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Digital Speaker Series: Dallas Jenkins
We are thrilled to host a conversation with special guest Dallas Jenkins, creator of The Chosen, the largest crowd-funded media project of all time that tells the story of Jesus in the context of his country and culture. Join us for this conversation on faith and entertainment.
49:53
December 23, 2020
Digital Speaker Series: Yaakov Katz
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post, discusses current events in Israel and journalism in 2020.
45:43
November 18, 2020
Digital Speaker Series: DAYTON MOORE, Kansas City Royals GM
Join us for a conversation with Dayton Moore, Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Kansas City Royals. We're talking about faith, community service, and character-based leadership in the big leagues.
55:38
October 16, 2020
Digital Speaker Series: Glenn & Suzanne Youngkin
Join us as the Youngkins discuss faith-based leadership in a secular world, the role of faith in caring for family, and tips for successful relationships! *This interview was recorded remotely.
51:49
September 23, 2020
Digital Speaker Series: Yossi Klein Halevi
New York Times Bestselling Author of "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor," Yossi Klein Halevi, joined us at Passages for an insightful conversation about inter-faith relations and much more. Listen to the interview here.
49:29
August 28, 2020
On Jewish-Christian Relations & Living in the Galilee
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Faydra Shapiro as part of our Digital Speaker Series and 10-Day Virtual Israel Experience.
35:46
June 22, 2020
Middle East Update Under 5 | 06.10.20
Tensions increase between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, especially in light of annexation.
03:48
June 10, 2020
Middle East Update Under 5 | 05.27.2020
Latest update on COVID-19 in Israel Local Israeli company chosen over large company in Hong Kong to build a desalination plant Medical supplies offered to Gaza and the West Bank
02:44
May 27, 2020
Tourism and Open Borders in Israel, Post COVID-19
Join Josiah McGee for a Middle East Update, your source for the latest news in the region, all under 5 minutes.
03:10
May 20, 2020
God@Work (Ep. 4) | Tuan Stinson
Luke Agase, program host for Abide in Christ with Passages At Home, presents God@Work: a 4-part podcast where we are going to hear Passages alumni share how God has impacted their life. Our prayer is that hearing fellow alumni testimonies will encourage you to reflect on the Lord’s faithfulness in your life too.
34:27
April 26, 2020
Self Leadership Challenge: You and the Mirror - Episode 4
Every great leader must first learn to lead themself. Because we are at home for the next few weeks, it is a great time to invest in the practice of self-leadership. Jeremy will host this challenge via a 4-part podcast series, encouraging us with ideas and reflective questions that prompt us to think, journal, and engage. Week 4: You and The Mirror This week we will summarize key themes of this challenge through the metaphor of approaching the mirror.  The mirror we use to self-reflect upon is vital to our self-leadership success. Reflective Questions: What are the top 10 mirrors in your life? What types of mirrors do you have? People, books, podcasts, mindsets, etc. Which ones would you like to include that you don’t have? What challenges do you face when you “approach the mirror”? What are some strategies to help you with those challenges? What challenges do you face when getting into the arena? What are some strategies to get you in there? What scriptures remind you of who you are and what you are capable of? Now that the challenge is over, what will you be taking with you as a leader today that you did not have when you started the challenge?
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April 23, 2020
God@Work (Ep. 3) | Shannon Gibbons
Luke Agase, program host for Abide in Christ with Passages At Home, presents God@Work: a 4-part podcast where we are going to hear Passages alumni share how God has impacted their life. Our prayer is that hearing fellow alumni testimonies will encourage you to reflect on the Lord’s faithfulness in your life too.
43:37
April 19, 2020
Self Leadership Challenge: Tools for Self Leadership - Episode 3
Every great leader must first learn to lead themself. Because we are at home for the next few weeks, it is a great time to invest in the practice of self-leadership. Jeremy will host this challenge via a 4-part podcast series, encouraging us with ideas and reflective questions that prompt us to think, journal, and engage. Week 3: 3 Tools for Self-Leadership This week we will discuss 3 powerful tools for the self-leadership journey. When applied, they are the difference between a lofty dream and an available reality. Reflective Questions: What challenges you when it comes to preparation? Which preparation or “preparation routine” would be helpful for you to grow to the next level? If you were to design a “preparation routine”, what would that look like? Who are the 3-5 closest people in your life? How are they impacting your growth? Which “companions or mentors” would you like to limit, invest in further or add to your life? What are some areas of your self-development that you would like your “companions and mentors” to be involved in to help you grow? What would a good reflective process look like for you? Which scripture passages or moments in your walk with God are encouraging/helpful/beneficial to regularly reflect upon? What are some practical steps you could take this week to work a reflective process into your routine?
22:09
April 16, 2020
God@Word (Ep. 2) | Jonah Philipp
Luke Agase, program host for Abide in Christ with Passages At Home, presents God@Work: a 4-part podcast where we are going to hear Passages alumni share how God has impacted their life. Our prayer is that hearing fellow alumni testimonies will encourage you to reflect on the Lord’s faithfulness in your life too.
32:32
April 12, 2020
Self Leadership Challenge: Knowing Your Design - Episode 2
Every great leader must first learn to lead themself. Because we are at home for the next few weeks, it is a great time to invest in the practice of self-leadership. Jeremy will host this challenge via a 4-part podcast series, encouraging us with ideas and reflective questions that prompt us to think, journal, and engage. Week 2: Knowing Your Design This week we will discuss 3 elements of your design. What empowers you, guides you, fuels you. You have a unique design and a unique contribution for us all; what is it? Reflective Questions: What do you seem to be able to do with a great amount of ease and effortlessness? What would you consider your top strengths and personality traits? If you were to list out 10 things that you are not, what would they be? What does that list say to you? List out your top 10 values in life. How well do you invest in these values daily? Weekly? Monthly? Based on the health of your values, do you feel they are guiding you where you want to go in life? What are some memories you have where you experienced an extraordinary amount of joy and significance? What do these memories have in common? What segment of humanity do you feel drawn to? What segment of humanity do you feel the need to avenge when injustices come upon them? If you were to put your why, your intent, into one sentence, what would it be? Who do you compare yourself to? Why do you think that is? Can you sum up all this into 5-7 sentences?
20:48
April 9, 2020
God@Work (Ep. 1) | Alicia Hyslip
Luke Agase, program host for Abide in Christ with Passages At Home, presents God@Work: a 4-part podcast where we are going to hear Passages alumni share how God has impacted their life. Our prayer is that hearing fellow alumni testimonies will encourage you to reflect on the Lord’s faithfulness in your life too.
23:30
April 5, 2020
Leadership In Crisis: Luke Bray
From deployment in Iraq to serving as a pastor to becoming a Passages team member, Luke's life has taken many turns. It's often in these turns that we learn the most about how to lead others. Today I got the privilege of speaking with Luke Bray, the Director of Strategic Partnerships here at Passages. Don't forget to listen to today's podcast episode to learn some leadership lessons from Luke.
25:38
April 4, 2020
Self Leadership Challenge: Episode 1
Every great leader must first learn to lead themself. Because we are at home for the next few weeks, it is a great time to invest in the practice of self-leadership. Jeremy will host this challenge via a 4-part podcast series, encouraging us with ideas and reflective questions that prompt us to think, journal, and engage. Week 1: Self-influence If leadership is influence, the question is- how well are we influencing ourselves? This week we will discuss a few ideas on self-influence to kick off our conversation on self-leadership. Reflective Questions: What does your self-influence “pie chart” look like as it relates to situations, others, and yourself? What would you like your “influence allocation” to look like?  Why? What are 3 practical things you can do this week to begin moving toward that desired “influence allocation”? How does your faith in God impact your self-influence? What does a healthy balance of influence from others and situations look like for you? List out 3-5 healthy limits or boundaries when it comes to allowing the influence of situations and others in your life. Where, when and how will you restrict their effect on you? Why? List out 3-5 areas where you want to allow the influence of situations and others in your life. Where, when and how will you restrict their effect on you? Why? What are the key takeaways from this week’s podcast? --- If you are a Passages alum(na), be sure to join Passages Leaders Network and jump in the “Leadership Development” group to engage in our discussions around this challenge!
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April 2, 2020
Celebrating Women in the Bible
Join us for a special episode for Women's History Month! Mattanah and Rima tell us a few stories about their favorite women in the Bible and what we can learn from them. 
40:24
March 23, 2020
What to Know About the Israel Elections
Join Mattanah and Josiah as we unpack Israel's third election in a year and related issues like religious law, national security, and the West Bank! 
33:40
February 27, 2020
Oil wealth and Israeli-Palestinian disputes _ Middle East Updates _ 2.11.20
Join us for an episode on the changing role of oil wealth, regional violence, and Israeli-Palestinian disputes.
02:41
February 11, 2020
Middle East Update Under 5 _ 1.29.20
Join us for a special episode discussing a historic proposal for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
03:32
January 29, 2020
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and fever in Yemen - ME Update_12.17.19
Join us for a quick conversation about Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, dengue fever in Yemen, and the latest updates from Israel.
03:14
December 17, 2019
Orthodoxy, Liturgy and Christmas!
Merry Christmas! Join us and Father Matthew of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church for a conversation about orthodoxy, Christmas liturgy, and the birth of Jesus Christ.
39:44
December 13, 2019
Middle East Update Under 5 _ 12.10.19
This week we discuss U.S. foreign policy, the civil war in Yemen, and the latest in Israeli election news.
02:41
December 10, 2019
Middle East Update in Under 5 _ 11.26.19
Join us today as we learn about updates from the region that involve the situation in Iran, the Israeli-Jordanian relationship, and the ongoing election process in Israel. 
03:47
November 26, 2019
Breaking News from Israel - Middle East Update Under 5_ 11.21.19
Join us for a 90-sec update on historic developments in Israel including the first indictment of a sitting prime minister.
02:25
November 21, 2019
Middle East Update Under 5 _ 11.12.19
Join us today for a special update on the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip following a targeted assassination of terrorist leaders and rocket attacks.
02:45
November 13, 2019
Middle East Update Under 5 _ 11.5.19
Join us this week for a conversation about defense companies in the UAE, protests in Iraq, foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, and Arab voter influence in the Israeli elections.
03:52
November 6, 2019
Middle East Update Under 5 _ 10.29.19
Join us for a brief overview of ongoing developments in Lebanon, the Israeli elections, regional economic concerns, and the death of the Islamic State’s leader al-Baghdadi.
04:13
October 29, 2019
Middle East Update Under 5 _ 10.22.19
Welcome to our newest weekly podcast feature, Middle East Update in 5. Your source for the latest news from the region all in one place in under 5 minutes. 
03:41
October 22, 2019
IsraAID in Greece and Kenya
Join us as Josiah interviews Jordan and Ariella, two University Fellows with IsraAID who spent their summer serving refugees in Greece and Kenya. For more information on how you can get involved, click https://www.israaid.org/join-us
40:41
October 18, 2019
Character Development 101
5 steps to character development. Join Malcolm as he shares why character development is critical to excellent, sustainable leadership. He provides three key character traits he seeks to cultivate within himself and 5 action steps to make that possible!
30:10
October 4, 2019
What is my calling?
We all have a calling and passion. How do we know what it is and how to pursue it? Join Scott, as he tells his story and how he became the Executive Director of Passages. He uses this story to share a few personal insights on how to advance and pursue your calling. 
24:51
September 6, 2019
Alumni Feature - Russell Davis
Russell has a big heart for people and for Passages! Join him today as he shares his journey & how Passages has changed him.
12:18
August 28, 2019
12 Principles of Communication for Leaders
Communication. We all communicate, but as leaders what we say and how we say it is essential. Join Jeremy and Josiah as they break the 12 principles that every leader should know about communication.
58:05
July 31, 2019
Tension & Life - Alumni Feature
Tension, this is the word she used to describe her time in Israel. Join Maddie as she reflects on her journey through Passages, The Philos Leadership Institute, and The Galilea Fellowship.
15:34
July 1, 2019
Jenalynn's Journey - Alumni Feature
What does The King's College, Santa Claus, and Israel have in common? Jump into Jenalynn's journey to hear more! 
17:52
May 3, 2019
Youth Ministry, Teaching & The Middle East
 Life is surprising! From full-time Youth Ministry to working with minorities in the Middle East, Brittany's life completely changed. What propelled this change!?! 
18:46
April 15, 2019
Queen Esther, Purim, and Women's History Month
“For such a time as this.” Find out why Chelsea felt these words deeply, and how it brought her where she is today.
20:45
March 15, 2019
Middle East Update - 2019 Edition
30 MIN and 3 THINGS you need to know about the Middle East! 🤔 Don’t go through 2019 not knowing what the situation on the ground is.
34:41
February 22, 2019
African-American & Jewish Communities with Kristina King
Racism scars communities. Kristina King, our African American Affairs Director, saw these deep scars in two communities and sought to create a connection between them.  
31:07
February 9, 2019
Alumni Feature - Megan Wright
"Music brings people together." 🎶♥️ ~~~ Megan is so talented and her training in music changes her view of Israel and the conflict. Don't miss hearing about her journey.
14:07
January 24, 2019
New Year - New Philos Chapter
Happy New Year! We hope that 2019 will bring many adventures for you. Jump start your New year with us today as we learn more about how we can become better educated and involved in Middle Eastern issues by joining a Chapter with The Philos Project.
19:42
January 4, 2019
A Coptic Christmas
Join us for a Coptic Christmas! Mina Abdelmalak was born and raised in Egypt. He gives us some perspective on how Christmas is celebrated by the Coptic Christians in Egypt.
17:57
December 19, 2018
Iraqi Christians, Refugees and ISIS
"We as Christians are commanded to stand with our fellow brethren. We hurt when another part of the body of Christ hurts." Juliana Taimoorazy works tirelessly to help her people rebuild their lives that were torn apart by ISIS. Join her as she gives us some perspective about what the Christians of the East are facing as they try to return home.
21:51
November 30, 2018
Alumni Feature - Danielle Price
"The song 'Oceans' kept coming into my head... When I was in Israel again, after just returning from Iraq, the first song that played on our Sea of Galilee boat ride was 'Oceans'. It brought me to tears as I realized how much God had brought me through." - Join us today as we hear from Passages Alum, Danielle Price, about her journey.
08:20
November 16, 2018
The Women of the Middle East
"Between one-half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have either fled or been killed over just the last century... But unfortunately some of the most targeted victims of this persecution are Christian women, often times these attacks are specifically targeting woman because of both their faith and gender." Today Rebecca Gonzales the Leadership Network Director at The Philos Project joins us to discuss the reality that many women face in the Middle East today.
16:07
October 26, 2018
Theological Approaches to Israel with Luke Moon
What are the different theological approaches to Israel? Why do they matter? Join Luke Moon, the Deputy Director of The Philos Project and Jeremy Rivers, the Managing Director of Passages as they dive deep into this topic. Do you have questions about the Middle East that you want answered? Send them to rachael@passagesisrael.org so that we can find an expert to ask on a future podcast!
53:23
October 12, 2018
Terror & Hope: Christians of the Middle East
"When I saw the faces of the people and heard their stories, I knew I had to do something." Passages and Philos Project Alum, Rachael Reynolds listened to the stories of Iraqi Christians in Jordan fleeing ISIS. She created a project called "Terror & Hope" featuring the portraits and stories contrasting the lives of Christians living in freedom and those fleeing ISIS. Her book is available for sale on Amazon on October 1. 100% of the proceeds go to aid Christians suffering persecution in the Middle East. (This project is sponsored by The Philos Project.)
14:05
September 24, 2018
The Jewish High Holidays with Dr. Faydra Shapiro
Dr. Faydra Shapiro joins us today on Passages Voice to answer some questions we had about the Jewish High Holidays.
17:03
September 1, 2018
Alumni Feature - Ian Swanson
Ian's experience in Israel affected him dramatically and helped prepare, equip, and further his current and future careers. Join us today on Passages Voice to hear his story.
11:02
August 20, 2018
Israel's Nation-State Law
On July 19, Israel's Knesset members passed a law called the Nation-State Law. Since then the controversy surrounding this piece of legislation has been all over the news. Join us today as we dive into this law with Robert Nicholson, the Executive Director of The Philos Project, and learn more about its possible implications.
23:37
August 1, 2018
Minorities and Freedom in the Middle East
July is a time when we celebrate the freedom that we have in the United States of America. However, for many people around the globe, this same freedom does not exist. Join Jesse Rojo, the Hispanic Affairs Director for the Philos Project, as he gives a bit of perspective about the freedoms that minorities have in the Middle East.
05:53
July 27, 2018
Getting To Know: Rima Jabbour
Rima Jabbour is the Research & Development Analyst at Passages. Her parents immigrated to the US from Syria before she was born and her heritage is one of the reasons she is involved with Passages today. Listen to her story on Passages Voice.
11:58
July 5, 2018
Alumni Feature: Jonathan Rangel-Salazar
Jonathan (Jona) is spending the entire summer in Israel. He was a Senior Fellow for two of our trips and is also interning for Onward Israel. Listen to how his story led him to Israel this summer. 
12:55
June 25, 2018
Spreading Love Instead of Hate - Khalil Sayegh
Khalil is a Palestinian Christian, born in the Gaza strip and is a Philos Project Fellow. Growing up, Khalil was taught that Israel and the West were responsible for the suffering of all Palestinians, and he grew to hate both. After the 2008 Gaza war, Khalil decided to move to the West Bank, where he was exposed to the true Christian faith. His life changed dramatically when he accepted Christ and started following His teaching. As a result of his conversion, Khalil started working to love the people who he’d grown up seeing as enemies: Israel and the West. Listen to his story today on Passages Voice!
08:10
June 21, 2018
Juliana Taimoorazy - Philos Project Fellow
An Assyrian Christian born and raised in Iran, Juliana Taimoorazy is the founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, an organization that raises awareness about the persecuted church in Iraq and helps Assyrian refugees resettle in the United States. She is also a fellow with the Philos Project.
15:15
June 9, 2018
How To Stay Involved - Becca Gonzales
We want you to stay involved even after you get back from your journey in Israel. Today Becca Gonzales, the Constituents Relations Director at The Philos Project, shares how you can do just that!
22:22
May 31, 2018
Mina Abdelmalak - Philos Project Fellow
Born and raised in Egypt, Mina is a lawyer who advocates for Coptic Christians in Egypt. Join us today as we hear Mina's Story.
11:11
May 30, 2018
A Christian Response To The Conflict
Robert Nicholson is the Executive Director of the Philos Project. He joined us to talk about how Christians should think about and respond to the conflict in the Middle East. We want you to ask questions and engage. Check out our Facebook group to join the conversation >> https://www.facebook.com/groups/196178764437419/
27:33
May 29, 2018
On the Ground Chats with Luke
Luke Agase, Associate Director of Leadership Development, is on the ground in Israel with the Philos Eastern Christian Bus. He caught up with one of the participants to chat about their day.
03:22
May 23, 2018
The US Embassy Move to Jerusalem
Join us as we chat with Scott Phillips, the Executive Director of Passages and Luke Moon, the Deputy Director of The Philos Project, about the historic move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
29:30
May 14, 2018
2018 Middle East Update
2018 Middle East Update by Passages
25:21
May 1, 2018
Alumni Feature: Ivanna Gandara
As a Guatemalan, Israel had been important and in our hearts since the state independence process. Guatemala played a relevant role in voting, in the UN, through Jorge Granados. God allowed me to go to Israel three times through Passages, once as a participant with Multnomah University (OR), and twice as a fellow, and these trips reinforced my passion for Israel, to learn from them and advocate. Israel is an example for the world, and a light for nations in topics such as development in education, agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship, technology, security, and democracy. Mashav, the International Cooperation Agency for Development, is training thousands people around the world in these topics. God opened a door this year for me, and I am working at Mashav in Guatemala, the job of my dreams where I can be a servant leaders for those in need.
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May 1, 2018