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!
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
Duration: 22 mins 20 secs
Big Idea: The list of beatitudes shows movement in the growth of a Christian community. "Heart purity" is the the next step. In the recognition of what our eventual state will be in the blessed economy, we will have motives that are free from selfish ambition, and recognize (see!) God as the proper goal of our desires. The person who longs to serve God and others for the sheer unselfish joy of honoring the Creator, and thus free of base motives, is blessed indeed!
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Duration: 27 mins 13 secs
Big Idea: Many often mistake 'meek' for 'doormat,' sometimes citing Jesus teaching to 'turn the other cheek.' That is a big distortion of this teaching. Living in an economy of grace means being receptive to gifts from others, NOT insults or abuse. 'Meek' means 'teachable,' able to be a learner. That's why the meek will inherit the earth.
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Duration: 24 mins 52 secs
Big Idea: Jesus tells the crowd that mourning is the first step in making a connection to God who does indeed hear our cries. The people who were enslaved in Egypt cried out to God, "this is not right!" If we are to be blessed, our mourning will be the first evidence that God is intervening to comfort us.
Sun, Jul 08, 2018
Duration: 21 mins 59 secs
Big Idea: What is your category of 'poverty?' Are you poor in money or resources? Poor in imagination or influence? In health or hope? Whatever your category of poverty, Jesus reminds you that you are blessed. Not that you feel blessed--but that you ARE blessed.
Sun, Jul 01, 2018
Duration: 17 mins 47 secs