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Phillip Johnston: Bored Yet Busy: Free Time, The Winter Blues and Lack of Purpose
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February 13, 2014 12:33 PM PST
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As this Podcast goes to Air, the Northeast is burdened once again by a double whammy of the white stuff. Life's like that sometimes, even in the warmer months.
What we need, according to theology student and sometimes L'Abri Fellowship worker Phillip Johnston, is to find a new way of DOING and SEEING.
Listen now to hear what he means. You'll be glad you did. Did you hear that? I said glad!
Bumper music by Lancaster-based band The Innocence Mission, Amid the Winter's Snow.

Bill Dawson: Serving Mammon; Financial Feudalism and Collapsing Democracy
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January 30, 2014 09:49 AM PST
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Strap on your jet packs and get ready to exit Planet Earth, because this talk will make you say,
"It's hopeless!"
Well, it's not that bad, really.
But you really ought to know how money is made, hoarded and used these days, not for progress or justice, but for enforcing a type of feudalism on the most of us.
What can be done? Go to www.therowhouse.org, and ask for our journal, The Front Porch.
In it, Bill follows up this dire diagnosis with some thoughtful remedies for a possible prognosis (and you thought THAT sentence was a mouthful! Wait'll you see his article).
Great job, Bill. Benjamin is smiling.
Bumper music by Kansas, Play the Game Tonight, from Vinyl Confessions. Written by the boys of Kansas and used without permission. So, go out and buy the single!

Chloe Rudman: Into the Wild
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January 16, 2014 03:51 PM PST
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Chloe, our first and most famous Resident Intern, delivered a thoughtful, thorough and engaging talk on the life of Chris McCandless.
Maybe you've seen the film by Sean Penn based on Chris's story, or you've read the book by Jon Krakauer. Or, even if you haven't, maybe you've wondered whether or not "getting back to nature" will make you a better person.
If so, this talk is for you.
To take part in our lively Q&A, you'll have to come to a live forum. We hope to see you soon!
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Tom Becker: Little Monsters, Freaks & Oddballs and Why We Can't Look Away
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October 18, 2013 10:18 AM PDT
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Our Founder & Director, Tom Becker, takes us on a mini-tour of human oddities, starting with Lady Gaga. Turns out LG is quite normal...and smart. She's found a way into the hearts of millions of fans who feel they are different, just like everyone else!
Meanwhile, real human oddities (what Tom calls rarities) tell us even more about what it means to be human, both in our pain and in our worth.
Listen for brief stories from the lives of Joseph "The Elephant Man" Merrick, Nick Vujicic (lifewithoutlimbs.org) and the conjoined Jensen twins from Minnesota.
Recorded 13Sept2013 at The Row House Forum, Lancaster, PA

The Chen Brothers: Embracing a Nomadic Approach to Community
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October 17, 2013 11:33 AM PDT
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Joshua and Jeremy Chen co-lead this forum. The Chens graduated from Veritas Academy in 2007. Jeremy then studied at Princeton University where he was transformed in his understanding of the possibility of true community through leadership in Manna Fellowship. Joshua attended Virginia Tech and struggled to find the same kind of spiritual family on campus or in churches. Both have much to say from their experiences and astute theological reflections on culture and history. Currently Jeremy is studying for his Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and Josh is furthering his calling to engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Debbie Taylor: A Christian View of Yoga and Meditation
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May 10, 2013 12:47 PM PDT
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Prayer. Posture. Fruit kabobs.
It was all there, and it was all fair at the Row House Forum, April 20, 2013.

Graham Dennis, How the English Saved Civilization
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May 03, 2013 01:51 PM PDT
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Graham comes to The Row House Forum once more to deliver a top shelf paper and lecture. Normally a Liberal Arts, Theology and Writing instructor at Veritas Academy, Mr. Dennis loves people, ideas and culture. He's a family man who lives here in Lancaster County and is a repository of knowledge on all things European, Medieval and Heavy Metal (though that last category is fading in prominence, as is his mullet).
Get ready to take notes. Sorry for the garbled vocals at times; my mic rubbed against his sweater.
Bumper music by some boy band from Liverpool. Don't tell the copywriters.

Ibiyanka Alao, "The UN, Liquid Art and the Kingdom of Heaven"
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April 26, 2013 09:25 AM PDT
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It is said in Nigeria, “Art is frozen music.”

In the spirit of his homeland, Ibiyanka Alao “sang” his presentation artfully, displaying many of his prints and recounting stories of growing up in a small village.

It’s really difficult not to like Ibiy. He’s such a gentle, happy soul. It’s no wonder he speaks so effectively throughout the world in venues as varied as public high schools, liberal arts colleges and churches as UN Ambassador for the Arts.

How did we ever land such a world-renowned speaker?

He had heard about The Row House through an F&M graduate who met him at a conference. When he called to ask about our work, I was skeptical. Most entreaties I receive from Nigerians have to do with bailing someone out of a jail with my $8,000.

As it turns out, Ibiy is the real deal. He won the United Nations International Arts contest in 2001 with a painting based on the prophecy of Ezekiel.

We featured that image, along with five others, on the cover of our bi-annual journal, The Front Porch. (Get in touch with us for a copy. It’s chock full of Row House presentations, news and wonderful happenings outside of Lancaster where faith intersects current culture).

Since he won his prize, Ibiy’s been traveling the world sharing his life story and speaking on how art can be a tool for peacemaking.

I was very impressed at how his love for his homeland and his modest, self-respect enables him to live with a focus on others. He seems to respect and even enjoy us Americans, and yet he’s giving in a way we rarely see in our cynical land.

His Christian faith is not tied to the evangelical sub-strata so often disregarded by “cultured” folk. He represents a whole other way of seeing life that is at once African and biblical, academic and childlike.

Thanks to my daughter Eliza and our Row House Resident Chloe, the evening featured a spread of Nigerian snacks that were much to Ibiy’s liking: Zobo (a tea-like drink with hibiscus), plantain chips and tiny fried dough balls (Chin Chin) that speak the international language of Doughnut.

After long conversations with guests at our forum, several of us took Ibiy out to The Fridge for pizza and drinks. We chatted and laughed till about 11:00. Turns out, Ibuy not only loves all kinds of people, he loves their food as well.

Phillip Johnston, Why Introverts Need Extraverts
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February 01, 2013 03:16 PM PST
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"Leave Me Alone (But Not For Too Long!): Why Introverts Need Extraverts."

For the first time in forum history, host Tom Becker did NOT have to corral the audience into the gathering space. Instead, 20 eager participants were already seated, ready to listen and not chatting.

That's what happens when we tap into that rarely-talked-about trait called introversion. Interestingly, a bunch of extraverts also showed up, rounding out the crowd to about 40 people.

Hear now the recording of Phillip's outstanding talk wherein he entertains while he informs. His theological analysis of relational dynamics toward the end is simple yet sophisticated. Wait for it!

Share this podcast with a friend, and come see us at the next Row House Forum!

Luke Leduc, Hungry Humans
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January 25, 2013 01:29 PM PST
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Luke's full title for this tasty talk was, "Hungry Humans: Reflections on Food, Eating and Our Relationship to Both."
15December2012, recorded at The Row House.
His talk is chock full of reflection on the gift of food.
Not only does he quote Robert Farar Capon (one of our favorite authors), he also defines exactly what a capon is. Wait for it!
Enjoy the podcast, and go to www.therowhouse.org to make a donation if you can so we can keep these standout presentations coming to Lancaster...and the world!
Intro and Outro music by Wilberforce.
Thanks.

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