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In this episode, Nate, James, and Richel­la answer lis­ten­er ques­tions about rec­on­cil­ing Jesus’ easy yoke” with Paul’s beat­ing his body to make it his slave,” remain­ing healthy while car­ry­ing other’s bur­dens, and Bish­op Desmond Tutu’s seam­less gar­ment” approach to faith and politics.

Show Notes

[:50] How do you rec­on­cile the gen­tle­ness of the easy yoke that Jesus talks about regard­ing our efforts toward our spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion (Matthew 11:28 – 30) with the more bru­tal approach that Paul talks about when he says he beats his body” (“pun­ish” NRSV) to make it his slave (1 Corinthi­ans 9:27)?

[16:42] What are the prac­tices you engage in to remain healthy in the midst of heavy bur­dens you’re help­ing car­ry for others?

[30:06] Bish­op Desmond Tutu once said that reli­gion and pol­i­tics are a seam­less robe. I think I agree with him, but I’m real­ly trou­bled by the way church­es and Chris­tians in North Amer­i­ca have become so bit­ter­ly divid­ed by pol­i­tics over the past decade or two. How should church­es, as well as Chris­tians indi­vid­u­al­ly, han­dle polit­i­cal issues? Should we remain silent on them in order to main­tain the uni­ty of the Spir­it? Or do we need to lov­ing­ly speak out about how our spir­i­tu­al val­ues should affect our polit­i­cal pri­or­i­ties and then just love each oth­er despite our some­times major dif­fer­ences? If it’s the lat­ter, I’d appre­ci­ate any advice you can give on doing that, as it’s espe­cial­ly hard now that both sides equal­ly fear that our country’s entire future is at stake.


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