Episode 203 – Natural Wonders


In Episode 203 – Natural Wonders, we explore the infinitely awe-inspiring natural world with a reading of Alison’s article, “The Seven Wonders of the Natural World in Your Own Backyard.” The New Seven Wonders of Nature were announced last year by the New7Wonders Foundation, honoring places such as Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay and Table Mountain of South Africa, but you don’t have to travel around the world to experience the spiritually uplifting power of nature. Then Jeff sits down for a fascinating, wide-ranging interview with Brian McLaren, an influential pastor, speaker and author who understands nature’s spiritual dimension and its essential role in the future of Christianity, humanity, and the world. Finally, for our Pro extension, grab a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable, as we read Alison’s bedtime story about King Arthur’s search for the mightiest huntsman who ever lived — the Tale of Mabon.

A former pastor and college English teacher, Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, and activist. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, and Naked Spirituality. He and his wife Grace live in Florida and have four adult children. He’s an avid wildlife and outdoors guy, who believes God’s first language is this amazing universe.

His newest book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, is available now. You can learn more about Brian’s work on his website, brianmclaren.net.



  • “Seven Wonders of the Natural World — In Your Own Backyard,” by Alison Leigh Lilly, Aontacht Magazine, Volume 4 Issue 3
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4 Responses to “Episode 203 – Natural Wonders”

  1. sylvievmorin says:

    Dear Jeff and Ali, I really enjoyed Episode 201! I just wanted to ask if Pro Members have an Episode 202 because I am not seeing it. Thank you so much, Sylvia

    • Alison Leigh Lilly says:

      Sylvia, I’m so glad you enjoyed the episode! To answer your question: YES! There is (or will be) an Episode 202 — coming out this weekend. Our schedules got a bit jumbled because I got seriously sick this past week and we were unable to record as we’d planned, but this coming weekend Pro Members will get a double-feature: back-to-back pro episodes 202 and 204. So definitely stay tuned for that! :)

  2. sylvievmorin says:

    Hi Ali, Thank you for kindly replying! I am sorry to hear that you were sick. I hope you are feeling better. I am sorry if I seemed impatient; I just love your shows so much!! :)

    • Alison Leigh Lilly says:

      Not at all! Believe me, I would much rather be working on the podcast than being sick in bed any day, and I spent most of my time sick trying really hard to get better so I could stay on schedule! ;)

      Pro Episodes 202 and 204 are up now, and I think they might be some of our best episodes yet! So definitely check those out. :)

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