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Safe Fear- Tyler Jordan

Safe Fear- Tyler Jordan

October 17, 2020
Just in time for Halloween, @Etsy artist, 'Elaborate Deceptions' owner, Tyler is here with your ideal, one-of-a-kind Rat Fink mask AND MORE!
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As he got cozy in @ThelisteningChair podcast, we explored the following:
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Is God the real "monster maker"?
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What characteristic makes the best Rat Fink mask?
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What does a hands-on faith look like?
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How do you enhance your creative process?
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What impact does playing guitar at a rehab facility have on your life?
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Is there such a thing as 'safe fear'?
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What does Tyler believe is central to the good news that Jesus taught?
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Join us on your fave platform for podz, and find comfort, courage in clarity with your life purpose today.
 
This episode is sponsored by the Youth Ministry Institute. Explore how they can serve you at https://yminstitute.com/ today.
 
The Listening Chair Podcast is a ministry of the Institute For Discipleship at Southwestern College of Winfield, KS. Explore more at https://www.institutefordiscipleship.org/.
No need For This  Queen to Lip-Synch-Kai Lee Mykels

No need For This Queen to Lip-Synch-Kai Lee Mykels

October 10, 2020

@kaileemykels got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast and, Lord, have mercy, things.Got.Real. (Real quick!)
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We got real around the following:
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Why some Christians struggle to accept the drag community and cohost, Meg (BFFs with Kai since high school show choir) shares openly about her discomfort with it. 

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What are some signs to look for if you were made to be a conductor?
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What does the creative process look like for one who was the first drag entertainer to perform on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol building (May 2012) and the Red Rock Amphitheatre stage (July 2017)?
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What can most churches learn about the vulnerable hospitality created within the drag community?
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What guidance did their Grandma give them that helped them to love and fully accept themselves as queer?
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What are the unique needs of music educators in order to be sustainable professionally?
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What is spiritual about the classical composer Hans Shubert? 
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And so much more!
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Keep readin' for more on Kai, friend.
 Joshua Kai Brown AKA Kai Lee Mykels, or simply Kai, (they/them) is a non-binary queer conductor, drag entertainer, comedian, and lover of life. 
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They serve as the Music Director and Lay Pastor of Mission and Innovation at 1st Christian Church COlarado Springs.  Kai has been the Artistic Director of Out Loud since January 2017. Kai is proud to be part of GALA Choruses and a member of the American Choral Director Association. 
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This episode is sponsored by the Youth Ministry Institute. Explore how they can best equip you for you in youth and children's ministry here: https://yminstitute.com/.

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The Listening Chair Podcast is a ministry of the Institute For Discipleship at Southwestern College. 

A Wholistic Vocation-Ann Duncan

A Wholistic Vocation-Ann Duncan

October 3, 2020

How do you choose the perfect college major?
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Can Don Draper teach us anything about feminism?
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What are some signs in your life that you might have been made to be a  college professor?
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What beliefs around motherhood and pregnancy have been passed down to us from our religious upbringing?
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If your life purpose has more to do with just your job, of what else does it consist? 
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What systems of support in America do working Moms sometimes forget to take advantage of?
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Get cozy in@thelisteningchair with Dr. Ann Duncan of @gouchercollege for these and keep reading for more on her and her work! 
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Follow her on Twitter at: @ann_w_duncan.

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 Ann W. Duncan (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Associate Professor of American Studies and Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Her research and teaching focus on intersections of religion and public life including religion and politics, new religious movements, the religious “nones” and motherhood and American Christianity. She has authored articles in various journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Nova Religo  and is co-editor of Church-State Issues in America Today, 3 vols. (Praeger, 2007) and The Universe is Indifferent: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Mad Men (Cascade, 2016). She is currently working on a book manuscript about spiritual birth movements in the United States.
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This episode is sponsored by the What If Project podcast with Dr. Glenn Seifert! Check it out today!

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The Listening Chair is a ministry of the Institute For Discipleship  at Southwestern College of Kansas.

San Antonio’s Robin Hood-Ramiro Gonzales

San Antonio’s Robin Hood-Ramiro Gonzales

September 26, 2020

What happens when we argue with God?
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How can the sting of gentrification be lessened in urban areas? 

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What is one thing that would benefit churches to do, but very few know how?
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What spiritual lesson awaits us in pulling weeds?
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Why do so many Christians view investing in real-estate as the opposite of good stewardship?
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How can local churches reimagine and maximize the use of their space in 2020? 
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What does it mean if a child likes to invent contraptions that make life easier? 
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All of this and more is explored as we get cozy in the listening chair with Ram Gonzales. 
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Head on over to your favorite platform and find comfort, courage and clarity in your own life purpose today. 

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Connect with Ram and his non-profit, Urban Lazarus.

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Support us now on Patreon!

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Today's episode is sponsored by The What If Project Podcast  with Dr. Glenn Siepert. 
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[KEEP READING FOR MORE ON RAM:] Ramiro is the CEO of Westside Development Corporation and Managing Partner of Urban Lazarus Real Estate Partners which invests in small-scale inner-city real estate projects to advance neighborhood revitalization, accomplish community objectives, and provide partnership opportunities for property owners looking to sell their distressed properties.
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 Ramiro has spent most of his career in public service as a policy analyst and leader in developing programs and policies to facilitate the redevelopment of Downtown San Antonio. 
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He’s facilitated over $80 million in real estate redevelopment projects and has employed creative strategies to remove regulatory and financial barriers to ensure project success. He’s advised elected officials on appropriate strategies for redevelopment and has presented to various community stakeholders as an advocate for the continued support of urban revitalization projects for the benefit of the city as a whole.

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The Listening Chair Podcast is part of the work of the Institute For Discipleship.  

A Pen, a Podcast and His Purpose: Casey Alexis

A Pen, a Podcast and His Purpose: Casey Alexis

September 19, 2020

Here's what we'll explore with author and podcaster, Casey alexis:
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How does the Holy Spirit speak to us through dreams?
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What are some practical tips to have more confidence?
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What can Eve from the Bible teach us about thriving as a woman in 2020? 
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How do you tell if you are just part of a religion or if you are in an authentic relationship with Jesus?
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How can you grow while having hard times in your marriage?
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All this and more in explored with Casey Alexis who runs the @Being.Eve podcast. 
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Being Eve is a digital gathering spot for the everyday woman who seeks to do more than survive, she wants to thrive! Our goal is to inspire, encourage and equip you as you find commonalities within the lives of everyday extraordinary women who share their stories on God, life, love, purpose, and everything else in between. Join them as they celebrate the authenticity of our womanhood in sisterhood!
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Casey's book, 'Being Eve in Adam's World' just dropped on Sept 17. Grab a copy of that as well.
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A huge thank you to this week's sponsor, 'The What If Project' Podcast with Dr. Glenn Siepert. 
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A CNC Machinist’s Happy Place - Dustin Lingle

A CNC Machinist’s Happy Place - Dustin Lingle

September 12, 2020

This week's sponsor is The What If Project. 
^^ Check them out!

How does one hear God while grieving the loss of a parent?

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What is spiritual about a CNC machine shop?

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Can a high school teacher's feedback point us toward our life's purpose?

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How does one cultivate more positivity in his life? 

 

This and more is explored as we got cozy in the Listening Chair for SEASON 3!

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Please enjoy our interview with CNC Machinist and Programmer, Dustin Lingle. WHOA, did he bring some major wisdom for us around how our parent's defined Christianity affects us more than we know. 

 

Dustin graduated from Stephenville High School in 2010, the same year as Miranda. He is a CNC machinist/programmer at MetalTek International in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He has been in machining for 6 years, and has also worked in oilfield, aerospace, and other various industries. He also spent 2 years working as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad. Father of two boys and husband of 8 years to Meagan, he grew up in a small baptist church north of Stephenville. Both of his parents were very active in the church and spent most of his youth heavily involved in that church. Soccer is his go to happy place. Both of his boys play as well.

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Co-hosts During COVID-Meg Calvin & Miranda Priddy

Co-hosts During COVID-Meg Calvin & Miranda Priddy

April 25, 2020

What does it mean when you have a growing number of questions in your faith life?
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What guests most surprised us this past season?

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Which guest gave us the silent treatment and we're still mad? ;) 
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Which answers were the most perplexing?
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How many letters are in Miranda's full legal name? 15? 32?
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How will season 3 be different?
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What career field are we most excited to explore?
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Should YOU get cozy in the LIstening Chair?

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Join us in this season 2 finale as we share our hopes for season 3 and what brought us the most joy and surprise from season 2.
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Sadly, COVID-19 kept us away from our studio at Southwestern College, so we had to record from our home. Oh, yes there were plenty of interruptions from offsprings and our k9 loves, but like all of us who are now working from home--we stayed positive, stayed the course and GOT IT DONE! (And edited out the interruptions to assure a pleasant experience for your ears.

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Thank you, Dear Listener, for joining us on this journey as we explore how stories of career, vocation and God's voice intertwine and new episodes will start dropping again in September. (We'll be back in the studio recording new ones in July.)

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Comment or DM us on the ole' social media if you or someone you know needs to get cozy in the Listening Chair as a guest and Listen with you soon!
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#christian #christianpodcast #discipleship #vocation #dreamjob #lifeplan #lifepurpose #purpose #goals #careercoach #careercounselor #classof202 #whattodonow #2ndcareer #podcastonfaith #godcalled #lifecalling

The Happiest Doctor–Hilary Mawia Shovkov

The Happiest Doctor–Hilary Mawia Shovkov

April 18, 2020

Could you imagine being an eleven-year-old in your mom’s clinic and prescribing meds when your mom stepped out? 

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How would you move differently if you lived in a place where it was looked down on to be a Christian?

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How are pediatricians different from other doctors? 

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Could the root of all of our greatest challenges in life be the same issue/trigger? 

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What is one thing that God always does no matter what life is throwing at us?

How can we take professional risks even when we are nervous? 

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All of this and more is explored as Dr. Hilary Mawia gets cozy in The Listening Chair. Please your ears on Spotify, iTunes, or wherever else you get your podcasts on. Want to know about Hilary and her work, keep readin’!

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Dr. Hilary Mawia is a believer, wife, Pediatrician, and alumni of Southwestern College who was born and raised in Yangon, Myanmar. She moved to Winfield at age 18 to attend Southwestern where she majored in Biology.

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After graduating, she studied medicine at Ben Gurion University, Medical School for International Health in Beer Sheva, Israel where she met her now-husband, Jenya Shavkov while volunteering at a Messianic Jewish Church. Upon graduating from medical school, she moved to New York City to pursue her residency training in Pediatrics at Harlem Hospital, New York.  

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After residency, as a new wife, she felt God directing her to return to Israel to support her husband while he finished his studies in Architecture. Currently, Hilary is preparing to start her fellowship in Neonatal Intensive Care at Soroka Hospital in Israel and loving her life as a housewife to her husband, Jenya and dog-mom to their Shar-pei-Pitbull mix, Macho.

A Homily of an Underdog–Bishop Richard Wilke

A Homily of an Underdog–Bishop Richard Wilke

April 11, 2020

Could you imagine being a pre-teen who drove a hearse for your Dad’s funeral home? 

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Was the church more or less political 40+ years ago?

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Why do so many young clergy professionally burn-out too soon? 

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What can go wrong when you get distracted and begin doing work that God didn’t make you to do? 

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When does it pay off to play small professionally? 

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Could the author of 6 books that have sold over 2 million copies *really* have been the underdog in the ‘race’ for the seat of Bishop? 

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All of this and more is explored as the co-author of DISCIPLE Bible Study and the founder of our Institute for Discipleship, Bishop Richard Wilke gets cozy in the Listening Chair Podcast. 

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Want to know more about him? Keep reading and listen on spotify, itunes, or wherever else you get your podcast on. 

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Bishop Richard Wilke (Dick) is a retired UM bishop and is the author of 6 books including DISCIPLE Bible Study which he co-authored with his late wife Julia Wilke. It has nearly two million graduates in more than 10,000 congregations from 30 denominations and is available in several languages.

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Dick served thirty years in ministry in Kansas, leading rural, suburban, and university congregations. For eleven years, he was the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Wichita, a downtown congregation with a statewide televised ministry.

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He is currently serving as Bishop-in-Residence at Southwestern College in Winfield KS, which also holds the Institution that he and Julia founded (that also hosts this podcast). 

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The Institute for Discipleship was formed as an extension of the Wilkes’ life-long ministry and service to the Church immediately after the Wilkes finished writing the fourth and final DISCIPLE manual. Richard resides in Winfield, Kansas, and the couple has four children,  nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Building the Body & Mind–Michelle Collins

Building the Body & Mind–Michelle Collins

April 4, 2020

What can go wrong if we separate the secular and sacred in our life?

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What is an impressive amount to squat at the gym?

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Can the gym be therapy?

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Is grief involved when you outgrow a church?

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How many books can one read in one week? 

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What makes the podcast,'Book Ish' different than any other podcast out there? 

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All of this and more is explored as Michelle Collins got cozy in the Listening Chair podcast.

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Michelle is a Budding Psychologist, Podcaster and Gym Rat.

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She is a wife and mother to 4 grown children. She served in the US Marine Corps and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology as well as additional degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Counseling. An introvert dedicated to fitness of both body and mind, Michelle possesses the rare ability to participate in a discussion and see both sides without disparaging those with whom she might disagree.

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She is currently writing a book on the grief cycle applied to religious deconstruction. Her book comes out in 2020. She hosts the podcast, “Book Ish: The Cannon Continues” that's dismantling the sacred/secular divide book by book. 

 

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