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Ingredients (to Life) 2018
The first of four ingredients to Life, at least according to Ryan.
The second of four ingredients to Life, at least according to Ryan.
The third of four ingredients to Life, at least according to Ryan.
The final of four ingredients to Life, at least according to Ryan, on his final Sunday before his new adventures.
Parables Redux 2017
get lost 09.17.2017
A fresh look at parables because clocks are still set to 10:10. A skater. A son and a trip worth taking.
in a ditch 10.08.2017
The Good Samaritan. And for those of us who can relate to being in a ditch, we talk about who we can expect to save us and who we can expect not to. Hint: don't expect religious people to help much.
free your mind and the rest will follow 10.15.2017
In addition to being an "En Vogue" lyric from the early 90's, it's got something to do with a story of a servant who couldn't forgive.
who is your master? 10.22.2017
And the parable of the 10 bags of gold… how you see the master, might go a long way in determining the master…
mystic seeds 10.29.2017
a.k.a. Jesus seeds. What we are throwing might be more important than what it is doing once it lands on the ground.
small stories 11.12.2017
A small seed, a small cramped space for an astronaut, a small mistake and more small stories, that aren't..
more than time. 11.26.2017
You're enough. There's enough. More than enough. Abundance. The universe, Elizabeth Gilbert, and a parable of workers in a field along with others all say it.
pure joy 04.23.2017
A new series in James and talk about trials, joy, long jumps, This is Us and more.
James continues so we talk Dunning-Kruger, physics, good, evil and how God sees the world.
get free 05.14.2017
More James. More enlightenment. Less talking. More listening. Less anger. More freedom.
no favorites 05.21.2017
Some space to think. To ponder. To let James and the Divine speak…
work it 06.04.2017
Works vs faith and belief and patterns and convincing ourselves that we have a light and some buttons figured out.
little things 07.16.2017
Can create big changes. Like tanning beds and the tongue.
good life's 07.23.2017
Kanye vs James on the "good life".
the two wolves 07.30.2017
It's probably not Whitney Houston's fault. What Buddhism, the Cherokee, Madonna, Grandma, Ricard, and James Chapter 4 are trying to tell us.
we are earth 08.06.2017
Two stories provide the roadway for more James. We talk boasting, death, and dirt. And Battlestar Galactica.
we all have lines 08.13.2017
Right and Wrong. Iceland and Money. James brings some tough words meant to nudge some of our lines on money.
decluttering suffering 08.20.2017
James. Suffering. Patience. Grumbling. Swearing.
james & i 09.03.2017
A conversation with James, as we end his letter.
Listen to the Darkness Lent 2017
4 amazing nurses and all kinds of wisdom around pain, life, death, and God.
2 amazing principals and we talk consequences, education, worth, fairness and kids.
Three amazing human beings - with stories that you need to hear - from Iraq and Somalia. We talk war, Islam, God, pain, and peace.
Renee - an inspiring, courageous, and uplifting police officer of 15+ years who has seen it all. We talk, pain, criminals, victims, and justice.
Three amazing counselors who work in some incredibly hard situations with amazing people who carry tremendous amounts of pain and trauma. Powerful.
yoga, sushi, and martinis 01.08.2017
It's a new year and a new series: what. What is Christianity in 2017?
glass and ice changed the world 01.15.2017
What drives change, evolution, revolution, and new, on the narrow road?
this is getting real 01.29.2017
We talk. We listen. We had some great conversation. We get right to the immigration ban and what that means for those of us who follow Jesus.
fear and love 02.05.2017
and refugees and coffee beans and deimos and phobos.
complacement wealth 02.12.2017
Superbowl, politics, equality, and the story of Sodom and Gommorrah. Plus some questions and conversation at the end…
flexibility and strength 02.19.2017
A body needs to be flexible and strong. Stretched and sure. And you have a body and you are a part of a body.
how do we know 02.26.2017
How do we know if it's real, if it's Jesus, if it's legit? Jesus, fortunately, answered…
2 Samuel 2016
heroes and mercy 07.03.2016
We get 2 Samuel or season 2 going with a little hero and mercy talk…
A heavy week calls for a little more free-flow than usual… and some stories about chocolate shakes, suffering, tribes, and even a little 2 Samuel.
not that story 07.24.2016
Shame, Riders of Affliction, Beloved, moral licensing and non-complimentary behavior… as we continue 2 Samuel.
the blind and lame 07.31.2016
Basketball or soccer, strong-link or weak-link, kill them or heal them…
the magic box 08.07.2016
Icons, waterfalls, half-naked kings. 2 Samuel keeps going…
that victory 08.21.2016
Instead of music we prayed some photographs and a song and then we half prayed . half talked out some 2 Samuel "victory".
at that table 08.28.2016
Dead dogs, an exterminator of shame, and a 5K. 2 Samuel keeps on rolling.
that's not good 09.25.2016
Or is it? A royally messed up hook up and murder story that forces us to ask some questions. We're back at 2 Sam.
the more dangerous danger 10.02.2016
The story of David and Bathsheba has repercussions… some more dangerous than others.
what do you want? 10.09.2016
Amnon. Tamar. Love. Belonging. Trust. > Haggard. Taking. Hate.
Compassion vs Security. Victims vs. Assailants. Tamar vs. Amnon.
the advice 10.30.2016
Fruit. Love. And 2 Samuel…
the critic ism 11.06.2016
The stones. The bow. The infection. The legacy. And milk crates. And 2 Samuel.
the prayer 11.20.2016
We wrap up the adventure that has been 2 Samuel with a conversation about prayer… and some perspective.
The Big Sins 2016
who is ryan & the big sins 04.17.2016
We start a new series - and hear about Ryan's three brothers.
a lot, more, and a fence 04.24.2016
The Big Sins… continues.
the feminine perspective 05.08.2016
Happy Mother's Day as we continue The Big Sins…
You're lucky. You're fortunate. Be grateful. Be generous.
st. rhino and shame 05.29.2016
Pharisees, egos, enough, and talking to yourself.
wormtongue and fear 06.05.2016
Some ways to counteract the whispers of fear… with some "always".
We sat in the round, with a table of bread and wine in the center. The series wrapped up with a powerful, moving, metaphor of sin and burdens and being free.
1 John 2015
We begin 1 John.
How do we know?
light and dark 07.26.2015
The world and God. Maybe different than we assume.
stop. listen. 08.02.2015
Some questions and time to think midway through 1 John.
the standard. 08.16.2015
a few things to shred
No Series (Series) 2015
Is it working? Are you "working"?
take a break from the preaching for some questions.
mom, or more specifically, women. happy mothers day!
corvairs, milk, planks. 05.17.2015
the flow 05.31.2015
ho hum 01.04.2015
We begin 2015 and we begin Acts.
a serial story 01.11.2015
Acts continues with the baffling story of Ananias and Sapphira.
Three stories, three ingredients of change.
Together is good. Together is hard.
an idea and a wall 02.01.2015
more acts. more trouble.
enough 02.15.2015…you are
God’s Love In buckets 2014
buckets and love 09.14.2014
We begin the new series "God's Love In ______."
God's Love in Atheism.
indulgent love 09.28.2014
God's Love in Beauty.
God's Love in Art.
the real 10.12.2014
God's Love in Authenticity.
no curses 10.19.2014
God's Love in Work.
a gift 10.26.2014
God's Love in the Earth.
seeing slices 11.02.2014
God's Love in Sexuality.
love > 11.09.2014
God's Love in Hell.
the score 11.16.2014
God's Love in equality
God's Love in Non-Violence.
God's Love in Optimism and Humanity
Jesus Was A Mystic 2014
jesus was a mystic 05.11.2014
We begin a new series that should be a lot of fun.
and camels. And wonder and awe and life.
Printing presses, the subjunctive, futureless speaking… and the affects on truth and faith.
rocks and sand 06.15.2014
Rigid and unmoving vs fluid and evolving. Where's that leave us?
the belief affect 06.22.2014
We've talked quite a bit about experience… does belief matter?
empires and mystics 07.06.2014
Soccer, Rome, civilizations, and denarius.
and moving them. From a more mystical perspective.
mystic forgiveness 08.10.2014
As you forgive, so you will be forgiven… what’s that mean? How does it tie into how we experience God?
sheep and goats 08.18.2014
with a mystic flair, of course
Atonement Theories Lent 2014
The theories as to why Jesus died.
Two people who work in hospitals about what they have learned there. And what that has to do with Jesus.
the circle. 03.23.2014
Two amazing women working with teen moms. And what that has to do with Moral Exemplar and Jesus.
Liberty in North Korea LiNK comes by to fill us in on some of the stuff happening in North Korea. And a little bit about Christus Victor.
no scapegoats. 04.06.2014
Mery Smith's story and we talk about goats, redemptive violence, sacrifice, and a different kind of perspective.
1 Samuel 2013-2014
And we begin 1 Samuel.
they are? 09.22.2013
Quite a bit depends on how we answer it. Eli's sons give us one option. But there are others…
art and curses 09.29.2013
1 Samuel continues with some interesting stories. How are we supposed to read this stuff, again?
And the gods who live in those boxes. 1 Samuel continues...
why a king? 10.13.2013
The story of 1 Samuel continues… with the people asking for a king. Poor Samuel.
is there a plan? 10.20.2013
We throw around "God's plan" all the time in different ways. "Give them a king" might help us re-think the idea.
a grace perspective 10.27.2013
It tends to change the story of Saul in 1 Samuel and the stories all around us today as well.
the mistake about mistakes 11.10.2013
Maybe it's Samuel who makes the first mistake - not Saul. Maybe we need to stop acting like Samuel.
No, Mariah Carey did not come and sing. But we did get another good story from 1 Samuel.
the thing 11.24.2013
Isn't sacrifice or religion… but…
what makes David, David? 01.12.2014
We begin 1 Samuel again - with a new main character. Before we get into David we talk a little about lions.
what are you so afraid of? 01.19.2014
Hate, shame, and Saul and David.
give it up for jonathan 01.26.2014
To Jonathan - because he deserves it.
from nothing to something 02.02.2014
What makes the story in 1 Samuel and stories today great.
mixed messages 02.09.2014
Are confusing and annoying. Especially related to faith and the Bible. What do we do?
the bad guys? 02.16.2014
David, Saul, the Taliban, and Norwegian prisons…
the medium 02.23.2014
Saul visits one and hears something that you may have heard… that isn't true…
what did we learn? 03.02.2014
A 1 Samuel recap, of sorts, to end the story.
proverbs: ways 05.26.2013
We start Proverbs for the summer and we start with some dialog with everyone about ways.
proverbs: her 06.02.2013
Two women: life and death.
proverbs: eyes 06.09.2013
The ways we look - or don't look - at the world.
proverbs: house 06.23.2013
The house of Branches. Some attributes.
proverbs: folly 07.07.2013
Folly, fools, sin… and what they do to our velocity.
proverbs: earth 07.21.2013
What does tremble mean? What makes the earth tremble?
proverbs: strife 08.04.2013
We invite some peace and quiet as we meditate on some of the ideas around strife, dissension and bitterness.
proverbs: wealth 08.11.2013
10 things about wealth.
proverbs: lips 08.18.2013
Closing and opening the gates of the heart and soul.
proverbs: Lord 08.25.2013
Is this God really about that?
proverbs: wisdom 09.01.2013
A conclusion and summary. Of proverbs and wisdom.
the word 04.14.2013
We begin a new series on words and try to redeem some of their meanings.
is it Christian? 04.21.2013
It might be a wrong, and a dangerous, question.
Change, movement, growth, evolution and vectors.
From a tribe in the Amazon to a group of slaves in Egypt to a mom in Spokane.
We end the series on "words" with some emotion, some sacrifice, and some action.
Eccelsiastes Lent 2013
everything is meaningless 02.17.2013
And Lent begins… along with Ecclesiastes…
the island 02.24.2013
The way Solomon sees things versus the way we often do.
time and chance 03.03.2013
and the pain that exists on the island.
alive aware awake. now. 03.10.2013
There is also life on the island. What is it? How do we find it?
fear God. 03.17.2013
Sounds great. What does it mean though?
a marinade of mystery 08.02.2013
more contemplative, meditative end to Ecclesiastes, and celebration of Palm Sunday.
What Jesus Doesn’t Talk About 2012
should I move to Denver? 05.13.2012
Maybe. But, you probably won't find Jesus giving you an answer in the Bible.
Jesus doesn't talk about… sex. 06.10.2012
Why? What can we learn from that? What if we acted like Jesus?
god bless america? 07.01.2012
Part three of "things Jesus doesn't talk about"…
The last installment of "things Jesus doesn't talk about". We talk and we discuss. Note: first minute or so did not record.
word and flesh. life and light. 01.08.2012
As we enter into 2012, we begin John… Word and meaning. Caves and snorkeling. Humanity and flesh. And a story about Scott Harrison.
What makes us recognize someone? In a painting? In a photo? What makes us recognize Jesus? What happens when we do?
dangerous questions? 01.22.2012
And a story about superhero prophets, messiahs, and an all around pivotal moment in time.
wine. tables. hmm. 01.29.2012
The rabbi says follow me. And it doesn't take long for the stories to start rolling in. We look at two and think about some things that make you go hmmm...
born again 02.05.2012
The phrase caught on. We re-enact the conversation that might have happened when Jesus used it, and we wonder what it actually means.
Of course, it's never as simple as it seems… which means neither is John 3:16.
eternal life: the baby 02.19.2012
We've been talking about giving birth and the pain of delivery. What are we giving birth to? And is it worth it? Why? Really?
idiots weddings and wrath 02.26.2012
The 3 part ending to John chapter 3. with about five minutes on Lent first...
will you give me a drink? 03.04.2012
And the conversation that comes from it… a conversation that according to all the rules of the day should never even have had a chance.
If Apple were a religion, and we judged a religion on passion, reputation, and devout followers… it might beat Christianity. Why? The second half of the woman at the well might have some answers…
tears, donkeys, and leaders 04.01.2012
We have a conversation about Palm Sunday. And find out maybe Palm Sunday isn't the Sunday to rejoice… just yet…
Joy. Excitement. Peace. Confidence. Relief. On Easter morning. Why?
Two stories. Two outcomes. We discuss them.
a man and his mat 04.22.2012
A story about an invalid, a race, a mat, religion, and Jesus…
Does it all come down to this?
That feeling you get… or do we? And a little recap of a recent trip…
in secret 07.08.2012
Jesus goes in secret. Where? Why?
what if it's me? 07.15.2012
What if it's me who is wrong? Jesus talks publicly at the festival.
There's nothing quite like it.
temple guards 07.29.2012
where are they? 08.12.2012
God, accusers, shame, and us. All in a story about a woman and Jesus.
dark. light. 08.19.2012
Follow. Six questions and some discussion around the ideas.
confirmation bias 09.02.2012
and Jesus' words about it.
the merge sign 09.23.2012
and Jesus healing a blind man.
The story of a blind man being healed becomes a different kind of story about a different kind of blindness...
sheep and stuff 10.07.2012
Some acting, some audience participation and some thoughts…
a cost 10.14.2012
Everything in life has one… right?
The funny, tragic, beautiful story of Lazarus.
desire, fear and politics 11.04.2012
along with a super storm...
who am I 11.11.2012
Mary and Judas: work, pretending, and being present.
judgment, prince, and all 11.18.2012
Apologies but the mic goes out for about 2 minutes in the recording…
Jesus seemed to live on a higher plane of life. Can we? 5 star reviews and 1 star reviews have something do with it.
greater things. 01.06.2013 08:31The way. The trust. The help.
And the paradox of branches producing fruit.
as one 02.03.2013
Jesus prayed that we would be one. What does that mean? We talk about weddings, pastors, muslims, and a lot more as we try to figure it out.
Some fishing, a nice breakfast on the beach… some ideas of what rise looks like…
A new series on the Pharisees and talk about contrasting soundtracks, sin, and letting go.
A discussion on pharisees, sexuality, and what Jesus had to say.
puffy vests and ski jackets 10.09.2011
We wear layers. Jesus said to go and learn… I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
water, camels, and human rules 10.16.2011
Clean and unclean, life and death. Jesus had some things to say about it.
burdens, tassels, and baboons. 10.30.2011
We end the series on the Pharisees with three words to describe them… and us.
why? what? where? God? 08.07.2011
God answers. Sorta. And we begin Habakkuk.
why? evil? God? 08.14.2011
Part two of Habakkuk… questions and confusion, shame, and relief.
Episode Three of Habakkuk.
and the cycles of humanity. Episode four of Habakkuk.
wonder and wait 09.04.2011
The series finale of Habakkuk.
a rest. 07.03.2011
It's the start of the second half of the year and the beginning of our rest series. So we rest on a Sunday with some reminders of what we are trying to be about.
the creator stops. 07.10.2011
As part of the creative process, God rests.
a serious rhythm. 07.17.2011
Week three on rest. It's pretty serious. Ratios, control, and us.
For our last week on rest, we talk about it as a community.
what i've learned from wine 05.15.2011
...about faith: Variety. Tasting. Connoisseurs.
new wine 05.22.2011
What does it mean today? What does it mean for the future?
water into wine 05.29.2011
We end the wine series with a quick look, and great discussion, on the story of Jesus turning water into wine.
new wine 01.30.2011
A discussion about new wine and old wineskins with some great people in the community.
workers in the vineyard 02.27.2011
The Kingdom of God is like... some hard workers and some slackers who all get paid the same amount? We discuss it.
wheat and weeds 03.27.2011
The Kingdom of God is like... some kids holding green construction paper and some kids holding yellow construction paper... and another great discussion...
a withered fig tree 04.17.2011
Fig trees, fruit, temples, Palm Sunday, disciples... and us. We talk about all of it.
1 Corinthians 2011
the cafeteria 01.09.2011
As we begin the letter of Corinthians we talk about cafeterias... and church.
plant and water 01.16.2011
and a conversation with a farmer...
From fog and fireworks to planks, yeast, and festivals... a look at the fun topic of judging from 1 Corinthians 5.
chocolates and bodies 02.13.2011
A tremendous potential for good and evil, healing and destruction, light and dark. It's all in the human body and it's often related to sex.
static transformation 02.20.2011
Paul says to remain. Stay. What happened to transform and grow?
giving up... 03.13.2011
The First Sunday of Lent and 1 Corinthians 9 have some common threads... giving up... but not always the obvious things...
stories of old 03.20.2011
Paul says an old story about pillars of cloud, rocks that produce water, and golden cows is an example to us. It also raises some big questions about what idols are and what kind of "converts" we are producing.
spirit. body. 04.03.2011
Gifts: a spirit gives them in order to have a body.
love. period. 04.10.2011
Can we stop living "love, but..." and start living "love."?
in the beginning... 09.12.2010
In the beginning... it was good.
we lost our story 09.19.2010
You know... that talking snake thing...
cain and abel 09.26.2010
On our first "branch out" Sunday we have a conversation about the disturbing.beautiful story of Cain and Abel.
arky arky 10.03.2010
Most of the world drowns in a flood and we sing some cute songs about it. What's the real story here?
Bricks. Towers. Names. They can all be dangerous. The Babel story teaches us there might be something else to worry about.
ladders and wrestlers 10.24.2010
On a quick drive-through of the story of Jacob, we stop the car and get out and stretch at two spots: ladders and wrestlers.
The end of Genesis. We take a look back at the variety of powerful words that make up the story. We end by looking at the words Jacob spoke to his sons and remembering words that have been written to us, because words can be so powerful
Advent seasonS 2010-2017
matthew's jesus 12.05.2010
A long list of names who knew we could have so much fun with that and a sentence.
mark's jesus 12.12.2010
John the Baptist, confession... and sitting on a couch
hope: reconciliation 08.02.2013
We begin the season of Advent looking at reconciliation through the lens of hope.
hope: mystery 12.11.2011
We talk about a glass jar. And wind, and God, and Advent and hope.
On the first Sunday of Advent there is a little about sharks, terrorism, storms, demons, sickness, malaria, and love. We give away some money too.
On the third Sunday of Advent, we take a trip with our shame: to a garden, a barn, and a street.
On the last Sunday of Advent, we take a look at hate, its pleasures, and darkness and light.
advent empire 12.04.2016
Empire, resistance, printers, chlorine, angst, and joy. Sometimes it just comes out…
advent fear 12.19.2016
Peace, fear, and filaments. Some perspectives to resist fear.
live that story. 12.03.2017
Week 1 of Advent. Remember it's a story too. Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift help us.
more magi 12.10.2017
Magi from the East. Yeah, we all need more Magi in our lives, even if we don't know it.
god concepts 12.17.2017
Looking at the Advent story, some ways we can better be aware of the Divine.
more to the story 04.24.2011
Easter is way bigger and bolder... who, what, and why.
Joy. Excitement. Peace. Confidence. Relief. On Easter morning. Why?
The easter story should be more inspiring than Batman... shouldn't it?
those parts of the Easter story 04.20.2014
the ones we may not hear, the ones we may easily forget.
open the shades 04.05.2015
the myth of easter. 03.27.2016
the danger of easter 04.16.2017
It's a beautiful day. And also a dangerous one. Maybe the most dangerous
selected random(s) 2010-2017
the other lung 01.05.2014
East and West, reason and contemplation… what we might be missing when it comes to seeing God.
why church? 04.03.2016
it had to change. 11.19.2017
Music has changed, grown, evolved and moved with culture and technology - in massive amounts the last 150 years. It has been necessary. Will the church change too? Branches will be going through some big changes of its own with Ryan's announcement of his change to pursue that answer