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Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore discuss the idea of militancy, SBC pirates, being fundamentalists, cultural drift, and the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention - a conversation based on recent articles from Nathan Finn, David French and Thomas Kidd. Nathan Finn Article | Southern Baptist Fundamentalism, Then …
 
We're back at Disney's Hollywood Studios with a very busy update. We'll talk about all guests completely going through the FastPass line at Rise of the Resistance as well as a modified Rey briefing being provided to guests. There's a new menu at Docking Bay 7, and we'll look at that closely. Fairfax Fare also has a new menu. We'll check out the ent…
 
In this Disney at Work post and podcast, I'm joined by my good friend and colleague Claudemir Oliveira, of the Seeds of Dreams Institute. Together we visit all six lands of the Magic Kingdom and in each land we share a story about best practices at Walt Disney World that you can apply back to your organization, whether you are in the public, privat…
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore are joined on the show once again by Darrell Harrison & Virgil Walker (hosts of the Just Thinking Podcast) to talk about their upcoming book with Founders Press: Just Thinking: About The State. Is it important for Christians to tackle the difficult issue of balance between the role of…
 
Disney Cruise Line is hitting the high seas again as it begins Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral in August. With this announcement comes a lot of details you will want to know not just before you go, but before you book. We will look at issues relative to your making a reservation, what is required before you leave home; what embarkation day wil…
 
Tusker House in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom has recently reopened, and we visit for breakfast. We talk about the unusual circumstances that brought us there, and how the experience of seeing Donald Duck was pivotal to my autistic son's enjoyment. We take a look at how they are currently serving the family-style meals inspired by the flavors o…
 
The Little Mermaid : Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is a dark ride attraction based on the Note! Thanks for joining us. We've had technical difficulties the last couple of days getting a new podcast out to you, so we thought we'd see what happened when we sent a previous podcast. This is our first Dis Reviz! It's from early on, so many of you probably …
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore address #Sermongate: the recent exposing of plagiarism done in the pulpit by Pastor Ed Litton, President of the SBC. What constitutes as plagiarism in preaching? What should biblical preaching and sermon preparation look like? How should a church respond when their pastor is in sin? 2…
 
There is much on Disney+ that not only teaches us about what matters most in life, but what works at work! This week Pixar released a new series of shorts that center around the work life of Monsters Inc. This humorous adventure shows how change occurs when the product being produced goes from scares to laughs. It's particularly impactful on a new …
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore welcome Rod Martin back on the show for "Rod Pod 4.0" where they discuss what in the world is going on in the SBC following the 2021 annual meeting. Rod, a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, offers helpful insight into the current issues and concerns…
 
What would you think about doing a one night's stay at Disney's Art of Animation Resort to include a visit to see Epcot's fireworks return for the first time in 15 months! That was the goal of our short Walt Disney World staycation. From there, just about everything went south--more than you could expect to happen in less than 24 hours. Did we ment…
 
It's been busy here as we've been working to help organizations in their efforts to be world-class. But that gives us an opportunity to share a client experience I had while at Walt Disney World this last week. In this Disney at Work podcast, where we share lessons from the Happiest and most Magical Places on Earth, we talk about customer expectati…
 
Join the Imagine Ears Podcast in pulling back the "Go-Away Green" on some of your favourite theme park attractions. Episode 5 sees hosts Jamie and Paul attend the ghostly ball at Phantom Manor. Join us in part 2 of 3 of this deep dive into the Ravenswood's family home, but be sure to bring your death certificate. Imagine Ears Podcast is part of the…
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore dive into a full #SBC21 debrief. They discuss the "Be It Resolved" Founders Conference, what happened with Resolution 9, the election of our new SBC President Ed Litton, the leaked letters from Russell Moore, sexual abuse allegations and why on earth anyone should stay in the SBC. The…
 
Welcome to Sideshow Sound Radio’s tribute to and celebration of the life of Ian Crabb. Will and Todd showcase a compilation of many of Ian’s greatest moments at Sideshow including many laughs, fond memories, great music, and words of remembrance from our friends, colleagues, and dear listeners. Ian always worked harder for our podcast than anyone, …
 
Join the Imagine Ears Podcast in pulling back the "Go-Away Green" on some of your favourite theme park attractions. Episode 4 sees hosts Jamie and Paul welcome Foolish Mortals to the Phantom Manor. Join us in part 1 of 3 of this deep dive into the Ravenswood's family home, but be sure to bring your death certificate. Imagine Ears Podcast is part of…
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore sat down with Pastor Conrad Mbewe in the Founders studio to hear his testimony of salvation and how he became the "Spurgeon of Africa". He shares the heart and history behind the African Christian University and the importance of training Christians in the Word. Dear Timothy SALE: htt…
 
Big announcements came out today all tied to Walt Disney World's 50th Golden Celebration. Beyond announcing an opening date for HarmoniUS, Disney has announced a new nighttime show for the Magic Kingdom, as well as a new daytime show to Disney's Animal Kingdom. Additionally, new entertainment and offerings will complement the entire Walt Disney Wor…
 
We have a busy update that takes us from the Parking lot of the Magic Kingdom, on a masked monorail ride to the park, and then through all the six lands to see all the things happening in the park. We see where masks are no longer required, and we get a sense of what that feels like when waiting in a busy line for attractions. That attraction is th…
 
In the last week news has spread world-wide of parks, attractions, resorts and restaurants re-opening while COVID regulations are reduced. We go from Walt Disney World to Disneyland to across the globe and even to the Disney Cruise Line to hear what's now happening, what's coming shortly in the months to come, and what's still waiting to return. Fr…
 
Yesterday, our friend Ian Crabb was laid to rest in Bournemouth. In honor of him, we want to present you with his favorite episode of In Defence Of, a show he proudly hosted with distinction on our network, from 2015 to 2017. That episode was Alien 3, a film Ian felt very strongly was unfairly maligned. In many ways, this episode was the epitome of…
 
The success of The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is due to so many things--among them polished performers, amazing technical effects, and a tie to a great film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. That film has its own story around trust, but the show at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World wouldn't have come together if it wasn't for Jerry …
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore discuss the upcoming 2021 Southern Baptist Convention. They dive into the Resolution on the Incompatibility of Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality with the BFM that has been submitted for #SBC21. Should Resolution 9 be rescinded? Should this new resolution be passed? What does th…
 
Did you know there are only two Disney intellectual properties that can be found as an attraction in every Magic Kingdom style park around the world. It's not Star Wars or Marvel. It isn't Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid or even Frozen. In fact, neither were blockbuster hits, and the one we're studying in this post and podcast failed in th…
 
oin the Imagine Ears Podcast in pulling back the "Go-Away Green" on some of your favourite theme park attractions. Episode 2 drops deep into the Twilight Zone, hosts Jamie and Paul check into the Hollywood Tower Hotel, but will they find themselves trapped within the fifth dimension? Imagine Ears Podcast is part of the After Dark Podcast Network…
 
This week on Disney at Work we have the good pleasure of being joined by Kim and Mac Cantrell who works with companies and leaders in creating organizational excellence. At the heart of this has been some recent experiences of Kim and Mac at Walt Disney World. We look at the link between leadership and creating a strong customer service brand via a…
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore discuss The Institute of Public Theology. They share the history of how IOPT came to be, why it was created and the vision for the days and years ahead. All of life and all of pastoral ministry is theological and all theology is for all of life. IOPT aims to train a coming generation …
 
On October 15th, 1971, the world saw some of the first images of Walt Disney World as they spread across the pages of Life Magazine. We provide a deep dive of those pages and show you how the Vacation Kingdom of the World was first presented in this weekly news article. Here we'll study who was present when 1,500 Cast Members gathered together in f…
 
Disneyland fans living outside the state of California have now been given the chance to come visit the "Happiest Place on Earth". We look at what that involves then turn our attention toward other magical happenings occurring at the Anaheim Resort. As Avengers Campus prepares to open we look at how players can advance their gaming success--for a p…
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore talk with Pastor James Coates after his release from prison, where he was placed after refusing to comply with the Canadian government's COVID-19 guidelines his church. They discuss the state of Grace Life Church, what it was like for Pastor Coates in jail, how to pray for the church …
 
When out-of staters think about visiting Orlando theme parks in the summer, they might think about hurricanes. While that's a factor in our discussion, the reality of summer is not so much your next hurricane but the daily grind of heat, humidity and thunderstorms. These factors more than any can affect the enjoyment of your next Central Florida va…
 
We provide you this week a whirlwind tour of Epcot as we stroll a mask-free World Showcase. The International Flower & Garden Festival is still very much in bloom with butterflies, food & more. We check out the new Gelateria Toscana in Italy. Is it as good as L'Artisan des Glaces in France or as a sundae at Beaches & Cream? Morocco is closed or und…
 
After more than a year of being closed to the public, the most favorite entertainment show at Walt Disney World has reopened. Yes! The King has Returned! We look at the reopening of Festival of the Lion King to understand what is different about this revised show while exploring what has made it so special from the beginning. Along the way, we note…
 
Join the Imagine Ears Podcast in pulling back the "Go-Away Green" on some of your favourite theme park attractions. Episode 1 answers the question "What is Imagineering?!", hosts Jamie and Paul delve into what an imagineer does to encapsulate the magic that is Disney and deliver it to folk, transporting them to another world. Imagine Ears Podcast i…
 
Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Tom Ascol and Jared Longshore welcome Mike Stone, Georgia pastor and 2021 Southern Baptist Convention presidential nominee, on to the show. They discuss the current state of the SBC, the vision for the days ahead and the need for biblical resolve in SBC churches and entities. Be It Resolved | SBC21 Founders Confer…
 
We are at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World on the first day that masks are no longer required while outside on the streets of the park. We are here to capture that experience and show you what it looks like when boarding resort transportation, visiting attractions and experiencing retail. We'll take you through the queue of Big Thunder Mounta…
 
We bring you sudden breaking news from Disney today that Masks are no longer required--or are at least optional--throughout all of Walt Disney World including the theme parks and Disney Springs. We also share that Disney has added additional reservation slots for those staying at select hotels and those purchasing theme park tickets. We cover these…
 
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