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Get out your pen and paper, Aaron is chatting with a couple of Samson OGs who are deep in the world of music and are passionate about art and how it feeds the soul.  You'll get their recommendations on listening choices and taking some purposeful time to let your heart be filled through the miracle of music.  All that and more on today's episode of the Pirate Monk Podcast.

It's deep, it's heavy, it's important.  Today the boys chat with Karen Ellison about the heart wounds that occur after an abortion for both women and men.  Karen works with the ministry Deeper Still and provides resources and free retreats to help people with tools to find healing for a pain that is often forced underground by our Christian culture.  To check out more information on Deeper Still, go to:

www.godeeperstill.org

Feeling fear during this strange time?  Checking the news for reassurance and only experiencing further fear?  Today Nate and Arron sit down with Christine Dente to try to unpack some solutions to engage information with better choices and more wisdom. Check out Christine's website Finding Life in the Bigger Story at https://christinedenteoutofthegrey.com 

Some of the proposed ideas to consider were:

1. Consider the message: does the headline incite fear? Does the information smell like clickbait? 
 
2. Consider the purpose: Is it grim entertainment? Grisly voyeurism?  Why is it written and why do you want to read it?
 
3. Consider your filters: are you willing to open your mind, humble yourself, ditch confirmation bias and deal with the cognitive dissonance? 
 
4. Consider your interests: choose a specialty then dive deep. Can you become an expert on one issue?  Can you become such an expert without judging others for not having the same interests?
 
5. Consider the dosage: How many hours are you spending imbibing information and attitudes that can saturate the soul. Is meditating on these ideas helpful or beneficial to your soul?  Do they increase your love and compassion, or do they make you afraid and angry?
 
6. Consider the agenda:  Follow the money. What is the underlying ideology? Is it hidden or obvious? Is the bias showing?
 
7. Consider the alternatives: Podcasts and other long-form, unedited conversations offer a format for engaging issues on a deeper level. Can you hang?
 
8. Consider the times: be selective with the time of day and amount of intake. Can you control your information exposure in a healthy way?  
 
9. Consider the sensation: Wait 48 hours before believing the worst. Often, the sensational news is refuted within 48 hours. 
 
10. Consider the source: Read the original documents or watch the original video footage instead of someone’s interpretation.  
 
11. Consider the angles: Read and listen to people on all sides of an issue. This gives a balanced perspective and a clearer picture of what’s going on. Is the truth closer to the middle?
 
 
OUTRAGE PORN

Check two three
Baby take a tip from me
There is a storm headed here
And if you want to live in fear
Then tune on in

Every tear shed earns a grin

Check three four
Baby, better lock your doors
Cause if you want to get caught
All you gotta do is stop
And then you die

Something will kill you if you try

Check five six
Gonna show you some new tricks
I search the world for a fear
Sell you outrage and a beer
And watch you hide

Take all your toys and go inside

JUST TRUST ME
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED DEAR
I DON’T MEAN YOU HARM HERE
CLOSE YOUR EYES TAKE MY HAND
LISTEN, I’VE GOT NEWS TO TAKE YOU
TO EXTREMES AND PASSION YOUR REAL LIFE
NEVER CAN

Stand, Kneel, Crawl
I’ve got outrage porn for all
Viruses politics
Lairs and the lunatics
And then you fall

Facedown make me your god your all

Here’s my take
Quick facts on instant bake
You don’t need to do the work
I know you’ll love my  line

The parties rollin’ here full time

JUST TRUST ME
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED DEAR
I DON’T MEAN YOU HARM HERE
CLOSE YOUR EYES TAKE MY HAND
LISTEN, I’VE GOT NEWS TO TAKE YOU
TO EXTREMES AND PASSION YOUR REAL LIFE
NEVER CAN

 

Episode 269 * Brian Kay

The doctor is in.  Our Samson friend from the Bay area is checking in for a conversation about dealing with fear during this strange time in our world, as well as taking responsibility for our healing process from past hurts.

 

Pull up a chair and have a listen to Todd Wermers' inspiring story of hope, redemptions, and how God loves to show his glory through people in process.  To check out what's happening in Todd's ministry check him out at...

tinmanministries.org

Or email him at...

todd@tinman.life

On today's episode of the Pirate Monk Podcast, Nate and Aaron recruit OG Pirate Scott Dente to have a scintillating conversation with Christian Music Pioneer, Steve Taylor.  This one will make you think.  We'd love to hear your feedback on the episode, as well as your vote on the dance-off question found at the end of the show.  Write to us at, piratemonkpodcast@gmail.com

Here too are the lyrics that were discussed on the show from Steve's song, I Want to be a Clone.

I'd gone through so much other stuff
that walking down the aisle was tough
but now I know it's not enough
I want to be a clone
I asked the Lord into my heart
they said that was the way to start
but now you've got to play the part
I want to be a clone
Be a clone and kiss conviction goodnight
cloneliness is next to Godliness, right?
I'm grateful that they show the way
'cause I could never know the way
to serve him on my own
I want to be a clone
They told me that I'd fall away
unless I followed what they say
who needs the Bible anyway?
I want to be a clone
Their language it was new to me
but Christianese got through to me
now I can speak it fluently
I want to be a clone
Be a clone and kiss conviction goodnight
cloneliness is next to Godliness, right?
I'm grateful that they show the way
'cause I could never know the way
to serve him on my own
I want to be a clone
Send in the clones
Ah, I kind of wanted to tell my friends and people about it, you know
What?
You're still a babe
you have to grow
give it twenty years or so
'cause if you want to be one of his
got to act like one of us
Be a clone and kiss conviction goodnight
cloneliness is next to Godliness, right?
I'm grateful that they show the way
'cause I could never know the way
to serve him on my own
I want to be a clone
So now I see the whole design
my church is an assembly line
the parts are there
I'm feeling fine
I want to be a clone
I've learned enough to stay afloat
but not so much I rock the boat
I'm glad they shoved it down my throat
I want to be a clone
Everybody must get cloned

Today Nate and Aaron get to have a chat with long-time buddy Mo Leverett as he talks about life post-Hurricane Katrina, his passion for a fine cigar, and his upcoming album Autumn Years.  Plus...just for you the faithful listeners, you'll get a sneak peek at two songs that will be on his new project.  It's all here, it's all now, only on the Pirate Monk Podcast.

On this episode, Nate and Aaron chat with Eddie Capparucci about how our past experiences shape our coping mechanisms and how to find hope and freedom through asking the "why" instead of just the "what."  All that and more, today on the Pirate Monk Podcast.

To check out what Eddie and his wife are up to, head on over to...

https://abundantlifecounselingga.com/

Today Nate has a chat with Pastor Vern Tompke about the dangers of isolation in the ministry and how true vulnerable community can serve both the pastors and the congregation.  Everyone is included in this conversation on the Pirate Monk Podcast.  If you want to check out Vern's podcast, Pastors on Porn, head on over to:

https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/pastors-on-porn-vern-tompke-AuMWGqJ_x1I/

Empathy.  Who gives a crap...  Today Nate has a conversation with Jason Martinkus about why we should, and how we can up our empathy IQs in our marriage.  Jason is also teaching an online master class if you want to jump in the deep end of this topic and learn some vital skills.  If you want to check it out take a mouse journey and click on -

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