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Dan Allender and Curt Thompson
Dr. Dan Allender and Dr. Curt Thompson join us on our podcast, The Naked Gospel. Dan Allender and Curt Thompson, renowned Christian voices in psychology and neuroscience, delve deep into Christian faith. They illuminate the intricacies of faith, hope, and love, presenting listeners with an intense and enriching conversation.
At the outset, the discussion centers around their significant contributions to recalibrating the Christian perspective. Their work has focused on healing, redemption, and relationship. Their writings and teachings have redefined the Christian understanding of redemption.
Is Abundant Life Real??
The host, Shane, explores with Dan and Curt what Jesus actually meant by abundant life and freedom. The Lord’s table—feasting vs consuming—forms a critical part of the discussion. They delve into the difference of cultural engagement as ‘culture wars’ and ‘rescue mission.’
In examining the biblical narrative of rescue and its application to our lives, the conversation navigates towards the nature of mutuality and hospitality. They shed light on how faith, hope, and love are intertwined and how truth equates to trust. In a compelling exploration of 1 Corinthians 13, they situate the place of love and hospitality in the Christian walk.
Faith and Neuro-Science
The discussion takes a deep dive into the intriguing connection between faith and the body. They discuss Paul’s teachings on being renewed day by day and how it ties back to Jesus’ incarnation. The conversation highlights the significance of listening to both our left and right hemisphere, drawing parallels to ancient Greek perspectives on the importance of listening to the gut. The exploration of neuroscience provides valuable insights into understanding what it means to be mature and progress in maturity.
Moving towards the topic of embodied faith and hope experiences, they examine the meaning of faith as hope in relation to the past and future. The conversation touches upon how trust creates an anticipation for the future, and how hope, always radical and risky, is formed through our embodied experiences of trust. Shane, Dan, and Curt talk through why we resist being loved and how experience fits into faith.
Faith versus Hope??
The conversation wraps up by discussing the essence of hope, faith, and love in polarized times. They delve into the formation of hope through intimate, embodied connections. The discussion emphasizes that hope is formed at kitchen tables and in conversations, not by grand ideas that come from books. In this era of division and despair, the conversation serves as a beacon of hope, guiding listeners to find solace and strength as followers of Jesus.
About Curt Thompson and Dan Allender:
Psychiatrist, speaker and author Dr. Curt Thompson connects our intrinsic desire to be known with the need to tell truer stories about ourselves — showing us how to form deep relationships, discover meaning and live integrated, creative lives.
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Dr. Dan Allender is a pioneer of a unique and innovative approach to trauma and abuse therapy. For over 30 years, Narrative Focused Trauma Care has brought healing and transformation to hundreds of thousands of lives by bridging the story of the gospel and the stories of trauma and abuse that mark so many.
You can visit theallendercenter.org to find training opportunities, online courses, conferences, and workshops.