Think And Let Think



Podcast by Taylor Mertins


  • The First Word

    21/11/2022 Duração: 15min

    It was almost 100 years ago when Christians across the globe needed the first Christ the King Sunday. They needed a day set apart to reflect on how the Lordship of Christ outshines even the most devious dictators and the most devastating depressions. Today, we need it just as much. We need Christ the King Sunday because it reminds us, beats upon us, that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world. It forces us to confront the strange reality that our King rules from a cross. It compels us to hear the Good News, the very best news, the strangest news of all: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

  • The End Is Here

    14/11/2022 Duração: 15min

    Do you know what the mission of the church is? Our denomination says we exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. That’s fine. But it betrays the central claim of the Gospel: God has already transformed the world in the person of Jesus Christ! The kingdom we live in is based upon what God has done and is doing for us, rather than upon what we do. The church doesn’t have a mission - we are the mission. Our being is based on the presumption that we are witnesses first and foremost to Christ who is the difference that makes all the difference. We bear the marks of his life that gives life to us and others. Jesus has already made us different. We, then, don’t exist to make changes, but living in the world made possible by the cross will, naturally, lead to transformation. It will lead to transformation because we embody the joy that comes from being part of Jesus’ body. It will lead to transformation because we can’t rest easy while the world is flushed down the toilet. It w

  • Remembered

    07/11/2022 Duração: 18min

    Blessed are those whose lives are an absolute mess, for God does God’s best with broken pieces. Blessed are the humiliated, for they are on the journey to humility. Blessed are the broken-hearted, for grace falls through the cracks. Blessed are those who grieve, for what is grief if not love persevering? Blessed are the last, least, lost, little, and dead, for to them the kingdom has been prepared. Blessed are the forgivers, for, at the end of the day, what else is there? But woe to you who think salvation is yours to earn through power, wealth, and pride, you will be disappointed. Woe to the fat cats, there will come a time when you are empty. Woe to those who think life goes on forever and ever, for you will die. Therefore, live wild and reckless lives, for in so doing you will inherit the kingdom of God. Love the unlovable. Forgive the unforgivable. If someone asks for food, invite them to your table. If someone is in need of clothing, give them the jacket off your back. None of it

  • Nuts & Bolts

    31/10/2022 Duração: 17min

    Whatever Christianity is, it is at least the discovery of friends we did not know we had. Friends who are possible only because Jesus has gathered us in for God’s great parable to the world we call the church. Friends who are willing to carry us to Jesus over and over again because Jesus is the difference that makes all the difference.

  • Are We Able?

    23/10/2022 Duração: 18min

    Flannery O’ Connor once said, “Most people come to the Church by means the church does not allow, else there would be no need their getting to her at all.” Which is just another way of saying that Jesus meets us where we are, not where we ought to be. But then Jesus takes us somewhere else.

  • Fools!

    17/10/2022 Duração: 15min

    Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, not our money or lack of it, not our possessions or our minimalism, not our goodness or our badness, not our lives and not even our deaths. We might not see it, or even believe it, but there is greater wealth in the salvation of Christ than in every bank account in the world. And it’s ours for free. We can’t earn it. We don’t deserve it. It’s not cheap, nor is it expensive. It’s free. It’s free for you and me and every fool the world will ever see.

  • The Perfect Church

    09/10/2022 Duração: 27min

    A crucial eccentricity of the Christian faith is the claim that salvation does not come to us by natural inclination, by birthright, by earning, or deserving. Salvation is a gift from God. And because it is a gift it can only be received on God’s terms, not ours. The church is the witness to the gift of salvation, reminding us time and time again what we have been given even though we deserve absolutely nothing. That’s a hard truth to swallow, the “we deserve nothing.” But it’s true. We all do things we shouldn’t, we all avoid doing things we should. We are imperfect people. We might not be the type of people who forget our children back in Jerusalem and wander around for a few days before we find them, but we do have a lot more in common with Mary and Joseph than we let on. What’s more, even though we fail to be an obedient church, even though we fail to love God and one another, God offers us grace anyway.

  • The First Resort

    03/10/2022 Duração: 20min

    Faithful prayers are those that offer us up to possibility because prayer is the ultimate recognition that we are not in charge. Prayer deconstructs all of our preconceived notions about what is, and isn’t possible. Prayer reminds us that God is God, and we are not.

  • The 2nd Hardest Parable

    26/09/2022 Duração: 16min

    The strange and bewildering proclamation of the Gospel is that you can put your whole bank account in the offering plate and God will not love you any more or any less. God loves you no matter what. The Good News really is that good. It's so good, in fact, that we can't help ourselves from changing because of it.

  • The Hardest Parable

    19/09/2022 Duração: 13min

    Jesus is the shepherd to risks it all on the one who is lost. Jesus is the Samaritan who lavishly helps those down in the ditch. Jesus is the Father who forgives before apologies are offered. And Jesus is the unjust steward, the dishonest manager, who fudges our accounts when we don’t deserve it.

  • The Church of Tomorrow

    14/08/2022 Duração: 17min

    It’s too easy, at times, to lose sight of how weird it is to be part of the church. For many years we have endeavored to appear as appealing as possible to those outside. Whereas the real test of whether or not the church is the church is if we are sufficiently unacceptable to the world. We are not yet another club or social gathering that provides a needed distraction from all that is wrong in the world. We are the body of Christ for the world - we model God’s future in the present. We live, oddly enough, by grace. We practice trust and honesty and forgiveness in the midst of a time in which those things sound like fairytales. The church is God’s parable for the world.

  • The New Economy Of Grace

    17/07/2022 Duração: 15min

    In the kingdom of God the new economy of grace is weird. It is everything for nothing. It is forgiveness, and mercy, and love. It is Good News for people drowning in bad news. If Joseph was willing to forgive his brothers after all they had done, if Jesus was willing to return to his disciples who abandoned him and denied him, just imagine what we can do with the new economy of grace. It could be amazing.

  • What's In A Name?

    10/07/2022 Duração: 15min

    Jacob is a no good dirty rotten scoundrel. He runs from all his problems all while making more problems for himself and his family. He’s a liar, and a thief, and a cheat. There’s nothing holy about this heel grabbing son of a... Isaac. Why then do we read of this man and his wandering heart? Why do we lift these verses from the strange new world of the Bible and say, “Thanks be to God”? Why does God promise to remain with Jacob even though he has nothing to show for his so-called life? Because Jacob isn’t his real name...

  • Hide & Seek

    20/06/2022 Duração: 18min

    Life is a long game of hide and seek, but God always wins.

  • The Language Of Faith

    06/06/2022 Duração: 13min

    We only learn what it means to be Christians by watching other Christians within the church and doing what they do. To be Christian means being together. Which, of course, isn’t easy. Particularly because we believe in telling the truth, even to those we love.

  • The End Of Words

    30/05/2022 Duração: 17min

    God beckons us to the altar so that we might be altered. We are invited not because we are good, or virtuous, or even right. We are brought before the throne of the Lord because we are not as we should be, and God has a habit of making something of our nothing.

  • The River

    23/05/2022 Duração: 22min

    The waters of baptism wash away any notion of our being defined by our faults and our failures. Every drop of baptismal water contains an ocean of grace and mercy and love deep and wide enough to engulf the entirety of everything that ever was or will be. In baptism, the heavens are torn apart, the past, present, and future are confused in the best possible way, and the Lord declares, “you are my child.” And we are who God’s says we are.

  • We Are What We See

    09/05/2022 Duração: 14min

    If grace really is as amazing as we sing it is, then we are going to be surprised by some of the people we discover in Heaven.

  • We Are The Songs We Sing

    02/05/2022 Duração: 16min

    At its best, and I mean at its very best, worship reminds us, and begs us to realize, that we, even us, we are included in the myriads of the thousands in John’s vision. Worship tells us over and over again that there is nothing we can do for good or ill that can stop God from getting what God wants. Worship gives us Jesus.

  • Who's In Charge Here?

    25/04/2022 Duração: 13min

    Oddly enough, even with its bizarre images and confounding cassations, Revelation is an odyssey of encouragement. It tells us who we are, who God is, and what is the world is going on in the world. To put it simply, it tells us the truth.

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