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27 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
Episode 93: Exploring Rest and Some Ideas for Getting More of It
Americans only take about half of their paid time off, leaving the other half unspent and unused. Further, only one-third of American adults regularly get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Why do we struggle to rest? What keeps us at work and awake? On this episode of All Things I invite my husband and pastor, Mark Oshman, to help us understand the Biblical idea and command to rest. He helps us to see what we often attribute to one commandment in the Old Testament is actually a pattern throughout scripture and creation. He says Jesus came to give us true rest. Taking one day a week to pursue rest and restoration is a “get to” not a “have to.” Together we talk about how we pursue rest both professional and personally, as well as so routines we’ve carved out as a busy family with busy teens in the home. My hope is that this episode will spur you on to create a rhythm of rest in your own life. Additional resources: Why it's so hard for US workers to ask for time off - BBC One in three adults don’t get enough sleep - CDC Redemption Parker sermon series on Margin - This is just the first in a 4-part sermon series.
20 minutes | Sep 8, 2022
Episode 92: A Christian Perspective on Work
Hopefully you’re enjoying a brief work week after having Labor Day off on Monday! On this week’s episode we are taking a look at work from a Christian perspective. We’re going all the way back to the beginning and unpacking the Creation Mandate and what it means to bear God’s image in the spheres where he has placed us. My hope is that this episode will encourage you in your work, wherever that may. As followers of Christ you are an outpost of his kingdom whether your work is in the home, in an office, out in public, across the world, or across the street. Our God is creative and our callings are diverse—all work is a way to honor God, love him, and love others. Beyond an understanding of work, we take a quick look at a few fun and interesting statistics regarding women in the labor force and we close out with a reminder that we are limited humans and called to not only work, but to rest. Be encouraged—your work is good work! Your work is a means of bringing light to dark places. Your work matters. Be sure to check out the Women & Work Website and the Women, Work, and Calling one-day conference hosted by the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. Women in the US Workforce
21 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Episode 91: Pondering Pace of Life and What Really Matters in the New School Year
Welcome back to All Things! As I come off a two-month break and head back to school, along with many of you, I’m contemplating how my family might pursue rest rather than hustle this year. Many (most?) of us in the wealthy west are over-scheduled and over-tired. Study after study (linked in the show notes below) reveal that our kids are not getting enough sleep or down time. Stress and anxiety are on the rise, while slow family dinners and restful times at home are on the decline. What is it about our identities or culture or flesh that drive us to live at an unsustainable pace? How can we move forward this year with care and intention so we don’t hop back on the hamster wheel that so many others are running on? This episode is a reminder to myself and an encouragement to you about what really matters as we kick off another school year and new season of All Things. 5 ways kids spend time differently today than in the past New Survey on Free Time Illustrates the Challenges Today's Families Face in an Age of Screens A Study on Children’s Free Time: How It Is Spent, Prioritized and Valued After-school activities: The pros and cons of filling your kids’ schedule Is Your Child Too Busy? Extracurriculars: How many is too many? Kids are losing interest in organized sports. Why that matters New CA law requires later start times for middle and high schools this upcoming year Young Bible readers more likely to be faithful adults, study finds
40 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Episode 90: Expanding the Pro-Life Movement with Lori Arfsten
On this episode of All Things I am joined by Lori Arfsten who has been entrenched in pro-life work in Colorado for decades. Lori’s frontline work gives her a wholistic view of the movement and an educated perspective on how we might better meet the needs of abortion-vulnerable women. I so appreciate Lori’s humility and desire to pay attention to the voices and perspectives of women from across the movement: those who are faith-based and those who are not, women of color, indigenous women, and more. Lori says that while politicians control the public pro-life narrative, it’s really this diverse and compassionate crowd in the trenches who hold the key to expanding our pro-life care. She exhorts the church to get serious about understanding the multi-faceted issue of abortion (there are so many interrelated reasons that cause women to consider abortion) and how we might offer wholistic care to women and youth on the margins so that abortion no longer feels like a necessary option to them. Because Lori is driven to never stop learning, she’s a truly helpful teacher on this topic. Have a listen and consider how you might expand your own thoughts, words, and actions in the pro-life movement. Resources mentioned in this episode: Alternatives Pregnancy Center Erika Bachiochi - author and pro-life legal scholar Pro Black Pro Life New Wave Feminists Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
37 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
89: Nationalism and Christian Nationalism with David Ritchie
Christian Nationalism has been something I wanted to dive into for a long time on All Things. But I knew I was ill equipped. I’m so glad to bring this conversation with David Ritchie to you. David is a pastor in Texas, as well the author of the new book, Why Do the Nations Rage?: The Demonic Origin of Nationalism. We talk about the definition of nationalism and Christian nationalism (as opposed to patriotism, for example), what happened on January 6 2021, the unique pitfalls and opportunities for Christians in this sphere of society, how our faith should inform our politics, and many other things. It’s a really helpful conversation. Why Do the Nations Rage?: The Demonic Origin of Nationalism by David Ritchie David A. Ritchie’s website
39 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
88: Is the Bible Good for Women with Wendy Alsup
I regularly get questions from Christian women who quietly wonder if we have a skeleton in our closet. Does Christianity want to keep us down? Is the Bible good for women? Does God value women? On this episode of All Things we’re taking a deep dive into all these questions with theologian and author Wendy Alsup. We tackle such questions as what it means to be created a helper (ezer in the original Hebrew, in Genesis 2:20-21), the meaning of Genesis 3:16 (Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.), practical theology for women, forgiveness, and more. It’s such a helpful conversation. You will learn a ton from Wendy! Wendy Alsup’s website, Practical Theology for Women Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture - Wendy Alsup I Forgive You: Finding Peace and Moving Forward When Life Really Hurts - Wendy Alsup Is Christianity Bad News for Women? - Jen Oshman
40 minutes | May 27, 2022
Episode 87: Healing After Sexual Betrayal with Ellen Dykas
Recently on All Things we’ve been taking a deeper dive into themes that are covered in my new book Cultural Counterfeits. Sex is one of those themes, so I invited Ellen Dykas, who is a counselor, writer, and speaker with Harvest USA, which provides resources that address biblical sexuality for individuals and churches. Ellen helps us think through a number of issues related to sex and sexuality, marriage, the church, and hope and healing for wives who have endured a sexual betrayal. This episode will be especially helpful to any woman engaged in friendships and women’s ministry, as Ellen is a wealth of wisdom and gospel-centered hope for an area of life we are often afraid to wade into. Ellen Dykas Harvest USA Harvest USA Bookstore Reclaim Your Marriage: Grace for Wives Who Have Been Hurt by Pornography Hurting Wives: Jesus Is with You Toxic Relationships: Taking Refuge in Christ (31-Day Devotionals for Life)
25 minutes | May 20, 2022
Episode 86: The Mass Shooting in Buffalo and the Great Replacement Conspiracy Theory
You know by now about the horrific and racist mass shooting in Buffalo last weekend. Ten precious and irreplaceable souls were murdered by a young man who describes himself as a white supremacist and stated in a manifesto that white people have been subject to a genocide and are being replaced by people of color. He says the rampage was intended to terrorize all non-white, non-Christian people and get them to leave the country. While once very fringe, the Great Replacement Theory is becoming more mainstreamed, either explicitly or implicitly. Research shows that the idea is showing up more frequently online, as well as amongst politicians and commentators. On this episode of All Things we take a look at what the theory says, how it’s behind a number of racist mass shootings over the last several years, and where it’s popping up in American political discourse. We also look at data that reveals a growing willingness to “resort to violence in order to save our country” amongst various populations, including white Evangelicals. This conspiracy theory and other white genocide or replacement conspiracy theories peddle fear to the masses, which garners great ratings and followers, but is poison for our nation. The Christian must examine carefully who they’re listening to, who’s shaping their view of various populations in our country, and if they are motivated by fear, or love and what’s right. The heinous murders in Buffalo are a reminder that we have yet work to do when it comes to racial healing in the United States. How will we respond? Click here if you want to make a donation to Buffalo Community Fridges. The following resources helped in the formation of this episode: Competing Visions of America: An Evolving Identity or a Culture Under Attack? Findings from the 2021 American Values Survey A Fringe Conspiracy Theory, Fostered Online, Is Refashioned by the G.O.P. - NYT ‘The Great Replacement’: The Violent Consequences of Mainstream Extremism - ISD Scrutiny of Republicans who embrace ‘great replacement theory’ after Buffalo massacre - The Guardian ‘This Was Pure Evil’: The Necessary and Accurate Moral Declaration About the Racially Charged Shooting in Buffalo - Al Mohler Racist ideology poisons souls - WNG Dismantling Tucker Carlson’s White-Supremacy Argument - The Atlantic How the 'replacement' theory went mainstream on the political right - NPR 2022 Buffalo shooting - Wikipedia White replacement theory a reoccurring trend in mass shootings - wtae.com Unite the Right rally - Wikipedia The US will become ‘minority white’ in 2045, Census projects - Brookings World Relief Liz Cheney on Twitter Top Cable News Shows of 2021: Tucker Carlson Tonight Is No. 1 in All Measurements For First Time Ever - AdWeek The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the ‘Great Replacement’ Theory - TGC 'Great Replacement Theory,' explained - The Week Episode 57: The Biden Administration Raised the Refugee Ceiling, But Exactly Who Are Refugees? - All Things Episode 52: How Should Christians Be Thinking About Immigration Reform? - All Things
45 minutes | May 13, 2022
Episode 85: Fatherlessness and Our Father in Heaven with Blair Linne
Fatherlessness is a significant issue facing American children today. On this episode of All Things I explore the topic from a sociological and spiritual perspective with author and spoken word poet Blair Linne. We talk about her recent book Finding My Father: How the Gospel Heals the Pain of Fatherlessness. Blair shares her own story and journey to both her earthly father and heavenly Father, while at the same time highlighting America’s fatherlessness crisis. She tells us about the value and importance of dads and what children suffer without the presence of a godly father in their lives. Blair leaves us with plenty of gospel hope, though, as she points us over and over to the all-satisfying presence of our Father in heaven. Blair Linne’s book Blair Linne’s website Production note: please forgive the poor sound quality on this episode. We suffered some audio snafus but trust that this conversation is worth listening to nonetheless!
34 minutes | May 9, 2022
Episode 84: Food Insecurity in the United States and Starting Your Own Backyard Garden
Hunger feels like a problem elsewhere around the globe rather than right here in the United States. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that as many as 30 million adults and 12 million children are living in food-insecure households. The Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated an already existing problem and now supply chain issues and food shortages threaten to make it worse. On this episode of All Things, I share about a recent trip I took with Convoy of Hope to a couple farms in Tennessee, which are seeking to educate their communities in farming with the goal of increasing America’s backyard farms. You’ll hear my conversation with Agricultural Advocate and Soil Scientist Dr. Jason Streubel, who serves as the Senior Director for Agriculture and Food Security at Convoy of Hope. We talk about the potential for food shortages here in the US and the joy of caring for our creation and communities through backyard farms. If you’d like to support Convoy of Hope, which is doing great work to alleviate hunger around the world and in the US, you can do so here. More articles and resources : Convoy of Hope Agriculture Initiative What is Food Insecurity? - Feeding America Food Insecurity in the US by the Numbers - NPR Food prices are going up: Here are items predicted to cost a whole lot more at grocery stores - USA Today Opinion: The world is on the brink of a food shortage. Here's what the US government and businesses can do to help - CNN Crunch at Ports May Mean Crisis for American Farms - NY Times U.S. farm income expected to fall as costs for fertilizer, other production expenses climb sharply - Des Moines Register Green Door Gourmet - Community Education Farm in Tennessee The Madison Farm - Community Education Farm in Tennessee
47 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Episode 83: Receiving Wisdom from Chinese House Church Pastors
“To avoid walking the way of the cross is to avoid Christ himself,” says Hannah Nation, co-editor of a new book entitled Faith in the Wilderness: Words of Exhortation from the Chinese Church. On this episode of All Things, Hannah—who has been involved in ministry in China for over 20 years—shares stories and perspectives from Chinese house church pastors. Most striking for American Christian listeners will be perhaps the Chinese Christian perspective on suffering: following Jesus and growth in him requires it. Tim Keller, says it well in the book’s foreword, “To get a desperately needed perspective, we must listen to the voices of believers in parts of the world where the opposition is much more pervasive and often takes the form of violence.” We have so much to learn from our brothers and sisters in China. As one Chinese pastor says, "In this disease-infested world, there is no time to entertain and serve false gods who lead to death. We are called to practice death every day: to follow closely our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us. The mission of a Christian is fearless faith in this deadly world." May we practice death every day. May we lose our lives to find them. May we learn from our siblings in China.
19 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Episode 82: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead and Does it Matter?
Today is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter. For Christ followers this is the biggest weekend of our year and the most crucial event of our faith. Jesus claimed to be God and he and his followers say he rose from the dead. If that’s true, every human being should ponder this reality. Have you ever stopped to consider the veracity of that claim? What evidence do we have for the resurrection? On All Things today we are looking at the evidence for the resurrection and how—if it’s true—it changes how we view our own lives, callings, suffering, death, resurrection, and more. I encourage you to dive in and do more research on your own. This is the crux of our faith! This is worth your time! Jesus is the only religious leader who is not in His grave - article by Jen Oshman with many more links to books and websites for further research Abundant Life is on the Other Side of Whatever Death You are Facing - Jen Oshman Who Were the Women at the Empty Tomb? - Justin Taylor, TGC Ehrman’s Objections to the Women’s Discovery of the Empty Tomb - William Lane Craig What Skeptical Scholars Admit about the Resurrection Appearances of Jesus - Christianity Today
40 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Episode 81: Obsessed with Our Bodies, Beauty, and Ability
What is the right way to live in a culture that is obsessed with our bodies? How can Christian women navigate a context that says our worth is wrapped in how we look or in what we can do? Both outward beauty and physical abilities are fleeting and neither one were meant to bear the weight of our identity. The body is good and made by God. Beauty and abilities are gifts. But these things are not ultimate. They are given to us to steward, that we may know God and make him known. Listen in as I chat all about bodies, beauty, and abilities with my personal trainer, dear friend, and sister in Christ Molly Favero. Molly helps us think through things like body image, eating disorders, navigating injuries, and the intermingling of good motives with bad. If you wrestle with how to properly steward your body and how to rightly think about beauty and abilities, then you will benefit from this conversation. This conversation flows from chapter 4 of my new book, Cultural Counterfeits: Confronting 5 Empty Promises of our Age and How We Were made for So Much More.
30 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Episode 80: Transgender Athletes, Inclusion, & the Price Biological Females Have to Pay
Lia Thomas was the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA D-I title last week in Atlanta when she took home the victory for the 500-yard freestyle race. Thomas, who is biologically male, began hormone replacement therapy 34 months ago and now swims on the women’s team at the University of Pennsylvania. Predictably, she began setting team and Ivy League records as soon as she switched teams, but her victories have come at the expense of her biologically female teammates and competitors. Passions run high on all sides of this conversation. While many claim that Thomas and all trans athletes should be included on any team with which they identify, others want to see stricter eligibility requirements enforced. On this episode of All Things we take a look at what the Bible has to say about the creation and goodness of the sexes, why it’s important that we protect women’s-only spaces, and how we might apply the gospel to this current and contentious conversation. The following articles helped in the creation of this episode: ‘I Am Lia’: The Trans Swimmer Dividing America Tells Her Story - Sports Illustrated Amid protests, Penn swimmer Lia Thomas becomes first known transgender athlete to win Division I national championship - ESPN How Title IX Impacts Women’s Equality in College Athletics - Best Colleges Watching Lia Thomas Win - Honestly With Bari Weiss Here's a thread on just some of the males who have gone on to win women's sports events - ripx4nutmeg on Twitter Cultural Counterfeits: Confronting 5 Empty Promises of Our Age and How We Were Made for So Much More - by Jen Oshman - Enter promo code CULTURAL50 to get 50% off for the next 2 weeks.
30 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Episode 79: Bringing Hope and Help into Ukraine
On this episode of All Things I am joined by the Director of International Disaster Services for Convoy of Hope (COH), an international relief organization, delivering relief to those who remain in Ukraine. Listen in to hear about what conditions are like on the ground in Ukraine, how COH partners with local churches and Christians to bring aid into the country, and how you can pray for and support this complicated work. Bringing water, food, and other supplies into an active war situation is dangerous and difficult. But with God’s leading and help, the strategy of COH, and the good work and knowledge of those already in the country, help is being delivered day in and day out. The church in that part of the world displays what it looks like to lay yourself down for the sake of others. It’s a convicting and inspiring interview. Convoy of Hope Convoy of Hope - Crisis Response in Ukraine Give to the Convoy of Hope - Ukrainian Crisis Relief Fund In addition to relief work happening in Ukraine, I want to draw your attention to relief efforts being provided to refugees as they flee Ukraine. My husband and I are still involved in missions in Europe through Pioneers International. Our Pioneers in Europe colleagues in Ukraine and Poland are doing excellent and sacrificial work as they transport refugees away from Ukraine, and provide food and shelter and trauma care to the women and children in need. Listen to the two podcast episodes below, wherein my husband hears from our friends on the ground caring for the refugees. They too need your prayers and financial support. We are honored to know these friends and praise God for the way they are pouring themselves out in the midst of a war in their global backyard. Pioneers in Europe Pioneers in Europe Podcast - War in Ukraine, Part 1 Pioneers in Europe Podcast - War in Ukraine, Part 2 Give to the Pioneers in Europe - Europe East Humanitarian Relief
33 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Episode 78: The Sharp Rise in Alcohol Use and Misuse, Especially Amongst Women
Americans are drinking more than ever. When lockdown orders first went into effect, the United States saw a 54% increase in alcohol sales. Alcohol consumption rose among adults over age 30 by 14% during the pandemic, with a 41% increase in women heavily drinking. Why are we (especially women) drinking more? How have our views and habits as a nation changed over the last few decades? On this episode of All Things I’m hoping to a offer a springboard for further in-person conversations about America’s drinking problem. More of us have Alcohol Use Disorder than we might think. And more of us need to bring our dependencies into the light and provide safe places for others to do the same. The question for those of us whose faith allows us to drink is this: considering the sharp rise in alcohol use around the country, are we willing to pause and take an honest look at ourselves, our friends, and our faith families? In an age when many are tempted to find false peace in alcohol, let us hold out the name and love of Jesus who says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you” (John 14:27). Jesus is our peace, let us share his goodness and healing with those who are hurting. How Should Churches Respond to America’s Alcohol Crisis? - Jen Oshman, Acts29 Understanding Alcohol Use Disorder - Nat. Inst. on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Drinking Levels Defined - NIAAA Americans are using alcohol to cope with pandemic stress: Nearly 1 in 5 report 'heavy drinking' - USA Today Women, alcohol, and COVID-19 - Harvard Health No Amount Of Alcohol Is Good For Your Health, Global Study Says - NPR Should You Avoid All Alcohol? Here’s What the Experts Think - Healthline
52 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Episode 77: Abortion and the Black Community: A Conversation with Pro-Black Pro-Life
Why is that the vast majority of abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods? Cherilyn Holloway, founder of Pro-Black Pro-Life says, “what many call access is in reality extermination.” Holloway’s love of neighbor and desire to see the members of her community thrive is what caused her to start asking why there are a disproportionate number of abortions and abortion clinics in the black community. Holloway says, “The human rights issue of our time is that we don’t value all lives.” Further, “we have to become a culture that supports and values motherhood.” Holloway calls abortion a bandaid—a quick fix to complex problems that need the attention, holistic care, and resources of the broader community, especially the church. Pro-Black Pro-Life was started so that black women considering abortion would know they have other options. Seeing a connection between racial justice and pro-life issues, Holloway’s vision is to reach the black community with a whole-life message, so that black women might feel empowered to choose life. She wants to make abortion altogether unnecessary. On this episode of All Things we discuss the 49th Annual March for Life that took place last week (including a confrontation by a Neo-Nazi group in attendance), where race and life issues intersect, why Holloway calls abortion both a genocide and a bandaid, black maternal health (Did you know black women are 3-4x as likely to die in childbirth as white women?), and the need for the pro-life movement to integrate itself into marginalized communities so that we might create holistic structures to support vulnerable moms. Holloway has a fascinating life story herself and brings much wisdom and experience to the table. As the calendar turns from Sanctity of Human Life Month to Black History Month, this episode of All Things speaks to both. Pro-Black Pro-Life Cherilyn Holloway on Twitter Does the March for Life have a white supremacy problem? - Kevin Clarke Racial Disparities Persist in Maternal Morbidity, Mortality and Infant Health - AJMC Beyoncé, Serena Williams open up about potentially fatal childbirths, a problem especially for black mothers - Allyson Chiu Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2014 - CDC Study: Abortion is the leading cause of death in America - Danny David Abide Women’s Health Services Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Colorado Abortion is Not an Unforgivable Sin - Jen Oshman
48 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Episode 76: A Christian Perspective on our Criminal Justice System
When it comes to criminal justice we have two opposite camps in this country: one side cries “defund the police” and the other side demands more "law and order.” How is it possible to have two very different perspectives on the same criminal justice system? And how should Christians be grappling with the way justice is currently carried out in our country? On this episode we hear from Matt Martens who is a criminal lawyer, a graduate of Dallas Theological seminary, was a federal prosecutor for 10 years, has written for the WSJ and WaPo and is currently writing a book entitled Reforming Criminal Justice: A Christian Proposal (forthcoming with Crossway in 2023). Martens has a unique and qualified perspective with his robust background in both theology and both sides of our legal system. From a theological perspective, Martens says Jesus not only declares us just, but is making us just. Meaning the gospel is not only about our individual salvation, but also our sanctification and how we live amongst one another. Part of preaching the gospel is seeking justice in our midst. From a legal perspective, Martens says many Americans just don’t know how our system really works. He says there are outrageous injustices built into the system that the average person simply doesn’t know about. He wants to change that through his presence online and in his forthcoming book. Two primary reasons we don’t see our criminal justice in a unified way, Martens says, are because we have varying degrees of education about our history as a nation and varying degrees of knowledge and experience with how our justice system currently operates. Have a listen and learn. Martens covers a ton of both history and present realities. You’ll hear about how our criminal justice system was organized after the Civil War and how some of those practices remain today; how jury selection can have a huge and unjust impact on the accused; how both our bail and plea bargain systems coerce innocent people to confess guilt to crimes they did not commit; the realities of a broken policing system that leaves many crimes unsolved and prevents victims from experiencing justice; and more. Martens closes this episode by telling us what you and I can do to seek justice in our own localities. The following books and links were mentioned in this show: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II - Douglas A. Blackmon Talking about Race: Gospel Hope for Hard Conversations - Isaac Adams Profit and Punishment: How America Criminalizes the Poor in the Name of Justice - Tony Messenger A Theory of Justice - John Rawls Matthew Martens on Twitter: @martensmatt1
31 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Episode 75: What's Really at the Root of our Political Polarization?
25 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
Episode 74: Will Roe be Overturned? Unpacking Yesterday's Oral Arguments at the Supreme Court
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