Ep. 6 - Jim + Martha Blackburn, Marriage and Facing Cancer


Episode Description

Welcome to Episode 6 of More with Murphy. Today on the podcast, host Ken Murphy is joined by two very special guests - his parents, Jim and Martha Blackburn. Married 29 years ago on Valentine’s Day, these two know what it’s like to have loved and lost, experience the prolonged illness of a loved one, and to start over. Now, with Jim facing a recent cancer diagnosis himself, they’re reflecting on their lives and embracing each day as it comes.

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Show Notes

Parental Warning (we’re joking and we’re serious at the same time!) -  Ken’s parents are on Episode 6 of the More with Murphy Podcast.

James and Martha Blackburn, married 29 years this Valentine’s Day, have both lived their fair share of life. Widowed in their first marriages after their spouses (Della Blackburn; Bob Murphy) succumbed to illness over 30 years ago, James and Martha know what it means to have loved and lost. Now, with James facing his own recent cancer diagnosis, they’re facing the same road they’ve walked before with an outlook and an attitude that’s an example for us all.

Together, Jim and Martha share a beautiful blended family with 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren (and growing)!

Before retiring, Jim was a missionary to Haiti for many years and then was the Director of Development and Estate Planning for the American Bible Society. Martha kept busy as a stay-at-home mom (Ken was a handful, we’re sure!) and pastor’s wife before serving as the Director of Women’s Ministries at the Wesleyan Church Headquarters. Today, Jim and Martha travel between their homes in Indianapolis and Florida and try to see as many grandkids’ sporting events and dance recitals as they possibly can.

Listen to their full story today!

Mentioned in this episode…

Barstool Sports



Gray Eagle Golf Course | Fishers, IN

Thorn Apple Country Club | Galloway, OH

Grandpa’s Story: Faith, Hope, Love - book by James (Jim) Blackburn

Duke University Basketball


My Jesus, I Love Thee - cover by Anthem Lights

Indiana Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

COCO Chanel Mademoiselle Perfume

Mantle Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Matthew 7:24-29

James 1:2-4

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