Breathing Under Water: Accountability IS Sustainability (Step Five)

Do you have a person you trust with your secrets, with even the things you're most ashamed of? How does bearing each other's burdens help us experience the transforming power of the truth? Kris and Susan continue their sermon series on Spirituality and the Twelve Steps based on Richard Rohr's Breathing Under Water. See below for … Continue reading Breathing Under Water: Accountability IS Sustainability (Step Five)

S2 E22: Reclaiming Anger

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

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 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 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

S2 E2: God Is Not Your Superhero

We love superheroes! Love them! But it occurs to us they only ever really fix the problems they have also created, and we cannot depend on them to sweep in and fix all the day to day stuff that breaks our hearts. This Advent, as we await God's breaking into the world again, it's important … Continue reading S2 E2: God Is Not Your Superhero

Episode 82: The Power of All Saints

God tends to flip our paradigms of power upside down. It's true in the birth, life, and death of Jesus, in the beatitudes Jesus shares, and in the lives of the saints through the centuries. Susan reflects on Matthew 5:1-12 and some of our historical saints: immigrants, teetotallers, prudes, feminists, slaves, a slave trader, pirates, … Continue reading Episode 82: The Power of All Saints

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

Episode 70: The Facts and Figures of Forgiveness

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

Episode 68: Awake, My Soul

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