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The Faith & Life Lectures are open and welcoming public forums where nationally known speakers reflect on how Christian faith intersects with different dimensions of everyday life. Past speakers have included William Willimon, Gregory Boyle, Hilary Lunke, Richard Stearns, Marilynne Robinson, Dr. Timothy Johnson, Kevin Kling, Rick Steves and Glennon Melton. The series is a community service of St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Minnesota.
 
Life isn't always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In, warm, insightful, often funny conversations, Kate talks with people about what they've learned in dark times. Kate teaches at Duke Divinity School and is author of "Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I've Loved)." Find her online at @katecbowler.
 
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William Willimon: The Gospel For The Person Who Has Everything - Episode 397 In his book, the Gospel for the Person who has everything, Bishop William Willimon brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to life for the person who has everything – happy, fulfilled human beings, who don’t feel the same level of need expressed by the downcast, the outcast, the…
 
Emergency Rooms are the theater of life itself. For ER Dr. Michele Harper, work has become a calling—to bear witness to people’s problems both large and small, to advocate for better care, to catch those who fall through society’s cracks, to stand up against discrimination, to remind patients that the pain they have endured is not fair… it was neve…
 
The Life She Once Knew with Vanna Nguyen & Anna Donato - Episode 396 Disclaimer: Today’s episode, while ultimately about faith and forgiveness, contains mature themes dealing with sexual assault so please use your discretion. In 1981, a mother faced death as she lay on the floor of a small boat in the South China Sea fleeing for her life after the …
 
At the core of nursing is the ability to love a stranger, to care indiscriminately. Christie Watson was a nurse in the UK for 20 years before she began teaching nurses. But when COVID-19 hit, she knew she needed to stand with her colleagues. So she put on her scrubs once again. In this moving conversation, Kate and Christie discuss the cost of COVI…
 
Guest Joel Vaughn - Episode 395 Since his official debut, Bigger Than Me, in 2008, Joel Vaughn has become one of Christian Hit Radio’s most consistent performers. His hit singles have included 2019’s “I Look To You,” which reached #3 on Billboard’s Christian Hot AC Recurrent chart, as well as “Wide Awake,” “As You Are,” “Pray It Up,” and “More Than…
 
What strategies support and encourage young people entering ministry? In this episode Bishop Janice Huie shares the importance of listening deeply to young people, embracing a holistic approach, and sustaining our commitment to younger clergy in face of new challenges. Transcript Announcer: Leading Ideas Talks is brought to you by the Lewis Center …
 
Though magazines and movie stars try to convince us otherwise, we aren’t all living our BEST LIFE NOW. When humor writer Samantha Irby lost both of her parents at 18, she developed the perfect coping mechanism: finding the absurd in everything. Kate and Samantha have a wide-ranging conversation about topics like grieving their Sweet Valley High lif…
 
Guest Caroline Cobb - Episode 394 CAROLINE COBB SHORT BIO: In 2011, singer-songwriter Caroline Cobb gave herself a goal to write a song for every book of the Bible in a year. That year of writing set in motion a passion to tell the stories of scripture through music, with imagination, artistry and faithfulness to the text. Caroline’s forthcoming al…
 
Standing On The Wall: Prayers To Preserve The Integrity of a Nation with Jannah Scott - Episode 393 Standing on the Wall Prayers to Preserve the Integrity of a Nation A New Book by Jannah Scott Standing on the Wall is a heart-felt manifestation of the sincere prayers of intercessors who have committed their lives to pray for the United States of Am…
 
What does it mean to be blessed? If you were to scroll through social media, you'd assume that "blessed" are the ones with gorgeous, matching families living in open style floor plans. But Jesus had other things in mind. When the Reverend Jan Richardson lost her husband, she continued to write counterintuitive blessings like “A Blessing for the Bro…
 
How can Advent be special in a year when so much is different? Professor of Worship Anna Petrin shares ideas for bringing Advent from the sanctuary to the home and allowing its themes of longing and hope to speak to our current reality. Transcript Announcer: Leading Ideas Talks is brought to you by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley T…
 
Are some people more empathetic than others? By studying those on the opposite end of the compassion spectrum—those with psychopathy—researcher Dr. Abigail Marsh discovered something quite surprising. In this episode, Kate and Abigail talk about the purpose of fear, what it really means to be brave, and how we can all learn to better belong to one …
 
For Love of Neighbor: Politics For The Common Good - Episode 392 https://faithandpubliclife.com/flon/ A documentary film, For Love of Neighbor: Politics for the Common Good, tells the stories of three individuals—Sen. Tim Scott, Justin Giboney, and Sarah Imboden—who, on different levels and in distinct ways, are seeking to engage faithfully in cont…
 
Out of the Depths: Into Psalm 130 - Episode 391 Today on the show I share from my book, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter's Journey Through The Psalms. If you would like a copy, you can get it at the Amazon link below. -Blessings, Rick Lee James Listen To Rick Lee James Music on Pandora One of the best ways to support independent artists during Covid…
 
Bishop William Willimon says truth telling is critical to faithful leadership. In this episode he speaks about a pastor’s call to preach unabashedly the truth of Jesus Christ without losing sight of the importance of managing congregational life in this disruptive, revealing time. Transcript Announcer: Leading Ideas Talks is brought to you by the L…
 
Sometimes it feels like the world is irreparably broken. A climate crisis leading to more hurricanes, fires, and melting glaciers. A political season that has ripped families and friends apart. A pandemic that has left us more isolated than ever and even more delicate than before. Even the strongest among us may wonder, "What hope is there? Is love…
 
Taking A Look At The True State of the Pro-Life Argument In America - An Article by David French: Episode 390 This week I share a thought provoking article from David French. David is the Senior editor of The Dispatch. He’s also a columnist for Time. He’s the author of Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore, and the newly released Divided We Fall, …
 
There are some secrets we'd rather not tell, but that eat us alive anyway. Writer Susan Burton was trapped in an eating disorder with no good name. Today's conversation is not a victory story. Issues with our bodies are not ones we overcome because our bodies are, you know, living things. Kate and Susan discuss how we struggle against shame and lea…
 
Actress Shannen Fields and her new movie "The Order of Rights" - Episode 389 On October 2nd, 2020, The new film “The Order of Rights” releases on Amazon, Google, and VUDU streaming platforms. The title of the film, "Order of Rights" refers to the order in which the categories of rights are listed in that Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, …
 
How can youth ministry be more than fun and games? In this episode we speak with Andy Root about how youth can find identity and deep joy in shared narratives and intergenerational connections. Transcript Announcer: Leading Ideas Talks is brought to you by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Subs…
 
How do doctors, nurses, and other caring professionals keep their hearts soft when there are forces that make it hard to stay that way? With her radically compassionate approach to medicine, Dr. Victoria Sweet calls us to slow down in a world that loves quick fixes. In today's conversation, Kate and Victoria give us more language about what helps u…
 
Him + Her Worship - Episode 388 Even In The Dark, which released on September 4th, is the full-length debut from Minneapolis-based husband/wife folk-pop duo Him + Her Worship. Even In The Dark is grounded in the assurance of God’s steadfast love throughout life’s deepest valleys and highest peaks. Him + Her Worship’s Seth and Jenna Herlich who wrot…
 
What does it mean to be called to something? What if that job wears you thin? What if you think you've aged out of your vocation? In this episode, Kate and the Reverend Dr. Will Willimon talk about what to do when the roles we play cost us more than we're willing to pay and how aging invites us to take a new look at our purpose. (Also, you'll hear …
 
Fred Rogers Speaks- Episode 387 It has been one of those weeks you never thought would come. A house fire at my parents place, sewer backup flooding my own house, migraines, and power outages. Not even to mention the Pandemic, Presidential election craziness, and life as a teacher/online school parent/worship pastor. I needed to hear from a calm vo…
 
We don’t typically associate a thriving church with having a part-time pastor. Journalist and pastor Jeffrey MacDonald begs to differ as he discusses with us his new and provocative book, Part-time is Plenty: Thriving without Full-time Clergy. Transcript Announcer: Leading Ideas Talks is brought to you by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of W…
 
What do you do when hope feels lost? Abstract artist Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is no stranger to the hopelessness that comes with grief. In extended isolation because of the pandemic, a nationwide reckoning with race, and our own personal losses, we could all use a bit of what Lanecia calls holy seeing. In this episode, Kate and Lanecia discuss how cre…
 
Where Goodness Still Grows with guest Amy Peterson- Episode 386 Social media and recent political events have exposed the fault lines that exist within our country and our spiritual communities. The corruption and blind spots of the evangelical church have led to the departure of so many from faith, who cite hypocrisy and partisanship as reasons th…
 
Who are we as we age? Our culture has such poor language for the who-we-are-ness across time. The ways we grow and the things that threaten to diminish us. Clinical psychologist and bestselling author, Mary Pipher knows a lot about the opportunities and costs embedded in aging. In this episode, Kate and Mary offer us a non self-helpy roadmap for ho…
 
The Importance of Being Ernest: Justin Lloyd talks about the Life of his uncle, Actor Jim Varney- Episode 385 Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ernest p. Worrell, the lovable blue-collar buffoon, was a staple of pop culture in countless commercials, nearly a dozen movies and an award-winning Saturday-morning TV show called, Hey Vern, It’s Ernest. Tod…
 
How can clergy thrive in ministry? In this episode we speak with Dr. Matt Bloom, Research Professor at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Principal Investigator for the Wellbeing at Work program, about how clergy can thrive and better cope with the many challenges to their wellbeing. Transcript Announcer: Leading Ideas Talks is brought to…
 
We have thick cultural scripts for what is deemed inspirational and it usually goes like this: You can do it. Never give up. Everything you need is inside of you today. But what do you really need to hear when life is coming apart? Morgan Harper Nichols is someone whose words of encouragement gently lift our chins toward hope. In this episode, Kate…
 
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