Think And Let Think



Podcast by Taylor Mertins


  • The Gospel Truth

    22/11/2021 Duración: 21min

    Contrary to how it’s been portrayed in the church or even in our wider culture, we never really pick Jesus. When all is said and done, when the King of kings and Lord of lords comes to dwell among us, we nail him to the cross. We, to put it bluntly, pick Barabbas instead. Which makes some of Jesus’ final words are the more powerful: “Forgive them Lord, for they do not know what they are doing.”

  • Lift High The Priest

    15/11/2021 Duración: 14min

    No matter how wild the world might become, and no matter how poor our priests might be, there is one thing that hasn’t changed, and it never will - the power of God’s unconditional love and the call on our lives from the One who is Love.

  • The Restorer of Life

    08/11/2021 Duración: 17min

    The church, at her best, is a storied enterprise - that is, she exists because of the story and lives by telling the story - the story of God.

  • The Death of Death

    01/11/2021 Duración: 20min

    The “all” in “All Saints” is important. Lest we fall prey to the temptation of believing that saints are only those perfect Christians - Saints are just sinners in the hands of a loving God. In fact, if there’s any real requirement for being a saint, it is merely the admission that we are not yet what we can be. It’s about coming to grips with the condition of our condition all while holding fast to the wonderful Good News that Jesus does his best work with people like us - Jesus deals in the realm of impossible possibility - Jesus is in the business of resurrection.

  • Believing Is Seeing

    24/10/2021 Duración: 21min

    Jesus is in the business of transformation - of taking us from where we are, to where we can be. That’s what church is all about. We don’t do what we do just to sing a few songs, and think a few lofty thoughts, and feel a few warm fuzzies only to do it all again next week. We do what we do because it changes us!

  • The Adventure of Faith

    18/10/2021 Duración: 18min

    At the end of the day it’s important to remember that the Gospel, the Good News, is a story. It’s not a self-help program, it’s not a textbook with steps to salvation, it’s not program for perfect morality. It’s a story, actually the story, that re-narrates all of our stories.

  • On The Road (Again)

    03/10/2021 Duración: 54min

    A one-sentence sermon - God meets us on the roads of life, proclaims the Good News through likely and unlikely places, is revealed when we eat at the table, and sends us to the share Good News to all who will hear it.

  • To Hell And Back

    27/09/2021 Duración: 14min

    Grace is what happens when, no matter how hard we’ve tried to do more and be better, we see ourselves for who we really are AND we discover that God does not abandon us.

  • If You Ain't First

    20/09/2021 Duración: 17min

    If you ain’t first, you’re last - so says the world. From the time we’re young adults until the day we die its always this break-neck competition for firstness, greatness, foundness. But in the Kingdom of God Jesus does his best work, his only work really, with the last, least, lost, little, and dead. People like us.

  • Expect The Unexpected

    06/09/2021 Duración: 17min

    God in Christ has this knack for making outsiders into insiders, for reaching beyond beyond the boundaries of propriety, for meeting people where they are and not where they ought to be. God meets us in our mistakes, not in our triumphs. God meets us in our sins, not in our successes.

  • A Place At The Table

    30/08/2021 Duración: 18min

    Contrary to how we often talk about it, and even how we live it out, Christianity isn’t a religion - if it is anything it is the declaration of the end of religion. Religion consists of all the things human beings have ever thought we have to do to get right with God. Christianity tells us that God in Christ does what we could never do in order to reconcile the world to himself. Or, as Martin Luther memorably put it, “The law says, ‘do this.’ And it is never done. Grace says, ‘believe in this,’ and everything is already done.” We, the church, don’t exist to wag our fingers at every little sin and indiscretion, we are not here to proclaim the Bad News that God will only think kindly upon us after we have fixed all of our mistakes. Instead, the church exists to announce the Good News, the very best news, that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly.”

  • Making Melody

    16/08/2021 Duración: 17min

    The joy of the church is realizing how God delights in gathering people together who otherwise have nothing in common save for the fact that Jesus calls them his friends.

  • Forgiven To Forgive

    09/08/2021 Duración: 14min

    It’s outrageous stuff, forgiveness. It just also happens to be the way Jesus runs the kingdom.

  • Stuck Together

    01/08/2021 Duración: 15min

    In Christ, we encounter the incomparable new reality of God which both humbles us and exalts us, which knocks us down and builds us up, and that is our peace. You see, peace, at least peace as defined by the Gospel, comes when we recognize our universal incompetence and our total need for someone to do for us that which we cannot do on our own. God has claimed us. And, as Karl Barth put it, unity is the consequence of belonging to God. However, there is a difference between the now and the not yet. Our sin-sick souls are stuck in this terrifying cycle of division and antipathy. But, as Christians, we are called to look beyond and, in so doing, reframe the now.

  • Beyond Belief

    21/07/2021 Duración: 17min

    Being a Christian isn’t natural. It runs counter to the ways of the world. Turn the other cheek? Love your enemies? Pray for those who persecute you? We are different. However, we have often tried to avoid the differences that make us different. We don’t want to appear strange, or evangelical, or like those other kinds of Christians (whoever they may be). We’ve been content to let our faith be something that happens on Sundays and only on Sundays. But because we have tried so hard to not seem different, it’s been unclear why anyone would want to be like us. Jesus is the difference who makes us different.

  • Beginning Again

    21/07/2021 Duración: 16min

    Again and again in the strange new world of the Bible, God meets the people of God in the midst of their sins, down in the muck of life, and offers grace. And grace, as Robert Farrar Capon so wonderfully puts it, isn’t cheap or even expensive, its free.

  • Last Things

    27/06/2021 Duración: 42min

    Jesus does not work according to the ways of the world. He does not say, “Bring to me your perfect lives and your perfect jobs and your perfect families.” Instead, he says, “Bring to me your burdens and I will give you rest.” Jesus does not look at our choices and our actions in order to weigh out whether or not we’ve done enough to make it through the pearly gates. Instead, he says, “I have come to save sinners and only sinners!” Jesus does not write us off for our faults and our failures. Instead, he says, “You are mine and I am thine!”

  • The End Is Where We Start From

    15/06/2021 Duración: 29min

    We might rejoice in viewing one another through our mistakes and our shortcomings, but in the kingdom of God we are viewed only through what Christ did and does for us. We might enjoy holding our judgments and prejudices against one another, but in the kingdom of God Jesus knows none of deserve anything, and yet we receive everything. We might love propping up all of our good works for everyone else to see, but in the kingdom of God there is a judgment that comes for each and every single one of us.

  • The Insanity of the Gospel

    07/06/2021 Duración: 28min

    God, unlike us, delights in impossible possibilities. The insanity of the Gospel is that, over time, God actually changes us. We are not what we once were because God will not let us stay that way. God, through bread and wine, through water and Spirit, is making all things new. Including us!

  • You've Got A Friend In Me

    10/05/2021 Duración: 27min

    It’s one thing to sing “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” but it’s another thing entirely to think “what a friend Jesus has in us.”

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