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May 06, 2022 00:39:58
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Christianity and Jazz

The unique art form of jazz, especially because of its essence of improvisation, has some powerful implications for our spiritual growth. Chip Hammond is both a Presbyterian pastor and a jazz drummer. We discuss the intersection of the world of jazz and faith. Chip’s church’s website: Spirituality in a Minor Key: Recommended Reading: A Supreme Love: The Music of Jazz and the Hope of the Gospel by William Edgar No More Faking Fine: Ending the Pretending by Esther Fleece Allen ...



April 22, 2022 00:39:45
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Discipleship in the Local Church

At the C. S. Lewis Institute, we’re all about “Discipleship of the Heart and Mind.” But we’d hate for people to think we view this as a purely individual effort. Discipleship must occur in community and, especially, through the community of the local church. That’s the topic of my conversation with CSLI Senior Fellow and local pastor Bill Kynes. Go Deeper: Discipleship is a Team Sport by Bill Kynes. Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church by Randy Pope. ...



April 08, 2022 00:30:48
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Passover and Easter

Have you ever been invited to a Passover Seder? I hope so. It’s filled with wonder and awe and points powerfully to how Jesus the Messiah fulfilled the picture of salvation in the Exodus story. This podcast fills in some gaps you may not have heard about. Recommended Resources: ...



March 25, 2022 00:37:20
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Questions That Matter - Trevin Wax and Les Miserables

God created us as story-creatures and, as such, we relate to and are shaped by stories. Reading and enjoying fiction is not a silly diversion but can be a powerful source of spiritual transformation. Trevin Wax and I explore this theme in our discussion of Victor Hugo’s vast novel Les Miserables. Recommended Reading Trevin’s new book that helps readers access Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. The specific translation of Les Miserables we recommend. C.S. Lewis’s essay “On Stories” can be found here. ...



March 11, 2022 00:34:56
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Jim Phillips: God’s Story in all Stories

St. John’s College has a unique mission of educating people through the careful reading of and respectful discussion of the great books of Western Civilization. My guest, Jim Phillips, the founder and former director of our C. S. Lewis Institute in Annapolis had the privilege of studying there. He shares how Gods’ story of the gospel finds resonance with so many other stories.  Recommended Resources: When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought by John Mark Reynolds. Purchase on Amazon. Great Books Reader, The: Excerpts and Essays on the Most Influential Books in Western Civilization by John Mark Reynolds. Purchase on Amazon. ...



February 25, 2022 00:19:12
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Witnessing During the Pandemic - Still!

Did you start some good reconnecting with people during the early stages of Covid-19? Perhaps it’s time to renew those conversations. This could be a great time to reach out to non-Christians and offer hope from sources other than policies and medicine. Recommended Tools:   Faith Over Covid Articles: Reaching Out While Staying In by Randy Newman.  Life on the Edge: Discipleship in the Age of the Coronavirus by Karl "KJ" Johnson. How the Book of Job Answers the Questions Raised by the Coronavirus by Will Kynes. ...