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The Abstract Podcast
Eagle Radio Toccoa Falls College
Collin Steiner and Javen Bear enter thoughtful conversation about the world at large, focusing on current events, Christian doctrine, and politics.
Apr 15, 2021
Stories and Advice from 4 Years of College
Collin and Javen reflect back on their decision to go to college, how their perspectives have changed, choosing a major, paying tuition, getting married, and everything else (including breaking a fellow student's car window on purpose).
1 hr 9 min
Apr 1, 2021
The Social Dilemma: Navigating the World of Social Media
The Social Dilemma is a documentary (on Netflix) exploring the "dangerous human impact of social network, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations." In this episode, we invite Lawrence Booker in to help us wade through the implications of a world completely saturated with social media and we ask: What's the problem? How is it harming us? And what can be done? -- Full show notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/194-Scb9xcBKyfJi6Dzplhe_qnW3RrP48ziX2GZi8hF4/edit?usp=sharing (here). The full documentary can be viewed on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/81254224 (here).
1 hr 2 min
Mar 25, 2021
Krispy Kreme, Miracles, and the Multiverse
Collin lays out the path to free doughnuts, every day for a year! We look at what scientists do with miracles, what about God? And Javen laments the tragedy of his March Madness bracket. Full show notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C32zvKe3CJGFlVX5awMhZPEpgIKzYq7Ss8BdM62Eb0c/edit?usp=sharing (here).
Mar 18, 2021
Confederate Monuments, Christian Nationalism, and Controversial Points in a Statement of Faith
Were the "one's who fought with Lee" really in the right?! How does the new book Taking America Back for God define Christian Nationalism? And helping Javen find conclusions for his statement of faith with issues like: hell, women in ministry, church government, predestination, and inspiration. https://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2021/en/group?redirect=tcmen%3A%2F%2Fx-callback-url%2FshowGroup%3FgroupID%3D4149486&ex_cid=tcmen2021_email&groupID=4149486&inviteuser=ezkxMEVFOERFLTkxNjYtNDMzMC1CN0ZCLUQzQjUzOURENEU2RH0%3D&invitesource=email (Enter our March madness bracket competition to win $15!) Find full show notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UTodmzesBtDYlM19t-Pi2KXhHv3awggVHv8yDe5SxB0/edit?usp=sharing (here).
1 hr 1 min
Mar 10, 2021
Dr. Suess, Firing Squads, and Big Checks for Everyone.
What's the deal with Dr. Suess? South Carolina is considering becoming the second state to perform executions with firing squads. And Congress has just passed the third round of Covid-19 relief. We'll take you through it all on this week's episode. --- Full episode notes found https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZKIo5rgZ0E3PdYSR3mVLQsNSW4amTjY7HerHxeRKbDk/edit?usp=sharing (here).
Mar 3, 2021
Mapping Generation Z
We're looking at a study recently published on gen Z as well as answering a listener question and looking through Russell Moore's latest article on Christian nationalism. Find the full show https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XGw-aa2YUfM4GL51jDe7GbkWNMUtA-2SnWHHYi-yEFA/edit?usp=sharing (notes here): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XGw-aa2YUfM4GL51jDe7GbkWNMUtA-2SnWHHYi-yEFA/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 24, 2021
Covid-19 Endgame and Why Baseball Is Christian
Collin gets us up to speed on Covid-19, maybe we're nearing the end? We talk baseball and how it mirrors the kingdom as well as culture wars and the passing of Rush Limbaugh. See full show notes https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IfHhnP5kgwteBGqLW_Db_eWvqTwsqx8oU3RlEwj9bi0/edit?usp=sharing (here): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IfHhnP5kgwteBGqLW_Db_eWvqTwsqx8oU3RlEwj9bi0/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 16, 2021
Cancel Culture: Who's Fighting the Power?
It's Lent! Why did Gina Carano get fired? Who is fighting the power? And who is the power? What do we do with tainted voices such as Ravi Zacharias? We're wrestling with all this and more on episode 4. -- Full show notes can be https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BDAdacpBg3NPnnKZrx3K3wYfTK2gdUkMCsucGi2MyLo/edit?usp=sharing (found here.)
Feb 10, 2021
Happy Valentine's, America
We're sharing tips for writing love letters and discussing a Super Bowl commercial. Happy Valentine's Day, America! --- Here are the https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dEHNSsoM9FZm94RXA_XvPFXCVIZtO1-5cSJiUvEEl28/edit?usp=sharing (full show notes). https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dEHNSsoM9FZm94RXA_XvPFXCVIZtO1-5cSJiUvEEl28/edit?usp=sharing
Feb 3, 2021
It's All Gonna Burn!
Fast food, Valentine's Day, and eschatology. This was a really fun episode! - - https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1VVv_zMk8EsLDZr0OoS3QmWCyfhfhvwqie6NubOarp3M%2Fedit%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR1r5hju2DqTYjbJrqk6DGgUC-wYgU0ewpKWb91g6TM8hh32YmoXJWt4hC8&h=AT3jrG4LPuU3UhWqE1Jo9-wCp6bj3UtHZbdR2mwMgcm9S8wwBCeqDyJC865gJ4ewS3XTQKiGKb7Ppy1vbStxu0wbvRwN8CsceYlsM0ohLXsRip4wX-G7WXhDdvsgrAUAmZdBxnXLKEKkjiIJf_LrPQ (full show notes)
Jan 29, 2021
Your Personality Is Your Politic
We discuss how temperament has been shown to be an accurate predictor of how one views politics and the world at large. --- Our full show notes can be foundhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1NOpaMBiq5Bz8StuVKGXsNXkGuwtNk80gT0EhCp_DgV4/edit?usp=sharing ( here): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NOpaMBiq5Bz8StuVKGXsNXkGuwtNk80gT0EhCp_DgV4/edit?usp=sharing https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR39oGU-07C1M_UJSpd_8HpI7iy5MQEDzg8FTgKAnzZOo6PYjJhoRITIKHE&v=QS9aIqUQ7oE&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=ToldNuggetsClips ("BIG 5 personality traits to explain Conservatives & Liberals (Jordan Peterson)") https://www.cardus.ca/comment/article/building-trust-across-the-political-divide/ ("How to Move Forward Past Divides") (article) https://www.verywellmind.com/the-big-five-personality-dimensions-2795422#:~:text=The%20five%20broad%20personality%20traits,how%20many%20personality%20traits%20exist. ((Big 5 definitions)) --- Our Recommendations: Books: Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? - James K A Smi…
Nov 19, 2020
Q and A with Aleisha and Javen
Aleisha comes by the studio (after sneaking past the gates) to talk about being married, give some advice, and answer some questions.
Nov 11, 2020
Is Social Media Dividing Us or Revealing Us?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tCC9yxUIdw&ab_channel=HumbertoRamos (David Bowie on the Internet Interview) https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fdocument%2Fd%2F1grxkgrsJNoRGCqZtNIM3d6WoKRT49mwOYmQ6cO0ZmnM%2Fedit%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0tDhSuCwJA7pzgjSdfanJMek1mYYfUlJCnB8G9F5ukqh9dqDI5ow12LLU&h=AT2RhANm-d7HaFaCuIDFbjAKyX__mmMavlppmnVZGe_MvoJyyPJLdkv71Oq4Fml4o3V2TBQEmmxxAhAfiyEGBZfb690G17miFpFQW6Exiw6I7ZEJNtqEcUuTNcTryhZ83gdTiNTfFM0 (Our Google Doc With Full Show Notes and Sources)
Nov 4, 2020
The Election, the Remnant, and Culture Making
Collin and Javen discuss two articles on Evangelicals in culture as well as their opinions on how to (and how not to) act as a voter. https://socialbubble.so (The Twitter spectrum experiment.) https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/november-web-only/trump-election-politics-church-kingdom.html?fbclid=IwAR2IrUchRCw8OPTRUOnfYJtXV4a5kUhGby-na3NoVhRy1iJ9fcisS9D9QjA (Why Evangelicals Disagree on the President) - Timothy Dalrymple http://www.thepreachingprof.com/crouch-change-world/ (Article on Andy Crouch's book, Culture Making) https://docs.google.com/document/d/15SBPWG3KcmgW88Tf690C1riAdNnc8arApVYs1_kww2M/edit?usp=sharing (Our Google doc with full episode notes.)
Oct 30, 2020
How Then Shall We Vote?
Javen talks with Dr. Seth Heringer about Christians engaging politics and voting for candidates. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuYk4-NdCz0&ab_channel=Unbelievable%3F (David French & Eric Metaxes debate can be found here.) https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/policies-persons-and-paths-to-ruin (Article by John Piper: "Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin")
Oct 22, 2020
Discipleship in Eastern Europe: A Conversation with Jon H.
Collin sits down with good friend John H. to discuss being a missionary in Eastern Europe.
Oct 15, 2020
Sean Feucht, Columbus, and Listening to Scripture
In this episode we're talking about the Let Us Worship movement led by Sean Feucht, asking why we're observing Columbus Day, and Collin takes us through some Scripture relevant to the question of homosexuality.
Oct 8, 2020
Places, Music, and Podcasts
The hosts give their pitches, from cool hikes and apple cider to great music and podcasts.
Oct 1, 2020
Confessing (Christ) & Bleeding (into One)
Javen rides solo - talking about what The Abstract Podcast is for, what it means to be a patriot, and the presidential debate.
Sep 24, 2020
Supreme Court and Responsibility to the Word(s)
We come to the studio and discuss the passing on RGB, as well as how to view doctrine and understand scripture. Special thanks to our friend Alvin for contributing some questions to this week's show.
Sep 17, 2020
Cuties, Homosexuality, and Aliens
We discuss the new Netflix film "Cuties" and whether we should cancel our subscription - Javen asks whether we can biblically affirm homosexuality, and Collin tells us there may be life on Venus.
Sep 1, 2020
Art, Wearing Masks, and Being Homeless
In the first episode of season 3, we discuss what it means to be a Christian in the midst of a pandemic and an election cycle - as well as the good art we've seen and heard this summer.
Apr 25, 2020
"Truth," Jesus Christ, and Emojis
https://books.google.com/books?id=A9IwDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT65&lpg=PT65&dq=chesterton+essay+%22Don%27t+(Daily+News,+May+7,+1910)&source=bl&ots=7Gf1ggFtNY&sig=ACfU3U2_SsXUTchVtDD044NIlQdMXvGIAw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi5y623t4TpAhVFm-AKHX6IC7kQ6AEwAHoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=chesterton%20essay%20%22Don't%20(Daily%20News%2C%20May%207%2C%201910)&f=false ("Don't" an essay by G.K. Chesterton for Daily News in 1910)
Apr 19, 2020
Let's Talk About Playing Songs
https://coreysteinermusic.wordpress.com/ (Corey's music can be found here.)
Apr 12, 2020
Stories from Coronavirus (Pt. 2)
1 hr 13 min
Apr 5, 2020
Stories from Coronavirus (Pt. 1)
Mar 30, 2020
Why Are We Friends?
Mar 13, 2020
The Things I've Seen
Intro and outro music by Carrie Bowen: "When Love Comes Back" and "Sticks With Me"
Feb 27, 2020
Spiritual Formation ft. Chris Stratton
https://www.amazon.com/Common-Rule-Habits-Purpose-Distraction/dp/0830845607 (The Common Rule) - Justin Earley https://www.amazon.com/Faithful-Presence-Disciplines-Church-Mission-ebook/dp/B01N3Q00OH (“Faithful Presence”) - David Fitch
Feb 18, 2020
https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Comes-House-Key-Post-Christian/dp/143355786X/ref=sr_1_2?crid=11I64XUG1ONPK&keywords=rosario%20butterfield&qid=1582140168&sprefix=rosario%20butt%2Caps%2C212&sr=8-2&fbclid=IwAR33WLttDVGOMrClNiiG4BAlPSEwbQ_8hgnLTPVqpytZn_FKRbKg4NpLNdQ (The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World) - Rosaria Butterfield https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/restoring-hospitality-blessing-visitor-host/?fbclid=IwAR0olj2-TbQmU7Bz0mgw4XLo1VWqMSqdgDvVaDxRodophEafvJuCGdWkJ-o (Restoring Hospitality: A Blessing for Visitor and Host) (Fuller Studio Interview with CHRISTINE POHL)
Feb 7, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/opinion/national-politics-localism-populism.html (David Brooks's Article on Localism ) https://comicallyincorrect.com/gold-star-mom-thankful-donald-trump-salty-sailor/ ("The Salty Sailor" - Karen Vaughn) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNo3s6drHjo (Trump's speech at the prayer breakfast)
Jan 25, 2020
https://photos.app.goo.gl/hkw6amV3y1FaaWAi6 (A photo album of the trip) https://www.facebook.com/Fading-West-Our-Manifest-Destiny-434460230273043/?epa=SEARCH_BOX (The Facebook Page (videos and photos))
Dec 10, 2019
It Is Finished
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkZxoko_HC0 (The Green Book) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkZxoko_HC0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkZxoko_HC0) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKktQFFcXL0 (Wendy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKktQFFcXL0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKktQFFcXL0)
Nov 22, 2019
Dr. Hollingsworth: Hats and Lessons
Dr. Hollingsworth's Talk at Community Worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLA9v3xdgu4&t=1919s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLA9v3xdgu4&t=1919s)
Nov 15, 2019
Within, Then Without
https://open.spotify.com/album/6xjLGcIkewM6W6IC9B9AYx?si=aQmxi8DoQxiBSjKn23kskQ ("Georgia" album by Solemn Key ) https://www.jordanbpeterson.com/podcast/s2-33-set-your-house-in-order/ ("Set Your House in Order" (Jordan Peterson lecture)) https://www.amazon.com/Cocktail-Party-T-S-Eliot/dp/0156182890 ("The Cocktail Party" - T.S. Elliot ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eef-l5pcEIk (The football incident) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKORNywOVUs ("It Could Be Anyone" - Black Spade Society )
Nov 4, 2019
Karlin Bacher: the Value of Praxis
"Pedagogy of the Oppressed" - Paulo Freire https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pedagogy+of+the+oppressed+by+paulo+freire&crid=1XLNWO4UUF3XX&sprefix=pedagogy+of+the%2Caps%2C154&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_15 (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pedagogy+of+the+oppressed+by+paulo+freire&crid=1XLNWO4UUF3XX&sprefix=pedagogy+of+the%2Caps%2C154&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_15)
Nov 1, 2019
Valerie Elliot Shepherd
Valerie Shepherd's presentation at TFC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRwpzcMzVrQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRwpzcMzVrQ) Valerie's latest book, "Devotedly" https://www.amazon.com/Devotedly-Personal-Letters-Elisabeth-Elliot/dp/1433651564/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=devotedly&qid=1572633312&s=books&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Devotedly-Personal-Letters-Elisabeth-Elliot/dp/1433651564/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=devotedly&qid=1572633312&s=books&sr=1-1) "Shadow of the Almighty" https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Almighty-Testament-Elliot-Lives/dp/006062213X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1V820PW7GDQ3&keywords=shadow+of+the+almighty+elisabeth+elliot&qid=1572633357&s=books&sprefix=shadow+of+the+almight%2Cstripbooks%2C158&sr=1-1 (https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Almighty-Testament-Elliot-Lives/dp/006062213X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1V820PW7GDQ3&keywords=shadow+of+the+almighty+elisabeth+elliot&qid=1572633357&s=books&sprefix=shadow+of+the+almight%2Cstripbooks%2C158&sr=1-1) "Through Gates of Splendor" https://www.amazon.com/Through…
Oct 25, 2019
Life in the Present Tense
Collin and Javen discuss what they've been wrestling with over the past few weeks. They discuss the 'good old days' perspective, defining speech, a movie, and what Martin Buber has to say about serving the poor.
Oct 22, 2019
Dr. Christopher Yuan
Dr. Christopher Yuan tells the story of his radical transformation, from drug dealer to Christ bearer.
Oct 16, 2019
A.I. and Digital Technology
Javen talks with Andrew Martin about A.I. - and about what it means to live responsibly in an ever changing world.
Oct 8, 2019
Theology of Race
Collin talks to Dr. Heringer about a theology of race and ethnicity.
Oct 4, 2019
The Purpose of Education
In this conversation Dr. Wanner speaks to the production of self, learning how vs. what to think, and the different kinds of paths we take toward the future.
Oct 1, 2019
Collin and Javen sit down with Tristan Hertzler, a longtime friend, to talk about many interesting things.
Sep 25, 2019
A conversation with Dr. Ken Turner about the meaning of Sabbath