God In The Ordinary
By Gary Dell & Sharon Tedford (Wiseword Radio & 61 Things Co-Production)
God In The Ordinary is a twice-monthly interview podcast and it can help you! Through encouraging and engaging stories, be inspired to learn how you can make an eternal difference in your community and beyond! Let’s band together on both sides of the Atlantic as we reveal 'God in the Ordinary'.
God In The OrdinaryOct 18, 2022
God In The Ordinary: Ryan Brown
How can we support the persecuted church around the world? Is there anything I can do to support Christians who are oppressed? Today’s edition brings you an encouraging and engaging conversation with Ryan Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Open Doors US. We discuss how to support persecuted Christians, and Ryan helps us consider how we can add a simple, powerful tool to the ordinary rhythms of our day – something that will go to all the places we can’t. He shares ways that will help us to use our faith to engage more completely with those around us and those across the globe; and talks about how comfort has become a hinderance to many, and how living without God leaves us blind to culture’s deepest needs. The Bible is a vital tool in the expansion of the Good News, and Ryan shares the fascinating history of Open Doors and how they came to be a Bible sharing ministry. Many Christians around the world find their livelihoods are threatened when they share the truth of Jesus, and Ryan encourages us to get involved in the work of Open Doors through some diverse but straightforward ways. Our conversation will remind you that the power of God is alive and well all over the planet and will equip you with ways to join the battle against darkness.
Presented by Sharon Tedford. Produced by Gary Dell. Find out more about us at www.anchor.fm/god-in-the-ordinary and www.61-things.com/gito
God In The Ordinary: Kristi Woods
Is it easy being a military spouse? What kind of difficulties do spouses of those serving in the military face, and how can we help them? This week, Sharon Tedford chats with former military spouse, Kristi Woods, who experienced first-hand what it was like to be separated from her husband for long periods of time before he retired from the Navy. She knows the feeling of moving her whole family all over the country and learned to live through the transient nature of that lifestyle. Making friends and building community isn’t always easy when you get shuffled around, but Kristi found ways to do that. Kristi shares her wisdom with great generosity, including that for families still in the military; and also shares some great and very practical ways that we can all support military wives and husbands, military children and members of the wider family, too. A valuable conversation that will help us to reveal God to this particular section of society, especially at the time of year when remembrance commemorations take place.
Presented by Sharon Tedford. Produced by Gary Dell. Find out more about us at www.anchor.fm/god-in-the-ordinary and www.61-things.com/gito
God In The Ordinary: Becky Carpenter
What do you do when grief becomes your 'ordinary'? How do you find God when you’re suffering in the depths of despair? In this edition of God in The Ordinary, host Sharon Tedford talks with international speaker, writer, and mother of two, Becky Carpenter. Becky shares the story of how her youngest daughter, Skylar, ran into heaven a few years ago, leaving the family desperately searching for hope. It was a tragic accident on school transport that led to the fatality, and Becky had to find a new depth in her faith as she rediscovered the ever-present truth of Jesus. We talk about how God reveals Himself to us in the hard times, and there’s a challenge to live with full obedience to Christ, even if that means moving forward with nervous anticipation; and Becky tells us of how Christ has led her to reveal the hope of God all over the world and how He’s using her story in her book, One Day Closer. Although we learn about the real pain of heartbreak, this edition is jam-packed full of forward focusing perspective. Becky carries a genuine and infectious hope in Jesus that will bring you great joy as you listen.
Presented by Sharon Tedford. Produced by Gary Dell. Find out more about us at www.anchor.fm/god-in-the-ordinary and www.61-things.com/gito
God In The Ordinary: Naomi Graham
Have you wondered how a humble pipe cleaner could be a helpful tool when working towards inclusion in your church services? Or have you ever felt concerned for people in your own community who couldn’t afford necessary therapies for their children? Our guest today has a solution! Dr Naomi Graham shares her passion for providing professional therapy and help through her charity, Growing Hope. You might be surprised to hear where the clinics are always set up. Maybe you’ll even feel the nudge to get involved in one yourself? In this edition to coincide with World Mental Health Day, Naomi encourages us to think outside of the usual box of Sunday school toys and tells us about how we can improve our welcoming skills when considering children who have additional needs; she shares about a powerful, free, and easily accessible tool that Naomi and all her therapists use when spending time with their clients; and we discuss how this tool is something we can all use with our friends and family as we share our Christian faith in our everyday lives. Whether you have specific skills in therapies for people with additional needs or not, make sure you listen to find out how we can help encourage and love families of children with additional needs, in the name of Jesus. Learn how you can make a difference for people in your own community as we learn how to reveal God through some very ordinary questions.
God In The Ordinary: Keith King (Respun)
Have you been praying for someone for years? Are you weary and discouraged because you don’t see any change? Our guest today brings a hearty dose of hope. Keith King moved from atheist, unconvinced, paraffin salesman, to a man fully submitted to Jesus. He tells us the story of one of his customers who persevered for years, as she consistently revealed God to him through simple acts of love like cheese sandwiches and a second-hand ash tray; how his new faith led him to train as a pastor, a ministry he’s been in for decades; and, having been in church leadership all over the UK, how he began an international organization that trains other pastors in his ‘retirement’ years. What began as one-to-one mentorship, has developed into a spectacular and impactful global ministry. Part of how God equipped Keith for this role is wrapped up in his profound experience of parenting a son with special needs. This episode will give you great ideas about how to use the ordinary to reach people in ordinary ways, as you continue to learn how to reveal our extraordinary God.
God In The Ordinary: Hazel Hare (Respun)
You’re never too old or too unwell to serve God; or to find new ways to reveal Him to others! Hazel Hare is our guest today and she shares how God took her from a place of sickness, to a place of service. You'll be encouraged as you learn about how her willingness to obey God in her retirement has taken her all over the world to serve Him. We hear how Hazel was able to use her professional skills as a Physio/Physical Therapist in surprising and impactful ways; she shares about her current work as part of the local Street Pastors team in Taunton, south-west England; and how this work has led to a couple of surprising meetings! (The bonus feature is Hazel’s beautiful Irish accent!).
God In The Ordinary: Daniel Yang (Respun)
You and I can partner with God to serve the world, no matter our age, ethnicity, or social status. He welcomes us all, including refugees. Our guest, Daniel Yang, knows this first-hand. He’s a second-generation Asian American. His Hmong family bravely fled from war-torn Laos after the 'Secret War' in the 1970’s. Daniel tells us their inspiring journey from refugees to church planters - one that will encourage you to look deeper into your own identity and calling. There truly is a role for each one of us in the Kingdom of God. He shares how he discovered the secret to communicating with others — including those from different cultures — in one simple step (here’s a hint: it will help you share the gospel with anyone, and it’s powerfully achievable); and, as Director of the Send Institute (a think tank for North American church planting out of Wheaton College), how he loves to equip people with the Biblical truth that we’re all made for community. You’ll also enjoy one of his lesser-known talents at the end of the podcast - so stick around because you’re going to love it!
God In The Ordinary: Fiona Thomas (Respun)
Our guest for this edition is Fiona Thomas, a small business owner from near London, UK. Fiona tells of how holding hands with people, both literally and figuratively, has led to deeply impactful, Jesus-filled conversations; shares the very personal story of how she moved from feelings of disillusionment and shame, to finding genuine breakthrough in an authentic relationship with Jesus; and inspires us to allow creativity to be part of our faith journey, as we learn that we're truly cherished by our Creator Father God.
God In The Ordinary: Tim Sudworth
What if your love of music could lead to telling people about Jesus at a rock festival? What if wearing a high visibility vest led to leading people to faith? Would you do it? Today our guest is Tim Sudworth, an English Anglican vicar who loves heavy rock and who found himself attending Download Festival not only as a fan but also as an invited chaplain. Tim was surprised at how fluently God moved through his obedience, and all that transpired through him and the team during the event. Tim shares about how this chaplaincy led to another interesting personal invitation to a large festival led by British actor and comedian, Russell Brand. Tim was asked to come to represent Jesus – so he did! Certainly, an unusual request, but once again, as Tim and the team followed where Jesus led, they saw what God does when we submit to His leading. Tim tells us about how his willingness has brought about unexpected outcomes that bring glory to God at every turn, and how we can all find ways to reveal God to everyone we meet. This edition is full of conversation about how God can use us in unusual circumstances, and in unfamiliar places, as we go where He invites us to go.
God In The Ordinary: Yasmeen Mazzawi
Saving lives isn’t something most of us do all the time, but today’s guest makes a habit of it! She's a Christian Arab who grew up in Nazareth surrounded by people of many faiths. She found her passion when she joined Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s national emergency medical service and representative to the International Red Cross. Yasmeen Mazzawi joined MDA in her teenage years and was immediately impacted by the important work this organisation does across the community. Even though she's now living a European country while studying, she still volunteers with MDA every time she returns home. Yasmeen quickly learned that comforting compassion is a dialect that speaks across language barriers, and she's seen the power of Christ’s love reaching others regardless of their faith or mother tongue. Yasmeen knows her very actions can speak gospel truth as she literally binds up the brokenhearted in their moments of greatest need. She helps us understand how we can reach others who don’t share our Christian faith and helps us see how God can turn even the most difficult of situations into His opportunities. When we meet people with different cultures, languages, and beliefs we can find ways to reveal God to them. Yasmeen helps us understand why and how we can do that through love and compassion.
God In The Ordinary: Jenni & Ben Tice
Have you ever been in a situation where there’s a clear need? Have you prayed about that, asking God to meet the need, only to be surprised when God asks you to be the one to provide the solution?! On this week’s edition we meet Jenni and Ben Tice, founders of Lily Pad Inc. There's a shortage of foster homes in the USA, and it’s difficult to place children quickly. Often children and youth must stay overnight in the offices of their care workers, while waiting for placement in a foster home. Image how that feels – already traumatised and now having to sleep on a blow-up bed or under a desk in a strange office. Case managers do their very best; but Jenni and Ben, experienced foster parents themselves, realised there could be a better way. They knew God was calling them to do something about this issue, and Lily Pad was born. With the help of volunteers, Lily Pad (a donation-funded charity) reveals God by establishing and maintaining a safe space for young people entering the foster care system. They create comfortable, secure, and familiar rooms where children and youth can have a soft place to land before they are placed into a foster home. This organisation is revealing God in extraordinary ways, using very ordinary means. As you listen to our conversation you'll be encouraged to allow God to use you in your ordinary, wherever that may be. There are no excuses – when God calls, we answer. Are you willing?
God In The Ordinary: Peter Thomas
Have you had your heart broken by the things that break God's heart? Have you felt the Holy Spirit leading you to do something in reponse to that? Have you answered that call? That's the story behind how - and where - this week's guest has been serving God for over 20 years. Peter Thomas serves with international mission agency YWAM (Youth With A Mission) as Director of their ministry in Fortaleza, Brasil. But Peter's story started when he was just 13, when his heart was broken by a 'God encounter' in Mexico. Peter shares his journey from then to how he serves God now; tells us about his early work in Brasil with street kids - and of the heartbreak that accompanied that at times. Also known as JOCUM Fortaleza, Peter talks of the work they do now and its focus on mobilizing and training missionaries and its goal to reach families, communities and unprivileged groups. Using a fishing analogy, Peter shares some practical tips about 'cause and effect' - if we constantly meet similarly effected people, perhaps we shoud look 'upstream' as to what is causing that effect, and work to reveal God into those places and situations to bring about change. He has also just published his first book, To Climb A Mountain (River Birch Press), with two more books due soon. Peter's emotional response to the situations he's encountered, and how his heart can be affected by the Holy Spirit, is clear to hear. Some of his experiences of serving God in Brasil over the years have been painful and the situations traumatic. This might be upsetting to some, so listener discretion is advised.
God In The Ordinary: Barbara Griffiths
Have you ever wondered if there’s a Christian service that provides help to people in physical and emotional need within the community? Is there a way for nurses to use their hard-earned skills outside of a hospital or doctor’s surgery? For this week’s edition, host Sharon Tedford chats with Barbara Griffiths, a regional nurse coordinator with Parish Nursing Ministries UK. Barbara shares with us how she’s using her nursing prowess within her own neighbourhood and beyond; helps us to think about how we can share the gospel by noticing the needs of people around us, and engaging with them in the way Jesus would have. This important ministry serves people in a myriad of ways. From people suffering with depression or anxiety, to those who’ve received a cancer diagnosis, or maybe even members of the community who desperately need grief support. Parish Nurses work to improve the lives of people in the UK through whole person health care. And they’re making sure that churches and Christian organisations in every region of the UK are supported to host high quality, sustainable, accredited nursing services that facilitate wholistic health and wellbeing for local people. If you work in a medical field, you’ll find this conversation enlightening and hope filled. If you’re not, you’ll get lots of simple, actionable tips on how to care for those around you in genuinely helpful ways. There’s something here for everyone!
God In The Ordinary: Tina Yeager
Have you ever searched for happiness in something specific only to find it doesn’t make you happy after all? Perhaps you’ve found comfort in solitude in the past, but now it feels toxic to you. On this edition of God In The Ordinary we speak with Tina Yeager, an award-winning author, speaker, Flourish-Meant podcast host, and certified life coach. Tina helps us to think about how we can move from solitude to meaningful relationships, and how we can invite others to join us as we build connections with those around us; we discuss competitiveness and how Christians can live within that realm in a Godly and Christ-honouring way; and she helps us think about the importance of humility and how that can invade all areas of our lives as we intentionally live in ways that reveal God to others. You’ll hear a fresh perspective on the fact that Jesus promises to make all things new as Tina reminds us of where we, as Christians, stand in Christ. She also shares about her new book, Upcycled: Crafted for a Purpose, and some of the ways we can use creativity to solidify the truths of Jesus. This edition will help you pinpoint where you might have 'unhealthy' mind habits and enable you to recognise how deep your attach to Jesus is, as we remember that He is the Source of our strength.
God In The Ordinary: Jacob Sims
Is it really possible to help the most vulnerable and abused people in the world? Christians are called by Jesus to pursue His instructions and to care for the broken - but how do we do that well? In this edition of God In The Ordinary, Sharon Tedford talks with Jacob Sims, International Justice Mission’s Country Director for Cambodia, who helps us think more deeply about what it looks like to truly come alongside people who are in need. Jake shares about how sometimes we don’t have to say a word about our Christian faith, and instead simply act in the way that Jesus would have (that’s evangelism!); he talks about how releasing control of our own desires, and letting go of the strong grip we sometimes have on how we want our future to unfold, can enable us to walk in true freedom for ourselves and others. The need to get beyond where we feel comfortable is a surprising lesson Jake learned from a hobby and something we can all be encouraged to lean into. This edition will help you think about how caring for others can stretch into every area of your day; and how living a life, where Christ is the Hero of the story, will bring amazing results for us and those we interact with.
God In The Ordinary: Zack & Farrel DeBaltzo
Do people with chronic illness get a pass when it comes to sharing the good news of Jesus? In this edition we meet Zack and Farrel DeBaltzo, who are winning their battle against Cystic Fibrosis without missing a beat when it comes to revealing God in their everyday lives. As a married couple who both have Cystic Fibrosis (more commonly known as ‘CF’) they've experienced extreme levels of the disease and been hospitalised multiple times, sometimes even reaching crisis levels. But they've never let CF stop them from allowing God to use them right where they were. Farrel and Zack share how they've shared the truth of Jesus through casseroles, taxi driving, large medical conferences, and even at truck stops in the middle of Texas! We learn how God has allowed Zack to use exercise as part of his healing journey and how and why he shares his home gym with others; and Farrel talks about how she's seen God using her through her knowledge of specific foods that are helpful to people with Cystic Fibrosis. This couple will bring you a healthy measure of inspiration as they help you to see how to share what you have with those who need to know the joy and hope found in Jesus.
God In The Ordinary: Andy Kind
Have you wondered whether you’re sharing your faith ‘enough’? Do you feel guilty that you don’t have a long list of people who’ve become Christians because of your witness? Our guest for this edition is comedian, preacher, and writer, Andy Kind. Andy has confidence in his specific gifts and allows God to use the uniqueness of his story as he goes about his everyday life, intentionally living in a way that honours God. He discusses the joy of the gospel and how Christians can express that in fresh ways, as we invite people into the delight of knowing Jesus; shares about the importance of both preparation and improvisation in his work as a comedian and helps us to see how that technique applies to us all, as we seek to make Jesus known through our daily activities; and talks about how he shares the Gospel without feeling the need to count converts! We also touch on the issue of 'stage fright' and how fear can prevent all of us from moving forwards in a task or conversation relating to faith. This conversation will remind you that as a Christian, you're sent to restore people back to God. No matter what your ‘ordinary’ looks like, you’ll find some helpful tips and joy-filled encouragement in this edition.
God In The Ordinary: Brittany Bonnaffons
When your work situation prevents you from openly sharing the gospel, it is a lost cause? Can we still reveal the truth of Jesus in places where we can’t easily speak out about our faith? In this edition we meet Brittany Bonnaffons, Louisiana Overall Teacher of the Year. Brittany is an enthusiastic and gifted teacher of 9th grade High School students. Brittany shares how she's found ways to live her faith out loud so that her students are in no doubt about Who she follows! In the classroom, and on the field where she coaches track athletes, Brittany is not ashamed of the gospel and expresses her faith in Jesus through very practical and replicable ways. She handles Instagram with delightful grace and demonstrates how Christ can be glorified through what is sometimes seen as a negative platform. Her dynamic love of tulle will have you hopping over to social media to see her photos and learn how you too can use what you love to bring the hope of Jesus to those around you. Regardless of what you do in your everyday life, this edition will be sure to offer you some excellent ways to encourage and uplift the people you meet from day to day.
God In The Ordinary: Candy Arrington
How often are the senior members of our communities forgotten? Is elder care something that we in the church should consider as important? In today's edition, host Sharon Tedford talks with Candy Arrington who unexpectedly found herself caring for her elderly mother, whilst at the same time raising her young children. Candy talks about how she developed the skills to serve her mother and all the personal lessons she learned from those interactions; and how, after her mother passed away, she quickly realised her senior aunt also needed her care and attention. Candy also shares about the deep pain and the immense joy that comes with elder care; and shares some great tips on how we can all reveal God to those in our circles who are senior. Join us as we talk about how caring for others brings personal and spiritual growth even in the most challenging life circumstances. Candy’s story is inspiring and will help you think about how to engage with and share the hope of Jesus with people who are aging.
God In The Ordinary: Kirsty Allen
There’s something extraordinary about the word 'vulnerable'. It either strikes fear or the anticipation of meaningful connection into one's heart. Which one are you? In this edition Sharon chats with Kirsty Allen, a wife and mother of two, who’s found new freedom in living a vulnerable and sincere life - both spiritually and in her ordinary relationships. Kirsty discovered the necessity of living life in the vulnerable lane when one of their children was diagnosed with long-term additional needs. Kirsty talks about the beauty and the bravery that grows through openness and how it is a powerful tool in revealing God to others; shares how God helps her to 'go first' with kind but candid discussions as she encourages other parents of kids with learning and physical differences; and tells stories of how she’s able to bring God into often difficult and complex medical appointments, in natural and unrestricted ways. Do join us as we learn how Kirsty first uncovered her own need to be unguarded in her relationship with God through an unusual experience with a crop of wild blackberries! And we also hear about The Quest Life, an extraordinary retreat event that deepened Kirsty’s relationship with God. There’s lots to consider in this edition as we drill down on turning our attention towards Jesus in every situation, so that our lives naturally reveal God, no matter what we’re doing.
God In The Ordinary: Mike Robinson
Angels are all over the Christmas story – from the Angel Gabriel popping in to visit Mary, to the huge angelic choir singing in the skies over the gathered shepherds. So, are angels still appearing to people today? In this special Christmas edition, our guest, Mike Robinson, says they are. Mike shares with us about his encounter with an angel at a time when he felt extremely discouraged, and how her song boosted his confidence and helped him 'face the music' in a difficult job situation; talks about how God rescued him and his family from a terrible car crash that should have ended in disaster: Mike believes God intervened with the protection of some mighty angels; and we hear about the incredible healing Mike has experienced on more than one occasion and talk about how God is present in all our circumstances today – even in our sickness. Listen in to learn some simple approaches to sharing the good news of Jesus with your neighbours and friends during the Christmas season. And, be reminded of the very best way to welcome “Emmanuel, God with us” into your own life this year. Producer, Gary, and Host, Sharon, wish you all a very Happy Christmas!
God In The Ordinary: David Daniels
Does the Advent season afford us new opportunities to share the good news of the gospel? What can we do to reveal God in the ordinary rhythms of the Christmas season? In this edition, host Sharon Tedford talks with Dr. David Daniels, lead pastor of Central Bible Church, Fort Worth, Texas. David helps us to think through all the benefits of intentionally focusing on the wonder of Christmas in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day; shares about where that wonder is in new and insightful ways; encourages us to purposefully seek God even in the midst of all the busy activities that go along with this time of year, as we discuss how being busy can steal the wonder from Christmas. He also gives some important tips on how we can avoid the trap of being preoccupied with ‘stuff’! David's enthusiasm for mission is clear and he shares with Sharon how he sees the whole church as missionaries – every single person, regardless of their rôle in life. And wonder isn’t just for Christmas, it’s for life! David teaches us the importance of living in awe of our great God throughout the year: an inspiring perspective that will be sure to bring something fresh to your life.
God In The Ordinary: John Surtees
Is it possible to share the truth of the gospel with men and women in the armed services? How can people in the military hear about Jesus? Today’s guest works for a vibrant and important mission agency that’s working behind the wire on British military bases, sharing the love of Christ. John Surtees is the communications lead officer for the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA). On this edition we talk about how the Scripture Readers of SASRA are able to reveal God on Army and Air Force bases; how they bring the truth of God through ordinary ways and everyday conversations; and discuss how Scripture Readers support and work alongside Armed Forces chaplains and welfare officers, and how their presence is necessary and welcomed. John tells us about his time in the Royal Air Force and how God was very near during his time oversees; shares about how he was able to freely discuss his faith with the other men and women around him, and how that spurred him on when he returned to the UK. We hear some simple and practical ways that we can help both the families of those serving, and service personnel themselves. So stop by, listen in, and learn some new ways to bless those serving our countries.
God In The Ordinary: Leah Adams
Is there a place for God in my finances? Is it really possible to live debt free? Does society’s view on money match the Bible’s approach; and does it really matter anyway? On today’s edition host Sharon Tedford talks to financial coach, Leah Adams. On today’s episode host Sharon Tedford talks to financial coach, Leah Adams. Leah helps us to think about how we might change our mindsets to be more focused on financial freedom, and how that’s closely linked to spiritual freedom in Christ; talks about how our income could bless other people instead of only paying off our lenders; and shares about the current societal norms that are deceiving us and encourages us to think differently about saving money versus borrowing money. Living from paycheck to paycheck is a trap from which we can be released. We also talk about how Leah’s skills as a retired pharmacist continue to be used by God; and we hear about another string to Leah’s bow that will bless us all. This episode should cause you to think differently about your finances and confront your attitude towards money – join us if you’re up for the challenge!
God In The Ordinary: Richard Stephens
Prison ministry isn’t easy. So, is it worth it? Are there any encouraging outcomes from sharing the gospel in a prison? Can people convicted of crimes find freedom in Christ? Richard Stephens, UK Chairman of Kairos Prison Ministry International, is our guest for this edition. Richard tells us of how he’s seen God work in incredible and life-changing ways within the prison system, through the volunteer work he does with Kairos; shares how he has personally seen men have their lives turned around by the supernatural power of Jesus; and talks about the great need for the Gospel within prison walls and how it must partner with the academic to lead people into whole-life healing, encouraging new ways of thinking and living. As we talk, it becomes clear it’s the love of Jesus that draws the broken towards spiritual freedom: Richard helps us understand the many ways we can show that love. We also learn about surprising ways to serve in the Kairos ministry that don’t require us to go to the prison at all! The Bible is clear that Christians ought to reach out to those in prison with the truth of the absolute freedom found in Jesus. Richard’s passion on this subject will motivate you to respond.
God In The Ordinary: Amber Weigand-Buckley
Is it possible to be a Christian and suffer from bipolar disorder? Can you take medicine and still believe in God’s ability to heal? Can mental health difficulties exist in the life of a follower of Jesus? Today’s guest is not ashamed of how God created her. Amber Weigand-Buckley is open about her struggles with the complicated and life-interrupting symptoms of bipolar, and how both medication and her deep Christian faith work hand-in-hand. Amber shares about the day she realised she needed some help and is transparent about her fight back to health; passes on some very practical tips that she’s put in place to help herself stay on track and stay well - many of which will be helpful for all of us; and discusses honestly how she’s been helped by the people around her. As an industry leader Amber's learnt that this diagnosis does not disqualify her from the marketplace. Her experience gives us a lot of ways that we can reach out to people suffering with the same condition. The raw reality of this edition will help you to recognise the genuine struggle that many people with bipolar disorder go through, equip you to love those in your circle who need your practical support and your frequent prayers; and encourage you as Amber shares how her genuine relationship with Jesus makes all the difference.
God In The Ordinary: Shelley Small
If God’s given you a passion for something, you can be sure He’ll be able to use it for His Kingdom. God is present in all areas of our lives – but are we willing to submit to His way in everything and see His will come to fruition? Today’s guest is Shelley Small, the Southwest Colorado Springs Area Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Shelley loved and excelled at sport from a young age. She found joy in competing and being part of a team. Her career has spanned from Baylor College Volleyball, to being on the coaching team of an Olympic Volleyball squad, to working with an international organisation that supports Christian sportsmen and women. Shelley tells about how God is using all kinds of sport to reveal Himself through athletes who love and serve Jesus; makes some very interesting observations on Isaiah 61; and discusses how our will can get in line with God’s will. We also chat about letting God be the leader - even in the context of sport. Regardless of whether you enjoy sports or not, this edition will make you think about how you use your everyday life to reveal God to those around you.
God In The Ordinary: Elise Peterson
How can I help people in my own community who are suffering when I’m suffering myself? In July 2022, a terrible wildfire hit Wennington, a small village on the eastern edge of London, and destroyed many homes. Our guest today chose to put aside her feelings of inadequacy and leant on her faith in God as she stepped in to help. As vicar of both the church in Wennington and of that in the neighbouring village of Rainham, Rev. Elise Peterson felt the pain of the people and knew she needed to offer the hope of Jesus. Elise shares how she found the strength to put aside her own fears and feelings of insufficiency, and what she did to support those who’d lost everything; tells of how she sat with the brokenhearted and how that simple act translates to the lives of every Believer. Listen in as we discuss the importance of being present, and how casual conversations can bring sought-after compassion. This story is one of the power of listening. We talk about the beauty found in letting go and reveal how being flexible in different ways can be a great tool in sharing the Gospel. This edition will get your mental wheels turning and help you to see how being ourselves allows us to reveal God to those in need. And don’t miss the miraculous way that God protected and used the church building, right in the middle of the fire!
God In The Ordinary: Rene Lackey
How can you help someone who tells you about their unexpected pregnancy? If abortion isn’t the answer, what is? In this latest edition, we talk with René Lackey, Executive Director of Amira’s House, a ministry to and home for young, pregnant women. From a young age, René dreamed of helping orphans and displaced people. And now, after decades of waiting, she’s watching God bring that dream to fruition as she serves unexpectedly expectant mothers. Through an accepting and non-judgmental environment, René and all who serve with her, reveal the deep love of an all-sufficient Father God to the women in their care. René tells us about some specific ways to support young, pregnant ladies and about how we can change lives through practical care; shares about her long nursing career and how she was able to show the unending love of Jesus with many of her patients and their families. This conversation is significant and poignant amidst the changes and dialogue over abortion laws (in the USA) and will be sure to give you some helpful tools and prayer points, as we unpack an important, current issue.
God In The Ordinary: Linda Goldfarb
For those blessed to be parents, it can be a wonderful and full-on task. Our guest today helps parents to think about effective ways to reveal God to their children – especially the young adults. Linda Goldfarb is a board-certified Christian life-coach who’s raised four children of her own. Her son was a junior golfer, and she spent many hours on and off the golf course coaching him in both sport and life lessons. She shows us how easily God can be honoured, and faith can be shared, through athletics and other pastimes. Linda shares transparently about the challenges faced when your adult child doesn’t share your foundational faith views and gives us some valuable advice on how to deal with that; and shares about the many exciting ways God is using her voice; and how it’s never too late to submit to God’s will for our lives. Today’s show will give you practical tips, clear direction, and important talking points to help in the development of family relationships. If you’re wondering how to encourage those you love, whilst calling them up to new levels of excellence, then do listen to this podcast.
God In The Ordinary: Paul Harcourt
On God in The Ordinary we talk a lot about how our regular days and roles help us to reveal God to those around us. But can this still be the case at big Christian conferences and larger gatherings of Jesus-followers? In this edition, we chat with Paul Harcourt, National Leader of New Wine, a yearly Bible festival in the UK. Paul helps us to think about how we can encourage each other through big get-togethers; shares how we can take what we learn at such meetings back to our day-to-day living; and we talk about how to discern and listen out for the voice of the Holy Spirit, and how we can become the kind of people who respond to His directions. Paul helps us to think about the importance of demonstrating the Gospel, not just proclaiming it, and gives some great advice on how to start each day. We also discuss the new adventure that Paul’s autistic son is beginning; and we reflect on how parents need to trust God in all stages of their children’s lives. Join us as and be encouraged through this edition, then head on over to New Wine’s website (you’ll find the link in the show notes) to find some inspiring and motivating teaching on joining God in building His Kingdom, right where you are.
God In The Ordinary: Carol Kent
What would you do if your ‘ordinary’ suddenly became visiting an adult child in prison? Do you think it might shake your faith in God to have a loved one incarcerated? Today, Sharon Tedford chats with Carol Kent, an international speaker and author, who is living this reality today. Carol and her husband have lived through the trauma of watching their grown-up son arrested and convicted of a serious crime. Carol tells us about how she had to dig in deep to her already established faith in God, to be able to continue trusting her Heavenly Father when things didn’t turn out the way they'd hoped; shares the best way to follow God when things feel dark and gloomy; and explains how she still has hope in a situation that may appear bleak to others. We learn about how we can reveal God to people who are in prison, with lots of practical tips and examples of what to send; and how to encourage those who are imprisoned. This edition is packed full of hope-filled faith and will reassure and inspire you when you’re facing seemingly impossible circumstances of your own.
God In The Ordinary: Betsy Pendergrass
There’s nothing more ordinary than gathering around the table with friends and family. But it’s something that's been put on the back burner by many of us. Do you think family dinner times are important? Have you ever invited friends over for something as simple as a coffee and a chat? Are get-togethers something God can use as an ordinary way to reveal Himself through you to others? Our guest, Betsy Pendergrass, is passionate about encouraging others to gather. Betsy gives us some very practical tips for how to invite others into our homes and lives so that we can share Jesus with them; shares about the importance of family relationships; and how the Bible needs to be central to everything we do. Connection is important to Betsy, and she helps us think about creative but straightforward ways to share the love of Jesus with friends and family. The power of books and reading, and how God is using Betsy’s renewed love for painting to reveal Himself to her and through her, also get a mention! If you’ve been wanting to connect with friends and neighbours on a new level, and you’ve been wondering how to do that, then this edition is for you. Betsy’s uncomplicated gathering ideas will give you lots to think about. You’re going to love the joy that pours out of Betsy, too!
God In The Ordinary: Joe Hobday
Do you ever wonder how to connect with people who aren't in your age bracket? Is it necessary to reach out to other age groups with the gospel? And do you ever think about how you can meet the many needs of the vastly diverse people in your community? Our guest for today’s edition is Joe Hobday - a youth pioneer - who’s learnt how to reach out to the young people in his neighbourhood. In fact, Joe is determined that all the people of his community will know God’s love as he works on ways to provide for both their practical and spiritual needs. Joe shares about the restoration project he's heading up for his church parish - something which literally embodies the words of Isaiah 61; shares how he’s bringing mixed age groups of people together around one mission; and gives us a fresh perspective on a popular song from a modern-day musical. The surprising and insightful angle will give you pause for thought and you’ll probably never listen to the song in the same way again. Joe’s humility and enthusiasm are infectious, and you’ll be sure to be moved to action after listening to his chat with host, Sharon Tedford.
God In The Ordinary: Kimberly DeLaughter
Do animals go to heaven? Does God care about how we treat his creatures? How does God reveal Himself to us through pets and livestock? In this edition our guest is seasoned veterinarian, Dr Kimberly DeLaughter, or Dr. D as she’s known to her clients! Dr. D - Kim - tells us about how she reveals God through the ups and downs of caring for animals; talks about a fun link between Isaiah 61 and the humble bumble bee; and shares how God shows up in the most difficult moments of a vet’s day. We also hear about the most important tool that Dr. D carries in her vet toolbelt – prayer! Dr. D is a great example of someone who looks for God in the ordinary rhythm of her day, as well as being someone who seeks opportunities to share the truth of Jesus with others. The stories she tells will encourage you regardless of what kind of daily activity you conduct. The compassion in Kim's heart, and her intentional desire to follow Jesus in every moment of her day is clear, and will inspire you to both seek and reveal God in your ordinary.
God In The Ordinary: Mick Fleming
Have you ever wanted to reach out to a homeless person, but didn’t know what to do? Perhaps you’ve seen someone living on the streets, but you’ve been unsure how to reach out to them in the name of Jesus. Can giving a hungry person a sandwich truly be revealing God to them? Today's guest is Pastor Mick Fleming of Church On The Street MInistries, a faith-in-action charity based in the northwest of England, where Mick's introducing needy and broken people to the love and healing of Jesus. Mick tells us how he came to know Jesus as an adult, leaving his life of drug addiction and crime to follow Christ; talks about his experience of meeting Jesus in a shop doorway, in the darkness of a freezing winter night; and shares how this inspired him to reach out to other people still stuck in poverty. Necessity and compassion drove Mick to bring food and other supplies to people who were desperate for help in his own community. The mission quickly grew into a now thriving and prominent ministry, even drawing the attention of British Royalty! Join us and learn how the 'two-cup Gospel' will help you reach out to those in need in your own life and community. You'll be inspired by Mick’s humility and enthusiasm. I’ve learned a lot from this edition and so will you.
God In The Ordinary: Bob Sluka
Can science and Christian faith live side-by-side? Are our small personal efforts towards recycling really making any difference? And does God want all my attention to be turned towards telling people about Jesus with words alone? Bob Sluka, Lead Scientist of A Rocha USA’s Marine Conservation Program, joins us to talk about how he reveals God through his work. Bob shares how he’s seen God’s fingerprints in creation and tells of his motivation behind serving God in this field of science; tells us about some simple steps we can all take to help heal our lands, from how we fertilize our lawns to what fish we purchase from the supermarket; and spurs us on to think more deeply about how God sees His creation and encourages us to consider how God created all things to worship Him as they flourish. Bob is living a life that integrates his beliefs and love of the ocean in a way that brings blessing to people, nations, and the planet, and it’s inspiring. This edition is being released close to Earth Day 2022 and helps us to consider how Christians ought to respond to the many issues surrounding pollution and conservation. So listen to this episode and hear how Bob’s words of wisdom encourage you on to new thinking and maybe even fresh action.
God In The Ordinary: Patricia Durgin
Are you reluctant to share your God-given story with others? Do you believe your work skills are irrelevant to the Gospel? Today's guest, Patricia Durgin, shares some simple steps that help us to realise that if we're a Christian, we're chosen by God to share the Good News by serving others. She is an online marketing specialist who uses her talents to help teach others how to meet their audiences and customers right where they are. She believes we serve people best when we see them as Christ sees them. Patricia helps us to think about how having a digital presence in a digital world is a strong force for the Kingdom of God - she believes it’s vital for Christians to 'show up' online and to reach out to other people who are there; she shares about how God has used what the world calls a 'disability' in her life: visual impairment has taught Patricia how to receive other people’s acts of service, which has in turn helped her become a skilled minister of service herself. If you want to learn how to share the message and story that God has put within you, this edition is for you. Patricia will light a fire of enthusiasm under you as you learn to respond to God’s words of direction and serve others in His name.
God In The Ordinary: Loulita Gill
Is it ever possible to be truly free from shame? Is there a way out of the darkness created by abuse? Our guest for this edition tells of how the light of Jesus has illuminated her after being trapped by the darkness of shame for decades. She's been released from that trap and she now shares her powerful story through her stunningly soulful music with people all over the world. Singer, songwriter and graphic designer, Loulita Gill, talks with host Sharon Tedford, about her journey from emotional confinement to spiritual release. Loulita shares about how God has helped her turn tragedy into treasure through song; shares about how she loves to connect with her audiences by living an authentic life of integrity. As a business owner, Loulita talks about her favourite business partner and gives some very helpful advice on how to provide a professional service that reveals God to every client, regardless of their faith perspective; and she discusses her songwriting process as well thoughts on how to parent with love and grace. This edition is a wander through some deep topics via a path of joy and laughter. So don’t miss Loulita’s interview – you'll be sure to find some encouragement in her words of wisdom.
God In The Ordinary: Sharon Tedford
Have you ever wanted to know more about the host of God In The Ordinary? Well, today’s the day you get to hear from her! In this special edition, Sharon Tedford shares with a previous guest, Nicci Hejnar, about how she reveals God in the ordinary; and why 61 Things became the name of her ministry and how it was born. They discuss a wide range of topics - from how Sharon handled a word of prophecy, to how she started songwriting quite a few years ago now! Sharon shares some simple ways to pray for strangers; we find out what kind of character traits people need to be missionaries (spoiler alert: every follower of Jesus is a missionary!); and also hear about Sharon’s ‘team’ and how mutual support is so important to them all. If you're a regular listener, you'll know every guest is asked to share a reflection on Isaiah 61 - but there's no exceptions, so it's Sharon’s turn to share today! There’s something fun about getting to peak behind the curtain of our host’s life, so do join us as we get to know Sharon a little more.
God In The Ordinary: Ryan George
Do you think of yourself as an adventurer? Perhaps you enjoy extreme sports or take delight in activities that keep you on the edge of your seat? In this episode Sharon Tedford talks with avid adventurer, author and podcaster, Ryan George, who helps us to learn that living a Jesus life is the most exciting voyage we’ll ever make. He has found he's able to communicate more honestly with God as he undertakes adrenaline-charged experiences and invigorating pursuits. Ryan tells us some tales of where God has met him in his moments of surrender and how something as simple as thankfulness has become a frequent part of his daily practice; about his newest and most exhilarating adventure of adoption, sharing the uplifting story of how that came about for him and his wife. God interrupted the life direction that Ryan had so carefully laid out for himself, and this new role of being a dad has shown that God loves to out-dream us. We learn how submitting to God’s way leads to some beautiful and life-changing outcomes. Ryan talks about how he reveals God to others whilst on the side of mountains, and how he frequently discusses the truth of Jesus in his church parking lot. He clearly has a passion for sharing the gospel and has learned how to recognize and respond to the voice of God no matter where he is. Even if you don’t identify yourself as someone who enjoys adventure, Ryan helps us see that the Christian life is an adventure and that following God’s plans for us with honest vulnerability, will lead to a life that reveals God to others. This episode will encourage you to pray more intentionally and to step outside of your comfort zone as you see where Jesus meets us in the adventure of Christian faith.
God In The Ordinary: Chris & Jamie Bailey
Is it possible that marriage is a tool God uses to reveal Himself to us? Can God help us to grow through what we learn from being a good spouse? In this episode of God In The Ordinary, professional counselors Chris & Jamie Bailey, who’ve helped countless people find new hope and freedom, bring some deep wisdom and help us to think about how God shows up in our marriages. Chris & Jamie share important and practical steps for moving from being broken hearted to healed; talk about the root of many of our marital stressors and how to deal with them; and we also touch on how to love a spouse through chronic sickness, and how good grandparenting is another way to build strong marriages. Chris and Jamie Bailey have a real heart for marriages and are passionate about helping people rebuild what was once ruined. They believe in the power of love – God’s love - and have experienced how bringing Jesus’ love into a marriage can change a generation. Their ministry, Expedition Marriage, encourages us to enjoy the journey and you'll certainly enjoy this great edition.
God In The Ordinary: Fiona Stewart
Have you ever declared that you're not creative? Do you believe that creativity is for other people who can do all that fancy stuff? Perhaps you struggle to believe that creativity is of any use to God? Well, we’d like to help you change your mind! Our guest today lets us see how to use many different strings of creativity to reveal God to those around us, and how God can use it to reveal Himself to us, too. Fiona Stewart is, among other things, a British playwright, podcast host, poet, and the creative director of Foolproof Creative Arts. Fiona tells us about how her life has taken some surprising twists and turns, leading her to where she is today; shares about how creativity really matters and how even our own foolishness can be used by God: her faith and delight in Jesus are obvious and infectious! Do join us in this episode as Fiona and host, Sharon Tedford, take an inspiring wander around the world of theatre, parables, mystery, and communication. Learn how good communication skills are important as we share the good news of Jesus. And stick around to the very end for an extra special treat from our guest with a beautiful 'Scottish burr' - you won’t be disappointed!
God In The Ordinary: Revealing God... at Christmas
Do you long to be able to share the truth of Jesus during the Christmas season? Our special edition shares the stories of people who are revealing God intentionally at this time of year. We’re excited to chat with guests who are doing their part to help their communities see more of Jesus: a group of ladies blessing new mothers in a fun way; a man who’s meeting needs in his community; a lady who’s learned to find the joy of Jesus; and a mother who worked on something exciting with her young daughter. We also hear from our host and producer, Sharon Tedford and Gary Dell, and their thoughts on how to share 'God in The Ordinary'. Our prayer is that hearing from people who are loving others on purpose will encourage you to do the same. So join us and get ready to be inspired by these dynamic guests as we help you to find ways to reveal God this Christmas.
God In The Ordinary: Brittany Michalski
Do you ever wonder if the problems of climate change are really something worth engaging with? Are you considering how you can respond to questions about ecology, lower carbon living, and creation in general? Do you think about how Jesus might react to issues of stewarding the world He gave us? This week’s guest can help you reflect on all that and more. Brittany Michalski is a conservation ecologist for Arocha USA, and a project coordinator of Climate Stewards. Brittany shares how she blesses both her neighbours and the planet by being mindful and intentional about how she treats all of creation; helps us remember and recognise how God reveals Himself through creation; and comes to the measured conclusion that Christians should be joining in with the fight against global warming - her studies of marine ecosystems make her acutely aware of the negative impact of various pollutants. You’ll be encouraged as we learn about the strong links between faith and science, and will be equipped by the many resources she shares. Christians ought to be challenged to think and talk about environmental sustainability and Brittany lovingly guides us as we discuss this important topic.
God In The Ordinary: Joe Altebaumer
Is it true that we can share the good news of Jesus no matter what kind of job we do? Today’s guest proves there are always ways to reveal God in our everyday. Joe Altebaumer is a financial advisor, husband, father of adult twins, and volunteer. Joe conducts his business day in the same way he conducts his private life – he is open about his faith in God and takes every opportunity offered to him to speak about the gospel. We learn the simple, yet significant ways Joe tells the truth of Jesus with his clients. Do you recognise how important it is for men to be committed to following Jesus? Joe shares with us why it’s vital for men to be fully submitted to God; bears witness to the huge difference his faith has made not only in himself but also in the life of his family; and shares stories of how much change he's witnessed in people who have been in great need. Joe also talks about his involvement in a men’s ministry that has seen many put a stake in the ground with regards to their Christian faith, how the lives of individuals have been changed, and then how the lives of whole families follow. Join us as we chat with Joe and learn new ways to bring faith into our everyday lives.
God In The Ordinary: Sadie Chamberlain
Living in a new culture can sometimes make us want to hide away from all the differences we experience. Our guest for this edition chose to allow God to use her when she and her family moved to another country. She tells of the practical steps she took as she allowed God to reveal Himself through her to her new neighbours. This episode will encourage you to look for God in every area of your life as Sadie Chamberlain tells how the Lord has used her varied skills for His glory. Sadie tells of how her professional dance career impacted her own walk with God; and how losing her mum to mental illness taught her how to find God’s peace in the most difficult of circumstances. Sadie’s determination to stick close to Jesus despite her changing circumstances is inspiring, and her practical steps to evangelism will give you plenty to think about.
God In The Ordinary: Jen Swallow
Although God may have made it possible, have you ever found your dream job isn't what He had in mind for you all-along - but that He equipped you through that for His service later on? That's the story of our guest in this edition. Jen Swallow gained an unusual university degree that enabled her to train animals for the movies! Now, as the parent of a son with special needs, she uses that experience to help other parents of similar children. Jen talks with us about her childhood journey from England to the USA - and back again; how living in California enabled her to study for her dream job in the film industry; how her USA qualifications helped her work on Disney movies filmed in the UK; and about the reality of working as a believer in the film industry. She shares openly about her journey as the mum of a child with special needs; where she finds God in all of that; and how He enabled her to start special needs provision at the church she now works at. As someone gifted with the voice of an angel, Jen shares about her love of worship music and how worship enables her to get closer to God. If you have the same heart as Jen, you'll love listening to this episode - her enthusiasm for God's love and care for us, and for life as a believer is infectious!
God In The Ordinary: First Birthday Highlights
Happy birthday to us! How have we reached our ONE YEAR mark already?! God In The Ordinary is one year old and we’re celebrating by sharing inspiring and insightful clips from lots of episodes over the past year. We’ve had excellent guests from all areas of life so it was a hard job to choose some of the best bits; but we know that what we’ve put together will really encourage you. Our guests all have something important to say about how we live our lives, being transparent in how we share the truth of Jesus with others. One of our favourite things about this episode is that we got to record it together in the same room. Sharon lives in Dallas but was on a visit to England so there were rare sightings of Sharon and Gary together! You’ll hear from host Sharon Tedford and co-producer Gary Dell as they share their thoughts on the last year. Don’t miss this episode, and make sure you catch up on past shows as you celebrate our one-year anniversary with us. THANK YOU for joining us on this great podcast adventure. We certainly do appreciate you!
God In The Ordinary: Dennis Pethers
Have you ever wondered if you have the skills to serve God? Do you think that should be left to the 'professionals'? Is it time for you to join in with the Jesus’ great mission and share the good news of the gospel? Our guest is passionate about enabling Christians to share the good news. In fact, he’s keen that we see it as “great news”! Dennis Pethers is the founder and ministry leader of The Rooftop, a global organisation that exists to encourage Christians to share their faith in every area of their lives, beyond the walls of their church buildings. Dennis shares how he met Jesus on a train – an interaction that changed his life forever; how he believes prayer should be central and foundational to every activity carried out by people of the Church; is keen that we understand the difference between church as a building, and Church as the family of God; and helps us understand that God is already on the move, and our role is to join Him where He is working – to see where the Kingdom is in our towns, cities, work-places, schools, and homes. God has a plan, and He invites us to unite with Him, and each other, in it. This inspirational episode will boost your faith and provide a specific way you and your church can join The Rooftop for an exciting initiative in October 2022.