Kris and Susan kick off the month of parables in Matthew 13 with the tale of the foolish farmer, and stories about God's kingdom showing up in the most unexpected places.
Church is not full of people who are perfect; church is broken people trying to choose love and doing it imperfectly. And what changes you for the better, may change someone else... but only if you can tell them your story. Kris reports in on what Kimmy Schmidt, the Theology of I Don't Feel Like … Continue reading Episode 55: Your Story Matters
Even prophets disagree. But what?! On what do we rely when there are so many voices with alternative messages of "truth"? Susan breaks down Jeremiah 28:5-9 and the complicated simplicity of stepping out in faith.
"Somebody should really do something about ________...." Well, how about you? The work of the church is many, varied, and only sometimes successful, but the result should always be healing and liberation. Kris talks about Matthew 9:35-10:8, how the church has lived up to and failed to live up to its permanent homework assignment from … Continue reading Episode 53: Somebody Should Really Do Something
When you're a kid, it's expected you'll dream of what you want to be when you grow up. When you are a grown up, what do you do with your big dreams? Do you hold on, or let go? Susan tells us the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 18:1-15, and what they learn … Continue reading Episode 52: Impossible Dreams
Ever feel overwhelmed? Yeah, we thought so. Everyone does from time to time. So how do you hold on to your hope and maintain your perspective? Kris takes a look at Genesis 1:1-2:4 and offers a few simple guidelines for feeling grounded in the midst of chaos. Also, here is that promised link for Breath … Continue reading Episode 51: For When You Need Some Normal
Church conflict is nothing new, but figuring out how to live together in peace might not have changed much in the last 2000 years. Susan breaks down 2 Corinthians 13:5-14 and Paul's side of the conversation as the church in Corinth struggles to keep the reconciling work of Christ central in their life together. Learn … Continue reading Episode 50: Church Conflict and Trinity Truces
The Spirit of God in scripture is never contained to the places most people think it "should" be... Kris tells a story from Numbers 11:24-30 (and Acts 2:1-21) about God inspiring people to speak truth, even when they're not in the "right place" at the "right time." Then we talk about the other people who continue to … Continue reading Episode 49: Spirit of Truthiness
Back from vacation, Susan leads us down on a wild goose chase for flaming tongues, brisk winds, and worship tricks as we talk about the Pentecost story in the Acts 2:1-21. We search out the Holy Spirit as both comfort and cattle prod in the biblical story and in our own lives. For more on … Continue reading Episode 48: Pentecost Acts Now
The farewell speech of Jesus to his disciples in John 14 has been used to claim the exclusive truth of Christianity for a long time, but is that what Jesus really meant to leave people with? Kris talks Imposter Syndrome, trusting God, and trusting that God is bigger than religion's hubristic mistakes. Here's a link … Continue reading Episode 47: God Is Bigger than the Boogey Man