Sometimes the medium is the message. In the case of the Messiah, how Jesus comes here is almost as telling as his arrival. We see that if we are to believe this story, we must believe an unwed pregnant 14 year old girl, finding we must side with the poor and the powerless.
We take a deep look at Herod, a deranged king who had everything and was threatened by a baby. We look into our hearts, and how Jesus threatens our own kingdoms. This, we find, is a gift.
In reflecting on the expectations people had of the hero God promised, we reflect on our own, and the world Jesus invades. We begin preparing for the coming of Christ.
Is the glass half-full or half-empty? We reflect on an old question and tired answers, seeing something new emerge in our understanding of gratitude.
Jacob leaves behind an old way of life, and we wrestle with the power of idols in our lives, and how we might be free to worship the only One worth our worship.
We experience a love that makes the first move, moving us further from fear and closer to our identity as the children of God.
A dark page in the Scriptures reveals an old problem and a God who cares deeply about things being made right. We reflect on an ancient assault with very modern ramifications. Warning: Parents please take caution if you have children listening...this one may not be suitable for kids.
Jacob schemes, dreams and gets into conflict...again. We see that there's only one who can lay claim to the road ahead of Jacob. Or the road ahead of us.
An arms race of fertility delivers a message for people in relationships and for anyone who is unloved, unseen.
Who is writing the story? Got interrupts, then doesn't...and we find The Trickster gets got on a journey to discover who he is in the story of God.
Jacob enters the story clutching, and his clutching and search for identity exposes our own. We find a person caught up in a story bigger than himself. We find ourselves wrestling with the same story.
Faith is putting your money, life, words, and actions where your belief is. We see an incredible down payment on the promise given to Abraham, and our own hopes are kindled in the war zones we are facing.
God asks an impossible thing, which leads to a belief in the impossible. We dive into what may be the most challenging story of faith in the Scriptures to find a God who does the impossible.
Hagar and Ishmael, once again, take center stage in the drama of God's family. We see that sometimes the help we desperately need is right here in front of us.
We are challenged by a story about destruction, a story that surprises us with its portrayal of the mercy of God. Theological questions abound, as does the love of God.
God can take bitter laughter and turn it into joy. He can make the sad things come untrue. He can make old things new.
Abrams gets a new name, a circumcision, and we get a new perspective on the God who sees Hagar and Sarah. A challenging look at the cost of faith and what it looks like to live inside a belief in the God who does the impossible.
God makes a one-sided, epic covenant with Abram. He has a story and a place for all of us. Also we get to talk about stars!
In a strange text, we find a priest who predates the priesthood, pointing to the last priest and our need for a priest fulfilled. Everything we are looking for, we somehow find ultimately in Jesus. Even in Genesis 14.
We meet Abram, and find a dead-end interrupted by the dreams of God. Blessed to be blessing, we find a call of God for us to come out of barren, lifeless places and into the adventures of God.