Podcast Episode 14

Here is Megan and Dave’s 14th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 22 minute long podcast episode, they talk about forgiveness. They also chat about:

  • Unfairness
  • The price of orange juice at restaurants
  • Dogs shaking hands
  • Kale
  • Cadbury Egg S’mores
  • Why forgiveness is so hard for us

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Podcast Episode 13

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

In this 22 minute long podcast episode, they talk about the many ways that church is delightfully weird. Like:

  • Mandatory Group Singing
  • Turning and Greeting Your Neighbor &
  • Many more

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Podcast Episode 12

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

In this 20 minute long podcast episode, they talk about Holy Week and Easter. But they also chat about:

  • Peeps
  • Cadbury Eggs
  • The powerlessness of the Cross

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Palm Sunday

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Do you ever wish for someone to come and just make everything better?

Well, if you are familiar with that feeling today, multiply it by a million and you will be close to how the Jewish people in Jesus’ day felt. Israel’s history was one of being conquered by one empire, then another. One empire carted them away from their homeland. The next one brought them back, but still ruled them. They ruled themselves as an independent kingdom for around 100 years, only to be conquered by the Romans, who didn’t so much conquer the nation themselves, but backed and bank-rolled a usurper, who was then loyal to Rome, and whose family held on to power by using foreign soldiers in the city of Jerusalm.

You can imagine that this all took a toll on the people of Israel. Not only because of the spiritual damage it did to their pride and patriotism. But also because of the heavy taxes they paid because of it.

Not to mention that every Sabbath they would read in their scriptures that the land was theirs, and that God had destroyed Israel’s enemies before.

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Podcast Episode 11

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

In this 24 minute long podcast episode, they talk about the second coming of Christ. But they also chat about:

  • The Left Behind series
  • Crazy Christian t-shirts in the 90’s
  • The other interpretations of the end times scriptures in the Bible

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Podcast Episode 10

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

In this 19 minute long podcast episode, they talk about legalism. But they also chat about:

  • Florida’s new (and stupid!) daylight savings time law
  • Dave’s war with mice
  • Christian jerks
  • Persuasive parenting
  • Their lemon tree

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Podcast Episode 9

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

In this 22 minute long podcast episode, they talk about pride. But they also chat about:

  • All the things “pride” means (including lions)
  • Self-esteem songs from elementary school
  • How we compare ourselves to others

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Letting Go of Pride

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Every Sunday night at our church youth group, all of the kids and leaders eat a meal together, on real plates, around tables, the works. It’s a really cool thing that we do. Every week, Jonathan and Vanessa, our youth and children’s ministry directors (respectively), buy the supplies, and a parent cooks and serves. A few weeks ago, it was our family’s turn, and I got to make spaghetti with meat sauce. Easy peasy.

I got there a couple hours early, because I wanted to let the sauce cook as long as possible. So I browned up all the meat, and I added in all the sauce and got it to a nice simmer, and then I look over at the pasta Vanessa had bought.

It was angel hair…

Angel hair is fine pasta. But it’s not what you serve with meat sauce. So I went to Publix and bought real spaghetti. The good thick kind.

When I got back, I saw Vanessa, and told her not to worry, I had saved dinner. Turns out, she likes angel hair. She bought it on purpose. So I made both kinds of pasta, and put everything out for the kids to make their plates.

Big bowl of spaghetti. Big bowl of angel hair. Big bowl of sauce. Big bowl of salad. All laid out in that order.

So the kids came in, and saw the pastas laid out, and guess which kind they overwhelmingly went for?

The angel hair. Even my own kids! The traitors.

It was an exercise in letting go of pride.

There’s nothing quite like reality to show you when you’re wrong. And there’s nothing like a roomful of witnesses to help you admit it. Especially when those witnesses are eating heaping bowls full of angel hair pasta.

But under different circumstances, it’s harder to admit.

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What is God Going to Do About Evil?

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My first experience of evil in the world was the school shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. I was in college at UCF, and the evil of it affected me in a real way…a way that no previous act of evil had… I feel that again this week.

Columbine, for me, was the first time that I saw how powerful evil could be in our world. It was the first time that I was forced to ask, “How could God allow something like this to happen? Why does he allow us the power to kill innocent people? Where is God now?”

Now, another act of evil has exploded across our world, taking seventeen lives, and forever altering hundreds more, shocking us at the callousness of those among us, and we ask the question again, “Where is God? Where is God in evil?”

Now, the correct answer is to say that God has no part in evil.

1 John 1:5 says that “God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.” And I believe that, and our church teaches that, because it’s true.

So if the cause of evil is what really matters, then we can ask the question “Why did God create a world where evil is allowed to happen?” And if that’s a question you’d like to discuss, I would be happy to buy you a cup of coffee so we can talk about it.

But I won’t do it today. Not this week.

Because that question is a dry, intellectual question that doesn’t really respect the pain and suffering and loss of life that evil has caused this week.

The better question is “What is God going to do about it?”

So what is God going to do about evil?

 He’s going to punish it.

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Podcast Episode 6

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

In this 25 minute long podcast episode, they talk about Healing.  But they also chat about:

  • The prosperity gospel
  • What NOT to say when someone is sick
  • Their first time making the ashes for Ash Wednesday

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