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An engaging, comedic, serious, and hopefully interesting foray into the world of Christianity. Join the discussion...believer, atheist, or skeptic alike! Hosted by Pastor Erica, a Methodist, Pastor Sarah, a Lutheran, and Pastor Steve, who is also Lutheran, Crazy Faith Talk is an ecumenical experiment of cross conversation (pun intended).

Latest Episodes

Episode 147: Advent Hymns, Part 1

While the "Holiday Station" playing on your radio dial and coming through the speakers at every department store blares out the latest remake of "Santa Baby," or "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire," the church keeps time differently, singing a surprising collection of ancient and modern songs of hope. Instead of rushing to be "Christmas-y" right away, the church marks off four weeks before celebrating the birth of Jesus to observe the season of Advent, which is as much about hope for the hopeless and homecoming from exile as it is about the promised baby in the manger. In this new series, pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve take a look at some of their favorite Advent songs and hymns, what they mean, how they shape our faith, and why we might to choose to sing them even when they seem strange or ancient... and when they don't have any sleigh bells, either. Join us for this series running through the weeks of December as we look at this surprising season of hope for Christ's coming!

20 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 147: Advent Hymns, Part 1

Episode 146: Creativity, Sabbath, and Spirituality

God is first introduced in the Scriptures as an artist, a designer, or a craftsman--creating the world and celebrating its beauty and goodness. And then, in the very next thought, human beings are created "in the image of God," with some capacity of our own to create, to appreciate beauty, and to practice arts of our own. That capacity for creativity isn't reserved just for "professionals," "master artists," or "experts," but is fundamentally human, which means that there is something intrisically human about the intersection of spiritualtiy and creativity. And it's for everybody, even if we all find different outlets. In this special episode of "Crazy Faith Talk," pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve look at different ways to explore contemplative prayer and creativity, and the many different trains of thought that may lead to. We'll look at what happens to our hearts and minds when our hands are busy with a project, as well as the value of creating something even if it won't last forever, and the ways that making something for someone else takes on added beauty when we pray for those who will receive them. There are endless possibilities, and we'll trace as many as we can in this week's episode of Crazy Faith Talk!

35 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 146: Creativity, Sabbath, and Spirituality

Episode 145: Biblical Genres, Part 8--Apocalypse

In this concluding episode of our series looking at the different kinds of literature we find in the Bible, pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve take a look at a kind of literature often called "apocalyptic" writing. It includes the book of Revelation, parts of Daniel, and sections of the Gospels as well, and it's the kind of literature that often uses coded language that would have been clearly understood by it first readers, but which can be confusing to us twenty centuries later. Apocalyptic literature is ususally resistance literature, written by people who were under the boot of one empire or another, and it provided a way of hoping for God's victory over wicked empires for people who were powerless and threatened, while using coded imagery to avoid directly confronting those who were in power. And as we take a look at the book of Revelation in particular, we'll see that it's partly about events in the first century, partly about the future, and partly a musical! Join us for this episode of Crazy Faith Talk where we attempt to help make sense of a complicated kind of literature and a sometimes daunting book of the Bible, so that we can hear hope in the midst of it!

26 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 145: Biblical Genres, Part 8--Apocalypse

Episode 144: Biblical Genres, Part 7--Epistles

Reading someone else's mail is like listening to one half of a phone conversation: you might be able to guess at what is being said on the other side, but you have to tease it out. Reading the letters and epistles of the New Testament can feel like that sometimes: we hear someone like the apostle Paul giving counsel or directions for specific situations that his readers have asked him about, or he has to answer a particular question they have written to him about, and we have to infer from what he says what was going on. It makes reading the Bible something like solving a mystery... but maybe that's not a bad way of thinking about it. We are invited into an ongoing conversation when we read the epistles, whether it's the extended argumentation of Romans, the rabbinical midrash of Hebrews, or the personal appeals of the letter to Philemon. So join us for the conversation this time as pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve take a look at the epistles in the New Testament, in this latest episode of Crazy Faith Talk.

26 MINNOV 13
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Episode 144: Biblical Genres, Part 7--Epistles

Episode 143: Biblical Genres, Part 6--Gospels

Part biographes, part movie directors, and part street evangelists, the writers of the four Gospels in the New Testament were doing something unique when they compiled the stories, sayings, and signs of Jesus of Nazareth. They were, for starters, certainly recording the oral traditions that had been circulating by word of mouth by the earliest followers of Jesus, but they were also making choices about where the story moved, what was important enough to include, what scenes and vignettes did or didn't make the cut, and how to lead their readers to interpet and understand who Jesus is. Sometimes Christians don't spend the time paying attention to the subtle nuances or different emphases that the writers we traditionally call "Matthew," "Mark," "Luke," and "John," bring to their storytelling, but there are important things to learn by exploring them. So in this episode of their ongoing conversation about the different kinds of literature you'll find in the Bible, pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve take a look at the Gospels, their likely audiences, the different emphases each brings, and how it might help to think of the evangelists as movie directors.

38 MINNOV 6
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Episode 143: Biblical Genres, Part 6--Gospels

Episode 142: Biblical Genres, Part 5--Prophets

They were less soothsayers and more truth-tellers. The prophets of Israel and Judah were willing to speak a minority report over against popular opinion, the decrees of the market, and the official position of the palace. And they keep speaking to us. In this latest episode of "Crazy Faith Talk," pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve continue looking at the different kinds of literature in the Bible, and today they look at the prophets. Even though we regard them today as authoritative and inspired voices of the Scriptures, in their own times, the prophets were regularly ridiculed, ignored, doubted, or just plain silenced, especially when they spoke truth to the powers of the day. Reading them today often means understanding the current issues of their times in the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and yet they speak powerfully and timelessly today to us in their call on God's behalf for justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Join the conversation today!

31 MINOCT 30
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Episode 142: Biblical Genres, Part 5--Prophets

Episode 141: Biblical Genres, Part 4--Psalms

Wherever you find yourself on any given day, and whatever is going on in your heart, the biblical book of Psalms offers the spoken and sung prayers of those who have gone before us that we can borrow and make our own. The Psalms are indeed, part of the same Bible that Christians talk about as "God's Word for us," and yet at the same time, they areour words to God, too. And in times of great joy and deep heartache, in personal crisis or national emergency, in moments of fiery rage or aching despair, these prayers and poems continue to speak to us. As pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve continue to look at the different kinds of literature found in the Bible, today's conversation takes a look at the psalms, how we can use the words of others to express our own hearts, and how we deal with the times when the answers don't come the way we wanted, or when we feel so angry and hurt that we pray for terrible things to happen to others, or when we don't even know what to ask for. Join us for this conversation, so that you can have more honest and authentic conversations with God in your own life, in this week's episode of "Crazy Faith Talk."

27 MINOCT 23
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Episode 141: Biblical Genres, Part 4--Psalms

Episode 140: Biblical Genres, Part 3: Wisdom Literature

The thing is... life is messy. Sometimes it fits nicely into predictable patterns, like "Work hard in summer, and you'll have enough to live on come winter," or "Don't get too big for your britches and puffed up with pride, or somewhere along the way it could blow up in your face." In times like those, we can use the collected conventional wisdom to learn the lessons of those who have gone before us. The biblical book of Proverbs is great for giving those pithy, memorable generalizations for how lifeoftenworks. It's almost like the ancient world's version of Twitter: short, sweet, and able to get one major point across. But on the other hand, someties life doesn't fit those cookie cutter patterns, and we are left wondering, "What are we supposed to make of this?" What about when you chase after wealth or success or power or fame or sex or knowledge... and it still turns out that life feels empty? Or what about when you do everything right and still suffer a terrible loss--where is God then, and how do we keep putting one foot in front of the other each day? The library of voices we call the Bible also has books that speak to this side of life, too. We find the more nuanced, complex conversation about life when thingsdon'tfit the cookie cutter pattern in books like Ecclesiastes and Job. And we get a really curious entry in the entirely non-religious and surprisigly intimate romance poetry of the book of Song of Songs. As pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve continue looking at different biblical genres, join us for today's conversation about the multiple voices we get of wisdom, and of how to live the "good life" both when things are clear and simple and when they are messy and complicated.

36 MINOCT 16
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Episode 140: Biblical Genres, Part 3: Wisdom Literature

Episode 139: Biblical Genres, Part 2: Histories

Conventional wisdom says that the "great" leaders are the ones who expan the size of their nations' territory, increase their wealth, or help the markets climb to record heights. But the voices in the histories of the Hebrew Scriptures (like the books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ruth, and Esther) see things differently. They offer a minority report: that true "greatness" has less to do with military might but with covenant and character, and that it doesn't matter if markets are booming when it comes at the cost of justice and mercy. These books in the Old Testament remind us that even the recording of historical events comes with a perspective. And it can be surprising to discover that even in the Bible itself there are multiple perspectives on events, rulers, and the times in which they lived. Through it all, we meet a God who is surprisingly vulnerable, relentlessly faithful, and at the same time deeply committed to creating a people who life differently from the nations around them because of their commitment to justice, to mercy, to faithfulness, and to love of neighbor. As pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve continue looking at biblical genres in this series, join them for this conversation about the stories we tell about our past, and how those stories shape our path into the future.

32 MINOCT 9
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Episode 139: Biblical Genres, Part 2: Histories

Episode 138: Biblical Genres, Part 1--Torah

It's convenient to have all the sixty-plus books of the Old and New Testaments in one set of faux-leather covers, but we can sometimes forget that the Bible is really acollectionof books in different styles, genres, and settings, written by men and women from different cultures, languages, social situations, and nationalities. And just like we would know the difference between how to read a murder mystery and how to read a cookbook, it's wise to know the difference between laws for managing your agrarian society and poetry about the meaning of life--and you'll find both in the Bible! So in this new series, pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve take a look at the differentkindsof literature (genres) in the Bible, and they start with the first five books, often called the Pentateuch, the Torah, or sometimes the Books of Moses or the Law. And along the way, we'll talk about superhero origin stories, ancient Greek myths, and times when the Bible is a musical! Join us for the beginning of a new round of conversation here on Crazy Faith Talk!

37 MINOCT 2
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Episode 138: Biblical Genres, Part 1--Torah

Latest Episodes

Episode 147: Advent Hymns, Part 1

While the "Holiday Station" playing on your radio dial and coming through the speakers at every department store blares out the latest remake of "Santa Baby," or "Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire," the church keeps time differently, singing a surprising collection of ancient and modern songs of hope. Instead of rushing to be "Christmas-y" right away, the church marks off four weeks before celebrating the birth of Jesus to observe the season of Advent, which is as much about hope for the hopeless and homecoming from exile as it is about the promised baby in the manger. In this new series, pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve take a look at some of their favorite Advent songs and hymns, what they mean, how they shape our faith, and why we might to choose to sing them even when they seem strange or ancient... and when they don't have any sleigh bells, either. Join us for this series running through the weeks of December as we look at this surprising season of hope for Christ's coming!

20 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 147: Advent Hymns, Part 1

Episode 146: Creativity, Sabbath, and Spirituality

God is first introduced in the Scriptures as an artist, a designer, or a craftsman--creating the world and celebrating its beauty and goodness. And then, in the very next thought, human beings are created "in the image of God," with some capacity of our own to create, to appreciate beauty, and to practice arts of our own. That capacity for creativity isn't reserved just for "professionals," "master artists," or "experts," but is fundamentally human, which means that there is something intrisically human about the intersection of spiritualtiy and creativity. And it's for everybody, even if we all find different outlets. In this special episode of "Crazy Faith Talk," pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve look at different ways to explore contemplative prayer and creativity, and the many different trains of thought that may lead to. We'll look at what happens to our hearts and minds when our hands are busy with a project, as well as the value of creating something even if it won't last forever, and the ways that making something for someone else takes on added beauty when we pray for those who will receive them. There are endless possibilities, and we'll trace as many as we can in this week's episode of Crazy Faith Talk!

35 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Episode 146: Creativity, Sabbath, and Spirituality

Episode 145: Biblical Genres, Part 8--Apocalypse

In this concluding episode of our series looking at the different kinds of literature we find in the Bible, pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve take a look at a kind of literature often called "apocalyptic" writing. It includes the book of Revelation, parts of Daniel, and sections of the Gospels as well, and it's the kind of literature that often uses coded language that would have been clearly understood by it first readers, but which can be confusing to us twenty centuries later. Apocalyptic literature is ususally resistance literature, written by people who were under the boot of one empire or another, and it provided a way of hoping for God's victory over wicked empires for people who were powerless and threatened, while using coded imagery to avoid directly confronting those who were in power. And as we take a look at the book of Revelation in particular, we'll see that it's partly about events in the first century, partly about the future, and partly a musical! Join us for this episode of Crazy Faith Talk where we attempt to help make sense of a complicated kind of literature and a sometimes daunting book of the Bible, so that we can hear hope in the midst of it!

26 MIN3 w ago
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Episode 145: Biblical Genres, Part 8--Apocalypse

Episode 144: Biblical Genres, Part 7--Epistles

Reading someone else's mail is like listening to one half of a phone conversation: you might be able to guess at what is being said on the other side, but you have to tease it out. Reading the letters and epistles of the New Testament can feel like that sometimes: we hear someone like the apostle Paul giving counsel or directions for specific situations that his readers have asked him about, or he has to answer a particular question they have written to him about, and we have to infer from what he says what was going on. It makes reading the Bible something like solving a mystery... but maybe that's not a bad way of thinking about it. We are invited into an ongoing conversation when we read the epistles, whether it's the extended argumentation of Romans, the rabbinical midrash of Hebrews, or the personal appeals of the letter to Philemon. So join us for the conversation this time as pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve take a look at the epistles in the New Testament, in this latest episode of Crazy Faith Talk.

26 MINNOV 13
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Episode 144: Biblical Genres, Part 7--Epistles

Episode 143: Biblical Genres, Part 6--Gospels

Part biographes, part movie directors, and part street evangelists, the writers of the four Gospels in the New Testament were doing something unique when they compiled the stories, sayings, and signs of Jesus of Nazareth. They were, for starters, certainly recording the oral traditions that had been circulating by word of mouth by the earliest followers of Jesus, but they were also making choices about where the story moved, what was important enough to include, what scenes and vignettes did or didn't make the cut, and how to lead their readers to interpet and understand who Jesus is. Sometimes Christians don't spend the time paying attention to the subtle nuances or different emphases that the writers we traditionally call "Matthew," "Mark," "Luke," and "John," bring to their storytelling, but there are important things to learn by exploring them. So in this episode of their ongoing conversation about the different kinds of literature you'll find in the Bible, pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve take a look at the Gospels, their likely audiences, the different emphases each brings, and how it might help to think of the evangelists as movie directors.

38 MINNOV 6
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Episode 143: Biblical Genres, Part 6--Gospels

Episode 142: Biblical Genres, Part 5--Prophets

They were less soothsayers and more truth-tellers. The prophets of Israel and Judah were willing to speak a minority report over against popular opinion, the decrees of the market, and the official position of the palace. And they keep speaking to us. In this latest episode of "Crazy Faith Talk," pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve continue looking at the different kinds of literature in the Bible, and today they look at the prophets. Even though we regard them today as authoritative and inspired voices of the Scriptures, in their own times, the prophets were regularly ridiculed, ignored, doubted, or just plain silenced, especially when they spoke truth to the powers of the day. Reading them today often means understanding the current issues of their times in the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, and yet they speak powerfully and timelessly today to us in their call on God's behalf for justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Join the conversation today!

31 MINOCT 30
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Episode 142: Biblical Genres, Part 5--Prophets

Episode 141: Biblical Genres, Part 4--Psalms

Wherever you find yourself on any given day, and whatever is going on in your heart, the biblical book of Psalms offers the spoken and sung prayers of those who have gone before us that we can borrow and make our own. The Psalms are indeed, part of the same Bible that Christians talk about as "God's Word for us," and yet at the same time, they areour words to God, too. And in times of great joy and deep heartache, in personal crisis or national emergency, in moments of fiery rage or aching despair, these prayers and poems continue to speak to us. As pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve continue to look at the different kinds of literature found in the Bible, today's conversation takes a look at the psalms, how we can use the words of others to express our own hearts, and how we deal with the times when the answers don't come the way we wanted, or when we feel so angry and hurt that we pray for terrible things to happen to others, or when we don't even know what to ask for. Join us for this conversation, so that you can have more honest and authentic conversations with God in your own life, in this week's episode of "Crazy Faith Talk."

27 MINOCT 23
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Episode 141: Biblical Genres, Part 4--Psalms

Episode 140: Biblical Genres, Part 3: Wisdom Literature

The thing is... life is messy. Sometimes it fits nicely into predictable patterns, like "Work hard in summer, and you'll have enough to live on come winter," or "Don't get too big for your britches and puffed up with pride, or somewhere along the way it could blow up in your face." In times like those, we can use the collected conventional wisdom to learn the lessons of those who have gone before us. The biblical book of Proverbs is great for giving those pithy, memorable generalizations for how lifeoftenworks. It's almost like the ancient world's version of Twitter: short, sweet, and able to get one major point across. But on the other hand, someties life doesn't fit those cookie cutter patterns, and we are left wondering, "What are we supposed to make of this?" What about when you chase after wealth or success or power or fame or sex or knowledge... and it still turns out that life feels empty? Or what about when you do everything right and still suffer a terrible loss--where is God then, and how do we keep putting one foot in front of the other each day? The library of voices we call the Bible also has books that speak to this side of life, too. We find the more nuanced, complex conversation about life when thingsdon'tfit the cookie cutter pattern in books like Ecclesiastes and Job. And we get a really curious entry in the entirely non-religious and surprisigly intimate romance poetry of the book of Song of Songs. As pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve continue looking at different biblical genres, join us for today's conversation about the multiple voices we get of wisdom, and of how to live the "good life" both when things are clear and simple and when they are messy and complicated.

36 MINOCT 16
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Episode 140: Biblical Genres, Part 3: Wisdom Literature

Episode 139: Biblical Genres, Part 2: Histories

Conventional wisdom says that the "great" leaders are the ones who expan the size of their nations' territory, increase their wealth, or help the markets climb to record heights. But the voices in the histories of the Hebrew Scriptures (like the books of Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ruth, and Esther) see things differently. They offer a minority report: that true "greatness" has less to do with military might but with covenant and character, and that it doesn't matter if markets are booming when it comes at the cost of justice and mercy. These books in the Old Testament remind us that even the recording of historical events comes with a perspective. And it can be surprising to discover that even in the Bible itself there are multiple perspectives on events, rulers, and the times in which they lived. Through it all, we meet a God who is surprisingly vulnerable, relentlessly faithful, and at the same time deeply committed to creating a people who life differently from the nations around them because of their commitment to justice, to mercy, to faithfulness, and to love of neighbor. As pastors Sarah, Erica, and Steve continue looking at biblical genres in this series, join them for this conversation about the stories we tell about our past, and how those stories shape our path into the future.

32 MINOCT 9
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Episode 139: Biblical Genres, Part 2: Histories

Episode 138: Biblical Genres, Part 1--Torah

It's convenient to have all the sixty-plus books of the Old and New Testaments in one set of faux-leather covers, but we can sometimes forget that the Bible is really acollectionof books in different styles, genres, and settings, written by men and women from different cultures, languages, social situations, and nationalities. And just like we would know the difference between how to read a murder mystery and how to read a cookbook, it's wise to know the difference between laws for managing your agrarian society and poetry about the meaning of life--and you'll find both in the Bible! So in this new series, pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve take a look at the differentkindsof literature (genres) in the Bible, and they start with the first five books, often called the Pentateuch, the Torah, or sometimes the Books of Moses or the Law. And along the way, we'll talk about superhero origin stories, ancient Greek myths, and times when the Bible is a musical! Join us for the beginning of a new round of conversation here on Crazy Faith Talk!

37 MINOCT 2
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Episode 138: Biblical Genres, Part 1--Torah
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