Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the Old Testament history recorded in First and Second Samuel. Review with them the history of God’s people as they transition from the period of the Judges and the Theocracy to the period of the Kings and a monarchy. These books were originally one book in Hebrew, but were separated when it was translated into Greek. Even through all of this, the LORD was still in control and worked through the good and the bad of the kings that would follow. We can learn from the failures of even great men of God, who fell into temptation, but God remains faithful and offers forgiveness even for the greatest of sins. These books point us to the Savior who would come from the line of David and establish an eternal kingdom.
Are there modern apostles? What were they and what did they do? How did they differ from an evangelist or a prophet? Literally, an apostle someone who is sent with a message. But in a more narrow sense, the apostles were the twelve men whom Jesus chose, instructed and sent out to lead His church. Learn who they were and what they did in this episode.
At the beginning of August the largest Lutheran church body in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) held their general assembly. Pastors Sam Rodebaugh and Tom Naumann sit down to review and discuss the decisions and actions of this assembly, what these actions mean and why they are important for us to know about.
What is a prophet? What role does a prophet serve? What is the difference between and true and false prophet? Are there prophets in the New Testament? Hear answers to these questions and more in our episode today on the office of prophet.
Over the coming weeks we will be looking at different offices and roles of believers in the Old and New Testaments. Today we consider the term “Evangelist.” We will consider what an evangelist does, who some evangelists were, and how this office differs from others in the early New Testament.
God is Love. What does that mean? While the world may take that passage from first John and use it for all different kinds of purposes, we see from this letter what that Love really is. Love is Jesus, being both true God and true Man, coming to earth, being seen by people like John, and dying on the cross for the sins of the whole world. The only way that we can love is by being in His love and being in His light. Of course, the sinner does not want to remain in this light and love, but because He has given us His spirit of love, we can believe that we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. We love because He first loved us!
As a follow up to our podcast on English Bible translations, we discuss the topic of textual criticism in this episode. Textual criticism is the art of looking at ancient manuscripts with the goal of reconstructing the original text of a document. We have none of the original manuscripts of the Old or New Testament, but we do have close to 6000 copies of the originals. We will discuss what this means, why it is important, and how it relates to our English translations. Buckle up for this valuable discussion on textual criticism and the text of the Bible.
Although the title “Rabbi” is a term that gets used today in Judaism, it was also a term that used for Jesus by His followers. It is an appropriate title, because it essentially means, “Master, Teacher”. But of course, as Christians, we know that Jesus was more than just a good teacher. He did teach us many things, but chief among those teachings was what He did for us on the cross. He is our Master and we serve by following His example. We serve others and proclaim that great teaching of the Gospel to all we come into contact with.
Pastor Radichel and Pastor Libby dig into the book of Ruth in light of what it has to say about the subject of marriage. We see good examples in this book of love and submitting, the two things that husbands and wives are to do. Ruth was submissive in asking Boaz for help, and Boaz showed her love in becoming her kinsman-redeemer. We also look at examples of things that we should try to avoid in our marriage, such as bitterness and pride. We also look at things to we should do to strengthen our marriages. It all goes back to Christ, who loved us and gave Himself up for us!
Do you know what sikhism is? In our episode today we will be looking at this last of our eastern non-Christian religions. Sikhism began in India around 1500AD. It was started by a man named Nanak in northwestern India as was a harmonization of Hinduism and Islam. In that part of India there were Hindus and Muslims, and Nanak was familiar with both. Sikhism is a monotheistic religion like Islam, but has a process of reincarnation like Hinduism. Learn more about this interesting religion in this podcast.