Matthew Thomas has traveled the world, taught across cultures, and planted churches in impoverished areas, and yet there’s two incredibly common questions he’s had people ask: Why am I here? and Does my life have any meaning? He chats with Leary and Armin today to sort through those two questions and how they impact our walk as Christians.
Sangram Vajre took a big risk: he stepped out of a good job and into one with a very uncertain future, and all with a wife, child, and new baby at home. He chats with Leary and Armin today about why the risk was worth it and how we sometimes need courage to take action on our bold ideas.
It’s episode 100 of the BoldIdea podcast! Leary and Armin get asked these questions about the podcast all the time: “Why do you do it? What do you get out of it? What has it done for you? Hey, do you think I should do a podcast?”
If you want to put your bold idea to work, you have to face your inner critic. But that can be tough. Our inner critic is often our harshest one--and the least easy to dismiss, too. In this episode, Leary and Armin discuss what their inner critic looks like and some tips for keeping it from taking over.
Jay Payleitner knows what it’s like to step out on a new adventure. A theatre major turned copier salesman turned radio producer, Jay’s been fired two days after his second son was born and he’s learned that it was all part of God’s plan---God’s dare, really---to take the next bold step. Jay joins Leary and Armin to talk about his new book, The Jesus Dare, and how he’s daring believers and non-believers to step out in faith.
Steve Siler is an award-winning songwriter and producer, but even more than that: he brings people hope through his ministry, Music for the Soul. Writing songs about grief, misscarriage, porn addiction, and adultery, Steve and his fellow songwriters are bringing people of all walks of faith the unique yet universal message they need to hear: that they are loved by God.
Ann White is passionate about getting God’s Word into the hands of every woman in the world. Sometimes, this take a more creative approach than just handing out Bibles, so her team at Courage for Life has released the first-ever female-voiced Bible to bring the Word of God to at-risk women in a voice that that doesn’t cause fear.
Patrick Morley founded the Man in the Mirror ministry nearly 30 years ago and since has helped over 35,000 churches minister to more than twelve million men around the globe. He joins Leary and Armin today to discuss the issues that plague modern men (spoiler: they’re the same as they’ve always been) and the three things he thinks every man needs in order to be growing in his walk with the Lord.
Ty Bennett built a booming business doing $25 million a year in sales when he was in his twenties. But he felt God calling him to something else, even if it meant less dollar signs and more time on the road. He chats with Leary and Armin about his career transition and what relevant leadership looks like in today’s world.
Elizabeth Adams found herself squeezed between adult children and an aging mother with cancer -- all of whom needed a lot of her attention and care. And this was all while she was going through seminary training. When she fell asleep in a fast-food drive thru, she realized she needed to be taking better care of herself, too. Elizabeth shares her journey with Leary and Armin on the podcast today.
Phil Zahn is a bit of a mystery. He doesn’t like to name who he works for, where he’s traveling, or the people that he’s talking to. And he does this in service to the people that he knows God loves, protecting their identities and their stories. But he will absolutely talk about the Jesus that he knows, and he does so on the podcast with Leary and Armin today.
Ben Peterson has been many things: a doubting high schooler-turned-believer; a soldier and lapsed disciple; a successful salesperson and non-profit builder. Through all of that, He has tried to listen to the voice of God and go where God tells him to go, when God tells him to. That call has lead him to start a nonprofit whose goal is to help military come to know Christ and be discipled in the local church.
Aaron Walker spent decades as a successful businessman constantly reaching for the next big thing. When a horrendous car accident jolted him out of his reverie of success, he pivoted his life to be one about building significance, and he’s spent years encouraging other men in their own journey through mentorship.
John Morris started serving the Lord at age 19, and has had an incredible journey as both an Army chaplain and United Methodist pastor, both positions from which he recently retired. He shares his story of walking away from the goals that his parents had for him and into one that God did, and how he remained confident in that calling --- even to this day.
There are few things more removed from each other than dropping acid with Charles Manson and preaching the Gospel around the world. Our guest Bill Davis has done both, and he shares his story of transformation from a man haunted by addiction to one forgiven and loved by God.
Dan Chrystal has uprooted his life and built himself a new community again and again and again, all while serving in the church and running a business (or three!). He knows that building relationships with other people is a lost art -- and he’s written a new book to help us all navigate the process. He chats with Leary and Armin on the podcast today about how we were created to be in relationships together.
Have you ever hesitated to choose because you have too little information? Too much information? Have you ever held out on making a decision in hopes that the perfect option will come along? This episode is for you. Leary and Armin are taking a break from interviewing guests and chatting all about how to choose between the many options that confront us.
Phil Cooke is an internationally recognized speaker on creativity and the creative process. So when we has tips for encouraging your team to be creative, we listen up. He chats with Leary and Armin about why managers are eager to hire creativity above all else, how they encourage their teams to be as creative as possible, and how to balance the need for routine with the need for creative freedom in your organization.
Pete Enns is interested in how certainty and trust play roles in the lives of believers. A Biblical scholar, Pete has spent years searching through and teaching the scriptures, confident that he would be more certain about his faith when he knew more about God. Instead, he’s found the opposite to be true, and invites us into this discussion on certainty and trust with Leary and Armin.
Everywhere he goes, Joe Battaglia sees people interacting with the internet and not with each other. As a result, we’ve lost the community God created us to live in. Joe’s new book addresses this crisis, spurring Christians on to reach out to others to live in true community once again. He shares that message here on the podcast this week.
Kelly Resendez knows what it’s like to be successful on the outside but unsatisfied on the inside.In 2002, Kelly was a mortgage lender who had it all: a high six-figure salary, the beach house, the mansion. But she felt joyless. When three family tragedies struck in close succession, she realized that she needed to change her definition of success and chase what God had for her.
Sangram Vajre became a marketer by chance and then went on to lead the marketing department of a 10 billion dollar company before leaving to start something new. He chats with Leary and Armin on how not only did his career change when he became an entrepreneur, but how finding God changed his leadership style as well.
Don Barden has a different model of leadership: He wants the people following him to leave him. It sounds different, and that’s because it is. Don wants to give everyone a chance to learn who they are and what they contribute to the world, and then he wants to equip them to go and serve God in their one unique capacity. Don chats with Leary and Armin about this model, reminding us all the servant leadership is hard, but it’s worth working toward.
JB Adkins is a serious serial entrepreneur. At a guess, he’s started 20 companies and seen many of them fail. His latest venture, Skyride, highlights his desire to keep innovating in an industry that seems mired in the same: air travel. JB chats with Leary and Armin about how failure can’t keep you from moving forward in this episode.
After a trying bout of bed rest with a pregnancy and four consecutive back surgeries, Sarah Beckman was tumbled into walking three people close to her through terminal illness in just three years. The decade of heartbreak and hardship taught her what it means to come alongside someone in their trial and truly be present for them, and she has tips for everyone that she shares with Leary and Armin in today’s episode.
Danita Bye was planning to write a book, just not the one that ended up being written! After speaking with her 23-year-old son following a leadership conference he attended, she felt compelled to explore what leading Millennials looked like --- and what it should look like instead.
John Turnipseed used to lead a gang of 300 or more in Minneapolis, a gang with a reputation big enough and bad enough to have the National Guard called in against them. Now, he’s living a completely different story. The campus pastor and executive vice president at Urban Ventures, John takes his passion for fathering and uses it to minister to men and their families.
Gigi Marvin is an expert at taking action. A professional hockey player and three-time Olympic medalist, Gigi helped Team USA win gold earlier this year at the 2018 Olympics. But that rise to the top almost didn’t happen. Just months before the games, Gigi and her teammates chose to take a stand and demand action in regards to the state of women’s hockey across the country. She chats with Leary and Armin about the courage it took, and why acting was the only thing they could do.
Ryan Carlson is a passionate networker who knows how building relationships with others can help both them and you in your own businesses and careers. And he learned from the best: his dad. Ryan joins Leary and Armin and they discuss ways to be memorable, how to be respectful of other people’s time, and how to keep nurturing those new connections long after that first business card exchange.
Aaron Ginn is a Silicon Valley force. Named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list in 2017, Aaron has helped companies like Everlane and StumbleUpon create products that people willingly become evangelists for, and it’s taught him a lot about his own personal faith while he’s at it. Aaron shares his story with Leary and Armin and has encouragement for Christians everywhere to be more courageous right where they are.
Former police officer Adam Davis wants everyone to redeem the pain in their life through being transparent with themselves, God, and others. As someone who has been sexually abused, Adam knows that radical transparency can bring healing to even the deepest of wounds. He shares his story with Leary and Armin, and encourages others to lay down their pain for Christ’s love.
Whitney Johnson knows that personal disruption is the best way to level-up in your own career trajectory. She jumped from earning a degree in music to becoming a sought-after equity analyst on Wall Street and knows that the experience helped her to jumpstart a new learning curve of her own. She chats about her experience with Leary and Armin and shares some tips for how to invite disruption in your own life in order to grow.
Herb Reese had been leading teams of men to serve widows and single moms for over ten years, but when his brother-in-law died and left his sister without someone to care for her and her daughters, he realized that his next bold step needed to be taking his ministry full time. Herb joins Leary and Armin to discuss New Commandment Men’s Ministry and how it is changing the lives of men and women around the globe.
How do you know if you are trusting God with a bold idea? Leary and Armin take a break from guest interviews to discuss the topic, chatting about prayer, timing, pacing, and facing risk. They’ve got practical steps to test your bold idea, and ways to know whether or not it’s the right time to dive into pursuing one.
After meeting failure in childhood, in marriage, and in his finances, Torrey Bates found himself starting fresh --- again. And this time, he found that finding purpose for himself rather than stepping into a role someone else had for him was the ticket to finally breaking out of the cycle of failure. Torrey shares his tough and triumphant story with Leary and Armin, reminding each of us that redemption is always possible.
Is there a place for Christians in popular art and culture? There most certainly is says Brian Bird, a successful Hollywood film and television producer. Brian doesn’t see a separation between the art of the people and the art of the church, just millions of men and women created in the image of God using their talent to share stories of redemption in search of the greatest redemption of all.
After losing both of her parents by the age of 18, Taylor Smith learned what loneliness was. Her mission is to help refugees all over the world feel the sense of belonging that we have as God’s people, and she has a remarkable story of how she got to this point. In this episode, she shares with Leary and Armin her vision for the world, that the nations of unrest might find God’s peace.
Can we make a Kingdom impact while we are here on earth? Jay Bennett is living proof that we can. A former attorney, Jay spent the first half of his life climbing ladders and making big things happen. Then he had what he calls his “halftime moment” when he lost the ability to speak. The moment brought him to a place where he knew God’s peace like never before, prompting him to turn his eyes to making investments for the Kingdom of God rather than just financial ones.
Can we make a difference in the global refugee crisis? John Griffith is living proof that we can. A former real estate developer and early retiree, John found his second life’s purpose in working with the American Refugee Committee and putting his skills in global development to perfect use.
Can we handle the risk that change requires? Nick Tasler thinks we can. An expert in the field of managing change, Nick helps Fortune 500 companies handle the change that comes their way as intentionally as possible. In order to make a big change, you have to take big risks -- and there is a science to it. Nick’s advice for individuals and corporations can help them manage their risk tolerance to be more effective.
Dr. Stecker has a passion to help churches return to the intergenerational communities that they once were. He chats with Leary and Armin about creating a culture where church ministries don’t silo church members away from one another, helping churches function as the families God intended them to be.
Can we create teams that help us reach our bold idea? Chris Mefford knows we can. Chris has taken departments that nobody wanted to work with and turned them into the departments that everyone wanted to be connected to. He talks with Leary and Armin about how radical transparency helped him get there.
Phil Cooke and Jonathan Bock have some shocking statistics for Christians today: Attending church less than 50% of the time makes you a “regular”. More than a third of Christians don’t believe prayer is important. Less than 10% of regular attenders tithe. When we bemoan the fact that our “Christian nation” is slipping away, who can we really blame? Leary and Armin talk with Phil and Jonathan about the broken church and how we can --- and must --- regain our credibility.
Can we walk through our fear of a dangerous situation, trusting that God has it all worked out? Michele Rigby Assad is living proof that we can. A former CIA counter-terrorism officer, Michele has lived in scary places and done some scary things --- and she gives God the credit for keeping her safe and enabling her to do every mission she came up against.
Can we move out of a broken past and into a healed future? Dr. Joe Martin believes we can --- and that we are charged to help others do the same. As someone who grew up without a father, Dr. Joe Martin knows what it’s like to crave a mentor and to need a Godly example. He speaks with Leary and Armin about what it means to be a man-builder, and why it might even be the biggest tool to break the cycle of absent fathers.
Can we push through our fear to find what God has for us on the other side? Jackelyn Viera Iloff is here to say you can. Jackelyn felt God calling her to work in Washington, D.C., a long, long way from her native California. In faith, Jackelyn pushed through the fear of failing and discovered a calling on her life that could only be from God.
Can we move from fear to freedom and find the love and approval we all want and need? John Collier’s story is proof that we can. A former police officer and convicted felon, John’s story is one of redemption and being made new. He shares how he overcame childhood trauma and found the father figure he always knew he needed.
Art Erickson took the neighborhood of South Minneapolis from being known as “Murder-apolis” to being a thriving center of economic growth and sustainability. He joins Leary and Armin to discuss how his work is entirely dependent on seeing others through the lens of transformation and not transaction.
After spending 66 days in the wilderness as part of The History Channel’s Alone show, Dave McIntyre came away from the experience with a newfound reliance on God’s strength in the absence of his own. He discusses how to survive your personal wilderness, and what you can learn about yourself and God when you do.
What’s wrong with a comfort zone? Does a bold idea need to be a leap of faith? Is a comfort zone good or bad? How do you take steps to get out of your comfort zone? Leary and Armin discuss all of these questions, share the pros and cons of comfort zones, and talk about how to know if you aren’t leaving yours enough.
Scott Alan Turner went from having an $800 a month car payment and a too-big-for-his-wallet mortgage to living a debt-free life and retiring early. This former money moron now helps others live like financial rock stars. He chats with Leary and Armin about how he learned the importance of being aware, in money and in life.
Kevin DeVries climbed five of the tallest mountains in the world, skied to the North Pole, started and sold business, and went on a hunt to find Noah’s Ark--all to avoid facing his past. Kevin shares his story of having run to the ends of the earth to avoid healing and how God met him with grace right where he was.
Can curiosity be cultivated? Wes Yoder thinks it can. Raised in an Amish and Mennonite community, it wasn’t until Wes was in his twenties that he realized that he could learn anything he wanted if he pointed his curiosity in the right direction. Now a successful author and founder of a prominent faith-based company, Wes encourages others to connect with their God-given curiosity.
What happens when a comedian gets breast cancer? She makes a joke about it. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Victoria Jackson shares her story of how laughter in tough times can be its own kind of saving grace. Join her, Leary and Armin to hear how God can use even cancer to spread His Gospel.
Ward Brehm says he was "a jerk" before God changed his heart and a life. A retired successful businessman, Ward found the love of Christ on a trip to Africa and has never been the same since. He talks with Leary and Armin about how God changed a jerk, as well as the guiding principles he has used to live his life since.
Amanda Carroll found herself married, a mother of three, doing a morning show in Washington, D.C., and living what looked like the life of a perfect suburban Christian woman. That all changed when her husband came home from a business trip to say that he was leaving her and their three kids---the youngest of which was only 8 weeks old. Amanda had to start her life over, and now she strives to help other single moms do the same.
Ever want to take the leap, quit your job, and pursue your art full time? It’s often tempting for a lot of us, but the phrase “starving artist” pulls most of us back. Jeff Goins joins Leary and Armin to talk about the myth of the starving artist---and how you can pursue your art like so many creatives before you.
Are you constantly getting knocked off course in the pursuit of your BoldIdea? Do you get distracted easily? Have a long todo list that just never seems to get done? Leary Gates and Armin Assadi share five tools to help you beat distraction and get to work on your BoldIdea.
McNair Wilson has a history of being exceptionally creative. But this former Disney Imagineer, writer, artist, actor, and public speaker thinks everyone is creative---we’re just using the wrong definition. Today on the podcast, McNair chats with Leary and Armin about the essential habits of creative people.
Elizabeth Saunders has a vision that Christians will stop managing their time and allow God to manage it for them. As someone who has gone through the transition from time management to priority management, Elizabeth chats with Leary and Armin about how doing this will set Christians free---and allow them to be even more effective disciples.
Dr. Phil Carson experienced severe stress-related health issues that led him to seek a more natural cure and livelihood. After losing the business he had built during the 2009 recession, Dr. Carson had to learn to trust God like he never had before --- and he discusses this new perspective on trusting God in business failure with Leary and Armin on the podcast this week.
Zoro the Drummer wanted to be three things in life: a drummer, a speaker, and a preacher. Raised in Compton by a single mother, the odds were not in his favor. But God’s grace is more than we can imagine, and today Zoro is all three of these and much more. Zoro the Drummer talks with Leary and Armin about how having a vision at a young age made him unbeatable.
Ron Edmondson has a unique perspective on church leadership, because he wasn’t always a part of it. This former business-owner-turned-lead pastor shares seven myths of leadership with Leary and Armin, and what it means to be an effective leader or manager in God’s kingdom, and why the church isn’t a business---but could take some lessons from the business world.
Tim Sanders has a revolutionary idea for business and life: giving away your love, your time, and your resources to help others is the only way to be truly successful. Tim chats with Leary and Armin about how important it is to give and ask nothing in return, and he shares seven principles for leading a life that is spiritually rich.
Kathleen Cooke is someone who is hard to keep up with---she’s an actress, author, speaker, and mentor seeking to connect Christians within Hollywood and beyond. Kathleen chats with Leary and Armin about how important the influence of relationships is in our lives as Christians, whether we’re seeking a new job or trying to carve out space for daily quiet time.
Dan Rupple is a media strategist and producer, as well as the CEO of Mastermedia International. He works one-on-one with media executives, helping them to understand the Christian audience and serving as an ally and Christian influence and counsel in their lives, both professional and personal. Dan talks with Leary and Armin about the changing media landscape and how Christians can be a part of it, if they are preparing to be surprised.
Karen Covell is a producer in the entertainment industry, an author, and founder of the Hollywood Prayer Network. She discusses how Hollywood might just be the Christian churches biggest mission field and how she’s working to bridge the gap between an industry that Christians fear and one that desperately needs Jesus.
PJ Jonas is a writer and small business owner who encourages others in their own family entrepreneurship adventures. In this interview, she chats with Leary and Armin about it means to work hard with a blessing from the Lord and how to integrate homeschooling, owning a business, and raising Godly children into one very full life.
Mark Goblowsky is a martial artist, author, and podcast host as well as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. After his son suffered a tragic brain injury, Mark had to learn to have faith in God even while walking through the hardest of times. Mark shares with Leary and Armin how this journey has changed him as a person and how he has turned his pain into a bold idea to help others.
Chris Fabry is an award-winning author of more than 80 books and a Moody Radio talk show host. After an unexpected financial and physical setback, he and his family had to learn to walk in faith toward what God had for them next. He joins Leary and Armin to discuss how false humility can often keep Christians from following their bold idea, and what he thinks you should do instead.
Shari Rigby is an author, Hollywood director, producer, and actress, who bold idea is to inspire women around the world with film, speaking, and her writings to say yes to their own stories and to know that they have been uniquely and beautifully created by a Savior that loves them.
Why do some ideas take off while others wither and die? In this week’s episode, Leary and Armin dig into the reasons your bold idea may never take flight. They’ve identified three bold idea killers that could be stopping your idea in its tracks. Listen in to learn about the three bold idea killers and how to avoid them!
Tom Gehring is a trial lawyer, mediator, adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University’s School of Law, and author. He travels the country sharing strategies for conflict mediation. Today, he joins Leary and Armin to discuss how Christians can become world-class peacemakers based on Biblical examples and how walking the Camino de Santiago has helped him take one step at a time with Christ.
Os Hillman is a speaker, author, and the president of Marketplace Leaders. Join us in this episode as Os shares his story of finding his calling through adversity.
Michele Pillar is a three-time Grammy nominee, author, and founder of The Clothesline Conference. She joins Leary and Armin to talk about how God helped her move from frenetic to fulfilled so she could help others find healing and redemption.
Leary and Armin sit down and discuss the nitty gritty of how to know whether your good idea is a God idea.
Tim Eldred, president of Endeavor Ministries, revitalized the oldest youth ministry in America. He advocates returning to the biblical model of teaching young people as Jesus trained His disciples.
Dan Brokke, president and CEO of Bethany International, knows about getting people to rally around a big goal. He shares some of his insights in this episode.
Dr. Thomas Phillips, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Library, is an expert on evangelism and revival. Tom explains what personal revival looks like and where it begins, but, even more, provides the example of humility that will start a personal revival.
Dr. Michelle Watson, founder of The Abba Project, talks about how a father's influence reaches deeply in to the hearts of their daughters. She shares her own story of how this ministry came to life as well as the ways in which fathers can make a lasting impact with their daughters.
Stephen Kendrick, along with his brother Alex, have produced several blockbuster Christian films. Stephen shares how they got their ideas and became successful through the process of prayer.