Creative Christians

Creative Christians

Listen to inspirational stories of Christians who are using their God-given talents and gifts in creative endeavors, such as filmmaking, writing & music – not just to make a living or fulfill a passion – but to glorify God as well. Host Tim Ristow – a Christian, filmmaker, writer and creative - interviews a different guest each episode from his circle of fellow Christian creatives. How do creatives approach their craft? What kinds of things are they creating? What are the processes they use to create them? How do they strive to be and stay creative? How does their faith influence and inform their creativity?

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February 21, 2024 95 mins

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Embark on a journey with Christian rock pioneers Kemper Crabb (ArkAngel) and Frank Hart (Atomic Opera) through the landscapes of faith and sound that define Contemporary Christian Music. Host Tim Ristow guides the conversation with these two legends to uncover the genesis of this genre with Kemper during the Jesus Music era to Frank building on that legacy during the '90's, while also peering into ...

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Navigating the intersection of spirituality and artistry can often be challenging, but Americana and Folk musician Angie Goeke does it with grace.  Her story, which she shares with an open heart in our latest episode, is a tapestry of early choir experiences, the nurturing of her talent, and the strength to pursue her passion as a Christian creative in the secular music industry.  Angie shares her insights i...

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December 21, 2023 66 mins

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Embark on a festive odyssey where the rich tapestry of Christmas and the stirring narrative of God's incarnation are interwoven in a celebration of creativity and faith. This episode is an open invitation to rediscover the holiday's deep roots through artistic expression and intentional practices. As our homes transform with decorations and our hearts warm with family traditions, we delve into mean...

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August 24, 2023 74 mins

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In this first topic based episode, host Tim Ristow goes solo, taking you on a deep dive into what it means to be inspired, how inspiration works and how best to respond to it when you're inspired.   Ristow gives listeners 5 important takeaways on how you can help jumpstart inspiration in your own creative life.  Learn how inspiration influences our creativity, our faith,...

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Scott Nurmela is an actor, writer, director and even a set designer.  Scott has acted in theater, television and film.  He’s been in over 100 theatrical productions as a part of The Popcorn Players in Azle, Texas, a community theater group of which he serves as president.  He’s written four plays.  His latest, “The Front Porch” is a wonderful tale about a newlywed couple who buys a home and lives in it all t...

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March 16, 2023 57 mins

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In the second season debut episode, host Tim Ristow welcomes returning guest, Dr. Kurt Senske, back on to discuss his latest book titled, “The CEO and the Board: The Art of Nonprofit Governance as a Competitive Advantage”.

Dr. Senske delves into the very relationship driven world of governance between a CEO and a board and between individual board members.  Digging into topics such as communication,...

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January 21, 2023 100 mins

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Nature & wildlife photographer Dave DeVore joins host Tim Ristow to discuss how he uses his photography skills as a tool to witness to the wonders of God's Creation.  Providing a mix of helpful photography tips, descriptions of personal favorite photographs, and insights into the habitats and animals that he has had the opportunity to observe and photograph, DeVore shares a wide range of photography...

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November 2, 2022 99 mins

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Jazz musician Eric Willis joins host Tim Ristow for an in-depth & powerful interview  about music, family, fathers & sons, abuse, the Gospel, theology, and forgiveness and redemption.  Eric’s story is tied intimately into music and family. 

Eric is a highly talented and experienced pianist and keyboard artist out of Dallas, Texas who also began as a percussionist.  Mentored early on by the ...

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October 4, 2022 78 mins

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Award-winning author, Deborah DeArmond, one of the writers behind  "The Write Calling: Encouragement for the Writer's Heart" joins host Tim Ristow to discuss her writing, her books, coaching for writers and her faith.  

DeArmond has written 6 books, including  “Related by Chance, Family by Choice”, “I Choose You Today", and "Don’t Go to Bed Angry. Stay Up and Fight!” All thr...

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September 18, 2022 67 mins

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Film Scholar Dr. Philip Hohle started teaching video production & communication courses at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas in the 1980’s.  Host Tim Ristow was one of his students in his Introduction to Media class.     

Hohle went on to form his own production company, Parabolic Productions, in 1991 and has produced hundreds of videos over 20+ years in video production.  Parabolic eventually b...

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September 6, 2022 65 mins

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Filmmaker Philip Hohle started producing videos and films at Concordia Lutheran College in Austin, Texas in the 1980’s.  He also taught communications classes at the college and host Tim Ristow was one of his students in his Introduction to Media class.    

Hohle went on to form his own production company, Parabolic Productions, in 1991.  Parabolic eventually became the preferred video production company for ...

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August 6, 2022 91 mins

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Tim welcomes author Dr. Kurt Senske to the show to discuss his calling and his writing.  Dr. Senske has written four books: "The Wine and the Word: Savor & Serve" (2014), "The Calling: Live a Life of Significance" (2010),  "Personal Values" (2004), and "Executive Values" (2003).  Senske has a fifth book arriving in 2023, tentatively titled "The CEO and the Boa...

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May 17, 2022 51 mins

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Tim continues his interview with his friend and VoiceOver artist Monte Reid from Sweden.  Hear some of Monte's creative character voices and learn about some of the most unusual places & spaces where Monte has had to record voicoevers.   Monte discusses some of his experiences on film sets and in video productions, both as an actor and voice talent.  Hear a sample song from Monte as he discusses why...

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April 26, 2022 56 mins

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In this episode, host Tim Ristow talks with his friend and voice talent Monte Reid from Sweden.  Monte has recorded his voice for thousands of film trailers, documentaries and productions.  He's also an actor, singer, writer and former youth minister.  Get to know Monte, including how he and Tim first met; hear stories from some of Monte's voiceover career and a sample of his voice work; hear a won...

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March 25, 2022 68 mins

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Host Tim Ristow gets to know the creative side of author & pastor, Mike Newman.  Ristow delves into Newman's approach to writing and how he approaches the creative process.  Newman also reflects on how sharing aspects of his personal story is an important asset in connecting with readers, talks about dealing with pain and loss in his own personal history, and examines how his faith informs his writi...

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