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Matt Bellefeuille

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Journeying with doubting Christians toward faith in Christ. This podcast features conversations related to faith, doubt, deconstruction, and spiritual pilgrimage. I pray these honest and hopeful discussions can help you on your way.
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Lessons from a lifetime in manufacturing. This program is not about "making parts." It's about the unique perspective you get on life when you work with your hands every day. The purpose of my program is to share the wisdom of others who are the backbone of the American Dream: The Blue-Collar guys and gals who "make the stuff" that we all use every single day. Hope you enjoy it. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-tool-and-die-guy/support
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Erie Society for Genealogical Research and the Hagan History Center cohosted a Family History Fair on June 9th, assembling historians and archivists from across the region. Janice Castro & Ruth Cacchione of the Society, shared about the event and their expertise on how folks can discover more about their ancestry.…
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There are so many options for summer fun in the city, and on Friday we discussed the Erie Summer Recreation Guide. With us was Mel Witherspoon, Page Collins, and Erika Rutkowski about the Biddy Basketball Camp and the Spoon's League which is celebrating its 34th year in Erie, joined by Deanna Renaud for the YMCA and their summer food and Learn To S…
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With a recertification vote coming in July for the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance or LERTA program in the City of Erie, there are many conversations around City Hall about its impact and effectiveness in encouraging new building and investment. Chris Groner, Director of the Office of Development Finance was our guest.…
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Millcreek Township Parks and Recreation just released their five-year strategic action plan, and Ashley Marsteller, Director of Parks and Recreation, along with Matt Waldinger, Director of Planning and Development, joined Joel on Friday to go over the highlights of improvements and possible additions intended to improve the region's quality of life…
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Send us a Text Message. After Shawn saw some shorts where I talked about "Four Kinds of Doubt," he wondered if doubt was getting a little too complicated. "Isn't doubt just doubt?" I love that he had me on his podcast to talk about kinds of doubt, how to identify them, and how to work through them. What a great conversation! While on, I also unveil…
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The three top leaders of Erie's Public Schools joined the Joel Natalie Show Wednesday for a rare comprehensive conversation on the state the region's largest school district and its over 11,000 students. Our guests were Superintendent Brian Polito, and Assistant Superintendents Neil Brockman and Teresa Szumigala. Topics ranged from building project…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode I talk with Austin Noll, author "A Jumble of Crumple Papers" and host of "The Crumpled Papers Podcast." I found myself relating to so much of what Austin said in his book that I wanted to talk with him about it. Our conversation brought so much clarity to exactly why legalism, elitism, and church abuse cause …
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For our 2024 Gift Day talk, Helen looks at the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, and how Elijah rebuilt the altar of God before pouring out a costly sacrifice upon it. We consider what is of worth to us, what we have bowed the knee to, and how we rebuild God's altar in our own lives while longing for Jesus to meet us through his Spirit with…
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Christ Church London is embarking upon a significant new chapter. Andy, Joel, Helen, and Adnan recently sat down to talk through how things have been going, how God has been speaking to them, and the impact the transition is having on our services and church. Last week we shared Part 1. This is part 2 of the conversation. To find out more about wha…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode I talk with Dr. Jana Harmon, author of Atheists Finding God. For her book (and PhD) she interviewed 50 former atheists because she wanted to know, what would it take for an atheist to believe in Christianity? I thought that topic might be of interest to those who are wondering about themselves, what would it …
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Christ Church London is embarking upon a significant new chapter. Andy, Joel, Helen, and Adnan recently sat down to talk through how things have been going, how God has been speaking to them, and the impact the transition is having on our services and church. To find out more about what's happening, head to christchurchlondon.org/new-chapter…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode I chat with Jim, a senior pastor who has wrestled with doubt in the past. We discuss epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and how to be courageous, how to have intellectual humility, and how to find people to journey with through doubt. Enjoy the conversation! If you're doubting or deconstructing your faith…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode I chat with Shelby Abbott, author of "Doubtless: Because Faith is Hard". On top of a lively discussion about how to navigate doubt, we discussed Shelby's personal experience with excruciating pain and how it brought about spiritual growth he never could have imagined. Enjoy the conversation. If you're doubtin…
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March is National Nutrition Month, so we are discussing nutritional health. Are we really what we eat?! Our guest is Janet Chrostowski, a Registered Dietitian with Masters Degree in Public Health and is an Advanced Practitioner in Nutrition with 35 years at UPMC Hamot; and more than 40 in the field of Dietetics.…
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Groundbreaking Erie County-based startup companies completed the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Erie TechCelerator program and were presenting their pitches as they compete for $15,000. The companies we interviewed included: Zenedge, Bodha.ai, Erie Applications, Eventive AI, Brokenstraw Outdoors, Hikes & Hose, Hydrantcare.us.…
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Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and Erie loves to celebrate this holiday. On Thursday, we talked to John Melody, owner of the U Pick 6 establishments, about the importance of St. Patrick’s Day for local restaurants and taverns. We also heard about Melody’s work with his new charity Success by Sport.…
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On our Wednesday health focus, and the four-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdowns of schools and businesses, we caught up with Erin Mrenak, Erie County Director of Public Health, and Breanna Adams, Director of Environmental Health Services. We covered public health topics including respiratory illnesses like the flu, where are we with Covid, a…
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On our Monday program, we welcomed in officials from Ascend Erie, the new rock-climbing gym that soars opposite our studio at Fifth and State. Ascend CEO and Co-owner Alex Bernstein and Erie location General Manager Christ Rosato were our guests, talking about their first few months of operations and what they are looking forward to this year.…
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Send us a Text Message. When you're doubting you probably don't think, "I really need to go to the opera!" But in this conversation I talk with my friend Liz, who has studied how art can help us address some of our deepest doubts and life's deepest questions. Enjoy! If you're doubting or deconstructing your faith, you're in the right place. This po…
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On Friday, March 8th we were exactly one month from the Total Solar Eclipse, a celestial event that won’t happen again in Erie until 2144. With as many as 260,000 people coming to Erie to witness the Eclipse, we were getting prepared with Visit Erie. Christine Temple joined us to talk about VisitErie’s SHINE campaign, learning more about the prepar…
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This week, we are reading from the words of John’s Gospel which remind us that Jesus is the ‘bread of life’, and that he alone has the ability to nourish us at the deepest level. It’s a reminder that our deepest hunger cannot be met by success or self-sufficiency. Nor can it be met by physical things because it’s a spiritual hunger for God.…
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