Language of God
50. Shauna Niequist | Let’s Sit Here A Little Longer

50. Shauna Niequist | Let’s Sit Here A Little Longer

November 25, 2021

For Thanksgiving, we’re bringing you an episode about food. Shauna Niequist is a popular author, speaker, and podcaster and we talked about her book called Bread and Wine. Shauna uses food as a gateway into larger, more existential questions about life, what it means to be human, and the nature of our faith. 

This episode originally aired on July 2, 2020.

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97. John Inazu | Sharing Transcendence

97. John Inazu | Sharing Transcendence

November 18, 2021

We live in a world of many different ideas and beliefs and that can make it hard to be in relationships when we disagree about the things we hold most dear. John Inazu thinks there’s a way to live in this world of difference while still being confident and committed to our own beliefs, especially our religious beliefs. He calls this confident pluralism and wrote a book with the same title. In the episode we talk about what that means and how to apply it in the messiness of real life. 

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96. Kyle Van Houtan | Knowledge of the Universe

96. Kyle Van Houtan | Knowledge of the Universe

November 11, 2021

Our guest today, Kyle Van Houtan, has always had a curious mind. From growing up in a military family hopping around coastlines to splitting time between his biology PhD and theology classes while at Duke, Kyle has always been driven to see his faith in light of science and his science in light of faith. As a Christian who is also a scientist, his understanding of the immensity and urgency of climate change demands he understand his call to be a steward of the earth as one to fight against climate disaster; as a scientist who is also a Christian, he feels compelled to foster the Christian virtue of hope in spite of these grim realities. 

Learn about the Loggerhead Marinelife Center

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95. Bethany Sollereder | Choose Your Own Adventure

95. Bethany Sollereder | Choose Your Own Adventure

November 4, 2021

Many have tried to understand why there is suffering in the world. Bethany Sollereder has been working on this topic for many years, and though she hasn’t come up with a perfect answer, her new book, Why is There Suffering?: Pick Your Own Theological Expedition, does provide a new way of contemplating this perennial question. The book allows readers to make their own choices, to see how theological decisions might bring a person to a certain set of beliefs about why there is suffering and how to deal with it. In the second half of the episode, Bethany has a chance to choose her own adventure through the conversation. 

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Other Resources

Bethany Sollereder | Lion Tennis In Heaven (Episode 7)

Lost in a World of Maps (article)

Why is there Suffering? (book)

94. Milmer Martinez Vergara | Our Invisible Community

94. Milmer Martinez Vergara | Our Invisible Community

October 28, 2021

Milmer Martinez Vergara grew up in Colombia and never saw a distinction between science, care for the environment and the faith that was instilled from a young age. His love for science and the ocean brought him on a wild journey from mangrove swamps, to the National Aquarium in Cuba to the oceanside cliffs of California, eventually leading him to a job at Plant with Purpose. In the episode, he talks about his journey and his work with communities in Latin America and the Caribbean, where science can come alongside the needs of the people and together they can find solutions that allow both people and the environment to flourish. 

We recorded this interview in person during the BioLogos Creation Care Summit. Several of the speakers from the summit have been on the podcast before and we’ve had many other great podcast guests talking about creation care. You can find all creation care themed episodes here.

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12. Rick Potts | A Long Becoming

12. Rick Potts | A Long Becoming

October 21, 2021

Rick Potts has always had an interest in origins. As a kid, exploring the origins of musical instruments and the solar system fascinated him. In high school he stumbled upon the study of human origins; he has not stopped investigating since. Dr. Potts tells Jim stories of excavations in China and southern Kenya and of people encountering the exhibit on Human Origins around the US. Reverberating throughout their conversation is the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’

Find out more about the Hall of Human Origins on the Smithsonian website.

This episode originally aired on May 30, 2019

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93. Christy Hemphill | A Cockatoo Among Kittens

93. Christy Hemphill | A Cockatoo Among Kittens

October 14, 2021

For those of us who have worked at BioLogos or spent any time on our forum, the name Christy Hemphill is quite familiar. As a collaborator on the BioLogos school curriculum project, INTEGRATE, and a long-time moderator on the forum, her work has been a blessing in our community. We realized, however, that still far too few of us have heard the poignant insight and testimony she brings to her work with us. On today’s episode, Christy shares with us her experience as a Bible translator working in a remote community in Mexico, the important work she has done with us on INTEGRATE and the Forum, and how her experience homeschooling her kids has helped her navigate faith with her children. 

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Watch the viral video of a cockatoo meowing to kittens.

Read Christy's recommendations for how to approach the difficult subject of origins from a gracious perspective.

92. Sy Garte | Beginning to Wonder

92. Sy Garte | Beginning to Wonder

October 7, 2021

Sy Garte didn’t have the kind of upbringing that would typically lead one to preaching sermons. His parents were members of the communist party, materialists, and atheists. But as he started studying science he found some things that started him wondering about this idea that science can answer every question. His wondering opened the doorway, and he walked through, eventually encountering Jesus Christ and finding that his study and practice of science could go hand in hand with being a follower of Christ. 

Sy Garte's Youtube Channel

Sy Garte's Website

Sy Garte's Book

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91. Jason Fileta | Faith, Justice, Climate

91. Jason Fileta | Faith, Justice, Climate

September 30, 2021

Jason Fileta didn’t start out as an environmental activist. His first passion was to alleviate the suffering of the poor and hungry. As he met and heard the stories from those struggling with poverty and hunger he often asked them the question: if we could get a million Christians in North America to raise their voices on an issue that impacts your community, what would it be? He was surprised when a farmer in Uganda said climate change. But then he started to hear story after story of how climate change has made the lives of people harder, and this has led Jason to understand the deep connection between our caring for the planet and the lives of the poor and hungry around the world.

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90. Katharine Hayhoe | Every Reason to Care

90. Katharine Hayhoe | Every Reason to Care

September 23, 2021

A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that the climate emergency has reached a “code red”. New research also shows that over 50% of Americans agree that climate change is happening and demands urgent action. So why does it seem like so little is being done? Internationally renowned climate scientist, professor and author Katharine Hayhoe returns to the show and tells us what keeps her hopeful despite the dire situation we find ourselves in. She also tells us about her forthcoming book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World, which expands on why she’s hopeful. Katharine is also an ardent Christian and she shares with Jim the biblical foundation for climate action.

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