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The Ragamuffin Gospel Discussion (SPUMCColumbus)
23 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Episode 10: The Victorious Limp
HOSTS: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. Peter was convinced that his relationship with Jesus was dependent upon his own abilities and qualities. How unfortunate that we are often convinced of the same thing. Manning writes, “We try to live so that God will love us instead of living because God already loves us.” We would love to hear from you. Reach out to us at email@example.com.
27 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Episode 9: A Second Call
Hosts: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. In This Episode: There comes a time when we come to the point in our lives when we ask, “Is this all there is?” Brennan discusses three crises that precipitate us asking this question: Crisis of Hope, Crisis of Faith, and Crisis of Love. Jesus insists that the Father is crazy with love for us. He didn’t say that it would be nice if the Father loved us. He said the Father does love us. We’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to reach out to us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
24 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Episode 8: Freedom From Fear
Hosts: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. People prefer the known to the unknown. People tend to fear what they do not know. The many “what if” questions we ask, as Manning describes, cause us to take a second mortgage out on our house of fear. Fear denotes a feeling of punishment. Freedom does not. Fear holds many of us captive; yet, if we deny that we are held captive by fear, we will never be free from it. Freedom in Christ is the freedom that comes from not having to be controlled by the “what if” questions of life. We would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
25 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 7: Paste Jewelry and Sawdust Hotdogs
HOSTS: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. Manning writes, “Counterfeit grace is as commonplace as fake furs, phony antiques, paste jewelry, and sawdust hotdogs. The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.” In our attempt to mask who we are to others, we unknowingly mask who we are to ourselves. This holds us captive. We would love to hear from you. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 6: Grazie, Signore
Hosts: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr What is a proper response to the cross? How should we properly respond to God’s completed work on the cross? We’d love to hear from you. Reach out to us at email@example.com.
25 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 5: Cormorants and Kittiwakes
Hosts: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. At the end of his life, Abraham Heschel said, “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and He gave it to me.” Could it be that the wonder of God is right there in the thick of our daily lives? What are the distractions preventing you from noticing the wonder of God’s grace and mercy? We would love for you to reach out to us. Feel free to email or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
21 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Episode 4: Tilted Halos
HOSTS: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. In This Episode: Manning writes that getting honest with ourselves does not make us unacceptable to God. It does not distance us from God. Rather, it draws us to Him as nothing else can. It opens us anew to God’s flow of grace. When we think we are better than we are, Manning would tell us that our halos are too tight. We would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
29 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Episode 3: The Ragamuffin Gospel (Chapter 3)
Hosts: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. What are our motives when it comes to living out our faith? We need to learn to think big about God. We need to renew our minds and see ourselves as God sees us. The Ragamuffin Gospel is about Jesus accepting and loving people right where they are. Feel free to reach out to us. We would love to hear from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Episode 2: Squeamish Towards God’s Love?
Hosts: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. Christ came to save us and there’s nothing we do to earn this grace. God accepts us just as we are and this is the ragamuffin part of all of us. This is the picture of God’s love, yet we lean away from His love feeling a little squeamish towards it. Imagine if for a day you saw yourself the way God truly sees you … as one who is loved. Bask in the acceptance of God’s love for you. Believe that He accepts you not because He has to accept you, but He accepts you because He truly loves you. We have peace when God is all we seek. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com.
21 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Episode 1: Deeply Loved & Accepted
HOSTS: Tommy Bridges and John Fugh, Jr. Join Tommy and John for a discussion of Brennan Manning’s classic book “The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out.” Most believe in God’s grace — in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see God as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins — dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His furious love. We’d love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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