Elaine Storkey-episode 122

Elaine Storkey is known for her work as a scholar, author, speaker, and journalist. She has been a tireless advocate for the marginalized. Most recently she was the President of Tearfund. On the podcast, Elaine and I talk about the global pandemic of violence against women. She recently penned a book titled Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women.

This book was the culmination of 8 years of research and writing. It is a tremendous resource if you are seeking to elevate your own knowledge on this topic or broaden the knowledge of your church or your friendships groups.

Follow Elaine @elainestorkey


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John Lustrea-episode 121

John Lustrea joins me this week on Faith Conversations to discuss a movie. The focus of the podcast is The Way, a movie starring Martin Sheen, which takes viewers on a 500-mile trek across Spain called the Camino de Santiago.

John leads us through a spiritual practice as we discuss the movie through the lens of ‘growth’ and then pick a passage to do Lectio Divina with.


An interesting discussion and we’d love to hear your thoughts. Email us at producer@anitalustrea.com.

Also mentioned, again, is the book I’m reading, again, The Soul of a Pilgrim by Christine Vaulters Paintner.

You can also contribute to the podcast on PayPal using that same email address, or mail a check to Anita Lustrea, 8 White Oak Terrace, Sarasota, FL 34237.


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mike murphy-episode 120

My husband, Mike Murphy, joins me on this episode of Faith Conversations.


We discussed a conference we recently attended which focused on the work of Breakthrough Urban Ministries, an inner-city ministry on the west side of Chicago in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Through the message given by a variety of presenters, all in attendance, including Mike and me, took a look at our life purpose.

The comedy of Michael Jr. surprised me. He had some potent serious moments peppered throughout the comedy.

Also mentioned was Mike’s Friday Rumblings on Facebook.


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Sandra Glahn-episode 119

Sandra Glahn joins me on Faith Conversations this week to talk about Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible. Sandra is general editor on this project that looks at some familiar female biblical characters in a new light. The variety of voices that Sandra brought together for this project makes it well worth reading, and it makes for a fascinating podcast.


If you’re unfamiliar with Sandra Glahn, she is associate professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary where she teaches courses on the arts, gender, and human sexuality. She is author or co-author of more than twenty books, and this current offering really lights her fire.

Follow her on Twitter @sandraglahn and on Facebook.


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Marilyn McEntyre-episode 118

Marilyn McEntyre is the award-winning author of books on language and faith, including What’s in a Phrase?, Word by Word, and Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies. This week on the podcast we talk about her latest release, Make a List. Marilyn contends that the practice of list-making might just help us discover who we truly are and even point us to our deepest joys, hopes, and desires.


Marilyn is more than a writer—she is a teacher who shows us how list-writing can point us to personal discovery as well as spiritual growth. Who knew?

Find Marilyn on Twitter @marilynmcentyre and on Facebook.


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Lori Neff – episode 117

Lori Neff joins me this week on the podcast. She is a dear friend and former colleague. Currently, she is a marketing manager with InterVarsity Press. She is an avid reader and a wonderful writer. We focus on a recent blog post of hers called, “Being Childless.” We also discuss The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, a book Lori recently read.


Also discussed are these books:

Movies are Prayers by Josh Larsen
Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
The Star in My Heart by Joyce Rupp
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Water to Wine and Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
Word by Word and Make a List by Marilyn McEntyre


And these websites:

Sacred Ordinary Days
Soul Librarian

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Michelle Van Loon-episode 116

Michelle Van Loon joins me on the podcast to respond to email from last week’s episode as well as tackle a new and important topic of the Larry Nassar case and the powerful victim impact statements made in court. We look at the hard and powerful words of Rachael Denhollander made in her victim impact statement.

We also talked about Boz Tchividjian’s organization GRACE.

Michelle is author of Moments and Days, as well as the soon to be released book, Born to Wander.

She is co-creator of The Perennial Gen blog for those in midlife and beyond.

Follow Michelle @michellevanloon on Twitter. Find her here on Facebook.


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michelle van loon-episode 115

Michelle Van Loon is the author of five books, including the upcoming release, Born to Wander: Recovering The Value of Our Pilgrim Identity.

This week on the podcast we focus on how to be human! We look at how we interact with people who’ve moved to the margins and even out the door of our churches as well as how loneliness is epidemic in our society. Great Britain just appointed a Minister of Loneliness. Check out this article.

Follow Michelle @michellevanloon on Twitter.

Find her here on Facebook.



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Chris Fabry-episode 114


Author and radio host Chris Fabry joins me on this week’s Faith Conversations. His newest novel, Under A Cloudless Sky, just released. It tackles some difficult topics like the secrets we keep and how they shape us, and how our relationships change over time with our parents. Loving aging parents for who they are and not who we want them to be can be a challenge. With Chris’s help, there are some thoughtful characters in Under A Cloudless Sky to walk with us over this tricky terrain. Once again Chris writes a novel set in his native West Virginia that tugs at our heartstrings and equally makes us think.


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Mike & Anita – episode 113


Mike Murphy joins me for a New Year’s podcast, focusing on a quick look back, and a look at some ways to live in the new year.

The following books were mentioned:

Discovering Our Spiritual Identity by Trevor Hudson
The Soul of A Pilgrim by Christine Vaulters Paintner
Glory Happening by Kaitlin Curtice


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