didn’t fit with the autobiographical nature of the episodes. So we changed track and explore this indirectly through holding the tension open, meaning that we don’t define it or press it directly. Instead we allowed what ‘faith and relationship’ means to unfold organically through as our guests reflected on their first experience of God and how it leads into their professional contributions. This richly nuances and expands what it means to experience God directly and immediately. And it helps us better understand how to move on to press the issue.

S03E16 – Season 3 Finale

An actual shot of Tim’s microphone 🙂

With this episode we arrive at the end of Season 3 of the podcast of the urban mystic. What an incredible journey. I’m so deeply appreciative of our guests and wonderfully enriched by the conversations. (And still can’t believe we’ve had such incredible guests.)

With Season 2 we were able to record many sessions and then gather them to form opportunities for reflection during the season. This hasn’t been the case with Steve moving countries and myself moving cities. These big life challenges have been geographic and yet found an equal mirror in the noetic terrain of our inner lives. On one hand we’ve arrive at a point of theoretical saturation with guests chewing through the tension between faith and experience as between faith and relationship through reflecting on their early experience of God and how this ties into their magnificent contributions. On the other hand these conversations have really helped Tim Victor and Steve Carter arrive at clarity about where they’d like the conversation to go. It seems natural, albeit perhaps crude or abrupt, to draw Season 3 to a close here. We both trust that this will somehow make sense as we stumble ahead toward Season 4.

After a short break we’ll be back with Season 4. In the meantime, thank you to all our guests and listeners. What an incredible journey this is. Thank you for sharing it with us.

S03E15 – Greg Farrand – Second Breath

Greg Farrand

Our guest for S03E15 is Greg Farrand, Executive Director of Second Breath. We are privileged to get to know Greg as he shares the story of his early experience of God, the cultivation of a contemplative practice in the context of marriage and ministry, and his evolution toward the broader Christian Wisdom Tradition.

We highly recommend Second Breath’s app which is available on Google Play and App Store. The app is for anyone looking to cultivate a great presentness their self, others, cosmos, and God.

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S03E14 – Costa Mitchell

Costa Mitchell

In S03E14 our guest is Costa Mitchell who served as head of the Association of Vineyard Churches South Africa until retirement. Costa is a Leadership Coach, specializing in the development and growth of leaders wherever and whatever they lead, whether business, board, team, department or family.

Costa is the author of Learn to love yourself: Developing a healthy self-image and Giving leadership: Taking others with you on a journey to destiny.

We get to speak to Costa about his experience of God, life journey and ministry, and dive deep into the Vineyard Model of Ministry and the need for a relational theology and spirituality.

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S03E13 – Derek Morphew

Derek Morphew

In S03E13 our guest is Derek Morphew. In this conversation we explore Derek’s early and ongoing experience of God and delve into his recent work titled The Kingdom Theology.

You can follow the links below to Derek’s works on Amazon:

And you can follow this link to Derek’s website: kingdomtheology.net

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S03E11 – Richard Kearney

Richard Kearney

In S03E11 for this episode is Richard Kearney, a philosopher and theology with deep mystical leanings. He is the author of Anatheism: Returning to God after GodReimagining the sacred: Richard Kearney debates God, and Radical hospitality: From thought to action, with his recent work Touch: Recovering our most vital sense (no limits).

In this episode we get to know Richard’s early experience of God and dive into his work.

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