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Fragments of Blue
Grace Schienbein & Laura Teeple
Join Grace and Laura as they dig deep into faith topics.
6 days ago
Grace and Laura chat about Christian engagement in social media, both the edification and the devastation that it can bring.
27 Apr 2021
Grace and Laura talk about Jesus' prayer that is (as yet) unanswered... that the church would be one as He and the Father are one. Are we getting unity wrong? What does biblical unity in the body of Christ meant to look like?
21 Apr 2021
Days of Our Youth
Grace and Laura talk about their experiences working with Youth and our duty as a church family to mentor and draw alongside them as they grow in their faith. Grace also touches on some practical ways of protecting your teen as they navigate a culture that seems to be daily inventing new ways to sin.
14 Apr 2021
In a follow-up to "Christian Self-Care", Grace and Laura dig a little deeper into God's word, looking to the wisdom of Solomon, to answer the question, "is it ever okay to indulge ourselves, and splurge a little?"
29 Mar 2021
We hear so much about self-care, but how should this practice look for the Christian. The bible talks much more about dying to ourselves than lavishing and "treating" ourselves. In this episode Grace and Laura dig a little deeper into the example Jesus set for us and how we can implement His practices in our own lives.
23 Mar 2021
Grace and Laura share testimonies of some pivotal moments in their Christian faith: Laura sharing a beautiful moment that led to profound worship, & Grace confessing a "spat" she had with God while on the mission field.
18 Mar 2021
Why Is This Night Different?
"Why is this night different than all other nights?" Is a question asked during the Passover meal by a young child. The adult leading the meal responds with the story of redemption from slavery. In this podcast, Grace and Laura look at the way the physical world impacts the spiritual (and vice versa), by examining the elements of the Passover (and Communion) and how we can see prophecy fulfilled in this "Last Supper" that Jesus had with his disciples.
8 Mar 2021
Levity vs Joy
Grace and Laura discuss the difference between levity and joy... and if there is a place for 'levity' in our church services.
1 Mar 2021
When Heroes Fail
Grace and Laura discuss what to do with the disappointment and heartache we feel when our "Heroes in the Faith" fail and fall.
24 Feb 2021
How & Why
Grace and Laura discuss the major importance of knowing God's word for ourselves and provide practical tips on how to read scripture.
13 Feb 2021
What are Life Works? The opposite of Death Works , of course. In our thirteenth episode, Laura doesn't hold back on why she believes Paw Patrol is a "death work" and Grace gets a little giddy talking about her love of KDramas and why some can totally be considered "life works."
2 Feb 2021
What are "Death Works" and what effect do they have on us and our culture? Why is it important for every Christian to understand what they are? Grace and Laura discuss.
27 Jan 2021
Paulo Coelho, a Brazilian novelist, has been quoted as saying, "We've replaced nearly all our emotions with fear." And that seems to be almost true as we move out of 2020 and into a year that holds many uncertainties. So how as Christians do we face the fear that pervades our culture? Grace leads the discussion pointing again and again to what the bible has to say about it.
12 Dec 2020
In the final episode of their short series on influencers. Grace and Laura talk about the examples set by their dads (and some of their funny quirks) and how it has effected their Christian walk.
5 Dec 2020
Following up on "Influencers," Grace and Laura fangirl over their mums/moms and the godly inheritance they received. They talk about the importance and value of gleaning wisdom from godly women within the church.
7 Nov 2020
Grace and Laura share some of the people that have influenced them and their faith through the years... hoping to inspire you with the stories of those who have inspired them. Grace's list of influences includes such greats as: "I can't remember the author's name but he wrote a book called 'Til the Fat Lady Sings'" and "Ohhh... that little guy from India with the round glasses who wrote letters back and forth with Tolstoy." While Laura put's her to shame with stories from Tolstoy, Gladys Aylward, and George Eliot.
15 Oct 2020
Hidden and Revealed
In the final episode of our paradox series, Laura leads the discussion on why/when God chooses to hide His face, and how very much he wants to be known.
8 Oct 2020
The Lion and The Lamb
Grace leads the discussion on prophecy surrounding Jesus as both the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God.
29 Sept 2020
Manhood & Deity
Laura leads the discussion on the full humanity and full divinity of Jesus and why it is important for us to grapple with this paradox.
22 Sept 2020
What Inspired You Today?
We interrupt our regularly scheduled series to bring you a few things that have been inspiring us recently. We'd love to hear what also inspires you!
6 Sept 2020
He Attracts and Repulses
We like to call this one, "The episode where Laura forgets that 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 exists." Grace and Laura discuss ways in which they find God attracts and repulses in the third episode of the Paradox series
28 Aug 2020
So Close & So Far Above
Grace and Laura break down what it means that God is both close to us (immanent) and far above us (transcendent). What kind of impact does this have, or should this have, in our understanding of Him?
22 Aug 2020
He's Safe and He's Dangerous
Do you think of God as safe? Are you afraid of God's power and his wrath? In the first episode of the paradox series, Grace and Laura discuss how God is simultaneously safe and dangerous; and that both of these are needed for either to exist.
1 Aug 2020
God in the Darkness
Have you ever wondered where God is when all around you feels so dark? Grace and Laura talk about finding God in the "thick darkness." Grace elaborates on her fear of the literal darkness and how God snatched that phobia away replaced it with the truth of his Word.
25 Jul 2020
Wanna know what young Grace felt guilty about for almost a decade? What about the weird little sin that plagued young Laura? In confession time, Grace and Laura confess a few things and talk about the freedom that comes from putting into words the burden of guilt we sometimes carry.
12 Jul 2020
Reasons to Leave the Church
In the followup to "Christ and His Bridezilla?" Grace and Laura ask the question, "is there ever a good reason to leave the Church?" This episode is the last of Season One. In August, Grace and Laura will be launching Season Two starting with "God in the Dark." Knowing that God is light and in Him, there is no darkness... how can we see God in the dark?
5 Jul 2020
Christ and His Bridezilla?
The church is called the Bride of Christ, but we often hear stories of it behaving like a Bridezilla. Grace and Laura have had a busy week and weren't able to record together, so we've pulled one from the archives. We originally called this episode "Modern Attitudes toward the Church" but could this attitude go back further in our history than we realize? Could this possibly be more of a long-standing spiritual battle than we want to believe?
28 Jun 2020
The Nature of Forgiveness Pt. 2
Laura and Grace carry on the discussion on Forgiveness, looking closely at how God's standing is what gives Him the ultimate authority for the forgiveness of ALL sin... And Grace reveals what offends her the most about the break-ins she experienced.
27 Jun 2020
The Nature of Forgiveness Pt. 1
This topic is so rich it gets two parts. Grace and Laura discuss how Forgiveness, Justification, and Grace work together for our salvation. Part 2 out Saturday, June 27th.
21 Jun 2020
The Place of Beauty
What role should beauty play in the life of the church? Grace and Laura embrace their inner nerd as they discuss, with much enthusiasm, the role beauty plays in the life of the Christian. We're not talking about Beauty magazines and should women wear makeup... but how beauty found in all around us, influences our worship of God... amongst other things.
12 Jun 2020
Single, Childless, Alone?
Grace (single and childless) and Laura (married but childless) talk about what it's like to be in these categories inside a church that focuses much on family. How can we, in this season, keep our eyes not on what seems to be missing, but on all that God has for us now. And how can those in the church best show love to those that fit in these categories? Fun Fact: This happens to be the very first episode Laura and Grace recorded for Fragments of Blue.
7 Jun 2020
Christian Environmentalism?? What?
Is Christian Environmentalism a thing? Laura and Grace talk about the call to be stewards of creation, without falling into the trap of worshipping the created thing rather than the creator.
30 May 2020
Grace and Laura look at some of the hard things the bible has to say about gratitude, and the effect it has on us, body, soul, and spirit.
22 May 2020
Knowing God's Will
"How can we know God's will for our lives?" It seems to be one of the most common questions a Christian has. If we really want to live in the will of God, we need to know how to discern what it is, don't we? And just when we think we have it sussed, something happens to make us feel vulnerable... like we just can't figure out what God wants for or from us. Join Grace and Laura as they journey through this topic in the seventh episode of Fragments of Blue.
19 May 2020
A Belated Introduction
Wondering why we chose the name Fragments of Blue? Let us explain.
16 May 2020
Undressing The Gospel
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16 - Laura and Grace ask the question, "are we doing too much 'dressing up', of the gospel?" Do we try so hard to make it appealing that we rob it of its power?
8 May 2020
But to do Justice
In this episode, Grace and Laura talk about Justice and Compassion. How do you know if God is calling you to this?
4 May 2020
Grace and Laura discuss what it means to be "Kings and Priests"; joint-heirs with Jesus. What is our role, our inheritance, and our responsibility?
4 May 2020
Laura and Grace chat about temptation. When does it cross the line into sin? How do we wrestle with sin but still triumph over it? And Grace confesses one of the craziest things she has ever been tempted to do.
4 May 2020
A Restless Evil
Laura has a confession to make... and it's a little embarrassing. Join Grace and Laura as they discuss the challenge of "taming the tongue."
4 May 2020
In "Dirty Words," Grace and Laura talk about two things our modern world seems to hate... Submission and Dependence. Why do we hate them when God seems to love them?