On The Table: Episode 12 – 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: Episode 11 – 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: Episode 10 – 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 – Episode #9: Uncovering My Life

By Ivy Lamb

Angela is a black woman who grew up in the South attending Southern Baptist churches. Independent and always seeking, Angela has moved away from the church of her roots to a very different place. In this episode, she talks about the process of spiritual growth and how she’s reached a “quiet place” with God.

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Stories From A Village Podcast – Episode #8: 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: Episode 8 – 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 8.1: Nerd Alert!

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

BONUS episode! After talking about superheroes and faith in OTT 8, Jordan and Steve kept talking about their favorite comic book superheroes, DC and Marvel movies, and DC animated movies and TV shows. There’s absolutely ZERO spiritually redeeming value in this episode. It’s solely for anyone who wants to nerd out with us!

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On The Table Podcast: Episode 7 – 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: Episode 6 – 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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On The Table Podcast: Episode 5 – The Opening Portrait

By Steve Flowers and Jordan Flowers

In this episode, Steve and Jordan discuss the opening portrait Mark 1: 2-39 paints of Jesus — both the path to and initial acts in Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus’ preparation included strategies for us all to consider and his initial ministry acts reveal the primary traits Jesus will exhibit throughout Mark’s Gospel.

This is the 2nd installment of the periodic series studying through The Gospel of Mark.

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On The Table Podcast: Episode # 3 – The beginning of the good news…

By Steve Flowers and Jordan Flowers

The first episode in a periodic series studying through The Gospel of Mark. In this initial installment, Jordan and Steve discuss why Mark is special to each of them, the important issues in the book’s background, and what the first verse establishes, all of which aid in better understanding the book as a whole.

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On The Table Podcast: Episode # 2 – You do y’all

By Steve Flowers and Jordan Flowers

Jordan and Steve talk about changing churches, including their recent and current experiences looking for a new church and discussing “When is it ok to change?” The discussion touches on topics that are also relevant for examining the relationship with your current church even if you’re not looking to change churches. Continue reading “On The Table Podcast: Episode # 2 – You do y’all”

On The Table Podcast: Episode # 1 – Introduction

By Steve Flowers and Jordan Flowers

Initial episode of a new podcast series called On The Table in which a father and son talk about faith issues that cross both of their lives. In this initial installment, Steve and Jordan introduce the podcast by talking about the podcast name, their spiritual background, and topics for future episodes.

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Stories From A Village Podcast – Episode #7: PRIDE and Why it matters

Ivy sits down with Stone Village pastor John and one of the church’s worship leaders Quinn to talk about Pride. We cover it all: Why it’s sometimes difficult to “come out” as Christian to your fellow LGBTQ folk, why Pride matters to us as a Christian community, and the aspects of Pride we grapple with (hello, corporate sponsorship). We hope you enjoy the conversation and stay tuned for more episodes!

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Stories From A Village Podcast -Episode #6: Love Found Me

Where do we turn in our darkest moments? In this episode, Ivy talks with Aimee about how she turned to God for help, even when she wasn’t certain she belonged in church. Aimee talks openly about the long road to finding safety and acceptance after a turbulent childhood and unhappy marriage, the things she still struggles with spiritually, and how becoming a mother solidified her belief in God.

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Stories From A Village Podcast – Episode #5: Who I Am Called To Be

In this episode, Ivy talks to Leo, a self-described “spiritual seeker.” Leo is a gay man who came of age in the 1960s. While he wondered if he would ever find acceptance in the Catholic church, he says he never doubted the love of God. He talks about how his spirituality has served as an important touchstone throughout his life and in his relationship with his husband of 36 years.

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Stories From A Village Podcast – Episode #4: Seeking a resurrected life

In this episode of Stories from a Village, Ivy talks to Stacey, a life-long Christian raised in the United Methodist Church. Stacey reflects on the positive experiences she’s had in her church community and the strong Christian women who shaped her. But Ivy and Stacey also wrestle with some of the hard parts of being Christian, such as reconciling the existence of suffering with their religious beliefs. This episode was recorded in the fall of 2017.

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Stories From A Village Podcast – Episode #3: I love Jesus but I cuss a little

In this episode of Stories from a Village, Ivy talks with Sonya about faith, art, politics, and self-acceptance. Sonya grew up in West Virginia and learned early-on that being a good Christian meant not doing bad things like smoking, swearing, or watching R-rated movies. Today, she’s a Christian who cusses a little (and sometimes maybe a lot) but she knows that God loves her just the way she is. You can find examples of her art at sonyalucasart.com

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