Peter is miraculously freed from prison. The church had been praying for it but doesn't believe it when it happens. Herod freaks out and kills a group of guards. The people treat Herod as a God and God makes him worm food. There is a huge emphasis on the word of God being the means of faith. Paul and Barnabas are sent out. Paul rebukes a man harassing them and he is struck blind. And people are astonished at the word of God. Daniel and Erick talk about it all. Have a listen!
You may have seen the uproar from a recent blog post suggesting that virgins who forego college, learn to cook big meals and abstain from tattoos make more desirable wives. The graphic for the article features a pretty, blonde woman (with ink-free skin, of course) and a curly typeface plastered over the bottom of the image reading, “Men prefer debt free virgins without tattoos.”
A man verbally murders God and is put to death. How does this point us to Christ? The need for witnesses is established. Does an eye for an eye really make the whole world blind? The good news that God doesn't just declare us "not guilty." There is a sabbath for the land every seven years and every fifty years everything resets. Chad and Daniel talk about all of this. Have a listen!
Our complaints about God's grace always sound the same: "It was good to see him in church with his son this morning. But, I can’t believe pastor let them come up to communion. And did you see? I mean, pastor's just got to know he blew half the family's savings on booze and drugs. You know what else?
I finally got around to watching The Last Jedi. I was caught up in the stirring story of the faltering band of rebels, on the verge of extinction, fighting valiantly for the good against overwhelming odds. My heart soared with the dramatic music when the warriors went into battle…
As I write this from the window of a coffee shop, the traffic is driving by on the right side of the road … because I’m Canadian. If you’re reading this in Pakistan, Kenya, Fiji or one of 75 other possible countries and territories, then the traffic outside your coffee shop is driving by on the left … which for you, is right.
More Gentiles believe and we are introduced to the circumcision party. Peter recounts his vision and while we find their theology isn't perfect, they understand repentance. Believers begin being called Christians. Herod makes a political move and kills James and throws Peter in prison and the church starts praying. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
Amazing grace is a sweet sound not just because it saved a wretch like me, but because it saved a whole wretched world like me. God did not enter into a contract with us. He simply said, “You’re justified. You’re forgiven. I love you. All is complete.”
Chad and Daniel wrap up their discussion about the Old Testament feast days. What is the feast of trumpets? Why is everyone told to do nothing? How does the day of atonement work? There is a lot of talk about worship, church and living water in this episode. Have a listen!
I do not mean to give the impression that the Law should be despised. Neither does Paul intend to leave that impression. The Law ought to be honored. But when it is a matter of justification before God, Paul had to speak disparagingly of the Law, because the Law has nothing to do with justification.
To be sure, the devil has an incredible arsenal of assaults with which he can waylay believers into ineptitude and ineffectiveness. One of his most insidious, though, is undoubtedly the thought that God cannot use you because of your past.
Why confess sin? Is it so we can get rewarded by God? A little extra grace or material good for our troubles, maybe. Maybe, if we make a good confession, we can earn forgiveness? But, how much sin must we confess before we get what's coming to us?
Healing continues to follow the Apostles. Peter stays with a tanner while a gentile receives a message from an angel to send for the Apostle. Peter has a profound vision involving unclean animals being called clean. Peter leaves and preaches the gospel. The word works and baptism comes up again. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
The Law gets a bad rap. There is certainly a negative component to the Law. The work of the Law is very different than the work of the Gospel. If the Gospel’s work is to revive, the Law’s work is to kill. If the Gospel’s work is to cover over sin, the Law’s work is to expose sin.
The law does not end sin, does not make new beings, it only makes matters worse. Where the old continuity is maintained, sin does not end. No matter how much religious pressure is applied, sin only grows. But, Paul has the audacity to say where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more.
Let's face it, Christianity is not for everyone. If you've made such huge strides in holiness that you deem grace a crutch for those still handicapped by sin, if you detect the faint applause of angels clapping their wings at your obedience, if you've led such an exemplary life that you've landed a spot on heaven's honor roll, then you’ll feel like you’re slumming in Christianity.
A few minutes from where I live there is a flat trail that leads for miles through a thick forest. I like to take my dog Winston there for walks, often over my lunch break, the sprightly excursion a nice respite from the office, meetings and other tasks that usually make up my day.
Chad and Daniel discuss how sanctification and holiness have always been a gift from God. Can you drive God out and lose accesses to the gift of sanctification? They then begin a conversation about Israel's calendar and Holy days. The Sabbath, The Passover, Feast of Firstfruits and Feast of Weeks are all discussed. Have a listen!
The author, Flannery O'Connor, said, "All I can say about my love of God is, Lord help me in my lack of it." O'Connor's characters often betray their true nature from behind a mask of good-hearted religiousity. This usually happens when the delusion they've projected onto the world is upset by personal crisis
Daniel and Erick discuss the conversion of "threat breathing" Saul. A light and voice from heaven call Saul but a preacher and baptism finish the work. God destroys every theology of glory by showing Saul everything he will suffer, and it's a lot. Saul immediately starts preaching and people are amazed. Persecution ramps up and the other Apostles are unsure about Saul. All this and more is covered. Have a listen!
When man, conscious of his failure to keep God’s command, is constantly urged by the Law to make payment of his debt and confronted with nothing but the terrible wrath of God and eternal condemnation, he cannot but sink into despair over his sins.
Though written in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) by around 40 different people, over the course of 2,000 years, all of Scripture speaks with the same accent. The accent of Scripture emphasized that Christ is for you. Yes, you. He’s not for the perfect people of our imaginations.
I’ve found that most people struggle to agree with God that we are fully forgiven, redeemed and justified by pure grace alone, for the sake of Jesus Christ alone. I know it’s difficult for me. That is why we need this gospel preached to us over and over. But wait. What about good works and loving my neighbor?
Chad and Daniel spend a lot of time talking about death, how the people of Israel viewed it and what changed once Jesus arrived. Priests have very strict rules about who they can marry and what makes them unclean. But the true and great High Priest does things very differently. Have a listen!
We should take great care in observing how the psalmist relates to God. Our eyes and hearts should be open to seeing what the psalmist appeals to and how he addresses God. How does the sinner have communion with a holy and upright God?
Saul is "ravaging" the church but the gospel is spreading. A magician is converted and baptized but then tries to buy the power of God. The Holy Spirit is mysteriously absent in Samaria until the Apostles arrive and Philip encounters a eunuch from Ethiopia reading Isaiah. There are some tough parts in this chapter but Daniel & Erick discuss it all. Have a listen!