The Compass podcast seeks to provide listeners with insights on finding something spiritual or the presence of the Divine in day-to-day life. Each month, hosts Pierce and Ryan answer the question: "How is it with your soul?" in light of recent events and life's burning questions. They're often joined by special guests.
Human Sexuality and the UMC: Episode 16 (January 30, 2019)
The United Methodist Church (UMC) has been in the news and will be even more so over the next month as disagreements over human sexuality have led to a special time for decision making. Journalist Heather Hahn provides an overview of the issues at hand, and the conversation invites us all to consider how we hold community even when we disagree.
Skepticism and Doubt with Eric Huffman: Episode 15 (December
Skepticism and doubt: are they things to be feared and avoided? Pastor Eric Huffman has written a book of devotionals suggesting that skepticism and doubt could really feed our faith. Learn more in this deep episode.
Catching Your Breath with Steve Austin: Episode 14
We’re silencing the inner critic and giving ourselves room to breathe. Steve Austin, author of “Catching Your Breath,” joins Pierce and Ryan for a great conversation.
Kill Your Spider with Carlos Whittaker: Episode 13
We all have some scary corners in our lives. Carlos Whittaker sat down to talk about how to not only clean the cob webs from our corners, but how to kill the spiders that are holding us back in fear.
Speaking for What's Right with Rev. Rob Lee: Episode 12
Rev. Rob Lee, a descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, surprised many when he appeared on MTV to renounce racism and express support for movements like #BlackLivesMatter. His sentiments were not without backlash. He joins Pierce and Ryan to talk about staying strong in the face of criticism.
Secrets of Our Spirituality: Episode 11 (September 4, 2018)
What do you do when you don’t feel spiritual? Pierce and Ryan reveal their practices for staying inspired in faith—and offer a snapshot of Ryan’s garage and Pierce’s morning routine.
Everyday Glory with Kaitlin Curtice: Episode 10 (July 10, 2018)
For Kaitlin Curtice, taking out the trash can be a holy moment. Would you like to have that kind of mindfulness, too? Join her conversation with Pierce and Ryan.
Spiritual Inspiration in Modern Music: Episode 09 (June 18, 2018)
Musician Kyle Sigmon sat down with the guys to note where he finds spiritual connection in the tunes of Sufjan Stevens, Jay-Z, and regular Christmas tunes--as well as how the most challenging words of the Bible provide inspiration for song writing and living.
Anxiety, Depression, Parenthood and Hope: Episode 08 (May 10, 2018)
“Why can’t I just be like everyone else?” Ever thought that about yourself or somebody else—someone who seems to be in a dark emotional pit they just don’t seem able to get out of? Gina, a brave young mother, talks with Ryan about the pit of depression and finding hope.
Episode 07 (April 23, 2018): 5 Reasons "I'm Fine"
Why do we tell people we're "fine" when we're really not? Pierce and Ryan each give five reasons they're unlikely to state how they really are... and they also discover some compelling reasons they should discuss how they really are.
Episode 06 (April 5, 2018): Movies and Better Stories with Gareth Higgins
We’re not going to scare our way into a better world. Story-teller and editor of The Porch magazine, Gareth Higgins joins Pierce and Ryan in a conversation about sharing the kinds of stories that might bring a better world into reality. His movies list will surprise you!
Episode 05 (February 12, 2018): Racial Reconciliation with Brian Tillman
At a time when people appear to be moving farther apart, what can we do to bring people closer together? In a challenging conversation, Rev. Brian Tillman talked to Pierce and Ryan about ways that they—and all of us—can work on racial reconciliation and bring hope for tomorrow.
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Episode 04 (February 5, 2018): "Everything Happens for a Reason" with Kate Bowler
Kate Bowler was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and given just a few months to live. She’s battled for more time, and has written about her experiences and discoveries in Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved. She joins Pierce and Ryan to talk about hope, laughter, and prosperity in the midst of an uncertain future.
Episode 03 (December 13, 2017): From Holiday Surviving to Thriving with Steve Austin
Hosts Pierce Drake and Ryan Dunn visit with Steve Austin—life coach, blogger, podcaster, and author. Steve shares insight in keeping sane and connected during the holidays. Check out Steve’s blog and podcasts through IAmSteveAustin.com.
Episode 02 (November 22, 2017): Apocalypse is Good News with Zach Hoag
Hosts Pierce Drake and Ryan Dunn visit with Zach Hoag, author of the The Light Is Winning, who promises that apocalypse comes… and it’s OK.
Episode 01 (October 26, 2017): How Is It with Your Soul?
Hosts Pierce Drake and Ryan Dunn talk about their wonderings, frustrations and hopes in the wake of recent events.