Inspiring People to Live The Way of Jesus | The podcast of Spark.Church in Palo Alto, CA
Luke | Another Conversation
Pastors Kevin, Danielle, and Omair discuss various elements of Luke, chapter 11. Through various perspectives, we see once again the radical and revolutionary message of Jesus, and discuss the various difficulties and challenges that emerge when faced with his teachings.
Luke | A Conversation
This week we discuss chapter 10 of Luke, the sending of the seventy, and the Good Samaritan. We discover yet again, the amazing commission of love, as an extension of God's story and work throughout history, and a radical revolution for how to even think about the command to love in the first place.
Luke | Take Up Your Cross
We are struck, yet again, with a difficult, but profound teaching of Jesus to "take up your cross." Set in the original historical context of crucifixion, this command of Jesus is as powerfully transformative as it is convicting.
Luke | Who Do You Say I Am?
John the Baptist back from the dead? Elijah returned? Another prophet from long ago? Jesus’ followers, critics, and everyone in between tried to connect (or disconnect) who Jesus was with who they expected the Messiah to be. People had all kinds of hopes in the triumphal––sometimes literal––return of some of these famous figures of Israel’s past to usher in the unending era of God’s reign. Where did these hopes come from? Who did Jesus think he was relative to these figures, and how does that affect how we understand Jesus today?
Luke | The Miracle of Loaves and Fishes
Apart from the miracle of the resurrection, the feeding of the 5,000 is the only other miracle told in all four Gospel accounts. What made this miracle so significant in the minds of the Gospel writers that everyone made certain it would be told and retold for generations? And what does this miracle teach us today about Jesus and ourselves?
The Last Word, and The Word After That
The last words spoken on the cross, "It is finished," holds an ironic poetry, in that this is exactly what everyone thought. The movement of Jesus, the hopes and expectations of the people, they were all done. Crucifixion spoke the last word, and the burial was the end of the movement. Except, in Jesus, there is always another Word that comes after the last word.