This week, we dive into our next series exploring the parables of Jesus. We couldn’t start our series on the parables without exploring what a parable means, so this first episode addresses what is a parable, why Jesus used them to teach and how we can understand the deeper truths Jesus is trying to communicate.
We’ll be exploring various parables throughout this series. We are excited to share our perspective on the parables and what they mean to us today.
Here are the categories of the parables we mention in the video:
This is the last video of our “What’s that?” series. Join us next week as we start a new series on the Parables of Jesus. Thanks for joining us, and remember, theology doesn’t have to be difficult, it is simply the study of who God is.
Perhaps it’s just the season I’m in, but this year, I was drawn to reflect upon Holy Saturday – the silence, the uncertainty, the doubt and confusion, the sadness, loss and grief. And finally the waiting – wondering what to do with with this unexpected pause, sensing that there is something far off on the horizon, but not sure what and most certainly not ready to move on. I can hardly imagine the questions racing through the disciples’ minds, struggling to embrace the reality of the last few days. They had given up everything to follow this man named Jesus. They had become is friends and close companions. They were just getting used to this new way of life, traveling around, gathering with people from every walk of life, sharing meals together, all drawn to Jesus, eager to hear his words, to catch a glimpse of his face, or simply to be in his presence. Everywhere he went, this man named Jesus seemed to cause a stir. He brought life, healing, and restoration. Sometimes his words even seemed to reach through and expose things broken deep inside the hearts and minds of his listeners – compassionate and compelling words, full of grace and truth, illuminating a better way of life. This new way of life spread seeds of hope and expectation for what could be. How could it all just be over? This wasn’t how it was supposed to end. Read More »
What is grace? What does it mean to live by the grace of God? What does it do to our sin?
In this week’s episode, we cover the idea of grace and what it means for our sin. Ultimately, grace is something that we experience. Any words we come up with to describe it will fail to capture the true essence of grace. As always, the concept of grace can not be boiled down in one episode, but we will highlight the story of the Woman Caught in Adultery to try and understand what grace looks like.
Depending on your upbringing, you might have some different ideas of what church is. We’d love to hear your thoughts on what you think the church is. Feel free to use the comment section below to voice your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you.
God answers prayers. But Sometimes it is in the way we need them answered and not in the way we want them answered. It can be frustrating, but ultimately it is God providing what we need.
This episode is dedicated to talking about how God called me into ministry and how it was an answer to my prayers in the way I needed and not wanted. If you ask something of God through your prayers, sometimes it means you’ll end up in places you didn’t expect.
In light of what happened in Parkland, Florida, this week’s episode of Thursday’s Theology is dedicated to sharing some of my thoughts on the issue of mass shootings and gun control.
I know that people are going to disagree with me. That’s okay. But I couldn’t stay silent on the issue. Student ministry is my life and I needed to say something about High School students losing their lives to needless violence.
If you disagree with me, that’s fine. Share your thoughts with me, push back on my opinion. Just be civil about it. My desire is to dialogue and not argue.
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;