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Daniel and Erick talk about Judas "repenting" for the betrayal of Jesus. The terrible response of the religious leaders and the end result of misapplying Law & Gospel. Why doesn't Jesus defend Himself against lies? How do we see ourselves in the release of the criminal Barabbas? What does the public shaming of Christ tell us about how to deal with sinners now? They talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 is a well-known verse. What isn’t so well-known is the sentence right before it: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life”
Whenever I read the Genesis account of Abraham, I’m more impressed that he’s often a clumsy, mess of a man than that it’s “faith that’s accounted to him as righteousness.” Abraham is godless when God comes to him. Terah, Abraham, and their whole family live right down the road from Babel. They worship the goddess Nana.
BY JORDAN SPINA
In Genesis, there is a picture of a father walking with his son up a hill. The son does not know what awaits at the top. He, of course, knows there will be a rope, a knife, and an altar. He knows there will be death, but he does not foresee that the death would be his own.
This text contains the teaching we hold and boast of as our chief doctrine, which is called the true Christian teaching, namely, the doctrine of grace and forgiveness of sins, and Christian liberty from the law. It is a very loving and friendly admonition to repentance and the knowledge of Christ.
What does Leviticus have to say about sacramental nature of the sacrificial system? How does it show us God's desire that everyone be forgiven regardless of who they were? How does having only one God and how He is described draw people in? Leviticus says a lot about being made right with God, but what about making thing right between two people? Chad and Daniel talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
Jesus is brought before the religious leaders. People are lying about Him but it's the truth that ultimately offends everyone. How is Christianity both exclusive and radically inclusive at the same time and why do we have a problem with that? Peter denies Jesus three times despite having witnessed all that Jesus had done. Is our faith so different? Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more in this episode. Have a listen!
Some have built an entire theology on the false assumption that when God commands us to obey or believe, we have the ability to obey or believe. So then, what's the point of all God's commands? They show us what the power of sin has done to us...
BY BRUCE HILLMAN
We all look forward to Lent’s conclusion and the celebration of Resurrection Sunday. This is the Sunday of victory and joy as the Church enters into the reality that Christ has defeated death and hell, declared victory over such enemies and set history on its final course of consummation.
When it comes to the knowledge of how one may stand before God and attain eternal life, that is truly not to be achieved by our work or power, nor to originate in our brain. In other things, those pertaining to this temporal life, you may glory in what you know...
Allow me to paint a picture for you: I knew a man in my old neighborhood. He was an old leathery-faced balding biker with facial tattoos. He was the kind of guy that when you saw him, and his scowl heading in your direction, you thought about crossing the street, just in case. I met him at my old church’s neighborhood food pantry.
Chad and Daniel explore how God has made a way to deal with sin. What is going on in the Old Testament sin offering? What is it pointing to? What about sins you don't know are sins? Why hedging your bets on Jesus and anything else is a bad idea. More about the Lord's Supper and of course they end up in the book of Hebrews again. Have a listen!
BY RYAN COUCH
As sinful humans, we are adept at taking what God gives as gift and making it into a work. Nowhere is this made more evident than in the universally misunderstood doctrine of sanctification. Scripture teaches that faith is not something we do but something that is created within us as the promise of Christ is heard.
Taste buds sprang to life as the sweetness of the fruit danced around in their mouths. Maybe the serpent was onto something. Of all the trees in the garden, why this one? What was so special about this tree that they must refrain from eating its fruit? Maybe the serpent was right.
Peter is certain he will not abandon Jesus. None of the disciples can stay awake and pray when asked to. Jesus is betrayed by His friend. And why Jesus doesn't need your protection. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more in this episode. Have a listen!
For centuries the great problem with the existence of God was the problem of evil. If God is good and loves us, why is there evil? There are two kinds of evil, moral evil, like violence and abuse and natural evil, like earthquakes and child cancer.
Peace offerings, fat, and blood. That's what Chad and Daniel are talking about this week. They discuss why God asks that offerings be done a certain way and explore the common thread running through Isaiah, the Psalms into the life of Jesus. Grab a fork and knife, God created you to eat! Check it out!
The Corinthian Church was a mess. Factions, sexual immorality, lawsuits, false teaching, and a denial of the resurrection (!) are just a few of the issues this group of ragtag Christians were tangled up in. We would be reasonable to assume that the Apostle Paul’s interaction with them would begin with scathing rebuke and righteous anger.
These two words descriptive of God, “good” and “kind” are indeed pleasant and consoling. They represent him as offering grace, following us, ready to receive most graciously all who draw near to him and desire him. What more could he do? Note now why the Gospel is termed a gracious, comforting message concerning God revealed in Christ.
“The strongest person in the room doesn't win the fight," she said, "it’s whoever's the meanest…” I was fifteen years old when my aunt taught me that. Her words of wisdom became something of a mantra for me. “Don’t start a fight unless you're meaner than the other guy.”
Today I want to give you some good news. It is good news for the relationship failure; for the one who is self-focused; for the one who is impatient with the change in others’ lives but is comfortable with the slow as molasses change in their own.
Dr. Doyle said that it had always been his opinion that there was a skeleton in the closet of every man who had reached the age of forty. This led to a lot of discussion, some of the guests resenting the idea that there was no one who had not in his past something that was better concealed.
What is with all the different kinds of offerings? Why is the grain offering significant? Chad and Daniel talk about this and it's connection to holiness and the Lord's Supper. Also, what's the deal with salt in the Bible? Listen and find out!
Daniel and Erick talk about Judas and the danger of mixing religion and politics and the benefits of a low anthropology. They then move on to talking about the institution of the Lord's Supper, what it is and who it is for. Have a listen!
How do we respond when a Christian acknowledges that he's fallen into doubt about the existence of God and his purpose as a Christian? What about a pastor who struggles to keep up the mask of faithfulness, but of late isn't convinced anymore there's a God?