Thorns & Thistles

September 10, 2017

Sermon deliverd by Jim Barton at Community Christian Church in Tempe Arizona on September 10, 2017.  The sermon addresses the relationship between Christians and God's gift of Land, exploring sinfulness as to misuse of the land, and exploitation of marginalized brothers using the expulsion from the Garden and the murder of Abel as the key text.  "Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground."


Bloody Mary Bible Brunch (Ep. 26 Natural Disaster)

September 2, 2017

Abby & Jim consider natural disasters in the shadow of Huricane Harvey.  Perhaps the origin of religion is an understand of natural disasters as a response of an angry god.  Their perspective is a little different.

For those who want to contribute to the relief effort, we recommend Week of Campassion.  


Bloody Mary Bible Brunch (Ep. 25 Moses)

August 19, 2017

Jim and Abby discuss the most important figure in the Hebrew Bible for about 10 minutes.  Scratching the surface is an undeterstatement!


Bloody Mary Bible Brunch (Ep. 24 Healthcare)

August 5, 2017

Abby and Jim discuss what the Bible teaches them about the Healthcare debate.



June 28, 2017

Sermon delivered by Jim Barton to Mesa First Christian Church on Father's Day 2017.  The Sermon addresses how a Christian of privilege can avoid damnation.


Bloody Mary Bible Brunch (Ep. 23 Solomon)

June 17, 2017

King Solomon is the topic of today's episode of Bloody Mary Bible Brunch.  Jim and Abby wax poetic about the wisdom and romance of writings attributed to King Solomon.


In the Beginning . . .

June 12, 2017

Sermon from Chalice Christian Church member and recent University of Evansville graduate, James Barton III.  James has a BFA in creative writing and a minor in Anthropology, which you may be able to detect in his message.


Bloody Mary Bible Brunch (Ep. 22 Environmentalism)

June 3, 2017

Rev. Abby and Jim consider the Biblical implication of caring for the planet and how failing to care for it impacts the poor.  They also briefly revisit corporate sin and how to pronounce Appalachia.


Bloody Mary Bible Brunch (Ep. 21 God)

May 22, 2017

This is a Jim only episode discussing briefly the images of God found in the Bible and proposing one new idea.


Bloody Mary Bible Brunch (Ep. 20 War)

April 29, 2017

Jim & Abby struggle with the Bible's ambivalent teachings on war.