Eric Motley-episode 110

Eric Motley is an amazing man and gracious as they come. He grew up in the freed slaves’ town of Madison Park, Alabama. From this beginning in the Black community, he rose to become a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Currently, Eric is an executive vice president of the Aspen Institute based in Washington, D.C. He is a Samford University graduate, and as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he earned a Master of Letters and a Ph.D. as the John Steven Watson Scholar.

Our conversation focused on Madison Park and the deep importance of community. We covered prejudice and education and the movement of God in our lives. His memoir, Madison Park: A Place of Hope, is an excellent read!

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Sara Groves-episode 109

Sara Groves is a singer/songwriter and recording artist with a passion for justice and a deep heart of mercy. She happens to have just released a new album titled Abide With Me, her first hymns album—and it’s a gem.

Sara is a great conversationalist and we go all over the place in the podcast. We talk about the new album, how old her kids are now, what season of life it is for the Groves family, and what music Sara listens to (Sandra McCracken, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, John Mark Nelson, Taylor Leonheart), along with what she is reading (Blood Meridian).

 

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Gregory Coles-episode 108

Gregory Coles joins me on the podcast to talk about his personal journey of faith and sexual identity. He talks about what it looks like and feels like to belong nowhere. Choosing to say one is gay sets off all kinds of landmines, especially if the one coming out is also a Christian. Greg Coles tells his story as we talk about the content of his book, Single, Gay, Christian.

Wherever you are—open and affirming; not sure even stating that one is gay is ok for a Christian; or, if you’re ok with that but believe a celibate life is expected—this podcast will speak to you.

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Marlena Graves – Episode 107

Marlena Graves—author, writer, speaker, and teacher—joins me on the podcast this week. Marlena has written a terrific book titled, A Beautiful Disaster: finding hope in the midst of brokenness.

We spend some time talking about two different passages in the book—first, about how God really sees us, and second, we focus on play. I struggle with letting go of the serious and playing. If you have those tendencies, you’ll especially appreciate the second half of our conversation.

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Nancy LeSourd-episode 106

The New York Times best-selling book Christy by Catherine Marshall celebrates its 50th anniversary. Catherine Marshall, best known for Christy, is the New York Times best-selling author of 30 books. The novel, based on the life of her mother, was once required reading for middle school children in the public school system.

My guest, to talk about Christy, is Nancy LeSourd, the daughter-in-law of Catherine Marshall. LeSourd has her own story that we delve into of growing up in Atlanta during the turbulent civil rights era of the 1960’s. The podcast is definitely about strong women, but encouraging to anyone wanting to make a difference in the world. Nancy LeSourd also serves as publisher for Evergreen Farm, an imprint of Gilead Publishing.

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Karen Wright Marsh-Episode 105

Karen Wright Marsh is executive director and cofounder of Theological Horizons, a university ministry. Karen directs daily programs, writes resources and curriculum, teaches weekly classes, mentors students, leads the staff, and speaks at retreats, churches and campus ministries. Karen and her husband live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Besides focusing on Karen’s book, Vintage Saints and Sinners, we also talk about the vintage lunches where Karen speaks each Friday at The Bonhoeffer House, and we spent time talking about the recent protest that took place in Charlottesville.

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Mary DeMuth-episode 104

With the hashtag #MeToo showing up all over social media, I knew I needed to record a podcast with Mary DeMuth. She is an author and speaker and has focused on what a Re-storied life looks like–especially after living through sexual abuse or sexual assault. She has written over 30 books. I’d like to highlight two here that we mention on the podcast. Thin Places and Not Marked are excellent for someone who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault.

We spend a lot of time talking about what not to say to a victim of sexual assault. You can find the article we focus on here.

Mary also mentions Jimmy Hinton and a podcast she did with him. Find that podcast here.

 

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Mike Murphy-episode 103

Mike Murphy joins me and we spend time responding to emails, largely about the last two podcasts, so you might want to listen to episode 101 with Melinda Schmidt and Lori Neff, as well as last week’s episode 102 with Mike Murphy and John Lustrea. We talk about friendship and other things a bit more controversial. Grateful for emails that keep flowing in. The email address is faithconvo@gmail.com.

Here are links to a variety of books and movies talked about on the podcast this week.

Movies:

Selma
Hidden Figures
The Great Debaters
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
The Help

Television Series on PBS:

Many Rivers to Cross

 Books:

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Letters from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. (pdf)
Michael Emerson’s book, Divided by Faith
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Mike Murphy & John Lustrea-episode 102

Mike, John, and Anita at John’s wedding this past summer

On this episode of Faith Conversations, I’m joined by Mike Murphy and John Lustrea. It has been a full couple of weeks in the news, and we take some time to talk about some of the news stories that have occupied a lot of headlines lately.

We begin by talking about the NFL protests, also known as taking a knee during the National Anthem. We focus some of our conversation on Puerto Rico and the devastation from Hurricane Maria. And we wrap up our time talking about the horrors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

How are we to respond as followers Christ? Hopefully this podcast will help answer that question.

 

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