On Death and Dying

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This is a “Faith Conversations” audio interview with Doug Schoen, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Elmbrook Church. It originally aired on WISN radio network in Milwaukee.

In this interview, Doug discusses best practices for walking alongside families dealing with the loss of a loved one, as well as perspectives on end-of-life issues. Spending every day visiting nursing home residents and those that are in the hospital, and also walking alongside families after they have lost a loved one, Doug has a unique perspective on discussing end-of-life wishes. He quotes Billy Graham’s Father-in-Law, Dr. Nelson Bell, “Only those who are prepared to die are really prepared to live. The uncertainty isn’t the dying…it’s the preparation.”  We have to live our lives in light of eternity! 

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When We Are Ill

This is a “Faith Conversations” audio interview with Doug Schoen, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Elmbrook Church. It was originally aired via radio broadcast on WISN in Milwaukee.

Doug discusses pastoral care and the years he has spent doing hospital and nursing home visitation, normally visiting 8-15 facilities a day all across Southeastern Wisconsin. He discusses best practices for pastoral care and how best to handle such visits from a pastoral level. He also gives practical tips for those doing personal visits with loved ones that are hospitalized or suffering from an illness or injury. He also touches on end-of-life discussions.

In the interview, Doug mentions a pamphlet about visiting the ill. Download the Booklet Here.

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About Doug

Doug is Associate Pastor for Congregational Care at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI. He spends much of his time as a self-proclaimed “Emergency Spiritual Technician” (EST) doing hospital and hospice visitation and also helping families cope with the loss of loved ones. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children, five grandchildren, and a faithful German Shepherd. Doug also enjoys riding his motorcycle, and he has a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Stuart Briscoe Part 5

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Part 5 of an interview with Elmbrook Church’s former Senior Pastor and current Minister-at-Large, Stuart Briscoe, in which he shares thoughts on his memoir, “Flowing Streams.” From his current status and ministry of supporting under-resourced churches and missionaries from around the world, Stuart shares what he’s learned from his journey and his viewpoint on the current state of the global Church.

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Stuart Briscoe Part 4

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Part 4 of an interview with Elmbrook Church’s former Senior Pastor and current Minister-at-Large, Stuart Briscoe, in which he shares thoughts on his memoir, “Flowing Streams.” From his current status and ministry of supporting under-resourced churches and missionaries from around the world, Stuart shares what he’s learned from his journey and his viewpoint on the current state of the global Church.

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Stuart Briscoe Part 3

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Part 3 of an interview with Elmbrook Church’s former Senior Pastor and current Minister-at-Large, Stuart Briscoe, in which he shares thoughts on his memoir, “Flowing Streams.” From his current status and ministry of supporting under-resourced churches and missionaries from around the world, Stuart shares what he’s learned from his journey and his viewpoint on the current state of the global Church.

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Stuart Briscoe Part 2

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Part 2 of an interview with Elmbrook Church’s former Senior Pastor and current Minister-at-Large, Stuart Briscoe, in which he shares thoughts on his memoir, “Flowing Streams.” From his current status and ministry of supporting under-resourced churches and missionaries from around the world, Stuart shares what he’s learned from his journey and his viewpoint on the current state of the global Church.

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Stuart Briscoe Part 1

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Part 1 of an interview with Elmbrook Church’s former Senior Pastor and current Minister-at-Large, Stuart Briscoe, in which he shares thoughts on his memoir, “Flowing Streams.” From his current status and ministry of supporting under-resourced churches and missionaries from around the world, Stuart shares what he’s learned from his journey and his viewpoint on the current state of the global Church.

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Eric Metaxas Interview Part 2

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In the second segment of this interview, Mel speaks with Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. The Third Reich. They discuss the way in which Bonhoeffer, writing what he did and acting out in the ways that he did, was really putting himself in danger. When the Valkyrie plot failed, and the plot to kill Hitler was exposed, Bonhoeffer’s name was brought to the surface and his “days were numbered.” Metaxas said that while there was certainly danger, Bonhoeffer understood deeply that the only thing he needed to do was follow God and God would ultimately care for him and decide how long he was to live.

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Eric Metaxas Interview – Part 1

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In the first part of this interview, Mel speaks with Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile Vs. The Third Reich. Metaxas talks briefly about the name of the book, explaining that Bonhoeffer was a very complex figure. A pastor, Bonhoeffer’s first love was caring for and ministering to people. He was a very serious Christian and obedient follower of Jesus. A prophet for the church, he was constantly encouraging the church to “be the people of God.” Many have said he wasn’t a martyr, just killed for his involvement in plotting to kill Hitler. But Metaxas takes that a step farther and says that he was absolutely standing for righteousness and obedience to Christ, which ultimately led to his death.

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Rachel Barach Part 2

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This is a continuation of Mel’s recent interview with Rachel Barach, General Manager of BibleGateway.com, which today launches a new version of its popular Bible study website.

She discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages to an online tool like Bible Gateway. One strength of having an online hub for Scripture study, she says, is the ability to do parallel studies of different translations of the Bible, which is often key to studying Scripture. In the recently-launched redesign of the website, an “add parallel” feature will allow readers to do side-by-side studies with different translations. Bible Gateway currently offers 111 translations, with more being catalogued and added all the time.

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Bible Gateway interview- Part 1

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In the first portion of this interview, Mel speaks with Rachel Barach, General Manager of Bible Gateway. Bible Gateway is an online resource that offers 111 translations of the Bible in 54 languages, in operation for 18 years and attracting 8 million website visits a month, 25% of which are international.

Though the website has an impressive track record and years of consistent traffic, Bible Gateway will launch a revamped version of the site this month, with added features to allow for deeper study of Scripture and a simpler user interface. Congratulations to Bible Gateway on entering a new phase in online ministry! 

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Interview with Brodie Swanson- Part 2

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In the second half of this interview, Mel continues his discussion with Brodie Swanson, Pastor of Children’s and Family Ministry at Elmbrook Church. Brodie discusses the profound impact of media on kids, and the way in which parents need to intentionally turn off the television and engage with their children.

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Interview with Brodie Swanson- Part 1

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In the first part of this interview, Mel talks with Brodie Swanson, Associate Pastor of Children’s and Family Ministry at Elmbrook Church. They discuss some of the issues that shape children’s and family ministry today.

When asked if children’s ministry has changed in the 13 years he has worked in children’s ministry, Brodie says, “what we’re dealing with in different age groupings is different today than it was a few years ago…the issues of middle school and high school of ten years ago are in fifth grade now…issues of sexuality, of different situations in the home, of different things they’re dealing with in their classrooms and in their neighborhoods…”

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Gloria Halverson – Part 2

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This is the second half of an interview with Dr. Gloria Halverson about her experiences as an Ob/Gyn traveling to Nicaragua to work with ex-trafficking victims at House of Hope.

“Our hearts need to be broken for the things that break God’s heart,” she says. “And this is one of the things that breaks God’s heart.” She discusses the trafficking issues prevalent even in the United States…trafficking of adolescents, prostitution rings, etc., that happen every day under the surface, right here in our neighborhoods.

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Gloria Halverson – Part 1

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In this interview Mel talks with Dr. Gloria Halverson, a professor and doctor at the Medical College of Wisconsin in OB-GYN. They discuss her travels and the issue of human trafficking. Most recently, Halverson and her husband have been helping start a medical school in Africa and bringing medical training and spiritual support to doctors in Asia and Africa. In Nicaragua recently, Halverson has begun working among victims of human trafficking at House of Hope. Human trafficking is difined as “when someone is taken and forced to work, and has no choice about being able to leave…they’re slaves,” she explains.

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