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The Anchor

By Dr. Jeremy Berg

Jesus-shaped Wisdom for 21st century life. Dr. Jeremy Berg — pastor, professor and writer — offers on-the-go spiritual insights and biblical perspectives to help keep us anchored in Christ and his teachings. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
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Corinth at the Cross 7 (1 Cor 4:9-21)

The AnchorMar 02, 2023

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Corinth at the Cross 11 (1 Cor 12)

Corinth at the Cross 11 (1 Cor 12)

Some reflections on 1 Corinthians during Lent. Today we explore being a vital member of a local Body of Christ, and our collective witness as we all reach out into the community as unique members of a church.
Mar 22, 202317:05
Corinth at the Cross 10 (1 Cor 10:1-12)

Corinth at the Cross 10 (1 Cor 10:1-12)

Some thoughts as we dip into 1 Corinthians this Lent. Today we explore the call to grow into our full humanity, looking at Adam and Eve in the Garden of possibilities, and the Israelites rescued out of Egypt in an act of saving grace but who then falter and fail to grow up in the wilderness of testing. 
Mar 15, 202319:32
Corinth at the Cross 9 (1 Cor 6) - Sex Talk

Corinth at the Cross 9 (1 Cor 6) - Sex Talk

Let's talk about the sacred mystery of sex as we continue our journey through Paul's letter to the Corinthians. 
Mar 08, 202320:40
Corinth at the Cross 8 (1 Cor 5)

Corinth at the Cross 8 (1 Cor 5)

Some thoughts on our Lent reading of 1 Corinthians.
Mar 03, 202314:59
Corinth at the Cross 7 (1 Cor 4:9-21)

Corinth at the Cross 7 (1 Cor 4:9-21)

Some spontaneous, unscripted thoughts on our Lent reading of 1 Corinthians.
Mar 02, 202311:27
Corinth at the Cross 6 (1 Cor 4:1-8)

Corinth at the Cross 6 (1 Cor 4:1-8)

Some daily thoughts on our Lent reading of 1 Corinthians.
Mar 01, 202309:56
Corinth at the Cross 5 (1 Cor 3:5-23)

Corinth at the Cross 5 (1 Cor 3:5-23)

Some daily thoughts on our Lent reading of 1 Corinthians.
Feb 28, 202313:19
Corinth at the Cross 4 (1 Cor 2:10-3:4)

Corinth at the Cross 4 (1 Cor 2:10-3:4)

Some daily thoughts on our Lent reading of 1 Corinthians. 
Feb 27, 202314:34
Corinth at the Cross 3 (Feb 24)

Corinth at the Cross 3 (Feb 24)

Some off-the-cuff thoughts on 1 Corinthians 1:26ff and how God chooses the "nobodies" to be at the center of his world-rescuing Kingdom project. 
Feb 24, 202312:49
Corinth at the Cross 2 (Feb 23)

Corinth at the Cross 2 (Feb 23)

Some thoughts on 1 Corinthians 1:10-25.
Feb 23, 202311:18
Corinth at the Cross 1 (Feb. 22)

Corinth at the Cross 1 (Feb. 22)

Some off-the-cuff thoughts as we read through 1 Corinthians together this season of Lent. Download reading guide here and join us.
Feb 22, 202313:15
Two Stars: Christmas Sermon

Two Stars: Christmas Sermon

A version of my sermon from Christmas Eve 2021 exploring the star of Bethlehem that leads us to an initial encounter with Christ, and the Morning Star of 2 Peter 1 who wants to rise higher and larger in our hearts in our everyday lives. From my series/book “Christmas on Mount Mystic” examining the glory of the manger in the light of the mystery of the Transfiguration.
Dec 27, 202222:15
"Christmas on Mount Mystic," Part 2

"Christmas on Mount Mystic," Part 2

This is part two of a series of Advent reflections based on Jeremy’s 2021 sermon series contemplates the glory of the Manger in light of the mystery of the Transfiguration. Join Amanda, tired mother at the end of her rope, as she escapes to her Uncle Eli’s mountain cabin the week before Christmas. Prepare to be blinded by the light, swept up into an ancient Story, enveloped by a mysterious Cloud, encounter strange visitors, and be led along by the Voice and a the Morning Star. PART TWO 8. Holy Huddle (Meditation) 9. Mysterious Cloud (Journal #4) 10. Are You Awake? (Meditation) 11. Morning Star (Journal #5) 12. Two Stars (Christmas Eve Sermon) Afterword: Who is Amanda? Postscript: Confession & Apology More at KingdomHarbor.com. 
Dec 24, 202201:25:01
"Christmas on Mount Mystic," Part 1

"Christmas on Mount Mystic," Part 1

This is part one of a series of Advent reflections based on Jeremy’s 2021 sermon series contemplates the glory of the Manger in light of the mystery of the Transfiguration. Join Amanda, tired mother at the end of her rope, as she escapes to her Uncle Eli’s mountain cabin the week before Christmas. Prepare to be blinded by the light, swept up into an ancient Story, enveloped by a mysterious Cloud, encounter strange visitors, and be led along by the Voice and the Bright Morning Star.  PART ONE Foreword 1. Invitation 2. Arrival (Journal #1) 3. Seeing the Kingdom (Meditation) 4. Dazzling Light (Journal #2) 5. Blinded By the Light (Meditation) 6. He Chose Us! (Meditation) 7. Unexpected Visitor (Journal #3) More at KingdomHarbor.com
Dec 24, 202201:06:06
95. When Life Knocks You Down

95. When Life Knocks You Down

A word for when life has knocked you down and laid you out flat. Lessons from a dying man in Acts 7. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
Jan 27, 202215:05
92. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 9: Blessed is the Prince of Peacemakers

92. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 9: Blessed is the Prince of Peacemakers

We conclude our Beatitudes of Bethlehem series with Jeremy's Christmas eve sermon from 2020 during lock-down. Come hear about a restless pastor swearing in a Holiday Gas Station parking lot, a stunned and confused prison guard, and a jailbird radiating a deep peace in middle of miserable circumstances. May we all discover the secret to deep and abiding peace amidst life's storms. Merry Christmas!
Dec 24, 202128:30
91. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 8: Blessed are the Horoscope Readers

91. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 8: Blessed are the Horoscope Readers

What does it mean to be "pure in heart"? This episode looks at the hearts of the magi that led them to seek and find Christ through the most unlikely route. More at KingdomHarbor.com.
Dec 22, 202115:40
90. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 7: Blessed are the Speechless

90. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 7: Blessed are the Speechless

In this episode we look at "Blessed are the Merciful" and Zechariah's speechlessness before God's scandalous mercy. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Dec 20, 202112:18
89. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 6: Blessed Are the Fed Up

89. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 6: Blessed Are the Fed Up

In this episode we discuss being "hangry" for God's justice to reign, looking at "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice" and Simeon who embodied such a hunger. Let us be thankful and more compassionate toward those among us who seem always "fed up" with all the evil and oppression taking place in our world. Their "hanger" reveals the heart of God and the heart of the prayer, "Thy Kingdom come!" More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Dec 16, 202113:56
88. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 5: Blessed Are the Underachievers

88. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 5: Blessed Are the Underachievers

While our culture blesses the winners and overachievers, Jesus' Kingdom celebrates and elevates the humble losers and perpetually passed-over. This episode unpacks "Blessed are the Meek" and explores God's choice of Mary through whom to bring his Kingdom into the world. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Dec 14, 202111:17
87. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 4: Blessed are the Emotional Wrecks

87. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 4: Blessed are the Emotional Wrecks

Jeremy explains his tendency to rain on people's desire for a happy and sentimental Christmas eve service, for example when he preached on the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem one Christmas eve that probably took many visitors by surprise (and never to return!). Why does Jeremy do this? Answer: It has something to do with the second beatitude. More at KingdomHarbor.com. 
Dec 09, 202116:58
86. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 3: Blessed are the Poor Shepherds

86. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 3: Blessed are the Poor Shepherds

We look at the first beatitude - "Blessed are the poor" - and ponder the shepherds and other outcasts who stand at the heart of Jesus' upside-down Kingdom revolution. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.  
Dec 07, 202113:21
85. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 2: Climbing Companions

85. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 2: Climbing Companions

In this episode, Jeremy invites us to join Jesus on the Mount of Beatitudes this Advent, becoming his "climbing companions," and pondering who is truly blessed among us. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Dec 02, 202111:51
84. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 1: Garage Roof Epiphany

84. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 1: Garage Roof Epiphany

This is part 1 of a series of reflections on how the nature of Jesus' upside-down Kingdom was anticipated in the unlikely cast of characters in the Nativity Story. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Nov 30, 202117:33
83. Christmas on Mount Mystic

83. Christmas on Mount Mystic

Join us this Advent Season for our series called, "Christmas on Mount Mystic" where we're explore the Incarnation in the light of the Transfiguration. Jeremy is creating a fictional backstory to this sermon series featuring a weary woman named Amanda who is in need of a vacation before she has a meltdown at a family holiday gathering. She gets an invitation from her great uncle Eli to spend an extended retreat at their cabin on Mount Mystic. But this will be no ordinary escape, and Mount Mystic will live up to its name. Today's episode gives a little teaser. Join us Sundays at 5PM at MainStreet Covenant Church @ St Martin's By the Lake beginning Nov. 28. 
Nov 23, 202109:39
82. The Chosen 8: Jesus Was Here

82. The Chosen 8: Jesus Was Here

Some thoughts on the season one finale of The Chosen including Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, Nicodemus's conflicted soul, and the healing of Simon Peter's mother-in-law. Jeremy shares some thoughts from his Israel trip on standing, supposedly, next to the remains of that first century house where Jesus did wonders. May our ordinary homes today become monuments to Jesus' presence and healing power as we welcome him into our homes. Thanks for joining us for this series. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Nov 16, 202121:17
80. The Chosen 7: The Earnest Spiritual Seeker

80. The Chosen 7: The Earnest Spiritual Seeker

In episode 7 of season one of The Chosen Nicodemus finally gets his meeting with Jesus. This famous conversation found in John 3 reveals a heart that is open and curious about Jesus and his Kingdom. How about us? Do we share Nicodemus's awe and wonder at Jesus and what he's up to in the world? What questions would you ask if given a private meeting with Jesus? Let this episode lead us each to our own prayerful conversation with him this week. And let us ask Jesus, by the Spirit, to open our eyes and let his life-giving spirit blow through our lives. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Nov 09, 202121:41
79. The Sins of Our Fathers

79. The Sins of Our Fathers

Jeremy wades into some rough waters by exploring the defensive posture of many today who bristle at the thought of taking responsibility for and confessing the sins of our nation's forefathers. Such "rugged individualism" is out of step with a biblical worldview. Jeremy blows the whistle on the hypocrisy of those who want to claim the victories and blessings of people who lived long before us, but who don't want to own any of the sin and evil committed by our ancestors. If we want to claim Christ's accomplishment on our behalf 2,000 years ago, we need to also take responsibility for Adam's sin passed down to us. Christians, of all people in the world, should be the quickest to confess and own our sin, because we believe in a loving and gracious God who forgives. Or don't we? More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.  
Nov 04, 202116:27
78. Sipping Grape Juice with the 'Dead'

78. Sipping Grape Juice with the 'Dead'

Jeremy offers some thoughts on the significance and meaning of All Saints Day, and how many Protestants have neglected this topic and/or have a diminished view of the Communion of the Saints. 
Nov 02, 202111:54
77. Soul-Winning Coffin Salesmen

77. Soul-Winning Coffin Salesmen

Jeremy shares his journey toward a grace AND truth Christianity, drawing on some interesting recollections that include an awkward attic encounter, a music festival gone bad, and an eager coffin salesmen and street evangelist. Enjoy! More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Oct 28, 202113:33
76. The Chosen 6: Fear & Rigidity Keep God Out

76. The Chosen 6: Fear & Rigidity Keep God Out

Today we look at episode 6 of The Chosen on Jesus' "Indescribable Compassion." Pastor Mike explores how fear and the rigid boxes we adopt ensure that we remain ignorant or asleep to the new thing God may be doing and other ways of viewing reality. Jeremy wraps up with a challenge to beware of the rigid political boxes many Christians today are stuck inside of and keeping them from seeing and representing Jesus' Kingdom faithfully. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.  
Oct 26, 202122:04
75. Hello, Soul!

75. Hello, Soul!

Many Christians like myself have been taught to look suspiciously upon all talk of "True Self vs. False Self", the inner life, soul formation, etc. as unhelpful navel gazing at best or some form of New Age Spirituality at worst. I have resisted spiritual teachers who urge me to look for God within as dangerously misled, and have believed and taught that the true path to Christian maturity is found by looking to God 'out there.' This is a false either-or. In recent years, I have begun to understand and enter into the deep wisdom of the contemplative tradition and the journey toward inner-communion with the God who has chosen to make myself his Temple. Here's a brief introduction to the concept of the True Self vs. False Self in spiritual psychology as I wander down the path on a breathtakingly beautiful fall day.  
Oct 21, 202120:53
74. The Chosen 5: Jesus & His Bride

74. The Chosen 5: Jesus & His Bride

We continue our series of reflections on The Chosen TV series looking today at S1 E5 called "The Wedding Gift." Jeremy addresses his son's seemingly simple question raised while watching this episode: "Did Jesus ever get married?" Let's examine Jewish weddings and betrothal periods,  and the bride and the groom's main task while they await their wedding day. Yes, Jesus is right now preparing for his future wedding feast, but will his bride be found ready when the Day arrives? More at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Oct 19, 202122:17
73. I Am Nicodemus

73. I Am Nicodemus

Around my 40th birthday I hit a kind of dead end in my spiritual journey. I realized that Bible knowledge and learning alone can only take you so far. How could I know so much biblical truth, but have such an anxious and uneasy soul? While many Christians talk endlessly about the importance of a "personal relationship with Christ," many of us actually settle for a relationship with the Bible, Christian truth, spiritual knowledge. I think Nicodemus was facing a similar midlife crisis when he came to Jesus by night and found himself invited into a deeper kind of spirituality. Here's some of my thoughts on me and my kindred spirit Nic. 
Oct 14, 202122:28
72. The Chosen 4: The False Gospel of Self-Help

72. The Chosen 4: The False Gospel of Self-Help

Today we explore episode 4 of The Chosen TV series looking at Simon Peter's attempts to fix his own problems, and how this only gets him deeper into a hole. His wife Eden and his brother Andrew are pointing him in the right direction, but it will take another person to fully get his attention! More at KingdomHarbor.com. 
Oct 12, 202124:17
71. Speak the Truth in Love

71. Speak the Truth in Love

We pick up where we left off last week examining another "LifeVerse" that has been helpful for navigating the past few years of political division that has infected even the church of Jesus Christ. Today we look at "speaking the truth in love" and our corporate calling to put Christ on display in  our interactions. "We must learn to speak the truth in a loving way," says Jeremy, "And learn to speak love in a truthful way." More at KingdomHarbor.com. 
Oct 07, 202111:00
70. The Chosen 3: Jesus & the Children

70. The Chosen 3: Jesus & the Children

Today we look at episode 3 of The Chosen, which is all about Jesus and the children. Jesus hasn't gone public with his ministry yet, but is quietly camping in the backwoods of the village, where he befriends and teaches the local children. What do we learn from observing Jesus in this episode? What do we learn by observing the children in this episode? Today's episode features both Pastor Jeremy and Pastor Bill Johnson. Enjoy! Learn more at www.KingdomHarbor.com. 
Oct 05, 202120:45
69. LifeVerse: Tossed To & Fro (Eph. 4)

69. LifeVerse: Tossed To & Fro (Eph. 4)

We jump back into Jeremy's LifeVerse series as Jeremy shares scriptures that have rocked his world and guided his path. Today we jump ahead to a Scripture that has helped Jeremy navigate the tumultuous and divisive political waters of the Trump era. We look at Ephesians 4:11-15 the next couple episodes. 
Sep 30, 202113:29
68. The Chosen 2: New Story, New Purpose

68. The Chosen 2: New Story, New Purpose

Today's reflection on episode 2 of The Chosen TV series comes from Pastor Mike Fox. Join us for this visual and dramatic journey into the heart of Christ by joining us Sundays at 5PM to watch episodes together and discuss. Or watch at home on your own and let these podcast reflections accompany your journey. Check out our viewing schedule here and stream episodes online for free here. Find more resources at KingdomHarbor.com and learn more about MainStreet Covenant Church here.
Sep 28, 202114:54
67. Our Story-Laden Lives

67. Our Story-Laden Lives

In The Lord of the Rings, Sam asks Frodo, "I wonder what kind of a story we have fallen into?" We are all living within a particular story, consciously or unconsciously, to make sense of reality and our life's experiences. Many of us have accepted a popular "cultural narrative" for our lives, and Christ is summoning all to get swept up into a bigger Story that leads to a more fulfilling and God-honoring life. Today, come ponder what story you are living in? More at www.kingdomharbor.com. 
Sep 23, 202115:12
66. The Chosen 1: He Knows Your Name

66. The Chosen 1: He Knows Your Name

We kick off a new series today providing reflections on each episode of The Chosen tv-series we are viewing on Sunday nights at our church. Whether you join us in-person or from afar, we hope you will watch this series with us and find yourself encountering Jesus again in a fresh way. Today Jeremy explores the power of identity and name in battling our inner demons. For more information and viewing schedule, go here. More at kingdomharbor.com. 
Sep 21, 202119:22
65. My Problem With the Bible

65. My Problem With the Bible

In this episode Jeremy shares some perspective on teaching the Exodus story, and reads a provocative piece by Brian Zahnd on how we American Christians read this slave narrative from the vantage point of citizens of a superpower rather than an oppressed people. Find more at kingdomharbor.com. Find Brian Zahnd's piece here.
Sep 16, 202112:00
64. The Chosen: Join us!

64. The Chosen: Join us!

In this episode Jeremy introduces and recommends The Chosen TV series that is making headlines and getting great reviews. What sets this series apart from other films on the life of Jesus? Why is it worth your time? Join us this Fall as we watch the first season together and discuss on the podcast. Series begins Sunday, September 19 at 5PM at MainStreet, and podcast episodes will be released the following Tuesday each week.
Sep 14, 202111:41
63. Waters of Enemy-Love

63. Waters of Enemy-Love

The Book of Jonah is a Sunday school favorite, yet hidden beneath its cartoonish drama lies a scathing socio-religious warning—a warning aimed at the people who would claim to be on “God’s side.” This episode brings our "Spirit on the Water" series to a close (for now at least), and examines Jonah's difficulty in loving the Despised Other and his need to repentant. This is timely for our present moment. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Sep 09, 202114:13
62. LifeVerse: Listen, You Islands (Isaiah 49)

62. LifeVerse: Listen, You Islands (Isaiah 49)

Today's episode jumps forward in my journey to a Scripture that spoke to me in a pivotal moment when I was stepping out in faith to plant a church in my hometown. I heard my name called in this Scripture that Paul also saw himself fulfilling in his day in a much grander way. But God's call is on all our lives, and that involves being light to those who are far off. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Sep 09, 202112:52
61. Waters of Courageous Faith - Pt. 2

61. Waters of Courageous Faith - Pt. 2

In this episode, Jeremy shares part-2 of his sermon given at his son Peter's baptism this summer. We explore Peter's water-walking faith and fragility, and the hand that will always be there to pull us back up. Enjoy and share with a friend! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Sep 07, 202114:54
60. Back-to-School Special: "This Is Water"

60. Back-to-School Special: "This Is Water"

In this special Back to School episode, Jeremy narrates a classic commencement speech by David Foster Wallace given to Kenyon College graduates in 2005, on one of the gifts of a higher education. Enjoy! More at Kingdom Harbor at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Sep 03, 202129:10
59. Waters of Courageous Faith - Pt. 1

59. Waters of Courageous Faith - Pt. 1

In this special 2-part message, Jeremy shares the sermon he gave at his son Peter's baptism this summer. We continue our "Spirit on the Water" series looking at Peter's water-walking incident and exploring the Waters of Courageous Faith. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org.  
Sep 02, 202110:26
58. Waters of Mentorship Pt. 2

58. Waters of Mentorship Pt. 2

Today we continue exploring a lesser known Jordan River water-crossing and what Elijah and Elisha can teach us about the power of mentorship in growing into spiritual maturity. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
Aug 31, 202115:38
57. Waters of Mentorship Pt.1

57. Waters of Mentorship Pt.1

The next two episodes explore a lesser known Jordan River water-crossing. What can Elijah and Elisha teach us about the power of mentorship in growing into spiritual maturity? More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Aug 26, 202111:19
56. Waters of Inheritance

56. Waters of Inheritance

Many of us get stranded in our faith between the Red Sea and the Jordan River in our faith journey. We've been delivered from our sins (symbolized by the Red Sea) but we've only glimpsed the promise land from a distance. God wants to bring us across the Waters of Inheritance into a new identity where we throw off our old identity as slaves to sin and live into our new identity as the Children of God. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Aug 24, 202115:12
55. Waters of Deliverance

55. Waters of Deliverance

Today's episode explores the Exodus and the God of the oppressed in our series "Spirit on the Water." Is the Bible too "woke" for many Christians today? Let's drop anchor and explore the biblical vision for "social justice." More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Aug 19, 202113:29
54. Introducing The Anchor Podcast!

54. Introducing The Anchor Podcast!

Today's episode introduces the rebranded Anchor Podcast, a ministry of the newly minted Kingdom Harbor website, the online ministry platform for Pastor Jeremy and friends. This episode introduces the new name and why we chose this nautical theme. You can get in touch and give us feedback via a voice message using the following link: https://anchor.fm/jeremyberg/message
Aug 17, 202112:47
53. LifeVerse: Revolutionary Faith (Acts 17:6)

53. LifeVerse: Revolutionary Faith (Acts 17:6)

In this episode Jeremy shares a Bible verse that has shaped his philosophy of ministry and was the foundational verse for the Revolution youth ministry he launched years ago. More at www.jeremyberg.org.
Aug 12, 202109:50
52. LifeVerse: A Mind-Blowing Truth (Rom 8:11)

52. LifeVerse: A Mind-Blowing Truth (Rom 8:11)

In this episode Jeremy shares another verse that rocked his world and forever changed his outlook on life. Could it really be true? More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Aug 10, 202109:52
51. LifeVerse: Fire in My Belly (Jer 20:9)

51. LifeVerse: Fire in My Belly (Jer 20:9)

In this episode, Jeremy talks about one of the greatest personal struggles he's had to overcome, involving diarrhea, with the help of his namesake, Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Aug 05, 202110:01
50. LifeVerse: Alive, Active & Untamed (Heb 4:12)

50. LifeVerse: Alive, Active & Untamed (Heb 4:12)

In this series Jeremy is sharing some of the scriptures that have most impacted his life. This episode looks at the wild and untamed nature of Scripture as the means by which God encounters His people and speaks afresh through them. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Aug 03, 202108:35
49. LifeVerse: A New Adventure (Acts 1:4-11)

49. LifeVerse: A New Adventure (Acts 1:4-11)

In this series, Jeremy shares personally about the Scriptures that have most impacted and guided his life. This episode takes us to the dining center at Bethel University to the moment that both wrecked and set the stage for his life. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jul 29, 202110:37
48. LifeVerse: Yearbook (Phil 3:13-14)

48. LifeVerse: Yearbook (Phil 3:13-14)

In this very personal series Jeremy shares some of the Scriptures that have most impacted and guided his life. We begin with the Bible verse Jeremy quoted in his senior year book. What is the first Scripture that caught your attention and personally spoke to you? More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jul 27, 202110:32
47. Bow of Grace

47. Bow of Grace

We explore God's change of heart and the meaning off the rainbow in this second part on the story of the flood in our "Spirit on the Water" summer series. Buckle up! This very dark and disturbing story ends not with gloom but grace! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jul 22, 202110:54
46. Waters of Wrath

46. Waters of Wrath

We continue our "Spirit on the Water" summer series looking at the story of the Flood from Genesis 6 and the uncomfortable notion of the "wrath of God." Don't skip this one. 
Jul 20, 202110:51
45. MainStreet On the Move

45. MainStreet On the Move

While the pandemic was bringing many churches to a screeching halt, the church I pastor was on the move -- to the lake! A little update on MainStreet Covenant ministry over the past months of Covid including a word about my doctoral dissertation project that became a kind of Covid relief ministry. :) More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jul 15, 202111:04
44. Soul Gardening

44. Soul Gardening

Do you feel guilty taking a day off while the rest of the world works? I often do. But why? Let's do some soul gardening and learn to obey Jesus' command to stop and ponder the flowers. “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will reap a crop of my love; plow the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord" (Hosea 10:12).
Jul 13, 202110:23
43. Personal Reflections from a Monastery

43. Personal Reflections from a Monastery

I’m spending some time with the monks at St. John’s Abbey, and doing some personal reflection. Here’s a window into my life these days.
Jul 06, 202122:21
42. Planted by the River

42. Planted by the River

We're living in drought conditions and experiencing a hot summer in Minnesota, and trying to grow a garden far from the water spigot. Psalm 1 invites us to plant our lives by the riverbanks of Living Water so we won't wither in the heat of life's challenges. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jun 29, 202108:38
41. Sanctuary in the Storm

41. Sanctuary in the Storm

We wrap up our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," by looking more closely at the creation poem in Genesis 1 in search of a biblical approach to handling the storms of life. Today we discover God doesn't remove us from troubled waters, but creates a place of refuge in the middle of the chaos. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jun 24, 202109:54
40. Bridge Over Troubled Water

40. Bridge Over Troubled Water

In part 3 of our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," we are seeking a biblical approach for navigating life's trials and chaos.  Today we mention one approach that is tempting but we should ultimately avoid. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jun 22, 202107:36
39. My Inner Spiritual Circus

39. My Inner Spiritual Circus

In this episode, Jeremy opens the curtains and gives us a glimpse into his own spiritual and vocational journey lately. We are standing at a crossroads. The church and cultural landscape is shifting, and certain things need to come crashing down. Out of the rubble will grow smaller, deeper, more authentic forms of Christian community asking for the good and ancient Way of Jesus. Be encouraged! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jun 18, 202117:30
38. Spirit of Divine Potential

38. Spirit of Divine Potential

This is part 2 of our 4-part series, "Spirit on the Water," looking at Genesis 1:2. Today we explore the Spirit of creative possibilities who hovers over our divine potential. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jun 17, 202110:04
37. Spirit Over Our Chaos

37. Spirit Over Our Chaos

This is part 1 in a 4-part series called "Spirit on the Water" looking at the creation story in Genesis 1:2. What does it mean that "the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters"? More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jun 15, 202107:40
36. Israel Trip 4: Hezekiah's Tunnel

36. Israel Trip 4: Hezekiah's Tunnel

Today I share my adventure of walking through Hezekiah's 2,700 year old tunnel, and offer some spiritual thoughts on the tunneling tenacity of Heaven's light that comes searching for us in our dark moments. Find photos and videos from my adventure at https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/29538/. 
Jun 10, 202113:32
35. Israel Trip 3: Heads Against A Stone Wall

35. Israel Trip 3: Heads Against A Stone Wall

Do you ever feel like your prayers are bouncing off a brick wall? In this reflection from my Israel pilgrimage in 2020 I offer some thoughts on my experience at the Wailing Wall and inside the Western Wall Tunnels. Read more and find photos and video links at https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/stonewall-faith-prayers/.  
Jun 08, 202109:23
34. Israel Trip 2: Touching Where Heaven Touched Earth

34. Israel Trip 2: Touching Where Heaven Touched Earth

Another reflection from my trip to Israel in February of 2020. This episode describes my experience in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Jun 03, 202108:49
33. Israel Trip 1: Scratch 'n Sniff Faith

33. Israel Trip 1: Scratch 'n Sniff Faith

Israel has been in the news lately, and so I thought I'd take share some reflections from my recent trip to the Holy Land. In this episode, I ask: Why bother going on a pilgrimage to that little contested strip of real estate? 
Jun 01, 202106:54
32. Grace in a Hot Tub

32. Grace in a Hot Tub

There are moments in our Christian lives when we hear the rooster crow, and we realize we've completely blown it. This is one of those moments for me, and the irony is quite juicy. What lesson can God teach a preacher using a leaky inflatable hot tub? More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
May 27, 202109:07
31. Life's the Curriculum, You're the Assignment

31. Life's the Curriculum, You're the Assignment

Many of us unknowingly distract ourselves from the chief task of personal spiritual formation by keeping busy attending Bible classes and storing up Bible knowledge. Here's a gentle reminder that everyday life is the real classroom and we are the main assignment. Thankfully we have a reliable "lab partner." More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
May 25, 202108:19
30. Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan!

30. Happy 80th Birthday, Bob Dylan!

I came under the spell of Bob Dylan only in the past decade, but I can't really explain it. 
May 24, 202105:16
29. Wisdom Has A Face

29. Wisdom Has A Face

While we divide humanity into conservatives and liberals, the Bible describes people as either courting Lady Wisdom or Madam Folly. Then Jesus steps onto the scene and things really get interesting. Let's explore Wisdom today. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
May 20, 202107:13
28. WWJD? Go Sit By A Lake

28. WWJD? Go Sit By A Lake

“Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake” (Matt. 13:1). Following after Jesus can be rigorous and demanding, but sometimes it means relaxing by the lake. Here's a spiritual practice we can all get excited about. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
May 18, 202105:29
27. Chasing Lambs

27. Chasing Lambs

I begin my day with a morning walk at Gale Woods Farm near our home. Today I came upon a baby lamb that had somehow gotten out of the sheep pen. He was running around, panicky and with terror in his eyes. My pastoral instincts kicked as I approached the little lamb saying, "Fear not little lamb, I'm a professional shepherd. I'll help you!" He ran the other way. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
May 13, 202108:05
26. Antique Shop: In Search of Something

26. Antique Shop: In Search of Something

"In that musty antique shop I once again caught a whiff of a memory of a moment I was probably never intended to have." This is one of my more personal and favorite reflections on one of my secret hobbies. May we all realize what we're searching for is usually closer than we think.
May 11, 202112:01
25. Salvation Lives Here

25. Salvation Lives Here

The story of Zacchaeus isn’t mainly about a “wee little man,” but a gracious God who wants to take up residence in our homes.
May 06, 202107:58
24. Garage Sale Spirituality

24. Garage Sale Spirituality

What do estate sales reveal about our lives and our faith? Let’s learn from the example of Tabitha in Acts 9. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
May 04, 202111:47
23. When the Waters Stir

23. When the Waters Stir

Do you ever feel like God’s healing is just beyond your reach? Like you keep missing out on something others are getting in on?
Apr 29, 202104:49
22. Redeeming Martha

22. Redeeming Martha

When Jesus visited Mary and Martha's house, Mary chose rightly and Martha got the short end of the stick. But I think we have been a bit hard on Martha through the centuries, and today I want to provide a new angle on this familiar story. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Apr 27, 202107:52
21. A Ticking Bomb

21. A Ticking Bomb

What is the appropriate posture toward reading Scripture? More at www.jeremy berg.org.
Apr 22, 202107:47
20. Too Good to Be True

20. Too Good to Be True

"You've won a free cruise!" Yeah, right. What's the catch? Let's talk about cynicism and the difficulty of believing in the free gift of grace.
Apr 20, 202103:03
19. Seasons of Life

19. Seasons of Life

In this episode, Jeremy offers 5 seasons of life we all pass through, and the unique discipleship focus and growth area for each season. Let us embrace each season we are granted in our years under the sun. 
Apr 15, 202111:38
Promo: God, Evil, & Spiritual Warfare

Promo: God, Evil, & Spiritual Warfare

Why is the world so messed up?  Where is God in all of it? What role, if any, do Satan, angels and demons play in all the suffering? How do we face evil and suffering in a Christ-centered way? We are thrilled to gather together in-person again at St. Martin’s beginning this Sunday at 5pm for a 6-week Bible course “God, Evil, & Spiritual Warfare” I will be teaching. Join us in person or via zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84003569838?pwd=ZTljcG9aZkwxeE5vNEFkZ2Y4eUhtUT09. Grace and peace!
Apr 14, 202103:33
18. Who is this Man?

18. Who is this Man?

Today's reflection is by Pastor Mike Fox. 
Apr 13, 202104:47
17. Jesus & Easter in Film

17. Jesus & Easter in Film

As a dad of 3 curious children, all of the new faith films being released offer great pathways into discussions about Easter and the story of Jesus. This past week we enjoyed two in particular that I thought I would recommend to others.
Apr 08, 202104:22
16. Counting on God

16. Counting on God

Jesus wouldn't last a week teaching mathematics in our schools today. His equations don't seem to add up from our earthly point of view. But God's strange math is something you can really count on for what counts most in the Kingdom of God! More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Apr 06, 202104:59
15. Dark, Cramped, & Stinky (Good Friday)

15. Dark, Cramped, & Stinky (Good Friday)

I would summarize the past 12 months in 3 words: Dark, Cramped, and Stinky. When Jesus reached for an image to describe the passion he was about to endure, he compared it to Jonah's dark, cramped and stinky 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a fish. Find a quiet place this evening and join Jeremy as he guides us in a series of Good Friday meditations from the belly of the fish. 
Apr 02, 202135:48
14. Which Jesus?

14. Which Jesus?

Some Greek manuscripts reveal that Barabbas, the criminal released instead of Jesus, was also named Jesus. These two Jesuses present two different pathways to freedom. Which Jesus do you follow?
Apr 01, 202105:08
13. Judas in the Mirror

13. Judas in the Mirror

Have you noticed nobody names their son Judas anymore? Before we paint Judas as the Good Friday villain, let us take a look in the mirror. 
Mar 30, 202107:58
12. The Cursed Fig Tree

12. The Cursed Fig Tree

What if the fig tree Jesus cursed could tell his side of the story? Written and performed by Jeremy, this is a dramatic retelling of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem to shouts of "Hosanna!" during his last week, and how his fate was strangely intertwined with the fate of that old tree. Please share with a friend. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Mar 25, 202124:48
11. The Journey Home

11. The Journey Home

Jeremy looks at the two halves of life, the first half resembling the parable of the talents, and the second half resembling the prodigal's journey back home into loving communion with God. Where are you at in life's journey? More at www.jeremberg.org. 
Mar 23, 202104:51
10. Mining For God

10. Mining For God

We tend to think God's presence is to be found on the mountaintops and in the bright afternoon sun, only to discover God's light shines brightest in the darkness. Jeremy shares personally about his recurring bouts with depression. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Mar 18, 202107:44
9. Written on His Palms

9. Written on His Palms

Even God is not above writing a reminder on the palm of his hand. Do you know what is written there? 
Mar 16, 202109:12
8. Treasure Hunting

8. Treasure Hunting

What is the treasure worth selling everything to possess in Matthew 13? You may be surprised. Share this with someone who may need a reminder today. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Mar 11, 202104:48
7. Deliver Us From Indifference

7. Deliver Us From Indifference

A lesson from a little old lady in a nursing home chapel. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Mar 09, 202106:49
6. Deeper Than the Grand Canyon

6. Deeper Than the Grand Canyon

Jeremy shares a reality from Psalm 84 that is deeper and grander than the Grand Canyon. 
Mar 04, 202107:30
Welcome! (Trailer)

Welcome! (Trailer)

Welcome to Daily Illumination Audio! Jeremy introduces the heart and purpose of DI Audio. Leave us a message at https://anchor.fm/jeremyberg/message. 
Mar 02, 202102:06
5. Ashes & Oil

5. Ashes & Oil

Jeremy reflects on our earthly existence as a messy mixture of ashes and oil. More at www.jeremyberg.org. 
Mar 02, 202106:44
4. Enemies of the Soul

4. Enemies of the Soul

This episode is also available as a blog post here. 
Feb 25, 202104:12
3. The Woman at the Laundromat

3. The Woman at the Laundromat

This recording also a blog post you can read here. 
Feb 24, 202104:16
2. Steeped: Tea Bag Faith

2. Steeped: Tea Bag Faith

This episode is also available as a blog post: https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/tea-bag-faith/
Feb 24, 202105:49
1. Get A Grip!

1. Get A Grip!

This episode is also available as a blog post: https://jeremyberg.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/quarantine-letters-get-a-grip/
Feb 24, 202109:40