Pulpit to Pew, a podcast that features a conversation between priest and parishioner, to understand how the message translates and to further explore the weekly lessons within the Episcopal tradition and daily life. The Very Reverend Beverly Gibson, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, and Johnny Gwin, a newcomer to the Episcopal family, discuss what Beverly intended and Johnny heard, or got wrong.
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Get To Know Ruth
Rev. Gibson and Johnny Gwin dive deep into the Book of Ruth. This short book but long story details the lives, hardships, and redemption of Ruth, Naomi, Boaz, and the lineage of King David and eventually Jesus. Within its narrative and lessons, we learn of Ruth as a powerful and resilient woman who represents the threshold of grief and hope. Her story is one of hope, faith, and the power of love overcoming fear and violence to make all things new inspiring millions of Christians, Jews, writers, and artists.
Heaven, Saints and Baptism Burritos
There are so many secular views of what Heaven may be. Most are child-like, non-theological and created with comforting imagination. No one knows the real Heaven, but God's Kingdom is described in many ways throughout the Old and New Testament. In this episode, Rev. Gibson and Johnny discuss the secular and sacred nature of Heaven and the New Jerusalem. Plus, Rev. Gibson explains the Church's view of the Saints, the dearly departed, and their connection to us and the presence of God.
Silencing Ego and Keystone Disciples
This week's show explores strengthing our faith and relationship with God by defeating our ego and fully embracing Jesus's message of extreme service and sacrifice for others. Plus, Rev. Gibson shares the insights of Ryan Holiday, and his book Ego Is The Enemy and the many lessons within its covers. This transformation starts by accepting the reality of the present, exercising humility, following the acts of Jesus, and putting our calling before our being. Enjoy the show!
Test, Try and Divorce
No one prays to God to be "tested"? Usually, we pray to be shielded from such trying times. Does God test us? Rev. Beverly Gibson discusses her belief that God does, and why asking to be tested can be a blessing. Johnny Gwin inquires about the life of Job and the lessons that his example can teach us. Lastly, Rev. Gibson talks about the Church's, society's, and her views on the tragedy and trauma of divorce, suffering, and redemption.
The Golden Banana
Rev. Beverly Gibson and Johnny Gwin discuss the weekly lectionary lessons and Rev. Marshal Craver's beautiful sermon on how we can be set free of our addictions. Jesus loves us regardless of our faults, sins, and fixations (good and bad). He wants us to be free of the servitude of unhealthy obsessions, and our devotion to the wrong things. Assigning too much attachment to "things" erodes our freedom and harms our relationship with God, others who depend on you, neighbors, and community.
Who Are The Wicked?
Rev. Beverly Gibson and Johnny Gwin talk about the nature and identity of "the wicked" and the creation and summoning of Death. Who is The Righteous Man from the Wisdom of Solomon? What does the 1982 Disney film, Something Wicked This Way Comes, have to teach us about drawing closer to God, humility, courage and facing our shadow selves?
Pulpit to Pew
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