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The Deep Thoughts Podcast with Matt Shantz

Matt Shantz

Every episode explores one aspect of the Christian faith a little more deeply. This podcast exists to help you foster deep faith.

Episode 54. Pursuing Right Relationship (with Chief Andrew Victor & John Johnstone)
30-09-2021
Episode 54. Pursuing Right Relationship (with Chief Andrew Victor & John Johnstone)
The release of this episode coincides with National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canada’s new statutory holiday on September 30. Matt sat down for interviews with Chief Andrew Victor and John Johnstone about their stories of faith, the 60’s Scoop, Residential Schools, the Indian Act, and how Christians and churches can be a part of meaningful truth and reconciliation.  Andrew Victor has been on council at Cheam First Nation for the past six years and Chief for the past two. He is also a pastor of Chilliwack Native Pentecostal Church. John Johnstone serves as Ambassador to First Peoples in Western Canada for Multiply.  RESOURCES TRC: Calls to Action 215: Brian Doerksen The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (T. King) Indian Horse (a movie that follows the life of Native Canadian Saul Indian Horse as he survives residential school & life amongst the racism of the 70s) We Were Children (a 2012 Canadian documentary film about experiences of First Nations children in the Indian residential school system) 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality; Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality (B. Joseph) Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (J. McDiarmid) One Church Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You; Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way (R. Twiss) The Indian Residential School Survivors Society’s crisis line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress. 1-800-721-0066
Celebrating 50 Episodes!
01-07-2021
Celebrating 50 Episodes!
What better way to celebrate our 50th episode than to get the show’s very first contributor on for an opening segment: Emily Shantz. Matt and Emily talk about their favourite episodes and moments so far; Play a 'getting to know you' game they entitled “Seasons of Life”; Revisit some of Emily’s least-favourite Christian jargon: “Doing Life”, “Coming Alongside”, “Brother" and her latest, “Seasons”. Plus Matt gives Emily’s mom a call to get her honest opinion of the podcast in a new recurring segment every 50 episodes called “Lizzy’s 2 Cents”…and frankly it was more filtered than he expected. The half-century mark episode ends with Matt answering the following questions submitted by listeners of the show: Is a hotdog a sandwich? With marijuana legalized in Canada, can Christians use CBD oils without THC? Would you counsel a couple in an unhealthy relationship to stay married? My friend lost her husband and has felt the most insensitive comments have come from Christians. What is biblical, nitty gritty, messy and God-honouring grief? How should I approach conversing and living with family and friends from different religions and atheism? If God is only God while being Trinitarian, then when the Father rejected Jesus, did God exist? *No deep thinkers were harmed in the making of this episode of the podcast because no deep thinking happened in this episode *Special thanks to Jordan Esau for sound editing episodes 1-45 and Andy Boldt for episodes 45-50.