Testimony Is Evidence

Several years ago, when we lived in Ohio, I opened the mailbox and found . . . a jury summons.

Ugh. I had never been on a jury before.  It was a super busy month at the church where I was serving, and with my family, so the timing wasn’t great. But I wasn’t too worried . I had heard from several pastor friends that no one wants a pastor on a jury.  The day of the summons came and after just a few minutes of waiting they called my number to come to the jury box to answer a few questions.

What is your name? Megan.

Is it correct that you are a pastor? Why yes, yes it is.

Can you state the name of the church where you serve?  Sure.  No problem.

At this point I started gathering up my things, thinking about what was next on my schedule, now that I was almost done at the courthouse. 

But then they asked one more question: Is there anything about your role as pastor that would keep you from being a fair member of a jury? 

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Podcast Episode 21 (Truth 2)

Here is Megan and Dave’s 21th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 16 and a half minute long podcast episode, we talk about Truth and EvidenceWe also chat about:

  • Jury Duty
  • How the Bible is like testimony
  • Alligators
  • Why people don’t like good news
  • Dave gives a retraction about something he said last week

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Podcast Episode 20 (Truth 1)

Here is Megan and Dave’s 20th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 21 minute long podcast episode, we talk about Truth and How and Why We Believe What We doWe also chat about:

  • Our Questionable Leadership
  • Caveman Brains
  • Car Magnets
  • The comforting lies of Disney World

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Truth and Being Social

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I remember the first time I disobeyed a posted sign. I felt like such a rebel.

I felt like this guy right here.

Signs are really powerful for us. But the signs I want to talk about today aren’t the flat signs with words and warnings printed on them.

I want to talk about the kinds of signs we look for, and listen for, that let us know if someone else is a part of our tribe, or not.

Like the way people dress.

Look at this picture. You instantly know if you can, or want to, hang out with these guys, right? You don’t need to think about it. You just know.

There are all kinds of signs that are indicators, that create an in-group and an out-group. There are all kinds of signs that say, “You’re either with us, or you’re against us. And they’re not always physical signs.

The way we dress, or talk, what we talk about, who we listen to, who we hate…all of these things are signs that say what group we belong to. All of these things are signs that tell us who we are.

Signs and the belonging they signify are powerful, so powerful that they short-circuit our ability to reason and they short circuit our faith.  Signs pre-determine what we believe to be true.

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Podcast Episode 19

Here is Megan and Dave’s 19th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 17 minute long podcast episode, we talk about the Holy Spirit and our new topic Truth. We also chat about:

  • Lies told to children
  • Cynicism
  • How Dave is unable to be wholesome for long
  • Unforgivable actions

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Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

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Some families have some weird rules about what is forgivable and what is unforgivable. 

  • Like whether the toilet paper goes over or under on the roll.
Correct Answer: Over
  • Or whether the toothpaste tube should be squeezed in the middle (like it is by the barbarian I live and work with) or flattened up from the end, like a polite person should do. 
  • I once overheard a woman scream at her child from across a park, “You put that down! We are a Pepsi family!”

Knowing what’s forgivable and what’s not is how we stay in a family, or a group of friends, or a community. And usually, no one comes right out and says what’s unforgivable.

Usually we find that out that key piece of information right after we did whatever it happens to be.

But Jesus comes right out and tells us what the only thing is that we can’t do.

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The Holy Spirit (and Mother’s Day)

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I’m going to be honest with you all.

Mother’s Day is a tricky day for the church.

For some of you,  it is pretty straightforward. On Mother’s Day you celebrate your mom with lunch together, or you are celebrated by your children, some cards, some flowers.  To you all, I wish you a wonderful Mothers Day celebrating together. Being a mom isn’t easy, and a lot of you aren’t just moms, you are great, hard working (and probably exhausted) moms, and you are pouring into your children everyday, or supporting your children as they raise up their own. Make sure your family appreciates you. Or at least grab a nap.

For some, Mother’s Day is great.   And for some it’s really, really hard.

Some of you have had to say goodbye to your mom.

Some of you have battled with infertility, maybe for a really long time, wanting to be a mom.

Some of you are moms who have lost children.

Some of you might not want to be a mom and  people get really judgey about that.

Some of you have a mom who is sick, or who the relationship there is….not what you’d like to it to be.

Some of you are finding a role change in your life, where now you are taking care of the mom who took care of you.

So for Mother’s Day, we could  focus on the mothering side of God .Or one year I preached about how God is like a mother hippo. But that didn’t go over so well.  Or we could have gone the way of one pastor I knew, who totally forgot it was mother’s day at all….and preached on hell.

But this year we are focusing on everything Jesus taught. Looking back to January, we have looked at how Jesus’ teachings can help us live our lives to the fullest. We have studied forgiveness.  But what does Jesus say about mothers?

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Podcast Episode 18

Here is Megan and Dave’s 18th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 26 minute long podcast episode, we talk about the Holy Spirit. We also chat about:

  • Ghosts!
  • Why ghosts always seem to be Victorian
  • Why people believe in ghosts
  • Seriously, we talked too much about ghosts…
  • & How we have experienced the Holy Spirit in our lives

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Podcast Episode 17

Here is Megan and Dave’s 17th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 21 minute long podcast episode, we talk about forgiving over and over again. We also chat about:

  • Anti-social sheep
  • Statistics
  • The time we thought our dog ran away, but she was asleep while deaf
  • How to reach out to people who left a community
  • Eating dinners with sinners

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Podcast Episode 16

Here is Megan and Dave’s 16th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 24 minute long podcast episode, we talk about resentments. We also chat about:

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