The early church battles legalism as the Gentiles are brought in. A council is formed and Peter takes a stand. James agrees but has some "lesser requirements." Did they get it right? Did Paul correct it later? How does the culture of the day play into this? Is it really safe to add anything to the gospel? Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Paul and Barnabas continue preaching and while the message is spreading, so is the persecution. A man lame from birth is healed and the people think Paul and Barnabas are Gods. Paul blows up any idea that there is more than one God and the Jews come in and convince the people to stone him. Paul recovers and sets up elders in the churches he has planted. Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick discuss the woman caught in adultery in a live recording from Tuscarora Conference Center. How does this trap set for Jesus work? Where is the man? What did Jesus write in the dirt? How does Jesus make the crowd leave? What is His word to sinners? Have a listen!
Peter is miraculously freed from prison. The church had been praying for it but doesn't believe it when it happens. Herod freaks out and kills a group of guards. The people treat Herod as a God and God makes him worm food. There is a huge emphasis on the word of God being the means of faith. Paul and Barnabas are sent out. Paul rebukes a man harassing them and he is struck blind. And people are astonished at the word of God. Daniel and Erick talk about it all. Have a listen!
More Gentiles believe and we are introduced to the circumcision party. Peter recounts his vision and while we find their theology isn't perfect, they understand repentance. Believers begin being called Christians. Herod makes a political move and kills James and throws Peter in prison and the church starts praying. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
Healing continues to follow the Apostles. Peter stays with a tanner while a gentile receives a message from an angel to send for the Apostle. Peter has a profound vision involving unclean animals being called clean. Peter leaves and preaches the gospel. The word works and baptism comes up again. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick discuss the conversion of "threat breathing" Saul. A light and voice from heaven call Saul but a preacher and baptism finish the work. God destroys every theology of glory by showing Saul everything he will suffer, and it's a lot. Saul immediately starts preaching and people are amazed. Persecution ramps up and the other Apostles are unsure about Saul. All this and more is covered. Have a listen!
Saul is "ravaging" the church but the gospel is spreading. A magician is converted and baptized but then tries to buy the power of God. The Holy Spirit is mysteriously absent in Samaria until the Apostles arrive and Philip encounters a eunuch from Ethiopia reading Isaiah. There are some tough parts in this chapter but Daniel & Erick discuss it all. Have a listen!
This is a live episode of 30 Minutes in the New Testament recorded at Mabel Murphys in Fergus Falls Minnesota. Daniel and Erick take a break from Acts to talk about one of the most famous parables of Jesus. But don't let that stop you from listening, the Good Samaritan might just be about more than you think. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick discuss the arrest, sermon, and stoning of Stephen. What made the leaders so angry? How does Stephen dismantle everything in one epic sermon? People are screaming with their fingers in their ears. Stephen is praying for his murder's forgiveness. And we meet a young but respected Pharisee named Saul. Stephen is awesome so have a listen!
Peter and John are thrown in prison where an angel comes and brings them out. After going right back out and preaching, they are arrested again and brought before a council where they preach monergistic repentance and salvation to their enemies. The council wants to kill them but a famous rationalist talks them out of it. They are beaten but go back out rejoicing and appoint some deacons. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
The Apostle's pray for boldness to keep preaching. The people of the church are selling property and giving the proceeds to the church. One couple plots to lie to God and His response is swift. Healing is happening all over the place and the church continues to grow. Daniel and Erick discuss it all. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick spend this entire episode breaking down Peter's sermon and the religious leader's response. Law and gospel are being proclaimed full strength. People are annoyed for all the right reasons. Peter's fear of death died with the resurrection of Christ. And salvation is certain in only one name. It's an exciting episode. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick discuss the early church and their devotion to teaching, the Lord's Supper, fellowship and THE prayers. Peter heals a lame man and then uses him as a sermon illustration. And God is about to repent some sinners. They talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick are in the same room for this episode. The Holy Spirit comes and the Apostles start preaching in languages they don't know. What is going on here? Who killed Jesus? What is Peter's response to those looking to be saved? Who and what is baptism FOR? It's a good time live. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick begin the book of Acts. Are there two baptisms? What is going on in the ascension to "heaven?" Who chooses Apostles and do the disciples get it right? What is descriptive in this book and what is prescriptive? Join the guys as they start this journey through the development of the church. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick finish up the gospel of Matthew in this episode. They discuss the significance of the resurrection, women being the first to see the risen Christ, epic unbelief, and the great commission. They also announce which book they will be going through next. It's a packed episode. Have a listen!
Just in time for Holy Week, Daniel and Erick have come to Matthew's account of the death and burial of Jesus. What does it mean to be "forsaken by God?" What is the significance of the veil being torn in two? What's going on with dead people rising at the death of Christ? And how does it all enable us to mock death? They talk about all of this. Have a listen!
This week Daniel and Erick talk about the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. What is going on with the scarlet robe and crown of thorns? Jesus is called the King of the Jews in His suffering. Why is this and the cross itself so offensive? What is going on with the two thieves? How does all of this destroy a theology of glory? Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick talk about Judas "repenting" for the betrayal of Jesus. The terrible response of the religious leaders and the end result of misapplying Law & Gospel. Why doesn't Jesus defend Himself against lies? How do we see ourselves in the release of the criminal Barabbas? What does the public shaming of Christ tell us about how to deal with sinners now? They talk about all this and more. Have a listen!
Jesus is brought before the religious leaders. People are lying about Him but it's the truth that ultimately offends everyone. How is Christianity both exclusive and radically inclusive at the same time and why do we have a problem with that? Peter denies Jesus three times despite having witnessed all that Jesus had done. Is our faith so different? Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more in this episode. Have a listen!
Peter is certain he will not abandon Jesus. None of the disciples can stay awake and pray when asked to. Jesus is betrayed by His friend. And why Jesus doesn't need your protection. Daniel and Erick talk about all this and more in this episode. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick talk about Judas and the danger of mixing religion and politics and the benefits of a low anthropology. They then move on to talking about the institution of the Lord's Supper, what it is and who it is for. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick discus what is probably the most famous parable concerning the final judgment, the sheep and the goats. Is Jesus telling us that we enter heaven by what we do and go to hell by what we've failed to do? If not, what is saying? Jesus foretells His death again and a woman "wastes" expensive perfume to the horror of the disciples. They talk about it all. Have a listen!
The last few episodes Daniel and Erick have talked about tribulation and the end of all things. This week they look at two parables Jesus tells to illustrate what the second coming and judgment will look like. Ten virgins, oil for lamps, talents, wicked servants and the only way to go to hell. They discuss it all in this episode. Have a listen!