The Reconnect with Carmen Laberge

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By: Carmen LaBerge

On The Reconnect, we seek to engage the culture in a way that honors Jesus and brings Him back into the conversation.

Helping Our Kids Effectively Navigate Social Media | Learning to Love the Reflection in the Mirror
Last Saturday at 7:35 AM

Today’s Guests Adam Holz – Plugged In Adam gives us some movie reviews of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania and Scream. He also discusses a recent blog post on the Plugged In website about social media algorithms contributing to eating disorders. Jennifer Wagner – Author of “Your Good Body” Jennifer is telling us that our body is […]

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Ten Words for a Broken Society | Using the Internet for Redemptive Purposes
Last Saturday at 7:26 AM

Today’s Guests Bruce Ashford – Research Fellow at the Kirby Laing Center Ten Words for a Broken Society (Preface) Chris Martin – Terms of Service Blog Chris has launched a new project with Moody Publishers called “Bible to Life.” Itis a website dedicated to providing answers to the faith questions that people are googling every […]

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The Devolution of Basic Moral Codes | End of Life Decisions from a Faith-Filled Perspective
Last Saturday at 7:06 AM

Today’s Guests Peter Kapsner – 50 Shades of Truth In the current Covid-19 climate, often opinions about individuals who die from it surround whether one was vaccinated or unvaccinated. If one was unvaccinated, it could bring ridicule and not sorrow. On the other hand, the only true question is Christ, or not Christ. Peter and […]

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The Current State of American Democracy | Reacting to a Sudden Tragedy
Last Saturday at 6:55 AM

Today’s Guests Ben Johnson – Reporter for the Daily Wire Question is: is American democracy dying or not? How would we know and what would be the signs of it? Ben and Carmen discuss two views trying to answer this question. Kathy Branzell – National Day of Prayer Taskforce Kathy reflects on her own experience […]

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Developing Plans that Work | Exploring What Forgiveness Actually Looks Like
Last Saturday at 3:21 AM

Today’s Guests John Brandon – Forbes Columnist & Digital Media Director for Northwestern Media John wrote a book titled, “The Seven Minute Productivity Solution.” Why 7 minutes? In the episode below, he tells us how. Some questions we can ask ourselves though are: Who do I want to be and how will I become like […]

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Attempting to Improve the US Food System | Challenging Times for Ministries in India
Last Saturday at 3:08 AM

Today’s Guests Jeff Bilbro – Grove City College & Front Porch Republic Jeff and Carmen look forward into a world where our food system has been overhauled. What would it take and where are the monopolies in the current system negatively affecting consumers? Ruth Kramer – Mission Network News Oh the crisis in Lebanon continues, […]

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Elected Officials Using Family Members to Protect Them | Fighting to Break the Cycle of Sex Trafficking
Last Tuesday at 8:29 PM

Today’s Guests  Justin Giboney – The And Campaign In 2022 what should Christians stop doing, start doing, and change how we do? We want to see flourishing and we want to see honest dealing in the public square. Today Justin helps us think through those things and more. Pat Bradley – Crisis Aid Crisis Aid, […]

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A Syllabus for Christians in the New Year | Solutions for Extreme Poverty
Last Tuesday at 8:21 PM

Today’s Guests Mark Caleb Smith – Cedarville University So what’s on our syllabus for the new year? What should we as Christians be reading and studying in the New Year? Mark, a professor acts as if he was going to write a syllabus for us this year. Scott Todd – President of OneChild and Author […]

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NATO’s Attempts to De-Escalate the Russia-Ukraine Conflict | Helping Our Children Place Their Hope in Christ
Last Tuesday at 8:10 PM

Today’s Guests Elizabeth Neumann – Moonshot & National Immigration Forum The U.S. is having bilateral talks with Russia this week in regards to the Ukraine conflict. In other news, North Korea has joined China with having hypersonic missiles. Finally, Kazakhstan is in the midst of major protests. Sally Michael – Author of “More Than a […]

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Taking Time to Reset and Repent | The Power and Fallout of Teacher’s Unions
Last Tuesday at 7:52 PM

Today’s Guests Dave Buehring – Lionshare Media The New Years is a time to repent and reset  as we hear on Dave’s podcast linked here. It is a time to turn around and head back home to the Good Father, and exchange the world’s ways of pride for God’s currency of humility. Adam Carrington – Hillsdale College What […]

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Pop Culture Movers and Shakers of 2021 | Top Religion Reporting from the Past Year
01/08/2022

Today’s Guests Adam Holz – Plugged In The Book of Boba Fett, Silent Sea, and the 355 are all on the list of reviews for Adam today. That’s not to mention 2021’s Movers and Shakers Edition of Plugged In! Bobby Ross Jr. – Christian Chronicle and Religion Unplugged We already heard a movie year in […]

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Putting the Brakes on CRT Teaching in Schools | Building Lasting Relationships with People Who Don’t Share Our Commitments
01/08/2022

Today’s Guests Steve West – Editor of the Liberties Roundup at World Magazine The Supreme Court is about to hear a case about a federal vaccine mandate. There is also a court challenge by parents in Virginia county against Critical Race Theory. Finally, the Equality Act is still alive and strong and being considered in […]

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The Longing for Relationship | Creating a Mentoring Movement
01/07/2022

Today’s Guests  Peter Kapsner – 50 Shades of Truth Carmen and Peter are never short on interesting headlines. Today they discuss a the birth of a child by a transgender individual. They also dive into the brokenness of human relationship revealing itself through the Ghislaine Maxwell trial. Kevin Harris – Radical Mentoring Kevin is President […]

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Chicago’s Education Fiasco | How We Can Miss Seeing God at Work
01/07/2022

Today’s Guests Ben Johnson – The Daily Wire Forbes says, “Almost half of teachers are thinking about leaving their jobs.” This is especially the case in Chicago, and it puts us at a fork in the road for education; Carmen and Ben weigh in. Tim Muehlhoff – Author of “Eyes to See” “Eyes to See: Recognizing […]

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The Success of the World’s Most Valuable Company | Changing Habits Instead of Making Resolutions
01/06/2022

Today’s Guests Bill English – Bible and Business Dave Ramsey is sued for Religious discrimination and Apple becomes the first 3 trillion dollar company! Justin Whitmel Earley – The Common Rule & Author of “Habits of the Household” Justin leads us through ways to make habits and not resolutions, how to unlock the power of […]

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Being Followers Who Live Out the Scriptures | A Truly Divine Intervention
01/06/2022

Today’s Guests Daryl Crouch – From the Living Word to Living the Word What does it mean to say that the Bible is inspired and what did Jesus refer to when he spoke about the Scriptures? This week, let’s talk about the Bible as the Living Word, and then Believers as people who live out […]

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Health Ideas for 2022 | A Church that Learned to Love All Sorts of People
01/05/2022

Today’s Guests Jeff Barrows – Christian Medical & Dental Association So what are some 2022 health ideas? What is also the state of COVID with Omicron? All this and more today with Dr. Barrows. Trillia Newbell – Author of “The Big WIde Welcome” Jesus knows that everyone needs him to rescue them from their sin, […]

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Where Americans Stand on the Use of Force | The News We Should Keep an Eye on in 2022
01/05/2022

Today’s Guests Nick Pitts – Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement We are coming up on the first anniversary of the January 6th Capitol Riot/Insurrection. How do we redeem or reclaim it? In a similar tone, where do Americans stand on the use of force/violence against the government? Luke Moon – The Philos Project […]

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Finding a Bible Reading Plan That Works for You | Reaching Those Seeking God on the Internet
01/04/2022

Today’s Guests Melissa Larson – Ethnic Studies Department at UNWSP Melissa and her husband are founders of Vineworks, an organization which sells artisan goods from around the world to give the artisans opportunity and fair wages in the hope that they can alleviate poverty. Today, Melissa and Carmen talk about the importance of the Bible […]

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Allowing God to Work Through You in the New Year | Many Fearful Headlines in 2022
01/04/2022

Today’s Guests Carmen LaBerge Many things are already on the calendar for the new year. What’s on your calendar? What does Jesus say about the future? Daniel Bennett – John Brown University & Uneasy Citizenship Blog Polls are showing that Americans’ fear is rising. However, Daniel and Carmen are optimistic; this and every year is […]

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Christmas Eve Part 2 – Reflections on O Come, O Come Emmanuel
12/29/2021

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Christmas Eve Part 1 – Arrows to the Incarnation
12/29/2021

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A Celebration of Heroes | Some of the Favorite Things About Christmas
12/29/2021

Today’s Guests Peter Kapsner – 50 Shades of Truth Your Christmas presents from Carmen and Peter today are wrapped in several stories. These gift wraps include Christmas lights all the way to everyday heroes. Check out today’s episode to unwrap your present! Carmen’s Leftovers Here are a few of Carmen’s favorite things about Christmas: 1. […]

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Harvard Professor Lies About China Ties | A Fun Look at Holiday Pies and Baking Goods
12/29/2021

Today’s Guests Ben Johnson – The Daily Wire Harvard Professor Charles Lieber has been found guilty of lying about his ties with China. While they are on the topic of China, they discuss that the last memorial monument for the Tiananmen massacre being removed from Hong Kong. Tara Royer Steele – Author of “Eat. Pie. […]

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Walking by the Spirit Step by Step | The Music of Christmas
12/29/2021

Today’s Guests Carmen’s Leftovers What are the differences between ruts & rhythms? Some may think, “I thought by now things would be different; I thought by now I would be different.” While this can often be our thoughts, we have to remind ourselves that as Christians we are being changed from one degree of glory […]

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Ministering to Those Who Have Recently Experienced Loss | The Growth and Persecution of the Church in the Middle East
12/29/2021

Today’s Guests Daryl Crouch – Everyone’s Wilson & For Our City Blog Recent tornados brought to mind the tornado that tore through Daryl’s community just before the COVID lockdown in early 2020. He reflects on the recovery and the changes in the community since that time. Todd Nettleton – Voice of the Martyrs How are […]

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How to Handle Omicron During the Holiday Season | Ignoring the Outside Voices and Trusting God’s Plan
12/22/2021

Today’s Guests Bret Nicks – Christian Medical & Dental Association Lots of new news about COVID and the omicron variant is out there. Bret uses his medical expertise to help us navigate the questions we may have about everything from vaccine boosters, vaccinating our kids, and the “milder” nature of the new variant. Allie Marie […]

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Prioritizing the Future of Families | Ongoing Russia-Ukraine Tension
12/22/2021

Today’s Episode Nick Pitts – Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement It’s Nick’s first Christmas as a married man, so it seemed appropriate for Carmen and him to discuss how one negotiates family expectations and intentionally starts traditions of their own. They also review a few stories that stand out from 2021 and write […]

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Anticipating Family Issues Before the Holidays | Working Effectively so that God Would Find Faith Among Us
12/22/2021

Today’s Guests Dr. Linda Mintle – The Dr. Linda Mintle Show Dr. Mintle gives us some tips on how to fight Covid fatigue during the holidays. She also helps guide us through anticipating family issues before the holidays come. Collin Hansen – The Gospel Coalition Collin runs us through his list of “The Top 10 Theological […]

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Entering into the Joy of the Christmas Season | Growing Group of the Religiously Unaffiliated
12/22/2021

Today’s Guests Lisa Clow – Artist/Musician on “O Come, All You Unfaithful” During the Christmas season particularly, many have found it hard to sing the song “O Come All Ye Faithful” not because God had not saved them, but because they did not feel faithful. Yet, Christ meets us there. He says, “Come to me, […]

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The Red Carpet Experience | Responding to the Multistate Tornado Outbreak
12/22/2021

Today’s Guests Adam Holz – Plugged In There’s no way home from this review today, but really there’s Spiderman, “No Way Home” in our review today! Carmen and Dan also dig into the various athletes like Steph Curry who have their faith in Christ on full display. Sara Forhetz – National Spokesperson for Convoy of […]

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Making Your Christmas Friendly for Autistic People | An Unlikely and Unexpected Grinch
12/22/2021

Today’s Guests Stephen Grcevich – Key Ministries One in 44 U.S. children are on the autism spectrum and it’s four times more common in boys. So how do Christmas gatherings at home and church affect these children and how can we help them thrive? Dan DeWitt – Cedarville University & Theolatte Many of us know […]

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The Youth Mental Health Crisis | Why Jesus Still Matters Today
12/17/2021

Today’s Guests Peter Kapsner – 50 Shades of Truth What are the expectations for pastors and which of them is biblical regardless of whether they align with our particular denominational standards? In other news, there’s a rising “Dis”ease in our youth, one of a climbing mental health crisis. Carmen and Peter discuss what may be […]

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Schools Providing Both Academic and Spiritual Nourishment | Helping the Hurting
12/17/2021

Today’s Guests Ben Johnson – The Daily Wire & Known as “The Rights Writer” What’s it look like when the state doesn’t have enough schools to fulfill their guarantee of education, yet they can’t back religious schools to fill the gaps? That’s exactly what is happening in Maine. Ben weighs in on this peculiar situation […]

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Linking Depression and Social Media | Evidence for the Christmas Story
12/15/2021

Today’s Episode Adam Holz – Plugged In Christmas with the Chosen is here. What is it? It’s a variety show of Christian artists singing and bearing witness as well as a 45 minute new episode of The Chosen. While the Chosen is quite a happy note, many adults have found social media to be bringing them […]

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The Current and Future Standing of Our Democracy | Explaining the Purpose of Hanukkah
12/15/2021

Today’s Guests Elizabeth Neumann – Moonshot & National Immigration Forum What country do you think is the biggest threat to the United States? Is it Russia, China, North Korea? It appears that many Americans view China as the greatest threat, why? Carmen and Elizabeth dive into the worldview and religious beliefs that set us apart. […]

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Ownership and Sharing Recipes | The Bond of a Mother and Her Child
12/14/2021

Today’s Guests Peter Kapsner – 50 Shades of Truth We all ask ourselves this question…How strong is Peter Kapsner? Could he have snapped the infinity gauntlet in Avengers? It’s questions like these that keep us up at night. Sarah Molitor – Author of “I Grew Up With You” Inspired by Sarah’s own six pregnancies, “I […]

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What is the Status of the MS Abortion Law? | Loss, Lament, and Hopeful Prayer This Christmas Season
12/14/2021

Today’s Guests Ben Johnson –  Reporter at the Daily Wire and “The Rights Writer” So what has happened in the Supreme Court arguments surrounding Mississippi’s Abortion Law and what might it look like to have Roe overturned? In news across the pond, we seem to find issues of “False Conversions” led often by Muslim asylum-seekers…what’s […]

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Unpacking the Increase in Theft | The Impact of Core Family Values
12/11/2021

Today’s Guests Bill English – Bible and Business Shoplifting is on the rise in several cities including San Francisco, and Minnesota. Why is it happening and what are these cities doing to combat it? Trudy Cathy White – Daughter of Founders of Chick-Fil-A Trudy doesn’t just sit under the shadow of a giant chicken, she […]

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Putting a Positive Spin on the Supply Chain Crisis | An Update on Afghan Christians
12/11/2021

Today’s Guests Jeff Bilbro – Grove City College & Front Porch Republic The supply chain crisis could save Christmas…that is all! Ruth Kramer – Mission Network News Mobs in Pakistan, fighting in Ethiopia, and Afghan Christians finding hope, all of these are on our list of prayer needs and on Ruth and Carmen’s list of […]

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