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.