Talmidim is Hebrew for "disciples." This podcast is a discipleship journey into the story of Jesus with the gospel of Luke and the Holy Spirit as our guide. This is an invitation to watch what Jesus does, to hear what he teaches, and to seek to be like him. I believe you'll be inspired by who he loves and how he loves as he stretches our own capacity to love. I also believe this story of Jesus can invite you into hope. Not by pointing you to an other-worldly spirituality but by receiving what Jesus offers here and near. Come join the journey. All are welcome. Always.
Welcome to Season 2 of Talmidim! I'm excited to resume the journey in this episode by telling a little of my story. You'll hear me begin to trace a trajectory from childhood through college of how the story of Jesus was being revealed to me in my early discipleship journey.
If you're feeling anxiety on this Election Day I hope these words can encourage you and offer you hope. This bonus episode concludes Season 1 of the Talmidim podcast. Look for season 2 coming in May 2021!
Jesus invites 3 of his disciples into a mountaintop experience where he will listen and teach them to do the same. Meanwhile, we listen in on the failures of disciples to reach their true potential and to grasp what it means to follow Jesus. This episode concludes Season 1 of the Talmidim podcast. Look for season 2 coming in May 2021!
Jesus takes his disciples to an unlikely place and asks them two very important questions. Who do the crowds say I am? Who do you say I am? Both are important. But the second question changed their lives forever. It just might do the same for us today.
Before meeting Jesus the first disciples never dared to venture to the "other side" of the Sea of Galilee. This is a Jesus who not only loves those on the margins but invites the marginalized to play a vital role in his story. If you find yourself on the margins, this message is for you. If you need courage to go with Jesus to the margins, you just might find it here.
Have you ever noticed what seems to impress Jesus most? Faith. Faith that transcends logic or circumstances. Luke 7 offers us an incredible glimpse of faith from 4 very different perspectives. A Roman centurion. A widow. John the Baptist from his jail cell. And a woman who is simply described as having lived a "sinful life." What do they all have in common? Amazing faith.
For this "flash forward" bonus episode I have written a short fictional monologue to help us enter the story of Jesus from what might strangely feel like both a very different perspective and yet a very familiar one. It is the story of Barabbas. In a continued season of challenge, may you discover hope through a man we know very little about who stood on trial next to Jesus. As you listen, it will be helpful to know that the Hebrew word “bar” means son and “abba” means father. Maybe on a Sunday sunrise Barabbas (son of a father) can help us discover bar Abba (Son of Father God) as the Son rises.
The kingdom ethic that Jesus offers in Luke 6 turns the religious order upside down. What kind of ethic would ask us to love our enemies? To lend to those who can't repay us? To see what we think on the surface is a blessing as actually being a potential "woe." This ethic was shocking then. It is equally shocking today. What would happen if followers of Jesus actually embraced it? Maybe this upside down ethic would help turn the world right-side up.
Note: Somehow this episode got lost! It was recorded back in July as the second part of Luke 4 but did not make its way to an episode. I just discovered. Better late than never! In this vital part of the narrative Jesus travels to his hometown of Nazareth where he pulls back the veil on his Messiahship by declaring Jubilee in the synagogue. It’s good news for ALL! Or was it?