S2: Ep42: Anne Snyder Loves Institutions

Anne Snyder is editor-in-chief of Comment Magazine. In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, Anne and I discuss our culture’s antipathy towards institutions, the role of theological reflection during a time of crisis, and her work with Comment Magazine to serve both readers and writers in uniting thought and action.

S2: Ep41: Brown Bannister Says “There You Are!”

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I talk with music industry legend Brown Bannister about the difference between “Here I am” and “There you are” personalities, the similarities between producing a record and teaching students, and how Brown has avoided cynicism over his long career.

This episode was recorded for last weekend’s Hutchmoot:Homebound conference, where it aired as a video.

S2: Ep39: Barnabas Piper Isn’t Afraid to Be Happy

This week on The Habit Podcast, I interview Barnabas Piper, author of Hoping for Happiness.

We talk about the unrealistic expectations that artists can sometimes project onto their craft, how much easier it is to write while sad than while happy, and the distinction between hope and optimism.

S2: Ep38: Marilyn McEntyre Speaks Peace

This week on The Habit Podcast, I talk with Marilyn McEntyre, author of Speaking Peace in a Climate of Conflict.

We discuss the rich etymological depth of the word “conversation” and its connection to “dwelling with”; the lost art of visiting; transactional speech in a capitalist world; poetry’s abiding danger to the status quo; and the recovery of metaphor.

S2: Ep37: Irwyn Ince and the Beautiful Community

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I speak with Dr. Irwyn Ince, pastor and author of The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best.

We discuss the truth that beauty refuses to be possessed, the aesthetic impact of pursuing racial justice, and the joy to be found in responding to God’s calling—even and especially when that call entails “divine dissatisfaction.

S2: Ep35: Vesper Stamper

I talk with Vesper Stamper, illustrator and author of A Cloud of Outrageous Blue. We discuss how illustration became for Vesper a doorway into storytelling, what her research into the Middle Ages for her new book has taught her about plagues, and synesthesia as the beginning of metaphor.

S2: Ep34: Gina Dalfonzo on Dorothy and Jack

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I talk with Gina Dalfonzo about her new book, Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C. S. Lewis. We discuss the often overlooked friendship between Dorothy Sayers and C. S. Lewis, Sayers’ innovative depiction of Jesus in The Man Born to Be King, and her lifelong wrestling with Lewis on the issue of artistic conscience and calling.

S2 Ep33: Daniel Darling Has a Way with Words

In this week’s episode of The Habit Podcast, I speak with bestselling author, pastor, and podcast host Daniel Darling about the complex mix of motivations that go into online interaction, the double-edged sword of content curation, and how to communicate well in an age that prioritizes communicating quickly above all else. Daniel Darling’s new book is A Way with Words: Using our Online Conversations for Good.

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