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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Looking for Truth

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Today we will be talking about truth, and especially how we can find truth that affects our lives.

But this is new for us.

Because we aren’t on the look out for truth nearly as much as we are on our guard against things that are not true.

We tend to be pretty skeptical.  No one wants to be made the fool, or tricked, or come across as looking gullible. This may have started when we were kids.  Many of us were lucky enough to have amazing, loving, attentive parents.

Who also happened to be liars.

Think about a few lies almost all parents tell.  Let’s say parents are on a walk or on a car trip with kids.

Child: How much longer?  

Parent: We are almost there.

Are we really almost there? If by almost, you mean another two miles on foot, or another 3 hours in the car. Potato, Potahto.

Child: Where is the dog? 

Parent: The dog went to live on a farm.

Oh yeah? What farm? Can we go visit? I didn’t think so.

Child: Can I go to the party?  

Parent: We’ll see.

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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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Forgiveness and Resentments

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I have a notoriously bad memory. I can’t remember anything. Which is funny because at least half of Megan’s and my conversations involve reminiscing. and I really love them because for me it’s like storytime! Megan tell me great stories about when the kids were little, or things we did in New York and she assures me that I was there! And I’m sure I was. But I sure can’t remember. At least not the details.

I do however have perfect recall of every time I’ve been hurt! And especially for every time someone hurt or was less than kind and considerate to someone in my family. There are 12-14 year olds in Ohio who I would probably recognize right now because they wouldn’t share with Mac or Andrew 10 years ago. They’re still on my list and they’d better watch their backs. No, not really. I forgive all of them, if they even did anything wrong.

It’s just funny how memories work. At least how mine works, or doesn’t. Beautiful perfect days all fade into each other and eventually away. But anything unpleasant? 4K HD resolution forever.
Our memories are like that with resentments.

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