30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 50 (Matthew 22:15-46)

Jesus is put to the test in a series of questions about taxes, the resurrection of the dead and the greatest commandment. What does His answer about money tell us about who we are? What does His answer about the resurrection tell us about our identities in the new creation? Why does He bring up commandments they didn't ask about in His answer to the Law. Then Jesus turns the tables and asks a question of His own. Daniel and Erick talk about all of this. Check it out!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 50 (Matthew 22:15-46)

I Still Need the Sacraments

BY JAY SAWRIE

Growing up, I dreaded the first Sunday of each quarter. Every time during the evening service, we would have Lord’s Supper after the sermon. It was clockwork, without fail. I dreaded these services because they seemed to always have the same emphasis...

I Still Need the Sacraments

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 103 (Exodus 32:21-29)

Chad and Daniel discuss the funniest passage in the old testament followed by a very difficult one. Moses questions Aaron about the golden calf. Aaron lies. God offers mercy but not everyone takes it. What does God's reaction to Isreal's idolatry tell us and where are Christ and the gospel in all of this? They talk about these things and more in this episode. Check it out!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 103 (Exodus 32:21-29)

The Cross in a Culture of Self-Promotion

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

If the cross were to happen today, not on Golgotha, but in our own locale, would we take selfies? Instead of a hill, would we display the cross on the far more prominent vista of social media?  It’s an abhorrent juxtaposition, but it may not be so far from reality.

The Cross in a Culture of Self-Promotion

Bruised and Smoldering

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

“Obey God and he will bless you,” says the wind and the reed is bent over and bruised throughout. “God will never stop loving you but you can disappoint him,” says the wind and the once lit candle is now a sad smoldering wick. “God never gives you anything you can’t handle” says the coffee mug of Pop Christianity and the soul who is barely hanging on is now tapping out.

Bruised and Smoldering

Jesus’ Blue Collar Outfit for the End of the World

BY CHAD BIRD

When I was a kid, punchdrunk in church by all the legalistic blows to my head, I stumbled into a warped state of mind about what’s going to happen when Jesus crashes the world’s party at the end of time. He would squeeze all humanity into this colossal theatre in the sky. And one by one, movies of our lives would be shown on the screen. Unedited.

Jesus’ Blue Collar Outfit for the End of the World

Jesus – The De-Motivational Speaker

BY MATT JOHNSON

Americans love the vicarious sense of pride they get from the odds-defying underdog myth. But often, all the attaboy-ing translates to spiritual performance and a definition of sin that is closer to good intentions gone awry than war against the maker of the universe.

Jesus – The De-Motivational Speaker

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 102 (Exodus 32:7-20)

Before Moses smashes the 10 commandments and makes the people drink their idol, he has a strange discussion with God. Can you change God's mind? How do we appeal to God? How is Moses not only a type of the Law but also a type of Christ? Chad and Daniel are talking about all of those things in this episode. Check it out! 

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 102 (Exodus 32:7-20)

Venting…. To the Glory of God

BY ERICK SORENSEN

I don’t know about you, but when I go through something difficult, I find myself wanting to vent. Sometimes I vent to my wife, sometimes I vent to a friend, and sometimes I even vent to God in prayer. But is that okay? It is it acceptable to vent to God? I have come across people that say “No.”

Venting…. To the Glory of God

The Hell of Bookkeeping

BY ROBERT FARRAR CAPON

It is the evil eye, you see – the eye that loves the darkness of its bookkeeper’s black ink, the eye that cannot stand the red ink of unsuccess as it appears in the purple light of grace. Bookkeeping is the only punishable offense in the kingdom of heaven. For in that happy state, the books are ignored forever, and there is only the Book of life.

The Hell of Bookkeeping

Where To Begin

BY DONAVON RILEY

I’m going to begin at the beginning. But which one? Birth? Kindergarten? My first drink? The first time I had sex? High school graduation? The first time I smoked a joint? The first time I tried to kill myself? Conversion? Baptism? Marriage? My first-born? Ordination? Which beginning do I begin with?

Where To Begin

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 49 (Matthew 21:33-22:14)

Jesus tells two stories foreshadowing Israel's rejection of Him and His death. There is much about vineyards, dead Prophets, wedding feasts and imputed righteousness going on and the scandal of God's plan to save the world is on full display. Daniel and Erick talk about it all in this episode. Check it out!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 49 (Matthew 21:33-22:14)

The Impossibility of Salvation

BY BRAD GRAY

The salvation of wretched sinners by an omni-holy and forever-righteous God is, by all accounts, a categorical impossibility. The logic of righteousness insists as much, not permitting even the smallest ounce of sin to blemish the remarkable majesty of the Lord’s perfection.

The Impossibility of Salvation

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 101 (Exodus 32:1-6)

Chad and Daniel are back in Exodus. Since everyone is religious at heart the people corner Aaron in Moses' absence and demand a God to worship. Gold is pulled off the ears of the people and the most famous idol in the Bible is fashioned. It's an odd yet common thing to have the right God's name but the wrong god altogether. There is a lot to talk about in these 6 verses. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 101 (Exodus 32:1-6)

Clearing the Path to God's Grace

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Perhaps your Facebook and Twitter feeds have been full of depictions of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, or awkward pictures of pastors dressed in monk attire wielding a hammer and the like. What they probably haven’t been full of is pictures of a wild-eyed Jesus, flipping over tables, and driving people out of the temple with a whip.

Clearing the Path to God's Grace

Haunted 

BY KATHY STRAUCH

Creeping through the house was a cunning art. Taking a single step was a strategic game to avoid creaks in the wooden floorboards. The goal was to maneuver through the house unnoticed. Any sound or change in shadows elicited alarm. There was nowhere to hide, every inch of the haunted house left visitors open and vulnerable to eyes prowling around in the shadows. 

Haunted 

HWSS Conference Recap

On October 19-21, 500 people gathered in San Diego to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This event presented by 1517 the Legacy Project, was full of incredible teaching, music, food, and fellowship. The media will be released in a few weeks but until then here is a photo recap of some of what happened those three days.

HWSS Conference Recap

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 48 (Matthew 21:18-32)

A cursed fig tree, faith to do anything, mounts being thrown into the sea and the rejection of John the Baptizer. How are all of these things connected? Daniel and Erick are back from the conference in San Diego and ready to talk through all of this. Check it out!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 48 (Matthew 21:18-32)

Justification: One and Done.

BY PAUL DUNK

The protestant reformation took place 500 years ago this month as a result of false teaching that was sending the church running off to secure their salvation through good works – which not unlike my episode on that hike, starts you running down a path that proves utterly impossible to keep up.

Justification: One and Done.

An Adventure of Grace

BY MARIAH COWARD

I’ve always been a very passionate person. Adventure is my favorite thing. Adventure where? Anywhere. I’ll do it. I’ll go there. I love to discover and push limits. When someone even implies I can’t do something, I prove them wrong. I’ve never been satisfied with simply existing.

An Adventure of Grace

The Clever Trap of Jesus

BY SCOTT DAVIS

Luke tells us that Jesus told the parable to “some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt.” It is important to remember that that isn’t two groups of people- such as: Over here are the people who are self-righteous and over here are the ones who treat others with contempt.

The Clever Trap of Jesus

The Obsessive-Compulsive God

BY MATT KROELINGER

For years, I insisted to the doctors and people around me that I was suffering some sort of physical disease. The running thoughts in my head, the headaches, the lump on my neck that turned out to be completely benign, the constant acid reflux that I thought was throat cancer

The Obsessive-Compulsive God