Rank #1: Jackie Hill Perry
Rank #2: This Isn't New Testament Christianity - Russ Moore
Russ Moore felt God’s call to ministry at the age of 12, but by the time he was 15, he faced a crisis of faith. As he studied the spiritual landscape around him, taking the measure of how church leaders performed, he concluded that “this isn’t New Testament Christianity.”
Rather than walk away from the faith, as many young people do, Moore decided to “go into ministry and show up as myself and see what happens.” Despite his commitment to the church, Moore always seemed to end up in politics and spent time in Washington working for a Democratic Congressman from his home state of Mississippi.
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.
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to sit with Russ and draw warmth from the glow of his optimism about the church, despite a rising tide of secularism and apathy in the general culture.
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.
Rank #3: Andy Crouch
Rank #4: Dustin Kensrue
Rank #5: Brian Koppelman
Rank #6: Andy Crouch Part 2
Rank #7: Sho Baraka
Rank #8: Taking Grace to the Sex Industry, with Rachelle Starr
Rachelle Starr, Founder and Executive Director of Scarlet Hope, describes her journey of sharing the love of Christ with women in the adult entertainment industry.
Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced by Mike Cosper, recorded and edited by TJ Hester and mixed by Mark Owens. Our theme music is by Roman Candle and Dan Phelps.
Rank #9: My Faith Has Shaped My Life - Phil Keaggy Pt. 2
Last week, Mike kicked off our two-part interview with Phil Keaggy by surveying the early part of his career with Glass Harp, as well as his conversion to Christianity and his early years as a solo artist.
This week, they dig deeper 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 for Jeremy Kinsella for making this episode possible.
Rank #10: Rod Dreher
Rank #11: Audrey Assad
Rank #12: David Taylor, Karen Swallow Prior, Brett McCracken (Live)
Rank #13: Sandra McCracken
Rank #14: Vito Aiuto
Rank #15: The Origins of Christian Rock
We kick-off Season 3 of Cultivated with Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury, who stopped by to talk about his new book Why Should The Devil Have All the Good Music? a biography of singer/songwriter Larry Norman and exploration of 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. 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 music is by Roman Candle, and other music was by Larry Norman himself.
Rank #16: David Dark
David Dark is the author of several books including “Everyday Apocalypse”, “The Gospel According to America”, and more recently, “Life’s Too Short To Pretend You’re Not Religious”. His life-long project is to help people see the sacred revealed in the everyday, including movies and television. For David, there is no such thing as a sacred/secular divide. On today’s show, hear how he came to see the world that way and why. We’ll talk about the first movie that filled him with awe, the reason he hashtags news stories with the word “liturgy”, and he tells the story about the brief conversation he had with N.T. Wright about the “Left Behind” series. Links to David’s work: Books: https://www.amazon.com/David-Dark/e/B001ITYZEY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1479377479&sr=8-1 “I Speak to God in Public” David’s review of Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book” mixtape: http://www.mtv.com/news/2882185/i-speak-to-god-in-public-chance-the-rappers-faith/ “Unsettled Questions” David’s interview with Dave Bazan (of Pedro the Lion) on belief and unbelief at Qideas: http://qideas.org/videos/unsettled-questions/ This show was written, produced, and edited by Mike Cosper. It was recorded and mixed by Mark Owens at resonaterecordings.com Our theme song and part of our soundtrack is by Roman Candle: http://romancandlemusic.com/ Additional Soundtrack by Dan Phelps: https://oceanographicrecords.bandcamp.com/ Special thanks to Scott Slucher and Lachlan Coffey Daniela Rueda is our administrator And our logos were designed by Chris Bennett You can donate to support our show at harbormedia.com/donate * We’ll be taking next week off for Thanksgiving In the meantime, listen to our archives if you haven’t already, and help us spread the word – and review us on iTunes. We’ll be back on December 1st with poet and rapper Propaganda.
Rank #17: God Saved Me For A Purpose - Phil Keaggy Pt. 1
There’s a story that’s been passed around that dates back to the late 60s or early 70s where a guitar legend like Jimmy Hendrix is asked what it’s like to be the best guitar player in the world. Hendrix (or any number of other guitar titans of the era) is reported to have quipped, “I don’t know. You should ask Phil Keaggy.”
That’s the mantle Keaggy carried as his band Glass Harp gained the respect of the bands they opened for in countless gigs. That is until Keaggy put down the electric guitar for a time and took up the acoustic guitar shortly after answering the call to follow Jesus.
This week is the first of a two-part interview, and in this installment, Keaggy walks Mike through his fascinating career gently and unpretentiously dropping some pretty big names along the way.
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.
Rank #18: Propaganda
Rank #19: My Job is to Think Small: 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 Musical; The 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.