We work so hard to find balance in our lives… but what if “balance” isn’t the goal? What if what we’re really looking for is a rhythm?
We tend to approach changes in terms of balance and habits, but balance is precarious and impossible to sustain. Habits, once formed, don’t always last forever. In the reality of everyday life, the framework of rhythms is a lot more helpful. The rhythms we create allow for the peaks and valleys of life. They’re sustainable because they constantly move us forward.
Join Pastors Sung Kim and Nate Kimball as they talk through the everyday, unforced rhythms of grace that Jesus calls us into as followers of Christ.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Season 2: The Enneagram
As we launch Season 2, we take a deep dive into self discovery. Using the enneagram as a framework for understanding ourselves, Sung and Nate talk about how knowing yourself leads to a deeper knowledge of God, and how a deeper understanding of God leads to self knowledge.
Self knowledge is a critical part of maturing, growing in faith, and building healthy relationships. In this episode, Sung and Nate talk about the Enneagram as a tool (not the tool) for increased self awareness.
In this episode, Sung reads a couple emails he’s received that are highly critical of the enneagram and its usefulness to people of faith. Sung and Nate talk about those criticisms and the divide many see between what is sacred and what is secular.
Maybe they aren’t the loneliest number, but enneagram ones at their worst can be critical, judgmental, and hard to satisfy. That’s a pretty lonely place to be. At their best, healthy ones are passionate, hardworking, objective, and wise. In this episode, Nate talks about being a one, and Sung explains what it’s like to observe and relate to him.
In this episode, we have our first guest appearance on the ROG podcast. Christine, a staff member at Grace Church and an enneagram 2, tells us what it’s like to be a two. She has advice on how to stay healthy as a two, and how to relate to the twos in your life.
In this episode, our special guest is an Enneagram 3. Threes are driven, adaptable, and usually high achievers. They are valedictorians and successful saleswomen. But they are also prone to vanity and deceit. Sung and Nate talk with Alex Pattenaude about how he moves towards health and wholeness, and what he’s learned about faith and relationships as a compulsive achiever.
In this week’s episode, Sung and Nate look at the artists, musicians, and creatives of the world – Enneagram 4s. Fours feel strongly, look for meaning, and strive to create something unique and beautiful in their life and in the world around them. They are also prone to melancholy and despair. Our special guest, Tyler, shares some of his personal valleys and where he finds meaning and purpose in his life.
If you need accurate information or deep research, Enneagram fives are who you need. They are focused, introspective, and deeply knowledgeable on a whole host of topics. They are the experts and the researchers. But introspection carried too far becomes anti-social. Expertise becomes pride. Hear our guest, missionary and PhD Aaron Mininger, talk about embracing his inner five, while staying balanced and in the present. If you want more info on Aaron’s work in the Congo, head to his webpage, www.aaronmininger.com
Enneagram sixes are loyal and collaborative. They are incredible team players and friends. But, they can struggle with anxiety, especially when feeling unprepared. Like when they are shooting from the hip on a podcast. Thankfully our special guest, Jake, stays with us for the whole podcast while Sung and Nate pepper him with questions. You won’t want to miss his story about having to give a speech at his brother’s wedding.
Sevens are the people you want at your dinner party. They love to laugh, joke, and try new things. But taken too far, sevens can run from experience to experience in order to avoid pain or look too deeply inside themselves. Nate’s two favorite sevens are the guests for this exciting episode.
Sung is an Enneagram 8, through and through. In this episode, he talks about the inner and outer life of an eight. Nate and a surprise special guest keep him honest and share what it’s like to work and live with someone as intense as Sung.
Enneagram nines are the peacemakers. They get along and go along with almost everyone. But sometimes their commitment to external peace comes at the expense of their sense of self. This episode’s special guest, Alice, describes what prayers are hard for her pray, and how to tell when she’s upset. Spoiler alert: if you know a nine is upset, it’s often already too late.
In past episodes, Sung and Nate referred to the “wings” of an enneagram number. In this episode they dive deep into what wings are, and how they can help us become healthier versions of our core number.
In this episode, Nate and Sung discuss another feature of the enneagram: numbers that aren’t adjacent (wings) but still have something to offer in terms of growth, discipleship, and maturity.
How is it that two people who are both the same enneagram number can look and act so different? Sung explains how the three subtypes impact behavior and account for the differences between people with the same “core” type.