2BP Episode 05: The Farewell Tour

Interview with Lost and Found

LOST AND FOUND, Michael Bridges and George Baum, have been traveling around the world performing concerts of their original music and making friends in the process, since they were in high school. Their music is the kind of thing that often prompts reactions like, “Well, I have never heard anything like that before.” Michael and George admit it is a unique sound. Yet, just as they started their musical tours by riding bicycles coast to coast and performing on borrowed instruments wherever they were welcomed, they continue to encourage all who hear them to “do what you can with what you have for the glory of God,” as they make their own sound with just two instruments and their voices. Their concerts are interactive, driven by the audience. Each show is different–always spontaneous, improvisational and musical, and often poignant, occasionally funny. Some have said their music is “acoustic thrash.” Some have called it “heavy mental” owing to all the lyrical content in each three-minute song. And some have simply said, “Well, at least it’s organic.” However you choose to characterize the sound, if you see these guys play, you’ll find that all are welcome, that strangers become friends at the concerts, and that the music of faith is fun.

We had an amazing conversation with George and Michael as they began their final weekend of touring.  They started their weekend at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  Lost and Found then traveled toSt. James Lutheran in St. James, NY and finally ended up at The Life Church in Westbury, NY and Long Island Lutheran High School Brookville, NY.

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Advent 2: The Empire Strikes Back

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Advent

Welcome to the Second Sunday of Advent Year C.  This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.   During Advent this year Pastor Joe has been preaching the series Star Followers.  Each week he looks at a different person connected to the birth story.  This week is Herod. The scripture readings for the day are 1 Peter 4: 12-19 and Matthew 2: 13-18.

Enjoy the latest episode of Livin’ on Grace with Pastor Joe McGarry.

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2BP04: Being the Church in the World

A Conversation with The Reverend Doctor Clint Schnekloth

Today we have a conversation with Clint Schnekloth who is the lead pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas. He previously served as pastor of East Koshkonong Lutheran Church. He lives in East Fayetteville, with his wife and three children, all ages eight and under. Previously, Clint has served as a global missionary with the ELCA in Kosice, Slovakia, Camp Director of Camp Shalom, Maquoketa, Iowa, and various gigs as youth minister and camp counselor.  He is also the director of the ELCA Clergy Facebook page and the author of Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-media Era which is available through Fortress Press.

Clint earned his Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. His focus is on social/new media and faith formation. Previously, Clint was a fellow at the Center of Theological Inquiry in their Pastor-Theologian program.

We explore with Clint a number of topics including Clinical Evangelical Education as Clint talks about in this blog post, the new social media platform Blab.im and many more topics.  Enjoy the latest episode.

If you would like to connect with Clint you can find him on Facebook, Twitter and his blog Lutheran Confessions.