Grace and Peace for Stubborn Sins

BY MARTIN LUTHER

The terms of grace and peace are common terms with Paul and are now pretty well understood. But since we are explaining this epistle, you will not mind if we repeat what we have so often explained elsewhere.

Grace and Peace for Stubborn Sins

Fig Leaf Righteousness

BY SCOTT DAVIS

My earliest memory of seeing a cartoonist drawing of Adam and Eve was in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office. I probably had the flu. Sitting with my mom- I was waiting for the nurse to come and call our name. Also, I was hoping that I wouldn’t get a shot.

Fig Leaf Righteousness

He Knew He Was Going To Die: When Bible Reading Becomes Boring.

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

This is the third time Jesus has told his disciples he is going to be killed.  As I read these passages I am disturbed by how casually and pedestrian they ring in my ear. “Yes, yes, we know this, it’s the gospel, very good, next!” But there is something unnerving, something intuitive within me that springs to life saying, “Wait! Don’t just pass over these verses, don’t let them rush by.”

He Knew He Was Going To Die: When Bible Reading Becomes Boring.

God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines

BY CHAD BIRD

If I were granted three wishes, one of them would not be to know what the future holds. I have enough trouble wrestling with today’s demons. I don’t want to know what crosses I’ll have to lug around tomorrow. As the wise Rabbi said, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

God Writes Straight with Crooked Lines

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 44 (Matthew 19:1-12)

The Pharisees try to test Jesus with a question about divorce. There is a lot cultural context needed to explain the motivation of the question and why Jesus' response is so scandalous. Daniel and Erick walk through it all. It's marriage, sex, divorce, and Jesus in this episode. Check it out!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 44 (Matthew 19:1-12)

The Giver God

BY NORMAN NAGEL

When the scriptures say "firstfruits" it means there are more gifts to follow. With every gift, God pushes our hands wider open to receive a still larger gift. The bother with us is that we often hold our hands open just enough for little gifts in fear that if the gifts get too big they may overwhelm us.

The Giver God

Crisis of Faith and Sufficient Grace

BY PAUL DUNK

I spend a lot of time talking to people in coffee shops. Some share my Christian faith, some are exploring and questioning faith and others have left the church, having had a crisis of faith. I'm going to speak to an observation I've made on the 'crisis of faith' variety.

Crisis of Faith and Sufficient Grace

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 96 (Exodus 27:9-28:43)

What is the purpose of the ornateness of the tabernacle? What is going on with everything the priests and high priest have wear? How do all of these things point to Christ, the cross, and our redemption? Chad Bird and Daniel Emery Price talk about these things and more in this episode. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 96 (Exodus 27:9-28:43)

To the Crazy Ones

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

What would happen if a group of misfits, rebels and round pegs aligned around a desire to bring us back to the pure Gospel?  What would happen if a group of reformers got together and pushed forward into this new day and culture with the message that has been handed down to us from the scriptures?

To the Crazy Ones

In the Face of Suffering

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

During my recent trip to visit my daughter and her family, my son-in-law got me hooked on Leah Remini’s A&E show, Scientology and the Aftermath.  Remini, who was a lifelong Scientologist, left the organization in 2013 ...

In the Face of Suffering

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 43 (Matthew 18:21-35)

In this episode Daniel and Erick cover Peter asking Jesus how many time he must forgive someone. Jesus gives an answer more extreme than Peter would have ever considered. Jesus follows this with a parable about an unforgiving servant. Forgiveness is tough. This text is tough. But there is good news in it. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 43 (Matthew 18:21-35)

Plankeyed: Vice, Virtue & The Christian

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Naturally each individual forgets the beam in his own eye and perceives only the mote in his neighbor’s. One will not bear with the faults of the other; each requires perfection of his fellow. 

Plankeyed: Vice, Virtue & The Christian

When It’s Time To Give Up

BY MATT JOHNSON

In our democratic society we love to talk about freedom. But anybody out there ever tried to be perfect? Ah, shucks. Turns out we’re not as free as we thought. Freedom of the will is a thorny issue—but only theoretically speaking.

When It’s Time To Give Up

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 95 (Exodus 26:31-27:8)

This episode spends most of the 40 minutes talking about the veil. What was it's duel purpose? Why was it torn from top to bottom at Christ's death? What was being fulfilled? What to baptism and the Lord's Supper have to do with it? Chad and Daniel bounce around Exodus to the gospels to Hebrews to get the answers. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 95 (Exodus 26:31-27:8)

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 42 (Matthew 18:7-20)

Cutting off body parts to avoid sin? Jesus has some strong words about temptation and the horrors of sin this week. But He follows it with a comforting parable about wandering sheep. How are we to handle it when someone sins against us? What is the goal of "church discipline" and what does two or more gathered in God's name have to do with it? Daniel and Erick talk about this and more this week. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 42 (Matthew 18:7-20)

God's Doing For Us That Gets Done

BY DONAVON RILEY

God's doing for us that gets done is Word and Sacrament stuff. Everything else flows from His speaking to us, baptizing us, bodying and bloodying us. Jesus sees our need. He fills our need with his faithful, loving, kindness. Then we mess that up. We own up to it, confess it to Him, then say sorry.

God's Doing For Us That Gets Done

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 94 (Exodus 25:40-26:31)

It's a whole lot about trees, light and Holy Spirit this week. Chad Bird and Daniel Emery Price take a closer at the lampstand and discuss the sevenfold Spirit of God and God's use of trees through the scriptures. Jesus says He is the light of the world. How does that statement fit in with all of this? It's an interesting episode. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 94 (Exodus 25:40-26:31)

No God But The Lamb

BY NORMAN NAGEL

You have not faced death fully unless you have faced the death on Calvary. Jesus was, in fact, a good man. Two bad men were dying along with Him. One of them acknowledged the truth, “We have it coming to us, but not this one.” Jesus was different, yet He was on the center cross, dying along with them.

No God But The Lamb

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 41 (Matthew 17:22-18:9)

Jesus talks more about His death and resurrection. The disciples are still distressed. Why does the resurrection seem to be completely missed by them? What is the temple tax and what's up with money in a fish mouth? Daniel and Erick spend some time talking about tithing before moving on to Jesus talking about faith like a child and being fitted for a millstone. There is a lot going on in this episode. Check it out! 

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 41 (Matthew 17:22-18:9)

A Cup of Kindness for a Cup of Death

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

I have been preaching through the Gospel of John for a number of months. One thing that makes John different than the other three Gospels is the absence of the Lord’s Supper.

A Cup of Kindness for a Cup of Death