S3 E7: Blue Christmas

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

S3 E6: Fig Trees and Falling Ash

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

S3 E5: John the Baptist vs. Shopping Mall Santa

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

S3 E4: Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Questions?

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?

S3 E3: You Is Kind, You Is Smart, You Is John the Baptist

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

S3 E2: Scratch and Sniff Nativity, and Other Invisible Truths

It's hard to hear an unpleasant truth, but it's nearly impossible to hear a beautiful one. Why do we insist on making Christmas so tender and mild, and what happens if we let it speak to us an uglier truth? Kris delves into Jeremiah 33:14-16 in this Advent episode of the podcast. Check out Peter … Continue reading S3 E2: Scratch and Sniff Nativity, and Other Invisible Truths

S3 E1: A Starry Advent

What does the second coming of Christ look like to you? Is it more Armageddon or Hunger Games? Does the world go out with a bang or a whimper? Glimpses of God in the world aren't reserved to calm, quiet moments; sometimes God is present when it feels like our whole world is crumbling around … Continue reading S3 E1: A Starry Advent

S2 E7: God Makes this World Our Home (Advent 4)

We know Christmas is important and all, but do you know the story of your own birth? Kris and Susan join together to discuss Luke 1:46-55, Mary's Magnificat, with detours through the world of "Hamilton," birth stories, and Meister Eckhart... leading slowly to the point: Jesus' birth is just one example of the ways we … Continue reading S2 E7: God Makes this World Our Home (Advent 4)

S2 E5: Joy Is Our True Home (Advent 3)

Paul and Pollyanna show up to help us understand that Christian identity has less to do with what warms the cockles of your heart and more to do with how you relate to the world and culture around you. Rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in all circumstances is where they suggest we … Continue reading S2 E5: Joy Is Our True Home (Advent 3)

S2 E4: Love Sharpens the Axe

While the other three gospels all start with some variant of birth story, the gospel of Mark requires us to wrestle with a wild man in the desert before we are allowed to see Jesus up close. And what does the wild man want? Like Isaiah, he tells us to prepare a way for the … Continue reading S2 E4: Love Sharpens the Axe