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Grace Produces Abundance, Fear Perpetuates Poverty

Grace Produces Abundance, Fear Perpetuates Poverty

August 31, 2022

Recorded on August 2022: Luke 12

 

The rich fool in Christ’s parable takes the surplus produced by the earth and puts it in a barn. If having faith in God means believing that God is good and provides more than enough for even the wildflowers, then it’s hard to deny that the surplus produced by the ground is a gift meant to be shared with all.

 

When the rich man hoards this gift, he deprives others of it. Another way of saying this is that by hoarding the abundance of the earth, the rich man steals from all those for whom that gift was meant.

 

Grace moves in the other direction; it calls us, evident in the Lord's prayer and the splendour of the wildflowers, to believe that there is more than enough for all. There is no reason to worry, there is no reason to hoard wealth. 

Jesus Learns from Mary and Martha with Caleb Ratzlaff

Jesus Learns from Mary and Martha with Caleb Ratzlaff

July 26, 2022

Recorded on July 17, 2022: Luke 10:38-42

Mary and Martha teach Jesus how to apply his teachings in the real world. Both teach Jesus what it looks like for the last to be first and the first last.

Mary does this by taking on the role of disciples, Martha, and all women through the centuries up to today who do double duty -- in the house and outside the home -- teach Christ what it means for men to follow Christ’s teachings.

 



May We Listen to the Maladjusted with Caleb Ratzlaff

May We Listen to the Maladjusted with Caleb Ratzlaff

July 26, 2022

Recorded on July 10th at Westview: Amos 7 and Acts 1

May we, like Amos and Christ, listen to the maladjusted of our time; may we listen to all those who refuse or are denied the ability to adjust to our economic system, a system defined by exploitation. 

The Holy Spirit and Intimacy, Moving Beyond Rage with Caleb Ratzlaff

The Holy Spirit and Intimacy, Moving Beyond Rage with Caleb Ratzlaff

June 18, 2022

Recorded June 12, 2022: Acts 2: Let's not stop at rage but find places of safety, where we’re willing to be vulnerable for the sake of the marginalized, so that, with the power of the spirit, we might find the courage to imagine and build worlds where we all share in the abundance of our Creator.

The Holy Spirit and Rage with Caleb Ratzlaff

The Holy Spirit and Rage with Caleb Ratzlaff

June 18, 2022

Recorded June 5, 2022: Acts 2: Where is the holy spirit? The holy spirit is with those who are being persecuted and it’s there, it seems, to give them the power to say, "enough! We are done being abused. We deserve dignity, we desire salvation.” 



Rereading Violence in the Old Testament With Caleb Ratzlaff

Rereading Violence in the Old Testament With Caleb Ratzlaff

June 18, 2022

Recorded on May 22th: Joshua 7: The story of Achan and Christ are similar in the end result: both are publicly crucified for the sins of others. The difference is primarily found in who is telling the story, who is the interpretive key - Christ/the victim, or the one doing the victimizing? 



Rereading Scripture with the Pregnant Self - Caleb Ratzlaff

Rereading Scripture with the Pregnant Self - Caleb Ratzlaff

May 10, 2022

Recorded on May 8th: The Road to Emmaus: Mothers sacrifice their own bodies for the sake of the child they carry within them. There is a parallel here with Christ’s suffering on the cross. I wouldn’t say that the mother is a victim, indeed, this is probably the wrong way to characterize the experience, but she does sacrifice herself, her own body, for the sake of another.

What I think we’re asked to do when we participate in communion is to remember how we are all pregnant with each other. The more we live into this reality -- the reality that we are codependent on others -- the more we will find ourselves inevitably drawn to interpret the world, and the stories we tell to make sense of the world, through the eyes of the oppressed. 

Rereading the Stories we Tell to Make Sense of the World with Caleb Ratzlaff

Rereading the Stories we Tell to Make Sense of the World with Caleb Ratzlaff

May 9, 2022

Recorded May 1, 2022. As Christ is rereading Scripture, the hearts of the two men on the road to Emmaus burn within them. They’re burning because they’re learning about themselves and what it means to be Jewish to a way that makes sense of the Easter event. 

 

As we reread the stories we tell about what it means to be Christian through Christ's eyes, we shouldn't be surprised to find that the stranger or non-Christian has been the host all along. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it us who are the recipients of the other's hospitality. 



Who Does Christ Receive his Authority From? - with Caleb Ratzlaff

Who Does Christ Receive his Authority From? - with Caleb Ratzlaff

April 14, 2022

Recorded on April 10.

Who Does Christ Receive his Authority From? Answer: Mary of Bethany. 

The supper with Mary doesn’t look great. We have a bunch of men sitting around a table being served by two women, and then one of those women washes the main guy's feet only to have Judas mansplain to her why what she’s doing is wrong. This is patriarchy at its worst. 

How does Jesus respond?

Disrupting Business as Usual with Guest Patty Krawec

Disrupting Business as Usual with Guest Patty Krawec

April 14, 2022

Recorded on March 20th at Westview. A few months back Patty Krawec tweeted a challenge to churches to have her speak on the table-flipping scene in the gospels. Westview and Silver Spire United took her up on the challenge. We were very grateful for the opportunity to hear and dialogue with Patty on Sunday.

You can find a video of her sharing on Silver Spire here and a transcript of her talk on her website.

Patty Krawec is an Anishinaabe/Ukrainian writer and speaker from Lac Seul First Nation. She is a current board member of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Center. She is the cohost of the Medicine for the Resistance podcast and cofounder of the Nii’kinaaganaa Foundation, which collects funds and disperses them to Indigenous people and organizations. Her work has been published in Sojourners, Rampant Magazine, and Midnight Sun. She also posts podcasts and essays about books on Substack. Her book, Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past and Reimagining Our Future, will be published in September by Broadleaf Books and is now available for pre-order. Krawec attends Chippawa Presbyterian Church and lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Find her on Twitter @gindaanis.

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