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by Stuart Delony
Snarky Faith Radio

Begin Again


“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Sometimes in life, we get lost and lose our bearings. We forget where we are going, what we value, and sometimes we even lose who we are.

In those times, it is often best to stop and collect ourselves. Here we can take stock of where we have come from and where we want to go. Otherwise, if we don't stop, we'll just keep pushing through while trying to find meaning amongst the chaos.

The same thing happens with faith.

It seems like Christianity has lost its way. It has become consumed with things that are far from what Jesus taught and modeled. From a movement that began with grace, compassion, and love, it seems like we have lost the plot entirely.

So why not begin again?

Let's strip down the facade of the faith and look back to Jesus. To follow Jesus means to understand the ethics of Jesus. When He preached about the Kingdom of God he wasn't setting up a new system of belief or dogma, he was giving a glimpse into a new way to live life.

With that in mind, we'll be diving in to the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' centerpiece of his teaching and a vision into the ethics of the Kingdom of God. Let us go looking back at the beginning for what we've missed.

Perhaps, along the way, we may have lost something in our faith.

So we must ask ourselves:

What has been lost?
What needs to be rediscovered?

Let's let these questions push us forwards into something new.

Show notes

Episode Timestamp:

In the News: 01:10

Christian Crazy: 19:00

Main Conversation: 26:00

Book referenced:

Taking Jesus at His Word: What Jesus Really Said in the Sermon on the Mount ~ Addison Hodges Hart

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Episode 328

by Stuart Delony