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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.

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.

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.

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 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.

The Kitchen Table #12: How Do You Believe in God When You Can’t Feel Him?

This week, father/son team, Brian & Jake attempt to address the faith question: How do you believe in God when you can’t feel Him? We also look at new music from Tori Kelly and Hillsong Worship, plus an “oldie but goldie” from David Meece in Music Matters. In Culture Shock, we look at the Fortnite phenomenon and what parents need to know.

Faith Lived Out

As we head into 2013, I have a few inspiring faith stories to share with you.

Last week Georgia Dome in Atlanta was packed with Christian students beginning the New Year at the annual Passion worship conference.  Over 60,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 heard from speakers like Louie Giglio, Frances Chan and Beth Moore.

The students took part in worship sessions and seminars, with an emphasis on fighting human trafficking and helping the poor.  The attendees were asked to each bring a new towel and pair of socks to donate to local homeless shelters in Atlanta.

Christian musicians leading worship at Passion 2013 included Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder and Christy Nockels.

Closer to home, thousands of young Christians attended the Urbana Student Missions Conference in St. Louis.  Urbana Director Tom Lin says over 4,000 of the students who attended the five-day conference committed to more than two years of missionary service in their lives.

The students accepted the challenge to both proclaim the gospel and to demonstrate Christian love through service. Planning will start soon for the next Urbana Student Missions Conference in 2015.  If you would like to attend, or if you know a student who might be interested in attending, you can learn more at urbana.org.

And across the Atlantic, Pope Benedict says he believes peace can prevail in 2013, despite the problems in the world today.   In his New Year’s Day Mass, the Pope acknowledged the evils of terrorism, criminal acts and the inequality between rich and poor.

But he also said he is convinced the “numerous works of peace, in the world are testimony to the innate vocation of humanity to peace.”  You can read the Pope’s entire homily here.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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