Stories From A Village Podcast: Letting Go

By Ivy Lamb 

Money, influence, expertise — Mark let it all go when he decided to leave a toxic work situation and embrace the uncertainty of unemployment at age 63. In this episode, he shares the insights he’s gained, including learning to take joy in the small things. He also dives deep into his relationship with the Catholic church and his journey reconciling his faith with his sexuality. Continue reading “Stories From A Village Podcast: Letting Go”

Stories From A Village Podcast: Faith in Action

By Ivy Lamb

Keith was raised Catholic, but drifted away from the church as an adult. But he never lost the commitment to service his parents instilled early on. In this episode, Keith talks about his journey back to Christianity, what drives him to volunteer his time to different causes, and how that volunteer work has deepened his relationships — relationships that became even more meaningful when Keith found himself in need of help and support.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Recovering my Faith

By Ivy Lamb 

From childhood through adolescence, Claudia’s Quaker faith was a fundamental part of her life. But as she got older, she lost touch with that part of her identity. In this episode Claudia talks about the process of reclaiming her faith, dealing with the stigma around divorce, working on self-compassion and discovering a new church community. She also reflects on how her Quaker upbringing continues to influence her values and actions.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Finding Hope In The Trenches of Life

By Ivy Lamb

Chris is a father, an artist, a business owner and a Christian — but he’s not likely to tell you about it. For Chris, being Christian is more about how you treat people than anything else. In this episode, he shares his journey in and out of church, dealing with the death of his parents, and his decision to embrace sobriety. Continue reading “Stories From A Village Podcast: Finding Hope In The Trenches of Life”

Stories From A Village Podcast: You’re Not Broken

By Ivy Lamb

Tamasha grew up in a former coal-mining town in Virginia with her deeply religious grandmother. She knew she wanted her life to be different than what she saw around her in her childhood, and she succeeded in realizing her vision for her life. But everything, including her faith, came crashing down when she started struggling with her mental health. In this episode, she shares openly about how her faith has shaped her life choices, her parenting, and her experiences with her mental health.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: How a Straight, 50-something Southern Baptist Came to Affirm LGBTQ Christians

By Ivy Lamb

Steve spent most of his life in what he now describes as a state of spiritual apathy toward LGBTQ Christians. In this episode, he recounts the journey that took him from a traditional Southern Baptist view of homosexuality to feeling called to stand with and fully affirm LGBTQ Christians. Steve’s story shows how that shift can be grounded in compassion, experience and a close reading of the Bible.

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On The Table: That Bible Story You Always Ignored…Until You Saw Yourself In It

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

The 5th installment of the periodic series studying through The Gospel of Mark. Steve and Jordan discuss their favorite Bible story– The Gerasene Demoniac in Mark 5:1-20. They share how an impressive but seemingly difficult-to-relate-to exorcism is simply the background of a very rich story in which everyone can find themselves.

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On The Table Podcast: Jesus Never Had To Raise A Kid! (Part 2)

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

The conclusion of Jordan and Steve’s discussion of specific episodes from Jordan’s growing-up years in order to ask Steve’s thoughts behind his parenting decisions to help Jordan work out his own questions. Sometimes funny, sometimes raw, it’s an earnest discussion of lessons learned by both father and son.

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On The Table Podcast: Jesus Never Had To Raise A Kid! (Part 1)

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

Jordan becomes a father in 2019 while Steve is an empty-nester (and soon to be G-pa!). Jordan brings up several episodes from his growing-up years in order to ask Steve’s thoughts behind his parenting decisions to help Jordan work out his own questions. Sometimes funny, sometimes raw, it’s an earnest discussion of lessons learned by both father and son.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Living From My Heart

By Ivy Lamb

Scott is a husband, father, and professor. Over the years, he’s slowly learned to relinquish the illusion of control. Moving past his own theories of how the world should work has been one of his greatest spiritual challenges, and yet he considers it core to the message Christianity. In this episode, he shares his journey of learning to let go, and how a recent health crisis helped him understand the profound importance of human connection. Continue reading “Stories From A Village Podcast: Living From My Heart”

Stories From A Village Podcast: Breathing Goodness Into the World

By Ivy Lamb

How do we overcome experiences of struggle and find ways to share our gifts with the world? For Chase, the answer lies partly in practices of spiritual discipline. A relatively new high school English teacher, Chase feels called to use own experiences of struggle to empathize with and encourage his students. Journaling, yoga, and self-reflection also help him stay grounded on his journey toward authenticity and “being seen

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Stories From A Village Podcast: It Is Well with My Soul

By Ivy Lamb

As the son of a Methodist pastor, Andrew grew up intimately connected to the church. His childhood experiences exposed some of the difficulties and shortcomings of the church, but they also helped Andrew discover his own call to ministry. Today, he serves at Stone Village Church as a musician and worship leader. In this episode, he shares the story of how he moved from feeling judgement and shame about his sexuality to claiming God’s love and living more fully into his gifts.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Learning to Live Beyond Labels

By Ivy Lamb

For more than a decade, Joey identified as an atheist. Today he calls himself a Christian again, but his story isn’t what you might think. In this episode, Ivy and Joey talk about his early experiences with Catholicism, how his moral convictions led him to leave the church, and how he eventually returned to Christianity with a different perspective. His story illuminates and challenges how we think about the labels of “Christian” and “atheist.”

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On The Table Podcast: Up, Up, and Away!

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

Jordan and Steve share how they came to love comic books and superheroes and then discuss where they see faith being reflected in the characters and stories of those superheroes.

This episode along with the bonus OTT 8.1 episode also released today are the last OTT episodes for our first season. OTT season 2 will return in 2019.

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On The Table Podcast: Picking Fights with Jesus

By Steve Flowers and Jordan Flowers

In this 3rd installment of the periodic series studying through The Gospel of Mark, Steve and Jordan discuss the five conflict stories in Mark 1:40-3:12. They reflect on the scripture, including where we might be picking a similar fight with Jesus by not recognizing who He really is and when someone criticizes the way we live a Christ-shaped life, we should try to turn that into a teachable moment like Jesus does instead of escalating the heat.

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On The Table Podcast: Flo Bros Edition

All the Flo bros are together as Heath and Tanner join their brother Jordan and their dad Steve. The brothers talk about what resonated and what didn’t in their own spiritual upbringings, a discussion that at times is serious but also at times explained in laughter (including at Dad’s expense). The conversation ends with their take on funny suggestions for new segments on OTT.

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