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The RELEVANT Podcast

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Join the team behind RELEVANT Magazine every Tuesday and Friday. Tackling the intersection of faith and culture like no one else — all with a hilarious twist! Sometimes poignant, sometimes random, and sometimes a little bit secular. Each episode includes thought-provoking interviews with leaders, influencers, and artists you don't want to miss.

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Join the team behind RELEVANT Magazine every Tuesday and Friday. Tackling the intersection of faith and culture like no one else — all with a hilarious twist! Sometimes poignant, sometimes random, and sometimes a little bit secular. Each episode includes thought-provoking interviews with leaders, influencers, and artists you don't want to miss.

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Meh

By hal12332134 - Dec 08 2019
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It’s okay at its best

Taking a break

By Mattg43 - Nov 11 2019
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Not a fan of Jesse’s continual Nationals gloating. Used to love the podcast, but taking a break until he stops being such a poor sport

iTunes Ratings

2536 Ratings
Average Ratings
2213
134
57
38
94

Meh

By hal12332134 - Dec 08 2019
Read more
It’s okay at its best

Taking a break

By Mattg43 - Nov 11 2019
Read more
Not a fan of Jesse’s continual Nationals gloating. Used to love the podcast, but taking a break until he stops being such a poor sport

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The RELEVANT Podcast

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Join the team behind RELEVANT Magazine every Tuesday and Friday. Tackling the intersection of faith and culture like no one else — all with a hilarious twist! Sometimes poignant, sometimes random, and sometimes a little bit secular. Each episode includes thought-provoking interviews with leaders, influencers, and artists you don't want to miss.

Episode 760: NT Wright

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NT Wright joins us to talk about his brand-new book The New Testament in Its World and what today’s Christians can learn from the very first church. Plus, we hear Nick Foles’ press conference sermon, discuss Ben Affleck’s redemptive new movie, talk to a spooky Listener of the Week and a lot more!

Nov 15 2019

1hr 8mins

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Called Episode 1: Soul Care with John Mark Comer

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On the debut episode of Called, we’re joined by pastor and author John Mark Comer who addresses practical ways that ministry leaders can develop positive mental health practices. Our panel of church leaders also discusses why it’s so important to keep mental health a priority, how churches can better equip pastors and leaders when it comes to soul care and answer your questions on the topic.

Each week on the show, we’ll be tackling issues that people in ministry deal with every day. From the place of worship in the Church and protecting our leaders’ marriages, to looking at the art of the sermon, navigating politics in the pulpit and a ton more, every episode will feature deep conversations about the issues that matter to pastors and leaders.

Sep 20 2019

52mins

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Episode 743: Malcolm Gladwell

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On the latest podcast, author and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell explains how a teaching of Jesus can help us solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Also, the editorial team walks through the brand-new issue of RELEVANT that's out now!

We also discuss why Christian college students can become disillusioned with faith, why you should never make a big decision while hungry, hear the most common complaint young people tell their therapists, plus your feedback and a lot more!

EPISODE MUSIC

1.Influence Music & Michael Ketterer, "Rebels"

2.SHAED, "Thunder"

3.Joywave, "Obsession"

4.Gavin Haley & Ella Vos, "The Way I Am"

5.Frankie Cosmos, "So Blue"

Sep 17 2019

1hr 17mins

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Episode 730: Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood

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On today’s show, Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood tells us about their brand-new single “King of Kings.” Also, Jamie Ivey and Annie join us as we discuss the new releases from NF and Chance the Rapper, learn about the new law that could make sharing memes a $15,000 offense, break down the upcoming Netflix docuseries about the National Prayer Breakfast, take your questions and a lot more!

Aug 02 2019

1hr 16mins

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Episode 717: Tim Tebow

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On the latest podcast, we talk with Tim Tebow about the film he’s executive produced called Run the Race and why he thinks faith-based movies are getting better. We also learn why millennials are “afraid” to take lunch breaks, discuss the accusations that the lyric site Genius has lobbed at Google, find out about an Irish island that is begging Americans to move there and a lot more!

Jun 18 2019

1hr 18mins

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Episode 761: David Kinnaman

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On today’s show we talk with author, President and Strategic Leader of The Barna Group, David Kinnaman about fascinating new research into why passionate young Christians stay passionate about faith. We also play a brand new game—for fans of Disney Plus and old school McGee & Me VHS tapes—and a lot more!

Nov 19 2019

1hr 6mins

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Episode 695: Nate Bargatze

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On today’s podcast, comedian Nate Bargatze joins us to talk about his new Netflix special The Tennessee Kid, growing up in the church, faith and what he thought of Crashing. Plus, we find out how online churches are actually leading to growth of physical churches, discuss why America is no longer one of the world’s happiest countries, hear the cringiest local news broadcast in history and a lot more!

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EPISODE MUSIC

1.Wallows, "Remember When"

2.Kero Kero Bonito, "Swimming"

3.MUNYA, "Benjamin"

4.Logic, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"

Apr 02 2019

1hr 21mins

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Episode 690: Maggie Rogers

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On today's podcast, we talk with indie-pop singer Maggie Rogers about her critically acclaimed new album Heard It in a Past Life. The gang also plays a truly unforgettable game with a listener, discusses HBO’s new Leaving Neverland docuseries, learns how the NBA is combating hate speech, hears the new single from Hillsong United and a lot more!

EPISODE MUSIC

1.Albert Hammond Jr., "Fast Times"

2.Gold Fir, "Mania"

3.Barrie, "Clovers"

4.Celeste, "Father's Son"

Mar 15 2019

1hr 28mins

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Episode 698: Amanda Lindsey Cook

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On this episode, we talk with Bethel Music's Amanda Lindsey Cook about how her new worship album House on a Hill. We're joined by special guest, The Happy Hour podcast host Jamie Ivey to discuss Kyle Korver's stance against racism, unconventional interview techniques, Jesse's latest tax evasion scheme and lots more!

Apr 12 2019

1hr 21mins

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Episode 758: Mark Batterson and Jamie Ivey

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On today’s show, we talk with National Community Church pastor and author of the new book Double Blessing, Mark Batterson, about the life-changing power of generosity. Plus, Jamie Ivey joins us as we discuss Woody Harrelson’s unlikely sermon-writing partner, Pixar’s existential new film, the upcoming A League of Their Own show and a lot more!

Nov 08 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode 711: Louie Giglio

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On today’s show, we talk with Passion City Church pastor and author of the new book Not Forsaken: Finding Freedom as Sons & Daughters of a Perfect Father, Louie Giglio about how reframing your view of God the Father can revitalize your faith.

We also discuss a new CCM supergroup, learn about why so many people don’t have anyone to confide in, Annie tells us about a new true crime mystery and a lot more!

May 28 2019

1hr 18mins

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Episode 714: Hillsong Young & Free

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On today’s show, we talk with Hillsong Young & Free’s Aodhan King about their new collaboration with Andy Mineo, the tension between entertainment and worship and the heart behind their unique brand of praise.

Also, Jamie Ivey joins us as we discuss Wendy’s new pro-adoption campaign, how Aladdin star Naomi Scott is helping communities in need, Steve Kerr’s plea for sensible gun regulation, plus we take your questions and a lot more!

EPISODE MUSIC

1.Clairo, "Bags"

2.Tycho, "Pink & Blue (feat. Saint Sinner)"

3.Fitz & The Tantrums, "I Need Help!"

4.Koffee, "Toast"

Jun 07 2019

1hr 20mins

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Episode 686: Jerry Lorenzo

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On today’s show, designer, entrepreneur and mastermind behind the brand FEAR OF GOD, Jerry Lorenzo, opens up about his own story of faith and redemption, and explains how he’s using fashion to change culture.

Plus, we hear Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien open up about their faith backgrounds, listen to how Serena Williams is inspiring young female athletes, check out Kanye’s latest “Sunday Service” and a lot more!

    EPISODE MUSIC   1.Nilüfer Yanya, "Tears"   2.Georgia, "Started Out"   3.Omar Apollo, "Ashamed"   4.SOAK, "Knock Me Off My Feet"

Mar 01 2019

1hr 15mins

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Episode 755: Judah Smith and Kasi Lemmons

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On today’s show, pastor and author Judah Smith joins us to talk about the heart behind a new feature on the Churchome Global app called “Guided Prayers.”

Also, Kasi Lemmons, the director of the new Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet discusses the faith of the American icon. Plus, your Halloween costume ideas, some spooktacular slices and a lot more!

Oct 29 2019

1hr 14mins

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Episode 721: Pete Holmes

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On today’s show we talk with comedian, actor, podcaster and the author of the new book Comedy Sex God about his upbringing in the church and how his own faith journey has evolved. And for the 4th of July week, we bring back our favorite annual tradition: A listener joins us for a new round of Indie-Rock Band or Firework!

Jul 02 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode 734: Jon Foreman

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On today’s show, Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman joins us to talk about the stirring op-ed he wrote for RELEVANT on how Christians should respond to the gun violence epidemic. The gang also discusses what happens when high-profile leaders wrestle with doubt, the new Terrence Malick religious war film, hears Lauren Daigle’s take on a worship classic and we take your questions!

EPISODE MUSIC:

1.VÉRITÉ, "Ocean"

2.Brother Sundance, "Monsters (feat. Ella Boh)"

3.Becca VanDerbeck, Matt Heath & Noel Goff, "Summertime"

4.SHAED, "Thunder"

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Aug 16 2019

1hr 32mins

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Episode 723: Rachel Cruze

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On today’s show, we talk with financial expert Rachel Cruze about what this generation should have learned from the recession, why it can be OK to spend a lot on nice things and why it's important to following your calling. Plus, we discuss why so many Christians don’t consult their pastors about life decisions, learn about a scandal in the Christian publishing world, answer your “Ask the Cast” questions and a lot more!

Jul 09 2019

1hr 17mins

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Episode 706: Kings Kaleidoscope

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On today’s show, we talk with Kings Kaleidoscope about their moving new album Zeal, and how to overcome cynicism.   Also, Liz Forkin Bohannon joins us for the whole show as we discuss a surprising admission from Focus on the Family, Justin Bieber’s message about mental health, Chadwick Boseman’s next film and a lot more!     EPISODE MUSIC:   1.Judah & The Lion, "Pep Talks"   2.Of Monster and Men, "Alligator"   3.King Kaleidoscope, "Zeal"   4.Weval, "The Weight"

May 10 2019

1hr 22mins

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Episode 724: Crowder

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On today’s show, we talk with David Crowder about his recent collaborations with Mandisa and Social Club Misfits and why the idea of “worship” music is evolving. Also, Bianca Olthoff and Propaganda join us as we discuss faith’s role in the new season of The Bachelorette, Steve Harvey’s act of generosity, the new song from Beyoncé, plus we take your questions and a lot more!

EPISODE MUSIC

1.Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars, "BLOW"

2.Jorja Smith, "Love (Goodbyes Reprise)

3.Thom Yorke, "Traffic"

4.Velvet Negroni, "WINE GREEN"

Jul 12 2019

1hr 20mins

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Episode 718: Karen Swallow Prior

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On today’s show, we talk with author Karen Swallow Prior about how to engage some of culture’s most pressing social and cultural issues.

We also discuss the latest celebrity to rock PreachersNSneakers gear, Jim Gaffigan’s new movie about snake-handling church, for KING & COUNTRY’s new collaboration with Timbaland and a lot more!

EPISODE MUSIC

1.courtship., "Guy Stuff"

2.flor, "dancing around"

3.Lucy Daydream, "Dizzy"

4.Hope Tala, "Lovestained"

Jun 21 2019

1hr 21mins

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Episode 767: Mark Stuart

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On today’s show, we talk with former Audio Adrenaline frontman Mark Stuart about losing his voice, finding a new purpose and serving the people of Haiti. Plus, we discuss the controversial picture of worship leaders in the Oval Office, Kel Mitchell becoming a pastor, hear from a new Listener of the Week and a lot more!

Dec 13 2019

1hr 14mins

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Episode 766: Beth McCord

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On today's podcast, we're joined by John Mark McMillan, who spills some exclusive details about his new album, including when to expect it. Also, we talked to Enneagram expert Beth McCord, continue our best of the decade coverage and the merits of a new video game called "I Am Jesus Christ." Don't miss it!

Dec 10 2019

1hr 11mins

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Episode 765: Brooke Ligertwood

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On today’s show, we talk to Brooke Ligertwood about Hillsong Worship's new album Awake. Also, we discuss the merits of the "Christian version" of the Cha-Cha Slide, why the WeWork movie might be this decade's Social Network, face off in a new Christmas game called "Not in This Lifetime" and much more!

Dec 07 2019

1hr 2mins

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Episode 764: Phil Wickham

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On today’s show, we talk with Phil Wickham about his incredible new holiday album, Christmas. We also discuss how an argument about the freedom of religion may challenge the Trump administration’s refugee restriction, hear about Michael B. Jordan’s pitch to become the next Superman, talk about our favorite podcasts of the decade and a lot more!

Dec 03 2019

1hr 17mins

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Episode 763: 'Waves' Star Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Derek Minor

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On today’s show, rapper Derek Minor joins us as a co-host as we discuss his new album with Propaganda Nothing But a Word, mixing politics and faith, his favorite albums of the decade and more! Plus, we talk with Kelvin Harrison Jr., the star of the acclaimed new film Waves!

Nov 26 2019

59mins

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Episode 762: Bethel Music’s Dante Bowe

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On today’s show, we talk with Amanda Tyler, the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and founder of Christians Against Christian Nationalism, about the dangerous rise of Christian nationalism. Plus Bethel Music worship leader and songwriter Dante Bowe, joins us to talk about the stories behind some of his breakout songs.

Nov 22 2019

1hr 10mins

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Episode 761: David Kinnaman

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On today’s show we talk with author, President and Strategic Leader of The Barna Group, David Kinnaman about fascinating new research into why passionate young Christians stay passionate about faith. We also play a brand new game—for fans of Disney Plus and old school McGee & Me VHS tapes—and a lot more!

Nov 19 2019

1hr 6mins

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Episode 760: NT Wright

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NT Wright joins us to talk about his brand-new book The New Testament in Its World and what today’s Christians can learn from the very first church. Plus, we hear Nick Foles’ press conference sermon, discuss Ben Affleck’s redemptive new movie, talk to a spooky Listener of the Week and a lot more!

Nov 15 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode 759: Gallant and Jordan Lee Dooley

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On today’s show, author and speaker Jordan Lee Dooley joins us to dispense some life advice, discuss Instagram removing likes and a lot more! 

We also talk with Gallant about his brand-new album 'Sweet Insomnia' and getting honest about mental health.

Nov 12 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode 758: Mark Batterson and Jamie Ivey

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On today’s show, we talk with National Community Church pastor and author of the new book Double Blessing, Mark Batterson, about the life-changing power of generosity. Plus, Jamie Ivey joins us as we discuss Woody Harrelson’s unlikely sermon-writing partner, Pixar’s existential new film, the upcoming A League of Their Own show and a lot more!

Nov 08 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode 757: The Avett Brothers

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On today’s show, Scott Avett joins us to talk abut The Avett Brothers’ latest album Closer Than Together and getting “political.” Plus Propaganda joins us for the whole show as we discuss Josh Harris’ recent revelations about leaving faith, Seth Meyers’ unique new comedy special, Prop's new album Nothing But a Word and more!

Nov 05 2019

59mins

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Episode 756: Noah Gundersen

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On today’s show, we talk with singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen about his new album Lover and his own journey with faith, doubt and hope. Plus, we break down the Kirk Franklin/Dove Awards controversy, discuss the media censoring Letitia Wright’s ideas about faith, hear from an incredible Listener of the Week and a lot more!

Oct 31 2019

1hr 9mins

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Episode 755: Judah Smith and Kasi Lemmons

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On today’s show, pastor and author Judah Smith joins us to talk about the heart behind a new feature on the Churchome Global app called “Guided Prayers.”

Also, Kasi Lemmons, the director of the new Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet discusses the faith of the American icon. Plus, your Halloween costume ideas, some spooktacular slices and a lot more!

Oct 29 2019

1hr 14mins

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Episode 754: The Gray Havens

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On today’s podcast, we talk with The Gray Havens about their latest singles and how the Inklings inspire their unique brand of folk-pop. We also discuss Johnnyswim’s new reality show, Kesha’s takedown of the toxic Christian patriarchy, the end of mewithoutYou and a lot more!

Oct 25 2019

1hr 15mins

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Episode 753: Kings Kaleidoscope

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On today’s podcast, we talk with Kings Kaleidoscope’s Chad Gardner about deconstruction and the making of Zeal. Plus, the gang breaks down John MacArthur’s comments about Beth Moore, hears why Lime scooters are in trouble, debates the merits of teaching the Bible in public school and more!

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Oct 22 2019

1hr 1min

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Episode 752: John Mark Comer

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On today’s show, we talk with pastor and author John Mark Comer about why we should all slow down and the powerful legacy of Mister Rogers. We also discuss the exciting new movie starring Gal Gadot, the Fox News scandal film Bombshell, Katy Perry’s legal fight with a Christian rapper and more!

Oct 18 2019

1hr 16mins

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Episode 751: Rachael Denhollander

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On a new episode of the RELEVANT Podcast, we talk to Rachael Denhollander, author of What Is a Girl Worth? Also, Propaganda makes his return to the RELEVANT Podcast gang where we discuss what is and isn't allowed in Contemporary Christian Music, why painting cows is a great idea and also, the merits of Cleveland, Ohio. Also, slices, Ask the Cast and tons more!

Oct 15 2019

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Episode 750: Jeff Bethke

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On today’s podcast, we talk with author and speaker Jeff Bethke about his new book To Hell With the Hustle and why we should all consider slowing down.

The gang also discusses a possible all-female Marvel movie, hears an enneagram-themed “Bohemian Rhapsody” parody, learns about a new movie about a “real-life” exorcism, plus your Ask the Cast questions and a lot more!

Oct 11 2019

1hr 11mins

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Episode 749: Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan

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On today’s show, Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan explain how their faith carried them through the most difficult season of their lives. Plus, we hear about a Bible rock opera, discuss how to sneak onto an airplane, talk to a new Listener of the Week and more!

Oct 08 2019

1hr 11mins

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Episode 748: Drew Holcomb and John Mark McMillan

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On today’s show, we talk with Drew Holcomb about his new album Dragons. Also, singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan join us for the whole show as we discuss Kanye West’s Jesus Is King, Demi Lovato and Lecrae’s trips to the Holy Land and Spider-Man’s return to the MCU.

Oct 04 2019

1hr 10mins

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