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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...

Duration: 00:47:53

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.

Duration: 00:28:38

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.

Duration: 00:35:54

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.

Duration: 00:50:36

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?

Duration: 00:52:11

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.

Duration: 00:43:49

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.

Duration: 00:58:57

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.

Duration: 00:17:12

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.

Duration: 00:24:44

Episode 76: Joy-Shaped Heart

The baby donkey swining on a hammock, or pictures of cute babies, or funny memes... these are some of the places we find bits of joy in our lives. In his letter to the Philippians (4:1-9), Paul describes a way we can shape our hearts with joy. Susan invites us to use our minds to shape our hearts and catch the vision of a God who wishes the world joy.

Duration: 00:48:48

Episode 75: Thoughts and Prayers

Sick to the gills with politicians offering their "thoughts and prayers" without actually doing anything about the issues that lead to the tragedies that break our hearts? Us, too. So what do genuine prayers do? Do they change situations, or do they change us? Kris digs around in the murky waters of prayer, projection, misdirected hopes, unheard prophets, and honest conversations about gun violence in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, through the lens of Psalm 80:7-15.

Duration: 00:55:16

Episode 74: Take That, Pheidippides

Ever put in a ton of time and effort, thought you were almost done... and then realized you were working on the wrong project the whole time? We've all been there. Paul talks about making sure we are running the right race, and Susan breaks down the myth of the marathon for us in Philippians 3:4b-14.

Duration: 00:28:06

Episode 73: Top Ten Secrets of Pastors

"How dare you?" This is what the religious authorities said to Jesus when he had the audacity to offer minsitry outside of the status quo, and it's a question we all still answer today. How dare we offer grace today? Kris offers the Top 10 Secrets of Pastors in her discussion of Matthew 21:23-32. Links to the studies discussed can be found on the website,

Duration: 00:54:39

Episode 72: Imitation v. Impersonation

Ever heard a good Marlon Brando impersonation? Neither have we. But there is someone we can imitate and still be authentically who we are. Join Susan in diving into Philippians 2:1-13 and how we are called to imitate, not impersonate, Christ.

Duration: 00:32:08

Episode 71: Mirror Mirror

"What does the Bible say about...?" The sometimes frustrating and sometimes freeing answer is, "Well... that all depends." We all see scripture and see ourselves reflected in scripture very differently from one another, and even from ourselves at different points in our lives. Susan demonstrates by helping us self-reflect in ten different ways through Jesus' parable in Matthew 20:1-16.

Duration: 00:35:14

Episode 70: The Facts and Figures of Forgiveness

Everyone's doing it: most mammals, the Dutch, even skinny Santa Claus! So why do we have such a hard time forgiving? Maybe we make it too complicated, conditional, or transactional. Like voting and cleaning the carpet, Jesus calls us to forgive early and often. Kris runs down some stats and studies about the benefits of forgiveness in relationship to Matthew 18:21-35.

Duration: 00:48:04

Episode 69: Accounting for Forgiveness

Biblical math never makes a whole lot of sense to us, but this time Jesus really goes over the top when he teaches Peter about forgiveness. Susan helps us sit with Matthew 18:21-35 and consider what forming this kind of forgiveness habit means for people of faith.

Duration: 00:32:54

Episode 68: Awake, My Soul

The way people talk about salvation often seems to come with a lot of fire and brimstone baggage... but is that what salvation is really about? Kris digs into Romans 13:8-14 to talk about healing, making space, and building holistic lives with stories about racism, churches responding to the floods in Houston, and busy lives that can experience salvation here and now, if we decide to pay attention.

Duration: 00:39:27

Episode 67: Pizza and Chinese Food: a Portrait of Love

What do Chinese food, pizza delivery, airports, fishing boats, and the Ten Commandments have in common? Susan describes what it means to love your neighbor during our discussion of Romans 13:8-14.

Duration: 00:36:43

Episode 66: Spiritual Fake It Til You Make It

Like mastering a musical instrument, excelling in a sport, or any other thing that requires steady discipline and practice, becoming a more Christ-like person is an ongoing challenge for Christians. So, let's practice! Kris offers Romans 12:9-21 and a tool called the Rule of Life to help organize your spiritual chaos as you engage in your Christian practice.

Duration: 00:23:07

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