Holy-day Presents

We continue discussing our new callings for 2018, & Charles Dicken’s Christmas Carol--which Dr. Mike insists is really a NEW YEAR's story! This week we discuss how the Spirit meets us IN THE PRESENT,  reveal one or two details form the story you probably don’t know, including the reason Dickin’s wrote it in the first place! Also Christmas present mishaps and shenanigans. 

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Haunted Holidays

Have you ever been haunted by the past? Dr. Mike uses one of his favorite stories to discuss how  holidays and holy days work, especially Christmas (his fav) and New Years (his least fav)--reflecting on the past in the present to change the future. 

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PRAY-ACTING

Too many of us spend our lives like actors in a play, and we spend too much time trying to put on a good face--a PERSONA--for prayer. Instead, prayer could be the one place we are honest enough to find our authentic selves. Dr. Mike also discusses his nearly fatal hatred of one particular bug, and how to let go of things that bug us without ignoring them. 

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PRAYER

Most people feel bad that they don't pray enough. But then again, most don't realize that they don't really know how to pray. We start a new series this week, discussing the basics of PRAYER in the Builder stage of life. Dr Mike also tells stories about run ins with the law, as various other shenanigans ensue. 

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BRIDGERS

If we have taken a hard but loving look at ourselves, we can be understanding enough to dialogue with those who are different. Dr. Mike admits his clumsiness at home & abroad; why he thinks Christianity is losing ground in our culture, and we discuss persona, shadow, hypokrites, and the mature message of the Gospel.

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Michael Petrow
Builders and Breakers

We become--and encounter--different types of people in different seasons of life. We discuss Builders and Breakers, two types of people who are in crucial seasons, but who don't get along. Shenanigans ensue: we reference transformers, slapstick evangelism, and a bizarre moment from Moses's life that didn't make it into the coloring books. 

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The Calling

 As we look at the Burning Bush story, we discuss our own sense of calling, and what scripture tells us about our mission in life. Dr. Mike also reveals why he was a bad youth pastor, his favorite part of every movie, and which story his wife told him not to tell.  

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God Talks?

 Can we be skeptical of all the ways people abuse the God card while still choosing to believe the world is bubbling over with Divine Self Revelation? The story or the Burning Bush gives us some clues. Plus Dr. Mike confesses how God talk messed with his love life, and his love of Star Wars. 

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Abandoned

   God is silent sometimes and life feels like Hell, but that's part of realizing God hears us and feels our pain. (Wait...what?) The paradoxical desert spirituality of the Moses story continues! Plus Dr. Mike confess his deficiencies in running, parking, sermon writing, and Hebrew! 

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