The Listening Chair
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. 

SC Homecoming Live Show

SC Homecoming Live Show

October 31, 2020

It's our 2nd live homecoming show here at Southwestern College but our first live-streamed podcast episode. 
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There was ALOT more audience participation this time as we went live on Facebook and a lot less charcuterie, because, well, you know--COVID. :P
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We were so thankful that the following Builder alumni agreed to get cozy in @ThelisteningChair: Marquis Hodge ’19 (@quis_25_), Gayla Rapp ‘85, and Steve Short ’78. 

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They shared their favorite memories as students, how their time at SC strengthened their faith, and how they’ve been innovatively tending to others in COVID-19 as one who works in contact tracing in Texas,  as a minister in Kansas, and as a doctor who served in New York. 
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Pop in those earbuds and find comfort, courage and clarity in your life purpose through diverse stories of others today! 

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This episode is sponsored by Things Not Seen Radio.

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

Creating Your Way-Beth Galbreath

Creating Your Way-Beth Galbreath

October 24, 2020

Does God use ALL of our crises for good?
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If all doors that were opened by others seem to be closing, does that mean that it's time for you to build your own door?

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What is one thing that God is calling each of us to give?
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How can the spiritual practice of biblical storytelling help you to better hear God? And how is it different than just reading the Bible?
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What goes wrong when we view Christian spirituality in a 'one-size-fits-all' kind of way?
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When is seminary NOT the right choice?
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How do you know that it's time to change jobs?
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Can any of us be free to be who God made us to be if we aren't all free to do so?
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Does God care about our varying personalities? 
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All of this and more is explored as author, Biblical storyteller, computer programmer, BeADisciple.com registrar and instructor, and sixth-career clergyperson, Beth Galbreath got cozy in @thelisteningchair. 
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She also has a gift for you with a FREE biblical storytelling course at www.BethGalbreath.com/nbsmobile. Enjoy!
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Pop in those earbuds and find comfort, courage, and clarity in who God made you to be. 
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This episode is sponsored by the What If Project Podcast with Dr. Glen Seipert. 
The Listening Chair podcast is a ministry of the Institute For Discipleship at Southwestern College of Winfield, KS. 

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.  

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