Gladys the Cross-Eyed Bear

Yeah, that’s the title of this episode.

Get it?

Anyone else grow up in church thinking it was the actual title of the hymn “Glad is the Cross I Bear”? Not wholly unlike so many of us thinking Creedence Clearwater Revival was singing “There’s a bathroom on the right” rather than “There’s a bad moon on the rise.”

Sometimes, Christians don’t always make sense. Sometimes, we do things, or say things, that don’t track with people on the other side of a relationship with Jesus. And, sometimes, that separation can become a difficult burden for a Christian to bear.

This is just one small example of the larger conversation on this episode of The DBC Podcast. We’re talking about Jesus’ command to “deny ourselves” and “take up our cross.” It’s a statement that dwells at the very heart of Christianity, and we’ve been reminded of it many, many times. But what does that mean? What does it look like? And how does this self-denial and cross-bearing change our lives in such a way that we are convinced the burden is worth it?

For this episode, I was joined by DBC staff members Heather Morris (Student Ministry Associate) and Katy Swilley (Assimilation Coordinator), which was a rollicking good time. We discussed everything from Christian cliches, my personal grudge against Axe Body Spray, and what seems to be our senior pastor’s favorite story in the Bible.

But the real gold in this episode is the things Heather and Katy have to say about their own understanding of Jesus’ words in Luke 9:23, and how that understanding as been transformed over the years. If you ask me, this is most certainly a conversation worth savoring, and the questions I posed are ones I truly hope you will ask yourself.

And, if you do, please let me know how you answer them. There’s a place right here in this post to do so. Go to the comments section and let me know you’re out there doing the same kind of thinking that I’m doing.

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