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A Table For The Broken

BY RJ GRUNEWALD

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he invited a rag-tag group of sinners to have a seat at the table. The table was so important that while Mark described, “The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost,” Luke suggested, “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking.”

A Table For The Broken

Is It I, Lord?

BY ERICK SORENSEN

I suppose it's natural not to want to take the blame or admit it when we have a problem. Even us adults never really grow out of it, we just learn to paper over our issues with euphemisms or more reasonable sounding excuses: "No, not me. I'm not abrasive and rude; I'm just honest and tell it like it is."

Is It I, Lord?

Jon Snow And Romans Seven

BY BROR ERICKSON

George R.R. Martin is famous for not allowing us much hope in his characters. The heroes all die. Some storytellers are incensed for the way he plays with the hopes of his readers. He certainly hasn't set out to tell the conventional story, where good wins and evil loses, though we all keep hoping good wins out.

Jon Snow And Romans Seven

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 161 (Deuteronomy 5:22-33)

Chad and Daniel continue discussing the “Ten Commandments”. What does it mean to take the Lord’s name in vain? What does it mean to “keep” the Sabbath? What does coveting have to do with Eve in Eden? Israel is surprised that God speaks to them and they don’t die. What is the motivation behind the “10 Commandments”?

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 161 (Deuteronomy 5:22-33)

Easter Revival Burnout

BY MARIAH COWARD

Every year they began the revival with the Easter service. Often with the: “I'm-not-going-to-tell-you-once-a-year-church-goers-the-Gospel-because-you-don't-come-often-enough-to-deserve-to-hear-it-and-instead-I'll-tell-you-how-worldly-you-are” sermon.

Easter Revival Burnout

Pastor Of Disaster

BY MATT JOHNSON

How are things at your church? Are people getting saved in droves, are there mass baptisms every Sunday, is giving at an all-time high, and are your members model citizens and pillars of the community? If so, praise God. Keep working hard. Ride the wave and enjoy it.

Pastor Of Disaster

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 106 (Romans 9:10-26)

How are we to understand election in Romans 9? What does it mean that God loved Jacob and hated Esau? Is this talking about individual salvation? How is Esau actually a type of Christ? Who does God have mercy on? Does God make people to destroy them? Daniel and Erick discuss all of this.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 106 (Romans 9:10-26)

You Can’t Always Outrun The Pain. That’s OK.

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Have you ever read the Old Testament book of Lamentations? It’s not one of those Bible books that tend to make it too often onto devotional lists, sermon schedules or motivational posters. That's too bad. At first glance, the book seems deeply depressing.

You Can’t Always Outrun The Pain. That’s OK.

Hunger And Thirsting

BY SCOTT DAVIS

I always thought that people who hunger and thirst for righteousness are those who are so zealous to do good deeds that they are constantly gobbling up righteousness at every turn. They sort of sounded like a religious Pac-Man- a compulsive eater of good deeds.

Hunger And Thirsting

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 160 (Deuteronomy 4:32-5:21)

God explains what His name means and contrasts Himself with every false god. Do the “10 Commandments” apply to Christians? Is “10 commandments” the right way to view these words from God? Should the church “unhitch itself” from the old testament? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this.

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 160 (Deuteronomy 4:32-5:21)

Christ Is Still Holding Fast

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Most Christians are no strangers to pleading with God to change their circumstances or relieve their suffering. Whether its physical pain/sickness or the despair we feel when we lose another battle with that same old sin we've been fighting as long as we can remember, we are desperate for God to intervene.

Christ Is Still Holding Fast

Un-Joyfully God's

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I know the inclination should be towards joy and hope, but for some of us, it's not. And I sometimes wonder, if there's enough grace for us? Can grace cover a perpetually sad-sack Christian, who knows what he or she has to look forward to, but has trouble translating that into the here and now?

Un-Joyfully God's

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 105 (Romans 8:31-9:9)

All views of election and predestination are not equal. These are doctrines meant to comfort and provide assurance. Can anyone condemn a Christian? What can separate you from the love of God? Anything at all? What about when the love of God feels far off? How does the nation of Israel fit into election? Daniel and Erick discuss all of this.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 105 (Romans 8:31-9:9)

Why I Probably Won't Write A Book On Prayer

BY PAUL DUNK 

Well it's simple really. I don't pray enough. I don't mean "enough" in the chronological sense like there is actually a right amount of prayer. By "enough" I mean that when I waste my brain energy in worry, fear, anxiety, anger and complaint, I should probably clue in and pause to pray.

Why I Probably Won't Write A Book On Prayer

You Can’t Work For Peace

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Sometimes the hardest part of the day is the time just before sleep. At that time, if struggles or stresses abound, we can be kept up by racing thoughts. This fretting and over-analyzation, the frantic search for options, can leave us exhausted and depleted, feeding the cycle of stress that is already at work in us.

You Can’t Work For Peace

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 159 (Deuteronomy 4:9-4:31)

We are told to fear God. Does that mean we are to live our whole life being afraid of God or is something else going on? What is the difference between listening to God and obeying Him? What is the connection between the fire at Sinai and the New Testament Pentecost? What prophecy is given in the prohibition to make images of God?

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 159 (Deuteronomy 4:9-4:31)

Where Do We Go When We Fall Asleep For the Last Time?

BY BRANDON HANSON

I just visited a dying woman. When I arrived, she was sleeping so deeply that she had to be gently shaken awake. It took some persistence. She was quite exhausted. Dying must be hard work. As soon as she had shaken off her sleep she was bright, alert, and clear.

Where Do We Go When We Fall Asleep For the Last Time?

God Shows Up When The Chips Are Down

BY MATT JOHNSON

If everyone would just live by the rules, the world would be a better place, wouldn’t it? Wisdom. Justice. Goodness. Any reasonable person can see God’s good creation and recognize He has ordered the universe in a certain way. Sounds reasonable, right?

God Shows Up When The Chips Are Down

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 104 (Romans 8:18-30)

Paul says that all his suffering doesn’t compare with the glory that is coming. How is this an encouragement to us? What does it mean that all of creation must be restored? Why is the redemption of the body such an important thing? What does it mean that the Spirit intercedes for us? What does it mean that all things work together for good? Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 104 (Romans 8:18-30)

Fear & Fruit Bearing

BY JAY SAWRIE

Growing up in the Bible Belt religiosity that I did, there was always an emphasis on fruit bearing. I can remember countless youth rallies where the evangelist would ask sugar high teenagers, "What are you doing for God? Are you a missionary to your school or in the locker room? Is God calling you to the mission field somewhere?

Fear & Fruit Bearing

Jesus Only Gives

BY DONAVON RILEY

When we're under stress, when we're weighed down by responsibilities, and when we feel like nobody cares and no one can help us, we run to God. We ask God to send us a preacher to remind us of his promises. We ask God, like a child asks his father, that he focus our attention on his baptismal grace…

Jesus Only Gives

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 158 (Deuteronomy 3:15-4:8)

Moses continues addressing the people. He recounts how God has fought for Israel and how he pleaded with God a final time to let him enter the promised land. Why does Moses think he can change God’s mind and how does he try to do it? Who does Moses blame for God’s denial of his request? How does Moses talk about the law and why does he think it’s important for the nation?

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 158 (Deuteronomy 3:15-4:8)