In week two of the Advent series, Daniel and Erick are joined by Elyse Fitzpatrick. They look at Luke 1:26-38 and discuss the role of Mary and other women in God’s promise of bringing a savior. And they find out what Elyse’s favorite Christmas hymn is. It’s another great conversation to get you ready for Christmas. Have a listen!
In week one of the Advent series, Daniel and Erick are joined by Pastor Matt Popovits. They discuss the relationship between Isaiah 9, John 1, light coming into darkness and God becoming flesh. And they find out what Matt’s favorite Christmas hymn is. It’s a great conversation to get you thinking about what God has done in the incarnation. Have a listen!
Daniel and Erick wrap up Acts in this episode. Paul sets sail to Rome but it is anything but “smooth sailing.” God’s commitment to getting Paul to Rome amplified through a storm, ship-wreak and snake bite. The lives of all the prisoners are spared for the sake of Paul and they finally reach Rome. Paul is on house arrest and calls the Jews to come listen to him. And Luke ends the book with words that set the trajectory of the future church.
This is a live episode of 30 Minutes in the New Testament recorded at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Daniel and Erick discuss Mary and Martha hosting Jesus, what it means to abide in Christ and how fruit and good works come forth. Live episodes are always a lot of fun, so have a listen!
Before Paul is sent to Rome he stands before King Agrippa. We see how politics come into play as the leaders try to figure out what to do. Paul argues for the resurrection being an orthodox Jewish position. He then recounts his conversion again, as part of his defense. What does the indium “kick against the goads” mean and why does Paul use it? Festus thinks Paul has gone insane and the leaders agree to send him to Rome. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Forty men make an oath not to eat until they kill Paul and put together a plan to carry it out. The Tribune won’t go along with the plot and instead sends Paul to the Governor. Felix puts Paul in prison where he spends the next two years. The new Governor tries to get Paul to go back to Jerusalem but Paul appeals to Caesar and is sent to Rome. Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more. Have a listen!
Paul asks to speak to his accusers and recounts the events that led him there. He says some amazing things about baptism but when he includes God sending him to the Gentiles, the crowd freaks out. Paul makes a series of brilliant moves involving both the Roman authorities and the Jewish religious leaders. Paul is one sharp Apostle, and Daniel and Erick discuss it all in this episode. Have a listen!
Paul is headed out, but there seems to be some contradictions concerning whether God wants him to go or not. How do we deal with these texts? James has a plan to help those “zealous for the law” accept Paul. It doesn’t go as planned. Paul ends up beaten by a mob and is almost killed. Should Paul have ever gone along with this plan? Daniel and Erick talk about all of this. Have a listen!
Paul wants to deliver an offering to the Jewish church. He sends Timothy to the church in Corinth with a letter as a riot breaks out due to the complaints of an idol maker. There is nothing that angers people more than having their idols exposed. The church is meeting on Sunday for the Lord’s Supper and Paul preaches a man to sleep. The man falls out of a window and dies but is raised back to life. Paul knows the end of his ministry is coming and tells the people at Ephesus that they will not see him again. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
We are introduced to Apollos. He is a good preacher who needs a certain part of his theology tweaked. What is going on with believers not knowing about the Holy Spirit? Reasoning with people is a big part of Paul’s evangelism strategy. Paul’s reputation and message spreads until all of Asia hears the gospel. Handkerchiefs are being used to heal people while some men try to tap into the power of God and end up beaten and naked. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Paul is busy traveling, preaching and making tents. How does his strategy change based on which group he is talking to? We hear his famous argument at Mars Hill. Is he really done with the Jews? Why do all these people and places matter? Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Paul and Silas are singing in prison when an earthquake opens all the doors. A jailer wants to kill himself but ends up baptizing his family instead. They go back to the prison but Paul has a plan to put fear into the authorities and secure their release. We are introduced to a man named Jason who helps Paul and Silas escape persecution brought on by false accusations. And is the church an institution or a movement? Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!
Paul and Barnabas separate in a dispute over John Mark. Timothy is introduced and for some reason Paul has him circumcised. God tells them not to preach in Asia. A woman is baptized along with her entire household. And casting out a demon gets Paul and the boys beaten and thrown in prison. Daniel and Erick discuss all this and more. Have a listen!
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!