Welcome to the Deep Roots Podcast. This podcast will contain a series of conversations on topics about faith and life from our perspective. You will here from various members of our team at Deep Roots Ministries, as well as various guests.

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October 14, 2022
In this week’s conversation, Richard talks about one of the top agreements that he sees people make, “This is just the way I am.” He talks about the impact such agreements can have in their lives and on those around them, even sharing some of his own narrative in this area. He then shares that there is hope, however. That through Jesus, there is a way to change from the inside out.

September 26, 2022
In this week’s conversation, Richard is joined by Chris Dearborn. Chris joined the Anvil team in 2018. In this episode, Chris shares some of narrative on how he came to be a part of Anvil and the way God teed up some not so coincidental encounters and connections. Chris then shares about one of the elements of The Anvil that helps to set the stage for orienting the direction of the weekend, which is The Larger Story.

September 23, 2022
In this week’s conversation, Richard is joined by Greg Roth, who has been a part of the Anvil team since it first began. In this episode, Greg shares how he came to be a part of the Anvil and the impact it has had on his life, plus the impact he has seen in other men. They also discuss another of the topics that is covered at The Anvil, being A Battle to Fight, and the warfare that every man faces.

September 1, 2022 – Anvil Team Conversation Part 2
In this week’s conversation, Richard and Steve return to discuss more about The Anvil. In this discussion, they look at another key aspect that is explored during this weekend, which is Adventure. More importantly, the adventure that God has called each of us into with Him. There are the casual and crucial adventures in our lives, but what is the critical adventure of walking with God and what does that look like for men.

August 26, 2022 – Choosing Character Over Kingdom
In this week’s conversation, Richard discusses the challenge many of us face with choosing kingdom building over our own character growth and growth with God. This comes after reading about the story of King Uzziah whose pride led to his downfall in 2 Chronicles 26. The challenge to us all is pondering where we have places kingdom over character rather than character of kingdom? How well have we handled the domain we’ve been entrusted with?

August 5, 2022 – Anvil Team Conversation Part 1
In this week’s conversation, Richard is joined by team member and resident sage, Steve Robinson. In their discussion, Steve shares about coming to be a part of Anvil and they also dialogue on one of sessions Steve teaches, which focuses on identity. Their conversation concludes with an invitation to men everywhere to join us for The Anvil this November 10-13 at Strong Rock Camp in Cleveland, GA. You can find out more at the link below and register right on line. Come and see for yourself, what the Anvil is all about and see what God may have in store. Stay tuned for more conversations with Anvil team members.

July 22, 2022 – Return of Firepit Coversations
After many months away, Richard returns and relaunches the Firepit Conversations. During this week’s discussion, he shares some of the reasoning he has been away, but more importantly, what God has been stirring in his heart through many of the challenges that have been faced. There is always good that God is up to. Lastly, he shares that The Anvil Men’s Boot Camp is returning for the Fall of 2022, November 10-13 in Cleveland, GA.

October 16, 2021 – Invitation from the Anvil Team

This week, Steve Robinson from The Anvil team, joins Richard for a conversation about Anvil. In this conversation, Steve and Richard extend an invitation to Anvil and share some perspective on why this weekend is significant and important for helping men begin to get their hearts back. Listen in on this conversation. We hope you will join us November 11-14 for The Anvil Men’s Boot Camp.

September 20, 2021 – Anvil 2021 Invitation and Choosing Deeper

This week, as Richard returns to the firepit after a few months away, he extends an invitation to the Fall 2021 Anvil Men’s Boot Camp. This weekend event takes place November 11-14, 2021 at Strong Rock Camp in Cleveland, GA. Registration is open and available at deeprootsminstries.org/anvilbootcamp.
Richard also discusses how important it is for us to choose to venture deeper with God. To receive and trust the process of becoming that is only just beginning and continues on this side eternity. Will you choose to venture deeper?

April 30, 2021 – Is God In A Box?
This week, Richard processes some thoughts while reading through a book by Eugene Peterson and the way we tend to place limits on God through our daily lives. He leaves you with the question of, where have you boxed God in and what would it would look like to remove those limits. We have all placed limits in order to make things work out for our purposes. What would it look like to let that go and let God’s purposes work out?

April 9, 2021 – Men Are Needed
This week, Richard continues the conversation the desperate need to have men that have come alive and stepping into their true identities. For too long, we have seen men abdicate their roles and position. Men are needed in this world. Will you be among those men that choose to get in the game for the sake of your wives, your children, and those around you. If we are 90% of the problem, we are 90% of the solution. Don’t wait for someone else to do something. You step up and step in. As Tozer wrote, the most desperate need of church and world, is men; bold and free men (paraphrase).

April 2, 2021 – Mission Is Too Important
This week, Richard discusses the importance of the mission of Deep Roots through Anvil and Unveiled are. He recalls how the mission of helping men get their hearts back and come alive has been a consistent theme in his life the last 5 years and the way God continues to lead the way. He closes with an ask for you to prayerfully consider financially partnering with Deep Roots Ministries. Learn more at deeprootsministries.org/partner

March 26, 2021 – Gifts From God – Always More
This week, Richard talks about some of his experience at the Heart of Warrior Allies Advance, or now King Me Advance, this past week. Through that he shares some of the ways God really spoke into his heart when he wasn’t expecting it. Lastly he shares some of what is coming in 2021 and even asks for your support to help make those events happen. Visit deeprootsministries.org/partner to see how you can prayerfully consider supporting this mission.

March 12, 2021 – Looking Back and Looking Ahead
This week, Richard returns to the firepit after six weeks away. He discusses some of what has been transpiring around us over the last year and now. He then shifts gears to look ahead into what God is doing in the lives of men around him and some of what is to come from Deep Roots Ministries this year as we continue pressing to help people get their hearts back and come alive.

January 29, 2021 – Don’t Get Choked Out
This week, Richard returns and talks about the importance of staying firm to the hope we have in Jesus through these wild and difficult times. He reflects on a conversation with brothers this week, where they discussed the way this world is trying to choke us out like the farmer scattering seeds on thorns and weeds. Instead learn to yield those places to allow more fertile soil in the heart.

December 11, 2020 – Hope We Have
This week, Richard talks about hope and how often we place our hope in the wrong things, including the changing of the calendar. In reality, our hope should go much deeper than that because of the promised hope of the return of Jesus and the coming Kingdom.

December 4, 2020 – What is Essential: Soul Care
This week, Richard talks about the Thanksgiving holiday and the things he is thankful for. He then reflects on a conversation he had with some like-hearted men this past week talking the essential and non-essential parts of life and the frontier of moving toward doing what is essential.

November 20, 2020 – Post Anvil – Back to the World
This week, following the return the the Fall 2020 Anvil Men’s Boot Camp, Richard shares some of his thoughts on the weekend and continues his challenge to men to come alive and be the men God created them to be and the world feel the weigh of who they are.

November 6, 2020 – Looking Past the Sideshow
This week, with 1 week until Anvil, Richard discusses his thoughts regarding the sideshow that we are witnessing and then provides encouragement on what is actually the most important thing to look to and that is God. We are in the midst of God’s Story and the rest is distraction.
Learn about Anvil – deeprootsministries.org/anvilbootcamp
Knife Fundraiser – deeprootsministries.org/knifefundraiser

October 9, 2020 – Staying True to God
This week, Richard shares some of the struggles he has battled through in the past weeks, but the way God has shown up and guided him through these battles through Scripture, devotionals, and very timely and unexpected conversations. The hope is to offer encouragement of just how staying true to God and resting in Jesus is sure to bring you through, although, not always the way you expect or even may want.

October 2, 2020 – November is Coming – Register for the Anvil
We are counting down! This week, Richard discusses more about the coming Anvil Men’s Boot Camp on November 12-15 at Strong Rock Camp in Cleveland, GA. This is a challenge and encouragement to men to take the risk to step away from your world at what seems like a crazy and wild time in this country and world. Registration deadline is looming, October 18th. Register today for The Anvil! deeprootsministries.org/anvilbootcamp

September 24, 2020 – A Year of Reflection
This week, Richard reflects on the last year of life and the way God has been ever present some of the deepest challenges. From job loss to family health crisis and things in between, the prayer is that this will offer encouragement that no matter what we face, that God is ever present and we can continue to trust in His goodness.

September 10, 2020 – What Is The Risk
This week, Richard shares more thoughts about the Anvil and issues a challenge for you to ponder. Usually, it is what is the risk in going to an event. The question, however, is, what are you risking by not going?
Register for the Anvil – November 12-15, 2020 @ Strong Rock Camp in Cleveland, GA. https://deeprootsministries.org/anvilbootcamp

September 7, 2020 – Cultivating Joy
In this episode, Richard and Chris join you from a local cigar lounge where they share where in their lives they are seeking to cultivate and find joy and how God has led them to living with joy a significant part of their lives and their families.

September 4, 2020 – Taking In Creation
This week, Richard talks about the unfolding of creation. He shares his thoughts as he reads through the Chronicles of Narnia and the image of the creation of Narnia as it relates to the Genesis account of creation. He also encourages you to take time to spend moments outside in creation soaking in the beauty of what God as gifted us in the earth.

August 20, 2020 – Back To Trust
This week, Richard takes us back into the importance of trusting God and how God has continued to lead him back into this important idea. Trust is not a one time thing, but is done through a series of choices in our lives from the easy to the hardest of times.

July 24, 2020 – Anvil Announcement – Fall 2020
This week, Richard shares the exciting news of the Anvil Men’s Boot Camp and brings a challenge and word of encouragement for men from all ages and walks of life to take a risk to go on this treasure hunt. This weekend, November 12-15, will be in beautiful Strong Rock Camp in North Georgia. Registration is now open. You can click here for information and to register for this epic adventure with God.

April 6, 2020 – Richard’s Story – Deep Roots Mission Part 2
In part 2, Richard leads us through the creation of the Anvil Men’s Boot Camp and how that led into the formation of Deep Roots Ministries and then Richard and Chris begin dive through what is now the mission of Deep Roots Ministries.

March 31, 2020 – Richard’s Story – Deep Roots Mission Part 1
In this 2 part series, Richard and Chris dive into Richard’s Story. In part 1, Richard shares his back story from young marriage and parenthood to the critical elements that God uses to lead up to the the beginnings of Deep Roots Ministries.

March 24, 2020 – Trusting God’s Goodness
In this short episode, Richard was spending time out by his fire pit one morning and pondering the current global situation, but seeing the hope that is to come, and the glimpse of the restoration we get to see with the dawning of each Spring.
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January 15, 2020 – Community Part 3
In this final episode of our opening series on Community, Richard and Chris breakdown what trusted relationship and trusted accountability looks like.

December 31, 2019 – New Years Podcast
Happy New Year 2020. In this special, New Years, episode of the Deep Roots Podcast, Richard looks at the challenges that 2019 brought, but more so, looks ahead to 2020 with hope, and challenges you to look at your own life and how you will make the time to cultivate deeper union with God in the new year and decade. What will you choose?

December 24, 2019 – Community Part 2
In Part 2 of our series Richard and Chris continue the discussion on community, including a look at the life of Jesus and the importance of relationship and community for Him.

November 26, 2019 – Community Part 1
Welcome to the first episode of the Deep Roots Podcast. In this first series, Richard and Chris discuss the idea of walking in community and what that has looked like in their lives. The is the first episode in a multi-part series. Also, as this is our first series, please excuse the audio quality.