Everyone hears voices of shame, temptation and misdirection. It even happened to Jesus when he danced with the Adversary in the desert while on prayer and retreat. What do we do when we hear these voices inside our head and at the depths of our being?
One day King David held a census in the land. The Bible says God inspired him to do it. In a different part of the Bible, it says Satan made him do it. Which is right? Listen to find out.
*note that the quality is not as good as we normally have. Sorry about that.
“Have you considered my servant Job?” He was God’s guy and he had it all. Until God sent an Adversary into his life and he lost and lost and lost. How do we respond when we or a loved one suffers? This one’s about living the good life amidst the darkness.
In her book "A Circle of Quiet," Madeleine L'Engle writes "Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surrounds us or we light a candle to see by."
I think real deal evil is all around us. When it comes to babies being snatched from their loved one's arms and put into detention centers or when it's addiction dragging our loved ones down in a sea of despair, we see a tragic denial of human flourishing.
The Jesus story goes like this: there is an immense amount of darkness in the world, but there is a light that shines brighter, and a love that is bigger than anything in its way.
To put it differently: when it comes to following Jesus, it's not a fair fight for evil - because love wins, the stone has been rolled away and resurrection life has the final word!
So what do we do with Satan and the idea of the devil in our Scriptures? Faithful people for millennia have had a lot of different ways to approach this odd adversarial character - and we're going to dive right in and talk about it so that we might talk about how we as a people might deal with the real deal devils in our midst.
Leroy Barber visits Christ Church with a word on healing the blind man on the sabbath reminding us that the sabbath is crucial, but life and miracles and work happens beyond the sabbath. #churchbeyondsundays
Hope is seeing beyond what we can see, knowing that the stone has been rolled away.
“People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” - Dorothy Day
Last Sunday Isaac Frank shared about the importance of the Trinity when we think about the nature of our own interdependent relationships with one another.
Star bellies, Levitical Laws and Pharisees.
*TRIGGER WARNING* This podcast contains information about self-harm and/or suicide which may be triggering.
Every Starbucks in the US was closed last week to talk about racial implicit bias after a white barista called the cops on two black customers simply waiting for their business partner.
This past Sunday we talked about Equality and why it is part of our ethos.
Hidden around us in plain sight are touchstones of wisdom and resilience. This Sunday we heard from Rev. Adam who’s back from his Iona pilgrimage. He’ll be sharing a two part talk on our story and it’s roots in a greater movement for all people and the planet
This week Isaac is going to dig into the second part of his thoughts on worship. You are in for a treat.
Issac Frank walking us through the first of two sermons on worship. Today we’re walking through the words from Carman’s classic, “7 Ways 2 Praise” (and the Hebrew Bible).
Did you hear the one about Jonah and the shrub? It’s maybe as dark as being in the belly of the great fish. So he talks to God about it and God is like 🙄
We wrap up our Jonah series this Sunday, and spoiler alert: it’s about faithfulness. 🌳 🐳 💫
Can a nation that oppresses and destroys others actually change? That was Nineveh’s story. And Jonah wasn’t so sure if it was actually possible. What does wrath, repentance, love and transformation mean for our cities, our nation, our world?
Words create worlds. Especially when they come from Yahweh. What do we do with these promises, insights, and truth from the Divine? Could the spirit be moving yet today, and could it be for those we’d never imagine? That’s Jonah’s story. And the word was so shocking he went as far away from it as possible.
Note: Here's the video we were laughing at at the start - not recommended viewing but good to make the point of how a different view of the Bible can open our eyes to who God who is love.
Mary Magdalene. They whispered scandalous things about her. They mocked her place in the story. But she was resilient. And herstory reveals she was the first to see
Palm Sunday. What you see depends on where you stand. Especially in the parade of love and justice. As John Lewis says, sometimes you got to get into Good Trouble. Necessary Trouble. Don’t miss Rev Adam Phillips’ reflections on his recent pilgrimage and how it applies to Holy Week.
“Mind Sabbath: how can we take on positive rhythms for and rest and resilience that help give our minds rest? Turns out we are wonderfully made and already possess the tools we need for well-being.”
Isaac Frank shares with us about paying attention to your body and what he learned about himself running a relay race from Mt Hood to the Oregon Coast.
What does it mean to be part of one integrated, diverse body? These days it sounds like foolishness. But there’s truth and promise there. We’re so excited to be joined by our friend Kazi Joshua from Whitman College as he shares a special sermon.