Messages & Audio Teachings

Diverse taste: Pecans, maple, apple, and peanut butter

Diverse taste: Pecans, maple, apple, and peanut butter

Writing an article about Father's Day is much easier than writing an article about Mother's Day. I have personal experience with fathering. And I was blessed to have a father in my life that I remember fondly. Theologically, the word "Father" is loaded with meaning....

Flies, camels, and lemonade: Claiming the moral high ground

Flies, camels, and lemonade: Claiming the moral high ground

I might as well get this out at the beginning since it's bound to come up at some point. I'm a hypocrite. I try hard not to be a hypocrite, but the truth is that I fail to do what I claim I want to do. Sometimes my actions don't reconcile with my beliefs. I bought a...

Speak: When silence is betrayal

Speak: When silence is betrayal

Emotions are running high across the world. Here in Michigan, life is searching for normality as the number of new cases of COVID-19 reached safer levels. And a couple of weeks ago, our conversations focused on our hopes for a new normal where systemic equities are at...

Empathy: Our sons & daughters

Empathy: Our sons & daughters

Is there a shortage of empathy today? According to Kaitlin Luna, host of Speaking of Psychology, this is precisely what is going on. In a 2019 podcast, Ms. Luna stated that "Concern and care for others' feelings are virtues we seek to instill in our children." But...

When? Sheep, goats, and decisions

When? Sheep, goats, and decisions

Our conversations for the past few weeks centered around the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, where the pandemic is highlighting inequalities in our systems. As a result, groups of people are disproportionately affected. Meanwhile, there is growing tension and...

Live: Coming May 31

Live: Coming May 31

What does life look like in the new normal? Forgetting for a moment that life is a constant sea of change and doesn’t go backward, will we ever feel like life is back to normal again? We come to the end of our series, Risen, on May 24, and begin a new series titled...

Older together: The wisdom of the elders

Older together: The wisdom of the elders

Last week our conversation looked behind some of the biblical metaphors that make scripture applicable in all generations. Labels such as widows, orphans, and foreigners are much more than their simple definitions. They offer powerful lessons for us as we consider...

Cooperation: Re-thinking the art of war

Cooperation: Re-thinking the art of war

Humans perfected the art of war until it became possible to annihilate staggering numbers of enemies. And now we spend energy and resources trying to keep these destructive tools out of the hands of people who might be willing to use them indiscriminately. These...