The Kitchen Table #23: How Do We Maintain a Child-like Faith in a World Where We Are Suppose to Grow Up?

Join Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake for another conversation across the kitchen table as they discuss the conflicting thoughts in The Bible about having a child-like faith while putting away childish things. Also, in Music Matters, new music from I Am They, North Point Inside Out Worship band and an Oldie But Goldie from 4Him. In Culture Shock, with Thanksgiving over and Christmas on the way, how do we put down our devices and truly be WITH our family and friends.

Shine.FM Comcast #3: How to Navigate Social Media as a Mom with guest Laura Loewen

Join Shine.FM’s Heather Erbe as she welcomes Laura Loewen for this episode of the Momcast. This week’s discussion looks at how to navigate social media from a Mom’s perspective. Follow Laura on Instagram @lifeasaloewen

What is the Relationship Between Following Jesus and Serving the Needs of Others?

Join Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake for another conversation across the kitchen table as they discuss our relationship as a follower of Christ and serving others. Also, in Music Matters, new music from We Are Messengers, Of The Land and an Oldie But Goldie from Al Denson. In Culture Shock, they duo reflect on the passing of Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee and discuss how superheroes can make us better Christians.

Shine.FM Momcast #2: Parenting a Child with Diabetes with Guest Rachel Smith

Shine.FM’s Heather Erbe welcomes guest mom, Rachel Smith. Rachel is a mom of 4 and has a son, Dawson, that was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes about 2 years ago.  On this World Diabetes day, they discussed the difference between Type 1 and Type 2.  Listen as they also de-bunk some myths about Type 1 Diabetes.

Searching for Whales

Let’s talk about Jonah. Let’s talk about this prophet who directly told God “no,” and took off in the opposite direction. The story is that Jonah ran to Joppa and then got on a boat to Tarshish.

Let’s put this into perspective.

The distance from Joppa to Nineveh was 550 miles. The distance from Joppa to Tarshish is 2,500 miles.

Jonah was not playing around, and he was not being subtle. He didn’t tell God, maybe later, or God, please don’t make me do this. He said NO.

We all know how the story goes. A storm comes and Jonah is tossed overboard after telling the crew that the storm was his fault. The part of this story that really interested me was the time between when Jonah is thrown overboard and when he is sitting in the belly of a whale.

Every time that I read the story of Jonah, I’d read it with the perspective that the miracle was Jonah being saved from the belly of a whale. I thought that Jonah was at his lowest point while inside the fish because that would certainly be my lowest point. But when you read the story, that isn’t what Jonah says.

Jonah 2:5-6; “The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit.”

I think this is so interesting because it provides a perspective shift. The whale wasn’t the disaster, the whale was the blessing. Jonah was asking the Lord to save him from the depths and from the despair he was living in, and God said yes. God sent a whale.

It makes me wonder what the whales are in my life. How many answered prayers am I blind to because God sent the answer in a way I didn’t expect? I never want to get stuck in my own perspectives that keep me blocked off from the presence of God in my life. I want to search for the whales.

The Kitchen Table #21: Can Christians Get A Tattoo?

On this week’s episode, Shine.FM’s Brian and son, Jake, compare tattoos and discuss whether Christians should ink up.  In Music Matters, songs from Downhere, Hollyn and an Oldie but Goldie from Michael W. Smith. In Culture Shock, specific ways we can pray for our children in school.

Shine.FM MomCast #1: Easier to Give than Receive with Guest Mindy von Gunten

Join Shine.FM’s Heather Erbe for the debut episode of Shine.FM’s Momcast. In this episode, Heather welcomes guest Mom, Mindy von Gunten as they chat about how it is sometimes easier as a Mom to give, but difficult to receive.

Listen here.

The Kitchen Table #20: How Do We as a Church Respond & Minister to Those with Special Abilities?

Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian and his son Jake look this week at our role both as individuals and as a church in ministering to those with special abilities.  In Music Matters, they look at new music from Hillsong United, Phil Wickham and a 1984 oldie but goldie from Kenny Marks who passed away this week. In Culture Shock, Halloween happened this week and we as Christians didn’t become satanists. How do we use Halloween as a teachable moment in the discipleship of our kids.

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.