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The Common Rule | Discerning Our Personal Rule of Life Episode 07


Host: Steve Macchia, Guest: Justin Whitmel Earley

From being totally overwhelmed by my schedule, the house of my life was decorated by my Christian calling but the architecture of my life was built like everyone else, on an unsteady foundation…simple habits radically changed my life.” – Justin Whitmel Earley

Justin Earley, author of The Common Rule (InterVarsity Press), introduces his suggested Common Rule, made up of eight habits, four daily and four weekly. The daily habits are: kneeling prayer at morning, midday, and bedtime; one meal with others; one hour with phone off; and Scripture before phone. The weekly habits are: one hour of conversation with a friend; curating media to four hours; fasting from something for twenty-four hours; and Sabbath rest. Each habit corresponds to two different spectrums: love of God and love of neighbor.

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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.

Tom Griffith
Tom Griffith (Season Eight Guest)
Clarity and Spiritual Leadership Coach
Tom Griffith is a Clarity and Spiritual Leadership Coach and the founder of GreaterFormation.com. He helps people in transition to Get Clear, Get Focused and Be Fruitful. He served as an urban pastor in Boston for 34 years, and serves as a spiritual formation mentor with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.

Ken Shigematsu (Season Eight Guest)
Pastor and Author
Ken Shigematsu is senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, B.C., a trustee for World Vision Canada, and author of God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God (Zondervan).

Justin Earley (Season Eight Guest)
Lawyer and Author
Justin Earley is a business lawyer in Richmond, VA where he lives with his wife and four sons, and is the author of The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction (IVP).

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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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