Mandy Smith is a pastor and author of multiple books including The Vulnerable Pastor and Unfettered — a book about imagining a childlike faith beyond the baggage of western culture. That book has a foreword by Walter Brueggemann. And if you know who Walter is, you know that’s one of the finest endorsements you can get.
Mandy joined us on the Spiritual Misfits podcast for a rich conversation about her work and perspectives on faith and spirituality.
Listening to the way Mandy speaks about Christian faith is a reminder how beautifully and radically upside down and unconventional Jesus is, in so many ways. The episode explores what what it means to approach faith with a child-like posture, with an open heart that listens to our bodies and emotions and intuitions and says ‘yes’ to what might just be the prompts of the spirit in our ordinary, daily lives.
The conversation also explores the difference between ‘empire ways’ of doing things and ‘kingdom ways’ of doing things; the violence that life under the empire can do to our human-ness, and the way Jesus wants to restore our humanity
Mandy’s chat with us was filled with layers of reminders and invitations. To see the value in what it means to be human. To start the day with an open heart. And to say yes. To God, to life, to love.