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19 Oct 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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    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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    What Happened to Your Parents Shapes You

    Charles Park's parents saw a fifth of their fellow Koreans die in the Korean War. Adey Wassink grew up surrounded by Holocaust survivors. They've discovered that such massive trauma affects how a whole generation can process emotions or pain, which then passes on the trauma to their children and even their children's children in ways that can feel crazy-making. But this isn't just about Koreans and Jews. How do one generation's traumas change everything for the next?

  • Posted on 28 Sep 2017

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    An Interracial Family Talks about Charlottesville

    Tom let Dave sit in on a rip-roaring conversation about Charlottesville among his interracial family, some of whom live in North Carolina, some of whom have gotten doctorates studying race related issues.

  • Posted on 14 Sep 2017

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    The Far Reaches of Science Tell a Fascinating Story

    John ZuHone is a Harvard astrophysicist who grew up in a conservative Christian home that believed in a 6,000-year-old universe. Still a Christian, he has profound observations about what the latest discoveries say about the universe we're living in. 

  • Posted on 07 Sep 2017

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