Geeked-Out Soul

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Some definitions

GEEK OUT: (v.) Losing one’s cool when in the presence of something Cool.
COOL: (adj.) Uniquely and strikingly embodying Goodness, Truth, and Beauty (Synonyms: holy, sacred)
SPIRITUALITY: (n.) One’s way of relating to the Cool
REAL-WORLD SPIRITUALITY: (n.) Relating to Coolness as if it is actually there.

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Jesus’ TED Talk #4: Be like unto Katie

Ruling in my kingdom means being a hospitable space for Katie to be Katie and for you to be you. But if instead you introduce Katie to the global Game of rivalry and hate, it would better for you to sleep with the fishes in concrete shoes. Woe to the world for the games it wants to play with Katie! Woe to the advertisers who will teach her to despise herself so that she will buy their products! Woe to the politicians who will turn Katie into just another hate-cog for their political machines! Woe to that sicko who lures Katie into The Game.

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Week 32B: Everything Must Change (Good Friday)

Going to the Cross is how Jesus was to save the world, but he REALLY wanted there to be some other way. One of the great mysteries of our faith is “Why was the Cross the only way?” I believe part of the answer lies in the fact that humans (even normal ordinary “good” people like you and me) have always been willing to sacrifice other humans “for the greater good.” We have always done this, and we still do.

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Week 30: Why We Worry, Why We Judge

“Why manipulate people with judgment when you can just ask them for what you want? Boundaries, people!” – Jesus, in this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids. For the full package for this week, you can subscribe for free to the weekly email newsletter, which includes playlists, teaching scripts, extra activities, coloring pages, archives for previous weeks, access to our super-secret Facebook group full of other parents and ministry workers working through the same issues you are. This week’s playlist is below. Enjoy!

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Week 28: A New Path to Aliveness

“The rules are awesome. But you and me, we’re going to be awesomer.” – Jesus, in this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids. For the full package for this week, you can subscribe for free to the weekly email newsletter, which includes playlists, teaching scripts, extra activities, coloring pages, archives for previous weeks, access to our super-secret Facebook group full of other parents and ministry workers working through the same issues you are. This week’s playlist is below.  Enjoy!

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Breaking up with Slavery is hard to do

A boy named Joe and Slavery were in love.  They did everything together. But after a while, his friends started bad-mouthing Slavery. They started spreading rumors and blaming Slavery for everything bad in the world. So Joe decided to break up with Slavery—even though she had done so much for him. As soon as she was gone, Joe realized that life was very different without Slaves… He was feeling a little sad, so he went to the kitchen to get something to eat but without Slaves, he didn’t have many options. Joe quickly realized that without Slavery, his home didn’t...

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Our day of ashes

Ash Wednesday is symbolic solidarity of those who aren’t suffering much with those who are suffering more. Today we are all Jordanian pilots and reporters who got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Today we are all Palestinian refugees, Israeli shopkeepers, and World Trade Center office workers. Today we are all gays in the Upstairs Lounge, Jews under Auschwitz, Buddhists in China’s cultural revolution, Cherokees on the Trail of Tears, Gypsies under the Inquisition, Muslims in the Crusades, Christians in the Colosseum, and Israelites in Egypt. Today is our day of ashes.

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Week 25: Jesus, Violence, and Power

In this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids: The first thing you need to know about Moses and Elijah is that they’re awesome. The second thing you need to know is that, like most heroes, they are violent. And when Peter suggests that Jesus should be that kind of hero too, Jesus reacts…um…strongly…

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Week 24: Jesus and Hell

In this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids, we look into Jesus’ hobby of taking the Pharisees’ notion of the afterlife, flipping it upside-down, and throwing it back at them in order to expand their vision of God.  Good times.  You can see this week’s playlists below. I think Jesus believed in Hades about as much as he believed in Zeus http://t.co/pADHvMFr1D — John Stonecypher (@GeekedOutSoul) February 5, 2015 For the full package for this week, you can subscribe for free to the weekly email newsletter, which includes playlists, teaching scripts, extra activities, coloring pages, archives for...

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Week 23: Jesus and the Multitudes

In this week’s installment of We Make the Road With Kids, we explore how Jesus frees people — poor, rich, and in-between — from broken systems, particularly from what Brian McLaren calls the “Pyramid Economy.” You can see this week’s playlists below. For the full package for this week, you can subscribe for free to the weekly email newsletter, which includes playlists, teaching scripts, extra activities, coloring pages, archives for previous weeks, access to our super-secret Facebook group full of other parents and ministry workers working through the same issues you are. Enjoy!