A Cloud Full of Grace

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. But, who are these witnesses, what do they witness to, and what does it mean to be surrounded by a great cloud of them? What do we find in this “cloud”? The “who” is simple enough. We just need to look one chapter prior in Hebrews.

A Cloud Full of Grace

Revelation 1:4a | What’s Up with Asia? | 004

BY BRANDON HANSON

What might we say is the significance of John addressing Revelation to the seven churches that are in Asia? It does two things. First, it grounds it in reality. This gives the book credibility as attested to by the naming of actual places and actual churches residing in those places.

Revelation 1:4a | What’s Up with Asia? | 004

The Offensive Law, and Salvation Without Regret

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

If our job is to magnify the Lord to the world, God must have decided to use our children to magnify our own sins so we can see them.  My children hate correction.  They take it as a personal insult.  No matter how gently, or grace filled I correct, padding it on either side with nice things, they receive it like a punch from a bully.

The Offensive Law, and Salvation Without Regret

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 76 (Acts 13:44-14:23)

Paul and Barnabas continue preaching and while the message is spreading, so is the persecution. A man lame from birth is healed and the people think Paul and Barnabas are Gods. Paul blows up any idea that there is more than one God and the Jews come in and convince the people to stone him. Paul recovers and sets up elders in the churches he has planted.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 76 (Acts 13:44-14:23)

Escape from Monkey Hill

BY JAY SAWRIE

In New Orleans, you can buy a day pass and go to the Insectarium, aquarium, and zoo for a discounted price. This is a top-notch zoo with live exhibits where you can see and even touch the animals. We’re newlyweds and so of course poor. But this, I’m all over this; Day 3 of Husband Jay is going to kill it.

Escape from Monkey Hill

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 128 (Leviticus 25:23-26:46)

Chad and Daniel are back after being on the road for a few weeks! In this episode they discuss the Year of Jubilee, everything it is pointing to and how it's all about Jesus. They then discuss the threats, consequences and promises of God. What happens when we reject God and disregard His promises? Exactly how long will God work to bring His people back? Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 128 (Leviticus 25:23-26:46)

Revelation 1:3 | Kept in the Keeping | 003

BY BRANDON HANSON

John ends the prologue of Revelation in verse three with a three-part blessing. The blessing is proclaimed on the one who reads, those who hear, and who keep what is written. What John is writing here must be interpreted within the context of the community of faith.

Revelation 1:3 | Kept in the Keeping | 003

Carseats, Gluten, and Opinionated Bloggers

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

Never has the law fallen so hard on me as in motherhood.  Never before was I more aware that my best wasn’t good enough.  If parenting doesn’t drive you to your knees, you’re doing it wrong. I remember a conversation with a mom-friend years ago.

Carseats, Gluten, and Opinionated Bloggers

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Live From Tuscarora

Daniel and Erick discuss the woman caught in adultery in a live recording from Tuscarora Conference Center. How does this trap set for Jesus work? Where is the man? What did Jesus write in the dirt? How does Jesus make the crowd leave? What is His word to sinners? Have a listen! 

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Live From Tuscarora

When God Disappoints

BY CHAD BIRD

In the tiny Bible-belt town where I grew up, tragedy brought people together. Friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers would go the extra mile for a family in need. House fire? They'd hold a community fundraiser. Funeral? Enough casseroles would pile up in the kitchen to feed an army.

When God Disappoints

Revelation 1:1-2 | It's All About Jesus | 002

BY BRANDON HANSON

It’s the First Century, the early days of the of the Post-Pentecost Church. Something is in the air. There is change on the wind. You can feel it like electricity, clinging to you, causing the hair on your arm to stand up. It has been 50-60 years since the Spirit fell on the apostles and disciples in that upper room.

Revelation 1:1-2 | It's All About Jesus | 002

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

BY MARIAH COWARD

In the first few years after God saved me I saw sin as this unfortunate parasite that was slowly sucking the life out of me. But I imagined that through enough hours of prayer, fasting and quiet time with the Lord I could successfully rid myself of these pesky leeches.

Breaking The “Righteous” Meter

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Altar Call

BY WAYNE STENDER

This is my fifteenth year on staff at Bible camp. The path to the snack shop is well worn, and I’m an expert at carpet ball. The closing ceremonies of camp are routine after a decade in the ministry. The speaker closes his final message, slapping his Bible against the podium.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Altar Call

Justification Is Simple

BY DONAVON RILEY

The Gospel is simple to confess. That is, we are justified by faith alone, through Christ alone, without the works of the Law. And so long as we don't add any limits, measures, or conditions to this, the Gospel is easy to confess to others. The message that we are justified by faith alone through Christ Jesus is good news anyone can deliver.

Justification Is Simple

Revelation 1:20 | The End of the Beginning | 001

BY BRANDON HANSON

It may seem like a strange place to begin: the end of the beginning. But the pattern of Revelation is one of continually circling back to the beginning, proceeding to the end, and repeating the process again from a different perspective. At the center of it all is the comforting and confident message that Jesus reigns.

Revelation 1:20 | The End of the Beginning | 001

Was the Son of God a Sinner?

BY MARTIN LUTHER

A Christian is beloved of God and a sinner. How can these two contradictions be harmonized: I am a sinner and deserve God's wrath and punishment, and yet the Father loves me? Christ alone can harmonize these contradictions. He is the Mediator.

Was the Son of God a Sinner?

Grace Has No Expiration Date

BY BRAD GRAY

I, like you probably, have an uncontrollable aversion to any food product that is past its expiration date. Even if it’s only by a few hours. I don’t care what food or drink you give me, if it’s anywhere close to being over that “best by” date, to me it’s an offering straight from the devil’s kitchen that’ll surely torment my bowels.

Grace Has No Expiration Date

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 75 (Acts 12:6-13:43)

Peter is miraculously freed from prison. The church had been praying for it but doesn't believe it when it happens. Herod freaks out and kills a group of guards. The people treat Herod as a God and God makes him worm food. There is a huge emphasis on the word of God being the means of faith. Paul and Barnabas are sent out. Paul rebukes a man harassing them and he is struck blind. And people are astonished at the word of God. Daniel and Erick talk about it all. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 75 (Acts 12:6-13:43)

Ideology, Theology, and Women Without Tattoos.

BY KELSI KLEMBARA

You may have seen the uproar from a recent blog post suggesting that virgins who forego college, learn to cook big meals and abstain from tattoos make more desirable wives. The graphic for the article features a pretty, blonde woman (with ink-free skin, of course) and a curly typeface plastered over the bottom of the image reading, “Men prefer debt free virgins without tattoos.”

Ideology, Theology, and Women Without Tattoos.

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 127 (Leviticus 24:1-25:22)

A man verbally murders God and is put to death. How does this point us to Christ? The need for witnesses is established. Does an eye for an eye really make the whole world blind? The good news that God doesn't just declare us "not guilty." There is a sabbath for the land every seven years and every fifty years everything resets. Chad and Daniel talk about all of this. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 127 (Leviticus 24:1-25:22)

The Kind of Grace Named Jesus

BY DONAVON RILEY

Our complaints about God's grace always sound the same: "It was good to see him in church with his son this morning. But, I can’t believe pastor let them come up to communion. And did you see? I mean, pastor's just got to know he blew half the family's savings on booze and drugs. You know what else?

The Kind of Grace Named Jesus

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I finally got around to watching The Last Jedi.  I was caught up in the stirring story of the faltering band of rebels, on the verge of extinction, fighting valiantly for the good against overwhelming odds.  My heart soared with the dramatic music when the warriors went into battle…

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works