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Reality San Francisco Podcast

In this podcast, Dave Lomas and others share encouragements, insights, and meditations on how to respond as followers of Jesus to our current moment.

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Title& Teacher
Teacher
Summary
Date
Duration
Episode 103: Advent & the Tension of Hope
Tyler Madsen
Tyler Madsen shares a reflection on hope, one of the four main themes of Advent, and the already-not-yet tension we experience as followers of Jesus.
20201202
10:36
Episode 102: Thanksgiving
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios shares a few words regarding gratitude: what the Bible has to say about it, why it's important, and what to do when it's hard to come by.
20201125
12:01
Episode 101: Living in the Kingdom
Jessica Gracewski, Tobi Grunick, & Brian Kim
Jessica Gracewski is joined by fellow staff members Tobi Grunick and Brian Kim to discuss the tension of living in the "already and not yet," highlighting how they see Kingdom life play out in contexts such as family, friendships, work, and more.
20201118
37:42
Episode 100: Interview with Drew & Heather Wilkerson
Matt Barrios & Jessica Gracewski
Matt Barrios and Jessica Gracewski interview our new elder candidate Drew and his wife Heather to learn more about how God brought them to San Francisco, and has continued to provide for them and instill a passion for this city in their hearts.
20201111
28:50
Episode 99: The Day After the Election
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas shares a reflection and prayer the day after the election.
20201104
5:44
Episode 98: Preparing for Election Week
Matt Barrios & Dave Lomas
Matt Barrios and Dave Lomas take a look back at our 2019 Lecture on Politics with Eugene Cho, sharing a handful of key clips and offering some reflections on our current moment.
20201028
37:08
Episode 97: How to Leave Your Church
Lomas, Comer, & Tyson
Dave Lomas sits down with John Mark Comer and Jon Tyson to discuss what it means to leave a church and how to do it well. John Mark Comer is the Pastor of Vision & Teaching at Bridgetown Church in Portland. Jon Tyson is the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York in New York City.
20201023
49:57
Episode 96: What Does the Church Even Mean Anymore?
Dave Lomas, Matt Barrios, & Jessica Gracewski
Dave, Matt, and Jessica sit down to discuss what the Church is and what it means to be a part of a church right now.
20201020
45:05
Episode 95: It’s Not About Perfection
Matt Barrios, Jessica Gracewski, & Tobi Grunick
Matt Barrios, Jessica Gracewski, and Tobi Grunick discuss our church's shared rule of life for this fall, and listen to reflections from members of our community on their experiences so far.
20201014
37:10
Episode 94: Sermon Follow-Up with Francis Chan
Dave Lomas & Francis Chan
Dave Lomas has a conversation with Francis Chan to expand on the topic of God's wrath from Sunday's teaching.
20201007
26:00
Episode 93: Critical Race Theory
Dave Lomas & Matt Barrios
Dave Lomas and Matt Barrios hold a conversation on critical theory, with a specific focus on critical race theory. Bridgetown podcast with Bryan Loritts: https://apple.co/2GdF6wy Article by Timothy Keller: https://bit.ly/2HCIKQO
20201001
55:28
Episode 92: Truth & Critical Theory
Dave Lomas & Matt Barrios
Dave Lomas and Matt Barrios hold a conversation on the differences between the teachings and way of Jesus and other ideological truth claims in our world.
20200929
37:59
Episode 91: Sabbath
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the spiritual practice of sabbath.
20200924
10:30
Episode 90: Fasting
Jessica Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski leads us through the spiritual practice of fasting.
20200923
10:38
Episode 89: Rule of Life
Brad Witty & Matt Barrios
Brad Witty and Matt Barrios discuss the idea of a "rule of life" – what it is, its history and origins, and the communal rule of life we are living into as a church this fall.
20200922
33:56
Episode 88: Creativity & Discernment in Community
Matt Barrios, Dave Lomas, & Melissa Weinisch
Matt Barrios, Dave Lomas, and Melissa Weinisch talk about how to navigate the conversation of meeting in person with your community – holding space for differing perspectives and discerning the best ways to creatively engage with each other.
20200917
33:09
Episode 87: Staying Connected
Jessica Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski interviews members of our church who have found creative and unique ways to stay connected and build deeper community during COVID.
20200915
25:03
Episode 86: Virtue Series – Faith & Hope
Dave Lomas & Matt Barrios
Dave Lomas and Matt Barrios conclude our series on Christian virtues with a conversation about faith and hope.
20200910
21:07
Episode 85: Virtue Series – Love & Adoption
Jessica Gracewski
In this episode, we focus on adoption as a unique part of the Christian virtue of love, and hear from members of our community who have experienced the impact of adoption and fostering in their own lives.
20200903
38:22
Episode 84: How to Handle Another Thing Breaking
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas revisits the Serenity Prayer as we enter the sixth month of shelter-in-place when things don’t seem to be getting any better.
20200901
11:49
Episode 83: Virtue Series – Radical Forgiveness
Matt Barrios
In this episode, through the lens of two real-life stories, we highlight the important practice of forgiveness that we are called to as Christ-followers.
20200827
38:12
Episode 82: Creating Your Garden
David McKinney
David McKinney follows up on Sunday's teaching, "Jesus & the Garden," with some practical applications on creating your own garden and finding intimacy with Jesus.
20200825
8:18
Episode 81: Virtue Series – Put on Love
Jessica Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski reflects on the virtue of love, and Dave Lomas has a conversation with Preston Sprinkle on loving our enemies. Preston is a Biblical scholar, professor, speaker, and bestselling author of books such as "Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence." Praying for our Enemies, from the "Book of Common Prayer:" "O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
20200820
28:14
Episode 80: Further Thoughts on Meaning in Suffering
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas checks in and reflects a little bit more on Sunday’s teaching about suffering as a pathway of our discipleship to Jesus.
20200818
10:45
Episode 79: Virtue Series – Virtue, A History
Dave Lomas & Matt Barrios
Dave Lomas and Matt Barrios have a conversation on the history of virtue.
20200813
34:09
Episode 78: Making It Through COVID as an Extrovert
Dave Lomas & Hooman Khalili
Dave Lomas interviews a member of our community, Hooman Khalili, on his experience over the last several months.
20200811
17:43
Episode 77: Virtue Series – Identity & Virtue
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas begins a new series on virtues; what they are, why they're vital to live well in our contested world, and how to begin to develop them.
20200806
13:48
Episode 76: It’s Fledgling Season
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on our current season of life through the lens of a fledgling sparrow and Matthew 6.
20200804
9:51
Episode 75: Farewell for Now
Dave Lomas
As we prepare to take a break from this podcast, Dave Lomas reflects on the importance of blessing one another.
20200629
10:23
Episode 74: Malachi 4
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on Malachi 4 through the practice of Lectio Divina.
20200626
5:51
Episode 73: Rooted in Relationship
Danielle Stowaway
Danielle Stowaway reflects on Jeremiah's words of advocacy and justice, and how they still apply to us today. Danielle is the Justice & Outreach Coordinator at Reality SF.
20200625
9:35
Episode 72: Prophecy & a Merciful God
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios reflects on the justice and mercy of God through the story of Jonah. Matt is the Leadership Training & Development Minister at Reality SF.
20200624
12:30
Episode 71: The Trouble with Drifting
Dale Gustafson
Dale Gustafson reflects on self-reliance, indifference, and God’s justice and mercy through the lens of Obadiah. Dale is the Executive Director at Reality SF.
20200623
10:51
Episode 70: A Conversation on Social Justice with Eugene Cho
Dave Lomas & Eugene Cho
Dave Lomas has a conversation with Eugene Cho on civic engagement, being actively involved in social justice issues, and how to support one another through all of it as followers of Christ. Eugene is a writer, speaker, the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, and the founder of One Day’s Wages.
20200622
27:45
Episode 69: Freedom Song
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the Israelites' freedom song in Exodus, and the importance of remembering and celebrating freedom from slavery, both for the Israelites and in honor of Juneteenth.
20200619
5:07
Episode 68: Creativity for the Kingdom
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios reflects on the choice we have to use our God-given gifts and creativity to build idols or build the Kingdom of God. Matt is the Leadership Training & Development Minister at Reality SF.
20200618
9:24
Episode 67: Loneliness in Leadership
Jessica Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski reflects on the kind of longing for God's presence that we can experience as followers of Christ, and the encouragement to remain steadfast, despite our circumstances. Jessica is the Leadership Care & Support Director at Reality SF.
20200617
13:08
Episode 66: God’s Self Disclosure
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on what God reveals about himself as he appears to Moses in Exodus 3.
20200616
6:18
Episode 65: A Reflection on Sunday
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on Sunday's teaching, the politics observed in Exodus, and the role the Church has historically played in regards to racial justice and equality.
20200615
13:34
Episode 64: Shabbat Shalom
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on what the spiritual practice of Sabbath is, and offers practical ways to observe Sabbath in our own lives.
20200612
9:38
Episode 63 (Part 2): Practicing Lectio Divina
David McKinney
David McKinney leads us through the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina. David is the Prayer Ministry Director on staff at Reality SF.
20200611
4:24
Episode 63 (Part 1): Renewal Through Lectio Divina
David McKinney
David McKinney reflects on the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina, and the opportunity for renewal of heart and mind and a deepening of relationship with God through its regular practice. David is the Prayer Ministry Director on staff at Reality SF.
20200611
9:19
Episode 62: Fasting for Hope, Renewal, & Justice
Jessica Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski reflects on what fasting is and how it helps cultivate a reliance on God to build racial stamina. Jessica is the Leadership Care & Support Director at Reality SF.
20200610
9:29
Episode 61 (Part 2): Practicing the Prayer of Examen
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios leads us in the spiritual practice of the Prayer of Examen. Matt is the Leadership Training & Development Minister on staff at Reality SF.
20200609
2:32
Episode 61 (Part 1): What is the Prayer of Examen?
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios reflects on what the spiritual practice of the Prayer of Examen is, and why it is important for us to practice it in our daily lives. Matt is the Leadership Training & Development Minister on staff at Reality SF.
20200609
10:32
Episode 60: How to Do Nothing
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the need for spiritual practices in our daily lives in order to cultivate intimacy with God and a stamina for the work of renewal and activism. If you would like access to our spiritual practice cards, please visit realitysf.com/cards.
20200608
15:17
Episode 59: A Conversation on Race & Emotional Health with Rich Villodas
Dave Lomas & Rich Villodas
Dave Lomas has a conversation with Rich Villodas on the importance of emotional health, both individually and in community, within the context of racial reconciliation. Rich is the Lead Pastor of New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York.
20200605
27:53
Episode 58: Balancing Lament & Action
Kevin Cooke
Kevin Cooke offers some practical ways that we can move into action, even as we continue to experience grief and lament. Kevin is the Marriage & Family Pastor and an Elder at Reality SF.
20200604
18:50
Episode 57: Embracing Grief & Loss
Jessica Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski reflects on the importance of embracing grief and loss, and how it impacts our ability to become spiritually and emotionally healthy individuals and engage in conversations around race. Jessica is the Leadership Care & Support Director at Reality SF.
20200603
16:51
Episode 56: How to Talk About Race with Others
Dave Lomas, Tracy Choi, & Moses Ike
Dave Lomas sits down with Tracy and Moses, two members of our Race & Belonging Cohort, to discuss how to have conversations about race and hold space for all the feelings associated with it.
20200602
32:35
Episode 55: Racism for Beginners
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas discusses the social construct and history of race in the world, and the difference between stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and racism. More resources and our previous series "The Gospel & Race" are available at https://bit.ly/2Mhj8rJ 
20200601
17:42
Episode 54: A Critical Conversation on Identity with Janet Ikpa
Dave Lomas & Janet Ikpa
Dave Lomas has a conversation with Janet Ikpa regarding true identity and how Jesus, faith, being black, and being a woman all connect in this unique cultural moment. Janet is a faithful member of our church community who regularly serves in multiple capacities.
20200529
22:55
Episode 53: Identity & Calling
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios reflects on the relationship between knowing our identity in Christ and discovering our vocation and calling. Matt is the Leadership Training & Development Minister on staff at Reality SF.
20200528
14:12
Episode 52: Become Who You Are
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on what the Scriptures say about who we are, and the process of discovering and becoming who we are.
20200527
10:02
Episode 51: Identity in Place
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas continues our conversation on identity and answers some questions he received in response to Sunday's teaching. Our past series "A New Identity" is available at https://bit.ly/2ZCLrZG 
20200526
15:56
Episode 50: Putting It Into Practice
Jessica Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski reflects on our focus of Biblical Literacy, meditating on Psalm 23 and putting into practice some tools introduced this past week. Jessica is the Leadership Care & Support Director at Reality SF.
20200522
7:49
Episode 49: Stay in the Story
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the the 4-Part Gospel, and the importance of remaining in the story by reading the Bible regularly and living out our role in it.
20200521
11:02
Episode 48: The Bible with Tim Mackie
Dave Lomas & Tim Mackie
Dave Lomas has a conversation discussing all things Bible with Tim Mackie. Tim is the Co-Founder, Creative Director, & Writer for BibleProject, has a PhD in Semitic Languages and Biblical Studies, and is a professor at Western Seminary.
20200520
32:05
Episode 47: Why Is the Bible Hard to Understand?
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on why the Bible is so hard to understand, and offers three practical postures to take when reading it.
20200519
15:31
Episode 46: Remembering the Year of Biblical Literacy
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the connection between participating in the reality of God and learning about Him through the Scriptures. The teaching series "The Bible & Authority" is available at https://bit.ly/2WLDVdn
20200518
10:45
Episode 45: What If
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios prompts us to look at this season differently, focusing not on our loss, but on what we buried long ago that is now being resurrected. Matt is the Leadership Training & Development Minister at Reality SF.
20200515
13:10
Episode 44: What We Bury
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas continues with this theme of burying and planting, reflecting on the desire to possess our lives and Jesus' ultimate call to let go.
20200514
6:48
Episode 43: Planted, Not Buried
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on John 12:24 and the need for certain plans to be planted, or buried, in order for new growth to happen.
20200513
9:23
Episode 42: Not Buried, Planted
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the parables of Jesus as an insight into the ways God wants to surprise us.
20200512
7:23
Episode 41: The Slow Work of God
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the importance of patience and being present for what God is currently working in you.
20200511
11:00
Episode 40: Ahmaud (Feat. Bryan Loritts)
Dave Lomas & Bryan Loritts
Dave Lomas and Bryan Loritts have a conversation in response to the story of Ahmaud Arbery. Bryan is the Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View.
20200508
18:41
Episode 39: Breaking Dependencies
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on Exodus 13 and why God sometimes leads us by the longer route.
20200507
5:54
Episode 38: Manna
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on Christianity as a daily practice of dependence on God.
20200506
8:42
Episode 37: Partnering with God
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas leads us through a guided exercise centered on our No Need Among Us initiative.
20200505
13:56
Episode 36: Depression
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas expands on some comments he made about depression in yesterday’s sermon, "No Need Among Us."
20200504
13:59
Episode 35: What We Do Not See with Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios
Matt Barrios reflects on the relationship between hope and the unseen. Matt is the Leadership Training & Development Minister at Reality SF.
20200501
8:28
Episode 34: Cultivating Hope with John Mark Comer
John Mark Comer
John Mark Comer reflects on how we cultivate the theological virtue of hope in our lives, even during times of trouble. John Mark is the Pastor of Vision & Teaching at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon.
20200430
12:58
Episode 33: Shaken with Bryan Loritts
Bryan Loritts
Bryan Loritts reflects on having hope in the midst of a shaken world. Bryan is the Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View.
20200429
13:47
Episode 32: Meditation on Hope with Eugene Cho
Eugene Cho
Eugene Cho reflects on hope as a journey. Eugene is the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, and the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages.
20200428
14:26
Episode 31: A Check-In on Hope
Dave Lomas
In today’s episode, Dave Lomas tries a new format for Mondays where he checks in, responds to some questions, and shares what’s top of mind seven weeks into shelter-in-place.
20200427
28:17
Episode 30: When God Feels Distant (Feat. Joe Tuson)
Dave Lomas & Joe Tuson
In this episode, Dave Lomas has a conversation with Joe Tuson, one of the Lay Elders at Reality SF, to discuss how to pray when God feels distant.
20200424
18:40
Episode 29: Humility
Jess Gracewski
Jessica Gracewski reflects on how we can get in our own way when it comes to experiencing God's presence. Jessica is the Leadership Care & Support Director at Reality SF.
20200423
8:16
Episode 28: Restlessness
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the restlessness we are feeling because of our boredom or anxiety.
20200422
8:28
Episode 27: Putting a Voice to It
Dale Gustafson
Dale Gustafson reflects on putting a voice to your soul to experience the presence of God.
20200421
10:28
Episode 26: Barriers to Experiencing God
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the barriers that keep us from experiencing the felt presence of God, and then leads a practice through the Prayer of Examen.
20200420
10:21
Episode 25: Loss (Feat. Britt Merrick)
Dave Lomas & Britt Merrick
Dave Lomas sits down in a conversation with Britt Merrick to discuss loss and how to face it. Britt is the Founding Pastor of the Reality Family of Churches.
20200417
18:42
Episode 24: A New Normal
Ruthie Kim
Ruthie Kim reflects on the new normal of our spiritual lives that we are being invited into. Ruthie is the founder of Because Justice Matters and part of the RSF teaching team.
20200416
6:50
Episode 23: Making Space for God
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on why prayer feels so hard and how we can start to make space for God in quarantine.
20200415
10:48
Episode 22: Hunger for Hope
Melissa Weinisch
Melissa Weinisch reflects on the places we can and should look for hope. Melissa is the Youth Minister at Reality SF.
20200414
7:58
Episode 21: The Day After Easter
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on how we're feeling the day after Easter in relation to our current moment.
20200413
5:04
Episode 20: Immanuel Prayer (Feat. David McKinney)
Dave Lomas & David McKinney
In this episode, Dave Lomas and David McKinney, the RSF Prayer Minister, discuss what our Prayer Ministry has looked like in this season, and then walk through the practice of Immanuel Prayer.
20200410
19:08
Episode 19: Letting God Pray for You
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas leads us in a short meditation focused on allowing the Spirit to intercede on our behalf.
20200409
6:47
Episode 18: Health in Quarantine
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas shares his "6 P’s of Quarantine" to aid in mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
20200408
7:45
Episode 17: Trinity Prayer
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas meditatively leads us through the Trinity Prayer.
20200407
7:04
Episode 16: I Am So Small
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas begins Holy Week with a reflection on us as Christ's beloved.
20200406
7:49
Episode 15: Name It (Feat. Al Abdulla)
Dave Lomas & Al Abdulla
In this episode, Dave Lomas has a conversation with Al Abdulla from Reality Boston about the importance of naming our emotions and asking for help.
20200403
29:48
Episode 14: Killing Time
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the temptation to simply kill time until we get back to our "real lives."
20200402
7:19
Episode 13: Your Lament
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas leads us through a practice of lament.
20200401
8:27
Episode 12: Tell the Truth
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the need to lament, not only the pain in our own lives, but the brokenness of our world.
20200331
6:36
Episode 11: The Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the importance of allowing our emotions to pass through us, especially when it comes to grief.
20200330
7:38
Episode 10: Grief & Prophecy (Feat. Ruthie Kim)
Dave Lomas & Ruthie Kim
In this episode, Dave Lomas has a conversation with Ruthie Kim, who is a part of the Reality SF teaching team and founder of Because Justice Matters. Dave and Ruthie discuss the importance of grief and creating space to hear God's voice.
20200327
25:49
Episode 9: Detox
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on our current domestic lifestyle and our need to detox from the false self.
20200326
8:31
Episode 8: Doxology
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on a rendition of the hymn, "Doxology," sung in the key of our current moment.
20200325
7:00
Episode 7: Enduring Hard Things
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the discipline of God, and, as Hebrews 12 states, how we have the ability to view our hardships as an opportunity for teaching.
20200324
11:55
Episode 6: We Will Find a Way & Psalm 13
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the first week of shelter-in-place and our online Sunday Digital Worship Gathering, and then meditates on Psalm 13.
20200323
11:45
Episode 5: Hello from the Future (Feat. Francis Chan)
Dave Lomas & Francis Chan
In this special episode, Dave Lomas has a conversation with Francis Chan, who just recently moved to Hong Kong. Dave and Francis discuss what things are like right now in China, what this pandemic means for the worldwide Church, and how Christians can make the most of this time.
20200320
33:36
Episode 4: End of the World as We Know It
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on the anxiety and worry we’re experiencing in this moment due to not knowing what the future will be like. What kind of posture should we have when we don’t know the future and can’t control it?
20200319
10:13
Episode 3: How to Be Present When You’re Not Present
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on our current dependence on technology and how it makes being present challenging. He then shares how we can be present to others in this time by being present with God.
20200318
7:16
Episode 2: Shelter-in-Place, the New Monasticism
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas reflects on today’s new shelter-in-place health code order in San Francisco and how it forces us into a new monasticism. Dave explains what monasticism is and how God can use this time to make us a more loving, peaceful presence of Christ in our city.
20200317
9:57
Episode 1: Spreading the Right Thing
Dave Lomas
Dave Lomas introduces this special series called, "The Reality Daily," where he'll offer encouragements, insights, and meditations for you to engage with in our current moment. More episodes to come.
20200316
15:24