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.
Leary and Armin are making work great again! But seriously: they are. By asking some important questions, they’re moving the conversation from whether or not what you are doing is great, to whether or not you are doing great just by doing with the right attitude.
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.