By Dr. Jeremy Berg
Jesus-shaped Wisdom for 21st century life. Dr. Jeremy Berg — pastor, professor and writer — offers on-the-go spiritual insights and biblical perspectives to help keep us anchored in Christ and his teachings. New episodes released Tuesday and Thursday. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
95. When Life Knocks You Down
A word for when life has knocked you down and laid you out flat. Lessons from a dying man in Acts 7. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
January 27, 2022
92. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 9: Blessed is the Prince of Peacemakers
We conclude our Beatitudes of Bethlehem series with Jeremy's Christmas eve sermon from 2020 during lock-down. Come hear about a restless pastor swearing in a Holiday Gas Station parking lot, a stunned and confused prison guard, and a jailbird radiating a deep peace in middle of miserable circumstances. May we all discover the secret to deep and abiding peace amidst life's storms. Merry Christmas!
December 24, 2021
91. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 8: Blessed are the Horoscope Readers
What does it mean to be "pure in heart"? This episode looks at the hearts of the magi that led them to seek and find Christ through the most unlikely route. More at KingdomHarbor.com.
December 22, 2021
90. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 7: Blessed are the Speechless
In this episode we look at "Blessed are the Merciful" and Zechariah's speechlessness before God's scandalous mercy. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
December 20, 2021
89. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 6: Blessed Are the Fed Up
In this episode we discuss being "hangry" for God's justice to reign, looking at "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice" and Simeon who embodied such a hunger. Let us be thankful and more compassionate toward those among us who seem always "fed up" with all the evil and oppression taking place in our world. Their "hanger" reveals the heart of God and the heart of the prayer, "Thy Kingdom come!" More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
December 16, 2021
88. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 5: Blessed Are the Underachievers
While our culture blesses the winners and overachievers, Jesus' Kingdom celebrates and elevates the humble losers and perpetually passed-over. This episode unpacks "Blessed are the Meek" and explores God's choice of Mary through whom to bring his Kingdom into the world. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
December 14, 2021
87. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 4: Blessed are the Emotional Wrecks
Jeremy explains his tendency to rain on people's desire for a happy and sentimental Christmas eve service, for example when he preached on the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem one Christmas eve that probably took many visitors by surprise (and never to return!). Why does Jeremy do this? Answer: It has something to do with the second beatitude. More at KingdomHarbor.com.
December 09, 2021
86. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 3: Blessed are the Poor Shepherds
We look at the first beatitude - "Blessed are the poor" - and ponder the shepherds and other outcasts who stand at the heart of Jesus' upside-down Kingdom revolution. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
December 07, 2021
85. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 2: Climbing Companions
In this episode, Jeremy invites us to join Jesus on the Mount of Beatitudes this Advent, becoming his "climbing companions," and pondering who is truly blessed among us. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
December 02, 2021
84. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 1: Garage Roof Epiphany
This is part 1 of a series of reflections on how the nature of Jesus' upside-down Kingdom was anticipated in the unlikely cast of characters in the Nativity Story. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
November 30, 2021
83. Christmas on Mount Mystic
Join us this Advent Season for our series called, "Christmas on Mount Mystic" where we're explore the Incarnation in the light of the Transfiguration. Jeremy is creating a fictional backstory to this sermon series featuring a weary woman named Amanda who is in need of a vacation before she has a meltdown at a family holiday gathering. She gets an invitation from her great uncle Eli to spend an extended retreat at their cabin on Mount Mystic. But this will be no ordinary escape, and Mount Mystic will live up to its name. Today's episode gives a little teaser. Join us Sundays at 5PM at MainStreet Covenant Church @ St Martin's By the Lake beginning Nov. 28.
November 23, 2021
82. The Chosen 8: Jesus Was Here
Some thoughts on the season one finale of The Chosen including Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, Nicodemus's conflicted soul, and the healing of Simon Peter's mother-in-law. Jeremy shares some thoughts from his Israel trip on standing, supposedly, next to the remains of that first century house where Jesus did wonders. May our ordinary homes today become monuments to Jesus' presence and healing power as we welcome him into our homes. Thanks for joining us for this series. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
November 16, 2021
80. The Chosen 7: The Earnest Spiritual Seeker
In episode 7 of season one of The Chosen Nicodemus finally gets his meeting with Jesus. This famous conversation found in John 3 reveals a heart that is open and curious about Jesus and his Kingdom. How about us? Do we share Nicodemus's awe and wonder at Jesus and what he's up to in the world? What questions would you ask if given a private meeting with Jesus? Let this episode lead us each to our own prayerful conversation with him this week. And let us ask Jesus, by the Spirit, to open our eyes and let his life-giving spirit blow through our lives. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
November 09, 2021
79. The Sins of Our Fathers
Jeremy wades into some rough waters by exploring the defensive posture of many today who bristle at the thought of taking responsibility for and confessing the sins of our nation's forefathers. Such "rugged individualism" is out of step with a biblical worldview. Jeremy blows the whistle on the hypocrisy of those who want to claim the victories and blessings of people who lived long before us, but who don't want to own any of the sin and evil committed by our ancestors. If we want to claim Christ's accomplishment on our behalf 2,000 years ago, we need to also take responsibility for Adam's sin passed down to us. Christians, of all people in the world, should be the quickest to confess and own our sin, because we believe in a loving and gracious God who forgives. Or don't we? More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
November 04, 2021
78. Sipping Grape Juice with the 'Dead'
Jeremy offers some thoughts on the significance and meaning of All Saints Day, and how many Protestants have neglected this topic and/or have a diminished view of the Communion of the Saints.
November 02, 2021
77. Soul-Winning Coffin Salesmen
Jeremy shares his journey toward a grace AND truth Christianity, drawing on some interesting recollections that include an awkward attic encounter, a music festival gone bad, and an eager coffin salesmen and street evangelist. Enjoy! More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
October 28, 2021
76. The Chosen 6: Fear & Rigidity Keep God Out
Today we look at episode 6 of The Chosen on Jesus' "Indescribable Compassion." Pastor Mike explores how fear and the rigid boxes we adopt ensure that we remain ignorant or asleep to the new thing God may be doing and other ways of viewing reality. Jeremy wraps up with a challenge to beware of the rigid political boxes many Christians today are stuck inside of and keeping them from seeing and representing Jesus' Kingdom faithfully. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
October 26, 2021
75. Hello, Soul!
Many Christians like myself have been taught to look suspiciously upon all talk of "True Self vs. False Self", the inner life, soul formation, etc. as unhelpful navel gazing at best or some form of New Age Spirituality at worst. I have resisted spiritual teachers who urge me to look for God within as dangerously misled, and have believed and taught that the true path to Christian maturity is found by looking to God 'out there.' This is a false either-or. In recent years, I have begun to understand and enter into the deep wisdom of the contemplative tradition and the journey toward inner-communion with the God who has chosen to make myself his Temple. Here's a brief introduction to the concept of the True Self vs. False Self in spiritual psychology as I wander down the path on a breathtakingly beautiful fall day.
October 21, 2021
74. The Chosen 5: Jesus & His Bride
We continue our series of reflections on The Chosen TV series looking today at S1 E5 called "The Wedding Gift." Jeremy addresses his son's seemingly simple question raised while watching this episode: "Did Jesus ever get married?" Let's examine Jewish weddings and betrothal periods, and the bride and the groom's main task while they await their wedding day. Yes, Jesus is right now preparing for his future wedding feast, but will his bride be found ready when the Day arrives? More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
October 19, 2021
73. I Am Nicodemus
Around my 40th birthday I hit a kind of dead end in my spiritual journey. I realized that Bible knowledge and learning alone can only take you so far. How could I know so much biblical truth, but have such an anxious and uneasy soul? While many Christians talk endlessly about the importance of a "personal relationship with Christ," many of us actually settle for a relationship with the Bible, Christian truth, spiritual knowledge. I think Nicodemus was facing a similar midlife crisis when he came to Jesus by night and found himself invited into a deeper kind of spirituality. Here's some of my thoughts on me and my kindred spirit Nic.
October 14, 2021
72. The Chosen 4: The False Gospel of Self-Help
Today we explore episode 4 of The Chosen TV series looking at Simon Peter's attempts to fix his own problems, and how this only gets him deeper into a hole. His wife Eden and his brother Andrew are pointing him in the right direction, but it will take another person to fully get his attention! More at KingdomHarbor.com.
October 12, 2021
71. Speak the Truth in Love
We pick up where we left off last week examining another "LifeVerse" that has been helpful for navigating the past few years of political division that has infected even the church of Jesus Christ. Today we look at "speaking the truth in love" and our corporate calling to put Christ on display in our interactions. "We must learn to speak the truth in a loving way," says Jeremy, "And learn to speak love in a truthful way." More at KingdomHarbor.com.
October 07, 2021
70. The Chosen 3: Jesus & the Children
Today we look at episode 3 of The Chosen, which is all about Jesus and the children. Jesus hasn't gone public with his ministry yet, but is quietly camping in the backwoods of the village, where he befriends and teaches the local children. What do we learn from observing Jesus in this episode? What do we learn by observing the children in this episode? Today's episode features both Pastor Jeremy and Pastor Bill Johnson. Enjoy! Learn more at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
October 05, 2021
69. LifeVerse: Tossed To & Fro (Eph. 4)
We jump back into Jeremy's LifeVerse series as Jeremy shares scriptures that have rocked his world and guided his path. Today we jump ahead to a Scripture that has helped Jeremy navigate the tumultuous and divisive political waters of the Trump era. We look at Ephesians 4:11-15 the next couple episodes.
September 30, 2021
68. The Chosen 2: New Story, New Purpose
Today's reflection on episode 2 of The Chosen TV series comes from Pastor Mike Fox. Join us for this visual and dramatic journey into the heart of Christ by joining us Sundays at 5PM to watch episodes together and discuss. Or watch at home on your own and let these podcast reflections accompany your journey. Check out our viewing schedule here and stream episodes online for free here. Find more resources at KingdomHarbor.com and learn more about MainStreet Covenant Church here.
September 28, 2021
67. Our Story-Laden Lives
In The Lord of the Rings, Sam asks Frodo, "I wonder what kind of a story we have fallen into?" We are all living within a particular story, consciously or unconsciously, to make sense of reality and our life's experiences. Many of us have accepted a popular "cultural narrative" for our lives, and Christ is summoning all to get swept up into a bigger Story that leads to a more fulfilling and God-honoring life. Today, come ponder what story you are living in? More at www.kingdomharbor.com.
September 23, 2021
66. The Chosen 1: He Knows Your Name
We kick off a new series today providing reflections on each episode of The Chosen tv-series we are viewing on Sunday nights at our church. Whether you join us in-person or from afar, we hope you will watch this series with us and find yourself encountering Jesus again in a fresh way. Today Jeremy explores the power of identity and name in battling our inner demons. For more information and viewing schedule, go here. More at kingdomharbor.com.
September 21, 2021
65. My Problem With the Bible
In this episode Jeremy shares some perspective on teaching the Exodus story, and reads a provocative piece by Brian Zahnd on how we American Christians read this slave narrative from the vantage point of citizens of a superpower rather than an oppressed people. Find more at kingdomharbor.com. Find Brian Zahnd's piece here.
September 16, 2021
64. The Chosen: Join us!
In this episode Jeremy introduces and recommends The Chosen TV series that is making headlines and getting great reviews. What sets this series apart from other films on the life of Jesus? Why is it worth your time? Join us this Fall as we watch the first season together and discuss on the podcast. Series begins Sunday, September 19 at 5PM at MainStreet, and podcast episodes will be released the following Tuesday each week.
September 14, 2021
63. Waters of Enemy-Love
The Book of Jonah is a Sunday school favorite, yet hidden beneath its cartoonish drama lies a scathing socio-religious warning—a warning aimed at the people who would claim to be on “God’s side.” This episode brings our "Spirit on the Water" series to a close (for now at least), and examines Jonah's difficulty in loving the Despised Other and his need to repentant. This is timely for our present moment. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
September 09, 2021
62. LifeVerse: Listen, You Islands (Isaiah 49)
Today's episode jumps forward in my journey to a Scripture that spoke to me in a pivotal moment when I was stepping out in faith to plant a church in my hometown. I heard my name called in this Scripture that Paul also saw himself fulfilling in his day in a much grander way. But God's call is on all our lives, and that involves being light to those who are far off. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
September 09, 2021
61. Waters of Courageous Faith - Pt. 2
In this episode, Jeremy shares part-2 of his sermon given at his son Peter's baptism this summer. We explore Peter's water-walking faith and fragility, and the hand that will always be there to pull us back up. Enjoy and share with a friend! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
September 07, 2021
60. Back-to-School Special: "This Is Water"
In this special Back to School episode, Jeremy narrates a classic commencement speech by David Foster Wallace given to Kenyon College graduates in 2005, on one of the gifts of a higher education. Enjoy! More at Kingdom Harbor at www.jeremyberg.org.
September 03, 2021
59. Waters of Courageous Faith - Pt. 1
In this special 2-part message, Jeremy shares the sermon he gave at his son Peter's baptism this summer. We continue our "Spirit on the Water" series looking at Peter's water-walking incident and exploring the Waters of Courageous Faith. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
September 02, 2021
58. Waters of Mentorship Pt. 2
Today we continue exploring a lesser known Jordan River water-crossing and what Elijah and Elisha can teach us about the power of mentorship in growing into spiritual maturity. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 31, 2021
57. Waters of Mentorship Pt.1
The next two episodes explore a lesser known Jordan River water-crossing. What can Elijah and Elisha teach us about the power of mentorship in growing into spiritual maturity? More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 26, 2021
56. Waters of Inheritance
Many of us get stranded in our faith between the Red Sea and the Jordan River in our faith journey. We've been delivered from our sins (symbolized by the Red Sea) but we've only glimpsed the promise land from a distance. God wants to bring us across the Waters of Inheritance into a new identity where we throw off our old identity as slaves to sin and live into our new identity as the Children of God. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 24, 2021
55. Waters of Deliverance
Today's episode explores the Exodus and the God of the oppressed in our series "Spirit on the Water." Is the Bible too "woke" for many Christians today? Let's drop anchor and explore the biblical vision for "social justice." More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 19, 2021
54. Introducing The Anchor Podcast!
Today's episode introduces the rebranded Anchor Podcast, a ministry of the newly minted Kingdom Harbor website, the online ministry platform for Pastor Jeremy and friends. This episode introduces the new name and why we chose this nautical theme. You can get in touch and give us feedback via a voice message using the following link: https://anchor.fm/jeremyberg/message
August 17, 2021
53. LifeVerse: Revolutionary Faith (Acts 17:6)
In this episode Jeremy shares a Bible verse that has shaped his philosophy of ministry and was the foundational verse for the Revolution youth ministry he launched years ago. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 12, 2021
52. LifeVerse: A Mind-Blowing Truth (Rom 8:11)
In this episode Jeremy shares another verse that rocked his world and forever changed his outlook on life. Could it really be true? More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 10, 2021
51. LifeVerse: Fire in My Belly (Jer 20:9)
In this episode, Jeremy talks about one of the greatest personal struggles he's had to overcome, involving diarrhea, with the help of his namesake, Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 05, 2021
50. LifeVerse: Alive, Active & Untamed (Heb 4:12)
In this series Jeremy is sharing some of the scriptures that have most impacted his life. This episode looks at the wild and untamed nature of Scripture as the means by which God encounters His people and speaks afresh through them. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
August 03, 2021
49. LifeVerse: A New Adventure (Acts 1:4-11)
In this series, Jeremy shares personally about the Scriptures that have most impacted and guided his life. This episode takes us to the dining center at Bethel University to the moment that both wrecked and set the stage for his life. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
July 29, 2021
48. LifeVerse: Yearbook (Phil 3:13-14)
In this very personal series Jeremy shares some of the Scriptures that have most impacted and guided his life. We begin with the Bible verse Jeremy quoted in his senior year book. What is the first Scripture that caught your attention and personally spoke to you? More at www.jeremyberg.org.
July 27, 2021
47. Bow of Grace
We explore God's change of heart and the meaning off the rainbow in this second part on the story of the flood in our "Spirit on the Water" summer series. Buckle up! This very dark and disturbing story ends not with gloom but grace! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
July 22, 2021
46. Waters of Wrath
We continue our "Spirit on the Water" summer series looking at the story of the Flood from Genesis 6 and the uncomfortable notion of the "wrath of God." Don't skip this one.
July 20, 2021
45. MainStreet On the Move
While the pandemic was bringing many churches to a screeching halt, the church I pastor was on the move -- to the lake! A little update on MainStreet Covenant ministry over the past months of Covid including a word about my doctoral dissertation project that became a kind of Covid relief ministry. :) More at www.jeremyberg.org.
July 15, 2021
44. Soul Gardening
Do you feel guilty taking a day off while the rest of the world works? I often do. But why? Let's do some soul gardening and learn to obey Jesus' command to stop and ponder the flowers. “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will reap a crop of my love; plow the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord" (Hosea 10:12).
July 13, 2021
43. Personal Reflections from a Monastery
I’m spending some time with the monks at St. John’s Abbey, and doing some personal reflection. Here’s a window into my life these days.
July 06, 2021
42. Planted by the River
We're living in drought conditions and experiencing a hot summer in Minnesota, and trying to grow a garden far from the water spigot. Psalm 1 invites us to plant our lives by the riverbanks of Living Water so we won't wither in the heat of life's challenges. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
June 29, 2021
41. Sanctuary in the Storm
We wrap up our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," by looking more closely at the creation poem in Genesis 1 in search of a biblical approach to handling the storms of life. Today we discover God doesn't remove us from troubled waters, but creates a place of refuge in the middle of the chaos. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
June 24, 2021
40. Bridge Over Troubled Water
In part 3 of our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," we are seeking a biblical approach for navigating life's trials and chaos. Today we mention one approach that is tempting but we should ultimately avoid. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
June 22, 2021
39. My Inner Spiritual Circus
In this episode, Jeremy opens the curtains and gives us a glimpse into his own spiritual and vocational journey lately. We are standing at a crossroads. The church and cultural landscape is shifting, and certain things need to come crashing down. Out of the rubble will grow smaller, deeper, more authentic forms of Christian community asking for the good and ancient Way of Jesus. Be encouraged! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
June 18, 2021
38. Spirit of Divine Potential
This is part 2 of our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," looking at Genesis 1:2. Today we explore the Spirit of creative possibilities who hovers over our divine potential. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
June 17, 2021
37. Spirit Over Our Chaos
This is part 1 in a 4-part series called "Spirit on the Water" looking at the creation story in Genesis 1:2. What does it mean that "the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters"? More at www.jeremyberg.org.
June 15, 2021
36. Israel Trip 4: Hezekiah's Tunnel
Today I share my adventure of walking through Hezekiah's 2,700 year old tunnel, and offer some spiritual thoughts on the tunneling tenacity of Heaven's light that comes searching for us in our dark moments. Find photos and videos from my adventure at https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/29538/.
June 10, 2021
35. Israel Trip 3: Heads Against A Stone Wall
Do you ever feel like your prayers are bouncing off a brick wall? In this reflection from my Israel pilgrimage in 2020 I offer some thoughts on my experience at the Wailing Wall and inside the Western Wall Tunnels. Read more and find photos and video links at https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/stonewall-faith-prayers/.
June 08, 2021
34. Israel Trip 2: Touching Where Heaven Touched Earth
Another reflection from my trip to Israel in February of 2020. This episode describes my experience in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
June 03, 2021
33. Israel Trip 1: Scratch 'n Sniff Faith
Israel has been in the news lately, and so I thought I'd take share some reflections from my recent trip to the Holy Land. In this episode, I ask: Why bother going on a pilgrimage to that little contested strip of real estate?
June 01, 2021
32. Grace in a Hot Tub
There are moments in our Christian lives when we hear the rooster crow, and we realize we've completely blown it. This is one of those moments for me, and the irony is quite juicy. What lesson can God teach a preacher using a leaky inflatable hot tub? More at www.jeremyberg.org.
May 27, 2021
31. Life's the Curriculum, You're the Assignment
Many of us unknowingly distract ourselves from the chief task of personal spiritual formation by keeping busy attending Bible classes and storing up Bible knowledge. Here's a gentle reminder that everyday life is the real classroom and we are the main assignment. Thankfully we have a reliable "lab partner." More at www.jeremyberg.org.
May 25, 2021
30. Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan!
I came under the spell of Bob Dylan only in the past decade, but I can't really explain it.
May 24, 2021
29. Wisdom Has A Face
While we divide humanity into conservatives and liberals, the Bible describes people as either courting Lady Wisdom or Madam Folly. Then Jesus steps onto the scene and things really get interesting. Let's explore Wisdom today. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
May 20, 2021
28. WWJD? Go Sit By A Lake
“Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake” (Matt. 13:1). Following after Jesus can be rigorous and demanding, but sometimes it means relaxing by the lake. Here's a spiritual practice we can all get excited about. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
May 18, 2021
27. Chasing Lambs
I begin my day with a morning walk at Gale Woods Farm near our home. Today I came upon a baby lamb that had somehow gotten out of the sheep pen. He was running around, panicky and with terror in his eyes. My pastoral instincts kicked as I approached the little lamb saying, "Fear not little lamb, I'm a professional shepherd. I'll help you!" He ran the other way. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
May 13, 2021
26. Antique Shop: In Search of Something
"In that musty antique shop I once again caught a whiff of a memory of a moment I was probably never intended to have." This is one of my more personal and favorite reflections on one of my secret hobbies. May we all realize what we're searching for is usually closer than we think.
May 11, 2021
25. Salvation Lives Here
The story of Zacchaeus isn’t mainly about a “wee little man,” but a gracious God who wants to take up residence in our homes.
May 06, 2021
24. Garage Sale Spirituality
What do estate sales reveal about our lives and our faith? Let’s learn from the example of Tabitha in Acts 9. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
May 04, 2021
23. When the Waters Stir
Do you ever feel like God’s healing is just beyond your reach? Like you keep missing out on something others are getting in on?
April 29, 2021
22. Redeeming Martha
When Jesus visited Mary and Martha's house, Mary chose rightly and Martha got the short end of the stick. But I think we have been a bit hard on Martha through the centuries, and today I want to provide a new angle on this familiar story. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
April 27, 2021
21. A Ticking Bomb
What is the appropriate posture toward reading Scripture? More at www.jeremy berg.org.
April 22, 2021
20. Too Good to Be True
"You've won a free cruise!" Yeah, right. What's the catch? Let's talk about cynicism and the difficulty of believing in the free gift of grace.
April 20, 2021
19. Seasons of Life
In this episode, Jeremy offers 5 seasons of life we all pass through, and the unique discipleship focus and growth area for each season. Let us embrace each season we are granted in our years under the sun.
April 15, 2021
Promo: God, Evil, & Spiritual Warfare
Why is the world so messed up? Where is God in all of it? What role, if any, do Satan, angels and demons play in all the suffering? How do we face evil and suffering in a Christ-centered way? We are thrilled to gather together in-person again at St. Martin’s beginning this Sunday at 5pm for a 6-week Bible course “God, Evil, & Spiritual Warfare” I will be teaching. Join us in person or via zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84003569838?pwd=ZTljcG9aZkwxeE5vNEFkZ2Y4eUhtUT09. Grace and peace!
April 14, 2021
18. Who is this Man?
Today's reflection is by Pastor Mike Fox.
April 13, 2021
17. Jesus & Easter in Film
As a dad of 3 curious children, all of the new faith films being released offer great pathways into discussions about Easter and the story of Jesus. This past week we enjoyed two in particular that I thought I would recommend to others.
April 08, 2021
16. Counting on God
Jesus wouldn't last a week teaching mathematics in our schools today. His equations don't seem to add up from our earthly point of view. But God's strange math is something you can really count on for what counts most in the Kingdom of God! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
April 06, 2021
15. Dark, Cramped, & Stinky (Good Friday)
I would summarize the past 12 months in 3 words: Dark, Cramped, and Stinky. When Jesus reached for an image to describe the passion he was about to endure, he compared it to Jonah's dark, cramped and stinky 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a fish. Find a quiet place this evening and join Jeremy as he guides us in a series of Good Friday meditations from the belly of the fish.
April 02, 2021
14. Which Jesus?
Some Greek manuscripts reveal that Barabbas, the criminal released instead of Jesus, was also named Jesus. These two Jesuses present two different pathways to freedom. Which Jesus do you follow?
April 01, 2021
13. Judas in the Mirror
Have you noticed nobody names their son Judas anymore? Before we paint Judas as the Good Friday villain, let us take a look in the mirror.
March 30, 2021
12. The Cursed Fig Tree
What if the fig tree Jesus cursed could tell his side of the story? Written and performed by Jeremy, this is a dramatic retelling of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem to shouts of "Hosanna!" during his last week, and how his fate was strangely intertwined with the fate of that old tree. Please share with a friend. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
March 25, 2021
11. The Journey Home
Jeremy looks at the two halves of life, the first half resembling the parable of the talents, and the second half resembling the prodigal's journey back home into loving communion with God. Where are you at in life's journey? More at www.jeremberg.org.
March 23, 2021
10. Mining For God
We tend to think God's presence is to be found on the mountaintops and in the bright afternoon sun, only to discover God's light shines brightest in the darkness. Jeremy shares personally about his recurring bouts with depression. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
March 18, 2021
9. Written on His Palms
Even God is not above writing a reminder on the palm of his hand. Do you know what is written there?
March 16, 2021
8. Treasure Hunting
What is the treasure worth selling everything to possess in Matthew 13? You may be surprised. Share this with someone who may need a reminder today. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
March 11, 2021
7. Deliver Us From Indifference
A lesson from a little old lady in a nursing home chapel. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
March 09, 2021
6. Deeper Than the Grand Canyon
Jeremy shares a reality from Psalm 84 that is deeper and grander than the Grand Canyon.
March 04, 2021
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March 02, 2021
5. Ashes & Oil
Jeremy reflects on our earthly existence as a messy mixture of ashes and oil. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
March 02, 2021
4. Enemies of the Soul
This episode is also available as a blog post here.
February 25, 2021
3. The Woman at the Laundromat
This recording also a blog post you can read here.
February 24, 2021
2. Steeped: Tea Bag Faith
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/tea-bag-faith/
February 24, 2021
1. Get A Grip!
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/quarantine-letters-get-a-grip/
February 24, 2021