Good In, Good Out

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On the podcast that Dave and I have been doing each Monday, we were talking about how what we watch on television gets into our heads and affects what we do.

This seems to be especially true with reality television.

For example, if we watch home improvement shows Dave and I start taking down walls in our house.

When we watch traveling shows we start planning a trip.

Once Dave and I binge-watched an entire season of American Ninja Warrior. That’s the one where people compete on these intense obstacle courses after training for years to prepare. A few episodes in,  I decided I was, in fact, a future ninja warrior and started doing push ups on the commercials and jogging in place.

But then we took a break from ninja warrior to watch the Great British Baking Show. A few episodes into that one I was making a layered chocolate cake in the kitchen with raspberries on top and talking about its “crumb.”

(I realize that the baking show and the ninja warrior competition don’t create complementary goals for my life. So I’m going with the  cake.)

Whatever we are watching tends to affect what we talk about, think about.  Or, in other words:

What we put in is what we get out.

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Podcast Episode 4

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

In this 23 and a half minute long podcast episode, they talk about Loving Our Enemies and Putting Good In to Get Good Out. But they also chat about:

  • Power outages
  • Fried Turkey
  • Dog poop trash can politics
  • Redemption
  • How certain tv shows temporarily change their personalities
  • Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert
  • Proof Texting
  • What the Bible really is

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Loving Our Enemies

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For all of the things we may hate about the internet, there is one thing I think we can all agree is truly fantastic…  Stories and pictures of interspecies friendships.

Cats and dogs napping together.

An elephant and a black lab playing.

A gorilla cuddling a kitten.

Amazing.

One of these stories recently caught my eye because it seemed so unlikely. The two species weren’t just uncommon together. They were enemies. Predator and prey. At the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia there is a Siberian tiger named Amur. Twice a week they throw in a live goat for Amur to eat. And every time, he quickly pounces on the goat and devours him.

Until he didn’t.

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Podcast Episode 3

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

In this 24 minute long podcast episode, they talk about Integrity and Love. But they also chat about:

  • Dave’s college job washing dishes at Panera
  • First love
  • Social awkwardness (well, Dave’s)
  • What we are saved by
  • The Crown
  • Forgiveness

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Integrity

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” — C.S. Lewis

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We hear the word integrity and our minds jump to big examples of people who had it,  and people who don’t. But no one starts off with the huge ethical quandaries.

There are a thousand little dilemmas that we all have to face that determine how we’ll do when it comes to the big ones.

Like those little water cups you get at Panera Bread.

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Podcast Episode 2

Listen to Megan and Dave’s second episode in the Everything Jesus Taught podcast series!

In this episode, Megan and Dave chat with each other about:

  • Courage
  • Integrity
  • Westboro Baptist Church
  • Circumcision!
  • How they avoid being hypocrites as parents
  • DIY projects

and much more!

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Courage

Way before I was a pastor, before seminary and serving churches and ordination, I was a volunteer with the youth group. Dave and I both were, and we worked with the youth group every week, helping to lead games or give a talk or sing songs with them. Then the time came to plan for the middle school summer trip. The trip was scheduled for just 3 days after we would return from our honeymoon, 2 weeks after our wedding. This particular year, we were doing the 8th grade plunge, which involved about 15 eighth graders and 4 leaders sleeping under tarps and going to the bathroom in the woods for a week.

I can probably think of a more romantic way to have started our married life together.

But off we went as newly weds to help that group of eighth graders learn to love Jesus, even though it didn’t involve flush toilets or electricity or even tents.  When we left for the trip I had been camping maybe twice in my whole life. But there we were, out in the woods of Tennessee. Just us, a sleeping bag, and a tarp.

And I. Was. Terrified.

It was all so …. naturey.  But then, to really take it up a notch, we not only camped but did high adventure wilderness activities, everyday. One day, we hiked several miles into the woods. Another day we went deep into the depths of a natural cave, moving through tunnels way underground. And then, on the last day, we set off to go white water rafting.

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Following Jesus

A few months ago, I went to see my doctor for a physical.

He did the nerviest thing.

He told me that I needed to get my blood checked for cholesterol.

So I made the follow-up appointment for the bloodwork for the following week. The night before the blood test was a real hardship for me.

I fasted all night. From 10pm on… with no food. In the morning, I got up extra early, got there right on time, and looked at one of the doctor’s many photos from his travels as the nurse took my blood. (I always steal a quick look at the procedure just to confirm that I still can’t watch the blood be drawn.)

I left feeling good about myself. I had followed the doctor’s orders and gotten my blood tested, just like he told me. If my arm wasn’t sore, I would have patted myself on the back.

But the next day, I got an email not only with the results, but with the doctor’s prescription, too. Very brief and to the point. It said, “Triglicerides too high. Lose 10 pounds and test again.”

And I thought, “Or?……”

I thought I had already done what the doctor told me to do.

He told me to get a blood test, I got the blood test! I did what he said.

But now he wanted me to make some changes, to follow his will in my life, so that I could be healthy.

I’ll bet you can see where this is going.

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Podcast Episode 1

Listen to Megan and Dave’s first episode in the Everything Jesus Taught podcast series!

In this first podcast, Megan and Dave chat with each other about:

  • What a podcast is
  • Why they are doing this year long series on Everything Jesus Taught
  • Dave’s cholesterol
  • Zombies
  • How Jesus’ burden is light
  • and much more

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