Your hosts are Kisa Hoeltke and Renee Reithel. This isn’t an academic or theological conversation— it’s a heart conversation. These two mamas want to be a part of a heart change in America. They want to see the ugliness of racism and bias be destroyed not just for us, but more importantly for our children. Will you join us? We are all learning together, and we hope to lead this podcast with our heart’s desires and with God’s grace.
Encouraging Voices Spotlight: Getting to know Darnell Ferguson
In this episode I interview Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson. He's a celebrity chef, Food Network star and owner of SuperChef's and Tha Drippin Crab in Louisville Kentucky.
He was a contender on Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions,” winning his round against the legendary Alex Guarnaschelli and he was the winner of the “Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge” hosted by Giada De Laurentis in 2018. Darnell has appeared on “TODAY,” “The Rachael Ray Show” alongside Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri’s “Guy’s Grocery Games”, “Beat Bobby Flay” and other shows on The Food Network, as well as the cooking channel. Darnell's restaurant SuperChefs was named one of the "Top 12 Best Breakfast spots In America" by The Cooking Channels “Man's Greatest Foods.”
More than his accolades and achievements , Darnell has a heart for the Lord and for people.
He has spent the better part of his life overcoming adversity, inspiring and helping others, all while challenging himself to be a better. Paying it forward is the mindset that Darnell lives by. He's always looking for opportunities to seed into other's. He even gives me a scoop about his future endeavors at the end of the interview! Tune in to listen.
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Encouraging Voices Spotlight: Getting to know Junior Bridgeman
In this episode I sit down with Junior Bridgeman, a former graduate and U of L basketball player who also had a stint in the NBA playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and the LA Clippers. He and I have a candid conversation discussing family, faith and drive. More than his achievements on the court, his accomplishments as a businessman off of the court are truly remarkable as well.
Ulysses L. Bridgeman Jr. is the owner and chief executive officer of Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, LLC, a Kansas limited liability company which owns and operates a Coca-Cola production/manufacturing facility in Lenexa, Kansas and 17 Coca-Cola distribution facilities sprinkled across the USA’s heartland, including Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Bridgeman has personally received many awards, including the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; Volunteers of America Tribute Award for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky; John Thompson Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award; Coach John Wooden Key to Life Award and the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Be inspired and encouraged by this episode.
Unsettling Truths & the Doctrine of Discovery with Mark Charles
Buckle up for an extremely thought provoking conversation! In this episode Mark Charles, a man of Navajo descent, and I discuss some "unsettling truths". These truths date back to the 15th century, but continue to infiltrate mindsets today. He has dedicated many years of study to the impact colonialism has had on the Native and African American people. He'll discuss hard traumatic events in history to help educate us.
While we don't share all of Mark's opinions and views, it's so important to hear from different voices and seek to understand parts of our history that we don't often learn about in depth. With that said, don't shy away from this discussion and do your research as well. We like to quote one of our favorite pastors who often says, "eat the meat and spit out the bones". Take that note as you continue to grow and learn. Many of you will be challenged in your thinking, but implore you to dig in to this conversation.
Adverse Childhood Experiences with Dr. Torie Williams
Welcome back to season 3 of Two Mamas and a Mustard Seed! In this episode we discuss ACEs, the acronym for Adverse Childhood Experiences. There are several traumatic encounters in a child's life that can go undetected and have lasting affects on their development. Some of these traumatic experiences can be identified as ACEs.
Dr. Williams discusses a few of those experiences, how the pandemic has affected them, as well as ways for us to identify the signs of those children that may be struggling. Listen in to this very informative conversation.
That's a Wrap!
Kisa and Renee wrap up season 2 on this episode. They each share a few lessons they have learned. They also dive into critical race theory a bit as it is all up in the news. Pull up a chair and join the conversation as we celebrate having come this far with Two Mamas and a Mustard Seed. Enjoy your summer!
Listen to: Albert Tate on the Church, Part 2
Well, ya'll, it's time to get into the thick of it. Kisa and Renee sit back down with Pastor Albert Tate, Fellowship Church in Monrovia, California, to talk about all of the things. We talk about trigger words. We talk about social justice terms that cause people, Christians, to pull away from the conversation and why pulling away is not the answer. We chat about church leadership and their role in racial reconciliation. Pastor Tate brings good news and a great work on this episode. Pull up a chair and join us at the family table, ya'll. This conversation is good.