Where intellectual integrity meets an honest quest for faith. Humorous and sincere, this is one pastor's attempt at late-night-level honesty about the Bible, church history, theological scholarship, spiritual practice and...God. And how it might just turn out that love is the name of the game.
The Long, Slow Triumph of Love! (Easter 2021)
At the cross, Love and Evil went to war - the final confrontation between God and sin. And the question is: Who won? (It would be good to know, as the answer changes everything about how we live!) The New Testament, of course, argues passionately that Easter is the proof of God's victory, and as a result, the entire course of history has been transformed. But has it? And if, indeed, it has, how might we experience the change for ourselves? What are we to do to both share in and further the triumph of Love?
Love and Revolution - Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 11
APOLOGIES for being away so long. No...really. I'm sorry for the extended absence (more in the intro).
But at last we continue in our look at hope in the time of COVID, and particularly how we make good use of a crisis.
So far we've looked at the essential first step of faith: allowing ourselves to be loved. Now we take the beginning of step two: recognizing that Jesus's manner of love - indeed his whole way of being - is a radically new road. And it calls us to a radically new worldview.
The Name of the Game - Advent 4 (2020)
The ultimate lesson of Advent, indeed the ultimate lesson of the whole of scripture and the life of faith, is love - the pure, open, unending and unconditional, freely-given love of God. It is the simplest of insights, and yet we can go decades - even as confessing Christians - without truly seeing it...truly. And so this is a sermon about exactly that: the love of God, as plainly as I can make it. It's not a Christmas sermon per se, but there is much within it about discovering Jesus (again).
Come and Be Joyful! - Advent 3 (2020)
If any emotion has been in short supply this year, it's joy. And yet Advent calls us to return to this central experience of the Christian life, whatever our momentary circumstances. Today we hear from Banning Cantarini, a young and gifted preacher, who takes a look at how one of our most beloved carols of Christmas was written amidst serious suffering, and why coming to Jesus is cause for rejoicing. This is no call to deny pain or paint a happy face on hardship. Rather, it is a reminder of grace.
Peace Within and Peace on Earth - Advent 2 (2020)
Peace is the theme of the 2nd week of Advent and one of the central promises of the Bible. And yet for many of us, true peace - both inward and in creation - is very elusive. How can we find inner calm when so much of the world is hurting? Would we not have to turn a blind eye to suffering? Indeed, is not the way to peace on Earth the labor of God's people? Today we look again at Psalm 46 and a deep lesson on the nature of peace and and the means by which we can truly experience it (memory and faith).
God, Sosthenes and Hope - Advent 1 (2020)
We begin Advent 2020 with a look (by our beloved Rev. Ian Farrell) at a Jewish official named Sosthenes. Originally mentioned in the book of Acts, he took part in bringing charges against Paul in Corinth, charges that could have had dire consequences. And when the case is thrown out of court, Sosthenes is attacked by his own. Seems the last we’d hear of him...until he co-writes 1 Corinthians. Turns out people can change - a lot! And that’s not a bad reason for hope in a broken world!
Jesus At 2AM has made a real difference to my understanding of the Bible and church history. My hope is that it is also making a difference in my life, including my life of faith.
The 2 AM concept
I was looking for evening devotions when I came upon this cast. There’s something comforting about Jesus being with one at 2 AM.
Kirk, I don’t think you are even slightly irreverent. I also like the sound of the light switch being turned off after the sermon. It is like you are saying good night.
LOVE LOVE LOVE
I was looking for a critical anaylysis of the Bible that fosters a greater spirtual relationship with God. Something that felt like it was academic but easy to understand. That asked hard questions and dug deep into the small and big of Chrisitanity. I recently went on the podcast site where there are resources and books for those of us who want more. This next bit is superficial but Kirk has a nice speaking voice and doesnt add (annoying) music in the background. A tolarable voice and no background music is something I learend I value alot so I am very pleased with this. I imagine that it takes a lot of work to produce the podcast. I want to thank Kirk and all others who make this happen.