"How dare you?" This is what the religious authorities said to Jesus when he had the audacity to offer minsitry outside of the status quo, and it's a question we all still answer today. How dare we offer grace today? Kris offers the Top 10 Secrets of Pastors in her discussion of Matthew 21:23-32. Links … Continue reading Episode 73: Top Ten Secrets of Pastors
Ever heard a good Marlon Brando impersonation? Neither have we. But there is someone we can imitate and still be authentically who we are. Join Susan in diving into Philippians 2:1-13 and how we are called to imitate, not impersonate, Christ. Also, here's that book, Steal Like an Artist.
"What does the Bible say about...?" Well... that all depends. We all see scripture and see ourselves reflected in scripture very differently from one another, and even from ourselves at different points in our lives. Susan demonstrates by helping us self-reflect in ten different ways through Jesus' parable in Matthew 20:1-16. Check out Pastor Steve … Continue reading Episode 71: Mirror, Mirror
Everyone's doing it: most mammals, the Dutch, even skinny Santa Claus! So why do we have such a hard time forgiving? Maybe we make it too complicated, conditional, or transactional. Like voting and cleaning the carpet, Jesus calls us to forgive early and often. Kris runs down some stats and studies about the benefits of … Continue reading Episode 70: The Facts and Figures of Forgiveness
Biblical math never makes a whole lot of sense to us, but this time Jesus really goes over the top when he teaches Peter about forgiveness. Susan helps us sit with Matthew 18:21-35 and consider what forming this kind of forgiveness habit means for people of faith. Here's our previous episode about Rejection.
The way people talk about salvation often seems to come with a lot of fire and brimstone baggage... but is that what salvation is really about? Kris digs into Romans 13:8-14 to talk about healing, making space, and building holistic lives with stories about racism, churches responding to the floods in Houston, and busy lives that … Continue reading Episode 68: Awake, My Soul
What do Chinese food, pizza delivery, airports, fishing boats, and the Ten Commandments have in common? Susan describes what it means to love your neighbor during our discussion of Romans 13:8-14.
Like mastering a musical instrument, excelling in a sport, or any other thing that requires steady discipline and practice, becoming a more Christ-like person is an ongoing challenge for Christians. So, let's practice! Kris offers Romans 12:9-21 and a tool called the Rule of Life to help organize your spiritual chaos as you engage in … Continue reading Episode 66: Spiritual Fake It Til You Make It
What do you do when your expectations about your life, you relationships, your kids, your call, or even your Jesus... just aren't met? Susan gives us a glimpse of Peter's up close and personal look at what happens when we try to constrain God to our ideas of Should and Supposed To in Matthew 16:21-28. … Continue reading Episode 65: Recalculating… Recalculating…
Your body is complicated and suprising and functional (and sometimes dysfunctional)... so it's a perfect metaphor for how we have to try to work together in Christian community. Kris wows us (and perhaps grosses us out) with fun facts about the human body and thoughts on Romans 12:1-8. To do your part and donate to … Continue reading Episode 64: Messy and Miraculous