The Kitchen Table #44: When to Stop Saying “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”

You’ve all heard the phrase. Maybe it makes you cringe. Should we just stop saying it altogether or is it valid? This week on the Kitchen Table, Shine.FM Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake welcome Pastor Chad Dalton to table. In Music Matters, new music from Hillsong Young & Free with Andy Mineo, Andy Grammer, and an oldie, but goldie from Kim Boyce. In Culture Shock, we break down a response from Keanu Reeves on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to the question “What Happens When You Die?” Be sure to subscribe to get all our Shine.FM podcasts.

Good News: Couple Married for 62 Years Die on Same Day, Holding Hands

Don and Maxine Simpson of Bakersfield met while bowling – he was a civil engineer from North Dakota, she was a local gal – and the pair married a few years later. Over the course of their decades together, they adopted two sons and were involved with local organizations and loved to travel. Their family says that, over the years, the couple remained inseparable. When both Don and Maxine’s health began to decline, their granddaughter’s chose to move their beds into the same room of the family’s home, keeping them side-by-side. The couple spent their final weeks together holding hands, looking at old family photos. Their family suspected the pair might die together, a phenomenon backed up by recent scientific research that has found that a person really can die of a broken heart. The family turned out to be correct, as the Simpsons eventually died on the same day. Maxine was the first to go, passing away as she held Don’s hand. Click here for more on this couple’s beautiful love story!


Good News: Suprise Delivery for Shocked Military Wife

When this young wife got a delivery of some of her husbands belongings, she figured it was just “some of his old stuff,” but once she dug deeper she got a surprise that was much better than old t-shirts and books! Click here to see just how big this wife’s surprise was!

Good News: Couple Finds Love in an Unlikely Place

When Margaret “Muffi” Lavigne and Chris Plum, both with muscular dystrophy, met at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, Conn., their lives took an unexpected turn. After both were beginning to doubt that they would ever find “the one,” they found each other. While dating, the couple would spend hours together outside enjoying the sun and each other’s company. Outside, where Chris proposed, is also where he and Muffi were married! Click here to hear more about their story!

Good News: Soldier’s Platoon Helps With Engagement


A soldier from New Hampshire came up with a creative way to propose to his girlfriend, with the help of his platoon!  Army Specialist Nicholas Greenwood enlisted the help of his platoon to get in on a surprise proposal to his girlfriend.  Even though he knew Christina didn’t like surprises, he knew he had to propose in a special way.  Watch this fun video here.


Good News: High School Sweethearts Reunited 70 Years Later


When Frank Sinatra crooned the words, “Love is lovelier the second time around,” he could have been singing about 90-year-old Bob Albright and 86-year-old Martha Joy Brindle. Theirs is a love story, almost 70 years in the making.  Bob and Joy were sweethearts before World War II. They met working at the same pharmacy in Indianapolis.  When World War II broke out, the Army sent Bob to the South Pacific.  After the war ended though, the two lost touch.  They each raised families of their own.  And you’ll never guess what they’re up to now.  Find out here.


Good News: Watch This Reaction To Baby News


It’s always heartwarming to watch people being surprised by baby news, but this video of an older man finding out he’s going to be a first-time grandpa is the sweetest one we’ve ever seen. “Told my dad he is going to be a grandpa,” writes Jessica, who shared this touching video on Reddit. “I am his only child and my mother passed away 20 years ago. He has been asking us for grandchildren since our wedding night.” In the video, the grandpa-to-be opens a decorative box to find a pacifier with a note attached, reading “Hatching November 17th, 2014.” It takes him a moment to process the information, but as soon as he does, his eyes well up and he grins ear to ear. We’ve never seen a man’s face so filled with joy.  This must-watch video is here.


Good News: Switchfoot Brings Water To Protestors


It has been an interesting tour so far for Switchfoot. Unfortunately it’s been colored by the appearances of several protestors at a couple of different shows. In cases like this, Switchfoot reminded their fans that it can be easy to get angry and let emotions take over – and of course, Jon Foreman has been encouraging a different response, giving true meaning to Love Alone Is Worth The Fight!  Check out this amazing story here.


What NOT To Say To Singles


Today is Valentine’s Day and tomorrow is Singles Awareness Day, so between the two, your single lady friends may be having a bit of a hard time.  For Lisa’s Home School, learn what NOT to say to single friends in the next two days — or maybe never!  Most of the time, we mean well, but it comes as a backhanded compliment.  Let’s not!


Quick, Easy, And Meaningful Valentine’s Day For Everyone


Yeah yeah yeah, you’ve heard it before, but this idea is REALLY easy and heartfelt.  All you have to do is cut out paper hearts (bonus points for color and size variety) and write one thing you love about the recipient on each heart.  Then, tape the hearts to their doors so when they wake up on Valentine’s Day, they’ll feel loved and encouraged!  Check it out here.