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
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
God loves laughter. And joy. And like water in the desert, may give us exactly what we need -- even if it's not right now. Kris talks about temporal Hebrew grammar and The Force and pink crushed velvet Jesus and Psalm 126.
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
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
Sick to the gills with politicians offering their "thoughts and prayers" without actually doing anything about the issues that lead to the tragedies that break our hearts? Us, too. So what do genuine prayers do? Do they change situations, or do they change us? Kris digs around in the murky waters of prayer, projection, misdirected … Continue reading Episode 75: Thoughts and Prayers
Like mastering a musical instrument, excelling in a sport, or any other thing that requires steady discipline and practice, becoming a more Christ-like person is an ongoing challenge for Christians. So, let's practice! Kris offers Romans 12:9-21 and a tool called the Rule of Life to help organize your spiritual chaos as you engage in … Continue reading Episode 66: Spiritual Fake It Til You Make It
Church conflict is nothing new, but figuring out how to live together in peace might not have changed much in the last 2000 years. Susan breaks down 2 Corinthians 13:5-14 and Paul's side of the conversation as the church in Corinth struggles to keep the reconciling work of Christ central in their life together. Learn … Continue reading Episode 50: Church Conflict and Trinity Truces
Where exactly does God live? Is there a blueprint? An address? Susan shares how Jesus confuses his disciples with his own Venn Diagram image of the dwelling-place of God in this flashback to his talk with them before his crucifixion in John 14.
Do you ever wonder if other people are more spiritual than you? It's possible you are just a different spiritual type than they are. Kris discusses Dr. Corinne D. Ware's study on Spiritual Types and the story of Doubting Thomas in John 20:19-31.