Ep. 286 Sheep Hmong Wolves? An Asian Minority in America

Yeah, you read that right.  It's not a typo. On today's show we discuss a small asian community that is thousands of years old and has remained hidden from American eyes until recently.  After some of the more shameful events in the later years of the Vietnam War, many Hmong (then in Laos as exiles, and then mercenaries) came to America.

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Daniel van Voorhis
Ep 282 Virtue (Signaling) in the Wasteland

On today's show we discuss the idea of "virtue signaling" and why it may or may not be helpful in discussing philanthropy and activism.  As a show primarily concerned with cultivating civic courage we were once accused of this and it made us think... are we? If so, is it a bad thing?

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Ep. 279 Come Hell Or High Water: Before You Leave the Church pt. 1

On today's show we begin a series on a topic that is near to both of us: young people leaving the church.  90% of all youth group teens will leave the church. 90% ?!?! Is something is seriously wrong if these stats are right? We talk about people growing up and leaving the faith, why they do, what they should know, and what you should know if you stick around and would like to see those prodigals come back.  There are a lot of big ideas, but lot of practical talk as well.

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Episode 275 Stickin' to Our Guns- the Gun Control Show

On today's show we risk alienating everyone.  You see, even the two of us can't necessarily agree on what to do about guns despite both of us knowing that it is as good a time as any to talk about gun control.  You might think we don't go far enough, either to the right or left (depending where you sit).  While we look at the gun control issue through the lens of the law and American history we conclude that the "answer" needs to be a lot deeper than statistics or worn out talking points.

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Ep 273 Finding Virtue in Cuba part 1

So we headed off on an early 2018 trip to Vancouver and then Havana, Cuba.  We spent our time in Vancouver with a collection of Lutheran pastors and then sped off to get to Cuba via Toronto.  Turns out it isn't as hard to travel to Cuba as we thought.  On neither side did we run into any trouble as the US was cool with us working with a church group and the Cubans were cool with us being tourists.

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Ep. 269 I Love it When You Call Me Big Papa, On Italian and American Popes

Did you ever hear the story about the secret anti-Nazi papal message delivered secretly by motorcycle to be read in all pulpits on Palm Sunday, 1939?  Have you been puzzled by Evangelical politics or Pope Francis' seeming about face recently in South America.  On today's show we dig into the idea of religious opinion makers and wonder why we all seem to be clamoring for moral leadership.  It's packed with information and research as well as a good bit of fun as well. Enjoy the show.

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Episode 268 Godless Criticism

On today's show the guys talk about the most compelling arguments against the church and discuss ways in which we can take these criticisms (from Marx, Freud, etc... ) and build stronger arguments for the importance of religious life today.

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