Things Not Seen Podcast

Attorney John Mauck has spent decades on the front lines of religious freedom litigation. We discuss his new book, Jesus in the Courtroom: How Believers Can Engage the Legal System for the Good of His World.

We discussed Mauck's role in the passage of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) in a previous episode, The Miracle on Capitol Hill.

Direct download: TNS-1708_Mauck_96K_CBR_49m43s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 12:43pm CDT

On Palm Sunday in 1990, attorney Jeanne Bishop received a phone call with the news that three members of her family - including her sister - had been brutally murdered. We take the full hour of our show this week to hear Bishop's account of her twenty-five-year journey towards forgiveness and reconciliation with her sister's killer.

Direct download: TNS_1419c_Bishop_96K_CBR_49m43s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 9:09pm CDT

This hour we revisit our interview with actor and director Curt Cloninger, who has spent 30 years traveling the country performing thoughtful and thought-provoking one-man shows.

Direct download: TNS-1506_Cloninger_96K_CBR_49m43s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 8:38pm CDT

Kenneth Briggs went on a road trip to discover the condition of the Bible in America. What he found may surprise you.

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Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 4:48pm CDT

Jason Micheli has cancer, and its not going away. His recent book, Cancer is Funny, is an honest, heartfelt reckoning with the reality of mortality and the Gospel.

Direct download: TNS-1703b_96K_CBR_49m43s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 4:32pm CDT

We revisit our award-winning talk with Nancy Ellen Abrams, author of A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet, about new discoveries in cosmology and their profound effect on our understanding of the universe and religion.

In 2016 this episode won a national award for excellence in radio and podcasting from the Religion News Association.

Direct download: TNS-1508c_Abrams_64K_CBR_49m45s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 4:52pm CDT

Amy Lillis is former Acting Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs. In our conversation, we discuss why the State Department took up religion as a diplomatic issue.

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Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 10:58pm CDT

Michelle Van Loon has been a writer for more than three decades. With her recent book, If Only: Letting Go of Regret, the author has turned her attention to the important subject of grief and regret, and has written a practical spiritual guide for getting over the feelings of "woulda, coulda, shoulda" that affect us all.

Direct download: TNS-1501b_Van-Loon_96k_CBR_49m44s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 3:19pm CDT

Author and journalist Susan Katz Miller is both an interfaith child and an interfaith parent. Her book, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, is both a memoir and a call to action for intentional interfaith community.  In this rebroadcast from 2014, we talk about how her experiences have shaped her approach to family and religious practice, and the politics of raising interfaith families.

Direct download: TNS-1420_Miller_96K_CBR_49m44s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 11:43am CDT

We're rebroadcasting our 2014 interview with the late Phyllis Tickle. In our conversation we explore the idea that our culture has been shaped by roughly 500-year cycles, which have helped define our major religious traditions for the past two millennia. According to Tickle, our present epoch - referred to by some as "The Great Emergence" - has the potential to yield a new Christianity distinct from Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. Dr. Tickle passed away in 2016.

Direct download: TNS-1401a_Tickle_128K_CBR_49m43s.mp3
Category:Religion & Spirituality -- posted at: 9:26pm CDT