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Preview: The RELEVANT Podcast


The weekly show from RELEVANT magazine discussing the news, faith, culture and ridiculousness that matters to your life. Plus guests! The RELEVANT Podcast features the creators of RELEVANT magazine discussing the stuff that matters to your life, with in-s


Episode 515: Tim Tebow

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:08:00 +0000

This week, we talk with college football legend, author, broadcaster and baseball player Tim Tebow about overcoming disappointment, finding your identity outside of outward success and his new book “Shaken.” We also hear some painfully hilarious Halloween horror stories from listeners, discuss why election season is so stressful, talk about how Lil Wayne almost had a dramatic career change and give you some idea for spicing up your big “harvest party.”

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Episode 514: Chris Thile

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:39:00 +0000

This week, we talk with musician Chris Thile, the Nickel Creek member who’s taking the reins of the iconic public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion" this weekend. We discuss what it’s like filling the shoes left by Garrison Keillor, why he thinks Radiohead would be a great fit on the show and how the weekly broadcast is like a church service. We also meet two new members of the RELEVANT team, have a special sequel to the Town Hall debate (The Reckoning!), see what Nic Cage is up to, discuss the possibility of aliens and a lot more!

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Episode 513: David Oyelowo & Jonathan David and Melissa Helser

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:17:00 +0000

This week, we talk with actor David Oyelowo about his powerful new film "Queen of Katwe" and the role that faith plays in his life and career. Husband and wife singer/songwriter duo Jonathan David and Melissa Helser also join us to talk about modern worship and their new album out now, "Beautiful Surrender." We also hear the new song from Lecrae and Leon Bridges, discuss Hillsong New York’s stand for Black Lives Matter, learn about how the discovery of a 2,700-year-old toilet confirms an obscure Bible story and a lot more!

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Episode 512: Derek Minor

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:41:00 +0000

This week, we talked with hip-hop artist Derek Minor about his EP "1014," the state of modern hip-hop and why Christians can not be silent about racial injustice. Also, Science Mike McHargue joins us for discussions about the Snap Spectacles, the world’s largest telescope, the merits of Arrested Development and more. The gang also plays a new fall TV-themed game, listen to Bieber lead worship and find out what science tells us about why so many people are interested in celebrity news.

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Episode 511: Crowder & Matthew Soerens

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:15:00 +0000

This week, Crowder performs songs from his new album “American Prodigal” live from the studio. We also talk with Matthew Soerens, the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief and the co-author of “Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis,” about how you can help some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The gang also talks about the evolution of late-night comedy and the war on drugs. They discuss Andy Mineo’s beef with “Esquire” magazine, learn about a dental industry conspiracy and a lot more!

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Episode 510: Lauren Daigle & Hasan Minhaj

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:54:00 +0000

This week, Grammy-nominated singer Lauren Daigle stops by to perform songs off of her album "How Can It Be." We also talk with Senior Daily Show correspondent and comedian Hasan Minhaj about race, religion and his new one-man show “Homecoming King." The gang also discusses how George Clooney’s organization uncovered corruption fueling war in South Sudan, the new "Wrinkle in Time" movie adaptation, burrito drones, politics in the pulpit and a whole lot more.

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Episode 509: Banning Liebscher and All Sons & Daughters

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 20:53:00 +0000

This week, the worship music duo All Sons & Daughters stop by to perform songs off their brand new album Poets & Saints. Also, Jesus Culture Sacramento Pastor Banning Liebscher discusses the powerful message behind his new book, Rooted: The Hidden Places Where God Develops You.

The gang also discusses the new show from the Mythbusters team, the food waste crisis, underwater robot drones, an exciting new venture in the goggle business and a lot more!

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Episode 508: Leagues

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 21:41:00 +0000

This week, we talk with Leagues frontman Thad Cockrell about the band's upcoming album “Alone Together,” what it’s like following up a hit debut and why music can change the way people think about social issues. We also take a look at the brand new issue of RELEVANT featuring “Ben-Hur” star Jack Huston, recap Cameron’s trip to Hawaii to see the Mars simulation dome (seriously!), debate the merits of preheating, learn about Pharrell’s church background and have a couple of experts (Science Mike and Shauna Niequist) call in to set us straight on a few things.

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Episode 507: Nate Bargatze

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:02:00 +0000

This week, we’re joined by comedian Nate Bargatze who discusses his faith, what it’s like to perform on "The Tonight Show," his worst gig ever and more. Also, the gang talks about what your Instagram feed says about your mental health, why Jim Gaffigan is ending his show, pizza delivery drones and a lot more!

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Episode 506: Colony House & Rick Warren

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:53:00 +0000

This week, Colony House joins us to talk about their upcoming album “Only the Lonely.” Also, author and pastor Rick Warren discusses how Christians can navigate these politically polarizing times. Cameron and Eddie recap their epic visit to an auction at Orlando’s “Holy Land Experience” theme park, we discuss the legacy of DJ Official, break down the latest update from Making a Murderer, find out why the Pope is throwing pizza parties and much more!

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Episode 505: Hillsong United

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:42:00 +0000

This week, we sit down with Hillsong United to discuss their upcoming documentary “Let Hope Rise" from filmmaker Michael John Warren (the director of Jay Z’s “Fade to Black”) and the global worship movement. Cameron and Jesse also recap their annual visit to Lollapalooza, and we listen to some of their favorite bands they saw at the festival. Also, our old friend Calvin joins us to discuss the most inefficient Olympic swimming methods, drones, how to add two years onto your life and much more!

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Episode 504: Shauna Niequist

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 22:24:00 +0000

This week, author and speaker Shauna Niequist discusses the importance of slowing down, why the idea of ‘efficiency’ is overrated and her new book Present Over Perfect. We’re also joined by a special guest co-host “Science” Mike McHargue, who not only sets us straight on our misconceptions about everything from sleep to narwhals, but also talks about the story behind his upcoming book Finding God in the Waves.

Also the gang unravels the floss conspiracy that’s rocked the dental world and we discuss Chris Pratt praying for people on Twitter and much more.

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Episode 503: Os Guinness

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

This week on the podcast, we talk with author and the social critic Os Guinness about the challenges—and opportunities—facing Christians in the 21-century, digital world. Jesse introduces a groundbreaking new game (called Shark Tank Rejects). We discuss open marriages, weird Fresh Prince of Bel-Air mashups, basketball legend Michael Jordan and much, much more.

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Episode 502: Jon Foreman & Jeremy Courtney

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:22:00 +0000

This week on the show, Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman tells us about his five all-time favorite songs that should be on your summer playlist and Preemptive Love Coalition founder Jeremy Courtney discusses the escalating violence in Iraq—and how you can help. We also hear about the hazards of the ‘Pokemon Go’ craze, figure out how to improve the game of golf, discuss bullying on Twitter and much more!

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Episode 501: Chuck Klosterman & Lisa Sharon Harper

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:38:00 +0000

This week, we talk to culture critic and author Chuck Klosterman about his new book on the nature of truth. It’s a fascinating conversation, especially for Christians. Also, activist and author Lisa Sharon Harper joins us to talk about gaining a new understanding of biblical justice. And of course, Pokemon Go makes an appearance.

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Episode 500: Scott Harrison

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 22:01:00 +0000

It's the 500th episode of the RELEVANT Podcast, and to celebrate we recorded this episode 100% live and uncut in front of a studio audience. Charity: water founder Scott Harrison joins us to talk about their incredible work ... and about Trapped in the Cage, Jesse's "psychological endurance challenge" to raise money to build wells. He'll be watching Nicolas Cage movies for 24 straight hours (you can follow along at A lot of crazy stuff happens on this episode -- it's a fitting way to celebrate the big 5-0-0.

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:21:00 +0000

This week, NEEDTOBREATHE frontman Bear Rinehart discusses the five songs that changed his life and influenced his songwriting. We also play our epic annual Fourth of July game: “Indie Rock Band or Firework,” the editors take you behind the scenes of the new issue of RELEVANT and we give some very important updates about the 500th episode recording.

Also, we let you know about the latest developments in our upcoming "Trapped in the Cage" challenge, where Jesse will be locked in a room watching nothing but Nicolas Cage movies for 24 hours straight to raise money for charity: water. Don’t miss it!

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Episode 498: Social Club Misfits

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:49:00 +0000

This week, hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits joins us to discuss their influences, their latest album “The Misfit Generation” and the messages behind their music. We also talk with Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, about how to maintain your convictions in an era of hostile political rhetoric.

The gang listens to yacht rock Bieber remixes, gives an update on a modern-day Noah’s ark and much more! Also, don’t miss an important update about our upcoming 500th episode recording and the Trapped in the Cage fundraising event.

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Episode 497: Hillsong Young & Free

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 22:26:00 +0000

This week, we’re joined by Orlando-area pastors Cole NeSmith (City Beautiful Church), Josh Turner (Celebration Church Orlando) and Justin Johnson (One Church) to discuss the tragic shooting that occurred last weekend at a local gay nightclub, how the community has responded and how you can help those affected. Hillsong Young & Free joins us to talk about the deeper meanings behind songs on their latest album “Youth Revival,” and our old friend Adam Smith stops by to help us breakdown the Curry 2 dad shoes, rank America’s “worst” states and hear your ideas for the coming “Locked in the Cage” challenge.

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Episode 496: Dustin Kensrue and 'The Conjuring 2' Writers

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:48:00 +0000

This week, we talk with Thrice frontman Dustin Kensrue about the band’s hit new album “To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere,” its political undertones and how his experience at Mars Hill shaped some of the songs. We chat with screenwriters Chad and Carey Hayes about how they incorporate their faith into horror films, including this week’s new release “The Conjuring 2.” The gang also reveals our big plans for the upcoming 500th episode and Chandler stars in the single most awkward segment we’ve ever produced. Trust us, this is one you’re going to remember.

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Episode 495: Malachi Kirby

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 22:18:00 +0000

This week on the podcast, we talk with the star of the hit new miniseries Roots, Malachi Kirby. He discusses the legacy of the show, what it’s like playing Kunte Kinte and the role his Christian faith plays in his acting career. Also, our old friend Adam Smith joins us for discussions about bacon, Chance the Rapper and meteors, and to play the toughest Australia-themed game you’ve ever heard. Trust us, this is a fun one.

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Episode 494: Christine Caine

Fri, 27 May 2016 21:00:00 +0000

This week on the podcast, Christine Caine discusses the importance of overcoming shame, how to find healing, and the amazing work her anti-human trafficking organization A21 is doing around the world. And, for Shauna’s last episode, we have listeners call in to get her very best party hosting and pest control advice. We also debate the best strategies for beating an “escape room,” listen to the Chewbacca Lady get autotuned, discuss a major development with “Arrested Development” and much, much more!

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Episode 493: Kevin Max

Sat, 21 May 2016 00:17:00 +0000

This is the week you’ve all been waiting for. On the new podcast, we sit down for an extended interview with DC Talk’s Kevin Max, hear songs from his new album “Playing Games with the Shadow,” hear about what it’s like to be a part of Christian music’s biggest band and learn the story behind the band’s upcoming cruise reunion. The gang also tries to figure out Vince Vaughn’s extremely awkward Liberty University commencement “speech,” we discuss the dangers of binge watching and much, much more. Don’t miss this one.

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Episode 492: Lauren Daigle & Dr. Dan Allender

Fri, 13 May 2016 21:37:00 +0000

This week on the podcast, Lauren Daigle tells us about the five songs that changed her life. Dr. Dan Allender gives a powerful interview about recognizing and recovering from patterns of abuse in your past. We discuss the bonkers new reality show from Sylvester Stallone, Chance the Rapper’s incredible ‘Tonight Show’ performance, learn about Shauna’s unwelcome houseguest and a lot more.

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Episode 491: Joshua DuBois

Fri, 06 May 2016 22:27:00 +0000

This week on the podcast, we talk with author and the former head of the White House's Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Joshua DuBois about why Christians need to stay engaged in politics. Eddie and Joy attempt to solve a truly confounding problem from a listener. We discuss some big DC Talk news and its life-changing implications for Eddie, discuss the latest from Radiohead and much, much more.

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Episode 490: Jordan Smith

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:19:00 +0000

This week on the podcast, Voice winner Jordan Smith talks about going from a church singer to the best-selling artist the show has ever produced. We talk to two of the people behind the recent documentary For the Love Of, about why Christians should care about climate change. Cameron and the editors take a look at the new issue of RELEVANT, we discuss a plan to sail Noah’s ark across the Atlantic, Mothers’ Day gift ideas, Bono’s conversation with Eugene Peterson and much, much more. Trust us, this is a good one.

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Episode 489: John Mark McMillan

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 22:32:00 +0000

This week on the show, singer/songwriter John Mark McMillan discusses the five songs that changed his life. Also, author and theologian Jeremiah J. Johnston talks about the big questions Christians need to be able to answer. Photographer-to-the-stars Andy Barron steps in as guest host, Joy updates us on her “investigation” into one of the world’s great mysteries, and much more.

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Episode 488: Andrew W.K.

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:29:00 +0000

This week on the show, we talk with Andrew W.K. about his new, alternative political party, “The Party Party” and why he thinks it can change America. Also, Shauna warns us about the dangers of overdue Blockbuster videos, we find out about the most scientifically effective way to apologize and learn how Mark Zuckerberg might change the way we think about space travel.

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Episode 487: Phil Wickham and John Eldredge

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 22:44:00 +0000

This week on the show, worship artist Phil Wickham tells us how losing his voice inspired his new album, Children of God. Also, we talk to author John Eldredge about how we all might be getting prayer wrong—and why he doesn’t tell people “I’ll pray for you” anymore. Jesse breaks the news about about Samsung's Terminator eye, and more than once we’re forced to ask, “Why that baby up so late?" The episode is sponsored by the PBS Miniseries “Jackie Robinson” and Casper.

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Episode 486: Jamie Tworkowski

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:05:00 +0000

This week on the show, we talk with To Write Love on Her Arms founder Jamie Tworkowski on the organization’s 10th anniversary. The indie rock outfit Run River North stops by to perform some songs from their new album “Drinking from a Salt Pond,” we meet the newest member of the team and send Jeremiah off in style.

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Episode 485: Audrey Assad

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:59:00 +0000

This week on the show we have an incredible in-studio performance by Audrey Assad. She recently put out a new album and came by the studio to play a few of her favorite songs for us. Plus, we hear from Father James Martin about Easter and the cast debates the origins of nicknames.

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Episode 484: Rend Collective Performs

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 21:28:00 +0000

This week on the show we have a special in studio performance by Northern Irish band Rend Collective. Also, we hear from author Nabeel Qureshi about his new book “Answering Jihad” and Cameron has returned from his world travels to host.

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Episode 483: The 2016 Awards

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:36:00 +0000

This week we present the winners of the 2016 awards, featuring a guest appearance by Keke Pounds/Gibb. Also, we hear new music from Andrew Peterson and Joy is back! Our illustrious producer Jeremiah subs in as this week's host and the cast does their part to make him feel welcome and supported.

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Episode 482: Rob Bell

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 22:31:00 +0000

This week on the the show we speak with author and speaker Rob Bell about his new book “How to Be Here”. Cameron sat down with him to ask him some really hard hitting questions and we get a unique perspective on what he’s been up to for the past few years. Also, we hear from artist Greg Laswell about his new album and the gang gets deep into some carny talk. So, you know, business as usual.

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Episode 481: Gallant

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 22:26:00 +0000

This week on the show we have a packed episode. We speak with innovative new artist Gallant about his music and influences, hear from the editorial team about the brand new issue of the magazine, and most importantly, get the “Joy Wedding Recap” everyone has been waiting for. Also, Shauna is back and Cameron finally decides what his shtick will be at future Magic games.

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Episode 480: Lecrae

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 21:58:00 +0000

On this week’s show we speak with Lecrae. He was on the cover of our most recent issue of the magazine, and recently dropped a new album “Church Clothes 3”. Also, we speak with author Lauren Chandler about her new book “Steadfast Love”, and discuss the injustices of this year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

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Episode 479: Propaganda and JOHNNYSWIM

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:00:00 +0000

This week on the show, we speak with rapper, author, and poet Propaganda about Black History Month and the state of racial diversity in America. Also, we hear from band JOHNNYSWIM about their new live album and Jesse brings us (another) story about how he almost died.

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Episode 478: Seth Godin

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:37:00 +0000

This week on the show we speak with entrepreneur and author Seth Godin about changing the world. Also, we we have two fantastic in-studio performances from Phillip Larue and get some much need Valentine’s Day advice from Jesse and Shauna.

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Episode 477: Joseph Fiennes

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:50:00 +0000

This week on the RELEVANT Podcast, we talk with actor Joseph Fiennes about his new film Risen. Also, Jesse has a roundtable discussion about the upcoming Oscars and Tiffanie returns to offer up some helpful sports tips to those getting prepped for Super Bowl 50ish.

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Episode 476: MUTEMATH

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:12:00 +0000

This week on the RELEVANT Podcast, MUTEMATH comes on the show to walk us through a few of their favorite tracks from their critically acclaimed new album “Vitals”. Also, we have an enlightening conversation with Michelle Higgins about the #blacklivesmatter movement and Jeremiah finally gets the surprise birthday he’s never dreamed of having.

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Episode 475: Jesus Culture

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:29:00 +0000

This week on the show, we have a special in-studio performance from Jesus Culture. They came by the studio recently to play us a few of their favorite tracks from their brand new album “Let it Echo”. Also, the editorial team walks us through the newest issue of the magazine and Science Mike joins for a very scientific game.

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Episode 474: Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 22:25:00 +0000

This week on the show we ring in the new year with Claire Diaz-Ortiz. We talk with her about her new book “Design Your Day”. We also have a special in-studio performance by Fleurie, and listeners call in to get some sage New Year’s resolution advice from the whole cast.

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Episode 473: The Best of 2015

Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:45:00 +0000

This week we bring you our favorite interviews and performances from this past year. Interview guests include Judah Smith, Roma Downey, David Oyelowo and Michael K. Williams. And in-studio performance guests include Hillsong Worship, John Mark McMillan and Gungor. We also have two Christmas treats for you, so make sure you listen through the whole episode! It's been a great year for the podcast and we're so thankful for our family of listeners who download these episodes every week, interact with us on Twitter, send us fan mail, and call in to participate in various games and other fun segments. We'll be off next week, but we’ll be back on January 8th. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and we'll talk to you again after the New Year.

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Episode 472: Rend Collective

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:01:00 +0000

This week on the show we have Rend Collective. They walk us through a few of their favorite tracks from their album “Campfire Christmas Vol. 1”. We also speak with pulitzer-prize winning journalist Maurice Possley about true-crime and wrongful convictions, and we have (almost) the whole cast in the studio!

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Episode 471: Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:47:00 +0000

This week on the show, we speak with writer and pastor Rich Wilkerson, Jr. We also have a holiday themed game, new jingles, and after 10 long years we meet The Russian...

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Episode 470: Louie Giglio

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00:29:00 +0000

This week on the show we talk with writer and pastor Louie Giglio about his new book The Comeback, and we have special in-studio performances from Jon Guerra and Fleurie. Also, the cast rants about Christmas and Eddie just saw Magnolia.

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Episode 469: Chris Tomlin

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 22:21:00 +0000

This week on the show Chris Tomlin walks us through some of his favorite tracks from his new Christmas album “Adore”. Also, we speak with Lee Strobel about his new book “The Case for Hope” and the cast finds out the Jeremiah’s family were dumpster divers.

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Episode 468: Kim Walker-Smith

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:13:00 +0000

This week on the show, we kick of the Christmas season with in studio performances by Kim Walker-Smith and Andy Squyres. We also speak with Johnnie Moore about ISIS, and debut some of the tracks from A Very RELEVANT Christmas, Vol. 5.

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Episode 467: Eric Metaxas

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:22:00 +0000

This week on the show we speak with podcast favorite Eric Metaxas about his new book, and Andy Squyres performs for us in the studio. Also, Eddie and Joy bring the same slice...which obviously leads to a conversation about the red Starbucks cups.

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Episode 466: Matt Maher and Jon Guerra Perform

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:52:00 +0000

This week on the show we have a special in-studio performance by Jon Guerra and Matt Maher. Also, we chat with author Sarah Bessey about her new book and the cast recaps Halloween (and how Joy almost got murdered).

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