THE STORY BIZARRE

‘Tis the season for familiar stories.  George Bailey returns to the battle of Bedford Falls as Charlie Brown continues his search for the perfect Christmas tree.  And Mary and Joseph journey once again to the little town of Bethlehem.  The true Christmas story of the birth of Jesus is the story bizarre.  It is a mysterious, wonderful gift that invites equal parts ponder and scoff.

Jesus came down from heaven and stepped into our story.  His story seems bizarre to us because we have often made a mess of our own.  We chase a story perfect in denial of our own version of the story bizarre.  

Welcome to today’s special Advent table featuring Ellie Holcomb’s song, “Hope Is Alive”  (Used by Permission).

WHEN GOD SHOWS UP

Welcome to the concluding episode of a six-part series from 2021 – “Wrestling with God in the Season of Job.” In the final chapters of his arduous journey, Job is down for the count. God shows up in a fury. All of Job’s questions dissolve in a storm of generous mercy. 

Perhaps the ashes & questions are still fresh in your story. Perhaps it seems God has abandoned you. Wherever you find yourself on this mid-November day, there is hope. And beauty for ashes. And a God who never leaves.

Featuring Jill Phillips’ song “Generous Mercy” (Used by Permission).

FIND YOUR VOICE

You have a voice.  You have a voice print.  You’ve been given a voice no one else has, because it flows out of a heart uniquely created in you by Your Creator.  

Today’s episode encourages us to spend some time curiously pondering, “What is my voice?”  “What are the themes in my life that resonate deep within?”  “How can I use my voice to encourage others?”  And along the way we’ll hear a new song by one of our favorite musical voices – Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors.

Seek your Creator’s voice and you will find your own.

Featuring the Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors song “Find Your People” 

(Used by Permission).

THE WELL OF THE SOULS

A few October days in Yosemite found me sitting on the edge of a valley full of thought pondering faith, boring Christianity, and a lack of curiosity among the faithful.  I listened to God breathe in the solitude and babble in the waterfall.   Indiana Jones crashed through my reverie on his way to freedom and a hippie prophet popped out of a pit toilet with a word from the Lord.  You might just wade through this unusual episode and hear something to help you realize you are not alone.  Or you might just dismiss it due to a lack of curiosity

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is guaranteed to at least introduce you to two great songs by Becca Jordan, a singer-songwriter you need to know.  

Come sit on the edge of your faith with us and look into the well of your soul.

Featuring “Same Old” and “Everywhere I Go” by Becca Jordan. (Used by Permission)

https://www.beccajordanmusic.com

WHEN THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO PRAY

Welcome to the fifth session of a six-part series from 2021 – “Wrestling with God in the Season of Job.” Back then, the world was emerging from a year-long hiatus.  It was one of the harshest seasons many of us had ever known and it brought a lot of pain to the surface of our lives.


Today’s episode begins towards the end of Job’s story.  He is ready to throw in the towel.  His friends refuse to listen or understand; God just doesn’t seem to be listening.  If you are feeling any or all of this right now, you are at the right place.  And we have reserved a special place for you to join us – at the Table of Redemption.

Featuring Jimmy Baker’s song “All I’ll Ever Need” (Used by Permission).

WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND GOD

Welcome to the fourth session of a six-part series from 2021 – “Wrestling with God in the Season of Job.” The world was emerging from a year-long hiatus then and many felt as though they were living this story. I am convinced many still are. And that’s what makes Job’s story relevant for our generation.

Today’s episode begins halfway through Job’s story. We know that. Job did not. The one living the difficult season never does. They don’t know how close they are to breakthrough. They don’t realize yet how close God already is. Some give up on God. Others give up on life. Both have yet to discover – it is always too soon to give up on God. Always.

Featuring Ross King’s song “Golden” (Used by Permission).

Photo by Andrew Barge (Used by Permission)

SEQUOIA

I met my first sequoia tree a little over a year ago.  If you want to feel young on your birthday, visit a sequoia.  He was over 1600 years older than me.  

Today’s episode is about trees and autumn – my favorite season of the year.  It’s about the mystery of watching God’s dream unfold in ways you never could have imagined.  It’s about birthdays and sequoia cones and Rich Mullins and Jesus holding all of this spinning planet together.  It’s an eclectic blend of fresh ponderings and Spirit wind in the trees.  And John Mark McMillan’s powerful song poem encouraging us to not only consider the magnitude of the seeds we sow, but the harvest that is to come as a result.

Come and sit a spell beneath the trees.  We saved you a seat.

Featuring the John Mark McMillan song “The Roads, the Rocks, and the Weeds” (Used by Permission).

THE TRADING FLOOR: LISA MILLER

A Conversation with Special Guest:  Lisa Miller

There is a sacred place where heavenly exchanges are made – beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of despair, healing for illness, disease, and heartache, trust for fear, grace for forgiveness, restoration for brokenness.

Today’s special guest Lisa Miller knows firsthand the dark side of that exchange.  Her story includes being trafficked as a four-year old in Mexico, to family abuse, to losing her daughter.  Yet, even in the midst of such grief and trauma, the hope of Jesus kept bubbling within her heart and changed her life.  She now shares this hope with all who will listen.  Join this conversation with Lisa and guest co-host Steph Cherry.   We saved you a seat.

https://lisamillerministries.com/the-trading-floor/

Special Thanks to Singer-Songwriter Becca Jordan for her song “All I’ve Got” (Used by Permission).

PLAYGROUND OF THE VIA DOLOROSA

A Conversation with Special Guest:  Andre Moubarak

Imagine growing up on the path of the greatest journey ever taken.  Imagine playing in the footsteps of Jesus.  Imagine exploring the winding Way of Suffering with the curiosity of a child.  Today’s special guest, Andre Moubarak, describes Jesus’ famous Via Dolorosa as “my playground and my battleground.”

Get ready to walk, run, sail, linger, and worship with Andre as he leads us through Jerusalem and the Holy Land.  Guest co-host Steph Cherry comes along.  She and her husband Denbigh were with Andre in Israel 3 months ago.  For those of you who have been there, and for those of us who have only visited Israel in our imaginations, let’s step into Andre’s world and go with the flow.

https://www.twinstours.com

Special Thanks to Singer-Songwriter  Ross King for his song “Hallelujah for the Cross” (Used by Permission).

SOBERING FAITH: GERALD ZGABAY

A Conversation With Special Guest:  Gerald Zgabay

Faith journeys seldom zipline from point A to point B.  It’s more like a zigzag across spinning terrain.  The distance between who we are on our own and who God created us to become can be dizzying and daunting.  We all look like human tie dyes on the way to discovering Jesus.

Today’s Table with husband, father, author, and men’s mentor Gerald Zgabay is no exception.  His redemption story includes waking up completely disoriented on the Mexican border, addiction, strip clubs, timely encounters with individual Jesus followers, journaling, brokenness, awareness, marriage, adoption, and mentoring others still caught up in the empty spin of our world.

Guest co-host Steph Cherry and my favorite Skye Peterson song are also on the menu.  Come and join us.  We saved you a seat.

https://www.geraldzgabay.com

Featuring “Searching For Us” by Singer-Songwriter Skye Peterson

 (Used by Permission)