Morning Star Conversations

Conversations with Pastor Ross and interesting guests from all walks of life.

About the show

Pastor Ross and others from Morning Star Church talk with guests from across the country about life, church, theology, spirituality, faith formation and anything and everything that comes to mind in
these thoughtful conversations.

Episodes

  • Episode 13: Conversation with Rebekah Simon-Peter

    July 1st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  58 mins 56 secs

    Folks who have been attending Morning Star are familiar with Rebekah-- she has been here to lead a study of her book, "The Jew Named Jesus," and to lead us through an authentic Passover Seder. This week she talks about leaning into dreaming like Jesus. To actually take a leap of faith and dream bigger than we ever have before.

  • Episode 12: Conversation with Johana Bencomo

    June 14th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 23 secs
    community action, community organizing, faith in action, nmcafe

    Pastor Ross talks with Johana Bencomo, City Council Representative and Interim Director of NM Cafe, about community action.

  • Episode 11: Conversation with Kerri Fisher

    June 11th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 29 mins

    Ross and Kerri talk about cultural humility, counterintuitive solidarity and being anti-racist.

    Kerri also hosts a podcast of her own called "On Ramp".
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/on-ramp/id1186180153

  • Episode 10: Conversation with John Thornburg

    June 1st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 8 secs
    christianity, faith, god, jesus, methodist, ministry, mission, morning star, morning star church, morning star conversation, morning star conversations, morning star las cruces, morningstar, religion, ross, ross whiteaker, spiritual house

    Pastor Ross speaks with his guest Rev. John Thornburg

  • Episode 9: Conversation with Roadrunner Food Bank

    May 20th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  56 mins 13 secs
    advocacy, food distribution, hunger

    Kathy talks with Katy and Andrea from Roadrunner Food Bank about food distribution, advocacy, and hunger research.

  • Episode 8: Conversation with Rev. Travis Bennett

    May 19th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 35 secs
    faith, god, jesus, religion

    This week we welcome our much-loved former Pastor, Travis Bennett, to Morning Star Conversations. Stuart and Travis talk about what personal faith development looks like in times of adversity.

  • Episode 7: Conversation with Justin Gambino

    May 12th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 10 mins
    cars, faith, music

    Today we have Stuart as our host, having a conversation with musician Justin Gambino.

  • Episode 6: Conversation with Rev. Jon Moore

    May 5th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 1 min
    christianity, faith, god, jesus, methodist, ministry, mission, morning star, morning star church, morning star conversation, morning star conversations, morning star las cruces, morningstar, religion, ross, ross whiteaker, spiritual house

    Topics discussed: Morning Star UMC, Homeless Ministry, Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Mysticism, and practicing recognizing God's presence.

  • Episode 5: Conversation with Rev. Georjean Blanton

    April 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 24 secs
    enneagram, faith, methodist, morning star las cruces, spiritual direction, spirituality, theology

    Ross and his guest Rev. Georjean Blanton chat about spiritual direction, what is it and the differences between Spiritual Direction, Counseling, and Pastoral Care. They also talk about the Enneagram, what is it, its history, its purpose, and where to begin studying it.

  • Episode 4: Conversation with Zach Price

    April 21st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 34 secs
    christianity, faith, god, jesus, methodist, ministry, mission, morning star, morning star church, morning star conversation, morning star conversations, morning star las cruces, morningstar, religion, ross, ross whiteaker, spiritual house

    Pastor Ross talks with Zachary Price, a missionary in Thailand working with local farmers and businesses to help grow a sustainable and profitable coffee market.

  • Episode 3: Conversation with Rev. Sharp

    April 14th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  58 mins 52 secs
    christianity, faith, god, methodist, morning star, morning star church, morning star conversation, morning star conversations, morningstar, religion, ross, ross whiteaker, spiritual house

    Pastor Ross and Rev. Scott Sharp discuss putting your spiritual house in order, holding fast and living slow, and focusing on what's most important to you.

  • Episode 2: Conversation with Rev. Justin Coleman

    April 6th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  26 mins 17 secs
    church, faith, god, jesus, methodist, morning star, morning star church, morning star las cruces, religion

    Ross talks with his guest Rev. Justin Coleman about being disciples of god.

  • Episode 1: Conversation with John Hunt

    March 30th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  48 mins 53 secs
    faith, methodist, morning star las cruces, mstarlc, spirituality, theology

    Ross and John have a conversation about spiritual formation and spiritual practices