Amazing Greats

Amazing Greats

Interviews with well known actors, authors, artists, athletes, musicians, and business leaders. Authentic conversations about their lives, careers, and how their faith played an important part. Inspiring and uplifting stories of hope, transformation, and triumph. We dig deep for the powerful life stories from some very amazing guests...truly "souls on fire".

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September 21, 2022 52 min

Legendary coach and Jesus follower, Tony Dungy on a visit to ESPN asked producer Jason Romano  how he was sharing his faith at the sports network.  That question was a turn around moment for Jason as he recognized for the first time the importance of "Blooming where you are planted"  wherever that might be.  ESPN was fertile ground for him to bloom.  Living his faith in a secular world.
 
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This conversation is jammed with inspiration and wisdom from athlete, broadcaster and Jesus follower, Brock Huard.  In the next few minutes you'll hear about the power of community in the form of small groups of like-minded believers including some of the important ingredients for building powerful connections.

Brock shares how he has successfully integrated his faith with the fast paced world of professional sports and broadca...

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He was the first shortstop drafted for the all new Mariners team in 1977...and played for the American League All Star team that year. You'll hear his story about the challenging time in Seattle when he was ready to give it all up. 

Craig Reynolds started his love of baseball as a kid, and was drafted right out of high school.
He was born into a Christian home and has spent a life time doing his best to live out  his Christian v...

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She believed she was never going to be a Christian.  Farthest thing from her mind. Gaby Viesca was a highly successful soccer player turned upward mobile  corporate executive for General Electric.  She was on the fast track to success at a very young age.   Being famous and wealthy were her life goals.  She had no time for God.

Until it all changed in a moment. 

This is her amazing story.   You will hear all of the details of a lif...

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Jason Porterfield has dedicated his life to the cause of peace.  After giving up his comfortable suburban lifestyle at an early age to move into some of the darkest slums of the inner city he experienced first hand the most challenging living conditions in the poorest communities.   From Camden New Jersey, to Vancouver Canada's Downtown Eastside and then to Indonesia he lived and shared life  with the most desperate,  homeless,...

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As we conclude our two part series with entertainment legend Pat Boone, you'll hear how he  took a chance on the pro Basketball team "Oakland Oaks" in the American Basketball league and helped establish the 3 point shot, that changed the game.  Then he'll tell the story about  shocking the entertainment world with his wild adventure into the world of Heavy Metal.  Pat will share his contribution to gospel music and ...

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Our Amazing Great's podcast comes to you from the Beverly Hills home (since 1960) of Pat Boone.  This conversation with an American entertainment Icon,  launches with the story of two Tennessee boys who captivated millions during the beginning days of rock and roll.  Hear how he and Elvis first met  and became friends at a sock hop in Cleveland. 

You'll hear about Pat's many career triumphs as well as  some emotional mo...

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I say this a lot.  But... I'll say it again.  This is one of my favorite conversations.   Meet  legendary major league baseball player, Doug Flynn.   He was team mates with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench,  Ken Griffey and the rest of the Great 8 from the Cincinnati Reds world series winning 1975 and 76 team .  He'll share the excitement of those years, the trauma of baseball trades, the power of a 40 year marriage and the challeng...

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What does our guest have in common with Dennis Rodman?  Plus, he'll put to rest the controversy that arose in 2013.  You'll hear those stories and much more. 

This guy has  been up close and personal with every NBA legend in the game.  With a whistle and a pair of court shoes, Ed Rush has been up and down the basketball court more times than any of  America's  great players, with 2500 games under his belt.  He was an of...

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April 27, 2022 49 min

What happens when you reach the height of your career....but somehow you know there is something more?

Margo Day was clearly at the top of her game as a Vice President at Microsoft but somehow didn't feel fulfilled.  She knew there was something more for her.

She kept praying for what God had for her....but no answer.  As much as she struggled with what was next, nothing seemed to click....until....until....she went on vacation. ...

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They don’t really teach parenting skills in school.   I guess we’re expected to just figure it out through trial and error.  That’s a pretty flawed way, when human lives are in our hands.  Unconditional love for our kids is a great start and a perfect foundation for good parenting, but it’s  not exactly a strategy.  My guest on this episode Jonathan Catherman, has made it his life’s mission to build a toolset for parents to use in ...

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If you talk to any of the current list of awesome Christian Music Performers, somewhere in the conversation,  John Michael Talbot's name will come up. 
In this awesome conversation between Amazing Greats guest host Joe Micheals and John he reveals how his young marriage fell apart as he became a Bible thumping legalistic Christian fanatic.  Then hear how he flipped from an "anti-Catholic" to actually becoming a Francisc...

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February 23, 2022 47 min

This episode just oozes with wisdom from one of the most successful players and coaches in football.  You'll hear how the game of football is just a small part of the impact Sherman Smith has on players.   From High school to the NFL his unique slant on what it takes to be  successful is what makes his story so compelling.  As a follower of Jesus he strives to walk the walk and let his actions speak.  As he says. "It's ...

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The ripple effect of a fund raising dinner at the home of entertainer Pat Boone continues to make a powerful impact on the world today.  Last year alone 50 million people in 40 different countries were touched by the staff of 5400 team members at MERCY CORP.  The star studded dinner, led to a dinner at the White House and gained the support of Jimmy and Roselyn Carter which gained the notoriety needed to spark the momentum that got...

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On this episode of Amazing Greats,  we talk with Wayne Pederson a life long Christian, and career broadcaster.  We'll hear about his early conflict between his faith and his passion and how they ended up merging.   At 16 years old he had an  "AH-HA" Jesus moment that shaped the rest of his life.   
Wayne's life work centers around bringing the name of Jesus to remote areas of the world to people who had never been ex...

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David Eubank's daily trust in the guidance and protection of God, while performing heroic and awe-inspiring work in devastating war torn countries will blow you away.   His transition story from  special forces soldier to humanitarian soldier for Jesus will have you smiling at all of the good works that he and his army of volunteers are accomplishing in desolate war torn countries on the other side of the world.
David is the fo...

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Max Mclean may well be the foremost authority on one of the greatest authors and intellectuals of the past century, C.S. Lewis.  After all, Mclean has spent a big part of his life capturing the essence of  Lewis through stage presentations and now in film. 
Max Mclean is the founder and executive director of the Fellowship for the Performing Arts in New York who specialize in artistic performances through a Christian world view.
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December 14, 2021 39 min

With all the smack talk about the current crop of youth:  the hip hop, rap, violent video games, phone addictions and social media....we had a chance to see the other side of that coin.  In this episode of Amazing Greats we talk with 17 year old Isiah Lacombe.   His vision of a better world is backed by an action plan that has made an impact on thousands of people on the other side of the globe.  Is Isaiah an anomaly or is there so...

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How does a kid in school who can't make any sports team end up being one of the most celebrated athletes in the world?  A three time Olympian, and first high schooler to break the four minute mile (3:59), is here to share his unlikely life journey, that started with a nightly prayer.  You'll hear how "playing church" as a youngster changed forever when he became a "real Christian".     

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Care Tuk has been through more physical challenges than anyone we've known.  But that has not robbed her of her sense of humor, her positive attitude and her special relationship with God.  This is our second opportunity to chat with Care on Episode 22.  You'll hear about her continuing  health challenges that would have brought most of us down.  Along with a  health update,  "Amazing Greats" host Klem Daniels jumps...

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