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Oct

Seeing God in the Eyes of Your Enemies

Posted on October 27th, 2020

Around the world, we’re all feeling the dramatic effects of the U.S. elections. This moment demands we grapple with the question, “How should I relate to those who think drastically different than I do?” We know the right answer is “to love”, but for many of us, it’s challenging to know how to love when the stakes are high. In today’s podcast, we learn an important lesson from Martin Buber, a well-known German-Jewish theologian who lived during WWI. From there, we’ll explore 3 questions for how we can know whether or not we are actually loving our enemies. Listen to the three questions here…

In today’s podcast, I conclude a three-part series on how Scripture invites us to live and lead in such deeply polarizing times. Throughout this series, we are exploring a total of six radical invitations. In part one, I explored the first two of these invitations, 1) surrendering everything & 2) embracing our limits. In part two, we continued by looking closely at 3) mastering the way of contentment & 4) remaining faithful regardless of outcomes. In today’s episode, we will examine our final two invitations, 5) choosing to love our enemies & 6) refusing to belittle other’s perspectives If you need anchor points to weather this political storm, then listen to today’s podcast.

We are in a political season like one we’ve never seen. Pastors and leaders feel the weight of responsibility to shepherd their churches through the intensity of this polarized moment. Not only this, but many people in our churches expect us to represent their political perspective from the pulpit. It doesn’t help that everyone feels like THEY are the ones hearing from God! In last week’s podcast, I explored how our overly-politicized climate is not different from when Jesus walked the earth. Today, I continue the conversation by offering the next two radical invitations from Scripture that will help leaders navigate this moment with health, wisdom, and maturity. If you need some anchor points to weather this political storm, then listen to today’s podcast.

We are in a political season like one we’ve never seen. Pastors and leaders feel the weight of responsibility as it relates to shepherding their churches through the intensity of this polarized moment. Not only this, but many in our churches expect us to represent their political perspective from the pulpit. It doesn’t help that everyone feels like THEY are the ones hearing from God! In the first episode of this three-part series, I explore how our overly-politicized climate is not different from when Jesus walked the earth. Then I begin to offer six radical invitations from Scripture that will help leaders navigate this moment with health, wisdom, and maturity. If you need some anchor points to weather this political storm, then listen to today’s podcast.

29
Sep

Rest. God Is At Work

Posted on September 29th, 2020

What should you do when you feel pressure from all sides? For some, the temptation is to avoid, dismiss, and check out from anything that makes us feel uncomfortable. For others, the pressure makes us feel the need to hustle, solve problems, and work ourselves into the ground. But what is God’s solution for leaders in this moment? Rest. Following up on last week’s podcast called “Relax. It’s going to be ok.”, I continue the theme by entering into God’s invitation for us found in Psalm 23. But how do we rest in a time like this? Listen along to find out.

22
Sep

Relax. It’s Going to Be Ok

Posted on September 22nd, 2020

Have you noticed that everyone is a little on edge? (This may be the understatement of the year!) Pastors and leaders are not exempt. Every day, leaders are looking for a reprieve from the cascading crises all around us – recession, politics, racism, and the ongoing pandemic. We know that stress and anxiety aren’t better options, but what else are we supposed to do? This why Jesus us call to relax. If that seems elementary or insensitive, then listen along to today’s episode where Pete explores why relaxing into Christ is really our best option in a moment like this.

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