Shalom Mennonite Podcast
The Call of Freedom

The Call of Freedom

February 17, 2020

Brian Bither
Feb 16, 2020

We finish our "Slavery and Freedom in the Bible" series by considering the "underground" slavery that exists in the modern world and how it's tied to our economic system. Isaiah 61:1-4 and 1 Corinthians 10:23-31 will be the primary texts to give us both guidance and hope in our world of slavery for how we can continue to pursue Biblical freedom.

All the Way to Freedom

All the Way to Freedom

February 9, 2020

Deut 15:12-15; Phil 1-3, 10-25
Brian Bither

The Bible calls God's people not only to reject the institution of slavery but to make restitution to those who have been harmed by slavery, until the former slave and former free person are truly equals in the family of God. This week, we will consider what that call means for us who are the inheritors of the terrible racialized slavery.

Finding Freedom in a Slave Society

Finding Freedom in a Slave Society

February 2, 2020

Col. 3:8-15; Eph. 6:5-11

​Pastor Brian continues our study of "Slavery and Freedom in the Bible" by looking at key texts cited by abolitionists and the defenders of slavery and closely examining them to get a better understanding of what Paul and other New Testament leaders were really trying to say to those who were enslaved. This may be a difficult topic for some of us, so pray that the Spirit will guide our corporate discernment and do what you need to do for self-care.

Slavery and Freedom in the Bible

Slavery and Freedom in the Bible

January 26, 2020

Brian will begin a four-part series on Slavery and Freedom in the Bible, with Exodus 1:1-14 and Galatians 4:1-7 as the introductory texts.

A Visit from Henok Mekonin

A Visit from Henok Mekonin

January 23, 2020

The Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary is sending one of their seminary students, Henok Mekonin, to preach at our church. Henok is from Nazreth, Oromiya, Ethiopia, and is a Master of Arts: Theology and Peace Studies student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.

The Light of the World

The Light of the World

January 10, 2020

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3, 21-22; John 8:12

Brian Bither

January 5, 2020

We celebrated Epiphany and reflected on what it means to say that Christ is our light, drawing from Isaiah 60:1-3 and other texts.

Questioning God in Faith

Questioning God in Faith

December 23, 2019

December 22, 2019: On the fourth Sunday of Advent, our wait for Christ has almost reached its furthest point, which can be a strain on our faith. Not hearing from God for such a long time can push us toward darkness and despair, so how are we supposed to sustain our faith in these extended periods? Passages like Isaiah 7:10-16 and Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 suggest a radical answer: that God invites us to question Him during these times.

I Stand at the Door

I Stand at the Door

December 16, 2019

"I Stand at the Door” (Rev 3:20). This Advent, as we prepare to open the door of our lives to let Jesus in, may we take comfort in God’s presence, as we journey toward the coming Reign. Scriptures: Isaiah 35 – a journey in the wilderness - and James 5: 7-11 – a treatise on patient endurance; Psalm 146 – a song of assurance.

Shalom is coming. Beware!

Shalom is coming. Beware!

December 8, 2019

On the second Sunday of Advent, we read Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12, which both describe the same future reality from radically different perspectives. This forces us to consider what we are really saying when we pray for peace and justice on earth.

Not One Stone will be Left

Not One Stone will be Left

December 1, 2019

Matthew 24:1-8, 15-31, 36-44

During Advent we anticipate the coming of Christ. Jesus promises that the Son of Man will return in power and glory at the end of the age. We considered how this seemingly otherworldly prediction can actually help ground us in the midst of social and political turmoil in our time.