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Belonging & Becoming

Life, Learning, and Virtue in Today’s Complex World
A podcast featuring Asbury University President, Dr. Kevin Brown

Belonging and Becoming is a podcast featuring Asbury University President, Dr. Kevin Brown. You’ll hear insights about life, learning, and virtue, as well as Christian higher education. Episodes feature interviews with Asbury graduates whose lives and careers uniquely reflect virtue and continued learning. Our hope is that each episode will encourage you in your life journey as we seek to live well.



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Friday, June 18, 2021 — What Holiness Looks Like Today, Part 1

In our contentious world, it’s easy to wonder what holiness looks like. In this edition of Belonging and Becoming, Asbury University president Dr. Kevin Brown argues that holiness is not optional. He says it can best be seen in abundant overflowing lives in which we are fashioning ourselves right now – by the way we live – for an eternal reality.

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Friday, May 14, 2021 — Interview: Marcus Rixon ’14

Join us as we hear the incredible story of Asbury graduate Marcus Rixon ’14. Marcus is the owner of Rixon Entertainment Group, an artist management and marketing company based in Nashville, Tennessee. He has worked with many notable artists, including Selah, Martina McBride, and Dolly Parton. In today’s episode, Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown interviews Marcus about how he went from a 12 by 6 foot house in India, to Asbury, and eventually into the music scene of Nashville. Today’s episode was edited by Asbury senior Kaleb Shipman. Due to a variety of factors, this will be our only podcast in May.

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Friday, April 23, 2021 — Interview: David Turley ’99

A history major becomes a ______? If you try to fill in that blank for history major David Turley ’99 you’ll probably be wrong. But, that answer isn’t the only thing that will surprise you about David’s path from Georgia to Asbury to Jerusalem to New York City. Along the way, you’ll learn about the profound impact an East Harlem church has had on David’s life. Join Asbury President Kevin Brown for a fascinating discussion with David Turley on this week’s edition of Belonging & Becoming.

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Friday, April 2, 2021 — Wesleyan Theology and Why It Matters Today, Part 2

Today’s episode is part 2 of an exploration of Wesleyan theology and why it matters today. If you haven’t listened to part 1 of this podcast, we invite you to check that out. In today’s episode, Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown continues his discussion with Dr. Tom McCall on a fuller understanding of sanctification. Today’s episode was edited by Asbury senior Kaleb Shipman.

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Friday, March 19, 2021 — Interview: Sarah Kuban ’05, Magnolia Network

It all began as a dream that she could someday become the next Katie Couric. Asbury graduate Sarah Kuban ’05 came to Asbury, hoping to become a news anchor. But God led her in a different path and for a decade she's developed programming like Windy City Rehab and Say Yes to the Nest for HGTV and the DIY Network. Now, in her role as Vice President of Content she's working with Chip and Joanna Gaines to premier a whole new network, Magnolia. Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown interviews Sarah in today’s episode.

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Monday, March 8, 2021 — Wesleyan Theology and Why It Matters Today, Part 1

What is Wesleyan theology at its core? Asbury Theology professor Thomas McCall says it's a "massive, very beautiful vision that the Triune God, whose nature is Holy Love, creates us for the purpose of sharing that love." In today's episode, Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown sits down with Dr. McCall to open up Wesleyan theology for all of us. As they talk you'll learn what makes it unique and why it matters today.

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Friday, February 19, 2021 — Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown interviews ’03 graduate Dr. Shawn Okpebholo

A liberal arts education means students get much more than a major. In today’s conversation with Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown, Dr. Shawn Okpebholo from the class of ’03 shares his love for music, unity, and the liberal arts. Dr. Okpebholo is an award-winning composer whose work has taken him to Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and the National Cathedral. He’s currently a professor of Music Composition and Theory at Wheaton College. Today’s episode was edited by Asbury senior Kaleb Shipman.

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Friday, February 5, 2021 — The Virtuous Life: Is it possible in 2021? Part 2

What does it mean to be designed for good, while living in a culture that sometimes seems to reward the bad? This is part 2 of our discussion of Dr. Kevin Brown’s book, Designed for Good: Rediscovering the Idea, Language, and Practice of Virtue. Dr. Brown talks about the power of the virtuous life and acknowledges men and women in his life who “lived that truth.” Part 2 of the interview is followed by a short update from senior Kaleb Shipman on the Pitts Center, which was designed to expand the university’s civic engagement.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 — Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown interviews ’97 graduate Andrea Baker

In today’s conversation with Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown, Andrea Baker from the class of ’97 shares about what led her and her husband Andy to a life of serving others, and what that looks like now. Andrea is the executive director of Word Made Flesh Bolivia, an organization dedicated to offering opportunities for holistic transformation for those affected by sexual exploitation. Andrea shares her firsthand experiences helping victims. As a result, this episode is recommended for a mature audience. Today’s episode was edited by Asbury senior Kaleb Shipman.

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