Jesus-shaped Wisdom for 21st Century Life. Dr. Jeremy Berg — pastor, writer and professor — offers on-the-go spiritual insight and uplifting thoughts to illuminate our path. New episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. More atwww.jeremyberg.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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/.
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?
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.