269- Skimming Over Advent

“Does anybody care about Advent?”

While our churches are talking about Advent, the rest of the world has long abandoned the liturgical calendar. The Christmas season is now commercial and has overridden our season of anticipation, but it’s even worse than that.

In today’s podcast and post, I recycle a post from years ago to refresh our consideration that the church is no longer anticipating the Savior of the World, but a dread warrior who is coming back to destroy rather than love his enemies.

Join me now as we see beyond our anticipation of the “End Times” and explore why we stopped believing that God will arrive through each one of us.

268- Your Beloved Cult

“Are you under the influence of a cult?”

In today’s podcast and post we explore why no one in a cult believes they are in a cult. Then as we widen the definition of cult we will learn how in one sense, we all participate in cultish behaviors.

Join me now as we see beyond the religious cults which make all the headlines and go deeper into that thing which we believe is giving us the truth. If we gain the eyes to see, we’ll discover we are not as free as we think ourselves to be.

267-Subject Object Thanksgiving

Are you UNDER-THANKING this Thanksgiving?”

In today’s Thanksgiving podcast and post we take a deeper look at Gratitude it’s stream back toward the headwaters. While it’s good to be thankful for circumstances, possessions and people in our lives, the way in which we are thankful is far more vital than those things for which we are thankful.

Join me now as we seebeyondthe Golden Rule and gain a glimpse of what it means to graduate beyond Subject-Object Thanksgiving.

266- The Prophetic side of Love

“Where are the modern-day prophets? Why don’t religious, political, or institutional leaders have the vision and voice to bring the world toward healing?”

In today’s podcast and post, we consider the words of Zephaniah from the inside out. Forget all your religious frameworks, theologies and dogma’s, they can’t help us here. Lay aside your hope in political reform, it’s impotent here.

Join me now, if you can, as we see beyond our surface level existence and begin experiencing the underbelly of Love where prophetic vision allows us to see ultimate reality through the many distractions of life.

265-The Forty Third

“Do you know what it means to possess a “downcast soul?”

In today’s podcast and post we pause and return to our ongoing series exploring Psalms’ Greatest Hits with a look at the Forty-Third Psalm. What does it mean to have a downcast soul? What can we learn about inner turmoil?

Join me now as we see beyond our surface level disappointment and touch the depth of true suffering. Perhaps we will discover that there is no such thing as meaningless suffering in our world.

264-Called Out 6: Reform

“Do you think the Church needs major reform or some minor tweaking?

In today’s podcast and post we conclude our series on the church with a look at how she has reformed so far and if starting a new denomination has really helped anything. Perhaps reform doesn’t actually come as an edict from a new leader or board of directors.

Join me now as we see beyond the stagnated institutional church and look closer at a new way of not only defining the Church but a new way for all comers to experience Her.

263-Called Out 5: The Message

 “What is the message of the Church? If you answered; “The Gospel,” you’re right. But what is the Gospel?”

In today’s podcast and post we look closer at the message of the Church, the Gospel. Everyone has heard of it and most of us think we know what it is, but is there more to the message?

Join me now as we see beyond the common, evangelical understanding of the Gospel and look closer at how the Bible describes it. I think we’ll discover that our understanding of the Gospel is far too small.

262-Called Out 4: The Mission

“What is the mission of the Church? What is her ultimate purpose?”

If your experience is anything like mine, then you might assume that the mission of the church is to save souls from hell. You may think that making converts is her main work. In today’s podcast and post we look closer at the mission of the Church and compare what it has become to what it was when it started.

Join me now as we face the sobering judgment upon our beloved institution and see beyond conversion to religion and gain a glimpse of completion through faith.

261-Called Out 3: Leadership and Gifts

“What is the purpose of all the different kinds of churches that are found on every street corner?”

Don’t just skim over this question. The answer is not as simple asdifferent strokes for different folks. In today’s podcast and post we’ll learn why modern churches see their mission as conversion to religionand can’t work together toward a common goal of healing our cities

Join me now as we see beyond the early church’s simple leadership into its mission of restoration, healing and liberation.

260-Called Out 2: How it Began and Begins for us

“Have you ever compared the modern church to the one depicted in the Bible?

The difference is shocking. In today’s podcast and post we explore how over the centuries, the church has morphed from a community gathering into a global institutional power, complete with cradle to the grave programs, full-time staff members, and a political force of counter-cultural propaganda. Was that the goal of its Founder?

Join me now as we see beyond our jumbotrons, worship bands and fog machines, and learn how the Church started back then and how to discern the “real” thing amidst our culturally contrived institutions.