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The Brewed Life

91 EpisodesProduced by Brandon HallWebsite

One thing that seems to be missing lately is people of differing lifestyles, backgrounds, and opinions coming together for a conversation. This podcast is my attempt to bring that back again and help cultivate in your own life. Each episode we will discuss a variety of relevant topics: current event… read more

91 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Deconstruction: Jeremy

November 24th, 2021


This week I am excited to have Jeremy on the podcast. Jeremy is a pastor of a church in the south that was recently forced to leave the SBC due to their church being LGBTQ+ affirming. Jeremy shares about his own journey …

The Orthodox Church with Father Andrew Jarmus

November 19th, 2021


It was a such a joy to be able to sit down and discuss the Eastern Orthodox Church with my friend Father Andrew Jarmus. We discuss the history of the Orthodox Church, how it arrived in the United States, and discussed a …

Deconstruction: Rebecca

November 17th, 2021


So privileged to have my good friend Rebecca on the podcast today. She went above and beyond with her willingness to come on and share her story of going up in fundamental conservative background and the journey that …

Deconstruction: Sarah

November 10th, 2021


This episode I’m thankful for my friend Sarah to come on and be vulnerable about her journey from growing up in a conservative Pentecostal church, …

Deconstruction: Josh King

November 3rd, 2021


Thankful to have my good friend Josh return to the podcast to discuss his process of deconstructing, how it has happened more than once, and how it …

Deconstruction: An Introduction

October 27th, 2021


Today we are beginning a new season and a new topic: deconstruction. That word can be loaded and feel very daunting, but I believe that it's been made out to be more than it is and turned into an unnecessary fear within …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 9

September 15th, 2021


Happy to welcome Josh Hawkins back to the podcast, who is no stranger if you're a regular listener, to discuss being a type 9. We are both type 9's, …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 8

September 13th, 2021


So grateful to have my friend Audrey on the podcast today to discuss about being a type 8. It was such a great conversation about her growth, how it …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 7

September 8th, 2021


So excited to have Nich on the podcast with us today to discuss what it's like to be a type 7. This was such a rich, personal conversation about his growth as type 7, how he changed since first discovering his type, and …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 6

September 6th, 2021


This episode we welcome Sophie Jorris to discuss the type 6 and her journey in discovering what her type was and how knowing her type has helped her become a better wife, mother, friend, and person in general. For those …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 5

September 1st, 2021


This week we get to talk to Melissa Butterworth about being a type 5. Type 5's are often misunderstood and are perceived to be introverted and intellectual, which can be true, but there's so much more to them than that. …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 4

August 30th, 2021


So thankful today to have another longtime friend Brooke Hartman on the podcast. This is a great episode not only to hear and understand the type 4 …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 3

August 25th, 2021


Excited to have my friend Justin on today's episode to discuss being a type 3. I enjoyed hearing him discuss his passions and how he is able to harness that type 3 energy to help others accomplish their own goals in …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 2

August 23rd, 2021


This episode we have my good friend Mandy back on the podcast to discuss what it is like to be an Enneagram type 2. How does she know she's acting out of stress? What does she push herself to do to grow? How does it …

The Enneagram Series 2021 - Type 1

August 18th, 2021


Today we are talking about the enneagram type 1 and thankful to have my friend Sarah on the podcast to share her experience learning about the …

Men, Body Image, and Masculinity with Justin Clark

July 7th, 2021


This episode I am so excited to have my longtime friend Justin on the podcast. We’ve known each other for 25 years and we talk about what messages we …

Family History and Ancestry with Brandon Miller

June 30th, 2021


Today I’m talking to my friend and fellow podcaster Brandon Miller about his passion for researching his family history, what he has learned, and how it has impacted him and his family. (Heads up, for some reason some …

People of Color and the Workplace

June 23rd, 2021


So excited to welcome back my dear friend Tauna and for her willingness to share about her experiences as a person of color in the workplace, some of …

Policing: Perspectives and Perceptions

June 16th, 2021


This week I have a great conversation with my friend Kirk. His wife, Tamar, was a guest a few episodes ago talking about race and racial identity. …

Communities and Communication with Dawn Ferengo

June 9th, 2021


This week I get to welcome back my good friend Dawn and talk about the community she has developed over the last year. We discuss how it started, the original goals for the group, and all the amazing opportunities and …

Theopoetics with Zac Bodine

June 2nd, 2021


This was such a great conversation with my friend Zac. He is so engaging and has so much knowledge when it comes to poetry and how it can shape and deepen our relationship with God. Listen in as he explains what …

Jon Wohlford

May 26th, 2021


This week I welcome my friend and fellow podcaster Jon Wohlford. We have a great discussion about what led him back to school to pursue nursing as an …

End Times PTSD with Josh Hawkins

May 19th, 2021


On this episode I welcome back my good friend Josh Hawkins. We discuss the experiences we had growing up in the church and being taught about end times and looking for the end of the earth and Jesus' return. Then we …

Tamar Osborne

May 12th, 2021


Today I get to share a conversation that I had with a longtime friend from high school. This was prompted by a comment she made on a Facebook post of …

Creating a Budget with Ernie Reppe

March 31st, 2021


On today’s episode I have the privilege of talking to my longtime friend Ernie about budgeting. It’s something that is important and necessary, but also one of the things that we avoid the most because it seems …

White Christian Nationalism

March 10th, 2021


On today's episode my new friend Brandon Carey and I sit down and have a candid conversation about white Christian nationalism. What it is, how it is impacting our communities, church, and country, and what we can do to …

John Wriston: In The Midst of COVID

February 17th, 2021


Today I have the privilege of talking to my friend John about his experience over the last year as a nurse during the pandemic. He has worked in a hospital setting in both Florida and Michigan, two hard hit states in …

Overcoming Obstacles: Marcy Pusey

February 15th, 2021


Marcy is the mother of four humans and two pups, but she’s also tossed pizzas for a pizzeria, acted and sang in a musical, advocated for families with special needs, made appearances in a few movies, and mimed with …

Overcoming Obstacles: Dom Brightmon

February 10th, 2021


Whether he's reading books on leadership or handling books at his library, Dominique "Dom" Brightmon is always looking for the next great opportunity! Here is why you want to give him a chance:

Since his youth, Dominique …

Overcoming Obstacles: Gary Williams

February 8th, 2021


Gary shares his story of dealing with type 1 diabetes in the midst of a pandemic and other obstacles he has faced and how they have helped him to help others discover their own story. Gary is certified as a …

Overcoming Obstacles: Lani Woods

February 3rd, 2021


Lani Woods is an incredible human being who is an extreme athlete and is looking to change the face of the sport through representation. She shares her story of overcoming obstacles and injuries while continuing to face …

Overcoming Obstacles: Justin McAleece

February 1st, 2021


Justin McAleece is a socially conscious director and cinematographer of narrative and documentary projects both personal and commercial. He has been dedicated to filmmaking since 1999 and has won dozens of awards and …

Overcoming Obstacles: Sue Bowles

January 27th, 2021


Sue Bowles is a survivor turned author, speaker, and Certified Master Life Coach.

She’s the owner of My Step Ahead, committed to breaking the stigma around mental health struggles. “You only have to be a step ahead to …

Overcoming Obstacles: Shanique Davis

January 25th, 2021


Shanique Davis is a Christian Jamaican woman who is zealous about the Lord. She believes that obedience to God plays an integral part of our life, …

Overcoming Obstacles: Andy Vargo

January 20th, 2021


After changing everything about his life (coming out, divorce, career) Andy now helps others live their best life by first learning to accept themselves. His mantra is to Own Your Awkward, which I love. He gets this …

Overcoming Obstacles: Hayley Luckadoo

January 18th, 2021


On today’s episode I had the absolute pleasure of talking to Hayley about her story of overcoming obstacles in her life. Without spoiling her story, …

Overcoming Obstacles: Genesis Amaris Kemp

January 13th, 2021


On this new season we are going to be discussing overcoming obstacles. On today’s episode I am excited to have a new friend to the podcast, Genesis Amaris Kemp. She has a fantastic story and experiences where she has …

Christmas memories with Ben Reynolds

December 24th, 2020


To wrap up this series, which I hope has been fun and encouraging for everyone, I have my friend Ben on to share his favorite Christmas memories. …

Christmas Memories with KeyAnna Morgan

December 23rd, 2020


Today we get the privilege of hearing Christmas memories from my friend KeyAnna! Don’t forget to share your own memories with the tag …

Christmas Memories with Mandy Rakoci

December 22nd, 2020


Today I welcome one of my long time friends Mandy as she shares some of her Christmas memories. Don’t forget to share your own memories with the tag …

Christmas Memories with Nathaniel Roth

December 21st, 2020


Excited to welcome back my friend Nathaniel to share a memory you don’t want to miss! Don’t forget to share your own memories using the tag …

Christmas Memories with Jamie Chandler

December 18th, 2020


Today we continue our memories with my friend Jamie and she shares such a fun, sweet memory about the magic of Christmas. Make sure to share your own …

Christmas Memories with Sonny Lemmons

December 16th, 2020


So excited to have my good friend and fellow Doctor Who fan Sonny on to share his Christmas memories. Don’t forget to share your own memories using …

Christmas Memories with Miranda Herr

December 14th, 2020


Today it’s a family reunion with my cousin! Enjoy these Christmas memories and share your own online using the tag #brewedlifeholiday


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Christmas Memories with Dawn Ferengo

December 11th, 2020


Another holiday memory with Dawn  Enjoy and please share your holiday memories with us on social media using #brewedlifeholiday


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Christmas Memories with Mary Moore

December 9th, 2020


We’re starting out our special holiday season with my friend Mary. I hope you enjoy her memories and continue to tune in to all the other fun …

When Did Loving Others Become So Controversial?

November 30th, 2020


To wrap up this season I have a conversation with my good friend Justin Spurlock, a pastor out of Colorado. We talk about what it means to love your …

Church So White: A Conversation On Being a Person of Color in a Majority White Church - Part 2

November 25th, 2020


Today we continue our conversation with our panelists on being a part of a majority white church as a person of color. We finish up with some honest …

Church So White: A Conversation On Being a Person of Color in a Majority White Church - Part 1

November 23rd, 2020


Guys - this conversation was phenomenal. I am so honored to have four of my friends - Cassandra, Shenora, Tremayne, and Josh - come on and talk …

Men and Mental Health: Special Movember Episode

November 20th, 2020


On this bonus episode I have a panel discussion with three other men as we discuss what it looks like for men to struggle with mental health, the importance of being honest about it, and how to check in on the men in …

Jeremy Nicks: An Officer’s Journey Through 2020

November 18th, 2020


I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this conversation with my friend Jeremy. He is an officer and crisis negotiator - which we discuss as part of this episode - but he’s also a husband, father, coach, podcast host, and …

Deconstruction and Faith

November 16th, 2020


On today’s episode I had the privilege of talking to my friend Phil about the last year and his journey of rediscovering who Jesus is. While deconstruction has become a buzz word lately, it is something that a lot of …

Mental and Physical Health Through Cycling

November 11th, 2020


Today I am excited to have a conversation with my good friend Moe Vivas. We have know each other for over a decade, met through social media, and have been on a few hiking trips together. Moe is a NYC resident who has …

Women and the Church

November 9th, 2020


On today’s episode I had a great conversation with my good friend Amanda about the role of women in leadership within the church and her own personal …

Balanced: Fatherhood and Career

November 4th, 2020


Today we are talking to one of my oldest friends, Bo, about how he balances his career and fatherhood. As always, I really enjoyed this conversation …

Election Day Episode

November 3rd, 2020


Bonus episode where I open up a little more about my own political and faith journey.


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The Future of the Church

November 2nd, 2020


Today I am honored to have my good friend Josh Hawkins on the podcast. Josh has been a longtime friend who I have been able to talk about a multitude …

Vote 2020: Faith and Politics

October 28th, 2020


I’m excited to welcome back my friend Keirsh on the podcast for the 4th time. Today we are talking about the upcoming election, what it looks like to vote as a believer, and how do we move forward after the election is …

Student Ministry in 2020

October 26th, 2020


I had a fantastic conversation with my friend Josh King. Josh is a high school student pastor at a local church and has amazing insight on what …

Something New

October 23rd, 2020


On this quick bonus episode I will be revealing some exciting things and give a sneak peak at what’s coming!


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The Enneagram: Type 9 - The Peacemaker

October 14th, 2020


This episode you get to hear two 9’s talk to each other about what it means to be a 9, what we can do to grow, how anger shows up in us, and how people can love us better.


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The Enneagram: Type 8 - The Challenger

October 12th, 2020


On today’s episode we are going to be talking to my friend Tauna about what it’s like to be a type eight. I think this is a great conversation for one of the most misunderstood of the nine types and will help others …

The Enneagram: Type 7 - The Enthusiast

October 7th, 2020


On today’s episode we are going to be talking to my friend Brenda, who is our third and last returning guest from previous episodes of the podcast. She is a type seven and this is a great conversation that really will …

The Enneagram: Type 6 - The Loyalist

October 5th, 2020


This episode we are going to be having a conversation with Kyle, who is a returning guest to the podcast, about what it is like to be a type six on the enneagram and how it looks to live in that space, be healthier, and …

The Enneagram: Type 5 - The Investigator

September 30th, 2020


This episode we welcome back my friend Keirsh Cochran, who also happens to be a type 5 on the enneagram. I loved this conversation and came away knowing and understanding my friend even better. Cross stitching sheriffs? …

The Enneagram: Type 4 - The Individualist

September 28th, 2020


This week we talk to Billy and learn about what makes a type 4 tick, what does it mean to have that “missing piece”, and how to love the 4 in your life - emotions and all.


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The Enneagram: Type 3 - The Achiever

September 23rd, 2020


This episode I have a fantastic conversation with my friend Samantha about what it looks like being a type 3, why most type 3’s hate finding out they’re that type, and the importance of not falling into the trap of …

The Enneagram: Type 2 - The Helper

September 21st, 2020


This episode we are discussing the type 2 with my friend Dan Sparling. He talks about doing the work to narrow down his type and gives some amazing …

The Enneagram: Type 1 - The Reformer

September 16th, 2020


This episode I have a great conversation with my good friend Anna Sadler about what it looks like to be a type one, her own journey and discovery with the enneagram, and how to love and care for the type ones in your …

The Enneagram: An Introduction

September 14th, 2020


On this episode we are going to begin our journey through the enneagram. This time we will do a short introduction on what the enneagram is and how to help you figure out your type if you don’t know what it is. Then, in …

Me, My Health, and I

August 13th, 2020


Bonus Episode: On this episode I get honest about my own struggle with my health, weight, body image including some current frustrations I’ve had and where I’m going from here. Listen in and find us on Facebook and …

COVID-19 From a Kid’s’ Perspective.

April 15th, 2020


In this special episode I sit down with my own kids and talk to them about the pandemic, what they think about it, and how they feel it’s impacting their lives.


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The Church and Politics

April 1st, 2020


I’m so excited to welcome back my good friend Keirsh Cochran to end another season. This week we are discussing the church and politics. What should …

The Church and Racial Justice

March 25th, 2020


This week we talk to Chris Freeman, a local pastor, about the church and racial justice. We discuss his own personal journey, what steps his own …

The Church and the LGBTQ+ Community

March 18th, 2020


This week I’m talking to my friend Brenda Zemaitis about the church and it’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community. This is an important, timely, but sensitive topic because of the real pain and hurt that has been …

The Church and the Refugee/Immigrant

March 11th, 2020


This week we are going to be talking to Laura Pontius, Immigrant Outreach Attorney at Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Fort Wayne, IN. This was such a great conversation about the distinctions between refugees and …

The Church and Foster Care/Adoption

March 4th, 2020


This week we are talking with my good friend Adam Owens about foster care and adoption. The Owens family has an amazing story of love and stepping in to meet a need they saw that they were able to meet. I love this …

The Church and Mental Health Part 2: Erasing the Stigma

February 26th, 2020


This week we continue the conversation about mental health as we talk to Missy Blackmer about the stigma of mental health in the church, her own experiences as a mental health professional, and some practical tips on …

The Church and Mental Health Part 1: Victoria’s Story

February 19th, 2020


This week we are going to scratch the surface of mental health, the stigma it sometimes brings in the church setting, and what we can do to help break down those barriers. I am honored to have Victoria Mangano as my …

The Church and Homelessness

February 12th, 2020


Join me this week as I have a conversation with my good friend Jared Ballenger about his work with the homeless in Fort Wayne, Indiana and what it …

The Church Introduction

February 5th, 2020


Welcome to season 2 of The Brewed Life. This season we are going to wrestling with several different topics/current issues and what it looks like for the church (both local and global) to respond. Grab your headphones …

Modern Man: Conclusion

December 25th, 2019


This week we will wrap up our first season by revisiting some of the topics we discussed and highlight some of the truths that I came anyway with. Thanks for the great season and look for the 2nd season coming soon in …

Modern Man: How Can The Church Reach Men?

December 18th, 2019


Today we’re talking to my good friend Keirsh Cochran about the church, what it is doing well, and what it can do better or differently to reach men. This is an important conversation because this is one area that is …

Modern Man: The Importance of Male Friendships

December 11th, 2019


As a dad and husband that works full time, I know how difficult it is to hold and maintain authentic male friendships. So, this week, we are talking …

Modern Man: Health, Fitness, and Body Image

December 4th, 2019


This week we talk to my friend Josh Harrel - he is a nurse and health coach who has his own story with health and body image that I know will be encouraging and leave you with hope and strength. This is another subject …

Modern Man: Sports Culture Part 2 - Youth Sports and Pressure

November 27th, 2019


This week we talk to Sam Hartman about his own experiences in athletics throughout childhood, high school and college. We discuss what the advantages …

Modern Man: Sports Culture Part 1 - Fandom, Protests, and Awareness

November 20th, 2019


Join me this week as we start a two part conversation on Sports Culture. I talk to my friend Travon Erickson about the fandom of sports teams, the …

Modern Man: Transparency and Vulnerability

November 13th, 2019


This week we are talking to my friend Kyle Garner. Kyle will be sharing some of his own experiences with vulnerability growing up and how he wants to …

Modern Man: What Is Manliness?

November 6th, 2019


What is manliness? How does the example we have growing up impact us as adults? How can we impact others positively with our own example? Join me …

Modern Man: Introduction

October 30th, 2019


Welcome to The Brewed Life. This week we will be introducing the podcast and going over the theme for this inaugural season - Modern Man. What does it mean to be a man in this day and age? How does that impact us? How …

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