We Are Nicholas

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

Pictures of God’s grace for us in and through His Son, Jesus, can be found in the most unlikely places. Recently, I witnessed one such picture of God’s grace during WrestleMania 34. That’s right. WrestleMania. Professional wrestling’s most popular pay-per-view event of the year.

We Are Nicholas

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 64 (Acts 1:1-26)

Daniel and Erick begin the book of Acts. Are there two baptisms? What is going on in the ascension to "heaven?" Who chooses Apostles and do the disciples get it right? What is descriptive in this book and what is prescriptive? Join the guys as they start this journey through the development of the church. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 64 (Acts 1:1-26)

Out of Ammo

BY BRANDON HANSON

So there’s this famous quote that you may have heard in one form or another around the interwebs. I think I finally found the original quote and who said it (but let me know if you think I’m mistaken): “The Christian army is the only army that shoots and buries its wounded.” -Dr. Freddie Gage

Out of Ammo

How Luther Taught Me to Read the Bible

BY DONAVON RILEY

I’ve always been more at home in the Old Testament than in the New Testament. When I first came to believe that there was a God, I purchased and read the Koran. I had watched the movie, Malcolm X, a couple months before and thought, “If the Koran helped him straighten out his life, maybe it can help me too.”

How Luther Taught Me to Read the Bible

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 116 (Leviticus 9:1-10:11)

God is showing up with fire in this episode. Chad and Daniel discuss fire in the Bible and it's consuming nature. Two young priests get the holiness of God wrong and it goes very badly. Why do we think if God showed up in power that would be enough for us? Turns out what God says is holy, is holy and what He has not, is not... including all of us. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 116 (Leviticus 9:1-10:11)

We Do Not Mingle Law and Grace

BY MARTIN LUTHER

To give a short definition of a Christian: A Christian is not somebody who chalks sin, because of his faith in Christ. This doctrine brings comfort to consciences in serious trouble. When a person is a Christian he is above Law and sin. When the Law accuses him, and sin wants to drive the wits out of him, a Christian looks to Christ.

We Do Not Mingle Law and Grace

The Gospel & Hard Times

BY MARIAH COWARD

As a woman who has suffered years of abuse there have been times in my new life when I have found myself living out Psalm 6:6. "I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping." I would weep before the Lord from the deepest parts of me and feel as if I had no response.

The Gospel & Hard Times

God Alone Saves, Right?

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I find in the pages of the Bible, a God who constantly saves. Right from the start, He proves this by rescuing Adam and Eve from their poor choice to rebel and sin. In doing that, he sets up a system that reconciles the world. That’s right, from the very first infraction, God rolls up his sleeves and says, “everyone will need this, not just these two knuckleheads.”

God Alone Saves, Right?

Not Under Law…Say What Now?

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

There is just something about the idea of not being ‘under Law’ that sets off all kinds of alarms in the minds of many Christians.  One might be forced to concede to the idea because the words are biblical, but those words are often compulsively followed by a multitude of caveats.

Not Under Law…Say What Now?

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 63 (Matthew 28:1-20)

Daniel and Erick finish up the gospel of Matthew in this episode. They discuss the significance of the resurrection, women being the first to see the risen Christ, epic unbelief, and the great commission. They also announce which book they will be going through next. It's a packed episode. Have a listen! 

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 63 (Matthew 28:1-20)

Someone Over the Rainbow

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

I hate driving. I am more of a “pew-pew” guy than a “vroom-vroom” guy. I battle my own heart every day in Atlanta traffic. Everybody on the highway might as well be chasing down Ichabod Crane because they are driving like the Headless Horseman. The only thing that soothes the savage beast inside me as I drive is a podcast or music from the 80s and 90s or “real” country music.

Someone Over the Rainbow

It is Better to Not See

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

One of the things I enjoy the most about having four Gospels is that we get four diverse accounts of Jesus. That is not only helpful, it is realistic. For example, take four people to watch a film and they’ll have differing impressions. Having four Gospels gives us a realism and vantage that stays true to life’s diversity.

It is Better to Not See

Chocolate Bunnies, Bouncy Houses, Bread And Wine

BY SCOTT DAVIS

Let’s be honest, Easter Sunday is a day when many people who are not usually regular church goers come to church. Also, people who’ve become dissatisfied with their church sometimes do a little “church shopping” on this particular Sunday. As a result, us church folks really try to put on our game face and put our best foot forward.

Chocolate Bunnies, Bouncy Houses, Bread And Wine

When God Wounds

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

One of life’s hardest lessons, and a mark of maturity, is the realization that life is profoundly unfair. Your father was right when, objecting to his decisions, he calmly told you, “Well, life ain’t fair, deal with it!” And the same injustice we felt then, when dad pronounced his verdict on life, is only magnified in adulthood.

When God Wounds

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 115 (Leviticus 7:1-8:36)

Chad and Daniel quickly move through chapter 7 and get into chapter 8 of Leviticus. What is a "free will" offering? What is the significance of the ordination of Priests? Blood from head to toe? What is going on with anointing oil and Aaron's beard? What does all this tell us about the priesthood of all believers? Everything is coming up sacramental. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 115 (Leviticus 7:1-8:36)

God at the Feet of Sinners

BY JESSICA THOMPSON

The disciples and Christ have just finished their last meal together. The disciples, of course, didn't know this, but Jesus did. As an act displaying his humility and kindness, he kneels before them. Jesus "who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,” lays aside his outer garments.

God at the Feet of Sinners

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 62 (Matthew 27:45-66)

Just in time for Holy Week, Daniel and Erick have come to Matthew's account of the death and burial of Jesus. What does it mean to be "forsaken by God?" What is the significance of the veil being torn in two? What's going on with dead people rising at the death of Christ? And how does it all enable us to mock death? They talk about all of this. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 62 (Matthew 27:45-66)

God’s Word in Our Mouths

BY KYLE G JONES

What makes a meal more than food? We all have important meals in our lives; birthday meals; anniversary meals; traditional holiday meals. But, what makes sharing a meal with someone (or someones) significant? The type of food? How it’s eaten? Where it’s eaten?

God’s Word in Our Mouths

The New World

BY DONAVON RILEY

In elementary school, children are taught that America was a destination for Christians in search of religious freedom. But that’s not the truth. Not the whole truth anyway. The historic facts are a little less adventurous, a little less heroic. Many Christians came to the “New World” because they’d been declared heretics back home.

The New World

The Gracious Violence of God

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

What is your Goliath? What in your life seems so gigantic, you might never defeat it? Where is your Jericho? Where is the area in your life that you need to see the walls crumble? Who is your Pharaoh? Who is trying to chase you down and take away your freedom? Perhaps you’ve had a pastor or “Bible teacher” ask you these questions. I hate these questions.

The Gracious Violence of God

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 61 (Matthew 27:27-44)

This week Daniel and Erick talk about the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. What is going on with the scarlet robe and crown of thorns? Jesus is called the King of the Jews in His suffering. Why is this and the cross itself so offensive? What is going on with the two thieves? How does all of this destroy a theology of glory? Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 61 (Matthew 27:27-44)