What if church really wasn't a thing we did on Sunday or a building we maintained, but who we choose to be every day of our lives? Kris talks about John 3:1-9, the idolatry of church, the movement of the Spirit, and the witness to the Word in her favorite Canadian musician and poet: a … Continue reading S2 E39: God’s Plan
The disciples are trying to fill an open position, and try to let God make the decision for them. How often do you think God works through the randomness? Susan talks about the enmeshment of your story, our story, and God's story with Acts 1:16-25. For more information about why the United Methodist Church condemns … Continue reading S2 E38: God’s Backside
What's your learning style? The kingdom of God is definitely hands-on learning... and Kris discusses some of God's practicums in Acts 10:44-48 and her own church.
The terrible beauty of the Bible is not whether or not the stories actually happened, but that they continue to happen. Guest preacher Devin Gardner breaks open the story of Jacob in the context of the queer rights movement, church inclusivity, thriving after domestic abuse, and his own struggle with claiming his identity in the … Continue reading S2 E41: Who Are You?
Susan talks about how our stories interact, through the lens of Acts 10:44-48 and the perspective of a parishioner who reported back to her congregation on the death prevention measures of the city of Reno for the homeless this past winter.
Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and Parkland students all have something in common: they’re not willing to let their stories be silenced any longer. Kris talks about the importance of listening to each other’s stories and not being barriers to grace through the stories in Acts 8:26-40 and 1 John 4:7-21. Learn more about person-first language: People … Continue reading S2 E35: That One Time Twitter Worked Right
Every person's story has something to teach us about what God is like and how God works. Susan breaks down one story in Acts 8:26-40 and invites you to consider your story, how you tell it, and what it might teach us. To see the adorable couple from New Zealand's story, click on Saving the … Continue reading S2 E34: What’s Your Story?
How many things do we miss because we haven't taken the time to process our reactions around them? Jesus's disciples get a taste of this after the resurrection, and Susan breaks it down in reference to Luke 24:36b-48. Just in case you haven't heard of Harry Potter because you've been, we assume, trapped under something … Continue reading S2 E33: Awesome and Awful
It’s difficult to continue to believe in things we haven’t seen for ourselves, whether we are people of faith or not. It may be up to people of faith to show what is possible so that people can believe it… including finding unity in diversity, and modeling generosity in the midst of scarcity. Kris takes … Continue reading S2 E32: Can You Believe It?
Ever found yourself caught off-guard, called into waters a little deeper than you were prepared for? Susan shares stories of beer league hockey players and traumatized disciples dealing with the same challenges as she discusses John 20:19-31 in this post-Easter episode of the podcast. See links from the episode below. For the story on Scott … Continue reading S2 E31: Put Me In, Coach!