A Revised Common Lectionary preaching podcast.
Each week we discuss the texts and offer a thematic musical track for the mixtape.
Ben is a country mouse/pastor.
Daniel is a city mouse/pastor.
This is the remix!!!! Hey. Reformation can get kind of weird, but Ben and Dan are talking about what makes a reformation and reformation. Jeremiah's got us asking about what needs to be torn down in our churches and our world for a reformation to take place. Jesus' got us asking about what we really need to be freed from for a reformation to take place. And we're asking how COVID-19 and the continued call for racial justice is reformation moment for our churches.
Mixtape tracks brought to you by Weezer (but originally Toto) and Mexrissey (originally Morrissey).
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Ben and Daniel need to confess something. We spend a lot of time talking about Cyrus of Persia... but we neither of us chose a Miley Cyrus track for the mixtape. Shame, shame, and more shame.
Anyway, God does what God wants and that goes for saving actions too. Also, what's the deal with taxes? Is Jesus an anarchist or a civil servant? Woof. Good luck.
Mixtape tracks brought to you by Sufjan Stevens and The Backstreet Boys.
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Strange and troubling dinner parties! God is eating death itself and Jesus tells a parable about a dinner party where wearing the wrong kind of robe puts you in a very bad place. So it is pretty important to figure out what the robe symbolizes, huh?
Mixtape tracks brought to you by Laura Marling and Third Eye Blind.
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
God sings the worst love song ever about rotten grapes and God is going to find a way to make a good thing grow!
Mixtape tracks brought to you by LeAnn Rimes and LCD Soundsystem.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Do you wish you were a baller? Perhaps a little bit taller? Or that you had a rabbit in a hat with a bat? Maybe we should accept who we are rather than constantly strive for a "better" version of ourselves.
God empowers us by allowing us to take responsibility for our own actions (and not simply inheriting the consequences of those who came before us). Jesus (and us by extension) are not really glass half-full or half-empty people... we're more glass all-empty people. Also we might confront the questions of whether or not we are really being the church or are we just saying we are and then never showing up.
Mixtape tracks brought to you by Skee-Lo and Bonnie Tyler.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Happy (Biblical) Labor Day! Jesus teaches us that what is "fair" isn't necessarily what is good. Jonah is acting like a big baby and it is waaaay too relatable. Also in other news, all the earth is God's treasured possession- Ninevah, "wages," our lives, our enemies' lives, etc. So that changes some things ,right?
Mixtape tracks brought to you by Beck and Styx.