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Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph O'Brien are both leaders in Minneapolis. Jo is an author and speaker who has opportunities to teach around the world in various contexts. She is passionate about empowering women to realize their potential and purpose. Steph is a church planter and pastor of a church plant in the city. She coaches leaders and pastors around the country and is a professor at Bethel University. Passionate about investing in the next generation, Steph, blogs and speaks in order to equ ...
 
Upside Down Podcast is an ecumenical podcast at the intersection of justice, spirituality, and culture. Join us for conversations about God's Upside Down Kingdom. No topic is off limits. Upside Down Podcast is a collaborative Christian podcast co-founded by Kayla Craig and Lindsy Wallace. Some of our most popular guests have included Christena Cleveland, Dr. John Perkins, Shane Claiborne, Jo Saxton, Father Greg Boyle, Shannan Martin, and Dominique Gilliard. Popular episodes have featured the ...
 
In each episode, All That to Say engages fresh minds on the front lines of what matters. From cable news to incarceration, global warming to gospel music, economics to income inequality, this podcast fearlessly confronts the paradoxes of truth, the paradigms of culture, and the presence of the Divine.
 
Welcome to Why Tho, we’re your hosts, Tiffany Bluhm and Ashley Abercrombie. We land somewhere in between Mother Teresa and Biggie Smalls, and we’re just wondering: Why tho? We all have questions, from our existential crisis curiosities, to our hey girl, why your eyebrows look so good tho, and we want to tackle all of these conversations with you. Thanks for joining us! Remember to subscribe and comment, it helps others to find the show. To learn more about Tiffany's writing, speaking or book ...
 
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For week three of the How'd She Do That series, the Why Tho Gals are chatting with author and leadership guru Jo Saxton, a Nigerian Brit living stateside. Jo shares what it was like to grow up in London as young girl of color, navigating church culture on both sides of the pond, and advancing a woman's place. Even better, she came bearing gifts! Us…
 
In the U.S. Senate now, the Equality Act is a proposed piece of legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under federal civil rights law. However, this bill has been met with significant controversy as many believe it would go too far to inhibit individual religious freedom. In light of this, how should …
 
Here we are, the END of the Mind Blown podcast season. It's been a wild ride and I hope your mind has been blown like ours have. We've had the utmost pleasure of speaking with some incredible theologians, teachers, and creators, and now we top it off with a final episode with friend and fellow creative Joanna laFleur. Joanna la Fleur is a speaker, …
 
I think I'm supposed to go...now what? Sometimes we shut down the right decision because we don't know the "how" of the right decision. You've answered the question "Should I stay or should I go" and today in this special Summer Replay 2021, Stephanie and Jo talk about "How to Go" and the process steps you need to take. Information for the Ezer Col…
 
When you think about orphans, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of kids living in orphanages who have no parents or family. Maybe you think of this as a global problem, not affecting the United States. And maybe you think this is a problem that is simply too big to be solved. In today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Lindsay Hadley and Elli Oswa…
 
It's the every day ordinary people in our lives who tend to form our beliefs and convictions at a cellular level. The mothers, aunties, and grandmothers who surround us and our church mothers, ones who love us and raise us. Theologian Kat Armas asks the question: What if some of our greatest theologians wouldn't be considered theologians at all? Wh…
 
Former Harlem Globetrotter, public speaker, and purpose coach Derick Grant sits down for a long conversation about his introduction to basketball and his unlikely path to the Harlem Globetrotters. He reflects on how his parents, who grew up in rural South Carolina during the civil rights movement, built a strong foundation for him grounded in faith…
 
In this replay of the popular Should I Stay or Should I go series, Stephanie and Jo start to peel away the layers by suggesting the following questions to ask and examine that can help you get to the heart of the question "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Questions to ask: Is there some toxicity I need to address? Is there something I need to say bef…
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, research has revealed a troublesome uptick in mental health concerns. In light of these trends, how can we best respond to those who may be struggling with their mental health and contemplating suicide? Brooke Keels, executive director of counseling services for Mercy Multiplied, shares her perspective with us o…
 
Okay Summer 2021, we see you. We're nervously picking up our lives again and hoping for the best. At Why Tho, we plan to inspire you all summer long with the "How'd She Do That?" series. Our guests are jaw droppers - we're thrilled to introduce them to you, starting with the one and only, Tabitha Brown. Tabitha spends her days inspiring the world, …
 
Summer Replay 2021 kicks off this week looking back at a popular series from Season 8, Should I Stay or Should I Go? Have you been in a situation with a position, community, church, workplace or relationship where you’ve wrestled with the decision to leave or stay and stick it out? Listen again as Stephanie tackle this timely question. Connect with…
 
In this in-depth interview, history and gender studies scholar Kristin Kobes Du Mez unpacks research that traces the roots of Christian nationalism, patriarchy, and masculinity, and the degree to which they align with the Biblical teachings of Jesus. She also discusses complementarianism, the reigning evangelical view of gender roles, and the histo…
 
Do you know where your food comes from? Jason Streubel, also known as “Dr. Dirt,” asks us to consider this question in today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. As the senior director for agriculture and food security at Convoy of Hope, he helps us see the ways in which our food is complex, political and spiritual, and he challenges the Church to lea…
 
After an incredible lineup of guests over the last several weeks, today’s episode is a breather at the start of summer. Because it’s about to be HOT here on Why Tho with our weekly plans! Tiffany and Ashley discuss the little delights keeping them sane and saved, as well as a sneak peek at the guests joining us for the conversations you want and ne…
 
Listen in on this in-depth interview with former U.S. Congressman from Indiana David McIntosh, as he recounts his experiences attending Yale University, how the Watergate scandal inspired his interest in politics, and the true story of how the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy was founded over pizza and beer during his tenure at the Univ…
 
How should Christians be thinking well about the state of the pandemic? In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, we bring you four conversations from the Culture Summit, the fifteenth annual conference hosted by Q Ideas, where no topic is off-limits and we’re not afraid to ask difficult questions. In this segment, Gabe Lyons interviews Dr. Francis C…
 
Welcome to our annual Relationship Series. Dr. Bruce Perry said, "Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love." We agree. From friendship to family to marriage to communities we participate in, relationships are the way we survive, thrive, grow, and heal in this world. Honestly, after the year we've lived thro…
 
What’s happened to critical thinking in our society? In this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Gabe Lyons shares his talk from this year’s Culture Summit. In this talk, he challenges Christian leaders to be more intentional about asking good questions and thinking critically—a skill that is perhaps more needed than ever in our current cultural moment…
 
What brings you rest? Is it something that’s easy for you to embrace, or do you find yourself struggling with it? Co-hosts Kayla Craig, Alissa Molina, and Patricia Taylor talk about the need for rest—to nourish ourselves and to love one another—in our final episode of the season. In this episode, we: Discuss how rest can be a struggle when it is of…
 
In this long-form conversation, Brooklyn-based journalist and author Katelyn Beaty reflects on her Midwestern upbringing, why she got into writing, and her time with the evangelical magazine Christianity Today (founded by the late Billy Graham). She also discusses how her identity as a feminist (which she calls a “dirty word”) has been fed by scrip…
 
This week's episode features Jo at Bethel University speaking about Make a Move. Listen in on this engaging and practical talk about moving in step with the Spirit. Order a copy of Make a Move "Make a Move" is perfect for: -Anyone wanting to take next steps in listening to God -People in transition (I think that’s all of us!) -Graduates (high schoo…
 
Welcome to our annual Relationship Series on Why Tho. Dr. Bruce Perry said, "Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love." We agree. From friendship to family to marriage to communities we participate in, relationships are the way we survive, thrive, grow, and heal in this world. Today's guest says: "I want yo…
 
Listen today to a powerful and vulnerable message Stephanie recently gave at Bethel University on the subject of discernment. Order a copy of Make a Move "Make a Move" is perfect for: -Anyone wanting to take next steps in listening to God -People in transition (I think that’s all of us!) -Graduates (high school, college, masters) -Those transitioni…
 
In this intimate conversation Paul Young, best-selling author of The Shack, speaks frankly about his experiences of tremendous loss, including sexual and physical trauma as a child of missionary parents, his struggles with mental health and suicidality, an extra-marital affair, and his journey through brokenness, reconciliation, and healing. He als…
 
Welcome to our annual Relationship Series and these next few episodes center on dating and married relationships. Dr. Bruce Perry said, "Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love." We agree. From friendship to family to marriage to communities we participate in, relationships are the way we survive, thrive, …
 
How do you begin to reconnect with your community after over a year of wading through the collective heaviness of a global pandemic? Co-hosts Lindsy Wallace, Alissa Molina, and Kayla Craig gather to connect and reflect on where we are and where we’ve been. In this episode, we: Acknowledge the importance and exhaustion of connecting and how we have …
 
Get in Formation is a new series to inspire spiritual and personal growth. After the year we've all endured, it is important to find ways to refresh and renew our faith. Practical tools, helpful tips and inspiring wisdom, this series is jam packed with good stuff. On our final episode, we're interviewing the one, the only, Rich Villodas. Brooklyn-b…
 
There has perhaps never been a more relevant and important time for a book like "Make A Move: How to Stop Wavering and Make Decisions in a Disorienting World". It is one week until the book's official launch and today Stephanie and Jo have a short conversation designed to get you ready to delve into the themes, advice and practical tools around dec…
 
Get in Formation is a new series to inspire spiritual and personal growth. After the year we've all endured, it is important to find ways to refresh and renew our faith. Practical tools, helpful tips and inspiring wisdom, this series is jam packed with good stuff. On today's episode, we welcome a very special guest, theologian, writer and lecturer …
 
“Silence is not spiritual, and action is not optional.” Author, speaker, and podcast host Tiffany Bluhm talks with host Patricia Taylor about accountability and abuse—particularly in faith spaces—and the hard questions we must ask. TW: This episode covers spiritual abuse, though it does not go into specific details. Still, we want to allow listener…
 
Stephanie and Jo wrap up the Make a Move series with a conversation around a the very relevant topic of decision fatigue. Listen today for examples from their own leadership experiences, plus practical tools for dealing with this all too important topic for leaders. Come to Stephanie's launch party! Sunday May 16 6:30pm-8:30pm CST at Quincy Hall in…
 
In this season finale episode, we had an important conversation with theologian and trauma counsellor Kyle Howard. We asked him about his experience leaving the Southern Baptist Convention, ministry in todays age, abuse and white supremacy in the church, and more. He shared from his personal story and inspired both James and I with his wisdom and h…
 
Get in Formation is a new series to inspire spiritual and personal growth. After the year we've all endured, it is important to find ways to refresh and renew our faith. Practical tools, helpful tips and inspiring wisdom, this series is jam packed with good stuff. On today's episode, we discuss how justice has informed our faith. Through the curren…
 
For thousands of years, prayer has been understood as both a powerful and essential Christian discipline—but in today’s culture, do we still understand, appreciate and revere this practice as we should? Since 2013, Dimas Salaberrios has served as the president of Concerts of Prayer Greater NY, which is a Christ-centered network of pastors and churc…
 
In this episode, Stephanie and Jo talk about "vocational experiments". More than just a job for which you are paid, vocation can mean all the things in your life that make meaning and purpose and fill up your days with productivity, whether you're paid for it or not. "Make a Move" is perfect for: -Anyone wanting to take next steps in listening to G…
 
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