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Phil Cooke: Ideas on a Deadline

Phil Cooke: Ideas on a Deadline

Continuing her series from the National Religious Broadcast Media event, host of By his Grace podcast Misty Phillip sat down with Hollywood Producer, Author, and Influencer Phil Cooke to discuss his book Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking. Phil Cooke shares insight from the lives of the Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, to Charles Dickens, and Thomas Edison. This episode discusses how to be creative when the clock is ticking and what you can do to spark creativity. Including practical takeaways, like walking, being in the shower, and taking notice of patterns in our dreams help us tap into our creativity. Also, the importance of taking Sabbath and learning to say no to help you focus and be more productive.


Key Takeaways

“Just Start”

“Don’t be Held Back by Fear.”

“Be a Willing Vessel”

“Just say Yes.”

“We live in the most distracted culture in the history of the world, and if we don’t take that time off or just going to burn out.” 

“While we are sleeping, our brain is trying to make connections from experiences we’ve had during the day… if we are open to it, we will see connections in our dreams we didn’t see before.” 

“Have pen and paper next to the bed.” 

“When God calls us to something important, we have to say no to some stuff.” 

“List of gracious ways of saying no” 

“Find the most creative part of your day.” 

“Understand when and where you like to be creative” “use do not disturb on your phone.”

Scripture Reference

Do not despise humble beginnings – “For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel, even these seven, which are the eyes of the LORD; they run to and fro through the whole earth.” – Zechariah 4:10 ESV


Atheism on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Case for Unbelief by Mark Lanier 

Pastor Jarrett Stephens – The Always God

AquaNotes® is a waterproof notepad that allows you to record your great ideas while you’re in the shower. 

Phil’s Book

Ideas on a Deadline: How to Be Creative When the Clock is Ticking

Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke, PhD., is co-founder and CEO of Cooke Media Group in Los Angeles and the nonprofit The Influence Lab. 

He has produced media programming in nearly 70 countries and created many of the most influential inspirational TV programs. Phil has a client list that includes Hollywood studios, significant nonprofits, and many of the most respected faith-based organizations in the world. He’s written 12 books and hundreds of magazine articles, TV programs, commercial scripts, and a highly respected blog at Member of The Producer’s Guild of America and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s been called “one of the most innovative communicators of our generation.”

If you have a powerful message or story that could influence the world, media producer, consultant, and author Phil Cooke will teach you what you need to know about creativity, communication, Hollywood, media, culture, and the faith to make it happen.

Phil Cooke website & blog

Dan Haseltine and Matthew S. Nelson: Music behind the Chosen

Dan Haseltine and Matthew S. Nelson: Music behind the Chosen

Misty Phillip sits down with Dan Haseltine and Matthew S. Nelson from the Chosen Series to talk about making the music for the series. The Chosen is a cinematic drama based on Jesus’ life, which American director Dallas Jenkins conceived, directed, and has co-written. The creators of the series said they hoped that they would draw a multi-season scenic tale from Jesus’ prior images. Jesus “through the eyes of people who encountered him” is portrayed in the series. The Chosen is television show about Jesus. Season 1, released in 2019 (with a pilot episode on the birth of Christ released in 2017), this garnered attention for several reasons: it is the first TV show of its kind, presenting the life of Christ over multiple seasons (it plans seven seasons total). The Chosen is the #1 Crowdfunded Media project of all time. At the time of this interview there are two seasons, and they are beginning to film season 3. The Chosen is free to watch, with no fee or subscription necessary. DVDs of Season 1 are also available for purchase. Season 2 launched on April 4, 2021. T

In this episode of the By His Grace podcast, we talk about special connection of the Chosen music has with people, our need for rescue, the creative process of the music of the Chosen. We conclude the episode with with Matt and Dan sharing what’s currently on their personal playlists.

Key Takeaways

“Music is a key part of the Holy Spirit”

“It can penetrate a heart or mind both that can be broken”

“I needed to be rescued and music rescued me.”

“Dallas is a force”




Daniel Paul Haseltine  is an American singer best known as lead vocalist for Christian alternative folk rock group Jars of Clay. Haseltine has performed vocals, piano, accordion, percussion and melodica, while with Jars of Clay. He has had different artistic titles, including songwriter, producer, film composer, music supervisor and art designer.

Haseltine is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Blood:Water Mission, where he currently sits as part of the board of directors. He is a regular writer and speaker about worship music, HIV/AIDS in Africa, social justice and church reform. Haseltine is also a regular columnist for Relevant Magazine, and has contributed articles to Moody, CCM Magazine, Christianity Today, World Vision, Campus Life and Beliefnet.


Matthew S. Nelson is a cultivated and contemplative musical whisperer. Growing up between the two old oaks of classical tradition and pop curiosity was a sacred nursery. Explore a selection of his credits on AllMusic, his instrumental work with kingpinguin(with violinist Avery Bright) and his original score (co-composed with Dan Haseltine) for The Chosen, and feel free to get in touch with any comments or inquiries.

Missy Eversole: Transform your Mind with Spiritual Habits

Missy Eversole: Transform your Mind with Spiritual Habits

Misty Phillip sits down with Missy Eversole at the CPE product expo to discuss people-pleasing and being a yes girl. Missy melted down and yelled at her kids in their school parking lot. This incident woke Missy up. She realized something needed to change because her schedule was crammed full, and she was stressed out to a breaking point. Missy began reading the book of John in her Bible, and God began conforming her to his image.

On this episode we talk about importance of forming Spiritual habits. Mediating on God’s word, and intentionally filling our minds with The Word. Missy expressed the importance of being both a hearer and doer of the the word. We conclude our conversation discussing the importance of praying for our children and young adults, and God’s faithfulness in our lives.

Key Takeaways

The importance of quiet time, morning reflection, and spending time with the Lord.”

“There is power in the no.”

“The world is coming after us. Trying to conform us to it.”

“Our phones are our biggest idols today.”

“No one is beyond saving.”

“My mom mission is to get up every day before my kids and pray for them before their feet hit the floor.”

Scripture Reference

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2 ESV

Missy Eversole

Missy Eversole is a wife and mom of two sons. She and her husband, Craig, have been married for twenty-one years and live in Morton, Illinois. Missy shares her love for digging deep into God’s Word as a volunteer blog contributing writer for Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies and Kingdom Edge Magazine. In addition, she writes about her faith and family on her blog,


Transformed Not Conformed: Embracing a Life-Changing Approach to Spiritual Habits provides honest personal stories and relatable examples from Scripture. Missy teaches you how to create habits of Bible reading, meditation, prayer, silence, solitude, and fasting.

Helen Smallbone: Motherhood Behind the Lights

Helen Smallbone: Motherhood Behind the Lights

Misty Phillip sits down with Helen Smallbone at the 2022 NRB Convention to discuss her motherhood journey. We talk about her childhood as Pastor’s daughter and how it impacted her faith. Helen shares the remarkable journey of moving from Australia to the United States. We quickly bonded as kindred spirits when she shared how her story of brokenness and dependence on God led to homeschooling and working together as a family. 

We discuss the importance of prayer in their family and God’s faithfulness to provide for their family. We discuss the foundation of this lifestyle that led to the success of Rebecca St. James and For King and Country!

Key Takeaways

“We as a family saw God Work miracles and provide for us in very miraculous ways and lead us step-by-step.” 

“Then challenging times we go through sanctify us.” 

“We started homeschooling before we left Australia…and continued to homeschool the rest of the kids’ lives.”

“God opened opportunities for us to work together as a family.”

“God pushes us to the end of our tether.”

“When we have nothing left to give, we lean in closer to him, and the kids and I initially would get down on the floor together and pray. It really changed their lives.”

“We were always looking for the kid’s skill areas.” 

Helen Smallbone

As a parent to seven children, Helen Smallbone knows a thing or two about motherhood — and she consistently shares her wisdom through the MUMlife Community podcast on Accessmore. For the first time, the mother behind GRAMMY® award-winning artists for KING & COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James is sharing her sage wisdom in her first book, Behind the Lights: The Extraordinary Adventure of a Mum and Her Family. Written from a mother’s perspective, Helen shares stories of peaks, valleys, and a family trusting God for provision.

Mumlife Podcast Community

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