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Setting the Frog Free (Amy Butler)

We don’t have to be held hostage by the way things are. // Mark 16:1-4 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb. They worried out loud to each other, “Who will roll back the stone from the tomb for us?” Then they looked up, saw that it had been rolled back—it was a huge stone—and walked right in. // This episode was written and recorded by Rev....


The Day After (Michael Livingston)

"The truth is simple: only love will give our lives any meaning at all, any substance, love as service, love as justice, love as grace and forgiveness, love that is living in the world for others." // This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Michael Livingston, the Senior Executive Minister at The Riverside Church. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat, the Associate Minister of Digital Strategy and Online Engagement at The Riverside Church. Find out more at


God Knows What It Feels Like (Shane Claiborne)

"God knows what it feels like to lose a child, God knows what it feels like to suffer the execution of a cross, and God knows what it feels to be born a refugee" // Matthew 27:46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? // This episode was written and recorded by Shane Claiborne, the founder of The Simple Way and a part of Red Letter Christians. It was...


By Example (Ellen Robison)

"As followers of Jesus we’re supposed to more than just remember the story." // John 13:34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. // This episode was written and recorded by Rev. Ellen Robison, the Minister of Worship & the Arts at The Riverside Church. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat, the Associate Minister of Digital Strategy and Online Engagement at The Riverside Church. Find out more at...


I Am Thirsty (Jim Keat)

"Just as our bodies requires water, the world needs justice." // John 19:28 I am thirsty. // This episode was written, recorded, and produced by Rev. Jim Keat, the Associate Minister of Digital Strategy and Online Engagement at The Riverside Church. Find out more at


Changed for Good (Michael Curry)

"And if there is a God and God is not finished with us, if there is a God then the human word is not the last word. God is." // Psalm 31:9-16 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbors, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in...


Finding God in the Silence (Dustin Pickett)

"You may not hear God speaking but can you feel God moving?" // 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lordwas rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said,...


The Rejects (Amy Sullivan)

"We need the Jesus of Holy Week to teach us that you can never be perfect enough to avoid rejection." // Psalm 118:22-24, 29 The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. // This episode was written and recorded by Amy Sullivan, a Chicago-based journalist...


The Space to Feel (Jennifer Hagedorn & Bertram Johnson)

“Anger is the joyful noise that makes the ears of the powerful perk up because it is a sign that the new life is not yet here but maybe it’s just around the corner." // Matthew 21:10-17 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.” The...


Ever Before Me (Ellen Robison)

"It’s easy to deny reality when you don’t look below the surface." // Psalm 51:1-12 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. Indeed,...


According to the Order of Melchizedek (Brandan Robertson)

"You are a child of God and by nature of being a child of God, you are a priest." // Hebrews 5:5-10 So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him...


A Meditation for the Brokenhearted (Amanda Meisenheimer)

"Broken hearts don’t get fixed. They become the soil for a new heart to grow." // Matthew 9:36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.5: // This episode was written and recorded by Amanda Meisenheimer, the Associate Minister of Children & Families at The Riverside Church. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat, the Associate Minister of Digital Strategy and Online Engagement at The Riverside Church. Find out more...


I Love Compost (Farley Lord)

"Like a grain of wheat falls into a compost pile, Jesus falls into the earth. The damp and still and timeless earth. The quiet earth, accept for the faint percussion of the blind critters who tiptoe over the beads of transforming matter." // John 12:20-33 Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and...


Holy Moments (Bruce Lamb)

God is inclining us as new covenant keepers to look for these holy moments all around us. // Jeremiah 31:31-34 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the...


Climbing with Zacchaeus (Bertram Johnson)

The transformation of our spiritual lives during Lent or at any other season of the year is not focused on us. God is at the center of the story. And the healing justice, the lavish generosity, and unfettered welcome is always the gift God has for us. // Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in...


Lenten Time in America (Paul Raushenbush)

"Even as we go through this trial and suffering and our nation’s life is laid down, I invite you to look for new signs of life inspired by divine minds that are emerging. Take a moment in your own life and within the news, not just to see the crucifixion, but to recognize and commit to support agents of resurrection that are emerging in every sector." // Mark 8:31-38 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief...


A Beloved Child of God

"The wilderness led Jesus towards a love that would save the world." // Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took...


For God so Loved the World (Brian McLaren

God’s goal is to heal the world and to liberate the world from oppression that enslaves and violence that kills. // John 3:14-21 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order...


Wake Up (Lynn Casteel Harper)

"The night is over and it is time to meet the day. It is time to know the deep rhythms of our soul’s distinct time, to tune into the tempos and patterns of our own communities, to pay attention to the timbre of our political moment, and to arise and respond with faith and courage." // Romans 13:8-14 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not...