The Kitchen Table #25: Why Does Consistency Matter?

This week on The Kitchen Table Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake discuss why is it important to have consistency in following Jesus. New songs in Music Matters from 7eventh Time Down, Bryan & Katie Torwalt and Jake is introduced to Ska music with a 1997 classic from The O.C. Supertones. In Culture Shock, they discuss how parents respond to tricky faith questions. Don’t miss an episode. Subscribe today!

Shine.FM Momcast #4: Returning to the Workplace After Having Children with guest Melissa Keeley

Join Shine.FM’s Heather Erbe as she welcomes Melissa Keeley for this episode of the Momcast. Melissa shares her story of returning to the workplace after having her first two children.

The Kitchen Table #24: Does God Call People to be Single?

Join Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter, his son Jake and guest Jennifer Lambert for another conversation across the kitchen table as they discuss God’s call on singleness. Also, in Music Matters, new music from Jesus Culture, Christmas music from Relient K and an Oldie But Goldie from Steven Curtis Chapman. In Culture Shock, remembering the faith of President George H.W. Bush and we hear Chris Pratt go off script at the Disneyland Christian Candlelight Ceremony.

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

The Kitchen Table #22: 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.