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Faith & culture writer Ericka Andersen hosts "Worth Your Time," a podcast featuring interviews with interesting women (and the occasional man) that you won't hear from on every other program. She features entrepreneurs, political leaders, athletes, authors, faith leaders, activists & more. Ericka's political, faith and writing background leads her to speak with conservatives, liberals, independents and apolitical folks. She doesn't shy away from entertaining controversial topics with grace. Most importantly, you'll find substantive conversation about things that matter -- and inspire. She talks with people doing important, fascinating work and learning from what drives them to make the world better.

Worth Your Time Ericka Andersen

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 89 Ratings

Faith & culture writer Ericka Andersen hosts "Worth Your Time," a podcast featuring interviews with interesting women (and the occasional man) that you won't hear from on every other program. She features entrepreneurs, political leaders, athletes, authors, faith leaders, activists & more. Ericka's political, faith and writing background leads her to speak with conservatives, liberals, independents and apolitical folks. She doesn't shy away from entertaining controversial topics with grace. Most importantly, you'll find substantive conversation about things that matter -- and inspire. She talks with people doing important, fascinating work and learning from what drives them to make the world better.

    Richella Parham: Find Freedom From Comparison

    Richella Parham: Find Freedom From Comparison

    Richella Parham is a mom of three, writer and author of the book, "Mythical Me: Finding Freedom From Constant Comparison." Throughout her life, Richella has struggle with comparison -- from appearance to achievements to personality traits. As an adult, she finally found a breakthrough and writes about the many cultural and spiritual myths so many women believe to their detriment.
    In today's interview, I chat with Richella about growing up with a rare skin condition that she felt set her apart, and how that contributed to her comparison mindset. We also talk about how she's dealt with the health conditions her children have endured and she was able to get through extremely tough moments as a Mom.
    Richella has a beautiful heart and a refreshing perspective that we can all learn from. I truly enjoyed this conversation and know you will take so much from it!

    • 59 min
    Mary DeMuth: The Church and Sexual Assault

    Mary DeMuth: The Church and Sexual Assault

    Mary DeMuth has written over 40 books and her recent "We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis" -- took a lot out of her. Mary is still healing from wounds of sexual abuse in her past, as she many likely will be for a lifetime.
    As the #MeToo movement traveled across the country several years ago, the #ChurchToo movement followed close behind. There is abuse in the Church, beyond what was previously known, and there are those who would protect rather than preserve justice. Mary is a leading voice in helping churches choose differently and act justly. Churches have begun to change and address these things more recently, but it's simply not enough.
    There's a lot going on in the world but sexual assault and abuse is rampant and the time is always right for conversation. Mary's personal story is heartbreaking, but her personal redemption and heart for other victims is empowering. This work matters and I was privileged to have the opportunity to speak with her.
    Recent Episodes:

    Sharon Hodde Miller: Use Your Voice

    Safe Haven Baby Boxes: Interview with Founder Monica Kelsey

    K.J. Ramsey: A Chronic Pain Condition & Pain in Suffering

    • 40 min
    Sharon Hodde Miller: God Calls us to Use Our Voices

    Sharon Hodde Miller: God Calls us to Use Our Voices

    My episode today is with Sharon Hodde Miller, author, speaker, church planter, mom -- and a very wise soul in my opinion. In Sharon's latest book, "Nice," she covers the concept of Christian "niceness" and how we've confused being "nice" with being a Christ follower.
    This episode was recorded just before COVID and definitely before the recent racial justice protests in our country, but I found so much of it extremely relevant to the current conversation. We have a responsibility as Christians to speak out for justice. We discuss how Jesus approach situations like the ones we are seeing today. It always helps to consider the age old question: What would Jesus do?
    Sharon enlightens me on why she values the Church s much -- and why it's so important for Christians to cherish it to -- even when they've been hurt or disappointed by it. I have long appreciated Sharon's thoughtful, nuanced commentary on social media and encourage you to give her a follow as well,
    Connect with Sharon:

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Twitter


    What we talked about:

    Free of Me (Sharon's first book)

    Nice

    This Cultural Moment

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    • 53 min
    Every Life Matters: Monica Kelsey of Save Haven Baby Boxes

    Every Life Matters: Monica Kelsey of Save Haven Baby Boxes

    I'm speaking with Monica Kelsey, Pro-life Speaker, founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes! In the past 18 months, 6 babies from Indiana have been safely surrendered in a Baby Box.
    In today's interview, Monica shares her story of being abandoned as a baby and great redemption she found in her life. Her story is hard to hear, but beautiful to recognize how God can work in every situation.
    Safe Haven Baby Boxes are saving lives and giving moms who are scared and unable to parent, an option, even when they feel they have run out of options.
    National Safe Haven Crisis line: 1-866-99BABY1
    *Make sure your community is aware of Safe Haven Laws, so a baby is never abandoned to die again.

    • 39 min
    K.J. Ramsey: A Chronic Pain Condition and Faith in Suffering

    K.J. Ramsey: A Chronic Pain Condition and Faith in Suffering

    K.J. Ramsey is a writer, therapist and person who suffers from chronic pain. In her new book, "This Too Shall Last," K.J. writes about living with faith in the midst of pain that may not end. She told me one of the worst things those suffering hear from well-meaning loved ones is, "This too shall pass." Thus, the name of her book. And, well, sometimes things don't.
    In today's interview, I speak with her about living with her condition for over a decade, how she manages and what she does to remember God's goodness in the midst of it. K.J. writes and speaks about the way community and pain are linked -- and how our brains process struggles of all kinds. She talks about how she gets through her toughest days and what it's like to be an at-risk person during COVID-19.
    A truly inspiring conversation with a woman who will touch your heart with her wisdom.
    Connect with K.J.:

    Facebook

    Instagram

    Twitter



    Recent Episodes:

    Jennifer Allwood: Fear is Not the Boss of You

    Alyson Premo: Founder of Sober Mom Tribe

    Lauren McAfee: Adoption, Cancer & Trusting God

    Out of Africa: Rachel Pieh Jones’ Fascinating Life in Djbouti

    • 56 min
    Mark Sayers: The Church Then, Now and Beyond (BONUS)

    Mark Sayers: The Church Then, Now and Beyond (BONUS)

    Mark Sayers is a renowned author, pastor and speaker -- and I was so excited to get an interview with him for a bonus episode this week. His books, specifically "Disappearing Church" and "Reappearing Church," completely blew my mind with their incredible insight and analysis on the Western Christian church, post-Christian culture and what the history of the Church reveals about how God is moving RIGHT NOW. Mark's work came blasting into crazy relevancy with COVID-19 because he writes so beautifully about how God works in tragedy, crisis, transition and change -- all things we are experiencing worldwide right now.
    This episode is relevant to COVID, but also important for anyone who cares about faith, the future of the Church and wants some good news about what God's doing in the West, despite what the headlines or doomsday statistics may say. His books inspired my recent Wall Street Journal op/ed and his work has influenced the aim I'm taking in my next book.
    I was honored to get this interview with Mark (who is in Australia) so we were on different days while recording and please stay till the end because his answers get really good in the last few moments.
    Learn more about Mark here!
    This Cultural Moment podcast

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

hendy221 ,

Powerful

I really enjoy listening to Ericka’s podcast! She has amazing guests and does a fantastic job asking questions that get to the heart of powerful issues. I would definitely recommend!

NannyHeather ,

Empowering

I’m not much of a podcast listener, but I have enjoyed listening to Ericka’s podcasts. She is a great interviewer and interviews some really great and empowering women. I love her passion and her willingness to take on some BIG topics! This is definitely a podcast I will follow!!

MollyScanlon116 ,

Love Ericka!

This podcast is great! Ericka is intelligent and engaging and her guests are always interesting

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