Dennis is a big influence in the community, firstly from his large restoration company he built but secondly by the many ways he is engaged with the community and his employees. His implementation of his values into work made for some interesting conversation and he gave me advice for how to a company from a few people to a large profitable staff.
Jason is a guy that turned a commonly known "simple" job of being a trucker into a incredibly fulfilling career involving his family, faith and outreach into something so much more. Inspiring me to consider ways of how am I using my "basic" life and opportunities into something more meaningful and passionate.
The most requested guest to date is the longtime and legendary English Teacher at Christopher Dock. Now recently (semi) retired he speaks on his distinct teaching style, many teacher reflections over the years and recently his experience going through what he called a "complete mental breakdown". His journey has been high and low and is filled with wisdom and wonder...
Lowell is a legendary Biker pastor who has been using his passion of riding to reach new groups of people and make a difference. You will find Lowell is not an open book and genuinely cares about others and his community. There is a lot of great wisdom in stories in this man.
In perhaps one of the most important episodes so far we dive into the reality of addiction. The daily struggle with how to Love those that struggle in addiction. What is the way to love someone through addiction and in their addiction. There aren't many explicit answers but there is certainly a lot of wisdom in hearing Terry's Story.
Andy has one of those personalities that can't be ignored yet also can't be disliked. A big hearted man just beginning the fatherhood conquest talks on the lessons so far. We discuss the beauty in meeting our wives online and the type of foundation it laid in our relationships and dive into business talk as Andy is out to stop Amazon.
I have been interested in doing a podcast with someone I had no existing relationship with and seeing where things go, Jordan was recommended to me by an old friend and he seemed like the perfect chance to give it a whirl. It was an absolute blast, Jordan is a very engaging, passionate, and purpose driven guy that really made me think. We talk about being single and the challenges and purpose in what is often times indecipherable between a season of life or a lifetime assignment. Jordan is...
Known as "Tiger Dave" he shares about spending over 10 years as a Zookeeper specializing in the Bears, Lions and Tigers. He was deep in the biker world for years and now is working with troubled boys at a behavior facility. We also touch on his reflections on fatherhood and his time in the military.
Technically it could be said this is Kaci's first podcast considering the original podcast was secretly recorded. She is just the most fun personality to be around and has a way of making me laugh and think. My lovely wife!
I didn't know Scott beyond we went to the same church, but one day he posted something quite politically charged on Facebook and I felt the need to respond. He messaged me back and said lets talk about it, so we ended up have breakfast together and talked about our political disagreements. We end up talking some controversial issues but more-so challenge each-others thought process. I thought there was a good balance of challenging and listening... Did we get anywhere? ...you be the judge.
It wasn't so long ago that John and I were roommates in this very house talking about life, love and the lack thereof. John has been through a lot in his life but remains one of the most jolly upbeat guys around. A great friend with some great thoughts.
What started as just a chance to reconnect we ended up going deep. AJ wasn't scared to talk about an incredible turning point in his life that certainly makes one consider the "what if" I had trouble editing this one because there was so much laughter, what a genuine jolly fella!
As a nurse Jesse has experienced the unfortunate reality of death much too often and has some real insight on how to have those hard conversations with those going through hard times. Him and his wife Sara now have a beautiful young daughter Ruby, but it wasn't without struggle as he opened up about their miscarriage and how that affected them both deeply. Great stuff!
Met Dave at the Rock N' Rebel last Friday and had him on the podcast just few days later. He was willing to be open about his time as a soldier, marriage/divorce and his childhood that was entirely different than mine. Enjoyed building a friendship in real time!
Finally got Kaci to sit down and chat for the podcast... Ok not really, I wanted her to hang out by the fire with me and she said "Let's pretend podcast!" I secretly hit record. This is what happened. Love this girl!
Have you ever heard of a pastor that preaches in torn up blue jeans with a gun tucked inside his pulpit? Rob has lost two sons in the last two years, one to suicide. We cover some tough topics and I came away challenged with my view of the world and my comfort.
Scotty is one of those stories that makes you sit back and think "how are you still here, and how did you turn out so good!" His openness and love of life is inspiring. I just sit back and listen to stories that quite literally made my wife say "is this actually true!?" Yes. Yes indeed, totally true.
Ken is most definitely memorable. He is quite possibly the most interesting man you have met, get ready to settle in and just engage. His view of faith, meaning in career and living passionately are most certainly inspiring.
My friend Tom Heiler has been one of the most driven people I have ever met and has been an inspiration to many. His battle with cancer, and a childhood in the inner city brings a new perspective to things I take for granted. Ultimately our conversation boiled down to what heaven looks like, how self centered are we and who is God