The Mystery at Tin Flat

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#520: “The Mystery at Tin Flat”
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1 Corinthians 12:1-31

1Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.

2You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines. 12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues ? Do all interpret?

31But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.

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The Mystery at Tin Flat

“The Mystery at Tin Flat” is episode #520 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by John Fornof, and originally aired on June 7, 2003.


The Washington family wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to nearby Tin Flat. But when they show up, the town is deserted.



The Washington family receives a voucher with a tourism brochure for trip to the city Tin Flat. While they’ve never heard of the town, they’re all excited about going except for Xavier. He says he’d rather stay home and watch his favorite television show. Regardless, they all pack up and head off to Tin Flat.

After arriving, they find that it’s an abandoned ghost town. They figure they’ve been scammed and decide to head for home. But when they try to leave, the car won’t start. They’re too far out to get a signal for their cell phone, so they can’t call a tow truck. Ed says that they’ll sleep in the van and he’ll walk to the next town in the morning.

About that time, Tamika notices some gold-toed cowboy boots sitting next to the fence. She gets excited when she recalls the story on the back of the brochure. She reads the story about a man they call Gold Toe Jake. He was accused of robbing the bank and stealing all of the gold. When he was sentenced to death, he claimed his spirit wouldn’t rest until justice was found. An old legend says that the boots of Gold Toe Jake appear now and then to point the way to justice. The boots were pointing towards the Tin Flat Gazette. They enter the building, where they discover that Gold Toe Jake was the editor of the paper.

In the meantime, Xavier is still acting uninterested and unhappy. Ed asks him about it and Xavier tells him that he feels like the oddball since he’s not part of their immediate family. Ed tells him that he’s definitely a part of their family and they want him there. While walking around, they hear an old piano playing. They discover that it’s an upright player piano that can play on its own.

When the pieces continue to fall into place they find a note inside the piano written by Gold Toe Jake. It said that if he’s killed in his pursuit to find the bank robber, to know that he suspected the sheriff was the culprit. The Washingtons continue their own investigation. Ed, Elaine, Marvin, and Tamika all manage to get locked in the jail cell. Xavier is the only one who can try to get them out.

In his search for a key, he discovers they’re actually on his favorite reality show, The Challenge. The producers have staged everything, but tell him not to rescue his family. They’re going to see if they will win a vacation on their own. Xavier weighs his options and decides that his family’s safety is more important. He runs to rescue his family. Before he is able to tell them anything, his family discovers the gold on their own and win the vacation anyway.

Discussion Questions

  1. What was Gold Toe Jake accused of?
    • Was he guilty?
  2. Have you ever felt like Xavier, like you just don’t belong?
  3. In the end, Xavier feels loved by his family. In what ways has your family made you feel loved?
  4. How can you make other members of your family feel loved?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Ed Washington Mark Christopher Lawrence
Elaine Washington J Karen Thomas
Joseph Stadler Charles Howerton
Marvin Washington Jordan Calloway
Tamika Washington Courtney Brown
Jake Solomon Matt Hurwitz
Wes Tucker Matt Hurwitz
Xavier Washington Niles Calloway

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Antoine Washington Ed Washington





Elaine Washington: AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Ed Washington: What!? What's wrong?!
Elaine Washington: A mouse, I just saw a mouse run across the floor over there!!
Marvin Washington: Was it a ghost mouse?

Elaine Washington: Ed! Maybe you should let a mechanic look at it, honey. Remember the time you tried to fix the starter with my curling iron and a scrunchy?
Ed Washington: Don't remind me.

Xavier Washington: The only reason I'm here is because you made a promise to your little brother before he died. So that's what I am: a family obligation.

Xavier Washington: Wow. You're all stuck in jail!