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Comedian Jeff Allen (Nashville) dives into his own stories and sits down with friends, associates & perfect strangers to discuss various perspectives and stories as they examine their lives.

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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 54: Atheism, Humanism, Abortion and Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 3

Nancy Pearcey, author of books such asHow Now Shall We LiveandTotal Truthand visiting scholar at Houston Baptist University, joins us on today’s show. Jeff Allen: So, what do you have on the horizon? Nancy Pearcey: Well, I’m currently working on a book on ethical issues, such as abortion, homosexuality, and euthanasia. Most books on this subject are either about what the Bible says or moral reasoning. I’m showing the worldview, the view of the human person. You cannot really argue morality directly. A person’s morality is always derivative from their worldview. So, you need to go a layer deeper and argue for the worldview itself. Now, it turns out that secular thinking is driven by a singular worldview that has a low, reductionist view of the human person. This gives us the possibility to make a positive argument for our worldview. We need to get beyond “Don’t! It’s wrong! That’s a sin!” That doesn’t work. What we can do is argue that Christianity gives a much higher view ...

17 MIN2016 JUN 22
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 54: Atheism, Humanism, Abortion and Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 3

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 2

Nancy Pearcey, author of books such as How Now Shall We Live and Total Truth and visiting scholar at Houston Baptist University, joins us on today’s show. Jeff Allen: You have stated before that you were a skeptic and at one point slipped into a period of nihilism. Could you explain this period? Nancy Pearcey: When I was 19, I went to L’Abri and they knew the questions I had better than I did. As Christians, they had studied worldviews enough that they understood secular thought better than I did. So, for example, I would say, “You can’t say anything is right or wrong,” and they would inform that what I said was relativism, which I was completely unaware of at the time. Then, they’d take me back to where relativism came from and analyze the intellectual history that led up to it to give me a chance to think more critically about whether or not I wanted to really be a relativist. This is where Christians need to go. It’s like a sports team; not only do we need to know our own ...

27 MIN2016 JUN 3
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 2

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 1

Today, we welcome one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her 2000 Gold Medallion Award winning book How Now Shall We Live? which she wrote with the late, great Chuck Coleson. Another of my favorites she wrote is Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. This amazing author, educator, and Christian worldview expert is a professor at Houston Baptist University, and just an amazing woman – Nancy Pearcey. But, Nancy hasn’t always been the perfect representative of Christian worldview. She was raised in a Lutheran home and began questioning her parents’ beliefs and the structures she was surrounded with when she was in high school. So much so, that she claims that she actually “lost her faith” at that point. At the time, she went to a public high school, didn’t have any Christian friends, and began asking the most basic of questions, like “how do we know Christianity is true?” She wasn’t being rebellious. She wasn’t looking for an “out clause”...

24 MIN2016 APR 6
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 1

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 51: Laughing All the Way with Dobie Maxwell

Dobie Maxwell (aka Mr. Lucky) is one of my favorite comedians from one of my favorite cities, Chicago. Not only is Dobie incredibly funny, but he has a heart of gold. For instance, a dog in Kentucky, who just had a litter of puppies, was shot in the head and left for dead. Amazingly, she survived and was nursed back to health at an animal shelter. Then, somehow, she was shipped up to Wisconsin. Now, Dobie has had some runs of bad luck in his life, so he does charity events whenever he can as a way to help lift up people who are where he once was in life. So, while he was backstage at a charity event for the Wisconsin animal shelter, he met one of the people who worked at the shelter and invited her to bring the dog to his radio show the next day. And the dog took over the show! When a dog takes over a radio show, you’ve got one incredibly charismatic canine! What Dobie didn’t know was that this morning with the survivor dog would lead to an opportunity with the NSA… no, not the o...

21 MIN2016 MAR 31
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 51: Laughing All the Way with Dobie Maxwell

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 50: Dobie Maxwell, part 1

Today we have Dobie Maxwell better known as Mr. Lucky on the show today! I hear Dobie is headed to the National Speakers Association. What’s he’s learned there after being a comedian after all these years that sometimes as a speaker there is a comma in his pay check. Dobie is wondering where any symbol at all has been in his pay check over the years. I explain the difference between speakers and comedians is a speaker gives you something to think about after. I don’t really have message after all these years except maybe don’t kill anybody. Dobie shares that his message to everyone is whatever he’s done in his life take that do the opposite and success will follow. Next we talk about an upcoming book Dobie has coming out! Dobie shares that the book is about a situation between him and his best friend from childhood. Dobie’s friend was the head of security at a bank and he robbed it, twice. He tried to frame Dobie for one of the robberies so Dobie ended up having to wear a wire...

25 MIN2016 MAR 15
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 50: Dobie Maxwell, part 1

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 49: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 2

Today we’re talking to Nathan Cochran from Mercy Me! We kick off our interview with talking about social media and what Nathan has to do to avoid the trolls of the internet. He shares how the band as a whole has to be careful about what they post online because they all represent each other and the wrong tweet or post could open the floodgates to critics. I shared some advice a friend gave me years ago, “Don’t preach and don’t do any political.” Because doctrine causes problems and politics cause problems. Changing gears we talk about the new Mercy Me albums that were just released. Not only did they release a new album but they also made a new Christmas album at the same time. Nathan shares how it’s a little over whelming normally just releasing one album let alone two! We talk about the process it takes to make an album. Nathan shares that they make the musical track first, then Bart predominantly writes the lyrics. I asked Nathan if that process takes a while, he shared tha...

26 MIN2016 MAR 8
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 49: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 2

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 48: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 1

Nathan Cochran, bass player for Mercy Me joins me this week. In addition to being 1/5th of one of the most influential Christian bands of the century, Nathan recently released his first solo EP titled Diving Blind. With the simple gist of “I don’t know the future”, Diving Blind features four singles straight from Nathan’s heart. But one of the characteristics of Nathan and Mercy Me’s music that I love is written, rewritten, quoted and requoted all over the internet: Their music is appealing to both devout Christians who study the Bible and young teens who devour Rolling Stone. Now, as a comic who crossed over from performing secular night clubs to Christian churches, it’s really interesting to talk to a guy whose band has crossed over in the other direction. In 1994, the guys of Mercy Me started as a worship band for churches and camps. As they continued to grow as musicians and write their own songs, they started to realize that some of the stuff they were writing became impo...

27 MIN2016 MAR 3
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 48: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 1

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 131: The Great Relationship Mystery, Anita Renfroe & John Branyan

The guys and I haveunlocked life’s greatest mystery. Men and women are confusing to one another. That’s just a truth about life. Women use the word “confused”, but men use words like mystery, enigma, conundrum, brain buster, mind crusher, and consciousness hydrogen bomb in high heels. We just feel like we’re spinning around blindfolded and we don’t know what to do. Don’t get me wrong – we men find women wonderful… yet so confusing. So, as I ask around, I have learned that women actually enjoy our reaction because it keeps us men on our toes. If men are continuously baffled… mission accomplished! My point is that now my sons are looking to me to help them understand girls. But, even what I do know sounds completely backwards when I try to explain it to them. “Dad, these girls at school are giggling at me. They call me names and they take my stuff!” “Well, son… that means they like you.” “What???? How stupid do you think I am, Dad?!” “No, Son, it’s true… if they di...

30 MIN2016 MAR 1
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The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 131: The Great Relationship Mystery, Anita Renfroe & John Branyan

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 47: Frank Sinatra’s Theology & the Downfall of America with Tom Dreesen

Tom Dreesen is the main reason that I became a comedian. In Chicago, he’s known as the “Godfather of Comedy”. In addition to appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson multiple times, as well as the Late Show with David Letterman – where he also guest hosted from time to time – Tom opened for Frank Sinatra for over a decade. Tom was working with Smokey Robinson at Caesar’s Palace in Lake Tahoe and Frank was performing next door at Harrah’s. So, one night, without even changing out of his stage clothes, Tom raced over to Harrah’s to hear as much as he could from Sinatra. As Tom puts it, Frank could create more excitement by simply walking out to the microphone than most people do in their whole lives. As he ran toward the showroom, Tom was stopped by the Vice President of Harrah’s Hotel. Now, Tom didn’t want to miss a second of Frank’s show, but he also knew better than to blow off the VP of Harrah’s (and whoever the authoritative heavyset guy who was with him). Thi...

27 MIN2016 FEB 23
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 47: Frank Sinatra’s Theology & the Downfall of America with Tom Dreesen

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 46: The Tonight Show, The Improv & the Early Days of Chicago Comedy with Tom Dreesen

Tom Dreesen is the main reason I became a stand up comedian. We both grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, and while I am still struggling to sell my wares, Tom is known in Chicago as the “Godfather of Comedy”. He has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including more that 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. He was a favorite guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosted the show in Letterman’s absence. For 13 years he toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra, and has appeared countless times in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City with artists like Smokey Robinson, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tom has acted in numerous television shows and appeared in motion pictures including one of my all-time favorites, Spaceballs with Mel Brooks. He has recorded comedy albums, starred in his own TV comedy special, Dreesen Street, and hosted a late night talk show in Chicago, and so much more. I recently heard him hold...

31 MIN2016 FEB 9
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 46: The Tonight Show, The Improv & the Early Days of Chicago Comedy with Tom Dreesen
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Latest Episodes

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 54: Atheism, Humanism, Abortion and Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 3

Nancy Pearcey, author of books such asHow Now Shall We LiveandTotal Truthand visiting scholar at Houston Baptist University, joins us on today’s show. Jeff Allen: So, what do you have on the horizon? Nancy Pearcey: Well, I’m currently working on a book on ethical issues, such as abortion, homosexuality, and euthanasia. Most books on this subject are either about what the Bible says or moral reasoning. I’m showing the worldview, the view of the human person. You cannot really argue morality directly. A person’s morality is always derivative from their worldview. So, you need to go a layer deeper and argue for the worldview itself. Now, it turns out that secular thinking is driven by a singular worldview that has a low, reductionist view of the human person. This gives us the possibility to make a positive argument for our worldview. We need to get beyond “Don’t! It’s wrong! That’s a sin!” That doesn’t work. What we can do is argue that Christianity gives a much higher view ...

17 MIN2016 JUN 22
Comments
An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 54: Atheism, Humanism, Abortion and Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 3

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 2

Nancy Pearcey, author of books such as How Now Shall We Live and Total Truth and visiting scholar at Houston Baptist University, joins us on today’s show. Jeff Allen: You have stated before that you were a skeptic and at one point slipped into a period of nihilism. Could you explain this period? Nancy Pearcey: When I was 19, I went to L’Abri and they knew the questions I had better than I did. As Christians, they had studied worldviews enough that they understood secular thought better than I did. So, for example, I would say, “You can’t say anything is right or wrong,” and they would inform that what I said was relativism, which I was completely unaware of at the time. Then, they’d take me back to where relativism came from and analyze the intellectual history that led up to it to give me a chance to think more critically about whether or not I wanted to really be a relativist. This is where Christians need to go. It’s like a sports team; not only do we need to know our own ...

27 MIN2016 JUN 3
Comments
An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 2

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 1

Today, we welcome one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her 2000 Gold Medallion Award winning book How Now Shall We Live? which she wrote with the late, great Chuck Coleson. Another of my favorites she wrote is Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. This amazing author, educator, and Christian worldview expert is a professor at Houston Baptist University, and just an amazing woman – Nancy Pearcey. But, Nancy hasn’t always been the perfect representative of Christian worldview. She was raised in a Lutheran home and began questioning her parents’ beliefs and the structures she was surrounded with when she was in high school. So much so, that she claims that she actually “lost her faith” at that point. At the time, she went to a public high school, didn’t have any Christian friends, and began asking the most basic of questions, like “how do we know Christianity is true?” She wasn’t being rebellious. She wasn’t looking for an “out clause”...

24 MIN2016 APR 6
Comments
An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 1

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 51: Laughing All the Way with Dobie Maxwell

Dobie Maxwell (aka Mr. Lucky) is one of my favorite comedians from one of my favorite cities, Chicago. Not only is Dobie incredibly funny, but he has a heart of gold. For instance, a dog in Kentucky, who just had a litter of puppies, was shot in the head and left for dead. Amazingly, she survived and was nursed back to health at an animal shelter. Then, somehow, she was shipped up to Wisconsin. Now, Dobie has had some runs of bad luck in his life, so he does charity events whenever he can as a way to help lift up people who are where he once was in life. So, while he was backstage at a charity event for the Wisconsin animal shelter, he met one of the people who worked at the shelter and invited her to bring the dog to his radio show the next day. And the dog took over the show! When a dog takes over a radio show, you’ve got one incredibly charismatic canine! What Dobie didn’t know was that this morning with the survivor dog would lead to an opportunity with the NSA… no, not the o...

21 MIN2016 MAR 31
Comments
An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 51: Laughing All the Way with Dobie Maxwell

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 50: Dobie Maxwell, part 1

Today we have Dobie Maxwell better known as Mr. Lucky on the show today! I hear Dobie is headed to the National Speakers Association. What’s he’s learned there after being a comedian after all these years that sometimes as a speaker there is a comma in his pay check. Dobie is wondering where any symbol at all has been in his pay check over the years. I explain the difference between speakers and comedians is a speaker gives you something to think about after. I don’t really have message after all these years except maybe don’t kill anybody. Dobie shares that his message to everyone is whatever he’s done in his life take that do the opposite and success will follow. Next we talk about an upcoming book Dobie has coming out! Dobie shares that the book is about a situation between him and his best friend from childhood. Dobie’s friend was the head of security at a bank and he robbed it, twice. He tried to frame Dobie for one of the robberies so Dobie ended up having to wear a wire...

25 MIN2016 MAR 15
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 50: Dobie Maxwell, part 1

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 49: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 2

Today we’re talking to Nathan Cochran from Mercy Me! We kick off our interview with talking about social media and what Nathan has to do to avoid the trolls of the internet. He shares how the band as a whole has to be careful about what they post online because they all represent each other and the wrong tweet or post could open the floodgates to critics. I shared some advice a friend gave me years ago, “Don’t preach and don’t do any political.” Because doctrine causes problems and politics cause problems. Changing gears we talk about the new Mercy Me albums that were just released. Not only did they release a new album but they also made a new Christmas album at the same time. Nathan shares how it’s a little over whelming normally just releasing one album let alone two! We talk about the process it takes to make an album. Nathan shares that they make the musical track first, then Bart predominantly writes the lyrics. I asked Nathan if that process takes a while, he shared tha...

26 MIN2016 MAR 8
Comments
An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 49: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 2

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 48: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 1

Nathan Cochran, bass player for Mercy Me joins me this week. In addition to being 1/5th of one of the most influential Christian bands of the century, Nathan recently released his first solo EP titled Diving Blind. With the simple gist of “I don’t know the future”, Diving Blind features four singles straight from Nathan’s heart. But one of the characteristics of Nathan and Mercy Me’s music that I love is written, rewritten, quoted and requoted all over the internet: Their music is appealing to both devout Christians who study the Bible and young teens who devour Rolling Stone. Now, as a comic who crossed over from performing secular night clubs to Christian churches, it’s really interesting to talk to a guy whose band has crossed over in the other direction. In 1994, the guys of Mercy Me started as a worship band for churches and camps. As they continued to grow as musicians and write their own songs, they started to realize that some of the stuff they were writing became impo...

27 MIN2016 MAR 3
Comments
An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 48: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 1

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 131: The Great Relationship Mystery, Anita Renfroe & John Branyan

The guys and I haveunlocked life’s greatest mystery. Men and women are confusing to one another. That’s just a truth about life. Women use the word “confused”, but men use words like mystery, enigma, conundrum, brain buster, mind crusher, and consciousness hydrogen bomb in high heels. We just feel like we’re spinning around blindfolded and we don’t know what to do. Don’t get me wrong – we men find women wonderful… yet so confusing. So, as I ask around, I have learned that women actually enjoy our reaction because it keeps us men on our toes. If men are continuously baffled… mission accomplished! My point is that now my sons are looking to me to help them understand girls. But, even what I do know sounds completely backwards when I try to explain it to them. “Dad, these girls at school are giggling at me. They call me names and they take my stuff!” “Well, son… that means they like you.” “What???? How stupid do you think I am, Dad?!” “No, Son, it’s true… if they di...

30 MIN2016 MAR 1
Comments
The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 131: The Great Relationship Mystery, Anita Renfroe & John Branyan

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 47: Frank Sinatra’s Theology & the Downfall of America with Tom Dreesen

Tom Dreesen is the main reason that I became a comedian. In Chicago, he’s known as the “Godfather of Comedy”. In addition to appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson multiple times, as well as the Late Show with David Letterman – where he also guest hosted from time to time – Tom opened for Frank Sinatra for over a decade. Tom was working with Smokey Robinson at Caesar’s Palace in Lake Tahoe and Frank was performing next door at Harrah’s. So, one night, without even changing out of his stage clothes, Tom raced over to Harrah’s to hear as much as he could from Sinatra. As Tom puts it, Frank could create more excitement by simply walking out to the microphone than most people do in their whole lives. As he ran toward the showroom, Tom was stopped by the Vice President of Harrah’s Hotel. Now, Tom didn’t want to miss a second of Frank’s show, but he also knew better than to blow off the VP of Harrah’s (and whoever the authoritative heavyset guy who was with him). Thi...

27 MIN2016 FEB 23
Comments
An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 47: Frank Sinatra’s Theology & the Downfall of America with Tom Dreesen

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 46: The Tonight Show, The Improv & the Early Days of Chicago Comedy with Tom Dreesen

Tom Dreesen is the main reason I became a stand up comedian. We both grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, and while I am still struggling to sell my wares, Tom is known in Chicago as the “Godfather of Comedy”. He has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including more that 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. He was a favorite guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosted the show in Letterman’s absence. For 13 years he toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra, and has appeared countless times in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City with artists like Smokey Robinson, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tom has acted in numerous television shows and appeared in motion pictures including one of my all-time favorites, Spaceballs with Mel Brooks. He has recorded comedy albums, starred in his own TV comedy special, Dreesen Street, and hosted a late night talk show in Chicago, and so much more. I recently heard him hold...

31 MIN2016 FEB 9
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An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 46: The Tonight Show, The Improv & the Early Days of Chicago Comedy with Tom Dreesen
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