How do we move away from navel gazing in the recovery process and move toward reconnecting with the world around us? Kris and Susan continue their series on Richard Rohr's book Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps, and discuss step 8: "We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all."
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.
What comes first - grace or responsibility? Kris and Susan continue their series on Richard Rohr's Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the 12 Steps with Step 6. The full step says "We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character."
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_.
We continue our sermon series on Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps by Richard Rohr with Step 4. Have you the courage to look at yourself in the light? What do you think you'll find there?
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 continue a series based on Richard Rohr's book _Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps_ with step 3: surrender, or giving up on being in control of everything.
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_.
Ever feel like too much is going on and you just never have time to process? Susan tells us about a time when Jesus tries to retreat with his disciples and keeps getting interrupted in Mark 6:30-34, 54-56.
Sometimes it's okay not to be okay. In the midst of big moments of grief, we often want to rush the healing process. But like babies growing up, like Jesus maturing before he began his ministry, we have to let the healing work of God have time to bloom in us. The waiting can be difficult, but when we rush it, it doesn't work. Kris takes a look at Isaiah 9:2-7 for the Longest Night Christmas service.
Construction zones are rampant, annoying, and ultimately incredibly important for how we live together in safe community. Kris analyzes Amos 7:7-9 and Psalm 85:8-13 for a look at how God's work and construction work can be painful and also essential for how we build strong.
Turns out, most things shouldn't surprise us. If we're paying attention, we will notice and be able to respond compassionately to the warning signs around us. Kris spends a little time thinking about death, disaster, and the lessons of Pompeii as we look at Mark 13:24-37.
You better watch out, you better not cry... Actually, Advent is about watching out AND crying. Crying in the wilderness, that is! Changes we make because someone else ("Santa-God"?) might be watching rarely stick around. Changes we make because we are living into a preferred future have a much better chance. Susan digs into Luke 3:1-19 and helps us check our internal whiny children in this 3rd Sunday of Advent message.
John the Baptist gets invited to a party in the worst possible way: by losing his head. King Herod's family dynamics might make yours look tame... but what does this have to do with us now? Susan serves up Mark 6:14-29.
There are some things it is simple too taboo, too awkward, or too embarassing to talk about. And yet... in every question, there is a promise tucked away. Kris reflects on Malachi 3:1-4, and the prophets who are willing to help us look for the promises of God, even in our big, scary questions.
What stories have you heard about yourself, or told about yourself, that give glimpses of key elements of who you believe you are? Whether accolades and affirmation, or tales of infamy, it's amazing how quickly we attach labels to ourselves and others. Perhaps one way to capture the bigger, fuller picture of who we are and who we are called to be, we need to find some quiet, and listen. Susan retells the tale of John the Baptist's dad in Luke 1:68-79 in this Second Week of Advent sermon.
It's hard to hear an unpleasant truth, but it's nearly impossible to hear a beautiful one. Why do we insist on making Christmas so tender and mild, and what happens if we let it speak to us an uglier truth? Kris delves into Jeremiah 33:14-16 in this Advent episode of the podcast.
What does the second coming of Christ look like to you? Is it more Armageddon or Hunger Games? Does the world go out with a bang or a whimper? Glimpses of God in the world aren't reserved to calm, quiet moments; sometimes God is present when it feels like our whole world is crumbling around us. Susan invites us to take a look at Luke 21: 25-36 and VanGogh's A Starry Night.
What do you think about when you pass a hospital, pharmacy, or health clinic? What if we let our surroundings inspire us to find ways to create true healing - space for people of all ability levels in our community? Kris dives into Mark 5:21-43 and its practical implications for us today.