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?
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
Duration: 19 mins 18 secs
Big Idea: Why does evil persist in a universe that God declared "Good?" This question has haunted humans forever, so much so that philosophers and thinkers have a name for it, the "theodicy" question. How we deal with this serious question will lead us either into life or despair.
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Duration: 15 mins 22 secs
Big Idea: The creation that is still going on in you is what you and God are doing together in creating the purpose of your life. The most persistent feature of creation is it's continual evolution toward a future of a lovely and beautiful purpose. The universe is becoming aware of itself and of its purpose alongside its creator.
Sun, Oct 07, 2018
Duration: 19 mins 29 secs
Big Idea: How does creation continue by means of the diversity of languages and peoples and cultures? Does diversity only drive us into tribes, or does it contribute to healthy human thriving? What is God up to in a world of immense cultural diversity?
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
Duration: 16 mins 57 secs
Big Idea: "Am I my brother's keeper?" is the question that Cain asks of God. From the rest of the story we know that God's answer is "Yes, you are!" Even though Cain is punished for his crime, God still is taking care of him by not abandoning him to the cycle of retribution, so that the cycle of killing and vengeance will be stopped by Cain's forehead mark.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
Duration: 21 mins 56 secs
Big Idea: The consequences of falling out of step with creation blessings can be catastrophic. But God's care for God's creation doesn't stop with expelling the earth creatures from the garden. God is still taking care of them by making them clothing, to protect their vulnerability.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
Big Idea: The Universe, and all life within it, is fundamentally a blessing, fundamentally good, and created to flourish, with us in it. This doesn’t prevent hardship and difficulties, but it does strengthen us as we go through tough times. It allows us to deepen in faith and spirituality without fear. Life in all its joys and struggles is a blessing–which means, it is something worth sharing.
Sun, Sep 02, 2018
Big Idea: The culmination of blessedness is the unlikely and unintuitive state of being blessed under persecution. Evil does not give up quietly, Jesus says. However, the economy of grace does not depend on the capitulation of evil. It depends on God, the only true source of blessedness.
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
Duration: 27 mins 48 secs
Big Idea: The promotion of peace in an economy of grace will generate pushback, from the people and communities who are threatened by the peacemakers. Persecution for the sake of righteousness is not just a tragedy, but is, in some sense inevitable, as long as the Kingdom of God is not yet fully established. And still, the persecuted are blessed, because they know who is their savior.
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
Duration: 30 mins 44 secs
Big Idea: After seeking God, the 'pure in heart' get a new understanding of their calling--to be peacemakers. Their understanding of peace is enlarged to a God-sized view, that of making the economy of grace available to all human beings. That's shalom!