The Listening Chair
A National Park of Human Ideas-Tabitha Hogan

A National Park of Human Ideas-Tabitha Hogan

January 16, 2021

What is at stake when we don't hold high standards for our news sources? 
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What is the greatest gift teens give our society?
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How do you know how God might be calling you to serve others?
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Why will we always need libraries even though we have Google? 
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What could go wrong if communities don't have libraries?
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What type of wiring is needed to be a successful librarian?
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All of this and more is explored as Tabitha Hogan (@thoganlib) , got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast. Tune in w/ the link in the bio or on your fave podcast platform and find comfort, courage and clarity in your own life purpose today! :) 
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KEEP READIN' FOR MORE ON TABITHA: Tabitha Hogan is the School Library Media and Technology Specialist at a public school in Kansas.  She has a Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University, with an undergraduate from Newman University in Management Information Systems.  Her first career was in Information Technology for a large manufacturing organization.

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In order to seek a more meaningful purpose, she completed the ‘Transition to Teaching’ program, gained experience as a Computer Technology teacher and now has found her professional home as a librarian and technology coach.  Her focus is on nurturing curiosity, teaching students to make use of the complex and limitless information landscape to form knowledge, and to become ethical contributors to the world of ideas.  She lives in Winfield with her husband, a fellow teacher and rancher, and three children.

Vacancy in Motel Paradise-Barrett Johnson

Vacancy in Motel Paradise-Barrett Johnson

January 9, 2021

What are some songwriting tips to get your songs featured on @Freeform, @ABC and @NBC shows?
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How do you know that you are creating something along with the Divine?
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Are there more pros than cons to having a super-unique sound as a singer-songwriter?
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Where does one find grit and stay determined with a long-term illness?
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Is lockdown during a pandemic the ideal time to make a music video on the empty streets of LA? 
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Why would Barrett make a horrible but hilarious life coach?
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All of this and more is explored as @_motelparadise_ (Barrett Johnson) got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast.
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Hop over to your fave podcast platform today and find courage, comfort, and clarity in your own life's purpose today. 
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 Three years ago, Southern California based songwriter Barrett Johnson had a mystical experience that changed his life. He sold all of his possessions except a guitar and a suitcase. 

Recently, the nomadic songwriter took to the empty streets of Los Angeles for the music video, “Desert Island Living Room,” to tackle why we’re so lonely when we’re only a wall away. His latest project is called Motel Paradise. 

Barrett’s songs have been heard on ABC’s Nashville, NBC’s Parenthood, and ABC’s Private Practice. Johnson's second band—Man of Leisure—with longtime friend Josh Hanson, released their first single, “You Are My Home,” which played on Freeform's The Fosters. The song has since been heard over 2.5 million times on Spotify alone.

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This episode is sponsored by the What If Project Podcast. 

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The Listening Chair is a ministry of the Institute For Discipleship at Southwestern College of Winfield, KS. 

The Physics of Connection-NYASHA MAFORO

The Physics of Connection-NYASHA MAFORO

January 2, 2021

What is one question that Christians should always be asking, but aren't asking it often enough? 
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How can you cultivate a feeling of belonging when you feel so different than others?
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In what ways did God point her toward serving others by researching Muscular Dystrophy? 
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How can our differences with others serve our relationships?
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What unique thing about COVID jumped out at her long before the general public in the US noticed?
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What is one easy step to take during this odd time that helps your fellow neighbor? 

All of this & more w/ @NyashaGracious in this ep. Read below for more on her and then pop in those earbuds for courage&clarity in your life purpose! :) 
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She studied Physics at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS and received her Bachelors of Science in 2015. After graduating with her BS she spent a year in Chicago to participate in an NIH funded Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at the University of Chicago. 

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While there she was involved in a quantitative radiomics research of multi-parametric breast MRI. Following her postbacc, she went to UCLA to pursue her PhD in the Physics and Biology in Medicine (PBM) program. 

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Her research interests lie in the design and analysis of diffusion cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) techniques with a focus on cardiac biomarkers that may aid in the diagnosis and prognosis of cardiac disease. Her current work aims to determine cardiac biomarkers most sensitive to microstructural remodeling in Duchenne (doo-shen) (Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), and more specifically, biomarkers that are indicative of early disease progression in this population.

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Follow her on Instagram @NyashaGracious 

Abide With Me-Jacob Maforo

Abide With Me-Jacob Maforo

December 19, 2020

Can we mishear God? 
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What sustains you in hard days when you start nonprofit organizations on two different continents? 
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Are African villages just like small Kansas farming towns?
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What is one thing that Pastors should never feel bad about, but often do?
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How does one make time for the thing that causes them the most inspiration? 
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What makes the song 'Abide With Me' extra influential to Jacob?
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All of this and more is explored as United Methodist Pastor, missionary and non-profit founder, Rev. Jacob Maforo got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast. 
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Are yous seeking clarity around what God wired you to do on your time on earth? Then pop in those earbuds and find that comfort and courage that you seek!
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Connect with Jacob and the Building For The Future Conference here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1550858948502200

Healing Broken Wings-Amiee Berry

Healing Broken Wings-Amiee Berry

December 12, 2020

What does family life look like when both your parents are in and out of prison and drugs are in the mix?
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What is a benefit of sharing our wounds of others?
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Does God speak through bugs? Through flowers? Through frogs?
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How would you celebrate guesting on Good Morning America?
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What are 2 steps to unleash your creativity? 
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All of this and more is explored as writer and photographer, Amiee Berry got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast. 
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Find comfort, courage and clarity around your life's purpose on your favorite platform today and keep reading for more on Aimee. 
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Amiee Berry is an innovative, intuitive  and  fun-loving creator with words and photographs. Her photography business is Amiee Berry, Photography + Film and she has an upcoming inspiring memoir which is a book for adults who were once kids of broken homes who are hungry to heal their brokenness. As a child of one addict and two incarcerated parents, she shares how God heals even the deepest of wounds around abuse, neglect and broken promises.

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Be in the know of Amiee's upcoming book today

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Follow her on Instagram here: @amieeberry.photography

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The listening chair is a ministry of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern Collge of Winfield, KS. 

Welcoming the Wilderness-Brandon Hall

Welcoming the Wilderness-Brandon Hall

December 5, 2020

How do you know if it's time to take a less conventional path?
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How do you make different choices than what your parents would prefer without losing their respect? 
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What good can come from underused cattle pastures?
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How did sheep and rollerblades bring host, Miranda, and Brandon together as kids? 
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Can sheep wear roller-skates?
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How is FFA spiritual for kids and teens?
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What do soil and the coming kingdom of Christ have to do with each other?
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All of this and more is explored as restoration ecologist, Brandon Hall got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast. 
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Find courage, comfort and clarity in your own life purpose on your fave platform today!

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This episode is sponsored by the Things Not Seen Radio Show. 

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The Listening Chair is a ministry of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College of Winfield, KS. 

The Ministry of RSS-Eric Nevins

The Ministry of RSS-Eric Nevins

November 28, 2020

What teaching in the church is most harmful to how we view our talents? 
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What is behind one limiting belief around money for those entering a career around the arts and entertainment?
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How can you find your next big idea?
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What do you kids need from us in order to find their own life callings? 
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How does podcast Magazine serve podcasters?
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All of this and more is explored as @eric_nevins got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast! :)
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Pop in those earbuds and find comfort, clarity, and courage in your own life purpose today and keep reading for more on Eric and his work!
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After years of working in the financial industry, Eric Nevins launched his podcast, Halfway There, to tell the whole story about the spiritual journey. He quickly found the community podcasting is known for and started a group to bring Christian podcasters together. 

Eric founded Get Curious Media to serve Christian businesses and ministries launching their own audio content platforms. He holds a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary and still lives in Denver with his wife, four kids, and a wonder dog.
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This episode is sponsored by the Things Not Seen Radio Show with Dr. David Dault. 

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The Listening Chair is a ministry of the Institute for Discipleship. 

Focus on the Victory-Sandra Fatuma

Focus on the Victory-Sandra Fatuma

November 21, 2020

How did Sandra know to lead her faith community as only an 8-year-old?
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How do we feel the comfort of God after the loss of a child? 
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What steps do you take toward success when you are working for someone whose actions are immoral? 
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What are some signs to look for when it is time to change your career?
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How is the church viewed differently in the Congo as compared to the church in America? 
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Does God really not waste any of our pain? Can a victory be found in every heartache?
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What steps will be taken to bring her dream of a clinic for kids with sickle cell disease to life?
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All of this and more is explored as Bishop Scholar of Southwestern College, teacher, and future medical student, Sandra got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast. 
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Pop in those earbuds and find courage, comfort and courage in who God made you to be today!

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Today's episode is sponsored by the Things Not Seen Radio Show with Dr. David Dault. 

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The Listening Chair is a ministry of the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College of Windfield, KS. 

Mystic In a Pandemic- Beth Perry

Mystic In a Pandemic- Beth Perry

November 14, 2020

What does a mystical moment with God look and feel like?
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How was life as a New Yorker back in the early spring of 2020 with COVID?
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How can we avoid spiritual and professional burnout?
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What are some unique needs for women in ministry in 2020?
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How can the matriarch of the Christian faith, Julian of Norwich's advice help us during COVID-19?
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What is a HUGE perk of a pandemic when it comes to our spiritual life? 
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Does Beth give lessons on being the coolest modern-day mystic we know? 
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All of this and more was explored as consultant, BeADisciple.com instructor, pastor and content creator, @revbethperry got cozy in @thelisteningchair podcast.
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We're a podcast that's all about exploring the spiritual undertones of all careers and helping you find courage, comfort and clarity around your own life's purpose. 
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Earn a practical ministry certification in Women's Ministries with Beth: https://www.beadisciple.com/ifd-certifications/#women 

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Stay connected with Beth on Instagram at @RevBethPerry or at https://revbethperry.wordpress.com/.

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This episode is sponsored by the Things Not Seen Radio Show with Dr. David Dault. Explore it today www.thingsnotseenradio.com/

The Learned Skill of Play–Brian Lawson

The Learned Skill of Play–Brian Lawson

November 7, 2020

Can the skill of play be taught?
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What strengths make an effective youth minister?
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When is silence the smartest response?
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How do churches waste a lot of money?
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How much fun can one have with gum and a laundry basket?
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How do you know that you are near professional burnout?
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All of these and an AWESOME opportunity for those who want to serve teens in their community is shared as Brian Lawson got cozy in @thelistentingchair podcast.
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Brian Lawson, has spent over 16 years serving in youth ministry and in the last few years, he has sought to create healthy youth and children's ministers who lead thriving programs.
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 Brian Lawson is a writer, content developer, host of the Making Sense of Ministry podcast, and serves as the Director of Student Development at the Youth Ministry Institute. Brian is a graduate of Warner University, where he received a Master of Ministry with a focus in organization culture, team-based leadership, change, conflict, and peacemaking.
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In this episode, Brian invites you to earn a Certification in Youth Ministry in January 2021. 
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This episode is sponsored by the Things Not Seen Radio show with Dr.David Dault. 

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