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46 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
S3 E8 - Doctor Who and the Mystery of Time (with Ned Bustard)
Time is one of those things that's bigger on the inside, and the science of Time gets complex fast. But a good story about Time? A story can push you outside your assumptions and broaden your imagination without giving you a headache. Join Brian in a conversation with Ned Bustard about time travel, Doctor Who, and the big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff.
31 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
S3 E7 - What is Time? (by Jane Scharl)
What if time is more than the passing of moments? What if it’s a gift to help us find meaning? And what if the Christian life–in which death itself starts working backwards–can change our experience of past, present, and future? Grief and joy? Memory and expectation? In this episode, Jane reads to us her essay on the gift of time - a gift we will explore further at the Imagination Redeemed 2022 conference in September.
29 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
S3 E6 - Bonus: The Already and the Not Yet
The ascension of Christ at the end of the Gospels leaves Christians with a paradox: how do we sing of redemption and joy, and in the same breath lament evil and suffering and pray "how long, O Lord?" In this bonus episode, Pastor Chris Stroup of Anselm's founding church uses the Ascension to show how we, who have had eternity opened to us, should approach the realities of living in a time-bound world that still wrestles with evil.
22 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
S3 E5 - Finding Heaven in Earth (by Hans Boersma)
The world around us deserves our awe and wonder, but we can make the error of believing the good things of this world are the best we can have - we can idolize the creation and forget the Creator. On the other hand, if we believe that because this world is secondary to the next then all of our earthly endeavors are meaningless, we can be indifferent to God's works. Is there a third way? In this episode, Brian shares Hans Boersma's essay on "How to Look for Heaven in Earth," and how living in the created order can ready us to better know the Creator Himself.
51 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
S3 E4 - Does the Physical World Matter?
God's workmanship and His character are crackling through every fiber of the world that we live in. Brian and Heidi dive deeper into concepts like "the Earth is charged with the grandeur of God" and challenge our categories of the physical and the spiritual, and what we mean by heaven and earth.
25 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
S3 E3 - The Enchanted Kingdom (by Paul Buckley)
Creation is redeemed, not abandoned, because creation tells the story of God’s glory in its own unique way. Brian shares Paul Buckley's essay to help us better understand how to read the "book of Creation."
38 minutes | May 14, 2022
S3 E2 - Why Do Humans Create?
Brian and Heidi explain our season focus (Why We Create), and tee up the big question: what is the relationship between eternity and what I do with my time now?
25 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
S3 E1 - Why We Create
In which we kick off the 2022 season with an introduction to creation theology, and an explanation of everything that is to come this season.
55 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
S2 E7: Tolkien (with Holly Ordway)
How do you write fantasy without just trying to write another Lord of the Rings? How did Tolkien's faith (and particularly his Catholicism) inform his approach to writing? What did his home life look like? What were his views on women, anyway? With the help of a live Zoom audience, Brian interviews Word on Fire scholar and (forthcoming) Tolkien biographer Holly Ordway.
14 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
Bonus: The Ferryman (feat. Amy Lee)
Amy Lee, one of the Anselm Society's Arts Guild directors, reads her short story, "The Ferryman," which was featured in the previous episode. You can find the story text at https://www.amybaiklee.com/2016/09/20/the-ferryman-part-1/.
35 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
Inviting Artists into Church (S2 E6)
Pastors: you want to get artists more involved in the life of the church, but where do you begin? Artists: how can you respond (or initiate)? Anselm Arts Guild co-director Amy Lee and her pastor, Kevin Boaz, share the story of what happened when Kevin asked Amy to read an original story in a Sunday morning service.
39 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Creating for Others (w/Jonathan Pageau) (S2 E5)
What does it look like to create for others? For community? How can people learn to interact with art, rather than just look at it or listen to it? How can we be people who are defined by seeking magic and meaning, rather than discouraging such behavior? Brian interviews Jonathan Pageau to learn from the ancient practice of icon carving. Find Jonathan Pageau on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/pageaujonathan.
38 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Cultivating Centric Artists (w/Lancia Smith) (S2 E4)
In our continuing series discussing the unique call of the Christian artist ("centric genius"), Brian interviews Lancia Smith about her work with The Cultivating Project.
46 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
Who Makes the Art Work? (with John Skillen) (S2 E3)
In our continuing series discussing the unique call of the Christian artist ("centric genius"), Brian talks with John Skillen about the ways in which the church used to create art together...and just maybe, how it can do so again.
41 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
Discussing the Centric Genius, Part 2 (S1 E2)
In which Brian, Heidi, and Lancia summarize the concept of the "centric genius" and discuss its implications for both artists and churches. In this, the second part, we get into the implications for church, and whether we have to give up being "weirdos."
39 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Discussing the Centric Genius, Part 1 (S2 E1)
In which Brian, Heidi, and Lancia summarize the concept of the "centric genius" and discuss its implications for both artists and churches.
14 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Director's Notes: The Centric Genius
What is a centric genius? Why does Christianity need more of them? In this episode of director's notes, Brian Brown tees up our entire winter-spring content series.
33 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Father Christmas (S1 E11)
Does Father Christmas belong in Narnia? Brian picks a fight, we continue Lewis and Tolkien's debate, and along the way, we hit on how to portray morality in literature, and even the true meaning of Christmas gifts.
32 minutes | Nov 25, 2019
Food & Art (S1 E10)
After a trip to France ruins Heidi for normal life, the group discusses food, art, and why hospitality has always played a central role in Anselm Society gatherings.
51 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
Josh Bales: Mental Health & Church
Therapist, songwriter, and priest Josh Bales thinks Christians can get to a healthier place when it comes to bringing together mental health, faith, and science.
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