Pop Quiz time! As Pastor Arik prepares to deliver remarks to a group of retired clergy this week, he shares a quiz he made to help us think about how we look at various sacred texts
In the wake of the report of abuse and cover ups from the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, Pastor Arik takes a look at how true accountability is the only path forward
Love is in the air as the wedding bells chime! As Pastor Arik finds himself in the midst of officiating several weddings, he takes a closer look at what makes a wedding (and marriage) special
We know how dangerous pride is, but did you know there is a point where humility goes too far? This week Pastor Arik looks at the important distinction between humility and self-deprecation
This week Pastor Arik looks at his own personal journey from pacifism to resistance as he explores scriptures in which Jesus drew a line in the sand
This past week Romans 13 was used to justify a heinous policy taking place in our country. This week Pastor Arik looks at the problems with doing so, taking a deeper dive into the issues surrounding the text
After the most recent string of celebrity suicides, this week Pastor Arik looks at how depression can impact anyone. How do we respond? How can we reach out to help? Where do we go from here?
Ramadan Mubarak! The month of Ramadan has begun for our Muslim brothers and sisters, so this week Pastor Arik takes a quick look into what this sacred month is all about
His words gave voice to liberation. His theology gave the oppressed hope. In today's podcast, we honor the life and work of James Cone, whose message still has much to say to us, today
Too often we hold ourselves to the unrealistic expectation of perfection. In our homes, jobs, and relationships we strive to be perfect in all that we do. This week Pastor Arik looks at the perfection that can be found in our imperfection, as we strive to accept that we are perfect right now, just as we are.
As Pastor Arik prepares for the youth of the church to lead another worship service, he gives thanks and admires the gifts that the next generation brings
In response to the controversy surrounding the building of the local mosque, Pastor Arik wrote an opinion piece voicing his support. This is what that piece said
As Palm Sunday approaches, Pastor Arik looks at the power of protest as we prepare to celebrate the most well known protest in human history
Every person has a story worth sharing. This week, Pastor Arik encourages everyone to find a way to write down and pass along their story to future generations
This week we affirm that our lives have meaning and that we are here for a purpose. Join Pastor Arik as he celebrates all that we have to offer our world
In the aftermath of the shooting in Florida and with these survivors becoming outspoken activists, Pastor Arik takes a look at how young people have always been at the forefront of societal change in our world
As Ash Wednesday approaches, Pastor Arik examines how this holiday helps prepare us for our Lenten journey
As we are bombarded on all sides with the message that we aren't happy enough, smart enough, or thin enough, Pastor Arik takes time to remind us that we are perfect and more than enough, just as we are
Sometimes saying "No" can be the hardest thing for us to do. However, by learning to say "no" from time to time, we can rediscover the value of our time and energy
If today was your last day alive, would you have any regrets? This is the question Pastor Arik dives into this week on The Clergy Corner
As we mark the 100th episode of the Clergy Corner, Pastor Arik looks at the value that comes from doing the same task over and over again
Somehow we made it to 2018! This week Pastor Arik looks at how a new year can be seen as an opportunity to have a second chance at getting this right. Join Pastor Arik as he encourages all of us to bring more love and light into the world this upcoming year.
Pastor Arik is taking a few weeks off from the podcast to finish up Christmas preparations and to go on vacation. The podcast will resume its weekly schedule in January. Have a happy holiday and a blessed new year!
It's that time of the year as Pastor Arik finds himself fighting off the various illnesses that ail him. This week he looks at what we can do to take whatever sickness we face in stride.