October 16, 2019

We live in a nation built on a foundation of violence. But that’s not where we belong.  We belong where our deepest longings can be fulfilled, our longings for peace, joy, a life of dignity and respect, a haven that nurtures us to be our fullest, sweetest selves. For some, these longings go largely under or unfulfilled under stifling oppressive or violent conditions. But none of us can fully realize the fulfillment of our longings until we recognize that the only… Read more

September 19, 2019

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. …Huh? This parable is bewildering. Jesus praises shrewdness and, while he doesn’t exactly endorse dishonesty, he at least encourages his disciples to make the most of it. Is there a place for shrewdness – which implies a sort of trickery – in (or at least on the way to) the Kingdom of God?… Read more

September 12, 2019

There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. What does it mean to be lost? What does it mean to be found? When Adam and I were making the Jesus Unmasked video, I had planned to take the conversation in a different direction. But after hearing the Gospel read aloud, all that came to mind was how much these verses tormented me as a child and teenager…. Read more

September 5, 2019

Hey, Jesus, what was that thing about hating our families? If the words of Jesus in this upcoming Sunday’s Gospel are utterly baffling to you, you are not alone! In this week’s Jesus Unmasked, Adam Ericksen and I wrestle with some of Jesus’s most difficult teachings about family, carrying the cross, and the cost of discipleship. The video contains insights about family, failure, and grace. In the show notes, I further examine the baffling verse about “hating our families” in… Read more

August 30, 2019

For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Welcome to Jesus Unmasked! The following show notes are not a transcript but a reflection on this week’s Gospel scripture in the style of Lectio Divina. For our application of this sacred reading method, we follow four steps: (1) attempt to discern the literal meaning and context of the verses we read, (2) find metaphoric or symbolic meaning in particular words or phrases, (3) find… Read more

August 26, 2019

The following is a sermon I preached at Clackamas United Church of Christ, near Portland, Oregon. The primary scripture text were Isaiah 58:9-14 and Luke 13:10-17.  You can read the text or watch the video below.  Throughout human history, many people have looked up to the heavens and proclaimed, “I am the Chosen One.” For example, the Pharaohs, Emperors, Caesars, Kings, and at least one President all have claimed to the “Chosen One.” They love to claim that there are major problems… Read more

August 23, 2019

  “Ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?” Welcome to Jesus Unmasked! The following show notes are not a transcript but a reflection on this week’s Gospel scripture in the style of Lectio Divina. For our application of this sacred reading method,  we follow four steps: (1) attempt to discern the literal meaning and context of the verses we read, (2) find… Read more

August 14, 2019

Jesus brings the fire! He didn’t come to bring peace, but division! Really? How do we make sense of the seemingly violent words of Jesus? Join the latest episode of Jesus Unmasked as Lindsey and Adam discuss this important topic! Read more

August 12, 2019

ICE raided Mississippi workers last week and tore children apart from their parents. Who will help these families? A strip club and a church in Portland, Oregon are an unlikely paring, but they are working together to help #ourkids. Read more

August 9, 2019

Welcome to Jesus Unmasked! The following show notes are not a transcript but rather a summary and brief extension of the ideas gleaned from the lectionary readings and conversation. If the notes or video spark your own ideas or questions, please feel free to leave comments and join our live conversations! During the summer, our regular Wednesday morning episodes are postponed as we juggle multiple schedules, but we fit in a weekly live show when we can! You can find… Read more

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