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By Rob McPherson
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The Parables of Jesus: The Rich Man and Lazarus

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The Parables of Jesus: The Rich Man and Lazarus
Luke 16:19-31, (c) 2011, Common English Bible A study based upon chapter 9 of Short Stories by Jesus. Levine, Amy-Jill. HarperOne. Kindle Edition. 
09:32
August 5, 2021
The Parables of Jesus: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition. 
09:31
July 29, 2021
Who were the Pharisees?
Resources: Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition. Pharisees, Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharisees.
09:20
July 29, 2021
The Parables of Jesus: The Yeast or The Leaven
Reading from: Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
08:03
July 22, 2021
The Parables of Jesus: The Widow and the Judge
These resources are the basis for our study: Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide. Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition. Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
10:30
July 15, 2021
Parables of Jesus: The Laborers in the Vineyard
These resources are the basis for our study: Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide. Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.  Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition. 
09:49
July 8, 2021
The Parables of Jesus: The Mustard Seed
References are made to the following books: Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide. Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.  Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition. 
08:38
July 1, 2021
Masks, Meetings and More
A description of what to expect in stage 3 of our COVID protocols for the church.
03:31
June 29, 2021
The Parables of Jesus: The Pearl of Great Price
References and quotes from: Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide. Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition. Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
07:33
June 24, 2021
The Parables of Jesus: The Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-37 (c) 2011 Common English Bible Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide. Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition. Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus. HarperOne. Kindle Edition. Crossan, John Dominic. The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus (p. 59).
10:12
June 17, 2021
Parables of Jesus: The Lost Coin
A summary of our bible study from June 10, 2021.  The following resources are used in this podcast: Crossan, John Dominic. The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus (p. 8). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus Participant Guide (p. 28). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition. Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus (p. 4). HarperOne. Kindle Edition.
07:48
June 15, 2021
When Healing Hurts
The Scripture for today is Acts 16:16-21,  Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward.
05:47
May 8, 2021
The Day Before Surgery
Thoughts, fears, and prayer processes that I am having on the day before surgery.
04:43
May 3, 2021
Don't Give Up: Overcoming "If It's My Time" Thinking
The scripture for the day is from 2 Kings 5:1-15. Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward.
06:28
April 21, 2021
Compassion Fatigue and the Thrones of Iniquity
Today's lesson is from Psalm 94:8-23 Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible. Sheed & Ward. 
05:00
April 12, 2021
Songs of the Cross: The Old Rugged Cross
The Old Rugged Cross, by George Bennard (1913). Thanks to John Ourensma for sharing his recording of this song with us.
07:33
April 1, 2021
Songs of the Cross: The Power of the Cross
The Power of the Cross Stuart Townend & Keith Getty Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music (Adm. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family, songs@integritymusic.com) CCLI Song #4490766 Quote from Stuart Townend: https://www.stuarttownend.co.uk/song/the-power-of-the-cross/ Permission to podcast this song from CCLI# 3134300. Thanks to Nick Nestorak and John Ourensma for presenting the music for this episode.
07:19
March 30, 2021
Songs of the Cross: What Wondrous Love Is This?
What Wondrous Love is This is an American Folk Song out of the camp meeting era, first published in 1811. The beautiful viola in this recording is by Renee Nestorak. Piano and Vocals by John Ourensma.
07:21
March 25, 2021
Songs of the Cross: Ah Holy Jesus
Ah Holy Jesus, 1630, by Johann Heermann This translation by Catherine Winkworth in 1863. Thanks to John Ourensma and Renee Nestorak for the powerful musical presentation.
07:20
March 22, 2021
Songs of the Cross: Were You There
Were you there when they crucified my Lord.  First Published in William Eleazar Barton's 1899 Old Plantation Hymns. Played and sung by John Ourensma and Nick Nestorak.
07:39
March 18, 2021
Songs of the Cross: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts, published in 1707. Music by John Ourensma and Nick Nestorak.
06:21
March 15, 2021
Why Give Something Up For Lent?
A discussion of the long tradition of giving up something for Lent. What is it's spiritual purpose and how does it benefit us?
05:06
February 25, 2021
What is Lent?
Off the cuff, without google, what Lent is to me personally!
04:36
February 22, 2021
When Life is Burnt to Ashes
The Scripture at the end of today's podcast is 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (c) 2011 Common English Bible
04:21
February 18, 2021
Erasing Old Videos
Do you have memories of old mistakes, old regrets, old sins that you replay again and again? Let's find forgiveness together! Today's scripture is:  Ephesians 1:7-9, 13-14 The Inclusive Bible, by Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. 
03:57
February 9, 2021
You Can Do It
Thanks to Bob Ross for his many years of encouraging videos. Our scripture for the day is: Philippians 4:4-13 from the Inclusive Bible by the Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward.
04:49
February 8, 2021
God and I Agree on Everything
Challenged today by Skye Jethani's question: Name on strongly held opinion of yours that you know differs from that of God. Especially regarding a hot political issue.
04:56
February 4, 2021
Help, My Brain is Dead
Article referenced is My Brain is Dead, by Jenni Ogden Ph.D. Posted August 2013 in Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/trouble-in-mind/201308/my-brain-is-dead
03:54
February 2, 2021
Stop Being Motivated by Fear
The two scripture passages for today are: Psalm 27:1 and Isaiah 8:11-15 (c)2011 Common English Bible
04:42
February 1, 2021
The Beauty of Brokenness and Mending
Scripture for the day: Psalm 147 from: The Inclusive Bible (p. 1443). Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition. 
04:30
January 30, 2021
We've Been Mostly Dead All Year
Thanks to William Goldman, The Princess Bride and to Biblical Concordances for the definition of the Greek word.
03:22
January 21, 2021
Seeing A Trumpeter Swan
Today's reading is from Psalm 104:24-30  (c) 2011 Common English Bible Picture courtesy of Kristi McPherson (great picture Kristi!)
04:04
January 19, 2021
Remembering Our Baptism
The scripture read in today's episode is from 1 Peter 3:21 (c)2011 Common English Bible.
03:43
January 11, 2021
Hope Stands Above Our Fears
A response to the storming of the capital building yesterday.
05:07
January 7, 2021
The Adoration of the Magi
Today's podcast is a reflection upon this painting -- you can follow this link and look at it yourself! Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari- Venice - Adoration of the Magi by by Bonifacio de' Pitati
03:60
January 6, 2021
Revisiting the Carols: Good Christian Friends Rejoice
In today's episode I incorrectly identify the translator of Now Sing We, Now Rejoice. The actual translator is Arthur T. Russell. My apologies for the mistake. Thanks again to John Ourensma for contributing the musical portion of this segment.
06:12
December 29, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: In the Bleak Midwinter
In the Bleak Midwinter was written by Christina Rosetti was first published in January 1872. The tune sung here was written by Gustav Holst. Thanks to John Ourensma and Nick Nestorak for their music!
07:33
December 28, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Thanks to John Ourensma and Nick Nestorak for providing playing and singing this carol for us. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear was written by Edmund Sears in 1849.
06:36
December 22, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come All Ye Faithful -- Sung translation by Frederick Oakley in 1852, read translation by an unknown member of Margaret Chapel, London between 1820-1823. Thanks to John Ourensma, Lauren Mitchell, Nick Nestorak and Renee Nestorak for their musical contribution.
07:60
December 21, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: What Child Is This
Thanks to John Ourensma, Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, for singing and playing the carol for us. Today's episode includes the poem The Manger Throne and the words to the original carol What Child is This both written by William Chatterton Dix.
07:26
December 19, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem
In today's podcast John Ourensma joins us and closes our time by singing the carol. O Little Town of Bethlehem was written by Phillips Brooks in 1868.
07:59
December 18, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
The text today comes from Charles Wesley's original "Hymn for Christmas-Day", 1739.
05:56
December 17, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: Silent Night
This translation of Silent Night was written by Bettina Klein. It was commissioned by and is copyright (c) 1998 of the Silent Night Museum in Salzburg.
04:40
December 16, 2020
Revisiting the Carols: O Come, O Come Emmanuel!
In this series, I will be looking at different translations of old familiar carols so that we may find depth and meaning in their words to us. This episode uses:  Thomas Alexander Lacey's translation of original Latin carol: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel from 1906. Source: W. J. Birkbeck, et al., eds., The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), #8, pp. 12-13.
05:50
December 15, 2020
Waiting for Justice and Righteousness
Today's Episode includes the reading of the Public Statement from Asbury United Methodist Church, Washington DC, written by Rev. Dr. Ianther M. Mills, Senior Pastor, December 13, 2020. 
04:42
December 14, 2020
The Star of Bethlehem
Scriptures quoted in this episode: Genesis 15:5 and Jeremiah 33:22, (c) 2011 Common English Bible.
05:37
December 12, 2020
Who are you waiting with?
Today's scripture reading comes from Ruth 1, selected verses, (c) 2011 Common English Bible.
04:31
December 10, 2020
Advent Candles and Us
Today's episode includes a quote from Grace Imathiu. She is a pastor, author, and incredible speaker, that I was blessed to hear several years ago. 
03:25
December 9, 2020
How long before we get there?
Scripture for today: Psalm 101:1-2, (c) 2011 Common English Bible.
04:09
December 8, 2020
Worrying While Waiting
Another episode in the emotions of Waiting for Christmas series.
04:21
December 7, 2020
Waiting for an Ambulance
Bible reading is from Luke 8:42-48, (c) 2011 Common English Bible.
04:30
December 3, 2020
Waiting for Punishment
Scripture for the day is from Hosea 11:1-12, (c) 2011 Common English Bible.
04:58
December 2, 2020
Waiting for Joy
The scripture for today is from Isaiah 56:1-8, (c) 2011 Common English Bible.
04:54
December 1, 2020
What is Advent?
Quotes from: Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, by Clement A. Miles (1912) published by T. Fisher Unwin.
03:36
November 30, 2020
Maker of the Stars
The reading for the day is from: Job 9:7-10, (c) 2011 Common English Bible
03:21
August 31, 2020
Memories of a Thousand Sermons
Sermons can be more than one time events. What have you heard in a sermon that inspired you so much that you need to hear its message again today? Remember it and be re-inspired.
04:05
August 17, 2020
Is Your Software Updating?
Today's reading is very loosely taken from James 1:22-25, Common English Bible (c) 2011.
03:59
August 15, 2020
Be Thou My Vision
Thanks to Nick Nestorak and John Ourensma for their musicianship! Be Thou My Vision Words: Ancient Irish; trans. by Mary Byrne Music: Dan Forrest Arr. © 2005 Hal Leonard Corporation International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Permission to podcast the music from OneLicense.net A-723218
05:13
August 12, 2020
Judging Others
Quotes from  Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis, 1952.
05:04
August 8, 2020
You Are The Seed (Sois La Semilla)
You Are The Seed (Sois La Semilla) Words: Cesaro Gabarian, 1979; trans. by Raquel Guetiérrez-Achon Music: Cesaro Gabarian, 1979; harm. by Skinner Chavez-Melo, 1987 © 1979 Ediciones Paulinas; trans. © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House; harm. © 1987 Skinner Chavez-Melo All Rights Reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-723218
05:02
August 7, 2020
Suffering, Lawsuits, and Peace
Today's reading is from: Romans 8:18-25 Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible . Sheed & Ward. 
05:51
August 5, 2020
Your Timeline is Too Short
Reading today is from 2 Peter 3:8-9 Common English Bible (c) 2011.
05:11
August 4, 2020
Wrestling with Decisions
August 2nd -- two options -- live in the sanctuary at 9:30am or online. August 9th -- back online.
04:21
July 31, 2020
What to Expect on August 2nd
Some of the changes and things that will be different on this Sunday, if you come to church!
05:51
July 30, 2020
Be An Encourager
I do not have a source for this story. If you find it, I will be happy to note it here!
03:55
July 23, 2020
A Hideout in the Desert
When you know you need a vacation! Psalm 55:6-8, Common English Bible (c)2011 The King and the Weary Travelers, The Wisdom of Israel, by Edwin Collins, 1910
03:58
July 22, 2020
Getting Back Together
Tentative options for August 2nd: Live in person worship in the Sanctuary 9:30am. Online worship, also live, 9:30am. Phone in worship -- time to be determined -- possibly at 11am.
03:41
July 21, 2020
You Have Cheese Don't You?
Wisdom from children. Story source unknown, but happy to include it if you find it! Reading from Sirach 6:18-22, (c)2011 Common English Bible
03:59
July 20, 2020
Which End of the Stick?
Today's wisdom story comes from: Asian Tales and Tellers, by Cathy Spagnoli, (c) 1998 and is available here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B00AFJOWRS&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_OAWeFbTYY32QG
04:21
July 18, 2020
White Privilege Isn't Caviar For Breakfast
First person stories I have been told, and things I have witnessed suggest we have work to do. In this episode I quote from Mark Charles on his twitter feed. He is a Reformed pastor and worth listening to.
04:53
July 17, 2020
Just Another Massive Migraine
Questions of suffering and the hope from the reading of Revelation 21: 1-4, Common English Bible (c)2011.
05:20
July 16, 2020
I Murdered My Grandmother
Since we can't shake hands what if we listened deeply to others instead.
03:21
July 15, 2020
Eat, Drink and Be Merry (with Justice)
Reading from Ecclesiastes 5: Common English Bible (c) 2011.
05:57
July 14, 2020
What's the Point?
What are the things that steal meaning from our lives? Reading from Ecclesiastes 4 -- the whole chapter, Common English Bible (c) 2011
05:16
July 13, 2020
Putting Aside Differences in Order to Survive
Story from -- ‘The twist of fate that saved our marriage’ by Molly M. McGinty, Redbook, December 2003, pp. 70-72.
04:22
July 11, 2020
When Silver is Better Than Gold
Story from --  'Silver Lining' by Brandon Slay, Guideposts, August 2004, pp. 49-52.
03:15
July 10, 2020
Examining Our Love and Hate of Others
Readings are from: Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible, By Matthew Henry (1 John 2) 1 John 2:7-11, Common English Bible (c) 2011
04:48
July 9, 2020
Idols and Their Worship
The reading is from: The Wisdom of Israel: Being Extracts from the Babylonian Talmud and Midrash Rabboth, Translated by Edwin Collins, 1910
04:41
July 8, 2020
Love is Stronger Than Death
Quotes today from:  The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks, available here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JCVH8M Song of Solomon 8:6 & Romans 8:28-29 from the Common English Bible (c) 2011
03:29
July 7, 2020
Musings on Daily Prayer
The Morning Prayer for a Child, and the Evening Prayer for a Child are from:  New England Primer, Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, 1843. The Night Prayer for Young Children is from: The Standard Prayer Book, translated by Simeon Singer, 1915.
04:50
July 6, 2020
The Pursuit of Happiness
Quote from the Declaration of Independence. Book referenced is L. Gregory Jones and it is available here: https://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Matters-Intersections-Life-Faith/dp/0687075289
04:02
July 4, 2020
United Methodist "New Years" and Prayers For My Colleagues in Ministry
July 1st is the day when new appointments of pastors to churches begin. Reflections and prayers are always spurred by this time of transition.
03:55
July 2, 2020
Jesus' Sheep
The scripture is from Matthew 25:31-46, (c) 2011 Common English Bible.
04:51
July 1, 2020
His Eye is on the Sparrow
Thanks to Nick Nestorak and John Ourensma for this beautiful song. His Eye Is on the Sparrow Words by Civilla Martin (Luke 12:6-7; John 14:1) Music by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel Public Domain
05:18
June 30, 2020
Sneetches and Racism Education
Thanks to Dr. Seuss for helping demonstrate how racism is the use of power to limit freedom and enjoyment in life.
05:24
June 29, 2020
In the Church Beginning Preparations!
Text for the day is Psalm 84, from the Common English Bible (c) 2011.
03:52
June 27, 2020
Stages for Reopening
The administrative board has defined 5 stages for the return of activities to our church. This explains them very briefly.
02:34
June 25, 2020
Stand Against Racism
On June 24 at 12 p.m. CDT, United Methodists around the world will gather at UMC.org/EndRacism and on Facebook to pray and lament for the racism in our midst. We will also hear God's call to join in the work of dismantling racism and pressing on to freedom for all. The reading is from: 2016 Book of Discipline, Social Principles ¶162.A. Copyright © 2016, The United Methodist Publishing House
05:13
June 24, 2020
Pain: the Day After (and Little Red Warning Lights)
It is hard to be philosophical about pain when actually in it. It is easier to reflect about the experience and the meaning of it on the day after.
04:26
June 23, 2020
Pain hurts (thanks Captain Obvious)
Prayers for those in pain today.
02:18
June 22, 2020
Hear, Children, Fatherly Instruction
Happy Fathers' Day! Scripture is from Proverbs 4:1-9 Common English Bible (c) 2011
04:01
June 20, 2020
The Kingdom of the Lord -- A Duet
Thanks to John Ourensma and Nick Nestorak for their beautiful rendition of this song. The Kingdom of the Lord Words and Music By Natalie Sleeth © 1976 A.M.S.I, (The Lorenz Corporation) Permission to podcast the music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-723218
03:37
June 18, 2020
Overcome With Pity For This World
Poem by Saigyo Hoshi, from A Hundred Verses from Old Japan (The Hyakunin-isshu), tr. by William N. Porter, 1909. Scripture lesson from Romans 9:1-3. (c) 2011 Common English Bible
04:12
June 17, 2020
The Mystery of God
Readings today are from: Sirach 39:6-8 New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The Interior Castle, by St. Teresa of Avila, The Sixth Mansion, Chapter 7 Translated by The Benedictines of Stanbrook, 1921 Edition.
04:43
June 16, 2020
This Perishable Body
Scripture reference: 1 Corinthains 15:40-44 Translation by Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible . Sheed & Ward. 
04:32
June 15, 2020
Not Praying to Make the Shot
Article referenced is here: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/1983/september-2/golf-pros-commitment-to-god.html Christianity Today, September 2, 1983, A Golf Pro's Commitment to God by James R. Adair
03:53
June 13, 2020
Powerless
The similarities of being without electricity and being unable to change our lives.
04:53
June 12, 2020
An Introduction to Biblical Justice
Rather than my normal podcast, I encourage you to watch this video by the Bible Project: https://youtu.be/A14THPoc4-4
00:42
June 10, 2020
Offending Without Realizing It
Scripture Reading is from 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. (c)2011 Common English Bible.
06:01
June 9, 2020
The Right Tool For the Job
What are some of the important tools in the Christian toolbox that you can be missing and still follow Christ? What tool or tools are so essential that without them you cannot follow Christ?
04:22
June 8, 2020
Mercy Stands Tall
Quotes from: The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ, by Levi H. Dowling, [1920] Hidden Treasures of the Ancient Qabalah, by Elias Gewurz, [1918]
04:27
June 6, 2020
Spirit, Come Down -- Sung by Nick Nestorak
Thanks to Nick Nestorak for his singing, and for John Ourensma for his wonderful playing. Spirit, Come Down Words: Mark Hayes based on Acts 2:1-4 Music: Mark Hayes © 2014 Lorenz Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music obtained from CCLI #20153811
04:28
June 4, 2020
When My Singing Isn't Good Enough, I Can Simply Speak
I wanted to record the song Ohio, by Crosby Stills Nash and Young -- but it was pretty bad, so you get my thoughts instead.
03:55
June 3, 2020
Now that the Stay at Home is Lifted, What About Church?
An explanation of our next phase of gathering, and when it will happen.
04:25
June 2, 2020
Urban Legends, Sermon Illustrations and Navy Ships
Lots in this short story: pride, clarity of communication, and being put in our place. Plus it's funny!
03:41
June 1, 2020
A Lesson From History
Today's episode is a reading from Tertullian, a great Christian defender in the 2nd century. It is from his Apology, Translated by the Rev. S. Thelwall, Late Scholar of Christ’s College, Cantab. I leave it to you to make the connections to injustice and inequality in the law in our day.
12:33
May 30, 2020
Protection for Those Going Back to Work
Joy and fear, relief and anxiety are okay. We ask for protection from the dangers. Psalm 31 selected verses, from  The Inclusive Bible . Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition. 
04:26
May 29, 2020
All the People Said Amen
Song performed by John Ourensma and Renee Nestorak. CCLI Song # 6518275 Matt Maher | Paul Moak | Trevor Morgan © 2013 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Valley Of Songs Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Trevor Morgan Music All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music from CCLI #20153811
04:09
May 27, 2020
Who Encourages and Critiques You?
Who gives you honest feedback and helps you to grow in life? Reading from Philemon 17-22, Common English Bible (c) 2011.
04:13
May 26, 2020
For the Cause of Justice
Reflections upon Gettysburg, Memorial Day, and fighting for what is right.
03:30
May 25, 2020
Memories and Memorial Day
Sharing stories of those who have died is an important way of honoring them. Here are some questions to help you do that!
04:45
May 23, 2020
A UFO Took Jesus!
Quoted in the episode is: The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume II (Lectures) [1900]
04:33
May 22, 2020
We Are All Homeless
Ramblings on our search for a home, a place where we belong. Scripture: Luke 9:57-58, Common English Bible (c)2011
04:49
May 21, 2020
Graduation Advice That Makes Sense For All Of Us
Excerpt from Pastor Rob McPherson's Baccalaureate Sermon to Buchanan High School at Donovan's graduation. Scripture is Philippians 4:4-8, from the Common English Bible (c)2011.
04:12
May 20, 2020
Spirit of the Living God
Thanks to John Ourensma for recording this for us! Words: st. 1 Daniel Iverson, 1926 © Birdwing Music, admin. EMICMGPublishing.com; st. 2 Michael Baughen, 1982 © 1982 The Jubilate Group, admin. Hope Publishing Company Music: Daniel Iverson, 1926 © 1994 Birdwing Music, admin. EMICMGPublishing.com; All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music  obtained from CCLI #20153811
04:30
May 19, 2020
A Perseverant Carp
The story, A Carp Gives a Lesson in Perseverance, is from Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan, by Richard Gordon Smith, 1918. 
05:20
May 18, 2020
Mule Eggs and Having Fun
What was the last thing you did for fun? Also includes a silly story about Mule Eggs.
04:47
May 16, 2020
Next Steps for the Church
Thanks to the our Bishop and leadership at the Michigan UMC Conference for the guidance. You can read the full document here: https://michiganumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/UMC-Principles-and-Directions.pdf
05:05
May 14, 2020
The Lack of Trust and Wisdom on Social Media
Reading from: The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas a Kempis, tr. by William Benham [1886], updated language by Rob McPherson.
04:37
May 13, 2020
Because He Lives
Sung by Nick Nestorak, accompanied by John Ourensma Because He Lives Words by Gloria Gaither | William J. Gaither © 1971 Hanna Street Music (Admin. by Gaither Copyright Management) All rights reserved.  Permission to podcast the music obtained from CCLI #20153811
04:53
May 12, 2020
What have you learned about love during quarantine?
As we reflect upon the life lessons and learnings from this time of sheltering in place, we should be reflecting on what we have learned that we want to carry with us into the future. Wesley talks about the Christian goal of moving toward perfection in love throughout our lives, so what have you learned about love?
04:25
May 11, 2020
Thoughts of Spring
A Prayer in Spring, by Robert Frost  Public Domain.
03:53
May 9, 2020
Guilt and Shame of Being Served
When we feel guilty or ashamed that we are dependent upon others, it can be helpful to remind ourselves of why they are serving us.
04:38
May 8, 2020
Freedom and Love
Today's scripture reference is Galatians 5:13-17, from the Common English Bible (c) 2011.
04:13
May 7, 2020
How Great Thou Art
How Great Thou Art Originally written by Carl Boberg This translation "O Mighty God, when I behold the wonder" is by E. Gustav Johnson, 1925. Public Domain
05:00
May 6, 2020
Why Am I Not In Florida?
I almost named this episode: Partners in Comfort. Scripture today is from 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Common English Bible (c)2011 Common English Bible.
04:39
May 5, 2020
Fables That Make Us Angry
Scripture Quote today is from Ephesians 4:26-32, Common English Bible (c)2011 Common English Bible. Article referenced is by Bernard Golden, Ph.D. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/overcoming-destructive-anger/201707/7-stories-you-may-tell-yourself-invariably-arouse-anger
05:14
May 4, 2020
You Are My King (Amazing Love)
Song -  You Are My King (Amazing Love) sung by Renee Nestorak CCLI Song # 2456623 Billy J. Foote © 1996 worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) All rights reserved. Permission to podcast the music obtained from CCLI #20153811
04:20
May 2, 2020
I am Tired, I am Weak, I am Worn
Precious Lord, Take My Hand Words by Thomas A. Dorsey, 1932 © 1938 Hill & Range Songs, renewed Unichappell Music, Inc. All rights reserved. Reprinted under OneLicense.net A-723218 Streaming permission: ONE LICENSE, License A-723218
05:15
May 1, 2020
The Old Woman and the Physician
This story is an example of finding hope by thinking creatively. Story from Aesop's Fables, Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1887.
04:36
April 30, 2020
The Return of Laughter
What has made you laugh in the midst of this serious time? Scripture quoted is Jeremiah 33:10-14 from the Common English Bible (c) 2011.
04:45
April 29, 2020
Friends -- Elephant and Dog
Maintain your friendships! The story is adapted from: The Jataka, Volume I, tr. by Robert Chalmers, [1895].
04:36
April 28, 2020
Two Little Cats
The story of the Two Little Cats is from: Tibetan Folk Tales, Translated by A.L. Shelton, published by the United Christian Missionary Society. 1925.
05:11
April 27, 2020
Bring Forth the Kingdom
Words and Music by Marty Haugen © 1986 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Permission to podcast/stream the music obtained from ONE LICENSE, License A-723218
03:36
April 25, 2020
Mom, I'm Bored!
Moving from boredom to meditation. 
04:55
April 24, 2020
Trust God With All Your Heart
Scripture reading Proverbs 3:1-6. Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible . Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition. 
04:43
April 23, 2020
Living in the Lord's House
Scripture from Psalm 27:4-5.  Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible
04:44
April 22, 2020
Forgiveness*77
Scripture reference is Matthew 18:21-22. Common English Bible (c) 2011. Also referenced: The Baltimore Catechism (1891), An Act of Love.
04:39
April 21, 2020
I woke up this morning feeling strong
Do you realize how strong you are? Reading is from Psalm 92, Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible . Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
04:52
April 20, 2020
Goodness and Peace
Reading from The Imitation of Christ, Book 2 Chapter 3 Thomas à Kempis TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN INTO MODERN ENGLISH By Aloysius Croft & Harold Bolton, updated by Rob McPherson.
04:59
April 18, 2020
Everything I drink is laced with tears
Reading is from Psalm 102, Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible . Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
04:31
April 17, 2020
How Deep the Father's Love For Us
Words and Music: Stuart Townend © 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing). All rights reserved. Used under CCLI License # 3134300 Instrumental Arrangement: April Martella, Praise & Worship Leader at Christ Alliance Church in Hopewell Township, PA. Permission granted by email.  Permission to podcast/stream this song from license-- CCLI #20153811
04:38
April 15, 2020
Who Moved My Toilet Paper
Apologies and Thanks to: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson available here https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/who-moved-my-cheese-spencer-johnson/1100490904 Scripture citation from: Galatians 5:22-26, Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible
05:08
April 14, 2020
This is Not My Normal Toilet Paper
Quotes from: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson available here https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/who-moved-my-cheese-spencer-johnson/1100490904 and Psalm 102:24-28, Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible also referenced Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change by William Bridges https://wmbridges.com/books/
05:05
April 13, 2020
Jesus Rested in the Tomb
Quotes today come from: Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy - Liturgy of St. Basil the Great and Wayne Muller, Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives available here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMXBZW8
04:40
April 11, 2020
A Look at the Cross
The book we are using for Bible Study is:  The Passion Play: Living the Story of Christ's Last Days by Rob Fuquay It is available here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P88DMS2/ The quoted hymn is: "O Love divine, what hast thou done: By Charles Wesley (1742)
04:22
April 10, 2020
Cups of Suffering
I hope that you will continue this prayer, lifting to God those cups of suffering that you would like removed from your life.
03:41
April 9, 2020
Even If
Thanks to Joe Krueger for recording this song for us! CCLI Song # 7079513 Bart Millard | Ben Glover | Crystal Lewis | David Arthur Garcia | Tim Timmons © 2017 Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.) 9t One Songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) Ariose Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) All Essential Music (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC) Letsbebeautiful (Admin. by Essential Music Publishing LLC) Tunes of MercyMe (Fair Trade Music Publishing [c/o Essential Music Publishing LLC]) Crystallized (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) D Soul Music (Admin. by Spirit Music Group) Permission to podcast/stream this song from license-- CCLI #20153811
04:58
April 8, 2020
Away With Our Fears
The text for this and many more Charles Wesley hymns can be found at http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/charles-wesley/
03:44
April 7, 2020
Post Something That Will Be On Your Camera Roll Seven Years From Now
The reading is from Genesis 29:14b-18 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
04:54
April 6, 2020
Renewal for the Weary and the Tired
The reading is from Isaiah 40:28-31 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
03:51
April 4, 2020
Failure and Frustration
The reading for the day comes from Philippians 3:12-16, Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible
04:07
April 3, 2020
Singing New Songs to God
The reading is from Psalm 98-- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
03:27
April 2, 2020
An Amazing 3 Minute Pun
Some days you just need to laugh at a really bad joke.
03:09
April 1, 2020
The Days of Absence
The poem is #25 from: Poems from the Divan of Hafiz, translated by Gertrude Lowthian Bell, 1897. London: Heinemann. For more information on the poet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafez To read more of the poems: https://www.sacred-texts.com/isl/pdh/index.htm or https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Heaven-Poems-Thrift-Editions-ebook/dp/B00A62YB5M/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1
03:59
March 31, 2020
Antidotes for Worry
The reading is from Philippians 4:4-7 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
03:42
March 30, 2020
As Intense As You Have Heard
A prayer for those in the medical field, the first responders, and the people who are providing care for those with the Corona Virus.
04:08
March 28, 2020
You Are Mine
Thanks to John Ourensma, our Director of Music, for recording the song for us. Words and music: David Hass © GIA Publications, Inc, 1991. All Rights Reserved. Streamed With Permission OneLicense.net A-723218
04:56
March 27, 2020
I Will Bring Y'all Back
The scripture reading is from Jeremiah 29:4-14, New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
04:34
March 26, 2020
The Path of Joy
Quotes taken from: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.  To read more or to purchase the book: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B01CZCW34Q&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_Ji2EEbB43P1XF
03:38
March 25, 2020
Shelter In Every Place
The reading is from Psalm 91 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
05:02
March 24, 2020
Corona Pirates Can't Steal My Hope
The reading is from Romans 8:35-39 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
03:46
March 23, 2020
Defying the Darkness through Hope
The reading is from Romans 8:18-24 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
03:57
March 21, 2020
Stranded With Wilson
The scripture today is James 1:27 (c)2011 by Common English Bible.
02:33
March 20, 2020
Changing Routines
The reading is from Leviticus 25 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
04:42
March 19, 2020
Do Not Worry About Toilet Paper
The reading is from Matthew 6 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
04:16
March 18, 2020
Joy and Seagulls
The reading is from Psalm 16 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.
02:57
March 17, 2020
Held in God's Hands
The reading is from Psalm 34 -- the The Inclusive Bible. (c )2007 Priests for Equality. Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition. 
04:31
March 16, 2020