It would seem to be a natural high holy day - the day that Jesus ascends to heaven. Alas, not much is made of it in our current ELCA climate. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more about the importance of Jesus' ascension...
Messy, pronoun laden and left me singing "Come Together" by the Beatles, this week we take a look at The Priestly Pray from the Gospel of John. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more about a part of the Bible that Pastor Amanda likens more to Shakespeare.
Podcast Note: The text from Pastor Amanda on the Priestly Prayer is no longer online BUT! her book still is.
May the 4th- and the Central Portland Community Festival- be with you! This week we take a look at what it means to be stewards of a church building, how it can be a blessing and a curse and what more congregations are doing to help shoulder the burden. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more.
Here ye, here ye! This week we take a look at how churches communicate with parishoners in the age of email, Facebook and texts. Curious? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us...
Even if you don't think you know it, I promise, you know it. Psalm 23 has gained in popularity in the last 50 years or so and we take a look at where and how. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more.
Anybody who has listened to the podcast for a while has heard a few key phrases repeated and this week we tackle a few of them. Ever wonder where "in, with and under" comes from or "both/and"? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to find out...
Yes, you can guess that it is a list, but a list of what or whom? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and joins us to learn more!
The casual Easter Sunday parishioner may not even be aware that the Gospel of Mark has 2 endings. Curious how they differ and which one you typically hear in the pew on Easter morning? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to find out more....
Depending on your faith tradition, you may know a lot about them and many of them or you may know next to nothing. As we wind down Lent Madness 2018 we take a look at how Lutherans view saints and whether or not they can or should hold any value to us. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us.
Podcast Notes and Errata:
Yes, it is Aaron Sorkin and not Alan Sorkin as I misspoke who writes such distinctive dialogue for such shows as "The West Wing".
And in the spirit of it being the kitsch round of Lent Madness, I give you one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies appropriately named "The Saint."
She has her own book of the Bible and yet many really didn't know her story. This week we take a look at Esther. Not just a Queen from the Old Testament but currently in the running for the Golden Halo in this years Lent Madness! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more.
This week we take a look at a new bible study technique called "I notice, I wonder." Curious how it is used and where it works best? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us.
Thanks to pop culture we all tend to know the basics- Moses gets 10 rules on stone tablets. But what are they really for? This week we take a deeper look at the 10 rules from the Old Testament so grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us.
Photo Credit: Mel Brooks' History of the World Part 1
Welcome to Lent! This year, instead of giving up a tangible thing we invite you to join is in giving up fear for Lent. Curious? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more.
Curious about one of Pastor Amanda's LEAST favorite Sundays to preach? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more about the Transfiguration!
THE BOOKLETS ARE HERE! Lent Madness 2018 officially starts on Ash Wednesday which is Feb 14, but we are getting a head start on filling out our brackets! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to find out more...
Simeon and Anna- ever heard of them? They play an important roll in the Presentation of the Lord. If, like me, those names don't ring a bell, grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more.
Podcast Notes: We went looking for Pastor Amanda's favorite version of the Nunc Dimmitis but sadly couldn't find it. Instead we offer these 2 versions...
Nunc Dimittis in Latin but using the same tune that Central has sung.
Nunc Dimittis in English by the National Lutheran Choir
Photo Credit: "Simeon and Anna Recognize the Lord in Jesus", Rembrandt van Rijn
Ah, social media. It seems to be taking up more and more of daily life. How does the church fit in to a modern world full of Facebook and Twitter? DOES the church belong on Facebook and Twitter? Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to learn more...
Saying "I'm sorry" is many things. Often it's by rote, sometimes it is heartfelt and all too often it is completely meaningless and even sinister. This week we sat down to figure out just where being sorry fits in the world of failure, confession and forgiveness. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us to see if you agree with our take on being sorry.
The podcast Dawn references is called "It's Been a Minute" with Sam Sanders. The specific episode is the Year End Round Up.
Last week we took a look at failure, so this week we explore the opposite side which is confession and forgiveness. They often, but don't have to go hand in hand but they are often useful in getting past failures. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us!