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In our culture, if a woman is said to have strength it usually means she is competing with a man or acting like a man. What if there is strength in the way God made us, as women? There is and we recognize it when we see it. We are excited to introduce you to women who display true strength, not in spite of being women but because of it.
 
Your one stop shop for creative ideas and inspiration. Each week on The Spark File podcast, Susan Blackwell and Laura Camien reach into their spark files and share stories, ideas and fascinations to ignite your imagination. Obsessed with creativity, Blackwell and Camien also talk with artists and makers, movers and shakers who have taken the spark of inspiration and fanned it into a flame. Hear from inspiring creatives like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Groff ...
 
The What's Up with Wendy Podcast will indulge listeners with an in-depth conversation between Wendy Lowy Sloane and her special guests. Wendy's ability to connect with her guests has led to many repeat appearances from popular celebrities including Eric Stonestreet, Monica Potter, Nate Berkus, Lori Laughlin, Paul Reiser, and James Van Praagh.
 
Born and raised in Kansas City, actor Eric Stonestreet was introduced to acting when a friend at Kansas State University dared him to try out for a play. Emmy Award-winning actor Eric Stonestreet talks about his role as Cameron Tucker on ABC’s hit comedy series, Modern Family. He’ll also talk about other projects he’s working on and take a few questions from the audience.
 
Decently Funny is a weekly pop-culture based interview podcast created by broadcasters/producers David “Nuzzy” Nussbaum and Guy "The Guy” Opochinski. Currently hosted by The Guy and comedian Eden Dranger (Eden Eats Everything) and sometimes Nuzzy. Guests share their lives from the comfort of a couch and also learn a bit about the guest from the week before with our weekly game called Play It Forward. (Some describe it as The Newlywed Game for people that don't know each other). Some of their ...
 
The America's Got Talent AfterBuzz TV After Show Podcast recaps, reviews and discusses episodes of NBC's America's Got Talent. Show Summary: America's Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network, and part of the global British Got Talent franchise. It is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of one million dollars.
 
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For the first time since the Gallup organization started to track the data, fewer than 50% of Americans now belong to a church, synagogue or mosque. Behind these numbers are, among other factors, the trendiness of not only leaving church, but announcing it on social media with a bit of shaming and blaming thrown in for good measure. And many are no…
 
Given the global pandemic, this seems like a particularly bad time to run a survey on church membership. Nevertheless, Gallup recently released a poll suggesting that the number of Americans who belong to a church, synagogue, or mosque has fallen below 50 percent for the first time since 1937, when the organization began tracking those numbers. In …
 
John Stonestreet visits with Ryan T. Anderson on the image of God presented in the physical make up of male and female. Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., is the President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the Founding Editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of When Harr…
 
This week, Susan and Laura dig into two worthy explorations -- Do you know your Why? Do you know why your Why matters? So many ways to consider how we can act intentionally, on and with purpose. Plus, they revisit Twyla Tharp's classic book: The Creative Habit. Do you have a habit of creativity? If not, you know The Spark File feelings on it - bett…
 
Mary Slessor was born to a Scottish working-class family in 1848. At an early age Mary joined her parents in the Dundee mills, working half a day while going to school the other half. By age 14, Mary was working 12 hour shifts. Ever an avid reader, Mary kept a book propped up on her loom so she could read while working. Mary’s mother, a devout Pres…
 
John and Maria breakdown some trends in the news during BreakPoint This Week. They discuss how our response to the pandemic can cause us to despair. They discuss the importance of keeping our eyes on Christ and building our hope around a Christian worldview. Maria turns from a segment of looking to Christ to a segment looking at the challenges in o…
 
Julie and Abby LaQuey are a mother and daughter who love the Scriptures. Abby is a flawless child of God with downs syndrome who speaks for Celebrate Kids reciting the book of Ruth from memory. Julie shares what God has taught her as she has mothered Abby and recites the Scriptures that encourage her. Julie and Abby's powerful testimonies will upli…
 
The idea of a politically neutral Supreme Court is one of our nation’s persistent and appealing myths. The Court’s job, at least according to our founding documents, is to interpret existing legislation and arbitrate disputes about that legislation. In practice, especially over the past several decades, the Court hasn’t always stayed in that lane. …
 
John and Shane field a question on adoption. A listener wrote in to ask if adoption to a homosexual couple is better than a child being parentless. They then work through a question on if a Christian should marry if the marriage looks to be childless. John and Shane close the question and answer time looking at immigration. A listener asks for a wo…
 
How did God transform an atheist mother into a prayer warrior? Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela, wrote a compelling book sharing their journey to faith called "Out of a Far Country." In this episode, Christopher shares more of his mother's story and how after she came to love Jesus, her prayers led him to leave his life of sin and love Jesus…
 
The term “political football” is a perfect descriptive for how the executive branch of the federal government handles abortion. There are two “teams,” pro-life and pro-choice, who toss the issue back and forth from administration to administration. Neither decisively win, at least in the long run. While state level legislation and federal court dec…
 
This week, Susan and Laura have the honor of spending time with artist extraordinaire Dax Valdes of Hollaback, discussing their free bystander intervention trainings aimed at making the world a better, and safer, place for us all. Tune in to hear how you can make a difference in ending harassment in all its forms.…
 
Recently, researchers at State University of New York determined that descendants of immigrants to the United States from places such as Asia typically lost the ability to speak their mother tongue by the third generation. Something similar, but more serious, seems to be happening with Christians in an increasingly post-Christian culture. Each succ…
 
John and Maria review President Joe Biden's speech to congress. They discuss the role of government and the stretch it has had into our lives. The two share how government expansion creates thin fabrics in society, trying to hold weight it was never intended to hold. Maria shares a story from Seattle, where staff and faculty at Seattle Pacific Univ…
 
When John McCain was running for President in 2008, Saturday Night Live ran a recurring skit about his running-mate, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Tina Fey, playing Gov. Palin in her trademark red suit, delivered the memorable line, “I can see Russia from my house!” It was pretty funny. It also wasn’t real. Sarah Palin never said she could see …
 
Most people (at least those paying attention) expect quarterback Trevor Lawrence to be the first player selected in this year’s NFL Draft. Frankly, his draft stock has been a foregone conclusion since his heralded arrival at Clemson in 2018, and was only strengthened after he led the Tigers to the National Championship as only a freshman. He’s a te…
 
John and Shane field a sobering question from a ministry-minded family. A daughter informed her mother that the daughter identifies as pansexual. John and Shane provide a host of resources and encouragement for the mother and her family as they walk a road of love, support, and guiding their family to hope in Jesus Christ in the midst of confusion.…
 
What do you do when someone is misusing their spiritual influence? What are the red flags of spiritual abuse? Teasi Cannon has a powerful and personal story of redemption. She shares about the heartache and the healing of spiritual abuse, and how God was faithful to her through it all. Teasi Cannon Show Notes: Teasi’s Website: https://www.teasicann…
 
Scripture says woe to those who say that good is evil and that evil is good. That’s a culture-wide feature of our world. Each day, it seems, brings new and audacious ideas aimed at unravelling and misordering God’s very good creation. Our first impulse might be to “blame the culture,” but it should be, instead, to take a hard look in the mirror. If…
 
Last fall, California governor Gavin Newsom signed The Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act, a bill which, among other things, would “allow incarcerated transgender, non-binary and intersex people to be housed and searched in a manner consistent with their gender identity.” Since this law went into effect back in January, in a new case of “r…
 
John Stonestreet visits with Monique Duson about the image of God and how it is challenged inside critical race theory. Monique spent 2 decades advocating for Critical Race Theory (CRT), but through a series of events began to see the contradictions of CRT with the historic Christian worldview. She is now convinced that CRT is not the best way to a…
 
On April 19th, the Biden administration filed an appeal in a case that could force “religious doctors and hospitals to perform potentially harmful gender-transition procedures against their conscience and professional medical judgment.” The case involves an Obama administration rule interpreting the Affordable Care Act. The rule was issued in 2016,…
 
John Stonestreet and Maria Baer recount the challenging aspects of what happened in America this week. After recalling the details of the events surrounding the Derek Chauvin verdict following the death of George Floyd, John and Maria discuss a recent shooting in Ohio. They close with the challenging situation Planned Parenthood finds itself in as …
 
Seven years ago, Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover story told professional women, “Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career.” The story told of a woman in her late 30s, single and successful in her career, who spent $19,000 to have her eggs frozen. She planned to focus on a career now and keep open the possibility of marriage and kids later. It didn’t turn …
 
For years, abortion rights activists have attempted to downplay or even deny that Margaret Sanger, the closest thing the movement has to a patron saint, was motivated by racism. Planned Parenthood, the organization Sanger founded, widely celebrated her (even naming an award after her), as if her troubling words and actions could be somehow separate…
 
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