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Do you wonder if your kids are going to learn to make good choices or find success in their lives? Do you worry that they will develop great character, with confidence and compassion? We feel those same concerns. Parenting is a blast, but also one of the hardest things you’ll ever do! Kent and Amy Bowler are real parents with real struggles and real solutions. In this podcast we share some of our family adventures (and mis-adventures) to highlight powerful paradigms and simple solutions that ...
 
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Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. As a follower of Jesus, Dr. King was tireless in his efforts to live a faithful witness in the public square. Today's episode is dedicated to his memory. Today we welcome lifelong social activist, Dr. Obery Hendricks. One of today's foremost commentators on the intersection of religion and polit…
 
In this episode, we welcome back to the podcast author, Pastor, hiker, and pilgrim Brian Zahnd. In this episode, we discussed his latest book… “When Everything is on fire; Faith Forged From The Ashes.” Sit back and enjoy the delightful conversation about Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Derita, the Camino, and the Kansas City Chiefs. This podcast was record…
 
Welcome to this BONUS EPISODE of the Vicars’ Crossing. This episode is being released on The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - December 12. Mary is the Patron Saint of Mexico and Patroness of the Americas. Every year, thousands of people from all over the country make a pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico City. The day commemorates the apparition o…
 
In this episode, we welcome Womanist biblical scholar, the Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, numerous commentaries and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. S…
 
In this episode, we welcome associate professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology, Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre. A religious scholar, author, and ordained minister, De Le Torre was born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution. He and his family migrated to the United States as refugees when he was an infant. He had a successful real est…
 
Today we are excited to release this advent special. We welcome friends of the Vicars’ Crossing, Bestselling authors Diana Butler Bass, and Michael Coren. Diana and Michael have both written books about Jesus this year. Dianna’s book FREEING JESUS - challenges the idea that Jesus can only be understood in static, one-dimensional ways and asks us to…
 
In this episode we welcome Dr. Will Willimon - Bishop Willimon is the Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke Divinity School. He is former Dean of the Chapel at Duke University and is considered by many as one of America's best-known and most influential preachers. Professor of the Pra…
 
Today we talk with author, speaker and Lutheran pastor Heidi Neumark. Heidi has served congregations in the South Bronx and presently in Manhattan. Her experiences in congregational and community leadership in the Bronx led to a highly acclaimed book, "Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx" She has chapters and sermons in numerous…
 
In this episode, we welcome New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books - Frank Schaeffer. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood. He’s an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Holly…
 
We welcome internationally renowned scholar and teacher, Amy-Jill Levine. Dr Levine is the author of numerous books including “The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner's Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings,” “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi,” She is also the coeditor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. …
 
Dr. Beth Allison Barr is professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she specializes in medieval history, women's history, and church history. Her current best selling book THE MAKING OF BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD moves the conversation about biblical womanhood beyond Greek grammar and into the …
 
n this episode we are excited to sit down with celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. In his new book REVOLUTION OF VALUES - Jonathan outlines how Christians have misused Scripture to consolidate power, stoke fears, and defend against enemies. A solution to this rest with people who have been hurt by the at…
 
After attending two universities in Britain as a young man, Michael returned to higher education in 2016, graduating from Trinity College, University of Toronto, three years later with a Master of Divinity (Honours) degree. He was ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada in October 2019 and is a Pastoral Associate at St. Christopher's in Burlingto…
 
Peter Enns (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA). He has taught undergraduate, seminary, and doctoral courses at numerous other schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Temple University. Enns speaks and writes regularly to diverse a…
 
AnnaLise Trudell is a gender-equity consultant and the manager of Education, Training & Research at Anova, the women’s shelter and sexual assault centre in London Ontario. She brings extensive analysis of the causes and impacts of gender-based violence and of prevention programming through her doctoral and postdoctoral research at Western Universit…
 
Growing up in a strict, fundamentalist church in the southern USA, a young Philip Yancey tended to view God as “a scowling Supercop, searching for anyone who might be having a good time—in order to squash them.” Yancey jokes today about being “in recovery” from a toxic church. “Of course, there were good qualities too. If a neighbour’s house burned…
 
Dr. Josh McNall has taught at OKWU since 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Manchester (UK), an MA in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a BA in Pastoral Ministry from OKWU. Josh also preaches regularly around the country and serves as the Ambassador of Church Relations for OKWU—a role that allows him to s…
 
Military spouse Kristen Christy shares her touching story of losing her first husband to suicide and how that effected her and her family. Kristen's story is filled will darkness, but also and bright and powerful amount of hope for all in the military community. Follow Kristen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kristenchristy?lang=en Get more Waiting …
 
Kate Bowler, PhD is a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and professor at Duke University. She studies the cultural stories we tell ourselves about success, suffering, and whether (or not) we’re capable of change. In her twenties, she became obsessed with writing the first history of the movement called the “prosperity gospel”—which p…
 
A prize-winning historian and Emmy Award nominee, Randall Balmer earned the Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 and taught as Professor of American Religious History at Columbia University for twenty-seven years before becoming the Mandel Family Professor in the Arts & Sciences at Dartmouth College in 2012; two years later, he was named Dartmou…
 
Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country and On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith, & the Gifts of Neurodiversity. His work has appeared in several anthologies and in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Art House America, Books & Culture, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, The Cresset, Christianity Today, Image Jo…
 
Drew E. Jackson is a poet who came late to writing poetry, although he would say that his love for the art form began with hip-hop, learning to put words together from Nas’ Illmatic. He writes at the intersection of justice, peace, and contemplation, having a passion to contribute toward a more just and whole world. Born in Williamstown, NJ, Drew c…
 
There are a million things to be afraid of, but as parents, fear gets amplified a million times over since we are responsible for another human being (or two or three)! What if my child doesn't make any new friends? What if my child fails her class? What if my child doesn't get in to college? What if my child fails to launch? And yet the solution i…
 
Jennifer Butler is committed to amplifying the connection between faith and social justice, has the heart of a community organizer, and is an ordained minister. She is the founding Executive Director of Faith in Public Life, which works to change the narrative about the role of faith in politics, wins major policy victories, and empowers religious …
 
Our natural inclination in fulfilling our parenting duty to correct and instruct our children often includes the inclusion of criticism. Whether it be intended or not, verbal or not, our children feel our disapproval and disappointment at a core level. Haim Ginott claims that: Parental criticism is unhelpful... children who are regularly criticized…
 
Chanda Prescod -Weinstein is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Core Faculty Member in Women’s Studies at the University of New Hampshire, and like anyone, she has an origin story and a mission. She is a monthly columnist at New Scientist and a contributing columnist at Physics World. Read about why she co-led the call for a June 10, 2020 Strike…
 
Managing our kids is oh so much easier when we bring devices into the picture. That has been especially true during this covid-era. The fact of the matter though is that our children will actually be happier when we as a family have boundaries to guide our usage. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.…
 
Tayiba Nasr Born and raised in Herat Afghanistan Tayiba is a Canadian citizen and has been living in Canada for 35 years and in London for 25 years. She is mother to 4 children who were born here. Tayiba has been active in the Afghan community in London for many years. She has been working for South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre as community…
 
Perhaps the most annoying part of parenting is putting up with the persistent complaining that seems to come with children. Is it possible to put that perpetual aggravation behind us? For good? It may seem like a pipe dream, but the reality is there is a lot we can do to reduce the rate of moaning and groaning, the mumbling and murmuring, the disco…
 
At times our families can look and feel a lot like the old nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty. Someone has fallen, made a real mess out of things, and it seems like there is no hope for happiness ever again. Even though the little ditty that we can all repeat from memory ends dismally, as Parenting Heroes, we can put our families back together again…
 
Our world isn't getting any easier. Challenges, chaos and confusion are the norm. It feels like we can't make it on our own - and that is largely true. Except for... This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret Connect with us! FB @…
 
Do you ever get to the point where you literally feel like you can no longer even find the strength to breathe? Parenting is the hardest thing we will ever do in this lifetime—and just when we start to feel like we're on top of it—out of nowhere a storm so severe hits that we are immediately knocked over, quickly disoriented, and lost for what to d…
 
One of our old family traditions consisted primarily of driving days on end across the US to "spend time with family" to then turn around and drive for days on end again, except on the return trip now there's nothing to look forward to so it feels even longer.... Is that kind of sacrifice and headache and cost and time actually worth it? This is wh…
 
We just got to witness firsthand the miracle that hope and belief brought about in the life of our dear friend's newborn son. Find out how it relates to you and your child as well. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secret Connec…
 
As parents we love to pretend like we're all that. That we've totally got everything under control. Well, the more that we can face the music and admit our imperfections, the better equipped our kids will become to face life! To make the point, we tell a rather embarrassing story. Don't miss this one! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Her…
 
Children can be short-sighted, only seeing the here and now, and as such get easily overwhelmed. The fact of the matter though is that sometimes we as parents have a hard time seeing anything for our children beyond their current struggles. Learn how to see the future so that your children can overcome! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting H…
 
A native of Ireland, Professor Collins was a professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago from 1991 until his arrival at YDS in 2000. He previously taught at the University of Notre Dame. He has published widely on the subjects of apocalypticism, wisdom, Hellenistic Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. His books include The Dead Sea Scrolls…
 
A deployment is challenging enough, but a deployment during a pandemic presented many unique challenges for Charlotte and her family. She describes how she models reality and resilience to her children so they can work through their own personal life challenges. "I don't think that we need to always be perfect and strong in front of our kids, littl…
 
We learned some pretty cool lessons recently working with cows! Lessons that will streamline your home and make things better and easier! All while smelling like roses rather than cow poo! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain access to The #1 Parenting Secre…
 
Jenn always felt the strength of "blue family", but it wasn't until her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that she saw the depth of those ties. She shares with us how the law enforcement community showed up in both big and small ways to support her husband and their family through their hardest challenges, and the lessons she learned alo…
 
This is the story of when we narrowly averted a major crisis with an actual lightning strike. And it is the story of how heavenly help is there for the asking to give us answers when we on our own are at a total loss. This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to https://revolutionaryfamilies.com Enter your name and email address Gain acc…
 
Kat Armas is a Cuban-American writer and podcaster from Miami, FL who holds a dual MDiv and MAT from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her first book, Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us About Wisdom, Persistence and Strength (Brazos Press) explores the intersection of women, Scripture, and Cuban identity. She also engages these topics on…
 
In recognition of Memorial Day, Debbie shares the story of her son, Marc Lee, who willingly gave his life for others while serving as a Navy Seal. She explains the life she has chosen to live because of his example of love and service, and offers ways to honor and serve those who have sacrificed everything no matter what our circumstances might be.…
 
Dr. Noble has been teaching composition and literature for over a decade, beginning at Antelope Valley College in his home town of Lancaster, California, and then at Baylor University. He has contributed scholarship on Cormac McCarthy and has published a book with InterVarsity Press titled, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age. In…
 
How many times a week do we hear: "I wish I could..." or, "I wish I could have..." or, "couldn't we do that Mom"? It seems like we get a constant barrage of requests for the unreasonable. Why can't our kids just grow up already! What if we could learn to meet them where they are, validate them, show them that we really do care and that we actually …
 
Amy has made it her mission to explore the benefits of being outside every single day. She explains the direct influence she has seen it have on her own family and in her personal life. "I have seen just countless benefits: mental health, physical health, relationships, creativity, grittiness, perseverance. You name it, it's impacted by the experie…
 
The pressures of the world would see every last hope and dream for joy and happiness in our families absolutely crushed. If we don't choose to stand up as parents, then the lifeblood will be quickly squeezed out of our families. The good news is regardless of how hard life gets, or how many external restrictions or failed expectations stack up agai…
 
John Marsh was an Anglican parish priest for forty years. Recently retired, he self-describes as an iconoclastic Anglican. Perhaps more accurately he is an old goat, an unrepentant curmudgeon. He has written two books, It Ain't Nothin But A Mess: Mission as Event and Impossible People: The Mystics, Mission, and Me. He is currently working on his th…
 
We care about our kids so much that it is super easy to get distracted from the core of our family - each other! So we decided to share some of the things that we do to keep that heartbeat vivacious and full of life! Even when our kids have so much going on, or are still little, or whatever! This is where joy lives! Become a Parenting Hero: Go to h…
 
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace. This has led him to jail advocat…
 
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