Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

BY CHAD BIRD

Jesus cuts right to the chase when it comes to the evil one. He calls the devil “a liar and the father of lies,” (John 8:44). And the father of lies has his pet anti-truths. These lies, repeated often enough, can slowly drown out the promises of God.

Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

Revelation 1:9-11 | Enduring the Tribulation | 007

BY BRANDON HANSON

We’re living in the end times. We have been since Pentecost. The earliest Christians believed it, and what’s more, that is what the apostles teach us in Scripture. As early as Acts 2:17, just after Jesus had ascended to heaven and poured out his Spirit on His church…

Revelation 1:9-11 | Enduring the Tribulation | 007

The Joy of Obedience

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Can there be joy in obedience? That depends on if obedience if a free choice or the result of threats. When obedience is coercive, it dominates and subjugates our wills, or at least attempts to do so, and no one wants to be ruled by another.

The Joy of Obedience

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 133 (Numbers 6:22-7:89)

Chad and Daniel talk about the significance of hair in the Bible. They explore one of the best benedictions in scripture. Is this Aaron’s benediction or God’s? What are the Trinitarian implications in this blessing? They discuss why certain passages are well known and the power of the spoken word of God. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 133 (Numbers 6:22-7:89)

CHF/Hattiesburg Recap

On September 15th we held a City Event in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at Saint Johns Lutheran Church. It was an incredible day of teaching, singing and fellowship. We are so grateful for all who came out. We will be releasing the content over the next few weeks but in the meantime here is a photo recap of the event.

CHF/Hattiesburg Recap

Seeing Samson's Cross-Eyed Reflection

BY DONAVON RILEY

For the past twenty years that I've been a Christian, I've not found any evidence in my reading of Judges 13-16 that qualifies Samson for the "book of faith" (Hebrews 11). Selfish, manipulative, short-tempered, and homicidally violent, Samson's a borderline-psychotic personality.

Seeing Samson's Cross-Eyed Reflection

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 79 (Acts 16:25-17:15)

Paul and Silas are singing in prison when an earthquake opens all the doors. A jailer wants to kill himself but ends up baptizing his family instead. They go back to the prison but Paul has a plan to put fear into the authorities and secure their release. We are introduced to a man named Jason who helps Paul and Silas escape persecution brought on by false accusations. And is the church an institution or a movement? Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 79 (Acts 16:25-17:15)

The Radical Gospel

BY GERHARD FORDE

The radical gospel of justification by faith alone simply does not fit, cannot be accepted by, and will not work with an anthropology which sees the human being as a continuously existing subject possessing ‘‘free choice of will’’ over against God and/or other religious goals.

The Radical Gospel

What Have You Done for God Lately? Too Much.

BY CHAD BIRD

If I were the devil, I wouldn’t just entice believers to do bad things. We’re experts at that anyway. I’d strongly encourage them to do more for God. Just a gentle nudge in that direction. And before you know it, some of them would be so hog-wild about doing stuff for Jesus…

  What Have You Done for God Lately? Too Much.

Be Counter-Cultural: Preach the Cross

BY ERICK SORENSEN

Right now (and I would add, for quite some time) there has been a debate within Christianity about the whole issue of culture. What I mean is if you open up any Christian magazine or website, chances are you are going to find thoughtful (and unthoughtful) Christians dealing with the question of how we are to deal with the culture around us.

Be Counter-Cultural: Preach the Cross

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 132 (Numbers 5:11-6:21)

Chad and Daniel tackle one of the stranger texts in the Old Testament. When a husband suspects his wife of adultery a ritual is put forth to find out the truth. It involves drinking dirt and ink and a curse. What is going on here? Why would God set something like this up? How does the way Jesus handles accusations of adultery help us with this text? They then move on and discuss the Nazirite Vow. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 132 (Numbers 5:11-6:21)

NOT The Gospel

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

There was a TV show back in the ‘90s called “Dinosaurs” that I used to sneak into the living room at night to watch. The reason I had to sneak-watch this show was that my loving and protective parents had a problem with the Baby in the show who was very disrespectful (albeit hilarious).

NOT The Gospel

Grace for When You Can't Forgive

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

She was my friend, walking through marriage troubles.  Her husband was unfaithful to her, with the technicalities and carefully drawn lines of “not technically sex” and justifying himself, which had wounded her deeply.

Grace for When You Can't Forgive

The Greatness of the Gospel

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This is one of the best and most glorious Gospel lessons, such as John particularly wrote. It is worthy to be written in golden letters, not upon paper, but if possible upon the heart; it ought to be made the daily lesson and meditation of Christians, who should repeat it to strengthen their faith.

The Greatness of the Gospel

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 131 (Numbers 3:1-5:10)

Chad and Daniel discuss the role of priests, Levites and moving of the temple. What is the connection between the Levites and the Passover? Why is the language of "firstborn" so significant in scripture? What does this tell us about the priesthood of all believers? And how do they end up at the parable of the Good Samaritan? Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 131 (Numbers 3:1-5:10)

Grace Twists Braids

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I saw a beautiful picture of grace yesterday. A real bestowing of favor on someone less deserving.  I saw a father braiding his daughter’s hair. It wasn’t some random thing I happened to catch in the corner of my eye. I know these people. I know their stories.

Grace Twists Braids

30 Minutes in the New Testament: Episode 78 (Acts 15:36-16:24)

Paul and Barnabas separate in a dispute over John Mark. Timothy is introduced and for some reason Paul has him circumcised. God tells them not to preach in Asia. A woman is baptized along with her entire household. And casting out a demon gets Paul and the boys beaten and thrown in prison. Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more. Have a listen!

30 Minutes in the New Testament: Episode 78 (Acts 15:36-16:24)

Revelation 1:5b-8 | God's Calling, Our Response | 006

BY BRANDON HANSON

We can pretend that we’re not sinful all day long. But coming face to face with the thrice holy God clears things up in a hurry. Suddenly, there is no place left to hide, no way to disguise our sin, no device or scheme left to excuse us.

Revelation 1:5b-8 | God's Calling, Our Response | 006

Failed Saint, Faithful Savior

BY DONAVON RILEY

Christians have long enjoyed an absurd love affair with white-washing biblical saints. Since the earliest days of the Church, saints have been held up as role models for great faith and godly behavior. From the Old Testament, for example, Abraham is often held up by Sunday School teachers and adult bible study leaders as a role-model.

Failed Saint, Faithful Savior

Turnt

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

When I hear the word “repentance” my mind quickly goes to those old terror inducing Chick Tracts. Say the word “repent” and I think of that guy on the corner yelling at me and the rest of the Atlanta United FC supporters as we march into Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Turnt

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 130 (Numbers 1:1-2:34)

Chad and Daniel begin the book of Numbers. They talk about what to expect as they work through this book. Why does Israel number their warriors? What does this have to do with the church militant and church triumphant? How does the beginning of Numbers point to the incarnation? Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 130 (Numbers 1:1-2:34)

Hearing the Gospel with Old Testament Ears

BY KYLE G JONES

As a bass player, when I listen to music, I listen for what the bassist is doing. But, when I listen to music in my 2004 Honda Civic I have a problem: only one of the four speakers works. Everything I listen to is panned to the left, leaving my favorite songs sounding hallow and half-empty.

Hearing the Gospel with Old Testament Ears

Revelation 1:4-5 | What Happens When the Triune God Shows Up? | 005

BY BRANDON HANSON

To see God would actually consume you in your current state. Entirely. There would be nothing left. “No one can see God and live.” This was their tradition. It was utterly impossible to see God. For if one did, they were dead. And so how can one see God and yet live? They could not conceive of a way..

Revelation 1:4-5 | What Happens When the Triune God Shows Up? | 005