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A biblically minded podcast highlighting the people, conversations, and ethos of Cairn University.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
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A biblically minded podcast highlighting the people, conversations, and ethos of Cairn University.

    You’re Only Human (And That’s Alright!): A Conversation with Dr. Kelly M. Kapic

    You’re Only Human (And That’s Alright!): A Conversation with Dr. Kelly M. Kapic

    Episode Notes
    “Gift” and “good” aren’t words that usually come to mind when we think about our limitations. Dr. Kelly M. Kapic, author of You’re Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why That’s Good News, thinks this reveals a serious theological problem, writing that denying our finitude “distorts our view of God and what Christian spirituality should look like.” In this episode he joins Dr. Keith Plummer to explain how.

    • 48 min
    Social Media Isn't Free

    Social Media Isn't Free

    Episode Notes
    Chris Martin, author of Terms of Service: The Real Cost of Social Media, says social media has become so pervasive that not even non-users can fully escape it. He joins Dr. Keith Plummer to talk about how social media is influencing how we think and feel about life in largely negative ways and—most importantly, what Christians can do to resist. His is not a call to totally reject social media but rather, a call to greater awareness, intentionality, and wisdom.

    • 56 min
    Don't You Forget About Me: A Discussion of Middle Age Today

    Don't You Forget About Me: A Discussion of Middle Age Today

    Episode Notes
    The Dr. is in--again--and this time, Nate Wambold talks mid-life with Dr. Matt Miller, Director of Cairn's Counseling. Is Generation X long-forgotten and already checked out, or just spooling up to make a huge impact on future generations? Do middle aged men cry more easily, and how do men and women process middle age differently? Finally, what are some of the iconic moment of those who are now in mid-life, and will future generations have such shared experiences? Matt and Nate hit all of this and more on this episode of Cairn Commons.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Youth Ministry: Beyond Covid

    Youth Ministry: Beyond Covid

    Episode Notes
    Due to changes in the culture and a renewed vision for discipleship in youth ministry, many are re-examining approaches to youth ministry. The Covid-19 "Divine Disruption" accelerated changes and also revealed things about youth ministry that have served to clarify our true mission. In this episode, Youth Pastor Ben Best and Dr. Matt McAlack, director of the youth and family ministries program at Cairn University, discuss implications of the changes and refreshed opportunities that exist to reach and disciple teenagers.

    • 47 min
    Created for Communion, Settling for Connection: A Conversation with Dr. Felicia Wu Song

    Created for Communion, Settling for Connection: A Conversation with Dr. Felicia Wu Song

    Episode Notes
    Faithfully following Jesus in a digital and media-saturated society involves more than not using our devices for explicitly immoral purposes. Forming biblical wisdom requires being aware of how our technological practices might be shaping us in ways contrary to that of Christ. Listen to Dr. Felicia Wu Song, author of Restless Devices: Recovering Personhood, Presence and Place in the Digital Age, discuss these important matters with Dr. Keith Plummer.

    • 48 min
    A Layman's Guide to Philosophy: Part 2

    A Layman's Guide to Philosophy: Part 2

    If you are curious about philosophy but it seems a little too abstract to tackle on your own--this podcast is for you. What is philosophy? How do I get started in studying? Are the stereotypes of philosophers valid, and is there any difference in how the Christian ought to conceive of theology? Cairn's assistant professor, Bob Larocca, tackles these interesting subjects and more in this two-part podcast series.

    • 43 min

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Matt McAlack

Dr. McAlack's deep passion for Jesus and for teenagers to know Him comes through very strongly here. I appreciate his words, as a former student of Cairn U I got to sit in a classroom listening to him, and how the University is developing and keeping up with current trends, such as utilizing podcasts. I am going to pass this along to my youth pastor friends as well. Thanks Matt and Cairn U!

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