The Morning Cruise’s Carmen Brown from The JOY FM spends her mornings ON-Air, but in these one-on-one OFF-Air conversations, she grabs a cup of coffee and sits down with some of her favorite people. In these casual discussions nothing is off-limits! The chats are rawer, deeper, and even more surprising! Carmen also shares all of her favorite things. As an Enneagram 7, if she’s loving it, you will for sure hear about it, and everything is filtered through the lens of her faith.
Episode 20: Natalie Grant
Welcome to my 20th and final episode of OFF-AIR with Carmen in 2020! This week’s guest is my girlfriend, Natalie Grant!! Folks have said for years that we could be sisters, and I take this as a very high compliment! Natalie is equal parts hilarious, prone to TMI (like me!), and so full of wisdom. I just love her!!
We recorded this episode in February. Since then, Natalie has released a new project called “No Stranger.” In this pre-pandemic episode, we talk about Team Freedom (something we birthed together), raising teenage girls, and identity and truth in today’s culture.
Natalie and I twin pretty hard, up to and including both of us having COVID this year, just a few weeks apart.
Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in 2021!
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
“James” by Beth Moore
Carmen couldn't contain herself
Episode 19: A Biblical Look At Government
Because you asked for it, here’s a special ELECTION DAY 2020 edition of OFF-AIR with Carmen! With all the political noise and social tensions this year, we need some solid guidance. So, somewhat unplanned, my morning show partner Bill Martin and I sat at my kitchen table the weekend before the general election to have a conversation about a biblical view of government. Really, it’s more of a Bible study, so there are notes—3 pages of them—with all the Scriptures Bill referred to. You might want to print them, then grab a cup of coffee and get ready to learn!
Bill’s Notes PDF
God and Government
A Tale of Two Kingdoms
Episode 18: Haley
Thirty years ago today, my oldest, Haley Amanda, made me a momma! I was young, nervous, and had no idea what I was doing! But, looking down at her sweet little face, I felt a love I had never felt before. As much as we can protect them as parents while they’re little, life happens, and they eventually have their own journeys they have to walk.
I asked Haley if she would be my guest this week to talk about singleness. Of course every girl has childhood dreams of finding that one Prince Charming that was made just for her! From the time we’re little, we dream of the wedding, the house, the babies. For Haley, that hasn’t happened yet. And there are days she wonders if that will happen at all. BUT, she knows Jesus so intimately, and as her Mom, I am so thankful she wrestles these emotions and desires out WITH Jesus, instead of away from Him.
If you are living in a waiting season of your life, or maybe you’re not where you thought you’d be at a certain milestone in your life, I hope this conversation encourages you.
A Beautiful Story Podcast
Prayer Journal - Every Single Moment
Book about Sabbath - The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
Radiant Message - In A Dark Place
Bible Study – God of Creation
Haley’s Worship Playlist
3 John 1:4
2 Peter 3:8-9
Episode 17: Zach Williams
On this week’s episode of OFF-AIR with Carmen you’ll hear a conversation I had with Zach Williams BC (Before COVID!) It was actually the last big event that we did before everything shut down. We talk about Zach’s redemption story, new music (at the time), and candles! You’ll also hear a hysterical story about the first time Zach met Chris Pratt in person.
Thymes Fraiser Fir candle
PF Candle Co
Song: “Less Like Me”
Song: “Empty Grave”
Jason Greitzer Before & After
Episode 16: Jules
We all walk with a limp. Some are literal. Some are figurative. But we all have things with which we struggle. For my co-worker and friend, Jules, you’ll hear her share “the limp she walks with.” You can’t see it, but it’s there. And it affects every area of her life, including her job of reading the news for us on The Morning Cruise. I often say what Jules may lack in one area, she certainly makes up for with hustle. She inspires me!
You’ll also hear her gush about her husband, David’s spray tan talents. Yep, you read that right. And don’t think I haven’t gone to Amazon and checked out the actual kit they use for myself!
For anyone needing an inspiring story of how God truly does use us in our weakness, I have no doubt this episode with Jules will be that for you!
Spray Tan Kit
Episode 15: Aaron Burke
Welcome to Season 2 of OFF-AIR with Carmen!!
We're starting this season off a little differently. Aaron Burke, Pastor of Radiant Church in Tampa, recently joined us on The Morning Cruise to give us his 10 Reasons why it's to your benefit to be un-offendable. Since Aaron is my pastor, when I heard this message a few weeks ago, I decided EVERYONE needs to hear this Top Ten list! It had such GREAT response (first as a sermon, then on the morning show), and so many asked where they could get all 10 reasons together, that I decided to make it my first podcast of this season.
Given the climate we're in right now, don't we all need to become a little more like Jesus--a little more un-offendable?
I hope you enjoy Pastor Aaron! If you do, please hit "subscribe," and then share this podcast with someone you love!
Thanks for listening!!
Choosing to be Unoffendable Message
Decade Defining Decisions - Release the Offense Message
10 Reasons to be an Unoffendable Person List
BIBLE VERSES MENTIONED
1 Peter 4:8
2 Timothy 2:23-24