Past Podcasts

December 2014
December 8, 2014

From frat boy to...missionary? Never say never! It happened to this episode's guest, Mike, and he tells Bring to Mind's Mark Breta that he never saw it coming. Episode 102: Life After the Fraternity

In This Episode: Michael, Mark Breta
Host: Melinda Schmidt

November 2014
November 24, 2014

Melinda Schmidt talks with academic historian Dr. Robert Tracy McKenzie about the people of the first Thanksgiving: the Pilgrims and Indians. What can we learn from this sentimental holiday that may challenge our long held perceptions of it, but may also feed our own character and faith as we find deeper meaning in the experiences of some of America's first peoples. Episode 101: The First Thanksgiving (encore)

In This Episode: Tracy McKenzie
Host: Melinda Schmidt

November 10, 2014

It's our two-year anniversary and 100th episode! As we did last year at this time, we decided to connect with our first podcast guest, Dr. Michael Sleasman, to talk about how the faith community in America is connecting to and observing new technologies that continue to creep into our lives. Episode 100: Cultivation of the Mind, Part 3

In This Episode: Dr. Michael Sleasman
Host: Melinda Schmidt

October 2014
October 27, 2014

Melinda Schmidt sits down with long-time theater producer Carolyn Rossi Copeland about how she's connected her mission of bringing hope – to the stage. Episode 99: Amazing Broadway

In This Episode: Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Christopher Smith
Host: Melinda Schmidt

October 13, 2014

Melinda Schmidt talks with Dr. Jennifer Epperson about how she handled the ups and downs of her "dreams come true." Episode 98: From 'Dreams Come True' to Dreamwork

In This Episode: Dr. Jennifer Epperson
Host: Melinda Schmidt

September 2014
September 29, 2014

David MacKay talks with tattoo artist Chris Baker about his commitment to removing tats that hold painful memories from victims of human trafficking. Episode 97: Removing More Than an Ink Stain

In This Episode: Chris Baker, David MacKay
Host: Melinda Schmidt

September 15, 2014

Dr. Scottie May talks with Melinda Schmidt about our propensity to teach children about God without helping them to know God. Episode 96: Children and the Faith Journey (encore)

In This Episode: Dr. Scottie May
Host: Melinda Schmidt

September 1, 2014

Melinda talks with business consultant and COO of, Sandra Crawford Williamson, about how the terrorist attacks on September 11 catapulted her to shift from a self-sufficient life to one of meaning. Episode 95: From Self-Sufficiency to a Life of Meaning

In This Episode: Sandra Crawford Williamson
Host: Melinda Schmidt

August 2014
August 18, 2014

When Laura Boyd's husband suddenly declared God had called him to full-time ministry, she was shocked and realized his months of hinting at his ministry desires had been more than hints. Melinda Schmidt talks with Laura about her ensuing wrestling match with God. Episode 94: Wrestling with God and a Husband

In This Episode: Shawn & Laura Boyd
Host: Melinda Schmidt

August 11, 2014

What role does beauty play in the life of faith? Melinda examines that question, along with many others, with Steve DeWitt on this week's Bring to Mind. Episode 93: The Beauty of Faith (encore)

In This Episode: Steve DeWitt
Host: Melinda Schmidt

August 4, 2014

How can we create the faith space that makes room for the "Aha! This is what I am meant to do!"? Melinda Schmidt talks with New York Times best-selling author Davis Bunn about connecting to God in slience – and daring to hear what happens. Episode 92: Answers in the Quiet

In This Episode: Davis Bunn
Host: Melinda Schmidt

July 2014
July 28, 2014

What got the author of the book Radical, David Platt, to begin thinking about the American way of life, and how it was distracting him from living a Jesus-lifestyle? Listen as Melinda Schmidt visits with David Platt on Bring To Mind. Episode 91: Life & Ministry After Katrina (encore)

In This Episode: David Platt
Host: Melinda Schmidt

July 21, 2014

Melinda Schmidt talks with Dr. Terry LeBlanc about his journey to faith as a First Nations person raised in Canada and the difficult and often misunderstood journey Native people have travelled ... alongside followers of Christ. Episode 90: We Dance Our Prayers (encore)

In This Episode: Terry LeBlanc
Host: Melinda Schmidt

July 14, 2014

Melinda Schmidt visits oceanside in Malibu with Dr. Edee Schulze, newly appointed vice-president of student life and dean of students at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. How many of us take stewarding our giftedness very seriously? And what does it look like to live out those gifts as a single, professional woman? Episode 89: Stewarding Our Giftedness

In This Episode: Dr. Edee Schulze
Host: Melinda Schmidt

July 7, 2014

Do you think of yourself as a theologian? Dr. Laurie Norris says we are all theologians, living out our theology in the every day. Theological study isn’t just for your pastor, it’s necessary for everyone. Episode 88: Theology in the Everyday (encore)

In This Episode: Dr. Laurie Norris
Host: Melinda Schmidt

June 2014
June 30, 2014

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's Desirée Hassler introduces Melinda Schmidt to "opera," and the faith connections she makes in this art form born in the 16th century. Will Melinda become a fan? Episode 87: Faith and Figaro (encore)

In This Episode: Desirée Hassler
Host: Melinda Schmidt

June 23, 2014

We dream about transitions but are frustrated when something doesn't materialize. This week, Melinda talks with Paul Angone about surviving and thriving in life's transitions. Episode 86: Purpose in Transitions

In This Episode: Paul Angone
Host: Melinda Schmidt

June 16, 2014

Does loss shape your view of God? Or does your view of God shape your loss? Melinda Schmidt talks with Phil Vischer about the loss of a multi-million dollar company, lessons learned, and his excitement for a new, more settled future. Episode 85: Loss and God (encore)

In This Episode: Buck Denver, Sunday School Lady, Phil Vischer
Host: Melinda Schmidt

June 9, 2014

Gabby Douglas was an everyday teen training for the Olympics, but when she became the first U.S. gymnast to win both All-Around and Team gold medals in the same Olympics in London in 2012, she immediately transitioned to fame and the media frenzy. Melinda Schmidt talks with Gabby and her mom, Natalie, about the exciting shifts in their lives and how their faith never wavers. Episode 84: Faith in Sudden Media Celebrity (encore)

In This Episode: Gabby Douglas
Host: Melinda Schmidt

June 2, 2014

Melinda Schmidt talks with five singles about how frustrations get in the way of friendships with the opposite sex. What do they want from the faith community to help them grow those relationships? Episode 83: Can Single Women and Men Be Friends, Part 2

In This Episode: Darbi Masters, Lebo Pooe, Frank Roberts, Shmuel Abramson, Brian Kammerzelt
Host: Melinda Schmidt

May 2014
May 26, 2014

Melinda Schmidt and five international women and men talk about their friendships with the opposite sex. How do culture, upbringing and faith influence those relationships? Episode 82: Can Single Women and Men Be Friends, Part 1

In This Episode: Frank Roberts, Shmuel Abramson, Lebo Pooe, Darbi Masters, Brian Kammerzelt
Host: Melinda Schmidt

May 19, 2014

This week, Melinda Schmidt has a conversation with Ben Devries of about animal care from a Christian perspective. Ben also agreed to take on the “Will my pet go to heaven?” question. If you’re a pet lover, you’ll particularly enjoy hearing from Ben! Episode 81: Animal Care (encore)

In This Episode: Ben DeVries
Host: Melinda Schmidt

May 12, 2014

Melinda Schmidt and the panel talk about this year’s faith-based movies and ask, what’s the secret “checklist” that earns a movie the label, "Christian"? Episode 80: Hello, Faith. Meet the Movies.

In This Episode: David MacKay, Andy Decker, Mike Murphy
Host: Melinda Schmidt

May 5, 2014

2014: the year faith-based movies were one after the other, and tried to survive the strong and loud protests of the people who should have been loving them — people of faith. Melinda Schmidt talks with twenty-something students and a pastor about the faith-based movie sensation. Episode 79: So What's With These Faith-Based Movies?

In This Episode: David MacKay, Andy Decker, Mike Murphy
Host: Melinda Schmidt

April 2014
April 28, 2014

As a leftist, lesbian professor, Dr. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield despised Christians. Melinda Schmidt talks with her about how she made peace with faith. Episode 78: Finding Peace with Faith When You Despise People of Faith

In This Episode: Dr. Rosaria Butterfield
Host: Melinda Schmidt

April 21, 2014

A.W. Tozer said about the Scriptures, “It is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking.” Melinda Schmidt and James Wilhoit talk about the centuries old practice of lectio divina and the ways in which that Scripture-reading practice uniquely transforms our faith and our churches today. Episode 77: Discovering Lectio Divina (encore)

In This Episode: James Wilhoit
Host: Melinda Schmidt

April 14, 2014

Eva Rydelnik talks about the Jewish roots of Christian faith, and historically connects the Passover seder (order, service) to the modern day Eucharist. Episode 76: Eucharist to the Passover (encore)

In This Episode: Eva Rydelnik
Host: Melinda Schmidt

April 7, 2014

This week on Bring To Mind, Melinda talks with Greg Jao about the common myths that result in a passive engagement of our intellect with our faith. Episode 75: Your Mind's Mission (encore)

In This Episode: Greg Jao
Host: Melinda Schmidt

March 2014
March 31, 2014

Five professional women join Melinda Schmidt to talk about how women and men might become more unified in the church context. What needs to take place for that to happen? Episode 74: Women: Finding Their Way, Part 2

In This Episode: Katelyn Beaty, Julie Roys, Anita Lustrea, Morgan Sutter, Crystal Anderson
Host: Melinda Schmidt

March 24, 2014

Five women got together with host Melinda Schmidt to talk about women's roles in the church context. Is it a conversation worth having? Episode 73: Women: Finding Their Way, Part 1

In This Episode: Katelyn Beaty, Julie Roys, Anita Lustrea, Morgan Sutter, Crystal Anderson
Host: Melinda Schmidt