What can recovery teach us about faith? Well.... a whole lot, actually. Recovery, enlightenment, and salvation are all similar concepts and are deeply interrelated. Susan and Kris embark on a new series based on Richard Rohr's book Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps. If you're wondering... that tapping noise in the podcast is … Continue reading Breathing Under Water: Powerlessness and Desire
What can parades teach us about what we value, who we are, and how we relate to one another? Well, a whole lot. Kris talks about Mark 6:30-34, 53-56, Mark 11:1-11, and Reno's LBTGQ Pride Parade. To read more about Joan Williams and the Pasadena Rose Parade debacle of 1958, check out this article from … Continue reading S2 E51: First Street Gospel – Everyone Loves a Parade
Ever feel like too much is going on and you just never have time to process? Susan tells us about a time when Jesus tries to retreat with his disciples and keeps getting interrupted in Mark 6:30-34, 54-56. Edited by Devin Gardner.
Sometimes it's okay not to be okay. In the midst of big moments of grief, we often want to rush the healing process. But like babies growing up, like Jesus maturing before he began his ministry, we have to let the healing work of God have time to bloom in us. The waiting can be … Continue reading S3 E7: Blue Christmas
Construction zones are rampant, annoying, and ultimately incredibly important for how we live together in safe community. Kris analyzes Amos 7:7-9 and Psalm 85:8-13 for a look at how God's work and construction work can be painful and also essential for how we build strong. Here is a link to read "Atlas" by U.A. Fanthorpe. … Continue reading S2 E49: First Street Gospel – Construction Zone
Turns out, most things shouldn't surprise us. If we're paying attention, we will notice and be able to respond compassionately to the warning signs around us. Kris spends a little time thinking about death, disaster, and the lessons of Pompeii as we look at Mark 13:24-37. Curious about Pompeii? Check out this article: Actually, It … Continue reading S3 E6: Fig Trees and Falling Ash
You better watch out, you better not cry... Actually, Advent is about watching out AND crying. Crying in the wilderness, that is! Changes we make because someone else ("Santa-God"?) might be watching rarely stick around. Changes we make because we are living into a preferred future have a much better chance. Susan digs into Luke … Continue reading S3 E5: John the Baptist vs. Shopping Mall Santa
John the Baptist gets invited to a party in the worst possible way: by losing his head. King Herod's family dynamics might make yours look tame... but what does this have to do with us now? Susan serves up Mark 6:14-29.
There are some things it is simple too taboo, too awkward, or too embarassing to talk about. And yet... in every question, there is a promise tucked away. Kris reflects on Malachi 3:1-4, and the prophets who are willing to help us look for the promises of God, even in our big, scary questions. Learn … Continue reading S3 E4: Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Questions?
What stories have you heard about yourself, or told about yourself, that give glimpses of key elements of who you believe you are? Whether accolades and affirmation, or tales of infamy, it's amazing how quickly we attach labels to ourselves and others. Perhaps one way to capture the bigger, fuller picture of who we are … Continue reading S3 E3: You Is Kind, You Is Smart, You Is John the Baptist