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I’m on CBC’s Tapestry: Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 8, 2011

A long time and no posts.

I’ve had the pleasure of covering some interesting stories the last few months, but with other obligations and commitments, I haven’t been keeping up the blogging habit. Tsk.

I hope to return to my semi-regular posts here. And there’s no better occasion than to announce that an audio essay I began writing in the summer during an internship at CBC Tapestry will air on Sunday (2:05 ET; 4:05 MT; 3:05 PT). I recorded it in late summer, and it’s finally airing. Here’s the clip in its entirety. For those who want to hear the entire episode, it’s available as a podcast (about 40 minutes into the episode).

The essay is about being a Bible school graduate.

Back in 1998, I was a depressed 2nd year University of Calgary student with an intense dislike of my choice of study: biological sciences. Having grown up going to church and not really understanding the religious underpinnings of Christianity, I decided to launch myself headlong into the world of faith. In my young thinking, I thought if faith was going to be part of my life, it would be everything in my life.

I wanted to take God as seriously as God deserved. I decided to go (felt led to go) to Moody Bible Institute, an evangelical Bible school in downtown Chicago.

It was a choice I feel some ambivalence about at this point in my life. But it was fulfilling in many ways as well, and opened up an intellectual faith that I knew nothing about. Going to Bible school is not something I usually talk about, and with the prodding of Mary Hynes (who facetiously said, “But you’re so normal!”), I decided to explore the statement: I’m a Bible school graduate.

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3 comments

  1. Just heard the piece on Tapestry. Appreciated your treatment of the subject. An open, intellectual inquiry.


  2. I used to know you when I was seeing your sister, Carmen, a long time ago. Time to time I see your posts and, please take no offense, but you need to be more of a gutsy journalist. Long ago, I used to see you and your sis as some folks I really looked upt to, and who had it all. Now your work, BMW, seems to me to be a little…mmmm.. flakey…
    Get to the truth again.
    Happily Catholic,
    Darren Floer Garrido


  3. Hey Brent,

    Great flow and imagery. Loved the line about the half-price milkshakes.

    I was waiting for you to talk about how doing an internship at WPGBC was the highlight of your life and career. 🙂



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