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More than a conversation is dedicated to exploring ideas through conversing with interesting and innovative individuals. We discuss leadership, family, religion, theology, philosophy and so much more with faith-leaders, business people, authors, and whoever else may be willing to engage in more than a conversation.
34 Episodes
Victor Marx is a high risk humanitarian with successful missions to Iraq, Syria, North Africa and Southeast Asia – many times in non-permissive and high threat environments, helping orphans and widows.Severely abused and tortured as a child, by the time he graduated from high school, his lifestyle was filled with drugs, fights and theft. The discipline of military life and faith in God helped him recover from his traumatic childhood and empowers him to help others. Today, Victor focuses his attention to the plights of those affected by ISIS, troubled juvenile offenders, and supporting military personnel from all branches including the special operations community.More info at
Richie Hughes is an author and serves as an executive pastor for Redemption to the Nations Church in Chattanooga. Richie was a basketball coach and NBA Scout for the Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons. Prior to serving alongside Pastor Kevin Wallace in Chattanooga, Richie also served as CEO / Executive Pastor at Free Chapel in Gainesville, GA alongside Pastor Jentezen Franklin. Whether he ministers in a church service or challenges a thriving business staff on the other side of the country, Hughes’ topics always revolve around his life message, Col. 3:23, “Whatever you do, do it with all your might as working for the Lord, not for men.” Church consulting is a passion of Richie’s, and God has provided numerous opportunities for him to travel the world pouring into church leadership and staff.For more info go to
With nearly 40 years of ministry experience, Thom S. Rainer has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of the local church and her leaders.Prior to founding Church Answers, Thom served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Before coming to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Thom led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period. Thom is the author of more than two dozen books. Find more at
Hugh Ross, is an astrophysicist, author, and founder or Reasons to Believe. In this episode we discuss whether Global warming is a hoax, solar flares, why we aren't using the best source of power known to man, and much more. We also answer the question, "Should we be more scared of the Super Volcano or the Massive Asteroid?"... You don't want to miss this episode
Bishop David Kemp led one of America's leading Pentecostal churches. He is currently the Administrative Bishop of the North Central Region of the Church of God. You can find out more at
David Koppenhofer uses Biblical principles to help his clients build generational wealth and change their lives forever. You can reach David at 704-302-6266.
#028 Barry Clardy, Pastor

#028 Barry Clardy, Pastor


Barry Clardy is known for his love for God and people. As a Spirit filled visionary leader, he is committed to the focus of faith and family His commitment as a husband to Kimberly and a father to Graylin and Cameron are among his greatest joys. He and Kimberly currently pastor the Princeton Pike Church of God in Hamilton Ohio where they have served for the past 13 years.He currently serves on the Church of God International Council of 18, which serves with the International Executive Committee to form the International Executive Council, as well as the Ohio Church of God State Council. In addition to pastoring, Barry serves as a mentor to leaders and continues to minister across the United States and around the world sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a passion for the lost and a conviction to see God’s Kingdom advanced.His passionate delivery of the Gospel and anointing to share the compelling message of Jesus Christ is bringing hope and faith to people of all ages around the world.
Pastor Alex Jackson of the Transformational Church joins us to discuss the tensions he encounters as a Pastor, Police Officer, and Black Man in America.
Quantel Lindsey joins us again for a powerful conversation on navigating Race and Faith during the tumultuous aftermath of the George Floyd killing.
Justin Trapp is the founder of Ministry Pass, a resource for pastors that has grown to over 2 million downloads. Check it out at
Dwayne "Duke" Buckner is running for U.S. Senate in South Carolina. More info can be found on
For over two decades, David Smith has effectively ministered throughout the United States and around the world. He is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Oak Park Church of God in Mobile, Alabama. Pastor David is leading the Oak Park congregation in a pursuit of God’s glory and a desire to reach the lost with a vision to “Love, Grow, Serve”. His passionate and unique style of ministry blends a relevant preaching of God’s Word with a powerful anointing for deliverance and breakthrough.His Gospel message of hope and healing resonates with a generation hurting and disappointed by the setbacks of life. His personal vision is, “To make someone else’s life better in the name of Jesus.” He has a special passion to mentor other ministers and assist other pastors in bringing revitalization to their church and community.He has served on numerous leadership capacities and ministry boards, including: District Overseer, State Council, State Evangelism Board, State Youth Board, World Missions Board, International Ministry to the Military Board, and many others.Pastor David maintains that his greatest honor and responsibility in life is to enjoy time with his wife Kim and their 3 children and son in law: Ashley, Austin and Bethany, Andrea and John with two grandkids, Titus and Psalm.
Shane Stone is a church planter and business owner. In this episode he shares from his experiences and talks about pastoring, business, burnout, and what it is like to plant a church in a "church-saturated" area.
Brandon Key is the pastor of Graniteville Community Church in Graniteville, South Carolina. Under his leadership, the church has grown remarkably. Pastor Key is quickly becoming recognized as a leader among pastors.
Michael LaPierre is an Ivy League educated, former Fortune 500 Executive, and retired baseball player who is running for Senate in South Carolina.
Dr. Michael Heiser is an author, speaker, scholar, and the host of the Naked Bible Podcast. He is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Ancient History) and the University of Wisconsin- Madison (M.A., Ph.D., Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies). He has a dozen years of classroom teaching experience on the college level and another ten in distance education. Dr. Heiser is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software, a company that produces ancient text databases and other digital resources for study of the ancient world and biblical studies.
Astronomer and best-selling author Hugh Ross travels the globe speaking on the compatibility of advancing scientific discoveries with the timeless truths of Christianity. His organization, Reasons to Believe (RTB), is dedicated to demonstrating, via a variety of resources and events, that science and biblical faith are allies, not enemies.
Matthew and Marsena Cunningham are the Founders of Project Edinburgh and missionaries to Scotland. They bring decades of pastoral experience and a heart to see the gospel brought to an increasingly secular nation.
A Thanksgiving evening discussion on Holidays, Materialism, and Toxic Family Dynamics with Heather Conley.
Erik Corcoran, political activist, founder of the Nehemiah Network, and member of Ted Cruz's presidential campaign joins us to discuss the current state of politics in America and how the church should respond.
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