Breathing Under Water: Prayer and Posturing (Step 7)

Ever thought you knew exactly what God needed to do, and you kept telling God about, but it just wasn't happening? What's that about, eh? Kris and Susan continue their series on Richard Rohr's Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps, with a discussion of Step 7, humbly asking God to remove our shortcomings. … Continue reading Breathing Under Water: Prayer and Posturing (Step 7)

Breathing Under Water: Surrender

What can recovery teach us about faith? Well.... a whole lot, actually. Recovery, enlightenment, and salvation are all similar concepts and are deeply interrelated. Susan and Kris embark on a new series based on Richard Rohr's book _Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps_. This week is step 3: surrender, or giving up on being … Continue reading Breathing Under Water: Surrender

S2 E40: Crack Pot Religion

How might your imperfections actually be places where you encounter God's grace in the world? Kris talks about an ancient Indian story, Madeleine L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time, and Leonard Cohen through the scripture of 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 (The Message). Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time (paperback) on Amazon. **Note: if you're getting the audiobook version, get … Continue reading S2 E40: Crack Pot Religion

S2, E11: Livin’ that Magi Life

When it comes to the story of our faith, there is a lot we know, and there's even more that we know we don't know. Perhaps that's why Epiphany is not a single event in the church calendar, but a season and a series of encounters with the God who continues to open our eyes … Continue reading S2, E11: Livin’ that Magi Life

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)

Episode 81: Jesus Is My Boyfriend?

God is invisible, ineffable, and untouchable. So... how do we love God? Jesus faces off with his religious authorities in Matthew 22:34-40, and Kris ties it into the Protestant Reformation, dinosaurs, erotic poetry, contemporary praise music, South Park, and pot roast... like you do... all to answer that timeless question: how do we love God? … Continue reading Episode 81: Jesus Is My Boyfriend?

Episode 79: Dual Citizens – Earth, Heaven, and Holding the Tension

Jesus finds himself stuck between the Temple and the Emperor, and we often are, too. So how do we live in both an earthly nation and a heavenly one? How we invest ourselves and our money is often the truest picture of our values. Kris shares Matthew 22:15-22 and talks about collaboration, subversion, and stewardship. … Continue reading Episode 79: Dual Citizens – Earth, Heaven, and Holding the Tension

Episode 77: Ubuntu

Why do we react so strongly to opinions or facts that contradict our worldview? With a little help from science, psychology, and spirituality, we can address and even abate our own reactivity that amplifies anxiety and conflict. Kris suggests we practice intentional gratitude and encouragement for one another as a way of creating communities of … Continue reading Episode 77: Ubuntu

Episode 71: Mirror, Mirror

"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