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When it comes to discussing the history of the bass guitar, nearly all of our bass heroes sounded unique. So how do you tap into your own inner voice? Today’s episode begins with Ian’s love of Star Wars and ends with Scott offering up his advice to help you on your own path toward developing your sound.…
 
Burke Koonce and John Fichthorn discuss the latest topics of interest in politics, financial markets, and the cultural forces that shape the world around us. This is the first episode of Season Two! John, who is on the board of Maven, owner of TheStreet.com and other media properties, and Burke, who runs the Capitalism Maven site for TheStreet.com,…
 
How often do you set goals for yourself? Maybe you want to learn a new song in time for band practice this week. Or you want to self-fund your debut album and go on tour. It’s part of the mindset that makes you a musician. So what do you want to achieve in the next 12 months? Here’s what you need to know.…
 
In this episode Kevin and Lee are joined by Sally Gary, lifelong Christian and member of the Church of Christ, Communications and Speech and Debate professor, Attorney at law, and is the founder of CenterPeace Ministries. Sally has written about her upbringing and life in the Church of Christ and her struggles with her sexuality in two memoirs; "Lo…
 
It was a blast getting to chat with Anthony for this new Player Profile a few weeks ago. I'm a big fan of his YouTube video lessons and of course his playing and we cover a vast array of topics in this interview ranging from tonewoods to time perception. Be sure to check out his music via the spotify link below and get ready for his new single drop…
 
So you’ve spent days walking around your favorite guitar shop and picking up standard issue basses hanging on the wall, but sometimes it’s simply not worth waiting for ‘the one’ to appear by chance. In this episode Ian and Scott explore the idea of getting a custom made instrument. What would you go for if money were no object?…
 
One of Kevin and Lee's main objectives in this podcast has been to discuss how they've changed their walk with God from a legalistic paradigm to a grace-centered, truly Christ-centered paradigm. It hasn't been easy, and some of the feedback received from our listeners has enumerated just how difficult it can be to reconstruct something in the place…
 
You’ve seen the bass you want, and only this bass can bring true happiness. But seriously… The chances are you’re suffering from Gear Acquisition Syndrome, a condition commonly referred to as G.A.S. A quick look at the tabs on your browser, or dip into your search history – Sweetwater, Reverb.com, eBay, Craigslist etc. – will present all the signs.…
 
Romans 14 (and 1Corinthians 8) are passages that have been misused by many Christians to insist that others need to either stop or start engaging in some behavior that is either considered offensive or essential, respectively. Some Christians will insist that a practice or behavior a brother or sister engages in must stop, that liberty must be curt…
 
Pastor Josh Scott returns to the EFPG podcast to discuss an interesting passage in Mt 15 when it appears as though Jesus is 'corrected' by a Canaanite woman. This is a passage well-known to many Christians, and in this conversation Pastor Josh, Kevin, and Lee take note and discuss some interesting contextual and cultural undertones that often go un…
 
Robert ‘Bubby’ Lewis is a creative force on the electric bass. His sheer speed, fluidity and conviction is awesome, but he can also groove, with uncanny endurance on ridiculously uptempo tunes. Bubby started out playing in his father’s church at age 14, and soon made a name for himself around his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Bubby was later hired b…
 
What would you do if a major guitar company offered you an endorsement deal? Many people would jump at the chance, thinking it’s their ticket to becoming a proper bass guitar icon. But if you don’t know what you’re getting into, an artist endorsement might not feel like a win for all involved. Speaking of which……
 
Often when a Christian comes across verses that contradict each other, that Christian looks to harmonize or reconcile those contradictions in order to maintain their faith. Sometimes, those tensions become insurmountable and that Christian's faith is shaken. Joining Kevin and Lee is Dr. Grant Testut, professor of Old Testament at Oklahoma Christian…
 
In this episode of the podcast, Scott and Ian talk about hate and criticism on the internet. Why do people vent such toxic opinions online? And how do you react when people leave angry comments on YouTube, or tweet negative things about you? In this episode we find out who these anonymous ‘internet warriors’ are, and how to put your haters to good …
 
In this episode, Kevin and Lee discuss cuss words and their etymology, their use, and the concept of whether or not saying curse words is a sin or something Christians should do. Due to the topic discussed, listener discretion is advised. Have questions? Comments? We love hearing from you! Email us at exploringfaithpursuinggrace@gmail.com Thanks fo…
 
​After some amazing feedback, we were finally motivated to take the plunge and start a podcast! And if you have been keeping up with SBL over on YouTube or Instagram lately, you will already know that I have been absolutely obsessing over the bass exploits of Ian Allison. So, I thought I'd better get him on the podcast too! For our first solo episo…
 
The Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known of Jesus' parables, and within that story we find layers of truth that unfold before us. In this episode, Kevin and Lee discuss this parable, it's context, and some of the implications it may teach that often go unnoticed (at least they did to Lee prior to this episode). Holler at us at exploringfait…
 
This has been a long time coming but I'm thrilled to finally publish this brand new interview with the incredible Mr. Steve Jenkins! We get into all kinds of nitty gritty in this episode including FX, streaming, technique, touring etc; so please jump on instagram and follow Steve, buy his albums and generally support the guy :) http://www.stevejenk…
 
Over the last several episodes concerning women's roles, Kevin, Lee, and our guests have all discussed or alluded to 1 Corinthians 11 in some way, especially verses 4 and 5, which imply/teach (in Kevin and Lee's estimation) that women experienced full participation in the public worship in the early church. One of the things Bible students will not…
 
In the early 1900's the churches of Christ experienced a division concerning the practice of communion; specifically, whether or not more than one cup may be used in the observance of the Lord's Supper. For over 15 years Lee was part of the one-cup group that arose from that division, and it has only been recently that he changed his position on th…
 
One of the most common questions Kevin and Lee have received is, "Why do you discuss topics with guests you don't agree with? Why don't you press these guests harder on those issues?" That's a good question! And in this episode, we answer it. Like what we're doing? Have a suggestion for a topic or a guest? Holler at us at exploringfaithpursuinggrac…
 
After some wonderful conversations with Wes McAdams and Dr. Linda King, Kevin and Lee hash out their particular positions on whether women should be allowed full participation or limited/no participation in the public worship of the church. If you've ever wondered how someone can believe women should be allowed full participation in view of 1Corint…
 
After more than 50 years together, the Rolling Stones remain one of the biggest live acts in the world. And for bassist Darryl Jones, his audition in 1993 led to a steady gig, touring and playing on just about everything they have recorded since. Jones, who spent most of the ’80s as the go-to bassist for the likes of Sting and Madonna, started his …
 
In this conversation Kevin and Lee engage in a great conversation with Wes McAdams about women's roles in worship from a complementarian purview. Traditionally, church government, public (pulpit) preaching, and participation in worship in a leadership sense is a role reserved for men in many Orthodox and Protestant denominations, and is the majorit…
 
Wes McAdams returns to the podcast for a wonderful conversation in which Kevin, Lee, and Wes discuss what Complementarianism is, and more importantly what it is NOT. Often times, the complementarian view is stated to be one that subjugates women beneath men, that the complementarian view is misogynistic and is a product of a bygone era. But is that…
 
Dr. Alan Baggett joins Kevin and Lee for a conversation about biases. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has a bias (or two, or three...) to overcome when engaging with the scriptures, with other people, or even with their own worldview. Recognizing and overcoming those biases is crucial to continued growth in Christ and in love for neighbor. Drop us a …
 
*EDIT: This episode when originally posted had out-of-sync audio, which has been rectified. It has been re-uploaded.* In this episode, Scot Loyd returns to the podcast to discuss The Balance Fallacy and how fallacious thinking often leads to cognitive dissonance, and how fallacies of various sorts can impede a Christian's ability to live out their …
 
In this episode, Kevin and Lee are joined by Justin Pannell to discuss fasting. Fasting is a practice often discussed in scripture, but is often ignored or even opposed by some. What are the lessons we can learn from fasting? How can fasting inform and help shape our walk with God? These ideas and more are discussed in this episode. Give us a shout…
 
This episode is a LOOOOOONG one, but worth your time! This episode discusses specific Bible passages that have often been used to prevent full participation of our Christian sisters in worship. Dr. King provides a nuanced, contextual perspective on these passages and Lee, Kevin, and Dr. King have a wonderful, in-depth discussion on their applicatio…
 
One of the most commonly suggested topics our listeners have requested is women's roles in worship. In this episode, we discuss the scriptural basis for full participation of women in the function of the church with Dr. Linda King. Need to drop us a line? Reach out to us at exploringfaithpursuinggrace@gmail.com. Thanks for listening!…
 
This episode continues our conversation about the Holy Spirit and His work. The first episode was an overview, this episode takes a deeper look at what we see revealed about the Holy Spirit in scripture.We love hearing from you! Reach out to us at exploringfaithpursuinggrace@gmail.com. Thanks for listening!…
 
Throughout his career, Stu Hamm has pushed the technical boundaries of the bass guitar, firmly establishing himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. In the late ‘80s he redefined the limits of slap and tap techniques - there are some great examples on his debut album Radio Free Albemuth. In this interview, …
 
The Holy Spirit? What is it? Is 'it' an it? Is the Holy Spirit a He? A force? A person? How does the Holy Spirit work? What does He do, and how does He do it? These questions have been asked, answered, debated, and argued over for 2,000 years. We don't pretend to have an answer to every question about the Holy Spirit or His work, but we do know tha…
 
In the third and final episode in our series discussing musical instruments, Kevin and Lee break down the objections made to using musical instruments in worship to God that are based on a faulty understanding of church history. Did the early church fathers unanimously condemn instrumental worship? Did the reformers? We discuss these concepts and m…
 
This is part 2 of our three part series on musical instruments in worship, where we continue the conversation and 'debate' between Kevin from 2012, and Kevin from 2015-present. While part 1 sets the stage, part 2 gets to the core issues of the discussion and the main points at which Kevin (and Lee) diverge from their previous understanding of this …
 
Burke Koonce and John Fichthorn discuss the latest topics of interest in politics, financial markets, and the cultural forces that shape the world around us. In this episode, we are joined by business professor William Keep, who has written extensively on multilevel marketing and was featured in the 2017 documentary Betting On Zero. John, who is ex…
 
Kevin is BACK! And upon his return we begin a discussion on a topic that has been requested by many of our listeners; is it unscriptural or sinful to use musical instruments in worship to God? One of the defining characteristics of the Church of Christ is the utilization of acapella singing in worship. As Kevin and Lee both have a long history with…
 
In this episode Lee flies solo again, summarizing his spiritual journey over the previous year. Lee discusses the challenges he and his family faced in making the decision to leave their faith community, the reasons that lead them to do so, and why this isn't a choice that anyone should make lightly. Questions? Feedback? Concerns? Requests? Email u…
 
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