Art & Faith Conversations
By Libby John and Sarah Pieper
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What does creativity have to do with spirituality? We have conversations about how we are all designed to be innately creative. We ask questions and explore the joys and challenges of how art and faith intersect in life through interviews, stories and sharing our experiences.
||CleanSeason 2 EP 15: Jordan Raynor-A Serial Entrepeneur's View on Creativity & Risk||Entrepeneur and author, Jordan Raynor, joins us to talk about his latest book, "Called to Create." He helps artists, entrepreneurs, writers and all creatives see our work as serving God and others. He refers to God as the first...||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 EP14: Star Wars, Narnia, Middle Earth & The Heroes We Love||We discuss the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, and how heroism is portrayed throughout many of our popular films and stories. Guest, Ph.D. Chip Crane, joins us to discuss details about your favorite characters including Harry Potter, Bilbo...||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 EP13: David Leo Schultz: From Hollywood to Ragamuffin-Christian Movies Do Not Exist||Actor, comedian, writer and film director David Leo Schultz sat down with us to talk about the films he directed, Ragamuffin and Brennan. Both movies tell honest stories that show the darker side of our humanity in order to point to the true hero of...||1/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 EP12: Barnabas Piper-Where Have All the Curious People Gone?||Barnabas Piper joins us on the show to talk about his most recent book, The Curious Christian. We talk in depth about why curiosity is vital to our relationship with God and growing in our faith. We also discuss how necessary curiosity is...||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 EP11: Christians & the Ambient Music Genre||Salt of the Sound is made up of husband and wife, Ben and Anita Tatlow. Anita joined us to talk about their music and the niche they've found in ambient music to create soundscapes for prayer and reflection. Ambient music is described as...||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 EP10: Enter the Worship Circle-Responsive Creativity||Guest, Karla Adolphe, from the music duo Enter the Worship Circle, joins us to talk about the heart behind her and Ben Pasley's music and creativity. They consider themselves modern day Psalmists in which they find ways to respond with...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 EP9: "Fearless Creativity" with prophetic painter Codye Reystead||In this episode we ventured into the topic of the prophetic arts with Codye. She is a painter who paints live at corporate worship gatherings on large 4x4 foot canvases. She is an influential teacher and speaker on creativity and believes...||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 E8: Alabaster Co-The Bible Beautiful||Alabaster Co. was formed by business and creative partners Bryan Chung and Brian Chung. Two friends with the same name. They are passionate about exploring the intersection of creativity, beauty and faith in all of its forms. Bryan...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Ep7 with Steve Rooks: From Alvin Ailey to Martha Graham-faith and world class artistry||Steve Rooks is a compelling artist as a dancer and choreographer. He creates works for dance companies all over the world and currently teaches at Vassar College. You don't have to be a dancer to appreciate his wisdom about the...||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Ep6: Jenny & Tyler Music-Career, Calling and Social Justice||Tyler shares about he and Jenny's calling to keep writing and recording music even though at times they grow weary. We talk about the recording process, their inspiration for their music, humility, and their passion to support IJM, International...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 Ep5: Gracelaced-Ruth Chou Simons on Lingering in Truth and Beauty||Gracelaced author, painter, speaker Ruth Chou Simons joins us. We talk with her about her new illustrated devotional book, Gracelaced, with it's stunning and vivid imagery of her paintings paired with deep meditative readings based on the four...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 E4: The Turquoise Table author, Kristin Schell-The Art of Being Present||Author of The Turquoise Table, Kristin Schell, joins us! She talks about "Finding Community and Connection in Her Own Front Yard" and describes how her desire to practice the ministry of presence turned into a movement of hospitality that spread...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 E3: Steve Goold: Professional drummer-Humility and Fame from Behind the Drumset||Steve Goold has toured with Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector and Owl City. He's played and recorded for countless other names in the music industry. He shares about how he's grown in his faith and character though his experiences working with...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 E 2: Speaker Robia Scott-MTV, Prince, God and Healing||Speaker and author, Robia Scott tells about her career starting out as a dancer for music videos on MTV which led to touring with Prince for 2 years as "Pearl" of the Diamond & Pearl duo. She then went on to play a role in the original...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2 E1: There's No Prototype For This||We are joined by Stephen Roach, host of Makers & Mystics podcast, speaker, poet, author and musician. He is the founder of The Breath and the Clay arts movement which holds a conference and gathering of artists in March in North Carolina. He...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Summer Episode: Actor, Chris Massoglia "Having a Bold Faith in the Film Industry"||Actor, Chris Massoglia joins us to talk about his lead role in the upcoming film, "Because of Gracia" due out Sept. 15th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es8qKCZoX3c It has already won several major awards and is the highest rated faith film...||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: You Are Not Alone||We wrap up our first season of the podcast and take a look at how far we've come in a few short months since its birth. We share, transparently, how podcasting was not exactly what we felt experienced at but it's what we felt called to do and...||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Guest Ginny Owens-Choosing Love to be the Loudest Voice You Hear||Award winning recording artist Ginny Owens sat down with us to talk about her most recent album, Love be the Loudest. She reveals the story behind the title as she speaks candidly about living in a sea of noise as a blind person who hears many...||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: "Dear Artist, I've Been Looking for You" ~ God||Vincent Hardy shares his incredible testimony of discovering dance after battling obesity most of his young life and found himself at 315 pounds in 8th grade. As he started dance classes, the weight began to fall off and Vincent found his voice...||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Are You Willing to Kill Your Art?||We are joined by author, musician, marionette puppeteer, Philip Shorey who just released his debut book, Kill Your Art. http://killyourart.com Philip grew up in the 80's traveling the country in a camper with his parents doing puppeteer evangelism....||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Treasure Hunting for Joy-A Mother Artist's Journey of Grief & Faith||Author, educator and photographer, Sharon McKeeman, joins us on the show. She describes how early in her adult life, art and faith were viewed as completely separate. Only after beginning to share her story of the painful loss of a full...||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Loss, the Hard Work of Grief and the Permission to Dream Again: a Young Widow's Story||Becky L. McCoy tells her story of a long season of multiple losses in her family, including becoming a young widow with her 2nd baby on the way. She's honest about being angry with God and shares how only after doing the hard work of facing the...||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: How Attempting to Dance Away the Monsters Led to Healing & Freedom From Them(Part 2 in The Orphaned Artist Series)||We are joined by guest, Randall Flinn, founder and artistic director of Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, TX. He shares his incredible testimony of how he used dance all his life to run from the monsters in his heart as a result of his parent's...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Finding Your Place in an Unbelieving World and a Skeptical Church-PART 1 of The Orphaned Artist Series||Choreographer, Jolene Konkel, joins us to tell her story about finding God but discovering a lack of acceptance in the Christian culture that welcomed her dance talents. This led her to be a pioneer in merging the arts and faith in new ways that...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Available Creative-Why it's Important to Stay Creative and Share Your Work in Every Stage of Life||We hear about Libby John's singer/songwriter journey to releasing her first album, "Out Into the Deep" last fall. She shares the vulnerability and challenges she had to come to terms with to publish her work at a later stage of life that...||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Dreams Rerouted-The Sacred Journey of Surrender||Sarah shares her vulnerable journey about the divine detours she was led to take as her artistic career dreams were rerouted. She tells about the doubt, insecurity, tantrums and deeper joy she experienced through it all. We hear from...||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and the Value of the Written Word||Interview with Christopher "Chip" Crane Ph.D. A retired Naval Officer, senior lecturer at the Univ. of Maryland, writing consultant for homeland security & medieval literature and Tolkien scholar. Chip has also studied and teaches C. S....||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Modern church music-emotionalism vs. intellectualism, creative or confining||Local worship leader, Gina Zarletti, joins us to discuss the trends of modern day worship music in the church and whether it has to forsake artistic integrity to be conducive to corporate worship. We explore questions about how to balance emotionalism..||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: How our identity shapes and challenges our creativity||How does our identity shape and challenge our work as artists? As a Christian who is also an artist, how do those identities intertwine and merge? In this episode we talk about how becoming more secure in your identity allows you to be...||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: The War of Accepting Ourselves as Creative||What does creativity have to do with spirituality and faith? We have conversations about how we are all designed to be innately creative. We ask questions and explore the joys and challenges of how art and faith intersect in life through...||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Honest & Insightful
I have yet to experience a podcast that has such honest reflections and insights into life! They really weave their stories through in such interesting ways. I just finished reading a few works from Tolkien so I especially enjoyed thir interview that touched on his work.
A much needed conversation
I've been waiting for a podcast like this for awhile. I love the honesty and willingness to dive into conversations many artists and/or Christians avoid.
Loved this, everyone should join this conversation!