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13 Dec 2017

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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    How to Be Happy the National Geographic Way

    In the last several years, National Geographic has sent Dan Buettner to so-called "Blue Zones"--parts of the world where people either live far longer or are notably happier than the rest of the world. And in the last year it's sent Morgan Freeman to embark on a related project with its TV series "The Story of Us." Longtime Blue Ocean World cohost Val Snekvik joins Dave Schmelzer in exploring what it might look like to dream of a happy life not so much from individual choices as from seeing the context of the life we already have in a whole new way.

  • Posted on 07 Dec 2017

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    Sexual Harassment Is Every Day's Lead Story

    Every day seemingly brings a new story of a famous man brought down by long-buried stories of sexual abuse, usually of women. Churches--as in the case of Roy Moore--sometimes get involved in the story. Longtime Blue Ocean World cohost Val Snekvik joins Dave Schmelzer to talk about the implications for women and men, for parenting, for faith communities, and for their own views of how the sexes connect.

  • Posted on 30 Nov 2017

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    Everybody's Talking about Stranger Things

    Stranger Things, armed by Netflix's marketing might, is a water cooler phenomenon. Some high school kids watched the entire second season between it dropping at midnight and when they went (late) to school the next morning. Dave (sans Tom) talks about why Stranger Things has so captivated the cultural conversation. He's joined by a fascinating roundtable: Sarah Oh (a puppeteer with the JIm Henson Company as well as being a standup comic and actress), Trudy Choi (who publishes the Millennial Hotlist, a monthly trend newsletter) and Dave's high school kids, Claire and Pat, who will give us a view from that world. (A note: The first 20 minutes are spoiler free. After that, you're on your own.)

  • Posted on 21 Nov 2017

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    Idolizing Bono

    Our last podcast, about JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis got a big response, perhaps because so many churchgoers--like Tom and Dave--can relate to all of their peers reading and talking about those two Christian icons. But new generations bring new icons to churchgoers, of whom Bono is perhaps the most notable. What is it about us as people and as Christians that creates these sorts of idols? And is "idol," in the theological sense, the perfect word?

  • Posted on 19 Oct 2017

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    Rethinking Tolkien and Lewis

    JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, close friends and Oxford colleagues, set the terms of the God-infused imagination for the last part of the 20th century--and then were revived in the 21st with blockbuster movies of their works and, in Tolkien's case, with successful imitators like JK Rowling and George RR Martin. Dave and Tom rethink how their initial impressions of Tolkien and Lewis have deepened and changed, and how such imaginative visions function in our current political and cultural moment.

  • Posted on 05 Oct 2017

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