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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The Devil

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I have a cold today.

Which is fitting. Because we are going to be talking about the devil.

I do wish we could blame the devil for things. He would be such an easy one to pin it on. We nod in that direction.

We say things like

  • the devil made me do it,
  • the devil is in the details,
  • the devil is coming out of my nose.

That last one isn’t a saying, but maybe it should be.

But then we have a feeling that isn’t what we really believe, as Presbyterians. It would be easy to pin this cold on the devil trying to get me to stay in bed and watch Netflix but I think i think the blame actually lies with the start of school germs that are in every home with children right now.  So if we can’t blame the devil for things like a cold, what do we believe then about the devil?

The devil and demons aren’t something we talk a lot about in the Presbyterian Church. As postmodern Christians, we tend to shy away from really thinking about the devil and demons and evil. It feels a little like Greek mythology, with God and the devil battling it out. But there is no getting around the mention of them in the gospel teachings. 

I was thinking back to my earliest impressions of what the devil might be. 

A lot of it came from cartoons.

The devil showed up a lot in the cartoons of the 80s, usually perched on someone’s shoulder. This version of the devil would whisper things into your ear, trying to get you to listen. But there was always a little angel on the other shoulder, pulling you the other way to convince you to do the right thing.  

Or there were kids who dressed up like the devil on Halloween, which always involved a red tail and a pitchfork and usually some sort of horns. 

Or, there was the George Burns version.

I grew up watching the 1980’s ” O God” movies with George Burns on VHS tape. He may have been my favorite devil of them all. George Burn’s devil had a great sense of humor and drove an amazing car.  Why wouldn’t you, if you were the devil? These were my earliest devil impressions.  I’m sure you have some of your own too.  We all have some image of the devil.

But what do we really believe about the devil?

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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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Scarcity: Everything Jesus Taught about the American Way

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As Americans, most of us wrestle with some level of a fear of there not being enough. We worry there won’t be enough for us, or that there won’t be enough to go around. The truth is this fear isn’t unfounded.  The competition that is at the core of our economy as Americans virtually assures that some will not have enough. For those who struggle each day to get food on the table or to make rent, scarcity isn’t a distant fear, it is is a reality.  This is the kind of hardship we have been talking about the past few weeks when we looked at what Jesus taught about social justice, and our call and responsibility to help those who need us.

But for today, I want us to focus on the fear of scarcity that isn’t grounded in a daily struggle to make ends meet. This is the kind of fear that shows up in us when we aren’t experiencing an actual hardship, but we still have a nagging feeling that there won’t be enough.  We hold on tight to what we have, we protect what’s ours, we worry about me and mine. When this happens, there really is enough for what we need, but we make decisions as if there isn’t. This is what we will call the scarcity mindset.

The scarcity mindset believes there will never be enough, and acts based on this perception of lack, whether there is truly a lack of resources or not.

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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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