CREATING MOSAICS IN A HURRICANE

Today’s experimental podcast is told in random bits and pieces.  I have never felt led to craft a mosaic story until now.  I’m not even sure there is a category for this. Except, this is the manner in which my mind works and in which I find myself attempting to communicate these days.  Mosaics are made from broken pieces to form pictures and patterns that communicate.  To call this episode verbal art is probably too much of a stretch, but the world is on pause right now and we all have a lot of stuff swirling around us. At the same time, we all have been granted a unique gift to slow down and perceive life at the speed of God.  This is my story of a few of the fragments of my 2020 spring.  You’ll hear parts of my journey I’ve never shared before, as well as my favorite coffee mug, a sonnet that struck me deep, my dysfunctional personality, some dialogue from a favorite movie, and a song.  All of this pointing to a single truth – God is always speaking to us. Only those who listen hear.  And it could be His next word for you will be heard in the kaleidoscopic sound of mosaic.

ADOPTION AND THE WILD, WILD WAIT OF GOD

A Conversation With Special Guest:  Logan Creasy

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I put my hope.” – Psalm 130:1,5  Can anybody relate?  Anybody else out there feel like waiting on God has become your permanent vocation and you’re already tenured?  (We see those hands!)It is great to have my good friend Logan Creasy at the table this week.    Logan and his wife Melody know firsthand the long and sometimes arduous journey of adoption. Be encouraged as we explore waiting on God, worship, and the coming together of a family, just like the one God is putting together right this very minute.  Toward the end, Logan breaks out his guitar for the world premiere of his song  “Death Is a Liar.”  So grab a Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale, pour it over 4 scoops of Blue Bell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, and get ready to thank us later.  We saved you a seat.

A HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE OF GRACE

  A Conversation With Special Guest:  Michael Crane

If you have followed sports at all in the last 25 years, you have witnessed the magic of today’s special podcast guest.  In less than 10 years in the business, Michael Crane became the most sought after quick-cut, highlight package editor in the wide, wide world of sports.  From ESPN to CBS to the NCAA tournament to the French Open to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece where he helped NBC win an Emmy for the coverage – Michael had just about done it all.

Cut to the 2007 Masters in Augusta, Georgia.  Michael was in town to work the biggest golf event of his life – and on the Monday morning of Masters week before reporting for duty, Michael decided to rob a bank.  Yep, you read that right.  And that’s where his redemption story takes off.  Grab a club sandwich and some chips and listen to a comeback story where God is driving a life back above par.  We saved you a seat in the golf cart. https://www.facebook.com/officialmichaelcrane/

CAST YOUR CARES

A Conversation With Special Guest:  S.P. Rowe

Our souls need to worship God the same way our bodies need food and rest.  This is always so, but perhaps now we are more acutely aware of this need.  Worship in a time of crisis can heal our thoughts and restore our spirits.  

I always marvel at those who are gifted in helping us find connection with God through music and praise, who take themselves so completely out of the frame. all we see is God.  Today’s podcast guest Stephen Peter Rowe (S.P. for short) has that gift.  Stephen serves Vineyard 61 Church in Balham and Battersea, England, a little south of London. So cut yourself a slice of banoffee pie and join us.  Not only will you get a firsthand account from the other side of the world; you get to hear Stephen’s new song, “Cast Your Cares.”  Your soul will thank you when we’re through.

FINDING TREASURE IN THE TRASH

 A Conversation With Special Guest:  Jimmy Amisial

We’ve all heard the proverb, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  Today’s Special Guest Jimmy Amisial takes that saying to a whole ‘nother level.  Jimmy is from Haiti and his story brims with danger and inspiration.  He faced adversity growing up in a country labeled third world and then came to the United States for college, only to encounter a malignancy that attacks the very heart of God – American racism.  Yet, all along the way, Jimmy keeps finding amazing, astounding treasures in a place most regard as worthless – the trash. 

At the moment, Jimmy is in Texas riding out the pandemic pause with the rest of us. He needs to return to Haiti and he also needs to resume his education here in the states.  This is a story God is right in the middle of and I can’t wait to see how God writes the next chapter.  I suggest you get a scoop of Blue Bell Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream, and join us.  You’ll be glad you did! 

PANDEMIC BLUES AND PRAISES

Conversations With Special Guests:  Michael Adler and Banneker HatchersonWe are all in the same boat right now.  The world as we knew it hit the pause button.  A new storyline has interrupted this season of our lives.  Everybody has a story to tell.  Some days we’re singing the blues and some days, praise and gratitude pours out.  Most days it’s a medley of both.  I sent out an invitation to a few of my friends to see if any of them had a timely story or fresh perspective to share.  Today we will hear from two who have been to the table before.  Michael Adler was with us in December  (“Step In To the Wondrous”) and Banneker Hatcherson joined us in September (“Letting Jesus Set the Table.”)  Yes, we’re all in the same boat, but it’s a big, big boat with lots and lots of room, and it has a big, big table, and we saved you a seat.

AND THE STONE IS ROLLING STILL

Conversation and Dinner With Special Guests:  David and Kelly Cochran

Welcome to Resurrection Monday and the opening episode of Season #2!  Last week we shared the first half of a two-part conversation with Special Guests David and Kelly Cochran.  Almost two years ago, David and Kelly’s son Max took his own life after struggling off and on with mental health issues for 19 years.  David and Kelly graciously allowed us to re-walk their joyous, yet tumultuous journey with Max, all the way to the place where stones seem final.What you’re about to experience is a reminder we all need to hear, especially in challenging days like these.  Jesus is still risen!  God is still Sovereign!  Jesus can still redeem any and every circumstance surrendered to Him!  And when God rolls a stone, it keeps on a rollin!’ Thank you for joining us and check out www.maximizingmentalhealthinc.com to learn more.

A LONG WALK TO FRIDAY

Conversation and Dinner With Special Guests:  David and Kelly Cochran

Welcome to our 50th Episode!  Hopefully by now, you feel at home around this weekly table of hope and good news. Since we launched on Resurrection Monday 2019, it has been one entrée of encouragement after another.  That’s a recipe we all could use a little more of as we face this momentary crisis. 

It is Holy Week.  The last week of Jesus’ earthly life was a rollercoaster of highs and lows that shattered on a Friday we now call “Good.”  When Jesus died on a cross that Friday afternoon, no one could see how any “good” could ever rise from that.  Sometimes our journeys follow similar courses.Today’s table is set with grace.  Before the quarantine, I was honored to share a meal with Special Guests David and Kelly Cochran and share in one of the most sacred conversations I have ever had.  Almost two years ago, David and Kelly’s son Max took his own life after struggling off and on with mental health issues for 19 years. At a time when the world is hurting, we need to especially look after those who’s everyday lives feel as anxious as ours do now.  This is the first of a two-part story that will resume next week on Resurrection Monday. Thank you for joining us.  www.maximizingmentalhealthinc.com

A FIRE BUCKET BRIGADE FOR THE MAGIC CITY

A Conversation With Special Guests:  John Lankford and Madison Kerns of Five Loaves

There are so many layers to this special midweek episode.  Our nation’s medical community is on the frontlines of what very well may be the fight of our lifetime. One creative organization in Birmingham, Alabama has come up with a tangible way for the Magic City to say “thank you” to area healthcare staff.   The CareHealth Initiative coordinates meals for those working tirelessly to turn the tide on this pandemic.  (Fast forward 24 minutes to learn more.)It was an honor to catch a few moments with Five Loaves Founder John Lankford and Five Loaves Director Madison Kerns and discover this incredible organization that, under less stressful times, combines food, art, and conversation to connect an entire community.  May this podcast inspire you to meet tremendous need wherever you are – and if that happens to be Birmingham, go to http://www.urbanavenues.com/carehealth to learn more.  The life you feed today may be the one God uses tomorrow to save someone you love. 

ROSS KING: WHO THE THINGS THAT I’M AFRAID OF FEAR

A Conversation With Special Guest:  Ross King

In 2019, singer-songwriter Ross King released a song with a knockout lyric that dropped fear to its knees – “The Things That I’m Afraid Of.”  Now last year’s fears seem rather tame in light of a worldwide pandemic that threatens us all.It is a joy to welcome Ross once again to the table and to revisit his powerful song. Get ready to be encouraged as we talk about fear, faith, hope, and the future.  Yes, the challenge we face is great, but the Truth behind our momentary circumstances is greater!  Grab yourself a fresh cup of coffee from your kitchen.  We saved you a seat at “Redemption’s Table.”