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S2 E30: Get Off Your Horse

We will often reach out to God in desperate moments to save us from whatever trouble we are in, but we don't often like God's methods. Jesus epitomizes this in Mark 11:1-11 in his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, and Paul emphasizes it in Philippians 2:1-11. Join Kris as she considers what salvation might actually look like, and how our healing might contribute to the saving of the world.


S2 E29: Punching the Bear

The story of Palm Sunday often gets whitewashed into a spontaneous, joyous, apolitical parade, which undermines its treasonous, gritty, satirical character. Join Susan as she talks about Mark 11:1-11 and how speaking the truth isn't always the safe choice.


S2 E28: For Such a Time as This

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 the enneagram to wrap up the Lenten series.


S2 E27: Covenantal Calesthenics

Life evolves! From grandmas learning to text, to tattoos that change in meaning, to contracts and relationships and even our understanding of who God is… we are each evolving, too! Why wouldn’t God? Susan unpacks Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33 and discusses the difference between being constant and being unchanging.


S2 Ep26: Reclaiming Hope

Between #FOMO and the talking heads on TV telling us we’re heading for the apocalypse, anxiety isn’t hard to come by. It can be difficult to believe who we are, what we have, and what we do is enough. Kris jumps into John 3:14-21 and a discussion of the light in the forest and the light in our lives.


S2 Ep25: Idolizing Jesus

God often doesn't provide escapes from the snake-like problems in our lives, but instead offers us a way to heal through them. Could the same be said of the cross? What if Jesus on the cross wasn't the end-all-be-all of a life of faith? What if making the cross central is actually a scandalous way to idolize Jesus instead of worshipping God? Susan brings the fire and the shade with John 3:14-21 and Numbers 21:4-9.


S2 Ep24: Reclaiming Brokenness

Trees are huge failures; and, probably, so are you, beeches. That’s okay. Life is a struggle in which we try to love ourselves, love others, and love God, and often fall short of the mark. We can be paralyzed by shame, or we can let grace in and compassion stir us to action once more. Kris explores water into wine and Jesus flippin’ tables in John 2:13-22 through the lens of the Tree Lottery, Twitter wisdom, and a prayer from God.


S2 E23: Wild and Whiny, a Freedom Tale

As a citizen of Romania said after the dictatorship there toppled, “We have freedom, but we don’t know what to do with it.” Join Susan for a tour through the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 and the Expulsion of the Money Changers in John 2:13-22 as we discuss the purpose of freedom.


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 take root.


S2 E21: God Is Not Running for a Second Term

Faithfulness is not a set of beliefs; it is something we live out in the waiting between the promise and the fulfillment of the promise. Abram and Sarai experience this· as does Peter. Both circumstances result in a name change. Check out this episode, where Susan delves into Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and Mark 8:31-38.


S2 E20: How to Be a Superorganism

The call of Christians is to be loving community -- and being loving community takes work! We take a leaf (pun intended) out of the book of tree communities for the season of Lent, and discuss some methods for opening communication and self-reflection in ourselves and our own relationships. Kris brings the enneagram, trees, and Mark 1:9-15 together to kick off the series.


S2 E19: The Sticky Notes on God's Bathroom Mirror

In the midst of all the highs and lows of life that sweep our emotions around, how do we keep hold of who we are? Susan talks about the wilderness between the promises of God and the fulfillment of those promises by God using Genesis 9:8-17 and Mark 1:9-15 (Noah's ark and Jesus's baptism, respectively).


S2 E18: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Every moment, every decision, is an opportunity to let the worst of us get the better of us, or to let the best of us meet the worst of the world and transform it. Using Mark 2:23-3:6, Kris shares how Jesus dealt with his own crisis moments, and how he shows us what the evidence of God's grace at work really are: liberation, grace, and wholeness. (Kris also wants to note that she regrets the way she phrased a particular idea in the podcast. Her intention was to say that the healing and...


S2 E17: Holy Historical Markers, Batman

Ever had a "mountaintop experience"? Not everybody does, and not everybody who does knows exactly what to do with them. Susan discusses Mark 9:2-9, and how the messages from the mountain aren't really useful until you find yourself coming back down, anyway.


S2 E16: Coming to a Baptismal Font Near You

The mystical, magical, majestic love of God is something we can't quite get a full hold on, but we try. One of the ways we try is through baptism! Susan expounds on Isaiah 40:21-31 in this most recent episode about an outward sign of an invisible grace.


S2 E15: Demon Repellant

How do you know if the nudge you're feeling is God speaking? Kris's advice: look to see if there are any demons on the run. We dive into Mark 1:21-28 and Deuteronomy 18:15-20 in this episode, and we talk about the prophets of God, when exploitation can be a good thing, and how privilege and challenge are not mutually exclusive identities.


S2 E14: Demons on the Daily

So... do the demons freak you out in the Bible? No worries. There's lots of ways to understand what those are, and in all of those understandings, the truth holds that Jesus' mission is to liberate us from the worst things that grip us: our guilt, shame, fear, and bitterness. Susan takes a look at Mark 1:21-28 and how Person-First Language helps us form a more gracious understanding of who we all are individually and together.


S2 E13: Scripture, Scapegoats, and S-hole Countries

Ever experienced something great and then told nobody anything about it? Of course not, right? Whether it's our new piece of technology, a great restaurant, a fantastic sale, a new friend, we tend to share good news. The same goes with experiencing God's grace -- we can't help but share it! This sometimes means speaking some good news into spaces that are not willing to receive it. Like standing up against racism, sexism, ageism, and other acts of societal stupidity... Kris shares Acts...


S2 E12: There Are No Mic Drops in Heaven

While we tend to paint the stories of God speaking to people in scripture with glitter and glam, listening to and answering the call of God can be pretty risky. Samuel experiences this at a tender age in 1 Samuel 3:1-20, and Susan helps us think through how we all experience call shifting, evolving, and challenging us in every stage of our lives.


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 and hearts and minds and doors to the truth and the glory of the reign of justice and love. Kris shares some epiphanies, from silly to the serious, as we discuss Matthew 2:1-12.