Exploring Faith Podcast with Lee Rankinen

Lee Rankinen started his career focused on the sports industry, working with the Philadelphia Eagles. He quickly realized that he wanted to be an entrepreneur. Shortly thereafter he attended Pepperdine University where he befriended his now business partner, Justin Malik, and earned his MBA. Lee’s passions include personal development, health, finance, and building businesses. He spends the majority of his time outside of work with his wife (Joc Marie of Optimal Relationships Daily) and son. They love to travel and explore as frequently as possible as a family.

Optimal Living Daily was created as a passion project, wanting to create a business that would offer much more fulfillment. We were always discussing our interest for personal development and minimalism and wanted to create a side project in that space; Justin thought it would be an interesting idea to curate and read the best blog content that we could find with author permission. They have launched four other shows since then and have had over 50 million downloads.

  • What is the life of an entrepreneur like?
  • What are you learning and motivated to develop?
  • What is the why underneath our choices and behaviors?

Exploring Faith Podcast 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 “Exploring Faith Podcast with Matthew Del Negro”

Exploring Faith Podcast 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?

Exploring Faith Podcast 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?

Exploring Faith Podcast 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?

Exploring Faith Podcast 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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Exploring Faith Podcast 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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Exploring Faith Podcast 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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Exploring Faith Podcast 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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