Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Seven Deadly Sins
We see the "seven deadly sins" in board games and fashion magazines, but the List's purpose through the centuries has been to direct our hearts toward the things we all long for love, integrity, and freedom. Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, author of Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and their Remedies, considers the true definitions of these timeless--and often misunderstood--pitfalls. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
All Kinds of Minds
As a young adult visiting her aunt's farm, Temple Grandin found herself able to intuit what the livestock feared as they experienced the regular stresses of farm life. Was it because of her autism? Now this Colorado State University professor is widely known both for her animal welfare research and for her many books on autism. She tells how she has dedicated her life to helping animals and people understand each other. Karen Saupe hosts.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
The Power of Writing
We hear about prisoners, but not so often from prisoners. When bestselling novelist Wally Lamb (She's Come Undone, I Know This Much is True) tried his hand at teaching prisoners to write, he had no idea how many lives would be impacted. Hear how their compelling stories were published after considerable opposition from the prison. Karen Saupe hosts.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Good Life
You may long for the latest gadget or fashion, more because of the image it projects than for any other reason. Where do those images come from? Calvin College philosophy professor Jamie Smith, executive director of the Society of Christian Philosophers and author of Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation, says our idea of what is "the good life" reveals a lot about us. Karen Saupe hosts.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
U.S. Slavery in the North
When Katrina Browne was 28 years old and in seminary, she learned that her ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. And, they were not from the South; they had lived in Rhode Island. Katrina wrote to 200 family members, inviting them to explore their family's past. The result: an award-winning documentary, Traces of the Trade, made with co-producer Juanita Brown, who helped plan a journey to Africa for the group and facilitate painful conversations about their discoveries. Karen Saupe hosts.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Starting A Free African School
Thousands of children in Uganda don't go to school because their parents can't afford books, a uniform, or sometimes, just a pencil. The orphans there have even less of a chance. When Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was confronted with this picture, he and his wife decided to use their savings to establish a free school for orphans. Hear his adventures, also described in his book, The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Feasting at a Food Pantry
Out of curiosity, a woman walks into a church. She's offered communion, and it changes her life. She ends up turning the feast into a food pantry, which nurtures others (as well as herself) beyond what she ever imagined. Sara Miles, director of St. Gregory's Food Pantry in San Francisco, shares thoughts from her memoirs Take This Bread and Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead. Karen Saupe hosts.