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Looking Over Life

Looking Over Life

By James Goering and Shawn D. Schmidt

James and Shawn are two friends who like to talk about life. Science, grammar, parenting, spirituality--they're likely to discuss it.

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46: Peru, Indian Food, and Babies — Another Q&A

Looking Over LifeMay 08, 2023

51: Modern Idolatry
Aug 29, 202354:49
50: Evidences of a Creator - Part 1
Aug 17, 202301:05:45
49: The Conflict Between Science and Religion
Jul 26, 202302:05:52
48: Elements of a Vibrant Devotional Life
Jun 21, 202334:42
47: FWIW/LOL Crossover: Sharpen the Saw from Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
May 22, 202301:19:14
46: Peru, Indian Food, and Babies — Another Q&A
May 08, 202345:56
45: Looking Over Death — Thoughts on Separation
Mar 24, 202353:40
44: ChatGPT Takes Over the World!

44: ChatGPT Takes Over the World!

Shawn and James talk about artificial intelligence. We spend a good bit of time focusing on ChatGPT and its potential effects on society and the church. Will we become even more lazy and dumb as a society now that we have yet another crutch to lean on?

We also had a bit of fun having the bot write some short stories based on our prompts.

Have you been using a chatbot like this? What do you think of it? Maybe you have some stories or other pieces to share with us. Send us an email!

Email: Website: Patreon:

ChatGPT's response to James's question:
The detrimental impacts of AI on education include:

  1. Decreased human interaction: As AI-powered technologies take over tasks traditionally performed by teachers, such as grading and providing feedback, there is a risk that students will have less interaction with human teachers. This could lead to a decrease in socialization and the development of interpersonal skills.
  2. Reinforcement of biases: AI algorithms are only as good as the data they are trained on, and there is a risk that they may reinforce biases and inequalities in the educational system. For example, an AI algorithm that is trained on historical data may perpetuate racial or gender biases.
  3. Job displacement: AI-powered technologies can replace jobs that are currently done by humans, such as grading papers and providing feedback. This could lead to job losses and a reduction in the number of human teachers in the educational system.
  4. Dependence on technology: Relying too heavily on AI-powered technologies can lead to a dependence on technology that may be detrimental if the technology fails or is unavailable. This could lead to disruptions in the learning process.
  5. Ethical concerns: There are ethical concerns surrounding the use of AI in education, such as privacy, security, and data ownership. For example, AI algorithms may collect large amounts of data on students, which could be used for purposes other than education.
Feb 23, 202354:06
43: What Makes You Optimistic About the Future?
Feb 10, 202338:21
42: What Makes You Pessimistic About the Future?
Feb 06, 202352:30
41: Ten Fun Questions With James and Shawn

41: Ten Fun Questions With James and Shawn

James and Shawn have a Q&A for themselves with questions intended to stump each other.

This was a fun episode for us to do, and we may do it again, but we would like your help. Do you have a question or several that you would like to hear talked about? Please send us an email!

And don't forget to answer the bonus question.


  • Do poor people act poor because they are poor, or are they poor because they act poor?
  • What causes the Northern lights?
  • Why did the Incas have so much gold?
  • What disease has nearly a 100% death once symptoms appear?
  • Why do we dislike hearing our voice in recordings?
  • What is the best book you've read in the past year?
  • When the Lord returns, the Bible says every eye will see Him. Does that prove that the earth is flat?
  • What do you think is the most influential thing a Christian can do to revive their spiritual life?
  • What is the difference between baking soda and laundry washing soda?
  • What is the hardest job you've ever had? Or most difficult job?

Bonus Question:

  • What do you think is the biggest issue facing the conservative Anabaptist churches today?
Jan 18, 202354:28
40: How Can You Read Your Bible Every Day in 2023?

40: How Can You Read Your Bible Every Day in 2023?

Shawn and James talk about their plan for better Bible reading. We discuss what we've tried over the years and what we've found works for us. James brought a number of downloadable resources for easy Bible plans while Shawn tried to humblebrag without seeming to.

What is your plan for Bible reading this year? Do you have a favorite or most effective method? Please let us know. Send us an email.


There are some simple things you can do in the upcoming new year to read your Bible more consistently.

  1. Choose a Bible reading plan that works for you. (See links to recommendations below)
  2. Set a specific time and place to read every day.
  3. Set aside at least 10-15 minutes, preferably earlier in the morning.
  4. Limit distractions by putting your phone on Do Not Disturb or leaving it at a charging station.
  5. Have your reading area tidy and organized, with your Bible and Bible reading plan ready to go for the next morning.
  6. Rinse and repeat for 365 days!
Bible Reading Plans Other links
Dec 28, 202251:13
39: 2023 Yearly Themes
Dec 23, 202251:21
38: Needs - Wants - Dreams - Excess
Dec 09, 202256:41
37: Are You Smarter Than an 11th-Century Peasant? (with guest Christopher Slabaugh)
Nov 18, 202201:17:33
36: Is Your Church Alive?
Oct 26, 202201:11:36
35: FWIW/LOL Crossover: Think Win/Win from Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"
Oct 07, 202257:06
34: Cal Newport's Four Life Buckets
Sep 16, 202256:23
33: Raising Grateful Children in an Entitled World
Sep 02, 202201:10:34
32: He Made the Stars Also
Aug 02, 202252:17
31: Living the Single Life (with guest Naoma Lee)
Jul 15, 202258:02
30: Why Don't We Change?
Jun 21, 202201:03:20
29: Writing: Craft, Purpose, and Passion
Jun 03, 202201:03:53
28: A Quiverfull — Thoughts on Family Size
May 13, 202259:00
27: Fasting (with guest James Shank)
Apr 23, 202201:05:36
26: Orders of Magnitude
Feb 09, 202242:52
25: Do Churches Kill the Gospel?
Jan 20, 202201:13:08
24: 2022 Yearly Themes
Jan 05, 202253:21
23: Interrobangs and Octothorps and Emoji—Oh, My!

23: Interrobangs and Octothorps and Emoji—Oh, My!

Dec 22, 202101:26:38
22: Productivity and Overwhelm
Dec 08, 202101:27:28
21: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories (with guest John R. Perfect)
Nov 24, 202101:19:38
20: Follow These 7 Easy Steps to Make a Best Friend—You Won't Believe What Happens! — An Episode Out of Time
Nov 11, 202154:26
19: Through Mind and Mountains: A Journey on the Great Divide

19: Through Mind and Mountains: A Journey on the Great Divide

Shawn and James talk about James's book and the trip it took to get there. We talk about long-distance biking and the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. James did that biking trail with a friendall 2,500 miles of it from Canada to Mexico!

We also answer a listener email about tithing with our time instead of our money. We have another question coming up about how single people tithe differently from married people. What do you think?

Send us an email with your thoughts or any other feedback you may have.

And don't forget to share the podcast!


Gas duster - Wikipedia


Odorant (Ethyl mercaptan)

Cardiovascular Effects and Benefits of Exercise (

When You Hit the Wall: Bonking vs. Fatigue vs. Cramping 

Great Divide Route

The Impossible First: From Fire to IceCrossing Antarctica Alone by Colin O'Brady

If you're interested in James's book, we'll be letting you know when it's available for sale later. You can also email the podcast to request to be put on a waiting list.

Oct 27, 202101:07:30
18: Are Leaders Really Necessary? (with guest Andrew Crider)
Oct 14, 202101:08:34
17: FWIW: The Center of God's Will
Sep 29, 202115:04
16: How to Improve Your Bible Reading
Sep 15, 202156:40
15: Tithing—How Our Church Could Send a Rocket to the Moon
Sep 03, 202144:35
14: Sending Up Trees
Aug 27, 202158:08
13: Shawn's Apology
Aug 14, 202105:19
12: Digital Minimalism: Practices and Leisure
Jul 14, 202141:58
11: Digital Minimalism: The Digital Declutter
Jul 05, 202101:09:03
10: Community or Society?
Jun 04, 202155:18
9: Social Media: Paying for Free Entertainment With Your Soul?
May 22, 202101:07:05
8: Thoughts on Higher Education (with guest Josh Nisley) - Part 2
May 12, 202146:13
7: Thoughts on Higher Education (with guest Josh Nisley) - Part 1
Apr 26, 202148:32
6: Covid and Cooking

6: Covid and Cooking

Shawn and James talk about having Covid and enjoying food and missing the sense of taste and smell.

Warning: You may not want to listen to this episode on an empty stomach! You might end up feeling hungry. 

From steaks to soups and a lot in between, James and Shawn go over some of their favorite dishes. Also, James teaches Shawn what a hotdog bun is.

Please send us some recipes to try! And if you have a friend who eats food, go ahead and share the episode with them.


Cook's Country Magazine

All Recipes website

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

German Torte

One recipe of hot milk cake divided into three nine-inch layers

Scald 2 cup of milk
Set scalded milk aside

Mix together:
¼ cup milk
2 eggs
3 tbsp cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour

Whip together to make a batter
Add to scalded milk and cook until thick
Cool to room temperature
Beat one cup of cold butter as well as you can.
Slowly add pudding while still beating. Beat until fluffy.
Chill butter-pudding mixture.

Toasted Oatmeal
3 tbsp butter
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup sugar

Toast in heavy skillet, stirring often. Do not burn!

Mix together ¼ cup apricot jam and ¼ cup orange marmalade
Layer jam and pudding between each cake layer
Cover top and sides of cake with remaining icing.
Surface of icing should be rough to help toasted oatmeal adhere.
Coat the sides and top of cake with toasted oatmeal

Apr 05, 202157:27
5: Intestine Soup for the Soul (with guest Andrew Crider)
Mar 17, 202101:33:56
4: Did It Rain Before the Flood?
Mar 03, 202143:54
3: What Is Your Personality?
Feb 19, 202101:07:13
2: Why Do We Read?
Feb 03, 202158:47