Interview with Tahni Cullen


Tahni Cullen is a people-lover, blogger, and conference speaker, who brings a powerful message of hope and restoration.

Tahni worked thirteen years at a multi-campus church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota where she served in communication arts, and as a ministry director. She is a freelance marketer who also performs in an original live variety show for women’s events.

Tahni and her producer husband, Joe, created an award-winning documentary called Surprised by Autism. They live with their son, Josiah, in Saint Paul, where they enjoy exploring Minnesota’s museums and destinatio


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Salt and Light

There are a lot of people that will never consider darkening the door of Today’s churches.

Why because they have been hurt by So called Christians who look down their nose and judge them for their appearance or their actions.

We must not judge them. We cannot look at them with the “Christian” lens” They do not have a relationship with the savior.

We need to love them where they are at and welcome them with open arms.

We are called to be salt and light. what is salt used for? Salt is a flavor enhancer among other things.

As a flavor-er, Salt increases the flavor of whatever other flavors that are already there. That’s why some recipes call for salt even though the result is sweet. We are to be full of flavor enticing nonbelievers with the sweetness of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Light is unique because it doesn’t matter how little of it there is if you have a dark room and light a candle, it will no longer be in complete darkness. In effect, light cancels darkness Light also represents truth. We are called to go out into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. That is to carry the light that is Jesus into all the dark places.

We can best learn what to do from Jesus’s own example. He did not hang out with the holier than thou Pharisees. Instead he hung out with Tax collectors, and fishermen, and prostitutes. He often broke bread with them. That’s what we must do to represent Christ to the best of our ability.

Note that I am not saying that we are to partake in their sin. But When They are at Rock bottom, they will remember you and reach out to you for help.

let me tell you the story of my father in Law Bryan. He is a great guy, but he was not a Christian in any sense of the word. I remember he told me on one occasion, that he believed there was a God, but he did not know who he was. I did my best to not push my beliefs on him. About 5 years ago, my mother in law passed away suddenly. He had a really hard time dealing with it. He hid it well, but I will never forget the night that he called me and asked me, “Mike how are you dealing with this?” and I was able to tell him about my relationship with the creator of the universe, my lord and savior Jesus Christ. When I asked him if he wanted to accept Jesus as his savior, there was no argument. no justification, no back peddling, he just said yes, and I got the awesome privilege of introducing my father in law to his savior.

if I had preached at him and told him what a bad person he was, I never would have had that opportunity.

So, what does all this mean? Take a moment and consider who you are. Are you a Christian who is filled with the love and sweetness of Jesus and yearns to share the light with the world? Or are you a putrid rancid Religious Christian who looks down their nose at people. One will lead people into his kingdom and the other will send them running for the hills. You Decide. Please feel free to comment below even if you disagree with me.

whats in the Episode

In this episode I speak to Andrew Schwab, lead singer of the band Project86.
We talk about his experiences and influences on his writings, his views on hell, his critiques of the church as an organization, and a couple of songs from Project86’s new album, Sheep Among Wolves.

  • Who is Andrew and what is Project86?   [00:53]″]
  • What one message does Andrew endeavor to communicate?   [02:21]″]
  • What convinces Andrew that humans are all flawed?  [03:50]”
  • Is there something Andrew would like to say to the LGBT community?  [04:23]″]
  • How has Andrew’s personal experience within modern Christian culture informed his critiques of the church?  [07:18]
  • How did Andrew’s childhood affect his music, and how has his music evolved over time?  [10:09]
  • What influences Andrew’s writings?  [12:32]
  • What is Project86’s new song “Freebooter” about?   [14:27]
  • Is “Freebooter” aimed more at those with faith or without?   [16:56]
  • What is the song “Copper Wish” about? [17:16]
  • What would Andrew say to someone who is looking for hope?   [19:01]
  • How does Andrew know there is a hell?   [23:02]

Is there one thing that Andrew wants to leave our audience with? [24:20]



How to contact Andrew

Andrew’s Site

Project86’s Site


What purpose?
Some painful
Some pleasant
Even a few instructive
Some just a flash in the night
Still they shape you
Mold you into something
Sometimes not pleasant
Gray hairs the evidence
Of painful lessons long completed
So Easy to look behind
Regretful heart the remnants
Looking forward to heavenly bliss


Advice for those struggling in this Christmas season? [01:55]
• If this season is not the best time of year for you and if its one of those years where you’re like, I absolutely hate the holiday season. You should get someone around you that can keep you going and also help you refocus.

Even Moses needed help to stay strong when he was guiding the children of Israel. [02:12]

• Just as Moses needed physical help to hold up is hands when leading the children of Israel. We ourselves need help from different persons at times when we feel low in spirit.

Frightening statistics about the Christmas season. [03:18]
• Statistics show that the most suicide occur during the Christmas season.

Second advice to keep you through the Christmas holiday. [03:36]
• Keep your mind on things that will keep you uplifted.

I’m Not Ready for Christmas

m not ready for Christmas
for the glam and commercial gleam
for the smells of baking pumpkin pies
for the fake santa at the mall

I’m not ready for Christmas
for Carolers in the cold awaiting hot chocolate bliss
for candy canes and silver lanes aglow
For cold Egg Nog with just a touch of nutmeg

All this means nothing to me.
throw it out with all the used wrapping paper

Christmas is just a birthday without candles and flair
I’ll celebrate it in my own way

6 simple words

Happy Birthday Jesus  I love you

In this episode we speak with Pastor Gene McIntyre about mental illness and what you need to know. We cover a four step plan for dealing with mental illness from a biblical perspective

• What does she and her group do for persons will illness? [04:52]

• What is a broken person? [06:27]

• How do persons view mental illness and why? [08:19]

• Examples of persons who were healed in the bible. [09:34]

• Advice on how to overcome things that are nagging you in your life.

1. Walk in peace with Jesus. [14:26]
2. Acknowledge God as Lord and study the bible. [14:43]
3. Surround your self with people that believe in what you believe. [15:20]
4. Consider help from a medical professional. [16:22] `

• Where does illness come from? [20:13]

• What purpose does the enemy have for us? [21:24]

• What can happen when you have mental illness and don’t get treatment? [21:54]

• Advice to people who ask if God is a “crutch”. [25:19]

• Do persons in the Christian faith have more power to overcome than those who aren’t? [29:28]

• Closing advice to the persons listening to this podcast. [31:25]