Watch: Video episodes are live tapings of Biola Hour conversations.
Listen: Audio versions are also available for your convenience.
Reflect: “B-sides” are additional audio podcasts where Biola's campus ministry team further discusses each episode.
Mike sits down with Christa Dietzen, captain of the 2016 US Olympic Volleyball team, to discuss how performance anxiety has been an opportunity to root herself more in her identity in Christ.
Audio forthcoming (August 21)
Listen to our B-side followup podcast.
Audio forthcoming (August 28)
Landon White, guest host, sits down with Matt Lewis, local church pastor, to discuss the benefits and weaknesses of modern church worship services.
Audio forthcoming (August 7)
Listen to our B-side followup podcast.
Audio forthcoming (August 14)
Mike discusses intergenerational friendships with Matt Jenson and Carol Sato.
Audio forthcoming (July 24)
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Audio forthcoming (July 31)
Brooke Mardell does a lot of things - she's a lawyer, runs a charitable real estate company, and is a blogger/speaker/author. Going through extreme sorrow a few years ago, she had a difficult time finding appropriate resources to help her process grief well. She's had to learn on her own, and through her own investigation of the Bible, she wrote a resource to help others along that journey. In this episode, she recognizes that the church doesn't do grief well, and invites us to look at the lows of life as opportunities to know God better.
Chris Barragan, Justin Sinclair, and Mike Ahn sit down to discuss the grief in their lives - from romantic breakups to unexpected family deaths to helping friends cope with tragedy. They jump into this conversation a bit unsure of what to expect, but they realize the importance of "sitting in our Saturdays" to develop the resilience necessary to recognize God's presence in the most trying times of life.
Eugene Cho, a pastor (Quest Church), activist (One Day's Wages), and author (Overrated), wonders if Christians are more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually participating in changing the world. He provides a winsome, holistic, and captivating picture of what disciples should look like as they engage in issues that are close to God's heart.
Lisa Igram, Chad Miller, and Mike Ahn continue to unpack the wisdom from Eugene Cho in last week's podcast. They discuss how they've fallen short in the ways they approached short-term mission trips, worship music, multiculturalism, and social justice issues - and how they've learned to engage well in these issues that are close to God's heart.
Adam Edgerly, pastor of NewSong Los Angeles, cultural consultant, and Biola board member, explains the importance of diverse perspectives in the Christian life. He believes that having a multicultural worldview is not simply a preference but a gospel-driven mandate. He is not only well-versed in the race conversation, but provides an important voice to unify the church that might feel segregated along racial lines.
Todd Pickett, Chad Miller, and Mike Ahn continue to discuss unity in diversity as they unpack the lessons from the previous podcast. They come from widely different backgrounds, but come together in the gospel-driven, multicultural worldview that Adam explained. As they share their experiences, they recognize how race has shaped their perspectives, and how we might all be thoughtful and action-oriented about such an important topic in America today.
Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America and author of Feisty and Feminine, explains the importance of advocating for the sanctity of life. She believes that being pro-life is being pro-woman, and being truly feminist is to stand up for the unborn. This is obviously a politicized issue, but she brings clarity and hope to such a divisive topic.
Lisa Igram, Landon White, and Mike Ahn discuss the unborn, politics, and feminism as they unpack the lessons from the previous podcast. They readily admit that they bring different biases and perspectives into this discussion, but as they share their experiences, they recognize the importance of being thoughtful and action-oriented about such a hot topic.
Dr. Nancy Yuen, Sociology Professor and Author of Reel Inequality, discusses the importance of representation in movies. She unpacks the impact of Hollywood's lack of representation and how that affects people of color in particular. This is more than a conversation on race, but one that speaks to the importance of people being made in the image of God.
Lisa Ishihara, Chris Barragan, and Mike Ahn unpack the the previous podcast with Nancy Yuen. They are all people of color who love watching movies, but feel left out because of the lack of representation in media. This conversation reminds us that our individual stories provide deep identity and worth to our existence, and to have our stories truncated or dictated to us through stereotypes on the big screen is an injustice to the image of God in all of us.
Hip-hop artist, Derek Minor, discusses how spirituality, creativity, and inequity have been important catalysts to his music. He shares lessons from experiences around the world, ranging from spiritual insights to social critiques. Derek is the co-founder of the record label, Reflection Music Group, and his latest album is also titled, Reflection.
Landon White, Justin Sinclair, and Mike Ahn unpack the previous podcast with Derek Minor, and discuss the interplay between spirituality and creativity. They approach the subject as musicians and worship leaders, and talk through inspiration and innovation, especially in the context of Christian music and art. Their insights are important in helping frame artistic expression in the context of everyday situations.
Dr. Tania Abouezzeddine, a Biola psychology professor, shares her insights about Arabs, Muslims, and the misperceptions Christians might have of them - and ultimately, how this is hurting the Christian message to the Arab world. Her insights are extremely helpful in understanding current events like the Syrian refugee crisis, ISIS, and islamophobia. Tania specializes in pediatric neuropsychology, and is actively involved in ministry, both within her community and internationally.
Dr. Todd Pickett, Lisa Igram, and Mike Ahn discuss Dr. Tania Abouezzeddine's insights on Arab/Western relations from the previous podcast. Their discussion of fear/vulnerability, compassion/compromise, dwelling/seeking, and invitations to wisdom are helpful to process what it means to be good neighbors to the people around us, especially those of Middle Eastern descent.
Biola's president, Dr. Barry Corey, shares his vision for Christians thriving in a post-Christian world. Although the faith might be thriving in other parts of the globe, Christians in the West must re-imagine what their faith looks like in a world that is increasingly hostile toward organized religion. Dr. Corey's insights are not only compelling and insightful, but they are valuable and prophetic. He is also the author of Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue.
Chris Barragan, Lisa Ishihara, and Mike Ahn discuss their experiences of being Christians in an increasingly post-Christian America. They discuss Dr. Corey's insights, and make important connections to their experiences of church, evangelism, and spirituality. They notice that Christians have a difficult time sitting in tension, and how that is hurting our ability to listen well, understand people's reservations about the faith, and winsomely live out an abundant life in Christ.
Though marriage is important, Christian culture tends to elevate marriage above singleness - so much so that singles feel like second-class citizens in many of our churches. Carrie Stockton, Biola's Dean of Student Success, reminds us that our marital status does not determine our core identity. She invites us to see that God is actively and presently working in the circumstances He's placed us in.
Lisa Igram, Todd Pickett, and Mike Ahn unpack Carrie Stockton's interview about how to flourish in singleness. They reflect on important issues brought up by Carrie, and make applications to their real life situations. All three approach singleness from their own perspectives, and they highlight the importance of living out our callings in the life stage we're in.
Dr. Fred Sanders, author of The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, discusses how the doctrine of the Trinity is portrayed in the book, "The Shack." In this balanced discussion, Fred unpacks the implications of weak trinitarian theology as it is played out in literature and art. Fred teaches systematic theology at Biola's Torrey Honors Institute.
Todd Pickett, Landon White, and Mike Ahn unpack their experiences of the book and movie, "The Shack." They reflect on the important issues brought up by Fred Sanders, and consider other benefits and hindrances of the book/movie.
Dr. Dave Wang discusses stresses management and emotional regulation and provides tangible ways to cope with the ups and downs of life. As a psychology professor, licensed psychologist, and local church pastor, Dave's experiences provide a depth of wisdom to help people understand themselves, their relationships with others, and their relationships with God. His practical way of discussing emotions and spirituality is both practical and inspiring.
Todd Pickett, Lisa Igram, and Mike Ahn follow up with a discussion on emotions and spirituality. Though the cognitive domain tends to rule the way we approach spirituality, they unpack the importance of listening to our emotions as an imperative avenue to relate with God.
Guest host Evan Rosa sits down with Rev. Dr. Carolyn McKinstry, who survived the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963. The explosion took the lives of four of Carolyn's friends, and became a catalytic moment in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. Carolyn shares from a deep well of wisdom and helps make important connections to today's racial unrest. She is the author of While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement.
Lisa Ishihara, Chad Miller, and Mike Ahn discuss their takeaways from Carolyn McKinstry, and make connections with their life stories. They discuss the lessons they are taking away from Carolyn, especially as they reflect on her resilience, graciousness, and wisdom. They consider possibilities of how Christians might grow in the conversation of racial reconciliation, especially since it seems to be a central theme throughout the Bible.
Stephanie Sanford and Mike Ahn discuss the importance of intercultural competence in our increasingly global world. With her experience as an overseas missionary and professor, Steph provides keen insight into culture and spirituality that frames the importance of difference in our Christian calling to love others. Steph is currently the Director of Global Student Programs and Development at Biola University.
Chad Miller, Lisa Ishihara, and Mike Ahn discuss their takeaways from episode 3, and make connections with their life stories. They have worked together since 2012, and one of the consistent conversations for them in their campus ministry has been thinking through the importance of an increasingly globalized campus and culture. They unpack their own struggles in a globalized world, and provide helpful perspectives to confidently approach differences well.
Rich Park and Mike Ahn discuss calling in the Christian life, unpacking how confusing it can be but also validating its importance in our walks with God. Rich provides a practical framework to help us confidently develop a sense of calling in our lives. Rich is a theology professor at Biola, and the founder and president of the Renaissance Forum, a non-profit organization aimed at raising the next generation of Christian cultural leaders.
Landon White, Justin Sinclair, and Mike Ahn discuss their takeaways from episode 2, and make connections with their life stories. They approach calling from three different life stages, and their discussion helps illuminate the struggles and victories of developing a sense of calling in our real life situations.
Todd Pickett and Mike Ahn discuss the importance of communal worship, especially in times where we aren't feeling worshipful or where worship feels forced. Todd's insights and wisdom provide an intentional and reassuring approach to life with God.
Landon White, Justin Sinclair, and Mike Ahn unpack and discuss the wisdom from Episode 1 and make connections to how this plays out in their lives. Their conversation is not only thoughtful, but practical and helpful.