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24 Feb 2018

Blue Ocean World

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Blue Ocean World takes a look at current affairs, culture and religion and how those things connect with the big questions of life. Join co-hosts Dave Schmelzer, Tom Wassink, and Val Snekvik for lively discussion, interviews and stories.

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    Messing with What Church Looks Like

    Let's be clear: church services work just great for a whole lot of people and a whole lot of Blue Ocean Faith churches. But lots of ex-churchgoers and current churchgoers find themselves triggered by things they used to like. Blue Ocean Faith's Dave Schmelzer and fellow Blue Ocean leaders Christina Roberts and Ryan Bauers are each leading local conversations about messing with what churches look like. What are they learning? 

  • Posted on 22 Feb 2018

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    Mindfulness Rocks

    Mindfulness is being taught in most public schools, in businesses, in seminars--but often not in churches. Blue Ocean Faith's Dave Schmelzer is joined by fellow Blue Ocean leaders Christina Roberts and Ryan Bauers. Ryan, a former evangelical pastor, discovered that regular mindful practices "took his anxiety from a 7 to a 4." Christina has reconnected with Orthodox roots and discovered that her version of mindfulness has opened up her relationships and ability to connect with God in more of her day. 

  • Posted on 15 Feb 2018

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    Is the Internet Messing You Up?

    Kevin Roose writes a new column in the New York Times called The Shift. Focusing on technology, it deploys him to understand people who run alt right sites or to figure out the impact of Russians manipulating Facebook among many other things. Blue Ocean Faith's Dave Schmelzer and New York Times reporter Peter Eavis (he returns to his beat at the Times next week) talk with Kevin about how pervasively the internet changes everything for us. We close by asking Kevin about his 2009 book The Unlikely Disciple in which he went undercover at Liberty University to better understand these evangelical students.

  • Posted on 01 Feb 2018

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    Is There a Type of Politics that Would Make You Happy?

    So many people dread reading the day's political news. But both Blue Ocean Faith's Dave Schmelzer and longtime Blue Ocean World co-host Val Snekvik can imagine a kind of politics that would encourage them. For Dave, it's a sort of ideal dialogue between conservatism and liberalism. For Val, it's one that values data and problem solving. With that as a starting point, Dave and Val have a freewheeling conversation about topics including Diane Feinstein and machine politics and, in the end, about where to find hope in the political world.

  • Posted on 25 Jan 2018

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    On Third-Way Parenting

    Blue Ocean Faith tries to be things with names like "centered set" and "solus Jesus" and "third way"--all related ideas. Val Snekvik, longtime BOW co-host, rejoins Blue Ocean Faith's Dave Schmelzer to talk about how she's tried to raise boys who are shame-free, courageous, and connected to Jesus by raising them third way. 

  • Posted on 18 Jan 2018

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