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72 | Reorientation: The Worldview of Jesus
Sep 11 • 46 min
Know what Familiarity breeds? Perceived Familiarity. Perceived Familiarity breeds Unfamiliarity. Which breeds Disinterest, Apathy, and, yup, Contempt. This is one of the most important facts about a life with God—we must fight Perceived Familiarity. Today…
PSA - Back Next Week
Sep 4 • 0 min
This is a friendly PSA that the And Sons Podcast will return next Tuesday, September 11th. Normally, we’d publish an episode to keep pace with our weekly rhythm, but this week several unexpected events have kept that from happening. We thank you for…
71 | Laurie Thornton: Leading Leaders
Aug 28 • 52 min
Laurie Thornton is one part of a husband/wife pastoral team (guess which) with a decade of experience in music ministry, discipleship, missions, retreat-leading, all that. She has a dynamite relationship with God, is what we’re saying, and a proven handle…
70 | The Summer Issue
Aug 21 • 43 min
The summer issue of And Sons is out, and yes, it technically is still summer even though most schools are back in session. In this episode Blaine and Sam flesh out some of the articles on super reading, fathering, and the creative life.
69 | Ultrarunning: The Suffering Master and Apprentice
Aug 14 • 51 min
When Justin Lukasavige began running he didn’t imagine going for 100 kilometers let alone down the block. But then Dave Eitemiller came along and offered his guidance, and an ultrarunning partnership was born. It’s not just about handling the miles, or…
68 | The River
Aug 7 • 36 min
Why do we keep going back to the same places? What is the value of knowing a land, a rock face, a town, when everything is about “what’s next”? John (Padre) writes, “Each year we return lays down a new layer of story, and adventure, beauty and encounter.…
67 | Sean Buckles: When Starting a Business is Scarier than Jumping Out of Airplanes
Jul 31 • 56 min
Sean Buckles is a coffee shop maven with a long career in the US Army, both as a member of a Special Ops team and as an instructor. He’s one of those people you like more every new thing you learn, though it isn’t easy to get him to talk about himself. We…
66 | Summer Hacks or It’s Not Too Late
Jul 24 • 33 min
The pernicious and crippling feeling of “it’s too late” can infiltrate almost every part of our lives, so it should be no surprise that we are already feeling it in regards to our summer and all the daydreamed adventures we had for it back in the colder…
65 | Study Poetry. Really
Jul 17 • 40 min
We’ll be honest and say that this episode made a least 1/2 of the And Sons team a little queasy, insofar as it looked like we’d have to buy typewriters and write outside in Oxfords, no socks. This episode is about wonder, and beauty. The case study is…
64 | The Seminarian Question
Jul 10 • 35 min
You remember Jesse Barkalow - the longtime painter, line cook, and world’s most prolific reader. Well, he’s been at seminary. Usually, that makes us concerned for a person’s well being. But Jesse has a rare disposition, and the opportunity seems to be…
63 | Wendell Moss: Race, Masculinity, and Courage
Jul 3 • 42 min
This is one of those episodes that will leave you wanting more. And maybe there is a part 2 in store for the future. Wendell Moss is a counselor based in Seattle, WA, who specializes in trauma and narrative. The cultural narratives of masculinity and race…
62 | Keys to Relating
Jun 26 • 34 min
If we could sit our younger selves down from five or 10 years ago, we would have a few suggestions to share about how to better navigate the realm of friendships and relationships. People are never a blank slate. Jesus is always up to something, and we…
61 | No Wasted Time
Jun 19 • 32 min
If And Sons had an FAQ, one question would top the list: What do I do with what feels like Wasted Time? In this episode, we try to reframe the issue, describing wasted time in terms of the desert, the Hebrew name of which just means “God Speaks.” And,…
60 | The Meanings(s) of Life (and Time, Economy, Community)
Jun 12 • 44 min
It’s not a secret Blaine likes words. Maybe it’s the history with rhetoric. Maybe it’s the writing genes. But still, there it is: words are a repository of human experience. Words reveal the world. They are almost completely unique in their ability to…
59 | Mako Fujimura: Art, “Seeing,” and the Creative Wastefulness of God
Jun 5 • 65 min
Makoto Fujimura is an internationally-renowned artist, writer, and visionary. His work addresses the tension between trauma and creativity, culture creation, and the extravagant wastefulness of God (among a whole host of other themes). We’ve waited a long…
58 | The Danger of the Self-Arranging Life
May 30 • 33 min
What can look like, and feel like, soul care may sometimes not be that at all. Too many stories end in broken pieces when fueled by the phrase “No one is looking out for me, I am on my own in finding life”. We need to care for our joy and our hearts, but…
57 | Stress, Productivity, Connection - Media Rules With Blaine
May 22 • 35 min
The And Sons introductory playbook on using technology well. From tech calendars to channel-specific goals, it’s all about practical steps to mastering the technology you employ.
56 | Summertime Tactical: Justin and JD on the Season, Schedules, and the Habits of Adventure
May 15 • 34 min
It’s summer. The question is, how do you actually get out more this season? We grabbed Justin and JD from the And Sons team, two men who have ridden motorcycles across the state, mountain biked all over the west, and mastered micro adventures, to answer…
55 | Joe Steinke: Vision, Trial, Doubt, Recovery, Walking Out the Growth Cycle of a Community
May 8 • 49 min
Joe Steinke is, in a word, an apostle. As a member of the leadership team of the Boiler Room church network, he oversees a growing network of house churches; as a leader of the Antioch School, he’s a real New Testament church wiz. Talking with Joe is like…
54 | What God has been Exposing Lately
May 1 • 30 min
If we are willing to see and to engage, we will find that God is always inviting us into the frontier with him. He is constantly exposing ways that we need to grow or change, but often we don’t want to hear about it. When we do engage what is current, we…
53 | Bart Gavigan: How to See Miracles and Keep your Day Job
Apr 24 • 58 min
We’re stoked this week to bring you a conversation with Bart Gavigan. Bart is screenwriter, mentor, Holy Spirit-following firebrand. One week, Bart might be hanging with the higher-ups of the BBC, working with the Hollywood A-list, or passing up on a…
52 | Fathering and Patience
Apr 17 • 32 min
In this episode, Sam and Blaine revisit fathering a year and a half into the game. It turns out, fathering is like most relationships, only more so. It requires a few skills everyone should have, like a method for developing patience, a thorough…
51 | The Stories Our Culture is Telling, and What That Reveals
Apr 10 • 41 min
From fiction to film to television, cultures across time have been creating a narrative for the public. National identities, hopes and dreams for the future, ways of placing ourselves in history, all are woven into the simple and complex stories that we…
50 | Income, Wealth, and Contentment
Apr 3 • 37 min
You’ve probably made some assumptions by the title alone, but this episode is around conversations that we seem to keep having. “If only I made a little more… then I would be happy” seems to be a sentiment that, if not always spoken aloud, creeps in and…
49 | Sam Ainslie: The Soul at Work
Mar 27 • 49 min
Sometimes the easiest sages to miss are the ones already in your life—we work hard to avoid that mistake, and today we sat down with Sam Ainslie of the RH staff to talk about work. A career, specifically, and how to keep your heart alive in varied seasons…
48 | Male Friendship: In the Studio with Alex and Morgan
Mar 20 • 54 min
What do two decades of friendship look like? How is it even possible these days, with travel, life changes, and the difficulties of keeping in touch with friends? Alex Burton and Morgan Snyder join Blaine and Sam in the studio to talk about male…
47 | Five Agreements that are Killing Millennials (Part 2)
Mar 13 • 37 min
In Part 2, Padre joins Sam and Blaine to finish their conversation on social and personal agreements that are killing millennials, and what is possible by breaking them.
46 | Five Agreements that are Killing Millennials (Part 1)
Mar 6 • 37 min
“I fear the worst has happened. You are losing heart, may have already lost it altogether.” This weeks conversation with Padre centers around one of the articles written in the Winter ‘18 issue of And Sons, which we hope conveys the posture of love that…
45 | Thirty (ish) Minutes of Questions
Feb 27 • 31 min
We needed something lighter this week, so we thought we’d practice the act of conversation. How to ask good questions and where we go with the answers can separate a bland interaction from a profound one.
44 | Michael John Cusick: Sex, the Soul, Addiction, and Longing for God
Feb 20 • 58 min
Michael Cusick is a counselor, lecturer, and the founder of Restoring the Soul, a ministry addressing sexual addiction through deep, whole-hearted restoration. His work (including two books) centers on a pair of pressing questions: what, exactly, is our…
43 | Don’t Waste Your Pain
Feb 13 • 38 min
It’s a simple concept, that when we experience seasons or days or hours that make us uncomfortable or are filled with pain of some kind we have two choices: we can run and medicate, or we can press in and grow. Easier said than done. Where are you taking…
42 | WAH Bootcamp: The Young Men’s Session
Feb 6 • 42 min
This week: a sneak peek into the young men’s session at the February 2018 Boot Camp in Colorado. It’s the And Sons message all in one place: naming things about our world and experience, offering some counsel on the day to day, and inviting you to come…
41 | The Brain, Experience, and Screens
Jan 30 • 51 min
We go a little deep this week, into the roots of why we are the way we are as a social media society, what philosophies got us there, and how our world is effecting us. Inspired by Matthew Crawford’s book, “The World Beyond Your Head,” Sam and Blaine dive…
40 | Why Spirituality is so Difficult for Men
Jan 23 • 38 min
John Eldredge, also known as “Padre” around the And Sons world, joins Sam and Blaine as they begin the conversation around masculine spirituality. Why are so many men struggling with the typical “church experience”? Does there seem to be more women than…
39 | How to Respond to Trauma
Jan 16 • 47 min
It’s the phone call, the text, the “mayday” from a friend or family member that changes everything. You jump in the car to meet them, or sit down to talk on the phone and wonder, “What do I do now? What do I offer?” Dan Allender is back on the podcast to…
38 | You Need A Budget: Jesse Mecham
Jan 9 • 48 min
This episode is not an advertisement. Money and budgeting are usually more complicated than issues of dollars and cents, there’s often shame and personal growth right in the middle. In our conversation with Jesse Mecham, founder of YNAB, we get to explore…
37 | Morgan Snyder and the Possibility of Initiation
Jan 2 • 58 min
There are many things that we need in life, Maslow’s Hierarchy and all that, but some things stand out on their own. Initiation is one of the big ones. It’s something that probably most of us haven’t experienced in our life, either in the small and…
36 | Living Embodied : Shame, Opposition, and the Call to Risk
Dec 5, 2017 • 45 min
After the triathlon nerd-out episode, we realized nobody’s story of adventure and exercise begins at the starting line. For most of us, stepping out into adventure means working through sometimes decades-long stories of opposition. We asked Luke to come…
35 | Tov: What it Means to be Good, with Mandy Nelson and Scott Morin
Nov 28, 2017 • 44 min
There’s an old line in Tozer we’ve come to appreciate a great deal. It’s this: “God is speaking. He is, by His nature, continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking voice.” But the layers in and through which He is speaking aren’t always…
34 | Allen Arnold and the Power of Story
Nov 21, 2017 • 40 min
There’s nothing like the guys on your own team—Allen Arnold founding the fiction division at Thomas Nelson Publishing, published between 500 and 600 novels as VP of that division, and has a better grasp on story than most people earn in their lifetime.…
33 | Mark Evans Round Two
Nov 14, 2017 • 50 min
And Sons had Mark Evans on for and interview several months ago to talk about his leather-craft art, his journey as a creative, and what fuels him. We know you loved it, and we certainly did, so Sam and Blaine jumped at the opportunity to sit down with…
32 | Four Life Lessons from Combat Writing
Nov 7, 2017 • 38 min
It’s no secret that around the And Sons office we love to read and learn from men and women who have gone before us, and that’s certainly true of the men and women who step into and out of combat situations. Distilled from the many lessons offered, Blaine…
31 | Hunting Stories: A Vehicle for Initiation and Presence
Oct 31, 2017 • 37 min
Sam and Blaine reflect on their journey into the world of hunting, how most of the men in their world are first-generation hunters, and how initiation and intention effect our world. Through the lens of hunting stories from this year and those of a decade…
30 | Know Thyself
Oct 24, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode, Blaine and Sam take up the issue of self-knowledge. You’re never going to treat anyone’s heart better than you treat your own, and you’re never going to know anyone’s heart better than you know your own. That being the case, Sam and…
29 | Brett Davis: Surfing Evangelist to Evangelist Surfer
Oct 17, 2017 • 49 min
Brett Davis is the founder of Christian Surfers International, and has quite the story to go along with it. As part of the continuing goal to hear from the sages in our world, Blaine and Sam get to hear more of Brett Davis’s story.
28 | Technology (but it’s not what you think)
Oct 10, 2017 • 57 min
To better grasp how technology effects us today, we need to understand where the idea came from and what the purpose of technology was originally intended to be, and how it’s changed and stayed the same over millennia. Spoiler: the issue is often more…
27 | Admiration and Emulation
Oct 4, 2017 • 49 min
Blaine and Sam are joined by Jon Dale and Justin Lukasavige from the team to share stories about who we admire. It’s a practice that we don’t always think to do, but that can be surprising and helpful. So, who do you admire and try to emulate?
26 | Sara Hagerty: Unseen and the Hidden Places of Our Lives
Sep 26, 2017 • 52 min
Sara Hagerty is the author of Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed, and together with Blaine and Sam she talks about her journey with the church, burnout, discovering God in new ways, her lessons as a mother, and how…
25 | Tim Thornton: Creativity and Crisis
Sep 19, 2017 • 36 min
Welcome back to Season 3 of the And Sons podcast. To kick things off, Sam and Blaine sat down with Tim Thornton, a friend, mentor, and artist, to talk about the creative process, how it mirrors the story of the gospel, and how we respond to crisis. To…
24 | Rhythm: Season 2 Finale
Aug 22, 2017 • 38 min
In time for the finale of Season 2 of the And Sons podcast, Sam and Blaine talk about rhythm, balance, and how they are (or more often are not) cultivating a life intentionally. The And Sons Podcast will return in late September.
23 | Jon Dale: Business, Growth, and Thinking Outside the Box
Aug 15, 2017 • 42 min
Jon Dale is a member of the Ransomed Heart and And Sons teams, and while his work these days revolves around bringing the kingdom his journey didn’t start there. Dale began early as an entrepreneur and has spent his life thinking about how to walk well in…
22 | Feminism Part 2: The 3 Waves in Snapshots
Aug 8, 2017 • 59 min
In part 2 of the feminism series, Sam and Blaine jump into the history of feminism in the US. Starting with ancient Athens (of course), on through the Blackstone Commentaries and early American legal frameworks, this episode explores the legal, political,…
21 | Feminism Part 1: Hegemony
Aug 1, 2017 • 40 min
In this two-part series, Blaine and Sam dive into the history of feminism. But before they can do that, they dive into the history of history - the ancient Greek world, Xenophon, the Battle of Cunaxa - to understand a key concept. That’s hegemony: the…
20 | Justin Rizzo: Worship, Calling, and IHOP
Jul 26, 2017 • 45 min
We love hearing about the creative journey here at And Sons, something that each of us acts out in our own unique ways. How someone chooses to pursue a calling, what choices they make, and how they keep their passion alive after a decade of plugging away…
19 | The Body: Why Exercise Matters and Why We Tri
Jul 18, 2017 • 67 min
A longer episode with two parts within it: The first is an exploration of why the body matters, and why it should not be neglected, the second is why Sam and Blaine choose triathlon and lessons they’ve learned about the sport. We are beings that have…
18 | Adversity and Persistence: Padre, Interpretation, and How Do You Tell When God is Calling You
Jul 11, 2017 • 49 min
We use terms like “God opened a door” or “closed the door” retrospectively all the time, but how do you tell in the moment if you are being invited into something or if God’s not in it? How do you know if what you are experiencing is adversity and…
17 | The Mid-Mission Recording
Jul 4, 2017 • 38 min
While filming for the latest And Sons project the team sat around in the truck on a cold night to debrief where they were and what what going on, internally and externally. What followed was an honest conversation about Resistance, what it’s like to fight…
16 | Dan Allender: On Learning to Listen, Presence, and Wholehearted Quitting
Jun 27, 2017 • 40 min
Dan Allender is no stranger in the And Sons world, nor is he a stranger to listening to people’s stories. Rather than give the quick steps to better remember names and influence people, the process of learning to be a better listener demands the same…
15 | Brian Hardin of Daily Audio Bible: Art, Vocation, and the Introvert Podcaster
Jun 20, 2017 • 45 min
How does an introvert in the music industry end up creating and hosting a podcast that gets over 55 million downloads? That’s Brian Hardin’s story, and it was never one that he would have anticipated. This week, Blaine and Sam get to sit down with the man…
14 | A Young Man’s Story: Jesse Barkalow, The Classics, and Cooking
Jun 13, 2017 • 37 min
This episode is an experiment. What happens when you sit three young(er) men around the table and start riffing on life? What stories feel important, what motivators rise to the surface, is it encouraging or intimidating to hear from the lives of those…
13 | Bo Zivcak: Clandestine Church and Rebuilding Community after Communism
Jun 6, 2017 • 47 min
Kicking off Season Two, Bo Zivcak joins Sam and Blaine via the workings of technology from Slovakia, wherein he tells his story of growing up behind the Iron Curtain and his journey after its fall. Secret priests, Church partnership with laymen, and…
12 | Season One Finale and Padre’s Thoughts about It
May 2, 2017 • 50 min
Bringing the season to a close, Padre joins Sam and Blaine to talk about the mission of the podcast, what episodes they loved, and where we go from here. The And Sons Podcast will return with Season Two on June 6.
11 | Post-Graduation: The Body Slam and Where Expectation and Our Response Meet
Apr 25, 2017 • 51 min
With Luke in town, the three brothers talk about the experience of life in the wake of college and all of the spoken and unspoken expectations of what it will be like. It’s rare that our visions of the future pan out no matter what the season, but the…
10 | Jeff Vanderstelt: The Gospel, Vulnerability, and Community in Covenant
Apr 18, 2017 • 42 min
This week, Blaine and Sam sat down with Jeff Vanderstelt, a longtime apostle/teacher/church-equipper. We know that for many young men, it’s a big and often tricky jump from living a life with Jesus to living life in a community with Jesus. Fortunately,…
09 | Postmodern Drama: Where the Ideas Came From, and How to Engage With Them
Apr 11, 2017 • 54 min
In this conversation, Blaine and Sam nerd out on the history of Postmodern ideas, which like people or places have very specific stories that help inform where they came from and what they really are. From a solar eclipse to the demolition of a St. Louis…
08 | Money: What Men Have Learned and What They Wish They Knew in Their 20’s
Apr 4, 2017 • 40 min
Ever heard that the same convictions that help you handle scarcity also help you handle plenty? Turns out it’s true. In this episode, we sat down with two men on our team, Bart Hansen and Jon Dale (who have at times led companies and at other times lacked…
07 | Sam Jolman: Sex and the Heart of the Romantic
Mar 28, 2017 • 40 min
Sam Jolman is a councilor who in the last issue of And Sons Magazine explained that men need romance, not just sex. That was worth following up on, and in this conversation, Sam and Blaine dove in to hear about Jolman’s story with romance, the development…
06 | Three Choice Challenge: What Can You Do to Change Your World?
Mar 21, 2017 • 43 min
Sam and Blaine challenge each other to make three choices this week that will effect change in their worlds. It’s easy to want to change big things, or to get crippled by the pressure to do something dramatic, but to effect lasting change we need to…
05 | Young Marriage: Learning to Love Our Wives and Better Understand Restoration
Mar 14, 2017 • 34 min
These days getting married in your 20’s is considered strange, with plenty of social and financial reasons to hold off. Whether you’re one of the folks to take the leap, you’re dating someone and wondering, or you’re single and thinking about the road…
04 | Craig DeMartino: Pain, Ability, and Overcoming the Unexpected
Mar 7, 2017 • 47 min
Craig DeMartino is a record-holding adaptive rock climber with a powerful story. In this interview, we dive into his journey through trauma and suffering and ultimately back into doing what he loves. DeMartino offers thoughts on navigating pain, being a…
03 | Becoming a Father: Soul Care, Love, and the Process of Becoming Stable
Feb 28, 2017 • 39 min
It turns out, becoming a dad shows you which way you’re headed as a man. Sam and Blaine talk about rhythms that sustain your heart, prioritizing the core elements of your calling when your time is limited, and increasing your capacity to sacrifice for…
02 | Mark Evans: Risk, Craftsmanship, and Tips for the Visionary
Feb 20, 2017 • 60 min
Mark Evans is an internationally-renowned artist and a pioneer in the craft of leather microsculpting. In this interview, we tease out his thoughts on the role of the visionary, the need for God in the creative life, resisting the tumult of technology,…
01 | A Young Man’s Success: Competency, Virtue and the “Bitch Goddess” of William James
Feb 20, 2017 • 38 min
If we haven’t defined success for ourselves, the world will define it for us, and a misunderstanding of success can cripple a young man. Too often, we think of success as achievement, applause, and a reasonable cash prize. In this conversation, Sam and…