40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 107 (Exodus 35:1-40:38)

Chad and Daniel make a sprint to the end of Exodus and wrap the book up. There is much about the impact of receiving God's mercy and grace and why work is good. The story of Exodus is really the story of creation and God dwelling with His people. We hope you have enjoyed the journey.

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 107 (Exodus 35:1-40:38)

Come And See

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I know it’s hard for some people to put aside old ideas and notions about Christianity, Christians, and church in general. It’s a dug-in skepticism that’s born from a life of bad experiences, and even worse Christian jargon and teachings. It’s pushing back against all of it.

Come And See

The Unexpected Narrative of God

BY CHAD BIRD

Dual narratives are unfolding in our lives at every moment. There’s the story we’re writing, and the one penned by the Spirit. A great deal of overlap exists between these two narratives, but there’s plenty of divergence as well. The story we’re writing goes something like this...

The Unexpected Narrative of God

The Unforgivable, Forgiven

BY DONAVON RILEY 

Yes, we confess Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Yes, he rose from death to justify all who receive his life-giving sacrifice in faith. But, wait. Full stop. Everybody? Is God’s forgiveness really that indiscriminate?

The Unforgivable, Forgiven

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 54 (Matthew 24:29-51)

It's all eschatology in this episode as Daniel and Erick wrap up Matthew 24. Skies going dark, trumpets, a thief in the night and the Pentecost. That's right, Pentecost. How do we look at all these things and what impact do they have on how we believe and live. It's a different kind of episode. Check it out! 

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 54 (Matthew 24:29-51)

Faith In A Sea Of Unbelief

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This narrative, gives us an example of faith and unbelief, in order that we may learn how mighty the power of faith is, and that it of necessity has to do with great and terrible things and that it accomplishes nothing but wonders; and that on the other hand unbelief is so fainthearted, shamefaced and trembling with fear that it can do nothing whatever.

Faith In A Sea Of Unbelief

The First Love of God

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Henri Nouwen, the Roman Catholic priest, professor and writer summed up his summary of the Gospel as, “You are the beloved of God!” For Nouwen, who struggled his whole life with feelings of inadequacy and who often felt unsure he was really loved...

The First Love of God

Yes, But...

BY KELSI KLEMBARA

Yes, but. It's a phrase I find myself repeating often in life. When my husband asks for forgiveness, I too often respond, "I forgive you, but…” and then continue with a list of my grievances. When I want to gossip about someone but still uphold the front that I’m really a loving and thoughtful person,” I’ll say something like, “She has a good heart, but…” 

Yes, But...

The Only Bar In Town

BY ROBERT FARRAR CAPON

On Shelter Island, where I used to live, there is an odd local custom. Every Friday evening, at exactly five minutes of five, the fire siren goes off. For years, I wondered about it. What was the point? They tested the siren every day at noon, so it couldn’t be that.

The Only Bar In Town

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 106 (Exodus 34:17-35)

Chad and Daniel talk a bunch about the glory of God and the theology of the cross as they look at Moses' interaction with God that leaves his face glowing. Where else do we see something like this? How have we misunderstood this passage? Is the Gospel greater than the Law? They talk about all this and more. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 106 (Exodus 34:17-35)

Just Another Law-Gospel Sermon?

BY DONAVON RILEY 

While I was still an over-eager seminarian the professor warned me, “Mr. Riley, this is exciting stuff. It’s exciting when you first learn about justification by faith alone in Christ alone. That’s because Law and Gospel is heady stuff! But be careful. When you climb into a pulpit and you get to preach every week you’ll learn that the people you preach to don’t much like justification talk.

Just Another Law-Gospel Sermon?

Ruined

BY PAUL DUNK

I was in Ethiopia a few years back and I had the incredible privilege of preaching in some churches. After one of the services, I was asked if I wanted some coffee. I looked down and saw a small, badly stained pot and some tools I didn't recognize, sitting next to a tiny fire.

Ruined

On Demanding Good Works

BY MARTIN LUTHER

You say: Since forgiveness depends on faith alone, why must one nonetheless do good works? Answer: If faith is of the true sort, it cannot be without good works, just as no good work can be where unbelief dwells.

On Demanding Good Works

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 53 (Matthew 24:1-28)

Daniel and Erick don't talk much about the tribulation and the end of all things but today is the day! It's all prophecy, destruction, and tribulation this episode... or is it? How should we read these verses that seem to cause fear and alarm in so many? They talk about it all in this episode. Check it out!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 53 (Matthew 24:1-28)

Absolution Over Resolution

BY KYLE G JONES

As a new year approaches, a mawkish paranoia sets in. Looking over our shoulders, we add up our good choices, our praises, and our reasons to celebrate. We balance them against our persistent bad habits, criticisms from others, and those haunting mistakes we wish never happened.

Absolution Over Resolution

Whose Lord and Savior Is He?

BY DONAVON RILEY

That's the Christmas message the Church has preached, confessed, and sung for more than two thousand years. Jesus, born in Bethlehem, God's Word in the flesh, true God and true man is Lord and Savior. But who is he born for? Whose Lord and Savior is he?

Whose Lord and Savior Is He?

The Meal In A Manger

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

At one point I was asked why we receive the Lord’s Supper during our Christmas services. This dear person felt it was a little strange for a service celebrating the birth of Jesus to transition into receiving this baby’s body and blood.

The Meal In A Manger

CHF Christmas Special 2017

It's Christmas! And that means 40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament are coming together again. Daniel, Chad, and Erick tackle the song of Mary recounted in the first chapter of Luke's Gospel. There is a lot going on in these 10 verses and the guys have a lot of fun taking it apart. Have a listen and Merry Christmas!

CHF Christmas Special 2017

That's What Christmas Is About, Charlie Brown

BY SCOTT DAVIS

In Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in Luke chapter 2 we have a stunning account of an angel appearing to some shepherds who were “keeping watch over their flock by night.” We’ve all heard this account many times. Even if you’ve never picked up a Bible, you’ve been exposed to this part of the narrative.

That's What Christmas Is About, Charlie Brown

The God Who Won’t Repent

BY KATHY STRAUCH

The black canvas of the night sky gave way to glittering lights in the heavens. David’s city slept nearby as shepherds watched their flocks in anticipation of the dawn. This same darkness that held the twinkling lights above them, held the sign of God’s promise to Abraham. 

The God Who Won’t Repent

What if God Were a Slob Like One of Us?

BY CHAD BIRD

Mary snapped a pic of Jesus in the manger, chose the Clarendon filter, and posted it to her Instagram account. Two hours later, it had 24 likes. Three of her friends had commented, “He’s so adorable!” Two said, “OMG, how cute!” And one gushed, “The most beautiful baby ever!” But they were all lying.

What if God Were a Slob Like One of Us?

A Rebel’s Blessing

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

Her name meant “Rebel” or “Rebellion”.  In a culture where your name was thought to reveal your whole character, either in a prophetic sense or as it was known and manifested, it was an interesting choice.  With a name like that, would you really have the option of proving it wrong?

A Rebel’s Blessing

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 52 (Matthew 23:23-39)

After some non-spoiler Star Wars talk Daniel and Erick wrap up the "the woes" Jesus dished out on the Pharisees. Hypocrisy seems to be a big theme in what Jesus is saying. How and when do we judge? Is Jesus angry or broken-hearted... or both? It's all in this episode. Check it out!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 52 (Matthew 23:23-39)

Childbearing Now Saves You

BY BRANDON HANSON

What if I told you that Paul means exactly what it sounds like he’s saying? What if I told you that Paul was in fact saying that “she” [Eve] and “they” [all women] are in fact saved through childbearing? What if I told you that it worked like a math problem?

Childbearing Now Saves You