Blue Ocean World

Blue Ocean World takes a look at current affairs, culture and religion and how those things connect with the big questions of life. Join Blue Ocean Faith's Dave Schmelzer and others for lively discussion, interviews and stories.

Episode 120: Francine Kiefer on the Midterms
Francine Kiefer, the congressional correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, is amazingly comforting when you're freaking out over our crazy political reality.
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In churches it's sometimes said that Jesus is the answer to every question. That has importantly different meanings at different places of one's journey of faith.
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Many people, moving out of a rigid church world, have ongoing problems seeing the Bible as helpful to them in their new experience of life. But are there other ways to see it?
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Seeing our lives from a mythic perspective turns out to be the risky road to experiencing joy
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Here are some ideas I'd guess you haven't thought of about what churches might be like.
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Here's what might be the most helpful perspective about finding peace (and God) in jarring times that you'll find.
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You have more going for you than you think.
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Church leaders are more likely to be "done with church" than casual attendees are. Here are some first explanations of why
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What if there are far greater opportunities for Christians in the larger culture than we've considered?
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If you ever feel on the margins of a church you attend, this episode is for you.
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It's surprisingly controversial.
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In a more innocent age, Will Rogers famously said that he never met a person he didn't like. Can that still be true? Should it be true?
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Perhaps you haven't heard about atheist gatherings. But--if you're familiar with churches--you'll be surprised at the parallels.
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How many of America's fights boil down to Southerners and Northerners living in very different worlds?
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Why do we think that being right about things will make our lives feel better?
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