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Do you ever find yourself wanting more when you leave church on Sunday? Find yourself wanting to dig deeper into the text? Well, this is the show for you! This is the show where we take a deeper dive and look closer at the Scriptures from this week's sermon. We will discuss greater cultural context, original languages, and much much more!
 
We have moved this podcast to Podbean! If you want to hear new episodes from us, head over to http://edgeguard.podbean.com/ to see new episodes and get the new RSS feed. Edge Guard is a podcast about video games on the fringe: games at the unexplored edges of itch.io, student games, experimental releases, and more. Each week, two friends—one with a degree in game design, one studying games in an English grad program—play and discuss a different game from the edges of gaming, focusing on what ...
 
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In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen and Clayton look at Acts 11 and the way that Peter speaks to the church at Jerusalem after his encounter with Cornelius in Joppa. Pastor Cullen reads this story and talks to us about us versus them cultures in the church. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be ho…
 
Lt. Bill Harris was a WWII hero you probably haven’t heard of. Award-winning author and retired fighter pilot Dan Hampton plans to change that. His new book VALOR introduces us to the Saga of One Man’s Defiance and Indomitable Spirit in a style that reads like an adventure novel. We chat with Dan about Lt. Harris, the power of resilience, why he th…
 
He's one of the most respected character actors in Hollywood, taking a one-day stint on The West Wing and turning into a 6-season job. MIchael O'Neill is one of those actors you see on the TV or movie screen and say "Oh, THAT guy!" We have a delightful chat talking about the very unusual way he was "discovered," what his two requirements were befor…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen and Clayton continue to talk about Acts 10 and the way in which Peter and Cornelius model a typology of inclusion. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.churchcente... Our Socials: WellHouse Church Websit…
 
Do you feel like your life is messy? That things are often in chaos and sometimes life just seems so unfair? Cy Wakeman wrote a book to give us hope. Titled Life’s Messy, Live Happy, she tells us that we are often the source of our own suffering, and how we can flip the switch from suffering to self-reflection. The subtitle is even more inspiring: …
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through some more of his thoughts about Peter's vision and encounter with Cornelius. In it, we hope to ask the hard questions about biases and prejudicial actions towards other's made in the image and likeness of God. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we w…
 
In this episode, Pastor Cullen discusses two stories of Peter healing in Acts 9 and the way in which we should be actively working towards good works and acts of charity; while fighting against experiences of death. Happy listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurc…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen talks about Acts 9 and the story about Saul after his "conversion" and the way he must escape Damascus in a basket. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.churchcente... Our Socials: WellHouse Church Websi…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen and Clayton take a relaxing laid back approach to this one as they try to recoup from Easter festivities. Join them for a conversation through the conversion of Saul through an Easter lens. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: ht…
 
Hey friends, sorry that this is a day late! On this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen and Clayton discuss Acts 8 and the Ethiopian eunuch. But Pastor Cullen takes an interesting approach to reading and interpreting this text in light of a eunuch being the first century world's "sexual other." Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen and Clayton discuss Acts 8 and how the gospel message is supposed to be given alongside a sign and wonder. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.churchcente... Our Socials: WellHouse Church Website: mywel…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through Acts 7 and the way that he is reading Stephen's reinterpretation of the story of Israel, as well as how young Saul fits into the story of reinterpretation. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywell…
 
Hey friends! Sorry that this is a day late. Tech problems ;). But, here ya go. On this episode, Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through some concerning thoughts about Acts 6. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.churchcente... Our Socials: WellHouse Churc…
 
Religious trauma is a serious issue that should be more seriously talked about. So today, Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through some of the religious trauma that he sees present in Acts 5 and how WellHouse Church is fighting to combat the existence of religious trauma in our own community. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financi…
 
When I was a little girl, all the astronauts were men. We would watch TV shows about Dr. Leakey, the archaeologist. And of course, we loved watching the shows with Jacques Cousteau. These were amazing people. But where were the women? We never saw role models at the time in science and exploration to inspire us. Could we even BE scientists and expl…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen and Clayton discuss Acts 5 and the Ananias and Saphirra story looking at the battling of economies and trying to make sense of this troubling story. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.churchcente... Ou…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through some additional thoughts on Acts 4 and the scene with Peter and John before the council. This is a great conversation that ends asking us to just be content simply being a companion of Jesus! Happy Listening! Also, the third Jewish sect mentioned in the Bible alongside the Pharis…
 
In today's episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through Acts 3 and Peter's conversation with the Israelite people after healing the man born lame. Its an interesting conversation about power and piety. Happy Listening! Also, here are the two books that I referenced in the podcast about enchanted and disenchanted world views: Charle…
 
What does the Gospel in action look like? How do we see God at work in the world today? Well, lots of ways, but today Pastor Cullen is going to tell us the story from Acts 3 when Peter heals a lame man from birth! Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.…
 
In today's episode Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through some of his additional thoughts from yesterdays story about repentance and divine posture. But in this episode, Pastor Cullen points out the lack of emphasis on belief alongside repentance. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so h…
 
On today's episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen walks Clayton through his understanding of Peter's Pentecost sermon in Acts 2. Not so surprisingly, Pastor Cullen reads it in light of power and the inclusive nature of the social constructs that are being broken down. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be ho…
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, we look at Acts 2:1-13 and the day of Pentecost. Pastor Cullen compares this story to another ancient story in the tower of Babel. He believes this text is a final redemption of language and its inclusivity amongst people. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you…
 
When you get on a plane to fly somewhere, do you think much about the pilots in the cockpit? I mean, sure, you hope this isn’t their first flight, and that their eyesight is good. But do you wonder if the pilot is white or black? Back in the 60s, you wouldn’t have to wonder because the pilots were all white. That is, until David Harris came along. …
 
Why is Judas' death told two different ways in the bible? Why must the disciples appoint his successor? And why do they cast lots for the one that is chosen? These are all the questions that Clayton and Pastor Cullen explore in this episode of A Closer look. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and y…
 
In today's episode of A Closer Look, our bible podcast at WellHouse Church, Pastor Cullen walks through Acts 1:6-11 with Clayton looking at topics of power, restoration, the Holy Spirit, and christian witness. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.chur…
 
Of the 600+ people charged in the 1/6 insurrection, 12% had some sort of military experience. Both leading up to and in the wake of 1/6, a series of reports called attention to the potential threat posed by extremists in the military. Dr. Megan McBride, a research analyst on both domestic and international terrorism, co-wrote a CNA report about rac…
 
In today's episode of A Closer Look, our bible podcast where every week we sit down with Pastor Cullen to discuss the ins and outs of the biblical text from his story that week, we are looking at the beginning of Acts as we launch our new series. Pastor Cullen has titled this series "The Activity of God" and the evidence of why is noted in the firs…
 
In this week Pastor Cullen and Clayton discuss Romans 5 and what it means for Jesus to be a type of Adam and how this typology impacts our understanding of Jesus' gift. Additionally, there is some bonus egalitarian conversation at the end of the episode. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you c…
 
In our series "The Gift" where we are looking at grace under the category of gift Pastor Cullen and Clayton dive into Romans chapter 5 to look at the ins and outs of this text and what it means for our understanding of the incongruent gift. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here:…
 
Explorer, oceanographer, and field scientist, Dr. Sylvia Earle has been advocating for the health of our ocean for decades. The author of National Geographic's Ocean – A Global Odyssey, Dr. Earle navigates the deep for us and shares stories about everything from the personality of fish to what it was like to be an Aqua-Naughty! Former Chief Scienti…
 
The beauty of the Gospel message is actually found in the truth of the incongruity of the gift. The fact that we have been given a gift of grace that we didn't earn or deserve is such a beautiful metaphor that shouldn't be overlooked by any of us. And its that gift that justifies us against the condemnation of the law. Join Pastor Cullen and Clayto…
 
Many of us are intrigued with history and lost cities. National Geographic editor and archaeologist Ann Williams is one of those people who digs around and writes about discoveries from the past. She’s often been on-hand to witness important discoveries – some that she talks about in the new book from Nat Geo called Lost Cities, Ancient Tombs… 100 …
 
Dr. Kara Cooney returns to discuss her new & provocative book The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World. The book covers 5 Egyptian pharaohs – or kings, if you will – and discusses the concepts surrounding power: how is it earned, who controls it, and why the many often give up power to the few. Oh… and does any of that c…
 
Can you believe we are already 21 years into the new century? National Geographic is celebrating that with a beautiful new coffee table book - The 21st Century: Photographs from the Image Collection. We chat with NatGeo Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg about this fabulous book that is set up chronologically with 250 photos in 400 pages. We talk about…
 
Today, Pastor Cullen and Clayton dive into our new advent series titled, "The Gift." The idea of a gift is larger than we sometimes understand, and the concept of grace fits into the larger category of a gift. So join this conversation in Galatians 2 about what the gift is, and how its a gift that keeps on giving. Happy Listening! If you would like…
 
This week on A Closer Look Pastor Cullen and Clayton look at Matthew 7 and Jesus' parable of fruit. In this parable, Jesus concludes that we will be known by our fruit. Pastor Cullen walks out what that means by working through the biblical text of Matthew 7. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and …
 
In todays episode of A Closer look, we open the bible and look at Galatians 5 and Paul's language concerning the Fruit of The Spirit. For me, this is so important to understanding the language of God's fruitfulness for us and what he is asking us to do in the first command to be fruitful and multiply. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner w…
 
In our series on fruitfulness we have followed the metaphor of fruit throughout the book of Genesis and today we cover the second half of Genesis 17 with Abraham and Ishmael. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.churchcente... Our Socials: WellHouse C…
 
Hey friends! On todays episode of the A Closer Look Podcast we look at Abraham and Genesis 17. We have been following the metaphor of fruit throughout the bible in our new podcast and story series the fruit. Check out today's episode to see the exceedingly fruitful character of God! Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially …
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen walks us through Genesis 9, a very strange story of Noah right after the flood. Its actually a parallel story to Genesis 1-4. So join in this conversation about fruitful divinity from our story series "The Fruit" and Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored…
 
As we have been following the metaphor of fruit through the Scriptures, we have reached Genesis chapter 4. And while the actual fruit doesn't play a prominent role in this story, the circumstances around the fruit come into play. Enjoy Pastor Cullen and Clayton discussing fruitful circumstances from Genesis 4-6. Happy Listening! WellHouse MarketPla…
 
In today's episode Pastor Cullen and Clayton look at Genesis 3 and the unique element of what happens after Adam and Eve eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil and how God responds to them. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.churchc…
 
For a lot of people who have been hurt by the church, part of the reason is because they were shamed. Historically, conservative white evangelicalism has shamed everyone through a doctrine called Original Sin, which they trace back to Adam and Eve. In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen helps us think about original sin and the brokenness …
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen introduces our new series - The Fruit. Pastor Cullen will spend the next few weeks detailing and tracking the fruit metaphor throughout Scripture in hopes of getting to a new understanding of our image, our calling, and our character as Christians practicing the way of God and Jesus. Happy Listening! …
 
In this episode of A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen and Clayton wrap up the final conversation on the I Am Statements of Jesus looking at John 15 when Jesus says, "I Am The Vine." Join Pastor Cullen and Clayton for a very real and open conversation about this text. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored an…
 
We have been going through each of the I Am Statements of Jesus for the past few weeks. Today Pastor Cullen and Clayton discuss Jesus' words, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" on the A Closer Look Podcast. What does it mean and does it matter? You will find out on this episode as we explore John 14 in our bible podcast - A Closer Look. Happy …
 
On todays episode of our bible podcast, A Closer Look, Pastor Cullen walks through John 11 following up his story from yesterday. Pastor Cullen dives deep into this text looking at the way that Jesus is offering life and resurrection in contrast to death. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you …
 
There are all kinds of metaphors used in the ancient world and the New Testament. A common one is shepherd and sheep. In this episode of A Closer Look Pastor Cullen and Clayton walk through what it means when Jesus says, "I Am the Gate" and, "I Am Good Shepherd." Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored …
 
One of Jesus' famous I Am Statements in the Gospel of John is "I am the light of the world." In this story Pastor Cullen looks at this text in John 8 to talk to us about the contrast between light and darkness. Happy Listening! If you would like to partner with us financially we would be honored and you can do so here: https://mywellhousechurch.chu…
 
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