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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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37: Are You Smarter Than an 11th-Century Peasant? (with guest Christopher Slabaugh)
37: Are You Smarter Than an 11th-Century Peasant? (with guest Christopher Slabaugh)
James and Shawn welcome Christopher Slabaugh to the podcast. The subject was ostensibly to talk about history, which we did! But we may have taken a few different bunny trails along the way, such as discussing how best to prepare for the apocalypse. Do you like history? What is your favorite time period? If you had to leave this time period for another, which would you choose? Let us know by sending us an email. We look forward to hearing from you. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Wikipedia - Luddites YouTube - Antikythera Mechanism Wikipedia - Egyptian Pyramids Wikipedia - Malta’s Hypogeum Wikipedia - The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus Wikipedia - Machu Picchu Wikipedia - The Inka Empire Wikipedia - Stonehenge Wikipedia - Aztec Architecture Wikipedia - The Printing Press Wikipedia - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Wikipedia - The Library of Alexandria
01:17:33
November 18, 2022
36: Is Your Church Alive?
36: Is Your Church Alive?
Shawn and James discuss the idea of living churches, comparing to the church of Sardis found in the Book of Revelation. Of course, James had to make a science lesson out of it! So, we drew parallels between the definition of physical life that biologists use and the definition of spiritual life that the Bible uses. We wrapped it up with an answer from Shawn: You—on your own!—can infuse life into your church. Are you up to the task? We're looking forward to your feedback. What did we miss or get wrong? What is your experience? Send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife DART mission DART impact video Chelyabinsk meteorite Scott Manley video about DART mission Tunguska event Church Planting Movements by David Garrison
01:11:36
October 26, 2022
35: FWIW/LOL Crossover: Think Win/Win from Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
35: FWIW/LOL Crossover: Think Win/Win from Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
James and Shawn do a bit of crossover work by bringing some of their FWIW content to the LOL podcast. We look at the fourth habit "Think Win/Win" from Stephen Covey's popular 7 Habits book, giving everyone a peek at what we talk about in the FWIW podcast for our Patrons. What is your relationship paradigm? How can you make your interactions at work, at church, at home Win/Win scenarios? Is that even possible? We talk about some of what has worked for us as we look at Covey's direction. Do you have any stories about how you made a Lose situation a Win/Win? We'd love to hear about it. Send us an email. If you'd like to hear the previous chapters of this discussion or the continuation of the series, join us on Patreon. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman The Love Dare by Alex Kendrick
57:06
October 07, 2022
34: Cal Newport's Four Life Buckets
34: Cal Newport's Four Life Buckets
Shawn and James talk about Cal Newport's method for organizing life using four buckets. You all know that James is a fan of Cal Newport's, so it is no surprise that James schools Shawn on this method for thinking about life and self-improvement.  We discuss Cal's classic four of Craft, Community, Contemplation, and Constitution as well as some ideas of our own. It's a simple way of looking at the various categories of life and giving each one focus for a time to improve who you are. Do you have a system for self-improvement or planning? Maybe you use Cal Newport's method or a version of your own. We'd love to hear about it. Please send us an email. Also, you'll find James's foray into Not-Space-Science interesting: Biomimicry. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Biomimicry article by interestingengineering.com Cal Newport’s blog post about the four buckets Youtube version of Cal answering questions about the four buckets
56:23
September 16, 2022
33: Raising Grateful Children in an Entitled World
33: Raising Grateful Children in an Entitled World
James and Shawn talk about gratefulness and how to instill the value into our children. We talk some about the book by Kristen Welch, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, but we mostly just share our thoughts and experiences on what we've learned or are learning about gratefulness. We're certainly grateful for our listeners and your feedback. Please send us an email with ideas for James's science corner or with any feedback about the topic of gratefulness. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Apollo and Artemis Artemis missions Cost of the Apollo missions Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch
01:10:34
September 02, 2022
32: He Made the Stars Also
32: He Made the Stars Also
Shawn and James talk about the glorious James Webb telescope! Well, we mostly talk about the pictures that James Webb has been sending back. James—our James—has been very excited to talk about these photos. Shawn mostly stays quiet with his mouth hanging agape, but we do try describe our visual experience in this audio medium. Check out the links below to get a look at what we were enjoying. Do you have a favorite James Webb photo? James would be delighted for you to share it with him and tell him a bit about what it means to you, and Shawn will agree that it is pretty. Send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife JWST Orbit Legrange Points and Orbits First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope | NASA How JWST’s Images Compare to Hubble’s JWST’s Image of Southern Ring Nebula Hubble’s Image of Southern Ring Nebula JWST’s Image of Carina Nebula Hubble’s Image of Carina Nebula JWST’s Image of Stephan’s Quintet Hubble’s Image of Stephan’s Quintet JWST’s Image of SMACS 0723
52:17
August 02, 2022
31: Living the Single Life (with guest Naoma Lee)
31: Living the Single Life (with guest Naoma Lee)
James and Shawn welcome guest Naoma Lee to talk with them about life as a single.  It was a fun conversation going over the difficulties and the perks of being a single person. Naoma gave us some tips for how married folks can related to their single friends, and she even gave some suggestions for messages preachers should and should not preach! Let us know what you think of the conversation. If you're a single, what has your experience been like? Do you have any tips or resources you could suggest? Send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Single and Satisfied by Nancy Wilson Singled Out for Him by Nancy Demoss Woglemuth Penn Valley Singles Seminar - Next Week! July 22-24
58:02
July 15, 2022
30: Why Don't We Change?
30: Why Don't We Change?
Shawn and James beg for listener support before talking about why we find it so difficult to change. We discuss the idea of whether or not we are naturally good or if there is actually need to change, and if so, how we go about changing ourselves. There's a good bit of philosophical talk, but we try to give some practical tips that you can put to practice on yourself. How do you find self-work or self-improvement? Do you have any life hacks you can share with us? Please send us an email. And if you would like to support the podcast, look us up on Patreon or recommend the podcast to a new listener. Thanks so much for your support! Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife
01:03:20
June 21, 2022
29: Writing: Craft, Purpose, and Passion
29: Writing: Craft, Purpose, and Passion
James and Shawn talk about writing... on a podcast. Is that weird? James tried correcting Shawn about the butterfly effect, but Shawn rose to the challenge and proved he knows things! We both enjoy writing and writing-adjacent things, so it was fun to have a conversation about the topic. We discussed why we write and why we think we need more contemporary writers. We went over some of our techniques for getting writing done and give you all some tips for making your writing a bit better. We shared some favorite books on good writing with each other and gave you a request to send us some of yours. We're looking forward to your suggestions! Send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Butterfly Effect 7 Laws of Teaching by Milton Gregory On Writing Well by William Zinsser Good Prose by Tracey Kidder and Richard Todd Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott Elements of Style by Strunk and White Essays of E. B. White The Best-Loved Short Stories of Jesse Stuart How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die by David Crystal Wikipedia - David Crystal (see the bibliography)
01:03:53
June 03, 2022
28: A Quiverfull — Thoughts on Family Size
28: A Quiverfull — Thoughts on Family Size
James and Shawn are back again, this time to talk about having babies! As James mentions in the episode, we know this can be a tricky topic to navigate, but we hope you find the conversation interesting. We're sure that you may hold different views than we do, so we'd be glad to hear from you. Send us an email with any feedback or critiques.  In this episode, we look a bit at the Quiverfull movement as it is active in the States and try to compare that with the heart God has for children. Some questions we ask are, "How big should a family be? Is God okay with us not having children or having very small families? What are children for?" We aim to put a bit of nuance into a conversation that can be somewhat polarizing at times. Share this episode with a friend and get their thoughts on it, too. We look forward to your responses. To hear the Patron episode where we first discussed this topic, visit our Patreon page. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Ship of Theseus Wikipedia - The Quiverfull Movement Pew Research - Growing Share of Adults Who Plan to Never Have Children
59:00
May 13, 2022
27: Fasting (with guest James Shank)
27: Fasting (with guest James Shank)
Shawn and James welcome another James to the podcast. James Shank joins us to talk about fasting—at last! We look at an old email from a listener and talk together about what fasting is or should be. We also discuss some of our own experiences with fasting and what we have learned along the way. Thank you for your patience with us while we took a bit of a break. We're trying to gear back up and get back on schedule, hopefully. Our Patrons have been enjoying occasional episodes along the way, but we haven't had the time for a full LOL episode. We're excited to get back to it. We're glad we had a listener email to prompt this episode. If you would like to hear your idea discussed, you can also send us an email for us to consider. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis
01:05:36
April 23, 2022
26: Orders of Magnitude
26: Orders of Magnitude
James and Shawn go on a bit of a ramble. We talk about the scale of everything and what orders of magnitude are before giving an update of our yearly themes. Shawn "lost" his phone, but a chivalrous lady in a corn field gave it back to him—it's a wild story. We then give everyone a heads up on our schedule over the next several months so that you can know what to expect. If you don't want to miss out on hearing from us, you can always sign up to get the FWIW episodes for Patrons. And don't forget to let us know what you're doing for a yearly theme or goal. Please send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Orders of magnitude Observable universe Light travel time from the Sun to Neptune Distance to closest star Planck length God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis
42:52
February 09, 2022
25: Do Churches Kill the Gospel?
25: Do Churches Kill the Gospel?
Shawn and James talk about how institutions can get in the way of the gospel of Jesus. We discuss how all the trappings of the church as an institution can actually hinder the gospel and keep people away from coming to Jesus. How different are modern church institutions from the Pharisees Jesus condemned? Why is the church on the decline? Why is religion dying in the west? If you have any answers to our many questions or any feedback about our discussion, please send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Questions and Answers - How much of an atom is empty space? (jlab.org) White Dwarfs Facts, Information and Photos | National Geographic NASA - Neutron Stars James Webb Space Telescope, the biggest ever built, fully unfolds giant mirror to gaze at the cosmos | Space JWST Launched Inside an Ariane 5 rocket All hail the Ariane 5 rocket, which doubled the Webb telescope’s lifetime | Ars Technica Church Planting Movements by David Garrison You Are Special by Max Lucado
01:13:08
January 20, 2022
24: 2022 Yearly Themes
24: 2022 Yearly Themes
James and Shawn go over their yearly themes. We first look back at how we did with our themes from 2021 before discussing our new themes and goals for the year ahead. If you have a yearly theme, please let us know what you'll be doing. We would love to hear from you and gain some more inspiration. Yearly Planning – Ink+Volt (inkandvolt.com) Weekly Marriage Check-in The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family by Patrick Lencioni Deep Work by Cal Newport
53:21
January 05, 2022
23: Interrobangs and Octothorps and Emoji—Oh, My!
23: Interrobangs and Octothorps and Emoji—Oh, My!
James and Shawn talk about feeling middle-aged. The conversation covers the excitement over a new stove range to grumpiness over the way Gen-Z disregards punctuation and the meanings of words. It's been a hot minute since we've been able to talk, and we literally knocked our heads against the wall until we were through. We also looked at an email question from listener Sonya about fasting. We'll be reading the book God's Chosen Fast in preparation for a future episode. Please join us. What's your take on changing language and punctuation usage? Do you use periods in your texts? Let us know in an email! Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Zvezda Russian module leak Russian anti-satellite missile test draws condemnation from space companies and countries | Space How many satellites orbit Earth? | Live Science Kessler Syndrome and the space debris problem | Space Octothorpe / Hashtag / Pound sign / Number sign Emoticon - Wikipedia Emoji - Wikipedia “No More Periods When Texting. Period.” - NYT article “Young People Don’t Trust Anyone Who Uses This Punctuation Mark” - NYP article “Does This Punctuation Make Me Sound Angry?” - Everyday Research article “Writing, Technology, and Teens” - Pew Research article The Lost Generation (contemporaries of Gertrude Stein) Interrobang - Wikipedia Word Matters - Podcast by Merriam-Webster editors Emojipedia God’s Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis
01:26:38
December 22, 2021
22: Productivity and Overwhelm
22: Productivity and Overwhelm
Shawn and James talk about why they have so many things to do. We discuss our thoughts on productivity and how that can lead to overwhelm. We also talk about feelings of overwhelm and how we deal with them. Stay for the end because we answer a listener's question on how older single people should view tithing. We'd like to hear your thoughts on that, so please let us know. If you have a question we could discuss on the podcast, please send us an email. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife 🌍 Which Planet is the Closest? - YouTube average distance from earth to mercury vs average distance from venus to earth - Wolfram|Alpha (wolframalpha.com) Mercury (planet) - Wikipedia Mars - Wikipedia Mars Helicopter (before it went to Mars) - YouTube Venus - Wikipedia Soviet missions to Venus How Cold Is Space? | What's the Temperature in Space? (popularmechanics.com) Inverse-square law - Wikipedia Introduction to Heat Transfer: How Does Heat Transfer? (thoughtco.com) What Is Mylar? (thoughtco.com) Todoist task manager OneNote Telegram Messenger Obsidian Medical News Today - Brain Fog Due to Covid Kingdom-focused Finances for the Family
01:27:28
December 08, 2021
21: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories (with guest John R. Perfect)
21: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories (with guest John R. Perfect)
James and Shawn talk with John R. Perfect about conspiracy theories.  What are they anyway? What makes them so prevalent or easy to swallow? We talked about whether or not a particular person may be more susceptible to believing conspiracy theories and what we can do to avoid falling into that trap ourselves. What do you think about conspiracy theories? Are there any particular ones in your community that seem especially strong? Why do you think that is? Send us and email with your thoughts. We'd be glad to hear from you. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Choice Books The Bearded Onion James Webb Space Telescope James E. Webb - Wikipedia Edwin Hubble - Wikipedia Conspiracy theory - Wikipedia Jesse Walker's 5 types of conspiracy theories - Wikipedia Worldview - Wikipedia Mental model - Wikipedia Flowchart - Wikipedia Illusory Truth Effect - Wikipedia The Onion - satirical news site The Onion - satire on moon landing debunked (Read the onion with care—if at all—recognizing its satire and irreverence.) The Babylon Bee - satirical news site Proportionality Bias - Wikipedia Cognitive Bias - Wikipedia Critical Thinking Skills - Wikipedia Correlation vs. Causality - Wikipedia Tyler Vigen - Spurious Correlations Edward Snowden - Wikipedia How to Use Occam’s Razor Without Getting Cut Hanlon's Razor: Relax, Not Everything is Out to Get You
01:19:38
November 24, 2021
20: Follow These 7 Easy Steps to Make a Best Friend—You Won't Believe What Happens! — An Episode Out of Time
20: Follow These 7 Easy Steps to Make a Best Friend—You Won't Believe What Happens! — An Episode Out of Time
Shawn and James talk about friendship. This is an Episode Out of Time, meaning that it was recorded out the flow of episodes you've been listening to. When was it pulled together? When was it recorded? When was it edited? No one knows.... We start off the episode reviewing our Digital Declutter from earlier this year before moving into a discussion on what it means to be a friend and how to go about finding friends. Do you know how many hours to make someone your best friend? Listen to find out. It would be great to hear from you about your friendships. Do you have a best friend? If so, how did you become best friends? Please share your friend-making tips and tricks. James really needs your help! Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com FWIW: patreon.com/lookingoverlife LOL Episode 1: 2020 Yearly Themes Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport "How many hours does it take to make a friend?" study by Dr. Jeffrey A. Hall Dunbar's number - Wikipedia "Can you have more than 150 friends?" NYT article "Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health" Mayo Clinic article "Why friendships are so important for health and wellbeing" Everyday Health article
54:26
November 11, 2021
19: Through Mind and Mountains: A Journey on the Great Divide
19: Through Mind and Mountains: A Journey on the Great Divide
Shawn and James talk about James's book and the trip it took to get there. We talk about long-distance biking and the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. James did that biking trail with a friend―all 2,500 miles of it from Canada to Mexico! We also answer a listener email about tithing with our time instead of our money. We have another question coming up about how single people tithe differently from married people. What do you think? Send us an email with your thoughts or any other feedback you may have. And don't forget to share the podcast! Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com FWIW: patreon.com/lookingoverlife Gas duster - Wikipedia Bitterants Odorant (Ethyl mercaptan) Cardiovascular Effects and Benefits of Exercise (nih.gov) When You Hit the Wall: Bonking vs. Fatigue vs. Cramping  Great Divide Route The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice―Crossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O'Brady If you're interested in James's book, we'll be letting you know when it's available for sale later. You can also email the podcast to request to be put on a waiting list.
01:07:30
October 27, 2021
18: Are Leaders Really Necessary? (with guest Andrew Crider)
18: Are Leaders Really Necessary? (with guest Andrew Crider)
James and Shawn welcome Andrew Crider back to the podcast. We discuss leadership. What is it? Who does it? Is it even necessary? These and many other questions are contemplated. We also do a lightning round of leadership qualities we think every leader ought to have. Which ones did we miss, or do you think there is one that is more critical than another? Please let us know! Website: lookingoverlife.com Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Patreon: patreon.com/lookingoverlife What causes the seasons? What causes the phases of the moon? Looking Over Life Patreon Javan Bender "Leading With a Servant Heart" Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders The Way of the Shepherd by Kevin Lehman The Birth Order Book by Kevin Lehman Christian Light Publications The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make by Hans Finzel The Effective Manager by Mark Horstman Good Leaders Ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni Reset by David Murray
01:08:34
October 14, 2021
17: FWIW: The Center of God's Will
17: FWIW: The Center of God's Will
Sneak peek For What It's Worth episode! Shawn and James are glad to have Andrew Crider back on the podcast. This is actually the episode we recorded for our Patron-only podcast For What It's Worth, but we decided to let you all have access to it this time.  In this episode, we talk about what it means to be in the center of God's will—or if that is even a possibility. What do you think? Please send us your feedback. You can reach us at our email or on our website. Please share the podcast with a friend. We like seeing more downloads, which means we have more listeners. Email: lookingoverlife@gmail.com Website: lookingoverlife.com Patreon: For What It's Worth Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung
15:04
September 29, 2021
16: How to Improve Your Bible Reading
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
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 03, 2021
14: Sending Up Trees
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
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
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
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 05, 2021
10: Community or Society?
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 04, 2021
9: Social Media: Paying for Free Entertainment With Your Soul?
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 guest Josh Nisley) - Part 2
8: Thoughts on Higher Education (with guest 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 guest Josh Nisley) - Part 1
7: Thoughts on Higher Education (with guest 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
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 05, 2021
5: Intestine Soup for the Soul (with guest Andrew Crider)
5: Intestine Soup for the Soul (with guest 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?
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 03, 2021
3: What Is Your Personality?
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?
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 03, 2021
1: 2021 Yearly Themes
1: 2021 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