Perspectives Podcast with Bruce Crowe

Perspectives Podcast with Bruce Crowe

Meaningful conversations from a variety of cultural and faith perspectives.


March 15, 2024 18 mins

After a year break, we're back to conversations on a variety of missional and faith perspectives. This week, I'm joined by Broderic Crowe, our eldest son who's joined us in Cluj-Napoca Romania for the launch of a new missional creative space called Lighthouse Cluj.

In this episode, we're just warming up the podcast gear, getting back in the saddle and sharing a bit about the vision of Lighthouse, and why 3rd spaces are becoming key...

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In this episode Bruce reviews the book by Michael Paul Gama.

Evangelicalism is reaching an inflection point. The exodus of millennials from Evangelical churches and the growth of those self-identifying as "Nones," as in "None of the Above," for their church affiliation, is concerning for the movement's future. Evangelical leaders offer mixed responses to this challenge--from circling the wagons to an enthusiastic "Everything must c...

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November 8, 2022 33 mins

In this episode, we talk with Aleksa Ayshpur from Kyiv, Ukraine. Aleksa is a gifted young women who has worked for the past 10yrs promoting charity projects and inspiring others in Ukraine to make culture.  Aleksa shares her story, having lost her dad when she was just one year's old, she and her sister were raised in the 90's by her mom during a very difficult time in Ukraine. She shares how she found her faith in Christ, and how ...

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November 2, 2022 41 mins

Episode: Parenting the Teen

This week we're focusing on the the teenage years. A favorite parenting season for Deb, these years are filled with exploring, questions, and the final stage before they leave the nest.. usually!  Bruce & Deb discuss sexuality, dating, and the transition into friendship as the highest form of influence through often turbulent, emotional moments. In the end, tending to our own personal formation and gro...

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October 23, 2022 43 mins

Our family just returned yesterday from a mountain retreat in Western Ukraine with our friends from central Ukraine. For those tracking the news, there's so much ongoing information concerning Ukraine it can be overwhelming to try and try and make sense of what's actually going on.

In this podcast, I discuss the past two months inside Ukraine since the Kharkiv offensive, the domino effect that brought on the ground now with conscri...

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October 11, 2022 29 mins

Episode: Parenting the Preteen

This week we're focusing on the emotional preteen years. As parents, we need to embrace this season as a time of testing and differentiation as our kids begin to embark on discovery of their identity. This essential transition is only made more difficult when parents enforce performance and outward behavior rather than holding space for some unpredictable behavior.

- Our kids begin exploring and push...

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October 7, 2022 47 mins

Episode: Parenting the Middles (Ages 4-10yrs))

Join Bruce & Deb as they discuss the parenting journey from pregnancy through becoming grandparents. 

Each episode will focus on a stage in the parenting journey and hopefully will encourage, bring some practical wisdom, and vision for the formational journey ahead.

In this episode, ages 4-10yrs old:

The Crowe’s share about paying attention to your body, your emotions, and parenting ...

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Episode: The Early Years (Infant - 3yrs)

Join Bruce & Deb as they discuss the parenting journey from pregnancy through becoming grandparents. Each episode will focus on a stage in the parenting journey and hopefully will encourage young parents and provide some comic relief to those still on the journey with us!

In this episode, we cover the New Born - 3 Years phase of parenting.

Deb talks about creating rhythms, schedules, and bon...

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September 21, 2022 26 mins

Episode: Pregnancy

Join Bruce & Deb as they discuss the parenting journey from pregnancy through becoming grandparents. Each episode will focus on a stage in the parenting journey and hopefully will encourage young parents and provide some comic relief to those still on the journey with us!

In this episode, we'll go back in time and give our younger selves the advice we wish we had from the perspectives of a more experienced husban...

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September 14, 2022 36 mins

Don't miss Alejandro's powerful story of redemption and hope. Fatherless, raised by two moms, inundated by pornography and a deep anger towards God, young Alejandro wanted to die. Listen to his amazing story of how God answered his desperate prayer and continues to restore his life.


Alejandro now serves, with his wife Rosanna and daughter in Romania as missionaries. He has a heart for the marginalized and oppressed. His vision is...

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Jon is a Jazz musician from New Zealand who’s story will encourage creative souls to be true to yourself, and develop your gifts. He and his wife Ruth have lived and worked in several cultures, giving them a perspective to position their lives for loving on the margins. 

In this podcast we'll learn about Jon's story, growing up partially Maori (Indigenous people group in New Zealand), marrying his wife Ruth, moving to Ukraine, work...

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August 31, 2022 47 mins

In this episode, Rares Calugar from Meeting Point, joins us sharing his story of living in the former Soviet Union in Romania as a child, and his journey to finding his purpose in serving Christ as a native missionary to his people. 

Rares is a United Methodist Pastor in Romania, who gathered a team of like-minded NGO's to collaborate and share space in an old hotel in Cluj-Napoca. There, their teams serve the elderly, orphans, can...

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Musician Peter Putnam from Georgia joins the Perspectives Podcast to discuss the song "We Didn't Want Your War" which he wrote in solidarity with Ukraine. Listen how the story took shape, from sitting on his couch watching the terror unleashed by Russia on Ukraine in the early days of the war, to recording the song in less than two weeks.

One of the coolest things about the song, is that the lyrics were translated quotes directly f...

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Episode Description

In their mid 40’s, Dar and Andrew Draper had a comfortable life in North Carolina. Their life took a major shift then they began sensing God was calling them to serve orphans in Ukraine! 

Listen in as they share their life journey and how they transitioned to serving as missionaries in Ukraine with their new ministry called GLOW (Go Love Others Well). 

Glow Website: 

Dar and Andrew on Fac...

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August 10, 2022 53 mins

This podcast is recorded from an undisclosed location in Far East Russia.

For more in-depth conversation and updates on Ukraine, Russia subscribe to Perspective Podcast with Bruce Crowe - Click 

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David is a friend from Switzerland who is living with his Russian wife and children (2 are adopted). He's lived in Russia for over a decade, and has remained in the country whi...

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Meet Onisim!  A Romanian believer, missionary, one of 15 kids who's story sounds a lot like Jonah's. Enter his story and be encouraged by the vision on his heart for creating welcoming space outside the confines of traditional religion, deep in the heart his city's bar district. 

Watch the interview on YouTube -

To learn more about his project and participate, visit

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August 4, 2022 28 mins

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, Lena decided to stay in Ukraine and serve her community with her husband. After five consecutive months of living through war in Ukraine, Lena and her friend Anya have joined Bruce in Romania for a week of much needed R&R.

Bruce sits down for a catch-up with Lena, and you're invited to listen in.

You'll enjoy a down to earth, non-political perspective on the conditions inside Ukraine, ...

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Olena Koval is a displaced Ukrainian refugee, adapting to life in Cluj, Romania with her daughter.  She has been serving the refugee community with group therapy, and online counseling since arriving at the onset of the war.

In this, our second episode of Perspectives, we'll hear about how Olena changed career paths and became a professional psychologist in Kyiv, Ukraine and how the war has impacted the trajectory of her life.

If y...

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We've launched the Perspectives Podcast!

Meaningful conversations from a variety of cultural and faith perspectives...

Episode Info: in this initial podcast, I introduce myself, and give a little background on our family and interest in the art of life-long learning.

Conversations and interviews will be uploaded weekly, starting in August, 2022.

Listen in and learn with us on Apple, Spotify, and Podbean.


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