Episode 18 – with Matthew Del Negro

Matthew Del Negro is a well-known actor who has played a wide range of roles in features, television and theater, including ABC’s “Scandal”, HBO’s “The Sopranos”, NBC’s “The West Wing”, Showtime’s “The United States of Tara”, MTV’s popular “Teen Wolf and, now, “Goliath” on Amazon’s Prime Video with Billy Bob Thornton.  Continue reading “Episode 18 – with Matthew Del Negro”

Episode 17 – with Marya Hornbacher

Marya Hornbacher is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. Marya is the recipient of a host of awards for her books, journalism, essays, and poetry. Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for her first book, Marya has spent a prolific twenty-odd years writing and teaching across genres. She was recently honored with the Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction.

A deep and heartfelt conversation about self-reliance, not knowing what to believe, recovery from alcohol, trying to sort through if God exists, and dreaming what it would be like to receive God’s love.

  • How do you navigate the unknown?
  • What are your deepest longings?
  • What does it look like for two people to disagree about faith and love each other?
  • How does faith inspire and energize?

Episode 16 – with Jessica Rasdall

Jessica Rasdall is a Motivational Speaker, Best Selling Author, Public Speaking Strategist and the host of The Creative Speaker Podcast. Jessica has shared her story of turning her “mess into a message” for over twelve years and has been featured on major international media outlets such as ABC’s 20/20, Katie Couric, The Guardian, MTV, Netflix and much more.

When Jessica was a freshman in college, she made a life-altering decision that resulted in the death of her best friend. In an effort to raise awareness, cope with her guilt and keep her friend’s memory alive, she began sharing her story. Jessica spoke to over 15,000 young adults across the country before she was sentenced to prison. She opens up for the first time about her faith during this painful journey.

  • What hope is there after a tragedy and a terrible decision?
  • How can healing include letting go of guilt and shame?
  • How real is the grace of God?

Episode 15 – with Rabbi Tuly Weisz

The editor of The Israel Bible, Rabbi Tuly, offers an Orthodox Jewish perspective. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Rabbi Tuly also is the publisher of Breaking Israel News.

Rabbi Tuly and a team of Biblical scholars have published a 929 chapter Bible centered around the land and people of Israel. His family transitioned from leading a congregation in Columbus, Ohio to serving in Israel seven years ago.

  • What is the overview of the Jewish faith?
  • Is the Messiah coming?
  • What insights do you have into the relationship between Jews and Christians?

Episode 14 – with Jason Romano

For 17 years, Jason was an Emmy-Award winning Senior Manager and Producer at ESPN. He has created and produced content for shows such as SportsCenter, Monday Night Football, Mike and Mike in the Morning, SundayNFL Countdown, College Gameday, MLB’s All Star Game and many more.

Jason is a speaker, media consultant, and author of the book “Live To Forgive”. He shares transparently about his personal experiences with his alcoholic father: the pain, disappointment, and healing process. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith.

  • What is it like working for ESPN and producing so many shows?
  • How painful is it as a child of an alcoholic parent and how do you overcome it?
  • What is real forgiveness in relationships and what are the myths about forgiveness?
  • How is faith relevant to emotional healing?

Episode 13 – with Antasha Durbin

Growing up in poverty, battling depression and morbid unhappiness, Antasha attempted suicide. It was a turning point in her life as she began to seek out new meaning and hope. She now lives as a single mom in New York City and is pursuing spiritual fulfillment, while casualizing spirituality and making it attainable for anyone, anywhere, anytime through CAJ Spirituality.

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Episode 12 – with Nataly Kogan

Nataly is a courageous entrepreneur, former venture capitalist, and founder and CEO of Happier, helping individuals and organizations to reach their full potential. Her family escaped the Soviet Union and became refugees in Europe before finding the projects in Detroit. She chased the American Dream and was successful in terms of fame and wealth. She has held top positions in many companies, including Microsoft, and served on boards as the only female member. Vastly unfulfilled with her achievements, she began a new search for contentment in life.

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Episode 10 – with Keasha Beard

Memoirs of Keasha is a new Hip-hop album ranked in the top 100 on Spotify. Emerging from a past of addiction, low self-esteem, and utter darkness, Keasha is breathing optimism into the mic.  Themes of forgiveness, contentment, vulnerability, and persistence are part of her transformation.

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Episode 9 – with Jared Fredeen

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Jared moved to California to pursue music full time. Champagne Sunday features Jared and his wife Jessi as they now reside in the Pacific Northwest. Jared saw division and unhelathy churches which contributed to his atheist position and left a bad taste in his mouth regarding Jesus.

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