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Knowledge and Certainty, Part 2 with Jared Klassen

Knowledge and Certainty, Part 2 with Jared Klassen

November 25, 2021

In part 2 of Knowledge and Certainty, Jared revisits the topic of epistemology, the study of the nature of knowledge, by giving a short history of western society’s ways of answering the question “how do we know what we know?” He discusses traditional, modern, and postmodern thinking, and, with that history in mind, once again addresses his own personal journey with apologetics. We often hold very different beliefs and values, differences that are further complicated by the fact that we don’t all agree on the nature of truth and knowledge.

Recorded on Oct. 31, 2021

What is Sacred about being Harmed? Mark 10:35-45 with Caleb Ratzlaff

What is Sacred about being Harmed? Mark 10:35-45 with Caleb Ratzlaff

November 17, 2021

Recorded on Oct. 17, 2021, Caleb asks "what texts that call us to suffer, serve, or even to be a slave mean for marginalized people that have already experienced so much suffering?" How does this question inform our reading of Jesus' prediction of his death and explanation of the crucifixion? 

 

The 11th Commandment: Do Not Defraud - Mark 10 with Caleb Ratzlaff

The 11th Commandment: Do Not Defraud - Mark 10 with Caleb Ratzlaff

November 5, 2021

Recorded on Oct. 10th Caleb discusses the story of the rich young man and what it takes to get into the neighbourhood of God. 

Do not defraud: do not be afraid to stop the unjust accumulation of wealth even if such work comes with persecution, as Jesus says it will in Mark 10.

Our hope: learn to share and you will receive, Jesus claims, a hundred times as much — homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields — now in this present age as well as the age to come.

Riches Are Not the Product of Hard Work, Proverbs 10:1-22 with Caleb Ratzlaff

Riches Are Not the Product of Hard Work, Proverbs 10:1-22 with Caleb Ratzlaff

September 29, 2021

The following is a message shared at Westview on Sept. 5, 2021. Here Caleb gives a close reading of Proverbs. 10:1-22, arguing, with the help of his professor, Calvin Seerveld, that Proverbs can be read not as a collection of isolated sayings, but as cohesive poetic units. When read this way, the Proverbs sits more comfortably in the wisdom tradition and the trajectory that moves through Jesus. 

 

Proverbs 10 is concerned with the heart rather than the right knowledge and doctrine or about working hard and being “successful”. Riches are not a measure of wisdom, in fact, wealth is a danger for the foolish. Proverbs 10 has a spirit of playfulness, care, and welcoming that calls for justice and love: a love that dresses all kinds of rebellious misdeeds with clothes.

 

Proverbs 10:1-22 translated by Calvin Seerveld

 

Cited: 

“Proverbs 10: 1-22: from poetic paragraphs to preaching” In Reading and Hearing the Word: From Text to Sermons. Essays in Honor of john H. Stek edited by Arie C. Leder. Grand Rapids: Calvin Theological Seminary.

 

Knowledge and Certainty with Jared Klassen

Knowledge and Certainty with Jared Klassen

July 15, 2021

Jared shares some of his journey in coming to terms with ambiguity and the limitations of human knowledge, pondering how we know what we know, and how certain we can really be of it. He suggests some ways that we can address the issue, both in general as well as from a Christian standpoint.

"As Christians, our primary calling isn’t to be right, or to hold the correct doctrine."

God’s Love in Our Ordinary Lives with John Derksen

God’s Love in Our Ordinary Lives with John Derksen

July 12, 2021

In this episode, John reflects on Scripture,  his own life, and how the spirit reveals God’s love in our ordinary lives.

Pentecost and Participating in the Final Judgement with Caleb Ratzlaff

Pentecost and Participating in the Final Judgement with Caleb Ratzlaff

July 8, 2021

Recorded on June 23rd 2021. In this message, Caleb explores the expansive and equalizing work of Pentecost, suggesting that the birth of the church is the beginning of the final judgement. As such, we are called to participate in the judging how to live in response to God's spirit of love and justice in the world.

In the Pentecost story we discover that the equitable distribution of wealth and the destruction of social hierarchy are the first areas of our life together that we are to seek to respond appropriately to God’s work of love amoung us. A work we are witnesses to in the life of Jesus Christ.

Religion Free Sacredness with Will Klassen

Religion Free Sacredness with Will Klassen

June 17, 2021

Will begins by introducing a story he wrote about heaven to the lectionary verses for May 9th 2021. Here he talks about finding the sacred in the ordinary asking us, like the angel asked the disciples at the ascension, why we look toward heaven? The important stuff, Will argues, happens in the substance of daily life. 

Why Can’t We Be Friends? with Caleb Ratzlaff

Why Can’t We Be Friends? with Caleb Ratzlaff

June 10, 2021

Leaning on an insight by Casey Overton, an activist and contributor to enfleshed.com, Caleb reflects on how the song "Why Can't We Be Friends?" by WAR sheds light on the meaning of John Chapter 15. 

In John 15 we read:  “And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” So how do we know that you’re abiding in love, living the love commandment?  In this world, in Christ’s world, when essential workers ask for a living wage, they get it, when the homeless ask for better living conditions, they’d receive it, or maybe when addicts ask for a clean drug supply, it would be given to them.

The Community of Creation with Justin Eisinga

The Community of Creation with Justin Eisinga

June 7, 2021

Using the lectionary verses, Justin asks the question, “if we are to look within our own tradition to find the resources to love the land again, we must read the Bible with bent towards foundational teachings of harmony and care for all of creation.” Justin encourages us to find ways to include creation within our worship, not only as an representative for the divine, but as an active participant, guiding us into the love of Christ.

 

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