Peace offerings, fat, and blood. That's what Chad and Daniel are talking about this week. They discuss why God asks that offerings be done a certain way and explore the common thread running through Isaiah, the Psalms into the life of Jesus. Grab a fork and knife, God created you to eat! Check it out!
For centuries the great problem with the existence of God was the problem of evil. If God is good and loves us, why is there evil? There are two kinds of evil, moral evil, like violence and abuse and natural evil, like earthquakes and child cancer. Much of Christian apologetics has been obsessed by this question.
The Corinthian Church was a mess. Factions, sexual immorality, lawsuits, false teaching, and a denial of the resurrection (!) are just a few of the issues this group of ragtag Christians were tangled up in. We would be reasonable to assume that the Apostle Paul’s interaction with them would begin with scathing rebuke and righteous anger.
These two words descriptive of God, “good” and “kind” are indeed pleasant and consoling. They represent him as offering grace, following us, ready to receive most graciously all who draw near to him and desire him. What more could he do? Note now why the Gospel is termed a gracious, comforting message concerning God revealed in Christ.
“The strongest person in the room doesn't win the fight," she said, "it’s whoever's the meanest…” I was fifteen years old when my aunt taught me that. Her words of wisdom became something of a mantra for me. “Don’t start a fight unless you're meaner than the other guy.”
Dr. Doyle said that it had always been his opinion that there was a skeleton in the closet of every man who had reached the age of forty. This led to a lot of discussion, some of the guests resenting the idea that there was no one who had not in his past something that was better concealed.
For many years, I read this as a “salvation” verse. Jesus is knocking on the door of the hearts of the unsaved, asking to come in. To me, it represented individual free will regarding the choice each must make as to whether or not to answer Jesus’ knock...
What is with all the different kinds of offerings? Why is the grain offering significant? Chad and Daniel talk about this and it's connection to holiness and the Lord's Supper. Also, what's the deal with salt in the Bible? Listen and find out!
Daniel and Erick talk about Judas and the danger of mixing religion and politics and the benefits of a low anthropology. They then move on to talking about the institution of the Lord's Supper, what it is and who it is for. Have a listen!
How do we respond when a Christian acknowledges that he's fallen into doubt about the existence of God and his purpose as a Christian? What about a pastor who struggles to keep up the mask of faithfulness, but of late isn't convinced anymore there's a God?