Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part V

Welcome to our 5th episode on prayer!

This week we talk about how theology is like watching a movie. Hearing from different people and their perspectives helps broaden our understanding of theology. There is beauty in the diversity of theological opinions.

Then we dive into how to be angry with God in our prayers. It is not taboo or forbidden, but an expression of our relationship with God. Anger is a natural part of any relationship, including our relationship with God. God desires us to be in full relationship, meaning the entire pantheon of emotion.

**By the way, I misspoke in the video, Habakkuk’s prophecy is right before the Babylonian exile, not the Assyrian.**

Let us know what you think!

Here are the links mentioned in this week’s video;

Last Week’s Episode
The Prophet Habakkuk
Joshua Ryan Butler’s Book
Obscure Bible Verse of the Week

Advertisements

Thursday’s Theology – Part IV

What’s up theology nerds!
 
Good Thursday to you all. A new Thursday means a new episode of Thursday’s Theology is up and running!
 
This week we are focusing specifically on Luke 18 and Jesus’ parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee. We are going to be discussing how Jesus uses two extreme examples, one righteous and one unrighteous, to prove a point about the hypocrisy of prayer.
 
In essence, prayer is meant to be a personal conversation with you and God, not done in public for your own self gratifications.
 
Check out this week’s episode to hear more!
And remember, theology doesn’t have to be complicated, it is simply the study of who God is.
 

Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part III

Welcome to another episode of Thursday’s Theology!

“Thoughts and Prayers”

This week we are going to be talking about a couple of different things. First, we are going to talk about times where politicians, civic leaders, pastors and others use the phrase “our thoughts and prayers are with you.” We’ll be going through how that can sound extremely hollow sometimes and why.

Secondly, we are going to talk about what are called “petitionary prayers” and why they are an important aspect of prayer life.

As always, if you would like to join the conversation, don’t hesitate to ask questions, offer critiques, or seek clarification in the comment section below!

Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Stephen’s Execution
James 2 Full Text
Last Week’s Episode
Obscure Bible Verse of the Week

If you want to follow us you can find us at
Twitter
Thursday’s Theology

Thanks for joining us and we’ll see you next week!

A Better Way Forward: Creating space for dialogue that leads to reconciliation

Recently a friend invited me to speak to Intervarsity students at UCSB on how the Holy Spirit leads us to action. More specifically, she asked if I would talk about racial reconciliation. Unsure of what I was getting myself into, I agreed, believing this would be a good opportunity to flesh out some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head for a while. Little did I know how much this process of writing a talk would spur my passions and convictions about reconciliation and peacemaking. Below is an adapted version of my talk about racial reconciliation and multi-ethnic community. In many ways I feel like this barely scratches the surface. But I also believe that this is a good place to start and I am hopeful for whatever comes next.

Read More »

Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part II

Welcome to the second official episode of Thursday’s Theology!

The question that is guiding us throughout these first few episodes is;

What is Prayer and why is it important?

Today we’ll be looking at one of the more famous prayers in the Bible. This prayer has come to be known as the “Lord’s Prayer” and it has helped shape a lot of what prayer looks like for the Christian believer.

The Lord’s Prayer gives us a glimpse at what Jesus thinks is important to include in our prayers, so we will dive into what those things are and how to incorporate them into a daily prayer routine.

We encourage discussion in the comments, so feel free to introduce yourselves and input your opinion! Disclaimer, disagreements are okay, but hateful speech will not be tolerated. The point is to start a conversation, not an argument.

If you like what we’re doing here, please like and subscribe. We will be putting out new videos every Thursday. Also, please share this video on whatever social media you use, the more people in the conversation, the better!

Here are the links mentioned in the video:
Full Context of the Sermon on the Mount: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5-7&version=NIV
Last week’s episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjN3FMgVJJs&t=1s
Obscure Bible Verse of the Week Context: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+15&version=NIV

Thursday’s Theology – Prayer Part I

New episode of Thursday’s Theology is up and running!

The next few episodes will be looking at the role and importance of prayer, so please check it out, share it with your friends and family, and leave a comment if you have any questions about what I’m talking about.

Thanks again for all the support, check out our latest episode and let me know what you think!

#thursdaystheology

Restoration & Starting Over

IMG_7736.JPGWhen we first moved into our apartment, a lovely couple from our new church gave us this beautiful pot of flowers outside our front door. I was so touched and felt especially welcomed by this gift. I genuinely appreciated these flowers and yet in the busyness off unpacking and settling in, I could not for the life of me remember to water these flowers. And so, in the Santa Barbara warmth, this beautiful pot of flowers promptly died after about a week. Sadly, I still kept this pot, full of dead flowers, outside our door for at least a month and a half. For some reason, I held on to this crazy idea that one day I’d take the time to try and rehabilitate them, but I never seemed to get around to it. Then, in mid-September, I was given a packet of wildflower seeds. As soon as I saw the seeds, I knew that I wanted to plant them in the pot outside our front door. And so, a few days later, I finally decided to examine the poor pot of flowers that I had previously neglected for over a month.
Read More »