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Join Mike Creavey as he explores faith and culture through movies, books, music, travel, food, and much more. Don't forget to wonder!

The Gracious Guest Show Mike Creavey

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Join Mike Creavey as he explores faith and culture through movies, books, music, travel, food, and much more. Don't forget to wonder!

    Ep. 74 - Mike's Top 3: Movie Entrance Scenes

    Ep. 74 - Mike's Top 3: Movie Entrance Scenes

    There's just something about making a really good entrance. That doesn't happen too often in real life, but it does on the Silver Screen. Allow me to share three of my favorite movie character entrance scenes with you today! To avoid spoilers ahead of time, make sure you listen first and then follow these links to see for yourself (you can also click them at certain moments I suggest within the podcast):
    > Clip 1 (from 1971)
    > Clip 2 (from 2002)
    > Clip 3 (from 1960)

    • 19 min
    Ep. 73 - Being a Gracious Guest

    Ep. 73 - Being a Gracious Guest

    As you have probably heard me explain at some point, "The Gracious Guest" is a title that works on many levels. Today I would like to just share a few practical suggestions on how to go about being one in general. I'll share just 5 tips on how you can be a truly gracious guest wherever you go. SPECIAL BONUS: I check-in with Noelle, my 3-year-old daughter/field correspondent!

    • 14 min
    Ep. 72 - Mike's Top 5: Wonderful Songs

    Ep. 72 - Mike's Top 5: Wonderful Songs

    Some musical pieces just strike you in a really special way. One song inexplicably lifts you up with a spirit of bold resolution. Another brings you to your knees in a quivering, emotional outburst. Why is that?! To muse on this a bit, I've selected a few to share with you! Click the links below or look these up to hear what I mean:
    - "Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis" - New Queen's Hall Orchestra; Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)…full version performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra here
    - "The World I Know" - Collective Soul (1995)
    - "O Magnum Mysterium" - Morten Lauridsen (2012)
    - "Wait for Me" - Susan Tedeschi (2002)
    - "The Parting Glass" - The High Kings (2008)

    • 23 min
    Ep. 71 - Santa Claus & "Belief"

    Ep. 71 - Santa Claus & "Belief"

    In 1897 an editorial entitled "Is There a Santa Claus?" appeared in The New York Sun. Prompted by an inquiring 8-year-old girl, the response remains famous to this day. But even though the editorial made some important points, I have some issues with it. Tune in to hear my breakdown!
    > Newseum article on the original editorial: https://www.newseum.org/exhibits/online/yes-virginia/
    > Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes,_Virginia,_there_is_a_Santa_Claus

    • 28 min
    Ep. 70 - Look at the Stars!

    Ep. 70 - Look at the Stars!

    Remember that scene in the original Men in Black movie where the outgoing agent looks up and just marvels at the stars saying, "They really are beautiful, aren't they? We never just look anymore…" He's right! And when we do look, we always get more than we bargained for. Tune in for more…

    • 38 min
    Ep. 69 - Reductionism is Lame.

    Ep. 69 - Reductionism is Lame.

    A few years ago I was inspired to write a blog post about a particularly troubling attitude that is quite prevalent out there. Folks who hold to a "reductionist" view of life tend to think they're realists, but in truth they close the door on the most real experiences of all! For more, check out this episode and read the blog post here: click for link.

    • 17 min

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