Esther Fleece Allen’s childhood wasn’t easy. Having dealt with an abusive father and being abandoned by her mother before age 13, Esther went through more hardship as a child than many of us may hope to face in our lives. Her trials didn’t stop there though. When the now-adult Esther’s father showed up at her home after years of absence and began stalking her, it became clear that her trauma would not be confined to just childhood. Esther sits down with Davey to share some of her story and what she’s learned about what it means to be “saved” by God.
As a successful neurosurgeon, Dr. Lee Warren was no stranger to hopelessness. He often had the unenviable job of telling patients that their prognosis wasn’t good. Day in and day out, Lee lived in this tension. He believed in a God who brought hope, but he so frequently saw people who’s situation was hopeless. But this went from theoretical to physical for Lee when his son was found dead in his home. Lee found himself wrestling with God from a whole new angle as he was forced to confront the question “How do we hold onto hope when everything is hopeless?” Lee sits down with Davey to talk about his latest book I’ve Seen the End of You and how he’s learned that God brings hope to the most hopeless of situations.
Matt Hammitt had what looked like the perfect Christian life. As the lead singer of the successful Christian rock band Sanctus Real and with a wife and kids at home, it seemed like he had found his purpose in life. But just as Sanctus Real’s biggest hit song was rocketing up the charts, Matt and his wife Sarah got news that their unborn son had a rare, life-threatening heart defect. As their young son went through surgeries and treatments, Matt began to feel like God was calling him away from his thriving career in music to live out a greater calling as a husband and father. Matt sits down with Davey to share his story of his son’s medical struggles, walking away from the band, and finding a new calling he never would have expected.
Three years ago last week, the Nothing Is Wasted Podcast was launched. Since then, we’ve seen more people find hope and healing than we could have ever imagined, and we are so thankful to all of you in our community for listening and sharing what God is doing in your lives through this ministry. One of the questions we get most often is “How did Nothing Is Wasted start?” So for our third birthday celebration, with thought it would be a good idea to turn things around a little bit. Davey sat down with our new co-host Aubrey Sampson to share his story of pain, loss, and healing, and how it led him to found Nothing Is Wasted Ministries.
On the last episode of this podcast, we promised a special episode this week to celebrate three years of the Nothing Is Wasted Podcast. The world seemed different when we made those plans. In light of the killing of George Floyd last week and the civil unrest that has permeated our country over the last several days, we felt like that wasn’t the message that our community needed right now. Perhaps more importantly, we felt like we are not the first voices that you should be listening to in this moment.
Miles McPherson grew up as a black kid in a segregated world. Living in a black neighborhood and attending a white school, he was no stranger to racism even as a child. But as a young Miles found his calling on a football field, he also began to see what living united in a diverse environment looked like. Now, as a pastor, speaker, and author, Miles has made it his mission to spread the message that in a world that tries to force a choice of “us vs. them,” God offers us a third option.
It has perhaps not been clearer in any of our lifetimes that we need racial reconciliation. Racism is a disease that has been tearing this country apart for longer than any of us can remember, and we are seeing its effects on our streets today. In light of this, we wanted to re-broadcast Davey’s conversation with Miles McPherson from episode 33 of the podcast, originally recorded in September of 2018. We’ll still celebrate the podcast’s third birthday, just at a little later date. In the meantime, listen to this powerful conversation with Miles McPherson.
Most divorce stories don’t end in remarriage, but Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are the exception. After seven years apart, the couple and their daughters were a whole family once again. But a wedding is only the start of a marriage, and Jeff and Cheryl’s second wedding was only their first step into a long journey of learning what a Godly marriage really looks like. Jeff and Cheryl return to talk more with Davey about what life has looked like since they remarried and the things they’ve learned along the way.
With a wife and two daughters, Jeff Scruggs thought he had everything he could want in life. His wife Cheryl felt differently. Dissatisfaction in the marriage eventually led to an affair, and no matter how hard Jeff fought for their marriage, the couple soon found themselves divorced. But the death of their marriage wasn’t the end of their story. Lonely and hurt, Cheryl and Jeff met Jesus and after years apart they began the slow, hard work of reconciliation. Jeff and Cheryl sit down with Davey to share their story of divorce, salvation, reconciliation, remarriage, and more.
Michele Cushatt was already no stranger to pain and hardship when she faced her biggest challenge yet. Michele made her living as a successful communicator, which made it that much more heartbreaking when a doctor told her she had cancer in her tongue. They removed the cancer, and it came back again and again, until Michele was left in a state of constant pain for months and with effects that would last the rest of her life. Michele sits down with Davey to talk about her new book Relentless and how she’s learned how to walk with God through so many trials.
Luke Lezon’s life was already hard enough. Getting married and planting a church in the same year had turned out to be plenty challenging on its own. But Luke’s life got even harder when he suddenly contracted a mysterious illness. As doctor after doctor failed to diagnose just what was wrong with him, Luke found himself walking through the hardest trial he’d ever faced. Luke sits down with Davey to share some of what he learned about God both in the middle of hardship and in healing found in the most unlikely of sources.
“What is God’s will for my life?” If we’re honest, it’s a question we’ve all probably asked. For Mike Donehey, it’d be easy to think he’d figured out his answer. As the award-winning lead singer of Tenth Avenue North, it certainly seems like he’s doing exactly what God’s will for him is. But Mike found himself asking, “is this really God’s will?” And more than that, he even found himself wondering what “God’s will” even means. Mike sits down with Davey to talk about the things he’s learned, how he’s flipped the way he thinks, and what it looks like to live the title of his latest book Finding God’s Life for My Will.