A Moment for Conviction

A Moment for Conviction

Please take a moment and watch this video. I first saw it this morning on TV. After looking it up on ESPN’s YouTube page I found that it was censored. The part below in the tweet was cut out, and upon watching it I’m sure you’ll understand why. It may be about sports (granted, not the most important thing in life). You may also not be aware of the context, which is quite a bit more serious. If you want…

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World Religions Podcast: Jehovah’s Witnesses

World Religions Podcast: Jehovah’s Witnesses

Pastor Nathanael Mayhew joins Pastor Mark Tiefel for an in depth look at the Jehovah’s Witness organization. They will briefly discuss the history of this group which began in 1884. While many people think that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christian, we learn that they reject the three foundational truths of Christianity: The Trinity, the Deity of Christ, and Salvation by Grace through Faith in the Atonement of Christ. We also look at the New World Translation of the Bible, which…

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The Inside Out Christian

The Inside Out Christian

I don’t know about you, but I watch a lot of Pixar Movies… A LOT! This might have been true to a certain extent earlier in my life. But now that I have a two-year-old, Pixar movies are a constant on my television. One of the first words usually out of my son’s mouth in the morning is “Buzz?” As in, Buzz Lightyear, one of the heroes of the Toy Story series. My son does have a Buzz Lightyear action…

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Not Your God #4 – Appearance

Not Your God #4 – Appearance

Series Theme: When we think of idolatry we often imagine scenes of a carved image from the Old Testament or a false religion today. Idolatry seems like an easy sin to detect and stay clear of. But, there is another side of idolatry that is more subtle. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism calls this “secret idolatry.” This doesn’t mean you are bowing down to an idol in the privacy of your home. Rather, it means that something without religious significance has…

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How to Respond to Contradictions in the Bible

How to Respond to Contradictions in the Bible

Question: Doesn’t the Bible contradict itself in certain areas? For example, the Bible has examples of both monogamous and polygamous relationships. Which is it? What about passages which say that women shouldn’t be pastors or leaders in the church, and other sections where women serve in leadership roles. They can’t both be true. Answer: In order to answer such concerns, we must first understand the difference between statements which are prescriptive and those which are descriptive. A statement which is prescriptive gives…

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Not Your God #3: Control

Not Your God #3: Control

Abstract: When we think of idolatry we often imagine scenes of a carved image from the Old Testament or a false religion today. Idolatry seems like an easy sin to detect and stay clear of. But, there is another side of idolatry that is more subtle. Luther’s Small Catechism calls this “secret idolatry.” This doesn’t mean you are bowing down to an idol in the privacy of your home. Rather, it means that something which is not typically looked at…

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Bible Study – 2 Corinthians

Bible Study – 2 Corinthians

In our Bible Study Pastors Tom Naumann and Nathanael Mayhew take us through a study of 2 Corinthians. This letter contains some of the most beautiful Gospel proclamations in all of Scripture. The emphasis is on God’s strength in weakness, and Paul brings out this theme by focusing on a number of paradoxes including comfort through affliction, life through death, reconciliation through humiliation, and abundance through poverty. Our study will focus on these contrasts and encourage us to say with…

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CPR: The Family Altar

CPR: The Family Altar

Pastor Nathan Pfeiffer joins Nathanael Mayhew this week to discuss the importance of the “Family Altar.” “Family altar” is a phrase that is used to desribe the work of Christian instruction and worship in the home, not just in church. We will discuss the Biblical foundation for the family altar, which reveals that God has entrusted with parents the vital role of educating their children in Christian truths. These passages point out that this instruction is to permeate the life…

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Bible Study – 1 Corinthians

Bible Study – 1 Corinthians

Pastor Tom Naumann joins Nathanael Mayhew on Burden and Blessing to discuss Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. They dig into the background behind the letter, including what the city of Corinth was like and how the Christian congregation there started. This background is especially helpful in understanding some of the issues that Paul deals with in this letter. The city was a huge melting pot of different kinds of people who were both idolatrous and worldly. Matters of doctrine…

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