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Join the team behind on The Praisecast as we discuss things that shape and influence the culture in which we live through the lens of praise and worship. Along the way there will be interviews with artists, actors, and leaders, as well as a thoughtful and sometimes humorous look at the world around us.
65 Episodes
Author, journalist, and Christian entertainer Jeannie Ortega-Law joins us to discuss her new book, “What is Happening to Me?”, how to guard your heart and mind from evil, and how to find the love of God and His purpose for your life. The Praisecast team takes inventory of some of the quirkier developments during the coronavirus pandemic, they sift through the various ways to find out if you are spending too much time on social media, and Kimberly declares she would prefer prison to spending a few days in the belly of a whale. Let’s just say she’s no Jonah!”
In a very special episode, the Praisecast team remembers and pays tribute to former co-host Hannah Goodwyn. After a 13 month long battle, Hannah lost her fight with cancer on March 5th. While Hannah has departed this earth, she will certainly be remembered as a dear colleague and friend. We honor Hannah for what she meant to The Praisecast as an original co-host, life lessons that we can learn from her, and most importantly, her unbridled and unrelenting faith in Jesus Christ. Along the way, the Praiscast team and friends share a few funny stories about Hannah, her passion for travel, writing, and film, and above all her loyal friendship and kindness. A must listen.”
Author, therapist, and ordained minister Ryan Casey Waller joins us to offer guidance and companionship to Christians who have who have experienced mental illness or love someone who has. He also believes a conversation is long overdue in the Church and the wider culture on how to best come alongside those who suffer. The Praisecast team reviews a new study that has determined what an American’s ideal age is (hint, hint, it’s probably not yours), they reveal their ultimate high school Christian music playlits, and it’s that time of year for Chris to suffer through his annual pet peeve. “So, you love to cook but you don’t like the idea of cooking? Uh, ok.”
Dove Award-nominated Christian recording artist Phil Joel joins us to talk about his latest solo album, the importance of ecological stewardship of what God has given us, and leaving listeners space to interpret faith-infused lyrics. The Praisecast team discusses important things to look for when dating a Christian, why the Five Love Languages quiz could open the door to better relationships, and a few Super Bowl commercials that caught their eye. And for the record, we still don’t quite understand what the song “Entertaining Angels” means!”
Dove Award-winning Christian recording artist Jordan Feliz joins us to talk about his latest album, "Say It", why he decided to release it just a few days before Christmas, and how the thread of hope and heaven weaves itself throughout the recording’s 13 songs. The Praisecast team discusses how to effectively de-clutter your life in the new year, they challenge you to make a resolution that scares you in 2021, and Chris chronicles his recent visit to the socially distanced Department of Motor Vehicles. And yes, there are even two Name Dropping Alerts!”
Grammy Award-winning Christian recording artist Rebecca St. James joins us to talk about her new podcast and why it is so important to weave elements of faith into it during these trying times we are living in. She also updates us on her new album and baby! The Praisecast team discusses how to overcome being easily offended by others from a faith-based perspective, they try to make the best of what is a rather bizarre Christmas season, and Chris, Kimberly, and Garrett take a look at a few COVID Christmas products that will make you go … hmm? “I would like to think that listening to our podcast is like a big hug.” Aww…”
Director Justin Baldoni and screenwriter Laura Sobiech from the movie “Clouds” join us to discuss how God brought the project to fruition, the importance of recognizing that each cancer patient has their own story, and how Laura learned to give her son back over to God at the end of his life. The Praisecast team mulls over various ways to put Thanksgiving back in the holiday mainstream, they determine whether it is ok for a Christian to be rich, and they search for three things to be thankful for in a year that has been fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. So, how do you successfully fit an entire turkey into a crockpot? We will tell you how!”
Six-time Dove Award winner John Cooper joins us to discuss Skillet’s latest releases, “Victorious: The Aftermath”, graphic novel “Eden II”, living life in quarantine, and civil unrest in his own hometown. The Praisecast team digs into a very serious topic … the cult of comparison on social media, Chris provides insight on his recent COVID-19 test, and they engage in the first Praisecast debate ever: Holy Ghost Wiener Roast vs. Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot. And by the way, Chris’s test was negative!”
Millennial author/speaker Ben Courson joins us to discuss his latest book, “Flirting with Darkness”, and to offer some practical ways to build hope in your darkest hour of depression. The Praisecast team offers up a few suggestions on how to not go crazy working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, Bekah provides highlights from her first Covid era birthday party, the team tries to determine whether it would be better to be Samson or Solomon. “I’m glad you said that because neuroplasticity is one of my favorite words!”
Chad Veach, Pastor of Zoe Church in Los Angeles joins us to share some thought provoking leadership principles from his latest book, “Help! I Work with People”, including this tasty nugget … it is important to be unproductive at work once in a while. The Praisecast team explores a Texas megachurch pastor’s decision to step away due to the sin of pride, they try to determine whether the traditional potluck church supper is a thing of the past because of COVID-19, and they introduce a new feature called Pop Quiz! “You only have three degrees of separation to Arnold Schwarzenegger? C’mon!”
Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Cory Asbury joins us to share how his song “Reckless Love” changed his entire musical trajectory, the profound benefits of a sabbatical, and how his time away helped him develop an entirely new perspective on his relationship with God. The Praisecast team takes a look at the five friends you need to stay in touch with right now during the coronavirus pandemic, and Bekah offers up an entirely new lineup of Products That Make You Go … Hmm? – the COVID-19 Back to School edition. “I dare say I would rather social distance by wearing a blow-up bubble ball with sprouting thorns than a facemask!”
Grammy-nominated contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Ryan Stvenson joins us to share about the deep facets of his life and experiences while allowing listeners to take a peek at the innermost corners of his heart and mind. The Praisecast team takes a look at 10 church phrases that really need to go away, they ponder the importance of naming a child to honor and glorify God, and they try to determine whether Bekah’s new boating license allows her to perform weddings at sea. “And if you are on the water, please wear a personal flotation device!”
Well-known activist/evangelist Christine Caine joins us to share about her new podcast Equip & Empower, her passion for reaching people with the Gospel message, and why it is important to make Scripture a focal point in everything we do. The Praisecast team discusses a new survey that indicates young white evangelicals are less likely to follow COVID-19 mandates, they examine how this year’s Fourth of July celebrations will be very different, and they take a look at few coronavirus facemasks that will make you go … hmm. “I’m not sure I want to live in a world where it is normal to wear my pet on my face!”
Popular Comedian Michael Jr. joins us to share about his new movie Selfie-Dad, why people struggle so much with their self-worth, and how comedy and laughter play vital roles in leading a life of purpose. The Praisecast team discusses the critically important topic of racial reconciliation with Dr. Jennifer E. Jones, who specializes in black studies as related to television and film, and they honor Father’s Day by telling some wacky Dad jokes. For example, how does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together!
Emerging contemporary Christian recording artist Jillian Edwards joins us share how our hunger for God is a blessing rather than a burden and how her EP, Meadow, is a place of peace and abundance. The Praisecast team discusses new trend that is causing single women to leave the Church, they provide updates on how churches are desperately trying to get back to normal despite the quarantine, and they cue up a new segment that is guaranteed to get results in less than five seconds! What happened to the good old days of meeting your future spouse by diving into a pile of shoes?
On this milestone episode, legendary contemporary Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman joins us to discuss why unity is so important during the coronavirus pandemic, his latest song, “Together (We’ll Get Through This), and how this recording came together despite unprecedented obstacles. The Praisecast team celebrates their 50th podcast by taking a deep dive into all things related to the number 50, they applaud a Texas high school principal who traveled 800 miles to thank each of his graduating seniors individually, and they cue up some of the funniest moments from the first 50 episodes of the Praisecast. And by the way, tin makes a great wedding gift!
Known as Mr. Kari Jobe, up and coming praise and worship musical artist Cody Carnes joins us to share why God doesn’t always answer prayers the way you want Him to, how Johnny Cash has influenced his music, and why he won’t pick a favorite song from his new album. The Praisecast team wonders whether we should really go back to normal after the COVID-19 quarantine, Kanye West and Chick-fil-A team up with the LA Dream Center to provide thousands of meals to desperate people in need, and Chris, Bekah, Kimberly and Garrett provide a few suggestions for binge-watching while we are all stuck at home. Do you really think it’s bingeworthy?
In the second Praisecast of the COVID-19 pandemic, American Idol alum Colton Dixon joins us to discuss moving from selfish to selfless as a means to honor God, how he felt called to pursue music full-time at the age of 13, and how ‘flipping the script’ can reveal miracles in our lives. The Praisecast team offers up a few positive, uplifting stories that have emerged since the coronavirus stay-at-home orders took place, they discuss how Easter this year was a peculiar experience, and a few online video meeting experiences that will make you go … hmm? Is there such a thing as having a germ buddy?
On this very special edition of The Praisecast, five-time Dove Award winner Jeremy Camp joins us to discuss a new movie based on his life, his amazement that God is still using his song “I Still Believe” to minister to people all these years later, and his take on why bad things happen to good people. The Praisecast team offers up a few suggestions for ministering to your neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, they try to get used to the nuances of recording remotely from five different locations, and Bekah has a few suggestions if you decide to take up gardening during this crisis. Growing vegetables from plant scraps?
Two-time Grammy Award winner Matt Redman joins us to share why the lyric is the ultimate part of a worship song, the need for traditional hymns to be a focal point of Christian music going forward, and the best ways to make worship culturally relevant. The Praisecast team discusses a new study that reveals that eight in ten evangelicals live outside of the United States, they offer up a few tips for fighting the coronavirus, and the gang takes a look at a few frozen foods that definitely make you … hmm? The deep-fried chocolate twinkie is real and allegedly edible!
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