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I Am The Reason For The Season

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I apologize to you, all the people of the world. I apologize for my part in making Christmas necessary. I have learned that Christ is NOT the reason for the season, I am. It's true. All the sin and shame I bear for all my wrongdoings have made it a necessity for Christ to come in the form of a man, being born of a virgin.

I Am The Reason For The Season

Why Do We Rejoice?

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Since there exist in the heart these two things- a consciousness of sin and a perception of God's chastisement, the heart must ever be depressed, faint, even terrified. It must be the just and the righteous who are to rejoice in the Lord. First we must be liberated from our sins and perceive a merciful God.

Why Do We Rejoice?

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 89 (Advent with Elyse Fitzpatrick)

In week two of the Advent series, Daniel and Erick are joined by Elyse Fitzpatrick. They look at Luke 1:26-38 and discuss the role of Mary and other women in God’s promise of bringing a savior. And they find out what Elyse’s favorite Christmas hymn is. It’s another great conversation to get you ready for Christmas.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 89 (Advent with Elyse Fitzpatrick)

Grace & Mercy? Who Needs It!

BY DONAVON RILEY

God's grace and mercy in Jesus Christ calls all sinners to a celebration. A "those who sat in darkness have seen a great light" kind of celebration. A "come to Bethlehem and see the new-born Savior" revelry. Like two divine sheepdogs, God's grace and mercy hound every person in the world to join the festivities.

Grace & Mercy? Who Needs It!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 143 (Numbers 16:36-17:9)

The people are now angry with Moses and Aaron and come up with a very old Adam reason that everything is Moses’ fault. Moses prays but God has had enough and strikes the people with a plague. Aaron runs down into the middle of death to stand between the wrath of God and the people. And a strange test involving staffs is done resulting in something that the church has connected to the nativity. Chad and Daniel talk about all of this.

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 143 (Numbers 16:36-17:9)

Who Gets the Gifts?

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

At this time of year a lot of emphasis is placed on being good. Elves on Shelves everywhere are watching our behavior and snitching to Santa, who is making up his all important list of those who have been naughty and those who have been nice. The parable above, however, sets forth something so counter to that way of thinking that we all have a very difficult time wrapping our minds around it.

Who Gets the Gifts?

Bearing the Weight of Sin

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

Awhile back, I was at a 3-day practicum in the summer so that I could be trained in to tutor a group of middle schoolers for the coming school year. This was a great event for families, as they had 3 day “camps” for all of my kids to attend while I was at my training during the day. 

Bearing the Weight of Sin

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 88 (Advent with Matt Popovits)

In week one of the Advent series, Daniel and Erick are joined by Pastor Matt Popovits. They discuss the relationship between Isaiah 9, John 1, light coming into darkness and God becoming flesh. And they find out what Matt’s favorite Christmas hymn is. It’s a great conversation to get you thinking about what God has done in the incarnation. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 88 (Advent with Matt Popovits)

Behold Your King

BY MARTIN LUTHER

This Gospel pre-figures Christ coming with grace, and none may receive or accept save he who believes him to be the man, and has the mind, as this Gospel portrays in Christ. Nothing but the mercy, tenderness and kindness of Christ are here shown, and he who so receives and believes on him is saved.

Behold Your King

Don't Share the Gospel with Me: Luther, Forde and a Seminarian

BY RALEIGH SADLER

“Whatever you do, don’t share the Gospel with me?” Those were my exact words to my slightly mystified seminary professor. As he set his coffee down, I could tell that he was holding back in an effort to allow me to process what I was thinking. “To be honest,” I said, “I don’t think God loves me.”

Don't Share the Gospel with Me: Luther, Forde and a Seminarian

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 142 (Numbers 16:1-35)

A rebellion is organized against Moses. His response is both sorrow and anger. We see the difference between power and authority. Somebody has gone too far and God is going to decide who it is. The rebels won’t go to Moses and make insane statements about the goodness of Egypt. A contest is entered and the earth swallows some sinners. Chad and Daniel talk about all of this. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 142 (Numbers 16:1-35)

Specks and Logs

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I’m a life-long New Yorker, and I have the pleasure of working minutes from the neighborhood I grew up in as a boy.  As I pass by it, I still come across a few familiar reminders of that neighborhood I grew up in, including an old friend’s mom, and some buildings that spark fond memories as well. 

Specks and Logs

Are We Reading The Old Testament The Wrong Way?

BY DONAVON RILEY

Often, when we talk about the Old Testament, we talk about God's promises and work for his chosen people, Israel. We talk about God's redeeming promise to Adam and Eve. God calls Abraham out of the Haran into Canaan. God sends Moses to Pharaoh with a message of liberation.

Are We Reading The Old Testament The Wrong Way?

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 87 (Acts 27:1-28:31)

Daniel and Erick wrap up Acts in this episode. Paul sets sail to Rome but it is anything but “smooth sailing.” God’s commitment to getting Paul to Rome amplified through a storm, ship-wreak and snake bite. The lives of all the prisoners are spared for the sake of Paul and they finally reach Rome. Paul is on house arrest and calls the Jews to come listen to him. And Luke ends the book with words that set the trajectory of the future church.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 87 (Acts 27:1-28:31)

Creedal Thanksgiving

BY MARTIN LUTHER

I hold and believe that I am God’s creature, that is, that he has given me and constantly sustains my body, soul, and life, my members great and small, all my senses, my reason and understanding, and the like; my food and drink, clothing, nourishment, spouse and children, servants, house and farm, etc.

Creedal Thanksgiving

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 141 (Numbers 15:22-41)

God wants everyone to experience forgiveness and sets up ways for the non-Jews to come in. Where are examples of this happening elsewhere in the Bible? There is a certain kind of sin that stands above others. Is it sinning intentionally or is it something else? The Law doesn’t budge on sin as a man is stoned for breaking the Sabbath. Tassels are sown on the edges of everyone’s garments and there is quite a bit going on there.

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 141 (Numbers 15:22-41)

I'm Not Chad Bird

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I think we can all agree that there is not a more popular writer on Christ Hold Fast than Chad Bird. Let’s face it, He paints pictures with his words that some of us on here can only dream of doing, and he’s got the credentials to back those pictures up. To be sure, he’s probably one of the most learned writers here…

I'm Not Chad Bird

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

BY KATHY STRAUCH

He was a beggar on the streets. And, he was as good as dead if he didn't receive a blessing. The words, "you're cursed" haunted his mind. He was cursed and it was his own fault. He took what wasn't his to take; he stole from the dead and, in doing so, he became eerily acquainted with the dead. 

Beggars Can’t Be Choosers

30 Minutes Live from Hillcrest Academy

This is a live episode of 30 Minutes in the New Testament recorded at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Daniel and Erick discuss Mary and Martha hosting Jesus, what it means to abide in Christ and how fruit and good works come forth. Live episodes are always a lot of fun, so have a listen!

30 Minutes Live from Hillcrest Academy

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 140 (Exodus 14:20-15:21)

God forgives Israel but there are pretty heavy consequences for their rebellion. In what way is Numbers 14 a better example of the sinfulness of man than Genesis 3? What does God mean that He has been tested 10 times? God says Caleb and Joshua are the only adults that will enter the promised land. Some of the men try to redeem themselves and it doesn’t go well. But God still makes promises to their children. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this.

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 140 (Exodus 14:20-15:21)

Identity, and the Self-Stories We Tell

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

What does it mean to be a child of God and to carry his image? This is a theological question, but it is a question necessary for our self-understanding because who we are is derived from who He is and what he has created us to do.

Identity, and the Self-Stories We Tell

Christianity: The End of Religion

BY DONAVON RILEY

In the beginning, we read about the invention of religion. It begins simply enough in Genesis 3 [6-13]: The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it.

Christianity: The End of Religion

Come Near To Me, Please

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

There is no shortage of blogs, books, and sermons that use the life of Joseph as a model for Christian living. From not giving up on your “God given dreams,” to fleeing sexual temptation, to being faithful in tribulation, Joseph is like proverbial “Swiss Army Knife” of godliness.

Come Near To Me, Please

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 86 (Acts 25:13-26:32)

Before Paul is sent to Rome he stands before King Agrippa. We see how politics come into play as the leaders try to figure out what to do. Paul argues for the resurrection being an orthodox Jewish position. He then recounts his conversion again, as part of his defense. What does the indium “kick against the goads” mean and why does Paul use it? Festus thinks Paul has gone insane and the leaders agree to send him to Rome.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 86 (Acts 25:13-26:32)