Saturday, May 29, 2010

here is a fixed version of last post

sorry I didn't catch that sooner. I will try and record the next teaching today, "the empire strikes back parts one and two"


Sunday, May 23, 2010

The radical gospel of Matthew's Jesus part 2 (the sequel)

Does Isaiah really say a virgin will be with child? Why doesn't Matthew interpret Isaiah like a Hebrew wood? What does God with us mean? and what it all means to us


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Things sometimes get complicated

So there is this couple that hangs out at the local park. Well, the truth is they live there. We sometimes will talk with them when we are there and they are usually friendly. Sometimes he is not so friendly however. I have figured out that it is usually when he has had a few too many that he becomes a bit nasty.

His wife, who we all call momma, appears to have had a stroke, as she struggles to speak clearly, and has limited use of her right side. But she is always happy, and eager to say hello and have a cup of coffee with us.

But this is the thing. I have just heard that sometimes when he is drunk he beats her up. Now my first reaction quite honestly is, "if I see him lay a hand on her, I am gonna bust his head" Luckily for me, I have learned that my first reaction is usually not the one Jesus would have :) But then I think, what would Jesus do in this situation? If we stopped the violence, and then just moved on, it would continue as soon as we leave. If we call the cops and get him arrested, then a lady is all alone, and from my understanding isn't interested in being in a shelter. We don't have a room to share with her, or them right now. What do you do?

This is why I think we need the church. But not the church in its steepled, stained glass hierarchy, but in its small, communal, waiting on the Lord together kind of manifestation. Where we can wrestle with difficult situations, and listen together for the still small voice. Would love for your community to pray for ours as we strive to figure these things out.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

The radical gospel of Matthew's Jesus part 2

Here is part 2, please post your questions or comments


Thursday, May 06, 2010

The radical gospel of Matthew's Jesus part 1

Matthew 1:1-17 the geneology.

Let me please apologize for a mistake in the recording, which I can't easily fix as I don't have an editing program and record these straight through

When I said that the name david equaled the number fourteen that wasn't exactly correct. If you take the numerical value of d v d and add them together they equal 14.

Anyways hope to stir up some discussion


Sunday, May 02, 2010

The radical gospel of Matthew's Jesus intro

This has been a long time goal of mine, and I discussed it with my community and we came to the decision that it would be a good thing for me to do this series. They did, (knowing my tendencies towards obsession) ask that I limit my internet time. So I am very happy to get into discussions, and arguments and the like however I will need to keep my time to one hour on Thursday night and one hour on Sunday night.

ok, now I know this might be a bit boring, but just listen to this, and I promise the actual bible studies will have a bit more bite :)

intro to matthew