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Conversations at the table about life, faith, and being human. Hosted by some misfits, rebels, and dreamers trying to bridge the gap between faith and culture.
27 Episodes
A few days after the attack on the Capitol Building on 1/6/2021, we sat down with Charles Clemons, author of the book Undivided: A Biblical Response to What Divides U.S.Not only was it a timely convo for recent events, but it also is a perfect launching point for our focus this year: TwentyTwentyONE, where we will be talking a lot about unity in these very divisive times. We're stoked to dive in! Now here's some more info about our guest and where to find him...Charles Clemons has served as a youth pastor and lead pastor for African American and multi-ethnic churches. Additionally, he has worked in relief and development for a Christian charity organization with programs in Africa. During the last decade, Charles has worked with families in crisis in hospitals and, currently as a chaplain. Learn more on his website.Buy Undivided on AmazonSupport the show (
When we find ourselves in a whirlwind, we have a few choices... get angry, play the victim, or... ride the storm, and hopefully make peace with it... Such a great convo with our friend, author, mom, creative, and yes... Beach Tennis Pro, Laura Haver. We talked about the fun things she's been doing with her family during the pandemic, Netflix, self-forgiveness, her upcoming book, and a little thing called Hedonic Adaptation... And if you're like us and didn't know what that meant, you need to! Plus we filmed this one so you will get to watch us on the Youtubes.You can find Laura on her website: laurahaver.comAnd on Instagram @lauramhaverSupport the show (
Scary Grace

Scary Grace


Most of us love the idea of grace for ourselves. In theory, it's great for others, too. (Until we have to give grace, that is). But have you ever thought of grace as scary? Well, we think a real understanding of grace can be frightening for those of us who love to control and measure our own growth and progress. Join the team as we struggle through this concept of scary grace...We also mention our new Uncommon [good] Spotify Playlist.It's a collection of songs that have been meaningful for us in this 2020 life. AND it's collaborative, so you can add songs to it! We'd love to hear what songs have been keeping you sane and giving you hope these days. Go add some to the playlist!Support the show (
Do you feel like you have nothing to bring to the table these days? Between homeschooling, trying to work, staying healthy, and just managing life in 2020, we sure feel spent at the end of the day. Kinda like we have nothing much to offer. Well, in this episode, Ryan springs a topic on us (after we start recording) and something sure comes from nothing.Support the show (
Scary [Good]

Scary [Good]


Some things are so good they're scary. Listen in on a real-talk convo about the scary good news of life, faith, truth, grace, and... what can keep us anchored in scary uncertain times.Wanna talk more about this goodness? Shoot us an email: hello@uncommongoodsd.comSupport the show (
In this episode we talk about what's lighting us up during this strange and often dark 2020. Which leads to an awesome convo about how God often shows up in the wilderness. What's filling you up during these wild times? Check out what our team shares...RyanThe Bible for Normal People PodcastThe Book of James (The Message Version) Cody The Reclaim Study and The Slow Down Podcast from The Table NetworkMusic from Johnnyswim (Songs with Strangers), Andy Squyres (Dead Horse), Lecrae, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kyle Reynolds.Carlos Whitaker, Author of Enter Wild, Find him on Instagram @lostwhit Dawn Gardening (Tips and advice welcomed!)Jen Hatmaker Podcast: For the Love (with Guest Brené Brown) Book: Fierce, Free and Full of Fire Scriptures to check out:Luke 4:1-30Genesis 14Hebrews 5 & 6Big Words:MelchizedekChristophanySupport the show (
Out of Control

Out of Control


The Uncommon [cast] is back! In this episode we talk about control in the midst of a 2020 that is wildly out of control. Yes, so much of this year has shown us how little control we actually have. So the Uncommon [team] wants to encourage you with some hope and advice on where to place your footing on the shaky ground that is 2020. Also Ryan shares about nearly getting in a fight with a disgruntled resident near the beach where he surfs. That alone is worth the listen! ;)Connect with us:uncommongoodsd.comIG: @uncommongoodsdFB: @uncommongoodsdSupport the show (
In February 2020, we had an event where we talked about Rest. And we enjoyed the conversation so much that we decided to post the audio. During the night we reference a few things, but especially a book called The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer. We strongly encourage you to read it... and when you do... COFFEE ON US!!! We'd love to talk with you about what you learned and what you got out of the book!Support the show (
So... This episode is just one word. Super short. ;) We kid! We kid! This was such a great conversation with Dan Britton about choosing a word for your year. And how it goes much deeper than goals and resolutions. How choosing a word can make you more aware of that word's impact in your life, and more importantly, how it can help you be a blessing and have impact on others.Dan is the Co-author of One Word That Will Change Your Life and the Executive VP of Fellowship of Christian Athletes.We're so excited for you to hear this conversation and choose your word for the year!Support the show (
Dawn and Ryan had the privilege of sitting down with our good friend [and leader in all of our lives], Ken Blanchard. As we head into a new year, we wanted to share some [good] wisdom about setting goals and achieving them from one of the best minds in leadership and goal setting. We love Ken's heart and ability to humbly direct the conversation towards Jesus and following Him. As an added treat, Ken's friend and colleague, Joe Stutson, joins the conversation AND Ken's dog, Joy, makes her podcast debut. All around an awesome conversation that we hope encourages you to set some realistic and attainable goals... and be kind as you lead yourself in the process.We mention in the episode how awesome it has been for the Blanchards (and Ross clan) to establish some family values that they operate by. We would HIGHLY encourage you to try that out with your family. And to help you out with that, we've included a document that will help you determine your family values. Maybe that is a great attainable goal to jump on for you and your family in 2020...Family Values and Mission Statement SheetWe mentioned a bunch of other stuff in this episode that you'll want to check out too, like the Blanchard's Situational Leadership model, some of his books, and another great book by Jon Acuff, Finish. Here's some links to all that:Situational Leadership: SLII WebpageLead Your Family Like Jesus Book by Ken BlanchardLead Your Family Like Jesus Participant's GuideOne Minute Manager by Ken BlanchardFinish Book by Jon AcuffSupport the show (
A drifter started painting rocks in the desert where his truck broke down... and now Salvation Mountain has become a national treasure. It's made its way into films, music videos, pop culture, and even politics. Caregiver, Dan Westfall shares the story of the man who created Salvation Mountain, Leonard Knight, and his unwavering devotion to spreading the message of God's love for everyone! Such a great conversation with Dan! Can't wait for you to listen and maybe join us in visiting Salvation Mountain one day...Get more info about Salvation Mountain: www.salvationmountaininc.orgWatch the Salvation Mountain video we mentioned:www.salvationmountainthemovie.comConnect with Dan Westfall:Dan Westfall H.H.P., and President of Salvation Mountain Inc.Helpmybod@gmail.comSupport the show (
This week we sit down with a leader in our life, Arnell Motz (in Ryan's nice cool dining room, not the hot sultry tree house). Arnell was one of Dawn and Ryan's professors at Bethel University. He's got an incredible story and is basically one of the most interesting men in the world. (Dos Equis, do you want a new spokesman? Or a podcast to sponsor?). By the time you hear this episode, Arnell will be in Ethiopia Pastoring a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, globally minded congregation. We were so excited to connect with him before he left to talk about sharing Good News in the context of different cultures. And how understanding the culture is the first step.Support the show (
Where do we start with this episode? Soooo good in so many ways! We sit down with one of our new best friends, Russ Johnson of the Table Network. Russ and Tony from Table have been kindred spirits of ours since we met. And in this conversation, we cover the gamut of church, culture, grace, Gospel, discipleship, reclaiming truth, and what it means to be human... all woven around Russ' incredible story of how he ended up where he is today. In this episode we reference a few important things...1. Russ' book "Slow Down", released by the Table Network. Get your copy on Amazon. 2. The Table Network Website where you can get more resources to equip you for the living in the movement of Jesus. 3. The Reclaim Journey - A study by the Table Network that we will be leading through Uncommon [good] this Fall. If you'd like to join shoot us an email, Our Fall Events. See what we have coming up and join in.Support the show (
This was a really cool conversation with Markus Watson about finding the sacred in the ordinary things of life. Markus shares his story in a real and vulnerable way about how he came to realize that everything is spiritual. He also gives us a super interesting history lesson of why we often think that only church things and church people are "sacred". Plus he shares about the huge impact his not-so-huge church is having on their community. You gotta hear this one! Markus is a Pastor and hosts the Spiritual Life and Leadership Podcast. Find him on Instagram @markuswats0n and Twitter @MarkusWatson.Here's a list of the books Markus mentions in this episode:Life of the Beloved by Henri NouwenSurrender to Love by David BennerEmotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter ScazzeroSupport the show (
The team welcomes the amazing, talented, and wise Gallie Fisher to the tree house this week. Gallie is one half of the band (that's so much more than a band)... Digital Lizards of Doom (DLOD). We had the privilege of hearing Gallie's story and how this last year has launched her on an incredible spiritual journey. Get ready to laugh, cry, geek out, and learn how to be a "God-blob" with Gallie Fisher. This episode also features Gallie's song "Come Around" which we LOVE! If you want to hear more of her music and just get to know all things Gallie, visit her Instagram @galliefisherIf you'd like to see some behind the scenes goodness, visit our Instagram @uncommongoodsd, where we will post some clips of Gallie playing songs in the treehouse."Come Around" by Gallie Fisher is used with permission.Support the show (
the FWRD [space]

the FWRD [space]


In this episode, we sit down to discuss what makes a space sacred with Stephanie Firenze of FWRD Fitness in Rancho Bernardo (San Diego). Stephanie is creating a space of belonging for everyone no matter where they are on their wellness journey. And through that, she and her team create something ... sacred. If you're creating spaces for anyone (church, business, home, etc), you will want to hear what Stephanie has to say! Check out FWRD Fitness on Instagram @fwrdfitnessVisit their website at fwrdfitness.comSupport the show (
In this week's podcast, we tackle the phrase "God will never give you more than you can handle" and other unhelpful out of context phrases we throw out into the ether... Also – much to Dawn and Cody's chagrin – Ryan brought Slim Jims as a snack... Oh, yeah!!!We mention towards the end that we have a ton of events coming up over Summer 2019. You can learn more at can also support this podcast and our non-profit by visiting If you really love what we are doing with Uncommon [good] and want to invest more, please check out our 100 for 100 campaign. We would be honored if you became one of the 100 people committing to give $100 a month to keep the [good] going!Support the show (
In the midst of tragedy and darkness, the light shines brighter than ever... We are so glad we got the opportunity to sit down with Rabbi Mendy from the Chabad of Poway for part two (let's be honest, it was a part one do over...) Rabbi Mendy's wisdom, perspective, and humility was such a privilege to experience! We're so excited to share this episode and the message that God has for all people!!!Notes:1. Rabbi Mendy goes through the Noahide laws or Seven Universal Laws. He shared a website to learn more. It's called, Ask Noah. It's worth mentioning that Rabbi Mendy and Uncommon [good] aren't directly affiliated with this site, but it is a good starting place to understand more about these seven laws.2. We mention at the end that you can submit questions for a future podcast via email:  hello@uncommongoodsd.comEnjoy the episode!Support the show (
Recently we had the privilege of sitting down with Rabbi Mendy from the Chabad of Poway. It was such a rich and awesome conversation inside the Chabad itself. But. The recording stopped a few minutes in!!! Nooooo....We were able to capture some really great stuff before it cut off and we want to share that with you now. But think of this as a teaser to a future episode where we sit down with Rabbi Mendy again. He is a fount of wisdom and knowledge and we can't wait to share that with you in the future. For now, have a listen to what we got.Notes:Rabbi Mendy works with the youth and children at the Chabad of Poway.The Chabad of Poway experienced a tragedy in their walls recently. To learn more about how you can help, visit the Chabad of Poway Website Cody talked at the end about a homework assignment to Google search "Noahide Laws". Check that out to get context on the Seven Universal Laws Rabbi Mendy talked about.Support the show (
This week on our podcast we talk about that big leather-bound gold-leafed book that is gathering dust on so many people's shelves across America... The Bible. We're big fans of the Bible... But what if we told you, the Bible isn't the foundation of our faith? WHOA!!! Wait a minute... let's not get crazy now, right?Seriously though, this thing we call Christianity didn't start because of the Bible. The Bible exists because some odd people in the first century chose to follow "The Way" of a controversial Rabbi. Which led to some writings. Which furthered the movement. Which eventually gave us the Bible.And why did these odd people follow this Rabbi?Well... you gotta listen to find out ;)Support the show (
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