Mayo Sowell’s career has taken him to the pulpit, but his life path could’ve led to a different and much darker place. An Auburn football standout whose pro career was cut short by injury, he got into the drug trade and was eventually sentenced to five years in federal prison. Toward the end of his sentence, though, a chance encounter with a fellow inmate guided him to God and a total change in his world view. With frankness and humor, Mayo talks about the lessons he’s learned over the course of his eventful life, and about the message he tries to put forth as pastor at LIIV Atlanta, the church he founded last year. Men of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from his advice for maintaining healthy friendships and staying humble in a world full of temptation.
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0:00—Intro/what does redemption mean to you?
2:42—Mayo’s story—background, family, prison, and restoration
13:36—More about his conversion in prison
16:06—Mayo’s post-prison life—how Jesus has transformed his life and his family’s
19:25—His vision for the LIIV Atlanta church
22:34—Advice for those in crisis about maintaining relationships and resisting temptation
30:28—“Lightning round”/closing prayer/outro