Episode Archives

Investigating Gun Violence: Daniel Chlebos + Frank Rubino

Turn on the television or open social media and the news of violence is everywhere. In today’s episode, we’re exploring violence, particularly gun violence, with two justice and public policy professors from our Ann Arbor campus. Tune in to hear their thoughts on where this violence originated, what’s perpetuating it today, and the role that guns play (or don’t play) in the midst of it all.

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Minisode: Music in Unexpected Places with Allison Schweitzer

Music has always been a medium that brings people together. With all of its varieties and genres, music offers something for everyone. Today, in our first ever mini-episode, we’re talking with musician, entrepreneur, and conductor Allison Schweitzer on how she’s bringing people together through her new project Wisconsin Music Ventures.

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Mental Health: Tolu Osemwegie + Matt Weinlander

Suicide rates are on the rise, and in almost every age group, researchers are seeing an increase of individuals struggling with mental health issues. How should we, as Christians, respond to the mental health crisis in our country? Today we chat with a professional counselor and a psychiatrist to get a bird’s eye view of mental health, understand how the two fields of psychology and psychiatry interact, and what we can do to move forward and help ourselves and those around us heal.

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Humanizing Issues Through Photography: Paul Calhoun

When we talk about immigration, gun violence, marginalized people groups, or any other hot topic, we often deal primarily in numbers. It’s easy to forget that behind each statistic is a person and a story. Today we chat with Paul Calhoun, a photographer passionate about restoring humanity to the issues of our day through the use of photography. What happens when we live out of curiosity, when we start really listening and paying attention to the stories all around us?

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Native Faith: Timothy Young Eagle

The history books don’t tell the story of Native people well or accurately; they often skip over the horrors and injustices inflicted on them in the name of God, government, or both. In this episode, we sit down with Tim Young Eagle, executive director of Lutheran Indian Ministries, to grapple with the Church’s role in perpetuating and even leading the colonization of Native people and the generational trauma that resulted from it. Stay with us to hear how LIM is helping to reconcile Native people with God by offering a different kind of Gospel message—one of true hope, healing, and belonging.

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Season One Recap: Angelina, Michael & Dan

We’re grateful for all the guests who took time out of their schedule to spend a few hours sharing their stories, experiences, and expertise with us. In the final episode of the first season, we take a look back over the past nine episodes to rehash some of the conversations that stood out to us. 

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Theology at the Margins: Rev. Dr. John Nunes

We’re joined by Rev. Dr. John Nunes for a talk about theology at the margins—in particular what it looks like to re-think reformation Christian theology from the perspective of marginalized people. As a jumping off point we’ll be looking at the 2017 book Wittenberg Meets the World: Reimagining the Reformation at the Margins. This book is a kind of commemoration of the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther’s protest against the Roman church, with a critique of where the church in America has become complacent and even complicit in ignoring and silencing voices at the margin.

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Historians on Leadership: Dr. Ferry & Dr. Cario

The two guests on this episode share a unique history that has seen them through almost three decades of working together at Concordia University. Rev. Dr. Ferry and Dr. Cario are two historians who made up the history department of Concordia in the 90s and now today they’re leading the university as president and provost,…

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Rhetoric’s History & Power: Dr. Erin Laverick

Over the centuries, rhetoric has evolved and taken on many different forms. In a digital age where almost everyone has access to a public platform via social media, rhetoric is now everywhere. But how are we to digest all of these messages? How do we differentiate between the helpful and the destructive? Dr. Erin Laverick, dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at CUAA, is joining us to look back over the history of rhetoric, analyze how it’s changed, identify the emergence of female voices, and provide suggestions on how we can engage in a meaningful way with the rhetoric of our current day.

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Ministry to Gen Z + Millennials: Randy Duncan and John Rathje

The first wave of Gen Z is finishing up their first year of college, making the college campus an interesting blend of Millennials and Gen Z students. Particularly on a Christian campus, how do we engage with these students in a meaningful way that points toward God? For this episode, we’re at our sister campus in Ann Arbor, joined by campus pastor Randy Duncan and dean of students John Rathje to talk about building authentic connections with students in a way that makes ministry impactful.

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