Do We Get to Choose Our Neighbors? Interview with Dave Runyon [Podcast 022]

Co-author of The Art of Neighboring

Are you like me and most other people? You kind of know your neighbors, well, at least you wave at them as you come and go. I might know their first names, but don’t ask me the names of their kids.

If we aren’t intentional about not just meeting our neighbors, but getting to know them, it probably won’t ever happen.

In today’s podcast episode, I interview Dave Runyon, co-author of The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door.

I appreciate Dave’s authentic way of sharing his journey to embracing one of Jesus’ basic commands, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Below you can get a glimpse of what you will hear in our interview.


Show Notes

  • Defining “the art of neighboring”
  • Two comments from civic leaders that altered the focus of Dave and other area pastors
  • We talk about why this should matter and some benefits of neighboring well
  • We all struggle with one big barrier
  • Here are a few nuggets from the interview:
    • We are bad at living with intention. We are bound by the tyranny of the urgent.
    • live life in a way that is interruptible
    • lean into some mildly awkward moments


Where to get the book, extra resources, and watch videos—


At the conclusion of the podcast episode, I ask for your story of neighboring. Will you share a story below in the comment section? Or, if you want, you can email me at


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I am a longtime Austinite. Married my beautiful wife over 25 years ago. Adopted our son September 2012. Currently a writer and loving it. Previous jobs and careers include project management, missionary, and pastor. I enjoy sports (both watching and playing), traveling, reading, digging in dirt and hanging with my friends and family.

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