What's Making Us Come Alive Right Now

In our first season of this podcast, we used to end each episode with a quick example of a piece of art, a book, a quote, or something else that was making us come alive—i.e., inspiring, motivating, and moving us. We haven't done that in awhile, but today that changes. Here's a whole entire episode of us sharing all the things that are giving us major energy right now. From magic shows to children's TV to old-fashioned dating, come along as we share a few of our favorite things.

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Matthew Blake
A Conversation with Erica and Logan Martin

Hello Pod Pham, we're just so happy to introduce you to some of our favorite people this week! Yes, Erica and Logan Martin are family (Colby and Logan are brothers), but that's far from the only reason why we wanted to sit down and have a conversation with them. They have an incredible story about their journey together and as individuals as they've navigated a lot of loss in leaving church and a lot of new life on the other side. These are beautiful people doing beautiful work in the world, and we think you ought to know about them. Thanks for listening!

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Matthew Blake
A Conversation with Paula Stone Williams

Pod Pham! We are so, so delighted to bring you today's conversation. Welcome Paula Stone Williams: pastor, counselor, coach, speaker, and so much more. We have both been so lucky to get to know Paula as a friend—she is a kind, wise, straight shooter who has done so much to help us come more alive. If you haven't encountered her yet, it's a treat to make the introduction; and if you have, we bet you'll still find some powerful resonance with the stories she shares in today's really special interview.

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Matthew Blake
Making Space for Apostasy: A Conversation with the Hosts of Heathen

Pod Pham, check it out: For the first time in our show’s history we have guests! In this rambunctious and oft-tangented (but the tangents are GOOD, dangit!) episode we sit down with the co-hosts of one of our favorite podcasts, Heathen: Spiritual Conversations for the Godless. Matthew Blake and Karyn Thurston host an incredible podcast that creates sacred space for those who have history with either leaving or being exiled from their faith community. Full of laughs, inappropriate comments, and free-therapy, this episode is a keeper.

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Matthew Blake
Why We Quit Parenting

Gardening & woodworking & parenting, oh my. We love the metaphors that kinder-gardener Alison Gopnik shared on a recent episode of NPR's Hidden Brain podcast, and it sparked our own discussion about raising children. Let's talk the relatively new idea of "parenting," and what we can learn from the art of gardening.

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Matthew Blake
Cancel Culture: When People and Organizations Offend You

What happens when you're already enjoying a book before you realize its author is an unofficial spokesperson for the Alt Right? Today's conversation is a deeply nuanced look at our reactions and responses to people when we discover they're not perfect, have different ideologies than we do, or break faith with us—otherwise known as "cancel culture." What does it mean to receive information from sources we might disagree with—or are we better off in our bubble?

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Matthew Blake
SEASON 3 PREMIERE: But Am I Pretty?

Welcome to season three of The Kate and Colby Show! We're excited to be back and we have a whole new series of questions and topics to talk through, starting with what it's like to grow up girl. Kate shares a piece she wrote about how it comes to be that the only question young girls are taught to answer is, Am I pretty? Then we talk it out: feminine/masculine roles in society and church, the ways we learn to interact with each other based on sex, and more.

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Matthew Blake
A Mother's Passion, What's Different Now, and Coco (Rebroadcast)

(Originally aired December 20, 2017.) Welcome to the final episode of season 1! Kate and Colby close out their 4-part discussion about their faith journeys by talking about how they're different now that they've moved from a conservative to a more progressive understanding of Christianity, as well as the (surprisingly few) things they would tell their younger selves about what they know now. Kate opens with a meditation on motherhood and pursuing your own passions, then she and Colby share what's making them come alive—which happens to be the same thing for both this week!

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Matthew Blake
Reckoning, The Myth of Christian Marriage, and P!nk (Rebroadcast)

Ready to get real? Kate and Colby talk about the myth of a Christian marriage and share some of their own story along the way. Kate imagines what she'd do with a time machine - do we tell our younger selves the things we've learned, or do we let them experience the reckonings to come? Lastly, what do pop star P!nk and those cute Dreamworks Trolls have in common - besides brightly-colored hair? They're both making Kate and Colby come alive.

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Matthew Blake
Ask Kate and Colby: Who Is God To You (Rebroadcast)

(Original air date: January 17, 2018) We're continuing to sift through some of the questions you've sent our way, and today's is a doozy! Andrea wrote in to share that she's become an "accidental agnostic," and wanted to know what we think about the nature of God. Being, spirit, energy, force, guy in the sky—what do we mean when we say "God?" Let's dive in the deep end together!

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Matthew Blake
The Splash Zone, Kaepernick, and Instapoetry (Rebroadcast)

(Original air date: October 24, 2017) This week Colby talks about what it means to be in the splash zone, then he and Kate get into current events with a discussion about Colin Kaepernick, the NFL, and #TakeAKnee before finishing with two very different but equally impactful book recommendations to help you come more alive.

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Matthew Blake
Ask Kate and Colby: Is Jesus Really the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

It's the season 2 finale! We've had a great time responding to a whole bunch of listener questions in this season, and we're closing it out with one more big one. Julie wrote to us sharing her thoughts about how we can learn so much from other religions when we approach one another with respect and open minds, but what do we do about the seemingly exclusive claim to truth that Christians often insist belongs to Jesus alone? Specifically, what do we do with the words of Jesus himself found in John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Let's do a bit of a deep dive into these words from the Bible and see what we uncover. Thanks for tuning in for this round of "Ask Kate and Colby," and we're looking forward to kicking off a new season of The Kate and Colby Show in a few weeks!

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Matthew Blake
Ask Kate and Colby: What Is Masculinity?

A very important question—which came first, the chicken or the egg?—leads to an even more important question: what is masculinity? This extension of last week's episode where Kate interviewed Colby goes deeper into what we've both been learning about gender roles and how we're not truly whole people when we only live into the parts society tells us we're supposed to play. How do we reframe our understanding of masculinity and femininity so that all of us can be both strong and tender, bold and nurturing? This is one of the most important topics we've discussed, and we hope you find yourself coming alive through the conversation.

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Matthew Blake
Special Episode: Get To Know Colby

A couple of episodes ago, we let Colby ask the questions as he interviewed Kate. Today, we're flipping the script and it's Kate's turn to draw some interesting stories out of Colby as we get to know him better. We talked career choices, masculinity, what it's like to be a published author, and more. Find out a bit more about what makes Colby tick in today's special episode.

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Matthew Blake
Special Episode: Get To Know Kate

The Kate Interview! We've had such a great time answering listener questions in Season 2 of The Kate and Colby Show. In today's very special episode, we decided to shake things up a bit. How about Colby asks Kate some questions of his own? Get to know Kate a little better through this incisive, world-premiere face-to-face interview from one host to another.

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Matthew Blake
Ask Kate and Colby: Why Does It Feel Like You're Attacking Christianity?

We are so thankful for today's listener question. It's not often these days that people who find themselves disagreeing are willing to work to understand one another, but that's exactly what Liza is doing. She is attempting to better understand progressive Christianity as someone who considers herself a modern Christian, but who holds to some more traditional beliefs: things like heaven and hell, for instance. She confesses that sometimes she feels like we are attacking traditional Christianity, and has some questions for us about that approach. Her letter opened the door for some great conversation about how we hope to interact with our fellow Christians who are more traditional, and what we can all do to better understand one another.

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Matthew Blake
Ask Kate and Colby: Do I Need To Do Big Things For God?

Today's question comes from Sara, who is working out how to handle a message she carries with her from her time in a traditional evangelical upbringing. Sara really just feels compelled to live what she calls a simple life: raise great kids, take care of the land she feels fortunate to live on, love the hell out of her husband. But she struggles with the narrative of the "epic Christian" life—one that so many of us have been told our own lives should resemble. Sell everything, go into missions, serve 19 times a week at church—do BIG things for God! How can we reframe our understanding of "big" and "small" things, and the value they each have when it comes to how we live our lives?

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Matthew Blake
Ask Kate and Colby: Unequally Yoked—Can I Date a Non-Christian?

Rebekah sent us a great question to discuss this week. She is dating—and lately, talking marriage and kids with—a partner who is agnostic, which has created some tension with her traditionally conservative Christian family. She was raised to believe that being "unequally yoked with unbelievers" is a pretty serious offense. We can relate. Let's talk about where that idea comes from (the apostle Paul), who it was meant for (Christ followers in the city of Corinth), and how it's been used and abused in our modern lives (Colby may have once quoted this principle when breaking up with a girlfriend!).

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Matthew Blake
Ask Kate and Colby: Can Progressive Christians Still Worship?

We are still taking questions! This week, Matt, who is a worship leader at a progressive Christian church, writes in with a question we've found to be a common one—in fact, it's one we've asked ourselves over the years. When you've embraced a more open and progressive theology, how do then find ways to worship that better align with these values?

The bottom line: it's hard to keep singing songs about substitutionary atonement and total depravity when those things are no longer the crux of your faith. We've had quite a journey with this topic, and it turned out we had a lot to say about where we've found great resources and music to help the people who attend the church we pastor worship in a way that aligns with our mission to help people come alive in the truth that they are loved, liberated, and empowered. You might even be surprised to hear that we didn't completely ditch the whole traditional church music catalog... listen in as we share our thoughts and journey around this issue that so many progressive Christians seem to encounter.

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Matthew Blake