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The PostConsumer Reports Podcast with Chris Marchand. It's like the blog but with sound: Thoughts on art, faith, and the intersection of the two, all spoken after consumption. Featuring interviews and conversations with artists and thinkers.

The PostConsumer Reports Podcast with Chris Marchand. It's like the blog but with sound: Thoughts on art, faith, and the intersection of the two, all spoken after consumption. Featuring interviews and conversations with artists and thinkers.
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The PostConsumer Reports Podcast with Chris Marchand. It's like the blog but with sound: Thoughts on art, faith, and the intersection of the two, all spoken after consumption. Featuring interviews and conversations with artists and thinkers.




Ep 58: What Are Christians To Do With Halloween? A conversation with pastor and author Kevin Wright

Kevin Wright is the pastor of First Covenant Church in Peoria Illinois and is also author of The Danse trilogy, a series of horror/mystery novels. If you are thinking that is a strange combination you'd be right, but it is also makes Kevin the perfect conversation partner surrounding the issue of what Christians are supposed to do with the holiday of Halloween. Get ready for a complex and "nuanced" (to use a word that came up a few times) discussion on All Hallow's Eve, All Saints Day,...

Duration: 01:45:17

Ep 57: Does Christian Music Need a Savior? UTR Media's Dave Trout Thinks So

Ep 57 of the PCR Podcast features my conversation with Dave about his re-launch of UTR Media, which has already started with 5 new podcasts and looks to continue with live concerts, videos, interviews, and articles featuring independent music by Christian artists. You can find out more at:

Duration: 01:06:47

Ep 56: Andrew Osenga—musician, producer, consultant, podcaster

Andrew Osenga is a veteran musician, artist, and producer. Lead singer and founding member of The Normals, Osenga also had a stint as the lead guitarist and vocalist for Caedmon's Call, and continues to record and tour with Andrew Peterson's band. Lately Osenga has morphed into an artist mentor and consultant, as well as a podcaster with The Pivot, which focuses on interviews with people who find themselves changing direction mid-career and doing something they never expected to be doing....

Duration: 00:50:21

Podcast Archive: Nathan Peterson from 2014—Part 2

An "archive" episode of the podcast, this is part 2 of my 2014 interview with Nathan Peterson. Nathan is a singer-songwriter from Peoria, Illinois who recently got a vinyl release of his new EP So Am I funded on Kickstarter. This part of our interview features a fascinating story about how he lost his voice (which is his livelihood!) and what he chose to do about it. You can find out more of his story, listen to his music, and purchase his book of the same name as the EP...

Duration: 00:54:34

Ep 55: Nathan Peterson—singer-songwriter, author

Nathan Peterson is a singer-songwriter from Peoria, Illinois. Currently he is attempting to get a vinyl release of his new EP So Am I funded on Kickstarter. You can find out more of his story, listen to his music, and purchase his book of the same name as the EP here:

Duration: 01:37:21

Ep 54: Fr. Greg Lynn—What Does the Bible Say About Race?

Fr. Greg Lynn is the vicar of Epiphany Church in Peoria, Illinois. He also happens to be my pastor and my friend. On Sunday, August 20 he preached a message that had been weighing on his heart and mind, "What Does the Bible Say About Race?", and I wanted to offer a place for people to hear it. If you go to the PostConsumer Reports website for episode 54 you will find the slides that go along with the sermon.

Duration: 00:44:48

Ep 53: The Mosley's—husband and wife duo

The Mosley's are Stephen and Rachel Mosley, a husband and wife sing-songwriter duo from Florida. Their music is earthy and reflective and indicative of the Americana folk of the South. Their first full length album Ordinary Time was produced by Phil Madeira and co-produced by Jimmy Abegg. I got to sit down with them for an interview at UTR Media's Escape to the Lake festival. You can read more about The Mosleys and purchase their music at their website:

Duration: 00:44:04

BONUS: Family Worship Tips with Pastor Dan Leman

As a bonus to our previous episode with Pastor Dan Leman on worship in the church, Dan this time offers insight and practical steps for how to worship, pray, and read Scripture together as a family.

Duration: 00:12:47

Ep 52: Fernando Ortega on "The Crucifixion of Jesus"

Episode 52 features an interview with musician and composer Fernando Ortega, who releases his newest album The Crucifixion of Jesus on August 4, 2017. Our talk runs the gamut of topics, from politics in the American church, his love of bird watching, the tension between performing and worship leading, as well as an in depth look at the songs and making of the new album.

Duration: 01:14:44

Ep 51: Pastor Dan Leman on rural ministry, being a young pastor, and getting beyond the worship wars

Three years ago my long time friend Pastor Dan Leman (of and I sat down to have a long chat about the Church's worship. It's taken a while, but I am finally sharing our conversation. The main point of our talk is "What exactly is the point of us meeting together to worship?" We go in to that in-depth, while also discussing Dan's context as a rural pastor, and whether or not he gets respect being a "young" pastor. Last winter Dan and I had another podcast episode...

Duration: 01:25:29

Ep 50: Stu G from Delirious on the Beatitudes Project

Stu G became known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for the revolutionary worship band Delirious? but after years of touring with other artists and logging lots of time as a studio musician, Stu finally decided to take on a passion project long in gestation: a multimedia work based off of The Beatitudes, the opening words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. It started out as a set of songs but then soon grew into a book and a film, all set in Jesus' bold proclamations of...

Duration: 01:09:19

Ep 49: Doug Chu on White Churches, Multicultural Worship, and the Asian-American Experience

Today's episode features and interview with Doug Chu on multicultural worship, the Asian-American experience, and a segment I like to call "I wish white churches would..." Doug was kind enough to play along. Doug is a musician and worship leader based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a volunteer worship team leader at Madison Square Church's Ford campus. An American-born Chinese, Doug was raised in Singapore. As a worship leader, his interests include multicultural worship for...

Duration: 01:17:59

Ep 48: Ted Yoder at the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival

Ted Yoder is a recording artist, composer, and hammered dulcimer player. He's released five albums, has another one on the way, and regularly tours the country playing concerts. Ted Gained much acclaimed when his cover version of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" became a Facebook Livestream sensation. I sat down with Ted after his concert at the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival in Morris, Illinois. The beginning of the episode features a brief interview with Peggy...

Duration: 00:51:51

Ep47: Dr. Lester Ruth on the history of contemporary worship

Episode 47 features an interview with Dr. Lester Ruth on the history of contemporary worship in the Church. The research professor Christian worship at Duke Divinity School, Dr. Ruth co-authored his new book Lovin' on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship with Dr. Swee Hong Lim, assistant professor of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College in Toronto. Our interview covers numerous topics related to contemporary worship, including differences how "Mainline" and "Pentecostal" churches...

Duration: 01:03:41

Ep 46: Artist Quinton Thomas

Quinton Thomas is a Peoria, Illinois based artist. His work is a convergence of numerous influences all at once, creating a blossoming artistic vision all his own. Our conversation covers his upcoming show at the gallery Ear in the Envelope, various possible interpretations of his work, and our thoughts on the new TV show Dear White People. You can find images of his work on Facebook at: and on Instagram at:

Duration: 01:08:45

Ep 45: Brooks McDaniel Philosophy and Religion Professor

Brooks McDaniel is a professor of philosophy and religion, now retired from Illinois Central College. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church (PCUSA) and a writer and poet. Brooks was actually one of my own teachers in college and we sat down to talk about faith, spiritual experiences, and what he would like written in his obituary.

Duration: 01:19:18

Ep44: Natalia and Earl of Yaku

Natalia Villaneuva Linares and Earl Power-Murphy are the founders of Yaku Peoria, an organization intent on restoring the beautiful Hale Memorial Church of Peoria, Illinois and turning it into a center for arts and culture in the city. You can find out more at their website: and read their magazine at: Natalia is herself and artist whose work you can view extensively here: Our interview details their ongoing work on...

Duration: 01:24:17

Ep43: Jimmy Bridgeman of Rock Solid Studio

Jimmy Bridgeman is the owner and operator of Rock Solid Studio, a professional Peoria based recording studio. With his business partner Jeremy Moser, Jimmy offers a space that can take an artist through the whole recording process, from recording, producing, mixing, and mastering. In our talk we cover all our mutual friends and acquaintances as well as our mutual love of the iconic Cornerstone Music Festival. You can find out more or even book some studio time at:...

Duration: 00:47:09

Ep42: Artist Alec DeJesus

Alec DeJesus is a Peoria, Illinois based artist. His works seem to come from another time while also drawing from pop culture. They are familiar and otherworldly, earthy and sacred. In our conversation we covered where he draws inspiration for his works and how he has had to work hard and think creatively in order to make a living as an artist. You can find Alec on Instagram at:

Duration: 01:33:54

Ep41: Dialogues With Brandon—on the FOMO (because YOLO)

In the latest episode of our Dialogues With Brandon series, I chat with Brandon about all aspects of the fear of missing out or FOMO. There are many layers to this phenomenon from missing out on moments with your friends or missing out on great life experiences. I become a bit manic in the process but Brandon keeps everything on balance and offers us a way out of a tortured life of the FOMO. This episode is notable as being the first dialogue we were able to record in the same room together.

Duration: 01:07:10

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