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Reading with an open mind in order to shut it on something solid.

Latest Episodes

"God Didn't Make Me Gay" - A Conversation with Becket Cook

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/11 Becket Cook had fully embraced his homosexuality, including the lifestyle and all its trappings. As a successful set designer and supporting actor, he hung around with the Hollywood elite and lived the high life. Until a chance encounter at a coffee shop with a local pastor ended up with him in church, fully convicted of his sin and swept away by the Holy Spirit. Beckett Cook became a Christian. This is his story--of his early life and the trauma that influenced his sexual trajectory, his fear of coming out and the eventual embrace of his orientation, and ultimately his total transformation into a counter-cultural, Biblical Christianity. Becket speaks with experience and compassion about the two worlds he has fully inhabited--progressive gay culture and a theologically conservative Christian faith. After his conversion, Becket received formal theological training at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology. He speaks regularly to churches, universities and conferences about the Biblical approach to sexuality and how to engage with friends and family members who struggle with it. This book is very reflective, tender, pastoral, authentic, and challenging. Becket Cook clearly loves Jesus and loves the LGBT community. It's a rare skill to do that well and to be able to speak with personal knowledge, compassion and authority rooted in his own experience, his own study of the scriptures, and his compassion for people. Highly recommended. Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/11

57 MIN6 d ago
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"God Didn't Make Me Gay" - A Conversation with Becket Cook

Carrie Severino on the Kavanaugh Confirmation One Year Later

In the summer of 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy retired from the Supreme Court and President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open position. The uproar that followed, and the outrageous smear campaign that the Democrats and the corporate press waged against Kavanaugh, were beyond almost anything I've ever seen in politics. I followed the nomination, Senate hearings, and final confirmation of Kavanaugh very closely, and I expected them to be contentious and that the opposition would put up a fight. I'm pretty cynical about the corporate press, yet I was still shocked to see the utter depravity of their attempts to destroy a man who ended up being fully vindicated–and fortunately, confirmed to the Court in October 2018. But the battle over Kavanaugh was much broader than an isolated accusation of sexual assault. My guest today is Carrie Severino, coauthor of “Justice On Trial,” a bestselling new book–this despite a total media blackout–that provides a comprehensive account of the Kavanaugh nomination from beginning to end. Carrie and her co-author, Mollie Hemingway, interviewed over 100 people, including members of the Court and of Congress, and even broke some new reporting as part of the book. She is the leader and public face of the Judicial Crisis Network, a legal advocacy group that seeks to nominate judges who hold to an originalist view of the Constitution. Get Justice On Trial on Amazon. Follow Carrie Severino on the web: * https://twitter.com/JCNSeverino * https://judicialnetwork.com Follow Mollie Hemingway on the web: * https://twitter.com/MZHemingway* https://thefederalist.com/author/mzhemingway ***SPONSOR***Please consider supporting the show by checking out one of my favorite tools for web security, Nord VPN. I am a very satisfied customer currently in the midst of a 3-year subscription, and Nord has become an indispensable security tool on all my devices. Get up to 70% off with their 3-year-plan atwww.closemindedpodcast.com/vpn ++++++++++++++++ Thanks toLEVVfor the bumper music.

45 MINOCT 23
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Carrie Severino on the Kavanaugh Confirmation One Year Later

Joel Comm on The Fun Formula, Crypto, Generalism, and Fighting Woke Culture

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/9 My guest today, Joel Comm, is a bestselling author, professional keynote speaker, social media marketing strategist, live video expert, technologist, brand influencer, futurist, and eternal twelve-year-old. He has more than two decades of experience harnessing the power of the web, publishing, social media, and mobile applications to expand reach and engage in active relationship marketing. His books include The Adsense Code, Twitter Power, and The Fun Formula. He is famous (or infamous) for inventing the iFart app way back in 2008, which exploded to the top of the Apple App store charts and, um, lingered there for quite some time. His most recent successful venture is as cohost of the Bad Crypto Podcast, which started off as two complete novices doing a deep dive into the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. In our wide-ranging conversation we discuss his successes and failures, how he got started in computers, the secrets to his bottling lightning multiple times in his eclectic career, Trump, battling woke culture and defending free speech. Please consider supporting the show by checking out one of my favorite tools for web security, Nord VPN. I am a very satisfied customer currently in the midst of a 3-year subscription, and Nord has become an indispensable security tool on all my devices. Get 75% off with their 3-year-plan at www.closemindedpodcast.com/vpn Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/9

49 MINAUG 30
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Joel Comm on The Fun Formula, Crypto, Generalism, and Fighting Woke Culture

George Gilder on the Cryptocosm and Life After Google

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/8

64 MINMAR 9
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George Gilder on the Cryptocosm and Life After Google

Dr. Robbie Castleman on Parenting in the Pew

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/7 Today's guest is Dr. Robbie Castleman. She is a professor emeritus of Biblical studies at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, where she has taught for 17 years. Dr. Castleman is the author of the book Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children Into the Joys of Worship. She first published it back in 1993, building it around seminars she gave (and still gives) in local congregations to help parents be intentional in training their kids how to worship. We discuss some of the theological foundations of worship and why kids need to be in the service instead of being shuttled off to other programming, and we also cover tips and strategies to help you succeed while you parent in the pew. This is truly evergreen material and valuable for any parent of grandparent. www.closemindedpodcast.com/7

70 MINFEB 23
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Dr. Robbie Castleman on Parenting in the Pew

Pat Flynn on How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/6 Pat Flynn is one of the most interesting people I've ever met, and that fact alone is sufficient proof of the potency of his philosophy--after all, such a response is exactly what one would expect from a person pursuing a lifestyle of generalism. So what is generalism? It's the idea that you should develop a wide variety of skills--not expert-level, but somewhere in the range of proficient to great--and combine them into something unique to the world. Generalism is better understood as a contrast to its opposite approach: specialization. According to Flynn, you should NOT focus on being the world's best guitarist, weight lifter, accountant, mechanic, or whatever your chosen discipline is. The main problem with specializing is that it sets you up for failure, since success at specialization relies upon comparison to others, and success is either impossible to achieve or, once achieved, extremely difficult to maintain. Specialists, write...

76 MIN2018 DEC 21
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Pat Flynn on How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything

Darwin's House of Cards: A Journalist's Odyssey Through the Darwin Debates by Tom Bethell

Darwinism is a fascinating topic on many levels. On one hand, it's recognized throughout the world as the leading--perhaps the only acceptable--theory of how earth and its inhabitants came to be. Its assumptions permeate the media, popular culture, and the scientific community. Yet at the same time millions of people remain unconvinced of its explanatory power; some even reject it outright--for reasons theological, philosophical, and even scientific. Evolution. Natural Selection. Common Descent: the press write stories on hundreds of topics in ways that assume a monolithic consensus on these issues among the scientific community. This is often totally innocuous--the media needs a basic canvas of shared assumptions on which to paint, and so a boring and uncontroversial scientific consensus provides that for the story at hand. Yet the truth is thankfully far more interesting and intricate. The scientific conversation over these issues is not like a peaceful pool of undisturbed water, ...

18 MIN2018 JUL 29
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Darwin's House of Cards: A Journalist's Odyssey Through the Darwin Debates by Tom Bethell

Are You A Loser If You Still Read Kids' Books? (Plus a FREE Customized Booklist)

Does children's literature have any value? Should adults even bother to read it? Jake Nuckolls believes so strongly in the value and power of kid lit that he started a free service to provide customized book recommendations to his friends--and anyone else on the web who manages to find his site. Click the image below to request a personalized book list! In this episode Jake and I explore our mutual love of kid lit, discuss how we read aloud to our large families, and shamefully admit to some of the classics we never got around to reading. Here is a list of books and authors that came up in our discussion. Enjoy! C.S. Lewis | The Chronicles of Narnia J.R.R. Tolkien | The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien | The Hobbit J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter series N.D. Wilson | Leepike Ridge N.D. Wilson | 100 Cupboards Trilogy N.D. Wilson | Ashtown Burials Trilogy N.D. Wilson | Boys of Blur N.D. Wilson | Outlaws of Time N.D. Wilson | Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl N.D. Wilson | Death By Living Kennet...

51 MIN2018 MAY 24
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Are You A Loser If You Still Read Kids' Books? (Plus a FREE Customized Booklist)

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The twentieth century was one of the bloodiest and most violent in human history. Looking back at totalitarianism, fascism, and the banality of evil in a time expected to achieve the pinnacle of human progress, what lessons can we learn as we enter the era of Trump, Brexit, Calexit, the rise of new authoritarians like Putin, and the new social pressures imposed on us in the Internet Age? Check out our discussion of this fascinating, pithy, and brief collection of reflections by Yale professor Timothy Snyder. Show notes: www.closemindedpodcast.com/3

39 MIN2018 MAY 5
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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Tom Nelson and The Economics of Neighborly Love

Dr. Tom Nelson is president of Made to Flourish, a non-profit organization focused on helping pastors connect orthodox faith, work, and economics. Tom is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tom and his wife Liz have two grown children and reside in Leawood, KS. Join me as I interview Tom about his new book, The Economics of Neighborly Love. The Economics of Neighborly Love by Tom Nelson Made to Flourish: Tom Nelson resource page Made to Flourish blog post: You Need Capacity to Love Your Neighbor Other books mentioned in the show Thomas Sowell – Basic Economics Henry Hazlitt – Economics in One Lesson John Mackey & Rajendra Sisodia: Conscious Capitalism Bruno Roche & Jay Jakub ...

36 MIN2018 JAN 30
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Tom Nelson and The Economics of Neighborly Love

Latest Episodes

"God Didn't Make Me Gay" - A Conversation with Becket Cook

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/11 Becket Cook had fully embraced his homosexuality, including the lifestyle and all its trappings. As a successful set designer and supporting actor, he hung around with the Hollywood elite and lived the high life. Until a chance encounter at a coffee shop with a local pastor ended up with him in church, fully convicted of his sin and swept away by the Holy Spirit. Beckett Cook became a Christian. This is his story--of his early life and the trauma that influenced his sexual trajectory, his fear of coming out and the eventual embrace of his orientation, and ultimately his total transformation into a counter-cultural, Biblical Christianity. Becket speaks with experience and compassion about the two worlds he has fully inhabited--progressive gay culture and a theologically conservative Christian faith. After his conversion, Becket received formal theological training at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology. He speaks regularly to churches, universities and conferences about the Biblical approach to sexuality and how to engage with friends and family members who struggle with it. This book is very reflective, tender, pastoral, authentic, and challenging. Becket Cook clearly loves Jesus and loves the LGBT community. It's a rare skill to do that well and to be able to speak with personal knowledge, compassion and authority rooted in his own experience, his own study of the scriptures, and his compassion for people. Highly recommended. Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/11

57 MIN6 d ago
Comments
"God Didn't Make Me Gay" - A Conversation with Becket Cook

Carrie Severino on the Kavanaugh Confirmation One Year Later

In the summer of 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy retired from the Supreme Court and President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open position. The uproar that followed, and the outrageous smear campaign that the Democrats and the corporate press waged against Kavanaugh, were beyond almost anything I've ever seen in politics. I followed the nomination, Senate hearings, and final confirmation of Kavanaugh very closely, and I expected them to be contentious and that the opposition would put up a fight. I'm pretty cynical about the corporate press, yet I was still shocked to see the utter depravity of their attempts to destroy a man who ended up being fully vindicated–and fortunately, confirmed to the Court in October 2018. But the battle over Kavanaugh was much broader than an isolated accusation of sexual assault. My guest today is Carrie Severino, coauthor of “Justice On Trial,” a bestselling new book–this despite a total media blackout–that provides a comprehensive account of the Kavanaugh nomination from beginning to end. Carrie and her co-author, Mollie Hemingway, interviewed over 100 people, including members of the Court and of Congress, and even broke some new reporting as part of the book. She is the leader and public face of the Judicial Crisis Network, a legal advocacy group that seeks to nominate judges who hold to an originalist view of the Constitution. Get Justice On Trial on Amazon. Follow Carrie Severino on the web: * https://twitter.com/JCNSeverino * https://judicialnetwork.com Follow Mollie Hemingway on the web: * https://twitter.com/MZHemingway* https://thefederalist.com/author/mzhemingway ***SPONSOR***Please consider supporting the show by checking out one of my favorite tools for web security, Nord VPN. I am a very satisfied customer currently in the midst of a 3-year subscription, and Nord has become an indispensable security tool on all my devices. Get up to 70% off with their 3-year-plan atwww.closemindedpodcast.com/vpn ++++++++++++++++ Thanks toLEVVfor the bumper music.

45 MINOCT 23
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Carrie Severino on the Kavanaugh Confirmation One Year Later

Joel Comm on The Fun Formula, Crypto, Generalism, and Fighting Woke Culture

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/9 My guest today, Joel Comm, is a bestselling author, professional keynote speaker, social media marketing strategist, live video expert, technologist, brand influencer, futurist, and eternal twelve-year-old. He has more than two decades of experience harnessing the power of the web, publishing, social media, and mobile applications to expand reach and engage in active relationship marketing. His books include The Adsense Code, Twitter Power, and The Fun Formula. He is famous (or infamous) for inventing the iFart app way back in 2008, which exploded to the top of the Apple App store charts and, um, lingered there for quite some time. His most recent successful venture is as cohost of the Bad Crypto Podcast, which started off as two complete novices doing a deep dive into the world of cryptocurrencies and blockchain. In our wide-ranging conversation we discuss his successes and failures, how he got started in computers, the secrets to his bottling lightning multiple times in his eclectic career, Trump, battling woke culture and defending free speech. Please consider supporting the show by checking out one of my favorite tools for web security, Nord VPN. I am a very satisfied customer currently in the midst of a 3-year subscription, and Nord has become an indispensable security tool on all my devices. Get 75% off with their 3-year-plan at www.closemindedpodcast.com/vpn Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/9

49 MINAUG 30
Comments
Joel Comm on The Fun Formula, Crypto, Generalism, and Fighting Woke Culture

George Gilder on the Cryptocosm and Life After Google

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/8

64 MINMAR 9
Comments
George Gilder on the Cryptocosm and Life After Google

Dr. Robbie Castleman on Parenting in the Pew

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/7 Today's guest is Dr. Robbie Castleman. She is a professor emeritus of Biblical studies at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, where she has taught for 17 years. Dr. Castleman is the author of the book Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children Into the Joys of Worship. She first published it back in 1993, building it around seminars she gave (and still gives) in local congregations to help parents be intentional in training their kids how to worship. We discuss some of the theological foundations of worship and why kids need to be in the service instead of being shuttled off to other programming, and we also cover tips and strategies to help you succeed while you parent in the pew. This is truly evergreen material and valuable for any parent of grandparent. www.closemindedpodcast.com/7

70 MINFEB 23
Comments
Dr. Robbie Castleman on Parenting in the Pew

Pat Flynn on How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything

Full show notes at www.closemindedpodcast.com/6 Pat Flynn is one of the most interesting people I've ever met, and that fact alone is sufficient proof of the potency of his philosophy--after all, such a response is exactly what one would expect from a person pursuing a lifestyle of generalism. So what is generalism? It's the idea that you should develop a wide variety of skills--not expert-level, but somewhere in the range of proficient to great--and combine them into something unique to the world. Generalism is better understood as a contrast to its opposite approach: specialization. According to Flynn, you should NOT focus on being the world's best guitarist, weight lifter, accountant, mechanic, or whatever your chosen discipline is. The main problem with specializing is that it sets you up for failure, since success at specialization relies upon comparison to others, and success is either impossible to achieve or, once achieved, extremely difficult to maintain. Specialists, write...

76 MIN2018 DEC 21
Comments
Pat Flynn on How to Be Better at (Almost) Everything

Darwin's House of Cards: A Journalist's Odyssey Through the Darwin Debates by Tom Bethell

Darwinism is a fascinating topic on many levels. On one hand, it's recognized throughout the world as the leading--perhaps the only acceptable--theory of how earth and its inhabitants came to be. Its assumptions permeate the media, popular culture, and the scientific community. Yet at the same time millions of people remain unconvinced of its explanatory power; some even reject it outright--for reasons theological, philosophical, and even scientific. Evolution. Natural Selection. Common Descent: the press write stories on hundreds of topics in ways that assume a monolithic consensus on these issues among the scientific community. This is often totally innocuous--the media needs a basic canvas of shared assumptions on which to paint, and so a boring and uncontroversial scientific consensus provides that for the story at hand. Yet the truth is thankfully far more interesting and intricate. The scientific conversation over these issues is not like a peaceful pool of undisturbed water, ...

18 MIN2018 JUL 29
Comments
Darwin's House of Cards: A Journalist's Odyssey Through the Darwin Debates by Tom Bethell

Are You A Loser If You Still Read Kids' Books? (Plus a FREE Customized Booklist)

Does children's literature have any value? Should adults even bother to read it? Jake Nuckolls believes so strongly in the value and power of kid lit that he started a free service to provide customized book recommendations to his friends--and anyone else on the web who manages to find his site. Click the image below to request a personalized book list! In this episode Jake and I explore our mutual love of kid lit, discuss how we read aloud to our large families, and shamefully admit to some of the classics we never got around to reading. Here is a list of books and authors that came up in our discussion. Enjoy! C.S. Lewis | The Chronicles of Narnia J.R.R. Tolkien | The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien | The Hobbit J.K. Rowling | Harry Potter series N.D. Wilson | Leepike Ridge N.D. Wilson | 100 Cupboards Trilogy N.D. Wilson | Ashtown Burials Trilogy N.D. Wilson | Boys of Blur N.D. Wilson | Outlaws of Time N.D. Wilson | Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl N.D. Wilson | Death By Living Kennet...

51 MIN2018 MAY 24
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Are You A Loser If You Still Read Kids' Books? (Plus a FREE Customized Booklist)

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

The twentieth century was one of the bloodiest and most violent in human history. Looking back at totalitarianism, fascism, and the banality of evil in a time expected to achieve the pinnacle of human progress, what lessons can we learn as we enter the era of Trump, Brexit, Calexit, the rise of new authoritarians like Putin, and the new social pressures imposed on us in the Internet Age? Check out our discussion of this fascinating, pithy, and brief collection of reflections by Yale professor Timothy Snyder. Show notes: www.closemindedpodcast.com/3

39 MIN2018 MAY 5
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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

Tom Nelson and The Economics of Neighborly Love

Dr. Tom Nelson is president of Made to Flourish, a non-profit organization focused on helping pastors connect orthodox faith, work, and economics. Tom is also the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City. He has served on the Board of Regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network. He graduated with a master’s of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tom and his wife Liz have two grown children and reside in Leawood, KS. Join me as I interview Tom about his new book, The Economics of Neighborly Love. The Economics of Neighborly Love by Tom Nelson Made to Flourish: Tom Nelson resource page Made to Flourish blog post: You Need Capacity to Love Your Neighbor Other books mentioned in the show Thomas Sowell – Basic Economics Henry Hazlitt – Economics in One Lesson John Mackey & Rajendra Sisodia: Conscious Capitalism Bruno Roche & Jay Jakub ...

36 MIN2018 JAN 30
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Tom Nelson and The Economics of Neighborly Love
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