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Pulling Weeds in the Church

Pulling Weeds in the Church

Revisiting the controversial topic of Cardinal McCarrick, we go full-throttle in this episode as we candidly share some of the ugliness in Church leadership from an insider's view having worked for Archdioceses and other organizations over the past decade.  In doing so, we wrestle with when it's prudent and helpful to challenge Church leadership and when is it spiteful and hurtful.  

From there, we give an honest update on how things are going with our family during our transition to working for ourselves full-time, and the difficulties that go along with it, which lead to our asking two pointed questions at the end of the show:

  1. If we could teach you how to do ONE thing, what would you want us to teach you (either both of us together, or separately)?
  2. If we could make ONE non-churchy product (i.e., no Bible studies, etc.), what would you want us to make that you'd actually pay for?

Leave your comments below and let us know!

Posted by Greg
July 24, 2018

Addressing Cultural Appropriation

Jewish Roots of the Eucharist

Jennifer has been diving deeply into Dr. Brant Pitre's book, The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, which has lead to more frequent daily Mass attendance for both Greg and Jennifer. 

The discussion of the book swerved into the more sensitive topic of the melting pot of cultural appropriation, and the modern-day difficulty of appreciating other cultures without accidentally offending those to who the culture belongs.

Lastly, Lily's interest in cross country has provided inspiration for perseverance both in health as well as our faith lives.

Posted by Greg
July 17, 2018

The Miracle of Parkinson’s Disease

Blast from the Past

On this week's show we're joined by our old buddy, Michael McCaughey, who we became great friends with during the first year of our marriage.  Greg and Michael first met at a network gaming party in 1995 and shortly thereafter they shared adjacent cubes while working at LOTUS software's tech support division. 

Over the next few years the three of us went to tons of concerts, movies, and even vacation together.  Michael was the first person to ever encourage us to go into business for ourselves.

As we started having kids and moved to another part of Atlanta, our visits with Michael became fewer and farther between.  Then, around 2008, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  Over the next several years we lost contact with each other for various reasons, finally reconnecting last fall. 

During the intervening years, Michael sought non-traditional ways to not only overcome his Parkinson's, but discovered groundbreaking ways of addressing a multitude of neurological disorders including depression, anxiety, and more.

Given the way our 2018 has been, it's been a Godsend to have Michael back in our lives.  And for the 4th of July, Michael came to visit us and meet some of our children for the first time.

On this episode we share Michael's medical miracles, his regained health after being completely disabled by Parkinson's, and his quest to help others battling neurological challenges.

If you or someone you know would like more info about Michael's treatment and how it could help you, click here to send him an email.

As promised, here are some photos from our heyday with Michael, in the few short years before we became parents: 

Greg, Jennifer, and Michael (sometime around 1996 or so).

Greg, Jennifer, and Michael (2018)

One of our many late-night jam sessions at Michael's place. Interestingly, Michael is playing one our guitars and Greg is playing Michael's.

Inside joke pose while on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (February 1997).

Another jam session pic. The woman in the plaid shirt was actually Jennifer's matron of honor when we got married. Another fellow LOTUS friend, Andy, is on the colorful bass guitar.

Posted by Greg
July 10, 2018

5 Ways to Avoid the Mid-Day Crash

Episode #233: How to Fight the Mid-Afternoon "Crash" when sleepiness tries to take over!  

You have work to do, grocery shopping that needs done, kids demanding attention.

And you're tired. Wiped out. Physically and mentally tapped.

But you don't have time to take a nap, and need to wake up NOW!

In this episode we dive into 5 Ways to Avoid the Mid-Day Crash:​

  1. Rethink how you think about breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  2. Wean away old habits
  3. Practice quick switch activities
  4. Switch your sweets
  5. Evaluate what and why you have unhealthy habits

ALSO: We've had the chance to spend a lot of time visiting our friend Kyle Heimann on his radio show.  Here are links to listen:

Episode 467 - Mary, Podcasting and More
Episode 445 - Rosary App
Episode 291 - Tied in Knots

Posted by Greg
July 3, 2018

ADV #232: Get the Log Out

We celebrated Jennifer's 48th birthday with a family road trip to Lake Michigan, we shared new ways to stay in touch with our co-producers, and discussed the frustrating news of Cardinal McCarrick's recent removal from ministry and what it means for the future of the Catholic Church.

Here's the article from Crisis Magazine that we referenced.

We're also offering a free webinar this Thursday called "Happiness on Demand."  Click here to register now!

Posted by Greg
June 26, 2018

ADV #231: Happiness On Demand

This past Saturday Jennifer's mother went back to Atlanta to visit family for a few weeks, leaving us to re-acclimate to being in our house with just the kids.  But we're still incredibly busy, nonetheless, and talk about the importance of setting goals, of dreaming big, and trusting with all that we've got.  

We also talk about how to flip our own internal switches to generate more happiness in our lives whenever we need it.

We're also offering a free webinar this Thursday called "Happiness on Demand."  Click here to register now!

Posted by Greg
June 19, 2018

ADV #230: Jennifer’s Obstinance

What started as a conversation about the difficulty of keeping up with mowing the grass in Indiana turned into a deep dive into what it means to completely surrender yourself to Jesus through Mary, which in turn brought up those perennial Catholic questions:

How is Mary a model for us?

Why do Catholics pray to Mary?

Why not just go straight to Jesus?

By looking at our relationship with Mary, we further talked about how God is taking us deeper into better understanding our own need for greater humility and trust in our current circumstances of trying to build up a business.

Along with all that, we also share how much fun we had creating our new co-producer video.

Want to be a Co-Producer? Check out this video to learn how:

Rosary Army App Downloads and Reviews

And lastly, don’t forget to download and review the all new Rosary Army Mobile app!  Details and links to download can be found here.

Posted by Greg
June 12, 2018

ADV #228: Off the Walter

Our 18-year-old recent graduate joins us on the show to share the ups and downs of transferring to a new school, making friends, and now launching his own video editing company, Off the Walter.  We’re very proud of this boy, especially considering the numerous challenges he’s had to overcome and sacrifices made over the last couple of years.

Additionally, we dive into a huge stack of awesome email in response to Greg’s new self-employment, our Exceptional Change programs, and the recent positive launch of the official Rosary Army Mobile App.

And as a reminder, registration is now open for the June session of EXCEPTIONAL YOU.

If your days are filled with more uncertainty than stability, more worries than dreams, Exceptional You is custom made to help you overcome your specific problems and limits to finally experience the EXCEPTIONAL life you were made for.

Maybe your emotions are out of whack and uncontrollable from one day to the next.

Maybe you feel like you totally missed your calling and purpose in life and now feel unsatisfied and frustrated with your job and finances and how you spend your time.

Maybe your relationships feel like they’re on autopilot.

Maybe you feel this overwhelming pressure building up inside of you that just doesn’t feel right.  It feels like it’s going to pop and something has to change.  But you’re not quite sure what.

Maybe it’s one or all of these things, or some other nagging thought in the back of your head that’s constantly whispering:

“You’re unhappy.”

“It’s never going to get better than this.”

“You made mistakes and now you’re stuck with them.”

Spurred by the amazing response to our Exceptional Together program, we’ve launched a second installment of Exceptional Together in July, but REGISTRATION IS OPEN for the first Exceptional YOU Online Conference!

Your future depends on what you do today. But past failures, pains, and more keep can keep you locked into beliefs that worked in the past, but don’t work anymore.  Transform your future, discover more joy, and become the person you are meant to be.

Exceptional YOU is a self-paced journey of discovery to walk away from everything that’s holding you back so that you can discover the life that’s been waiting for you.

PLUS – The first TEN registrants for Exceptional YOU will also get up to one hour of personal coaching with Greg and Jennifer!

Registration for Exceptional YOU is NOW OPEN and the online sessions will unlock to those registered on June 11, 2018.

Registration for the next Exceptional TOGETHER Online Marriage Conference has begun accepting early registrations and access to those sessions will be available July 9, 2018.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity!

Rosary Army App Downloads and Reviews

And lastly, don’t forget to download and review the all new Rosary Army Mobile app!  Details and links to download can be found here.

Posted by Greg
May 30, 2018

ADV #227: Exceptional YOU

Exceptional YOU

Spurred by the amazing response to our Exceptional Together program, we’re launching not only a second installment of Exceptional Together in July, but on Friday, May 25th at 10AM EST you can reserve your spot for the first Exceptional YOU Online Conference!

Your future depends on what you do today. But past failures, pains, and more keep can keep you locked into beliefs that worked in the past, but don’t work anymore.  Transform your future, discover more joy, and become the person you are meant to be.

Exceptional YOU is a self-paced journey of discovery to walk away from everything that’s holding you back so that you can discover the life that’s been waiting for you.

PLUS – The first TEN registrants for Exceptional YOU will also get up to one hour of personal coaching with Greg and Jennifer!

Registration for Exceptional YOU opens this Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10AM EST and the sessions begin on June 11, 2018.

Registration for the next Exceptional TOGETHER Online Marriage Conference also opens this Friday, May 25 with sessions starting July 9, 2018.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity!

Self Employment Lessons

Also on this show we discuss some of the healthcare alternatives we’ve discovered including GoodRX.com for discount prescription coupons, and Christian Healthcare Ministries for family healthcare coverage.

Jumping Off the Cliff Feedback

It was so great hearing VOICES again on this episode.  If you want to leave voicemail, give us a call at 888-299-8686.

Rosary Army App Downloads and Reviews

And lastly, don’t forget to download and review the all new Rosary Army Mobile app!  Details and links to download can be found here.

Posted by Greg
May 23, 2018

ADV #226: Jumping Off Another Cliff

Jumping Off Another Cliff

This is one of those episodes we may be talking about for years to come as we share a major decision we had to make that will affect the future of our family.

Mother’s Day Fun

Before diving into the big topic, we share how we tried to spoil Jennifer for Mother’s Day, but it ended up Greg turning into a drill sergeant to the kids.

Hot Ones

Walter’s been getting a lot of attention this week for a Hot Ones YouTube parody he did for school.  You can see that here.

Rosary Army App Downloads and Reviews

And lastly, don’t forget to download and review the all new Rosary Army Mobile app!  Details and links to download can be found here.

Posted by Greg
May 16, 2018

ADV #224: Marriage Muscles

Marriage Muscles

Just like working out to build a better physique, the Sacrament of marriage also grows stronger when we exercise our marriage muscles.

But it helps to have a solid understanding of what marriage is in the first place before you dive into trying to build up something you don’t fully understand.

For starters, marriage is a covenant relationship with God.  It’s not a contract, as in an exchange of goods and services between two parties.  A covenant is a promise, a partnership for life only to be separated by death.  A covenant is establishing a partnership of the whole of life and by its nature is ordered toward the good of the spouses, toward procreation and education of offspring

The reason for such an extreme definition of marriage is because marriage plays a key role in God’s plan of salvation.  The creation of man & woman is in God’s very image and likeness and God Himself is the author of marriage.  The vocation TO marriage is written into the natures of man and woman.  A healthy marriage contributes to the well-being of its family which contributes to the well-being of society and to all the individuals in it.

Even cooler, marriages aren’t just witnesses for other marriages.  Marriages are witnesses to all humanity of the everlasting covenant established by Jesus Christ. When man and woman give and receive love with each other in marriage, this mutual love is the image of how God loves man.

 

Designing Your Marriage

In this episode we dive more deeply into how everyone – including single and widowed people, as well as religious, are affected and dependent upon marriage.

Plus we discuss the core of what makes unexceptional marriages, and the four key steps to building marriage muscles.

NOTE: Our Exceptional Together online course is filling up and registration closes on MAY 14, 2018!  Be sure to visit ExceptionalTogether.com to save your spot now!

Exceptional Together

Posted by Greg
May 3, 2018

ADV #223: Exceptional Together

Exceptional Together

Many couples settle for a “good” marriage. Or worse, suffer through a difficult one. But your marriage can be joyful every day and be the catalyst to transform your future. We’re here to help. Don’t settle for average when you can learn how to be EXCEPTIONAL TOGETHER.

Since getting married in 1995, we’ve not only constantly worked to strengthen our own marriage, but have helped hundreds of thousands of people around the globe do the same for theirs.

Because of our unique experiences in matters of faith and broadcast media, we are certain of a few marital truths: exceptional marriages can beautify the world, good marriages can sustain it and bad marriages can damage it.

A Commitment To You

We are committed to helping married couples build an exceptional life together regardless of their family and bank account size. It’s easier than you think.

That’s why we’re launching Exceptional Together, a 3-week marriage enhancement webinar course for couples presented LIVE over six different evening sessions. This program is unique and custom designed to meet the needs of registered couples in attendance.

Limited to the first 50 couples, this is a one of a kind opportunity to learn how to fortify your exact marriage from the comfort of your own home. No shoes required.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS

We’ll share what matters most from our expertise in faith, marriage, family life and even individual pursuits. Through our professional experiences with keynote speaking around the world, hosting satellite radio, and podcasting on faith, marriage and family life matters, we have already touched the lives of thousands around the world.

And now, we’re ready to share it with you so that you don’t have to waste another day feeling unexceptional with the spouse God gave you.

It sounds like a tall order, we know! But if you’re willing to work with us and work alongside your spouse over the course of six LIVE interactive online sessions over a three-week period, we’ll teach you how to take the gift of your marriage and turn it into something that can be even more passionate, exciting, and hopeful than on the day you got married. Now that’s what we call a WIN!

The only way to fail is to decide to do nothing.

The Exceptional Together LIVE Online Course is for you if:

  • You want to reignite the passion of the early days of your marriage,
  • If you feel overextended and believe your marriage could be more peaceful and loving,
  • You have the faith that enriching your marriage is something that you and your spouse should be doing,
  • You are determined to make your marriage not only work, but thrive and grow in happiness, contentment, and joy.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS!

This event starts May 15 and is limited to the first 50 registered couples!

Links, books and other resources mentioned on this episode:

Special Note to Co-Producers

Just another quick note to thank all of our co-producers for being such an important part of this podcast.  You inspire us and make it possible for us to keep doing this important work!

Posted by Greg
April 26, 2018
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