Is Jesus the founder of the Christian religion? Or is he the model for spiritual-but not-religious people? Or are those even the right questions? Listen as David Rensberger searches for the right question.
Religious Spiritual Jesus
Through the Exodus story, our youth helped us examine the various roles we play in our lives and assured us that no matter our choices, God still chooses us. Listen as Annabette Vellines encourages us that God will still seek out and use our stubborn, shady, reluctant selves.
It is nothing new to say that “God is Love” and that Jesus is God’s Love incarnate. But what is this Love we’re talking about? A warm and fuzzy feeling? The subject of countless popular songs? In our world, and in our churches, Love is given lip service, but, in practice, is usually seen as weakness. And yet a New Zealand Prayer Book prayer reads, “…you reign in the glory of the power that is love….” What is this power inherent in Love? Listen as Minister of Music Karen Bryant Shipp explores the Power that is Love.
When we discuss prayer we are quickly hip-deep in a sucking bog. The Rev. David Lose, pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, writes, “Prayer is not only at the heart of the Christian life, it is also at the heart of a lot of Christian frustration, misunderstanding, and even pain.” (Working Preacher, David Lose, 7/18/2010) Listen as Rev. Bob Duvall attempts to walk us through what can be the muck and mire of prayer.
We knowingly distract ourselves with many things, giving them acceptable names like work, service, responsibility, and relationship. And then, there are the distractions we don’t recognize at all. What keeps us from listening to ourselves? Or from hearing the loving voice of God call us by name? Listen as Pastor Lauren Colwell wrestles with these questions.
How can reading the bible “from below,” from a non-privileged social position, flip our understanding of what’s going on in it? Using the story of Naaman and Elisha, from 2 Kings 5, David Rensberger explores how an insider can hear the word of God from outsiders and underdogs.
We all have a name, and many of us several nicknames. We have names for God too that take all different shapes and forms. What happens when those names meet? What is in God’s name? What is in yours? Listen as Minister of Music Karen Bryant Shipp talks about what’s behind God’s name and when God calls yours.