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Kealan, a surgeon, and Cody, a financial planner, discuss the intersection of faith, generosity, and personal finance. They‘re joined by a variety of guests, including pastors, financial advisors, radically generous givers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders.

On The Finish Line Podcast, you‘ll hear challenging and inspirational stories of tremendous generosity. You‘ll also learn from experts in multiple fields about topics like setting a financial finish line, giving efficiently and effectively, and teaching generosity to your children. More than anything, though, you‘ll see how God is constantly at work redeeming the world He created and loves.

Visit the website at www.finishlinepledge.com to learn more.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

Kealan, a surgeon, and Cody, a financial planner, discuss the intersection of faith, generosity, and personal finance. They‘re joined by a variety of guests, including pastors, financial advisors, radically generous givers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders.

On The Finish Line Podcast, you‘ll hear challenging and inspirational stories of tremendous generosity. You‘ll also learn from experts in multiple fields about topics like setting a financial finish line, giving efficiently and effectively, and teaching generosity to your children. More than anything, though, you‘ll see how God is constantly at work redeeming the world He created and loves.

Visit the website at www.finishlinepledge.com to learn more.

    Stephen Kump, Founder of Charityvest, on Evolving Technology in the Generosity Space (Ep. 92)

    Stephen Kump, Founder of Charityvest, on Evolving Technology in the Generosity Space (Ep. 92)

    Stephen Kump is the CEO and founder of Charityvest, a pioneering donor-advised fund platform merging technology and collaborative giving to make charitable giving accessible to all. Charityvest simplifies the donor-advised fund process and cuts down barriers to entry, inviting individuals from all walks of life to partake in the joy of giving with ease and impact. 
    Stephen shares numerous creative strategies that push the boundaries of donor-advised funds, fostering community giving and encouraging creative generosity. He addresses tangible tactics for givers, including orchestrating a personal giving strategy and embracing collective generosity.  
    Topics include:
    What inspired the launch of Charityvest?
    What experiences shaped Stephen’s perspective on generosity?
    How is technology like Charityvest changing the generosity landscape?
    How do partnerships like Trust Bridge Global enhance Charityvest’s capabilities?
    What creative ways are donor-advised funds (DAFs) being used to foster generosity?
    How does collaborative generosity compare to individual giving, and what are its advantages?
    In what ways is God present in the broader movement of generosity?
    QUOTES TO REMEMBER
    “Generosity begets generosity.”
    “When people were generous to me, it would short-circuit my framework.”
    “When people give away a significant portion of their net worth, it shapes them.”
    “We had already allocated our income to our donor-advised fund, so all of the talking about giving was about where we give.”
    “If we are not willing to have a free donor-advised fund, then we need to get more creative.”
    “Generosity is in the image of God that is stamped on each of us.”
    “Generosity is a gateway to a deeper reality.”
    “All giving is relational.”
    “Giving is better as a team sport.”
    LINKS FROM THE SHOW
    Charityvest
    Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
    TrustBridge Global
    Praxis
    Journey to Generosity (JoG) with Generous Giving (see our interviews with cofounder, Todd Harper and CEO, April Chapman)
    The Finish Line Community Facebook Group
    The Finish Line Community LinkedIn Group
    BIBLE REFERENCES FROM THE SHOW
    Philippians 3:8 | Our Achievements Are Nothing Compared to Christ
    Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 
    Acts 17:23 | The Unknown God
    For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Gary Ringger, Founder of Lifesong for Orphans, on Handing His Business Over to God (Ep. 91)

    Gary Ringger, Founder of Lifesong for Orphans, on Handing His Business Over to God (Ep. 91)

    Gary Ringger is the founder and President of Lifesong for Orphans. His journey from struggling business owner in the food industry to the steadfast shepherd of Lifesong for Orphans is a testament to the heart of generosity in action. Following a profound personal “contract with God,” Gary’s life shifted from profit-driven enterprise to purpose-driven stewardship, shaping a legacy of impact.
    Amidst the crucible of business challenges, Gary’s faith-inspired pivot directed millions in business proceeds to fuel an innovative approach to orphan care. Today, Lifesong thrives on sustainable and impact business strategies, all rooted in Gary’s spiritual journey and entrepreneurial grit.
    Major topics include:
    What led to Gary’s “contract with God”?
    How did Gary transition from business to ministry?
    How has careful, intentional listening prayer shaped many major decisions in Gary’s life?
    How can givers align their time and energy with their financial giving?
    How does Lifesong for Orphans serve orphans and families around the world?
    What is a giving engine and how do they provide ongoing support for ministry?
    QUOTES TO REMEMBER
    “We’re gonna get rich, retire at 40, and live the American Dream.”
    “God used that brokenness to change my paradigm.”
    “My prayer life went from a discipline to my favorite time of day.”
    “If we hadn’t written it down, the entire journey wouldn’t have happened.”
    “Don’t just give it away, get involved with something.”
    “Once you’re a steward, God opens and closes doors in ways you could never imagine.”
    “If you want to experience God, look for where He’s working and join into that.”
    LINKS FROM THE SHOW
    Lifesong for Orphans
    Radical Business, by Gary Ringger
    The 6 Types of Working Genius by Patrick Lancione
    The 13 Attributes of God (PDF) by Bill Bright
    Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
    Ronald Blue Trust, now Blue Trust (see our interview with founder, Ron Blue)
    National Christian Foundation (see our interview with President Emeritus, David Wills)
    Halftime by Bob Buford
    The Mystery of God’s Will by Chuck Swindoll
    Impact Foundation
    The Finish Line Community Facebook Group
    The Finish Line Community LinkedIn Group
    BIBLE REFERENCES FROM THE SHOW
    2 Timothy 1:7 | Spirit of Fear
    For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
    James 1:27 | Pure Religion
    Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
    Matthew 25:23 | Parable of the Talents
    ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.’
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Michel Kenmogne, Director of SIL International, on the Power of Hearing God’s Word in Your Heart Language (Ep. 90)

    Michel Kenmogne, Director of SIL International, on the Power of Hearing God’s Word in Your Heart Language (Ep. 90)

    Michel Kenmogne is the Executive Director of SIL International, a major bible translation agency currently involved in over 1,300 language communities across 98 countries, representing almost one billion people in need of access to God’s Word. 
    Michel shares his powerful testimony of growing up in the context of traditional African religion before hearing the gospel in through a ministry in his high school years. From there, God planted the seeds that would eventually lead Michel into the challenging work of bible translation.
    Michel shares an inside look into the current bible translation landscape and the work that remains to reach the all-access goals of 2033: aiming to make God’s word accessible in the heart language of all people by 2033. He also shares about the IllumiNations impact alliance which has brought the major translation agencies together, rapidly accelerating translation progress around the world.
    Topics include:
    Michel’s powerful testimony growing up in Cameroon
    SIL International’s inception story
    The current bible translation landscape
    Translating languages with no active believers
    Translating for oral languages with no written alphabet
    The role of AI in Bible translation
    The illumiNations Impact Alliance
    The work remaining to make scripture available to the entire world
    QUOTES TO REMEMBER
    “I was impressed by the difference I could see in the lives of believers.”
    “People can flourish by getting to know God, and understanding their identity as a people created by God.”
    “Language is the platform through which people are valued.”
    “We are always advocating for the need of the people who use or speak minority languages to have access to God’s word.”
    “Bible translation is actually about allowing God’s light to shine into places where darkness has prevailed.”
    LINKS FROM THE SHOW
    SIL International
    Wycliffe Bible Translators (see our interview with CEO John Chesnut)
    Intervarsity
    American Bible Society
    Lutheran Bible Translators
    Every Tribe Every Nation (ETEN)
    IllumiNations Bible Translation Alliance (see our interview with Todd Peterson)
    The Finish Line Community Facebook Group
    The Finish Line Community LinkedIn Group
    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
    If you have a thought about something you heard, or a story to share, please reach out! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also contact us directly from our contact page. If you want to engage with the Finish Line Community, check out our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Kate Gardner, Host of the Ascendants Podcast, on Next Generation Stewardship and Generosity (Ep. 89)

    Kate Gardner, Host of the Ascendants Podcast, on Next Generation Stewardship and Generosity (Ep. 89)

    Kate Gardner is a trailblazer in the realm of next-generation philanthropy. With a transformational journey that began with receiving a significant wealth transfer on her 21st birthday, Kate redefined her life’s trajectory to align with her faith and a profound dedication to generosity. She has since supported approximately 60 missions teams across 20 to 30 nations, nurturing lasting relationships with the teams she supports.
    As the co-host of the Ascendants Podcast and co-founder of Magnify, Kate illuminates the paths of fellow inheritors, helping them navigate the complexities of wealth stewardship with purpose and joy. Her deep-seated passion for holistic generosity extends beyond financial giving—she actively champions creative giving through real estate and hospitality and empowers the next generation to write their own generosity narratives.
    Topics include:
    How can next gens navigate the pressures of inheriting wealth and maintaining family legacies?
    In what ways can inheritors find individual purpose in the midst of pre-established paths of philanthropy?
    What are effective strategies for wealth givers to involve their children in the conversation about inheritance?
    What is the role of community in shaping the philanthropic journey of Christian inheritors?
    How should givers think about any wealth transfer to their children?
    How can next gens develop financial literacy and character before receiving wealth?
    What challenges do next gens face in relation to their mental and emotional health, and how can faith inform their coping strategies?
    QUOTES TO REMEMBER
    “I also like to think of prayer as a form of generosity. It’s not about you.”
    “Your calling is where your greatest joy meets the world’s deepest need.”
    “I seek to support people financially, relationally, and spiritually with prayer.”
    LINKS FROM THE SHOW
    Magnify
    The Ascendants Podcast
    Gospel Patrons (see our interview with founder John Rinehart)
    Kate’s Profile in the book 31 Gospel Patrons by John Rinehart
    Cross Conference
    Kore Venture
    George Mueller Autobiography
    The Finish Line Community Facebook Group
    The Finish Line Community LinkedIn Group
    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
    If you have a thought about something you heard, or a story to share, please reach out! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also contact us directly from our contact page. If you want to engage with the Finish Line Community, check out our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ron Blue, Founder of Kingdom Advisors, on the Transformative Power of Financial Finish Lines (Ep. 88)

    Ron Blue, Founder of Kingdom Advisors, on the Transformative Power of Financial Finish Lines (Ep. 88)

    Ron Blue is a venerated pioneer in the field of Christ-centered financial planning and a luminary in the greater generosity movement. With a storied career spawning the establishment of the 56th largest CPA firm in the nation, and a financial advisory firm now with over $60 billion in assets, Ron has impacted countless lives through a unique blend of financial acumen and spiritual wisdom.
    After rooting his own advisory firm, Ronald Blue Trust, in a biblical framework for financial planning, Ron went on to found Kingdom Advisors, a network of over 3,000 kingdom-minded financial professionals. Today, Kingdom Advisors provides comprehensive training and certification to help financial practices of all kinds solidly integrate their faith and financial advice.
    Ron is also co-founder of the National Christian Foundation, which carries a similar mission to inspire and empower Christians to deeper generosity and effectiveness in their giving. Ron shared countless stories of generosity of all flavors as well as a unique picture of the development of the modern generosity movement over the last several decades.
    Topics include:
    How can faith and financial planning be integrated in a meaningful way?
    Why is a financial finish line such a powerful tool?
    How do you introduce a new person to the idea of a finish line?
    How should someone think about legacy and inheritance from a biblical standpoint?
    How can parents pass on a spirit of generosity to their children?
    QUOTES TO REMEMBER
    We help people manage their finances so they have more to give away.
    They don’t know how fine they’re doing and they don’t know how much they can give.
    If you want to give away a million dollars, I can help you do that.
    You can make good financial decisions using good biblical wisdom.
    Tithing is just the beginning point of giving.
    We get great joy from giving nondeductible gifts. The deduction is irrelevant.
    The more generous we’ve been, the more generous we tend to become.
    You can’t take someone somewhere you haven’t been.
    Generosity is symptomatic of transformation.
    When you say that God owns it, that is a life-changing decision.
    If you don’t have a goal, you’ll never get there. Where is it that you would like to end up?
    If you’re dependent on your money for security, you don’t have security.
    It’s really out of assets that great giving occurs.
    If I love my children equally, I will treat them unequally (regarding inheritance).
    Do your giving while you’re living so you’re knowing where it’s going.
    People give to where they have relationships and where they can share vision.
    Kids learn to manage money by managing money.
    LINKS FROM THE SHOW
    Ronald Blue and Company
    Ronald Blue Trust (Blue Trust)
    Kingdom Advisors
    National Christian Foundation (see our interview with President Emeritus, David Wills)
    Master Your Money by Ron Blue
    Halftime by Bob Buford
    Splitting Hairs, by Ron Blue
    Cru
    The Finish Line Community Facebook Group
    The Finish Line Community LinkedIn Group
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    If you have a thought about something you heard, or a story to share, please reach out! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also contact us directly from our contact page. If you want to engage with the Finish Line Community, check out our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    • 50 min
    Trevor Lui, COO of Global Trust Partners, on Strengthening Trust Among Givers Through Transparency (Ep. 87)

    Trevor Lui, COO of Global Trust Partners, on Strengthening Trust Among Givers Through Transparency (Ep. 87)

    Trevor Lui is the Chief Operating Officer of Global Trust Partners, an international ministry accountability organization. Trevor’s remarkable journey began in Hong Kong, where his family’s humble beginnings and the church’s pivotal support laid the foundation for his lifelong commitment to Christian values and service. His education in business administration and information systems propelled him into the business world. It wasn’t long before Trevor’s passion for active business drew him back to Hong Kong to consult on management—yet his trajectory took an unexpected turn toward ministry with Global Trust Partners.
    GTP works to help countries around the world develop ministry peer accountability organizations, similar to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) in the US. These organizations help raise the standard for nonprofits and ministries operating in these countries to better steward the resources entrusted to them. They also increase donor confidence in knowing they can trust the organizations they partner with. Topics include:
    What challenges and rewards come with transitioning from business to ministry?
    What does effective accountability look like for a Christian ministry?
    How does organizational accountability increase capacity for personal generosity?
    How can you find more information about the accountability of ministries based outside the U.S.?
    In what ways do church cultures vary internationally, especially in the context of generosity?
    What practical steps can individuals take to adopt an abundance mindset and effectively share their resources for a greater purpose?
    QUOTES TO REMEMBER
    “When a ministry aligns itself with this standard and commits to independent, verified compliance, it sets a strong foundation for accountability.”
    “Accountability flows through transparency. And that gives the trust to the giver.”
    LINKS FROM THE SHOW
    Global Trust Partners (GTP)
    GTP Peer Groups Directory (International Peer Groups)
    Generous Church (see our interview with founder Patrick Johnson)
    Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
    The Finish Line Community Facebook Group
    The Finish Line Community LinkedIn Group
    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
    If you have a thought about something you heard, or a story to share, please reach out! You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also contact us directly from our contact page. If you want to engage with the Finish Line Community, check out our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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MonicaOz ,

Love this podcast!

I am loving this podcast - so encouraging and inspiring to listen to these wonderful conversations between hosts and guests about their stories of practical generous living. The joy that exudes from living generously is so inviting, it sparks a fire within me to join the generosity movement. I can’t stop listening - each guest has a different story - each is so fun to listen to!

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Awesome podcast

Huge fan of this show and all of the episodes I have listened to. Tons of practical advice and wisdom. Highly recommend.

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the Joys of Generosity

Guest after guest, from all walks of life, repeat the Biblical truth: it is better to give than receive. Thanks for broadcasting this message and for sharing such inspiring conversations!

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