@Sea – Ep74 – Simone Biles, Athletics and Whole Health

July 29, 2021At Sea, Creativity, It Is What You Make of It, News, Podcast, Reflections

Stephen Pressfield calls it “Resistance.”  A number of religious traditions call it “sin.”  But regardless of the name folks apply to it, it seems to me that we generally share, cross-culturally and throughout history, a sense and a lament that things don’t work out perfectly; that things fall apart and that plans don’t always go … Read More

@Sea – Ep74 – KJ Ramsey

July 22, 2021At Sea, Church, Discipleship, It Is What You Make of It, Podcast, Reconciliation, Reflections, Teaching

I was setting up to interview an upcoming guest when she told me “I’m sorry I’ll have to be pretty strict with the hour and leave right away. I’m seeing my therapist right after this.”  “Absolutely,” I told her.  “We’ll probably talk for 45 min.”“Great. I’m really looking forward to this session with her.”  Now, … Read More

@Sea – Ep70 – Christopher Williams

June 17, 2021At Sea, Christianity, Church, Community, Creativity, Deconstruction, Good Music, It Is What You Make of It, Podcast, Reconciliation, Reflections, Songwriting

In his Legendary book “The War of Art” Steven Pressfield writes:“The professional arms himself with patience, not only to give the stars time to align in his career but to keep himself from flaming out in each individual work. He knows that any job, whether it’s a novel or a kitchen remodel, takes twice as … Read More

@Sea – Ep67 – Staying Power

May 27, 2021At Sea, Christianity, Church, Community, Creativity, Design, Doubt, Good Music, It Is What You Make of It, Making Music, Reflections, Songwriting

During studio sessions with younger or inexperienced musicians, my dear friend and music producer Masaki Liu would often be asked questions like “What do you think about our chances?” Or “Do you think we can make it?” And, more often than not, he’d consistently respond with an intentionally cryptic piece of encouragement that went pretty … Read More

@Sea – Ep64 – Nick Laparra

May 6, 2021At Sea, Community, Compassion, Creativity, Deconstruction, Discipleship, It Is What You Make of It, Podcast, Reflections, Soul-Audio

The @ Sea podcast started out to be (and I hope continues to be) a helpful and hopeful guide through sometimes murky or turbulent cultural waters. Some of what that looks like is talking to people I don’t align with politically, ideologically, culturally,… Not because it’s enough to simply “celebrate diversity” but because the discipline … Read More

Hermeneutics, LGBTQ Youth, and the Pursuit of Love

April 29, 2021At Sea, Christianity, Church, Creativity, Deconstruction, Discipleship, Doubt, It Is What You Make of It, Leadership, Podcast, Reconciliation, Reflections

I remember being in a conversation, I think it was my Junior year of college, in which I was fully introduced to the term “hermeneutics.” I’d been familiar with “interpretation” before but the idea that there was a field of study based on the interpretive potters of readers was fascinating to me. It actually gave … Read More

@ Sea #59 – Fear and Booze & Beer and Taboos

March 18, 2021At Sea, Books, Christianity, Church, Community, Deconstruction, Discipleship, It Is What You Make of It, Reconciliation, Reflections

When Donald Miller’s book “Blue Like Jazz” was initially making its rounds through religious circles, one of the hot topics of conversation had to do with cultural taboos.  Namely, that there was a pastor in the book who cussed and that drinking alcohol was somewhat normalized. As someone who grew up around people who both … Read More

@ Sea #51 – Labels vs Relationships

January 21, 2021At Sea, Christianity, Reflections

Most of the guests I host on the podcast share some kind of faith in common. For many of them, that faith carries the label of “Christianity.” for others, that label doesn’t fit quite as well or as comfortably. My last guest, Jon Steingard, is one such guest for whom religious labels are somewhat unhelpful, … Read More