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!
It's all eschatology in this episode as Daniel and Erick wrap up Matthew 24. Skies going dark, trumpets, a thief in the night and the Pentecost. That's right, Pentecost. How do we look at all these things and what impact do they have on how we believe and live. It's a different kind of episode. Check it out!
Daniel and Erick don't talk much about the tribulation and the end of all things but today is the day! It's all prophecy, destruction, and tribulation this episode... or is it? How should we read these verses that seem to cause fear and alarm in so many? They talk about it all in this episode. Check it out!
It's Christmas! And that means 40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament are coming together again. Daniel, Chad, and Erick tackle the song of Mary recounted in the first chapter of Luke's Gospel. There is a lot going on in these 10 verses and the guys have a lot of fun taking it apart. Have a listen and Merry Christmas!
After some non-spoiler Star Wars talk Daniel and Erick wrap up the "the woes" Jesus dished out on the Pharisees. Hypocrisy seems to be a big theme in what Jesus is saying. How and when do we judge? Is Jesus angry or broken-hearted... or both? It's all in this episode. Check it out!
Jesus is about to go after those who sit in the seat of Moses. What does that mean and why does Jesus tell the people to listen to them but not follow them? Tying up heavy burdens, slamming the door of heaven shut in people's faces and making converts twice the children of the devil are some of the indictments Jesus brings on the Pharisees. Legalism is full of loopholes and the legalism of Jesus' day is no different. Daniel and Erick discuss all of these things in this episode. Check it out!
Jesus is put to the test in a series of questions about taxes, the resurrection of the dead and the greatest commandment. What does His answer about money tell us about who we are? What does His answer about the resurrection tell us about our identities in the new creation? Why does He bring up commandments they didn't ask about in His answer to the Law. Then Jesus turns the tables and asks a question of His own. Daniel and Erick talk about all of this. Check it out!
Jesus tells two stories foreshadowing Israel's rejection of Him and His death. There is much about vineyards, dead Prophets, wedding feasts and imputed righteousness going on and the scandal of God's plan to save the world is on full display. Daniel and Erick talk about it all in this episode. Check it out!
A cursed fig tree, faith to do anything, mounts being thrown into the sea and the rejection of John the Baptizer. How are all of these things connected? Daniel and Erick are back from the conference in San Diego and ready to talk through all of this. Check it out!
Two blind men see without sight. People shout "Hosanna" as Jesus rides into Jerusalem. Why is this text so important and what is going on behind that strange word? Jesus makes His way to the temple and things get shaken up before we see His mercy on full display again. Reformation always gets pushback. Daniel and Erick will explain why. Have a listen!
Jesus tells a Parable about a master calling workers into His vineyard. What is the point here? How is "begrudging God His generosity" a problem for all of us? Jesus tells His disciples why he must go to Jerusalem on the Passover. A mother makes a request of Jesus and He asks a question about drinking the cup He must drink. There is a lot going on and Daniel and Erick cover it all. Check it out!
People are bringing children to Jesus and He has to again explain to the disciples why this is not just ok but good. What does it tell us about children and Jesus? Then a young rich man asks Jesus what good thing he must do to get to heaven. This exchange ends sadly but there are words of hope in the aftermath. Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more in this episode. Check it out!
The Pharisees try to test Jesus with a question about divorce. There is a lot cultural context needed to explain the motivation of the question and why Jesus' response is so scandalous. Daniel and Erick walk through it all. It's marriage, sex, divorce, and Jesus in this episode. Check it out!
In this episode Daniel and Erick cover Peter asking Jesus how many time he must forgive someone. Jesus gives an answer more extreme than Peter would have ever considered. Jesus follows this with a parable about an unforgiving servant. Forgiveness is tough. This text is tough. But there is good news in it. Have a listen!
Cutting off body parts to avoid sin? Jesus has some strong words about temptation and the horrors of sin this week. But He follows it with a comforting parable about wandering sheep. How are we to handle it when someone sins against us? What is the goal of "church discipline" and what does two or more gathered in God's name have to do with it? Daniel and Erick talk about this and more this week. Have a listen!
Jesus talks more about His death and resurrection. The disciples are still distressed. Why does the resurrection seem to be completely missed by them? What is the temple tax and what's up with money in a fish mouth? Daniel and Erick spend some time talking about tithing before moving on to Jesus talking about faith like a child and being fitted for a millstone. There is a lot going on in this episode. Check it out!