Jesus Is Not a Life Coach
BY CHAD BIRD
People say only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. But there are other certainties. Like the daily rising and setting of the sun. And like the fact that life itself has its risings and settings as well. We all have times when the sun of hope rises. We are swimming in light.
Saint Chrysostom on John 3:16
BY JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
What He says, is this: Marvel not that I am to be lifted up that you may be saved, for this seems good to the Father, and He has so loved you as to give His Son for slaves, and ungrateful slaves. Yet a man would not do this even for a friend, nor readily even for a righteous man…
Why We Die
Death is quite the undertaking. To die when one wants desperately to go on living is the most gruesome kind of labor any of us will ever know. It’s painful and bloody and empties our pockets of the fortune we think is ours. But we must do it.
30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 111 (Romans 14:1-23)
Paul gives instruction on how to deal with those with “weak faith”. How should we view Christians who are comfortable using their freedom in ways that others are not? Why should we refrain from judging one another? What does it mean that all give an account to God? What does it mean to put a stumbling block in front of your brother?
We Preach Christ Crucified
You will not read articles about how Jesus is a “life coach” that just wants to help you get ahead in life. You will not hear teaching that leaves you with the impression that God is stuck in heaven fretting over the world as he looks down in anxiety, just hoping someone will do enough to get the blessing…
40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 165 (Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22)
God makes sure that Israel understands why He destroyed certain nations and why He gave them the promised land. Is the Old Testament about works while the New Testament is about grace? What does God mean that people are stubborn and stiff-necked? Is there anything more stubborn than sinners?
When The Law Must Yield
BY MARTIN LUTHER
We will look at the command to love, in the Law of God. Innumerable, endless, are the books and doctrines produced for the direction of man's conduct. And there is still no limit to the making of books and laws. Note the ecclesiastical and civil regulations, the spiritual orders and stations.
The Gospel According To Noah
BY CHAD BIRD
Many children’s Bible Story books put it this way: “People everywhere were bad, but Noah was good.” But Noah was “good” not because he wasn’t “bad,” but because he believed in the good One whom his father had mistaken him for—the promised seed.
Do you remember fairy tales? Tales of magical creatures and far away fantasy lands? They were legends of lore that included dragons, magic, a moral to the story or a hero saving the day. I am a history nut and love the old stuff. I am willing to bet that when you reflect on what are considered to be a fairy tale classics…
30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 110 (Romans 13:1-14)
If vengeance belongs to God how should we deal with evil? If the church deals in sin and grace how does crime and punishment work? How is the law useful in society? If all authority is from God, what about tyrannical leaders? What does it mean to make no provision for the flesh?
You’re In Good Hands
I'm firing on all cylinders when my head hits the pillow. Does that happen to you? I’ll replay my failures from the day, especially the embarrassing ones. I shouldn’t have said that. What was I thinking? Was I too rude to that person? Was that the right response? I hope they didn’t take what I said the wrong way.
Forgive Me... If You Can
Forgiveness. Reconciliation. They are beautiful notions until we have some reconciling and forgiving to do. It is easy to say we believe in forgiveness. Quick is the silver tongue that speaks the, “I forgive you.” Slow are the feet of clay which shamble ever so slowly and cautiously toward the behavior that follows forgiveness.
The Giver God
BY NORMAN NAGEL
When the scriptures say "firstfruits" it means there are more gifts to follow. With every gift, God pushes our hands wider open to receive a still larger gift. The bother with us is that we often hold our hands open just enough for little gifts in fear that if the gifts get too big they may overwhelm us.
40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 164 (Deuteronomy 8:1-20)
God explains that He has humbled Israel for their own good. How should we view the discipline of God? What does it mean that man cannot live by bread alone? What does it mean to “bless the Lord’? Why is God careful about what He gives us? Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Joy Is Coming
Seasons of prolonged suffering have a way of beating your spirit down into the dust. Relational suffering. Physical suffering. Emotional suffering. Financial suffering. All of it can leave you feeling hopeless. We find ourselves looking up at the sky and wondering where He went or if He was ever there to begin with.
Speak His Name
BY VALERIE LOCKLAIR
Shazam, the newest superhero rebooted by DC Comics, comes into existence through the power of one name—a name so powerful that, if uttered by one who is pure of heart, will allow the speaker to transform into the ideal man displaying the paragon virtues of wisdom, strength, stamina, courage, and speed.
30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 109 (Romans 12:1-21)
Paul says in view of God’s mercy we should present ourselves to Him as a living sacrifice. What does it mean to not be conformed to the world but instead have our minds renewed? How should Christians view Paul’s instructions on how to live and treat other people? How does his list point us back to Jesus? How do we deal with Paul telling us to leave vengeance to God?
The Christian Polytheist
BY CHAD BIRD
God doesn’t believe in atheists. As they reject his existence, so he rejects their rejection. They may not believe in the true God, but they do fear, love, and trust in Some Thing. And that Some Thing is the deity enthroned within their hearts. All atheists are closet theists.
Fearless Thomas Apart From Christ
Thomas was the most fearless and courageous of all the disciples, in that he said when Christ wished to go again into Judea to Lazarus who was dead: “Let us also go, that we may die with him,” Such fine characters were the disciples of Christ and especially St. Thomas…
BY BROR ERICKSON
One of the great themes of the Game of Thrones is the personification of Death, most concretely in the form of the Night King, supreme commander of the blue-eyed nightwalkers. Arya Stark, Eddard Stark's third child, is catechized early in the cult of Death by her fencing instructor, Syrio Forel, the First Sword of Braavos.
40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 163 (Deuteronomy 6:17-7:26)
How does the present way the Israelites speak of the exodus help us with how we understand our salvation? How do we deal with the judgment of God on entire nations of people? God tells the people not to fear but also not to get proud and something strange about a hornet. How is idolatry the cause of all kinds of misery?
The Divine Drama
BY PAUL DUNK
If I don't preach Christ, then there's really no reason anyone should roll out of bed on Sunday to hear anything I have to say. Everything about "church," apart from Jesus, can be found elsewhere. Music that gives you the feels? Make a playlist. Kids programs? Get out and explore your city
The Clever Trap Of Jesus
BY SCOTT DAVIS
Luke tells us that Jesus told the parable to “some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt.” It is important to remember that that isn’t two groups of people- such as: Over here are the people who are self-righteous and over here are the ones who treat others with contempt.