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Culture Friday, remembering actor Dean Jones, why Hollywood is surprised by the success of the film “War Room”
Today's news and a conversation about the culture with John Stonestreet of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, plus: remembering film and stage actor Dean Jones, WORLD News Group’s Megan Basham talks about why Hollywood is surprised by the success of the new film “War Room,” a bit of housekeeping, and more
Listening In, hosted by WORLD's Warren Cole Smith, features extended conversations with newsmakers and thought leaders. “Our goal is to explore topics as thoughtfully as possible,” says WORLD's Chief Content Officer Nick Eicher.
The Listening In podcast is posted each Friday.
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A conversation with Steve Smith
Steve Smith has a very specific ministry within the body of Christ: he works with leaders who want to, as Smith describes it, get off the hamster wheel. After a long and fruitful career in ministry, mostly in the Southern Baptist Convention as a pastor and missionary, he and his wife Gwen co-founded Potter’s Inn, in the mountains of Divide, Colorado. The 35-acre retreat has a lodge and cabins where ministry leaders who have burned out or blown up can come for healing and restoration. In some other cases, they come to Potter’s Inn to prevent that from happening.
Smith has also written a number of books on how leaders, who often have few people they can turn to for their own spiritual care, can attend to what Smith calls the “care of the soul.” In an era when ministry leaders such as Mark Driscoll, Bill Gothard, Josh Duggar, Tullian Tschividian, and many other apparently successful and gifted leaders are in the news for significant moral and ethical failings, the message of Steve Smith’s latest book, Inside Job: Doing the Work Within the Work is particularly relevant.