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Looking Over Life

Looking Over Life

By James Goering and Shawn D Schmidt
James and Shawn are two friends who like to talk about life. Science, grammar, parenting, spirituality--they're likely to discuss it.

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16: How to Improve Your Bible Reading
James and Shawn talk about their Bible reading. We look at the various methods we've used over the years for reading the Bible and talk about why we choose to read it in the first place. We also discuss our favorite translations and formats, including reading-format versus study-format Bibles. How do you go about your Bible reading? Do you have a favorite translation? Let us know! Website: lookingoverlife.com Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Patreon - For What It's Worth episodes The boiling point of water at various altitudes Imperial units Can you survive in space without a spacesuit? The Armstrong Limit 2021 Yearly Themes episode YouVersion Bible app  Organization of the books of the bible NIV One Year Bible Types of Bible translations Why We Read episode Social Media episode Reading on paper versus on screens Learning differences on paper versus on screens Paper versus screens - Scientific America Why Bible Typography Matters Reader's Bibles James's reader's Bible Pilcrow (paragraph symbol) NIV  NLT NVI How long does it take to read the Bible?
56:40
September 15, 2021
15: Tithing--How Our Church Could Send a Rocket to the Moon
Shawn and James talk about money matters, specifically about giving. Why is it that churches often struggle to pay for the various programs of the church? What is tithing, and should we be giving a certain amount? We talk about giving in various seasons of life and how that could look. It is fascinating to do the math and see just how much a little giving grows when everyone contributes. We are happy to announce our new Patron-only podcast "For What It's Worth." This is a way for you to help support the podcast and make it easier for us to put out more episodes in the future. As always, we want to hear from you. Thanks for your ideas and encouragement and corrections. Send us an email! Website: lookingoverlife.com Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Patreon Page for Looking Over Life The Perseverance Rover Number of US taxpayers Median Annual Income in the United States Average Debt in the United States Wikipedia - Consumer Debt Kingdom Focused Finances by Gary Miller Dave Ramsey's 7 Basic Steps LOL 7: Thoughts on Higher Education with Josh Nisley - Part 1 LOL 8: Thoughts on Higher Education with Josh Nisley - Part 2 Cost of launching small rockets Jeff Bezos' yacht
44:35
September 3, 2021
14: Sending Up Trees
James and Shawn talk about technological developments from the beginning of time up through the near future. In this episode, we go all over the place, looking at amazing technologies that range from the humble garden hoe to flying cars!  You may hear some background noise, but that's because we were able to record together, in-person for the first time. We were pretty excited for the opportunity, and we hope you enjoy the conversation. If you have any thoughts about modern technology or the history that brought us here, please send us an email. Website: lookingoverlife.com Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Cork heat shield Ablative heat shield Domestication of maize Domestication of the Cavendish banana The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Wikipedia - The Green Revolution Wikipedia - Guano Wikipedia - Guano Islands Act Environmental cost of electric cars versus gasoline-powered cars Electric airplanes
58:08
August 27, 2021
13: Shawn's Apology
Shawn apologizes for the upload delay and offers and explanation. We hope to return to normal episode uploads soon. Website: lookingoverlife.com You can still reach us at our email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com
05:19
August 14, 2021
12: Digital Minimalism: Practices and Leisure
Shawn and James finish their review of the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. In this episode, we look at the second section of the book in which Cal presents practices to fill time gained through the digital declutter. We discuss effective leisure activities—including long showers—and how we've been applying some of the practices in the book. James is replacing ceiling fans he forged in his own backyard, Shawn is still waiting for his baby to arrive (Spoiler alert: She came after we recorded.), and all the dogs in Peru conspire to bark at the same time as we record. We're looking forward to hearing how your digital declutter is going. Please send us an email! Website: lookingoverlife.com Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com "The Anabaptist Vision" by Harold Bender Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
41:58
July 14, 2021
11: Digital Minimalism: The Digital Declutter
James and Shawn work through the book Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport. In this episode, we look at the first section of this book and discuss the principles behind digital minimalism. We both committed to going through the digital declutter ourselves for a month. We talk about the things we’re giving up and why. Perhaps you would like to join us by going through the steps of the declutter yourself. If you go through the digital declutter, please send us an email and let us know how it went for you. Website: lookingoverlife.com Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport Feedly—a blog and website aggregator Pocket—a read it later service Screen Time on iPhone and iPad Google Digital Wellbeing Digital Minimalism 101
01:09:03
July 5, 2021
10: Community or Society?
Shawn and James talk about what community means to them and what it might mean to God.  Shawn pronounces German words poorly from the inside of a fish tank while James keeps the conversation on track as we consider what Christian Community is or should be. We discuss ways to improve our community—though we’re sort of scared to actually try them.  What does community mean to you? How is your community doing community? Let us know! Website: lookingoverlife.com Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft
55:18
June 4, 2021
9: Social Media: Paying for Free Entertainment With Your Soul?
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok—James and Shawn tackle social media.  This topic is a minefield in the current digital landscape, but we wanted to talk about how it is affecting us as individuals, as communities, and as a society.  Is social media good or bad? How does God feel about social media? Can I use it as a tool?  We want to hear from you. Do you use social media? Your answer is probably yes, because data shows the majority of the world is on social media now! So, the question may be, how do you use it? Please send us an email.  Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com  Tristan Harris Ted Talk  Dunbar's Number  Pew Research on Smartphone Statistics  Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport  The Church of Facebook by Jesse Rice  Surviving the Tech Tsunami by Gary Miller  The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
01:07:05
May 22, 2021
8: Thoughts on Higher Education with Josh Nisley - Part 2
This is part two of the conversation with Josh Nisley from Faith Builders.  In this episode, we go further into the pros and cons of higher education for Christians and consider how we can serve God with our minds. We'd like to hear from you. Please send us your feedback or suggestions or even your education story. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Culture Making by Andy Crouch Karen Swallow Prior Quote by Steven Brubaker Faith Builders Educational Programs
46:13
May 12, 2021
7: Thoughts on Higher Education with Josh Nisley - Part 1
James and Shawn welcome another guest to the pod. Josh Nisley is a lover of education and has a lot to say about it.  We delve into the risks and rewards of higher education and consider our perspective of the Conservative Anabaptist point of view regarding education beyond grade school. This is a two-part podcast, so you’ll be seeing the conclusion released in Episode 8. As always, we’d like to hear from you. If you have feedback or if you would like to share your own education story with us, please send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com  Article citing Andrew Carnegie's quote on higher education  Pew Research study on "Does more education equal less religion?"  Pew Research study on "The decline of religion in the US."
48:32
April 26, 2021
6: Covid and Cooking
Shawn and James talk about having Covid and enjoying food and missing the sense of taste and smell. Warning: You may not want to listen to this episode on an empty stomach! You might end up feeling hungry.  From steaks to soups and a lot in between, James and Shawn go over some of their favorite dishes. Also, James teaches Shawn what a hotdog bun is. Please send us some recipes to try! And if you have a friend who eats food, go ahead and share the episode with them. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Cook's Country Magazine All Recipes website Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits German Torte One recipe of hot milk cake divided into three nine-inch layers Icing Scald 2 cup of milk Set scalded milk aside Mix together: ¼ cup milk 2 eggs 3 tbsp cornstarch 2/3 cup sugar 3 tbsp flour Whip together to make a batter Add to scalded milk and cook until thick Cool to room temperature Beat one cup of cold butter as well as you can. Slowly add pudding while still beating. Beat until fluffy. Chill butter-pudding mixture. Toasted Oatmeal 3 tbsp butter 1 cup rolled oats ¼ cup sugar Toast in heavy skillet, stirring often. Do not burn! Cool Assembly Mix together ¼ cup apricot jam and ¼ cup orange marmalade Layer jam and pudding between each cake layer Cover top and sides of cake with remaining icing. Surface of icing should be rough to help toasted oatmeal adhere. Coat the sides and top of cake with toasted oatmeal
57:27
April 5, 2021
5: Intestine Soup for the Soul with Andrew Crider
James and Shawn enjoy having a guest on the podcast. They talk with Andrew Crider about what it's like to be a missionary to a foreign country. Have you ever eaten intestine soup or chicken head soup? How about a plateful of honey? And what does that have to do with being a missionary? What is a missionary, anyway? James quizzes Andrew and Shawn on their experiences in Guatemala and Peru. From hauling firewood up a ravine by strapping it to your forehead, to going for a swim with a cow at night, the hosts share stories and discuss ideals about mission life. We'd like to hear from you. What did you think of having a guest on the podcast? Do you have any topics for us to discuss? Email us: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Shawn's blog Christian Aid Ministries  Mennonite Air Missions Christian Light Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier Church Planting Movements by David Garrison
01:33:56
March 17, 2021
4: Did It Rain Before the Flood?
Did it rain before the flood? What sort of apple did Eve give Adam? How many wise men visited the manger where Jesus was born? And what color eyes did Jesus have? James and Shawn go deep—maybe too deep—into some common misconceptions from Bible stories. Where do these misconceptions come from, and how do they permeate our culture? Do you know of any more misconceptions? Send us an email and let us know about them! Email us: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Was the Eye of the Needle a Gate? A Camel Through What? The Washington Post: How Did Jesus Become So White? Wikipedia: The Race and Appearance of Jesus The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read: A Personal Challenge to Read the Bible by Dan Patrick
43:54
March 3, 2021
3: What Is Your Personality?
Shawn and James discuss differences in personalities. Are you sanguine or choleric? Black bile or phlegm? Introvert or extrovert?  A good bit of the discussion looks at the Myers-Briggs personality theory. Share the episode with one of your friends and take the tests together. You might find out things about each other you never knew before!  Email us: lookingoverlife@gmail.com  Reading People by Anne Bogel  The Highly Sensitive Person Test  16 Personalities  The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman  The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
01:07:13
February 19, 2021
2: Why Do We Read?
James and Shawn talk about their reading habits and personal reading trends. They also look at the current climate of reading in society.  Also, Shawn tried to teach James how to say a word, and James attempted to explain the difference between power and energy—Shawn still doesn't get it. Note from James: Hoe moe GEEN ee us is a correct pronunciation. See Merriam-Webster's homogeneous and homogenous.  Email us: lookingoverlife@gmail.com  Goodreads  Socrates' argument against writing   Medical Daily article on attention span  Pew Research article on percentage of people who don't read  Pew Research article on percentage of people who listen to audio books  The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains   James's Suggestions:  Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  Shawn's Suggestions:  Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes  Anne of Green Gables Series by L. M. Montgomery
58:47
February 3, 2021
1: 2020 Yearly Themes
In which James and Shawn try their hands at being podcasters.   The topic is yearly themes and how they differ from New Year's resolutions. What is a yearly theme? How do you make one? What makes for a successful year?  Email us: lookingoverlife@gmail.com  Yearly Planning Tool  Atomic Habits  Do you have a yearly theme? Email us about it. Side note: If it sounds like we've never talked to each other before, that's because we were nervous to meet you. Episode 2 gets better.
36:42
January 29, 2021