The Kitchen Table #19: What are Appropriate Ways for a Christian to Manage the Relationship Between Faith & Politics?

Shine.FM’s Brian and his teenage son Jake look at the very difficult question of managing our faith walk with Christ in our politically-charged nation.
In Music Matters, new music from one sonic society featuring Elle Limebear, Lauren Daigle and a “goldie but oldie” from the late Rich Mullins.
In Culture Shock, a discussion on the recent statement from Joshua Harris on his change of thought from his 20-year old book, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.”

The Beauty of Dust

Does anything that I do matter? After all, I don’t do anything that significant. I go to class, go to work, do my homework, see my friends once in a while, and participate in extracurriculars. I go to church and serve on the worship team once a month. It is so easy to look at these things as mundane, ordinary, and insignificant. Life flies past me and I often feel like I’m scrambling just to keep up. This often leads me to think, Is this all that there is? How do we find significance?

This past Sunday, my pastor talked about how we never live a single insignificant moment. At first, I wondered how this could be possible. I was sure I had lived many insignificant moments. Then I thought, have I been passing through millions of significant moments and been blind to them?

And then I found this bible verse:

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” –Genesis 2:7

Dust is just about the most insignificant thing I could possibly imagine. What do we do with dust? Brush it off, shake it out, sweep it up. It means nothing to us, yet God looked at the dust of the earth and thought, I will craft my greatest creation from this, which completely dismantled my view of what is insignificant. If God found the dust to be such a valuable tool, that says something about the things that I have in my life. We give significance to things and situations.

When I think back to my childhood, I remember the most obscure moments. I remember ridiculously simple things that brought me joy: laying on the warm asphalt in the summertime, watching the snowfall out of the front window, the M*A*S*H theme song playing as my mom made dinner and my dad got home from work, and being curled up in the corner of my room reading a good book. What made those things so memorable? Because they meant something to me. I found significance in them. Were they important? Life-changing? No. They were simple, ordinary, and mundane.

I think those are the dust moments – insignificant moments that we pay attention to and see the beauty in. I want to make beauty out of the dust.

The Kitchen Table #18: Why Do Young Adults Walk Away from the Church?

The Kitchen Table is a weekly discussion between Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre and his 18 year-old son Jake. This week they look at the reasons young adults walk away from church. Megan from Shine Evenings joins the show this week. In Music Matters we hear new music from The Young Escape, Lauren Daigle, I Am They and an “oldie but goldie” from David Meece. In Culture Shock, a look at an interview from Chris Pratt and a discussion around whether or not Hollywood has an anti-Christian bias. Follow along on The Kitchen Table Facebook Group on the Shine.FM Facebook page.

The Kitchen Table #17: Are There Ways to Follow Christ on a Smart Phone?

The Kitchen Table is a weekly discussion between Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre and his 18 year-old son Jake. In this episode, the duo look at the benefits and pitfalls of technology on faith. Plus, in Music Matters a look at:  Avril Lavigne–Head Above Water, Housefires–Jesus, What a Savior,  Corey Asbury–Reckless, and a classic from First Call–Sweet Love.  Finally, in Culture Shock, the pair break down the nuances of parenting in the digital world. Follow along on The Kitchen Table Facebook Group on the Shine.FM Facebook page.

The Kitchen Table #16: What’s the Difference Between Being a Good Person and a Christian?

Shine.FM’s Brian and his 18-year old son Jake look at the difference in trying to be a “good person” and being a Christian.  In Music Matters: Crowder–Red Letters, Shane & Shane–Psalm 98, and Servant–We Are the Light.  In culture shock, we look at “Fortnight Tutors.” Join further discussion on The Kitchen Table Facebook Groupon the Shine.FM Page.

Stronger Together #40 Dare To Share with Guest Andy McGowan

Andy works as lead Pastor at Immanuel Church Kenosha but is also passionate about his ministry with Dare to Share. Be inspired as he pours out his heart for youth developing an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and his vision to see them grow in sharing the Gospel.   You can connect with Andy at Facebook, or Immanuel Kenosha Church. You can learn more about Dare to Share here.

The Kitchen Table #15: What Does It Really Mean to Depend on and Trust God?

Shine.FM’s Brian and his 18-year old son Jake sit down at their kitchen table for a faith discussion on the nitty gritty of trusting God.

Plus a look at music, including:

Sanctus Real–Confidence

The Sing Team–How Great is Our God

Russ Taff–Medals

In Culture Shock, the duo take a look at “lawn mower parenting.”

Stronger Together #39: Discipleship Through The Arts with Anne Maria of Hope Central

In this week’s episode we hear the journey of Anne Marie’s obedience to the call of God to begin a non-for-profit benefiting children in the urban communities of Lansing Michigan.

Be blessed and inspired as she shares the trials and joys of this walk.

To attend Hope Central or to connect with them in their efforts you can find them on facebookor reach out here.

The Kitchen Table #14: Does God Answer Prayer?

“God answers OUR prayers according to HIS will.” This week Brian and Jake discuss the Faith question: Does God answer prayer? They look at the different ways God answers prayer and share some prayer response stories from their own lives and lives of some friends. In Music Matters they have new music from Zach Williams, Banners and an oldie but goldie from Stryper. In Culture Shock, they remember 9/11 and how it changed our society.

Stronger Together #38: Finding True Fulfillment in Life with Jason Davis

Music executive Jason Davis joins us for this fascinating episode of Stronger Together. Jason Davis is a serial entrepreneur, A&R, and expert in artist development. He currently is an artist manager/partner at One One 7, Radar Label Group, and Awaken Records. He has worked with artists such as P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, Jay-Z, Dolly Parton, Lonestar, and many more. In this episode, we talk about Jason’s journey in the music industry and how he found himself at rock bottom despite the promises of fame, fortune, and success. Jason walks us through how he found himself considering ending it all when one simple question from a divine encounter, “Do you know Jesus?” changed his life forever.  Connect with Jason on Twitter, at One One 7, or on Linkedin.  Check out his powerful memoir Your Love Pursues.