Why Is Balance So Difficult?

I’m up to my armpits in deadlines this week, folks.
 
I did it to myself. I procrastinated. I slept in. You know how it happens.
 
It’s gotten me thinking a lot about the entropy that all of us face when it comes to anything good in our lives. The gravity of the world is from order to disorder. Weeds ruin gardens. Rows of crops merge. Skills, unpracticed, become more and more difficult. Diets wane. And we find ourselves dealing with root-filled, unplowed ground like we’re learning something for the first time again.

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John McCain and the Distorted Lens of Now

In the wake of the death of Senator John McCain, perhaps at last our culture will “think what we are doing.” This phrase comes from Hannah Arendt, who in the late 1950’s was observing a kind of thoughtlessness that would lead us to the mindless mass culture that plagues us today. Or as Alan Jacobs put it, “we damn well better be asking ourselves what else is happening.” Time will tell.

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This Isn't New Testament Christianity

Russ Moore’s career straddles the line between faith and politics and faith and culture, and in his role as President of the ERLC, he is often called upon to speak to both Christians and the world at large about the implications of everything from the Trump phenomenon to the corrosive effects of technology on families.

Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced by Mike Cosper, recorded by Eddie Morris, Edited and Mixed by Mark Owens. Music for this episode is from Dan Phelps, with our theme song by Roman Candle.

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My Faith Has Shaped My Life - Phil Keaggy Pt. 2

This week, Mike and Phil Keaggy dig deeper in part two of their interview by talking about Keaggy’s faith and how it has shaped his life and music, especially as an instrumentalist. Along the way, Keaggy shares the story of how he came to jam with Paul McCartney at a wedding.

Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced by Mike Cosper, recorded by Eddie Morris, Edited by Quinnette Connor and Mixed by Mark Owens. Music for this episode is from Glass Harp and Phil Keaggy, with our theme song by Roman Candle. Special thanks to Jeremy Kinsella for making this episode possible.

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Where Does Your Life Need Pruning?

Jesus talks about pruning in John 15, where he describes himself as the True Vine and his Father as the gardener who prunes away branches that don’t bear fruit so those that do bear fruit are more, well, fruitful. We often think of this in absolute terms – being pruned means being completely cut off – but she was thinking about it as something we all experience. There are branches of our lives that have to be cut away so that the rest of our life can flourish.

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God Saved Me For A Purpose - Phil Keaggy Pt. 1

This week, Mike sits down with Phil Keaggy, legendary guitarist, to discuss his remarkable career and life with God. Keaggy is a welcome respite from all the shouting and narcissism that appears to rule the day. Rather, his is a gentle presence, despite a ferocious style that got him first noticed.

Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced by Mike Cosper, recorded by Eddie Morris, Edited by Quinnette Connor and Mixed by Mark Owens. Music for this episode is from Glass Harp and Phil Keaggy, with our theme song by Roman Candle. Special thanks for Jeremy Kinsella for making this episode possible.

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My Faith Was All I Had - Justin Forsett

This week, Mike sits down with Justin Forsett, retired NFL running back and entrepreneur. Despite playing 9 seasons in the NFL, Forsett was alway undervalued as too small or too slow. His story is one of great faith and perseverance in the face of huge obstacles.

 Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced by Mike Cosper and recorded, edited and mixed by Mark Owens. Our theme song is by Roman Candle, and our music is by Dan Phelps and Roman Candle.

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Alison Whitehurst on Leaving the Big Things to God

This week, we visited with Alison Whitehurst in New York, where she’s been working up a storm in productions like the first National tour of Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalThe Fortress of Solitude, at The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway; and the world premiere of Born For This, a musical celebrating the incredible true story of Bebe Winans. She opened up about the pressures of life in The Theatre and charted her life from Texas to New York and the central role her faith plays in guiding her life.

Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced and mixed by Mike Cosper and edited by TJ Hester. Our theme song is by Roman Candle. Music by Roman Candle and Dan Phelps.

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Esteban Shedd on Missional Hip-Hop

This week, Esteban Shedd stopped by to talk to Mike about the music he makes with Alert312 and how hip-hop culture shaped faith and led him to launch Streetlights Bible, an audio version infused with hip-hop rhythms to engage folks who might otherwise not read the Bible. Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced and edited by Mike Cosper and mixed by Mark Owens. Our theme music is by Roman Candle, with additional music by Alert312.

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Taking Grace to the Sex Industry

Rachelle Starr didn’t exactly have a plan the night she led three friends to a local strip club. All she knew was that God had placed a call on her to do something kind and loving for the women who worked there. Her obedience led to the creation of Scarlet Hope, a ministry devoted to sharing the love of Christ with women in the adult entertainment industry.

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The Origins of Christian Rock

Season 3 of Cultivated kicks-off with one of our favorite people, making his second appearance on the podcast: Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury. Greg stopped by to talk about his book Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?, a biography about Larry Norman and the origins of Christian rock music. It’s a fascinating story that raises questions about both the role of the artist and the dangers of the Christian subculture.

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Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman, along with his creative partner David Levien, is the creator of the Showtime series Billions and writer of the film Ocean's Thirteen. Brian also hosts Mike's favorite podcast, The Moment, which you can check out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-moment-with-brian-koppelman/id814550071?mt=2

Today's conversation focuses on the need for meaningful work and meaningful living.

 

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Steadfast

For the last episode of Steadfast season one, Sandra sits down in Nashville with producer and longtime friend Cason Cooley to talk about their experiences in recording music and how God's steadfastness shows up in the process.

Steadfast is a production of Harbor Media and the Narrativo Group
Produced and edited by Mike Cosper and TJ Hester
Mixed by Mark Owens
Recorded in Nashville, TN

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Vito Aiuto

Vito Aiuto is one half of the indie band Welcome Wagon, along with his wife Monique. He’s also the pastor of a church in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On this episode, we talk about the parallel journeys he’s taken as an artist and a pastor, about working with Sufjan Stevens, and about a variety of challenges that pastors and Christians face in our world today. 

 

Cultivated is a production of the Narrativo Group and Harbor Media

Produced by Mike Cosper

Edited by TJ Hester

Mixed by Mark Owens

Our music on this episode is by Welcome Wagon

Our theme song is by Roman Candle

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