Sun, Apr 21, 2019
The Big Idea: The appearance of Jesus is always a shock and surprise. But Jesus wants to give us what we need. We have the testimony of thousands upon thousands of people who have gone before us to show us the way, but if we need 'proof' we'll get it through the eyes of faith.
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Duration: 16 mins 49 secs
The Big Idea: This moment on this road for Jesus feels both like the end and the beginning. Such are so many moments of our lives. A pilgrimage may reach its destination but the hope, the wisdom, the lessons learned along the way have offered a new starting point for us. What have we learned on the way and what transformation is God calling us to?
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
Duration: 19 mins 47 secs
The Big Idea: No matter what we call “home” in this physical world, we yearn for a spiritual home that offers serenity, acceptance, belonging. The extravagant acceptance of the father for the son in Jesus’ parable of the wandering son is difficult for us to believe, that no matter what we have done, who we are, how far we are from what we want to become, we are welcomed home by the Loving Parent.
Sun, Mar 24, 2019
Duration: 14 mins 56 secs
Big Idea: In the Way of life that God has opened to us, there are many choices, but they are not all good ones. In making choices about ways to go through life, God is continually calling us to the highest and best ways. Paradoxically, the highest and best ways are open to all. All are invited to the table of God's grace.
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
Duration: 17 mins 34 secs
Big Idea: We are not always understood. Jesus found this out, just like so many others whose closest family, friends, and neighbors create a persona for us. Jesus was not willing to let that persona limit the possibilities God had called him to. If we are acting through our true selves, we will go ahead and let God lead us, claiming who we know ourselves to be, with God's help. We can take the other way around, no matter what other ways others think we should take.
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Big Idea: After Jesus' baptism he went on a pilgrimage into the wilderness, a common practice among spiritual leaders of his day, and ours. This is a time to dig deep into the soul. Along the way the pilgrim has time and space to consider one's true identity, not the false self that tempts us to ignore our real selves. But God is gracious. All who wander are not lost. Jesus surrenders himself to his true calling, in submission to God, to a true way.
Sun, Mar 03, 2019
Duration: 14 mins 13 secs
Big Idea: Those who encounter God are transfigured, enlightened, emblazoned. Early Christians were called "Illuminati" at their baptism because they now were to live with the light of Christ emanating from their lives. Jesus is remembered as the human whose interior garden was so vibrant that it shone out visibly. The story of the Transfiguration of Christ reminds us that, for sake of life, we are to let our lights shine because we have encountered and live in the reign of the loving and just God. What will you do with your own Enneagram type?
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Big Idea: As individual gardeners, were all can’t accomplish much. The lures of the false selves we maintain are strong. All we can do is let the old life die so that God can grow in us a new life. Spirit work is like that. Enneagram types 5, 6 & 7.
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Duration: 10 mins 37 secs
Big Idea: The purpose of the Christian life is to know God and know ourselves. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of oneself are for the purpose of a flourishing life—for the sake of ourselves and others. Overview of enneagram types 2, 3 & 4.
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
Duration: 16 mins 59 secs
Big Idea: Paul had the audacity to claim his own interior soul work would benefit the churches with which he was in relationship. Pastor Beth will show how the tool of the Enneagram has helped her to work on her own interior garden, for the benefit of this church. Pastor Beth’s Enneagram type is 5.
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
Duration: 19 mins 29 secs
Big Idea: Understanding our own motivations and personality types is not for the purpose of destroying ourselves, but becoming aware of the loving way to look at ourselves with compassion, as God does. Special insights, not coupled with love, don’t help us or anyone else to grow spiritually. Enneagram types 8, 9 &1.
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
Duration: 19 mins 40 secs
Big Idea: Renewed spiritual life depends upon seeing ourselves and others as part of the same living ecosystem. No plant can survive alone. At the same time, no one being can be all kinds of being or personality in and of herself. The complex of Enneagram personalities can be a way to understand our own foibles, fears and false selves in order to weed out what needs to be uprooted so that God can work the whole garden. Overview of the whole Enneagram and types ______.
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
Duration: 19 mins 31 secs
Sun, Dec 23, 2018
Duration: 23 mins 20 secs
Big Idea: The last verse of the hymn invites us to lift our voices to SING. We are a people who HOPE, and so we can sing. This action was more radical for the people of Jesus' time because it required courage to resist the powers of empire that threatened "the least of these" that Jesus came to serve. Wherever there is injustice in this world, people who SING to Jesus as the real king are defying hopelessness.
Sun, Dec 09, 2018
Duration: 13 mins 31 secs
Big Idea: The shepherds got quite a wake-up call that night when the sky lit up "like a Christmas tree" (so to speak). Awe at the transformative glory of what God can do in our lives is the focus this week. Glories are streaming every day if we only have eyes to see. How would our lives be renewed if we saw the world and our lives through the lens of wonder?
Sun, Dec 02, 2018
Big Idea: One of the most famous stories about this beloved hymn took place in World War One, in 1914. British and German soldiers on the front lines called a truce on Christmas Day. So close were the encampments from one another, they could hear each other in the peaceful quiet of the truce singing "Silent Night," each in their own language. This prompted the soldiers to come out and meet on the battlefields, without weapons, and they spent the day playing soccer and exchanging small gifts -
Sun, Nov 25, 2018
Duration: 13 mins 49 secs
Big Idea: This life purpose was given to Abraham - be blessed in order to be a blessing. In the great chain of being, it is given to some to realize that they have been blessed, in order that the chain of blessings be increased. That is the way God is working out the purposes of creation for blessing. God is more Omega than Alpha.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Duration: 17 mins 23 secs
Big Idea: The ancient story of the flood and restoration of life on earth is another piece of God's Big Story with humans and life on earth. God has made this Creation and Covenant the source of a trustworthy relationship with humans. Can humans still trust this God to keep the promise? Can God still trust the humans to remember it?
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
Duration: 16 mins 23 secs
Big Idea: History is replete with "flood" stories--stories about life on earth being threatened by wickedness. Every devastating war, every community catastrophe has the potential to wipe out life. When life is threatened on this planet, what is required for human life to again flourish?
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
Big Idea: In the human-constructed world of our time we have everything we need to preserve the life and health of the planet, including the thriving of human life. God has "shut us in." Now we are the current stewards of decisions that our ancestors have made--for good or for ill--to care for the planet that is our ark. Are we going to honor the calling to obey God and care for the planet?