This Sunday, the second Sunday of Lent, we will reflect on the most illuminative moment in Mark’s gospel next to the Resurrection: the Transfiguration of Jesus. On a high mountain, and with three of his most intimate disciples, Jesus becomes radiant with glory, his face and clothing shimmering with supernatural brilliance, as Moses and Elijah, two Old Testament archetypes, speak with him. Encapsulated in this brief episode is the essence of our faith, its whole point, and its final end. Let’s join our Lord atop this high mountain again this Sunday and bask with Peter, James, and John in the divine splendor.
This Sunday, having concluded our sermon series on apprenticing with Jesus, we return to the liturgical calendar of the church and will observe the first Sunday of Lent. Each year the appointed reading for this particular Sunday concerns Jesus’s flight into the desert where for forty days he underwent intense temptations orchestrated by the devil. This week we may spend some time considering just who is the Devil in biblical theology and of what role temptations consist in the interior life. This week’s reading will come from Mark 1:9-15.
This Sunday we end our series on Gary Moon’s Apprenticeship with Jesus with a word of exhortation. Our text for this Sunday will come from Luke 5 as the master Jesus calls his apprentices to follow him (Luke 5:1-11). Luke’s narrative presents an outline of what it means truly to become the Lord’s apprentice. Let’s spend time reflecting for one last Sunday on the meaning of imitating our Lord, so that the lessons we have learned these last five weeks, instead of ending, will constitute for each of us a new beginning.
This Sunday we come to the fourth of our five sermons on Gary Moon’s Apprenticeship With Jesus. To apprentice with Jesus is to imitate the Lord’s life, to let him, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, live the fullness of his life in us. There is, then, another central component to the imitation of the Lord’s life, a component the Lord enjoins on all his followers, a component about which the apostle themselves testified in their New Testament letters. That component is the cross, sharing in the Lord’s sufferings. There is no true imitation of Jesus apart from imitating him on his cross. This Sunday let’s go all in, knowing that the crosses the Lord calls us to bear always redound to our resurrection and the experience of new life.
This Sunday we continue our reflections on Gary Moon’s Apprenticeship with Jesus. We will re-emphasize another key component of apprenticing with Jesus, an implication we must embrace with all enthusiasm if we wish to assimilate our Lord’s manner of life: non-conformity to the predominant culture or what the New Testament refers to as “the world” (See Romans 12 for a glimpse at this week’s theme). Non-conformity is what sets admirers of Jesus apart from apprentices of Jesus. On Sunday let’s encourage one another on our quest to live with Jesus against the worldly grain.
This Sunday we continue our sermon series and churchwide book study on Gary Moon’s Apprenticeship with Jesus. This week we will reflect on a fundamental principle of the Bible, a principle sprinkled throughout the book, the subject of our current study: the Imago Dei. The image of God. The Old Testament begins by affirming how God made human beings in God’s own image. Then in the New Testament Jesus bears the designation of being the true image of God (See Colossians chapter 1, one of our two readings for Sunday). What does this biblical principle regarding the Imago Dei have to do with our apprenticeship with Jesus? In a word, everything.
This Sunday we begin our first sermon in our new series and churchwide book study on Gary Moon’s Apprenticeship with Jesus: Learning To Live Like The Master. We will launch the series by reflecting on the question posed by two prospective disciples to Jesus, a question which begins John’s gospel: “Master, where are you staying?” Their question captures the essence of what discipleship, a word often bandied about without much thought nowadays, would have meant in the ancient world and still does mean today. It will be a fitting introduction to the adventure, as Moon’s book suggests, awaiting us.
This Sunday we will commemorate, along with churches the world over, the Baptism of Jesus, which officially began the mission for which he was born at Christmas. Remembering our Lord’s baptism will also provide us a chance to remember our own baptism and to recall what happened on the day when we too entered the blessed waters and had pronounced over us the name of the Triune God. Much was at stake in that moment and it is only fitting that we renew this Sunday the good work God began in each of us.
Gaming Blogger Shane Page talks Earthbound and the Mother Series, Nintendo and Super Smash Melee
Pick Up Your Sticks
This week Brett and Walker are joined by gaming blogger Shane Page who runs the blog "Frog by Frog" which details Shane's playthrough of the 2006 game Mother 3. The blog is very well written and Shane's love of the game and gaming at large is obvious. Shane is also an avid Nintendo gamer and shares his thoughts on Super Smash and some of Nintendo's less popular decisions.Episode notes:Shane's Blog: https://frog-by-frog.com/Shane's Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrogByFrogBlogBuy Pick Up Your Sticks a Cup of Coffee: https://ko-fi.com/puyspodJoin the discussion! All of our links including twitter, discord, youtube, email, and more can be found at: https://puyspod.carrd.co/Music by Misha Zarins https://mekzvsbear.wixsite.com/mekzArt by Riley O’laughlin email@example.com
BONUS EPISODE - Deathmatch Special (Rickey Shane Page V Mance Warner)
The Podcast Of Doom
Welcome to our bonus Deathmatch episode with our guest Bam, where we take Marcel out of his comfort zone. We watch Rickey Shane Page V Mance Warner in a Cage Of Death Match from CZW Cage Of Death XX, if you want to watch along it is available on various on demands. Music is Stalker by Someone Else and guest intro from Deathmatch wrestler Casanova Valentine. Follow Bam on Twitter @BamfordBrian and Follow us @STDMpod and please like and subscribe.