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God Is Not Absent

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God Is Not Absent - Episode 7 - Prisca Pieters( 0:30:4)       
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I’m so excited to have Prisca Pieters joining us in this episode! Prisca is a Youth Worker at Middleton Grange school and a Sports Coordinator for E Tū Tāngata, an organisation which tackles Tall Poppy syndrome in New Zealand (!!!) In this episode, we get some insight into how Prisca’s faith relates to her passion for teenagers, as well as the vision she has for her work in E Tū Tāngata. But Prisca also gets real with us, sharing the struggles she’s had in her faith. She talks about feeling underwhelmed by the so called “love” of God, how much she disliked being a youth worker and what her prayers to God looked like in those years. I loved interviewing Prisca. Hearing her speak about her life, it’s clear to see that it isn’t a series of random events, though God Is Not Absent is a podcast that explores how God is present in the lives of young people today. Every episode, a new interviewee shares experiences they’ve had with God, and how their relationship with Him has shaped them.
Published: 10/3/2021 12:30:00 PM
God Is Not Absent- Episode 6 - Scott McKenzie( 0:29:6)       
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In this week’s episode, we have Scott McKenzie joining us! Scott didn’t care about God when he was younger, but in university, he began to question what his beliefs about the world were. What started as an interest in politics turned into a hunger for bigger questions - Where do our ideas of morality come from? Why does morality exist in the first place? And now, he’s a Christian. In this episode, we delve into the journey of Scott’s pursuit of God. Scott shares his preconceptions about Christianity, what lead him to believe in Jesus, and how his faith has changed him today. He also gets really honest with us about some of the struggles he’s had understanding God, as well as what his relationship with God looks like.
Published: 9/19/2021 12:00:00 PM
God Is Not Absent- Episode 5 - Rachel Aitken( 0:30:10)       
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Hey guys! My guest this week is the amazing Rachel Aitken! Ever since I can remember, Rachel has been a strong leader and a woman of incredible love for the people around her. And in this episode, we get to see how God is the foundation of that. Rachel talks about why people are so important to her and how her faith plays a huge role in how she cares for her community. She shares her journey of making her faith her own, talking about times she’s felt like a failure in her christian walk, how she’s totally doubted God and why she loves the Bible (and how it wasn’t always the case!). And of course, she answers the most important question this podcast has to ask - Is God absent?
Published: 9/5/2021 12:30:00 PM
God Is Not Absent-Episode 4 Josh Francké( 0:28:5)       
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My guest this week is the very humble and down-to-earth Josh Francké! Francké and I met at church, but we first bonded over our cultural similarities (He’s half Sri-Lankan and I’m Indian ☺️) and then later connected over our passion for knowing God. Josh talks to us about how he became christian, why he’s so sure God exists and what it means for him to follow God in his life. He talks about his experience reading the bible, how he connects his passion for music and his faith together and shares with us if he’s ever felt like a failure in his faith.
Published: 8/22/2021 12:30:00 PM
God is Not Absent- Episode 3 - Melanie Aitken( 0:28:17)       
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This week we have Melanie Aitken joining us! Melanie is my best friend, we met in year 3 and became really close in our intermediate years. We bonded over our shared passion for being competitive in school…But many years later it’s our shared love for God, and each other, that makes this friendship so special. Melanie talks about her earliest memories of knowing God, why she’s so sure God exists and about how God has comforted her in the painful moments of her life. And if that’s not enough, really if you want to know the secret to living in hope in a world surrounded by brokenness, go check out this episode!!
Published: 8/6/2021 1:25:20 PM
God is Not Absent-Episode 2 - William Stedman( 0:21:15)       
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In this week’s episode, I interview the New Zealand para-athlete (and my good friend) William Stedman! A few weeks before he heads off to compete at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics, Will joins us to talk about God’s hand in his athletics career, his need for Jesus and what it means for him to be a christian and to know God personally. In this episode, we discover the incredible love he has for God and what he finds truly valuable and meaningful in life.
Published: 8/1/2021 1:30:00 PM