Fifth week of a six-week series called Created, Chosen, Called. In today’s episode we jump ahead to the building and dedication of the Temple under King Solomon in First Kings. It is under Solomon’s leadership that the Temple was built and dedicated. The struggle is what does the building and dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem have to do with us today? In this episode, we explore that very question.
Week 4 of a six-week series called Created, Chosen, Called. In today’s episode we wander in the wilderness with the gathered people of God. Following the Hebrews fleeing from Egypt and the Pharoah, led by Moses and Aaron, they wander in the wilderness for forty years. But the freedom from oppression wasn’t everything that the people expected it to be. There were times of hardship. The people remembered their time of oppression with nostalgia because what they were currently going through was also difficult and a challenge. It was a time of uncertainty and of not knowing where they were headed. But God continued to walk with them and provide for them. The last 20 months feels like we, too, are wandering in the wilderness. We look back and remember with nostalgia 2019 and the years prior. We remember what the Church itself looked like when we were younger as well. How do we move forward instead of looking backwards? How do we trust in God’s faithfulness and provision? How do we live a life of gratitude and trust?
Third week of a six-week series called Created, Chosen and Called. In today’s episode we skip ahead to the story of Moses. It is the beginning of the story of Israel as the people of God. We have now moved into the second book of the Pentateuch or Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible or what Christians call the Old Testament. Here the people of God move from individuals to families to a nation, a gathered people. These stories are about their journey and how God continued to bless them even in their imperfection and dwelled with them. We are again reminded of God’s faithful presence and God’s desire to be home with God’s people. Through Moses, we see that God takes the initiative to alleviate suffering but does not do the work alone. And we hear how Moses challenges God’s calling of him, but how God continues to be persistent. How does God work through you to alleviate the suffering of the world? How does God call you even when you object and say “no”?
Second week of a six-week series Created, Chosen, Called. In today’s episode we skip ahead to the story of Jacob. Jacob is the grandson of Abraham and Sarah, and the son of Isaac and Rebekah. He is a twin to his brother Esau. There are a lot of complexities and dysfunctions in this family. And yet, God still blesses them. In fact, Jacob’s twelves sons and their descendants become known as the 12 Tribes of Israel. In this story we move from God blessing a particular individual, to blessing a particular family, to blessing a nation. Jacob’s story encompasses nine chapters beginning at chapter 25:19 and going through chapter 36:43. Then Genesis turns to the story of Joseph, one of Jacob’s youngest sons. Yes, it is that Joseph who had a coat of many colors and ends up in Egypt, sold by his brothers into slavery. Jacob eventually dies in chapter 49. What does Jacob’s story teach us about the character of God? What does Jacob teach us about how God choses and calls imperfect people? How does God call you?
First week in a six-week series Created, Chosen, Called. Most of us are familiar with the Creation Story found in the first chapter of the first book of the Hebrew and Christian Bible. In fact, the word “genesis” means “beginning.” Despite its familiarity, Genesis chapter 1 has become controversial in its interpretation. How was the world created and for what purpose? What does it mean when God says, “fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion”? We will explore these questions and more in this episode.
The final week of a six-week series called The End of All Things. In this episode, we explore Revelation 21 and 22. Jesus is always creating new. New doesn’t mean forgetting the past and wiping it all clean. There is something more happening here. And this is what we are going to explore in this podcast. What does it mean to see a new heaven and a new earth? What does that look like? And instead of destruction in the final chapters of Revelation, we feel and experience the hope found in the crucified and risen Jesus who interrupts the brokenness, darkness, and messiness of this world. Thanks be to God! Amen!
Fifth week of a six-week series called The End of All Things. In this episode we explore Revelation 13. The book of Revelation is filled with cycles of warnings and promises. As we enter chapter 13, the cycle of devasting plagues has ended and judgment has fallen on humanity. Christian readers are called to see how their own communities are called to bear witness to God’s truth in the face of social opposition and threat. In this episode we explore who are the beasts? How does the trinity of the two beasts and Satan contrast with the Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? What is the Book of Life? And what do all the numbers means in the Book of Revelation? In the end, we hear again of how God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit triumph over evil, sin and death. God wins!
Fourth week in a six-week series called The End of All Things. This week we explore the Four Horsemen. There is a lot of brokenness in this world – hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, racial injustices, economic inequality, homelessness, violence and war. But there is also a lot of hope in this world too. And it is the hope in Jesus that we need to cling on to, trust in and share with all people that we encounter and those that we will never meet.
Third week in a six-week series called The End of All Things. In this episode, we explore Revelation 5. In worship, we sing, This is the feast of victory for our God. Alleluia. Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free be people of God. Power, riches, wisdom and strength, and honor and blessing and glory are his. Sing with all the people of God and join in the hymn of all creation: Blessing, honor, glory and might be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen. For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Alleluia. Alleluia.
These are the very words and imagery that you find in Revelation chapter 5. In this chapter, we hear again of the good news in Jesus. We experience how all of creation celebrates and praises the crucified and resurrected Jesus. In this episode we explore the scroll and the seven seals. What does the scroll and the seals have to do with our relationship to God and Jesus? What does it have to do with the relationship between God and Jesus?
Second week of a six-week series called The End of All Things. In this episode we explore Revelation 4. Chapters 4 and 5 are the heart of the Book of Revelation. We hear again how God’s will is done through the crucified and risen Christ. The first visions that John describes are not of disaster but of worship. All creation joins in praise! The actions that occur in the heavenly throne room show that in the proper order of things, all creation is oriented toward its creator. Human beings are not at the center. God is at the center. In this episode, we explore the symbolism of the 24 elders, the creatures, and the white robes and crowns. How do these visions inform us about the character of God? How does it inform us about worship and praise? How do we see God in everything?