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Ben Pruitt The Vespers Project - Season 2

Season 2 – Episode 10: Anxiety

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Anxiety with his guest…

Show Notes:

In episode 10 of season 2, we discuss Anxiety with Alexandra Burke.

Songs –

Unwell, Matchbox 20

In My Blood, Shawn Mendes

As You Are, Daughtry

Rainbow, Kesha

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 9: Caring – Part 2

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Caring with his guest…

Show Notes:

In episode 9 of season 2, we discuss Caring with Maddie Jaehnen.

Songs –

You Say, Lauren Daigel

Little Wonders, Rob Thomas

Bridge Over Troubled Water, Johnny Cash

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 8: Responsibility

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Responsibility with his guest…

Show Notes:

In episode 8 of season 2, we discuss Responsibility with Cameron Gyselinck.

Songs –

Dream Small – Josh Wilson

 Stand in the Light – Jordan Smith

 Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 7: Caring – Part 1

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Caring with his guest…

Show Notes:

In episode 7 of season 2, we discuss Caring with PJ D’Amico.

Songs –

You Say, Lauren Daigel

Little Wonders, Rob Thomas

Bridge Over Troubled Water, Johnny Cash

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 6: Faith and Doubt

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Faith and Doubt with his guest…

Show Notes:

Songs –

Phase, Beck

Cycle, Beck

 The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot

 The Day I Found God, Switchfoot

 Where the Light Shines Through, Switchfoot

Quotes –

“Faith is God’s work in us, that changes us and gives new birth… it transforms our hearts, our spirits, our thoughts and all our powers… Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it.”

– Martin Luther

 “What we talk about when we talk about God”… “Take faith, for example. For many people in our world, the opposite of faith is doubt. The goal, then, within this understanding, is to eliminate doubt. But faith and doubt aren’t opposites. Doubt is often a sign that your faith has a pulse, that it’s alive and well and exploring and searching. Faith and Doubt aren’t opposites; they are, it turns out, excellent dance partners.”

– Rob Bell

Doubt – Doubt camped out in the living room last week. I told him that we had had too many house guests. Doubt doesn’t listen. He keeps saying the same thing again and again and again until I completely forget what I am trying to tell him. Doubt is demanding and not very generous, but I appreciate his honesty.

Faith – Faith lives in the same apartment building as Doubt. When Faith was out of town visiting her uncle in the hospital, Doubt fed the cat and watered the asparagus fern. Faith is comfortable with Doubt because she grew up with him. Their mothers are cousins. Faith is not dogmatic about her beliefs like some of her relatives. Her friends fear that Faith is a bit stupid. They whisper that she is naive and she depends on Doubt to protect her from the meanness of life. In fact, it is the other way around. It is Faith who protects Doubt from Cynicism.

– J. Ruth Gendler

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 5: Honesty

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Honesty with his guest…

Show Notes:

Songs –

Brother, NEEDTOBREATHE; 

If We’re Honest, Francesca Battistelli

Who You Are, Jessie J

Oceans, Hillsong

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 4: Inclusion

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Inclusion with his guest…

Show Notes:

Songs –

Brother, NEEDTOBREATHE; 

Help Me To Love, Tori Kelly Ft. The Hamiltones

If You’re Out There, John Legend

Quotes:

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” Ephesians 2:14

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 3: Respect

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Respect with his guest…

Show Notes:

Songs –

Thursday, Jess Glynne

This Is Me, Keala Settle from The Greatest Showman – Sung by Grace Tate


Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 2: Patriotism

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Patriotism with his guest…

Show Notes:

In episode 2 of season 2, we discuss Patriotism with Drew Whortan, Honor Leader 2019.

Songs –

Lions, Skip Marley

Wednesday Morning, Macklemore

The Times They Are a-Changin’, Bob Dylan

Till Tomorrow, Don McLean; American Pie, Don McLean

Quotes:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemoller

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.

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Season 2 – Episode 1: Goodbye

Host Ben Pruitt discusses Goodbye with his guest…

Show Notes:

In the Season 2 premiere, we discuss Goodbyes with Benjamin Major, Long time Teen Director for the Richmond YMCAs – specifically Northside. Now he is off on a new journey – listen to learn more.

Songs –

Answer 36, Jessie Shelton; 36 Questions, Podcast Musical

Linger, Traditional Camp Song – Anonymous

I’m Ready, Tracy Chapman; New Beginning, Tracy Chapman

Quotes:

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” Winnie the Pooh/A. A. Milne


“I’ll tell you how the sun rose

A ribbon at a time…

It’s a living book, this life; it folds out in a million settings, cast with a billion beautiful characters, and it is almost over for you. It doesn’t matter how old you are; it is coming to a close quickly, and soon the credits will roll and all your friends will fold out of your funeral and drive back to their homes in cold and still and silence. And they will make a fire and pour some wine and think about how you once were . . . and feel a kind of sickness at the idea you never again will be.

So soon you will be in that part of the book where you are holding the bulk of the pages in your left hand, and only a thin wisp of the story in your right. You will know by the page count, not by the narrative, that the Author is wrapping things up. You begin to mourn its ending, and want to pace yourself slowly toward its closure, knowing the last lines will speak of something beautiful, of the end of something long and earned, and you hope the thing closes out like last breaths, like whispers about how much and who the characters have come to love, and how authentic the sentiments feel when they have earned a hundred pages of qualification.

And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?

It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.

I want to repeat one word for you:

Leave.

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn’t it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don’t worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed.”

Donald Miller – Through Painted Desserts. 

Acknowledgments –

As always – a huge thank you to Blue Ridge Leaders School for inspiring this podcast. I want to thank Ben Gant for his creativity and graphic design. A huge thank you to everyone for submitting a Vespers to the project, and especially to Jason Wykoff for being a friend and for allowing me to learn and grow through his friendship. Lastly – thanks to the Ark of E for hosting our Podcast and giving us a platform to allow others to enjoy this art.