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Brews, Beards, & Shipwrecks

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BBS is a podcast hosted by Jamey Bennett, also known as Chunjay of positive hip-hop crew, Royal Ruckus, about music and culture, faith and doubt, beers and beards, and the shipwrecks in life.


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Elissa Bjeletich talks with Jamey about raising kids, finding a church, and losing her infant son
Elissa Bjeletich on having kids, writing books, and losing an infant On being a podcaster On treatment for daughter’s cleft palate On being an author and speaker On converting to Orthodox Christianity “There is a lot to be said by just showing up.” - Jamey On infant death “Why would this happen? Why would God give you a gift like that and take it away?” - Elissa “That was the worst period of my life, obviously. It was so dark and so hard.” - Elissa Life as a frame tale “These things can destroy us or they can make us stronger. And that’s not always entirely up to us, but for whatever part of it that is up to us, we have to choose that and actively take that path of growing stronger.” - Jamey “Why not me?” - Elissa Find her on:  Royal Ruckus: @royalruckus @royalruckusofficial On the Unexpected Joy EP: Adam Buxton Skit "Gangsta Gangsta" (Clean) by NWA
Basil and Nicole Roccas join Jamey to discuss podcasting and what it means for a Christian to doubt God and work through struggles
Basil and Nicole Roccas join Jamey Bennett (Chunjay of Royal Ruckus) to discuss podcasting, what it means for a Christian to doubt God... Basil raps for us. On Podcasting. Finding and creating content for podcasts. Deciding to start a new podcast. Basil and Nicole explain what their podcast, Help My Unbelief, is all about. On anxiety attacks. “Things like doubt and struggle are not something we have to move beyond or conquer in order to have an authentic Christian life. It’s really about learning to live with hope and creativity and meaning sort of in the paradox between faith and doubt.” - Nicole “Help me live for you with my unbelief, and surrender myself to you in my doubt.” - Nicole Different types of belief and unbelief: PRIDE or HUMILITY. “Your pictures of God are always too small, because God is infinity.” - Nicole On Jamey’s personal wrestling with doubt. Song: “I Sent You (These)” by Royal Ruckus from Unexpected Joy EP “We’re all kind of in the same boat here, whether Christian or non-Christian, religious or non-religious, we’re all facing some of the same struggles and difficulties in life, and just trying to make sense of things. And here, in this Christian world, we are saying we see something very special in this historical figure—but something that is greater than a historical figure, something that breaks through and transcends that. The story we tell is almost too absurd to be made up.” - Jamey “I don’t always have the faith. I don’t always feel like I could be ‘that guy’ to stand strong to the end. But I know people who have, and I know people who grasp that. And I find strength in that.” - Jamey “How can you see Christ until you see Christ in others around you?” - Basil On graduate school and insecurities around expertise. Melinda Johnson interrupts us about a coffee cup. “Faith is sort of the same way. I don’t think we ever arrive. If anything, the further in we get, the bigger God seems—the bigger the chasm seems between us and God on the one hand, and yet, the closer he seems.” - Nicole Basil discusses the Eastern Orthodox idea of a “fool for Christ.” Basil and Nicole encourage Christian listeners to not be embarrassed of their faith in Christ, nor of their doubt. “The sort of natural counterpoint of being a human is struggle and doubt, and that’s a part of faith, it’s not separate from faith.” - Nicole Help My Unbelief Podcast Time Eternal Podcast Time and Despondency Book Closing “I think he’s known for edgy stuff.” - Basil on Snoop Dogg ROYAL RUCKUS STUFF This Podcast:  Website:  Listen to the new RR record: Dig deeper:  Shout Outs: Ancient Faith Ministries, Podcast: Time Eternal, Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life (book, audio book), Help My Unbelief Podcast, Fr. Stephen Freeman, Essential Writings by Metropolitan Anthony Sorouzh, Xavier Naidoo, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Snoop Dogg, Fr. Stephen Freeman’s podcast episode:
Ep. 29: Tim Trudeau of Syntax Creative
Tim Trudeau talks about the music business, anticipating growth and change in business, and the importance of great Mexican food, with Chunjay   Tim is a GRAMMY-nominated producer and CEO of @SyntaxCreative.   [UPDATE: What’s up with Royal Ruckus?] Catching up   Featuring songs from Tim’s long history of music production.   “Is that guy even real? I was wondering if it was your alter-ego, and you were both people.” - Tim Trudeau on Flatline/Mike and Chunjay/Jamey of Royal Ruckus ;)   Talk about cold brew coffee and on dark roasts   On how we met. And Chunjay dressing like an eighties b-boy.   A fun petty argument about what constitutes southern California   On the music business. On making deals and looking for what’s coming next.   On creating music in today’s landscape.   Chunjay uses an analogy about tacos and Taco Bell to explain why today’s rap is not good. Because of course he does.   Book recommendation: Al Mohler The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters   The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution by Asmus and Grudem   When Helping Hurts   Poverty Cure Poverty, Inc.   On eating Mexican food. What good Mexican food is.   Social media: Rocdomz Final song by Royal Ruckus and DJ Sean P, "Back N Effect" from the Royalty Check EP, streaming everywhere. ---- Check out what's up at Royalty Check EP out now! Videos available at
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Jul 18th, 2017
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Nov 4th, 2019
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