Video Series on Hope
Episode #19-- Glory and the Future--
 Rev. John Stott pulls a "bait and switch," promising a sermon on hope but preaching on "glory."  It highlights the importance of the basis of hope and its object.  Listen to Stott's whole sermon at: https://www.crosspreach.com/speaker/46/john_stott

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Episode #18-- The Future of Hope--
 We begin a new set of episodes on exactly what type of future hope hopes for.  Both "apocalypse" and "eschaton" mean so much more than we think they mean.

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Episode #17-- Enemies of Hope--
 Walter Brueggemann's essay ends with a discussion of the three enemies of hope: muteness, fulfillment, and technique.  Characters from CS Lewis's The Last Battle help us illustrate.  

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Episode #16-- Habitat of Hope--
 Walter Brueggemann's essay moves to consider from where, and from whom, hope emerges.  He identifies three places of unsuitable habitat for hope. 

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Episode #15-- Daniel's Friends and the Function of Hope--
 Part 2 about the function of hope from Walter Brueggemann. Daniel's three friends are "model practitioners of hope" as they find "standing place outside the system." Further inquiry into the Two Party System of US elections.

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Episode #14-- Function of Hope (Part 1)--
 Brueggemann's essay "Living Toward a Vision" moves on to the "function of hope." We give his answers a test run on the absolute claims that the so-called Two Party System makes on the American electorate.

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Episode #13-- Hope in the Old Testament--
 From Walter Brueggemann's essay "Living Toward a Vision: Grief in the Midst of Technique." Five ways the Old Testament is a literature of hope for a people of hope.

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Episode #12-- Turn Your Back on Death--
 Here are four ways that Hope helps us turn our back on death: possibility, person, protest, and protection.

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Episode #11-- Instead of Death--
 Hope is the muscle in our souls which turns its back on "the vitality of the presence and power of death over human existence." Deuteronomy 30:19-- Choose life.

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Episode #10-- The Gifts of Hopelessness--
 Lowell and Robynn continue their conversation on how to process emotions, and then engage in a back-and-forth brainstorming session on possible gifts which hopelessness bestows.

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Episode #9-- Processing Feelings of Hopelessness--
 Lowell is joined by his wife, Robynn, a spiritual director, who leads us through six steps in processing the emotions of hopelessness. "How might Jesus want to use these feelings?"

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Episode #8-- The Hopeless Feeling--
 Are you also sick and tired of being sick and tired? Lament is not just an outcry of the problem; it's an outworking of the solution.

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Episode #7-- Refining Hope--
 Our new working definition of hope, weighted toward Walter Brueggemann's: "Hope is bold conviction about an alternative possibility for the future in and through a good, free, and sovereign God.”

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Episode #6-- Defining Hope--
 In the hopelessness following the Florida school shooting, we press on. Hope deserves a better definition than "hopey changey stuff." We look at two theological definitions, including one by Walter Brueggemann.

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Episode #5-- Hope is a Duty--
 Is it true that "Hope is a Duty?" Any number of preachers of multiple centuries think so. Hope made practical.

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Episode #4-- Shifting Optimism--
  Hope and optimism anchor themselves in different places; Optimism can turn ugly, just ask Jeremiah; GK Chesterton shows us how to shift it to a more positive place--primary loyalty;

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Episode #3-- Making Room for Hope--
 The practical work of hope: "We can’t go directly from despair to hope.  We have to roll up our sleeves and do some heavy pulling and pushing first."   Quotations from Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, and Albert Einstein.  Illustration from Rush Hour, a puzzle.

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Episode #2-- Optimism Instead--
 We haven't had to study hope, because we have had optimism instead; proof: sports metaphors, Ronald Reagan, and moonshots; a different model in John Paul II, the Apostle of Hope.

Video Series on Hope
Episode #1-- Hope's Homiletic Dearth--
 Don't give up on hope if you have never really understood it in the first place; we've not been taught much yet; Matthew 12: "hope must be commensurate with the name of Jesus."

 

Video Series on Hope
Episode #0-- Introduction--
 Lowell proposes a video series in 2018 on the topic of hope; "The ultimate choice is not between realism and idealism, but rather between idealism and Jesus Christ; quotes Anton Chekov and William Butler Yeats.