The Baptism that Swallowed the Rocks

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

The Church is a community. But the Church is not like other communities. That probably sounds arrogant. Is the Church’s community really different from all other communities? Yes. And for reasons that hardly seem evident at first glance.

The Baptism that Swallowed the Rocks

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 124 (Leviticus 19:19-20:27)

Chad and Daniel spend some time talking about what the Bible says about tattoos. Does Daniel need to repent immediately? Is there any crossover between laws for Jewish and non-Jewish Christians? Why was the Holy Land Holy? Why did the land vomit out its former inhabitants? It's an interesting episode. Have a listen! 

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 124 (Leviticus 19:19-20:27)

The Paradox of Pastoral Preaching

BY BRAD GRAY

At times, evangelical Christianity can be a paradox. For as much as Protestants have spurned Roman Catholicism, they’re much more Catholic than they’d ever like to admit. By which, I mean, we operate with a stricter conditionality that we’d probably ever feel comfortable confessing.

The Paradox of Pastoral Preaching

30 Minutes in the New Testament Live From Fergus Falls

This is a live episode of 30 Minutes in the New Testament recorded at Mabel Murphys in Fergus Falls Minnesota. Daniel and Erick take a break from Acts to talk about one of the most famous parables of Jesus. But don't let that stop you from listening, the Good Samaritan might just be about more than you think. Have a listen!

30 Minutes in the New Testament Live From Fergus Falls

Who's Your Father?

BY ERICK SORENSEN 

I have found that if I want to get people talking (especially guys), all I have to do is ask them about their father. Instantly, you will either hear stories of heroism or abandon; stories of pain or great joy; stories of great pride or great shame. But one thing’s for sure: You’ll hear stories…

Who's Your Father?

Seeing All Sin On The Cross

BY DONAVON RILEY

The power and pressure of sin on us, from conception to the grave, is immense. That's why we struggle to differentiate sin from sin. "Maybe," we imagine, "if I can just stop lying to my spouse about going out for drinks after work, and dedicate myself to being a better parent, and..." We wrongly believe that we're sinners because we sin, but that's not the case.

Seeing All Sin On The Cross

Grandma Joy and Psalm 139

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

My Grandmother recently lost a long battle with cancer. Her name was Joy, and a name has never been more fitting. When our family was going through her belongings, they discovered a note stating that Psalm 139 was her favorite Psalm. I was then asked to write something about this Psalm to be read at her funeral.

Grandma Joy and Psalm 139

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 123 (Leviticus 19:1-18)

Chad and Daniel discuss the laws for gleaning and taking care of the poor and strangers and how this plays out in other places in scripture even leading to the preservation of the line of Christ. What is the ultimate purpose of God choosing the nation of Israel? What does that tell us about the Israel of the Church? What does it mean to not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind? Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 123 (Leviticus 19:1-18)

Faith Is Not What Some People Think

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. Because they observe that faith is not followed by good works or a better life, they fall into error, even though they speak and hear much about faith. “Faith is not enough,” they say, “You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.

Faith Is Not What Some People Think

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 70 (Acts 6:8-7:60)

Daniel and Erick discuss the arrest, sermon and stoning of Stephen. What made the leaders so angry? How does Stephen dismantle everything in one epic sermon? People are screaming with their fingers in their ears. Stephen is praying for his murder's forgiveness. And we meet a young but respected Pharisee named Saul. Stephen is awesome so have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 70 (Acts 6:8-7:60)

The Scandal of the Cross

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

A Roman execution device isn't exactly a picturesque scene of divine love on display. It'd be the equivalent to having three criminals side-by-side in electric chairs. Or a firing squad having their criminals in a line with crowds watching and laughing. We'd never turn that scene into jewelry or bumper stickers; it's disturbing.

The Scandal of the Cross

The Breath of Forgiveness

BY KATHY STRAUCH

Jesus' disciples locked the doors to their own prison. Fear, grief, and shame haunted the dark cold room in which they sat. Their beloved Lord, teacher, and friend had been crucified. Jesus had breathed His last. The One whose creative breath breathed into the lifeless clay bringing Adam to life had stopped breathing. 

The Breath of Forgiveness

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 122 (Leviticus 18:7-30 pt 2)

Chad and Daniel go into more detail discussing the 18th chapter of Leviticus. What does it mean to uncover someone's nakedness? Is there such a thing as casual sin? Why are there rules for sexual engagement at all? How is love the heart of the law? Why does the god Molech come up in the list of sexual prohibitions? How does the sacrificial nature of love help us in all of this? Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 122 (Leviticus 18:7-30 pt 2)

When God’s Stomach Aches

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

It's in moments like that with my son that I honestly wonder if God still loves me. My sin must be frustrating to Him. And God knows that I've done worse than jumping into puddles. I’ve push Him away. I’ve taken His good gifts and thrown them in the garbage.

When God’s Stomach Aches

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 69 (Acts 5:17-6:7)

Peter and John are thrown in prison where an angel comes and brings them out. After going right back out and preaching, they are arrested again and brought before a council where they preach monergistic repentance and salvation to their enemies. The council wants to kill them but a famous rationalist talks them out of it. They are beaten but go back out rejoicing and appoint some deacons. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more. Have a listen! 

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 69 (Acts 5:17-6:7)

The Day of Grace

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This is equivalent to saying “salvation is near to us.” By the word “day” Paul means the Gospel; the Gospel is like day in that it enlightens the heart or soul. Now, day having broken, salvation is near to us. In other words, Christ and his grace, promised to Abraham, are now revealed.

The Day of Grace

It Gets Better Than You Ever Hoped

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

As I was reading Romans 7 today, I was reminded of a pivotal scene in one of my favorite movies, As Good As it Gets.  The main character, Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson, is beginning to experience the hope that things can be different for him.  This feeling is new and provokes fear.

It Gets Better Than You Ever Hoped

Enemy Prisoner of War

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

In the United States Marine Corps, part of my training involved Enemy Prisoner of War (EPW) handling. The 6 rules of EPW handling are: Search, Silence, Segregate, Safeguard, Speed and Tag. One of the main objectives is to keep an EPW out of the fight, to remove any hope of fighting, to remove any hope period. Providing a deep sense of being alone is one of the objectives of EPW handling.

Enemy Prisoner of War

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 121 (Leviticus 17:10-18:30)

"The life is in the blood." Chad and Daniel spend a bunch of time discussing this crucial verse. What does it say about the physicality of redemption and atonement, the gift nature of blood itself and why does location matter? They then move on and begin discussing the rules for sexual engagement and why they were given. It's an interesting episode. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 121 (Leviticus 17:10-18:30)

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 68 (Acts 4:23-5:16)

The Apostle's pray for boldness to keep preaching. The people of the church are selling property and giving the proceeds to the church. One couple plots to lie to God and His response is swift. Healing is happening all over the place and the church continues to grow. Daniel and Erick discuss it all. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 68 (Acts 4:23-5:16)

Anxiety And The Christian

BY MARTIN LUTHER

There is a brief passage in Psalm 55:22 which reads: “Cast your burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain you: he will never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Follow this advice. Let not your burden rest upon yourselves; for you cannot bear it, and must finally perish beneath its weight. But, confident and full of joy, cast it from you and throw it on God.

Anxiety And The Christian