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27 minutes | Sep 27, 2022
How Can Christian Women Discern Their Calling (in Each Season)?
For all the autonomy and civil liberties allowed us in the West, few places seem as powerless and irrelevant as a suburban home during times of global civil unrest. At least that's what it often feels like as a stay-at-home mom or work-at-home mom. As a young mother, I was often frustrated by what I saw to be my own inability to enact meaningful change while taking care of my two daughters. Yet I know as a researcher and a writer that this sense of purposelessness is not limited to mothers, but can follow women-- especially Christian women--throughout various seasons of their lives.In this episode of Christian Curious, we chat with The Denver Institute's for Faith and Work's Joanna Meyer about how Christian women can find meaning and purpose through their life's calling. Joanna serves as Denver Institute's Director of Public Engagement, hosts the Faith and Work Podcast, and oversees the Women & Vocation initiative. To learn more about Joanna's work with the Women & Vocation Initiative, head over to www.womenworkandcalling.comTo learn more about Christian Curious, check out our website: www.christiancurious.com
27 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
What is God's Calling?
Work is not primarily a thing one does to live but the thing one lives to do," wrote Dorothy Sayers. "It is, or it should be, the full expression of the worker's faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God."Swift on the heels of the pandemic came the Great Resignation. Millions of people around the world voluntarily resigned from their jobs. Economists and sociologists believed that the pandemic gave people the opportunity to reevaluate their work life balance and why they are working. On this episode of Christian Curious, we speak with The Denver Institute for Faith and Work's Director of Public Engagement, Joanna Meyer, about God's calling and why we work. Joanna hosts the Faith & Work Podcast and oversees the Women and Vocation Initiative. Prior to coming to DIFW, Joanna worked with Global Telecom, nonprofit consulting, and campus ministry with Cru. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder. She also completed her a certification of Women and Leadership through Cornell University. She is a contributor to the multi-author book, Women in Work, Bearing God's Image and Joining in His Mission Through Our Work.
27 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
What Good Can You Do?
Powerlessness. It's the feeling of hands being tied or getting carried out to sea by a riptide. It buries us under an ocean of anxiety, stress, and depression. It's a feeling that I often hear expressed by young adults who, thanks to technology, are assaulted daily by images of worldwide crises. Against such things, we wonder: what good can I do?According to Catherine Pearson, constraints can be catalysts for creativity. Catherine is the founder of the Goodmakers Society and holds a degree in business & finance from Sheffield Hallam University. She is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Theology, Imagination, and Culture at Salem College in Salisbury. Some questions we asked Catherine in this episode:- Why do you think creativity is so important to envisioning the good that that you can do in the world? - How does technology hinder our ability to be present to the areas in our neighborhood that could use a helping hand?- What practical advice would you give to a person who has given up hope about making a change for good?To learn more about Catherine Pearson's Work, visit The Goodmakers Society Website: https://www.goodmakerssociety.org/aboutStay curious--visit our website at www.christiancurious.com
27 minutes | Aug 30, 2022
How Can Our Work Make a Difference?
Every year, more churches are closing their doors than opening them. A 2021 study conducted by LifeWay Research revealed that 4,500 churches closed in America, and only 3,000 opened.A few questions I often present to pastors are "If your church were to close, would your neighborhood notice? What good is your church doing in the community?"In this episode of Christian Curious, we speak with Catherine Pearson, the founder of the Goodmakers Society. We chat about how individuals and organizations can seek societal good. Catherine holds a degree in business and finance from Sheffield Hallam University and is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Theology, Imagination, and Culture at Salem College in Salisbury. At the center of her work, Catherine is asking, "How could the world be better and what part can we play to make it so?”-------------------------To learn more about Catherine Pearson's Work, visit The Goodmakers Society Website: https://www.goodmakerssociety.org/aboutStay curious--visit our website at www.christiancurious.com
28 minutes | Aug 26, 2022
What Do Kids Think Adults Should Know About Their Generation?
Teaching between generations is often one-way. In the home, parents teach their kids. In school, teachers teach the children. But what if we changed direction to see what we can learn from children? The Scriptures place a high value on children. When the disciples asked who was greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus answered, “‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’” On this episode of Christian Curious, Dr. Halee asks her daughters, Ellie (13) and Vivi (11), "What do kids and teens thinks adults should know about their generation? "Want to learn more about Christian Curious? We'd love for you to check out our website! https://www.christiancurious.com/
28 minutes | Aug 16, 2022
Who is Generation Z?
Millennials are perhaps the most studied generation in history. For years, new studies on Millennials seemed to be published every day. But there is a new generation on the rise; a generation markedly different from preceding generations: Generation Z.Born anywhere from 1996 to 2012, we still have much to learn about this generation. In this episode of Christian Curious, Dr. Halee chats with two members of Gen Z to learn more--her daughters, Eliana and Vivienne Scott.Want to learn more about Christian Curious? We'd love for you to check out our website! https://www.christiancurious.com/
27 minutes | Aug 9, 2022
93. What is the Secret to a Successful Writing Process?
There is power in the written word. Words can cut like swords, heal like salve, and preserve like stone. We don't question the power of writing... but we do wonder if there's a secret to the writing process. After all, most writers know that as satisfying as finishing a piece of writing can be, the process is often fraught with frustration. In this episode of Christian Curious, we chat with Dr. Doug Groothuis. He's written 15 books and published in several papers. So, we thought he'd know a few things about writing (such as how to stay in your chair to write when the mountains are calling your name.)Want to learn more about Christian Curious? We'd love for you to check out our website! https://www.christiancurious.com/
28 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
92. What is Critical Race Theory?
At the time of this podcast recording, it is August 2022. Summer is drawing to a close, and in just a few weeks students will return to public schools in droves. Several of them will be taught Critical Race Theory as a part of their curriculum and, according to apologist and philosopher Dr. Doug Groothuis, this should raise concern for Christians. What is Critical Race Theory (CRT), and how does it conflate with Christian and American ideals? Is there an alternative that could honestly depict America's flaws while championing a hopeful future? In this episode of Christian Curious, we unpack CRT with Dr. Groothuis. He recently authored a book, Fire in the Streets: How You Can Confidently Respond to Incendiary Cultural Topics, in response to the 2020 riots and emergence of CRT. You can purchase Fire in the Streets here: https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Streets-Confidently-Incendiary-Cultural/dp/1684513081/ref=asc_df_1684513081/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=564725474608&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4136487045843611965&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9028715&hvtargid=pla-1645952115076&psc=1Want to learn more about Christian Curious? We'd love for you to check out our website! https://www.christiancurious.com/
27 minutes | Jul 26, 2022
91. How Can You Evangelize to Young Adults?
Have you ever been 'evangelized' to? What did it feel like? What emotions did it evoke?Here's the truth: evangelism can be unsettling. Why is that, and is there a better way to reach non-believers with the good news of the gospel? The answer to that question starts with evaluating WHY non-believers are turned off to Christianity in the first place. So, in this episode of Christian Curious, we chat with Asia Nicholson, the young adult leader at The Bridge Ministry at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, to do just that. These are some of the questions we explore:- What is a sustainable young adult ministry, and what are some steps to create one?- What questions are young adults who are not Christians asking? What are they processing?- Why are Christians so uncomfortable with evangelizing to non-believers?- How can you engage nonbelievers?Learn more at christiancurious.comInstagram: @christiancuriousTwitter: @XnCuriousFacebook: @ChristianCuriousOnAir
28 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
90. What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?
What does it mean to be a Christian? Unfortunately, Christian culture can put stipulations and standards on the title that aren't exactly biblical. In some circles, there are standards to pass: do you go to church every Sunday? Are your parents divorced or married? Do you struggle with addiction?In this episode of Christian Curious, we speak with Asia Nicholson to explore what it really means to be a Christian in the 21st century. Asia is a woman of many talents, giftedness, and an incredible life story. She is the leader of “The Bridge” ministry of First Baptist Church of Glenarden.Learn more at christiancurious.comInstagram: @christiancuriousFacebook: @ChristianCuriousOnAir
29 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
89. What Does The Universe Tell Us About God?
UFOs. The Expansion of the Universe. The Multiverse. We have a tendency to fear what we don't understand. Is there a place for faith in the realm of astrophysics? Our guest on this episode of Christian Curious, Dr. Jeff Zwerinck, is convinced that the answer is yes. He helps us explore the following question: What Does the Universe Tell Us About God?Learn more at christiancurious.comInstagram: @christiancuriousFacebook: @ChristianCuriousOnAirDr. Zwerinck is a research scholar at Reasons to Believe. He earned a PhD in astrophysics from Iowa State University. His writing and speaking encourage people to consider the connection between Scripture’s truth and scientific evidence. He is the author of Escaping the Beginning?, Is There Life Out There?, and Who’s Afraid of the Multiverse?, and coauthor of the Impact Events Student Devotional Series. Jeff is also a project scientist at UCLA.
27 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
88. How Does Education Contribute to a Successful Democracy?
It's a question we've been debating for decades: is there political imbalance in higher education? If there is, how does that impact our educational experience? A recent study compiled by professors from differing political perspectives unequivocally concluded that liberal professors are overrepresented on college campuses and universities. Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "A well informed citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." However, in recent years there has been a spike in grade inflation and a reduction in attention span. In this episode of The Christian Curious Podcast, we explore how these trends are affecting democracy. We interview Dr. Lucas J. Mather, 'The Republican Professor,' who has been a professor of Philosophy, Humanities, and Politics for nearly two decades in California. To learn more about Dr. Mather and his work, visit his website at https://www.therepublicanprofessor.com/
28 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
87. How is Christianity Unique Among Other Religions?
Christianity is the most practiced religion in the world, but what makes it different from the rest? What aspects compel people to believe the claims of Jesus over alternate world views? In this episode of Christian Curious, Dr. Halee Gray Scott speaks with apologist and author, Dr. Doug Groothius, who recently published a new edition of his classic work Christian Apologetics. Listeners will learn how to think deeply about and defend their faith.Shownotes: https://www.christiancurious.com/blog/what-makes-christianity-unique-among-other-religions
13 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
86. Are Science and Faith Really Enemies? (Part 2)
(Part 2) In the last century or so, there has been a growing chasm between science and religion. However, our hunch is that they're more related than they might seem. So, in this episode of Christian Curious, we will explore the age-old question: are science and faith really enemies? We spoke with Dr. Sy Garte who has a Ph.D in biochemistry and is the author of “The Work of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith” to learn more. Shownotes: https://www.christiancurious.com/blog/science-and-faith
14 minutes | Jun 14, 2022
85. Are Science and Faith Really Enemies? (Part 1)
In the last century or so, there has been a growing chasm between science and religion. However, our hunch is that they're more related than they might seem. So, in this episode of Christian Curious, we will explore the age-old question: are science and faith really enemies? We spoke with Dr. Sy Garte who has a Ph.D in biochemistry and is the author of “The Work of His Hands: A Scientist’s Journey from Atheism to Faith” to learn more. Shownotes: https://www.christiancurious.com/blog/science-and-faith
27 minutes | May 17, 2022
Episode 84: How Can You Be a Great Mom Without Losing Your Own Identity?
Many women struggle to maintain their interests, hobbies, friendships, and even their identities once they become a mother. Many feel guilty for taking time for self-care. But as we all know, we have to take care of ourselves first before we care care for others.So how can we be a great mom and still maintain our own identity? Today, Halee and Caryn Rivadeneira address that question.Caryn is an award-winning author of more than twenty books for both children and adults. Her work has appeared in Sojourners, Christianity Today, Relevant, ThinkChristian, and Engineering and Mining Journal. Her most recent book, Saints of Feather and Fang, explores how the animals we love and fear connect us to God. To find our more about Caryn, visit her website. You can find Caryn's book, Mama's Got a Fake I.D. on Amazon here. Her new book, Saints of Feather and Fang can be found here:
29 minutes | May 10, 2022
Episode 83: What Makes a Good Mom?
On this weeks episode, Halee is joined by Caryn Rivadeneira, author more than twenty books including Mama's Got a Fake I.D. and Saints of Feather and Fang. Halee and Caryn explore the question, "What makes a good mom?" Ladened with so many expectations from both self and society, it can be difficult to discern what it really means to be a good mom. To find out more about Caryn, visit her website.
27 minutes | May 10, 2022
Episode 82: How Do You Know You're In a Toxic Church?
Churches (and church leaders) behaving badly top news headlines far too often. So how do you know if you're in a toxic church?Today, Halee will be discussing the factors that can help you identify if you are in a toxic church. She is joined by Laura McKnight Barringer, author of the book, A Church Called Tov. Listen in as Halee and Laura discuss how to know if you're in a toxic church.You can find out more about Laura by visiting her on Instagram.
29 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
81. What is the Human Story Behind the Images from Ukraine?
Today I'm speaking with Olena Shev, who grew up near Chernobyl.
27 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
80. What is happening in Ukraine?
What is happening in Ukraine and why does it matter?My guest, Dr. Mark R. Elliot is an expert on Russia and the editor of the East West Church Ministry Report. You can find out more about his ministry here: https://www.eastwestreport.org/about/editor
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