“Because It Is” Podcast

“Because It Is” Podcast

This podcast is a place for conversation about faith, justice, and other things that matter.

We hope this podcast will generate reflection on how the way of Jesus intersects with our culture, while also introducing you to our congregation. We hope you are challenged, encouraged, and educated by what you hear in each episode.

Where Faith & Justice Meet

In Season 4 of "Because It Is" we dig deeper into our core values of faith and justice. This season we consider what faith has to do with justice, politics, social work, and more. Each month we will examine the intersection of faith and justice and reflect on how this...

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Compassionately Curious

In this episode we talk with Dr. Cody J. Sanders about LGBTQIA inclusion and the gifts our LGBTQ+ siblings bring to our congregation. Dr. Sanders is the pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Cambridge, Mass and an American Baptist chaplain to Harvard University....

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People on the Move: A Look at Immigration

In this episode we talk with Dr. Myles Werntz about immigration in the United States. Dr. Wertnz is the Director of Baptist Studies and Associate Professor of Theology at Abilene Christian University. He helps us understand the migrant nature of our own faith and...

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A Way of Life Rooted In Religion

In this episode, we talk with Rabbi Eugene Levy about the Jewish American Experience. Rabbi Levy shares with us thoughts on Judaism in today’s culture. He shares what he wants others to understand about the Jewish faith and how that faith has shaped his perspective....

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May the 4th Be With You

In this episode, dropped on May the 4th, we discuss Star Wars and the ways it does and doesn’t relate to our faith. We have a special guest panel for this conversation… Star Wars experts from the youth group. You will learn a lot, be blown away by their deep thoughts,...

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Finding Our Place in God’s Creation

In this episode we talk with Ragan Sutterfield, an associate rector at Christ Church in Little Rock. We discuss our place in creation, reorienting ourselves as part of creation; not proprietors over but priests within. As Earth Day approaches, we hope this episode...

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The Week that Changed the World

In this episode, Pastor Preston Clegg reflects on the last week of Jesus’ life. You can journey through the week by listening to each segment daily or by listening to it in its entirety. We hope this episode helps you to engage in this week in a meaningful way. We...

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A Credible Witness: Truth in Media

In this episode we talk with Brian Kaylor, President and Editor in Chief of Word and Way, and Mitch Randall, Chief Executive Officer of Good Faith Media. Good Faith Media and Word and Way are faith-based news outlets with a variety of print and audio platforms. Mitch...

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White Too Long: A Conversation with Robert P. Jones

In this episode, best-selling author, Robert P. Jones, discusses the Church’s role in perpetuating white supremacy and the Church’s responsibility in ending it. He challenges us all to join in the work of anti-racism in our communities, churches, and individual lives....

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Registering Your Power: Voting Rights in Arkansas

In this episode we talk with Arkansas Senator Joyce Elliott and Pulaski County Circuit and County Clerk, Terry Hollingsworth about voting rights in our country and state. We discuss the history of the right to vote, election integrity, and voting accessibility. We...

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Holding Space: A Break for the Soul

In this episode, Associate Pastor of Worship Arts, Suzanne Cain, provides a space for grounding and meditation. We take a break from our usual format to care for our souls in the midst of busy world. We hope this provides the rest and restoration you need. Suzanne was...

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It Takes a Village to Raise an Intern

In this episode we talk with three former interns about their experiences at Second Baptist. We are excited to welcome back Chris Redmond who served as both a Student intern and Pastoral intern in 2013 & 2014, Michael Huerter who served as a Pastoral Intern in...

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2021 in Review

In this episode the pastoral staff at Second Baptist reflects on the challenges and joys of 2021 and looks forward to new possibilities in 2022. We hope you enjoy as you look back with us. Preston joined 2BC as pastor in May of 2013. Both he and his wife Rebecca are...

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Gravity of Joy

In this episode, Pastor, Preston Clegg, and Associate Pastor, Suzanne Cain, talk with Dr. Angela Williams Gorrell about her book The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found. Dr. Gorrell researches and teaches courses on joy, meaning-making, Christian education...

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