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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.


S2 E10: Rock Paper Scissors Baptism

Some things in our lives are all or nothing. Baptism is one of those things -- but the good news is, we're not the only ones "all in." Susan talks about what baptism means and digs a little into Mark 1:1-7.


S2 E9: Call Me by My True Names

What color is your underwear? Got any lentils in your pocket? Any gold in your champagne? Any black eyed peas on your plate? New Year traditions and resolutions that reflect our hopes abound this time of year as we visualize ourselves differently: with more money, more love, more travel, more beauty. Kris digs into how God visualizes us, and the labels and names that humans use being very different from the labels and names God gives. Check out Isaiah 61:10-62:3 and Luke 2:22-40 with Kris...


S2 E8: What Do You See?

What we see often says a lot about us.... so what do you see? Do you see the mess in the world? Can you also see the presence of Christ in the midst of it? Kris spends her Christmas Eve sermon looking at Isaiah 9:2-7 and John 1:1-14 and pondering how we experience divine incarnation in the world today.


S2 E7: God Makes This World Our Home (Advent 4)

We know Christmas is important and all, but do you know the story of your own birth? Kris and Susan join together to discuss Luke 1:47-55, Mary's Magnificat, with detours through the world of "Hamilton," birth stories, and Meister Eckhart... leading slowly to the point: Jesus' birth is just one example of the ways we are bearing Christ in the world, and our stories and our choices matter.


S2 E6: May the Joy Be with You

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 grammar and The Force and pink crushed velvet Jesus and Psalm 126.


S2 E5: Joy Is Our True Home (Advent 3)

Paul and Polyanna show up to help us understand that Christian identity has less to do with what warms the cockles of your heart and more to do with how you relate to the world and culture around you. Rejoicing always, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in all circumstances is where they suggest we start. Susan helps us take a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 and shares some snapshots of contagious joy to get you started.


S2 E4: Love Sharpens the Axe

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 God of righteousness and justice to work. So Kris gets into Mark 1:1-8 and three ways we prepare for God to show up in our world: personally, locally, and regionally. With an axe and a shower scene thrown in for good...


S2 E3: Home Is Where We Meet (Advent 2)

Got a favorite holiday movie? So many of them seem to have the theme of coming home. So, where does God live? Where is home? And what does home mean to you? Susan takes a good look at Psalm 85 in this week's sermon for the second Sunday in Advent.


S2 E2: God Is Not Your Superhero

We love superheroes! Love them! But it occurs to us they only ever really fix the problems they have also created, and we cannot depend on them to sweep in and fix all the day to day stuff that breaks our hearts. This Advent, as we await God's breaking into the world again, it's important for us to remember that God doesn't break in to fix it, but to continue to shape us in the covenant to live in compassionate and just community. Living in denial leads to false hope; living in the...


S2 E1: Come Down Home (Advent 1)

Welcome to the second season of the Sunday Morning Sleep In Podcast! We are kicking off a new year in the Christian calendar with Advent, and taking a good look at what needs to be disrupted in order to make room for God to enter the world once more. Susan shares the prophet's prayer from Isaiah 64:1-9, some words about the value of confession, and an invitation to find a home WITH God by making a home FOR God in our lives and our community.


Episode 83: Saints and Children

How are Christians, who believe in the Trinity, still able to call themselves monotheistic? Welcome to the world of scandalous theology. Your host, Kris, will share some of the radical ideas in the church about the nature of God, the nature of saints, and just why exactly you are one, too. Join us to learn about perichoresis, co-inherence, deiformity, and 1 John 3:1-3.


Episode 82: The Power of All Saints

God tends to flip our paradigms of power upside down. It's true in the birth, life, and death of Jesus, in the beatitudes Jesus shares, and in the lives of the saints through the centuries. Susan reflects on Matthew 5:1-12 and some of our historical saints: immigrants, teetotallers, prudes, feminists, slaves, a slave trader, pirates, and those who have no idea what they're doing. And, perhaps, if you're willing... you, too.


Episode 81: Jesus Is My Boyfriend?

God is invisible, ineffable, and untouchable. So... how do we love God? Jesus faces off with his religious authorities in Matthew 22:34-40, and Kris ties it into the Protestant Reformation, dinosaurs, erotic poetry, contemporary praise music, South Park, and pot roast... like you do... all to answer that timeless question: how do we love God?


Episode 80: Playdoh Protestants

Sometimes, when you're going about your every day business, you unintentionally spark off something you could never have foreseen. As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther accidentally sparking the Protestant Reformation, Susan shares some words about 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 and how we keep our faith in the love of God which is constantly reforming us.


Episode 79: Dual Citizens - Earth, Heaven, and Holding the Tension

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.


Episode 78: Context, Call, and Character -- 60 Years at St. Paul's UMC in Reno

Paul writes a letter to a church in Thessalonica to encourage them, and the same words apply to each congregation seeking to authentically live out God's call to love and serve. St. Paul's UMC in Reno, Nevada celebrated 60 years of service with a sense of humor on October 22, 2017, and we give thanks for their steadfastness of hope in Susan's sermon.


Episode 77: Ubuntu

Why do we react so strongly to opinions or facts that contradict our worldview? With a little help from science, psychology, and spirituality, we can address and even abate our own reactivity that amplifies anxiety and conflict. Kris suggests we practice intentional gratitude and encouragement for one another as a way of creating communities of peace and joy, based in Paul's similar advice in Philippians 4:1-9.


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