We will often reach out to God in desperate moments to save us from whatever trouble we are in, but we don't often like God's methods. Jesus epitomizes this in Mark 11:1-11 in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, and Paul emphasizes it in Philippians 2:1-11. Join Kris as she considers what salvation … Continue reading S2 E30: Get Off Your Horse
The story of Palm Sunday often gets whitewashed into a spontaneous, joyous, apolitical parade, which undermines its treasonous, gritty, satirical character. Join Susan as she talks about Mark 11:1-11 and how speaking the truth isn't always the safe choice. Enjoy the SNL sketch for Alexa Silver.
Trees get through storms by preparing, adapting, and supporting one another. Humans survive our storms in the same way. Jesus teaches us a little about what that looks like in John 12:20-33 and Kris draws some connections between his call to be prepared, to not avoid the storms, and to be strengthened through them using … Continue reading S2 E28: For Such a Time as This
Life evolves! From grandmas learning to text, to tattoos that change in meaning, to contracts and relationships and even our understanding of who God is… we are each evolving, too! Why wouldn’t God? Susan unpacks Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33 and discusses the difference between being constant and being unchanging. Here are the lyrics. Hearing … Continue reading S2 E27: Covenantal Calesthenics
Between #FOMO and the talking heads on TV telling us we’re heading for the apocalypse, anxiety isn’t hard to come by. It can be difficult to believe who we are, what we have, and what we do is enough. Kris jumps into John 3:14-21 and a discussion of the light in the forest and the … Continue reading S2 Ep26: Reclaiming Hope
God often doesn't provide escapes from the snake-like problems in our lives, but instead offers us a way to heal through them. Could the same be said of the cross? What if Jesus on the cross wasn't the end-all-be-all of a life of faith? What if making the cross central is actually a scandalous way … Continue reading S2 Ep25: Idolizing Jesus
Trees are huge failures; and, probably, so are you, beeches. That’s okay. Life is a struggle in which we try to love ourselves, love others, and love God, and often fall short of the mark. We can be paralyzed by shame, or we can let grace in and compassion stir us to action once more. … Continue reading S2 E24: Reclaiming Brokenness
As a citizen of Romania said after the dictatorship there toppled, “We have freedom, but we don’t know what to do with it.” Join Susan for a tour through the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 and the Expulsion of the Money Changers in John 2:13-22 as we discuss the purpose of freedom.
What’s the point in being angry? Well…. Perhaps, anger DOES have a purpose. Join Kris to talk about Mark 8:31-38, spruce tree survival tricks for extreme circumstances, and how people of faith can cope with and even transform those situations in life where we feel angry, too, into opportunities for peace, righteousness, and truth to … Continue reading S2 E22: Reclaiming Anger
Faithfulness is not a set of beliefs; it is something we live out in the waiting between the promise and the fulfillment of the promise. Abram and Sarai experience this· as does Peter. Both circumstances result in a name change. Check out this episode, where Susan delves into Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and Mark 8:31-38. For … Continue reading S2 E21: God Is Not Running for a Second Term