The Red Letter Disciple Episode 32

032: Pentecostal Neurologist Jessie Cruickshank on what Memory has to do with Discipleship, the Link Between Science and Faith, and what Antarctica is Really Like!

What do you get when you mash up a wilderness guru and a Harvard-graduated neurobiologist? Jessie’s life calling is teaching others about the mind and body connection and how we are wired for discipleship. Jessie believes we’ve complicated discipleship and is on a journey to get us back to what Jesus said about following Him.

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Today’s episode is brought to you by Red Letter Living. 

On March 16th, at Noon-1PM Central, I’ll be hosting my father Mark Zehnder in a FREE one-hour webinar called “Setting Your Church up For Leadership Transition Success.”

Half of pastors today either will not retire or have no plans to retire. This is not setting the church up well to move forward. And because of this, 80% of pastoral transitions don’t go well. So, what can we do? How do you know if you are ready to transition, or when to start planning for this? On March 16th, I’m interviewing pastoral transition expert Mark Zehnder to discuss with us how do we know when we are ready to retire? What are the necessary steps? And what can we do today, no matter where we are in our ministry, to be more open-handed in our leading the church into the future?

For further reading, in preparation of this webinar, feel free to visit these blogs that we posted in March 2022.

5 Keys to Healthy Pastoral Succession by Mark Zehnder

There’s a Pastoral Crisis Right Now. Don’t Believe These 5 Lies! by Zach Zehnder

5 Predictions if Pastors Really Did Quit by Zach Zehnder

3 Reasons Pastors Don’t Develop Other Pastors by Tim Ahlman

I’m hosting this webinar to help pastors and church leaders. So, genuinely, I’d love to know what questions you have regarding this topic. Please feel free to email

Register today for this FREE webinar and please invite other pastors and church leaders to join us in this important discussion.

Resources mentioned in the episode:

Extraordinary Discipleship Online Course

Ordinary Discipleship by Jessie Cruickshank (Pre-Order)

Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries

Twitter: @yourbrainbyjess

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Key insights from the episode:

Biology and the Bible and the two things that help me know my way in this world. – Jessie Cruickshank

Discipleship happens organically through stories. – Jessie Cruickshank

It’s science that helps me see the wonder of God. – Jessie Cruickshank

If being a disciple is being changed by Jesus, then a disciple-maker is helping someone else change too. – Jessie Cruickshank

Most of the breakthroughs in science were made by believers. – Jessie Cruickshank

It’s pretty fascinating to me how many scientists believe in God but how few clergies believe in science. – Jessie Cruickshank

Real transformation happens in divine-human encounters. The amazing thing about wilderness is you can’t fake it. – Jessie Cruickshank

Mediocre people can disciple others. – Jessie Cruickshank

Good news is a story of when God came through for you. – Jessie Cruickshank

It takes 20% failure for your brain to learn. – Jessie Cruickshank

Jessie Cruickshank’s Challenge of the Week: Find a way to share your story and the “aha” moments that God has brought into your life.

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