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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Michael Petrow
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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Michael Petrow
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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Michael Petrow
Homesick

As Moses' story continues, we explore the spirituality of loneliness, and Dr. Mike quotes a wise old turtle, his sister, and what one congregant clearly whispers is "like the best book I've ever read." 

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Michael Petrow
Into the RED LANDS

We follow Moses and Egyptian mythology into the RED LANDS--those moments in our own life when we  have to leave the familiar behind, accept life's chaos, and let it all break us down so something new can emerge. Plus, moon beams, sparkle ponies, and ancient alchemists!  

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Michael Petrow
The Best Laid Plans

More MOSES: sometimes life doesn't go according to plan. We are betrayed by our own actions, our people, and even our best ideals, but sometimes this can lead to a benevolent breakdown. Also featuring  mini muffins, westerns, and RAD! 

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Michael Petrow
The Call of Love

Kristy Christian Petrow discusses the importance of the call of love at the heart of our souls, scripture, and the cosmos! Word-nerdiness, great quotations, adventures as a teacher and an awkward child included! 

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Michael Petrow
overlooked (s)heroes

As we begin the looking for psychological and spiritual truths revealed in the life of MOSES, we note the first answer Exodus gives to the evil that men do, is the GOOD that WOMEN DO
 

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Michael Petrow
Walking Dead

Using psychology, science, scripture, and the writings of the ancient Church, Dr. Mike explores how our undealt with hurts can get stuck in our bodies, trap us in the past, and interfere with our ability to feel alive.

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Michael Petrow