One Fifty [5]: Ascent and Control

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The Episode | One Fifty [5]: Ascent and Control

The ascent was not only literal, it was also a metaphor: the trip to Jerusalem acted out a life lived upwards towards God, an existence that advanced from one level to another in developing maturity.

- Eugene Peterson: A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

What do we do with our ambitions? How easy is it for us to develop an attitude to God that is about striving? How often is that striving about control?

The Series | One Fifty

“We don’t have to please God in any other way than to be brutally honest; that is the root not only to a relationship with God but the root to a great song . . . or any work of art of merit.” — Bono

The Psalms are the prayer book and the song book of the Bible. This collection of ancient poetry, sometimes described as the "gut of the Bible", takes on an authentic journey of the human relationship with God - from the highest highs, to the darkest depths.

It is here, in these poems, songs and prayers that we are dragged into the reality of being human before God. The Psalms in their stark honesty guide us beyond just talking about God by showing us how to talk to God.

One Fifty | July 21 - September 1