The Ties That Bind, Part 3

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Romans 12:2

2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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The Ties That Bind, Part 3

“The Ties That Bind, Part 3” is episode #753 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on September 20, 2014.


Tensions abound for the Parker Family as they’re pulled in different directions. Wooton announces the creation of a new comic book series - sparking interest from a mysterious blogger called The Perilous Pen. And Connie has to navigate the emotional twists created by a distant family member.


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Discussion Questions

1. Is our family ever like the Parker family when they were on their way to church? Should we have a family meeting like the one they had? What do we need to do to keep from drifting apart as a family?

2. Should Sunday be any different from other days of the week? If so, how? Why?

3. When can visiting certain websites be dangerous? What rules do you think we should follow in our family? What rules should we have with things like social networks and the people we meet there?

4. Do you have any friends like Jules who don’t care about church? What can you say to them?

5. What does Wooton say will make his comic-book family good at solving mysteries? Is there something you’d like our family to work on together as a team?

6. Do you think it’s important for us to eat dinner together as a family? Why or why not?


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Emily Jones Matthew Parker
June Kendall Jules Kendall
Jan Kendall Jules Kendall
Wally Haggler Connie Kendall
Jason Whittaker Connie Kendall
Dee Grant Penny Wise
Rhonda Adelaide Matthew Parker
John Whittaker Matthew Parker
Simon Jones David Parker
Dorothy Jones David Parker
Captain Absolutely Hadley Bassett
Drake Hadley Bassett


  • Hadley refers to Wooton's Superman mobile.
  • Penny's line "and I'd like water with that, but in a glass this time," might be a reference to the VeggieTales silly song "Sippy Cup".
  • Jules's line comparing church and comic book fans; referring to them as "true believers" may be a play on one of comic book legend Stan Lee's catch phrases.
  • The title 'Sleuth Family Robinson' is an allusion to The Swiss Family Robinson.
  • Penny says The Perilous Pen posted “an entire reveal about the new Star Inter-galaxy movie”. This is a reference to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was in production at the same time as this album. See List of Star Wars references.


Wooton Bassett: You're just in time, Hadley! Breakfast is served!
Hadley Bassett: Waffles?
Wooton Bassett: Mmm...kinda. They started off as waffles, but turned into something that looked more like yellow pancakes. Just smother it in syrup and you'll never know the difference.
Hadley Bassett: Thanks.

Wooton Bassett: Do you hear that Perilous Pen? No snooping around!
Hadley Bassett: You realize you've now challenged the Perilous Pen to find out more?
Wooton Bassett: I did? Uh-oh. Is it to late to retract that?
Hadley Bassett: Yes!
Wooton Bassett: Oops.