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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Easter: The Foundation of Forgiveness

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Easter is a great day to be in church, and on this particular year, it is not only Easter but also…. April Fools Day. Which opens up so. many. possibilities. to mess with the children in our lives today.

Possibilities to do things like this:

One parent unwrapped all the chocolate candy and used the wrappers to wrap us these grapes to put in their kids Easter basket. And what is a parent supposed to do with all that chocolate? Guess we better eat it.

Another parent filled Easter eggs. But not with candy. With vegetables.

Or there was another parent who was really committed and carefully filled this chocolate bunny… with mustard.

There is this Easter basket filled not with toys or candy but with …. cleaning supplies.

Or, I think this one’s my favorite- this person made cake pops with a chocolate coating surrounding…Brussel sprouts.

This Easter may be April Fool’s Day, but this Easter, like every Easter, we come together as the church. The lilies are ready. The music is prepared. The ham is cooking.

And, once again this year, we read the story of Easter in the Bible. The story of what happened on that Sunday morning nearly 2000 years ago is the most important story of why we believe Jesus was more than just a man.

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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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Letting Go of Legalism

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Several years ago Dave and I bought an older home in Ohio. The house was perfect for us and our young kids, with a large flat backyard and nice bedrooms.

We were young homeowners, so we worked really hard to follow the rules of good homeownership. We mopped the floors and vacuumed the carpet and scrubbed the counters and cabinets. We watered the plants and took out the trash.

The kitchen was one of our favorite spots, having lived mostly in apartments, with all of the cabinets and space to cook, so we made sure it was especially clean. There was even a corner cabinet, with one of those lazy susan spinning storage shelves built right in, which was perfect for all of the kids’ crackers and snacks.

But one evening just after we finished cleaning up from dinner, I heard Dave yelp in the kitchen. I went running in just in time to see him slam the lazy susan cabinet door shut.

There was a mouse.

In the corner cabinet. It had found a steady source of snacks with the saltines we had stored in there. And the mouse, surprised by Dave’s opening of the cabinet, had leapt off of the lazy susan, right toward him. But he had shut the door quickly enough that it was trapped.

We had a few possibilities. The obvious solution seemed to be to burn down the house.

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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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