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Ordinary Lives

Ordinary Lives

By Jeffrey De Boer

We might wait for a long time for something extraordinary to happen in our lives. And we might minimize the importance of what is already taking place. "Ordinary Lives" interviews people like us, revealing the greatness of the ordinary. Prepare to smile, laugh, and sometimes cry through these stories. Stories like yours and mine.
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Sara Lynema: Caring for Others without Losing Yourself
Sara Lynema: Caring for Others without Losing Yourself
The Great Quit hit the America workforce as the pandemic was winding down. We thought the same would happen in pastoral ministry. Perhaps it will. It hasn't yet. Instead it is very likely many pastors are struggling but staying put. In this edition of "Ordinary Lives" Sara Lynema tells us about her training and experience  and how those apply to helping pastors care for churches while they pursue a sustainable ministry.  
44:51
November 16, 2022
Dan Adams: Regular, Ordinary Kid, Not Enough
Dan Adams: Regular, Ordinary Kid, Not Enough
    Dan grew up well . . . varsity tennis player, Taekwondo state champion, junior Olympian. His family loved him and invested in his life. They supported him and encouraged him to explore what interested him.      But is wasn't enough. Not at all.     Why? And what changed? 
47:21
February 17, 2022
Myron Palmer: It wasn't an Accident
Myron Palmer: It wasn't an Accident
About two years ago Myron lost control of his motorcycle and was injured. Badly. But it wasn't an accident. The events of that night came at the end of a long sequence of difficulty and pain. And in spite of his attempts to find help in what he describes as "liquid medium", he could not find what he was looking for. Listen to him describe what happened then, and what has happened since. It's worth the time. 
59:29
January 07, 2022
Duke Suwyn: Failing and Succeeding in Business, Lessons about Life
Duke Suwyn: Failing and Succeeding in Business, Lessons about Life
From humble beginnings as a struggling farm implement dealer to owning a successful commercial real estate company, Duke's lived through the highs and lows of business. That experience taught him some important lessons about business, life, and love. Listen to learn, and don't be surprised if your heart is touched.  
56:21
December 09, 2021
Taylor Miedema: Podcasters Talking Podcasting, the "Why"?
Taylor Miedema: Podcasters Talking Podcasting, the "Why"?
Taylor and I talk about her podcast "A Momma Seeking Mommas"--why she started podcasting, her experience (now in her second season!) and the challenges and joys of podcasting. Along the way we discover the artistic value of podcasting as well as the integration of her faith her her content. 
44:38
December 02, 2021
Shane Hansen: Did you Hear the One about the Lawyer?
Shane Hansen: Did you Hear the One about the Lawyer?
What do decades of the practice of law tell us about wisdom? Especially a portion of the law that seems hidden, almost invisible to most people? Listen to Shane reflect on his experience. And enjoy some advice to aspiring lawyers who wonder how to endure, and even thrive, in a challenging profession. 
48:03
November 18, 2021
Joel Hankins: Video Game Creation that Tells My Story
Joel Hankins: Video Game Creation that Tells My Story
According to Joel, the future of gaming is interactive . . . where the player becomes part of the unfolding story. And the game is not just entertainment, but it is a reflection of the needs and desires of the player. Listen as he explains the process and art of interactive game creation. 
30:21
November 12, 2021
Brian Bangma: That Desire to Do the Next Thing
Brian Bangma: That Desire to Do the Next Thing
What if you have this desire to start a new business? What happens when you try and it works? What if it fails? All part of the ordinary life that reflects extraordinary desires. 
41:51
November 04, 2021
Greta Entingh: Retirement as More
Greta Entingh: Retirement as More
Greta helps us see retirement as doing more of what she already loved. By telling us about what has always been important to her, we understand retirement not as doing less, but actually doing more. 
38:13
October 28, 2021
Jori Orr: What I Learned Teaching Through a Pandemic
Jori Orr: What I Learned Teaching Through a Pandemic
Listen to how one teacher navigated teaching during COVID lockdowns, what she learned, and what that means about the future of teaching. 
37:40
September 23, 2021