The City Podcast: Opera 101

by Timothy Motte on March 24, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Randall Gremillion, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Tim Motte

Opera is a big idea.

Did you know that it is essentially the product of a 16th century think tank? And that this is a good thing? Did you know that opera unifies all the arts? Did you know that operas are still being written today? And did you know that opera does not have to be difficult?

Dr. Reynolds thinks that you should listen to opera. And today we’re talking with opera singer, Randy Gremillion. You’ll also hear 3 things you should do before going to the opera.

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The City Podcast: Rites of Passage

by Timothy Motte on March 17, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Peter Gross

When did you realize you were an adult?

Anthropologists tell us that rites of passage, either intentional or de facto, are a very crucial signal of entering adulthood. What was yours? Did you have one? What does a specifically Christian rite of passage look like?

Peter David Gross, Director of Wheatstone Ministries, is working with many Christian youth and inviting them into Christian adulthood. This could change your entire view of youth ministry. Or it could merely change how you interact with the Christian youths in your life.

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You might also enjoy this podcast from our archives: Don’t Just Sit There. Do Something!

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ADVICE TO MY SON 25: INTEGRITY

by Lou Markos on March 13, 2014

One of my favorite words in the English language is integrity. It comes from a Latin root that means whole or complete, which is why we use the word “integer” to refer to whole numbers. Integrity is a word that was used often in the past but is heard less and less today. Though it does not appear on the list of the four classical or three theological virtues, those who lack it are less likely, and less able, to manifest any of the seven virtues.

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The City Podcast: Let’s Talk Politics

by Timothy Motte on March 10, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Ben Domenech, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

Today, Dr. Reynolds sits down with The City editor-in-chief, Ben Domenech, to talk politics.

What can a politician achieve while losing an election? Is there any possible scandal that could touch Hillary Clinton? Does the president need to have an opinion on everything? And some extremely early speculations about the 2016 election landscape. (Don’t worry: we won’t do this every week.)

Ben is a professional political commentator and Dr. Reynolds is a very well-read and insightful political watcher. This conversation is a joy to listen to, whether you care about the politics or not.

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ADVICE TO MY SON 24: THE MANLY HANDSHAKE

by Lou Markos on March 6, 2014

My father passed down to me a bit of advice that countless fathers have passed down to their sons over the course of human history: when you meet someone for the first time, stand tall, look him in the eyes, and give him a firm, confident handshake. As advice goes, that may seem simple and even trite; in actuality, it contains a great deal of wisdom and insight into how to be a man.

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The City Podcast: Lent for Kids and Grown-ups

by Timothy Motte on March 3, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Jessica Snell

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday in liturgical denominations across the west. So we thought that this would be an excellent time to talk to someone who deals with the church year extensively.

Jessica Snell is a wife and mother of four. She has a blog called “Homemaking Through the Church Year.” (You should bookmark it.) And she is releasing a book series: Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home.

You don’t have to be a homemaker to learn from this conversation with Jessica, Cate, and Holly. Their insights help us see the sympathies and antipathies that fasting has with our modern lifestyles, and the different ways children and adults experience Lent, as well as some practical advice on teaching the liturgical year to others.

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