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This is a podcast for Christians who want to do their most exceptional work for the glory of God and the good of others. Each week, Jordan Raynor (entrepreneur and bestselling author of Called to Create and Master of One) hosts a conversation with a Christian who is pursuing world-class mastery of their vocation. Listeners learn about each guest’s path to mastery, their habits and routines, and how their faith influences their work.
 
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Jordan Raynor sits down with Dr. Benjamin Long, Sleep Medicine Physician, to talk about the one shockingly simple thing you can do today to drastically improve your sleep, what scientists are learning about the correlation between faith and sleep quality, how we can help our neighbors—especially the marginalized—get better sleep, and Parks and Rec …
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Randy Alcorn, Author of Heaven, to talk about the difference between Heaven and the New Earth and what it means for our work, the 2 excellent questions Randy asks when evaluating requests for his time, and how the hope of the gospel is getting Randy’s wife Nanci through the fight of her life. Links Mentioned: Randy Alco…
 
My new book, Redeeming Your Time, won't be released until October 19, but today I'm announcing an epic incentive for you to pre-order the book: I'm giving away a trip for two to the Holy Land (or a cash prize of equivalent value)! Why the Holy Land? Because Redeeming Your Time is centered around 7 timeless time management principles from the life o…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Andrew Shearer, Founder of Farmshelf, to talk about how a bird pooping on his notebook at the site of Jesus’s tomb pushed Andrew to found his company, what “gleaning” can look like in our modern society, and what “deep work” can look like for night owls. Links Mentioned: Farmshelf Andrew Shearer on LinkedIn Play Bigger …
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Nate Knapper, Founder of The Joseph Project, to talk about the time I lied to President George W. Bush’s face, how Joseph’s story reveals a God of the pits and the palaces, and why the never-ending work is more inspiring than a finite one. Links Mentioned: The Joseph Project Nate Knapper on LinkedIn Godwinks The Artisan…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Justin Giboney, Co-founder of The AND Campaign, to talk about why Christians should embrace, rather than lament “political homelessness,” what Steve Jobs can teach us about scaling ideas, and how Christians can speak less and reflect more on the important issues of our time. Links Mentioned: Justin Giboney on Twitter Th…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Mary Marantz, Author of Dirt, to talk about her story going from a trailer in West Virginia to Yale Law School, how we can celebrate white collar work without demeaning blue-collar work, and how Eminem has served as an inspiration to both of our work. Links Mentioned: Mary Marantz Mary Marantz on LinkedIn Mary Marantz o…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Dave Blanchard, Co-founder & CEO of Praxis, to talk about the difference between exploitative, ethical, and redemptive work, why Christ-followers might want to be looking for “brown fields” instead of “green field” opportunities, and the value of dedicated “competency days” each workweek. Links Mentioned: Dave Blanchard…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Spencer Lewis, Carpenter, to talk about why he has chosen to resist the phenomenal opportunity he has to grow his business, the difference between excellence and perfection, and the significance of Genesis 2 showing us a God who works with His hands. Links Mentioned: My cell: +1 (813) 530-1419 Insider Carpentry on YouTu…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Jack Alexander, Founder of Rali Software, to talk about why understanding the difference between the “two chapter gospel” and the four or five chapter gospel of the kingdom is crucial to our work, the danger in outsourcing compassion, and how Christians ought to think differently about mercy in the workplace. Links Ment…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Matt Wallace, Co-founder of ONOW Myanmar, to talk about what the Lord taught him after having to flee Myanmar after the country’s military coup, why he believes there’s no difference between spiritual and work conversations, and the #1 piece of advice he would give to aspiring entrepreneurs. Links Mentioned: Matthew Wal…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Collin Hansen & Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Editors at The Gospel Coalition, to talk about the debate about what the “whole self” movement will mean for Christians in the workplace, the incredibly practical implications of the theological truth of “inaugurated eschatology,” and 3 problems with “following your passions” in yo…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Lisa Lambert, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of National Grid, to talk about why she went into software development instead of “full-time ministry,” how to disrupt your business or career before someone else does, and the #1 thing this 20+ year veteran VC looks for when investing in startups. Links Mentioned: Lis…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Carla H. Hayden, COO of hope*writers, to talk about the one question that will help force clarity at work, even if you’re not the boss, 3 excellent tips for showing love to remote teams, and how a personal quarterly retreat became an integral part of Carla’s work rhythms. Links Mentioned: Carla Hayden on LinkedIn Coffee…
 
Jordan Raynor, Host of the Call to Mastery, takes the guest seat for this special 100th episode. In a conversation with one of the podcast's producers, Jordan shares 5 superlatives for the first 100 episodes including “Best Guest Nobody Has Ever Heard Of” and the “Most Underappreciated Episode,” his two biggest takeaways from reading Scripture fron…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Tom Bancroft, Animator, to talk about what it was like being at Disney during the animation renaissance that followed The Little Mermaid, how films like Tangled can help us long for the True Myth of Christianity, and hard questions Christians must wrestle with as we work in workplaces that are increasingly hostile to th…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Dr. John Delony, Author of Redefining Anxiety, to talk about how the gospel gives us the verdict before the performance, how to adopt the practice of academic “peer reviews” to your own work, and how the truth that God doesn’t need you is paradoxically freeing. Links Mentioned: Redefining Anxiety John Deloney Dave Ramse…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Megan Hyatt Miller, CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, to talk about what cutting their team’s working day by 25%—from 8 hours to 6—has done for their business, how to be mentally present at home, and how our adoption as children of God enables us to take bigger swings. Links Mentioned: Michael Hyatt & Company Win at Work …
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with John Eldredge, Author of Wild at Heart, to talk about his work as a janitor for four years, why “the humility of emulation” is so crucial for mastering your craft, and the unique resources Christians have to take wild risks. Links Mentioned: Wild at Heart Wild at Heart by John Eldredge Captivating by John Eldredge Get Y…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Sho Baraka, Hip-Hop Artist, to talk about what we can learn from studying the work of those outside our industry—Dave Chappelle and Taylor Swift, why Sho and I delete and reinstall Instagram on a daily basis, and what Negro spirituals can teach us about creating for the Kingdom of God. Links Mentioned: Sho Baraka on Twi…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Dr. Anthony Jones, Middle School Principal, to talk about how his family talks about work around the dinner table to instill a love of work in their kids, how “appreciative inquiry” can be used to develop teams, and why nobody goes to their seventh-grade reunions. Links Mentioned: Sligh Middle Magnet School Appreciative…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Ian Morgan Cron, Author of The Road Back to You, to talk about 3 ingredients to creative breakthroughs, the incredible story of Ian “betting the farm” on his career as a teacher of the Enneagram, and how the Enneagram can serve as the road back to the gospel. Links Mentioned: Ian Morgan Cron True You Course Typology Pod…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with João Branco, CMO of Arcos Dorado (Brazil), to talk about how creating “delicious, feel-good moments” connects to God’s work in the world, the simple routine he performs each morning to remind himself of his why before work, and the brilliant, practical exercise he took his team through to pivot their marketing plans dur…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Amy Downs, CEO of Allegiance Credit Union, to talk about what she prayed while buried in the rubble of the OKC bombing, her 4 steps to practicing hope, and how to cultivate self-awareness. Links Mentioned: Amy Downs on LinkedIn Amy Downs on Facebook Amy Downs on Twitter Amy Downs Allegiance Credit Union Hope Is a Verb G…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Ali Llewellyn & Nick Skytland, NASA Innovators, to talk about the two unique advantages the Church has for shaping the future of the world, how to cast vision based on future possibilities rather than the familiar past, and why interdependence is a key to mastery. Links Mentioned: Ali Llewellyn on Twitter Nicholas Skytl…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Jon Acuff, Author of Soundtracks, to talk about Yanni, 3 questions to ask of every soundtrack, and how to teach kids about the goodness of work. Links Mentioned: Jon Acuff on Twitter Jon Acuff on Instagram Jon Acuff on LinkedIn Jon Acuff Jon Acuff Books Soundtracks Soundtracks All it Take is a Goal Podcast Stuff Christi…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Cal Newport, Author of A World Without Email, to talk about how we can escape the tyranny of our email inboxes, how his career as a writer started with a college dare, and why he hears from pastors more than almost anyone else about Deep Work and Digital Minimalism. Links Mentioned: Cal Newport Cal Newport on Twitter De…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Emily Ley, Founder of Simplified, to talk about why she volunteered to cut 40% of her revenue, the magic of “batch planning,” and why Christ-followers should be the boldest people on the planet. Links Mentioned: Emily Ley on LinkedIn Emily Ley on Twitter Emily Ley on Instagram Simplified Simplified on Instagram The Simp…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Janeen Uzzell, COO of Wikipedia, to talk about how Janeen manages the tension between “hustling” and “trusting” in God, how to build diverse teams that boost your bottom line, and what it looks like to show your kids that you really believe in them. Links Mentioned: Janeen Uzzell Janeen Uzzell on Twitter Lin-Manuel Mira…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Dr. Caroline Leaf, Cognitive Neuroscientist, to talk about a 5 step neurocycle that can help us live out Paul’s command to renew our mind and take every thought captive, the spirituality of science, and what we can learn about mental health from Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Links Mentioned: Dr. Caroline Leaf Dr. C…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Candace Cameron Bure, Actress, to talk about the origins of her signature phrase, “Oh Mylanta,” how practically she initiates conversations about faith in the workplace, and the sign in her church that changed her perspective on Hollywood. Links Mentioned: Candace Cameron Bure on Twitter Candace Cameron Bure on Instagra…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Sam Verghese, the COO of Florida Virtual School, to talk about the leadership lessons he learned scaling-up to serve 10X number of students in just a few months, why Sam has chosen to dissent from the Kingdom of Noise of news and social media, and the significance of the fact that Jesus focused his ministry in a single …
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University, to talk about his story of emigrating to the U.S. from the Middle East, 3 things he did to cause his university to grow 5% during COVID while the average university lost 16% of its enrollment, and the two other lists he keeps handy in addition to his to-do list. Links…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Francine Rivers, Author of Redeeming Love, to talk about her involvement in the upcoming Redeeming Love film, Francine’s 3-year bout of writer’s block, and the striking parallels in her life story and that of C.S. Lewis’s. Links Mentioned: Francine Rivers Redeeming Love Redeeming Love: The Companion Study A Path to Rede…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Chris Carneal, Founder of Booster Enterprises, to talk about what he learned in going from 1,000 full-time employees down to 140 due to the pandemic and how they’ve rebuilt to nearly 400, how Booster makes the Kingdom winsome to their public school customers, and why Chris doesn’t go into the office until late morning. …
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Darryl Strawberry, Former MLB All-Star, to talk about the remarkable story of how he went from a drug-addicted baseball star to evangelist, how Darryl submitted himself to the indirect mentorship of Billy Graham, and the power of praying mothers. Links Mentioned: Jordan's weekly devotional, The Word Before Work Darryl S…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Brad Lomenick, Former President of Catalyst, to talk about the difference between cultural and biblical hustle, how to be an exceptional, service-driven networker, and how to “crush The Now until you get to The Next.” Links Mentioned: Jordan's weekly devotional, The Word Before Work Brad Lomenick on Twitter Brad Lomenic…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Wendy Speake, Author of The 40-Day Social Media Fast, to talk about how she sold 100K+ copies of her first self-published book, the moment she heard God tell her to “hone her craft,” and the impact “social media fasts” are having on Christ-followers. Links Mentioned: Wendy Speake Wendy Speake on Twitter Triggers The 40-…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Kara Holden, Writer of Disney+’s Clouds, to talk about why Bob Iger was so adamant about distributing Clouds, the significance of Jesus as “the God who tells stories,” and why you should always take a glass of water in an interview. Links Mentioned: Kara Holden Kara Holden on Twitter Clouds Hamilton Disney+ Gilmore Girl…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Mark Batterson, Author of Win The Day and Lead Pastor, National Community Church, to talk about the 5 levels of highlighting Mark uses when reading thousands of books, what the “law of requisite variety” means for us and our need to switch up routines, and how your uniqueness is a testament to God’s creativity—not your …
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Nona Jones, Head of Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook, to talk about her traumatic upbringing and how that’s impacted her life and work, how to cultivate curiosity on the path to mastery, and the importance of budgeting time to reflect in between meetings. Links Mentioned: Nona Jones Nona Jones on LinkedIn Nona Jones…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Ronnie Andrews, CEO of Oncocyte (NYSE American: OCX), to talk about why it matters that Jesus met people first physically, then emotionally, and lastly spiritually, the impact phone vacations have had on his life, and why the next 10 years of cancer research will be more fruitful than the last 100. Links Mentioned: Ronn…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Sherron Watkins, Former Vice President, and Enron Whistleblower, to talk about her experience blowing the whistle on Enron, how mastery puts us “in the room where it happens,” and the tremendous advice her pastor gave her when she was considering leaving Enron to go into more overt forms of ministry. Links Mentioned: Sh…
 
A few weeks ago, I invited you all to submit any question you have for me on any topic at all. On this special episode of The Call to Mastery, I answer 7 of the best questions from our audience! Links Mentioned: Joel Manby on The Call to Mastery Lindsey Ray on The Call to Mastery Jeff Heck on The Call to Mastery N.T. Wright on The Call to Mastery S…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Scott Stephenson, CEO of Verisk Analytics (VRSK), to talk about how to cultivate innovative ideas, how Christians can be both “ambitious and humane” in business, and the story that convinced Scott to say the name of Jesus whenever possible, even when leading a public company. Links Mentioned: Scott Stephenson on LinkedI…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Lorin & Kyle Van Zandt, Co-founders of MISSIO Hair, to talk about the difference between Product Market Fit and Impact Market Fit, the top lesson they’ve learned working with Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia brands, and how to work in light of the assured victory of Christ. Links Mentioned: MISSIO Hair on Instagram MISS…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with David Ragan, a thirteen-year veteran NASCAR driver, to talk about how he is responding to instances of racism in NASCAR, how disconnecting from all news and noise brought him clarity about retiring from racing, and why he sets concrete goals with his 6 and 4 year-olds. Links Mentioned: David Ragan David Ragan on Twitter…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Marcus Brotherton, four-time New York Times best-selling biographer, to talk about the important distinction between preaching Jesus and showing “the ministry of Jesus Christ” through our work, why Marcus pivoted from pastoral ministry to “secular” journalism, and how Christians should respond to career setbacks. Links …
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Diane Latiker, Founder of Kids Off the Block, to talk about what standing in between an AK-47 and 50 kids will teach you about leadership, how the pandemic has forced leaders to reframe their missions at a higher level, and how seemingly unsolvable problems bring us to greater levels of hustle and trust in God. Links Me…
 
Jordan Raynor sits down with Tamika Catchings, Hall of Fame Basketball Player, to talk about how Tamika and Jordan became friends over Called to Create, her surprising answer to the key to mastering her sport, and how mastery and joy have opened up doors for Tamika to share the gospel. Links Mentioned: Tamika Catchings on Twitter Tamika Catchings o…
 
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