An Examined Life with Jeff Allen: Christian Worldview with Nancy Pearcey, part 1

[display_podcast]Today, we welcome one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her 2000 Gold Medallion Award winning book How Now Shall We Live? which she wrote with the late, great Chuck Coleson. Another of my favorites she wrote is Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. This amazing author, educator, and Christian worldview expert is a professor at Houston Baptist University, and just an amazing woman – Nancy Pearcey.But, Nancy hasn’t always been the per … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 48: Nathan Cochran of Mercy Me, part 1

[display_podcast]Nathan Cochran, bass player for Mercy Me joins me this week. In addition to being 1/5th of one of the most influential Christian bands of the century, Nathan recently released his first solo EP titled Diving Blind. With the simple gist of “I don’t know the future”, Diving Blind features four singles straight from Nathan’s heart.But one of the characteristics of Nathan and Mercy Me’s music that I love is written, rewritten, quoted and requoted all over the internet: … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 47: The Tonight Show, The Improv & the Early Days of Chicago Comedy with Tom Dreesen Frank Sinatra’s Theology & the Downfall of America with Tom Dreesen

[display_podcast]Tom Dreesen is the main reason that I became a comedian. In Chicago, he’s known as the “Godfather of Comedy”. In addition to appearing on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson multiple times, as well as the Late Show with David Letterman – where he also guest hosted from time to time – Tom opened for Frank Sinatra for over a decade.Tom was working with Smokey Robinson at Caesar’s Palace in Lake Tahoe and Frank was performing next door at Harrah’s. So, one night, without eve … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 123: Kindergarten, Andy Beningo & Jeff Allen

[display_podcast] It was such a landmark moment when we put our youngest child on the bus, sending him to kindergarten, for the first time. Mom was crying. Dad was doing a celebratory dance. ON the other end, the kindergarten teacher was weeping, soul searching, doubting every career move leading to this day. My kids were confused about what kindergarten even is. I think this is because of its very name. Kindergarten is German, literally meaning “children’s garden”, which doesn’t even seem to m … [Read more...]

The Daren Streblow Comedy Show Mini-Cast 106: Moving Pianos, C.J. Harlow, Michelle Saddic & Jeff Allen

[display_podcast] My dad moves pianos for a living and naturally, over the years, I was roped into helping him from time to time. But I don’t anymore. Because, here is how it is supposed to happen if someone hires a piano mover: When you call to make your reservation, the piano moving company will ask how many stairs you have. You should respond truthfully to this question! Too often, the customer says they only have two stairs, but when we arrive, the house looks like it is sitting on top of … [Read more...]

An Examined Life with Jeff Allen 41: Dramatic Theology with Richard Everett

[display_podcast] 4:00 am is a really interesting time of day.  It’s at that hour where creative people like Richard Everett start getting some really interesting ideas.  But, by 9:00 in the morning, Richard looks back at what he had previously thought were strokes of genius  and wonders, “What the hell was that??”  But, as his grandfather used to tell him, while ideas that come in the middle of the night shouldn’t be trusted, there still may be something there of value. The truth is that, even … [Read more...]