In this episode Brad examines the power of storytelling and the ways we use it to further agendas and escape responsibility. In the book of Acts, Peter crafts a story. A powerful and dangerous one. With Peter's story as a lens we examine our own stories and how they might be our way of blaming and putting up boundaries.
What we witnessed at Capitol Hill on January 6th was not just political unrest, but a Christian insurrection. We need to call it for what it was before we can figure out what to do about it. And so, we begin our foray into the book of Acts with a teaching called A Failure of Imagination.
Welcome to our new series "Of Wolves & Walking & The Dangerous Book of Acts". It starts here with Pablo Escobar. From a zoo in Columbia, to the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, the apostle Paul’s ecosystem analogy, trophic cascades, Christmas gift baskets, Black Lives Matter, and churches facing fines for meeting in person during lockdown – listen in as Brad brings it all together as a kick-off to our first series of 2021.
What has Nexus as a community lost because of Covid? Has not being together in person for church changed anything? Watching Church in your PJs has it's up side. But is there a downside? Brad suggests we have lost at least one small but significant thing.
A Christmas Eve reflection.
Through a short history of military tactics to some fields just outside of Bethlehem, this weeks talk contrasts the shock and awe used in war with the shock and awe used by Jesus. What might it mean for our world to find its way home again?
In the second episode of the Advent-Exile series Brad takes us to the Exodus. The Hebrew people find themselves wandering aimlessly in the dessert, experiencing some bizarre events. In the midst of our own type of exile, might we learn from what the Hebrew's did with their strange experiences? Listen in and find out.
This Sunday marks 38 weeks into the pandemic, the beginning of Advent and our return to online-only services at Nexus. With exile on his mind, Brad launches the new Advent series, Life in Exile. The Bible has no shortage of exile stories. This week, Brad highlights Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Hebrew exiles who perform a daring act of civil disobedience and face the most extreme of consequences.