The Dark Knight
... and so on, and so on ...
Sacrifice is a key element in so many stories because it is perhaps the key element in our Big Story
John 15:12-14 - This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.
Love involves laying down our life - being a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1), denying ourselves and picking up our cross ... and so on, and so on ...
Stories and the Big Story
A brief theology of culture - what is culture and how should we live with respect to the culture in our world? How do stories in general and movies, in particular, help us understand and experience true things about the big story we are in?
Example - what can we see about good/evil in The Dark Knight?
RTT 108 - Loving Your Neighbor - Seeds and Demons
Loving our neighbor - 2 ways to look at it. (or, most aspects of the Christian life … 2 ways to look at it)
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” (Mark 4:26-32)
This view of what the kingdom is like and what kingdom work looks like ...
They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes.[a] 2 And when Jesus[b] had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3 He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.(Mark 5:1-13)
This view of what the kingdom is like and what kingdom work looks like …
Translation to loving my neighbor
Little by little … at first imperceptible, then visible and impactful
Dramatic, big, decisive …
Which view are we drawn to?
Do we feel that, having “failed” in what seemed like a decisive encounter, the game is over (that Mark 4 process is over also …)
Theme of Alienation … the fall brings alienation
(The following list of alienations from the fall are from Professor Jerram Barrs, Covenant Seminary - all errors mine)
God & us
Us & God
From each other
Loss of Dominion (from our role)
Body & Spirit
How that impacts loving our neighbor …
Biblical theme of being called out of comfort and into a journey, because our home is elsewhere and our citizenship is elsewhere … all throughout the Bible - Abram / Jacob / Joseph / David / Israel itself / Jesus has nowhere to lay his head / Paul / Apostles … us
Now the Lord said[a] to Abram, “Go from your country[b] and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[c]
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak[d] of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.(Genesis 12:1-9)
This seems like a part of God’s plan - why?
Can we do this without a physical relocation?
What other kinds of relocations are possible?
Is this a necessary part of following?
What makes this movement “successful”?
What gets in the way of making this movement “successful”?
How does this conflict with our expectations?
How can the idea of living “successfully” instead of “faithfully” be part of the problem?
The story of praying for a neighbor and they move away and you pray sometimes for them if you remember … and that is the end of the story … (no bow to put on it)
What have you grieved?
What have you missed?
What has encouraged you?
What has disappointed you?
Where have you found hope?
How have you seen God move?
How has this impacted your relationship with God or your spiritual growth?
How has this impacted your relationship with the church? Calvary people?
Where do we go from here?
A song of ascents
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.(Jeremiah 29:4-7)
The other … the us and the them
This is our story - we want a different story …
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the LORD.
“For thus says the LORD: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, vand I will fulfill to you my promise vand bring you back to this place. (Jeremiah 29:8-10)
Those giving you a different story - don’t listen to them … this is the deal …
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
We are to work for the blessing of others now - our ultimate blessing comes later
At our physical address - also our digital neighborhood
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39)
Being a bad neighbor …
What is the momentum in our culture toward being a bad neighbor?
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. Jeremiah 29:7
Practical steps to loving your actual neighbors …
Chris McKinney - Author, Place for a Purpose
Before we talk about how we should neighbor, we first must understand what story we are living in.
In our culture, to be a good neighbor is to leave one’s neighbor(s) alone.
To be a good neighbor in God’s story is to be someone who moves toward his or her neighbors in love.
So we need to move toward them in love, mindful of a culture where, at least on the surface, they want (and expect) to be left alone.
Creation: The First Neighborhood
In God’s story, we embrace the reality that we are created for relationship with God and others. We don’t leave our neighbors alone, we move toward them.
Fall: Neighborly Discord
Adam and Eve’s rebellion ushered into their neighborhood a new relational reality of Isolation, fear, and suspicion of both God and neighbors.
Redemption: Placed for a Purpose
Your address is not an accident, and neither is your neighbor's.
Restoration: Neighborhoods Put Right
We know where the story is headed and that influences how we live right now.
What would change if God answered your prayers for your neighbors and neighborhood?
The end of (this part of) the story …
The nature of the fascination with the end times in the church …
Matthew 24:36-44 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
What do we learn about the return of Jesus here?
The different views of the return of Christ
Pre-, A-, Post-Millenial
The “Left Behind” Theology
What is the command? And the reason for the command? (v.44)
Matthew 24:45-52 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants[d] and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Metaphor QT Night Manager …
The Parable of the Ten Virgins … The Parable of the Talents...
These are telling us something we need to know about the return - what is it?
Be about the work of transformation, worship, in community, impacting the world ...
In addition to discussing their theological author names...Mike and Chad discuss what Jesus is doing here and now.
The ministry of Jesus … something in the past
It is finished … but what is finished?
What is he doing now? And why does it matter?
Simplistic view … God sends the Son, who dies and rises and asks the Father to send the Spirit and the Spirit is now here and the others are gone ...
1 John 2:1-2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
We don’t know what this means - but it means something in the present now …
John 14:3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am..
Working on the next part of the story …
Preparing the way for us in our future on Earth ...
Matthew 16:8 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
He is building the church - with the Holy Spirit …
Revelation 1:12-18 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades
We are Ambassadors for this distant King who isn’t distant …
The work of the Spirit, distinct but not separated from the work of the Son
Mystery of the Trinity
Worship this living and present God …
Book Recommendation - Union with Christ - J. Todd Billings
RTT 100 - Knowing Jesus - Ascension
We’ve talked before about examples of movies or stories that appear to be over and resolved, but which have another chapter … you appear to reach the resolution, but then there is more …
After Easter, there is more - the story may appear to be over, but a lot still has to happen
Here are all the benefits … here are all the reasons for celebration … here is what is changed with regard to my relationships and life and identity … Now what?
Acts 1:1-10 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
Their old expectations die hard … we try to fit the new data into our old understanding, even when it is obvious that our old understanding was wrong or incomplete.
Here is one of the more things … the Holy Spirit … power …
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Here is one of the more things … mission … you will be my witnesses
What is a “more things” not mentioned here … (church / body)
OK - so do we try to live the Christian life without these things?
The reality of the resurrection - and why it matters ...
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied
We have a faith that relies on the supernatural and miraculous - without that, there isn’t anything …
Alternatives to a miraculous, physical resurrection …
Jesus didn’t rise - his death is an example of sacrificial love …
Jesus isn’t divine - he is an example of a good person and we can be like him … there is spirituality … but we can be just as spiritual as Christ …
So we can say he “rose” metaphorically - he “lives on” in his disciples
Jesus rose “spiritually”
His body is still in the tomb - his spirit “rose” … no resurrection, just a ghost
But these leave the essence of the gospel as something else - or non-existent
Paul’s words … why is this true?
1 Corinthians 15:20-28 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God[c] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
What do I want from my faith or “my faith”?
If all I want is a better-behaved life, maybe I don’t need the resurrection … the above metaphorical resurrections work … but if I don’t think I really can just “be better” - then I truly believe my faith is in vain without the resurrection … do I believe that?
Do I need miraculous help?
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied”
Because love is costly - because the “good life” isn’t possible or not lasting or without hope …
Hope in Christ on a small scale just doesn’t work …
What is Easter to you? We may not often think this way, but it is the story of YOUR redemption. Join Mike and Chad as they discuss in this week's episode.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” 9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. 10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
What is our view of Jesus? Why do we think of Him that way? Find out what Mike and Chad have to say in this week's episode! Thanks for listening! Wanna be a part of the conversation? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/roguetabletalks
On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
Join Mike and Chad as they discuss story and how it may not be what we expect. Jesus' life was a real "they won't be expecting that!" moment.
John 12:12-19 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”
16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
Is there an acceptable amount of extravagance? Join Mike and Chad as they discuss this week.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.
Join Mike and Chad as they discuss Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus and what transformation in our lives, and others, might mean.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
What is our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus? Mike and Chad discuss on this week's podcast.
Then came the Festival of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside— 36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’? 37 Do not believe me unless I do the works of my Father. 38 But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” 39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.
How do you pray? Do you think that we should be "taught" to pray? This week, Mike and Chad discuss why Jesus taught us to pray and how sometimes our prayers may not be what we think they are.
Matthew 6:5-15 And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Jesus has counted the cost and asks us to count the cost … do we? Is it worth it?
Luke 9:51-55 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village.
Isaiah 50:6-7 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.
Luke 9:57-62 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.
What does it mean to live a transformed life full of glory?
Matthew 17:1-8 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18 The Greater Glory of the New Covenant 7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
How do we miss the point? Do we still not see or understand?
With the same group of facts … we see different things … we need to be pursuers of the love of the truth versus the love of our narrative …
Do you ever change your mind?
Mark 8:11-21 The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. 12 He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” 13 Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. 14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. 20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Why are we here? What is the church?
The called-out ones and the sent-out ones …
The church has a mission vs. the mission has a church
Matthew 10:7-11 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.
Proclaim the kingdom and display the kingdom …
Not just something the church can do or should do or something super-involved people can do - but it is a central purpose of the church - the church as an expression of displaying the kingdom and proclaiming the kingdom …
Live in an open-handed fashion …
Freely you have received - (have we?) - so then give freely …
Life, time, attention, affection … and money …
The church is dependent on the go … on the fly … you are not going to have everything planned out …
You aren’t going to be ready …
These guys were not ready by any standard we would be comfortable with …
The growth is up to God …
Jesus Feeds The 5000
Mark 6:35-44 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.
Why does Jesus ask them to do what they cannot?
When/how/why is that repeated for us?
What does it mean for God to be with us now?
When we are aware and when we aren’t
Through me to others
2 Cor 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
2 Cor 2:15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
He was with them in a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”
But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Faith, Hope, Suffering, Despair, Life, and Death
Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman
21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.
A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
36 Overhearing[c] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.
After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.
This week, Mike and Chad discuss:
Would I call out to Jesus if I only had calm seas? Do I think the point of life is calm seas? Is the storm necessary to help me see the point? Will we see Jesus without the storm? Why am I so afraid? Is this a storm that is happening to me or a storm that is happening because of me? #RogueTableTalks
Mark 4:35-41 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
What is the foundation for compassion? And what shortcuts it?
Jesus shows us something about what real compassion looks like -
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
A look at the pandemic, Sabbath, purpose ... and just what are we doing here?
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
Change...Transformation...Healing...What works against it? When, or how, does it happen? Join Mike and Chad as they discuss in this week's episode.
John 5:1-9 Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
Join Mike and Chad as they discuss the calling of the 12 and what a calling in our own lives might be like. Questions covered are:
What is a call? What does it mean to be a vocational pastor?
Does it mean anything different to be a non-vocational pastor?
Does everyone get one?
How does it impact, influence, change, inform your life actions…?
What isn’t it?
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Faith. The role it plays in our lives is significant. How does faith impact us personally and how does it impact our relationship with God? This week, listen in as Mike and Chad discuss faith's role in our lives.
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2 They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3 Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. 4 Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’?10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
How do you approach people who are different - in a different place, different beliefs, different positions? We see a mix of grace and truth when Jesus talks to a Samaritan woman at a well near Sychar.
What changes your mind? How do you "reach" someone who doesn't believe what you do? This week, Mike and Chad discuss this and how the story of Nicodemus isn't all that different from our own. #KnowingJesusCC
Mike and Chad discuss the importance of this first act Jesus did for others. How significant was it and how does it relate to us today?
Scripture: On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
Ceremonies / Markers / Liturgies…in the Evangelical world, we don’t do this a lot. But there is a place for them. What have been some important ceremonies or markers or liturgies in your life? This week, we talk about baptism and its place in our lives.
Matthew 3: 13-17
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
This week, Mike and Chad discuss Jesus' visit to the temple while he was still a kid. Mary and Joseph lost track of him and found him at the temple listening, responding, and teaching.
Why can’t things just stay the way they are?
Not only not possible - it isn’t really what we want (e.g. kids growing up)
We may not want it, but we often need it.
So God may want or need to disrupt our world, our expectations, our plans.
Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
What is my part of the story? What perspective does this give on my life? On suffering? On the craziness of the world? Mike and Chad discuss in this week's episode.
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.
Genesis 12:1-3 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 49:10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
Hebrews 1:1-2 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.
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This week, Mike and Chad discuss the correlation between our passions and our prayer life. How do our passions give us purpose? Do they?
Scripture: Nehemiah 1:1-6
To err is human, to forgive divine…
Everyone has faults, everyone sins, all humans have this trait
Forgiveness is a trait of God that we should emulate
What is a word we have left out?
Why is it just for me to forgive - or unjust not to?
Why is it necessary for me to repent - or false not to?
Scripture: Ezra 9:3-11a
Where does hope come from? The resurrection and hope of eternal resurrection gives hope - but that implies death and that involves grief. And what does that all have to do with the times we are living in?
Going through life on autopilot - we may not be aware of our temptations, fallings and failings - maybe a blessing in the wilderness is we are more likely to face up to some temptation. Listen in as Mike and Chad discuss.
Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11,
Why the wilderness? There are plenty of Biblical examples of wilderness: Jesus, David, Moses (before Exodus), and God’s people. What are the commonalities? The differences? What does the wilderness mean for us? Mike and Chad discuss in this week's episode!
Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:2-9
Passage from The Screwtape Letters written by CS Lewis
(from the senior tempter to the junior tempter)
Merely to override a human will (as His felt presence in any but the faintest and most mitigated degree would certainly do) would be for Him useless. He cannot ravish. He can only woo. For His ignoble idea is to eat the cake and have it; the creatures are to be one with Him, but yet themselves; merely to cancel them, or assimilate them, will not serve. He is prepared to do a little overriding at the beginning. He will set them off with communications of His presence which, though faint, seem great to them, with emotional sweetness, and easy conquest over temptation. But He never allows this state of affairs to last long. Sooner or later He withdraws, if not in fact, at least from their conscious experience, all those supports and incentives. He leaves the creature to stand up on its own legs—to carry out from the will alone duties which have lost all relish. It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be. Hence the prayers offered in the state of dryness are those which please Him best…. He cannot “tempt” to virtue as we do to vice. He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
In this week's episode, Mike and Chad discuss what, and how, we can pray for others. They discuss topically and about the language we use.
Scripture: Philippians 1:3-6, Ephesians 1:15-19, John 17:20-23, Acts 12:5-7
This week Mike and Chad discuss prayer and fasting. Is it something we're called to in the Bible? Is it one more thing we need to add to our life? Find out their thoughts by listening...
Thank you for joining us for this episode! We're grateful for you!
Scripture: Matthew 9:14-17
Today marks the beginning of a 40-day prayer challenge and new series revolving around the subject. Listen in as Mike and Chad open up on their prayer life and thoughts of being present with the Creator.
Scripture in this episode: Luke 18:1-8 & Ephesians 3:14-21
Soren Kierkegaard, "The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."
CS Lewis prayed, "The prayer preceding all prayers is, May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to."
This week Mike and Chad talk about margin and temptation. The gospel is the only margin from temptation that works - the gospel that transforms us more and more into the image of Christ. Thanks for listening!
Scripture in this week's episode: Colossians 2:20-23, Matthew 7:17-19, Matthew 12:33-34
We understand the irony of talking about margin with technology; using technology 🙄 ...but here we are. This week we tackle the question, "Does my technology control me?" Listen in as Mike and Chad discuss the role technology plays in our lives.
WERK! Or work, as some people call it, can be worship or the object of worship. Work is not the result of the fall, rather, work existed before the fall.
Scripture in this episode: Genesis 2:2-5, Colossians 3:23-24,
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This week we talk about our schedule! Too busy? Always feel rushed? How can we fit some margin into our daily/weekly routines?
Scripture in this episode: John 11:1-16 and 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
We're back for the New Year! We hope you all had a great holiday season. This week we dive into a discussion about the Sabbath and rest. Rituals and habits. Thanks for listening and sharing your stories with us!
In this episode we reflect on the past year. What are some areas we can focus on to be more on mission and follow Christ closer? We ponder this and other questions as we close out 2019. Thank you for listening and following along this past year!
Chad's back this week! Mike and Chad discuss accessing the source of joy.
How does Elizabeth’s (Spirit-inspired) understanding of what is happening lead to her joy?
How can this be true and be common to all people? What if people don’t believe in the larger story? Can they have joy?
What if people do believe in the larger story? Does it mean joy is guaranteed?
Scripture: Luke 1:39-55
How do we have attitudes of gratitude? God wants us to have a life of flourishing and he wants to bless us. Join Mike and Chad as they discuss what this looks like in our culture.
Scripture this week: Deuteronomy 8:10-18, John 12:1-8
How should we think about spending, saving, and giving? What emotions do we experience when we encounter those things? Chad and Mike discuss.
Scripture referenced in this episode:
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling,
but a foolish man devours it.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
In a culture that pushes for more and to go to whatever extreme possible to obtain it; this week, Mike and Chad discuss our fascination with the feeling of needing more. Can we learn to know what it is to be content?
Contentment. Do we live lives full of being content or always longing for the next "thing?" Where is our heart in our desires? This week Mike and Chad focus in on our posture towards living content lives.
Scripture referenced this week: Proberbs 15:16, Proverbs 19:23, 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Who are We? What is our Mission? What are We Doing? What are we Responsible For? What is the Church? This week Mike and Chad talk about the vision of the church.
Scripture in this episode: 1 Peter 2:9-10, Romans 4:17, Ephesians 2:19-22
We're talking politics this week! Who's excited? Mike and Chad are! Listen in as they discuss Jesus and politics.
Chinese Pastor's Declaration - https://www.chinapartnership.org/blog/2018/12/my-declaration-of-faithful-disobedience
Tim Keller Article - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/christians-politics-belief.html
Scripture referenced in this episode: Matthew 22:15-22, Romans 13:1-7
This week we welcome Debbie Durso, Sheila Smude, and Lindsay Walker to the podcast. How did Jesus subvert cultural expectations and expressions related to women? Listen in and find out what our panel has to say.
Scripture: John 4:4-30, Luke 8:1-3
Do you like to party? Jesus did. This week Mike and Chad discuss how Jesus went to parties to be in relationship with people.
Scripture in this episode: Mark 2:15-17, Matthew 22:2-4, Luke 7:31-35, 1 Corinthians 5:9-10
Mike and Chad discuss the cultural evolution of judgement. Also, how does all of this not judging relate to the complete holiness of Christ and the perfection to which we are called?
Scripture References: Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 6:37-42, Hebrews 12:14
This week, Mike and Chad talk about Jesus as the one who speaks of transformation in our heart and obedience in our heart, more than an outward obedience.
Scripture References: Luke 6:43-45, Jeremiah 17:9, & Psalm 139:23-24
Jesus went Rogue and was unexpected by the religious people of his day. Here from Mike and Chad on what that means for us in today's world.
Scripture references: Matthew 12:1-8 & Luke 6:6-11 & Colossians 2:20-23
CS Lewis Quote: "The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call ‘ourselves’, to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time to be ‘good’. We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way – centered on money or pleasure or ambition – and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly. And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do. As He said, a thistle cannot produce figs. If I am a field that contains nothing but grass-seed, I cannot produce wheat. Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. I must be ploughed up and re-sown." – Mere Christianity
Our final episode as we walk through our Welcome Home series. How do we welcome people into community with us? How can we share the gospel through our daily lives? Listen as Mike and Chad share their thoughts on this final Welcome Home episode.
In an interesting turn of events there was a podcast feel to this week's message. So, be sure to listen to the message as well as this week's Rogue Table Talk. Mike and Chad dive into the world of questions and why questions are important and should be welcomed.
Message audio can be found HERE.
This week, Mike and Chad talk about how culture can shape our views on welcoming someone. Does it matter what your history is? How do we trust? How do we extend grace? What matters?
This is the beginning of a new series at Calvary called "Welcome Home." Thanks for listening!
This week we have a special guest join us to discuss Ruth. Listen as Susan James, Mike, and Chad discuss Ruth and the beauty of God's redemptive story whether a native or a foreigner. How does the story of Ruth relate to me? God has a plan.
Scripture for this week is the book of Ruth.
This week we dive into the story of Samson and the loss of his identity. Have we lost our identity in the culture we are a part of? Listen as we discuss everything revolving around the story of Samson.
Bible passages related to this episode: Judges 13, Judges 14, Judges 15, Judges 16, Judges 17
This week we take a look at how culture impacts the church. What do we bring with us when we worship? Does culture influence the church, or vice versa? Is there a balance? This week's episode is sure to raise some questions about who we are and how we engage with the Creator and society around us.
Read the story: Judges 10 & Judges 11
This week Chad and Mike take a look at Gideon and his underdog story. However, all doesn't appear as it seems. You're in for a wild ride with all of Gideon's ups and downs. Also, be sure to stay until the very end for a little something extra. Thanks for listening!
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This week we take a look at our next judge, Deborah. Mike and Chad go rogue and venture away from the story for a moment to highlight women in the church.
Follow along with us in the book of Judges.
Video Overview of the Book of Judges.
The account of Ehud in the book of Judges is very detailed. In this week's episode we'll take a look at those specificities. Blood, death, and dung...yep, it gets detailed.
Read along with us in Judges.
Judges Overview Video
Is there room for ordinary? Is there a place for everyday, faithful people to make an impact? Today we meet just your ordinary guy in the Bible. He doesn’t have an unusual beginning. He doesn’t do great miracles. He doesn’t make a big splash in the culture. But he lives faithfully before God and others, every day, day after day, same after every same day and God uses Him. What makes the ordinary, extraordinary, the power of living faithfully. Instead of holding on tightly to who he thought he needed to be, he became who God meant him to be. If you ever wonder if God notices, or sees or cares about your life, take notice. That is the lesson of everyday faithfulness. Let go of who you think you should be and become who God meant you to be.
Judges Resource Video
Scripture for this week is Judges 3.
This week is an overview of the whole book and series. The book of Judges consists of a similarly repeated cycle in this period of Israel’s history: The people become complacent and turn their focus away from God. Eventually, trouble and difficulty come their way, usually from oppressive enemies. They call out to God for help and God raises up a Judge who leads them to political victory and spiritual fullness. The people turn to God and enjoy His favor until they become complacent and the cycle repeats itself. We all bow down to something or someone. Our choice is whether we bow to a God who saves or a God who enslaves us. Judges reminds us that small areas of disbelief can have big consequences. Listen as Chad and Mike go beyond the message in this week's Rogue Table Talks!
This week's Bible passage is Judges 1 & Judges 2.
Do you feel valued in your relationships?
This week Chad and Mike discuss in further detail how we handle being attacked and belittled.
The Bible passage for the week is 1 Samuel 16:1-13 & 1 Samuel 17:26-29.
This week, Chad dives into how we can better deal with bitterness and how to forgive. It's not easy, but we hope these words may help you take a step in that direction.
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Why do we keep secrets? Is there a safe way to share them? Do you have a person you can confess to? Are you a person people can confess to? All of this and more as Mike and Chad talk about the elephant in the living room. Secrets.