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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How to Respond to the Resurrection

How to Respond to the Resurrection

Question: The whole Christian faith rests on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead which is celebrated every year on Easter. Still, many people reject the resurrection of Jesus as myth or fantasy. How would you respond? Answer: Our post-modern world is not the first to reject the idea of the resurrection. The Book of Acts records how the men of Athens were willing to listen to Paul until he proclaimed the resurrection (Acts 17:32). There are several important evidences…

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Word of the Week – Environmentalism

Word of the Week – Environmentalism

In our Word of the Week, Pastor Mark Tiefel takes a look at the word environmentalism. This is a very popular topic in our society and is especially on the minds of many with the recent celebration of Earth Day on April 22. We know from the Bible that God has given mankind dominion over creation (Genesis 1-2), but does that mean that we can simply use that dominion however we want? Our study will help to answer this question…

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Bible Study – The Sermons of the Book of Acts

Bible Study – The Sermons of the Book of Acts

In our Bible Study this week Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers take us through a study of some of the sermons found in the book of Acts. The book of Acts contains twenty sermons or parts of sermons. These sermons provide us with examples of some of the emphases of those first messages. Those early discourses had a distinct Law/Gospel message and emphasis on Jesus’ resurrection much like our sermons do today. In our study, we’ll look at just…

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