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Seeing God in Scripture and Imagination | Discerning and Celebrating God in Creativity Episode 02

Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Suz Skinner

It’s important that we are in the Word in order to see how God makes himself known to us. – Suz Skinner

The Word of God comes alive in our hearts and minds as we see God with greater clarity in our Scripture reflections and prayers. In this episode we discuss lectio divina (divine reading) and visio divina (divine reflection on a photograph, painting, piece of art or creation) in order to be drawn into the Word of God and prayer in Spirit-empowering ways. We highlight imaginative prayer which invites us into a new way of seeing Jesus with eyes of faith. Study and exegesis of the Bible is richly enhanced in our prayer closets as we join God slowly, prayerfully in the Word.

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Steve Macchia

Steve Macchia (Podcast Host)
Founder and President of Leadership Transformations
Steve is the author of Becoming a Healthy ChurchBecoming a Healthy DiscipleBroken and WholeCrafting a Rule of Life and several other titles. Steve has over 40 years in ministry and two postgraduate degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Suz Skinner

Suz Skinner (Season Four Guest)
Spiritual Formation Associate
Suz serves as a Spiritual Formation Associate at the Pierce Center for Disciple Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and offers spiritual direction in Gloucester, MA. As an artist and a spiritual director, she is called to help others see and respond to the beautiful, redeeming works of Christ unfolded in the Scriptures and the stories of God’s people.

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Steve Macchia

Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of fifteen books, including the Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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