Podcast 27: Money and People

Here is Megan and Dave’s 27th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 25 minute long podcast episode, we talk about Money and People! We also chat about:

  • The 5 worst investments you can make because they aren’t investments, they’re get-rich-quick schemes
  • Used cars
  • People who have invested in us

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Money and People

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Today’s scripture is about investing. 

When we think about investing, we think about investing in things. We invest in stocks and companies. We invest in things we think will be worth something someday, or that will change our lives.

There was a period in the 90s when we were all encouraged to invest in beanie babies, these small stuffed animals that we were told might be really worth something someday.

Some people invest in commemorative plates, or coins. Or we invest in things that promise to change who we are for the better. Things like a $2000 home gym system that will definitely make us into athletes, not gather dust and be where we dry the laundry. 

And do you ever notice how some people describe all purchases they make as an investment? I wonder how that started? It’s a good sales pitch. Don’t think of this car as an expense, think of it as an investment in your future. This watch might seem expensive, but it’s really an investment in your success. 

No, what it is, is a depreciating asset. Investments are supposed to become more valuable over time. That’s really the only mark of an investment. 

But really, we’ll run with just about any excuse to buy stuff. It’s pathological. “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” That’s America. 

And we end up with houses full of things that our kids will have to get rid of, and still we don’t feel satisfied. We feel empty, so we keep chasing it, until we get wise to the fact that it’s just a game we don’t have to play. 

But sometimes, we’re forced to see the truth about money and things sooner than we’d like to, like when we lose a job, or go through a crisis. 

That’s what happens in our teaching from Jesus today.

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Podcast 26: Money and Wisdom

Here is Megan and Dave’s 26th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 17 minute long podcast episode, we start talking about Money! We are going to spend the next five weeks on Everything Jesus Taught about Money, and so we started with this one. We also chat about:

  • Dave Ramsay
  • How preachers are known for talking about money, and how we want to be different
  • A Venn Diagram description
  • 15 Year Mortgages
  • Stewardesses

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Demons

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Here’s the kind of demon that I’m used to dealing with:

But demons can be all sorts of things.

Addictions.

Fears.

Anything that haunts you and controls you can be thought of as a demon.

We’re going to talk a little about those today.

And we’re also going to talk about the demons that show up in the gospels and talk to Jesus before he casts them out.

What do we do with those?

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Podcast 25: EJT about The Devil!

Here is Megan and Dave’s 25th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 25 minute long podcast episode, we talk about the Devil as a part of everything Jesus taught about Devils and Demons. We also chat about:

  • Which Hogwarts house we would each be in
  • Why Pastors shouldn’t be cool
  • The movie, “The Waterboy”
  • Our newest roommate in the studio
  • Suffering, evil, cancer, and God

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Podcast 24: Individualism- EJT about the American Way!

Here is Megan and Dave’s 24th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 26 minute long podcast episode, we talk about Individualism as a part of everything Jesus taught about the American Way. We also chat about:

  • Dave’s ridiculous thrift store leather couch story
  • Bombing while preaching
  • Diet Coke
  • Parenting “experts”
  • Cultural conditioning
  • Sheep
  • THE DEVIL

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Individualism: Everything Jesus Taught about the American Way

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Individualism: the idea that freedom of thought and action for each person is the most important quality of a society, rather than shared effort and responsibility

I’ve got to say, I’m a little conflicted about this topic. Because I really love my freedom of thought and action. Really really.

Really. 

It’s also clear to me that we’ve gone too far with it. 

But it’s really hard to draw the line between personal freedom and shared responsibility, isn’t it?

Individualism is one of the greatest innovations in history. It has its roots in the Bible. It’s the foundation of our country, and of all Western society.  I wouldn’t trade it. 

But it also has a long list of downsides.

Individualism combines with our natural human arrogance in an insidious way. I don’t think it would be off-base to say that all of the major problems we’re facing in our society right now are all consequences of individualism. Our division, our suspicion of one another, our inability to talk about our values with people who don’t agree, the idea of a post-truth world, even the staggering wealth gap, and the disappearing middle class, all stem from individualism run amok.

But it’s still better than the alternatives, which on the extreme end politically would be communism and totalitarianism, and in the local church and community would be communal living, and I really like my privacy.

So I’m conflicted. 

That’s why we’re looking at everything Jesus taught about the American Way. Because there are a lot of things about being an American that aren’t necessarily bad,  that shape the way we see the world, and the way we approach God. But they sure aren’t Christian. And individualism is one of those things. 

Individualism is all about each person doing things their own way.

That’s not the way the world always was, and there’s a whole history to that, but it’s kind of boring, so we’re not going to get into it. 

Well maybe just a little. And really reductionistic… 

So…why did the Pilgrims cross the ocean?

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Podcast 23: Scarcity- EJT about the American Way!

Here is Megan and Dave’s 23rd episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 31 minute long podcast episode, we talk about Scarcity and Abundance as a part of everything Jesus taught about the American Way. We also chat about:

  • Paper towels and key lime pie
  • Closet space in the church
  • Multiplying wheelchairs!
  • Dave’s inability to throw away food
  • Our conflicted minimalist aspirations
  • Love and stuff

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Podcast 22: EJT about Truth, Justice and the American Way!

After an unintentional hiatus for the summer…here is Megan and Dave’s 22nd episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In a nearly 45 minute long podcast episode, we talk about Truth, Justice and the American WayWe also catch up about:

  • Summer time travels (that our kids took without us)
  • How much money Dave would have if he hadn’t sold that Apple stock in 2007
  • Walter White and Tony Soprano
  • Dave’s problems with fundamentalists
  • Meditation

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Everything Jesus Taught about the American Way: Toughness

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We’ve looked at truth and justice. For the next three posts we’re going to look at everything Jesus taught about the American way.

Just like Superman! But we will continue to wear our underwear inside of our clothes.

We’ve picked three of the core values that most of us share as Americans, and we will hold them up against the teachings of Jesus to see what we find. As core values ,they often are completely unquestioned. We just believe them and sometimes we don’t even know that we believe them. They just are. 

And the first one is really captured by Superman, especially when the bullets bounce off of his chest.

And that’s toughness.

Toughness

Being super tough is what gets you hero status for us here in America. We worship the kind of power that makes others submit, whether they like it or not.

On the screen, power usually belongs to a good guy who just wants to be left alone until he’s pushed to the edge. But once he is pushed far enough, he always kills all the bad guys. And there’s something in us as Americans that says that’s what it means to be tough.  

But what did Jesus teach? 

Well, Jesus taught a kind of toughness especially for people with no power.  

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