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North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church
Exploring pop-culture and its intersection with faith and the Gospel.
Sep 29, 2020
The Bible and Culture w/ Ben Witherington
Ben Witherington, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Absury Theological Seminary, joins the show to discuss his long running blog "The Bible and Culture." Dr. Witherington shares his perspective on how Christians should appreciate culture critically and engage in creating culture from a biblical worldview.
Sep 22, 2020
Let's Get Down to Business w/ Grayson Dye
Grayson Dye joins to discuss the live action remake of Mulan. In this episode we discuss the controversies surrounding the film's production and release and the spiritual importance of truth and devotion to family.
Aug 25, 2020
Young, Scrappy, and Hungry for the Word w/ Angelo Sanchez
Angelo Sanchez, Pastor of 519 Church, joins the podcast to discuss the hit musical "Hamilton"! Together they discuss the powerful characters and themes in Hamilton and the hopeful message found in this "revolutionary" production!
Aug 11, 2020
There’s A Storm Comin’ w/ Dorrell Briscoe
Dorrell Briscoe, the pastor of The Six:Eight Church, returns to the podcast to discuss his new book, “There’s A Storm Comin’”. Together they discuss the book’s relevance to recent events and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Mar 2, 2020
Everything is Fine. w/ Kristen Hanna
Kristen Hanna, Pastor of Worship & Mission at Christ UMC, joins the show to discuss the series finale of afterlife sitcom The Good Place. Together they discuss the secular vision of heaven, the idea of soulmates, and how the Christian vision of life with God differs from the world's.
Feb 18, 2020
Episode XII: May the Force Be With You w/ Dorrell Briscoe
Dorrell Briscoe, the pastor of The Six:Eight Church, joins the show to discuss the final film in the Star Wars Skywalker Saga. Together they discuss why Star Wars means so much to so many, stories coming to an end, and how fandom can get out of hand.
Aug 26, 2019
Stranger Things w/ Cindy & Darick Biondi
Aaron and Laura are joined by the Reverends Cindy & Darick Biondi on this episode about Stranger Things season 3. They discuss the triumph of nerd culture, growing pains for parents and adolescents, and favorite character and plot moments this season.
Jul 2, 2019
Chernobyl & the Cost of Lies w/ James Young Han Kim
James Kim, pastor of Shady Grove UMC, joins Laura and Aaron to discuss the recent HBO original series “Chernobyl.” They discuss the tragedy of Chernobyl, the cost of lies, and the odd beauty of the cruciform life.
May 21, 2019
One Episode to Rule Them All w/ Patrick Murphy
Patrick Murphy, Pastor of Discipleship at Front Street UMC, joins Aaron and Laura to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien and his great work The Lord of the Rings. They discuss Tolkien’s life of trauma and friendship and what Tolkien’s work of fantasy has to teach Christians about fellowship, power, and courage in the most unlikely places.
Apr 2, 2019
That’s What Amie Said w/ Amie Stewart
In this episode we are joined by Amie Stewart, Associate Director of Ministerial Relations, to talk about “The Office.” Sit with us while we discuss friendship, awkward conversations, accountability, our life of faith, and “The World’s Best Boss,” Michael Scott.
Mar 18, 2019
“I’m Just A Girl” // Captain Marvel
Laura and Aaron discuss “Captain Marvel,” the importance of friendship, empathy, and the power of changing your mind.
Feb 19, 2019
Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness w/ Tobi Nguyen
In this episode, Aaron and Laura are joined by Tobi Nguyen, Pastor of Nurture and Discipleship at University UMC in Chapel Hill, NC to discuss the Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” cleaning up, organization, and grace in the messiness of life.
Jan 29, 2019
Superman (1978) w/ Nathan Wittman
Aaron and Laura chat with Nathan Wittman, Pastor of Saint James UMC in Tarboro, and Superman enthusiast. Reporting from the phone booth, (in hopes of spotting Superman in action) they discuss Superman’s similarities to Moses, as well as what it means to hope in something bigger than ourselves. Find out what our friend Clark Kent has to teach us about our life of faith and discipleship.
Jan 15, 2019
Bird Boxing w/ Adam Baker
In this episode, Adam Baker, Associate Pastor at Wesley Memorial UMC in Wilmington, NC and co-host of the podcast, “Instructions For Living a Life,” joins Aaron and Laura to discuss the newest Netflix hit, “Bird Box,” and it’s intersections with our Christian faith. Topics include parenting, mental health, the church as a welcoming community, and baptism.
Dec 11, 2018
Laura and Aaron discuss secular Christmas movies and how they relate to the Christmas story. They discuss consumerism, Santa Christmas, Advent, and the joys of family Christmas traditions.
Dec 4, 2018
Beer & Hymns w/ Claire Clyburn
Laura and Aaron sit down with pastor and Raleigh Beer & Hymns founder Claire Clyburn. They discuss inclusion, sacred and secular music, alcohol, and finding community outside the walls of the church.
Nov 27, 2018
Spirituality & Fitness w/ Fede Apecena
In this episode, Aaron interviews pastor and athlete Fede Apecena. Their conversation explores food, community, belonging and the connection of fitness & faith.
Nov 20, 2018
The Superhero Episode (Pilot)
Get to know hosts Laura Wittman and Aaron Hayworth as they discuss superheroes, Magic for Humans, empathy, righteousness, and accountability in the life of faith.