Season 9: BONUS EPISODE | Listening and Responding to God Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis

The enormous response to Ruth’s blog post last week led to Ruth Haley Barton and Steve Wiens, pastor of Genesis Covenant Church, recording a bonus podcast episode for pastors and Christian leaders addressing the corona virus pandemic.

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Mentioned in this podcast:

That the Works of God Might be Revealed, Ruth Haley Barton
Invitation to Retreat, Ruth Haley Barton
Pursuing God’s will Together, Ruth Haley Barton (for more on John 9 story)

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Ruth Haley Barton

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Music Credit:
New Way to Live written by Joel Hanson. I am New written by Joel Hanson and Jason Gray.


Join us for a virtual Good Friday prayer service

Join us as we keep vigil with Christ on Good Friday. We will post a recording of our Stations of the Cross Prayer Service here on Wednesday April 8, 2020 and on the Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast. As much as possible, plan to pray between 12:00 -3:00 in your time zone.

Learn more about how to participate and ways to enhance your experience and pray along with us.

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8 Comments

  1. Ruth Ann Leduc on April 10, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve listened to this twice and really appreciate the reminders. Love the image of perfect imperfection, and giving ourselves (and others) grace. It struck me, though, that there are several references to pastors, but this is applicable to other Christian leaders as well. I serve in Member Care for an overseas missions agency; I interact with field leaders all the time. It would be helpful to include others serving in leadership outside of the traditional pastoral role. Thanks!

  2. Ruth Barton on April 6, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    You’re welcome!, Peggy! Yes, and amen!

  3. Julie Bonhomme on April 5, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Thank you Ruth for this episode
    It indeed has a prophetic quality to it.
    I was touched that you mentioned psalm 121.
    This psalm brought me great comfort when I went through some dark night in the last year
    I wish to share with you my favorite interpretation of this psalm:
    Sir David Wilcocks and Choir of Kings College; heavenly!
    I still sing it every day on my way to work.

  4. Christine Labrum on April 4, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Ruth, as always, I deeply appreciate how you draw our attention to the things that are important and central, to the person of God. The invitation to trust is just echoing in these days. I valued your warning against frenzy and filling all the space. Although I do want to name that I see some invitation to creativity and courageous innovation that seems Spirit led. Creativity can stir energy. Perhaps the caution you offer is to stay aligned, not fall behind the Spirit but not run ahead. Gentle blessings.

    • Ruth Barton on April 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

      Could not agree more!! This the needle we are trying to thread. I am experiencing the threading of this needle in our choice to record a special podcast version of Stations of the Cross. this was something we already had that God guided us to offer in a slightly new way. It was natural, organic, and not too much. There is a lot we are choosing not to do and this is something we knew was ours to do. It’s a subtle knowing but when it’s right, you know it. Thank you for articulating this fine nuance that is so important!

  5. Alden Turiano on April 1, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Loved this! Thank you!

  6. Bill Brander on April 1, 2020 at 2:44 am

    I appreciate this. Take the time to enjoy a sabbath? A ‘forced’ retreat?
    Thank you

  7. Peggy Crooks on March 31, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Ruth this really connected with what I have been feeling regarding our current quarantine…be still and let God be God. It is such a unique time for families/relationships, being forced ( at times) to communicate and lean into one another. Thanks for speaking into that. And for releasing pastors from the frenzy of re-creating everything online.

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