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The Discerning Leader podcast is for Christian leaders who are interested in discovering the joy of “practicing a preference for God” in all aspects of their personal lives and relationships, their leadership and service to others.

Aug 6, 2020

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Susan Currie

Sabbath ceasing is meant for everyone and every living creature our lives touch: our children, our animals, all in our household.  God rests in order to delight in his creation. So too are we made to rest in order to engage our creational identity. – Susan Currie

Sabbath rest...


Jul 30, 2020

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Susan Currie

Discernment is about being with God, paying attention to God, letting our every word and effort come from attentiveness to God. Sabbath is the place that nurtures that attentiveness. – Susan Currie

Sabbath nurtures our attentiveness to God and thereby enhances our practicing a...


Jul 6, 2020

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: David Vryhof

Reflection is an important spiritual discipline, inviting us to notice, remember, and give thanks. It is practiced in a variety of ways, from journaling to photography, and especially in the ancient practice of Examen. In reflection we are seeking the Spirit’s guidance to...


Jul 6, 2020

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: David Vryhof

Prayer is a huge, somewhat daunting subject. No one has mastered prayer. In fact, if we’re honest, we are all simply beginners. This episode explores the inward, upward, and outward nature of prayer, in both the “secret place” of our prayer closet, as well as in our public...


Jul 6, 2020

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: David Vryhof

Instead of studying the Word to preach or teach it, Lectio Divina invites us to simply listen and receive the Word as a gift of love from God to us, his beloved children. Discerning leaders know the power of the Word and delight when the Scriptures come alive in our prayer...