Recorded on June 28, 2020, Grazia Shepard shares her story on how she found Belonging at WC4W in the midst of her journey with mental health.
Recorded on August 9th, 2020 Kyla imaginatively recreates the Book of Hosea from Gomer's perspective. Pointing out problems with Hosea's marriage metaphor, Kyla makes Gomer the central figure of the text, renaming the book, the Book of Gomer.
Recorded on August 23, 2020, Jon Willms asks us to reflect on what we're searching for and helps us apply this to Hosea chapter 6. Leaning on contemplative exercises, we practise learning to listen differently and hear more with silence.
Recorded on August 9, 2020, Caleb Ratzlaff reads Hosea Chapter 2. Here, Caleb reads the text asking who are the oppressed, the weak and the needy; what are they doing, how are they being treated? And then, he evaluates whether or not the narrative is liberating those who are suffering.
As we read the Bible or consume any media for that matter, it's good to ask the questions - who are the vulnerable and the oppressed and; is this story helping or hindering their struggle for liberation?
Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on July 19, 2020 - John Derksen gives us an introduction to our series on the book of Hosea. John introduces us to the structure of the book, its major themes, and 4 reasons why it is significant to the history of Isreal.
In this episode, Rosilee Sherwood discusses the characteristics of a prophet, someone who amplifies the call of justice and love while calling out the powerful and systemic oppression. Using the backdrop fo Amos, Jesus, and Martin Luther King Jr. Rose asks us to consider three modern-day prophets that she's encountered in her life: Greta Thunberg, Alok Vaid-Menon, and Ursula LeGuin.
Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on July 5, 2020 - Caleb Ratzlaff continues the series of Amos, finding three commonalities between Amos and Martin Luther King Jr.'s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Both Amos and MLK criticize the church, condemn complacency, and call out the perversion of the law.
Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on June 28, 2020 - Caleb Ratzlaff continues the series of Amos, revisiting the issue of God's punishment in the context of Chapter 7.
In Chapter 7, Amos convinces God to relent from punishing Israel with famine and drought. Unfortunately, Amos is not able to convince the religious, political, and business elite to relent from trampling the needy. The leaders of Israel exile Amos before he can persuade God to spare them from punishment. There will be bodies, many bodies says the Lord.
Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on June 7, 2020 - Caleb Ratzlaff introduces a series on justice in the book of Amos.
Amos is a colourful Apocalyptic prophet of the type that inspires much of Christ's words and actions. While exploring this theme Caleb also suggests three ways of grappling with a vindictive and punitive God.
Ted Grimsrud, a professor at Eastern Mennonite University, has a very helpful post on this topic up on his blog that can be found here: peacetheology.net/restorative-just…nt-justice-amos/
When the Church Lacked Biblical Authority (inspired by affirming churches everywhere) with Caleb Ratzlaff
Recorded at Westview Christian Fellowship on May 17, 2020 - Caleb Ratzlaff discusses Acts 15 - the moment the church affirms uncircumcised Gentiles.
Inspired by the experience of LGTBQ Christians, Caleb finds parallels between Westview's journey to be an affirming church and the early church's struggle to affirm uncircumcised Gentile Christians.
Spoiler: there's more biblical grounding for affirming LGBTQ Christians than there is supporting Paul's argument that circumcision wasn't always necessary.