The Kitchen Table #34: An Epidemic of Loneliness

This week on the Shine.FM’s The Kitchen Table podcast, ministry director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake look at the loneliness epidemic in our world, what is our response as a church, and how we can overcome. In Music Matters, music from Jonny Diaz, United Pursuit featuring Will Reagan. and an oldie, but goldie from East To West. In Culture Shock, does our social media actually increase our loneliness? Be sure to subscribe to get all our Shine.FM podcasts.



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 #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 #13: Does Going To Church Really Matter?

This week on The Kitchen Table, Brian and Jake have a family discussion about why it matters to actually attend church and the importance of community. Plus, a look at songs from Tim Timmons featuring Amy Grant: I Belong, Citizens: In Tenderness and a Goldie but Oldie fromJon Gibson & Crystal Lewis: Lost Inside of You in the Music Matters segment.

In Culture Shock, we look at how Millennials and younger people don’t use the flat sheet.

Good News: Shine.FM Good News Story Sparks Another


After hearing about this Mass Mob story on Shine.FM recently, the parishioners at St. Liborius Catholic Church in Steger put together their first “Mass mob,” bringing more than 80 of their members to services at St. Mary’s in rural Iroquois County. They knew about Beaverville, because the pastor there used to be their pastor.  They knew that he had a beautiful church, but a very small number of families. So they thought it would be good to see him and help fill the church up a little bit.  Working on the campaign for a month, the St. Liborius parishioners carpooled and more than 80 made the hour-long trip. They even staged a potluck dinner in the St. Mary’s Parish Hall, so there could be more time spent with their former pastor.  Read more about how Good News spreads here!


Good News: Runners Flock To Church At The Finish Line


Dry-fit neon shirts, visors, windbreakers, and running shoes mixed with Easter dresses, slacks, and heels in the pews of Boston’s Old South Church Sunday morning.  The 345-year-old congregation, whose former attendees include Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams, welcomed Boston Marathoners to its annual Easter Service.  This year, with Marathon Monday falling right after Easter Sunday, an estimated 2,000 churchgoers waited in line for the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Nearly half were runners, some wearing their bright orange and teal Boston Marathon jackets.  The service broke from the traditional Easter message during the “blessing of the athletes,” in which marathoners stood up to hear a recited prayer.  “Since we are the ‘Church of the Finish Line,’ we wanted to send a message of love, hope and courage to the runners,” Usher Shawn McCartee said. During the blessing, ushers distributed some of the more than 7,000 hand-knitted scarves commissioned by the church to support the Boston Marathoners.  Read more here.


Church Changed To Meet Its Community


Patrick Kelley has a dream—what he calls his “delusion of grandeur” for churches—that one day, ethnic diversity will be the norm in American congregations, and that followers of Christ will erase what Martin Luther King, Jr. called the “most segregated hour in Christian America.”  Click here to read what Pastor Kelley is doing to change his church to meet his community.


Good News: Restaurant Comes To Aid of Bus Crash Families


Many individuals and groups are reaching out to the victims and families of involved in Saturday’s terrible bus accident on the northeast side of Indianapolis.  Jeff Mosley, manager of the Chick-fil-A at The Crossing on 82nd Street said, “Our hearts are broken. We wanted to help in any way we can.”  Jeff said as soon as he and his employees heard about the crash just a couple of miles away, they went to work preparing 100 meals for those gathered at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.  Read more about ways you can help here.


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