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Cultivating conversations about the intersection of the arts and faith in order to liberate Christian creativity.

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Cultivating conversations about the intersection of the arts and faith in order to liberate Christian creativity.

    Collaborative Community with Hallowell’s Joseph Pensak

    Collaborative Community with Hallowell’s Joseph Pensak

    Justus Stout talks on the phone with Joseph Pensak, main songwriter for the band Hallowell, about his most recent record, his approach to making music, and running a community art gallery.
    Stay tuned at the end for “Another World” from Hallowell’s self-titled record (https://hallowellmusic.bandcamp.com/).

    • 45 min
    Why the Arts Matter More than the Election

    Why the Arts Matter More than the Election

    Your hosts, Justus and Michael, return to launch into this year’s theme at Renew the Arts: Politics and the Arts. In our politics-obsessed climate, cultivating culture can seem like a most ineffective way to affect the future of our polarized nation. Michael and Justus explore the ways that culture precedes and predicts politics.
    Stay tuned at the end for “Be the Beast,” from Warbler’s Sea of Glass (https://warblermusic.bandcamp.com/album/sea-of-glass).

    • 1 hr 4 min
    David Hamilton of RYFO on Keys to Healing the Artist-Church Divide

    David Hamilton of RYFO on Keys to Healing the Artist-Church Divide

    Justus talked with David Hamilton of RYFO to discuss what David sees as some key ways to heal the apparent divide between artists and the church through better community practices.
    Stay tuned at the end for “Living Water” by Fuel Music off their EP “The Life.”

    • 44 min
    Sex ’n Hip-Hop with Sho Baraka

    Sex ’n Hip-Hop with Sho Baraka

    Justus and Michael sat down with hip-hop artist Sho Baraka to discuss his work, his latest collaborative album with Vanessa Hill, and why he thinks the Christian community is so squeamish to discuss sex.
    Stay tuned at the end for the track “Nasty,” from So Many Feelings, by Sho Baraka and Vanessa Hill.

    • 44 min
    John Van Deusen: A Different Kind of “Hymn”

    John Van Deusen: A Different Kind of “Hymn”

    Justus chats on the phone with singer-songwriter John Van Deusen (http://johnvandeusen.com/) to discuss his life as a signed artist with Tooth & Nail Records, his testimony, and expanding the boundaries of what Christians are willing to call hymns.
    Stay tuned at the end to hear two tracks from John Van Deusen: “All Shall Be Well” from Every Power Wide Awake (https://iamjohnvandeusen.bandcamp.com/album/i-am-origami-pt-2-every-power-wide-awake), and “You Don’t Know What You’re Asking” from A Catacomb Hymn (https://open.spotify.com/album/601b2dRqWuGBNLQUxWkhDI?si=l3gSg3p7ShmnhAXj4hgk9A).

    • 45 min
    How to Solve a Puzzle Like Marty Sampson

    How to Solve a Puzzle Like Marty Sampson

    Your hosts Michael and Rusty get you up to date on the back-and-forth that has ensued from former Hillsong singer Marty Sampson’s announcement that he’s losing his faith. Along the way, they discuss John Cooper (of Skillet) and his viral rebuke, truth and feelings, psalms of doubt and lament, and the important role the local community plays in an artist’s spiritual health.
    Stay tuned until the end to hear “Valley” (https://civilizedcreature.bandcamp.com/track/valley-2) by Civilized Creature (https://civilizedcreature.bandcamp.com/) off of The Way Back Home.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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